Class Notes

Chris Noel (BSBA ’04), Billy Lowry (BSBA ’03), Michael Alsup (BS ’78) and Aaron Bell (BSBA ’04) and represented TU at the 2017 Acura College Alumni Team Championship golf tournament, finishing first in two of the three divisions. The team captured first place in both the Gross and Bracket Divisions.

Shannon Kispert (BS ’12) received her Ph.D. degree in pathology from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2017. Shannon has published seven first-author manuscripts stemming from her research on cigarette smoking and breast cancer. She has accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Georgia.

Justin Margerhio (BSBA ’08) married Sarah Tigges (BEX ’08) on November 11, 2017. The couple currently resides in Ballwin, Mo.

Andrew Goforth(JD ’15) and Mallary Alsup-Goforth (BSBA ’05, MBA ’06) welcomed their second daughter, Abigail Grace Goforth. Abigail was born on September 19, 2017.

Sarah Hermosillo (BSBA ’09, MBA ’10) married Christopher Ponce on November 18, 2017 in Seguin, Texas. TU Alumni in attendance included: Bridesmaid Sarah Cochran (BA ’10, JD ’12), Lauren Williams Sims(BSBA ’09), Caroline Bettis(BA ’09), Miranda Cruttenden (BCE ’09), Kristi Parker (BA ’08) and Ashley Reed (BS ’11). Sarah works in Supply & Trading Operations at Shell Oil Products in Houston, and Chris is an industrial journeyman electrician at the Entergy Power Plant in Willis, Texas.

Adam “Tico” Hernandez (BFA ’04) finished touring Canada as lead guitarist for Mercury Recording artist Lauren Alaina. When Adam is not on tour, he calls Nashville home.

Tralynna Scott (JMT ’13) was one of five Cherokee Nation citizens to make the 2017 Native American 40 Under 40 list by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

Rachel Wilhelm (JD ’12) received the Tulsa Community Engagement Award from Bank of Oklahoma for her work with Tulsa Lawyers for Children. Rachel has worked at BOK since 2016.

T. Luke Barteaux (JD ’12) became a judge of the Cherokee Nation District Court in Tahlequah. Luke was listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars the past four years and practices at Fry & Elder in Tulsa.

Tami Knorr (JD ’11) received the 2017 Fern Holland Spirit Award for her commitment to immigrants, many of whom are women seeking relief from domestic violence. The award is named after Fern Holland (JD ’96), who was killed in the Iraq conflict in 2004.

Alex S. Kaiser (JD ’10) was promoted as one of six vice presidents at the Trust Company of Oklahoma (TCO). Alex is a native Tulsan working in Oklahoma City.

Amanda R. Pfeil (JD ’09) had an article published in Brain Injury Professional magazine’s special issue on brain injury litigation. Amanda practices in Denver at Shapiro Winthers & McGraw P.C.

Wesam Keesh (BA ’09) will star in ABC’s new show For The People. Wesam is also known for his work on MTV’s Awkward.

Justin Harlan (BSBA ’09, MBA ’16) was appointed as executive director of Reading Partners Tulsa which consistently recruits more than 100 volunteers from TU each year to serve students at Kendall-Whittier Elementary.

Sarah Tigges (BS ’08) and A.E. “Popsey” Floyd (BA ’09) were named in the Tulsa World’s list of Tulsans of the Year. Floyd is the first-ever community resource officer for the Tulsa Police Department.

Ryan L. Munro (JD ’08) has been one of 16 people appointed to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. He practices at Coulter Lambson in St. Louis.

Rachel E. Gusman (JD ’08), junior partner at Graves McLain, was awarded TU Outstanding Junior Alumna by the College of Law.

Leslie R. Need (JD ’07) became a partner at the regional firm Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP. Leslie’s practice focuses on municipal, Alaska native, environmental and natural resources law in the Anchorage office.

Byron Sanders (BSBA ’06) was named president and CEO of Big Thought. Bryon previously served as vice president of U.S. Trust.

