A motivational speaker and author, Mrs. Ravella is an advocate for Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides educational benefits for the families of fallen and wounded military. Her book, Hope Found, written with her second husband, Col. Jim Ravella, is a story of hope, faith, and perseverance. Her brave ten-year quest for the return of the fully recovered remains of her heroic first husband, killed in Iraq in 2006, was recounted in Time Magazine. She is also a contributing writer to PGA Magazine and has been a guest speaker on numerous national radio and television programs. Ginger is a Gold Star Family advocate locally, nationally, and internationally.
Mrs. Fulgham was the first New Mexico State Fair Queen in 1950. She earned the title of Mrs. Clovis in 1954 and was named New Mexico Cowbelle of the Year in 1976. She founded and organized the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Pageant and Little Buckaroo Rodeo in the late ‘70’s. As National Director of Miss Rodeo America in New Mexico, she has influenced young ladies to become women of character, and was inducted into the Miss Rodeo America Hall of Fame in 2008. Mrs. Fulgham is recognized as an important resource for the newspaper concerning the agricultural history of Curry County. Her dedication to her community as a tireless volunteer has enriched our community.
Author of three successful novels that include her latest, Seven Wings to Glory. Rodgers’ second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, has garnered four awards: First Place Winner for women's fiction from Texas Association of Authors 2016 Best Book Awards, 2015 Gold Medal for literary fiction from Military Writers Society of America, Bronze Medal for women's fiction from Readers' Favorite 2015 International Book Awards, & 2015 Best Cover Awards from Southern Writers Magazine. This novel has been featured in several national publications. Rodgers is also the author of the award-winning novel, The Final Salute, featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, and Military Times. Rodgers was named a Distinguished Alumna from Tarrant County College.
Founder of Restora Austin Plastic Surgery Centre, Austin, Texas. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University and was honored as the Outstanding Biology Science Student for his graduating class. He received his medical degree from Texas Tech University and was selected as Best Surgical Student and Outstanding Overall Medical Student by the faculty. Dr. Reid completed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital, and was a featured trauma surgeon on the Learning Channel’s, Trauma, Life in the ER. Dr. Reid trained in plastic surgery at Emory University Hospital. He has been identified as a top plastic surgeon and has received numerous awards. Dr. Reid also volunteers his time on mission trips to less-developed countries to repair cleft lips, palates, and complex craniofacial anomalies in newborns and children.
The Snowbergers moved from San Francisco to New Mexico in 1977. They purchased McDonald’s in Portales, Clovis, and Tucumcari and have always been strong supporters of the Clovis Schools. They provide student employees 2 hours paid study time per week and half price meals when not working, and they also offer flexible scheduling to not interfere with school functions. They have supported many school discount cards, and in 2016, donated a total of 2,645 food coupons to schools. They have also provided food to the JV football team on game night for many years. The Snowbergers have sponsored McTeachers Night at McDonald's, where 20% of the proceeds are donated back to the school. In 2016, they sponsored the CHS Girls Basketball Shootout, and are a major sponsor of the Abolish Truancy Program through the District Attorney’s Office. In 2016 - 2017, they sponsored Truancy and Attendance Incentive Programs at the three CMS middle schools.
Lonnie Leslie received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastern New Mexico University. He began his career as a high school drafting teacher and served as a principal, Assistant Superintendent for Business and also Assistant Superintendent for Operations. Lonnie retired after 33 years of service to the Clovis Municipal Schools. He is Chairman of the Plains Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, past President of Clovis Rotary, Rotary District Governor, and Chairman of the Curry County DWI Task Force. He is also Vice President of the CMS Foundation Board. Lonnie was named Citizen of the Year by the Curry County Chamber of Commerce and was inducted into the ENMU Educator Hall of Honors. He has previously been named Rotarian of the Year, and New Mexico School Administrator of the Year.
Dr. Andrew Hsi received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1975, attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego and graduate school at the University of Washington. He did his internship and residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Hsi is a pediatrician, author of medical books and journals, received the Alice H. Cushing Award for Humanity in Medicine, and is a Professor of Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine at UNM Medical School. He developed, with a colleague, a "Family Focused Medical Home" model of primary care for families affected by two generations of Affected Childhood Experiences, such as substance abuse disorders, family violence, and persistent mental illness that present adverse experiences to children that overwhelm the capacity of the children to deal with stresses. The medical home includes home visiting team members to provide parenting support and intensive child development early intervention services. The provision of early intervention helps the parents meet their goals for their children's health and development and to address the health risk behaviors that threaten the well being of the entire family.
