Class Notes

Compiled by Caroline Buttimer, Lauren Flemming, and Lesley Onstott

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Ralph E. Carlisle (AB ’37) of Social Circle is retired after spending a lifetime practicing law and serving as a judge. He now lives with his wife of 67 years in an assisted living facility and warms up 30 minutes daily on the trumpet.


Anne Firor Scott (AB ’41) of Chapel Hill, N.C., was honored with an award for scholarly distinction from the American Historical Association in 2007. A William K. Boyd professor emerita of history at Duke University, Scott was recognized for her contributions to the field of American women’s history. Josephine Elliot Jones (BS ’44) of Albany, Ga., played Miss Daisy in Theatre Albany’s presentation of “Driving Miss Daisy.” Jones has five children, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was given the Theatre Albany Hobbs-Wetherbee Distinguished Service Award for her work with the theater since 1947.


John Barnard (BFA ’48) of Atascadero, Calif., has several watercolor pieces featured at the Atascadero Historical Society in a townwide tour which started May 30. At 84, Barnard continues to paint, teach classes and exhibit his work nationwide. P. Martin Ellard (BBA ’49) of Gainesville, Ga., was elected a voting member of McKibbon Hotel Group’s board of directors. He has served as an auditor and advisor to the company for more than 40 years.


Earl Taylor (BSEd ’51) of Maggie Valley, N.C., retired after 40 years in education in North Carolina. Wayne Taylor (AB ’51) of Hendersonville, N.C., retired after 30 years with GMAC. Irwin W. Stolz Jr. (M ’54) of Athens was featured in the Athens Banner-Herald on June 15, commemorating 50 years as an attorney.


Frank B. Moore (M ’59) of Cambridge, Md., was appointed to Coda Octopus Group’s board of directors.


Charles W. Hendry (BBA ’61) of Dalton has spent 40 years doing accounting work and is planning on spending more time with his three children, eight grandchildren, and wife of 50 years, June. While he wants to continue developing the practice and being available to clients, Hendry plans to also do some mission work and get rid of his daily routine. He is the managing principal for the North Georgia office of Joseph Decosimo and Co. Robert Lamb (BSEd ’61) wrote a short story, “Black Coffee,” which will appear in the summer/fall 2008 issue of Epiphany, a literary journal. Virginia Novice Rhoades (ABJ ’63) of Athens published By The Way, a collection of selected poetry, fiction, inspirational prose, light verse and humor. Beau Hudson (BS ’64) of Atlanta was recognized in the “Who’s Who: The top 100 power brokers who lead Atlanta’s financial sector” section of Atlanta Business Chronicle. Hudson is the senior vice president of investments at Raymond James & Associates. Ronald Willingham Sr. (BBA ’64) of Monroe is one of seven recipients of the 2007 Silver Phoenix Award, given by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors to individuals with 25 years of membership in the Million Dollar Club


Claudia Arp (BSHE ’65) of Great Falls, Va., and her husband wrote a book, 10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage, that is also a video series. It was referenced in a Sunday Citizen article, “Marriage 101,” on Jan. 6. S. Stephen Selig III (BBA ’65) of Atlanta was named a Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. George H. Brannen II (BBA ’66) of Inverness, Fla., received the FBA’s Distinguished Service Award and was named Banker of the Year by the Community Bankers of Florida in 1989. Leo Wells (BBA ’66) of Atlanta was named a Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. T. Richard Bryant (BBA ’68) of Atlanta was recognized as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Real Estate. Malcolm Everett (M ’68) of Charlotte, N.C., received the UNC Charlotte Distinguished Service Award 2008. Kirk Hazlett (AB ’68) of Belmont, Mass., was named Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Frank Horne Jr. (AB ’68) of Macon was featured in a Macon Telegraph article, “Finding his way,” on June 16. It discusses his unique path that led to his decision to practice law. Abram Serotta (BBA ’68, MAcc ’70) of Augusta is the managing partner and company president of Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co. Serotta was featured in an Augusta Chronicle article, “The number chewers: Accountants happy to be ‘psychiatrist’ of business,” on Dec. 2, 2007, for his and his work partners’ dedication and work ethic. William P. Tipton II (ABJ ’68) and wife Merry Tipton (ABJ ’71) of St. Simons Island were featured in an article, “Tradition reigns on Thanksgiving,” in the Brunswick News on Nov. 23, 2007. The article discussed their commitment to upholding Thanksgiving traditions. Jeffrey Whalen (AB ’68) of Flowery Branch received an Appreciation Award from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences for his support of the college. Ann Breedlove Powers (BSEd ’69) of Watkinsville had part of her family’s land protected through Athens Land Trust. This land also inspired the artist June Ball to create works of art which were featured in the ALT and Oconee River Land Trust’s annual art auction.


