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Tony Taglavore (1985) recently won third-place for Best College Play-by-Play by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Taglavore, who is a freelance broadcaster for the Northwestern State University Demon Sports Network, was recognized for his call of the Lady Demons vs. Tennessee NCAA women's basketball tournament game. (07.18.14)
Marci Talbot -- See Marci Talbot Liles.
Raley Taliaferro (2004) works in petroleum land management with Dale Resources. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas. (6/28/06)
Morgan Tarpley (2008) -- See Morgan Tarpley Smith.
Drew Taylor (1992) is self-employed. He lives in East Alton, Ill. (7/18/06)
Leechia Jacobs Taylor (1985) is office manager for LEMCO Construction Services in Addison, Texas. LEMCO is a commercial general contractor and woman-owned business enterprise, specializing in construction management and design-build. (5/18/05)
Stacy Temple (2005) -- See Stacy Temple Rhodes.
Adam Terry (2003) is Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La). (01.11.13)
Donna Tettleton -- See Donna Tettleton Miller.
Carol Thibaut -- See Carol Thibaut Short.
Brad Thomas (1997) is the public relations/social media manager at StorageCraft Technology Corporaation in Draper, Utah. He is married to the former Jennifer Johnson. They have four daughters -- Hannah Kathryn, Alexandra America, Faith Vivian, and Isabella Lynndee -- and a son, Jeb Johnson. They live in Sandy, Utah. (08.30.13)
Ernie Thomas (1956) is retired after 35 years as a pilot for United Air Lines. He plays golf (to a 10 handicap), travels abroad often, writes travel articles for fun and is active in barbershop singing (SPEBSQSA). (7/7/06)
Sara Bergquist Thomas (2007) married Jason Thomas on Nov. 10, 2007. She is a freelance writer JRM Management and a receptionist for Brazos Private Equity Partners, LLC. Sara gave birth to their first child, Ryker Jacob Thomas, Feb. 10, 2010. (02.19.10)
Bobby Thompson (1988) is deceased.
Kristan Thorne-- See Kristan Thorne Getsy.
Leesa Tilley -- See Leesa Tilley McCarley.
Stan Tiner (1969) is executive editor of The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss. He lives in Gulfport, Miss. The newspaper won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for public service, and Tiner was a finalist for a prize in editorial writing. (4/18/06)
Lisa Tomkies (1989) is a membership specialist with the Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf. She recently served as a core volunteer for the Shreveport for Barack Obama campaign. She resides in Shreveport. (11.14.08)
Derek Toomey (1989) has worked in television news and healthcare public relations. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where his primary focus is songwriting. (07.18.14)
Brian Trahan (1993) is regional editor for GateHouse Media Louisiana and lives in Sulphur. (05.18.12)
Frank Treat (1970) is self-employed. He lives in Shreveport, La. (7/19/06)
Lisa Knapp Treon (1988) and her husband Andy have two daughters, Emily, 1, and Erin, 3. Lisa is doing a little freelance work in editing and writing. They live in Peachtree City, Ga.
Chandra Triplett -- See Chandra Triplett Price.
Cascille Trussell -- See Cascille Trussell Newcomer.
Pamela Tullos -- See Pamela Tullos Knieper.
Darlene Bush Tucker (1989), who lives with husband Rick, is a contract copy editor for McMurry (Amtrak, Aon, CBS, CCH, Ritz-Carlton, UPS, Vim & Vigor and health care systems including Cleveland Clinic, Kessler, Baylor, University Hospitals and University of Arizona Health). (08.24.12)
Melissa McCollister Tucker (2002) is a copy editor with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock. She and her husband, Nathan (a Tech graduate in mechanical engineering), live in Alexander, Ark. They have twins, Beatrice Noelle and Charlotte Ruth, who were born July 12, 2010. (07.23.10)
Linda Simonetti Turner (1980) lives in Lafayette, La. (7/10/06)
Sue Turner -- See Sue Turner Carter.
Kristi Tyson (2005) -- See Kristi Tyson Reeves.
