Class Notes

Compiled by Chase Martin

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James C. Wilkinson (DVM ’57) of Chilhowie, Va., and family were named Farm Family of the Year.


Pat Dye (BSEd ’62) of Notasulga, Ala., was inducted into the Academy of Richmond County Hall of Fame. Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63) of Johannesburg, South Africa, was named winner of the 2012 Walter Cronkite Award. Hunter-Gault was one of the first two African-American students to enroll at UGA in 1961. James T. McIntyre Jr. (AB ’63, JD ’63) of Clifton, Va., received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Career Achievement by Young Harris College. Joe Scarborough (BSF ’63) of Fortson was inducted into the Jordan High Athletic Hall of Fame. George Watts (ABJ ’63) of Alexandria, Va., was named secretary general of the International Poultry Council. Eloise Sutton Pino (BSHE ’64) of Marietta received her Certified Teacher and Certified Artist honors from the International Porcelain Artists and Teachers Inc.


Sheryle Bolton (AB ’68, MA ’75) of Oakland, Calif., was named CEO of Sally Ride Science. Stephen C. Watson (BBA ’68) of Lakeland, Fla., was named in The Best Lawyers in America.


William Miller (BSFR ’70) of Fernandina Beach, Fla., was inducted into the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame. Mike Lisenby (AB ’71, JD ’74) of Swainsboro was awarded the OurTown Hero Award. Mary Virginia Taylor (AB ’72) of Columbia, S.C., became the first woman bishop of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Earl Barrs (BSFR ’74) of Macon was inducted into the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame. Doug Hahn (AB ’74) of Columbus was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, Ky. Miles “Andy” Stone (BSFR ’74) of Fargo was inducted into the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame.


Thomas Clarence Bobbitt III (AB ’75) of Dublin received the Frost Ward Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia. Clara Byrd Davis (ABJ ’77) was named principal of Britt David Magnet Academy in Columbus. Warren Manley (BSPh ’78) of Fitzgerald was appointed to serve on the board of directors for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College as a representative of the Ben Hill community. Stuart K. Mathis (BBA ’78) of San Diego, Calif., has been president of UPS for 10 years. Before working with UPS Mathis held positions with Domino’s Pizza and Six Flags. Bartley Hildreth (DPA ’79) of Atlanta was appointed to the board of directors for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.


Gregory Borland (AB ’80, MPA ’85) of Hoover, Ala., retired after 25 years with the Drug Enforcement Agency. He now works as a special investigator for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. Rev. Jonathan Holston (AB ’80) of Smyrna was elected bishop in the United Methodist Church. Jennifer Whitener (ABJ ’81) of Lookout Mountain was elected to the board of trustees of RSA-US, an affiliate of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Pam Walter Fountain (ABJ ’82) of Tallulah Falls was named assistant director of development at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. Phil Bettendorf (AB ’83, MMC ’91) of Athens was named president of the Rotary Club of Athens. R. William Lee III (BBA ’83) of Marietta joined Sheffield Investment Management, overseeing operations and marketing functions. Tim Mersmann (BSFR ’84) of Snellville was named district ranger at Conecuh National Forest.


Mike Craft (BSEd ’85, MEd ’88) of Ringgold was named head wrestling coach at Heritage High School. William “Billy” Ray II (BBA ’85, MBA ’86, JD ’90) of Lawrenceville was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals. James Martinez (ABJ ’86) was named Associated Press news editor for New York state. Patty Sellers Veazey (AB ’86) of Tifton was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as a new member of the Judicial Nominating System for the state of Georgia. Todd McGhee (BSEd ’87, MEd ’93, EdD ’98) of Jefferson was named superintendent of the Social Circle Board of Education. Paul Dubsky (BBA ’88) of Atlanta was promoted to director at Bennett Thrasher PC. Janet Parham (AB ’88) of Bogart was named CEO of the Coalition of Athens Area Physicians. Robert L. Downs (BSEd ’89) of Kennesaw was named principal of Pope High School.


David Blanchard (AB ’90) of Atlanta was named deputy assistant commissioner for Atlanta’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. LaShawn McMillan (AB ’92, MSW ’97) of Dacula was named principal of Ashford Park Elementary School. Gerald E. Thomas (BSEd ’92, MEd ’94), a professor at Springfield College, authored a chapter titled “Facilitating Learning with Adult Students in the Transcultural Classroom” in the text Transcultural Blended Learning and Teaching in Postsecondary Education. Mark Spain (BBA ’93) of Cumming and his team were named one of America’s top real estate teams by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, ranking number 20 nationally for most transaction sides with 512 closings.