Justin Skillens (BSBA ’13) welcomed daughter Madison Len on September 22, 2017. Justin married Megan Rochelle Bowlinn in April 2016.

Rodney Nichols (JD ’06) made partner at Spencer Fane in Springfield, Mo. Rodney was named as Law & Politics’ Missouri Super Lawyer for the past five years in banking law.

Calvin Michael Moniz (BSBA ’06, MBA ’08, JD ’15) was appointed this fall to the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business Diversity and Inclusion Board representing Phillips 66.

Cara E. Wells (JD ’05) became partner at Needham & Associates, PLLC in the new Tulsa office. Cara’s practice focuses on probate, trust and estate administration. She serves as vice president of the Law Alumni Board of Directors.

Zack Newby (BSBA ’05) was named to the Forbes/SHOOK America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors list for 2017. Zack is a wealth management advisor and senior vice president at Merrill Lynch.

Merrit Klapperich (JD ’04) was appointed as deputy director at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Merrit has been with LANWT since 2007.

Matthew Reeves (JD ’03) joined the Huntsville, Ala. office of Maynard Cooper & Gale as a shareholder practicing litigation. Matthew has been listed in Law & Politics’ Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2011.

Lyndsay Lord-Greer (BSBA ’03) launched her all-organic skincare line, Organic Logic. Lyndsay currently lives in Southlake, Tex., with her husband, Chris, and their two-year-old daughter, London.

Jeffrey Rudd (BSBA ’01) was promoted to chief financial officer of TokenEx. Jeffrey previously served as vice president of finance since 2015.

Lanesha Minnix (JMB ’00) was named senior vice president and general counsel at BMC in Atlanta. Lanesha most recently served as vice president, deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer at AMB Industries Incorporated.

Brian Kuester (JD ’00) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Brian resides in Wagoner County.

Melissa Ausbrooks (BDE ’98) temporarily joined the TU faculty this summer as an adjunct professor teaching American Sign Language III. Melissa is an assistant professor of Special Education at Jackson State University.

John T. Woodruff (JD ’94) has been elected to Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an invitation extended to only one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys.

David Castiglioni (BA ’92) was appointed as vice president of sales at Fortimedix Surgical, an international medical device company. David has over 17 years of experiences in the medical device and biotech industries.

Eric Burris (BSBA ’84) was appointed chair of the Litigation Department at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Eric has served as co-chair of that department since 2013.

Barry Lewis (BA ’83) was honored as the Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Barry has been a writer with the Tulsa World and the statistician on The University of Tulsa’s football radio broadcasts since 1993.

Cheri Bradley (BED ’83) was awarded the 2017 Torchbearer Award and Keeper of the Light Award by the Indiana Commission for Women. Cheri currently serves as First Lady of Indiana State University where her husband, Dan, has been the president since 2008.

Kathy R. Neal (JD ’82), Mary Quinn Cooper (JD ’86), Rachel Blue (JD ’88), Robert J. Joyce (JD ’88), Bill G. Freudenrich (JD ’88) and Garry L. Keele II (JD ’94), attorneys at McAfee & Taft law firm, were recognized in their fields in Chambers & Partners USA 2017.

The Honorable Millie Otey (JD ’79, MMM ’15), Aaron Bundy (BBA ’02, JD ’06), M. Shane Henry (BBA ’97, JD ’06), Mbilike Mwafulirwa (LFM ’10, JD ’12) and Spencer Pittman (JD ’13) were awarded for outstanding service at the Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting.

Allen Smallwood (JD ’74) received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement in Law Award and was inducted into the TU College of Law Hall of Fame. Allen is a criminal defense attorney in Tulsa and a past president of the Law Alumni Board of Directors.