Thomas Gilliland (AB ’70) of Blairsville was approved to join the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is the first Georgian to serve on the utility’s governing body. Judith Sherling (ABJ ’70) of Jeffersonville was appointed economic development director for the Development Authority of Jeffersonville and Twiggs County. Betty Hudson (ABJ ’71) of McLean, Va., was chosen as an advisory trustee by the Arch Foundation of UGA. Hudson, executive vice president of communications for the National Geographic Society, will help the foundation build and sustain its endowment. James Rivers Jr. (BBA ’71) of Lilburn was quoted in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article, “Rivers finds industrial no longer metro-focused,” on April 10, in which he discussed the increase in popularity of properties farther outside of downtown Atlanta. Rivers is the president of Rooker Properties. Charlotte Sacre (BSEd ’71) of Bluefield, Va., is an associate of Thompson & Litton. Sacre has served as director of sales for Thompson & Litton for 10 years. Lanier Scruggs (BBA ’71) of Athens was named vice president for Athens First Bank & Trust. He has been in the brokerage industry for more than 10 years. Bruce S. Allen (BS ’72) of Macon was named the Honorary Consul of the Principality of Liechtenstein for the southern and southeastern U.S. Allen is the first honorary consul of Liechtenstein in the world. Arthur B. C. Dorminy III (BSA ’72) of Fitzgerald was elected vice-chairman of CBC Holding Company Inc. Cissy Alexander Hutchinson (AB ’72) of Athens was named vice president for Athens First Bank & Trust. She has been in the brokerage industry for more than 18 years. Wayne Knight (AB ’72) of North Hollywood, Calif., was featured in the article “Leaving Newman behind” in The Republican on June 30. Knight, who played the character Newman on “Seinfeld,” discussed his Newman fame and projects including performing in “The Front Page” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Richard Tucker (BBA ’72) of Suwanee was elected chairman of the university system of Georgia Board of Regents. He was appointed as 7th Congressional District Board of Regents member by Gov. Sonny Perdue in January 2005 and is a managing partner of Arlington Capital LLC. John Parker Jr. (AB ’73) of Atlanta was named senior vice president and general counsel of Coca-Cola Enterprises. Barden “Bo” Brown (BBA ’74) of Atlanta was recognized as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Real Estate. Jay C. Moon (AB ’74, MPA ’76) of Madison, Miss., was re-elected to the board of directors for the International Economic Development Council. He is president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. Michael J. Reiner (BBA ’74) of Atlanta was recognized in the “Who’s Who: The top 100 power brokers who lead Atlanta’s financial sector” section of Atlanta Business Chronicle. Reiner is the president and chief compliance officer for Capital Investment Advisors Inc. He has been in the securities industry for more than 20 years. D. Jack Sawyer Jr. (AB ’74) of Atlanta was recognized in the “Who’s Who: The top 100 power brokers who lead Atlanta’s financial sector” section of Atlanta Business Chronicle. Sawyer is the regional president of BNY Mellon Wealth Management and was previously a founding principal of The Arden Group.


Sharon Bartels (ABJ ’75, MEd ’95) of Lawrenceville was featured on a list of Who’s Who in Education in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She is the president of Gwinnett Technical College. R. Alan Bullock (BBA ’75) of Atlanta was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who of 2008. Bruce Burch (BSEd ’75) of Athens was featured in a Creative Loafing article, “Bruce Burch and the business of music,” on Jan. 23 for his achievements as co-director of UGA’s music business program. Burch founded the program six years ago with a $500,000 grant from an Atlanta businessman. Clark Gore (BBA ’75) of Atlanta was named to a list of Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Kay Sands (BSEd ’75) of Lilburn accepted the position of principal of Trickum Middle School. Perry L. Wood (BLA ’75) and Mark L. Baker (BLA ’77) of Hilton Head Island, S.C., celebrated the 20th anniversary of the company Wood co-founded in 1988, Wood+Partners Inc. Baker is a partner, co-owner and senior vice president for the firm, which specializes in landscape architecture and land planning. Carla Wright (BFA ’75) of Atlanta was hired as vice president of investments for advisory and brokerage services by UBS Financial Services Inc. Ben Carter (M ’76) of Atlanta was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Real Estate. Sandra Derrick (BSHE ’76, MEd ’80) of Dalton retired after teaching home economics and careers for 30 years at Whitfield County Schools. David H. Gill (BS ’76) of Stockbridge was recognized in the “Who’s Who: The top 100 power brokers who lead Atlanta’s financial sector” section of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Gill is president and CEO of The First State Bank and is currently serving as secretary-treasurer of the Henry County Development Authority. Lawrence Kelly (BBA ’76) of Atlanta was named a Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Katie Garrett (BSHE ’77) of Newnan was named the Grantville Elementary School principal. Garrett is a 14-year educator and is currently completing an educational specialist degree in educational leadership at Samford University. Ed Hawes  (MBA ’77) of Charlotte, N.C., joined Regions Financial Corp. to be the Charlotte market president for the Birmingham-based bank. Previously he spent more than 25 years with Bank of America Corp. and its predecessors. David Mullen Jr. (ABJ ’77, MBA ’79) of Denver retired from Merrill Lynch after 26 years. He is the president of LearnTactix Inc., a training company specializing in financial services. Mullen published a best-selling book, The Million Dollar Financial Services Practice. Karen Callaway Senkbeil (BSEd ’77, MEd ’79) of Hartwell has retired from her position teaching at Hartwell Elementary School after 31 years. She has begun a new position as assistant professor of education/director of field experience at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs. James T. Broach (BBA ’78) of Charlotte, N.C., is president of Broach Sports Tours & Travels Inc. Broach was with Watson Insurance Agency for 12 years before founding Broach Sports Tours in 1992. Jonathan W. D’Elia (BBA ’78) of Easton will lead the middle-market practice in the Norwalk office of Marsh Inc., a risk and insurance services firm. He previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at ArchivesOne, a records management company. Joe Grammar (AB ’78) of Panama City, Fla., was elected Bay County judge. He previously served for 27 years as a prosecutor.  Kessel Drewry Stelling Jr. (BBA ’78) of Marietta was recognized in the “Who’s Who: The top 100 power brokers who lead Atlanta’s financial sector” section of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Stelling is the president and CEO of the Bank of North Georgia. Stelling is currently chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and was recently named a representative to the board of regents of the University System of Georgia. Lucy Lawliss (BLA ’79, MLA ’92) of Richmond, Calif., was chosen as superintendent of George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Thomas Stone National Historical Site in Maryland with the National Park Service. Steve Oney (ABJ ’79) of Los Angeles, wrote an article that will appear in The Best American Magazine Writing 2008. The article was a finalist for the 2008 National Magazine Award. Oney is a senior writer at Los Angeles magazine.


