Raymond J. Ricossa (BBA) was inducted in the 2010 Christian Brothers High School Hall of Fame.
|Raymond J. Ricossa
Robert A. Lanier (BS), a retired judge and amateur historian, authored The Prisoner of Durazzo, the story of the search for a prince for a tiny kingdom that postponed World War
Robert B. Rubin (BA), a partner with Burr & Forman of Birmingham, was named to The International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers 2010.
|Robert B. Rubin
||Charlie Shuffield (JD), a founding partner of ShuffieldLowman, was named by Florida Super Lawyers as a top attorney in Florida for 2010. He lives in Orlando.
Glenn E. Bradford (BBA) received the W. Oliver Rasch Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation for authoring
the outstanding article of the year published in the Journal of the Missouri Bar. He also was named a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer for 2010 and was listed in the
Kansas City Business Journal’s annual “Best of the Bar” feature. In addition, Bradford was named one of the top
100 trial lawyers in Missouri by the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Dr. Bill Blank (BSET, MS ’72) retired from the University of South Florida as a professor of career
and technical education after 34 years of service, 10 as chair of the Department of
Adult, Career & Higher Education. He will continue to teach part time as professor
|Dr. Bill Blank
Stephen Baldridge (BFA) will have his complete body of poetry, Faces and Seasons, published in 2011. His award-winning poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies
this year. As an actor, he appears in the PBS video Storytelling for All Ages and starred in a Midwest production of Moon Over Buffalo. Baldridge has been a speech professor at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., for
Fred Jones Jr. (BBA), concert promoter and founder of the Southern Heritage Classic, was honored
with a music note on the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame.
Karen B. Shea (BSEd) is owner of Shea Wealth Management.
John Noland (JD), an attorney in Fort Myers, Fla., is serving as president of the Florida Bar
Foundation. He also was included in Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite 2010.” Noland is chair of the commercial litigation department
at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, where he has practiced for more than 30 years.
Glinda Watts (BA) is a natural healer and registered herbalist. She leads a monthly plant walk
at Shelby Forest, educating participants about the health benefits of plants in the
Sam Blustein (BSEE), a Houston attorney, was elected national president of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the
largest Jewish college fraternity in North America. He served as undergraduate chair
for the 1972 national AEPi convention, which was held on the then-Memphis State campus.
James P. Caher (JD) lives and practices consumer bankruptcy law in Eugene, Ore. He coauthored, with
his brother John, Debt Free! Your Guide to Personal Bankruptcy Without Shame and two books for lawyers: Discharging Marital Obligations in Bankruptcy and Discharging Credit Card Debts in Bankruptcy. In addition, Caher has published scores of articles for bankruptcy professionals
and is frequently called upon to analyze and interpret the provisions of the Bankruptcy
Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.
|James P. Caher
John Higgason (JD) was appointed city court judge for the town of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. He recently
was inducted as a Fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Association.
Hayden Lait (JD) was included in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for alternative dispute resolution. He is chair of the Tennessee ADR Commission and
an adjunct professor at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
David Williams (BA), president and CEO of Leadership Memphis, was appointed to a three-year term
on the Memphis Public Library and Information Center board of trustees. He also was
elected to a third term as board chair.
Jim Summers (JD), an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, was included in
the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of construction litigation.
Lisa Wilson (BFA), a theatre professor at the University of Tulsa, performed her one-woman show
“Birthing the Crone” at TheatreWorks in July.
Herbert B. Wolf Jr. (BBA, JD ’82) of Husch Blackwell Sanders was named to Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the areas of corporate law and tax law.
J. Kenneth “Chip” Marston Jr. (BBA) was named a Memphis Business Quarterly 2010 Power Player in the certified public accounting category. He is senior manager
and CEO of The Marston Group.
|J. Kenneth “Chip” Marston Jr.
Mona Newsome Wicks (AN, BSN ’81) was selected for induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
She is a professor and associate dean for research at the University of Tennessee
Health Science Center College of Nursing.
Scott McClure (BA) received the National Agri-Marketing Association’s 2010 Professional Development
Award of Excellence in the area of marketing communications. He is vice president
of agricultural marketing and public relations with the Brighton Agency in St. Louis.
Dianne Berry (BBA), president of Berry Financial Services Inc., was named to a three-year term
on the Leadership Memphis board of directors.
Richard Carter (JD), an attorney with Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, was listed in the 2011 edition
of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation.
John Kilzer (BA, MA ’84), a four-year letterman in basketball (1975-79) and full-time instructor
of modern literature and basic composition (1984-87) at then-Memphis State University,
was ordained by the United Methodist Church and appointed to serve at St. John’s UMC
as director of a recovery ministry. Kilzer also has been named artistic director of
At the River: Theology & Arts Department at Memphis Theological Seminary.
Dr. Tim Setterlund (BSEd, MEd ’82, EdD ’89), principal of Collierville High School, was chosen Principal
of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Judson Cannon (BBA) is CEO of Cannon Wright Blount.
