Class Notes

Compiled by Lesley Onstott

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Celestia “Lessie” Bailey Smithgall (ABJ ’33) of Gainesville, Ga., was awarded the North Georgia Community Foundation’s Philanthropist of the Year Award. Smithgall was among the women pioneers in broadcasting at WSB Radio in Atlanta and was involved in the launch of the Peabody Awards.


Walter H. Bowers (ABJ ’42) was posthumously inducted into the Coweta Sports Hall of Fame.


Mignon Ballard (ABJ ’56) of Fort Mill, S.C., shared some of her stories at the 14th annual Friends of the Chester County Library Author Dinner. She has written 13 novels, 12 of which are mysteries. Paul B. Dye (BSA ’56) of Waynesboro auctioned off a rare Civil War flag stained with the blood of an ancestor. Melvin H. Johnson (BSA ’57, MEd ’62) of Tiger was inducted into UGA’s Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2007. His work is recognized as creating a foundation for tremendous improvements in agriculture education in Georgia. Virginia Talbot (ABJ ’58) of Scaly Mountain, N.C., completed her ninth directing project with the Highlands Community Players. Talbot has acted as well as directed with the group.


Paschal Brewer (BSF ’60) of Midway, Ga., has been growing and selling Christmas trees from his Christmas tree farm in Midway since 1982. He plants approximately 22 acres of Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine, Eastern Red Cedar and Carolina Sapphire trees each year. Robert G. Edge (AB ’60) of Atlanta is dean of estate planning attorneys in Georgia for Alston & Bird. He helps clients negotiate sensitive family issues in planning their wills. Alston “Pete” Correll (BBA ’63) of Atlanta was named chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific. Correll chaired Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Central Atlanta Progress boards. Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63) of Johannesburg, South Africa, appeared for a book signing as part of the Cleveland Public Library’s Writers and Readers Series. Hunter-Gault’s 1992 memoir, In My Place, was about her time at UGA as the first female African-American student. Leon Farmer Jr. (BBA ’64, LLB ’67) and Victoria Pruitt Farmer (AB ’73) of Athens were honored in November as a distinguished and philanthropic couple in an Athens Banner-Herald article, “Farmer family sows a proud history in Athens.”


Millie Huff Coleman (BSHE ’65) of Atlanta is a Foodways historian and consultant. Coleman presented “Victorian Matrons, Fearless Flappers, Chai-Sipping Executives: The History of American Tea Rooms” at the World Tea Expo, the largest international trade-only conference, in Las Vegas. Frank W. Comer III (BBA ’66) of Parkton, Md., was appointed as the new director of training for Riley & Associates Realtors in Baltimore. Cecilia Carter Banks (BFA ’68) of Lexington, Ky., created a series of interactive, illustrated children’s books. Banks uses a cutting-edge photographic tool which enhances the child’s learning experience. Edith Maney Barrow (AB ’68) of Farner, Tenn., retired in 1984 to become a full-time artist. Her abstract work has been exhibited in private and public collections. John F. Hallman III (BBA ’68) of Atlanta is CEO of Chapman Hall Realtors, one of Atlanta’s top 25 residential real estate companies according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. William Moss (BSA ’68) of Commerce was inducted into UGA’s Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame in January. He retired after serving as the Area Livestock Teacher for the North Region Agricultural Education office for 31 years. Roy Barnes (AB ’69, JD ’72) of Mableton was chosen as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who in Law.” Barnes is the owner of the Barnes Law Group LLC and was elected the 80th governor of Georgia in 1998. James D. Brooks (BBA ’69) of Sugar Land, Texas, retired three years ago after 23 years as accounting manager for Coastal/El Paso and 10 years with Texaco Inc. in Atlanta. Brooks has since been a financial analyst at BP. Thomas Jackson (BLA ’69) of Greenville, S.C., was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame alongside Arnold Palmer and former PGA of America President Gary Schaal. Since starting his own course architectural business, Jackson Golf Inc., in 1971, Jackson has designed several dozen courses in South Carolina. David Minkovitz (BBA ’69) of Savannah joined Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates as a sales associate. In his new position, Minkovitz represents clients in buying and selling commercial real estate as well as distinctive residences in the greater Savannah area. William David Powell (BFA ’69) of Albany exhibits pieces that are both computer-generated and archival digital prints inspired by, and derived from, magnetic resonance imaging technology. His “Between Soft Machines and Hard Science” art exhibit was displayed at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Roland Dille Center for the Arts in February.


