Class Notes

Compiled by Brittany Biddy, Emily Grant and Grace Morris

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Rev. Warren L. Jones (ABJ ’41, MA ’42) celebrated his 90th birthday on Nov. 26.


Jim Tucker (BSEd ’51) of Cleveland, Tenn., was inducted into the Tennessee Hall of Fame for more than 20 years of work as executive director of the Cleveland Boys and Girls Club.


Jack Perryman (BBA ’63) of Macon was appointed to the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists by Gov. Nathan Deal.


Max C. Brown (BSPh ’65) of Dublin received the 2011 C.A.R.E. Pharmacy Award from the Alzheimer’s Association for his caring nature and knowledge of the effects and symptoms of Alzheimer’s patients. He owns Max Brown Pharmacy in Dublin.


Charles J. Vickery (BBA ’70) of Athens was picked as one of Atlanta Magazine’s 2011 Five Star Wealth Managers. Fewer than 2 percent of wealth managers in Atlanta receive this distinction. Richard A. Jacobson (BBA ’71) of Tampa, Fla., was re-elected to the TerraLex board of directors. TerraLex is a global legal network with firms in 100 countries and 45 states. Bobby G. Miller (BBA ’73) of Lula was elected to the AgGeorgia Farm Credit board of directors.


Steve McCoy (BBA ’75) of Atlanta was selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to become Georgia’s state treasurer. He oversees receipt and disbursement of state funds and manages state cash resources. Greg Parker (AB ’75) of Savannah was named the Southeast C-Store Innovator of the Year by The Parker Companies, a fuel retailer at convenience stores across southeastern Georgia and South Carolina. Parker is president and CEO of The Parker Companies. Charles A. Fuller (AB ’76) of Gainesville, Ga., was appointed to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council by Gov. Nathan Deal. Walter Harrison (AB ’78) of Moultrie was a finalist for Colquitt County School System’s Teacher of the Year. Harrison is a history teacher at Colquitt County High School. Kristine L. Cato (ABJ ’79) of Columbia, S.C., was named to Greater Columbia Business Monthly’s 2011 Legal Elite for her work at Rogers Townsend & Thomas PC, a labor and employment law firm.


Sen. Buddy Carter (BSPh ’80) of Pooler was awarded the Legislator of the Year Award by the Georgia Rural Health Association. He also received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award for his work in promoting the profession of pharmacy and in promoting the College of Pharmacy. Karen Waldon (BSEd ’80) of Conyers is the deputy superintendent of instruction for Atlanta Public Schools. Thomas Edward Jackiewicz (BBA ’82) of San Diego, Calif., was appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief executive officer for USC Health at the University of Southern California.


Mike Duvall (BSA ’86) of Dacula was elected to the American Floral Endowment board of trustees. He worked as a Home Depot store manager for more than 20 years, and now he is a senior live goods merchant at the company. Tony Hullender (AB ’86) of Signal Mountain, Tenn., was named senior vice president and general counsel for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Susan Kozak Mondello (BSEd ’86) of Sarasota, Fla., joined the St. Amands Circle II real estate office of Michael Saunders & Co. Timothy A. Lake (BLA ’88) of Dublin was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the State Board of Landscape Architects. Lake is the president of T. Lake Environmental Design, a landscape architecture firm with offices in Dublin and Macon. Melanie P. Moore (BSEd ’88) of Austin, Texas, is the editor of Austin Fit Magazine. Walter M. Kimbrough (BSA ’89) of Little Rock, Ark., was named president of Dillard University. Kimbrough previously served as president of Philander Smith College for seven years. Andrew Sullivan (BBA ’89) of Alpharetta was appointed a member of the Annual Fund Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Sarah Kelley Ward (BSA ’90) of Barrington, N.H., received the Honorary American Degree for teachers at the National FFA Convention in October for her work as a teacher and FFA advisor at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The National FFA Organization is a youth program that promotes and supports agricultural education. Sterling Fennell Eason (ABJ ’91) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., is the director of corporate communications for Garden & Gun, an award-winning national magazine based in Charleston, S.C. Jonathan Belk Brinson (BBA ’94) of Alpharetta was chosen to lead the sales and marketing for JETT Business Technology in Roswell. William P. Defino (BSFR ’94) of Clarkesville, Ga., was appointed to the Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts by Gov. Nathan Deal. Richard Lee Tucker (AB ’94) of Lawrenceville was elected to the board of directors of Brand Group Holdings. He is a founding partner of Mahaffey Pickens Tucker LLP.


