Class Notes

Compiled by Chase Martin

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Harold W. Berkman (BBA ’49) was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in February. This title is a sign of France’s gratitude and appreciation for Berkman’s role in the liberation of France during World War II. Joe Bradford (BBA ’49) and wife Alice of Sea Island celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary June 12.


Kay Huston Hind (BSHE ’51) of Albany was recognized as 2012 Distinguished Older Georgian by the Georgia State Legislature for more than 40 years of work as executive director of the SOWEGA Council on Aging.


Justice George Carley (AB ’60, LLB ’62) of Decatur was sworn in as the 29th chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Carley held the position until his retirement in July. N. Harvey Weitz (BBA ’63, LLB ’66) of Savannah was honored with the Distinguished Service Award presented by the State Bar of Georgia.


A. Mark Smith (ABJ ’66) received the 2011 MAGnolia Award in management from the Magazine Association of the Southeast. A. J. “Buddy” Welch (AB ’66) of McDonough was honored for his service presiding over Henry County’s Juvenile Court. He has been Juvenile Court judge since 1975 and is also a senior partner of Smith, Welch and Brittain. Judson C. Mitcham (AB ’69, MS ’71, PhD ’74) of Macon was appointed Georgia’s newest poet laureate by Gov. Nathan Deal. Mitcham is a professor of writing at Mercer University.


Alton C. Ward (BBA ’70) of Tampa was named to the 2012 Florida Super Lawyers and the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition lists. James Penick Marshall (BLA ’71) and Nancy Parker Marshall (BSEd ’75) of Eatonton attended the spring 2012 graduation of their son, James Matthew Perrin Marshall (BBA ’12), a cum laude graduate of the Terry College of Business. Matthew will be employed by KPMG in the Atlanta office. Bill Loyd (BS ’72) of Cornelia was named associate vice president for institutional advancement at Piedmont College. Loyd came to Piedmont from South Carolina Bank and Trust, where he served as senior vice president and public relations consultant. William J. Bradbury (AB ’73) of New Bedford, Mass., became priest in charge of All Saints’ Church in Chelmsford, Mass. He served for 20 years as rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Washington, N.C. David A. Garfinkel (AB ’73, MPA ’75) of Jacksonville, Fla., was named to the Florida Super Lawyers list for 2012. Cheryl Gosa (ABJ ’73) retired at the end of 2008 as a Presbyterian minister after 25 years of service. Gosa is now a real estate agent at KW Commercial in Atlanta.


Judy Randle (BSA ’77) of Albany was named the Small Business Administration’s 2012 Women in Business Champion of the Year for both Georgia and SBA’s Southeast Region IV. Randle is owner and president of Central Monitoring Inc. Charles “Chuck” Williams (BSA ’77) of Watkinsville was hired as a business development officer by First American Bank and Trust. He previously served as president and CEO of North Georgia Bank. Jimmy Barge (BBA ’78) of Old Greenwich, Conn., chief financial officer of media giant Viacom, was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Terry College of Business. Jim Burns (ABJ ’78) celebrated 30 years as primary anchor for the Emmy-winning morning news program “The Breakfast Show” at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Anne Hydrick Kaiser (ABJ ’78) of Rome was appointed a member of the Berry College Board of Trustees. Mike O’Bea (BSEH ’79, MEd ’84) of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., presented a paper May 24 in London, England, at ITEC 2012, an annual defense, training and education conference.


Cornelia Bargmann (BS ’81) of New York City was the recipient of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. The Kavli Prize, which includes a $1 million award, is given biennially for outstanding achievement in advancing knowledge and understanding of the brain and nervous system. David Dadisman (AB ’82) of Great Falls, Va., was named the new publisher of The Daily Herald. Steven Cadranel (BBA ’83) of Marietta was named president of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Cadranel will serve a two-year term as president of the MJCCA’s advisory board. Timothy Campbell (BSAE ’84, MS ’85) of Cumming was named CEO of Atlanta-based SecurAmerica, a contract security services company. Julie Humphries (BSEd ’84) was named the market leader for Mercer’s central market. Mercer offers human resource counseling and related services. Scott G. Sink (BBA ’84) of Birmingham, Ala., was named the 2012 Risk Management Alumnus of the Year at the Insurance Banquet hosted by the Terry College of Business’ Risk Management and Insurance Program. Laura Wilson Spinella (ABJ ’84) of Boston was named a Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist, Best First Book, for her Athens-set novel Beautiful Disaster. William Floyd Thorne (ABJ ’84) of Washington, D.C., was named senior vice president of communications and public affairs for the National Retail Federation. Marshall Welsh (ABJ ’84) of Winterville was named a finalist for Educator of the Year by Career Education Corporation and Le Cordon Bleu College in Atlanta.


