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GOOD NEWS: Names in the News

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 3:00 am


Odessa Police Department Captain Robert Doporto graduated from the FBI's National Academy Session 276 on June 7.

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program — which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science — serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

Sessions of approximately 220 officers take undergraduate and/or graduate courses at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia. Classes are offered in the following areas: law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership, communication, and health/fitness. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, where they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that transcend state and national borders.

The Academy began July 29, 1935. It was created in response to a 1930 study by the Wickersham Commission that recommended the standardization and professionalization of law enforcement departments across the U.S. through centralized training. With strong support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and with the authority of Congress and the Department of Justice, the “FBI Police Training School” was born. Courses at that time included scientific aids in crime detection, preparation of reports, criminal investigation techniques, and administration and organization. With the advent of World War II, courses were added in espionage and sabotage.


WACO Yanira Baldovinos of Odessa and Darden Tate Morriss of Van Horn have been named to the Dean's Academic Honor List at Baylor University for the spring 2019 semester.

Students honored on the Dean's List are Baylor undergraduates with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.


Odessa native Paige Velasquez, 26, has been named as chief executive officer by the Austin-based agency Zilker Media, public relation and brand agencies.

She is a graduate of The University of Texas with a bachelor of science in public relations. She is a member of the Junior League of Austin.

Velasquez’s roles in leadership started as Permian High School Senate as Student Body President and class secretary. She is also the daughter of Mark and Cristina Velasquez. Crisitna was named 2018 ECISD employee of the year.


Bridgette Meyers has recently joined CVA Advertising and Marketing, Ltd., as an account executive, with responsibilities in account management for several key CVA clients in West Texas.

Meyers previously was executive director of the Pink the Basin organization, as well as having served as executive director of the Medical Center Health System Foundation in Odessa.

A graduate of Permian High School, Meyers attended both South Plains College and Dallas Baptist University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in vocal performance.

Meyers is also a member of the Young Professionals of Odessa and the Junior League of Odessa.

Meyers resides in Odessa with her husband, Jeff, and her two sons, Jack (age 6) and Harry (age 2). She and her family are members of Stonegate Fellowship.


Odessa native Nichole Williamson is the new brand strategy director for Zilker Media.

She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors of science in communications studies with a focus on corporate communications.

Williamson is the daughter of Dr. Dave Davidson, the founding doctor of the West Odessa Chiropractic Clinic.