2017 Alumni Hall of Fame
On Friday, September 29, 2017 PBS inducted four new members to the Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame. We are honored to have these alumni representing PBS in their communities.
The Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award in Abundant Life is given to an alumnus who exemplifies a Christ-centered life and is considered an example and inspiration to all those around them. This year’s recipient is Steve Ware.
Stephen first joined the Parkview family back in 1991 when he was in the 8th Grade. His Freshmen year, He had a genuine encounter with Christ, and made a commitment to follow Him in a PBS chapel service. Shortly after that, Stephen felt a call into full-time ministry, and He began to volunteer and intern in the local church. He served for many years at Parkview Baptist Church where he learned so many valuable lessons and shared many memories like “don’t eat the chicken before 7.”
Following his time at Parkview Baptist Church, he served as interim youth pastor at CrossPoint Baptist Church, and from 2004 to 2007, Stephen was the Senior Bible Teacher at Parkview. Afterwards, he and his wife served in ministry for a decade at Healing Place Church as College Ministers, Campus Pastors and, finally, Children’s Pastors. Presently, he is a Global Ministry Representative for One Child Matters. Through this organization, Stephen helps care for the spiritual, educational, social and emotional needs of over 40,000 children in 13 different countries through child sponsorship.
The past two years Stephen has been walking thru a significant battle with cancer and has had countless opportunities to minister to others walking thru pain and heartache. Thru the ups and downs Stephen’s faith has remained strong and he truly lives an “Abundant Life”.
Steve Ware is pictured with his wife, Gayla, who is also a PBS alum and current Parkview Elementary teacher. And their three amazing children Joseph, Hanna, and Karleigh.
The Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award in Academics is given to an alumnus who has excelled in academics, either as a student or teacher, or significantly contributed to the academic development in their community. This year’s recipient is Ashley Stokes.
Ashley is a 1989 graduate of Parkvew Baptist, lettered as a cheerleader and was involved in many clubs and sports. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Alabama and then returned to Baton Rouge where she worked for LSU in Oceanography. Ashley was the first person to complete a combined program where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2001 and PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology in 2003. She served as faculty at LSU until 2009 when she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to join the faculty at the University of Hawaii.
Ashley advanced quickly and within 6 years had earned the title of full professor as the Extension Veterinarian and served to lead Extension for the State of Hawaii. While in Hawaii, she was honored to work with communities throughout the Southwestern Pacific, including Palau and Micronesia. During her time in these communities she was often the only veterinarian in the country and loves getting to partner with farmers and ranchers regarding animal health, human health, and the environment.
In 2014 she moved to Colorado as Assistant Dean of the Colorado State University’s Veterinary College. Because of her work with communities and Extension, this year Ashley was selected as the Assistant Vice President of Engagement at Colorado State University. In addition to her work with communities in Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, the Pacific Region, China, countries in Africa, and other amazing locations, she loves working with students and teaching our next generation of scientists and veterinarians. She is honored to work with universities because of their commitment to educating students, as well as being engaged partners in addressing the global challenges facing communities today.
Ashley has received many awards throughout her career, and she notes that her most honored come from her students and from farmers and ranchers that she has been lucky to work with.
Accepting the award on Ashley’s behalf are her wonderful parents Walter and Georgia Stokes.
The Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award in Arts is given to an alumnus who has excelled in the arts and has significantly impacted other individuals and their community to excel in the arts. This year’s recipient is Kristin Basilica.
Kristin is a 1999 graduate of Parkview Baptist. After high school she attended Louisiana State University majoring in Biology with a minor in creative writing. It was not until after her time at LSU that she discovered her talent and interest in photography. She apprenticed for several professional wedding photographers and then 7 years ago, opened her own studio in New Orleans Louisiana. Since then she has travelled all over the country and abroad photo documenting weddings.
In January of 2015, Kristin started using her talents in photo documentary style portraiture to capture the stories of the homeless population in New Orleans. This is an ongoing project that she hopes to show sometime next year.
In August of 2016, Kristin along with several other professional photographers took their cameras out and began taking portraits of those affected by the flood and telling the numerous stories of destruction and resilience via the platform of a project titled “Humans of the Water”. The concept of photo documenting people in this vulnerable and raw way soon went viral, culminating in images from this project being featured on national outlets, such as CNN, the Weather Channel and NPR. In 2017 she had the honor of her work being featured in the exhibit at the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum in Baton Rouge entitled “Faces of the Flood”.
Currently Kristin lives in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana where she maintains her wedding photography business and plays an active part in the volunteering community via her role as a project leader with the Young Leadership Council.
Accepting the award on behalf of Kristin is PBS Alum and Art Teacher Emily Babin.
The Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award in Athletics is given to an alumnus who has excelled in athletics, either as an athlete or coach, or significantly contributed to athletics in their community. This year’s recipient is Tanner Jenkins.
Tanner Jenkins graduated from Parkview Baptist in 2002. During his time at Parkview, he was a two time 1st Team All State selection at center. He was a member of the 2001 Parkview State Championship team. After high school, Tanner received a football scholarship to Arkansas State University, where he continued his football career receiving multiple awards, including two time ASU Offensive Lineman of the Year. During his time at Arkansas State, Tanner was also a two time 1st Team All Sun Belt Conference Selection at center. Tanner graduated with a degree in criminal justice and now is a Sergeant at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. He is married to Alissa Allphin Jenkins, who is also a Parkview alumni, and they have a 7 month old daughter named Haven Jenkins.
Tanner Jenkins is pictured with his wife, Alissa Allphin Jenkins, who is also a Parkview alum and their daughter Haven.