Class Notes

Compiled by Emily Grant and Grace Morris

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Harvey Cabaniss (BS ’49) of Athens was honored when the annual Cum Laude lecture was renamed the Cabaniss Lecture by the Athens Academy Board of Trustees. Cabaniss is a longtime supporter of the academy and founding board member who served for 18 years.


Sally Walker (ABJ ’58) of Watkinsville turned 90 years old May 23.


Joan McFather (BFA ’63) of Canton received the President’s Award from Reinhardt University in Waleska for her dedication to the university. George Watts (ABJ ’63) of Alexandria, Va., was elected to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. In January 2002 Watts received the Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Poultry and Food Distributors Association, and he received the Merial Distinguished Poultry Industry Career Award at the 2009 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting.


Benjamin Hayes Underwood (BBA ’65) of Vinings was awarded the Nelson J. Bradley M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to the cause of furthering addiction treatment. Lewis Gainey (BSEd ’66, MEd ’67) of Athens was inducted into the Grady County Sports Hall of Fame. Robert W. Kinard (BBA ’68) was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the board of directors of the Georgia Department of Economic Development 9th Congressional District. His wife, Dixie H. Kinard (ABJ ’68) serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning 9th District. He was the UGA head track coach for 12 years.


J. Cliff McCurry (BBA ’71) of Savannah was named 2011 Risk Management and Insurance Alumnus of the Year by UGA’s Terry College of Business. Jerry Johnson (BSA ’72) of LaGrange won the Silver Phoenix Award with ERA. Johnson is bank director with SunTrust Bank and is president and founder of ERA First Realty of LaGrange Inc. His company was in the Top 100 companies in the nation with ERA.


H. Patrick Haggard (BBA ’75) of Athens was named Superior Court Judge for Clarke and Oconee counties. Haggard is a civil litigator with a private practice in Oconee County and is also Municipal Court judge in Winterville. Victor Hugo Bray Jr. (BS ’76) was named the 2010-11 College of Communication Outstanding Alumnus at the University of Texas at Austin. Mike Lester (BFA ’77) of Rome was named the Society of Professional Journalists’ winner in editorial cartooning for newspapers under 50,000 circulation in its annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards. Lester also won the editorial cartooning award for his work in 2006. Anthony Parr (BS ’77) of Albany received the 2011 Regents’ Hall of Fame Alumni Award from the University System of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees for his career as a Navy commander, businessman, military consultant and professor. Janice Ware (BBA ’77) of Atlanta received the Pioneer Black Journalist Award from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. Jean E. Chin (BS ’78) of Watkinsville was named to St. Mary’s Health Care System’s Board of Directors. Swann Seiler (ABJ ’78) of Atlanta was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Communication Leadership from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Seiler is the fourth recipient of the medal and was honored in a ceremony held on Grady’s Peabody Awards Terrace on May 11. Howard Alex McLure (BBA ’79) of Nashville, Tenn., was named to the board of directors for a company called change:healthcare. McLure will also transition to CEO of the company.


James J. Morrison Jr. (AB ’83) of Norcross accepted the Peabody Award for CNN’s coverage of the 2010 BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Morrison worked in CNN’s sports division for 23 years and then moved to their news division in 2007. Mark Travis (AB ’84) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is the president and CEO of Intrepid Capital Funds.


John R. Clark (BSA ’85) of Statesboro is special assets manager with AgSouth Farm Credit ACA and is married to Gayle Chappell Clark (BSPh ’86) who is a pharmacist with Senior Care. Their son, Adam Wyatt Clark, graduated in June with a doctor of pharmacy degree from South University in Savannah, and their daughter, Ashleigh, is a student in the Georgia Southern Nursing School class of 2012. John S. Hayden (BS ’85) of Englewood, Colo., joined the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration as director of government relations and public affairs. Jack Roger Crisler Jr. (ABJ ’86) of Arnoldsville was nominated by the Lockheed Martin Corporation and chosen by a selection committee to attend The National Defense University-The Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Stephanie Hines-Smith (BSEd ’87) of Athens was inducted into the Grady County Sports Hall of Fame. She is the girls’ head basketball coach at Monroe Area High School. Randolph Marshall Kells (AB ’87) of Cumming celebrated 15 years as president of South Com Data Inc. Janet Parham (AB ’88) of Athens was named vice president and chief operating officer of the Coalition of Athens Area Physicians, a group of more than 300 Athens area physicians who work together to advocate for their collective interests. Eleanor Black Sams (BFA ’88) joined Jackson Spalding’s creative team at their office in Athens. Sams has done projects for Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre and for the Linger Longer Living Cultural Series at Reynolds Plantation. David L. Lowrance (BBA ’89) of Franklin, Tenn., was appointed chief financial officer at Acucela Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing new treatments for blinding diseases. Andrew Sullivan (BBA ’89) of Atlanta was recognized as a top financial advisor and named to the LPL Financial Executive Council. This distinction is based on a ranking of all registered advisors supported by LPL Financial LLC, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer, and is awarded to less than one percent of the firm’s more than 12,000 advisors nationwide.


