Grad Notes

Compiled by Brittany Biddy, Emily Grant and Grace Morris

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Thomas Franklin Rodgers (BSA ’67, MS ’69) of Athens was honored by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents when it inducted him into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 7. Karen Elizabeth Sechler (MS ’03) of Fair Play, Md., was named extension educator in horticulture at the University of Maryland Extension in Washington County.

Arts & Sciences

Diane Gambill (MS ’83, PhD ’88) of Garland, Texas, was named the chief learning officer for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Robert “Tony” Rojas (MPA ’87) of Macon was appointed to the Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts by Gov. Nathan Deal. Nancy Chick (MA ’92, PhD ’98) of Rice Lake, Wis., was named the assistant director at the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University. Carmen Trammell Skaggs (MA ’02, PhD ’06) wrote Overtones of Opera in American Literature from Whitman to Wharton, a book that examines opera in 19th and early 20th century American literature. Lara Knight (AB ’03, MA ’05) and Tom Cull (BBA ’03) welcomed their second child, Archer Josiah Cull, on Nov. 16. Kristen Kaschock (PhD ’06) of Philadelphia, Pa., published her first novel, Sleight, in September. She has also published two poetry collections, A Beautiful Name for a Girl (2011) and Unfathoms (2004). Knox Summerour (MM ’06) co-composed the score for a documentary film, “The Legend of Pancho Barnes,” with Nathan Wang. The film received a 2011 L.A. Area Emmy for the best film in the arts and culture/history category. Eial Dujovny (PhD ’10) is the resident director for the South India Term Abroad Program in Madurai, India. Janie Askew (MFA ’11) is the executive director of the Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston.


Fred Hammond Campbell (MBA ’66) of Concord, N.C., co-authored Dangerous Hoops: A Forensic Marketing Action Adventure. Marketing courses use the mystery novel as a supplementary text, but audiences also read it as a free-standing novel. John Patterson (AB ’75, MBA ’79) of Ogden, Utah, was selected by the Casper City Council as Casper’s city manager. M. Michele Burns (BBA ’79, MAcc ’80) of New York was named to the board of trustees at Goldman Sachs. She is also a board member at Wal-Mart Stores, Cisco Systems and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and she was the chief executive of Mercer, a human resources consulting firm, before joining Goldman Sachs. Wayne Anthony (MBA ’85) of Columbus left Asbury United Methodist Church after more than 19 years to lead Lake Park United Methodist Church near Valdosta. Ken Kaufman (MBA ’03) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, published a financial handbook, Impact Your Business: An Allegory of An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Clarity, Cash, Profit, Family and Success, in 2010. He is the president and CFO of Aribex, a portable x-ray manufacturing company.


Carla Atkinson (MS ’08) of Norman, Okla., received the 2011 Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellowship and was awarded up to $42,000 for three years for her research into freshwater mussels in North America. She is a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Oklahoma.


Norman Kent (BSEd ’69, MEd ’71) of Athens retired in last January after 26 years as Clarke County State Court judge. Maxine H. Burton (BSEd ’72, MEd ’78) of Athens was named the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia’s 2012 Athens Woman of Distinction. This distinction honors a woman who reflects the values in the Girl Scout Promise and Law and who serves as an excellent role model for girls. Melanie Bell Blackwood (BSEd ’79, MEd ’80) of Acworth was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the state board of examiners for speech and language pathology and audiology. Blackwell is a speech language pathologist and rehab director for RehabCare Group. William Schofield (BSEd ’86, MEd ’92, EdS ’94) of Gainesville was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Education Commission of the States. Schofield has served in public school education for 24 years and is the Hall County Schools superintendent. John Green (EdD ’93) was hired as principal of James Clemens High School in Madison, Ala., after retiring from a 30-year career in Georgia state schools. He served as Gwinnett County superintendent for three years, and in 2008 he received the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Educator of the Year Award. Raymond Castleberry (BMus ’98, MMEd ’99) of Bishop organized Athens’ TubaChristmas concert on Dec. 1. Traci Jackson (EdS ’99) was one of seven educators nationwide who received the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership at the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony. She is the principal at Shirley Hills Elementary School in Houston County. Margaret Carmody Hagood (PhD ’02) is an associate professor of literacy at the College of Charleston, and she was named co-editor of The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy from this fall through 2016. Bonnie Stewart Holliday (BSEd ’03, MEd ’04) of Atlanta was named by Gov. Nathan Deal as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, an agency that provides stakeholders with education information. Jonathan Eakle (PhD ’05) was named to the faculty editorial advisory board of the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is an associate professor and director of the reading education program in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Chris Caswall (AB ’04, MEd ’07) of Athens is the owner of Junk South, a division of Athens-based Athena Enterprises that offers residential and commercial junk removal in a 30-mile radius around Athens. Bryna Bobick (BFA ’97, EdD ’08) of Memphis was selected as the 2012 Tennessee Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year. She is an assistant professor of art education at the University of Memphis.  Katherine Raczynski (BSEd ’02, MA ’08) of Athens was named a 2011 David Watts Scholar for her research in adolescent social development and bullying.