Cathy Cox (ABJ ’80) of Gainesville, Ga., is the president of Young Harris College and was a featured speaker at a recent Rotary Club of Gainesville meeting. Steven Dancz (BMus ’80) of Athens was featured in a Creative Loafing article, “Bruce Burch and the Business of Music,” on Jan. 23, for his contributions as co-director of UGA’s music business program. Dancz and Bruce Burch, a co-director of the program, hope to turn the program into a school of entertainment and music business in the future. Janice Donaldson (AB ’80) of Jacksonville, Fla., was featured March 13 in the Jacksonville Business Journal in an article, “Entrepreneurs have ‘innate ability’ to spot opportunity.” She is the regional director of a small business development center at the University of North Florida. Stephen Fallon (BBA ’80) of Atlanta started Fallon Benefits Group Inc., an employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm. Fallon was a principal with Hamilton Dorsey Alston Co. in Atlanta for 20 years. Paul Klimp (BBA ’80) of St. Simons Island is regional vice president of sales for US Express Inc. Marilynn T. Mobley (ABJ ’80) of Marietta has a blog,, that focuses on boomers. In an interview in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 3, she gives her take on various issues facing boomers. John Harold Mulherin III (AB ’80) of Athens spent the summer biking through the Italian Alps. He ended his trip participating in the Maratona dles Dolmiti, a one-day ride across eight mountain passes, wearing a “G” jersey. Robert Rohr (BA ’80) of Decatur was a feature writer in the August 2008 edition of Agency Sales magazine. His article focused on the U.S. Court of International Trade. Brian Weaver (AB ’80) of Duluth will head the city’s Criminal Investigation Division. He has spent 26 years serving with Fulton County Police. John Weber (M ’80) of Atlanta was named a Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Gina W. Foil (BSA ’81) of Macon joined the residential sales division of Fickling & Co. She was formerly a litigation paralegal for private law firms. Timothy J. Gunter (BSFR ’81) of Atlanta was named a Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Chris Hughes (AB ’81, JD ’84) of Fitzgerald was guest speaker at the March luncheon meeting of the Northside Senior Citizens Center in Unadilla. Hughes is judge of Juvenile Courts of the Cordele Judicial Circuit and has four boys with his wife Susan. Joseph Ross (MBA ’81, JD ’81) of Savannah was named partner at Morris, Manning & Martin LLP. Ross will provide health care and real-estate-related legal services to business clients. He has practiced law in Savannah for 25 years. Cindy Horton (BFA ’83) of Stone Mountain was featured in the June 1 Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the section, “Why I love my job.” Horton is the attractions supervisor at Stone Mountain Park. Alan Joel (BBA ’83) of Atlanta was named a Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Danny McKenzie (EdD ’83) of Lexington, S.C., was named interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Lander University. McKenzie, a professor of education, first joined Lander University in 2001 as dean of the School of Education. David Tolleson (ABJ ’83) has been elected to a third term on the Roswell City Council.  Tolleson also serves as executive director of the National Down Syndrome Congress. Ray Brooks (BSEd ’84) was named the second president of Piedmont Tech. He previously served as the president of Northwestern Technical College in Rock Spring. Lori Marie Surmay (ABJ ’84, JD ’92) of Atlanta was named a 2007 Angel in Adoption, an honor given by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute to constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children. U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson nominated Surmay for the award.


