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Lilah Rabun -- See Lilah Rabun Weber.

Bob Rainer (1961) went on to obtain the MAJ from the then-LSU School of Journalism in 1963. He is an attorney with Rainer, Anding & McLindon in Baton Rouge, where he lives. He serves on the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Alumni Association Excecutive Board. (8/20/03)

Dr. Lavelle Rambin (1954) is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He lives in Shreveport, La.

Brenda Custer Randall (1967) is the administrative assistant for Dr. John Herbst in the department of pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La. She lives in Bossier City, La. (2/16/06)

Rebekah Ray (2009) is a marketing and donor relations specialist for the Mississippi Baptist Foundation. (07.13.12)

Elvondae Raybon (1996) is the director of operations at the Baton Rouge Marine Institute. He lives in Baton Rouge, La. (1/05/07)

Michelle Reed (2002) teaches English at McNeese State University, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English. Four of her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in literary journals. "Dunes" appeared in the First Frost 2006 issue of Iron Horse Literary Review, "A Single Woman's Guide to Loving Your Thirties" appeared in the August 2007 issue of The Arkansas Review, "Patient 231" appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of The Pinch, and "Sometimes Canned Peas" will appear in the Summer 2008 issue of The Indiana Review.(10/12/07)

Paige Roane Reeder (1991) is the yearbook adviser and writing instructor at Claiborne Academy. She lives in Haynesville, La. (1/5/06)

Esther Reese -- See Esther Reese Thompson.

Holly Colle Reeves (1993) is a full-time mother and homemaker living in Celina, Texas. (1/3/07)

Kristi Tyson Reeves (2005) teaches in the Bossier Parish School System at Central Park Elementary School. She is married to Joe Reeves. (7/11/07)

April Reynolds (2007) is the editor for The (Shreveport) Times Southeast Voices, a weekly publication. (04.18.08)

Jennifer Reynolds (2005) -- See Jennifer Reynolds Stanton.

David Rheams (2004) married Sarah Lynne Baker March 19, 2005, in Shreveport, La. They live in Ida, La. (2/10/06)

Stacy Temple Rhodes (2005) married Tyler Rhodes on Oct. 15, 2011. The couple live in Sterlington, La., and their first child, Riser Ethan Rhodes, was born Jan. 30, 2013. (02.01.13)

Donna Clayton Rich (1984) is executive manager with Tupperware. She lives in Ogden, Utah.

Marc Richard (1985) is president of Fackelman News Group, Inc. and vice president and operations manager for Newspaper Service Co. Inc. These affiliated companies own, publish and manage dailies, weeklies and shoppers in Louisiana (including The Ruston Daily Leader and The Gazette in Farmerville), Texas, Virginia, Florida and Missouri. He is married to Tech alumna Crystal Stein Richard, and they have three children, Melanie, Nolan and Cayla. They live in Lynn Haven, Fla. (05.16.14)

James Richardson (1976) honorably retired from ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in August. He and his wife Diane reside in Charlotte, N.C., where James is a sales associate for a local Macy’s Department store and serves as a volunteer with Crisis Assistance Ministry, an organization that assists low income households with housing and utility needs. (12.14.12)

William Richardson (1966) lives in Bellevue, Maine.

Belinda Riddle (1983) lives in Lake Providence, La.

Genie Rife -- See Genie Rife Parker.

Darryl Riser (1986) is managing editor for the north region of Louisiana State Newspapers. The group includes the Richland Beacon-News, Delhi Dispatch, West Carroll Gazette, Caldwell Watchman and Tensas Gazette. (4/8/04)

Michele Collins Roach (1988) enjoyed working in corporate communications/public relations for two electric utility companies for a total of 12 years. She is now a stay-at-home mom but plans to rejoin the work force in the near future. (1/13/06)

Paige Roane -- See Paige Roane Reeder.

Beth Robbins -- See Beth Robbins Colvin.

Barbara Roberson -- See Barbara Roberson Gombossy.

Jenni Roberson -- See Jenni Roberson Terry.

