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David Gunn ’92

David Gunn and his wife, Kristen Smith Gunn ’94, with their children, Preston, Peyton and Pierce, recently relocated to Texas after 14 years in Florida. David is vice president of business development and strategy for SonarMed, a medical device company.

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Lauren Graham ’92

Lauren Graham, “Parenthood” and “Gilmore Girls” television star, is returning to The CW network (Warner Bros. Television) as writer and executive producer for an adaptation of her debut novel Someday, Someday, Maybe. Ellen DeGeneres also will executive produce the drama, a fictionalized story about Lauren’s experience acting during the 1990s,

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Debra Brandewie Driza ’92

Debra Brandewie Driza promoted her first young adult novel, MILA 2.0 (HarperCollins, 2013), on a book tour last August. The S.W.E.A.T. Tour (SoCal Writers’ Excellent Adventure in Texas) took Debra and three other young adult authors to Round Rock, Dallas, Houston and Austin.

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Mitch Whitten ’91

Mitch Whitten has left his 12-year position as executive director of integrated marketing in the SMU Office of Public Affairs to move to the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau as vice president of marketing and communications. Working with a dedicated team of professionals, Mitch strengthened SMU’s marketing program to

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Michele Carney ’91

Michele Carney is a Seattle-based immigration attorney, elected chapter chair for 2013-2014 for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington State Chapter.

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Matthew G. Thompson ’89

Matthew G. Thompson is an attorney voted by some 36,000 peers for The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. He practices immigration law in the Houston office of the Jackson Walker firm.

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Doug Renfro ’89

Doug Renfro is president of Renfro Foods, maker of Mrs. Renfro’s brand of specialty salsas, sauces and other products. The company recently was presented the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, based on ethical business practices in four categories: community/investor/stakeholder

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Julianne M. Furman ’89

Julianne M. Furman has been named president of Polydesign Systems, a subsidiary of Exco Technologies (Canada), managing divisions comprising almost 800 people in France and Morocco. She is based in Tangier, Morocco, where she lives.

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Theodore J. Walker ’88

Theodore J. Walker is celebrating 25 years as an elementary music educator in the Richardson (TX) Independent School District. He is music specialist for the primary grades at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet.

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Rev. David M. Fleming ’88

The Rev. David M. Fleming is senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff, AR, and chair of the leadership board for the Southeast District United Methodist Church. He was welcomed recently to the board of trustees for his alma mater, Hendrix College, in Conway, AR, affiliated

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