Grad Notes

Compiled by Daniel Funke

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Compiled by Daniel Funke

Due to the volume of submissions we are not able to confirm that we have received your note. Please be patient. It can sometimes take a few months for a note to appear in the magazine after it has been submitted.

Arts & Sciences

Stephen Blades (MPA ’81) of Brentwood, Tenn., was named chief executive officer of Louisiana Heart Medical Group, one of the largest multispecialty practices in the region. Steven Elliott-Gower (MA ’86, PhD ’89) of Athens is serving as interim director of the main library at Georgia College & State University, where he is also director of the honors program and an associate professor of political science. Leroy Bynum (DMA ’92) of Albany will be leaving his position as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Albany State University to assume a similar role at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., in July. Marissa Vivona Greider (MA ’98) of Atlanta was named the new director of development at Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. Michael Davis (PhD ’03) of Harrisonburg, Va., was awarded the Don Brownlee Award by the Cross Examination Debate Association for his career achievements as director of debate at James Madison University. Jennifer Eimers (PhD ’08) of Marshall, Mo., was named dean of graduate studies at Missouri Valley College.

Business

Mark Martin (MBA ’07) and his wife Tiffany of New Orleans had their first child, Marilee Grace, Jan. 26.

Education

Michael Delp (MA ’88, PhD ’90) of Alachua, Fla., was named dean of the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University. Tom Walter (PhD ’88) of Flowery Branch was selected as the ombudsman for faculty and staff at the University of North Georgia. Heather Harris Wright (MA ’96, PhD ’00) of Greenville, N.C., was named the associate dean for research in the College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University. Shea Kidd Houze (MEd ’06) of Memphis, Tenn., was named associate director for external affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

Enviroment and Design

Ben Roberts (MHP ’10) of Savannah was named a Modern Monument Man by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Action Group.

Law

Benjamine Reid (JD ’74) of Miami, Fla., was listed in Best Lawyers in America in seven categories and was named the Miami-Dade County Lawyer of the Year in products liability. John Thompson (JD ’78) of Atlanta was listed in Georgia Super Lawyers 2014 for his work in employment and labor law at Fisher & Phillips LLP. D. Albert Brannen (JD ’82, MBA ’82) of Atlanta was listed in Georgia Super Lawyers 2014 for his work in employment and labor law at Fisher & Phillips LLP. Allan Kamensky (JD ’86) of Columbus, Ga., was hired as the new general counsel for Synovus Financial Corp., a Southeast regional bank. Michael Raeber (JD ’93) of Atlanta was named executive director of legal affairs at UGA. Clare Ellis (MA ’03, JD ’13) of Atlanta was hired as a new associate at the law firm Hunton & Williams LLP. Brett Willis (JD ’03) of Gainesville, Ga., was named the state of Georgia’s Assistant Circuit Defender of the Year for his work as an attorney with the Hall County public defender’s office.

Correction: In the March issue of Georgia Magazine, Carla McMillian was incorrectly identified as African American. The note should have read: Carla McMillian (JD ’98) of Tyrone is the first Asian-American judge appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Pharmacy

Ashish Advani (PharmD ’07) of Atlanta is launching a health information website and iPhone application July 1 called InPharmD, which provides customized drug information on demand to patients and healthcare providers.

Veterinary Medicine

Nancy Cox (MS ’77) of Lexington, Ky., was named dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky. Christina Dayton-Wall (DVM ’07) of Lincoln, Del., opened her own mixed animal practice All Creatures Veterinary Services in Harrington, Del., in October.