UT Tyler

Class Notes

Fall 2013

'ONCE A PATRIOT, ALWAYS A PATRIOT' was the theme of this year's annual Homecoming Week at UT Tyler. Homecoming was celebrated Oct. 14-19 with a variety of activities including live entertainment, games, organizational fairs, the Patriot Idol contest, UT Tyler men's and women's soccer games and the crowning of Mr. and Miss UT Tyler.

Joel Adams was named executive vice president for Southside Bank Investment Services. He has worked for Southside Bank for 16 years and is a 2000 graduate of UT Tyler with a bachelor of business administration degree in finance. Adams was profiled twice in Bank Investment Consultant magazine and was nominated as one of the Top 50 Bank Advisers in the country.

Bobby Asad owns Sonoma Grill in Tyler and Fish City Grill franchises in Tyler and Longview, with an average of 30 employees for each. This year, he purchased a three-acre lot in Tyler and broke ground to develop it into a 24,000-square-foot retail shopping center. Asad graduated from UT Tyler in 1991 with a bachelor of business administration degree in management.

Robin Ashworth serves as president of the Longview/Tyler chapter of the National Association of Professional Women. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from UT Tyler and works as business manager for the Tyler Morning Telegraph. Ashworth also has worked for Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and Henry & Peters.

Jeff Austin III was reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Transportation Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation. Austin is vice chairman of Austin Bank Texas N.A. in Jacksonville and past president of First State Bank in Frankston.

He is a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Committee and Bank CEO Network; presiding officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority; and past board member/past chairman of the Texas Bankers Association. Austin holds a bachelor's degree and master of business administration degree from UT Tyler.

Janet Berry retired from Brownsboro Elementary School as a physical education teacher, after 31 years inspiring students in and out of the classroom. She began her teaching career at Brownsboro Elementary after graduating from UT Tyler.

Her contributions to the school district include starting the Brownsboro High School softball program. In 2011, Berry was honored as Chandler/Brownsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year.

Sandra Bridges was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the State Board for Educator Certification for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers.

Bridges is a teacher in Rockwall Independent School District, a member of the Texas Speech and Communications Association and past member of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. She holds a bachelor's degree from UT Tyler and is pursuing a master's degree at Drury University.

Jonathon Burns was promoted to senior manager of Yamaha Marine Group's marine business planning and supply chain operations division. Burns leads marine operations teams, overall production planning, new business planning and market intelligence. He helps consolidate critical functions for faster decision-making and ensures strategic pricing across all operations teams.

Burns holds a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from UT Tyler.

Cara Cooke was named superintendent of Kilgore Independent School District, after serving as assistant superintendent at West Oso ISD in Corpus Cristi. She has worked in education for 25 years, beginning her career in Palestine Independent School District. She served as assistant superintendent of Industrial ISD and elementary school principal with Neches ISD.

Cooke graduated from UT Tyler in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in education and holds a master's degree from Stephen F. State University.

Amanda Davis was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The council assists the commissioner of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in developing rules and policies for the agency.

Davis is a retired school administrator in the Buffalo Independent School District and a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association and Texas Association of Mediators. She holds a superintendent certification from UT Tyler.

Trent Dawson was hired as director of the new Seattle, Wash., office of Standish Management, which provides consulting services to managers of private equity, venture capital, real estate and fund of funds. Dawson previously served as vice president of finance for Voyager Capital. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from UT Tyler and is a certified public accountant.

Megan Dodd was promoted to marketing associate for the graphics, screen-printing and embroidery division at East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, after serving as the organization's marketing assistant for rehabilitative services. She graduated from UT Tyler in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in sociology.

Betty Edwards, Dawn Franks and Christy Roach were among eight women honored by the Women in Tyler organization for outstanding work in the community. The honorees were presented during at an annual Women's History Month event.

Edwards leads North Tyler Day Nursery, an educational day care for children of working parents and parents attending Texas College. A former home economics teacher, she earned a degree in early childhood education at UT Tyler.

Franks co-founded the East Texas Crisis Center, Children's Advocacy Center and United Way Nonprofit Development Center. She now works with Fourth Partner, helping philanthropists find and contribute to organizations that touch their hearts. Franks graduated from UT Tyler in 1989 with a master of public administration degree.

Roach is making a difference in the lives of students at Douglas Elementary School, where she serves as principal. Her previous positions at Douglas include assistant principal and third-grade teacher. Roach earned a master of education degree from UT Tyler.

Angel Gregory received the Richland College of Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty. Gregory is an adjunct professor in world language and development reading at Richland College, where she is recognized by her colleagues and students as one who enthusiastically provides tools to help students succeed. She works full-time as a reading specialist at Berry Middle School in Mesquite Independent School District.

Gregory earned a bachelor's degree in education and master's degree in reading from UT Tyler in 1984 and 1992, respectively.

Wesley Hill and Michael Wysocki were named to the 2013 Texas Rising Stars list, which identifies the top young lawyers in Texas each year.

