McMurry University Adds Four New Board Members

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, June 29, 2015 3:17 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Austin Pittman ‘91, President of UnitedHealthcare Networks, entered his second year as Chairman of the McMurry University Board of Trustees at its June meeting.  Also, four new members have joined the board: Steve Sundby ’75, JoLisa Hoover ’92, Richard Quy ’70 and Sandy Maddox.

Pittman ’91, who has served on the board since 2008, is responsible for managing UnitedHealthcare’s nationwide network of more than 650,000 physicians and health care professionals and over 5,100 hospitals.

Pittman previously served as Chief Growth Officer for UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, the largest business division within UnitedHealth Group, serving over 25 million consumers and managing health care benefits for individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes.

While at McMurry, Pittman was a student of President Dr. Sandra Harper when she served on the faculty from 1985-95. He was a member of the McMurry football team, Ko Sari men’s social club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and McMurry Student Government.

Pittman has worked in the health care industry for more than 18 years, having begun his career working in various roles for both a community-based behavioral health facility and Baylor Health Care System. 

 In addition to his Bachelor of Science in sociology from McMurry University, he earned a Master of Science in Business/Human Relations from Amberton University in Dallas. He served in the United States Marine Corps and recently completed his Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree at Dartmouth College.

UnitedHealthcare's nationwide network includes 595,000 physicians and other health care professionals, 80,000 dentists and 4,965 hospitals and delivers innovative products and services to approximately 70 million Americans. Their pharmaceutical management programs provide more affordable access to drugs for 13 million people.

Steve Sundby ’75 was born in Abilene and graduated from McMurry University in 1975 with a BBA degree in Economics.  In 1978 he earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Texas Tech and in 1979 he was hired as a management trainee by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Since then, he has held numerous positions within SBC Communications and AT&T, most recently as Director- CRE Portfolio Management & Transactions.

During his career in the telecommunications industry he has participated in the technological and structural evolution of AT&T.  Keen among his accomplishments is helping lead the transformation and streamlining of one of the world’s oldest and largest portfolios of corporate real estate into a flexible platform of 21st Century space. In this endeavor he has managed teams, projects and budgets all through-out the USA and abroad.

Sundby has been a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker for over thirty years and holds CCIM board certification. He is past president of the San Antonio Downtown Alliance and has served in numerous charitable and civic organizations. Currently he is on the board of the Central Texas Chapter of CoreNet Global and is active in Boerne First United Methodist Church.

Sundby is married to Bonnie Wynne Sundby, a McMurry ex-student. They have two adult sons, Sean and Eric. He enjoys the outdoors and working on his Hill Country ranch.

JoLisa Hoover ’92 is president of the McMurry Alumni Board and teaches fourth grade at River Ridge Elementary in the Leander School District in Texas. However, this year she will be taking a sabbatical to serve In the Washington Fellowship, where selected teachers serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, DC for one school year. Fellows are placed in offices within the Department of Education to work on education programs and policy matters. Over the year, Washington Fellows gain in-depth knowledge of Department initiatives; provide their perspectives to senior staff; share relevant school and classroom experiences with internal and external audiences; and facilitate discussion among educators about policy in DC and in areas around the country as necessary.

After graduating from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, Hoover’s teaching career began in Bryan, Texas where she first taught middle school reading. She then taught second and fourth grade and served as an at-risk specialist. While teaching in Bryan, Hoover earned a master's degree in educational psychology from Texas A&M University and an endorsement in gifted and talented education. In 2005, Hoover relocated to the Austin area to be closer to family and to teach in Leander Independent School District.

Hoover was recently selected for the Spirit of McMurry award, given to alumni of McMurry University who have excelled in their profession and served their community. Hoover was selected as the 2005 Houston regional winner of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award in the leadership category for elementary school teachers and her class was recognized as a KBTX "Bright Smiles Class of the Week." Hoover has been published in the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society newsletter “Faith in Action” and on their website Take Action for Education. In 2010, Hoover was elected to be the Texas Classroom Teacher Association District 13 Director. 

Richard Quy ’70 was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Abilene.  He attended Abilene schools graduating from Cooper High School and then McMurry with a B.A. in Chemistry.  In graduate school, he received M.A. and PH.D. Degrees in Physical Chemistry from Rice University, and an M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University.  He was an active member of First United Methodist Church throughout his years in Abilene.  He married McMurry alumna Cindy Pickett ’70; they have two children and three grandchildren. 

Quy served five years in the US Army, including a stint in missile development at Redstone Arsenal, and eventually retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel from the US Army Reserve in 1996.  Out of graduate school in 1979, he joined the Research and Development department of CONOCO Chemicals (later CONDEA Vista Company) where he served in various research positions including the Directors of Polymer Research and Environmental Research.  He also held corporate positions in the company’s polymer, surfactant, and industrial chemical businesses. 

After leaving industry he served 11 years as the Director of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas, Austin.  He directed the department’s personnel, facilities and daily operations, taught chemistry, and supervised the design and execution of department renovations and new construction including the 2011 Norman Hackerman Building.  He was selected as the University’s outstanding supervisor in 2010.  While at UT he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Wesley Foundation for several years.  Since retiring in 2012, he has served as adjunct professor of chemistry at St. Edward’s University in Austin.

Sandy Maddox is CEO of People in Touch, a non-profit organization in Dallas/Ft. Worth area she founded with her husband Jimmy that works with senior adults and their families regarding the aging process and maintaining mental capacity.

She retired in October 2014 as deputy executive director of Texas Education Service Center – Region 10, where she was responsible for all K-12 curriculums. Region 10 Education Service Center, located in Richardson, provides services that impact more than 650,000 students and 53,000 educators in 80 public school districts, 31 charter schools, and numerous private schools in the eight counties (and portions of a ninth) in north Texas.

She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in education from Baylor University and her Ph.D. degree from the University of North Texas.

She has two sons who graduated from McMurry – Jeff Maddox ’95, who works in the health insurance industry, and Brian Maddox ’98, who works in the oil and gas industry.

Pictured from left: Austin Pittman, JoLisa Hoover, Steve Sundby, Richard Quy.

Austin PittmanJoLisa Hoover.Steve SundbyRichard Quy

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