Andrea Simao (BSA ’90) of Bethesda, Md., completed her master’s in public administration from American University in December. Simao is a national program manager with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Brian S. Beckwith (BBA ’91) of Wilmette, Ill., is chief executive officer of Formation Capital, a leading investigator in the health care industry. Dale Bowers (BSA ’91) of Newnan was named one of the top four Technical College System of Georgia’s 2011 Student of the Year Award recipients. Sharon K. Kendrick (BSFCS ’91) of Fayetteville, N.C., received the Exemplary Teacher Award from the General Board of Higher Educational Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Jack “Jay” W. Sanson III (BSFCS ’91) of Charleston, S.C., is the area regional manager for Sysco Foods of Columbia. Sanson has been employed there for 19 years. Greg Griffeth (BS ’92) of St. Simons Island is the head of school at Frederica Academy. Thomas Richard Pizzo (ABJ ’94) of Charlotte, N.C., was included in the Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” feature. He is the president of property services at The Bissell Cos. Inc.


Crescendel Alexandria Stroman-Moss (BMus ’97) of Warner Robins won 2011-12 Teacher of the Year for Morningside Elementary School in Houston County. She has been teaching for seven years in the field of special education. Adam M. Walters (BBA ’97) of Atlanta joined the Sanders Law Firm P.C. as a counsel. His practice includes business, health care and local government law. Craig Ellison (BSEd ’98) of Rome accepted the position of director of technology for Floyd County Schools. Prior to accepting this position, Ellison taught middle school since 1999 and served as instructional technologist for Floyd County Schools since 2007. Kirk Munsayac (AB ’98) was elected chief resident of MCG Department of Family Medicine. Shannon Ferrell Register (BSFCS ’98) of Spring, Texas, is a real estate broker and the owner of Register Real Estate Advisors. Colin Stokes (BBA ’98) of Athens was named vice president of commercial lending at the National Bank of Georgia. Stokes has more than 12 years of experience in banking and commercial lending. Brice Thompson (BBA ’98) and Emilie Thompson (MEd ’05) of Columbus, Ga., welcomed their new son, Christian Phillip Thompson, on Nov. 29. Hines Ward (BSFCS ’98) of Smyrna took home the mirror ball trophy as winner of ABC’s season 12 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Bert Guy (AB ’99) was elected first vice chairman of the Georgia Republican Party at the Republican State Convention in May. C. Todd Jones (BSEH ’99) of Savannah was named president of the Georgia Public Health Association. Jones was also presented the GPHA Environmentalist of the Year Award at the organization’s annual meeting. John Phillip Tucker (BBA ’99) of Athens was named director of annual giving for UGA’s Terry College of Business.


Scott Bryan Hunter (BBA ’00) and Jessica Hess Thomas (ABJ ’04) of Albany, Ga., were married on May 7 at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. Jennifer Rainey Marquez (ABJ ’00) of Jackson Heights, N.Y., is a senior editor at PARADE. She joined the publication after working as the senior health editor at O: The Oprah Magazine. Johnathan McGinty (ABJ ’00) joined the Jackson Spalding communications team in Athens full time after freelancing for the firm. Eric Park (BS ’00) of Acworth opened an orthodontic practice, Park Orthodontics, in Douglasville. Brooke Anderson Walker (ABJ ’00) of Los Angeles is a co-anchor on CNN’s “The Insider.” Steve Preiss (ABJ ’01) was named one of the 20 most influential people in the poker industry, which is voted on by about 100 of the main business and media figures in the industry. Preiss was also named EVP of new media and business development for the Poker Royalty agency. Sarah Hart Sillitto (AB ’01) of Columbus was named partner in the firm of Hatcher Stubbs Land Hollis & Rothschild LLP, practicing with the firm’s general litigation practice group combining general litigation with a focus on representation of educational entities. Kelly Marie Simpson (BSEH ’01) and Barrett Rosteck of Portland, Ore., welcomed their first child, Aldo David Henrik Rosteck, on Feb. 16. James “Jimbo” Floyd (BBA ’02) of Gainesville, Ga., was promoted to vice president and named partner at the independent insurance agency Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance. Elizabeth McCarroll Bunn (BSEd ’03) and Kevin Bunn (BSEd ’03) welcomed their son, Keaton Thomas, on Oct. 3, 2010. David James (BSFR ’03) and wife April James welcomed their first child Edwin Cole James on May 5. William Chappell (BBA ’04) of Conway, S.C., was one of 60 teachers selected for the Presidential Academy for American History and Civics in July. One teacher was chosen from each of the 50 states, plus 10 others that were chosen at large. Chappell represented South Carolina. Brad Payne (BBA ’04) of Evanston, Ill., graduated with his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and joined the investment bank Petsky Prunier in New York City this summer. Michelle Huey Ravotti (AB ’04) of Smyrna is a disability adjudicator with Disability Adjudication Services. She lives with Chris Ravotti (BSEd ’06) who is a recreational therapist at Shepherd Center. Stephanie Hawkins Watts (AB ’04, MEd ’07) and Stephen Watts welcomed their daughter, Elizabeth Margaret Watts, on March 11. Tom Yonchak (BBA ’04) and his wife, Adele, welcomed a baby girl, Anne Rankin Barbara, on May 9.