Laura Mays Coble (M ’85) of Augusta was inducted into the Georgia State Golf Association’s Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. Randolph M. Cooper (BBA ’85, MS ’96) of Helena, Ala., was elected lieutenant governor of marketing for Toastmasters International (District 77). Condace Pressley (ABJ ’86) of Marietta was named a Pioneer by the members of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ). She is the assistant program director for News/Talk WSB. Carl Sweat (BBA ’86, MBM ’88) of Roswell was named CEO of The FRS Co., a Foster City, Calif.-based company that sells energy, protein, immunity and weight-loss drinks. Sweat has also held top positions at Coca-Cola, Fuze Beverage LLC and Starbucks. Scott Alan Houston (BSA ’88) of Tallahassee, Fla., is the new head football coach for John Paul II Catholic High School. He was previously an assistant coach at Godby High School. T. Alan Kendrick (BSA ’89) was appointed to the Murray County Board of Education for District 1. Kendrick, a vice president at Cohutta Banking Co. in Chatsworth, previously served on the board from 2001 to 2004. Natasha Trethewey (AB ’89) of Decatur was named the U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-13 by the Library of Congress.


Lisa Ryan Howard (ABJ ’92) of Brooklyn, N.Y., received the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication annual Alumni Awards Brunch in May. She was most recently publisher of Billboard. Della Garner Ream (AB ’92) competed for the title of the Inaugural Ms. World International 2012 in August. Katy Arrowood (BSFCS ’94) of Athens was named director of the Clarke County School District’s Athens Community Center Academy. Jay Gemes (ABJ ’94) of Columbus opened Jay Gemes State Farm on March 1. Scott Grant (ABJ ’94) and Lisa Grant (BSEd ’02) of Gainesville, Ga., welcomed their second daughter, Rebecca Belle Grant, Jan. 15. Chad Johnson (AB ’94) of Thomasville was promoted to managing director of electronic communications and social media for Flower Foods, where he is responsible for company websites and providing social media guidance. He joined the company in 1995 and has worked in the communications department since 2004. Stephen Jones (BFA ’94) of Marshallville was elected a director at large by the general membership of the Georgia Professional Photographers Association Inc. Jones runs Creative Pro Studio and has been a member of the GPPA since 2008. Lt. Col. Matthew D. Williams (AB ’94) was appointed base commander at Camp Humphreys, South Korea.


