Class Notes

Compiled by Jackie Reedy and Paige Varner

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Carl E. Brack (BSF ’60, MAExt ’69) was inducted into the Southeast Region Conservation Hall of Fame. Jim Purcell (BBA ’64) is one of 13 business people starting a bank in Elberton and Hartwell that has received preliminary approval from the FDIC and the state of Georgia. Doyle Shaw (BBA ’64) of Decatur retired from DeKalb County government after 33 years of service. He was director of purchasing and contracting and chief procurement officer for the county.


Larry Corry (DVM ’66) is serving a one-year term as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. After his term ends in August he will remain on the board through summer 2011 as immediate past president. Elizabeth Bowen Sponcler (AB ’68) and Kelly Jones (BSFCS ’95) of Dalton are on the Board of Trustees for the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation.


Leerie T. Jenkins Jr. (BLA ’70), chairman and chief executive officer of Reynolds, Smith and Hills Inc. is on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Jacksonville, Fla., branch. Richard Jacobson (BBA ’71) of Tampa, Fla., a shareholder and leader of the International Tax Practice Group, was appointed Vice Chair-Americas for Referral Promotion by the TerraLex Legal Network. Jo Hatcher (BSHE ’72), a psychotherapist and owner of “Jo Hatcher Retreats” from Davis, Calif., is a Master Certified Retreat Coach. Safei El-Deen A. Hamed (MLA ’73) is the director of Landscape Architecture/Landscape Studies Graduate Programs at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Linda Ledbetter (AB ’73) is the 2009 Ms. Georgia Senior. Burgett H. Mooney III (BBA ’73) of Rome, Ga., was elected to the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association board of directors. Earl Barrs (BSFR ’74) and Wanda Barrs (BSHE ’74) received the 2009 national “Tree Farmer of the Year” award for their sustainable forestry practices on “Gully Branch,” their 1500-acre property near Cochran. Mary Jane Morris (BSEd ’74) is the Teacher of the Year for the Salt Lake City School District. Dr. Henry Patton Jr. (BS ’74) of Newton Medical Center was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to the Georgia Advisory Council for Public Health.


Michael Haggerty (BBA ’75) of Dallas, Texas, was named to the Best Lawyers in America for 2009 for the field of real estate law. He was also selected as one of Texas Monthly’s Texas Super Lawyers in 2008. He is a partner in Jackson Walker’s Dallas office and is currently head of the Jackson Walker Financial Services practice group. Bernard Leonard (BBA ’75) is the vice chairman of the National Chicken Council. Al Hodge (BBA ’77) of Rome, Ga., was chosen as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Education. Douglas Powell (BBA ’78) of Rowlett, Texas, graduated with a Ph.D. in leadership and church ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was hired as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University in the Graduate School of Leadership. Alex Rankin (BBA ’78) and wife Diane live in High Point, N.C. Alex became a USAF jet instructor pilot and earned his MBA in 1981. He was a Boeing 767 pilot for Delta Airlines until his retirement in 1989. Sam Silverstein (BBA ’78) of St. Louis, Mo., is the 2008-09 president of the National Speakers Association. Sam speaks internationally on accountability, leadership, and building successful organizations. He and wife Renee have four children. Rick Hamilton (BBA ’79) of Marietta joined HLB Gross Collins P.C., an Atlanta-based public accounting and consulting firm, as a tax principal. Ken Jackson (BBA ’79, MAcc ’80) of Chattanooga, Tenn., was appointed vice chairman of the University of Georgia Foundation. He also sits on the Tull School of Accounting Advisory Board and on the advisory board of insurance company FM Global. Ken is an executive of the Shaw Industries Group. Lynn Rodgers (BBA ’79) of Signal Mountain, Tenn., is one of 10 women selected by Girls Inc. to be recognized as outstanding role models in the Chattanooga area as part of the organization’s 2009 UnBought and UnBossed Awards.


Paul Hanna (BBA ’81) of Athens joined the Staubach Company in Atlanta as director in 2006. When Staubach merged with Jones Lang LaSalle in 2008, Paul became vice president. Dan Sparks (AB ’81) of Birmingham, Ala., was named to Birmingham Magazine’s 2009 Top Lawyers for bankruptcy. Art Barry (BBA ’82) of Macon was named the 2008 Number One Industrial Sales Professional Worldwide for Coldwell Banker Commercial. He has also earned a spot in the company’s Platinum Level Circle of Distinction, an honor bestowed on the top eight percent of producers among the nearly 3,000-member Coldwell Banker Commercial network of professionals. LeCretia Johnson (BBA ’82) of Atlanta received a Governor’s Commendation for Excellence in Customer Service by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Johnson is the director of Georgia’s Office of Child Support Services Contact Center. Pat Shannon (BBA ’83) of Atlanta was appointed executive vice president and CFO of First Data. P. Fred Kelly (BBA ’84) merged his certified public accounting firm with another practice in Gainesville, Ga., to create Kelly & Bell LLP accounting firm. Mike McCurley (AB ’84) of Watkinsville is the senior vice president of the new First Century Bank branch in Athens.