Judith McDaniel Roberts (2005) is a journalism instructor at Louisiana Tech University and received her master's degree in mass communication at Grambling State University in July 2008. She received her Ph.D. in mass communication from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. She and her husband, Kyle, live in Ruston, La. Their first child, Kyla Alice Roberts, was born March 27, 2013 and weighed 6 lbs, 5 oz. with 18 1/2 inches from the tip of her toes to the crown of her brow. (07.19.13)

Kim McFarland Roberts (1989) and her husband Carey Roberts (engineering 1990) had a baby girl April 18, 2005. Isabella Rose joins her sister Victoria Mary (11) and brother Carey Ryan (7). The family resides in River Ridge, La., and Kim is vice president of Hess Marketing. (6/1/05)

Kyle Roberts (2005) is public relations coordinator at the Center for Children and Families and graduated with his master's degree in counseling and guidance from Louisiana Tech. He is currently working on his Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is the play by play voice for the Ruston High School Bearcats on Z-107.5 in the fall. Roberts placed No. 2 in Best Fact Sheet for Division I and had an honorable mention award for Best Release in the 2006 Louisiana Sports Writers Association writing contest. He and his wife, Judith, live in Ruston, L.a. Their first child, Kyla Alice Roberts, was born March 27, 2013 and weighed 6 lbs, 5 oz. with 18 1/2 inches from the tip of her toes to the crown of her brow. (08.02.13)

Laura Robertson -- See Laura Robertson Braddock.

Stacy Hudson Roberts (1990) is a special education teacher's assistant for the Katy Independent School District in Katy, Texas. She and her husband, Stuart Roberts, have two children, Lori, 10, and J.R., 6. (11/22/06)

Mary Dudley Robins (1972) is a homemaker in Shreveport, La.

Bob Robinson (1975) is a senior software engineer for NLX Corporation at the B-52 flight simulator facility at Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, La. He lives in Shreveport, La. (8/21/03)

David Robinson (1995) lives in DeRidder, La.

Marilou DeVille Robinson (1979) is a sixth-grade language arts and reading teacher in the St. Tammany Parish school system. She lives in Mandeville, La.

Barry Robson (2002) works for Cingular Wireless in Shreveport, La.

Carrie Otts Rocconi (2002) is a teacher at Jesus the Good Shepherd School. She and her husband, Matt, live in Monroe, La. (2/8/06)

Ashley Yorba Rodrigue (1997) is teaches 6th grade English language arts at Scotlandville Elementary. She and her husband, Andre', have a son, Owen Michael Rodrigue, born June 22, 2004, and a daughter, Mary-Avery Lane Rodrigue, born Jan. 5, 2007. (06.19.09)

Nancy Burnham Rodrigue (1977) teaches English as a Second Language in Lake Charles. (09.26.14)

Carroll Roge (1984) is corporate director of marketing for East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System in Tyler, Texas. He completed his MBA at the University of Texas at Tyler in December 2000. Since 2001 he has taught night courses in principles of marketing and healthcare marketing at the University of Texas-Tyler. (8/20/03)

Debra Rogers -- See Debra Rogers Merritt.

Chip Rogers (1976) died July 12, 2010. He previously was a member of the
Louisiana Department of Economic Development team for north Louisiana. (07.16.10)

Kerri Lamb Rogers (2001) is married to Robbie Rogers, who graduated from Tech with a bachelor's degree in computer information systems fall quarter 2002. She and her husband have two daughters, Claire and Hannah Grace. (08.31.12)

Amie Rolland (2012) is a writing intern for Body N Style magazine and a legal assistant at Krentsel & Guzman, LLP. She lives in New York City. (03.14.14)

Kacey Philley Romaguera (1994) works for the ABC TV show, "The Gates," which airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. CST. She married Michael Romaguera Jan. 7, 2012. (01.13.12)

Aimee Daigle Romano (2000) lives in Brookhaven, Miss., with her husband, Creed, and son, Cameron, born Dec. 28, 2004. She works as a copy editor and page designer at the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Miss. (4/25/06)

Julie Jewell Roy (1977) is a homemaker. In addition to her journalism degree she earned a master's in education from Tech in 1979 and a JD degree from LSU in 1987. She and her family live in Lafayette, La. (12/4/03)

Susan Bettis Adams Rumph (1973) is coordinator of the Region II Prevention Resource Center at HSEF/AHECSA/UAMS. She received her master's degree in addiction studies from the University of Arkansas in May 2004. She lives in El Dorado, Ark. (3/8/06)

Jim Rush (1959) is retired. He lives in Alexandria, La.

