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Kevin Mullally (M.A. '80) was, in July, sworn in as The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) new mission director for Senegal. As mission director, he focuses on improving access to education and health care, and works to help create jobs and strengthen Senegal’s democracy. He began working for USAID in 1982 in Burkina Faso and has also worked in Niger, Haiti, Bangladesh, Mali, and Ethiopia. Most recently, he served as the mission director in Rwanda.
Rocky R. Miracle (M.A. '82) is the author of the non-fiction book Mrs. Cordie's Soldier Son, which is published by Texas A&M University Press.
Roberta Seelinger Trites (M.A. '85) authored Twain, Alcott, and the Birth of the Adolescent Reform Novel, published by the University of Iowa Press in November. Her other two books are both award-winning and she currently serves as the president of the Children's Literature Association. She is a professor of English at Illinois State University.
Russell Blair (B.A. '89) recently wrote a book, Contractor Confessions: Tales from Iraq, detailing his two years as the housing manager for the U.S. Army's military base in Mosul. He was in Iraq from May 2004 to June 2006 working for KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton. The website for the book is www.contractorconfessions.com.
Paula Dwyer (M.A.T. '91) was named Flower Mound campus administrator at Coram Deo Academy. She has worked at the academy for more than four years, and prior to that was a public school teacher for 14 years.
Geralyn Kever (M.A. '91) announced in November that she will run for the McKinney City Council District 2 seat when it comes up for election in May. She currently serves on the McKinney Arts Commission, and also served on the McKinney ISD School Board from 1997-2006, serving as president from 2000-2006.
Cindy Whitley (B.A. '91) was promoted in December to chief operating officer for Tek-Tools Software, based out of Dallas. She has been with the company since it was founded in 1996, and has also served as vice president of sales. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the company.
Mary Lynn Maloney (B.A. '96) is pleased to announce the release of her second book, Memory Art: 30 Ideas For Shadowboxes and Other Keepsake Displays. Her project designs and articles are regularly published in craft magazines such as Simply Beads, CardMaker, and Make It Mine and she has appeared on several episodes of The Carol Duvall Show on HGTV. Her first book, Favors With Flair: 75 Easy Designs forWeddings, Parties, and Events, was released in 2005.
Dr. Daniel Bartlett (Ph.D. '05) will take on a new position as director of development studies at Lamar University in January. For the past four years he has been working for Foundations of Excellence in the First Year Experience, a program that supports first-year college or university students. In addition to his new administrative duties, he also teaches English courses in the evenings.
Casey Struble (B.A. '06) and her parents were profiled in a December Dallas Morning News article because of their holiday tradition of dressing up as the Clause family and passing out gifts to women and children staying at Hope's Door, a Dallas-based shelter for families affected by domestic violence. They purchase the gifts using donations and money raised from their other appearances as the Clause family, and this year they bought gifts for 28 mothers and 48 children staying at the shelter. The Strubles have been carrying on this tradition for 16 years, and for the past five years they have also appeared as the Clauses at the Hope's Door "Date with Santa" fundraiser. Casey will soon be flying to London to study for her master's degree.