Raymond L. Tanner (BS) received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Physics from the American Association
of Physicists in Medicine in July. Tanner earned a master’s in physics from Vanderbilt
University and taught physics at the U of M from 1955-62. After receiving his PhD
from UCLA, he taught at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for 34 years,
retiring in 2001.
|Raymond L. Tanner
Louis F. Allen (BS), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The
Best Lawyers in America.
Richard Holley (BS) is co-owner of Happi-Stores with his wife, Carol.
Ben Madden (BFA) is chair and chief deposit officer of Metropolitan Bank.
David S. Kennedy (BS, JD ’70), a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on the need for additional bankruptcy
Andrew Morgret (BSEd, MEd ’71, MBA ’86) is an assistant professor in the School of Business at Christian
Brothers University. He retired from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics
School of Accountancy after 27 years.
Glen G. Reid (BBA, JD ’71), a partner with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, was named as
a leading attorney in the area of litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers
Donald J. Valdez (BS, JD ’75), of counsel to Decker Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates, has been
selected chair-elect of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar
of Texas. He also was chosen by his peers and Fort Worth magazine as one of Dallas-Fort
Worth’s top attorneys. Valdez is an attorney with the Intellectual Property Practice
Group at Decker Jones.
|Donald J. Valdez
Judge Robert L. Childers (BBA, JD ’74) was appointed to a third term as chair of the American Bar Association’s
Commission on Lawyer Assistance.
Richard C. Raines (BBA, JD ’74), a partner with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, was named a
leading attorney in the area of real estate by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers
Janis L. Wilson (BA, MA ’75), an attorney with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker in Philadelphia,
received the highest possible rating for legal ability and professional ethics from
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. She also was recognized for her commitment
to mentoring young lawyers.
Elaine P. Millen (BA) was named a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for the Art Institute
of Charlotte. She also has served as a national judge in the student scholarship competition.
C. Barry Ward (JD), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The
Best Lawyers in America.
|C. Barry Ward
B. Douglas Earthman (JD), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The
Best Lawyers in America.
David E. Ferguson (BS, MPA ’78, JD ’82) is a child support magistrate for Juvenile Court of Memphis
and Shelby County.
Charles W. Hill (BA, JD ’77), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010
The Best Lawyers in America.
|Charles W. Hill
John Noland (JD) was included in both the 2009 Florida Super Lawyers and the 2010 The Best Lawyers
in America. He is chair of the commercial litigation division for the law firm of
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt of Fort Myers, Fla.
Maria A. Holmes (BA) earned her MA in educational leadership and counseling in August from Sam Houston
State University, where she is senior coordinator and academic adviser for the Honors
Program. She and her husband, Frank Holmes (BA), live in Huntsville, Texas.
Ed Hargraves (MS), a senior partner in Askew Hargraves, Harcourt & Associates, was elected president
of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee, which represents more
than 100 engineering firms statewide.
Larry Rice (JD), senior partner at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, spoke at the American Bar Association’s
annual meeting in Chicago in July. He recently gave a lecture in the Caribbean on
divorce practice. Rice is certified as a family law specialist by both the National
Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Board of Specializations.
Jim Summers (JD), an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, was included in
the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.
Ellen B. Vergos (JD), an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, was included in the 2010 The Best
Lawyers in America.
John Doherty (BSCE), vice president of Boyle Investment Company, achieved the designation of LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional from the U.S.
Green Building Council.
Dr. Craig Formby (MA), distinguished graduate research professor in the Department of Communicative
Disorders at the University of Alabama, developed the Roto-Tilt Chair, which will
aid in the study of dizziness and the inner ear. The invention rotates, twirls and
eventually will spin test subjects and patients head-over-heels so researchers can
gather data on how the inner ear contributes to balance and why the system sometimes
Sonya Herron (BA) was appointed a missionary by the Southern Baptist Convention’s International
Mission Board. She and her husband, James, are assigned to evangelism and church planning
R. Hunter Humphreys (JD), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was listed in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in
|R. Hunter Humphreys
Robert Orians (JD), an attorney with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, was included in the 2010 The
Best Lawyers in America.
J. William “Bill” Appling (BBA), president of Watkins Uiberall Healthcare Consulting Group, was named to the
American College of Medical Practice Executives.
|J. William “Bill” Appling
Douglas P. Quay (JD), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The
Best Lawyers in America.
|Douglas P. Quay
Linda Warren Seely (BA, JD ’81), director of pro bono projects for Memphis Area Legal Services, received
the President’s Award from the Tennessee Bar Association. She lives in Jackson, Tenn.,
with her husband, Carl Seely (JD ’85), who owns the law firm Divorce Incorporated.
Eugene “Buddy” Bernstein Jr. (BA, JD ’82) was selected for inclusion in the 2009 The Best Lawyers in America in
real estate law. He is coach of the 2009 Tennessee state champion White Station High
School mock trial team.
Linda Brigance (BA, MA ’91) is an associate professor of communication at State University of New
York Fredonia. Her recent presentations and publications have focused on the representation
of gender by women’s history museums and historical sites.
