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Alumni News Baseball is a family pastime: Cooper loves watching games from Little League to the majors, and her husband, Gary, pursued a professional baseball career. The couple has four children—Taylor, Nikki, Camden, and Shea—and yes, the youngest two are named after baseball stadiums. 1993 A patent lawyer by trade, Darin J. Gibby moonlights as a writer and novelist. He has finished two books— including a whodunit mystery that features, naturally, an attorney—and is working on a third. In his non-crime-solving day job, Gibby is a partner at international law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he specializes in securing and monetiz- ing patents for medical devices, financial transactions, and consumer products. He has a list of big-name clients, including Western Union and, but his favorite work is helping small inventors find success. He's had a hand in popu- larizing products such as Boppy baby pillows, Izzo golf bag straps, RockShox mountain bike shocks, and Crocs. Gibby earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1990 and an MBA and a JD in 1993, all from BYU. A triathlete, Gibby also enjoys hiking and skiing. He and his wife, Robin, have four children and live in Lone Tree, Colorado. 1996 Music is a staple in the life of Miguel A. Cisneros. A pianist, Cisneros loves listen- ing to good music and recently volunteered for the Christmas musical production Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrec- tion in Salt Lake City. At work Cisneros helps bridge the gap between the hearing and nonhearing worlds as a data analyst at Sorenson Communications, which creates tools facilitating communication between the deaf and hard of hearing and their hearing friends, family, and colleagues through videophones and ASL interpreters. Always ready to broaden his skill set, Cisneros has been able to learn, create, and adapt to technologies As he moves forward in the medical field, Tang believes that the lessons in leader- ship and business practices he learned at the Marriott School and in his short corporate career will serve him well. He and his wife, Liew, have four children. 2006 Though she grew up in Taiwan, Sabrina Wu is proud to call herself an Aussie. After earning her bachelor's degree in information systems from the Marriott School in 2006, she took a position as an IT auditor at KPMG's Orange County office, later transferring to the Sydney, Australia, office to take on an IT advisory role. The move Down Under was supposed to be temporary, but Wu fell in love with the city and decided to call it home. She found other opportunities in Sydney, working at First Data as a security risk manager and then moving to a similar role at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, which conducts business across New Zealand, Fiji, Asia, the United King- dom, and the United States. Wu is active in volunteer service, working with the Salvation Army to prepare meals for the elderly and homeless. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, watching musicals, and cooking—and eating—great food. 2007 After graduating from BYU in 2007 with a MAcc, Andrew Brown moved his family across the world to Geneva, Switzerland, to take a position with Grant Thornton Inter- national, a global accounting firm. His responsibilities include coordinating inter- national audits and managing the Geneva office. His career has made him a world traveler, taking him to countries around the globe, from Canada and Austria to Kuwait, Slovakia, and beyond. Brown cites his most important accomplish- ment as marrying his wife, Bethany. They welcomed their first baby this year. In his free time Brown explores his "backyard" by traveling Europe and hiking in the Alps. He also enjoys golfing, fishing, mountain biking, waterskiing, and cheering for BYU's football and basketball teams. throughout his career, which has included work at, IM Flash Technologies, and First Security Bank. He earned his EMBA in 1996 and a BS in business management with a finance emphasis in 1986, both from BYU. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three sons and three daughters and live in Riverton, Utah. 2003 It's all pomp and circumstance for Kathryn Van Wagoner, who finished her third college degree this summer, adding a PhD in curriculum and instruction from Utah State University to her BYU degrees—an EMPA in 2003 and a bachelor's degree in math education in 1988. Her dissertation explores the effect of secondary math teachers on adults' relationships with math. Van Wagoner feels at home in higher education; since 2012 she's served as the director of the developmental math department at Weber State University, and she previously taught math and managed the math lab at Utah Valley University. Her favorite title, however, is Missionary Mom: she and her husband, Dick, have sent each of their six children on missions around the world, with the youngest cur- rently serving in Washington, DC. 2005 The curving career path of Andrew Tang took quite the twist early on—but he wouldn't have it any other way. After gradu- ating with a BS in information systems from BYU in 2005, he went to work at EY and later Circuit City. In 2008 he sensed a need for greater human connection in his career and decided that medicine was his answer. After heading back to BYU to complete prerequisites, he attended Still University's Kirksville College of Osteo- pathic Medicine in Arizona, graduating in 2014. Tang worked at the Bluefield Regional Medical Center in West Virginia as a resident physician after graduation and in July began specialized training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Toledo Medical Center. 47 fall 2015

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