Enviroment and Design

Nancy Aten (MLA ’03) was part of a team, Landscapes of Place, recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects with a 2011 Honor Award in Analysis and Planning for their project Making a Wild Place in Milwaukee’s Urban Menomonee Valley.


George H. Carley (AB ’60, LLB ’62) of Atlanta will lead the state Supreme Court in place of Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein for a year to close his career of more than 30 years on the bench. J.D. Smith (JD ’72) of Atlanta retired from his position as presiding judge in the Georgia Court of Appeals.  Neil Gordon (JD ’79) of Atlanta is president of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. Carole L. Bassett (JD ’80) of Keedysville, Md., was inducted as a fellow of the American Society for Horticulture Science in the class of 2011. Robert P. Hall III (AB ’82, JD ’85) of Washington, D.C., is the senior manager of energy government relations at GE Energy, where he’s responsible for domestic government relations strategy. Wayne R. Allen (BSFR ’79, JD ’92) of Douglasville was elected as legislative council for the Georgia General Assembly. Heath Garrett (AB ’92, JD ’95) of Marietta was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. Todd Stanton (JD ’02) of Atlanta opened Stanton Law LLC, a law firm focused on employment law from an employer’s perspective, in November. Elizabeth Allgood Blalock (AB ’00, JD ’03) of Atlanta was promoted to general counsel for the Georgia Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit organization. Catherine Morrison Harris (ABJ ’03, JD ’06) of Memphis is an attorney in FedEx Corporation’s technology transactions group. Kathryn Elizabeth Rhodes (AB ’02, JD ’06) of Columbus, Ga., is a stay-at-home lawyer, enabling her to work on cases while taking care of her 6-month-old son, Evan. Meghan C. Dougherty (JD ’07) of Nashville is an associate at Neal & Hartwell PLC. Shana Webb Pennywell (JD ’08) of Conyers and her husband Styron welcomed the birth of their daughter, Emerson Grey, on Jan. 29. Melanie Colvert Walker (JD ’09) joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC’s Chattanooga office as an attorney and associate in the advocacy department.


Marie Chisholm-Burns (BSPh ’92, PharmD ’93) is the dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Public and International Affairs

Kellie Brownlow (MPA ’00) of Decatur is the director of economic development at Partnership Gwinnett, where she manages the business development team. Robert S. Thompson (JD ’00) of New Bloomfield, Mo., is the business development director of MMIC Group Inc., a medical liability insurer. Carol Reger Lowman (PhD ’08) of Alexandria, Va., was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. She is also the deputy director of the U.S. Army Contracting Command.

Social Work

Ben P. Marion (AB ’73, MSW ’83) of Moultrie was appointed to the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists by Gov. Nathan Deal. David Lee Schantz (MSW ’84) of Greenville, Ill., is the vice president academic of Algoma University. Susan McCarthy Strickland (MSW ’87, PhD ’04) of Decatur was reappointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board. Strickland is a supervisor of social services for acute mental health at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Veterinary Medicine

Robert M. Cobb Jr. (DVM ’81) of Dublin was appointed the state veterinarian for Georgia by state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. Jean Elizabeth Sander (MAM ’89) is the veterinary health sciences dean at Oklahoma State University. She was formerly the associate dean at Ohio State University, where she earned the nickname “Bulldog” for sticking up for students. Heather Wilson Barron (BSA ’89, DVM ’95) is director of the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel.