5 Distinguished Alums honored at Homecoming

Five alumni from Friendswood High School were named Distinguished Alumni for 2014 and recognized and honored at the Distinguished Alumni Banquet October 9, 2014 at The Green Event Center following the Homecoming Parade. They were also introduced on the field at the Friday night Homecoming Varsity game.

Each alumnus has a character trait from the Six Pillars of Character, a program in k-12 in Friendswood ISD schools. The etched obelisk award each received had their name and character trait on it along with the event name and date.


Sally Harris Branson was selected as a 2014 Distinguished Alumni from the Class of 1976. Her dedication and hard work in the field of Financial Management qualified her along with her active participation as a volunteer in many area organizations. Her character trait is Citizenship. She was nominated by Anita Griffon.

Chris Drake, Class of 1994, is the founder and CEO of FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company whose mission is to protect high profile websites, sensitive databases and mission critical applications from the growing threat of cybercrime.

Drake resides in Wylie, Texas. His character trait is Responsibility and he was nominated by company representative Cathi Long.

Rodney Reviere, Class of 1978, is fluent in English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. For over 25 years Riviere has worked all over the world as a consultant in international development assistance in school effectiveness. He has worked in Izmir, Turkey, in Cape Verde, and in Belgium. He has worked with the World Food Program and spent time consulting in Cambodia and most recently is working in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as the manager of a project supporting an adult education program.

Riviere’s character trait is caring. He was nominated by Robyn Rivere, his sister.

Deborah Chappel Traylor, Ph.D., Class of 1973 is presently the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Studies at Arkansas State University following a teaching career at Duke University where she received her doctorate degree. Traylor is a tireless advocate in addressing and raising awareness for educational reform and diversity. She gives back to her community through her work as a VISTA volunteer where she helped create a battered women’s shelter in her community and she has worked as a Crisis Hotline volunteer. By the new year, Traylor will be Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Studies at ASU.

She lives in Marion, AK. Her character trait is Fairness. FHS teacher/alumna and best friend since junior high, Vicki Barker Hartzell nominated her.

The fifth Distinguished Alumni is former attorney Bill Todd, Class of 1971, who received his award posthumously. Todd practiced law in the Clear Lake and Houston area from 1978 until his death in 2011. He joined Mills Shirley LLP in 2006 to open the firm’s Clear Lake Office. Todd was highly respected in his professional life with a tremendous work ethic and high moral integrity. He was represented at the banquet by wife Debbie, daughter Brittany and son Brett.