Class Notes

Compiled by Chase Martin

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Mike Scruggs (BS ’61) of Hendersonville, N.C., was appointed to the North Carolina Veterans Affairs Commission.


George W. “Buddy” Darden III (AB ’65, JD ’67) of Marietta was honored with the Distinguished Service Scroll Award from the UGA School of Law’s alumni association. Gary Allen Brown (BSA ’66, MS ’68, PhD ’70) of Farmingdale, N.Y., received Farmingdale’s Distinguished Service Award. A. Mark Smith (ABJ ’66) of Eatonton was inducted into the Georgia Press Association’s Golden Club. Charles H. Van Rysselberge (ABJ ’68, MA ’71) of Daniel Island, S.C., was awarded Honorary Life Membership by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. Stella BaileyS(BSHE ’69, MHE ’71) of Cordele was honored at the Inaugural Pearl Awards. Reynold Jennings (BSPh ’69) of Kennesaw is CEO of WellStar.


Jeff Lurey (BSPh ’70) of Atlanta received the Georgia Pharmacy Association’s 2013 Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service in pharmacy. Mary Lynn McCorkle (AB ’70) of Brooklyn, N.Y., exhibited her artwork at the Berry College Moon Gallery. H. Darrell Young (AB ’70) and Joseph P. Hester (PhD ’73) published an article, “Building From Within: Designing a Values-Based Cultural Template,” in the Journal of Values-Based Leadership. Charles Harman (BBA ’71), former chief of staff for Sen. Saxby Chambliss, was named vice president for government and community affairs at Emory University. Pete McDonald (BBA ’71) of Rome was appointed president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Maxine Burton (BSEd ’72, MEd ’78) of Athens was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Council for the Arts. Edward L. Shaw Jr. (AB ’72, EdD ’84) of Mobile, Ala., is in his 27th year of teaching at the University of South Alabama and was selected as one of the top 50 professors for the first 50 years of existence of the university. Janet Collins (BSHE ’73, MS ’76) of St. Mary’s City, Md., is the 74th president of the Institute of Food Technologies and the first IFT president to be both a food scientist and a registered dietitian. David A. Garfinkel (AB ’73, MPA ’75) of Jacksonville, Fla., was recognized on Florida Trend’s 2013 Legal Elite list. Elaine Bunn (AB ’74) of Washington, D.C., was chosen to serve as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense for the U.S. Department of Defense.


Marie Garrett (BSEd ’75) of Alpharetta began teaching a graduate level introductory class in public administration at Reinhardt University. Will Harris (BSA ’76) of Bluffton was named the 2013 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. Betsy Crossley (BS ’77, MS ’80) of Brentwood, Tenn., received a Top Dawg Award for being elected to another term as Brentwood mayor from the Nashville Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association. Robert T. Parker IV (BSA ’77) of Suwanee was named president and CEO of the National Peanut Board. James W. Barge (BB ’78) of Lithia Springs was named chief financial officer of Lionsgate. Steve C. Jones (BBA ’78, JD ’87) of Atlanta was honored with the Distinguished Service Scroll Award from the UGA School of Law’s alumni association. Jeff Shellebarger (BS ’78, MS ’80) of Katy, Texas, was named president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company.


Lee Bentley (BBA ’80) of Tampa, Fla., is an interim U.S. attorney and was appointed to fill the 35-county Middle District of Florida. Nancy D. Bryan (BSW ’80) of Tifton is the executive director of Ruth’s Cottage, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and The Patrick House, a child advocacy center. Rebekah Farber (BSEd ’80) of Encino, Calif., was appointed board chair of RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network. Tim McElhannon (BA ’80) of Lexington, Va., fulfilled a lifelong dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. He began his hike at Springer Mountain, Ga., March 27, and reached the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine, on Aug. 4. Timothy Montgomery (BSA ’80, DVM ’83) was named to the House Advisory Committee for the American Veterinary Medical Association. Margaret Mary Peltier (ABJ ’80) of Gulf Breeze, Fla., is the new executive director at Pensacola Little Theatre. Krysta Harden (ABJ ’81) of Alexandria, Va., was nominated to be deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dan Jackson (BSFR ’81) of Montgomery, Ala., was named assistant state forester by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Elaine Hamilton (BSEd ’82, MEd ’83) of Thomasville retired as the executive director of United States Tennis Association Georgia. Tim McMillan (BSA ’82) of Enigma is the Lower Southeast Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award winner for 2013. Victor Keith Wilson (BSW ’82, MEd ’87) of Charleston, S.C., was named vice president for student affairs at UGA. Mike Hubbard (ABJ ’83) is serving his fourth four-year term in the Alabama legislature. Auburn University dedicated a new building to Hubbard, the Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce. Mark Whitney (AB ’83, MS ’91, BS ’92) of Covington was named assistant director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Liz Bauer-Buckingham (ABJ ’84) of Boise, Idaho, retired after 20 years as the owner of Family Magazine & Media Inc. and publisher of Treasure Valley Family Magazine. Martha Jacobs (BBA ’84, JD ’94) of Armuchee was honored as the Assistant District Attorney of the Year for Georgia by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. Richard Riley IV (BBA ’84) is the principal officer/consul general at the U.S. Consulate General in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Gregory L. Roseboro (AB ’84, JD ’87) of Athens was named director of law admissions for UGA Law.


