2016-2021 Young Alumni Rising Stars

2021 Young Alumni Rising Star

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Andrae L. Turner ('07)

Senior Operations Manager for the Pediatrics Service Line in Ambulatory Care Services at Harris Health System, responsible for all strategic initiatives and activities of the service line.

2020 Young Alumni Rising Stars

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Mark Estrada ('06, '10)

Superintendent of schools for Lockhart ISD and has served in numerous capacities within the district since initially joining the district as principal of Plum Creek Elementary
in 2012.

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Cortney Lebens ('10)

Successful entrepreneur, social innovator, and business executive. Her strong work ethic propelled her to become the CEO of two significant businesses before the age of 30.

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Kuro Tawil ('12)

Social entrepreneur born and raised in Austin. His social enterprise, KUROS, provides free pepper spray and training to women who face a high risk of violence and sexual assault.

2019 Young Alumni Rising Stars

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Jon David "J.D." Perez ('05)

Regional Manager for
HUGO BOSS – USA, managing a team of 22 stores, forecasting sales goals, and overseeing regional operations

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Katie Forrest ('07) & Taylor Collins ('05, '08)

Co-founders of EPIC Provisions, which created the world’s first 100% grass-fed meat, fruit, and nut bar and was purchased by General Mills for an estimated $100 million

2018 Young Alumni Rising Stars

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Lesli Ginn ('00)

Appointed chief administrative law judge for the State Office of Administrative Hearings in 2016 by Gov. Greg Abbott to oversee a staff of 123 employees, including 63 administrative law judges

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Leopoldo Polo Sandoval ('07)

New York-based television journalist who covers a wide range of breaking news stories across the country for CNN and its sister networks CNNI, HLN and CNN Español

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Bharati G. Naik ('05)

Cross-platform journalist with over 15 years of experience in television news including CNN and NBC News; as a student, managed the Texas State’s Bobcat Update newscast

2017 Young Alumni Rising Stars

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Chris Elley ('00)

Mass communication, producer/director; creator of two primetime TV documentary series; multiple Emmy awards and nominations

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Randy Rogers ('01)

Singer/songwriter; frontman of the Randy Rogers Band; reached Billboard Top 5 country albums multiple times

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Major Brenda D. Bustillos ('03)

Serves as chief of the education and research branch in the Department of Nutritional Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center and assistant professor for the U.S. Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition

2016 Young Alumni Rising Stars

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Robert E. Bardwell, II ('00)

Propulsion engineer and weights and mass properties engineer for Boeing Space Launch Systems; works at NASA’s Marshall Space Center, where he is designing Space Launch System, NASA’s largest and most powerful rocket that will eventually take humans to Mars

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Dr. Lindsay Bira ('08)

Clinical health psychologist, therapist, speaker, consultant, and coach; assistant professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio

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Dr. Eric S. Weaver ('00, '05)

President of the Central Texas market for Innovista Health Solutions, leading the performance of physician- led accountable care organizations throughout the state