Harold Graeter (BA), associate executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, was reappointed
to the board of directors of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Dr. James Selbe (MS, EdD ’95) attended the first Community College Summit at the White House, hosted
by Dr. Jill Biden, in October. He is president of Hopkinsville Community College in
Rene Bustamante (BBA, MA ’89) was promoted to staff vice president and assistant treasurer in the
Treasury Department of FedEx Corp. He is responsible for global cash management structure
|Kathy Vaughn Butler
||Kathy Vaughn Butler (BSN) received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Oakland University in Rochester,
Mich. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner and practices in Jackson, Tenn.
Claire Jasper (BA), executive principal of Johnson School in Nashville, holds two master’s degrees:
one from Tennessee State University in special education and one from Trevecca Nazarene
University in administration and supervision. She plans to pursue a doctorate at Lipscomb
Karen Gephart (MM) is principal at Immaculate Conception Elementary School. A pioneer of the Orff
approach to music education, she had been head of music instruction for Memphis City
Pat Nieman (BBA) is chief financial officer of Cornerstone Systems Inc.
Jonathan Frisch (BBA) was elected president of the Mid-South Association of Health Underwriters for
2010-11. He is a partner in Zalowitz Frisch Benefits Group.
Mari B. Lee (MFA) displayed her work “Kaleidoscope,” a floor installation of lacquer-painted
aluminum plates, in Lille, France, last October. She lives in Little Rock.
Arthur Yeates (MBA) joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. as an architectural project
Lisa Carson (BS, MS ’90) is assistant director of integrated health for the Church Health Center.
Richard Marsh (BBA, MBA ’94) is a senior vice president with SunTrust Bank.
Andre Dean (BBA) is vice president for public policy and community affairs at the Greater Memphis
W. Mark Hamm (BBA) was named CEO of EmCare Inpatient Services, based in Dallas. He had been vice
president of operations for HCA.
H. Thomas Helmers (BFA, JD ’07) opened an independent law practice in Memphis. He is a former underwriting
counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company and Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation.
|H. Thomas Helmers
Tom Knowles (BM) is founder and co-owner of Collierville Arts Academy. He coaches the Christian
Brothers High School fencing team and is an adjunct instructor of fencing at the U
Dr. Sonya R. Lawson (BM) is chair of the Music Department at Westfield State University in Westfield,
Mass., where she teaches music history courses and directs the string ensemble. She
holds a PhD in music history with a supporting area in viola performance from the
University of Oregon and a master of music in viola performance from the University
of Minnesota. Lawson was principal violist with the Tennessee Philharmonic, assistant
principal violist with the Cheyenne Symphony and has played in many orchestras. As
a member of The Knotty Ensemble, an avant-garde chamber group, she has released two
CDs on the Third Rail label. Lawson has published “Defy(n)ing Categorization: Moving
Beyond the Jazz History Canon,” a chapter in the book De-Canonizing Music History.
Brian Sullivan (MBA), principal of cs2 Advertising, was appointed to the United States Tennis Association’s
board of directors for the state of Tennessee. He also has been named to The Leadership
Academy’s board of trustees.
John T. Crews Jr. (MBA) is a retirement plan consultant and administrator for Burleigh Consulting Group.
Laura Hess (BS, BSN ’96), quality improvement project manager at Methodist North Hospital, was
appointed a 2010 Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence examiner and ambassador.
The TNCPE promotes economic development by helping companies become more competitive
in the global marketplace.
Darrel Sumner (BA) is vice president of employee benefits and director of employee benefits, disability
income insurance and longterm care insurance sales for Strategic Financial Partners.
Hayden Argo (BBA) is vice president of Crews & Associates, an investment banking firm.
Greg deWitt (BA) of Grubb & Ellis Co. was appointed to the Memphis Area Association of Realtors
Owen A. Keith (BBA, MBA ’09) joined FSG Investment Management as a client service adviser manager.
Andi Crawford (BFA) joined Southern Growth Studio as creative director.
Leah Fyfe Stokes (BA) of CB Richard Ellis received the Retail Broker of the Year award at the Memphis
Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council Pinnacle Awards. Stokes has worked
to bring more retail business to Downtown Memphis, where she lives.
Bryant C. Witt (JD) was highlighted in the 2010 edition of InCharge Healthcare, published by the Nashville Medical News. Witt is a member in the Miller & Martin law firm and co-chair of its health care
|Bryant C. Witt
Estelle Gaerig Winsett (JD) joined the U of M as assistant dean for law career services.
Brian Faughnan (JD) received the Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award for his service as
chair of the TBA’s committee on ethics and professional responsibility. He is a partner
with Adams and Reece.
||Emily Taube (JD) is chair of large firms for the Memphis Area Legal Services’ 2010 Campaign for
Equal Justice. A partner with Adams and Reece, she was named to the Memphis Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40.”
Kevin Balkwill (JD) was named to the Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates board of directors.
He is the disciplinary counsel-investigations for the Board of Professional Responsibility
of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
Steve Brigance (BSCE) passed the professional engineering exam and is a civil project engineer with
Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc.
