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Advisory Board Members

Mr. Chris Briggs is the Senior Vice President of Buxton Company, a customer analytics company in Fort Worth. Since joining Buxton in 2003, Briggs has held leadership positions in operations, product development, marketing and client experience. Additionally, he has been an adjunct instructor at the TCU Neeley School of Business MBA program. In 2007, he was recognized by the UNT College of Arts and Sciences as an Outstanding Alumnus.

Mr. Larry E. Brinkley is the Sales Manager/Designer for Brumbley Gardens since February 2013. Previously he was with Roundtree Landscaping. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from UNT in '69 and an M.P.A. in Public Administration in '73. Larry has been a President's Council member since 1977, served as President of the North Texas Exes in 1995 and was on the board 1972-1999 and is active in the Alumni Chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, where he served as National President in 1994. Larry is a member of the Texas Association of Landscape Contractors, the Texas Landscape and Nurserymen Association and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America. He has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2000 and served as chair from 2000-1012.

Ms. Debbie Brooks is the Director of DFW Musicians Services, LLC. Debbie is a cellist in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and contracts orchestras and smaller ensembles for many events in the DFW area through her company. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at UNT in the Strings Department, taught Career Development in the College of Music 2009-2016, and currently participates in the COM Entrepreneur Internship Program. She is a lifetime member in the UNT Alumni Association and on the Advisory Board for the College of Music. Also, she served on the UNT Alumni Association Board from 2007 - 2012, serving on the Executive Board for the last two years. Debbie earned both a Bachelor's ('77) and Master's Degree ('81) in Music from UNT. She has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2011 and recently established a scholarship for chemistry students.

Dr. Linda Truitt Creagh retired in 2008 from FUJIFILM Dimatix, Santa Clara, California as the Business Development Director where she had been since 1985. Previously, she participated in ink jet development with Xerox R&D (10 years) and liquid display research at Texas Instruments (6 years). She published a number of technical and US and foreign patents in the fields of ink jet technology and liquid crystal displays. Dr. Creagh holds a B.S. ('62), M.S. ('63) and Ph.D. ('67) degrees from the University of North Texas. She was the first woman to complete a Ph.D. in Chemistry at UNT. She has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2006 and is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.

Dr. Brant Deranger is the Vice President for Enterprise Partnership Development and Global Operations at Sabre Hospitality Solutions in Southlake, TX. Brant's diverse experience includes a background in the Hospitality Industry as a key contributor in the successful migration of global partners such as Preferred Hotel Group, Kimpton, JHC, Red Roof, and Vantage. He currently serves in a dual role at Sabre Hospitality and is responsible for Global Operations and Strategic Enterprise Partnership Development. His hospitality background is complimented by Airline Industry experience as a key contributor in the successful migration of Sabre partners such as Ethiopian, Kingfisher, and Cayman Airways. He received his Bachelor and Master of Arts in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his Ph.D. in Technical Communication from UNT, where he served as an instructor and launched the first online communications course. He is also currently an advisory board member for the Department of Technical Communication. He joined the Advisory Board in 2017.

Dr. T. Milton Dickson, D.D.S. is a practicing dentist in Gainesville, Texas and the owner of Dental Associates of North Texas, PA. He received his B.A. in Biology from UNT and is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry ('59). Following graduation he served as a clinical instructor in the Department of Fixed Prosthetics at Baylor. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Gainesville ISD and served as Chairman of the Board. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Regents of North Central Texas College and continues to serve as a Regent for NCTC and is a member of the NCTC Scholarship Foundation Board. Dr. Dickson serves as Chairman of the Board for the Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, as well as Camp Sweeney, a medical educational and life-style management program facility for children with Type I diabetes. His professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Mr. Robert Earley has served as president and CEO of JPS Health Network since February 2009. A 1983 political science graduate, Earley was a staff assistant to a Texas congressman in D.C. before returning home to run for the Texas House of Representatives. Elected in 1984, Earley served 10 years. Before joining JPS in 2005 as a senior VP for community and government affairs, Earley taught college, ran an Austin-based public affairs firm and served as a political analyst for NBC's affiliate station in Austin. Earley holds a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Texas-Arlington. Earley raises Clydesdales and bees. He and his veterinarian wife have a daughter.