Stephanie Johnson Underwood (1982) is senior vice president and stockholder in the Philadelphia office of Tyler & Co., a healthcare executive search firm. You'll find her bio here on the company's Web site. Her daughter, Sarah, 19, is a nursing student at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and her son, Alex, 15, is a high school freshman. (04.25.08)
Iantha Ussin (2002) teaches 8th grade English/Language Arts at Tubman Middle School in Augusta, GA. She is working on her master of arts in teaching at Augusta State University with plans to graduate Spring 2009. She is also the director of and choreographer for Praise Movement Summer Dance Camp, a praise dance camp for girls ages 9-15. (04.11.08)
Nico Van Thyn (1969) retired from sports journalism after a 42-year career, the first 18 years in Shreveport and the last 9.5 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (05.27.11)
Rhonda Jones Vardeman (1977) is a senior lease records analyst for St. Mary Land & Exploration Company's Shreveport office. She also edits two newsletters for Personnel Management, Inc., a professional employer organization, located in Shreveport, La. Rhonda has two sons, Eric, 16, and Kurt, 12. Her husband, Rob, owns Disc Daddy (new and used CDs, DVDs and games) in Shreveport. (7/14/06)
Cathey Venus -- See Cathey Venus Nelson.
Mike Veronie (1999) is a copy editor with both The Gainesville Sun, in Gainesville, Fla., and The Ocala Star-Banner, in Ocala, Fla. (04.29.11)
Allen Victor (1992) will graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington on Dec. 15, 2007, with an M.A. in Communication after successfully defending his thesis. He is a communications advisor for CVS Caremark in Irving, Texas, and lives with his wife, Christi, and two children, Cameron and Alaina, in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton. (11.16.07)
Linda Vidrine -- See Linda Vidrine Farrar.
Austin Vining (2014) is a staff reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is pursuing a master's degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi. He is engaged to Allison East, a Tech journalism graduate. (01.09.15)
Kim Jones Vinzant (1997) is executive director for the Arts and Humanities Council of Avoyelles Inc. She lives in Pollock, La.
Allison Wafer -- See Allison Wafer Stewart.
Sherlyn Lindsey Waghalter (1984) is broker/owner of RE/MAX on the Coast in Pensacola Beach, Fla. Her company has Web sites at discovernorthwestflorida.com/ and onthecoasthomes.com/. She was named 2006 Emerging Woman Business Leader in Pensacola and was one of the top 20 RE/MAX agents in Florida in 2006. (1/17/07)
Jennifer Penton Waites (2004) is an editorial assistant for Montana Magazine. She also writes for Empire Builder Magazine, an onboard magazine for Amtrak’s route from Chicago to Seattle/Portland. Jennifer and William Waites were married July 22, 2006. They live in Helena, Mont. (2/21/07)
The Rev. Dr. Ray Waldon (1978) is the rector of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Pensacola, Fla.. He is married to the former Lisa Frazier (class of 1975). They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in September 2003. (10/10/03)
Cecilia Walker (1987) -- See Cecilia Walker Bragg.
Kevin Walker (1988) writes The Rail, a column about pop culture that runs every Monday, Tuesday and Friday in the Tampa Tribune's BayLife section. He and his wife, Mary Patrick Walker (also a 1988 Tech graduate in English), recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Sophie Elizabeth Walker, born Sept. 14, 2001. Mary is director of public relations and communications for AchieveGlobal, an international training company based in Tampa.
Pamela Wall -- See Pamela Wall Ledford.
Col. Joe Wallace (1975) is chief of the Plans and Programs Division of the Air Force Reserve Command's 10th Air Force Headquarters at Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. He is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flying hours and has served as an A-10 instructor, evaluator and forward air controller pilot. His decorations include the Aerial Achievement Medal for missions during Operation Deny Flight. He lives in Azle, Texas. (2/10/03)
Mickey Waller -- See Mickey Waller Sanborn.
Tami Winters Warburton (1977) is deceased.
Barbara Ward -- See Barbara Ward McGuire.
Bettye Cranford Ware (1954) died Feb. 16, 2003.