Eleven TU College of Law graduates working for GableGotwals were named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list. Alumni honored include Sidney Dunagan (BA ’65, JD ’68), Casey Cooper (BSBA ’65, JD ’67), Ronald Ricketts (JD ’69), Richard Noulles (JD ’75), Stephen Schuller (JD ’76), Steven Adams (JD ’79), Scott Rowland (JD ’85), John Dale (JD ’03), Mia Vahlberg (JD ’04), Alicia Edwards (BS ’93, JD ’07) and Paul Rossler (JD ’07).

Julie Buxton (BSBA ’95) launched her company GiFTT (Global Fair Trade Treasures) which imports higher-end certified fair trade merchandise handmade by women artisans based in Swaziland, Africa. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to a TU scholarship for women studying business or science. Find out more about GiFTT on social media @gifttsforyou.

Ron Walker (BST ’95, MA ’96) was inducted into the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in May 2017. Ron is the associate dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences.

Teresa Wood (BA ’96) authored two books, In Her Own Native Tongue and Saint Somebody. All proceeds from these books are donated to local charities such as Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless, the John 3:16 Mission’s Overnight Housing and the Salvation Army’s Housing of the Homeless.

Rodney Nichols (JD ’96) became a partner at Spencer Fane in Springfield, Mo. Rodney is the former chairman and vice chairman of the Bank Counsel Section of the Missouri Bankers Association.

Matt Moffett (BA ’96) earned the 2018 Governor’s Arts in Education Award, presented by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Matt is retiring this year as director of the Tulsa Girls Art School.

The Honorable Dana Kuehn (JD ’96) was appointed to the Oklahoma Court of Appeals succeeding The Honorable Clancy Smith (JD ’80). Judge Kuehn is a Law Alumni Board past president and a 2017 TU Law Hall of Fame inductee receiving the 2017 W. Thomas Coffman Award for Community Service.

Kimberly Johnson (BA ’96) was named in the Tulsa World list of Tulsans of the Year. Kimberly serves as chief executive officer of the Tulsa City-County Library.

Reggie Tucker-Seeley (BSBA ’95) accepted an assistant professorship position at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Reggie’s research focus is on financial well-being across the cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life care.

Linda S. Thomas (JD ’94) served as the 2017 president of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Linda is a sole practitioner in Bartlesville, focusing her practice in all areas of law associated with children and family.

Julie Saeger Nierenberg (MA ’94) is a coauthor of the book Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life.

Wendy E. Garrison (JD ’93) joined the City of Springfield as Municipal Court judge. Wendy continues her career in public service after most recently serving as assistant public defender for the state of Missouri.

Sidney “Sid” Chapon (BA ’92) was promoted to vice president for learning, organizational development and HR systems at Publicis Groupe. Publicis Groupe is the world’s third largest communications company. Sid has worked for Leo Burnett Worldwide, one of Publicis’s creative agencies since 2003, and was recently elevated to a new holding company position.

The Honorable Robert D. Bell (JD ’92), Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, was awarded Outstanding Senior Alumnus by the College of Law.

Rachel Blue (JD ’88) received the W. Thomas Coffman Award for Community Service and was inducted into the TU College of Law Hall of Fame. Rachel is a past president of the Law Alumni Board of Directors and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board.

The Honorable Theresa G. Dreiling (JD ’87), Mary Quinn Cooper (JD ’86) and Kathy R. Neal (JD ’82) received the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 2017 Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award. These alumnae were recognized for distinguishing themselves in the legal profession and have led the way for other women.

Lex Frieden (BS ’71) was honored with the 2017 Fries Prize for Improving Health from the CDC Foundation. Lex is the chief architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act and is a past TU Distinguished Alumnus.

David Humphreys (JD ’87) and Luke Wallace (JD ’94) were both awarded the Vern Countryman Award by the National Consumer Law Center.

Terry Ragsdale (BPE ’84) was named by Chambers USA to its list of Leaders in Their Field. Terry was honored for his work in energy and natural resources.

Stuart Price (JD ’82) was named by Tulsa World as a 2017 Tulsan of the Year. Price Family Properties has worked in downtown Tulsa for more than 30 years and is credited with developing a significant part of the Tulsa skyline.