Mark Bullock (ABJ ’95) of Montgomery, Ala., was promoted to evening news anchor at WSFA 12 News. Patrick B. Webb (ABJ ’95) joined the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman LLP as counsel in the firm’s banking and real estate practice group, where he focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate including loan transactions, leasing and real estate development, financing and investing. Nathan Franklin (BSEd ’96) of Loganville was appointed the Walton County Board of Education’s new assistant superintendent. He was previously principal at Loganville High School. John C. Sexton (BFA ’96) of Lawrenceville was promoted to senior marketing design specialist at AtHomeNet, a website design and development company in Suwanee. Paxton Poitevint (BBA ’97) of Bainbridge graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Greg Asman (BBA ’98) of Atlanta joined CNN as vice president of research and analytics for CNN Digital, where he provides research strategy, analysis services and methodological oversight for CNN’s Digital Network. Ashley Sharee Harris (ABJ ’98, AB ’99) of Atlanta took the oath of office June 13 as the newest appointee to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. Harris serves as the lawyer representative on the commission. Trey Prophater (BBA ’98) of Atlanta has joined White Horse Advisors as business development associate, where he will focus on advising clients and new business development. Shannon Ferrell Register (BSFCS ’98) is a nominee for UGA’s Alumni 40 under 40. Her real estate brokerage, Register Real Estate Advisors, was established in 2010. William Russell II (BBA ’98) of Atlanta is chairman of the board of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Russell was CFO for Russell Landscape Group. Andrew Taylor (BSFR ’98) is working on a master’s degree in forestry at UGA. His research involves a shoal bass population assessment in the lower Flint River. Hines Ward Jr. (BSFCS ’98) of Atlanta was presented with a proclamation by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who honored the retired Pittsburgh Steelers player during an event at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Kimberly Lewis Carney (BSA ’99, DVM ’01) of Tazewell, Tenn., was recognized as a Young Achiever by the Alumni Association of UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She works at Harrogate Hospital for Animals and spearheaded an effort to create a shared emergency service with other veterinary practices in the area. Elijah Wade Connell (BS ’99) of Monroe was named athletics director of Monroe Area Comprehensive High School. Allison Farr Crutcher (ABJ ’99) of Greenville, S.C., was hired by Crawford Strategy, a full-service marketing and public relations company. Crutcher will serve as an account executive. Tzu-Chuan Jane Huang (AB ’99) of Athens joined Northeast Georgia Cancer Care in December 2011. Previously, she spent three years at the M.D. Anderson NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center in Houston. Charu Kumarhia (ABJ ’99) of Arden, N.C., welcomed her son Akash Kumarhia Eggers Jan. 21. Morgan Johnson Norwood (BFA ’99) of Reston, Va., will have a solo exhibition of her nature-inspired paintings at North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville, Va., from September to January 2013. Andrea Pritchett (ABJ ’99) and Ross Pritchett (BSFR ’99) of Atlanta welcomed son Charles Michael Pritchett April 4. Molly Purvines (AB ’99) of McDonough earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. She started Purvines Photography in October 2005.


Alicia Arnett Loadholt (BSA ’00) and her husband Justin of Alpharetta welcomed their daughter, Katherine Anne, March 26. Kate joins her sister Lucy, 2. Brigette Bailey Rabitsch (BS ’00) of Norcross and husband Don Randall Rabitsch welcomed their daughter, Kaitlyn Sarah Rabitsch, April 2. Thomas Barrett (BSFR ’01) and Alicia “Red” Barrett (BSEd ’03) of Soperton welcomed their first child, Bradllee Thomas, May 2. Toby Carr (BBA ’01, BSAE ’01) of Decatur was appointed the state’s transportation planning director by Gov. Nathan Deal. Shelly M. Hipps (BBA ’01) of Snellville earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 2011. Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh (BS ’01) of Charlotte, N.C., is opening a new, state-of-the-art Carolina Facial Plastics office in Charlotte, with plans for a future office in his hometown of Columbia, S.C. Jessica Lambert Smith (ABJ ’01) of Mableton was named senior director of marketing at Ted’s Montana Grill. Richard M. Squires (BBA ’01) and his wife Sallie of Decatur welcomed their son, Lucas Richard Squires, May 30. Lucas joins his sister Adalyn, 4. Todd K. Banister (BBA ’02) of Atlanta was named Harry Norman Realtors top agent company-wide for homes sold in 2011. Michael T. Bergquist (BS ’02) and Kimberly Smith Bergquist (BSEd ’02, MEd ’04) of Jefferson welcomed their daughter Annabella Elise Bergquist May 15. Christine Lorraine Green (AB ’02) of New York City joined the legal affairs team at Teach For America as associate general counsel. Richard Wellborn (BSEd ’02) of Monroe was named a 2012 Georgia Master Teacher. Wellborn teaches 5th-grade mathematics and science at Youth Elementary School in Walton County. Todd Wiggins (BSA ’01) and Anne Kaufold-Wiggins (AB ’02) of Mableton welcomed Kathryn Elizabeth Wiggins to the family. She joins sister Laurel, 2. Mary Beth Chew (AB ’03) is the economic development coordinator of Perry. Larry Dougherty (BS ’03) opened a dental office in San Antonio. Colin Owens (ABJ ’03) of Atlanta was hired as marketing and business development manager for Jackson Spalding. He was previously a marketing manager for Hay Group Inc. Nathan Parry (BSFR ’03) of Anchorage, Alaska, works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its Natural Resources Conservation Service. Parry is a soil scientist, finishing a two-million acre soil and ecological survey at the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Park and Preserve. Umang Patel (BBA ’03) is founding principal and COO of Indusa Investments, which was recognized as one of the UGA Alumni Association’s Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Companies. Autumn Lee Withers (ABJ ’03) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., made her film festival debut at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival in April with her short film “Autumn and George.” Stephanie Stadler Wonderlick (ABJ ’03) of Vienna, Va., joined Red Hat, the world’s largest open-source software company, as director of corporate communications. Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04, AB ’04), a reporter for the Associated Press in Atlanta, was hired to cover business at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bluestein will cover commercial real estate and economic development. Marshall Guest (AB ’04) of Atlanta was included in James Magazine’s Most Influential edition, appearing on the list of Young Guns for 2012. Guest serves as press secretary to the speaker of the House of Georgia, David Ralston. Jessica Taves (AB ’04) was promoted to clinical supervisor of Youth Villages’ Intercept intensive in-home services program. Taves was previously a family intervention specialist in Atlanta for Youth Villages. Alex Wallace (ABJ ’04) of Atlanta received the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication annual Alumni Awards Brunch in May. He is an on-camera meteorologist at The Weather Channel.


