Alumni

“My best friends from my St. Francis years are still my best friends, and will be forever.”
—Addy Purdy ’10

Once a St. Francis Wolf … always a St. Francis Wolf.

We challenge you to find an alumni community as active and engaged as our very own Wolf graduates. From converging on local restaurants for the lively Sophomore and Senior Reunions each spring to gathering for after-hours fun on the front porch of the Andrews House, St. Francis friends come together again and again to share memories, network—and even discuss life as St. Francis parents themselves.

Contact our directors of alumni and parent relations, Anne Chisholm (713.458.6141) or Staci Thompson (713.458.6132), for more information.

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80s

JENNIFER HENRY ’88 married Kevin Hamilton Ross on November 16, 2013, at Grace Bible Church in Houston. After much prayer, Jennifer decided to leave St. Francis at the close of the 2013–14 school year following sixteen years of teaching—including religion instruction in the Primary, Lower, and Middle Schools and leading the eighth-grade girls Bible study each week. The couple is looking forward to where the Lord might lead them, and Jennifer says that St. Francis will always be a special part of her life.

90s

SEAN RHEA ’91 and his wife, Lucy Almers, welcomed their first child, Emmett Thomas Almers-Rhea, on July 24, 2014.

TYLER MCQUEEN ’94 and his wife, Annie, welcomed twins Cash Benner and Lila Kate on July 22, 2014.

KITTREDGE STEPHENSON ’95 graduated from Texas A&M University in May with a PhD in clinical psychology. As part of his research, he studied the psychology of haiku poetry, and spent a year and a half working cross-culturally in Kyoto, Japan, on a Japanese government scholarship. He has been in Albany, New York, for the last year completing an internship and is returning to Houston for postdoctoral training with the Menninger Clinic.

CABELL WALKER WOOD ’97 and her husband, David, welcomed their first child, Walker, on June 4, 2014.

KATE McLEAN ’99 is now chef de cuisine at Tony’s, the flagship restaurant of Tony Vallone. Kate is the first woman to hold this position and was also the first sous chef for the restaurant.

DR. JOLIE RELYEA ’99 joined The Dentists at Town & Country Village in Houston in May 2014. She now works with her former St. Francis science teacher Kay Rhea’s husband, Dr. Ronald Rhea. Dr. Relyea graduated from Memorial High School and attended Southern Methodist University, receiving a bachelor’s degree from the Cox School of Business. She then attended dental school at the University of Southern California for a doctorate in dental surgery from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

2000s

PRICE MONROE ’01 and ALLISON McCONNELL ’02 were married on May 10, 2014, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Allison received a master’s degree in geology from the University of Houston in December 2013. She works as an operations geologist for Marathon Oil Corporation, while Price is an account sales representative at Nalco Champion.

MARIO HERNANDEZ ’02 moved to Vancouver, Canada, during his high school years. He played tennis for Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2008–11 before graduating with a degree in political science. He now coaches the school’s men’s tennis team, and his brother, Geoff Hernandez ’03, has joined him as assistant coach. Geoff graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 and played on the professional tennis tour for a year before coaching at a private tennis club in Portland.

GRIFFIN KLEMENT ‘03 lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He volunteers his time and knowledge with Via Organica, a Mexican nonprofit whose mission is to promote organic agriculture, fair trade, a healthy lifestyle, and protection for our planet. Griffin teaches aquaponics, aquaculture, and food composting in Spanish, and this fall will attend the La Calaca Arts Festival to showcase his La Calavera Acuaponia, an 8-foot vertical aquaponic sculpture made of recycled water bottles designed to educate and inspire the public to learn more about the benefits of various sustainable food-production systems.

JIMMY BAILEY ’04 and KATHRYN REEVES ’04 are engaged to be married on January 17, 2015, in Houston. Jimmy works for Freeport-McMoRan, and Kathryn works in marketing for Vinson & Elkins.

LIZ ROBERTS ’04 is a financial analyst with Chevron Corporation. After returning from an assignment in Perth, Australia, she will be working in Chevron’s corporate office in San Ramon, California.

BEN ESTUS ’05 recently made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon. He graduated from Episcopal High School in 2009 and Northwestern University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a minor in psychology. He then moved to New York City to pursue acting and is now ringing doorbells eight times a week at the Eugene O'Neill Theater.

SHANE CARDEN ’06 was named to the initial 2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list, which recognizes the top offensive player in Division I college football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that defined Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community spirit, and tenacity. Shane, senior quarterback for East Carolina University, is a two-time watch list nominee and 2013 semifinalist.

COLE NEEDLES ’06 graduated in May 2014 from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in studio art. He has moved to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming an artist’s or curator’s assistant and eventually making art of his own.

CAMERON TEBO ’06 is engaged to be married on May 30, 2015. He will graduate from Texas A&M University in December 2014 with a degree in history, and will then begin law school.

KATIE BUTLER ’08 became a Ralph C. Hon Scholar at Rhodes College and also received a fine arts scholarship for vocal performance. She is a member of the Rhodes Singers and MasterSingers Chorale, as well as Chi Omega, and is on the honor roll and dean's list. She serves as editor of both The Bridge and The Grind newspapers.

LESLIE LAMOREAUX ’09 completed her freshman year at the University of Kansas. She is majoring in communications and minoring in business administration, and is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

ABIGAIL ROBERTS ’09 completed her freshman year at Texas A&M University. She stays busy in the Business Honors Program and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Business Student Council, and the David Gardner Student Advisory Council.