Glenda Faye Pryor-Johnson (MEd), a retired professional school counselor with Memphis City Schools, has published
several articles in Memphis Parent and Grace magazines.
|Glenda Faye Pryor-Johnson
Dr. Linda Finch (BSN, PhD ’02) was appointed associate dean and director of undergraduate programs
for the U of M’s Loewenberg School of Nursing. She had been an associate professor
on the nursing faculty. Finch also works as a nurse practitioner at a long-term geriatric
Ronald Hart (BBA, MBA ’83), a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta,
was named one of the nation’s top financial advisers by two publications. Registered
Rep magazine and its Web site, registeredrep.com, named Hart the No. 4 financial adviser
in the country based on assets under management; Barron’s named him the 54th top financial
adviser in the U.S. based on its scoring system. He is a syndicated columnist and
the author of the book There is No Such Thing as a Pretty Good Alligator Wrestler,
published in November.
Steve McCleskey (JD), an attorney with Glankler Brown, was appointed to the Shelby County Ethics
Jonathan Kaplan (JD), an attorney with Kieswetter Wise Kaplan Prather, was named one of the Top 100
Labor Attorneys in the United States by the Labor Relations Institute.
Robert Leech (MPA) is vice president for Home Health at HealthSouth Corp. He lives in Birmingham,
Ala., with his wife, Tyann Hall (BBA ’86), and their children.
Peter Voss (BBA), director of personnel for the City of Bartlett, was elected treasurer of the
Greater Memphis Employee Benefits Council.
Jud Cannon (BBA) is CEO of the accounting firm Cannon Wright Blount.
Eric Jerome Dickey (BSET), 11-time New York Times best-selling author, published his 17th novel, Resurrecting
Suzanne Landers (JD) was named chair of the board of directors of the Memphis Development Foundation,
the nonprofit organization that operates The Orpheum Theatre.
Gary Shorb (MBA) was named to The Foundation for Evangelism board of trustees. He is president
and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Philip Siegel (DBA) was selected for the Peter S. Knox III Distinguished Chair of Accounting in
the Knox School of Accountancy at Augusta State University.
Tucker Beck (BBA) is a broker/vice president for Crye-Leike Commercial Inc.
Howard Caplan (JD), an attorney in Jacksonville, Fla., wrote the article “It’s All About the Trademark,”
published in the summer edition of The Franchise Lawyer. He is chair of the Intellectual
Property Law Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association.
Mark E. Opalisky (JD) was named a shareholder in the Philadelphia law firm Cozen O’Connor. He practices
in the subrogation and recovery department, with a focus on insurance subrogation.
|Mark E. Opalisky
James R. Mulroy II (MBA), resident manager of the Memphis office of the Jackson Lewis law firm, was
named president of the West Tennessee Family Solutions board of directors.
|James R. Mulroy II
R. Andrew Belew (BPS) joined Habiterra Architecture & Landscape Architecture as director of architecture.
Ed Bryant (BA) was selected as one of St. Louis’ Inclusive Business Leaders by the St. Louis
Business Journal and Webster University. He is director of science and medical public
affairs for Pfizer Inc.
Julia C. “Cathy” Stanz (BFA) received her MAEd with a certification in library science from Union University-Germantown.
She is the librarian for Sunny Hill Elementary School in Haywood County, Tenn. Cathy
and her husband, Tim Stanz (BBA ’82), live in Fayette County, Tenn.
|Julia C. “Cathy” Stanz
Ted C. Raynor (JD) joined the law offices of Burch, Porter & Johnson. He previously was vice president
and senior counsel for Hilton Hotels.
Stephanie Richardson (MS), an independent sales director with The Pampered Chef, received Top Performance
Cluster awards in personal sales, first line cluster sales and overall cluster sales.
Dannah Scott (BSEd) was promoted to director of sales for the Madison Hotel.
Tracy Speake (MBA), managing partner with Paradigm Realty Advisors, joined Hope House as president
of its board of directors.
Lisa Piefer (BSEd) received the 2009 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Fellow Award,
the association’s highest individual honor. She is purchasing officer for the City
Denise Burke (JD), an attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, was named to the
2010 The Best Lawyers in America.
Joel Hurd (BA) is production manager at North Country Public Radio at St. Lawrence University
in Canton, N.Y.
Michelle Miller (MPA) is director of recruitment and community involvement for AGAPE Child and Family
Cheyenne Widdop (BA) was named president of the Junior League of Memphis.
Bill Breen (MBA), CEO of Health Choice, received the Certified Medical Practice Executive designation
from the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Kirk Caraway (BA, JD ’97), an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, was named
a fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. He also was selected by the Memphis Business
Journal as one of its 2009 “Top 40 Under 40.”
Thomas Coupé (BA) was certified as a juvenile law and child welfare specialist by the Tennessee
Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He is a staff attorney
with Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County and serves as coordinator of the
Judge’s Action Center.
Neeraj Kumar (MCRP) earned certification as an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED).
