We hope you enjoy reading all the latest personal and professional updates from our BIC alumni. We post these updates once each year, usually during the spring semester. We also post various alumni interviews throughout the year. If you would like to contribute an update for a future post, please email us at BIC@baylor.edu. Enjoy!
Emily Wininger Callahan (’00) and Jason Callahan (’00) just celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. They live in Memphis where Emily is the Chief Marketing Officer, for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the largest healthcare charity in America. For the past two years St. Jude has been named the highest quality brand of any brand in the Harris Interactive Survey of over 95,000 consumers and 3,500 for-profit and non-profit brands. Emily serves as the vice chair for the Memphis Brand Initiative and is on the board of the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. Jason is the VP for HR and Risk Management for Truck Pro, the nation’s largest independent distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts. He serves on the national board for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and First Tee of Memphis. They have two children, a daughter, Emerson (7) and son, Jennings (4) who are Baylor Bear fans already.
Craig Henderson (’00) graduated from Baylor with a BS in Computer Science. He graduated from University of the Pacific School of Law in 2006, and has been practicing civil litigation in Las Vegas, Nevada, since. He and his wife, Samantha M. Henderson, MSN, APN, FNP have two children, Gwendolyn, born April 8, 2016, and Floyd, born April 17, 2014. They enjoy spending as much time as they can with the kids during their free time, including hiking at Red Rock and Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas.
John Erickson, MD (’00) graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and now practices orthopedic surgery in Raleigh, NC. He is a partner at the Raleigh Hand Center and specializes in hand and upper extremity care. His wife Kimberly is a pediatric surgeon at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They have one daughter named Annie, and they enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and watching Baylor football. Read our recent interview with Dr. Erickson.
Becky Oberg (’01) recently published her second book, a Bible study for sexual assault survivors called “Comforting Tamar“. It’s available on Amazon and Kindle as an ebook, and the publisher is Nortia Press.
Lynne (Pennington) Kujawa (’02) married fellow Baylor Bear Marcus Kujawa (’03) in Aubrey, TX on September 16, 2016. After graduating from Baylor, Lynne taught mathematics at Plano Senior High School, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2003. She moved to Denver, CO in 2005 and earned her Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Colorado in 2014. Lynne taught mathematics at Cherry Creek High School from 2005-2016, and moved back to Texas in July 2016 to marry Marcus. They currently live in Dallas, TX , where Lynne teaches mathematics at Highland Park High School and Marcus is a real estate partner at Liberty Banker’s Life.
Julie (Smith) Bennett (’03) and her husband Wesley welcomed their first child, Sadie Evangeline, on June 13, 2016. The Crosby, Texas couple both started 2017 with new jobs and are excited for all that is to come. Wes is a Mechanical Engineer and Julie teaches high school history in Kingwood.
Kristin C. Jones, MD (’03) graduated from Baylor as a pre-med, forensic science major with biology and chemistry minors. She went on to attend medical school at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed one year of Internal Medicine residency at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and 3 years of Psychiatry residency at Emory University before completing an additional year of fellowship training in Geriatric Psychiatry at Emory University. She has held a faculty position as an Assistant Professor at Emory University overseeing their Electroconvulsive Therapy program for one year, before returning home to Houston, TX where she currently works as an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine overseeing Geriatric Psychiatry services at Ben Taub Hospital and performing ECT.
Major Trevor Cichowski (’04) is headed back to Japan this summer for a second three-year tour of Asia with the US Air Force. Trevor just finished a year at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he earned his second masters degree, this one in National Security Studies. Trevor and Jenny, and his kids Katie and CJ, can’t wait to explore more of Japan as he settles into his job in Misawa, flying the F-16 and working as the Chief of Safety for the 35th Fighter Wing. He’ll be in Waco this summer to participate in the TriWaco triathlon, and can’t wait to see how the Baylor campus has grown since he graduated in ’04!
Laurin (Rennell) Samuelson (’05) and her husband of 3.5 years, Jon Samuelson, reside in Austin, TX and are expecting their second daughter in May. Their daughter, Hanna, will turn two in April. Laurin has worked at Accenture for over 10 years providing IT Consulting and Sales for government clients.
Ashley (Turner) Parker (’05) currently lives in west Plano, Texas with her husband and their dog, a large goldendoodle named Ollie. After Baylor, Ashley earned her Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and currently works for Expedia, Inc. as the Director & Head of Brand Marketing for Travelocity. She met her husband, an attorney practicing labor and employment law in Dallas, in 2010 and they have been married for 4 years. They spend their free time running, traveling and keeping up with friends!
Sondra N. Barringer (’06) went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona. She recently returned to Texas to take a position as an Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Leadership at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development at Southern Methodist University. Her research focus is at the intersection of the governance and finances of colleges and universities, social networks, and organizational theory. She is currently working on two National Science Foundation funded grant projects and teaching courses on higher education governance and leadership, research methods, and statistics. Continue reading