The Honorable Daniel J. Boudreau (JD ’76) was the first recipient of an award named in honor of Peter B. Bradford (JD ’61) by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Sylvia Scott (BS ’71) founded Girl’s C.E.O. (Creating Enterprising Organizations) whose mission is to cultivate creativity and innovation in “Generation Z” girls, preparing them for entrepreneurial ventures.

Joseph Pelton (BS ’65) was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Space Safety Award, the top award of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety. Joseph has had a long career in space safety, but most recently, he headed the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Ronald Braeutigam (BS ’70) will step down as associate provost for undergraduate education at Northwestern University. Ronald has been a faculty member in the economics department at Northwestern since 1975 and has served as associate provost since 2005.

Bill Hinkle (BS ’69) was inducted into the Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame. Bill is currently a TU adjunct professor and manages the TU National Student Advertising Team annually.

Lynette Bennett (BA ’59) recently published her book Broadway Dreamer, a New York Actor’s Memoir. Lynette is an award-winning Broadway, film and television actress.

Marolyn Stout (BA ’49) recently published her book 50 Years Behind the Fitting Room Door. Marolyn managed or worked at fashion boutiques in north Oklahoma City from 1961-2011.

William Dunstan (MA ’66) published his book Nell Cropsey and Jim Wilcox: The Chill of Destiny. William now resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

Philip McCoy (MBA ’15) married Hali Mayfield in May 2017. Philip and his dad, Tom McCoy (BPE ’84, MSE ’87), are pictured with their TU class rings.

Alexandra Ott (BA ’14) published her debut children’s novel, Rules for Thieves, with Aladdin, a division of Simon and Schuster. Alexandra plans to publish a sequel in 2018.

Jamie Hall (Sampayo) (BPE ’11) was promoted to Completions Engineering Team Lead at WPX Energy. Jamie has been with WPX for over eight years.

Adrienne Lalli Hills (BFA ’09) was recently promoted to Senior Interpretive Planner at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. She was instrumental in developing content-rich digital interpretation elements for the recently-renovated Bloch Galleries.

Calvin Michael Moniz (BSBA ’06, MBA ’08, JD ’15) recently accepted the role as Senior Advisor for University Relations and Recruiting at Phillips 66.

Allison Ann Davis (BSBA ’06, MBA ’07) married Erik Walker Runnels on October 9, 2016 in New Orleans. TU alumni in attendance included: Lesli Lewis Dinsmore (BA ’06), bridesmaid, Molly Grelle Mason (former student), bridesmaid, Lindsey Rapp Carlie (BA ’06), and Kelly Saviers Marconi (BSP ’06). Allison and Erik live in Washington, D.C. where Allison is an attorney with CACI International and Erik is a library associate with the D.C. Public Library.

Michael Kitces (MTX ’06) received the Richard J. Davis Ethics, Legal and Regulatory Insight Award from the Investment Managements Consultants Association in May 2017. Michael is a partner and director of wealth management for Pinnacle Advisory Group.

Kamaal Zaidi (JD ’04) hosted a book signing in Calgary for his new book Renewable Energy in Canada.

Britney Grayson (BS ’04) completed her residency training in General Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in June 2017 and began fellowship training in Pediatric Surgery at Indiana University’s Riley Children’s Hospital in August 2017.

RJ Lasek (BSBA ’01) was recently appointed to General Manager at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. RJ and his family relocated to Portugal to accept the appointment.

Daniel H. Wilson (BS ’00) published his book The Clockwork Dynasty. Daniel’s book is available for purchase on Amazon.

In June 2017, Steve Nelson (Newman Center Campus Minister ’00-’08), Matthew Pepper (BS ’00), Jerry Suva(BEE ’99, BCS ’99) and John White (BA ’00) celebrated their birthdays by riding 165 miles while visiting Trappist monasteries across southern Belgium.