Jo Anne Conner (AB ’70) of Spartanburg, S.C., was promoted to assistant general manager of Coldwell Banker Caine’s residential division. Herbert R. Boyd (BSFR ’71) of Lakeland, Fla., teaches agriculture at Winter Haven Senior High School. Robert E. Burton (BSA ’71) and Maxine Burton (BSEd ’72, MEd ’78) of Athens-based burton + BURTON won the 2008 Georgia Family Business of the Year Award from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Bob Burton, the CEO, and Maxine Burton, the president and owner, started the business together 26 years ago. William C. Lankford Jr. (BBA ’71, MAcc ’72) of Atlanta is managing partner of Moore Stephens Tiller LLC, one of Atlanta’s top 25 accounting firms according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dewey Moody Jr. (BSEd ’71) of Grayson submitted several recipes from a family cookbook, Moody Meal Memories, to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Chef Dave Roberts, formerly of Sam & Dave’s BBQ, tried one of the recipes and liked it. He created a main course and side to complement it and will serve them at his new restaurant. John Phelps (BBA ’71) and his wife, Josephine Crawford Phelps (ABJ ’70), are serving as co-chairs of the UGA Parents Council. Bill Wallace (ABJ ’71) of Signal Mountain, Tenn., joined The Moriah Group as senior account executive. Wallace retired from WRCB-TV after 23 years. Thomas Brennan (BSEd ’72) of Colchester, Vt., was a guest speaker at an induction ceremony at the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame. Brennan is the former basketball coach of the University of Vermont and works as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. Douglas Carnes (BBA ’72) of Gainesville received the 2008 National Poultry & Food Distributors Association Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award for his major role as a leader in the growth of the poultry industry. Cindy Geesey (ABJ ’72) of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fla., wrote an editorial for her local newspaper after a reunion trip to UGA. “You can go home again” appeared in By the Sea Future. Geesey helped start the newspaper and serves as executive editor. David J. Owens (BS ’72, BSEH ’77) of Eatonton was hired by St. Vincent’s Healthcare as administrator of Charlton Memorial Hospital. Daniel P. Amos (BBA ’73) of Columbus is chairman and CEO of Aflac Inc., one of Georgia’s top 25 public companies according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Clifton Morris (BBA ’73) of Dublin, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dublin, was elected to the Brewton-Parker College Board of Trustees. Brenda Segall (BSEd ’73, MEd ’75, EdD ’84) of Woodstock was named the state’s K-12 Health Education Professional of the Year by the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance. Estella Tullgren (BSEd ’73) of Mountain Home, Ariz., joined the staff of the Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation as the new major gifts/planned giving officer. The late Terry Varner (BS ’73) of Marietta was honored at Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church through the dedication to his memory of the church’s renovated youth building. Varner was the director of emergency services at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital and a UGA basketball player. Nancy Varner (AB ’73) of Marietta designed and constructed more than 30 stage costumes, for productions including “Servant of Two Masters,” that won the 2006 regional award for best costumes. Varner served as volunteer wardrobe coordinator at Sequoyah High School. Roderick Drake (BSAE ’74) of Canton finished his term as chairman of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce after a successful year. Drake developed business start-up kits for local companies. Donald Jack Sawyer Jr. (AB ’74) of Atlanta is regional president of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, one of Atlanta’s top financial planning firms according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


