Posts Tagged ‘Career News’

Cindy (’86) and Todd (UHD ’89) Breton

Cindy and Todd Breton met at UH in 1985 and were married in 1987. Cindy graduated in 1986 with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Todd graduated 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business. The Bretons are football season ticket holders and proud Life Members. Todd has served as Sugar Land Rotary Past President and is currently the Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5890.

Jake Morris (MS ’09)

Houston, TX (September 8, 2022) – Jake Morris, WP Edge Senior Manager, has joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Big Climb Houston Executive Committee.

The Big Climb is a fundraising challenge where participants climb the stairs of an iconic building in their local community in order to raise critical funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“Giving back to the Houston community is something we are passionate about at Whitley Penn,” stated Audit Partner and Partner-in-Charge of the Houston office, Nathen McEown. “Jake’s dedication and involvement with the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society demonstrates his devotion to the cause. We are proud of him and support him as he steps into this role and are looking forward to watching him succeed.”

Morris has more than 12 years of experience in the accounting industry, including six in public accounting and four as a controller. He has fine-tuned his accounting knowledge throughout his career by focusing on personnel/department management and leadership, banking relationships, month-end procedures and reconciliations, financial statement presentation and analysis, budgeting/forecasting, evaluation of financial ratios, debt compliance, and development/analysis of financial reports. Morris excels at improving client relationships and is a highly skilled communicator who strives for maximum transparency between his team and the people they serve.

Before joining Whitley Penn, Morris served as an audit manager and then as a controller. In his role as an audit manager, he led audit teams in performing risk-based financial statement audits for public and private corporations, as well as employee benefit plan audits. Working as a controller, Morris leads an accounting department of 12 people while also managing executive expectations to allow for a smooth and efficient operation of the accounting and finance functions at the firm.

Morris is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA).

Morris received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Baylor University and his M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Houston.

Devika Kornbacher (’98)

Clifford Chance announced today that technology and intellectual property partner Devika Kornbacher will join its Global Technology Group in the United States. Kornbacher brings more than 15 years of experience in technology transactions, intellectual property, cybersecurity and data privacy.

Joining as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Tech Group alongside Jonathan Kewley (London) and Paul Landless (Singapore), Kornbacher will focus on advising clients on a wide variety of technology-related legal matters, including obtaining, protecting, licensing, and enforcing intellectual property rights, technology commercialization, data privacy compliance, and cybersecurity preparedness. She also has extensive experience across a wide array of transactions, including license agreements, procurement, supply, and distribution agreements, collaboration agreements, software development agreements and patent clearances.

Jonathan Kewley says, “The pandemic has accelerated the pace and scope of tech transactions, and cybersecurity and data privacy are now more critical than ever. Devika, with her deep knowledge of technology and the laws around these matters and her track record of excellence, will boost our focus on expanding our technology offerings in the US and globally.”

DC Office Managing Partner and a leader in the firm’s US Tech Group Megan Gordon adds, “Devika’s hiring realizes our ambition to grow our technology offerings in the US. Her deep knowledge of technology, connection with the unique challenges in the sector, and experience across the spectrum of technology, technology transactions and intellectual property will deliver immediate value to our clients in the US and across the wider network.”

Kornbacher, who joins from Vinson & Elkins, says, “Clifford Chance’s Tech Group has significant cadence in the global market, here in the US and particularly in Europe and Asia Pacific – I am proud and extremely enthusiastic to join this team and can’t wait to harness the power of an international tech practice and expand our presence in the US.”

Clifford Chance’s Tech Group serves as a single global team offering clients tech law advice across the spectrum on matters impacted by technology and its rapid transition, including on matters such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, blockchain, big data and cybersecurity.

Christine Vo (’17)

Vo started as an intern for the DC Health Department in Jan 2020.

Ricky Lenz (’75)

I am in my 47th year as a pharmacist. I am the pharmacist in charge of Rogers Pharmacy #3. I work there on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, I work as a consultant
pharmacist for the South Texas Eye Surgicenter. I have been working at the South Texas Eye Surgicenter for 35 years. I work at Rogers #6 (in Edna, Texas) from 9-1. I am a long-time member
of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (50 years), and I am a member of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association (50 years). I am Fellow in the Academy of Consultant Pharmacists.
I turned 70 this year and am still work full-time. I plan to keep working as long as my health holds out.
I have been married for 44 years to Carol Ann Lenz. We have one son, Joseph, who graduated (magna cum laude) in 2006 with a double degree in Classics (Latin & Greek), and German. Joseph
is a Phi Beta Kappa.
The University of Houston College of Pharmacy prepared me well for my pharmacy career. UH is a great university which I support financially every year. I am proud to be a graduate of UH.
Keep up the great work.