Ross Cohen (AB ’95) of New York, N.Y., was named senior vice president of digital inventory strategy for Viacom Media Networks. Keith Blackwell (AB ’96, JD ’99) succeeded George Carley as a Georgia Supreme Court justice. Michael L. Benner (BBA ’97) of Atlanta was named producer and client advocate at the Human Capital Practice of Willis Insurance Services of Georgia. Steven Flynn (MMC ’97) of Alpharetta was named the global general manager for NeuroFocus, a consumer neuroscience laboratory in Atlanta. Jeff Wood (BBA ’97) of Alpharetta was named vice president of product management for Navicure. Jim Chasteen (BBA ’98) and Charlie Thompson (AB ’99, JD ’03, MBA ’03) are the founders and sole owners of American Spirit Whiskey. Catherine Rowan-Collier (DVM ’98) of Destin, Fla., started Caring Hands Mobile Veterinary Hospital, serving the Emerald Coast of Florida. Chad Warner (ABJ ’98) of Rome was promoted to senior associate athletic director at Shorter University. Ulmer Zeke Bridges III (AB ’99) and Grace Bolles Bridges of Cary, N.C., welcomed daughter Liliana Olivia Bridges July 9. Beth Anne Trombetta (BSFCS ’99) of Valdosta was named executive director of the Valdosta City Schools Foundation.


Jennifer Duvall (BSFCS ’00) is founder of and is a freelance makeup artist and beauty blogger. Hunter Hopkins (BBA ’00) of Atlanta is executive director of the Georgia Petroleum Council. Tiffany Hutchens (MEd ’00) of Suwanee was named principal of Medlock Bridge Elementary School. Haley Rice (AB ’00) of Columbus was named artistic director of Colquitt/Miller Arts Council. Tituss Burgess (AB ’01) has starred in various Broadway productions and will be featured in XL Nightclub’s show “Curtains Up.” C. Pierce Campbell (BBA ’01) of Florence, S.C., was elected as a shareholder of his law firm, Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A. Jeff Carter (MMC ’01) of Hughesville, Md., is now director of communications for the undersecretary of management at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ben Dukes (BBA ’01) of Los Angeles, Calif., and his band made their television debut on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” playing his song “Down in Flames.” Joseph Goodroe (BSEd ’01, MEd ’02, EdD ’10) of Trenton was named principal of Banks County High School. Kristin Paul Hunt (ABJ ’01) and Samuel Hunt (ABJ ’02) of Woodstock welcomed son Davin Alexander Hunt July 1. Jabaris Swain (BS ’01) of Boston, Mass., will spend a year in Rwanda working with a group called Team Heart, helping to screen and provide cardiac surgery care to patients with critical rheumatic heart disease. Todd Bruce (AB ’02) is the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Folsom, Calif. Tamlin Hall (BSA ’02) of Los Angeles, Calif., was named a finalist for the 38th Annual HUMANITAS Prize, which honors television and film writers. Derrick Maxwell (BS ’02) of Athens was named principal of Whit Davis Elementary School. Stacey Hinton Tuneski (ABJ ’02, MPA ’04) of Washington, D.C., married Alexander Tuneski June 23. Richard Wellborn (BSEd ’02) of Monroe was named a 2012 Georgia Master Teacher. Cameron Schwabenton (BSFCS ’03) of Charleston, S.C., of Cameron Stewart Ltd. Co., has partnered with By Others Ltd. Co. to design a new luxury brand hotel in Charleston, S.C.


Jeremy Wilson (BBA ’05, MAcc ’06) of Macon has joined Draffin & Tucker LLP as a supervisor in the tax department. Brooke Casey (BBA ’06) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., joined Trio Solutions Inc. Tara Currier (ABJ ’06) of Cartersville was named executive director of the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority. Andrew Dill (BBA ’06, AB ’07) of Washington, D.C., was named the new director of federal relations for UGA. Andrew Floyd (BSFR ’06) of Bush, La., is now student minister at Red Bank Baptist Church. Lindsey Karavites (BSA ’06) of Camilla began her residency in general surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Ill. Katie Connell Miller (AB ’06, ABJ ’06) of Atlanta was appointed to the Board of Public Health. Haley Chura (BBA ’07) of Atlanta was promoted to manager at Bennett Thrasher PC. Matt Robbins (BSFCS ’07) of Calhoun was named assistant vice president at Greater Community Bank of Calhoun.

2010 -

Lance Fendley (BSEd ’10) of Athens was named the new offensive coordinator at Bethlehem Christian Academy. Lauren S. Leighton (ABJ ’10) of New York City, N.Y., is working as executive assistant to the publisher of Oprah Magazine and as an executive advertising assistant for the magazine. Drake Bernstein (BSEd ’11) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was named assistant women’s tennis coach at UGA. Harris English (BSFCS ’11) of Thomasville shot a 10-under-par 60 at a British Open qualifier in Texas. Leslie Flowers (AB ’11, BSEd ’11) of Savannah is now in her second year of teaching Latin to elementary school students at Jacob G. Smith School. Karie Hayden (ABJ ’11) of Lilburn was promoted to assistant account executive at the Atlanta office of the Dalton Agency, an advertising and public relations firm. Brittany Miller (BSFCS ’11) of McDonough joined Teach for America and is teaching in San Antonio, Texas. Megan L. Wilkeson (BSEd ’11) and Colton P. Jones (BSEd ’11) married Nov. 24.