Trip Down Memory Lane

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Take a trip down memory lane and see who you recognize from this list of alumni.


Karen Adams Harrington, Class of "83, was a Cardette Officer and involved in speech and drama.  She was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  After leaving HCJC, she graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a BS degree in Business Administration.  Karen has been married to Patrick Benton Harrington for 20 years.  They met while both were enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.  After living in Hawaii for a number of years, they are now retired from the Air Force and living in Tuttle, Oklahoma with their two children.  Their address is 4101 Stardust Lane, Tuttle, OK  73089.

Paula Burkett, Class of '85-'90, remembers her days as dorm director of Cardette Hall and working in Continuing Ed.  She teaches P.E. at Bel Air Elementary School in Athens.

Craig Callaway, Class of '89 was a member of the TVCC Cheerleading squad, a member of Student Senate and CCFC.  He has two children McKenzie and Chloe.  He is a cheerleading coach, choreographer, judge and staff trainer.

Mary Pruitt Barker, Class of '82, tells us that she was in the Cardinal jazz band, the marching band, along with Student Education Association and PTK. She went on to graduate with a B.A. degree from TCU in December of 1984.  She is married to Rex Barker and they have two children, 15 year old David and 9 year old Laura.  She is an advocate for autistic children, as her son has Asperger's Syndrome.

Patti Rakestraw Lightfoot, Class of '84 was a Cardette Officer in '83-'84.  She graduated from UT-Tyler with a degree in Elementary Education.  She has taught for 17 years and currently teaches Kindergarten for the Murchison ISD, near Athens.  She has a teenage son and daughter.

Didget (Disney) McKenzie, Class of '89 and former Cardette and Student Senate member, attended TVCC from 1987-1989.  Upon leaving TVCC, she moved to Washington, DC and was an NFL cheerleader for the Washington Redskins for two years.  She moved back to Texas in 1995 and married Mac McKenzie on August 10, 2000 in Jamaica.  She has been employed with Deloitte & Touche for 5 1/2 years and Mac is a police officer for UT Systems and was promoted to Corporal in 2003.  They recently moved from Plano to Corsicana.  Both commute to Dallas daily to work.

Ghassan "Gus" Mteirek, Class of '85, after leaving TVCC, attended Texas A & M and graduated with a BS degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics.  He worked for the State of Florida from 1990 until 2000.  He then joined Microsoft in March of 2000 and has been employed with them since then.  He has a 16 year old daughter and three sons, 9,13 & 14.  He lives and works in Bahrain. 

Culley Rogers, Class of '87, attended HCJC from the fall of 1984 through the spring of 1986 and was a member of the first graduating class (1987)after the school name was changed to TVCC.  While he was a student at HCJC-TVCC, he was a member of the Cardinal Band, Cardinal Choir, Music Students Association, Student Senate,  the News-Journal staff and The Ark (a ministry of the United Methodist Church on campus).  He earned his Bachelors degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1989 and his Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from East Texas State University in 1994.  He served as an active volunteer for the TVCC Cheer program from 1989 through 2001 and is a lifelong member of CCFC.  His mentor is Connie "CJ" Russell.  He is currently Guidance Associate and Financial Aid Counselor for the Palestine campus of TVCC. 

Byron Smith, Class of '86, was Baptist Student Union president and studied psychology under Carol Doolin.  He received his BA degree at Dallas Baptist University in Psychology and two Masters degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He currently lives in Georgia where he serves as the Assistant Director of Missions at the Henry Baptist Association.  He is married with two boys and a third one on his way!  Byron says that he has fond memories of HCJC-TVCC and his time in Athens.

Cheryl Byrd Smitherman, Class of '84-'86, remembers her days in Cardettes and serving as co-captain.  She is married with 3 children.  She is currently the manager for Labor and Delivery at Baylor Medical Center in Irving, Texas.

Patrice Kissentaner Walker, Class of '86, now lives in Dallas.



Posted Date:
4/27/2015 4:14:51 PM