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Raymond J. Ricossa
Raymond J. Ricossa
Raymond J. Ricossa (BBA) was inducted in the 2010 Christian Brothers High School Hall of Fame.


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 I.


Robert B. Rubin
Robert B. Rubin
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.


Charlie Shuffield
Charlie Shuffield
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
Dr. Bill Blank
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 emeritus.    


Stephen Baldridge
Stephen Baldridge
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 three decades.

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
John Noland
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 region.


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
James P. Caher
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.

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
David Williams
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.
J. Kenneth “Chip” Marston Jr.
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.

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
Scott McClure
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
Harold Graeter
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 Hopkinsville, Ky.


Rene Bustamante
Rene Bustamante
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 and activities.

Kathy Vaughn Butler
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 University.

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 Schools.

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 manager.


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 Chamber.


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
H. Thomas Helmers
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.


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 of M.

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
Brian Sullivan
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 Commercial Council.


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
Bryant C. Witt
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 practice group.


Estelle Gaerig Winsett (JD) joined the U of M as assistant dean for law career services.


Brian Faughnan
Brian Faughnan
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
Emily Taube
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
Kevin Balkwill
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 Law program.

Ellen Patton Robb
Ellen Patton Robb
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.

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 Enterprises.


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 cases.

Andre Mathis
Andre Mathis
Andre Mathis (BA, JD ’07), an attorney with Glankler Brown, was named to the Memphis Business Journal’s ”Top 40 Under 40.”
Laura Miller
Laura Miller
Laura Miller (MHA) is director of business development for Children’s Hospital and Health System of Milwaukee.
Andrea Orians
Andrea Orians
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 Hospital.

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 Advocacy.

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
Zayid A. Saleem
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.

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 counsel.

Uele Siebert (BLS) is owner of Groovy Foods, which offers granola, infused honeys and vinegars, herbal teas and other products.


William S. Cash
William S. Cash
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.  

Kristin Chamberlain (BA) is manager of String ’n Swing Tennis. She played varsity tennis for the U of M.

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.

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