Alumni Updates — May 2014

Sally Ann Moyer (’13) moved to Dallas shortly after graduation for an exciting job at a communications consulting firm. She is able to continuously explore new thoughts and ideas as she deals with clients across all industries. Her job also gives her some opportunities to travel, most recently to Montréal.

Daniel Saca (’13) just completed a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania and will attend the University of Illinois College of Medicine starting in the fall to pursue a medical degree.

Brooke Sartin (’13) took a year off after graduation but is confirmed to attend DePaul University College of Law in Chicago this fall. Brooke plans on a unique mixed concentration in health, international, and human rights law and will also pursue a dual degree, a JD and an MS in Public Service Management.

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Malle Carrasco (’12) is finishing her commitment to Teach for America this May after having taught high school Biology for two years. She will stay in Memphis, TN to begin a PhD program in Biology, studying animal behavior, and she will marry her best friend, Jeremy Harris. (photo above–click to enlarge)

Jacob Creighton (’12) began a Master of Public Health program at Baylor the fall after his graduation. Jacob writes, “I absolutely love the program and what I am learning. Public health, much like the BIC, requires a great deal of collaboration and interdisciplinary thought. I will be attending medical school in 2016. Medical training and practice is undergoing tremendous renovation, and I believe that integration of public health core competencies will drive progress ahead.  I am also currently teaching—yes, TEACHING—several sections of health education to undergraduates.  I try and replace lectures with as many small group discussions as I can!”

Tiffany Gallegos (’11) is living in Waco and working on a Masters in Social Work at Baylor. She works with Baylor’s Texas Hunger Initiative and will be interning at Waco Community Development in the fall. She is overjoyed to be getting married in May! 

Erik Baumann (’10) graduated Baylor Law School (cum laude) in 2014 and also completed a Masters in Public Policy & Administration. He will take the Texas Bar Exam in July. In addition, he has already accepted a job at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and will start in August 2014.

Lacey (Melinder) Garner (’10) and her husband, Jesse, were married in September 2013 and currently live in Tyler, Texas. Jesse is the administrative director at Pine Cove Camps and Lacey is the children’s small groups director at Grace Community Church.

Patricia Leeke (’10) graduated Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (Baylor S&W) in May 2014. She begins an OBGYN residency in Washington DC in June and will marry Major Steven A. Mwesigwa (USAF) on November 30, 2014 in McKinney TX.

Jennifer Shimada (’10) graduated in May from San Jose State University with a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS). After leaving Baylor, she taught fifth grade for two years through Teach for America in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently, she works for the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City.

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Jenn Hill (’09) initially went to Cornell for an MPA but decided that wasn’t the right choice for her life, so she moved back home to Little Rock, AR. She is happy to report she just graduated with a BS in Chemistry with ACS Certification from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and was the Outstanding Graduating Bachelors Student in the College of Science. She will be attending GA Tech in the fall for a PhD in Chemistry. (photo above–click to enlarge)

Courtney L. (Jewett) Craig (’08) earned a Master’s in English and Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. Since graduating from Baylor, she has worked as a high school English teacher and contributing writer for San Antonio Weddings magazine. She currently works as a Copy Editor at Educational Testing Services (ETS) in San Antonio, editing state assessments. She is also currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UTSA with the intent of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the private practice setting.

Courtney married Warren Craig, a recent law graduate and soon-to-be immigration lawyer, in 2011. She continues to write poetry and children’s books and is seeking publication. Her poem “In a Taxi” was published in the Storyteller, an international magazine. She enjoys taking writing workshops and attending poetry readings. When looking back at her time at Baylor, Courtney always says that being a part of the BIC program was the best part of her college experience.

Serena Johnson (’08) graduated in May with a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. She currently serves as an American Sign Language interpreter in the DFW area.

Vanessa Garcia (’07) works as a Plant Engineer at Barney Davis Energy Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is on the Education Committee for the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, is currently house hunting, and enjoys riding with Team Life Cyclers (the local bicycle club in Corpus Christi).

