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Don Saylor (MPAff ’79) visited the LBJ School of Public Affairs in November. He took a moment to chat with a UT student in the ‘Barbara Jordan corner’ on the School’s third floor.


Augustine Smyth (MPAff ’80) is staff director for the House Budget Committee in Washington, D.C.

John Gray (MPAff ’83) is director of congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Brandt (MPAff ’85) is director at Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., in Dallas.

Gwen Houston (MPAff ’85) was recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of ‘2012 Top Influential Women in Corporate America,’ as well as ranking #45 in Uptown Professional’s ‘2012 Top 100 Executives.’ She is the general manager of the global diversity and inclusion team at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, Wash.

Betty Rudolph (MPAff ’85) is associate director at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Washington, D.C.

Mira Mihajlovich (MPAff ’86) works for Arizona State University. She is the research advancement manager for Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems.

Sander Lurie (MPAff ’87) is a principal with SNR Denton US, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Matthews (MPAff ’89) is the managing director, sustainability sector at National Strategies, LLP, in Washington, D.C.


Kay Ghahremani (MPAff ’90) was named director of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Division of Medicaid and CHIP in October.

Dr. Amy Hightower (MPAff ’92) works for Editorial Projects in Education, Inc. (EPE) in Bethesda, Maryland. She is director of the EPE Research Center.

Leslie Lawson (MPAff ’94) owns her own company, specializing in custom web application development and web design, located in Austin.

Andrea Fuller (MPAff ’96) is the CEO of MindFarm in Washington, D.C.

Christine Gallagher (MPAff ’97) is a research project director for George Washington University.

Patrick Graves (MPAff ’97) accepted a position with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November. He is a report writer and editor.

Stacey Abrams (MPAff ’98) was profiled in the Albany Herald on November 26 regarding her address to Albany State University students. Read the article here.

Sybil Volel (MPAff ’99) is president and CEO of The Volel Consulting Group in Washington, D.C.


Jon Weizenbaum (MPAff ’01) was named commissioner of the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DAD) in October. Weizenbaum previously served as interim commissioner at DAD in 2009-2010.

Wesley Wilson (MPAff ’01) is the senior director for corporate responsibility at Walmart International in Bentonville, Ark.

Sara Moomaw (MPAff ’02) is a budget analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

Dr. Vanessa Bouché (MPAff ’04) is teaching in the Department of Political Science at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Matthew Canedy (MPAff ’04) joined the Association of Washington Business as its government affairs director for health care and education issues. Canedy relocated to Washington state from Washington, D.C., and previously worked for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Leaders’ Project and as an aide to U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore.

Stephen Palmer (MPAff ’04) is a senior policy advisor for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He works in long-term services and supports, within the Office of Health Policy and Clinical Services.

Kimberly Springer (MPAff ’04) was promoted to deputy budget officer within the Financial Administrative Services Department for the City of Austin. Previously she was a capital improvement program manager.

Elizabeth Cusumano Martin (MPAff ’05) works for the U.S. Federal Department of Agriculture. She is a senior program analyst in the Center for Tobacco Products in Washington, D.C.

Chris Mahon (MPAff ’05) is an analyst with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Ariadna Mahon-Santos (MPAff ’05) is a program coordinator with the Association for Community College Trustees.


William Ware (MPAff ’05) is a cyber security analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

Rachel Shaw (MPAff ’05) works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. She is a program manager in Immigration Services within the U.S. Citizenship division.

Greg Krauss (MPAff ’07) works for Brilliant Earth.

Steven Goldman (MPAff ’09) is a communications specialist with Energetics, Inc. in Columbia, Maryland.

Anne Womer (MPAff ’09) is employed by the U.S. Department of State.


William Carpluk (MPAff ’10) works for American’s Promise Alliance in Washington, D.C.

John Kennedy (MPAff ’10) is on detail at the Domestic Policy Council at the White House. He is on loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he is scheduled to return in 2013.