Navy Captain Brian E. Barrington (BLA ’80) of Norfolk, Va., retired after 30 years of active-duty service in the Navy. Throughout his career, Barrington received several personal awards, campaign ribbons and medals, including two Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and three Meritorious Service Medals. Nancy Faircloth Kauffman (AB ’80) of Dublin opened a pet boutique, Passion for Pets. Richard Sanford Page (BBA ’80) of Midlothian, Va., was appointed acting director of the Defense Commissary Agency. Page’s government service has been recognized with a series of awards, including the Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2007. Josephine Phillips (BSA ’80) of Warm Springs was promoted to horticulture manager at Hills and Dales Estate. Bonney Shuman (BBA ’80) of St. Simons Island is CEO of Stratir Corp., one of Atlanta’s top 25 women-owned firms according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Ted Pennel (BS ’81) of Calhoun is the new chief medical officer and medical director of hospital services at Redmond Regional Medical Center. He has been in the medical field for 19 years. Lynn Skinner (BBA ’81) of Newnan was hired as a content specialist in the area of math and science by Coweta County School System. Gina Turner (BSEd ’81, MEd ’86) of LaGrange started as an instructional coach five years ago at two schools and has expanded the program system-wide to 14 elementary schools. Turner helps other teachers get new academic achievement standards across to their students. Michelle Hyder (BSEd ’82) of Rome was nominated to Teacher of the Year at McHenry Elementary School. She has taught preschool, kindergarten and first grade at McHenry for 12 years. Nancy C. Juneau (BSEd ’82) of Atlanta is CEO of Juneau Construction Company LLC, one of Atlanta’s top 25 women-owned firms according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Carroll Miller (AB ’82) of Atlanta announced his plan to seek one of the available seats on the Old Fort Board of Alderman. Becky Purcell (BSHE ’82, MEd ’86) of Fayetteville, Ark., was elected to the school board for Fayetteville public schools. John S. Toohey (AB ’82) of San Antonio completed his second tour at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he worked for Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Jack D. Williams (BBA ’82) of LaGrange earned his securities sales supervisor license. Williams is vice president of investments with Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Robert W. “Buzz” Law (BBA ’83) of Alpharetta is president of Creative Financial Group Ltd., one of Atlanta’s top financial planning firms according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Paula Mooney (BBA ’83, MAcc ’85) of Statesboro was installed as the president of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mooney is a sole practitioner working as a consultant. Cynthia Adair (BSEd ’84) of Stockbridge was named the Henry County Schools 2008 Library Media Specialist of the Year. Col. John R. Oxford Jr. (BS ’84) of Vandenberg, Calif., was slated on the U.S. Army War College list. He will complete a fellowship at the University of Texas-Austin.


Elizabeth B. Chandler (BBA ’85, JD ’88) of Atlanta was appointed city attorney for Atlanta in December. In this role, she serves as the chief legal officer for the city, responsible for handling all civil legal matters and overseeing the legal compliance program. Linda Van Rees (BBA ’85) of Atlanta is chairman of the board of directors for The Original Honey Baked Ham Company of Georgia Inc., one of Atlanta’s top 25 women-owned firms according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. John DeHaven (AB ’86) of Charleston, S.C., and his wife joined Century 21 Properties Plus as Team DeHaven. Joey Etheridge (AB ’86) of LaGrange gave advice for renovating a kitchen in an article, “Kitchen update boosts home’s value,” that appeared on Sept. 27, 2007, in the LaGrange Daily News. Etheridge is the founder of Etheridge Enterprises, a remodeling company. David Lilliston (AB ’86) of Watkinsville joined Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. as a financial advisor and vice president in the firm’s Athens branch. Elizabeth Shick (BFA ’86) of Powder Springs was featured in a Dec. 18 Marietta Daily Journal article for her whimsical holiday paintings. Shick is a medical legal illustrator. Bill Anderson (ABJ ’87) of Atlanta was elected president of the Georgia Society of Association Executives. Anderson was named one of the association’s 90 movers and shakers for his involvement. T. Kay Parks (AB ’87) of Gainesville, Ga., joined Jackson Electric Membership Corporation as a community relations representative at the headquarters in Jefferson. She coordinates EMC’s community outreach efforts, including annual meetings, education and scholarship programs. Kip Plowman (BBA ’87) of Sandy Springs is the partner in charge for Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP, one of Atlanta’s top accounting firms according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Jim Showfety (BBA ’87, MEd ’96) of Alpharetta is the new head football coach at Northview High School. In 2007, the Georgia Sports Writers Association named Showfety AAA Coach of the Year. Jackie Blakley (BBA ’88) of Anderson, S.C., is the new dean of the business and public services division at Tri-County Technical College. She will be responsible for three departments and their programs of study, which enroll around 1,100 students. Jack Wilson (ABJ ’88, JD ’91) of Lawrenceville was named to the board of directors of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Mark Gibson (AB ’89) of Birmingham, Ala., founded Almon & Gibson LLC, a firm with a history of assisting female- and minority-owned businesses, in 2003. Bill Mayher (BBA ’89) was promoted to vice president for corporate compliance at St. Vincent’s Healthcare. Greg McMinn (ABJ ’89) of Lawrenceville spent several years ministering to young people in Athens and is now a pastor at Pilgrimage Presbyterian Church in Lilburn. Hannah H. Smith (BSEd ’89, MEd ’93) of Madison was nominated for the Athena Award, which honors women for their leadership in business and the community. Smith is the communications manager for the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau. Karen Townley (BBA ’89) of Buford was promoted to assistant vice president and benefits specialist at GB&T Bancshares.