Johnny Mulhair and his wife, Jill, established the Johnny Mulhair Recording Studio in Clovis, after years of performing. He and Jill are respected for offering excellent recording services. Johnny is a musician himself and has been named as one of the Top 10 Guitarists in the Country by Music Row Magazine in Nashville, Tennessee. LeAnn Rimes recorded the album that began her career in his studio. Her album, “Blue”, has gone platinum eight times, and Johnny received Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) nominations for its recording and production. He has also recorded Will Banister’s music, and has performed as part of “Will Bannister and the Mulberry Band”.
B.J. Pierce received a bachelor’s degree in 1949 and a master’s degree in 1962 from Eastern New Mexico University. He became a national champion roper by winning three consecutive International Rodeo Association (IRA) calf-roping titles. B.J. is the only three-time IRA calf-roping champion. He estimates he won around $130,000 in his rodeo career, which would be in the million-dollar range in today’s money. He won enough in the 1940’s to pay his and his wife’s way through college for all four years. In addition to his rodeo career, B.J. taught for 31 years in the Clovis Schools, and was the principal at Lincoln Jackson and James Bickley. He was inducted into the National Western Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum in Oklahoma City on September 25, 2015.
Charles Wade graduated from ENMU in 1957 and then joined the US Army. After military service, he owned Wade's Sporting Goods in Clovis and sponsored a local champion softball team. He sold real estate for many years and owned Magistrate court buildings and other government properties throughout New Mexico. Charles was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Clovis Executive Association, and was active in the Democratic Party. Charles was the Assistant to former State Senator Caleb Chandler. He was past president of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Committee of Fifty, was on the Clovis Memorial Hospital Board, and the State of New Mexico Optical Board. Charles actively supported Hartley House and Lighthouse Mission. He supplied uniforms and sponsored sports teams throughout Eastern New Mexico for over 25 years.
Stanley Glen graduated from Colorado State University in 1961 with a degree in civil engineering. He was an officer in the US Navy and a Vietnam Veteran. Larry later bought the family business, Glenco, Inc., that had been established in 1954 by his father, and ventured into fabricating structural steel for buildings. The company has served as a premier provider of structural steel fabrication for projects in every state west of the Mississippi River. Projects have included nuclear power plants, government buildings, schools, and churches. Structured steel products fabricated and furnished by Glenco support a large number of local businesses and Cannon Air Force Base. Larry was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 by the Curry County Chamber of Commerce. He established a Foundation at Glenco that has given thousands of dollars to numerous organizations and also established a full ride scholarship program for his employees and their families, to attend Clovis Community College or Eastern NM University. Larry was a founding partner of the Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation and also established the Foundation at the First United Methodist Church. .
Jim Hailey Jr. is a native of Clovis and was a proud member of the “Fighting Wildcats”. He attended New Mexico State University and ran his parent’s business, Der Wienerschnitzel, in Las Cruces. When he returned to Clovis, he began operating the “Der” in Clovis. His store became the #1 Wienerschnitzel in the United States two years in a row. He was recognized nationally and gave the keynote address for the Franchise at the convention in Las Vegas. Jim is known for his endless support and dedication to the Clovis community and schools. He has provided hot dogs for the players and coaches after every CHS home football game for over 40 years and has always provided hot dogs for community functions or school events. Jim has sponsored and employed CHS students every year and encourages each student. He has also served as an official for the Clovis Football Association for 29 years.
Dr. William Price Hale graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School in 1958. He moved to Amarillo in 1962 and was in private practice for 40 years caring for nearly 90,000 families. In 2001, he joined the faculty at Texas Tech School of Medicine as a clinical professor of surgery and pediatrics. In 2014 he received the President’s Award as Texas Tech’s Outstanding Clinician and was honored for his incredible contributions to Panhandle patients. Known for his devotion to students and residents in their education; for being there when the medical school and his many disadvantaged patients needed him; Dr. Hale has never turned away a patient who cannot pay, and his colleagues describe him as an irreplaceable resource.