Christopher Davis (BLA ’05) and wife Jennifer Davis of Gray are expecting their second child, due Oct. 31. Douglas Harden (AB ’05) of Warner Robins was promoted by the Department of Homeland Security in the National Programs and Protectorate Directorate in Arlington, Va. Harden also received Sigma Chi Fraternity’s Mark V. Anderson Character in Action Award. David Rathbun (AB ’05, BS ’05) of Griffin is the associate pastor/minister to youth and children at Lisbon Baptist Church. Christopher Ryan McShane (AB ’06) of Atlanta and Site Services Group LLC successfully completed the 1,200 acre Phase 1 land assemblage for LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center in August 2011. James “Michael” Taylor (AB ’06) of Mundelein, Ill., was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Albany, N.Y., on June 9. He was promoted to captain in the U.S. Army and started serving as an active duty chaplain following ordination. Amanda Deaton (AB ’07, MPA ’09) of Macon was promoted to assistant chief administrative officer of budget and strategic planning for the city of Macon. James Forrest “Tripp” Kirk III (BBA ’07) of Atlanta won the first-place prize at the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s St. Louis event, taking home $190,961. Luis Miranda (BSFCS ’07) and Katie McCarver (BMusEd ’08) of Marietta were married June 2. Craig Page (AB ’07, MEPD ’11) of Athens received this year’s Alec Little Environmental Award, given for environmental responsibility. Page is executive director of Promoting Local Agriculture and Culture Experiences and is also a founding board member of the Athens Farmers Market and Slow Food Athens. Rebekah Jenni Dunham (BSEd ’08) and Steven James Connors (BBA ’07) were married on March 31 at the Carl House in Auburn, Ga. Connors works for AT&T, and Dunham is a special education preschool teacher for the Hall County School District. Elizabeth Rankin Elmore (ABJ ’08, BBA ’08) of Nashville, Tenn., was promoted to account executive for McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. She was previously an assistant account executive for the firm. Pamela Michelle Haight (BSEd ’08) of Alpharetta was named Overall Teacher of the Year for Fulton County Schools. Haight is a 5th-grade teacher at Alpharetta Elementary School. Jay Hall (BSEd ’09) of Roswell completed a master’s degree in physician assistant studies in Savannah and accepted a position as an orthopedist at Athens Orthopedic Clinic. Tiffany Hobbs (ABJ ’09, AB ’09) of Dallas, Texas, recently completed her MFA at Southern Methodist University and has been added as a new actor to the Brierley Resident Acting Company. Elizabeth Judd (ABJ ’09) of Atlanta was promoted to associate manager of digital marketing and ecommerce at Newell Rubbermaid. Heather Saleeby (BBA ’09) of Peachtree City was awarded a 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Award by the American Institute of CPAs. She is an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York.

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Matthew Lavender (BBA ’11) of Dunwoody was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy after graduating from the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in March.