Ms. Gabriella Draney Zielke is the Cofounder and Managing Partner of Tech Wildcatters. Most recently, she was with HP Growth Partners, an early stage venture fund in Dallas. She co-founded an aircraft scheduling software company in 1998 that ended in a profitable exit. She went on to work for Morgan Stanley in private wealth management. True to her entrepreneurial roots, she left to follow her passion for nutrition by opening a specialty foods retail store, and simultaneously spent three years consulting with numerous Dallas-based startups on strategic planning and finance. Gabriella earned an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University where she was a Cox Distinguished Merit Scholar and a BBA in Finance from the University of North Texas. She won the Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 2014. Gabriella has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2012 and recently established a scholarship for students incorporating art and technology into their studies.

Mr. George Dunham received his BA in Radio, Television, and Film from UNT in 1988 and was the "Voice of the Mean Green" for 21 years and a part of the Mean Green Radio Network for nearly 30 years. Dunham began his broadcasting career with the legendary Bill Mercer in 1990, and took over the play-by-play duties in 1994. He was behind the mic for two of the biggest wins in football history, the 2002 New Orleans Bowl and the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl. The veteran broadcaster began his career at campus station KNTU and went on to the Texas State Network and KRLD. Mr. Dunham is now a household name as part of the award winning "Dunham and Miller" show on KTCK 1310 The Ticket. In perhaps his most memorable call, Dunham coined the phrase "Do you believe in the Mean Green" in the 1997 upset win over Texas Tech. Dunham lives in Bartonville with his wife Kelly, who is also an alum with a BA in RTVF ('88). Dunham's son Blake is also a UNT alum and earned his BAAS in Applied Arts and Sciences in 2014. In 2014, Dunham was inducted into the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame. He was also the recipient of the 1996 Ulys Knight Spirit Award and the 2015 Fred McCain award. He is also a member of the President's Council and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.

Mr. Harry Eaddy and Mrs. Linda Eaddy are both UNT alumni, he with a BA in Marketing from 1970, and her with a BA in Psychology from 1972. They are both active and well-respected members of the Denton community. Both Harry and Linda are highly active in the Denton black community and promote diversity in all that they do. They served as honorary co-chairs during UNT's 50th anniversary of desegregation in 2004. They are also highly involved in the Denton arts scene. Harry is the chairperson of the Denton Black Film Festival, which celebrated its third annual run this year. The proceeds benefit the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation (DAASF), for which Harry has served as chairperson. The DAASF holds many large fundraising parties at several diverse holidays throughout the year. Linda has also served on the Denton Greater Arts Council. Harry serves in an advisory capacity for a life sciences company, and is a business man in the truest sense of the word. The Eaddy's consider themselves true Dentonites and spend their spare evenings at their favorite shops on the square.

Mr. Mike Friedman is a Senior Vice President at CB Richard Ellis. CBRE is a commercial real estate service, and Mike is in Brokerage Services. He has been a real estate broker for over 40 years. Mike specializes in the leasing, disposition, sales lease-back sales, shopping center sales, and retail land sales. He is a 2006 Stemmons Service Award Recipient, and the 2013 UNT Alumni of the Year. He has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2012 and is currently serving as chairperson.

Mr. Dennis Kalk came to UNT to continue his pre-med studies, after a brief stint at Oklahoma. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in '73. In 1974, he began working for Ayerst Labs, an American Home Products pharmaceutical company and by 1980 he was the southwest area military manager for Ayerst. Ayerst merged with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the 1990s. In 2009, Denny retired from Wyeth as its federal manager for the large Veteran's Administration and military accounts in Texas. He resides in San Antonio with his new wife Jeanette.

Dr. Charles T. Ku, D.D.S. has been a practicing dentist in Lewisville since 1974. He received his B.S. from Baylor University in 1970 and his dental training Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas (1974). Born in Mainland China and reared in Taiwan, Dr. Ku is the founder and chairman of four Sunray Chinese Schools in the metroplex, the mission of which is to teach Chinese children about their culture and heritage, as well as to how to speak and write Chinese. He is also a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Lewisville and active in the Lewisville Rotary Club. Dr. Ku is on the Board of Directors of the R.I.C.E. Foundation, Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Dallas Red Cross, SMU Deadman College Board and SMU Asian Advisory Board Chairman. He was appointed by former Governor Bill Clements to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (1987) and by former Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Health Coordinating Council (1997).

Ms. Raney LaSusa is an immigration attorney and partner at LaSusa & Deb PLLC, a full-service law firm in Dallas, TX. Raney currently represents criminal defense clients, with an emphasis on how criminal law relates to federal immigration law. She also handles a wide range of immigration issues including employment-based and family-based matters. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Language and a law degree from SMU, and an M.A. in French from UNT. She has worked internationally in Paris and is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian. She joined the Advisory Board in 2017.