James Hipple Jr. (BSA ’85) of Lilburn joined Gainco as director of sales. Allison R. Leggett (ABJ ’85) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., was promoted to senior account director at E. Boineau & Co. She joined the company in 2005 and has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications. Carolyn Moore (AB ’85) of Evans was named one of the Girl Scouts’ 2008 Women of Excellence. Rev. Moore founded Mosaic United Methodist Church five years ago, instituting outreach programs for addicts. Herschel Walker (M ’85) of Savannah received the SAMHSA Special Recognition Award at the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. He was recognized for his work to increase public understanding of mental health issues through his memoir, Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Calvin Perry (BSAE ’86) of Moultrie accepted the position of superintendent for UGA’s Stripling Irrigation Research Park near Camilla. Perry has been a research and extension engineer with UGA’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering department in Tifton since 1989. John Ferguson (BBA ’87) of Atlanta was named a Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Sam Holmes (BBA ’87) of Atlanta was named a Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Ginger Howard (BSHE ’87) of Atlanta celebrated the 7th anniversary of her boutique, Ginger Howard Selections, this year. The boutique is located on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Bennie Gerald Branch Jr. (BSAE ’88, MS ’90) of Chula was named president of Kelley Manufacturing Company. Susan McMahon (BSEd ’88) of Parker, Colo., was elected as a national delegate of the DNC convention for Sen. Barack Obama. Curtis Craig Claxton (AB ’89) of Greenville, S.C., owns three insurance agencies in South Carolina. Marion Ellen Dexheimer (EdS ’89) of Canton retired from the Cobb County school system on Jan. 1 after more than 33 years in public education. Tim Duncan (BSEd ’89, EdS ’99, MEd ’95) of Suwanee is the new principal of Chattahoochee High School.  He was formerly an assistant principal in the Fulton County school system. Daniel L. Lowrance (BBA ’89) of Franklin, Tenn., was promoted to vice president and chief financial officer of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals. He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s accounting and financial activities, including financial reporting and planning. Lowrance joined Cumberland in 2003 after spending eight years with two global conglomerates. Andrea Sims (BBA ’89) of Savannah was accepted into the partnership of Hancock Askew & Co. LLP.


Richard Mandell (BLA ’90) of Pinehurst, N.C., won the prestigious International Network of Golf Book of the Year Award for his seminal work, Pinehurst ~ Home of American Golf. Mandell started his own publishing company, T. Eliot Press, in order to properly tell the story. Bob Sawyer (BFA ’91) of Duluth started Pixels and Code LLC, a Web design and development studio. Sawyer was Web director for CBS Radio’s AutoScoop radio program. Thomas Hagley Jr. (MMC ’92) of Ridgefield, Wash., was promoted to executive director of community and government relations of Vancouver Public Schools. Doug Hollidge (AB ’92) of Charlotte, N.C., was named one of Charlotte’s Forty under 40 in The Business Journal. Shelly Lakly (BS ’92, MS ’94, PhD ’99) of Decatur is the new state director of the Georgia branch of the Nature Conservancy. Charles Wood Lamb Jr. (BBA ’92, JD ’98) of Albany is one of five individuals in Georgia on the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund’s Leadership Development Program. Ford Thigpen (AB ’92) of Powder Springs joined WestSide Bank and was named president of the Cobb County market. Thigpen was instrumental in the growth of the bank with multiple branches in Cobb County. He previously served as president of the former Georgia State Bank. Michael Burnett (BS ’93) of Fayetteville was named chief operating officer of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Tommy Peagler (BSFR ’93) of Waycross teaches forestry at Okefenokee Technical College and owns Peagler Land & Timber Inc. Tracie Jordan Schwebs (BSW ’93) of Acworth joined the staff of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church’s preschool and kindergarten staff as the new director. Michael Winking (BSEd ’93, MEd ’97) of Suwanee was honored with the 2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an annual award presented by the White House to leading math and science teachers. Winking teaches at Phoenix High and was 2007 GCPS High School Teacher of the Year. Brian Wright (ABJ ’93) of Charlotte, N.C., is senior vice president at Bank of America for online customer experience. Denise Ciccarelli (AB ’94) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., was named a certified fundraising executive by CFRE International. Ciccarelli, the director of development for the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing, met a series of standards, including a commitment to service to nonprofit organizations, to achieve this honor. L. Clint Crosby (BS ’94, JD ’97) of Smyrna was elected a shareholder for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Crosby is an intellectual property and business litigator. Ronald Edward Garrett (BSA ’94, MBA ’08) of Atlanta joined the global PR firm Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C., as senior vice president of new media. He previously served seven years as the director of communications and new media for Turner Broadcasting. Javier Gomez (BS ’94) of Greensboro, N.C., was named the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year for 2007. Gomez is president and CEO of Dynamic Quest. Hanna Norton (ABJ ’94, MMC ’98, PhD ’01) of Russellville, Ark., received the Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in the academic advising faculty category at the 2008 National Academic Advising Association. Norton is an associate professor of journalism at Arkansas Tech University. Ed Perry (BBA ’94) of Atlanta was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans of 2007 by Jezebel magazine. Perry is a senior director at Turner Broadcasting and has co-chaired the Shepherd Center Derby Day, which benefits the therapeutic recreation department at the Shepherd Center. Noel Williams Jr. (AB ’94) of Cordele was named the Young Man with Greatest Potential by the readers of Tri-County Scene magazine. Featured as one of 20 under 40, Williams is dedicated to improving his community.