Kellie McTier (ABJ ’85) is the executive vice president of First State Bank & Trust Company. George Monk (BBA ’85) of Macon is senior director of underwriting for the Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Company. Art Parker (BBA ‘86) of Charlotte, N.C., was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer for health care provider, MedCath. Tim Prince (BBA ’86) of Sandy Springs married Julie Krantz Southard. The wedding was held at their 210-year-old country home, which had undergone a two-year restoration project. Conni Williams Shaw (BBA ’86, MBA ’01) of Hamilton, Ohio, married Gregory Scott Shaw. They are now the proud parents of Fisher James. Conni is a senior implementation consultant with redLantern, LLC. Ira Bershad (BBA ’87) of Plano, Texas, is a partner at national executive search firm Kaye/Bassman International. Ira is the firm’s practice leader for its consumer products specialty practice. Tim Davis (BBA ’89) of Alpharetta is executive vice president and CIO of TechLINKS. Tim was named the 2008 Georgia CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. Allen Mitchell (BBA ’89) of Atlanta is a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Atlanta. Michael Ostergard (BBA ’89) of Marietta was named North American managing partner for Accenture’s corporate direction consulting practice. Lisa Bantley Yannet (BBA ’89) of Savannah is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners. Lisa received her real estate license in 2007 and is vice president and co-owner of Horizon Staffing Inc., a full-time service temporary staffing company specializing in temp-to-hire and direct hire placements.


Joe Alexander (BBA ’90) of Atlanta is now with DLA Piper. Joe was formerly a corporate partner with Hunton & Williams. Phil Foil (BBA ’90) of Winder was appointed executive director for the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. Kevin Howard (BBA ’90) of Augusta completed residency and fellowship training at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. He has joined Augusta Internal Medicine with plans to practice general internal medicine and sleep medicine. Kevin is married to Carol Black from Peterborough, Ontario. Virginia McNeill-Tompkins (MS ’92) of Fort Myers, Fla., is the director of sales for Gilroy Foods and Flavors, a division of ConAgra Foods. Gerry Lee Williams (BBA ’92) of Atlanta is now with DLA Piper. Formerly he was a corporate partner with Hunton & Williams. James Albert Franklin Jr. (BBA ’93) of Atlanta joined the management team as vice president of professional services with Omnilink Systems, a LBS monitoring solutions company. Hank Hurst (BBA ’93) of Fernandina Beach, Fla., was named as one of the 2009 “40 under 40” professionals by the Jacksonville Business Journal. He is a second-generation accountant, and he has six other Tull School of Accounting graduates in his family. Robb Hays (BBA ’94) of Cumming marked 10 years as controller for Hennessy Lexus of Gwinnett. He is also the controller for Hennessy Porsche in Roswell. Deborah Nickel Hood (AB ’94), the senior series producer of This Old House, was honored for her efforts when the show won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program. Mike Tuggle (ABJ ’94) lives in Tokyo, Japan, with his wife Kyung Lah and works as a freelance producer. He was part of the team that won a DuPont-Columbia award for the selection of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and spent over a year and a half in Baghdad covering the war in one-month stints, first as a producer and then as bureau chief.


Kelley Richardson Hester (ABJ ’95) is the 2009 LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Coach of the Year. Bernard Reynolds (AB ’95) and Ellen Williams Reynolds (JD ’96) were married on Feb. 7, 2009. They formed a new Atlanta-based public affairs firm, True North Public Affairs Inc. Omari Hardwick (AB ’96) is an actor in Los Angeles starring in the TNT series “Dark Blue.” Julia Purcell Brown (BBA ’97) of Dewy Rose, Ga., is one of 13 business people starting a bank in Elberton and Hartwell that has received preliminary approval from the FDIC and the state of Georgia. Angie Graham Kahrmann (BBA ’97), the chief financial officer of the Bank of Eastman and Magnolia Bankshares Inc., is on the bank’s board of directors. Mary Ann Crain (EdS ’98) retired as a math specialist at Benefield Elementary School in Gwinnett County. Erin Doyle Hake (BBA ’98) and Michael J. Hake (BBA ’97) of Marietta welcomed the birth of their daughter (and future Georgia Bulldog) Kendall Elizabeth. Rodrecas “Drék” Davis (BFA ’98, MFA ’06), an assistant professor at Grambling State University, gave a solo exhibition at Louisiana Tech University. “Idle Worship,” an exhibition of mixed media and assemblage works, focuses on the intersection of pop culture, history, politics and religion. Heather Duerre Humann (AB ’98), her husband Madison Black Humann (AB ’00) and their daughter Ashley McKenzie Humann, age 3, welcomed James Madison Humann on Jan. 21. Heather is a faculty member in the English department at the University of Alabama. John Minahan (BBA ’98) of Smyrna has published a book, Business Mechanic: 9 Simple Ways to Improve Your Business, which was picked up by Barnes & Noble. Minahan is the CFO and co-founder of Working Media Group, ranked No. 20 on the “Inc. 500.” A sample chapter of his book is available at: Gina Ragsdale (BBA ’98) of Atlanta was awarded the WE (Rising Star Award) by the National Association of Women Business Owners. The award recognizes women business owners who have achieved exceptional new business startup results. Ulmer “Zeke” Bridges III (AB ’99) and Grace Bolles Bridges welcomed their daughter Gabriella Francesca Bridges on July 16. Courtney Cameron Shields (BBA ’99) and James Kevin Shields (BBA ’98) of Montevallo, Ala., welcomed the birth of their daughter, Cassandra Gail. Krista Anderson Volzke (BBA ’99) of Omaha, Neb., and husband, Spencer, celebrated the birth of their first child, Grace Muriel Volzke. Krista works as a learning events coordinator with Gallup.


