December 15, 2020


Mickey Henry was presented with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Consul General of France Alexi Andres during a formal ceremony in December. This medal from the French Government, one of France’s highest awards to citizens, recognized Henry’s 20 years of volunteer activities involving the promotion of French arts and culture while working on the board of directors of The Awty International School and The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, both located in Houston.


David B. Miller was featured in a D CEO magazine retrospective on the centennial anniversary of SMU’s Cox School of Business. Miller is co-founder and managing partner of EnCap Investments L.P., a member of the SMU Board of Trustees and a major University benefactor. See the story at dmagazine.com. Gary Wilkes retired in May from the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association as conductor of its youth symphony orchestra. He joined the organization in 1993.


Shelle Jacobs Sills retired from retail and fashion consulting with Dallas-based Headington Companies. Her 40-year career includes ownership of retailer The Gazebo and executive positions at Neiman Marcus. Kim Titus (M.F.A. ’82) starred as Dr. Chumley in WaterTower Theatre’s Harvey in February. The Dallas actor has previously performed with WaterTower, Stolen Shakespeare Guild and Circle Theatre.


Bruce Robson has joined SMU’s Board of Trustees. He is managing partner of financial planning firm Robvest, in Dallas. Billie Ida Williamson was featured in a D CEO magazine retrospective on the centennial anniversary of SMU’s Cox School of Business. Williamson was one of the first women to be named partner at international accounting firm Ernst & Young, where she worked for 33 years. See the story at dmagazine.com.


Gerald Alley, president and CEO of Con-Real, LP, was inducted into the 2020 Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. Recently, he was featured in a D CEO magazine retrospective on the centennial anniversary of SMU’s Cox School of Business. See the story at dmagazine.com. Michael Lynn was named to the Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO Magazine featuring the region’s most influential business leaders. He is a founder of Dallas commercial litigation firm Lynn Pinker Cox and Hurst LLP. Lynn received the Dedman Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019. The Hon. John McClellan Marshall, senior district judge, co-authored Precedent in The Judicial Process, recently published by the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University Press in Lublin, Poland. He earned a J.D. degree from SMU. Dr. Rad Orlandi sold his Florida dental practice in 2009 after 30 years in clinical dentistry. In 2013, he graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, and was ordained a deacon in full connection in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves at First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie.


Albert Axe, Jr. joined law firm McGinnis Lochridge as a partner in its Austin office. He specializes in representing business and industrial clients in environmental and administrative litigation, regulatory, and legislative matters. Axe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from SMU. Hal Boyle recently launched his seventh small business, Triad Trolleys, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Paul Schlosberg joined the Board of Directors of OrgHarvest, Inc. He is the managing partner of Coal I LLC, an investment and professional services company. Dr. J. Patrick Walker was named the James C. Thompson Distinguished Chair in Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He currently serves as surgical director of perioperative services, vice chair for surgical operations and associate program director of the surgical residency. He is a past director of the American Board of Surgery and a current governor of the American College of Surgery.


Curt Anderson, president of Busey Wealth Management, was profiled in the Central Illinois News-Gazette as an outstanding local leader. See his story at news-gazette.com/business.


Jennifer Burr Altabef (J.D. ’81), a Dallas civic and philanthropic leader, has joined the SMU Board of Trustees. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 2019. Stephen Bonner retired in July as Cleveland County associate district judge in Norman, Oklahoma. He had served since 2003. David R. Cassidy, of counsel and a board-certified tax law specialist with the Baton Rouge firm Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P., was listed in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana. He also was named to the 2020 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers. He received his L.L.M. degree from Dedman School of Law.  Sandra Jansak Doran joined Bay Path University as its sixth president. Barbara J. Houser was selected as president of the American Bankruptcy Institute Board of Directors, for which she will serve a one-year term. She is the chief judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court in the northern district of Texas. Jeff A. Jones joined the Board of Directors for Whitestone REIT in Houston. He is the managing director at financial services firm Stephens Inc. James “Hacksaw” Duggan performed a solo stand-up show at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, Iowa, and also hosted the 46th annual Variety Telethon – Children’s Charity. The organization serves underprivileged and at-risk special needs children throughout Iowa. Gary Sloan, an actor and drama professor who recently retired from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., staged a reading of King Lear on Zoom on April 23, Shakespeare’s 456th birthday. The reading raised funds for food pantries near Yardley, Pennsylvania, where Sloan lives, and others nationwide.  Arlene C. Thompson-Brantley, vice president of Rudi Steele Travel in Dallas, was nominated as a Virtuoso Most Admired USA Travel Advisor in 2017 and 2019 at the annual Virtuoso Travel Week Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rebecca Oberthier Winn is the author of One Hundred Daffodils: Finding Beauty, Grace, and Meaning When Things Fall Apart. The literary memoir was bought at auction and published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group and was released worldwide in March. She is the multiple-award winning owner of Whimsical Gardens, a boutique residential landscape design firm in Dallas, and the creator of the inspirational Facebook blog Whimsical Gardens, which has over 600,000 followers. Steve R. Wolfe (M.B.A. ’81) was promoted to president, Metro Markets at Extraco Bank, where has worked for 12 years.


Ken Hensley joined Fort Worth, Texas-based Ulrich Barn Builders, LLC as its CFO. John High (M.B.A. ’80) joined ServingIntel Inc., a hospitality technology firm, as business development manager in its Denver office.