Class Notes

Compiled by Daniel Funke

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1935–1939

Nelson Kraeft (BS ’38) of Tallahassee, Fla., received the 2014 I.B. Harrison, M.D., Humanitarian Award from the Capital Medical Society.

1955–1959

Tommie G. Mullis (BSHE ’56, MS ’79) of Bogart received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences at their 37th Alumni Awards Luncheon Feb. 22.

1960–1964

James Eugene Bottoms (BSEd ’60, EdD ’65) of Tucker received UGA’s Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award for his work as vice president of the Southern Regional Education Board. Marilyn Delong McNeely (BSEd ’62) of Clarkesville was honored at the Miss UGA Pageant in January for having won 53 years ago. She currently serves on the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Georgia Museum of Art boards. Bob McLendon (BSF ’63) of Leary received the Producer Recognition Award from Southern Cotton Growers Inc. for his work as a cotton farmer and leadership in the agriculture industry.

1965–1969

Gail Hunnicutt (BSEd ’66) and Pat Hunnicutt (BS ’68) of LaGrange were named grand marshals of their local Christmas parade in honor of their involvement in the community. Robert Constantine (AB ’69, JD ’72) of Atlanta was hired by Georgia’s state ethics commission to help run the agency as it faces federal scrutiny.

1970–1974

Elton Maddox (BSAE ’74) of Gainesville, Ga., was elected chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.

1975–1979

Fred Boyles (BSEd ’76) of St. Marys was awarded the 2014 Malcolm Vass Award for Public Service by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston for 33 years of service with the National Park Service. Sandra Whaley Derrick (BSHE ’76, MEd ’80) of Dalton now has her own television show called “Cooking & Crafts with Sandra Derrick,” which airs weekly in the Dalton area. Rocky Stewart (BSEd ’76) and his wife Alecia Hobbs Stewart (BSEd ’76) of Wadley retired after teaching for 36 years in Georgia’s public, private and juvenile justice schools. Van McCall (BSA ’77) of Denton is the chief lending officer of the AGAware program within the company AgSouth Farm Credit, which was awarded the Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service by the Farm Credit Council in February. McCall created AGAware in 2012 as an advocacy program to educate the public and promote agriculture. Rebecca Wood (BFA ’77) of Athens published a coffee table book with images of the Athens area with business partners Kristen Bach and photographer Rinne Allen in August.

1980–1984

Lisa Grovenstein (BSA ’80) of Lilburn was selected as assistant vice president of institute communications at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Melvin Cooper (BSEd ’81) of Gainesville, Ga., was profiled by The Times for his 41 years of work at the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Lance Norris DeLoach (BSEd ’81) of Thomaston was inducted into the Thomaston-Upson County Sports Hall of Fame in February for his involvement with the 1970 R.E. Lee football team. Mary Hamlin Kiley (BSA ’81, MBA ’84) of Winder retired from AgGeorgia Farm Credit Oct. 1 after 30 years of service as vice president and marketing manager. LeeAnn Jones (AB ’83, JD ’86) of Atlanta joined the Taylor English Duma law firm, where she will focus on building her mediation practice. Janet Richardson Horne West (ABJ ’83, EdS ’90) of Acworth is teaching elementary school and serves on the school board of her church. Keith Porter (BSEd ’84, EdS ’97) of Cumming retired in May after serving as Dawson County school superintendent for 30 years.

1985–1989

Pattie Weed (BBA ’86) of Thomaston was named Upson-Lee North Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. Jody Rosen Atkins (BSHE ’89, MS ’91) of Clearwater Beach, Fla., received the Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences at their 37th Alumni Awards Luncheon Feb. 22.

1990–1994

Pattie Weed (BBA ’86) of Thomaston was named Upson-Lee North Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. Jody Rosen Atkins (BSHE ’89, MS ’91) of Clearwater Beach, Fla., received the Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences at their 37th Alumni Awards Luncheon Feb. 22.

1995–1999

Benson Pope (AB ’95, JD ’98) of Atlanta was elevated to shareholder at Littler, an employment and labor law practice that represents management. Jon Jay Banks (BBA ’96) of Atlanta co-founded the company Alaina in Atlanta, an activities group for young professionals that offers social, recreational and travel opportunities for people looking to make friends. Philip Adams (BLA ’98) of Columbus was hired as client manager at Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon engineering and architectural firm in Columbus. Shannon Register (BSFCS ’98) of Spring, Texas, and her company Register Real Estate Advisors were nominated for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. Brent Buice (AB ’99, MA ’04) of Athens was selected as one of GeorgiaForward’s Young Gamechangers and will participate in a program that seeks to solve policy challenges in Dublin-Laurens County. Todd Koransky (BBA ’99, MAcc ’00) of Atlanta was named partner at Williams Benator & Libby LLP, a public accounting and consulting firm.

