May 15, 2012


Clifton Forbis stars as Tristan in The Dallas Opera’s production of “Tristan and Isolde.” He is the new chair of voice in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU.

Theodore (Ted) Kolman specializes in property tax as a director in Grant Thornton’s state and local tax practice in Schaumburg, IL. Ted, his wife, Clair, and children Caroline and Whit recently moved from Dallas to South Elgin, IL.

Jay Hunter Morris was praised last October by The New York Times for his performance in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner’s “Siegfried.”

David Pagan recently joined the Washington, D.C., international security and intelligence consulting firm Command Consulting Group as director of business advisory services. Previously he served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of International Affairs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Jennifer Grant is a mother with a sense of humor. Her second book, MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family (Worthy Publishing, May 2012), tells a humorous tale of balancing family life. Her first book was 2011’s Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter. Jennifer freelances for the Chicago Tribune and blogs for Christianity Today.


Reunion Chairs: David and Shannon Scott Brown and Chris Williams

William Jenkins is an attorney at Jackson Walker LLP, named a 2011 Fort Worth “Top Attorney” in Fort Worth, Texas magazine.


Gretchen Hoag Foster and her husband, Charlie, announce the birth of son Harry Dungan, Sept. 8, 2011, in Walnut Creek, CA. Daughter Kathleen is age 4

Jeff S. Matsler was promoted to Chaplain (Major) at Womack Army Medical Facility, Fort Bragg, NC, in a ceremony Feb. 5, 2012, attended by his wife, Michelle, daughter Mary Elizabeth, 12, and son Charles Taylor, 10. He is the clinician chaplain for in-patient psychiatric, surgical and critical care units. In Egypt, Kuwait and Afghanistan, he ministered to U.S. combat troops, and after being medically retired, was pronounced rehabilitated in 2007 and re-entered the chaplaincy. While at Womack he is studying war’s effect on society as a graduate student at Duke University. He is an elder in the Northwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Berna (Rhodes) Rhodes-Ford opened Rhodes-Ford & Associates in June 2011 in Henderson, NV, focusing on corporate, employment and health care law.


Ellen Blue has a new book, St. Mark’s and the Social Gospel: Methodist Women and Civil Rights in New Orleans, 1895-1965 (The University of Tennessee Press), about Methodist deaconesses who confronted social issues in New Orleans during the rise of the social gospel movement and into the modern civil rights era. Dr. Blue is the Mouzon Biggs Jr. Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK. She teaches and writes about women’s issues and the post-Katrina church in New Orleans.

Jennifer Sallee Chang announces the birth of her son, Mason Alexander, July 21, 2011.

Jenifer Rogness McCormick joined Weber Shandwick’s health care practice as an account group manager and will play a lead role on health care accounts and new business efforts. She has 16 years of experience in public affairs, public relations and journalism and previously was communications director for the Transportation Trades Department with the AFL-CIO, communications director for U.S. Congressman Martin Sabo and an account supervisor at Dallas agency Richards/Gravelle.


Robynn Mocek Allveri left her faculty position at San Diego State University to join the faculty at Koç University Law School in Turkey. She and her family moved to Istanbul in August 2011.

Brian Linder spent 12 years in digital marketing as a creative director/principal for national ad agency The Richards Group. Now he is a designer and founder of Opposite Inc. He created the You Rule Chores app for iPhone and iTouch, which turns household tasks into motivating and fun-to-complete activities, inspiring kids to be productive.

Elliott Weir has been in practice as a certified financial planner since 2004. He recently launched III Financial in Austin to help families ensure they don’t run out of money when they need it most.


Reunion Chairs: Chris Boyd and Kristina Wren

Monica Hill Clift and her husband, David, welcomed a daughter, Marin Sloan, July 22, 2011.

Leticia Garcia married Joe A. Yanez last March 5. She served as a director for the HRSouthwest Conference, the nation’s largest regional human resources gathering.

Warford B. (Trace) Johnson III is a partner in the Springfield, MO, law firm Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool PC. He has been selected for the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association board of directors for 2012-2014. He was a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2010 and 2011, was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2010 as an Up & Coming Attorney and was chosen by the Springfield Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40.

Stewart Mayer is the inventor of the camBLOCK robotic camera system, used in the Academy Award-winning best animated short film for 2011, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” The system allows cameras to move in ways that can’t be done manually, providing fluidity and accuracy.

Melissa McCullough Ulrich and her husband, Spencer, announce the birth of their second child, Reed Wilson, in Austin Dec. 25, 2011.


Angela G. Harse has been named a partner in the Kansas City office of law firm Husch Blackwell effective Jan. 1, 2012. She joined the firm in 2003 and concentrates her practice in white collar criminal defense; business litigation; and government compliance, investigations and litigation.

Tim W. Jackson reports that his debut novel, Mangrove Underground (The Chenault Publishing Group, December 2010), was named by USA Book News a “Best Books 2011” award finalist for literary fiction.

Gabe Reed promoted the March 2012 North American tour of opera legend José Carreras.

Chad Wolf completed the 2011 Ford Ironman Arizona race in Tempe last November. He is vice president and senior director with Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Hope Solomon Wolf, live in Alexandria, VA, with sons Tucker and Preston.


Jason Hess was the camBLOCK operator on the 2011 Oscar-winning best animated short feature “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” filming the 1/12th scale miniature environments at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport.

Nicola (Hobeiche) Hobeiche-Hewes (J.D. ’02) and her husband, Todd, welcomed Alexandra Colette (Coco) Sept. 6, 2011. Their older daughter is Gabrielle.

Catherine Rodgers and David Hamling live in Bettendorf, IA, following their marriage in Iowa Oct. 9, 2010.

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