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Donna Mitchell Bowers, Norman, Okla., and her husband, Jed, had a baby boy, Jaden Mitchell Bowers, in February. She is a physician assistant in family practice.

Laurie Hogarth, Richmond, and three other physicians are co-owners of Town Center Pediatrics in Sugar Land. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston from 1993 to 1997 and finished a residency and chief residency in pediatrics there in 2001.


Tony Brown, St. Louis, Mo., is director of bands at Mehlville High School in St. Louis. His Symphonic Band was the Missouri 5A Honor Band and performed at the Missouri Music Educators Conference in January. The band under Tony’s direction also was selected in 1995 and 1999.

Richard Perez (’97 M.S.), Fort Worth, and his wife, Patricia, welcomed their first child, Ricardo Javier Perez, in December. Richard is a communications instructor at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth.

Rolando Ramos, Laredo, was named Teacher of the Year for 2007-08 at United South Middle School in Laredo, where he teaches sixth- through eighth-grade physical education and health. He’s been a teacher and coach for nine years.

Michelle Washington and Roger Moore ('83), Corinth, were married in March. She is a teacher in the Denton ISD and he is a sales manager with a manufacturing firm in Lewisville.

Stewart P. Wessel (M.F.A.), Murphysboro, Ill., won top marks for his teaching at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s “Excellence Through Commitment” awards dinner in April. A nationally recognized designer, he is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at SIUC and developed an experimental furniture design studio there.


Craig LoSasso, Denver, Colo., is leaving Colorado to become
the deputy fire chief for the Jerome Fire Department located outside of Twin Falls, Idaho. Craig and his wife, Jean, have a daughter, Abriana, who was born in December 2006.


Craig A. Fischer (’94 M.S.), Plano, is now a partner at U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, which he joined in 1995. He provides audit services to industrial clients in the Dallas area. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Shelley Ann Jackson and her husband, Jeff Crosby (’94), New York, N.Y., announce the birth of their first child, Harper Annelie Crosby, in April 2007. Visit Bookshelf to learn more about the couple’s recent book.

Christine L. McKibbin (M.S., ’97 Ph.D.), Laramie, Wyo., is assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wyoming.

Jennifer Helms Roh, New York, N.Y., was awarded a master’s degree in technology management from Columbia University in May. She works for JackBe Corp., an Enterprise Mashup software startup. Previously, she worked for Symantec Corp. and Sun Microsystems.

Jill Kristin Rotella Ysasaga, Kingwood, was named general counsel of Quality Infusion Care Inc. of Houston in January.


Yvette Blair, Dallas, was promoted to regional vice president of marketing and communications with the American Heart Association. Previously, she served as its Dallas communications director.

*Tyler Kuebler (’97 M.M.) and *Claire Murray-Kuebler (’92), Murphysboro, Ill., celebrated the birth of their daughter, Sofia June, in January.

Betsy Troup, Dallas, obtained her residential real estate license and is working with Virginia Cook Realtors. Friends can contact her at


Leah Browning Clark, Dallas, was promoted to regional vice president of marketing and communications with the American Heart Association. Previously, she served as its Dallas communications director.

Susan Yost, Richardson, is vice president of MarketWave, a national public relations and marketing firm. Previously, she was a director there and was instrumental in helping the business surpass the $1 million revenue mark for the first time in 2007. Prior to joining MarketWave, she was marketing manager for the Baylor Tom Landry Health and Wellness Center in Dallas.


Gerardo Garciacano, Biel, Switzerland, won third prize in the third annual Seoul International Music Competition for voice in December. The baritone, originally from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, is performing in Austria, Switzerland and Germany this summer.

Maruchy Gotay-Cantu, Flower Mound, has accepted the position of human resources manager for Frito-Lay North America’s Texas region.


Julie Freeman, Waco, was promoted to director of student publications at Baylor University. She had been the assistant media advisor for student publications there since 2005. Prior to that, she worked as a copy editor at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Karla Neeley Leach (Ed.D.), Cypress, begins her new role as president of Western Wyoming Community College this summer. She served previously as dean of student learning and organizational development at Cy-Fair College in Cypress.



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