Christa (Vargo) Katz (’07) graduated from the University of Texas with a M.S.S.W and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She got married on Feb 16, 2014 to Jonathan Katz.

Taleen Alexandria Khalaf (’07) graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and will be a resident physician at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Taleen writes, “My experiences in the BIC are always a topic I can allude to for being able to connect to patients from all backgrounds.”

Ashley (Turner) Parker (‘05) finished her M.B.A. at Southern Methodist University in 2012 while she worked for TGI Fridays’ corporate office as the National Marketing and Advertising Manager. She married Talley Parker in May of 2013, an attorney from the University of Arkansas, and they adopted a 70 lb. Goldendoodle puppy. In 2014 she ran her first full marathon and she now works as the Brand Manager for Travelocity. Sic ‘Em Bears!

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April (Pate) Beckham (’04) and her husband Scott Beckham (A&M alum) welcomed their first child, Dylan Andrew Beckham, to the world on March 25, 2014.  She continues her work as a Licensed Professional Counselor with Humana Health Insurance (in their Behavioral Health department called Lifesynch). She works from home in Richmond, TX. (photo above–click to enlarge)

Kate McAngus (’04) earned two Masters Degrees (one in Slavic Languages & Literatures from UVA and one in Library & Information Science from Simmons) and has now found a home working as a librarian for a small book-ish start-up based in New England. She and her fiancé—to be married in March in Austin, TX—recently relocated to St. Louis from Boston/New York and couldn’t be happier to be closer to Texas.

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Carroll Bonner Crowson (’03) and Grady Crowson (’01) just celebrated their first anniversary after marrying on May 11, 2013.  They live in Waco where Carroll works as a career counselor in Baylor’s Office of Career and Professional Development and Grady works in the financial industry.  Carroll can be reached at Carroll_Crowson@baylor.edu. (photo above–click to enlarge)

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Christine Gentry (’03) received a Master’s in English Education from Harvard University and then taught in inner-city Boston high schools for five years. In 2010, she moved to New York City to start a Ph.D. program at Columbia University (also in English Education). She is happy to report that she just graduated in May! In July, she will return to Boston to take the Director of Certification position at City on a Hill Charter Public Schools. She will be in charge of all the student teachers across the network–observing them, mentoring them, and teaching a Master’s seminar course to them–while still teaching a section or two of high school English. (photo above–click to enlarge)

Flora (Lee) Peir (’03) is still reaping the benefits of a BIC-mandated subscription to the New York Times. She was promoted last year to assistant metro editor and helps oversee night news coverage at the paper. Flora and her husband live in Queens with their two children, ages three and one.

Laurianne (Martin) Rodriguez (’02) married in 2004 and served in the United States Air Force until 2006, leaving active duty with the rank of Captain. She earned a MS in Family Studies and Human Services (Gerontology emphasis) from Kansas State University in 2006 and is currently working on a graduate certificate from Texas A&M University in Non-profit Management. Laurianne lives in Colorado Springs and her husband is still on active duty.

Dustin D. Stewart (’01) completed his PhD in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin in spring 2013. In February his dissertation, “Exponential Futures: Whig Poetry and Religious Imagination, 1670-1745,” was named the best in the English department for the year, and then in May it won the University Co-Op and Graduate School prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts for 2013. In August, Dustin will take up a new position as assistant professor of English, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

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Will Kearney (’98) is married to Mary Kearney (Baylor ’99) and they have three kids.  Will works for Lennox International in Richardson, TX as a Network Administrator II in the IT Department.  He handles all wireless phone needs for Lennox and is working towards further IT certifications.  He enjoys playing with his kids and working on computers. (photo above–click to enlarge)

If you have an update you would like to include in a future “alumni updates” blog post, please send it to Adam Moore, BIC Coordinator. Also, let us know if you have any other ideas for the blog or ways we can better keep in touch with our alumni.

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