Class Notes

Compiled by Caroline Buttimer and Jackie Reedy

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Quentin Kicklighter (BSA ’40) tends his tomatoes, strawberries, bell peppers, cabbage and rose bushes at the Oaks of Brevard nursing home in Brevard, N.C., every day. He is a World War II veteran.


J. Carrol Dadisman (ABJ ’56), of Jefferson, retired president and publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat and former editor of newspapers in Columbus and Marietta, is in the Florida Press Association’s Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame. He is a board member of The Red and Black.


Robert Lamb (BSEd ’61) of Columbia, S.C., was a winner in the 2009 South Carolina Fiction Project for his short story “R.I.P.” The award brought a cash prize and publication of the story in Charleston’s The Post & Courier. Armon B. Neel Jr. (BSPh ’61) of Griffin received the 2009 Armon Neel Senior Care Pharmacist Award from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists during the opening ceremonies at the 2009 ASCP Midyear Conference and Exhibition. Named after Neel, the award recognizes individuals who apply their knowledge of geriatric pharmacotherapy to significantly improve the quality of care for the senior population. Robert Hatcher (BBA ’64) is the chair of the board of regents for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.


Allen Hazlett (AB ’68) of Bellmont, Mass., received the Publicity Club of New England’s John J. Molloy Crystal Bell Award for lifetime achievement as a public relations professional and educator. He was elected into the Public Relations Society of America’s College Fellows in recognition of his “demonstrated superior capabilities as a public relations practitioner and educator.” According to PRSA Bylaws, College of Fellows candidates “must have 20 years experience or more in the public relations industry and exhibit exceptional personal and professional qualities while advancing the state of the profession. Stebin Horne (AB ’68) is a sales manager for CareSouth Homecare Professionals. Richard Dorschel (BBA ’69) is the president and CEO of Dorschel Group. He was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2007. Dorschel was also selected as a General Motors Dealer of the Year and received GM’s Jack Smith Leadership Award each year from 2002 through 2007. Jacob Gavronsky (BSPh ’69) of Jacksonville, Fla., is co-owner of Advance RX Compounding Pharmacy. He and his wife Kerry spend their free time on a 16-acre ranch retreat in Brunswick.


John K. Carson (AB ’70, MA ’76) and James B. Carson (BBA ’76) continue to operate Carson Bros. Laundry and Dry Cleaning in Tifton. Their father, James M. Carson (AB ’31), established the family business in 1947. Richard D. Robinson (EdD ’71) of Columbia, Mo., received the William H. Byler University Distinguished Professor Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia for his outstanding performance as a senior faculty member. Dale A. Prosch (BBA ’72) is a certified public accountant and partner of Dent, Baker & Company accounting firm, which was awarded the 2009 Best in Business Award by the Birmingham Business Journal.


Robert Goodrich (BS ’75) is the Mohave Community College surgical technology program director. Fred Boyles (BSEd ’76) is the superintendent of Camden County’s Cumberland Island National Seashore, the largest barrier island in Georgia at 36,000 acres. Anne Cardella (BBA ’76) is the 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year for the Valdosta city school system in Valdosta, Ga. Don C. Lively (BSEd ’76) of Waynesboro, received the Joe Parham Trophy as first place winner for best humorous column for 2009 in the weekly division by the Georgia Press Association. His column appears in the Waynesboro (Ga.) True Citizen. Rick Roberts (BS ’76) was inducted into the prestigious Municipal Government Hall of Fame by the Georgia Municipal Association, a nonprofit organization that provides education, lobbying and other services to city governments. He is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Cherokee Bank. Steven A. Benham (BS ’78) is the executive director for the Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Judy Moraitakis Grant (ABJ ’78) of Atlanta is the regional sales director for Working Media Group, which provides strategic media planning and buying services to advertising agencies in the Southeast. She is a veteran of Atlanta’s advertising community, having worked with local, regional and national clients for over 15 years. Jonathan Davis (BBA ’79) is the president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.


Gwendolyn Taylor (ABJ ’80) is assistant director for the Exceptional Students Program. Bruce McLellan (ABJ ’81) is the managing editor for Decatur Daily. Carla Wennberg (BSA ’81) was recognized as the Professional’s Choice American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horsewoman of the Year. LeCretia Johnson (BBA ’82) of Atlanta received a Governor’s Commendation for Excellence in Customer Service from Gov. Sonny Perdue. Johnson is the director of Georgia’s Office of Child Support Services’ contact center. Emily Ann Munnell (ABJ ’82) of John Portman and Associates was chosen by The Greater Georgia Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association to join a leadership committee in support of MDA. Jerry Ragan (BBA ’83) is executive vice president of commercial banking for Georgian Bank. James Michael Brown (BS ’84) joined the Sutter Family Practice in Chatsworth. He is certified as a diplomate with the American Board of Family Medicine and completed his residency and internship at Floyd Medical Center. Troy Schmidt (ABJ ’84) wrote, produced and hosted a new documentary appearing on the latest Bible software called GLO. Titled “In His Shoes: The Life of Jesus,” the three-and-a-half-hour documentary was shot in Israel and includes interviews with Max Lucado, Norman Geisler and William Paul Young.


Brad Thompson (BBA ’86) is chief investment officer at Stadion Money Management Inc. Guy W. Millner (BBA ’88) is deployed to theater with Big Army, USARCENT in support of Central Command. He is the operations officer handling aviation issues for both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.


