Class Notes

Compiled by Brittany Biddy and Emily Grant

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Cliff Kimsey Jr. (BBA ’42) of Cornelia was honored at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame ceremony in February as UGA football’s oldest living letterman.


Abit Massey (BBA ’49) of Gainesville, Ga., received the Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association during the 2012 International Poultry Expo. Massey is president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Foundation.


Frank E. Craven (BSF ’51) and wife Millie celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Lester O. Thompson (BSF ’54) retired but is still doing his own prescribed burning and helping neighbors determine the height of a dead tree with his clinometer.


Neal L. Williams (M ’56) of Atlanta was honored as one of nine nationally known business men and women at Northwood University’s 32nd annual Outstanding Business Leader Awards. Williams is chairman of N.A. Williams Co.


Fran Tarkenton (BBA ’61) of Atlanta was announced as the host of a live, weekly, call-in talk show on Sirius XM Radio. He was inducted into the professional football hall of fame in 1986 and the college football hall of fame in 1987. “The Fran Tarkenton Show” premiered Feb. 20.


Craig Barrow III (AB ’65) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Robert Meredith (BFA ’65) had his life’s artwork on display at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art in an exhibit called “Robert Meredith—40 Years Exhibition.” Pat Mitchell (AB ’65, MA ’67) was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century 2012 by Women’s eNews. Mitchell is the president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media. Benjamin H. Underwood (BBA ’65) was awarded the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Gold Honor Award of Excellence during the GHA Annual Membership Meeting. He is the Talbott Recovery co-founder and CEO. Saxby Chambliss (BBA ’66) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Dr. Lawrence Goldman (BS ’66) retired as chief of medicine at the Roy L. Schneider Medical Center in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He held the position for 12 years and will now concentrate on his gastroenterology practice. Johnny Isakson (BBA ’66) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Jack Brookner (BBA ’67) is a developer of affordable housing near Miami, father of twin daughters and a son, and husband of 20 years to a public school science teacher. His son, Aaron, finished his freshman year at MIT majoring in math. James “Wank” Davis (BBA ’67) retired Sept. 30 from United Community Bank on St. Simons Island. Davis has been active mentoring at a local elementary school and teaching math and English at the Glynn County Adult Literacy Program since retiring. Henrietta McArthur Singletary (AB ’67) of Albany retired as chair of the Phoebe Foundation board of directors after 23 years, but will remain a member. The Phoebe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Phoebe Putney Health System. Lynn Smith (BSEd ’68) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Stevan Crew (BBA ’69) of Dallas, Ga., was elected as president of the Technical College Directors’ Association of Georgia for 2012. Crew was most recently chairman of the board of directors at Chattahoochee Technical College. Reynold Jennings (BSPh ’69) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians.


Ellis G. Wood (BSAE ’70) was reappointed to the Board of Public Safety by Gov. Nathan Deal. William “Bill” R. Foisy (BBA ’71) of Red Lodge, Mont., was awarded the Richard L. Platt Career Achievement Award at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association. William “Bill” F. Miller III (BSFR ’71) moved from Savannah to Fernandina Beach, Fla. Rita Pelot (BSEd ’71) of Marietta became a juried member of The Portrait Society of Atlanta. Larry O’Neal (BBA ’72) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Dan Amos (BBA ’73) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Henry Childs (AB ’73) of Warner Robins celebrated his seventh anniversary as pastor of North Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, which celebrated its 32nd anniversary in February. In 2004, Childs retired from the Air Force. Fred F. Manget (AB ’73) of Jasper retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after 26 years of service. He received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and is a retired colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Army Reserve. A. Middleton Ramsey (BBA ’73) was named chairman of the Georgia Student Finance Commission by the commission’s board of directors. The Commission manages the state’s Hope Scholarship program and administers student loan programs. Robert S. Thompson III (BSEd ’73) was appointed by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee representing the interests of the Western Energy Alliance. Katherine Callaway Caston (BSEd ’74) of Acworth stepped down as sports manager of the Cobb County Special Olympics after 32 years. During this time, she also worked as an adapted physical education consultant.