Sue Barnett Hale attended Texas Women’s University and ENMU where she earned a degree with a double major in home economics and education. During her husband’s medical training, she taught school and gave birth to their three sons. She managed her husband’s medical practice and raised their children. Mrs. Hale has dedicated herself to community volunteering and is a generous patron and board trustee of many charitable institutions, as well as art and music organizations. She and her husband were awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Golden Nail Award from the Amarillo Chamber Commerce art committee in 2014. The Hales have also funded The Hale Charitable Fund with the Amarillo Area Foundation and the Prayer Room at High Plains Baptist Hospital.
Bret McCasland graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984 and received a master’s degree from Lubbock Christian University in 1993. He worked for fifteen years in the ministry and then began working on the worldwide television and radio program, Key to the Kingdom. In 2004, he became the international speaker for the program, with travels, annually, to India to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the people. In 2011, he established a free clinic in India that assists with the medical needs of hundreds of people each month. Bret is a volunteer chaplain at Amarillo hospitals and is an advocate for abused and overlooked children. He also volunteers to feed and assist the poor and homeless in Amarillo. Bret has served as an adjunct professor in Bible at ENMU and Oklahoma Christian University.
Chuck Glikas attended ENMU and is a national award winning watercolor artist recognized for his wildlife and landscape paintings. He hosted the television series, “Images in Watercolor” produced for PBS, which aired nationwide on 152 stations and 800 affiliates of The Learning Channel. The series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Chuck was commissioned by Grumbacher Paint Manufacturer to conduct watercolor workshops across the country, and he was named NM Wildlife Artist of the Year in 1985. He created a “First of State” New Mexico Conservation Stamp/Print, and the sales went to further conservation of wildlife efforts in NM. The State of NM Tourism Bureau funded a new TV series, “Painting the Land of Enchantment,” hosted by Chuck Glikas that aired on PBS and The Learning Channel. He is now a general contractor but continues to paint and research subjects for new art projects.
Ernest S. Marsh moved to Clovis with his parents and brothers in 1908. His father, Sterling Marsh, established a lumber company in the new railroad town and built the first courthouse and first school in Clovis, with land for the new school donated by the railroad. Elected to serve on the first Clovis Board of Education, Sterling Marsh was in poor health and died in 1912. Ernest Marsh helped support the family after his father’s death by doing various odd jobs, eventually going to work for the Santa Fe Railroad in Clovis as a ticket clerk. Through the years, Marsh progressed to the executive offices of the railroad as a chief clerk. He was named Vice President for Finance in 1948, becoming President of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1957; eventually also serving as Chairman of the Board for the Santa Fe. Marsh was also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business Administration. He became friends with Walt Disney and agreed to the first five-year renewal of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad. He and Disney shared a mutual interest in railroad preservation and history.
G.C. Ross received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern New Mexico University. He began teaching 6th grade in Lovington, NM in 1960 and moved to Clovis as a 4th grade teacher at Eugene Field in 1965. He became the principal at Eugene Field in 1967 and opened Lockwood Elementary in 1971. Ross was named CMS Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in 1986. He provided leadership for CMS in developing and implementing District Performance Evaluation Plans for all staff members and the Competency Based Curriculum for all content areas K-12. He retired in 2001 but was asked to return twice as CMS Interim Superintendent. G.C. Ross has always been dedicated to the Clovis public school children and in service to others. He serves on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home and the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. He has received the NMCSA Administrator of the Year Award and was inducted into the ENMU Educator Hall of Honors in 2001.
Herb Edwards is a Mechanical Engineering Consultant at Amarillo Design Services and a Manufacturing Design Engineer. His work includes: Aerospace/military projects for Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Bell Helicopter, and automotive projects for Ford, General Motors, Peterbilt, etc. He also designed and machined assembly tooling for NASA’s Space Shuttle Fuel Tank, Lockheed Martin, and Patriot mobile missile systems
Sandra Lowry Farley retired as the Senior Management Advisor for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Food and Drug Administration. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she was responsible for coordinating the tracking of hundreds of nursing home residents throughout Louisiana.
Dr. Mattox is a Professor and Distinguished Service Professor in the Michael DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery at the Ben Taub General Hospital/Houston. He is an innovator in trauma care, and has authored the international best selling textbook, Trauma.
Brooks Jennings was selected “Greatest Greyhound” in 1959 at Eastern New Mexico University. Two of his ENMU basketball records still stand, and he is the 6th highest all ‐ time ENMU basketball scorer. He has been inducted into the ENMU Hall of Honor and the Officials Association Hall of Fame. Coach Jennings is a retired Clovis High School Athletic Director.