Brad Cummings (BS ’95) of Smyrna joined Tandus, a Dalton-based commercial floorcovering manufacturer, as vice president of human resources. Cummings has more than 12 years of human resources experience in the retail, banking, and consulting sectors. Ivy Copeland Hall (ABJ ’95) of Pearland, Texas, had her business, Initials Inc., recognized on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when the contestants received personalized products from the company. Alisha Strickland Cohen (BBA ’96) of Savannah was accepted into the partnership of Hancock Askew & Co. LLP. Christopher Cummiskey (BBA ’96) of Atlanta has joined UGA to manage state relations. Phillip Exley (BSFR ’96) of Oglethorpe is a timber buyer at the Flint River pulpmill for Weyerhaeuser Company. Harry “Tres” Fromme III (MLA ’96) of Irving, Texas, was the lead designer of the new indoor children’s garden at Disneyland Gardens. Erick Housch (BBA ’96) of Summerville was named chair of the board of directors by the Coosa Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Housch has been an active volunteer with the Red Cross and won the 2006 Volunteer of the Year Award for fundraising. He joined the board of directors in 2007 and is dedicated to educating the community about Red Cross programs and services. Travis Ray Ingram (BSFR ’96) and Dallas Roberts Ingram (BSFR ’95) of Tifton welcomed the birth of their daughter, Addison Austin Ingram, on May 16. Nichole Spates (BSEd ’96) of Brooklyn, N.Y., accepted the position of development officer with New York University’s division of libraries. Spates also traveled to Buenos Aires to study tango and published a photo in Metro New York newspaper. Gabrielle Matthews Bray (BSEd ’97, MEd ’01) of Lawrenceville was honored with the Exellence in Online Teaching Award from eCollege. Bray is the social studies lead instructional teacher for Gwinnett’s online campus. Heather DeGaetano (AB ’97, JD ’01) of Chattanooga, Tenn., was named director of development of the Tennessee Aquarium. Bryan Herrit (BS ’97) of Cohutta was accepted into the 2010 EMBA class at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Patrick Michael McGill (BS ’97) and Cassie Hail McGill (BSEd ’98) of Muncie, Ind., celebrated the birth of their daughter, Clarice Ellen McGill, on May 2. Jenny Pringle (AB ’97) works for Charleston Collegiate. Ron Siegel (AB ’97) of Charleston, S.C., opened Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ restaurant and created a gathering place for Georgia Bulldog fans with the Lowcountry Bulldog Club. After less than a year, it was chosen as a Best of Charleston 2008 by the readers of the Charleston City Paper. Judson Broughton Bridges II (BSEd ’98, MEd ’00, EdS ’03) of Winder was recognized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese as Georgia’s High School Spanish Teacher of the Year. Bridges is a Collins Hill High Spanish teacher and serves as the school’s foreign language department chair. Rodrecas Davis (BFA ’98, MFA ’06) of Grambling, La., is an assistant professor of art at Grambling State University. Davis is also the public relations and design liaison for the art department. Mary Taylor Gallagher (AB ’98) of Nashville, Tenn., was elected to membership in the law firm Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin. Gallagher is a member of the firm’s litigation group, where her practice focuses on transportation and employment-related litigation. Geoffrey Jorgensen (BBA ’98) of Baton Rouge, La., was promoted to business unit manager for Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corp’s small accounts production team. Becky Katz (BSA ’98, DVM ’01) joined Magnolia Veterinary Associates and Gillionville Animal Hospital in the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery after practicing at Cordele Animal Hospital. Shannon Register (BSFCS ’98) of Spring, Texas, welcomed the birth of her second son, Thomas Jack, in January. Register is a licensed real estate agent. K.C. Trommer (AB ’98) of Sunnyside, N.Y., has had poetry published in AGNI and the Antioch Review.  She works as a writer and editor at Pace University. Evan Wix (AB ’98) of Albuquerque, N.M., was hired by Rick Johnson & Co. as a media planner/buyer. Wix has more than seven years of media experience. The firm is a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency. Cara Workman (BSFCS ’98) of Atlanta was featured in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article, “Workman women come home, help run family biz,” on Oct. 11, 2007, after returning home and joining her father’s family business, Workman & Company.  Bret Amideo (BBA ’99) of Boise, Idaho, joined U.S. Bank as a relationship manager in its Treasure Valley commercial banking group. Callie D. Bryan (AB ’99) of Milledgeville was named partner at Jones, Cork & Miller LLP. Bryan’s practice includes worker’s compensation, employment law and general litigation. Enrique Carrion (ABJ ’99, MA ’02) of Claremont, Calif., climbed to the top of Mount Baldy, the highest peak in Los Angeles at 10,064 feet and the third highest peak in southern California. He is currently working as deputy editor of La Prensa. Brad Carver (MBA ’99, JD ’99) of Atlanta wrote a March 23 article for the Chattanooga Free Press titled “Battle on the border: Law, history, ecology favor Georgia’s claim to Tennessee water.” The article described the Georgia General Assembly’s resolution to establish a border commission to resolve Georgia’s erroneously marked border and reaffirm Georgia’s rights to Tennessee River water. Carver is a partner with Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover and is also a major in the U.S. Army Reserves. Amanda Slover Easterlin (BSFCS ’99) and Benjamin Franklin Easterlin V (BBA ’98) of Atlanta welcomed the birth of twins, Benjamin Franklin VI and Louella Meadows, on Nov. 17, 2007. David S. Efurd (MA ’99) of Atlanta is the visiting assistant professor in the department of art history at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Jim Garland (AB ’99) and Sophie Mathes Garland (AB ’03) of Thomasville welcomed the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Pierce Garland. In addition to Elizabeth’s mom and dad, all four grandparents, Ben Garland (BBA ’65) and Carol Adams Garland (AB ’66) of Macon, and George Mathes (BBA ’70) and Connie Pierce Mathes (BSEd ’76) of Thomasville, are UGA graduates.  She also has seven aunts and uncles who are recent university graduates: Sarah Johnson Garland (BS ’92) and Ben Garland Jr. (BBA ’95) of Stockbridge, Beth Garland Tucker (AB ’99) and Kent Tucker (BBA ’00) of Atlanta, Mary Mathes Phipps (BS ’05) of Tallahassee, Fla., and Hunter Henritze (BS ’05) and Chrissie Mathes Henritze (BS ’07) of Atlanta. Steven Herndon (BSEd ’99) of Dacula and Heather Herndon (AB ’01) of Dacula are very grateful for their home, after having the attic and guest bedroom burn in a fire when lightning struck this summer. They have since rebuilt. Steven previously played offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons. He now wants to become an addiction counselor, while Heather works in medical sales and is a part-time real estate agent. Stephen E. Jackson Jr. (BBA ’99) of Savannah was named partner at Inglesby, Falligant, Horne, Courington & Chisholm P.C. Jackson’s practice concentrates primarily in commercial and residential real estate and general corporate matters. Paul W. Painter III (BBA ’99) of Savannah was named associate at Inglesby, Falligant, Horne, Courington & Chisholm P.C. Painter’s practice focuses on business, construction and personal injury litigation. He previously served five years as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, during which time he attained the rank of lieutenant and participated in the initial invasion in Iraq. Edward Vaughn (BBA ’99) of Cordele joined South Georgia Bank Holding Company as business banking officer at the Cordele location. Rachel Walters (BSA ’99) and Fred Walters (BSA ’99) of Punta Gorda, Fla., welcomed the birth of their second daughter, Georgia Mae, on Feb. 27. Renita Ward (ABJ ’99, MA ’02) of Northbrook, Ill., was promoted to corporate relations communication manager at Allstate Insurance. Thomas Wilkins (AB ’99, MA ’02) of Athens published a story on Sir Joseph Jekyll, after whom Jekyll Island is named, in the Georgia Historical Quarterly in the summer of 2007.


