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Aris and LorenAristotle Economon (‘89, Economics) randomly encountered Honors alum Loren Israel (‘90, Psychology) in Cincinnati at their 3rd grade daughters’ Christmas choir concert. The two had not seen one another in over 20 years! Pictured here, from left, Loren, his wife Maya, Ray Bernardini, and Aris celebrating Aris’ 20th anniversary of his 29th birthday.


Kim Hooker Ballesteros (’90, Speech Communication) moved back to Houston last summer after spending four years in San Antonio. Her family is happy to be back home, and Kim is enjoying her new job with the Friends of Fondren Library at Rice University. This summer Kim plans to begin a Graduate Certificate Program in Children’s Literature at Penn State’s World Campus while finally pursuing her dream of writing travel books for children.

Robert McNeil (’90, Biology) recently reached 20 years of service with Baylor College of Medicine and was promoted to Senior Sponsored Programs Analyst for Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience. He is currently managing the development of the newly announced Blue Bird Circle Clinical Research Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. Robert’s recently launched website,, shows interesting movies and pictures of neurons and neuronal proteins taken from his prior work in basic science research.

Bernie Luger (’92, Chemistry) completed his M.Ed. in spring 2010 and is enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Boston University, where he’s participating in a project that has him traveling all over the city seeing what the big universities are doing to help inner city schools.

Rob Gabel (‘93, Chemical Engineering) recently joined Machinima Inc. as SVP of Advertising Performance. Machinima creates online videos for video game enthusiasts. Rob is still living in Los Angeles with his wife, Vivian, and their two boys. The Gabel family hosted a group of 12 UH alumni last fall for the UH/UCLA game and a wine-tasting trip in the Malibu hills. 

Kathy Hagan Quigley (’93, Mechanical Engineering) is a project engineer with EDG Inc. Consulting Engineers. She has been with them for nine years working on domestic international oil and gas projects where she had the opportunity to work three years on a rotation in Angola, West Africa, for offshore construction projects. She is currently working on the Chevron/Sonangol Mafumeira Sul project. Kathy is living life to the fullest with her two girls, Alexandria (10) and Elizabeth (7), who love skiing, gymnastics, and Girl Scouts. 

Nicola Clegg (’98, Biochemical & Biophysical Sciences) completed her postdoctoral research in 2010 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she coordinated the development of a new drug now being tested in patients with metastatic prostate cancer. She recently moved from New York City to the San Francisco Bay area, where she joined the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as a project manager in oncology. 


Stephanie Coker Meyers (’00, Health) completed her Ph.D. in Nursing in December 2010 at UT Health School of Nursing, where she is now serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Nursing Care. 

Westra babyJulie Westra (’02, History) and her husband, Joel (’98, Political Science), welcomed their son, Jude Willem Westra, on October 9, 2010. Julie has begun a new position as in-house counsel at Priority Health. The Westras are living in Grand Rapids, MI.

Emmons familyMarisa Bonneaux Emmons (’03, Biochemistry) completed her Family Medicine Residency at Christus Santa Rosa in San Antonio, Texas, in June 2010. She is now working as a Family Medicine Physician in San Antonio. She and her husband, Matt (’03, Finance), welcomed their second son, Colin Matthew, in November 2010. The entire family, including big brother Ryan, are all doing great!

Kevin Hinrichs (‘03, Computer Science) and Victoria Claus (‘02, Accounting) were married in August 2009. They recently moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Kevin continues to work as a software developer for Houston-based PAS Inc. while Victoria works as a forensic accountant.,

Howard-Wilson babyEmily Howard-Wilson (’04, Interior Design) and her husband Alan welcomed Liam Rree Wilson into their family on August 13, 2010.