The University of Texas at  Tyler Magazine - Spring 2011

UT Tyler Class Notes for Spring 2011

UT Tyler Bell TowerWilliam “Mark” Moore (B.B.A. 1976) recently celebrated his 20th year as pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church in Canton.

Ginger Bell (B.S.E. 1978), director of admissions at Brook Hill School, was honored at the school’s Third Annual Founder’s Day Dinner and Celebration. One of Brook Hill’s first staff members, Bell was recognized for her part in building a strong foundation for the Bullard school.

David Hudson (M.A. 1980) with Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, L.L.P., has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Hudson’s contributions to the legal profession

Gaylon Dingler (M.A. 1985) is a practicing artist, potter and published author. He has written for Pottery Making Illustrated and recently published a book titled “William Vagersteen Paintings.’’ Dingler has been drawing, painting and teaching for nearly 50 years. His interests include gardening, history and wildlife preservation.

Traci Lynne Kenner (B.B.A. 1985) received the 2010 Community Service Award from the Mary Tyler Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The award recognizes individuals for voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical and citizenship endeavors.

Kenner has been an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas since 1992 and an appellate chief since 2004. Previously, she was a law clerk for Robert M. Parker, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, and a briefing attorney for J.W. Summers, chief judge of the 12th Supreme Judicial District Court of Appeals.

Her professional honors and awards include the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director's Award for Superior Performance, Red River Army Depot Commander’s Coin and Smith County Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. She received outstanding service awards from the United States Marshal, Eastern District of Texas; the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division; and the U.S. Department of Labor, Regional Inspector General for Investigations.

While at UT Tyler, Kenner received the Distinguished Student Award, the Watson W. Wise Incentive Award and was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. She received her juris doctor degree from Baylor University's School of Law in 1987.

Teresa Myers (B.E. 1985) is the new principal of the Summit Early College High School in Palestine. The school targets students who traditionally would be at risk of not attending college and puts them on a path to higher education. It is a product of the Palestine Regional Education Partnership, an accelerated cooperative between Palestine and Westwood school districts, the city of Palestine and Trinity Valley Community College.

Myers began her career working with younger students, serving as a teacher, counselor and assistant principal. She has worked in Palestine Independent School District for 22 years. She holds a bachelor of education degree from UT Tyler, and a master’s degree in education with a counseling certification from Stephen F. Austin State University. She completed her principal’s certification at UT Tyler.

Jerry Woolverton (M.B.A. 1987) was elected chairman of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce for 2010-11. With 27 years of banking experience, Woolverton is president of Texas Bank and Trust and an adjunct instructor of finance at UT Tyler. He is a board member of the Tyler Economic Development Council, Tyler Junior College Foundation and Children’s Village.

In nine years of service for the Chamber of Commerce, Woolverton has chaired SPORTyler and Membership Services, Business Development and Area Development councils.

Woolverton and his wife, Kelley, have six children, Hannah, Emma, Hayden, Brandon, Leyton and Gracie. They are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

Don Dingler (B.S. 1988) was recently promoted to chief of police with the Longview Police Department. He joined the department in 1973 as a patrolman, moving up the chain of command to serve as a detective in the narcotics division, sergeant of patrol and traffic sections, lieutenant of criminal investigation and captain/deputy chief of patrol division field operations. He became the assistant police chief in 2003.

Kimbraly Greer Brown (B.S.E. 1988, M.E 1995) serves as curriculum coordinator for the Drew Central Public School District in Monticello, Ark

Dr. Wesley Dennis (B.S. 1989) is medical director of the Arlington Sleep Disorder Center, which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a distinction that few sleep centers in the state have been able to obtain. He is board certified in neurology and has a subspecialty certification in sleep medicine.

Dennis graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1994 and served an internship in internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.  He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1998, before starting his private practice in neurology in Houston. He joined a group practice in Arlington in 1999 and became medical director of the Sleep Disorder Center in 2009.

His wife, Melanie, is an associate professor of environmental engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. They have a 4-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

Dan Gezella (M.B.A. 1990) was honored by the National Association of Home Builders as Sales Manager of the Year in the Nationals 2011 Gold Awards. Gezella is vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes’ Houston division.