Pamela Nix Elms (BSEd ’95) of Jacksonville, Fla., was selected by the National Council of Kappa Delta as the sorority’s executive director. Stephanie Power-Carter (BSEd ’95) is the director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at the University of Indiana Bloomington. She is also an associate professor in the IU School of Education. Drew Prante (BBA ’97) of Suwanee was named director of SMB Sales for Atlanta-based PGi. Prante returned to Georgia after leading sales efforts for in Seattle and Boston over the past five years. Jocelyn D. Rogers (BS ’97) of Americus was appointed to the South Georgia Technical College board of directors. She is one of three practicing physicians at Phoebe-Sumter OB/GYN Associates, where she serves as chief of obstetrics and gynecology, chair of the surgery department and medical director of women’s services. Margaret Maurice Owen (BFA ’98) traveled to Marrakech, Morocco, to teach a painting workshop. She earned her master’s in fine arts at the New York Academy of Art, and she lives in Providence, R.I., where she paints and teaches. Jason (AB ’98) and Manuela (AB ’98) Shepherd of Marietta welcomed their first son, Alexander Marshall Hamilton, on Aug. 6. Brian Brooks (AB ’99) of Athens was named vice president and community banker for Regions Bank in the Athens area.


Claire Pearson Perry (AB ’00) of Atlanta was one of the top 5 contestants in the We R Indie Showdown, a singer/songwriter competition, in Knoxville, Tenn. Margaret Spalding (M ’00) is a graphic designer at Jackson Spalding Image Creation, Cultivation and Communication. Nikki Boatwright (AB ’01) of Athens joined and the Athens Banner-Herald as a digital media sales consultant. Michael R. Childs (BBA ’01) is an associate attorney of counsel at Alexander & Saxon in Oconee County. Don Crider (AB ’01) of Griffin was named the 2011 Griffin-Spalding County Young Man of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Griffin. Jesse Michael Keenan (AB ’01) of New York City was named director of research for the Center for Urban Real Estate at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Keenan also received a visiting appointment at the Bauhaus Academy in Dessau, Germany. Josh Roland (BBA ’01) owns record label Songs and Crowns, and one of his label’s releases by The Classic City Collective was named one of the Top 5 Indie Releases in 2011 in Worship Leader Magazine’s October issue. Mike Colombo (AB ’02) of Rome, Ga., was named managing editor of the Rome News-Tribune. Ben Cucuzza (BBA ’02) was named district manager for Wells Fargo in Athens. Will Hodges (ABJ ’02) of Athens was named the branch manager of Athens First Bank and Trust’s Barnett Shoals branch. Kelly Saxon (BBA ’02) of Athens is the branch manager of the downtown Athens First location. Josh Schlieman (BBA ’02) of Alpharetta was appointed a member of the Annual Fund Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Stephanie Stenglein (ABJ ’02) is the chief development officer at the Community School of the Arts in Charlotte, N.C. Eric Gunderson (BSEd ’03) began a one-year fellowship in orthopedics at Emory University Medical Center in June 2011. He has worked as an athletic trainer in baseball at the University of Central Florida, a trainer for UGA football and as director of a wellness center for Delta Airlines since graduating. Kristin Gunderson Holland (BS ’03) was recognized with a monetary award by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for her work in prevention of violence among youth. This is the second award she has received in the two years she has worked for the CDC. Also, she and her husband, Jarret Holland (ABJ ’02), an English teacher at Gainesville City High School, welcomed their first child, Layla Marie, on March 31, 2011.


Oonagh Benson (BBA ’05) of Athens is the branch manager of the Athens First location on Atlanta Highway. Matt Moore (BBA ’05), Colin Newberry (AB ’05), and Charlie Holderness (BSFCS ’05) collaborated to create a men’s cologne called Moonshine. Eliot Bradford Peace (AB ’05) of Columbia, S.C., accepted clerkship with the Honorable Timothy M. Cain, district judge, District of South Carolina. Deanne Smith Rosso (BSFCS ’05) of Bishop was picked as one of Atlanta Magazine’s 2011 Five Star Wealth Managers. Fewer than 2 percent of wealth managers in Atlanta receive this distinction. Brandon Medley (BSFCS ’06) of Norman Park was named the Colquitt County School System’s Teacher of the Year. Medley is a special education teacher at Cox Elementary School. Haley Chura (BBA ’07, ABJ ’07) of Atlanta competed in the Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in October and placed second in the Female 25-39 division. She is a senior manager at Bennett Thrasher PC. Lisa Michelle Floyd (ABJ ’07) and her husband Tony welcomed their daughter, Maesyn, on Nov. 1. Michelle Phillips Jones (BFA ’07) of Bogart was named Teacher of the Year for Social Circle City Schools. She is the art teacher for Social Circle Primary and Social Circle Elementary. Tyler P. Stevens (BBA ’07) of Nashville is a member of Burr & Forman LLP’s banking and real estate practice group, where he practices in the firm’s corporate section. Rashaad Singleton (M ’08) plays basketball for the Sendai 89ers in Japan. He played professionally in Jordan last season.


Drake Bernstein (BSEd ’11) is the assistant women’s tennis coach at the University of Alabama. Dyci Manns (AB ’11) was one of four women under 25 who received the M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girl Award at BET’s Black Girls Rock! Awards. She accepted her award on national TV in November. Alexandru Muresan (BBA ’11) of Warner Robins started a business called Time for Arts to give artists the chance to share their talents with others.