Ronald C. Shaddix (BBA ’75) of Atlanta was named records and information management director for Crawford & Company, a global insurance company. Judy Burke Bynum (ABJ ’76) of Spartanburg, S.C., was elected to the 14-member national board of directors of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Bynum has served as a member of the statewide Humanities Council board of directors since 2005 and has spent the past two years as chairman. Barry P. Harris IV (AB ’76) of Raleigh, N.C., has joined First Citizens Bank as its chief legal officer. He oversees legal matters for the company and assumes overall management responsibilities for the bank’s legal services group. Kathy Stephens Palmer (BSHE ’76, JD ’79) of Swainsboro was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by UGA’s College of Family & Consumer Sciences. Palmer is chief superior court judge for the Middle Judicial Circuit of Georgia. Philip T. Raymond III (AB ’76) of Macon was chosen as the next Macon Judicial Circuit judge by Gov. Nathan Deal and will focus on family law cases. In 1992, he co-founded a firm now known as Shaffer, Raymond & Dalton. S. Craig Taylor (BS ’76) of Monroe became a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry at the annual meeting in San Diego. Bob White (ABJ ’76) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Tommie Williams (BFA ’76) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Chuck Coley (BSA ’77) of Vienna was elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2012. He served as NCC’s vice chairman in 2011. Kevin Marsh (BBA ’77) was promoted to chairman and chief executive officer of Scana Corp., owner of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. Stuart Wittner (BSEd ’77) led the Men’s United States Basketball Team to a gold medal at the 2011 Pan-American Maccabi Games in the Open Division. Wittner is the former Pace University men’s basketball head coach. Richard Byne (BSA ’78) and his wife Linda Byne of Waynesboro were presented with the 2011 Small Business of the Year award from the Burke County Commission. Organic Byne Blueberry Farm was created in 1980 as the original organic blueberry farm in the region and is a supplier to Whole Foods Market and Earth Fare. Jack Kingston (AB ’78) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Kessel D. Stelling Jr. (BBA ’78) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Stelling was also named the chairman of Synovus Financial Corp. Stelling has been with the company since March 2006 and was previously CEO and president. Bill Young (BBA ’78) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians.


Gary W. Black (BSA ’80) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Jan Jones (ABJ ’80) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Debra Bloodworth Glass (BSPh ’81) of Tallahassee, Fla., was appointed to the Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Rick Scott. She has been a pharmacy supervisor with CVS Caremark since 2006. J. Mark Mobley Jr. (M ’81) was appointed to the Board of Natural Resources by Gov. Nathan Deal. William Britt (AB ’82) was promoted to colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve in July and assumed command of the 12th Legal Support Organization at Fort Jackson, S.C. Robbin L. Gregory (BLA ’83) was named director of land development at RETTEW, a design firm providing engineering, transportation, environmental consulting and planning and surveying services. Marne Matthews (BBA ’83), AFB&T executive vice president and board member, was named chairman of the United Way of Northeast Georgia board of directors. She was also named Volunteer of the Year for the United Way of Northeast Georgia for 2011. Stacy Beskind Mays (AB ’83) of Mequon, Wis., was named president of Aveta Inc.’s subsidiary, North American Medical Management of Illinois. Mays has served as interim president for the company since August 2011. Don Bailey (ABJ ’84) was named the president and publisher of The Times in Shreveport, La. Bailey previously served as president of The Augusta Chronicle.