Melissa Ausbrooks (BDE ’98) temporarily joined the TU faculty this summer as an adjunct professor teaching American Sign Language III. Melissa is an assistant professor of Special Education at Jackson State University.

Brian Sendker (BBA ’97) traveled to Tanzania and summited the tallest freestanding peak in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Melissa “Missy” Gelner (BSBA ’97) was appointed to the Start Board of Education for Missouri. Melissa is the chief kinship officer at the Missouri-based Askinosie Chocolate Company and executive director of Chocolate University, a nonprofit of Askinosie that educates local students about the international production and direct trade of chocolate.

Teresa Wood (BA ’96) authored two books, In Her Own Native Tongue and Saint Somebody. Teresa’s husband, John Wood, has been employed at TU for 36 years.

Rodney Nichols (JD ’96) became a partner at Spencer Fane in Springfield, MO. Rodney is the former chairman and vice chairman of the Bank Counsel Section of the Missouri Bankers Association.

Ron Walker (BST ’95, MA ’96) was inducted into the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in May 2017. Ron is the Associate Dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences.

Reggie Tucker-Seeley (BSBA ’95) accepted an assistant professorship position at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Reggie’s research focus is on financial well-being across the cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life care.

Sidney “Sid” Chapon (BA ’92) was promoted to vice president for learning, organizational development and HR systems at Publicis Groupe. Publicis Groupe is the world’s third largest communications company. Sid has worked for Leo Burnett Worldwide, one of Publicis’s creative agencies since 2003, and was recently elevated to a new holding company position.

David Castiglioni (BA ’92) was appointed as vice president of sales at Fortimedix Surgical, an international medical device company. David has over 17 years of experiences in the medical device and biotech industries.

Jenny Griebenow (BA ’89, MA ’91) has been a homeschooling mom now for 17 years. She has been an advocate for her three children who all either have learning disabilities or Asperger syndrome or both. Her oldest has just graduated from the Ohio State University and is headed to grad school in the fall, her middle will be a senior and is an amazing artist and archer, and her youngest just performed in the musical Beauty and the Beast as Monsieur D’Arque. She and husband Greg (BS ‘86) live in the Louisville, Kentucky area where Greg is a project engineer for Chemical and Industrial Engineering.

Lois Harper (BMG ’86) was selected as Dean of Capital and Northeast Region of the Defense Acquisition University. Lois moved to Ft. Belvoir, VA from San Diego, CA to accept the position.

Terry Ragsdale (BPE ’84) was recently named by Chambers USA to its list of Leaders in Their Field. Terry was honored for his work in Energy & Natural Resources.

Erick Contag (BEE ’84) was appointed as executive chairman at GlobeNet. Erick previously served as CEO at GlobeNet for nine years.

Barry Lewis (BA ’83) was honored as the Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Barry has been a writer with the Tulsa World and the statistician on The University of Tulsa’s football radio broadcasts since 1993.

Ken McQueen (BPE ’82) was appointed to the New Mexico Senate as cabinet secretary to energy minerals and natural resources.

Janine Barnett Pride (BED ’81) celebrated 20 years with Happy Hands Education Center, a non-profit organization educating deaf children in Tulsa.

Bill Marshall (BS ’79) won the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs bridge tournament. This was Bill’s first North American Bridge Championship win.

Craig Gaines (BPE ’75) had a new revised edition of his first book, The Confederate Cherokees, John Drew’s Regiment of Mounted Rifles, published in May 2017 by LSU Press.  LSU Press had also previously published Craig’s third book, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks.

Paul Caldron (BS ’73) completed a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis at Maastricht University, United Nations University – MERIT in the Netherlands after defending his dissertation regarding motivations, economic and manpower inputs into short-term medical missions by US physicians.

Peter Bernhardt (BA ’73, JD ’76) has recently translated his third novel, Red Romeo, into German. The German edition was published in the summer of 2017.

James “Jim” Pool (BS ’68) was awarded Sigma Chi’s Significant Sig Award. James is a professor of medicine and pharmacology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.