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Where our graduates are and what they are doing... T-Z
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Tony Taglavore (1985) is the owner/executive producer of Sweet Lou Media, specializing in video production. He also continues his freelance radio/TV work as a play-by-play/color analyst for the Northwestern State University Demon Sports Network. He also hosts a weekly TV show, Wonderful Day Ark-La-Tex. Tony lives in Shreveport. (09.10.10)
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)
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)
Jeffrey Teague (1985) is the minister to singles at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla. He and Wendy Lane Castleberry were married Nov. 14, 2003. They live in Lutz, Fla. (7/12/04)
Stacy Temple (2005) is a reporter for The News-Star in Monroe, La., where she lives. She is engaged to Tyler Rhodes. (12.03.10)
Adam Terry (2003) is an administrative assistant for U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La). (10/19/07)
Jenni Roberson Terry (2003) is the press officer for the American Library Association's Washington Office. (11.21.08)
Donna Tettleton -- See Donna Tettleton Miller.
Carol Thibaut -- See Carol Thibaut Short.
Brad Thomas (1997) is a senior communications specialist with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute based at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His job duties include media relations, internal communications and producing collateral materials for NSBRI. 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 Stafford, Texas. (02.01.08)
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) is an Atlanta-based singer-songwriter whose debut Americana CD was released in 2010 and includes songs currently being pitched by Banner Music Songs to major label artists in Nashville. You can check out his tunes at www.derektoomey.com. When he’s not writing, Derek likes playing softball, connecting with friends on Facebook and working out. A former TV reporter and anchor in his hometown of Alexandria, La., Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga., Derek currently pays the bills with his day job as publications coordinator for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. (01.08.10)
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.
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, DC 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) is a sports copy editor with the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram. (7/10/06)
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.
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.
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.
Don Walker (1984) is assistant metro editor at Florida Today. (12/15/06)
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)
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. Two of her four children are Tech graduates, with another scheduled to enroll at Tech in the fall of 2007. The fourth is a graduate of DeVry University. (10/27/06)
Paula Warren-Peace (1983) 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 works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in vocational testing and evaluation for veterans with disabilities. (05.01.09)
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) is an independent landman who specializes in mapping. She has researched areas in Texas and Louisiana and has helped recruit and train other landmen. She lives in Shreveport, La. (01.16.09)
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) is director of public relations for Claiborne Electric Co-op. He lives in Homer, La. (4/14/03)
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) and her husband Paul, a 2002 Tech graduate, have two children, Bryn Emilie, born Dec. 20, 2007, and Colin Thomas, born December 2009. Jamie is the marketing copywriter for Tech Results, a company that develops business intelligence software for the gaming industry. She is responsible for composing all corporate communications from press releases to company collateral. Additionally, she is a freelance graphic designer, writer and photographer. Examples of her work can be found at http://www.abitofapixel.com/jamie.html. She, Paul, Bryn Emilie, and Colin Thomas live in Shreveport, La. (12.11.09)
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) was appointed communications director for the governor's office by Governor Bobby Jindal. Trey is married to the former Anne Stuckey of Baton Rouge. They have two daughters: Julia Catherine Williams, born Feb. 14, 2005, and Elizabeth Wynne Williams, born on May 9, 2008. (05.30.08)
Calvin Willis (1980) is an attorney at law. He lives in Sunland, Calif. (2/18/04)
Dr. Wayne Willis (1976) is a professor of education and chair of the department of professional programs in education at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. After graduating from Tech he earned a master's degree from Wheaton College and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Morehead. In addition to his teaching, Willis is active in writing, art and photography. His Web site at http://people.moreheadstate.edu/fs/w.willis/ provides examples of his work, including a link to information about a children's book that he wrote and illustrated. He is co-editor with Dan Fasko and contributing author of Contemporary Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives on Moral Development and Education, published by Hampton Press in October 2008. Willis's other books include Motivation, Engagement and Educational Performance, with Julian G. Elliott et. al, and a children's book, This Is How We Became a Family. (10.31.08)
Renae Willis (1979) is vice president of Sales and Marketing for Commercial Bank & Trust (a Synovus bank) in LaGrange, Ga. (3/10/06)
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. (10.01.10)
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)
Emery Carter Wood (1982) owns C & C Interiors. She lives in Monroe.
Justin Woodman (1994) is starting his second year as a seventh grade English Language Arts and Literature teacher at Rusheon Middle School in Bossier City. He previously taught sixth grade Oak Terrace Alternative School in Shreveport. He is completing his master of arts in teaching at Centenary College. He and his wife Amy reside in Shreveport. (08.20.10)
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.
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.