Mary Christy MacDonald (AB ’90) of Savannah accepted the position of sales manager at The River Homes of News Place. MacDonald also chairs several committees at Blessed Sacrament School. Richard Mandell (BLA ’90) of Southern Pines, N.C., wrote Pinehurst: Home of American Golf (The Evolution of a Legend), which tells about the development of golf courses in the Sandhills and how that evolution affected the game in America. Mandell is a golf course architect and has worked on over 40 projects. Melanie Paradise (BSHE ’90) is the new registrar at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn. Jeff Bishop (ABJ ’91) joined Newnan’s Times-Herald news staff as a business reporter. He has been recognized numerous times for excellence in news writing and feature writing by the Georgia Press Association. Amy Miller (BFA ’92) of Smyrna was named one of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine’s 20 Under 40. Miller was named the new executive director of ACP, an organization that supports Atlanta’s emergence as an international center for photography, in 2007. Douglas Makemson (BSA ’92) of Commerce was chosen to exhibit a sculpture in the Columbus Sculpture Walk. Makemson’s “Mosquito vs. Man,” made out of various machinery parts, is displayed in the median of the 1000 block of downtown Columbus. Gregory J. Pease (AB ’92) of Nashville, Tenn., joined the law firm of Sherrard & Roe PLC as an associate with the firm’s corporate law group. Kevin Pope (BBA ’92) of Lincoln, Neb., left his position of president at Stanley-Senior Technologies, where he played a leading role in developing the senior technologies division, to become the president of Lincoln’s Pen-Link. Pope was named one of 40 under 40 by the Lincoln Business Journal in 2007. Photographs taken by the late Jamie Bishop (AB ’93, MA ’98) were displayed at LaGrange College’s Lamar Dodd Art Center. The exhibition “represented a tribute to the creative energy” of Bishop, according to spokesman Dean Hartman. Bishop was one of 32 killed in the Virginia Tech massacre last year. Donald Landen (BBA ’93, MAcc ’94) of Ball Ground became the full-time pastor of Ball Ground United Methodist Church. Landen is focusing on increasing the church’s role in the community. Mark Spain (BBA ’93) of Cumming was ranked No. 2 realtor in the U.S. for closings with RE/MAX International. His team was also ranked No. 4 worldwide out of 115,000 agents. Spain wrote an article, “Market forecast for metro area,” in the Feb. 7 Johns Creek Herald outlining both sides—the good and the bad—of the real estate market. Wade Stephens (BSEd ’93) of Marietta joined NorthWest Bank and Trust as marketing director. He has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience. David L. Wilson (BBA ’93) of Macon joined SunTrust Bank, Middle Georgia, as vice president and commercial banking relationship manager. Kimberly (Rakestraw) Brammer (ABJ ’94) of Marietta and husband Tim welcomed a son, Mason Timothy, on Jan. 17. Brammer was named associate director of shared fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association. Ariana Buchanan (BS ’94) of Carrollton joined the board of directors of the Oak Mountain Academy Foundation. Buchanan is in private practice with Peachtree Allergy and Asthma Clinic. Jill Hoover (BBA ’94) and Tom Hoover (BBA ’98) of Cumming expected their fifth child in August. Tom Hoover is the business manager of Pinecrest Academy in Cumming.


