December 21, 2011


Kyle T. Demler is a 33-year emergency department physician.

Bob Emrichis is co-founder of Tranzpal Inc., a company that develops speech-to-speech software for Apple, Android and Blackberry cell phones. With an initial application in the oil and gas industry and construction, it provides automatic translation of common phrases to increase safety and reduce injuries in the field.

David L. Nelson has co-authored the book David & Lee Roy, A Vietnam Story (Texas Tech University Press, 2011), as a tribute to the life of his Lubbock, TX, childhood friend, Lee Roy Herron, killed in action in 1969. After law school and a stint in the JAG office and Okinawa, Nelson lost track of Herron. At a benefit in 1997, he heard a retired Marine colonel mention Lt. Lee Herron and his heroic actions on the front lines. After uncovering the story of his death, Nelson set out on a 13-year mission to honor his friend. Along with writing the book, he spearheaded a scholarship in Herron’s name at Texas Tech University. Nelson retired in 2005 from Houston Endowment, a private foundation, after 14 years as vice president and grant director.


Valerie Brenner is working part-time. She has a daughter, Kristen Belle, and a granddaughter, Annabelle Louise, age 7.

Elizabeth (Betty) Underwood has been appointed to the Alumni Advisory Council for Meadows School of the Arts at SMU.


Molly Engelhardt has written her first book, Dancing Out of Line (Ohio University Press, 2009), and has published works on Jane Austen, the romantic ballerina Marie Taglioni, American cheerleaders and the 1970s popular press. She is a tenured professor of English at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, where she lives with her husband, Gary Goodwin.

Asher W. McDaniel retired from the Missouri Annual Conference and moved to Lake of the Ozarks.


Gregory S. (Greg) Davis (J.D. ’77) is deputy first assistant district attorney in McLennan County, TX.

Kenneth Labowitz was named a “Super Lawyer” in elder law for Virginia and Washington, D.C., and was chosen one of Washington’s best lawyers in Washingtonian magazine.

Brian Lusk, recently named corporate historian for Southwest Airlines, helped design a permanent exhibit at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas that includes the first Boeing 737-300 to enter commercial service.


Garrett W. Epp and his wife, Teresa Pruett-Epp, announce the birth of Oliver Dietrich Oct. 9, 2010, in Olathe, KS.

Michael H. Norman (M.B.A. ’76) practices law in Houston and around the state.

Wilma Norris Sonntag taught public school for 49 years and will soon celebrate her 92nd birthday.

Sol Villasana was the guest at a book signing and reception hosted by Preservation Dallas last August for Dallas’s Little Mexico (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), which chronicles the neighborhood’s growth, zenith, demise and renaissance.


Todd Meier was elected mayor of Addison, TX, May 14, 2011.

Jon Mitovich is president and CEO of Volcano Industries Inc., recently named by Inc. magazine as one of America’s fastest growing privately held businesses.

Dianne Pingree (M.L.A. ’89) is a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant, trained and certified by the Protocol School of Washington. She received a Ph.D. in sociology from Texas Woman’s University, where she taught in the Department of Sociology and Social Work. The Dallas native has lived in Austin since 1995.


Frank Byrne has won several awards, including American Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania, Gold Winner, Business to Consumer website;, Gold Winner, Business to Consumer Poster Series;, A Different Kind of White Collar Worker Poster Series, Gold Winner, Business to Consumer Campaign; and, A Different Kind of White Collar Worker Advertising Campaign.

Madeline Dunklin has left a 30-year career in advertising and public relations to work for Clarkson Davis, a Dallas-based consulting firm that looks to refocus and reinvent nonprofit organizations’ strategies due to current economic challenges. The mother of two is involved in Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Dallas Opera Women’s Board.

Paul N. Gold has been honored by the College of the State Bar with the 2010 Jim D. Bowmer Award for professional contributions to the Bar. He also received the 2010 Texas Bar Foundation Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award for professionalism, the 2009 Texas Trial Lawyers Association John Howie Award for mentorship and the 2007 State Bar of Texas Gene Cavin Award for contributions to continuing legal edu-cation in Texas. He is a partner in the Houston trial firm of Aversano & Gold.

Jerome M. Sampson has moved to Gainesville, FL.


Susan Garbett Kendrick and her husband, Dick, welcomed two grandsons, Cole Evans Estrada in December 2010 and Brody Spencer Stark in January 2011. Susan retired after 30 years on staff at First Baptist Church of Dallas, and Dick works for IBM Corporation. They live in Frisco.

Ellen Boling Zemke and her husband, Douglas, moved to Cincinnati after he retired as president of Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She retired from Deloitte & Touche in 2004.


Greg Carr is managing partner of Carr LLP, a Dallas-based intellectual property law firm named a Technology Advocate finalist by the Metroplex Technology Business Council at the 11th annual Tech Titans Awards gala Aug. 26, 2011. The firm actively supports emerging technology in the private and public sector.

John A. Cofield re-entered active duty in the U.S. Army to serve with his two sons. Starting in August 2011, he is stationed in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division.

Beverly B. Godbey, a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, was elected chair of the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas. She began her one-year term during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting June 23-24, 2011, in San Antonio and will serve until June 2012. She is married to the Hon. David Godbey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Kim DeWitt Quirk is president of the Richardson Independent School District board of trustees.