Hill is an attorney with Longview-based Ward & Smith and represents clients in a variety of intellectual property and commercial litigation cases, including those involved in contract disputes, oil and gas and federal criminal matters. He is a 1998 graduate of UT Tyler and a 2001 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law.

Wysocki practices family law with Dallas-based McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing. He earned his undergraduate degree from UT Tyler, graduating summa cum laude. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law.

Tish Hudson is operations manager at Good Shepherd Medical Center. She graduated from UT Tyler in 2010 with a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Larry Kellam is using his corporate expertise to help local businesses gain customers through his new business, Welcomemat Services, located in McKinney and Frisco. Kellam is a small business consultant and former acquisitions manager with 32 years of experience. He graduated from UT Tyler in 1981 with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing.

Verlaine MacClements is a financial adviser with Wells Fargo Advisors, serving on a team to help clients achieve their financial goals. She began her career as a financial consultant with Prudential Securities in 2002.

MacClements earned her master of business administration degree in 2001 from UT Tyler, where she was selected for membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. MacClements was one of six Tyler women to be selected to the Leadership Texas Class of 2013.

Roy Martinez was named an executive vice president for Southside Bank. With more than 17 years of banking experience, he will serve as a commercial lender for the bank's South Broadway Avenue branch. Martinez holds bachelor and master of business administration degrees from UT Tyler. He is a graduate of Leadership Tyler Class 19 and serves on several boards and committees.

Alfred "Al'' Matson was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2019. The council helps individuals with disabilities achieve maximum personal independence by engaging in productive employment activities.

Matson is director of vocational services at Andrews Center Behavioral Healthcare System. He is a member of the Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs Advisory Council and past member of the Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped Advisory Committee. He holds a bachelor's degree from UT Tyler.

Shan McAteer, Mari Moses and Stacey Perkins were honored as Teachers of the Year in Hallsville Independent School District for the 2012-13 school year.

McAteer teaches at Hallsville Little Cats Pre-K School and volunteers at Longview Missions Outreach Center. He holds a bachelor of science degree from UT Tyler.

Moses teaches at Hallsville Junior High School and is a member of Mobberly Baptist Church. She graduated from UT Tyler in 1996 with a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies degree.

Perkins teaches at East Elementary School, has been a mentor teacher and co-presenter at STSW Educational Conference and serves in Perkins Partnership Ministry and Highway 80 Rescue Mission. Perkins holds bachelor and master of arts degrees in English from UT Tyler.

Carl M. Newman Jr. has joined the Raymond James Financial Services Inc. office at TBT Financial Services, a division of Texas Bank and Trust, as a financial adviser. Newman was most recently a financial adviser for Morgan Stanley. He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology from UT Tyler and a master of business administration degree from LeTourneau University.

Kathy Parker was named junior high school principal in Spring Hill Independent School District. Parker previously served as assistant principal at James S. Hogg Middle School in Tyler. She graduated from UT Tyler in 2006 with a master of education degree.

Vanessa Robinson was named principal of Pine Tree Junior High School, after serving three years as an assistant principal at Pine Tree High School. Robinson has 16 years of experience in education, including two years as Pine Tree JHS assistant principal, eight years as a middle school math and science teacher and three years as an education counselor with the Federal TRIO Program.

She holds a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies and master of education in leadership from UT Tyler.

Dr. Janie Sims was promoted to assistant superintendent of Athens Independent School District, after serving as curriculum director since 2011. She is the former principal of Athens Intermediate and South Athens Elementary schools. Sims holds a master of education degree and superintendent certificate from UT Tyler.

Dr. Judy Sun, the first graduate of UT Tyler's doctoral program in human resource development, was among UT Tyler College of Business and Technology faculty receiving a national research award from the Academy of Human Resource Development for a scholarly paper they co-authored.

Recipients of the award included Sun and Drs. Greg G. Wang, Jerry W. Gilley and D. Harold Doth, co-authors of "Career Authenticity Based Voluntary Career Transition: A Grounded Theory Study.''

Sun is an assistant professor of HRD at UT Tyler. She completed her doctorate in 2011.

Deanna Turner was named assistant principal of Pine Tree Elementary School, bringing 18 years of education experience to the position. Turner began her career at Pine Tree Elementary in 1994 as a first-grade teacher, and also taught first grade at Spring Hill Primary School for five years. She has served in various leadership roles in both districts.

Turner has received multiple honors, including Teacher of the Year for Pine Tree Elementary and Rotary Teacher of the Month. She earned a master's degree from UT Tyler in 2000 and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1994.

Jerry Woolverton received the Community Spirit Award at the Texas Bank and Trust's annual awards event. Woolverton has been a community volunteer for more than 30 years and has held leadership roles with the Tyler Economic Development Council, Texas Chest Foundation, East Texas Symphony Orchestra Foundation, the local chapter of the American Heart Association and the UT Tyler Regional Alumni Council.

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