2000–2004

Shiketa Jones Gresham (BBA ’00) and her husband Demetrius Gresham (BBA ’00) of San Antonio, Texas, welcomed their daughter Lauren Olivia “Lola” in December. Alicia Arnett Loadholt (BSA ’00) and her husband Justin of Johns Creek welcomed their third daughter Emma Charlotte Jan. 10. Mandy Wooley Edwards (BBA ’01) of Statesboro and her social media marketing company ME Marketing Services was featured on Forbes magazine’s website in September in the article “25 Things Influential People Do Better Than Anyone Else.” Kristina Crane Muñoz (BSEd ’01) of Madison was selected as the 2014 Teacher of the Year for the Mediterranean District in the Department of Defense school system. Mike Caplan (AB ’02, MBA ’05, JD ’06) of Atlanta and James Cobb (BS ’00) of Decatur launched their own law firm, Caplan Cobb LLP, focusing on business litigation in the Atlanta area. Jessica Faber (ABJ ’02) of Dulles, Va., was assigned to the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in Pretoria, South Africa. Stephen Olson (BBA ’02) of New York, N.Y., was elected to partnership with the BakerHostetler law firm, where he is a member of the business group. Ben Adams (BSBE ’03) of Lafayette, Ala., was hired as engineering manager at Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon engineering and architectural firm in Columbus, Ga. Jake Carter (BBA ’03) of McDonough was elected by members of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee to serve as chair for 2014. Jonathan Dye (BFA ’03) of Macon was selected as one of GeorgiaForward’s Young Gamechangers and will participate in a program that seeks to solve policy challenges in Dublin-Laurens County. Terri Stewart (BBA ’03, JD ’06) of Atlanta was listed in Georgia Super Lawyers 2014 for her work in employment and labor law at Fisher & Phillips LLP. Anne Corinne Huggins (BSFCS ’04) of Gainesville, Fla., received the Pacesetter Award from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences at their 37th Alumni Awards Luncheon Feb. 22. Katie Terrell (BSEd ’04) of Athens had her family barbeque sauce Dirt Road featured at a Gainesville, Ga., Kroger store, the Suwannee Beerfest and the Flavor of Georgia competition in March. Stephanie Hawkins Watts (AB ’04, MEd ’07) of Marietta and her husband Stephen welcomed their second daughter Anna Grace Feb. 7.

2005–2009

David Fleischman (AB ’05) of Valdora, Queensland, Australia, was awarded a Ph.D. in international business from the University of the Sunshine Coast in October. Will Carr (ABJ ’06) of Santa Monica, Calif., now works as a national correspondent for Fox News based in Los Angeles. Daniel Purvis (AB ’06) of Thomaston was named Upson-Lee Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. Robert Ramey (BSFCS ’06) of Vail, Colo., was named the head golf professional at Sonnenalp Golf Club in Edwards, Colo. Edward J. Gerety III (AB ’07) of Arlington, Va., graduated with an MBA from Johns Hopkins University in May. Michelle Merck Walker (AB ’07) of Carrboro, N.C., was named on the 2014 Rising Star list by Super Lawyers rating service. Walker practices bankruptcy law at the law office of James C. White. William Alexander (BS ’08) of Atlanta was hired as a family law attorney at the Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle firm. Lawrence Conneff (ABJ ’08) of Savannah was named editor of Bluffton Today, a semiweekly newspaper serving the greater Bluffton, S.C., area. Meghan Duke (ABJ ’08) of Hahira was selected as one of GeorgiaForward’s Young Gamechangers and will participate in a program that seeks to solve policy challenges in Dublin-Laurens County. Lauren O’Prey (BSEd ’08, MEd ’10) of Woodstock was named Teacher of the Year at Roswell North Elementary School, where she teaches fifth grade. Dwain Watts (BS ’08, BSEd ’08) and his wife Alicia Bellezza-Watts (AB ’08, BSW ’08) of Bowie, Md., welcomed their daughter Isabella Dorothy Feb. 2. Rachel Morgan Webster (ABJ ’08) of Atlanta accepted a position as a wealth advisory associate with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Atlanta. Kristin Bernhard (AB ’09) of Atlanta was appointed deputy commissioner for system reform of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Carney Simpson (BBA ’09) of Atlanta was hired as a new associate at the law firm Hunton & Williams LLP.

2010 -

Devin Fiegelist (BBA ’10) of Roswell is engaged to be married to Paul Rehm in October. Kristen Deuschle (EdS ’12) of Cumming was named the Forsyth County Teacher of the Year for her work as media specialist at Piney Grove Middle School. Crissinda Milan Ponder (ABJ ’12) of Lake Worth, Fla., was promoted to insurance reporter at the personal finance website Bankrate.com. Will Stephenson (AB ’12) of Atlanta is now the arts and entertainment editor of the Arkansas Times newspaper in Little Rock.