Alumni denoted by an asterisk (*) are members of the North Texas Exes
Ken Luttmer, Gainesville, has been hired as senior vice president of lending for TexasBank’s Grapevine banking center and will be responsible for lending in the northeast Tarrant County area. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for several years in the energy industry before beginning his banking career.
Michel Madeira, Carlsbad, Calif., received an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in 2004. He is vice president of sales for Zimmer Dental.
*Julie Hemby Nichols, Kenedy, has been named Karnes City High School’s UIL coordinator. She teaches social studies classes and advises the newspaper at the 2A high school. She also sponsors the National Honor Society and coaches news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, headline writing, social studies, and current issues and events.
James Piekarski (M.M., ’94 D.M.A.), Murfreesboro, Tenn., has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Mike Reid, Arlington, is now senior vice president of national sales for the central region for Univision and TeleFutura Television Groups. He joined KUVN-Univision Dallas after graduating from UNT. He was vice president and team manager in Dallas for six years before moving to the new position.
Jamie Wilson (’99 M.Ed.), Keller, has been appointed assistant superintendent for Denton ISD. Previously, he was the principal at Keller High School.
Luan Cox, New York, N.Y., has served as executive vice president of sales and marketing for Stockpoint (now Marketwatch) in San Francisco and New York. She is currently director of content solutions for Interactive Data in New York City.
Martha Werner, Frisco, was named assistant principal of Hackberry Elementary in the Little Elm ISD. She received her master’s degree in educational administration from Florida State University in 1998.
Lance W. Bell and Amy Poe Bell (’94), Houston, welcomed their son, Vaughn Matthew, into the world in March. He joins his big brother, Riker Warren, born in January 2003.
Michael Cooke, San Mateo, Calif., received an Emmy this year for his work on NASCAR on FOX. He works for Sportvision, a TV technology and production company, and is on the board of directors of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. The group performed the world premiere of his third symphony in June. His third CD, The Is by CKW Trio, was released last year. After graduating from UNT, he was published by Cimarron Music and moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he started a small experimental jazz label, Black Hat Records. He married Lisa Chen in 2004.
Kristin Spessard Tetreault, Newtown, Conn., and her husband, Lee, welcomed their second son, Nicholas Henry, in June. Kristin began a new job in the fall as vice president of communications and organization effectiveness for Clayton, a financial services firm based in Shelton, Conn.
Cari Marshall , Long Beach, Calif., was promoted to the position of manager of curatorial affairs at the Long Beach Museum of Art and recently married Eric de Valpine.
Ray Meza, Ranchos de Taos, N.M., is an assistant public defender in Taos and has accepted a position as adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of New Mexico-Taos. He and his wife, Esmeralda, celebrated the birth of their first child, Nicole Arianna, in June.
Sara Newberry, Brooklyn, N.Y., is an editor for a book packager in New York, where she lives with her boyfriend, Adam, and their “two lovely dogs.”
Eric Robinson, Durham, N.C., married Janet Krause in 2002 and graduated from medical school at Des Moines University in 2003. He is finishing his third year of residency in emergency medicine at Duke Medical Center. He says he and his wife “hope someday to make it back to the great state of Texas.”
Scott Slemmons(M.S.), Lubbock, is a news/promotional writer in the Texas Tech University Office of Communications and Marketing.
Julie Knewitz Stallcup, Fort Worth, was named the outstanding master of public health student in epidemiology at the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and received her degree in May. She is employed by the city of Frisco as a registered sanitarian/supervisor of the health and food safety division.
Vicki Pierce Stroeher(Ph.D.), Huntington, W.Va., has been appoin-ted assistant professor of music at Marshall University. She will teach undergraduate and graduate music history classes and graduate research and will coordinate music core studies. Her husband, Michael (’90 M.M.Ed., ’91 Ph.D.) teaches trombone, euphonium and music education at Marshall and recently was promoted to professor.
Wendell Williams, Denton, is the assistant coach of girls varsity basketball at Denton High School. He is also a trainer for Building Believers Inc., a nonprofit organization serving area youth through basketball training. An August fundraising dinner and auction benefiting the organization honored sportscaster Bill Mercer (’66 M.A.).
Capt. Rob Holdsworth, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is an Air Force Security Forces officer, commissioned from AFROTC Detachment 835 at UNT. He was deployed in August to Baghdad, where he will serve a one-year rotation on the Headquarters Multinational Forces-Iraq staff. He will be assigned to the Strategic Operations Protection staff as a base security planner.
Scott Roush , Birmingham, Ala., and his wife, Courtney, announce the birth of Zoe Elizabeth, born in March.
Patty Havelka Turner (M.B.A.), Flower Mound, and her husband, Keary Turner, celebrated the birth of their second son, Travis Alan, in June. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He was also welcomed home by his brother, Grayson. The Turners have opened Grayson Allen Fine Jewelers in Southlake. They specialize in fine and custom jewelry and provide repair and appraisal services.
Brett Murphy and Brittainy Wolfe Murphy (’97), Plano, celebrated the birth of their second child, Maddox Barton, in May. Brett is a custom home builder in the North Texas area. Brittainy is currently a stay-at-home mom to their two sons.
Jennifer McKitrick Yao and Andy Yao (’97), Amarillo, are proud to announce the birth of their new daughter, Lindsay-Ann Dianah Yao, born in April. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and was welcomed home by her brother, Kent, 3.
Vanessa Bonner, Lafayette, Colo., and Patrick Schweiger celebrated the birth of their first child, Maya Margaret Schweiger, in June. Vanessa is an independent consultant for the Pampered Chef and Patrick is a software engineer.
Craig Brown, Denton, and his wife, Nicole, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, born in May.
Mark Naugher and Mariella Yanez Naugher (’00), Carrollton, welcomed a baby girl, Macie Angela, in June. Mark is coordinator of advising at Brookhaven College and Mariella is a registered dietitian in the Parkland Hospital System.
Krista Villarreal (M.B.A.), Pittsburgh, Pa., married William Fredrick Moore, who attended UNT from 1990 to 1991, in June. They are living near Pittsburgh, where she is the morning meteorologist at NBC 11 and he is a graphics artist.