Chase Cain (ABJ ’05) of Tampa, Fla., joined WTSP-TV Tampa/St. Petersburg as a reporter for the CBS affiliate’s 11 o’clock newscast. Cain previously worked in Los Angeles and won an Emmy Award for his on-air coverage. Matthew Tyler Crim (BS ’05, AB ’05) of Cartersville received the Warfield T. Longcope Prize in Clinical Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This award recognizes a graduating student entering the field of medicine whose performance in clinical medicine exemplifies in outstanding fashion the academic excellence and the human qualities that mark the true physician. Douglas Harden (AB ’05) will be featured in the 2012 edition of Who’s Who in America. Jessica Jones Mullis (BFA ’05) of Atlanta accepted the position of art director at the Titan Agency. Twin brothers Jared Young (BBA ’05) and Matthew Young (AB ’05) of Roswell started Brother’s Young, an indie film production company. Their most recent project was “Galactic Perry’s Learning Starship,” a satiric reflection on children’s shows of yesteryear. Chris Crawford (AB ’06) was promoted to deputy chief of staff in the office of Congressman Jack Kingston. He previously served as communications director. Allyson Nichols Miller (BSEd ’06) and Bartley R. Miller (BBA ’06) welcomed their son, John Bartley Miller II, on Sept. 24, 2010. Alex Teh (AB ’06) of Edgewater, Md., is a manager of strategy on Teach for America’s national staff, based out of Washington, D.C., and New York City. Susan Dennard (BSFR ’07) of Dalton sold her Victorian-era novel Something Strange and Deadly to HarperCollins Children’s, which is part of one of the country’s largest publishing houses. The book is expected to release in summer 2012 and will have two sequels. James Freeland Griffin (BA ’07) of Waynesboro received the William Stewart Halsted Award in Surgery from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This award recognizes a graduating student entering the field of surgery whose proficiency in the discipline is deemed outstanding by the faculty of the Sections of Surgical Sciences. Matthew R. Robbins (BSFCS ’07) of Calhoun joined the Greater Community Bank of Calhoun and Greater Rome Bank as lending officer specializing in SBA lending and as special assets manager. Allison Doherty (AB ’08) of Costa Mesa, Calif., was appointed to the 2011-12 Ticktocker Advisory Council for the National Charity League Inc. based in Costa Mesa. Doherty was a member of the organization’s Roswell Alpharetta Chapter as a Ticktocker and is a sustaining member. Katherine Mozzone (ABJ ’08) of Atlanta accepted a job as a reporter for KTVM in Bozeman, Mont. Bubba Watson (BSFCS ’08) of Scottsdale, Ariz., donated $50,000 to UGA’s various programs supporting golf education and engagement after winning the Zurich Classic. Meredith White (BSEd ’08, AB ’08) of Savannah was named a WTOC-TV Top Teacher for her work teaching Spanish I and English II at Benedictine Military School. Avery Leigh Cox (BFA ’09) helped install the bedroom designed for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, which was on display until May 26. Cox is a junior designer at Amanda Nisbet Design.


Jaime Benator (M ’10) of Marietta received the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Spirit of Nursing Award. She was nominated by the faculty at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. Carlye Jean Clark (BSEd ’10) of Franklin, Tenn., was promoted to the position of sports coordinator at the Franklin Family YMCA.