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Dr. Gautam Sen (PhD '81) is the new associate dean of research and facilities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University. In a recent email from Dr. Sen, he says he owes his career in academia "to two very important mentors, friends and professors at UTD: Professors Dean Presnall (Emeritus) and James Carter."
Sandy Hart (BS '91) won the Clerk of the Year award for 2008 from the Lone Star Chapter of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association. Sandy has been the city secretary for the City of McKinney for the last four years. She is also one of the founding members of the Lone Star Chapter of the TMCA.
Mark Ridell (MS '96) has been appointed vice president, and planning and analysis manager in the finance department at The Texas Independent Banker. Mark has 10 years of financial analysis experience and is a certified public accountant.
David Holmberg (MBA '00) was named the new president and chief executive officer of HVHC, Inc., one of the largest managed vision care companies in the country. He will also continue his role as president and chief executive officer at Eye Care Centers of America (ECCA), a wholly owned subsidiary of HVHC. In his new role, David will lead the implementation of an integrated, multi-regional business design for the managed care, wholesale and retail divisions of HVHC.
Chelsea Traille (BS '07) was selected as one of the top 20 finalists on Fox's reality show, So You Think You Can Dance. Chelsea is a jazz funk and contemporary dancer from Houston. She is a former Dallas Mavericks dancer during the 2006-07 season. Check the So You Think You Can Dance website for a show schedule.
Geoffrey Daniel Hart (MS '96), along with his wife, Christy; 12-year-old daughter, Rebekah; and two foster children, 6-year-old Kevinnesha Palmer and 5-year-old Raven Lucas, died suddenly on Sunday, June 22, in an automobile accident as they drove home from Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Geoff was born on March 24, 1967, in Selma, Alabama. He received his bachelor's degree in computer science and math from Centenary College and a master's degree in computer science from UT Dallas. Geoff worked with Sage Telecom and was active in Eagle Scouts. He is also a board member of Juntos Servimos, an organization that does missionary work in Mexico. In his spare time, Geoff enjoyed camping, woodworking and coaching Rebekah's basketball and softball teams. He and his wife were also part of Dallas Emmaus community, Crown Ministries Studies, Couples for Christ Sunday School at Custer Road UMC and Lutheran Social Services Foster-to-Adopt. Geoff is survived by his parents, Jim and Norma Hart; and brothers, James Kenneth Hart, Charles Timothy Hart, twin brother David Gregory Hart, and their families.