Kyle Tibbs Jones (ABJ ’85) of Atlanta was honored at the 23rd annual American Craft Council show as one of 12 “style makers.” She owns her own boutique PR firm and is a board member with Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Tim Dixon (BSEd ’86) of Millwood was named 2012 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year. He is the principal of Waycross Middle School and was one of three finalists for 2012 National Middle School Principal of the Year. Elizabeth McBride (ABJ ’86) was named director of development at the Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dale A. Nagel (BBA ’86) of Granger, Ind., celebrated 25 years with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. He and his wife, Susan, joined other Quarter Century Club inductees at the recognition event in Boston, Mass.  James Reinstein (BBA ’86) of Houston was appointed president and chief executive officer of Aptus Endosystems, effective Feb. 27. John Boles (AB ’87) of Springfield, Va., was named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Norfolk division. Boles previously served as a special assistant to the National Security Branch (NSB) executive assistant director and as section chief of the NSB executive staff section. Brian Kemp (BSA ’87) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Chris Blalock (BBA ’88) of Bethlehem was named a member of the 2011-2012 board of governors for the Institute of Internal Auditors, Atlanta chapter. Blalock is senior vice president of internal audit for Equifax Inc. Anthony Chalker (BBA ’88, MAcc ’89) of Marietta was named as a member of the 2011-2012 board of governors for the Institute of Internal Auditors, Atlanta chapter. He is a managing director of Protiviti. Terry England (M ’88) of Auburn, Ga., was named a 2012 Legislator of the Year for his support of the life sciences industry and university research in Georgia. Chan Caudell (AB ’89) was appointed to the Superior Court bench in the Mountain Judicial Circuit by Gov. Nathan Deal.


Charlton H. “Chuck” Bonham (BBA ’90) was named director of the California Department of Fish and Game in August. Amy Glennon (ABJ ’90) was named publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was previously vice president of audience for the AJC. Bayne E. Smith (BS ’90) was named district engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. Anne Cain (BS ’91) of Fernandina Beach, Fla., was added to the TOUR Academy’s golf instruction staff. She has owned and operated the Anne Cain Golf Academy in Amelia Island since 1995. At UGA Cain won the Southeast Conference title and All-American honors before turning professional in 1991. Joel A. Howe (BBA ’91) of Macon was named a partner at the law firm of Martin Snow LLP. Howe practices in the litigation section. Sonja Gross (ABJ ’92) of Amarillo, Texas, was honored by Texas Business Women of Amarillo as one of three Texas Woman to Watch for 2012. She is the owner of Sonja’s Ink and district director assistant with Business Networking International for the Amarillo area. Tracy White (BSEd ’92) of Dublin was selected head football coach at Bleckley County High School in Cochran. He previously served 20 years in the Dublin City school system as a teacher and coach. Sandy Newman Ponder (ABJ ’93) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was hired as vice president of workforce development for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. She started the newly created position April 2. Brad E. Barber (M ’94) of Moultrie was promoted to regional president of Commercial Banking Company. Barber was previously the Moultrie market president and has been with the bank for the past three years. Charles G. Briscoe (BSEd ’94) is the chief executive officer at Coliseum Health System. Coley Bryant (BSFR ’94) was honored by the Georgia Forestry Association at the organization’s 2011 annual meeting as Logger of the Year. This award recognizes a logging contractor who consistently demonstrates exceptional qualities in business, environmental protection, safety and maintenance operations categories.


Morgan Law (AB ’95) of Centerville was named president of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce. For the past 11 years, Law was executive director of the Houston County Development Authority. Laurie Barron (BSEd ’96) of Newnan was named 2012 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year for her work at Smokey Road Middle School. Chris Cummiskey (BBA ’96) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Christopher G. Haddock (BS ’96) of Ringgold was named northwest Georgia’s best primary care doctor by the readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press for the second year in a row. He and his wife, Rachelle Wade Haddock (AB ’98), have two sons, Grady, 3, and Landon, 1. Germonique Jones Ulmer (ABJ ’96) of Washington, D.C., became senior director of public affairs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and she and her husband welcomed a son, Chinua Lee Ulmer, Feb. 24, 2011. Leigh Majors Arwood (AB ’97) and Josh Arwood welcomed their daughter, Jacqueline “Alexis” Arwood, Oct. 7. Tom Everett (ABJ ’97) of Thomasville was named chief executive officer of the Thomasville YMCA. Ebony Hall (ABJ ’97) of Calera, Ala., was promoted to co-anchor of “Good Morning Alabama” at WBMA, Birmingham. She was awarded Best Anchor for 2011 by the Alabama Associated Press. Bethany Marchman (AB ’97) was featured in an exhibition at WWA Gallery in Culver City, Calif. The exhibit, “About Face,” is a contemporary look at the classic genre of portraiture. Chris Mastrodicasa (BSA ’97) and Mike Pruitt (BLA ’98) won Storm Water & Erosion Control Top Projects for 2011 by Storm Water Solutions Magazine for their design of the San Jose Environmental Innovation Center. Amy Middlebrooks Tapley (ABJ ’97) of Duluth joined BFG Communications in Hilton Head Island, S.C., as an account executive for the Treasury Wine Estates account. Bradley Dehem (BBA ’98) was hired as varsity football coach for Brookstone School. Stephen Murphy (AB ’99) was hired by Loyola University New Orleans as emergency manager. He is responsible for managing university-wide emergency preparedness and business continuity programs, including training and guidance for emergency response. David Schnitzer (BSA ’99) of Dahlonega was selected as the new director of Camp Kanuga by Kanuga Conferences Inc. He started work for the summer camp in January. Schnitzer was previously program director for Camp Glisson in Dahlonega and brought 11 years of camping and young ministry experience to the program. Drew Slocum (BBA ’99) completed his first full Ironman Triathlon in November in Florida. He placed 123 out of over 2,800 participants. Slocum has been with Merrill Lynch in Macon since graduating in 1999 and holds multiple nationally recognized designations.


