Delores Kinsolving (BS, MM ’73) was recognized as Patron of the Arts by the Germantown Arts Alliance.
She is a founding member of the Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble and serves on the board
of Opera Memphis.
Janet Richards (BSEd, JD ’76), a professor in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, received the
Marion Griffin- Frances Loring Award for service to the legal profession from the
Association for Women Attorneys.
William Yarbrough (BBA) was appointed deputy regional director of the National Labor Relations Board’s
Memphis office. He joined the NLRB in 1979 and served most recently as supervisory
Don Donati (BA) of the Donati Law Firm was selected as the best Memphis labor and employment
attorney for 2010 by Best Lawyers.
Mary Ann Lucas (BS, MA ’76), medical compliance analyst with Watkins Uiberal Healthcare Consulting
Group, was named president-elect of the Memphis chapter of the American Academy of
|Mary Ann Lucas
Janice Nabors Raiteri (BSEd) is curator of Gallery Fifty Six in Memphis.
|Janice Nabors Raiteri
Patsy Jones (BBA) is a certified financial planner for Shoemaker Financial in Germantown. In
her practice, she takes a special interest in teaching women about their finances.
Dr. Fred M. Niell (BS, MS ’98) is headmaster of The Cathedral School in Little Rock. He had been a
teacher, department head and administrator at Lausanne Collegiate School.
Al Tarsi (MBA) is Memphis market president for Trustmark Bank. He has 40 years of experience
in the banking industry.
C. Barry Ward (JD) joined the law firm of Ballin, Ballin and Fishman as a partner. Numerous surveys
and rankings have recognized Ward as one of the Memphis area’s top lawyers. He has
been certified in commercial litigation since 1999.
Martine Meredith Collier (BFA) received the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential from the Grant Professionals
Certification Institute Inc. She is director of development and membership for Grantmakers
in the Arts.
Jerry Stauffer (JD), president and CEO of the Baker Donelson law firm, received the Patriot Award.
David Wade (JD), a shareholder with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, was listed among the state’s
top civil litigation attorneys in BusinessTN magazine’s “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee.”
Samuel J. Blustein (BSEE) is international president-elect of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and will serve
as international president for the 2010-11 term. He is an attorney with Hirsch & Westheimer
Judge Tim J. Dwyer (BA, JD ’80) received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from Christian Brothers
Larry Rice (JD), senior partner at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, was selected for inclusion in
Mid-South Super Lawyers, the only certified family law specialist named to the publication.
Lancelot L. Minor III (JD), a partner with the law firm of Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, was
elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Minor also was selected for inclusion
in Mid- South Super Lawyers. He has practiced law in Memphis for more than 30 years.
|Lancelot L. Minor III
Joseph S. Mecham (BBA) earned an MBA in information technology from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders
School of Business, graduating with honors. He is a research associate and technical
liaison with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s Living Choice Project.
|Joseph S. Mecham
Phyllis Golden Morey (BA) was named one of the “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit” by DBusiness magazine in
the area of intellectual property law. She is a shareholder and chief diversity officer
with Brooks Kushman and heads the firm’s commercial litigation practice.
|Phyllis Golden Morey
Blanchard E. Tual (MA) of Tual Graves received the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award, the Memphis
Bar Association’s highest honor.
William J. Borah (JD) was named a judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. After 21 years
of practicing employment law, he closed his firm and began hearing discrimination
cases in November 2009.
Joey Harris (BS, MAT ’84) was named chief operating officer of Cook’s Pest Control Inc. in Decatur,
Ala. He had been vice president of sales and service.
Liz Conway (BPS) joined Memphis Area Legal Services as director of development. Her duties include
directing the annual Access to Justice fundraising campaign and coordinating MALS’
40th anniversary commemoration.
Debbie Gilbert (BA, MS ’87) is a reporter for the White County News in Cleveland, Ga., where she
lives. From August 1999 to April 2009, she was a reporter for The Times in Gainesville,
Ga. Gilbert started her journalism career with Memphis Magazine and The Memphis Flyer
Trish Swope (BBA) was promoted to director of human resources and accounting at archer>malmo.
Carl R. Williams (MBA, MS ’04) received the Joseph A. Siegel Service Award for his contributions to
the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Williams has been a member of SME since 1980
and has served 17 consecutive years in various elected positions. He is an associate
professor and coordinator of graduate studies in the Department of Engineering Technology
in the U of M’s Herff College of Engineering.