Alicia Bloodworth (BLA ’00) of Lawrenceville accepted a position as a planner with Gwinnett County Planning and Development. Alan M. Corey (BBA ’00) of Brooklyn, N.Y., visited an Atlanta bookstore to discuss his book, A Million Bucks by 30: How to Overcome a Crap Job, Stingy Parents, and a Useless Degree to Become a Mllionaire Before (or After) Turning 30. A millionaire, Corey gave advice on saving and investing money. Lora Lee Malcom (BSFCS ’00) of Monroe welcomed her first child, Lora Kathryn, on Oct. 3, 2007. Malcom is an RN at Athens Regional Medical Center in diabetes education and neonatal intensive care. Heather Eaves O’Dell (ABJ ’00) and husband David O’Dell joyfully announce the birth of baby girl Tilly Brook O’Dell, born Aug. 19 in Atlanta. Tilly weighed 8 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. She joins big brother Carter Stokes O’Dell (age 2) and big sister Summer Journey O’Dell (age 1). Brandon Patten (BBA ’00) of Athens was chosen as a trustee for the Athens-Clarke Library Board. Jason Voyles (BA ’00, JD ’03) and wife Jessica Ebeling (BFA ’01) of Gainesville, Ga., welcomed the birth of their first child, Aidan Everett Voyles, on Nov. 10, 2007. Jason works for Hulsey, Oliver and Mahar LLP and Jessica runs her own freelance design business. Nicole Wright (AB ’00) of Lawrenceville was named Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s niche market program manager. Kristian Shannon Clack (BBA ’01) of Lawrenceville welcomed the birth of his second son, Kamden Greer, on April 3. Clack is a certified public accountant with Santi & Asso. Jennifer Dallas (BS ’01) of Senoia finished her internal medicine residency and began her three-year fellowship in hermatology-oncology at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Darrell Holmes (AB ’01) of Conyers and his brother Dustin Holmes are the creators of the new Web TV series “Tomorrow Awakes.” Heather Schablik (ABJ ’01) of Franklin, Tenn., was promoted to account supervisor at Katcher, Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations. Mark Anthony Thomas (BBA ’01) of New York was named the deputy director of City Futures, which runs the Wall Street-based policy think tank Center for an Urban Future and publishes City Limits magazine. Laure Williford (AB ’01) of Winder earned a master’s in East Asian studies from Duke University. Williford joined the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service officer in Brazil. Jennifer Boozer (ABJ ’02) of Atlanta was featured in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Dance adds spice to busy life,” on Jan. 31. Boozer, who has had a lifelong love of dance, finds time to fit instructing and taking classes into her busy schedule. Cheryl Celis (BBA ’02) of Atlanta was named one of Jezebel magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans 2007. Celis works in pharmaceutical sales for PharmaDerm and enjoys volunteering at various organizations such as March of Dimes and UNICEF. Christine Green (AB ’02) of New York joined Victory Schools Inc., a charter schools management firm, as associate general counsel. Meredith Greene (BSFR ’02) of Glenwood, Ark., welcomed the birth of Avery Rae Harrison on April 26, 2007. Sabrina Isdell (BSE ’02) of Hampton was named one of 10 Georgia recipients of the 2008 Siemens Science Teacher Initiative Award. Isdell teaches at Mundy’s Mill High School. Veronica Richardson (BBA ’02, JD ’06) of Canton wrote an article for the Cherokee Tribune titled “50th Anniversary of Law Day: The Rule of Law.” Richardson is the staff attorney for Judge Ellen McElyea in Cherokee County Superior Court. Natalie Burke Rittle (ABH ’02) and William Montgomery Glenn (BBA ’02, MEd ’07) of Athens were married on May 31. Natalie is the director of client relations for Plexus, and William is the assistant coach of the UGA men’s tennis team. Cassie Ruis (BBA ’02) and Chris Ruis (BBA ’02) of Jefferson welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Reese Nunnally, on April 17. Josh Tiller (MLA ’02) of Bluffton, S.C., was named vice president of J.K. Tiller Associates Inc. Tiller previously served as project manager of the firm and will now serve a more active role in management. J.K. Tiller Associates is a full-service land planning and