Clint Ivy (BBA ’00) of Albany was appointed to serve on the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Young Agents Executive Committee. He was the past Georgia Young Agents Committee chairman and is a member of the Terry Young Alumni Board. Clint is with Fleming Insurance Agency. Matt Pollard (BBA ’00) of Marietta was promoted to managing consultant of Forsythe Solutions Group and received the company’s 2008 A-Player award. Jesse Blanton (BSEd ’01) and Robin Carver Blanton (BSEd ’00, MEd ’02) of Enterprise, Ala., welcomed their son Joshua Thomas on May 10. They also have a daughter, Lauren Marie. Lola Campbell (BBA ’01) of New York City, a former assistant vice president with Lehman Brothers, participated in a Fox Business panel discussion on the collapse of the company. Lola is now with Nomura Securities International. Toby Carr (BBA ’01, BSAE ’01) of Decatur is executive director of the Georgia Republican Party. Robert Comerford (BBA ’01) is the executive director of the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority. Teri Evans (BBA ’01) is the community economic development coordinator for Athens-Clarke County. Carolyn Miller Huresky (BBA ’01) of Crested Butte, Colo., launched a line of upscale fitness and sports accessories named “Qteaze.” The products are available at Anna Cate Ridley Little (ABJ ’01), Katie Davidson Adams (AB ’01) and Matt Little (BBA ’01) are the creative director, chief executive officer and chief financial officer, respectively, at Icing on the Cookie, a specialty bakery in Birmingham, Ala. Cam Wilbur (BBA ’01) of Acworth was selected to serve a three-year term on the Terry College of Business Young Alumni Board. He is currently executive vice president and financial advisor at Wiser Wealth Management, Inc. Chad A. Thompson (BBA ’02), owner of New South BBQ in Tucker and National BBQ Rankings, won Grand Champion at the Lane Southern Orchard Peach Pit BBQ Cook-off in Fort Valley as the head chef of the New South BBQ cook team. Taylor Julius Hicks (AB ’03) is the branch manager of Ferguson Enterprises Inc. in Marietta. Jeremy Faughtenberry (BBA ’04) of Lilburn founded Mercury Investments LLC. Eric Knox (BBA ’04) of Nashville, Tenn., joined the law offices of Bass, Berry & Sims. Ross Yasin (BBA ’04, BSA ’04) of Perry is an ERP deployment specialist with Pro-Build in Denver, Colo. He is working on a project designed to integrate Pro-Build’s 550 locations into one uniform system.


Christopher Arnold (BBA ’05) of Macon was named an associate at the law office of Jones, Cork and Miller LLP. Adam Cohen (BBA ’06) of Atlanta married Julie Dane-Kellogg (BBA ’06, MAcc ’07). Adam is a senior management consultant at Tenon Consulting Solutions of Alpharetta. Julie has recently earned her CPA and is a tax associate at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP of Atlanta. Marcus Cayce Myers (MA ’06) received his JD from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law and is currently the judicial law clerk for judges A. Wallace Cato and J. Kevin Chason of the South Georgia Judicial Circuit Superior Courts. Jean Paul Perrilliat (AB ’07) is a participant in the 2009 Japan Exchange Teaching program, working to improve foreign language education in Japan and to promote international understanding. Dean Tretinik (BBA ’07) from Roswell joined the Atlanta office of the public accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC. Madeline Jane Mitchell (BBA ’09) of Augusta was accepted into the UGA Law School. Brent Roland (BBA ’09) joined Trinity Accounting Group as a staff accountant. Joseph Turrentine (AB ’09) joined Teach for America, the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equality.