Samantha Hayes Fisher (ABJ ’00) joined WKRN-TV in January, as co-anchor of News 2 at 10 in Nashville, Tenn. Lucy Cartledge Gates (BBA ’00) of Chattanooga, Tenn., was promoted to tax manager of the Chattanooga office of Decosimo, a top 100 public accounting and business advisory firm. Gates is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Chattanooga Tax Practitioners and serves as a board member for the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Frank Hamrick (BFA ’00) was named one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 under 100–The New Superstars of Southern Art for his work in photography. Cory Kampfer (BBA ’00) of New York City was named general counsel of On Deck Capital Inc. Brent Bradshaw (BBA ’01) of Thomasville was promoted to vice president of marketing of cake for Flowers Foods. Bradshaw joined the company in 2003 and is responsible for the marketing and sales of Flowers’ snack cake products. Paul Fulton Jr. (ABJ ’01) of Atlanta was named vice president of Duffey Communications, a PR agency. Emily Gray (BSEd ’02), a physical education teacher at Red Cedar Elementary School in Bluffton, S.C., was one of several teachers across the country representing their schools at the HealthierUS School Challenge Celebration at the White House in October. Alec Poitevint (AB ’02) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Michael Tavani (ABJ ’02) was awarded Mobile Marketer of the Year by the Tech Marketing Awards. Tavani is co-founder of Scoutmob and leads their product strategy and operations effort. Jason Bragg (BBA ’03) joined the Georgia EMC government relations teams as government relations representative. Bragg serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association and was named a Top Rising Star lobbyist by James Magazine in 2009 and 2010. Kevin Carmichael (ABJ ’03) of Dacula was promoted to vice president at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, where he manages the strategic partners team. Seth Alhadeff (BSEd ’04) and his wife, Alison, celebrated the birth of their son, William Sedgwick Alhadeff, on Sept. 4. “Liam” joins his brother Solomon, 2. Seth serves as a physical therapist and clinic director of ProTherapy’s office in Dahlonega. Lindsey Grant (AB ’04) is the program director for National Novel Writing Month, a web-based international nonprofit. This will be Grant’s third year in charge of the program. Billy Peppers (AB ’04), Woodstock’s director of economic services, was elected president of the Georgia Downtown Association. Greg Sewell (AB ’04) of Savannah was chosen as a Georgia Rising Star. Sewell, of Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP, concentrates in civil litigation practice. Jeremy Alan Wicker (BSEd ’04) received a master’s of divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in December. Wicker is a minister at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans.