10s

GEORGIA BATES ’10 graduated from Memorial High School in May 2014 after serving as co-president of the school’s five choirs for two years. She was the only vocalist from Memorial High to make the Texas All-State Choir her senior year. Georgia was accepted into the University of Texas Butler School of Music.

HALLIE BUTLER ’10 graduated summa cum laude from St. Agnes Academy, where she was a National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, and Rube Goldberg Competition Regional Finalist. She was a member of the National Honor Society and won the Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award. Starting pitcher for the St. Agnes varsity softball team throughout high school, she was a 5A Softball State Runner-Up and member of the 5A Softball All-State Tournament Team for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, among other honors.

CASSIE CATER ’10 was the stage manager in Houston Christian High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast. She is a founding member and president of the school’s International Thespian Society. In addition to theater, Cassie is involved in orchestra, varsity tennis, and the National Honor Society, and has also earned her Girl Scout Gold Award.

JARRETT BOLANDER ’11 earned his Eagle Scout award in a Troop 641 ceremony at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in May. Jarrett began Scouting as a second grader in St. Francis Episcopal Church’s Pack 1703. His Eagle Scout project was to expand The Woods Outdoor Classroom at St. Francis by creating a nature path lined with benches, a bird feeder, a weather station, and tiered climbing platforms around a tree. Jarrett designed the benches, platforms, and bird feeder supports and led a group of volunteers in the construction and addition of the new features over the course of three weekends. Jarrett is currently a senior at Houston Christian High School and plans to attend Texas A&M University after graduation.

COLIN McGRATH ’11 played the role of Cogsworth in Houston Christian High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast. He also participates in Comedy Sportz, drum line band, Chamber Singers, the National Honor Society, and Student Ambassadors, and is a discipleship group leader. Colin performed in Chapelwood United Methodist Church’s Godspell in 2009 and God Is in Control in 2010.

AMIR TAGHIZADEH ’11 presented his spring 2015 collection during New York’s Fashion Week in September, and was selected as one of Houston’s emerging talents to be showcased among a star roster of international designers during Houston Fashion Week this fall at the Wortham Center. Amir interned with Oscar de la Renta in the summer of 2013 and was off to London for a class at Central Saint Martins in the summer of 2014. He hopes to attend Parsons School of Design after graduating from Episcopal High School.

AMANDA THOMPSON ’11 played the role of Chip in Houston Christian High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bobby Linhart. She is a member of the school’s International Thespian Society, concert choir, and Comedy Sportz league, and is a discipleship group leader.

HARRISON WEST ’11 is serving as student body president at Episcopal High School.

TRES DUYTSHAEVER ’12 was named captain of the Kinkaid wrestling team for the 2014–15 school year. During the summer, he worked as a junior counselor at Camp La Junta.

TAYLOR LY ’12 is a senior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. He earned a spot in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association’s All-State Choir as fifth chair tenor. He is also a member of the St. Agnes-Strake Jesuit Triple Trio and has performed with the group for the past two years at the Texas Renaissance Festival. He serves as communications manager for the Strake Jesuit yearbook, The Crusader.

RACQUEL LYN ’12 is an honor student at St. Agnes Academy. She ranked No. 1 in the Texas Super Championship girls singles level 18. Lyn has earned the top spot in four singles age groups: 12, 14, 16, and 18. In addition to participating in junior tournaments, she represents St. Agnes in high school tennis and is a two-time girls singles state champion, leading the Tigers to back-to-back Class 5A state titles with the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

MEGAN ROBERTS ’12 held the leading role in the Kinkaid spring musical Once Upon a Mattress and received the school’s Tom Boyd Musical Theatre Award, which is usually given to a senior. She was accepted into Northwestern University’s National High School Institute for theatre during the summer of 2014 and will play Kate in Kinkaid’s fall production of The Miracle Worker.

MARY-KATE SCURLOCK ’12 is a junior at Stratford High School. She is a member of the Stratford Chamber 2 Choir and Texas Music Educators Association Region 27 District Choir-Alto and Treble Choir-Alto. She took part in the 2014 Farmington Awards in Spanish and is on the honor roll. She is a cheerleader and member of Biron Gymnastics, and is a Team Level 8 tumbling state champion who qualified for national competition on all events. She also double-lettered in cheer and choir.

ETHAN LAMBRIGHT ’13 finished his first year at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, where he participated in all four Strake theater productions. He was named Outstanding Freshman for theater, and was also chosen to participate in the Strake-St. Agnes Mixed Chorus tour to San Francisco.

BROCK LOOSER ’13 was cast as Casey in Kinkaid's one-act production Speak Now during her freshman year, and also performed the part before the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. She was Lady Mabelle in the Kinkaid musical Once Upon a Mattress and, in March, sang with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. She played varsity softball at Kinkaid, and this summer attended Camp Broadway and Stagedoor Manor performing arts camps in New York. Brock has been selected as a Kinkaid Admissions Ambassador and member of its theatre company to begin her sophomore year.

COOPER WOZENCRAFT ’13 received Memorial High School’s (MHS) Principal Award in May 2014. This award is given to a freshman who exemplifies academic achievement, high moral character, determination, and motivation on and off the field—or, in this case, the pool. This past year, Cooper qualified for the state swim meet in Austin and placed second in the 100 back (he was the only freshmen to make it into a top-three spot in any event) and fifth in the 100 butterfly. He received the MHS Freshman Swimmer of the Year award and was named MVP of the swim team.

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