Kate Hilburn Allgood (BBA ’95) of Dublin was elected to Morris State Bank’s board of directors. She is currently a sales representative with Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America. Sherri Barnes-Weiske (BSFCS ’95) of Thomasville was one of six Thomas College and Birdwood Junior College alumni inducted into the inaugural TU Alumni Wall of Fame. Richard Goodson (AB ’95) of Statesboro was named the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators’ Member of the Year for the second consecutive year. Goodson is Gainesville State College’s new public safety director. Mark W. Johnson (BFA ’95) of Breckenridge, Colo., paints landscape oil pastels. His art is featured at the Summit County, Colo., Arts Council’s Arts Alive! Gallery. Steve Mount (AB ’95) of Interlaken, N.Y., and his wife welcomed the birth of their twin boys, Jack Derrill and Ethan John, on August 3, 2007. Amy (Myrick) Ragheb (ABJ ’95) of Royal Oak, Mich., started Amy & Uma Productions, a company that produces videos for special events. Ragheb welcomed the birth of a baby boy in April 2007. Kim B. Chester (BSEd ’96) of Cartersville was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Chester is an educational consultant for Wesley Educational Services and Northwest Georgia Learning Resource System. James A. Dunn (AB ’96) of Atlanta is an assistant district attorney in the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit. Dunn takes a hard stance against illegal drugs, prosecuting narcotics cases since 2002. Kathleen Emmett (ABJ ’96) of West Palm Beach, Fla., was promoted to vice president of resource development for Hospice of Palm Beach County’s philanthropic arm, Spectrum Healthcare Foundation. Henry Bailey (BBA ’97) of Bogart accepted a position as a realtor with Prudential Blanton Properties in Athens. He sold more than $6 million in real estate in his first two years as a realtor. Russell Bates (BBA ’97) of Moultrie was named vice president, commercial loan officer at Ameris Bank in Moultrie. Bates leads the commercial loan division. Henry Chou (AB ’97) of Princeton, N.J., was made a partner at Hill Wallack law firm. Michael Choy (BBA ’97) of Chicago welcomed a daughter, Penny Rae, on July 25, 2007. Choy is a senior associate at the Chicago law firm Winston & Strawn. Thomas Brian Crow (BSAE ’97) and April Hembree Crow (BSEd ’95) of Atlanta welcomed their second child, daughter Greer Katherine, on May 11, 2007. Sohailla Digsby (BSFCS ’97) of Augusta spoke at the city of Dillon’s Employee Wellness Program. Digsby is a registered dietitian and fitness instructor. Alan Spearman (ABJ ’97) of Memphis, Tenn., is a photojournalist at The Commercial Appeal. He has won national and regional honors for his photography and was recently inducted into the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. Karen Sperber (BMus ’97, MMEd ’99) of Alpharetta was named 2007-2008 Fulton County Elementary Teacher of the Year. Sperber is the music specialist at Abbotts Hill Elementary School. Amy Tapley (ABJ ’97) of Bluffton, S.C., launched a freelance marketing and advertising company, Marketing Matters. Lawren Anderson (BS ’98) of Macon accepted a position as an environmental health specialist with the Macon-Bibb County Health Department. The late Douglas Henderson III (BBA ’98) of Valdosta was remembered during the fourth annual Doug Henderson III Memorial Fund Auction and Golf Tournament. In the past three years, the foundation has raised more than $100,000 in support of various cancer charities. Sara M. Hoffman (BMus ’98) of Wallingford, Vt., performed with Capitol Brass at the Caroline County Council of Arts’ Performing Arts series in Denton. Hoffman plays the French horn. Kelly King (BFA ’98, MFA ’03) of Tifton is working as an independent artist, creating unique and utilitarian contemporary ceramic pieces out of clay. King has two children. Pamela Pecchio (BFA ’98) of Kingston was one of four women whose art was displayed in the “Women in Photography” exhibit at Colby-Sawyer College. Elizabeth Preiss (BBA ’98) and David Preiss (BFA ’97) of Atlanta welcomed the birth of their twin daughters, Caroline and Sophia, on Sept. 21, 2007. Shannon Ferrell Register (BSFCS ’98) and her husband Matt of Spring, Texas, welcomed the birth of their second son, Thomas Jack, on Jan. 24. Register also acquired her Texas real estate license. Jason Shepherd (AB ’98) of Kennesaw was elected to serve as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Georgia’s 11th Congressional District and appointed campaign chairman for the district for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ re-election campaign. Jerry Thomas (BSFCS ’98) of Dunwoody founded a green commercial solutions company, Enviroclean USA, that is 100 percent green. Thomas’ company works with other companies to help them develop a strategic plan in transitioning to greener processes and solutions. Jennifer West (BSA ’98, MS ’00) of Valdosta works in the Lanier County Extension office, where she trains restaurant managers for certification as food service safety managers and area health inspectors. Evan Wix (AB ’98) of Austell accepted a position as a new media planner/buyer at Rick Johnson & Company in Albuquerque, N.M. James Beck (BS ’99) of Tacoma, Wash., made partner at the Seattle/Tacoma law firm of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson and Daheim. Vera Sharon “Sharri” Edenfield (AB ’99) of Statesboro was honored for her outstanding service by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia. Edenfield works as an attorney with Edenfield, Cox, Bruce & Classens. Rodney Nathan Fowler (BSA ’99) of Statesboro joined AgSouth Farm Credit as a commercial lending officer. Lisa Hager (AB ’99) of Gainesville, Fla., earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida. Kelly Jenkins (AB ’99) of Conyers earned her juris doctor degree and environmental law certificate from Tulane University Law School. Tom Lasseter (ABJ ’99) of Decatur was featured in the Editor & Publisher article “Love & War.” Lasseter, an award-winning foreign correspondent with McClatchy’s, fell in love with a rival reporter while stationed in the Middle East. The two will move to Russia for new assignments. Kate R. Perkins (BSEd ’99) of Fernandina, Fla., joined On Ideas Inc. as an account executive. Matthew Sweat (BBA ’99) of Dublin earned his master’s of business administration at Georgia Southern University. Sweat is a lending officer for Bank of Dudley.