Wanda Warner (1973), formerly a journalist, screenwriter, airline industry spokesperson and aviation federal affairs representative, is now writing novels and struggling to improve her golf game. She lives in Oakton, Va., with her husband, David. (10/27/06)
Deborah Warren -- See Deborah Warren Self.
Karen Ammons Warren (1995) is a paralegal in Shreveport. She lives in Bossier City with her daughter Lauren.
Nelwyn Still Warren (1981) is director of customer service for Fibrebond Corp. She lives in Minden, La. Three of her four children will be Tech graduates (Weston, Tiphanie have graduated, and her son Hodson will graduate this summer). Their son Anderson is a graduate of DeVry University. (04.29.11)
Paula Warren-Peace (1983) passed away Jan. 31, 2012. She earned a Ph.D. in counseling with a specialization in rehabilitation counseling and a minor in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University in 2009. She worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in vocational testing and evaluation for veterans with disabilities. (02.17.12)
Kenneth Washington (1991) is a correspondence analyst at the U.S. Department of Treasury. He received his master’s degree in mass communication from Arkansas State University. He and his wife, Charlene, have two children, Jeremiah and Kendall Rose. (07.02.10)
Brenda Lee Watson (1975) is Marketing/Media Vice President for Premier Enterprises, which has divisions in real estate, nutritional products and communications. She is working on her first novel. Watson earned a master's degree in education with a distance learning emphasis from Texas A&M in 1999. Prior to forming Premier Enterprises, she was director of communications for the Texas A&M University System, which comprises nine universities, eight state agencies and a medical school. She lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband. (2/9/04)
Jennifer Watson (2004) -- See Jennifer Watson Edmiston.
Jimmy Watson (1975) is a sports reporter for The (Shreveport) Times. Additionally, he owns and operates Joyner's Pest Control, the oldest in town and started by his wife's father, and he owns Watson Painting & Home Repairs. He is married to the former Emilane Joyner (a 1977 Tech graduate) and has three children: Tara, 27; Jared, 24; and Alanea, 18. They live in Shreveport, La. He garnered multiple awards in the 2006 Louisiana Sports Writers Association writing contest, including honorable mention for coverage of a college event and for a professional feature, first place for amateur sports coverage, and third place in the feature/column division. All awards were in the Class 1 category. (7/19/07)
Peter Watson (1994) received his master's degree in magazine writing from the University of Memphis in Dec. 1996. He is page editor at the Santa Clarita Valley Signal in California. Peter and Sarah Trefz were married Jan. 13, 2007. (11.19.10)
Lilah Rabun Weber (1957) lives in Rockport, Texas. (8/1/05)
Cheryl Wenman -- See Cheryl Wenman Griesbach.
Tommy Wertz (1971) is vice president of MI LLC. He lives in The Woodlands, Texas. (12/8/06)
Joey White (1977) lives in Homer, La., and is manager of marketing and member relations for Claiborne Electric Cooperative. He also serves as bi-vocational minister of music for First Baptist Church in Homer, and is a member of the Claiborne Parish School Board. Joey and his wife, Erin, have one son, Weston (19), who graduated from Summerfield High School and is attending Bossier Parish Community College. (09.30.11)
Larry White (1973) will retire as the director of corporate ticket sales at the University of Alabama on Aug. 13 after working in collegiate athletics for 33 years . He has worked closely with the athletics department's media rights holder, Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, to enhance corporate relationships. He was also active in corporate ticket sales for all sports and was the department's liaison for post-season bowl games. He lives in Northport, Ala. (07.17.09)
Thomas White (1982) is vice president at TIAA-CREF, the largest not-for-profit retirement plan provider serving the higher education, medical and non-profit markets for over 85 years. He is responsible for the marketing strategy and implementation of TIAA-CREF's individual client-facing businesses. He is married to Sara Packard White, a professional chef. (12/1/06)
Jamie Lunt Wilhelm (2003) is the marketing manager for Martin Lubricants, a part of Martin Midstream Partners L.P. Martin Lubricants blends and packages petroleum products and by-products. She and her husband Paul, a 2002 Tech graduate, have three children and live in Shreveport. (09.26.14)
Sue Wilkerson -- See Sue Wilkerson Gibson.