Elizabeth Brannen Chandler (BBA ’85, JD ’88) of Atlanta was named vice president and general counsel of Rollins Inc. Timothy M. Dixon (BSEd ’86) of Millwood received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UGA College of Education. Anita Gregory Arnold (BBA ’89) of Orlando, Fla., obtained her chartered property and casualty underwriter designation. Noel Barnes (AB ’89) of Atlanta was named the new CFO of the Woodruff Arts Center. Jodie Braner (ABJ ’89) of Marietta was recognized by the Atlanta Association of Health Underwriters with the Patty Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award.


Lauri Irvin (BBA ’90) of Thomaston joined United Bank as vice president and card product manager. J. Kinsey Mason (ABJ ’90) of Macon graduated from Wesleyan College with a master of business administration degree. Jay Sanson (BSFCS ’91) of Columbia, S.C., was promoted to vice president of sales at Sysco Foodservice of Columbia. Robert Jeffrey Wolford (AB ’91) of Ringgold was promoted to major and serves as the senior defense counsel in the Georgia National Guard. He commands the 1078th Judge Advocate Team, Trial Defense Service, at Dobbins/Clay National Guard Center in Marietta. James Robert Copeland III (BBA ’92) of Pike Road, Ala., was named principal of Saint James Middle School. Donna Gast (BSA ’92, MEd ’94, EdS ’09) was named Oconee County Middle School Teacher of the Year. Matthew Wendell Guinn (AB ’92) of Ridgeland, Miss., released his first book, The Resurrectionist. Cathy McKenzie (AB ’92, MEd ’94, EdS ’95) of Woodstock is president-elect of the Georgia Association of School Psychologists. N. Todd Evans (AB ’93, MBA ’11) of Dacula was selected to serve as president of the Peachtree Corners Rotary Club in Norcross for 2013-14. Amy Gleaton (BSEd ’93) of Dalton was named Dalton Teacher of the Year. Wes McGee (BSEd ’93, MEd ’05) of Gainesville was named principal of Habersham Central High School. John B. “Jay” Prince (BBA ’93) of Valdosta is chairman of the board of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce for 2013. Meri Blackburn (BSEd ’94, MEd ’98, PhD ’11) of Watkinsville was named assistant principal of North Oconee High School.


Pamela Elms (BSEd ’95) of Memphis, Tenn., is now the joint executive director for the Kappa Delta Sorority and Foundation. Jonathan Adams (BMus ’96) and Jenn Adams (BMus ’00) formed the cello and guitar duo Montana Skies. Michael S. Martin (BSFR ’98), president of Georgia Timber, and wife Stephanie welcomed their second child, Cooper James, June 24. La’Keshia Frett Meredith (BSFCS ’98) of Conyers was named to the Virginia Cavaliers’ coaching staff. Beth Carey (BSFCS ’99, MEd ’03) of Winterville opened Beth’s Bakery, the first vegan and nut-free bakery in the Athens area. Sean Kirk (AB ’99) of Nashville, Tenn., and his wife Candice welcomed their first child, Stella Rose, July 12. Christopher Turner (BBA ’99, MAcc ’00) of Atlanta was promoted to senior manager at Ernst & Young LLP.