Erica Brantley (BSEd ’00) of Douglasville was named as the ASPIRE program manager with Spelman College. ASPIRE focuses on developing informatics knowledge in several fields. Anna Cox (BSEd ’00), Teacher of the Year for Jonesboro High School, was named Teacher of the Year for Clayton County. John Holden (BBA ’00, MAcc ’00) of Athens, audit manager of Rushton & Co., was elected president of the 240-member Northeast Georgia Society of CPAs. He is a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner. Stephen Shockley (BSEd ’01) of Cumming joined the staff of mortgage consultants at The Bearland Group LLC. Cheryl Celis (BBA ’02), a pharmaceutical sales representative for PharmaDerm, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans by Jezebel Magazine in 2007. Julian Dorio (BS ’04) of Athens and Parker Gispert (AB ’07) of Roswell are members of the Athens-based band The Whigs. The band was featured in an article in Spin magazine’s breaking out section for the release of its second album, “Mission Control,” and toured the U.S. this summer. Michael Dorio (M ’02) of Athens plays in the band Trances Arc, which appeared at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. Trances Arc released an album, “XOXOX,” at the end of March. Tauheed Ferguson (AB ’02) of Auburn, Ga., is a candidate for an Auburn council seat. Joseph Johnson (AB ’02) of Washington, D.C., earned his juris doctor degree with high honors from the Washington University School of Law as a member of the Order of the Coif. Elizabeth McGeever (AB ’02) of Norcross appeared in the Lifetime movie “Queensized” and was cast as the lead female in the feature film “The Abduction of Jesse Bookman.” Robert Spruill (BS ’02) of Moultrie earned certification by the American Board of Family Medicine. The certification is given to physicians who demonstrate a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice. Stephanie Stenglein (ABJ ’02) of Charlotte, N.C., was promoted to assistant director of annual giving at Queens University of Charlotte. Joel Turner (AB ’02) of Bowling Green, Ky., was awarded a doctor of philosophy degree in political science by Florida State University in 2007. He accepted a position as an assistant professor of political science at Western Kentucky University. James Gregory Wright (BBA ’02) joined the staff of Security Bank in Albany as a banking officer/branch manager. Emily Campbell (ABJ ’03) of Bluffton, S.C., was promoted to director of alumni and communications at Hilton Head Preparatory School in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Natalie Cox (AB ’03, JD ’06) of Athens will teach a session of ballroom dance classes at the Winder Cultural Arts Center. Cox continues to perform and teach at various studios in Northeast Georgia after performing with the UGA Ballroom Performance Group from 2002-06. Tina LaSaunda Forrister (BSFCS ’03) of Rome received a master of education degree from Berry College’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. Jennifer Gardner (BSA ’03) of Lansing, Mich., graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Gardner accepted a position as associate veterinarian in Brunswick, Ga., at the Southeast Georgia Veterinary. Phoupasong “Song” Keovongsak (BBA ’03) of East Point accepted the position of branch manager of the BB&T Bank in Jonesboro. Keovongsak will begin pursuing his master’s in business administration this fall. Turner Merritt (AB ’03) of Daniel Island, S.C., was named the new director of development for East Cooper Community Outreach. Merritt will plan and coordinate special events, participate in fundraising projects and assist in public relations. Amber Sahlberg (BS ’03) of St. Simons Island was accepted into the Peace Corps. She is conducting preventive health education and developing health promotion activities to increase knowledge and awareness in areas such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and nutrition. Nicole D. Smith (ABJ ’03) of Atlanta won the International Reading Association’s Broadcast Media Award for Television, in the adult category, for her news feature “Judge Tackles Poverty.” Smith is the associate editor of Atlanta Woman magazine. Phillip Jackson (BBA ’04) of Auburn, Ga., was named branch manager of Oconee State Bank’s main office in downtown Watkinsville. Don Edwin Jenrette Jr. (EdD ’04) of Bonaire joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Robins AFB campus as an adjunct assistant professor. Jenrette is the Air Force Reserve’s Drug Demand Reduction Program manager and a retired Air Force officer. Kerry Kathleen Wentworth (AB ’04) of Smyrna released her first album, “No Shoes Required.” She is a favorite performer at Rev Coffee Shop in Smyrna.