Amy Martin (JD), who practices family law with The Landers Firm, completed the Tennessee Bar
Association’s Leadership Law program.
Cynthia Saatkamp (MBA) is owner of Hemline Creative Marketing.
Amy Coulson (BSN) is admitting director for Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.
Kim Hodges (JD), an attorney with FedEx Corp., completed the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership
Ellen Patton Robb (MBA) was listed as a Mid-South Rising Star in the 2010 edition of SuperLawyers. She is an attorney with Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush of Ridgeland, Miss.
|Ellen Patton Robb
Mason Wilson (BA, JD ’04) is president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers
Division and a graduate of the TBA’s Leadership Law program. He is an attorney with
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
Evan Cope (JD), an attorney with Cope, Hudson, Scarlett, Reed & McCreary of Murfreesboro, Tenn.,
completed the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program.
Moya Fulbright-Dent (BBA) joined the private client team at First Tennessee Bank.
Jeff Matukewicz (JD), an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Chattanooga,
completed the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program.
Chris Przybyszewski (MA) is CEO of Resolute Interactive. The company, which focuses on mobile technology,
has developed smart phone applications for Memphis in May, ArtsMemphis and Elvis Presley
Steven Cardwell (BBA) was promoted to director of account management for Argyle Benefits Consultants.
Aimee Luna (JD) completed the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program. She is an
attorney in the Tullahoma office of the Legal Society of Middle Tennessee and the
Cumberlands, where she focuses on family law, child support, disability and housing
||Andre Mathis (BA, JD ’07), an attorney with Glankler Brown, was named to the Memphis Business Journal’s ”Top 40 Under 40.”
||Laura Miller (MHA) is director of business development for Children’s Hospital and Health System
||Andrea Orians (BA, MA ’05) is director of account management for Doug Carpenter and Associates.
She had been senior communications specialist with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research
Carrie Ann Rohrscheib (JD), a trial attorney in the Memphis office of the United States Trustee Program,
received a Community Service Award at the Attorney General’s Volunteer Awards Ceremony
in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Rush (MHA), administrative director of radiation oncology centers at Bloomington (Ind.)
Hospital, achieved Fellow status with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Stacie Winkler (JD) received the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President’s Award
for her work as chair of the division’s continuing legal education committee. She
is an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
Cheri Riedel Decker (JD) was promoted to staff attorney level III with the Kentucky Department of Public
Katie Wassmer (BA) was promoted to account supervisor and social media director for Thompson &
Berry Public Relations.
Holli Weatherington (BA) joined A-C Electric as vice president of marketing and development. She has
worked as a freelance writer and editor for several local publications, including
editor-in-chief of FIX magazine and local editor of Memphis Medical News.
Craig Danner (BBA, MS ’06) was promoted to manager in Deloitte Tax LLP.
Sutton Mora Hayes (MCRP) is state leader of Keep Tennessee Beautiful.
Amanda Kuhns (MS) was promoted to manager in Deloitte Tax LLP.
Erin Stark (BBA), audit senior with Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck, graduated summa cum laude from the Barret School of Banking.
Melissa Ducey (MS), a science teacher at Houston High School, is teaching a new elective course
on how to make robots.
Zayid A. Saleem (JD), an assistant city attorney for the City of Memphis, was recognized by the Memphis
Bar Association for his pro bono work with Memphis Area Legal Services. He is a graduate
of the Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum Class of 2009-10.
|Zayid A. Saleem
Patrick Woods (BA) joined archer>malmo as a digital marketing analyst.
Adrienne K. Franklin (PhD) published her short story, “In Due Season,” in the 2010 Roanoke Review, a journal of poetry and short fiction.
Katherine Prescott (JD) is associate university counsel for Arkansas State University.
Renee Wills (BBA, MS ’08) was promoted to senior in Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Britany Foley (MS) was promoted to senior in Deloitte Tax LLP.
Manny Karkowsky (MFA) published his thesis, Literature by Catfish Karkowsky, with Livingston Press.
Justin Owen (JD) was named president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a free-market
think tank in Nashville. He had been the organization’s director of policy and general
Uele Siebert (BLS) is owner of Groovy Foods, which offers granola, infused honeys and vinegars,
herbal teas and other products.
William S. Cash (BPS) was appointed chief deputy for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff
Bill Oldham in September. Previously Cash was commander of the Bureau of Professional
Standards and Integrity for the Sheriff’s Office.
|William S. Cash
Kristin Chamberlain (BA) is manager of String ’n Swing Tennis. She played varsity tennis for the U of
Mallory Walters (BA) is branch manager at the Bank of Bartlett Cordova.
Lawson Baker (JD) is a transactional attorney with Jack Nelson Jones Jiles & Gregory. He lives
in Little Rock.
Michael “Nick” Holmes (BA) is a business banker at Bank of Bartlett.
Frankie N. Spero (JD) is an associate attorney in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.
He serves with the litigation practice group.