landscape architecture firm. Brad Brookshire (BBA ’03) of Richmond Hill graduated from the Georgia Banking School. Emily Campbell (ABJ ’03) of Bluffton, S.C., was promoted to director of alumni and communications for Hilton Head Preparatory School in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Caren Dilts (BSEd ’03) of Albany, Ga., finds fulfillment in student ministry. For the past six years, she has served as associate director at Wesley Foundation’s University of Georgia location, helping direct a weekly worship meeting for more than 450 students. She also directs a student-led mentorship ministry that pairs UGA students with children and has developed an annual mission trip to Jamaica that is just for freshmen. David Dy (BS ’03) of Warner Robins was one of 256 graduates who were awarded the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Joseph W. Hutsell (BSEd ’03) of Hampton graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. Marla Kaplan (BFA ’03) of Atlanta designed the New Southern Classics recipe book and helped to develop some of the dishes. Akash Kumar (BBA ’03) of Gainesville, Ga., returned to Squire, Sanders & Dempsey law office in Columbus, Ohio, for his second year as a summer associate. Kumar is a second-year law student at Ohio State University. Jacob Lindsey (BLA ’03) of Washington, Ga., and Randy C. Vinson (MLA ’94) of Covington will work with UGA professor Hank Methvin on the downtown Covington master plan. Brantley Senn (AB ’03) of Athens and Hardy Morris (AB ’04)  of Appling are members of the band Dead Confederate, which opened for R.E.M. at South by Southwest music festival and released its full-length album, “Wrecking Ball,” in September. Nicole D. Smith (ABJ ’03) of Suwanee received an IRA Broadcast Media Award for TV in the adult category. Smith won for her news feature, “Judge tackles poverty,” which also earned a 2007 Bronze Telly Award. Kelly Clack Stamps (BBA ’03) of Monroe and husband Brian welcomed the birth of their third child, Caleb Brian, on May 17. Brandon Boone (BSA ’04) of Jefferson is a fourth generation poultry farmer and was awarded the 2008 Farm Family of the Year Award. Mina Elmankabady (AB ’04) of Lawrenceville joined the law firm of Matthews & Quigley PC as an associate. Susan Geiger (BSFR ’04) of Naples, Fla., joined the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens as retail operations manager. Jordan W. Gerheim (AB ’04) of Alpharetta has joined the law firm of Lyons, Pipes & Cook P.C. in Mobile, Ala., as an associate practicing in general litigation. Douglas Haegi (AB ’04) of Lawrenceville married in October 2007. Haegi is a senior police officer with Gwinnett County. Scott Haines (BLA ’04) of Midland earned the title of leadership in energy and environmental design accredited professional. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 to provide standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Haines is the project manager at Williams & Associates Land Planners PC. Katie Keaton Harrison (BBA ’04) of Moultrie earned her master of science degree in management with a concentration in leadership and organizational effectiveness from Troy University. Thomas Hartridge (AB ’04) of Savannah joined Bernard Williams and Company as an account executive. Charles Kelley (BBA ’04) and Dave Haywood (BBA ’04) of Nashville play in the band Lady Antebellum, whose debut album hit No. 1. Their lead single hit No. 5, and they won the Academy of Country Music’s award for top new vocal group. Jessica Nettles (BBA ’04) of Flowery Branch was promoted at Habersham Mortgage. In addition to acting as lender and branch manager of the Cumming office, Nettles will assist customers with financing mortgages. Daniel Parvis (AB ’04) of Atlanta portrayed Henry VI in the New American Shakespeare Tavern production of “Henry VI” in November. Parvis is a regular performer at the Tavern. Colin Underhill (BBA ’04) of Louisville, Ky., was featured in a Business First article, “Against all odds,” on June 13 because of his success in turning an aging shopping center into a crowded retail center. Christine Verner West (BBA ’04) of Nashville, Tenn., joined The Hanover Insurance Group as a middle market underwriter on Aug. 18, after four years with CNA Insurance.


