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James Eugene Bottoms (BSEd ’60, EdD ’65) of Tucker was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School.
William B. Jones (BBA ’66, MEd ’70) of Jackson was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School. Carl E. Swearingen (ABJ ’67, MA ’69) of Atlanta was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School. William Marcus “Mark” Reed II (BBA ’69) of Dawsonville received the Founder’s Award from Sigma Pi Fraternity International, the fraternity’s highest honor.
Wade McKinnon (BS ’70, BSPh ’76) of Reston, Va., retired in November after practicing military and civilian pharmacy for almost 38 years. Tommy Sasser (BSF ’70) of Eatonton was named the Warnell School’s Distinguished Alumnus. Devron R. Averett (BS ’71, MS ’74) of Cardiff-By-The-Sea, Calif., was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School. Bill Hart (BBA ’71) of Columbus was named Builder of the Year by the Greater Columbus Home Builders Association. Thomas L. Lyons (AB ’71, MS ’71) of Atlanta was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School. Jim McClearen (BSA ’71, DVM ’74) was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Georgia Veterinarian Medical Association. Maxine Hubbard Burton (BSEd ’72, MEd ’78) of Bogart was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School. Stan Pethel (BMus ’72, MFA ’73) of Armuchee was awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Plus Award. Inez Tenenbaum (BSEd ’72, MEd ’74) of Lexington, S.C., joined the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. From 2009 until accepting her current position, Tenenbaum led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. N. Kirby Alton (BS ’74, PhD ’81) of Thousand Oaks, Calif., was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School. Richard T. Cupitt (AB ’74, MA ’78, PhD ’85) of Washington, D.C., was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School.
Avery Sledge (BBA ’75) of Beavercreek, Ohio, was ordained as a pastor in the U.S. Church of Christ in November. Karl E. Wycoff (AB ’75, MA ’77) of Herndon, Va., was honored with a 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the UGA Graduate School. Bill Eichenberger (ABJ ’76) of Huntington, N.Y., was named special projects editor for Bleacher Report, the website purchased by Turner Sports that has become the sole sports content provider for CNN. Anne Byrn (BSHE ’78) introduced her new line of cake mixes, The Cake Doctor’s Mix, available in Publix stores. Philip Goldstein (BBA ’78) of Marietta was re-elected as Ward 7 councilman for the City of Marietta. He has served as a councilman continuously since May 1980. Hala Moddelmog (AB ’78, MA ’81) was named interim chief executive officer of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Kristine Cato (ABJ ’79) of Columbia, S.C., joined the Babcock Center board of directors. Cato is an attorney for Rogers Townsend & Thomas.
Paul Pierce (BFA ’80) of Columbus celebrated his 25th anniversary as CEO of the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia. Roger “Bo” Ryles (BSA ’80, MAEx ’88, EdD ’96) of Bogart was named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Liz Smith (AB ’82) launched Creative Media Experiences LLC, which aims to provide creative direction for media sales organizations.
Dan Forster (BSFR ’86, MS ’88) of Atlanta was named president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Julie Holloway (BSEd ’88) of Eatonton was nominated for Putnam County’s Teacher of the Year. Kim Ritchie Spencer (AB ’89) of Savannah has helped to create The Thinking Moms’ Revolution, an initiative dedicated to providing information to the parents of children with developmental disabilities. Initially a blog, the group has published their first book, The Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children.
Kimberly Ballard-Washington (AB ’90) of Lawrenceville was named interim president of Albany State University. Jay Hallinan (BBA ’91) of Charlotte, N.C., was appointed CEO of Tenex Health. Allison Dykes (AB ’92) was named vice president and secretary of Emory University. Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ’92) of Phoenix, Ariz., was named global sports editor for the Associated Press. R. Mitchell Wickham (AB ’92) of Charlotte, N.C., was recognized on the 2013 REP. “Top 10 Wirehouse Advisors” list. Wickham is currently a managing director-wealth management in the private banking and investment group at Merrill Lynch and co-manager of Wickham Cash Partners. Amy Kathryn Gleaton (BSEd ’93) of Dalton was named Dalton Teacher of the Year. Meredith Ann Blackburn (BSEd ’94, MEd ’98, PhD ’11) of Watkinsville was named assistant principal at North Oconee High School. Thomas Moffett Flournoy III (BBA ’94) of Columbus was appointed the six-county Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit’s chief public defender.