Christine Rutherford (1990) is assistant director, communications and donor relations, at the University of Central Florida Foundation. She received her master of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Tyler May 7, 2005. Christine and her husband, Sidney Williams, live in Oviedo, Fla. (05.09.14)

Lisa Salvaggio -- See Lisa Salvaggio Gilbert.

Ken Salzer (1973) is manager, external communications, for McDermott International, Inc. He lives in New Orleans, La.

David Sanborn (1993) is a scrivener. He lives in Winter Haven, Fla.

Mickey Waller Sanborn (1972) is retired from the United States Air Force and does free-lance photography. She lives in Woodbridge, Va. (3/5/07)

Cynthia Hill Sandifer (2004) works for the U. S. Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce doing survey work for Census Bureau. She married Eric Sandifer on Nov. 19, 2004, and they live in Homer, La. (03.28.08)

Kim Euper Sanford (1979) teaches sixth grade in the McComb School District in Mississippi. She lives in Tylertown, Miss., and writes feature stories for the Tylertown Times.

Kris Santa Ana (1996) lives in DeRidder, La.

Buddy Sayes (1976) is principal of Plain Dealing High School. He lives in Plain Dealing, La. (9/9/03)

Emily Scalfano (2003) -- See Emily Scalfano Nelson.

Matt Scallan (1978) is a reporter with The Times-Picayune, covering government and working with computer-assisted reporting. He lives in New Orleans, La. (7/28/03)

Hannah Schilling (2014) is attending LSU Law School and the Manship School at LSU in Baton Rouge, La. (05.30.14)

Kate Schmidt (2004) is working in the Traffic/Assembly Department of Clear Channel Radio New Orleans. (01.09.09)

Mike Schofield (1951) is deceased.

Mickey Harris Schoonover (1988) is the director of school-community relations for the Pattonville School District in St. Louis, Mo., and achieved accreditation in public relations through the Public Relations Society of America in 2007. She was also president of the Missouri School Public Relations Association for the 2001-2002 school year. She and her husband, Bill, are the proud parents of Emily, age 7, and Ethan, age 5. (06.13.08)

Steven Scott (1976) is a sales executive with Creative Church Technology. He lives in Coppell, Texas.

Denise Bunch Sebastian (1976) lives in New Orleans, La.

Nancy See (1945) is retired. She lives in Lake Charles, La. (4/6/06)

Jamie Segura (1977) is recovery and resilience specialist for the American Red Cross. She lives in Madisonville, La. (08.16.13)

Pamela Seiler -- See Pamela Seiler English.

Deborah Warren Self (1969) is deceased.

Judy Copeland Sellers (1965) is a homemaker. She lives in Minden, La. (2/13/04)

Sara Seymore (2001) is felony secretary in the Bossier Parish District Attorney's Office. She lives in Bossier City, La. (10/2/03)

Kristl Seymour (1990) is a reporter. She lives in Heflin, La.

Karen Shafer -- See Karen Shafer Hathorn.

Sharon Moore Shaw (2006) is the program director for Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman, Miss. She and her husband Matt live in Gallman, Miss. They have one daughter, Anneliese Mae, who was born Jan. 14, 2009, and weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz.(01.16.09)

Lori New Shefa (1986) is senior vice president of on-air advertising and promotion for the television network CBS. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif. (04.29.11)

Dusty Shenofsky -- See Dusty Shenofsky Koschny.

Lesley Sherman -- See Lesly Sherman Smith.