John Hagin (BSA ’05) of Upson-Lee High School was named Teacher of the Year by the Board of Education. Douglas Harden (AB ’05) received a Congressional Commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Congressman Austin Scott for his work in the local community. Nicole Gina Pfleger (BSEd ’05) was selected by the American School Counselor Association as the 2012 National School Counselor of the Year. Pfleger works at Nickajack Elementary School. Deanne Smith Rosso (BSFCS ’05) of Bishop was selected as a 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager by Atlanta Magazine. She is a certified financial planner for Vickery Financial Services. Dean Roy (BBA ’05) of New Orleans was promoted to senior director of decision support for West Jefferson Medical Center and completed his first marathon in November in Savannah. Sarah Sullivan Austin (BBA ’06, BSFCS ’06) was elected assistant vice president of Athens First Bank & Trust. She started working for the company in 2007 as a management associate. Christy T. Bennett (BS ’06) of Atlanta was certified as a registered microbiologist in pharmaceutical and medical device microbiology by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. Adriana Sanchez Hall (AB ’06) of Atlanta completed her master of science in nursing degree from Emory University, specializing in acute care patients. Matthew McKinney (BSFR ’06) lives in Starkville, Miss., and is pursuing a master’s degree in wildlife ecology at Mississippi State University. He married Megan Annette Ford Sept. 3. Benjamin Keith Peacock (AB ’06) was assigned to the litigation practice of Clifford Chance, New York. Timothy Justin Peacock (BBA ’06) was promoted to senior adjuster with Amica Insurance. David Stein (AB ’06, AB ’06) of Atlanta took over Twain’s brew pub in Decatur in December. Laurie Barron (BSEd ’07) of Newnan was named 2012 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. She will represent Georgia in the National Middle School Principal of the Year program. Kylie Amunda Hamlin-Filkins (BSFR ’07) works for UGA in the Northeast District 4-H office. She and her husband, Tim Filkins, bought a home in Danielsville. Nick Jones (BBA ’07) of Bowdon was named assistant football coach at Coastal Carolina University. Jones will instruct the tight ends and tackles. Mary Patton Mann (BS ’07) of Atlanta received the New Member Pillar Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society, for her volunteer service. Audrey Anne-Scarlett Irwin Marrow (AB ’07) and Jason Scott Marrow (AB ’05) of Cartersville celebrated the birth of their first child, daughter Joliet Parker Marrow, Nov. 29. Jean Pembleton (AB ’07) and Will Waterman (BSEd ’07) of Chicago were married in May 2011. Tyler P. Stevens (BBA ’07) joined the firm Burr & Forman LLP. Stevens practices in the firm’s corporate section, where he is a member of the banking and real estate practice group. Nataly Hart (ABJ ’08) is the host of Telemundo Atlanta’s community show, “Enlace Comunitario.” Tasha Humphrey (BSEd ’08) joined the “Jeff Owens Radio Show,” a sports-talk radio show on Nationwide Sports Radio. Patrick Work (BSFR ’08) and wife Avery welcomed their son, Owen Atticus Work, Aug. 30. Chandler Amerson (BBA ’09) was hired as a spring tax intern at the Atlanta-based accounting firm Moore Colson. Meghan M. Cline (BSA ’09) of Dalton is assistant director of communications for the National Pork Producers Council in Washington, D.C. Jeff Owens (BSFCS ’09) hosts the “Jeff Owens Radio Show,” a sports-talk radio show on Nationwide Sports Radio. Alex Shoer (BBA ’09) and Irving Steel (AB ’08) launched a social networking site called Yihua in Shanghai. Yihua is a network of like-minded professionals for those who lean green by interest, calling or profession.


Ashley Yeong Hart (BSA ’10) of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from Ohio State University with a master’s degree in food science and technology and will relocate to Minneapolis to work as a food scientist at General Mills. Andrew C. Phillips (BS ’10) was hired as the weekend meteorologist for the CBS affiliate WBTW in Myrtle Beach-Florence. S.C. Will Douglas (BBA ’11) of Athens was hired as a management associate for the National Bank of Georgia’s Athens office. Sarah Elizabeth Harrell (AB ’11) accepted a position in Osaka, Japan, with Jiburn Mirai Kyoiku to teach English to the Japanese population. Kelly Hopkins (BBA ’11) was hired as a business assurance spring intern at the Atlanta-based accounting firm Moore Colson.