Bishop Lynch High School Honors 2016 Alumni of the Year
Since 1990, the Bishop Lynch Alumni Association has recognized those graduates who have best exemplified the Bishop Lynch tradition and Dominican heritage of service to the community. Each honoree should show commitment to the school and its missions, and should serve as a model to all of what Christ has called us to become.
The criteria for the Alumna/Alumnus of the Year Award include excellence in the following areas: service to Bishop Lynch High School, service to the community and success in his or her chosen field. Award recipients are honored during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, and celebrated during an all-school assembly for the students and an awards dinner for family and friends.
Monica Rochester, Class of 1983
Monica Rochester attended St. Pius X and graduated from Bishop Lynch in 1983. As a student at BL, she played varsity softball as a senior (where she helped the team win a district title), and was also a member of the Lady Friar basketball state championship team in 1983. Monica graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor of arts degree in Communications and attended Merchant Marine Industry Training with Alabama Shipyard and Atlantic Marine. Since joining the United States Coast Guard, Captain Rochester has served in several capacities. Most notably, she was selected as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Enhanced Conventional Weapons expert, where she coordinated with the White House National Security Staff and developed the Biological Assessment and Threat Response protocol that ensures better communication between agencies in the event of a threat. Captain Rochester also pioneered a National Strike Force deployment aimed at engaging with Iceland’s Coast Guard to introduce international coordination and consequence management strategies for oil spill incidents. She has been involved in a wide-range of response operations around the world, from deploying to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf to re-affirm the Coast Guard’s partnership with the U.S. Navy in the event of an environmental incident in the Middle East, to coordinating recovery and consequence management operations for the uncontrolled re-entry of a satellite carrying hazardous cargo. In all, Monica has served in multiple roles and assignments, with more than 20 years of experience in environmental response and protection operations. She was recently promoted to the rank of Captain and assumed her duties as the Deputy Sector Commander for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach.
Jeff Brown, Class of 1988
Jeff Brown, from the Class of 1988, is a fifth-generation native Dallasite and an alumnus of Good Shepherd School in Garland. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his Good Shepherd and Bishop Lynch years, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, an achievement reached by only four percent of Boy Scouts nationwide. Judge Brown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center. After law school, he served as a law clerk on the Supreme Court of Texas for Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott. Judge Brown practiced law in Houston with the international law firm Baker Botts, trying cases to juries across Southeast Texas. He is board-certified in civil trial law and is the co-editor of a legal treatise on the Texas Rules of Evidence. After leaving private practice, he served as a judge on the 55th District Court in Harris County and then on the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2013. Along the way, Judge Brown has received many honors. He has been named Judge of the Year three times, was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer in Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and one of Five Outstanding Young Texans by the Jaycees. Additionally, he was recently named the Alumnus of the Year by the University of Houston Law Center. Today, he is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and has received the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association. He serves on the boards of the Texas Historical Foundation and Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and is a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Jeff and his wife Susannah live in the Austin area. They have three children, two of whom attend the University of Texas at Austin and their youngest son is a sophomore in high school.
Nick Martin, Class of 2001
Nick Martin, from the Class of 2001, credits the development of his musical talent to his experiences at Bishop Lynch as a member of the band, as the accompanist for the Bishop Lynch choir, and with the Blackfriars Guild. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California film school and earned an MBA in Marketing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He is employed as a Product Manager for Smith & Nephew, but that is his day job. Nick is also a composer and musician. He has written musicals that have been performed at Dallas Children’s Theater including “Skippyjon Jones,” “Teen Brain: The Musical” and “Tacky Box: The Adventures of Max and Margo.” He is currently working on a new musical, “Once Upon a Rhyme,” about the adventures of Mother Goose. But perhaps his most well-known composition around Bishop Lynch High School is the “St. Blaze Alumni Musical,” which Nick wrote and produced with fellow alumni John Farrell '00 and Lauren Reeves Wallace '00. Nick, John, and Lauren all participated in the 2013 Blackfriars Alumni Revue, in which any alumni who had been a Blackfriars member while in high school was welcome to take part in an Alumni show. The preparation for the Alumni Revue involved a few months of rehearsal, a lot of practice singing, dance steps for people that hadn’t danced in a long time, and many hours renewing old friendships and creating new ones. St. Blaze was based on that experience. The show was very well-received when it debuted in May of 2015. Nick and his wife Joy were married earlier this year and live in Plano.
Congratulations and thank you to these three inspiring individuals who have truly lived out the mission of what a Bishop Lynch education calls its students to do!
Alumnus of the Year
Since 1990 the Bishop Lynch Alumni Association has recognized those graduates who have embodied the Bishop Lynch tradition and Dominican heritage of service to the community. The Alumnus of the Year should show a commitment to the school and its missions and should serve as a model to all of what Christ has called us to become.
The criteria for the Alumnus of the Year Award includes excellence in the following areas:
• Service to Bishop Lynch High School
• Service to the community
• Success in his/her chosen field
Recipients of the Alumnus of the Year Award include:
• 1990 – David Roffino ’70
• 1991 – Cecelia Birkenback Reed ’69
• 1992 – Paul Rottman ’75
• 1993 – Joe Longoria ’77
• 1995 – Kit Hoolan Sawyer ’77
• 1996 – Dan O’Connell ’70
• 1997 – Brian Teichman ’75
• 1998 – Mike Salerno ’72
• 1999 – Terry Miller May ’74
• 2000 – John Farrell ’75
• 2001 – Jim Hodges ’73
• 2002 – John Nelka, Jr. ’70
• 2003 – Maurice Keane ’81 and Kevin Keane ’83
• 2004 – Curtis Jaska ’73
• 2005 - Kathleen Farrell Blaydes ’71
• 2006 – Mary Sansone Schaar ’78
• 2007 – Dennis Doughty ’74
• 2008 – Bishop Michael Duca ’70
• 2009 – Jim Rager ’67
• 2010 – Lisa Gillock Matthews '78
• 2011 – Steve Malouf '72
• 2012 – Jim McIngvale '69
• 2013 - Peggy Hoffman ’86, Walter “Wally” Stock ’66, Andy Zihlman ’72
• 2014 - Darlene Doxey Ellison '84, David Campisi '87, James McIntyre '87
• 2015 - Gene Schaefers '77 and Stephen Arata '84
• 2016 - Monica Rochester '83, Jeff Brown '88 and Nick Martin '01