Robert M. Bickey (BFA ’05) of Newark, Del., will be exhibiting his work in the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery. Bickey has had solo exhibitions of his work and participated in numerous juried and invitational shows, receiving the Solo Show Award in 2005. Drew French (BBA ’05) of Athens opened Your Pie, a create-your-own pizza place, in the Colonial Promenade Beechwood Shopping Center. Eustace Wesley Griffin (BSA ’05) of Waynesville accepted the position of Ware County extension agent. Kirsten Luce (AB ’05) of Cape Cod, Mass., was hired as a Monitor staff photographer. Before joining the Monitor, she freelanced for news organizations in Mexico City, Atlanta and Bolivia. Timothy Rasmussen (ABJ ’05) of Conyers won the VH1 reality show “Ego Trip’s White Rapper Show” and released his first record, “First 2 Worst,” under the stage name Shamrock. Born with a cleft lip, Rasmussen hopes that his music will inspire children in similar situations. Jennifer Burk (ABJ ’06) of Macon wrote a Feb. 10 Telegraph article, “Home is not a physical location,” questioning where someone’s true home is after years of moving as a child. She decided her “home” is in the South. Amy Eller (BFA ’06, AB ’06) of Fayetteville, Ga., is teaching English in the village of Alumbari in the Republic of Georgia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Jonathan Gurley (BBA ’06, BS ’06) of Bogart was appointed to banking officer by Athens First Bank and Trust’s board of directors. Joshua Morris (BSFCS ’06) of Savannah was hired by Floor Depot as a sales manager. Allison O’Grady (ABJ ’06, BS ’06) of Marietta was deployed for her first project with the National Civilian Community Corps, a program of AmeriCorps. O’Grady is one of 36 team leaders at the central region campus in Denver, Colo. Matthew Perkins (AB ’06) and Nathan Bridges (ABJ ’06) of Watkinsville produced a short film, “Magic Juan,” which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The two have maintained a close relationship with former UGA professor Jim Herbert, who was the artistic advisor on the film. Stephanie Schwert (BBA ’06) of Jacksonville, Fla., was promoted to account director in the commercial insurance division of Harden & Associates. Brooks Becker (ABJ ’07, AB ’07) of Decatur joined the staff of the Highlander, a newspaper in Marble Falls, Texas, as a summer intern. Parker Gispert (AB ’07) of Roswell and Julian Dorio (BS ’04) of Athens are members of Athens band The Whigs. The band was featured in a Creative Loafing article, “Buzz Cut,” that discussed their recent success. After being named an “artist to watch” by Rolling Stone in 2006, the band has performed on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” while touring the country. Katie Little (ABJ ’07) of Gainesville, Ga., was named an account executive for Hayslett Group. Kristen Faye Moles (BS ’07) of Augusta graduated summa cum laude with additional highest honors with a bachelor of arts degree in biology from UGA. She is continuing her education in the field of veterinary medicine. Kristina Summers (ABJ ’07) of Statham accepted a position with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame Conservation Section. Summers and her husband have three children. Emily Brown (ABJ ’08) of Concord, N.C., joined the Highlander, a newspaper in Marble Falls, Texas, as a summer intern.