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Newsmakers: Texas Wesleyan prof named Texas Mother of the Year

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Texas Wesleyan prof named Texas Mother of the Year

Linda Metcalf, director of graduate counseling programs at Texas Wesleyan University, was named the 2015 Texas Mother of the Year during the 80th annual National Convention of American Mothers in Washington, D.C.

Metcalf is one of 50 women from across the nation chosen to receive the American Mothers Inc. award, and the only Texas Mother of the Year.

She was nominated by one of her students, Kathleen Sweeney, who is pursuing a doctorate in marriage and family counseling and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

“The [Marriage and Family Therapy] Ph.D. program is the brainchild of Dr. Metcalf and she guides her students through it,” Sweeney said. “Like an intentional parent, she has exposed her ‘kids’ to the best she can muster. She struck me as the quintessential mother – she is a rock of knowledge and experience, coupled with a gentle approach and nurturing posture.”

Metcalf and her husband of 40 years, Roger, have three children. She is a former middle school teacher, all-level school counselor, licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University, her master’s in school counseling from Texas Christian University and her doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Texas Woman’s University.

Metcalf was also asked to serve on American Mothers Inc.’s national board of directors.

Banking & Finance

Mike Barber joined Trinity Bank as an executive vice president after serving eight years with Capital One Bank as Fort Worth area president. Barber also worked in commercial lending at Guaranty Federal Bank and Wells Fargo Bank. He serves on the boards of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.

Shane Stewart joined Weaver as the director-in-charge of indirect tax and state and local tax services. He provides those services across the firm and is based in the Dallas office. Stewart brings years of experience in state and local tax matters involving evaluating sales and transaction tax compliance for clients. He has extensive knowledge in industries including manufacturing, oil and gas, telecommunications, commercial airlines, government contractors, construction, retail, financial services and technology. Most recently, Stewart worked at Ryan, a tax services firm, as a manager of sales and use tax.

Boards & Organizations

Tom Tallent, senior vice president of Cendera Funding Inc., has been elected president of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association. Tallent has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Previously he was a senior vice president with Southwest Bank and vice president with Colonial Savings, F.A. Other new officers include: Vice President Mary Pirrello, Nexbank; Secretary-Treasurer Mark A. Raskin, PrimeLending; and associate representative and board member Amy Coke, Polunsky Beitel Green LLP. Board members are: Shawn Broussard, ServiceFirst Mortgage; Michael Carroll, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp.; James Clapp, Starkey Mortgage; Brian Collins, Cendera Funding; Troy Garris, Weiner Brodsky Kider PC; Scott Gillen, Stewart Lender Services; Jason Gillespie, Southwest Bank; Adam Isbell, National MI; Michael Kennemer, Mid America Mortgage Inc.; Renessa Knowles, Peoples Bank; Michael Lima; Mike Manley, Security Service Federal Credit Union; Tracy Maynard Cole, Colonial National Mortgage; Cari McCue, Guardian Mortgage Co. Inc.; Dayna McElreath, Sente Mortgage; Paulina McGrath, Republic State Mortgage; Jodie Morgan, Wells Fargo Funding; Vicki Murphy, McGlinchey Stafford and Youngblood & Associates LLP; Sean O’Neill, Texas Capital Bank, N.A.; Chad Overhauser, AmeriPro Home Loans; Allan Polunsky, Polunsky Beitel Green LLP; Paul Pritchett, Radian Guaranty Inc.; Steve Remington, Benchmark Mortgage; Ruth Ruhl, Ruth Ruhl PC-Attorney At Law; Todd Salmans, PrimeLending; R. Suzanne Smith, HNB Mortgage; Andrew Taylor, Franklin American Mortgage Co.; and Trey Worley, Comerica Bank-Warehouse Lending.

Construction & Engineering

Mark J. Holliday is the new senior project manager in the Dallas office of Pape‐Dawson Engineers Inc. He will help promote and manage the firm’s civil engineering services throughout North Texas. Holliday has more than 21 years of management and leadership experience in the planning, design and construction of private developments and public projects. His development experience includes land feasibility studies, land planning, zoning, platting, site plan approvals, civil design and construction administration.


Nolan Catholic High School selected Gabriel Duarte as its new assistant principal of academic affairs and will be replaced as dean of students by William Perales. Nolan alumnus Matthew Cook accepted the new position of athletic development professional. All three will assume their new roles July 1. Duarte, a 12-year veteran of Nolan, served the past two years as dean of students and, prior to that, taught students in all grade levels in theater arts, speech, advanced placement psychology, and Life of a Viking. He also directed the theater department for several seasons.

Perales has 19 years of experience in Catholic education. Prior to joining the school’s theology department this year, he was adjunct instructor of philosophy and religious studies at Marymount California University. He also served eight years in the English department at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic High School in San Pedro, Calif.

Cook, a 1992 graduate of Nolan, is responsible for developing and securing major donors and for managing sponsorship fulfillment for business marketing partners in association with Nolan’s expanded Doskocil Athletic Complex. He also will assist the football and baseball programs. Cook spent the last eight years as the boys’ athletic coordinator and head football coach at R.L. Paschal High School, where he also raised funds. Prior to Paschal, Cook was faculty/coach at All Saints Episcopal High School for six years, where he also helped coordinate fundraising. Other teaching/coaching experience includes Martin High School in Arlington and assistant football and softball coaching positions at Nolan from 1996-2000.

Health Care

Clint Abernathy is the new president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance. Abernathy has been interim president since January. He joined Texas Health Alliance in 2012 as professional services officer and helped the hospital open its doors. He also led the Texas Health Convenient Care Clinic and Outpatient Surgery Center and directed process improvements throughout the hospital. Before joining Texas Health Alliance, Abernathy was administrative director of operations and clinical excellence for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He also served as the hospital’s director of performance and productivity from September 2007 until October 2011. He worked as a Lean Six Sigma black belt and associate plant manager for Fresenius Medical Care from January 2005 to September 2007 and the quality assurance supervisor for PCI Technology from 2003-2005.

Honors & Awards

Matt Robison, the clinical director for developmental pediatrics and psychology at the Child Study Center, received this year’s Field Instructor of the Year Award from Texas Christian University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Audio visual company Electro Acoustics received the 2015 Excellence in Business Award for Talent Development from the National Systems Contractors Association.

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Fragility Fracture Certification, becoming the first health care facility in the country to be so recognized.


Demilec named William McMillian vice president of spray foam products. McMillian will work to drive growth and profitability in the core business of building insulation. With more than 15 years of experience in business development and leadership, he was most recently senior director of national accounts and business development at MSC Industrial Supply Co. He also had leadership positions at General Electric for over 15 years. McMillian served as a logistics officer in the U.S. Army.

Real Estate

The Tanglewood/South Hulen branch of North American Title Co. added Anna O’Neil as a business consultant. O’Neil brings five years of experience as a top-producing real estate agent and two years as a branch manager for a national real estate brokerage in Flower Mound. As a sales associate, O’Neil earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation. She also is licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission as an instructor.

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