Jorge De La Fuente (’15)

The Law Office of Alex Martinez is pleased to announce that Jorge De La Fuente has joined the firm as an associate. Jorge will work with our immigration team to counsel clients on family visas, deportation, citizenship and naturalization, business and work visas, and other related matters.

“Jorge has an incredible breadth of experience working with the immigrant community near Texas’ border,” said founding partner Alex Martinez. “An advocate for immigrants’ rights even before entering law school, Jorge has a true passion for uplifting immigrants who seek equal and proper treatment before the law.”

A native Spanish and English speaker, Jorge has a broad range of experience handling immigration issues. He previously served as an intern with the Harris County district attorney’s office, worked as a paralegal and legal assistant in various immigration law firms, and was a law clerk to a San Antonio immigration lawyer while at St. Mary’s School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 2019.

Before joining our firm, Jorge worked as an attorney and director of immigration services at La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) in San Juan, Texas. In his role with LUPE, he represented clients before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He also represented clients in asylum, cancellation of removal, and custody redetermination matters. He was also responsible for leading U.S. Department of Justice-accredited representatives to ensure they provided high-quality immigration legal services at their four office locations throughout South Texas.

In addition to professional service, Jorge’s past volunteer experiences include assisting with income tax preparation for low-income families, working with lobbying groups in Washington, D.C., to impact foreign policy, and providing legal counsel to women at a Texas detention center.

A child of immigrants, Jorge grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in the small town of Los Fresnos, Texas, along the southern border and, through his parents’ and extended family’s immigration experience, has a unique understanding of his clients’ experiences within the U.S. immigration system. Jorge understands each case has an enormous impact not only on individuals but on entire families, and therefore provides focused attention and zealous representation in court.

About The Law Office of Alex Martinez

The Law Offices of Alex Martinez represents people from all walks of life in serious personal injury cases, insurance claims, and immigration matters. Firm founder Alex Martinez has more than a decade of experience helping people from Rio Grande City, McAllen, Mission, Edinburg, Pharr, Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Mercedes, Brownsville, and throughout the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas. For more information, visit

Tarush Anand (’03, J.D. ’06)

McGlinchey’s Tarush Anand Elected to National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association’s Board
HOUSTON (June 2022) — McGlinchey is pleased to announce that Tarush Anand—a litigation Member (partner) in the firm’s Houston office—has been elected to the board of directors of the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA).
NRRDA is an industry-centered organization focused on advancing and protecting the legal interests of the retail and restaurant industry. By providing its members with cutting-edge information, strategies, and tools, the organization works to reduce claims and manage risk, mount effective defense strategies against claims and litigation, and foster a cooperative relationship among its members.
Tarush has represented clients from a wide range of industries, some of which include construction, energy, health and fitness, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, retail, and transportation. He has first-hand experience in every facet of the litigation process in state and federal courts, from obtaining emergency temporary restraining orders and injunctions all the way through trials and appeals.

about mcglinchey
McGlinchey Stafford is a premier midsized business law firm offering services in more than 40 practice areas through a highly integrated national platform. McGlinchey attorneys leverage bold innovation, diverse talent, and leading-edge technology across our powerful network to serve clients at the local, regional, and national level. McGlinchey operates from 16 offices, 140 attorneys, licensed in 32 states. The firm currently has 18 attorneys and 11 practice areas recognized in Chambers U.S.A. and Chambers FinTech 2022, 57 attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers, 40 attorneys recognized in various Super Lawyers rankings, 49 practice areas recognized by Best Law Firms, and was named a “Top Performer” by the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) since 2018. To learn more, visit

Gracie Villarreal (M.Ed. ’16)

Gracie Villarreal is the new Testing Coordinator at the Justin Dart Jr., Student Accessibility Center at the University of Houston. Gracie is responsible for planning and coordinating all of the testing activities and overseeing all aspects of daily testing sessions at the Dart Center. She ensures testing integrity, security and confidentiality at the University of Houston. She is a proud alumna, receiving her M.Ed. in Higher Education – Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston, College of Education in 2016.

James Alpert (’86)

James Alpert is a shareholder/owner of Posz Law, PLC, a patent preparation and prosecution law firm in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

Bill Hickl (’86)

BDO USA, LLP announced Bill Hickl has been named Tax Regional Managing Partner for the Southwest Region. Hickl will now oversee the regional tax practice in addition to Office Managing Partner for the Houston tax practice. With over 35 years of experience in the Private Client Services arena, he has deep knowledge working with executives, closely held businesses and family offices. Hickl is involved in several community organizations, including Incarnate Word Academy and KickStart Kids Foundation, and the University of Houston Alumni Association.