Alumni News

Haley Allen (‘18) and her husband, Benjamin Allen, had a daughter at 24 weeks in September. Her daughter, Ahna Celeste, is now home from the NICU and is doing well.

Laura Arft (‘99) has worked at Sunshine Montessori School for 16 years. She is currently a Lower Elementary teacher and Assistant Director at the preschool-elementary campus. Her daughter, Kristin, will be starting her first year of college this fall at John Brown University.

Juliana Bennett (‘16) married Blake Bennett (‘14?) in March of 2019 and they have a one-year-old beagle puppy named Hopper. Juliana works as a mental health therapist with Living Well Counseling, which is a branch of the Arkansas Children and Family Ministries.

Amanda Bunch (‘14) has been working at the Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville for the last year as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. She also has a four- year-old Australian Shepherd dog whom she spends most of her free time with. She also owns her own business as Pink Zebra Independent Consultant.

Victoria Burlison (‘20) married Justin Burlison and started work as an accountant at Bell and Company, P.A.

Shea Caudel (‘15) has continued her job as a teacher in Jefferson City, Mo., and began work on a master’s program. In addition, she and her husband Nathanial welcomed their second child Sutton and celebrated the third birthday of their first son Nash.

Chris Collier (‘09) and his wife Sarah Dixon Collier (‘09) welcomed their second child, Graham in January of 2020. Their eldest son Jackson turned three years old this past year and Chris has continued his work as a staff member and prospective elder at Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City, Mo.

Katie Williams Crouch (‘12) married Bubba Crouch in November of 2020 and has been teaching science at Sloan-Hendrix High School for four years. She was part of the first graduating MAT class in 2019 and the first graduating class of WBU as a university.

Amber Fox (‘03) married youth pastor, Timothy Tyler Fox, in March of 2020. She has one son, Trey (9). Amber is the Lead Teacher at Little Pirates Preschool in Calico Rock.

Sarah (Alls) Gifford (‘05) began her 16th year of teaching at MacArthur Junior High in the Jonesboro district in 2020. She is currently teaching special education English, social studies, and inclusion English. She has one son, Seth (6).

Lindsey Hancock (‘13) began a new job as the Doniphan Elementary School counselor after teaching kindergarten for seven years. She has two children, Jackson (6) and Raylee (3), with spouse Jared Hancock (‘09).

Shane Knight (‘99) was elected into the Benton City Council and sworn into office January 4th of 2020. He was appointed to the advisory board for the Arkansas Training Academy on the SAU tech campus in Camden, Arkansas.

Tyler (‘16) and Hannah Lee (‘14) welcomed their first child, Samuel, in July of 2020.

Jason Mears (‘03) is now serving as the Executive Pastor of East Side Baptist Church in Paragould, Ark., which is in the midst of a campus relocation. He is married to Paige Mears (‘02) and they have two children Chloe (14) and Talen (10).

Larry Mount (‘69) just celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary with his spouse Sherry Mount. The two met at SBC (now WBU) in September of 1968 and married February 1st, 1969. After living in Lake County, IL for 47 years they retired to Knoxville, TN in 2016, where they attend West Park Baptist Church. Larry was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Solid Waste Agency of Lake County for over 20 years. The Mounts have two children, Jason and Holly, and five grandchildren that reside in Gurnee, IL and Wesley Chapel, FL.

Lana Rhoads and Dr. Paul Rhoads retired from 34 years of teaching at WBU and moved to Crystal Beach, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. They enjoy their time watching the activity on the beach along with the beautiful sunrises.

Tonya Staggs (‘03) is married to Donald Staggs and has one daughter, Sadie (12).

Shane Stolz (‘09) and his wife, Grace Stolz (‘12), moved to Bull Shoals, Arkansas with their two kids, Winnie (5) and Maverick (1). Grace is an English teacher at Yellville-Summit High School, and Shane works at Farm Bureau Insurance.

Emma Vancil (‘20) started Pharmacy school at Harding University College of Pharmacy.

Meghan Vandergriff (‘15) graduated with her specialist degree in Special Education from the School of Psychology at Arkansas State in May of 2020. In July of 2020 she began work as a Psychology Specialist at the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative. She is married to Clint Vandergriff and they have a son Clinton (3) and another due in June of 2021.

Matthew Weaver (‘00) earned his PhD in Biblical Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Carrie Weaver (‘00), have three children, Josiah (18), Riley (15), and Gabriel (12).