Carrie Pinson (BBA) is a real estate agent living in Kennesaw, Ga. She retired from General Motors
Dr. Rene Friemoth Lee (PhD) is executive director of The Bodine School, which offers educational programs
for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Marshall Talley (BBA) joined Paragon National Bank as senior credit officer and senior vice president.
Dr. Mohammed A. El-Saidi (PhD) is associate vice president of academic affairs at Utah Valley University.
He served as academic dean at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
|Dr. Mohammed A. El-Saidi
Dan Overbey (BBA) was named president of BankUnited Investment Services, the company’s securities
and investment sales division.
Carla Yarbrough (BA) is video/audio operations manager at the University of California, Riverside.
She had been teaching broadcast journalism and online news courses at California State
University, Long Beach, and has worked at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn. She has her
own production company producing segments for television, short films, documentaries
and marketing presentations.
James R. Mulroy II (MBA), resident manager of the Jackson Lewis Memphis office, was named an “MBQ Player”
by Memphis Business Quarterly magazine in its guide to the area’s movers and shakers
in the employment law industry.
|James R. Mulroy II
Crystal Robbins (BFA), an actress and certified voice trainer at Santa Monica College, will be teaching
“Lessac For You, Developing the Adolescent Actor” at Woodbury University in Burbank,
Calif., this summer. Robbins directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream with children 9 to
14 years old after a three-week Shakespeare camp at Woodbury, and is set to direct
Macbeth at the Shakespeare camp there this year.
Kelly Dobbins (BA, MA ’97), owner of Mid-South Drug Testing, received the Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding
Woman Award in the business category. The award recognizes women for their significant
contributions to the Memphis community.
William D. Domico (JD), a founding member of Domico Kyle, was certified as a medical malpractice specialist.
Phillip Tutor (BA) won the national Carmage Walls Commentary Award for newspapers under 50,000
circulation. Tutor and two of his colleagues at The Anniston (Ala.) Star collaborated
on an editorial series that examined the effects of predatory lending on Alabama’s
Joey Bland (BPS) is vice president of Commercial Alliance Management.
John Norris (BBA, JD ’95), a partner in the Jackson Lewis law firm, was named one of the “Top
40 Under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal. He handles state and federal lawsuits,
arbitrations and administrative claims regarding age, race, gender and other types
of discrimination or harassment, as well as disability accommodation issues.
Philip J. Osteen (BS) became the first student to earn a double PhD from the University of Denver
by completing doctorates in both social work and statistics. Osteen also received
master’s degrees in social work and statistics from Denver. He is an assistant professor
at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Mario B. Powells (BBA), owner of The Memphis CPA Group, was elected to the board of directors of the
Memphis Health Center.
Shane M. Davis (BA) joined Service Assurance as senior vice president of managed services and IT
operations. He directs business development and sales for the managed services business
Michael Graber (BLS, MFA ’98) is managing partner of the Southern Growth Studio, a brand marketing
and product innovation consultancy with offices in Oxford, Miss., Memphis and Little
Kirk Caraway (BA, JD ’97), a partner with the law firm Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham,
was selected for the second straight year as a “Mid- South Rising Star” by Law & Politics
in the field of labor and employment law.
Shannon Fristensky (MS) is manager of physician and guest relations at Baptist Memorial Hospital for
Peter S. Knoop Jr. (BS) was named managing director at Morgan Keegan & Company Inc.
Dusty Roser (BBA) earned his Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certificate
from APICS, the Association for Operations Management. He is product supply manager
at the Snyder’s of Hanover Midwest Regional Distribution Center in Brownsburg, Ind.
Claire Cissell (JD) joined the Thomason Hendrix law firm.
Chris A. Blair (MA, PhD ’02) was elected president of the International Digital Media and Arts Association.
He received the Distinguished Service Award from the IDMAA in 2009. Blair is an associate
professor and coordinator of the Digital Media Studies program at Union University.
Katrina Jones (BBA) formed Gelman & Jones, a law firm in New York City. The firm focuses on employment
law, family law and estate planning.
Chantelle Roberson (JD), an attorney with Miller & Martin in Chattanooga, has been named a German Marshall
Fund Fellow for 2010. Fellows work on questions of foreign policy, international security,
trade and economic development, immigration and other topics important to the Euro-Atlantic
community. Roberson concentrates her practice in civil litigation matters.
Steve Brigance (BSCE) joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates as a project engineer.
Shannon Fagan (BFA) is president of the Stock Artists Alliance for 2009-10. During his first year
as president of the SAA, Fagan led the organization to a successful merger with the
world’s largest photographic organization, the Professional Photographers of America.