William Jobert (BMus ’91) is coordinator of music education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He received Wright State’s Presidential Distinction Award as the outstanding instructor for 2008-09. Jobert continues his positions as instructor of bassoon and music education and is assistant director of bands at Wright State University. Tammy Anderson (BBA ’92) of Columbus, is assistant principal at Rothschild Middle School. Kelly Reece (BBA ’92) of Norcross, and husband Daren celebrated the birth of their son, Benjamin Robert. Reece is manager of project managers/client services at Inovis Inc. Mitch Wilson (BSA ’93) of Dahlonega-based Georgia Image LLC is certified as a Georgia professional soil scientist. Holly Macmillian (BBA ’94) is on the marketing team at Stadion Money Management. Vance Leavy (AB ’94), executive vice president of The Brunswick News, received the Chairman’s Award for his exemplary level of commitment to the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.


Mark Bullock (ABJ ’95) received the 2009 Southeast Regional Emmy Award for Best Television News Anchor. Bullock is an anchor for WSFA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala. Billy Olson (AB ’95) is a staff attorney for the Athens Justice Project. Jonathan J. Tuggle (BBA ’95) is a partner of Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, an Atlanta divorce and family law firm. He previously served as a managing partner at Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen. Throughout his legal career, Tuggle has served in leadership positions in the State Bar of Georgia. He is a member-at-large on the executive committee of the State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section. In 2004, Tuggle founded the Family Law Committee of the Younger Lawyers Division of the State Bar, which annually raises tens of thousands of dollars for abused and neglected adolescents in Atlanta. He is a frequent lecturer at professional seminars and continuing legal education courses and has authored numerous articles on a range of domestic relations issues. Shondra M. Harris (BS ’98) was a guest speaker for the annual Mission Day program at Mt. Zion First A.B. Church in Cordele. Jason Love (BSFR ’98) is on the National Park, Parkway and Forests Development Council. He was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Nicholas Sears Jr. (AB ’98) is an associate with the McDougall Law Firm. Matt Stinchcomb (BBA ’98) and David Greene (BBA ’05) joined the Seacrest Partners Inc. new Atlanta office. Greene retired from the NFL in 2008 after playing for the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. Stinchcomb retired from the NFL in 2006 after playing seven years as offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jamie Jones (ABJ ’99) is editor of Dalton Magazine. He is a 10-year veteran of The Daily Citizen. John H. Sumner (AB ’99) of Savannah, opened Pursuit Real Estate Group LLC, a real estate company specializing in brokerage services, for both residential and commercial properties, and property management in Georgia and South Carolina.


Brigette Bailey (BS ’00) married Don Rabtisch on June 6 at First Baptist Church Atlanta. She practices optometry with Georgia Eye Associates in Tucker.  Samuel D. Almon (BBA ’01) is an associate for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm’s litigation group. Robert M. Day (BBA ’01) qualified for Waddell & Reed’s annual Circle of Champions conference, recognizing the company’s top financial advisors. Reese McFaddin (BS ’01), the president of Workplace Benefits, was named one of Charleston’s Forty Under 40, an honor given annually by the Charleston Regional Business Journal recognizing outstanding community and business leaders and young professionals who take community service to the next level. Brent Meyer (BA ’01) serves in the North American network of subject matter experts who write test questions for the social work licensing examination used in the United States and Canada. Kristine Mull (BS ’01) is a chief resident in Floyd’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Todd Banister (BBA ’02) of Atlanta married Betsey Wofford (BCS ’02) of Atlanta on June 27. Tara Howell (BS ’02) is a chief resident in Floyd’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Todd Larsen (AB ’02) and Eric Teusink (AB ’03) formed the law firm Larsen & Teusink PC in the East Atlanta Village neighborhood of Atlanta. The firm focuses on real estate, wills and trusts, bankruptcy and taxation law. Brad W. Merry (BSA ’02) is married to Martha Sylvester Merry and has two children, Ford and Tellis Merry. Amy-Katherine Gray (BA ’03) earned her master’s degree in finance from Georgia State University. She is a senior associate of KPMG’s southeast advisory practice. Brandon Bowers (BBA ’04) of Alpharetta, received his chartered property casualty designation. Erin Grizzle (AB ’04, ABJ ’04), competing as Miss Georgia, won the Miss United States title in Las Vegas.


Eric Hammons (BSA ’05) graduated from the University of Tampa with a master’s of science in innovation management. He is regional sales manager for Florida for Timac Agro USA, a division of the Roullier Group. Ellen Littlejohn (BS ’05) is interning in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Melissa Ryckeley (BLA ’05) is the assistant project manager at Jacobs Engineering. Emily Griffin (AB ’06) graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon. Cheney Maddox (BSHP ’06) is the marketing coordinator at Hilton Head Health, one of the nation’s leading weight loss and health resorts, located in Hilton Head, S.C. Jennifer Klockman (M’ 07) is a newly licensed real estate professional for Weichert Realtors Signature Group. Amanda Barbee (BLA ’09), an avid golfer, nailed two holes in one. The first was on The Woodlands course at Chateau Elan (#13), and the other was on the par 3 course at Chateau Elan (#3). Tyler Kelly (BS ’09) received the National Science Foundation Fellowship and will use it to work on a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania. Madeline Jane Mitchell (BBA ’09) is attending the UGA School of Law. Zachary Murphy (BSA ’09) is a loan officer in the Quitman branch office, where he is serving the financing and insurance needs of residents of rural Brooks, Echols, Lowndes and surrounding counties. Margaret Strickland (BFA ’09) exhibited photographs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her images will become part of the national museum’s permanent collection. Kristen Tullos (AB ’09, AB ’09) received the Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship from the Emory School of Law.