Mr. Mark Miller holds a BS in Secondary Education ('70) and MBA in Finance ('80) from UNT and is the retired Chief Financial Officer of the Institute for Policy Innovation. Previously he served in the banking and financial sector for more than 30 years. Miller resides in Denton with his wife Susan (also a UNT alum). They have three adult children: Margaret, Keith, and Kyle. Miller is one of UNT's most involved alumni. He has been involved with the University since 1982, shortly after he graduated with his MBA in Finance. He has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2010 and recently served a term as president. He is a member of the President's Council, life member of the Alumni Association, and a member of the 1890 Society. Miller is a huge fan of UNT athletics, specifically football and basketball. He has at different times help season tickets for both sports and has traveled with the teams to a couple of their away games. In 2015, Miller was awarded the Ulys Knight Spirit Award. He established a charity basketball game to support the UNT Cheer Squad scholarship fund and manages a charity flag football game that benefits an athletic scholarship fund. Miller also helped create and sell spirit items during UNT football and basketball seasons, and has helped host events for UNT and Denton community members.

Mr. Andrew Olivo is currently an attorney with Iconoclast PLLC. He is an active in numerous organizations including the Carrollton Volunteers, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Mean Green Club, the University of North Texas' 1890 Society, the Alumni Association of Dallas Jesuit, North Texas and St. Mary's, and the American, Dallas, and San Antonio Bar Association. He is also a published author of constitutional, intelligence, and national security law. He holds a JD from St. Mary's University and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from UNT. He has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2012.

Mrs. Karin Seligmann is a residential and commercial REALTOR for RE/MAX Masters in Denton, TX. Her involvement with UNT includes being a Life-Time Member of the President's Council, a Life Member of the North Texas Exes, and Advisory Board Member for the Department of Marketing and Logistics. In addition, she has endowed a scholarship in the name of her husband, G. L. Seligmann, a historian at UNT as well as funding a scholarship for marketing students in the College of Business. As a retired professor teaching 21 years, with a B.A. and M.A. in English as well as many hours of Ph.D. course work (completed at UNT), Karin supports scholarships and unrestricted funding of virtually every department in the College of Arts and Science, as well as other UNT departments.

Dr. Martin "Ed" Thornton graduated from UNT '77, UNTHSC '82 school of Medicine, followed by postgraduate medical training in Detroit, Michigan. He served US Public Health Service. His area of expertise is Disaster Medicine, and currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Texas DMAT 4. He is active in American Board of Disaster Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, and Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Disaster Medicine. His participates in Medical Missions in Africa, Central America, and Mexico. He is with the Denton County Health Authority working in Public Health. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at two medical universities, publishes articles and has been a featured speaker. He is most proud of his family, wife and two children. He has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2010.

Mr. Max Toy is Chairman, CEO of Inforium Corporation (June 2013). Previously he was the CEO of Paladin Associates, Inc. (1993-2013) , an executive advisory and interim management firm providing actionable growth stategies for CEP's, leadership teams, and board of directors. Max has more than 30 years of leadership experience building and rebuilding global brands and developing top-tier companies. An accomplished corporate strategist and marketer, his vision and expertise in business performance have driven notable enterprise growth in technology, enterprise software, networked devices, and business services markets. His career includes notable startups such as Compaq, Paladin, and Rapport, and successful turnarounds at ITT, Commodore Computer, and Ashton-Tate. He has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2012.

Mr. Jim Wilson is the principal design architect at Eikon Consulting Group located in Sanger, Texas. Prior to joining Eikon, Jim was the owner of his own firm, Jim Wilson Architects, in McKinney, Texas, for seventeen years. Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas, and he received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. In addition to his professional life, Jim is currently a graduate student at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design where he is pursuing a Master of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing. As a part of his tenure at UNT, Jim serves as a Teaching Assistant in the Art Department. He joined the Advisory Board in 2017.

Mr. Craig Woodcook is General Counsel at Ben E. Keith Company, where he has worked since 1997. Mr. Woodcook has a B.A. in Philosophy and M.S. in Economics from UNT. He received his JD from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 2005 and an LLM from SMU's Dedman School of Law in 2009. Mr. Woodcook has been involved with the State Fair of Texas since 1998 and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Woodcook has been married to his wife, Micah (UNT graduate class of 2017), for 22 years. The Woodcooks have one daughter, Marlee, who is entering her senior year at the University of Alabama.

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