April 20, 2009


Laura Claycomb sang the role of Tytania in the Houston Grand Opera’s February production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Kimberly Grigsby was keynote speaker Feb. 9 at the Dallas Museum of Art when TACA, a nonprofit fund-raising organization for the performing arts in North Texas, distributed grants, including one to Meadows School of the Arts.
She is a pianist and musical director in New York City with extensive Broadway credits. She also served an artist’s residency at SMU, working with music and theater students in preparation for the musical production The Two Orphans April 29-May 3.

Stephanie Murdock is a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain. As media operations officer, she handles public affairs, media outreach and queries from international news outlets.

Steven E. Ross was named in October 2008 to head the intellectual property practice group at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Dallas. He focuses on business development, management, administration, training and mentoring programs for more than 50 attorneys, patent agents and staff.


Matt and Jennifer Leslie Boettcher announce the birth of Bo Haworth Dec. 17, 2007, a brother for son Blake. The family lives in Atlanta.

Nadja Swarovski was profiled in The New York Times Style Magazine for winter 2008. She lends assistance to the fashion industry by providing financing and raw materials to designers and design newcomers. She and her husband, Rupert Adams, live in London with their children.

Steven M. Tyndall joined the Austin office of Baker Botts LLP Jan. 1, 2009, as partner. He practices general corporate law, securities law and mergers and acquisitions.


William E. (Bill) Adams Jr. (J.D. ’96) is a shareholder at Gunster Yoakley in Jacksonville, FL, specializing in commercial litigation. Florida Trend magazine named him among the “legal elite” for 2008.

Michael T. Carney and his wife, Eunjung, had their first child, Tom, in 2008. Carney continues his business law and trust and estates practice in San Mateo, CA.


Reunion: November 7, 2007
Chairs: Molly Noble Kidd and Scott J. Mallonee

Jennifer Adams Brinks and husband Bryan of Denver welcomed a son, Alexander Richard, June 15, 2007. Big brother is Adam.

Monica E. Edwards (M.S. ’96) was named a partner in the Evansville, IN, law firm Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn LLP effective Jan. 1. She practices environmental, intellectual property and real estate law.

Kimberly Head-Amos and her husband, Lewis, announce the birth of their daughter, Anne Beaty, Aug. 18, 2007. They live in Decatur, GA, where Kimberly leads SMU’s Atlanta Alumni Chapter

Ashley Farmer Jenkins and her husband, Chad, are parents of James Clark, born July 19, 2007, and Grant, born Oct. 30, 2004. Their home is Nolensville, TN.


Anjie Coplin is the director of communications for the west and southwest regions of Aetna.

Erin Nealy Cox, a Dallas digital forensic expert, has been named to the Dallas Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” list of the city’s top young business minds. She is a managing director and deputy general counsel for the global digital forensics firm Stroz Friedberg.

Gavin Harris and his wife, Lisa, welcomed Claire Elizabeth, Sept. 21, 2007. They live in Atlanta.

Quino Martinez was elevated to partner at the Orlando law firm Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed PA, practicing real estate and finance law.

Colleen Smith McTaggart and her husband, Lawrence, are the parents of Lawrence John McTaggart IV, born May 20, 2007. They live in Chicago.

Charlotte Harrington Page and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Naomi Catherine Aug. 6, 2007. They also have a son, Austin, and live in Hailey, ID.

James W. Worlein speaks before groups about his experiences as an Iraq war veteran. An essay he wrote was published online by Iraq Veterans Against the War.


Brad Ashlin announces the birth of his son, William, Sept. 5, 2007.

Pietro Rizzo made his American conducting debut in February at the Dallas Opera production of La bohème, which he conducted from memory. His next engagement was at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where he conducted Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.


Suzy Shire Adams and Cord Adams ’95 were married Feb. 21 in Perkins Chapel. They reside in Dallas.

Sean Mackay was awarded a National Science Foundation research fellowship for his Boston University graduate study in geomorphology, polar glaciology, which is linked to his interest in issues of global climate change. At SMU, he was in the first class of Hunt Leadership Scholars (’93) and graduated with a double major in physics and music.

J.R. Johnson is co-founder and CEO of VirtualTourist.com, one of the world’s largest online travel communities. The nine-year-old business receives more than 6 million unique visitors each month, according to the company.

Tara Bratcher Key announces the birth of her third son, Micah Bratcher Key, Nov. 10, 2008.

Melissa Michelle Long married Kurt Francis Mohlman Sept. 6, 2008. They live in Austin, where she is the chief psychologist at Travis County Juvenile Probation Department.

Rio Puertollano’s short film, Tamarind, was a winner in the Thirteen/WNET Reel 13 Shorts competition. He holds a Master’s in acting from Yale, has performed Off-Broadway and has worked for Viacom/Paramount Pictures and HBO. His short films have been screened at numerous film festivals.

Christopher J. Schwegmann joined the trial firm Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox LLP in 2005 and was recently named a partner. He was a Texas Monthly Rising Star in business litigation for 2007 and 2008.


Andy Buitron and Maria Sanchez ’06 were married September 5 in Dallas. The couple resides in Dallas.

Jill Thieleke Purcell and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of their son, Dominic Borg, Nov. 8, 2008. Daughter Lucy is 2. Jill is an assistant vice president of compliance for Wells Fargo. The Purcells live in Urbandale, IA.

Jason Wood was honored last November by Rochester Business Journal in its 2008 Forty Under 40 list for his professional and civic contributions. He is senior manager of audit and enterprise risk services at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Rochester, NY.


Reunion: November 7, 2009
Chairs: Taylor Martin and Lindsay Feldhaus Perlman

Rosario (Chachy) Segovia Heppe and Hansjoerg Heppe ’97 announce the birth of their son, Otto Arturo Joerg Leopold Heppe, July 2 in Dallas.

Nicola Hobeiche (J.D. ’02) and her husband, Todd Hewes, welcomed a daughter, Gabrielle Elisabeth, July 30, 2008.