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Todd Samuels, Allen, a business systems analyst for Brinker International, achieved the project management professional designation in April. He is also a certified information systems auditor and certified information systems security professional. He and his wife, Tanya, celebrated the birth of their third child, Tatum, in March.

Bill Cheek, San Diego, Calif., has relocated from Dallas to San Diego as the new director of operations for the W Hotel San Diego.

Teresa Maria Gomez, New York, N.Y., performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist in Oratorio Terezín in February. She has sung the role of the "Voice of Suffering" in the world premiere performances of the oratorio in Canada, Europe and Israel. Teresa made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 as the soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem.

Angela Smith Bicknell, Fort Worth, taught English for 12 years in the Birdville ISD before accepting the position of Small Learning Communities grant coordinator.

Michael Cooke, San Mateo, Calif., received his second Emmy Award in 2006 for his work on NASCAR on the Fox Network. He works for Sportvision, a TV technology and production company. The San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra performed the world premiere of his orchestra and chorus composition, "Music for Humans," in June 2006. Michael and his wife, Lisa, were expecting their first child this April.

Chris Edwards and Tara Springer Edwards ('96), Montclair, Va., welcomed their first child, Kelsay Rouere, in October. Chris is stationed at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and Tara manages the group fitness and indoor cycling programs at a health club.

Eric Krueger, Pearl City, Hawaii, is a Navy lieutenant and a 2005 U.S. Naval War College graduate serving as the weapons officer on the U.S.S. O'Kane. He was scheduled to be deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group in January, his third deployment to the Middle East since he joined the Navy in 1998. He and his wife, Jodie, have a daughter, Hailey, and a son, Seth.

Cynthia Law Hawkins (M.S.), Indianapolis, Ind., has opened Circle City Sweets, a specialty baked good business.

Ted Mahavier (Ph.D.), Beaumont, co-founder of MathNerds Inc. (featured in the spring 2003 North Texan), will help set up mathematics mentoring networks with $87,450 secured as part of a Meadows Foundation grant. Volunteers with the nonprofit corporation offer free help with math problems submitted through its web site. In the new networks, math questions from public school students will be forwarded to math education majors at Lamar University and Texas State University.

John Perkins (M.A.), Fort Worth, has received the Tarrant County College Chancellor's Award for Exemplary Teaching. He serves at the Southeast campus as an associate professor of history.

*John-David R. Rocha ('93 TAMS, '02 M.S.), Missouri City, and his wife, * Vicki E. Rocha ('02), "joyfully received" their first child, Sophia Leigh, in January. John-David is completing his Ph.D. in chemistry at Rice University, and Vicki enjoys teaching third grade in the Alief ISD.

Marvin E. Sprouse III, Austin, is a new partner at Jackson Walker LLP. He earned his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law. He primarily represents financial institutions, creditors' committees and other creditors and debtors in workout/ restructure and bankruptcy litigation matters.

Bob Sweet (M.S.), Lubbock, was appointed associate dean of libraries for library technology and management services at Texas Tech University.

Shelly Hanks, Arlington, has been an educator in Grand Prairie for nine years. She also has earned a master's degree in educational administration.

Amy Sandling Crawford, Plano, has started her own public relations consulting practice, Crawford Creative Group, after almost nine years at Dallas public relations agency C. Pharr and Co. She specializes in media relations and creative writing projects.

Brian M. Brennan and Hailey Hua Brennan ('98), Mansfield, N.J., welcomed twin boys, Colin Patrick and Kyle Christopher, to their family in February. Brian is a New Jersey deputy attorney general prosecuting corporate fraud, and Hailey is a commercial lines underwriter for AIG. They recently bought a new house "20 minutes from the Jersey Shore."

Laura L. Heinz (M.S.), Lubbock, was accepted into the Leadership Texas program for 2007. She is senior director for outreach and extramural services for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Libraries.

Richard Martin, Frisco, has been appointed city manager of Oak Point in Denton County. He earned his J.D. from the University of Texas in 2002 and was previously an associate with the law firm of Strasburger and Price. He and his wife, Lisa Martin ('98), a McKinney teacher, have a 2-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Elizabeth.

Korena Bolding, Dallas, was named art director of luxury brands at Fossil Inc. in Richardson. She previously served as associate design director for American Way and Southwest Airlines Spirit magazines.

Tristan Sargent, Gaithersburg, Md., was promoted to program manager at USIS Corp. He manages its corporate contracts for federal work at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. He is married and resides in suburban Maryland.


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