Barden Rucker Brown III (BBA ’05) of Atlanta was named this year’s recipient of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Rookie of the Year Award. Jana Haegi (AB ’05) of Lawrenceville has had success as an IT recruiter with MDI in Greenville, S.C. Stuart Prince (BLA ’05) of Atlanta accepted a new position with Unique Environmental. Marty Buccafusco (ABJ ’06) of Brooklyn, N.Y., began shooting “Sneakers & Soul,” an indie feature-length film full of drama, adventure and goofiness. Tova Gelfond (ABJ ’06) of Atlanta joined Atlanta Sports & Fitness magazine as associate editor. Her brief biography was printed in the “Behind the scenes” section. Megan Munday (AB ’06) of Pittsburg joined PRIMA Problem Solving Inc. as a managerial associate. Ryan Sewell (BBA ’06) of Savannah joined the commercial property and casualty division of Bernard Williams and Company as an account executive. Previously he worked for an independently owned insurance agency in Jacksonville. Rajesh Shah (BSA ’06, MPA ’06) of Athens was a summer associate at the Birmingham office of Burr & Forman LLP. Mae E. Anderson (BBA ’07, MAcc ’07) of Valdosta was hired by Trinity Accounting Group as a staff accountant. Anderson is the recipient of the Moore Colson Accounting Achievement Award. Bethany Gail Armstrong (ABJ ’07) and Noah Jonathan Krey (ABJ ’07) married on May 24 in Philadelphia, Pa., where they now reside. Geoffrey Boyce (MBA ’07), Thomas Boyce (BBA ’07) and John Roberts Boyce (BBA ’08) of Dacula founded Innovative Outdoors with Nicholas Carlson (M ’07) and Matt Culberson (BBA ’07) of Lawrenceville. Innovative Outdoors is a quickly growing, cutting-edge landscaping company. Megan Lynn Pritchett (BSFCS ’07) of Bainbridge was named chair of the student unit of the American Association of Family Consumer Sciences at the AAFCS 99th Annual Conference & Expo in Milwaukee, Wis. Ryan Sewell (BBA ’06) of Savannah was named account executive at Bernard Williams & Co. He previously worked for an independently owned insurance agency in Jacksonville. Eric Zeier (BBA ’07) of Franklin, Tenn., was chosen to lead Atlanta-based Team Doctors, a new network of medical professionals who treat pro athletes and provide them with quick, accessible care by in-demand doctors.  Rachael McCall (BSA ’08) of Rochelle competed in the Miss Georgia scholarship pageant in June. Laura Margaret Stone (M ’08) of Waynesboro was crowned Miss Augusta on Oct. 20, 2007.