Shannon Stanley Shoalmire (1996) and her husband, Brent, live in Bossier City, La., where he is pastor of Elm Grove Baptist Church. They have two daughters: Lauren Elizabeth Shoalmire, born April 13, 2005, and Lydia Faith Shoalmire, born June 25, 2007. (11/02/07)

Don Shoffit (1972) is a purchasing agent with Rangaire LLP. He is married to Connie J. Kurth Shoffit, a Tech graduate in education in 1972. They live in Cleburne, Texas. (6/16/06)

Carol Thibaut Short (1975) owns and appraises for Coastal Appraisal Company Inc. in Mandeville, La., where she lives. (6/15/06)

Lyndsey Breard Sikes (2004) is executive director of Life Choices Pregnancy Resource Center in Monroe, La. She married Alex David Sikes July 4, 2009, and the couple live in West Monroe. (07.10.09)

Renee Simmons -- See Renee Simmons Palumbo.

Linda Simonetti -- See Linda Simonetti Turner.

Bill Skains (1949) is deceased.

Bill Smith (1975) worked several years as a journalist in South Florida, then returned to college and obtained a bachelor's degree in ocean engineering. He now works as a senior naval architect for J. Ray McDermott Engineering in Houston, Texas, where he lives. He has a daughter, born in 1979, who lives in West Palm Beach, Fla. (5/4/04)

Conley Smith (1983) lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Tom Haywood, and their two children, Kirby (12) and Caroline (10). (11/8/06)

Lesly Sherman Smith (1973) will give a presentation at the NARRP (National Association of Recreation Resource Planners) annual conference in Baton Rouge, April 16-20, 2012. Lesly has been the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Program Lead for recreation, travel and transportation, National Conservation Landscape System, Youth and Volunteers for the past four years. Her presentation will focus on Preserving Wyoming’s Landscapes for Recreation and Aesthetics through Renewable Energy Development and Best Management Practices.(04.05.12)

Rhonda Smith -- See Rhonda Smith Lynn.

Missy Howard Soileau (1991) is a special education teacher at Pine View Middle School in Covington, La. She has a master's degree in special education from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and is married to Stephen J. Soileau, a 1989 Tech graduate in math education. They have three children: Makayla, 12; Mark, 8; and Emeline, 3, and live in Mandeville, La. (6/28/06)

Morgan Tarpley Smith (2008) is a reporter and photographer for The Jena Times in Jena, La. She married to Steven Smith Nov. 22, 2014, and writes a travel blog called "Pens on a World Map." (12.05.14)

Lauren Sowell (2008) lives in Shreveport and is an editorial consultant for the neurosurgery department of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. (08.21.09)

Caroline Spears (2007) is city/community editor for The Minden Press Herald. (11.07.08)

Dwain Spillman (1986) is a probation and parole supervisor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections in the Leesville District. Spillman also serves as recreation director at the First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches and is the administrator for the Natchitoches Youth Basketball League.He lives in Natchitoches, La., with his wife and two children. (10/24/06)

Janet Spillman (2002) -- see Janet Spillman Benjamin.

Gwen Tabb Spivey (1978) is director of human resources at the Atlanta Union Mission in Atlanta, Ga. Gwen has 30 years of human resources management experience. She received her Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix in May 2006. She is married to Raymond Spivey Sr. and is the mother of two children. Aisha is a student at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. J.R. is a senior at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Ga. (10.23.09)

Kathy Morrow Spurlock (1975) is executive editor of The News-Star in Monroe. She is married to Lindsey Scott Wilkerson, a Tech graduate in computer information systems. She also has been elected to the national board of directors of the American Society of News Editors. She will also serve as co-chair of ASNE's Small Newspaper Committee as an awards juror. ASNE is an organization of editors of daily newspapers
throughout the Americas. She has been re-elected to the board of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. (05.29.09)

Sean Staggs (1992) is a sports producer, editor, reporter, writer and photographer with KSLA-Channel 12 in Shreveport, La.. He and his wife, Kerri, have a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Samantha. Pictures of Sean and his family are available here. (4/7/03)

Andrew Standard (1995) is a member of State Farm Insurance's special investigation unit. He lives in Rowlett, Texas.

Shannon Stanley -- See Shannon Stanley Shoalmire.

