Andrew J. Torget, of Denton, is associate professor of history at UNT and an avid distance runner. This will be Andrew's fifth straight Texas Independence Relay at the helm of Team TSHA.
Nicole Selene Mims
Nicole Selene Mims, of Corpus Christi, graduated from the University of North Texas in 2010 with B.A. in History. She is currently earning her doctorate in Physical Therapy while also working as a free-lance personal trainer and fitness consultant in Austin. In addition to completing 2 marathons, 7 half marathons, and more than two dozen 5k races, this will be Nicole's fifth straight year as a member of Team TSHA.
Jason McGhee works in health and technology and has been a Texan for most of his life. He began running after a 20 year break in 2006 and ran a dozen marathons and many half marathons along with a few adventure races and two sprint distance triathlons over the next three years. Jason learned that he's an awful swimmer and cyclist and that kids can be a convenient excuse for not getting up at 5:00 AM on Saturdays to go for three hour training runs. He served on the board of the Dallas Running Club for four years and continues to volunteer as the race director for the club's annual Trinity River Levee Run. Jason has recently begun training again and is excited by the prospect of running long distances along a Texas highway in the middle of the night.
Clay C. is a native Texan who is in his tenth year teaching 7th grade Texas History at Greiner Middle School in Dallas ISD. He has a BA in History from Austin College and took as many classes as he could from previous State Historian Light Cummins. Since taking up running in 2009 Clay has completed over 50 races, from 10k to marathon and multi-day trail races. He is very excited to be back for his third T.I.R. as part of TSHA. He hopes to have even more fun running, raising money and hopefully showing his students that running and History are fun!
Davis was born in Houston Texas in 1981. In 2007 he moved to Kerrville Texas to attend Schreiner University where he received a B.A. in Creative Arts. Davis currently lives in Denton Texas where he graduated from the university of North Texas with an MFA in Photography in May of 2014 and is currently working toward an MS-LS (Library Science) in Archival Studies and Imaging Technology.
Cody Edwards, of Corpus Christi, began a career with the National Park Service at Padre Island National Seashore in January of 2017. He aims to specialize in historic preservation and cultural resource interpretation with the NPS. Cody enjoys training for half and full-marathons also in the process of completing his doctoral dissertation. He and Jamie, his wonderful wife, will be well-prepared for the sleep deprivation that comes with running the Texas Independence Relay thanks to the newest addition to their family, baby Emmadeus.
Matthew Babcock, of Dallas, is an assistant professor of History at UNT Dallas and an active member of the Dallas running community. He has run numerous road and trail races across Texas and the U.S, including the Chicago Marathon.
Dawn Hosking, is a Continuity Director for iHeartMedia and an adjunct instructor in the Communications Tech program at UNT Dallas. She is returning to TIR this year and loves to run trail and road all over Texas in all distances.
Robyn Allen of Frisco, Texas attended the University of North Texas while completing her B.S. in Kinesiology/Health Sciences. Currently, she works in the life insurance industry, serving as a business analyst in marketing. Robyn began running 7 years ago after college as a hobby to share with her husband and beloved dogs. She has completed numerous races consisting of 40 half marathons and 5 full marathons. Her most recent races include the California International Marathon and the New Orleans Rock & Roll Half Marathon
James Allen, of Frisco, is a native Texan and grew up in Central Texas. He currently works in project management for a Dallas based mechanical contractor. He played sports and ran track in high school. After college, James took on running with his wife, Robyn Allen, as a hobby to get back into shape. He has since completed countless races from 5K's to full marathons. Most recently he finished the California International Marathon, BMW Dallas Half Marathon, and Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon
Road CrewBrian A. Bolinger was named the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas State Historical Association by the board of directors on October 11, 2014.
A Texas resident for 14 years, Bolinger has an extensive business background. During his 16 years in senior management, he has taken leadership roles in strategic planning to build strong business models that led to success. He draws on considerable skills in contract negotiation, human resources, team building, and customer services. As an entrepreneur, he has provided management consultation to energy enterprises in the U.S. and Canada. Bolinger has served in senior management positions and has succeeded in building multi-million dollar electrical energy enterprises in the North Texas region, most recently with Apollo Power and Light in Denton.
In addition, Bolinger has demonstrated remarkable success in the non-profit sector serving the Vascular Birthmark Foundation for 11 years. Currently the international foundation's vice-president, he has been on the board of directors for 7 years. The annual fundraiser he created in 2003, Angel's Kiss, has become the VBF's largest annual benefit program.
Road CrewStephen S. Cure, Chief Operating Officer. An Army veteran and 1994 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Stephen Cure has over nine years of classroom experience teaching at the middle and high school levels. He also instructed and coordinated educational programs for the Bullock Texas State History Museum and sponsored both Junior Historians of Texas and Texas History Day programs at the school level. His accomplishments include multiple medals for exemplary military service, campus Teacher of the Year-2000 in Round Rock I.S.D., Pre-Collegiate New Instructor of the Year-2000 from the University of Texas Distance Education Center, and the David C. DeBoe Award-2002 and Exemplary Service Award-2006 from the Texas State Historical Association. Stephen joined the TSHA staff as Director of Education in June of 2004 and served as Interim Executive Director in 2014.
Road CrewDr. Richard B. McCaslin, TSHA Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas and Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, is the author or editor of eighteen books, of which six have won awards. His Lee in the Shadow of Washington was also nominated for a Pulitzer.
Road CrewGraham Cox received his PhD in 2008 from the University of Houston and is a continuing lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the History Department at the University of North Texas. His research focuses on the intersection of law, war, and society. He is thrilled rejoin road crew as his athletic pursuits are limited to golf, poker, and driving a van for runners.