Ashlee Crews (AB ’00) of Durham, N.C., received a 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Patrick C. Kindregan (BBA ’01) of Cumming joined Floyd Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency program. Jennifer Parris Norman (BSEd ’01, MEd ’03) and Chip Norman of Leesburg welcomed their second son Davis Gray Norman Aug. 7. William Dryden (BFA ’02) of Woodstock was named Brumby Elementary School’s 2013 Teacher of the Year and earned a specialist degree in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University. Kathy Couch Jones (BS ’02) and husband Colin Warner Jones (MM ’04) of Mundelein, Ill., welcomed their first child, Owen Eugene Jones, June 22. Jennifer Lance (BSA ’02, MEd ’06) of Washington is seeking her doctorate degree in science education, focusing on science education in a rural classroom. Eric NeSmith (ABJ ’02) of Athens joined Editor & Publisher’s 25 Under 35 list for 2013. John Nelson Ozier (AB ’02) of Nashville, Tenn., is the general manager for the creative division at ole, an independent music publisher. Steven Christopher Smith (BS ’02) and wife Tovia Martirosian Smith welcomed their second child, Tovia Virginia McMillian Smith, Aug. 6. Brandi Nicole Littlejohn (ABJ ’03) and Christopher Brandon Skeen (ABJ ’03) of Waleska were married June 1. Chris is an audio designer for HLN and CNN with Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta, and Brandi is a lean six-sigma process improvement leader at Floyd Medical Center in Rome. Matthew Allen (ABJ ’04), wife Abby and big brother Brady of Hoover, Ala., welcomed Molly Clark Allen to the family June 24. Michael B. Glatzer (BBA ’04, MAcc ’04) married Dania Liebergesell May 10 in Annapolis, Md. They reside in Virginia, where Glatzer is a certified public accountant. Nicolas M. Hartley (ABJ ’04) of Perry was promoted to regional lending manager for AgGeorgia Farm Credit and will oversee six offices in the cooperative’s middle Georgia region. James Andrew Robson (AB ’04) of Atlanta announced the opening of Glass & Robson LLC, a law firm specializing in representing plaintiffs and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death matters. Katie Davis Terrell (BSEd ’04) and her father Tom Davis (BSAE ’74) of Athens began Dirt Road Sauce LLC. They sell and distribute Tom’s secret recipe to stores throughout Georgia.


Heather Newman (AB ’05) of Orlando, Fla., was named a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine and a Florida Legal Elite “Up & Comer” by Florida Trend for the second year in a row. John C. Peters Jr. (BSA ’05) of Moultrie was promoted to regional lending manager for AgGeorgia Farm Credit and will oversee six offices in the cooperative’s southernmost region. Deondra Rose (AB ’05) was awarded the 2013 Leonard D. White Award for the Best Dissertation in the Field of Public Administration and the 2013 Walter Dean Burnham Award for the Best Dissertation on Politics and History. Christopher Ryan McShane (AB ’06) of Atlanta was named to the National Association of Realtors’ 30 Under 30 list for 2013. Elizabeth Morgan (BSFCS ’06) married Benjamin Leventhal. Alan Barnes (BSA ’08) of Cartersville joined Floyd Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency program. Betsy Lynch (AB ’08) of Kennesaw is press secretary to the Georgia House of Representatives. Stephen C. Watson (BBA ’08) of Lakeland, Fla., was recognized on the 2014 Best Lawyers in America outstanding attorneys list. Daniel Bennett (BSBE ’09) of Rome joined Floyd Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency program. Jenna Elizabeth Dawson (BSEd ’09, MEd ’11) and Richard Charles Baldwin of Hawkinsville were married May 4. Hillyer Jennings (BBA ’09) of New York, N.Y., invented a product called Wrist Tunes, small bracelets with a built-in speaker that play a song. Michael “Scott” Spivey (AB ’09) of Cartersville was promoted to assistant director of admissions for Westwood College, Atlanta Northlake Campus.

2010 -

Samuel Thomas (AB ’10) of Colbert became the fourth generation of his family to become an Athens business owner when he opened his College Avenue law firm. Jessica Lauren Wilson (AB ’10) and Anthony Lucadamo (AB ’10) are engaged and will be married November 2014 in their current town of Charlottesville, Va. Jessica works for the University of Virginia, and Tony is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Virginia. Ryan Harrison Miller (AB ’11, BBA ’11) of Atlanta is a digital analyst at BBDO Atlanta. Ryan Black (ABJ ’12) of Elberton joined the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer as the Auburn football beat writer. Lauren Maddox (AB ’13) of Calhoun was chosen by the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program to teach English in Kobe, Japan. Carly Mathis (ABJ ’13) of Leesburg made it to the top 10 in the Miss America pageant.