Jennifer Reynolds Stanton (2005) is public relations and communications manager at AdvoCare International, a health and wellness company. She is married to Michael Stanton. Their first child, Tyler Michael, was born May 3, 2013. (11.15.13)

Christi Strickland Statom (1994) teaches Pre-K 4 at St. Pius X Child Development Center. She, her husband and their son live in Shreveport, La. (6/20/06)

Sarah Morrison Stephens (1990) is associate editor of the Millbrook Independent. Stephens lives in Deatsville, Ala., with her husband, Dr. Mel Stephens, and son, Charlie. (8/13/07)

Taylor Stephens (2011) works in public relations/marketing for Home Depot in Baton Rouge, La. (04.13.12)

Latonya Steward (1991) lives in DeRidder, La.

Allison Wafer Stewart (1981) is senior copy editor at The Dallas Morning News. She and her husband, Chuck, a news design director at The Morning News, have two sons, James, 17, and Joseph, 10. (7/19/06)

David Stewart (1951) lives in Houston, Texas.

Lynn Beard Stewart (1970) served as The Tech Talk editor in 1968 and retired as director of public relations at Centenary College June 29, 2007, after 13.5 years at the college. Formerly she was the director of information services at Louisiana State University-Shreveport for 12 years and as a reporter, city desk editor, enterprise editor and assistant managing editor at The Shreveport Times for 11.5 years. She continues to freelance and consult on a part-time basis. (7/13/07)

Timothy Stewart (1994) is designated lead for all Hurricanes Katrina- and Rita-related public relations provided by the Head Start program of Gulf Coast Community Services Association of Houston, Texas. He plays an active role with the Texas Gulf Coast Region Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster assembly while continuing to support community outreach goals of Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. of Lafayette, La. A membership committee member of the Baytown (Texas) Downtown Association, Timothy also volunteers with the Harris County (Texas) Public Library-Freeman Branch. He sits on the board of Halloween Magic, a volunteer-based non-profit whose mission is to raise and distribute funds to non-profit organizations whose primary focus is to provide services to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS living in the Greater Houston Area. (5/11/07)

Nelwyn Still -- See Nelwyn Still Warren.

Philip Stonecipher (1978) is retired. He and his wife, the former Susie House, will celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary in August 2007. They have two daughters -- Rachel, 15, and Meredith, 10. They live in Grapevine, Texas. (3/9/07)

Susan House Stonecipher (1978) is a loan officer with First Private Bank in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, Philip, will celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary in August 2007. They have two daughters -- Rachel, 15, and Meredith, 10. They live in Grapevine, Texas. (3/9/07)

Cheryl Cline Stough (1989) lives in Shreveport, La.

Julie Strong (1994) is director of constituent services for (La.) Gov. Mike Foster.

Penny Stubblefield -- See Penny Stubblefield Gossard.

Pat Suggs (1977) is senior account manager in natural gas marketing and transportation for Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, L.P. He and his wife, Marsha, live in Seabrook, Texas.

Eric Sullivan (1991) is a television advertising account executive for Suddenlink Media. He also operates a dojo, Ark-La-Tex Tae Kwan Do, in Bossier City. Eric and his wife, Vicki, have two daughters, Lindsey and Kelsi. They live in Bossier City. (9/5/06)

John Sullivan (1980) is a senior reporter at the Houston bureau of the Energy Intelligence Group. He writes about natural gas developments in the Gulf of Mexico as well as drilling and E&P technology. He retired from the Louisiana National Guard in 2002 after 25 years at the rank of master sergeant and after nine overseas deployments. (04.29.11)

Rindy Metcalf Swafford (2006) is assistant manager for David's Bridal in Monroe. She and her husband, Dustin Swafford, married August 14, 2006, and live in Ruston, La. Their first son, Henry Lincoln, was born Oct. 3, 2013. (11.21.14)

Jennifer Gruber Swedoski (2001) teaches English IIII, American Literature, at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Texas. She is married to Mike Swedoski, a former Tech student. (9/7/05)

Debra Sykes (1980) lives in Shongaloo, La.

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