The award was announced Jan. 12 during the NAHB’s International Builders Show in Orlando. The National Gold Awards is the nation’s largest competition for new-home sales and marketing professionals. Gezella competed against four other finalists from across the nation. He has twice been named Sales Manager of the Year in the NAHB’s Silver Awards, the prelude to the Gold Awards.

Gezella has been involved in new-home sales in Houston since 1993. As a former employee of three major home builders, he set sales records and earned numerous awards, including the Greater Houston Builders Association’s Million Dollar Sales Award for six consecutive years.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in industrial design from Southern Illinois University and a master of business administration degree from UT Tyler. Gezella is pursuing a doctorate in organization and management.

Dana Blair (M.E. 1991), director of the Kilgore Rangerettes, was honored as a finalist for Lifetime Achievement with the Texas Dance Educators Association. Blair has directed the Rangerettes for 18 years. She was a member of the Rangerettes from 1981-83 and returned to Kilgore in 1986 as assistant director and choreographer. She taught dance in the Kilgore College fine arts department from 1986-94. She was promoted to director in 1993, after completing her master of education degree from UT Tyler.

Chelby Sanders (B.B.A. 1992) has been promoted to principal of solutions development at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Corporate Solutions division in Dallas. Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate services and investment management.

In her new role, Sanders assumes an increased responsibility in business development, continues to execute corporate real estate lease transactions and works in synergy to expand the firm’s market presence nationwide.

Sanders has 18 years of business experience, including four years as vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle. She is co-chair and co-founder of the Jones Lang LaSalle Women’s Diversity Program and serves on the board of directors for the YWCA and North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Christopher ‘Chris’ Chambless (B.A. 1993) is chief marketing officer of Ambit Energy, L.P., a Dallas-based energy provider of electrical and natural gas services in deregulated markets across the United States. The company operates through a network of independent distributors in Texas, New York and Illinois.

Bryan ‘Keith’ German (B.B.A. 1993) started Solution Explorers in 2009 to transform the software technology buying and selling experience. German has a background in software sales, working 10 years for Sage Software. He has served corporations, nonprofits and government entities of various industries and sizes.

German is married and has two children. He enjoys coaching youth sports, serving in church ministry and volunteering with MEN in Education and the Parent-Teacher Organization.

Regina J. Burns Roosth (B.S. 1994) welcomes newcomers to Tyler in her position as city hostess. She distributes resource materials and maintains a website with helpful information about the Rose City and East Texas.

William ‘Mark’ Rowlett (M.P.A. 1994), chief meteorologist with KTXS-Channel 12 in Abilene since 2009, recently earned broadcast meteorology certification from the American Meteorological Society. Introduced in 2005, the certification program raised the bar for broadcast meteorologists. Only those with a meteorology degree may apply, and all candidates must pass a rigorous written exam and submit a series of weathercasts to be considered for certification.

Rowlett was born and raised in Corpus Christi, where hurricanes made a big impression on him – especially Hurricane Celia in 1970. “I wanted to learn how nature takes sunshine, air and water and creates lightning and 150-plus mph winds,’’ says Rowlett says, who began his television career in Bryan at KBTX-TV in 1981.

Rowlett and his wife, Carrie, have been married for 29 years. They have two daughters, Jillian and Kristen.

Suzanne “Suzi” Stein (B.B.A. 1995) received People of Our Community Who Make a Difference recognition from Texas Bank and Trust in Tyler. Stein serves as fundraising chair for MADD East Texas, volunteers as treasurer for Pay Attention East Texas and has co-chaired the Smith County American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She is a graduate of Leadership Tyler and a member of the Tyler Audubon Society.

Paul Jones (B.F.A. 1996) joined the Tyler Junior College art faculty as a full-time professor in the fall. Jones teaches drawing and art appreciation courses. He was an art  professor at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins for eight years, and taught concurrently as an adjunct instructor at TJC.

Jones works primarily as a painter, creating art that is engaging, fun and unique. His outlandish imagery connects to viewers through an enchantment similar to that of a comic. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions throughout his career. 


 

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