Amy Webb Martin (JD) of The Landers Firm and Bobby
F. Martin Jr. (BA ’94, JD ’98) of The Cochran Firm were jointly honored with the Memphis Bar Association’s
Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award. The award recognizes young attorneys who provide outstanding
legal service to the profession and the community.
Claire Robinson (BA) is co-hosting The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network.
Kyle Dickerson (JD) was named a partner of the law firm Sumrell, Sugg, Carmichael, Hicks & Hart
of New Bern, N.C.
Zac McRae (BBA) is an account manager with the Memphis office of Technical Innovation, where
he specializes in corporate audio, visual and videoconferencing integration.
Ayoka Pond (MA) is public relations manager for Baptist Memorial Health Care. Adrienne Timberlake
(BA) was promoted to producer at archer>malmo.
Gokben Yamandag (MBA) was promoted to director of digital strategy and marketing at archer>malmo.
Kevin Baskette (JD) joined the Thomason Hendrix law firm.
Lee Rudd (MBA) joined BancorpSouth as senior vice president of its Premier Banking Group.
David McDowell (JD) has been named a member of the law firm Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett and
Elliott of Chattanooga. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Hixson, Tenn., with their
Shon Johnson (JD), of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, was elected vice president/ president-elect
of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association.
Erin Allison Melton (JD) married Martin Flanagan Shea Jr. on May 15, 2009. An attorney with Rainey, Kizer,
Reviere and Bell, she was included in the 2009 Mid-South Rising Stars list by Super
Kyle M. Wiggins (JD), of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, was named president of the
Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association.
Amelia Byrd (BPS, BFA ’07) teaches dance at Colonial Middle School.
Matt Griffin (BA) was promoted to assistant account executive at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations
in Nashville. He has worked with clients such as Constellation Energy Projects & Services,
Hennessy Industries Inc., Metro District Energy System and Lilly USA.
Xiaoou Zhao (MM) was invited by The United States and China Foundation to conduct a celebration
concert at Lincoln Center in New York City in October. Zhao is assistant dean of the
conducting department at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
David Lisik (DMA) joined the faculty of the New Zealand School of Music, where he teaches jazz
composition, arranging and theory. His portfolio includes more than 200 works.
Melissa Stephens (MA) teaches Spanish and serves as chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages
at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. She will begin doctoral studies in Spanish-American
literature at the University of Missouri this fall.
Taylor Webb (BSCE) is a civil engineer intern with Pickering’s Memphis office.
LaTricea Adams (BA) earned the Teacher of Honor designation in education. from Kappa Delta Pi International
Honor Society. She is a Spanish teacher and head of the Foreign Language/ELD Department
at Cane Ridge High School in Antioch, Tenn. Adams is pursuing her EdD in administration
and supervision at Tennessee State University.
Bryce W. Ashby (JD) returned to the Donati Law Firm after completing a federal district court clerkship
with Judge Bernice B. Donald.
Darrell Cobbins (MBA), founder and owner of Universal Commercial Real Estate, is the youngest board
chair of Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division.
Joel D. Revalee (BS) is a doctoral student in biophysics at the University of Michigan after earning
a master’s degree there in 2009. Since arriving at Michigan in 2007, he has received
a Regents Fellowship and a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science
Foundation. While at the U of M, he received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
for students pursuing studies in math, science and engineering.
|Joel D. Revalee
Ethan Wright (BSEE) joined Pickering’s Memphis office as an engineering intern.
Louise Chandler (JD) joined the HF Law Group as an associate attorney. She works in the areas of
personal injury, entertainment law, intellectual property, medical malpractice and
Peter Colin (BM) participated in the 2009 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
inaugural Young Conductors Mentorship Project held at the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music. Colin spent a week attending professional development
clinics and studying with two mentor conductors. He was one of only six participants
selected from an international pool of applicants. Colin is director of choirs and
assistant director of bands at Munford High School.
Sandra Cox (DMA) presented her dissertation topic, an in-depth description of performance-related
injuries in woodwind musicians, at the Tennessee Music Educators Association in April.
Cox, who with Kennith Freeman performs as the Cox-Freeman Duo, gave a recital at Emporia
State University in Kansas. The duo performed at the Hawaii Music Educators Association
Conference in Honolulu in February, where they also gave a presentation based on Cox’s
dissertation topic. The Cox- Freeman Duo has been invited to perform at the International
Society for Music Education biennial conference in Beijing in August.
Julia M. Kavanagh (JD) joined the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
Slade Kyle (BFA) played the role of Puck in the Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s production of
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Joshua Pursley (BFA) joined Disciple Design as a graphic designer.