Richard Evan Sorin (JD), a member of McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess, was recognized by Cambridge Who’s
Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of the law.
Richard Hulshof (BA) was promoted to sergeant in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He has been stationed
in Iraq and Kuwait with the 1174th Transportation Unit as part of Operation Iraqi
Chad Mains (BBA) was promoted to associate vice president for fixed income sales at Morgan Keegan
& Company Inc.
Michael E. Stuart (BBA) earned his MBA in finance and accounting from Regis University. He is a budget
analyst for the Defense Contract Audit Agency.
Tanja Thompson (JD), an attorney with Kieswetter Wise Kaplan Prather, was named one of the Top 100
Labor Attorneys in the United States by the Labor Relations Institute.
Romelin Adams (BBA) was named an All-Star of Technology by Women of Color magazine. She is a senior
systems analyst with Lockheed Martin in Hampton, Va.
Joey Watson (BA, MA ’03) is a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University, where he also teaches
film and media arts. He was recognized for his film South of Lost, which pays tribute
to the late Robert Altman, who directed more than 50 films.
Meredith L. Williams (BBA, JD ’02), director of knowledge management and staff attorney
for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, was named conference vice president
for the International Legal Technology Association.
Edward K. Box (JD) is a member of the law firm Gault, Marshall & Box of Paducah, Ky., which has
a primary concentration in maritime law.
Scott Brown (BS, MS ’06) is chief technology officer for RocketFuel.
Nancy Kessler (JD) is a child support magistrate for Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County.
Cannon Parkerson (BBA) was promoted to senior manager within the audit and enterprise risk services
practice of Deloitte & Touche.
Jeremy West (BBA) was promoted to associate vice president for operations at Morgan Keegan &
Mark Yakich (MFA) is the author of the poetry collections Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group
Waiting to Cross, The Making of Collateral Beauty (winner of the Snowbound Series
Chapbook Award) and The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine. He is an associate
professor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Justin Fox Burks (BFA), a professional photographer, taught a U of M Continuing Education class in
vegetarian grilling. He blogs at chubbyvegetarian.blogspot.com.
Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried (BSEd) was named director of development for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics.
He had worked for five years in the U of M’s Department of Athletics.
|Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried
Joey Valdez (BM) is a corporate sales executive for the Mid-South Fair and plays keyboards and
guitar in two bands.
Frank M. Gallina (JD) was named a partner in the Nashville law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell
& Dean. He practices in the areas of tort and personal injury, insurance defense,
product liability defense, collections law and workers’ compensation defense.
Sally Gates (BA) and Danny Parish (BA ’04) live in Knoxville, where Sally is assistant director of student orientation
and leadership development at the University of Tennessee and Danny is an attorney
with Linda G. Welch & Associates.
|Sally Gates and Danny Parish
Victor Hugo Agudelo Ramirez (MM, DMA ’08) won the Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his composition “Continental
Prism.” The award is presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Chris Terry (MA) was promoted to manager at Deloitte & Touche.
Zachary Barker (BBA) was promoted to associate vice president for operations at Morgan Keegan &
Ryan Lasiter (MBA) represented his firm, Doyle Rogers Company, in the Mayor’s Institute on City
Design, hosted by the mayor and City of Little Rock in August. MICD works in collaboration
with the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Conference of Mayors and
the American Architectural Foundation in assisting cities in developing a revitalization
strategy for their downtown areas.
Melanie Towery (BBA) joined archer>malmo as an account executive.
Robyn Wolfe (BA) was promoted to associate vice president for operations at Morgan Keegan & Company
Amanda Anglin (BBA) is an accounting project analyst for Kraft Food Ingredients, a division of
Kraft Foods North America. She had been an internal auditor with FedEx Corp.
Bruce Angotti (BBA) was promoted to associate vice president for wealth management services at
Morgan Keegan & Company.
Kittrell Smith (BBA, MS ’08) was promoted to associate vice president for corporate trading at Morgan
Keegan & Company.
Mark Bollobás (BA) held his first solo photo exhibition at the Fészek Klub in Budapest, Hungary,
in October. “Memphis Through My Eyes” featured photos of the city’s African-American
Caren Carson (BFA) was selected by Teach for America to head a high school theatre program in
Forrest City, Ark.
Lindsay Kelso (BBA) joined the audit department of Cannon & Company CPAs.
Yigit Kolat (MM) was named the 2009 Tennessee Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year.
A native of Ankara, Turkey, Kolat received a $1,500 commission to compose a work that
will be premiered at the TMTA conference next June.
Patrick Salland (MA), a PhD student at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, was awarded
the William Kelly Simpson Internship for Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art for this summer.
Sarah Chandlee (MA) received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to
study Arabic in Jordan. The program offers intensive overseas study in critical need
foreign languages. Chandlee plans to continue her studies in Egyptology and pursue
a PhD in the field.
Sharon Oh (BM) was chosen to attend the prestigious Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival
in Blue Hill, Maine, on a full scholarship. Each summer the festival attracts some
of the most gifted string and piano students from leading conservatories and universities.