Lamora Brummett Wilkinson (1974) is a quality assurance representative and guest services trainer for Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, La. She lives in Shreveport, La. (2/20/06)
Michael Wilkinson (1973) is a Major in the U.S.A.F. Auxiliary and a Squadron Commander. He also was an Olympic Torch bearer in the 2002 winter Olympics and carried the torch in Boulder, Colo. He lives in Lafayette, La. (9/7/07)
Trey Williams (1993) is senior director of marketing at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the largest and busiest hospital in the state. He was recently named to serve on the Board of Directors of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana's Baton Rouge Chapter and also serves on the Louisiana Tech Alumni Association Board. He and his wife Anne have two girls, 9 and 6, and live in Baton Rouge. (05.09.14)
Dr. Wayne Willis (1976) a professor of education at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. After graduating from Tech he earned a master's degree in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and a doctorate in the history and philosophy of education from the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Morehead. (05.13.11)
Renae Willis (1979) is senior vice president of retail banking at Commercial Bank & Trust in LaGrange, Ga. She is also the Chair of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. (04.29.11)
Valerie Metrejean Woerner (2007) -- is a page designer with Lafayette Business Journal and owner and wedding planner with Southern Fete. She is married to Tyler Woerner. Their daughter, Vivienne Mae, was born Oct. 6, 2013. (1.24.14)
Carolyn King Wood (1951) is co-owner, vice president and treasurer of Lacombe True Value Inc. in Lacombe, La. She has been in the retail hardware business since June 1968. Her husband, Jewel, and children Dale and Sherry are also part of the business. She lives in Lacombe. (2/26/07)
Justin Woodman (1994) and his wife Amy are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, a son, Wellington James, born February 24th at 9:11am at Willis Knighton-Pierremont in Shreveport. Wellington weighed 9 lbs, 4 oz and was 21 inches long upon arrival. He joins two-year-old sister, Finley Clair born September 19, 2011. Woodman is a English and Social Studies teacher at the Caddo Parish Juvenile Detention Center in Shreveport. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Centenary College in 2012. He will begin his certification process in Special Education-Mild/Moderate, this summer at Northwestern State University in Nachitoches. The Woodman family lives in Shreveport. (03.14.14)
Bernie Woods (1973) lives in Shreveport, La. (7/22/04)
Cindy Shirley Woods (1981) is a homemaker living in Dallas, Texas. A former professional speechwriter for 10 years, she is available as a resource.
Ginger Wright (1977) is director of integrated marketing for NOVA Information Systems, a technology company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. NOVA is the third largest credit card processing company in the nation. She lives in Atlanta. (4/4/06)
Amy Wyrick -- See Amy Wyrick Larkin.
Heather Daigle Xu (2000) is a manager in KPMG’s People & Change Management Consulting practice. She holds a master's degree in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University and resides in Chicago, Ill., with her husband, Tyler Xu. She received a KPMG National Mentor award January 2015. (01.23.15)
Ashley Yorba -- See Ashley Yorba Rodrigue.
Leslie Martin Young (1983) retired from her position as editor of The Franklin Sun and is working alongside her husband of 26 years, Jesse Young, a 1984 Tech graduate, on the family farm in Wisner, La. They have two children: Jessica Young Handy, a senior in nursing at the University of Louisiana at Monroe; and Michael Martin Young, a sophomore at LSU in communication studies. (04.30.10)
Michael Young (1979) has been employed with Cisco since 2000, and is an 11-state Area Sales Director for Cisco Systems Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco. In addition to his Journalism degree, Michael also received an MBA from the University of Dallas several years ago and has achieved a long career in finance and business ownership. He has lived in McKinney, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), since 1993 with his wife of 25 years, Karlin (Carey) Young, who is also a Tech grad. Michael and Karlin have two grown children, daughter Tara, a recent graduate of Baylor University, and son Ryan, a full-time student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. (05.29.09)
Rebecca Young (1994) -- See Rebecca Young Mixon.