Kyle McGaa (MPAff ’10) accepted a position with Campus Explorer, Inc., in Santa Monica, Calif. He is a data coordinator, and a subject matter expert in public, private and international education data.

David Repp (MPAff ’10) began a new job with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in September. He is a senior financial analyst.

Jim Woodward (MPAff ’10) works in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is an engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Emily Adams (MGPS ’11) is an associate in the East Africa area with Chemonics International in Washington, D.C.

Kathryn Fitzpatrick (MPAff ’11) recently accepted a position with National Instruments in Austin. She is marketing communications specialist in the Alliance Partner Network.

Angela Newell (Ph.D. ’11) presented at a research colloquium at The University of Texas’ School of Information on October 9. Dr. Newell’s research bears upon current topics of big data, innovation, and cyber security in organizations. Her talk investigated the impact of federal agencies; data dissemination in building “the information public.”

C.P. Smith (MPAff ’11) is a cost engineer at SunPower Corporation in Austin.

Lauren Ames (MPAff ’12) accepted a communications and development consultant position with Urban Pathways in New York.

Meghan Ashford-Grooms (MPAff ’12) accepted a position with the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. She is employed as a policy analyst.

Stephanie Ball (MPAff ’12) works as a fiscal/economic analyst for TischlerBise in Bethesda, Maryland.

Suzanne Berman (MPAff ’12) is a consultant with Deloitte in Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Breeden (MPAff ’12) is a research associate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Center for Health and Social Policy. She works with the Child and Family Research Partnership.

Josh Haney (MPAff ’12) started as a program specialist with the Texas Comptroller of Public Affairs. He is working on the Financial Allocation Study of Texas, which looks to find inefficiencies in the state’s public education system.

John Harechmak (MPAff ’12) accepted a position as outreach coordinator with HousingWorks Action in Austin.

Tanya Holland Lavelle (MPAff ’12) is a mental health policy fellow with Easter Seals Central TX.

Conor Kenny (MPAFF ’12) is chief of staff for Representative Lon Burnam of the Texas House of Representatives.

Jaclyn Leaver (MGPS ’12) is the media relations officer for Baha'is of the United States, based in Washington, D.C.

Keri McDonald (MPAff ’12) is a communication manager for TX TAP System in Austin.

Nicole Moore (MPAff ’12) accepted a position with Double Line Partners in Austin. She is employed as a business analyst.

Loren Riemer (MGPS ’12) took a position as director of foundation relations at Concordia University Texas. She is based in Austin.

Audra (Teinert) Dickinson (MPAff ’12) accepted a position as a financial specialist with the City of Austin Treasury Office. She started in October.

Raul Torres (MPAff ’12) accepted a position with Mathematica in Washington, D.C. He is a research programmer

Rachel Wald (MGPS ’12) took a position as a social impact consultant for Grassroots Business Fund in Washington, D.C.

Tiffany Tripson (MGPS ’12) accepted a position as a management and program analyst with the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Austin.

Ben Walker (MGPS ’12) is an insurance assistance fund case manager at AIDS Services of Austin

Meredith Whipple (MPAff ’12) accepted a position as a policy analyst at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C.

The Shahs family
The Shah family

Katy Zamesnik (MPAff ’12) works for the City of Austin as a budget analyst.

Lamine Zarrad (MPAff ’12) is a public policy and digital communications analyst with the Texas Army National Guard.

Kseniya Zemlyanova (MPAff ’12) took a position as a public information specialist with the City of Austin.

Marriages & Arrivals

Sara Myklebust (MPAff ‘12) married Noah Dunst on November 17. The couple lives in Denver, Colo.

Audra (Teinert) Dickinson (MPAff ’12) married Chris Dickinson on September 22 in Austin.

Rebecca (Carson) Shaw (MPAff ’09) and Nirav Shah (MPAff ’09) welcomed a daughter Maya Carson Shah, on July 9.