Aimee M. Driver Dean (BBA ’96) and Donnie Parker Dean of Athens welcomed their first child, Virginia Parker, in September. Melissa Tymchuk (ABJ ’96) of Gainesville was named one of Georgia Trend’s 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40 for her work as a PR specialist for Northeast Georgia Health System. Alyssa “Aly” Montooth (BSEd ’97) of Atlanta was named DeKalb County School System Teacher of the Year. She teaches British literature at Druid Hills High School. Jocelyn Rogers (BS ’97) was elected to the executive committee for the board of the Georgia Technical College Directors Association. Angela Dotson (BBA ’98, MAcc ’99) of Atlanta was named one of Georgia Trend’s 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40. She provides financial planning advice for small businesses and volunteers with breast cancer patients through Turning Point Women’s Healthcare. Ashley Harris Groome (ABJ ’98, AB ’99) of Atlanta was promoted to senior vice president of state government relations at McGuireWoods Consulting. Matthew Perkins (BLA ’98) of Canton directed “The Little Tin Man,” written by Dugan Bridges (ABJ ’06) of Hollywood, Calif., and starring Aaron Beelner (MFA ’05) of Decatur. The film premiered at Ciné theater in Athens in October. Kevin S. Rose (BBA ’98) of Chattanooga was promoted to member at Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough PLLC.
Jessica Langston McClellan (AB ’00) of Washington, D.C., received the Young Alumnus Award from UGA’s Blue Key Honor Society. Conner Atkinson Poe (AB ’01) of Cumming was named to the 2014 class for Leadership Georgia. Callie Burt (AB ’02, MA ’04, PhD ’09) of Phoenix, Ariz., was named the 2013 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow by the National Institute of Justice. Otis Brumby III (BBA ’03, JD ’06) was named one of Georgia Trend’s 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40 for his work in overseeing The Marietta Daily Journal, Neighbor Newspapers and the Cherokee Tribune in suburban Atlanta. Larry Dougherty (BS ’03) of San Antonio, Texas, was nominated for the New Dentist of the Year Award by the Texas Academy of General Dentistry. Mitchell A. Foster (BBA ’03) of Saint Paul, Minn., received his master of science in law degree from Champlain College and was promoted to second vice president at Travelers Companies Inc. Catherine Morrison Harris (ABJ ’03, JD ’06) of Memphis, Tenn., is one of 10 young professionals elected as members of “Young Memphis 2013” by the Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Patrick N. Arndt (AB ’04, JD ’08) of Atlanta joined the firm Nall & Miller LLP. Adam Goldberg (BS ’04) of Augusta was named one of Georgia Trend’s 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40. He practices dentistry and serves on the Symphony Orchestra Augusta board. Erin Shaw Washington (BMus ’04) of Spartanburg, S.C., was named director of the Learning Resource Center and librarian for the Marie Blair Burgess Library at Spartanburg Methodist College.
Will Carr (ABJ ’06) of Los Angeles took a position as a national correspondent with Fox News. Lelia Howze King (ABJ ’06) of Charlotte, N.C., was named Young Professional of the Year for the Charlotte chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Kevin Kisner (BBA ’06) of Aiken, S.C., won the Pebble Beach Invitational golf tournament. Andrea Marie Simrell (ABJ ’06) of Simpsonville, S.C., was named public relations representative at Jackson Marketing Group, South Carolina’s second largest integrated marketing communications agency. Blake Tillery (AB ’06) of Vidalia was named one of Georgia Trend’s 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40. He practices trial law at Smith & Tillery, teaches at Brewton-Parker College and volunteers for the local Boys and Girls Club. Audrey Irwin Marrow (AB ’07) and Jason Marrow (AB ’05) of Cartersville welcomed their second child, Audrey Marrow, June 10. Jessica Black (AB ’08, BS ’10) of Garfield was sworn in as the newest member of the Middle Judicial Circuit’s Bar Association. Ben Colley (BBA ’08, BA ’08) and Melanie Watts Colley (BBA ’08) of Marietta welcomed their first child, Nick Colley, in May. Ben Erwin (BSBE ’08) and Jamie Wigginton were enaged Sept. 27 and will be married Oct. 25 at Big Canoe. Aaron Jongko (BSEd ’08, MEd ’09) of Suwanee was named Clarke County School District’s Teacher of the Year. Marie Plishka (AB ’08) of Albany took a position at the Council on Competitiveness in Washington, D.C. The organization creates public policy solutions for bolstering U.S. economic competitiveness. Brooke Bates (ABJ ’09) joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an associate in the corporate and securities practice group. Nathan Hertzog (AB ’09, MPA ’09) of Signal Mountain, Tenn., joined the corporate department of Miller & Martin PLLC in the firm’s Chattanooga office.
Lauren Sophia Leighton (ABJ ’10) of Denver, Colo., has begun a master’s program in clinical and mental health counseling at the University of Colorado. Julianna McCarthy (AB ’12) and husband Kevin McCarthy (BSFCS ’12) renovated the bankrupt Bloody Point Golf Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C., into a beach resort.