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Elma Roane (BS) was recognized as one of "50 Women Who Make a Difference" by Memphis Woman magazine. She served as director of women's athletics at The U of M from 1946-84.


Rev. Randolph F. Busby (BS) is the author of Danger Signs in Prophecy: Read the Manual. He lives in Gainesville, Fla.


Rebel C. Forrester (BS, MEd '68) retired after 34 years as Obion County historian. He lives in Union City, Tenn.


Dr. Hermie Plunk ('54) was named one of the Alumni of the Decades by Holmes Community College in celebration of its 75th anniversary.


Millard Davis (BSEd) is head basketball coach at Hardin County (Ill.) High School. A member of the M Club Hall of Fame, he lives in Eddyville, Ky.


James Hayslip (BS, MA '61) retired after 44 years with the Shelby County Schools. He had served as public relations director and athletic director since 1984.


J. Richard Walker (BBA, MA '60) was appointed to the Memphis Area Transit Authority board of directors.


Margaret Gattis Jerrolds (BS, MEd '80) has retired after 40 years as a teacher and principal at Whites Elementary School in Savannah, Tenn.

Dr. Billy J. Naylor (BS, MA '60), vice president for administration at Freed-Hardeman University, was honored by the Tennessee House of Representatives. A joint resolution commended him for his years of service to the university and the people of Tennessee. Naylor lives in Henderson, Tenn.

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Audrey Hamblett Kennedy (BA) has retired to Como, Miss., after almost 30 years of teaching English in the Middle East.


Peggy Pulliam McDowellPeggy Pulliam McDowell (BS), a professor and chair of fine arts at the University of New Orleans, was appointed a Seraphia D. Leyda University Teaching Fellow. A senior art historian, she has guided the development of a nationally accredited art history curriculum and supported the establishment of the Fine Arts Gallery.


Earl C. Leming (BS, MS '67) received the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award (professional category). He directs the state's oversight of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation waste management, environmental restoration and environmental monitoring programs. The first TDEC employee to win this award, Leming has 37 years of experience in environmental fields.


Patricia Lee Knight (BS, MEd '81) was named Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year for 1999-2000 at St. Mary's Episcopal School, where she teaches first grade.


John O. Davis (BBA) donated six building lots in DeKalb County, Ga., to Habitat for Humanity. The gift was valued at $93,000. A resident of Marietta, Ga., Davis is in the construction machinery import/export business and land development.

Tatsuo Shoda (MBA) teaches marketing at Niigata University of International and Information Studies in Japan.


Dr. Michael L. Kennedy (BS, MS '68) and Dr. Phyllis K. Kennedy (BS '75, MS '78, PhD '85), received the Meritorious Service Award from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. The award recognizes the contributions they have made to the organization. Michael is editor of the Southwestern Naturalist, the association's journal. The husband and wife teach biology at The U of M, where he is a professor and she is an adjunct professor.

Diane Worthington Kirkpatrick (BS) won the Tower Award for Women Leaders from Presentation Academy in Louisville, Ky., for service to her community. Kirkpatrick is executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.


Leigh Pilkerton WaldenLeigh Pilkerton Walden (BS, MEd '71) has been named executive director of the Germantown Community Theatre. A former business owner, educator and actress, Walden had been the theatre's box office manager.



Henry Brenner (MBA), executive vice president and director of private client services for Legacy Securities Corp., has assumed new responsibilities with affiliated companies. He was named a member of the board of directors for Legacy Investment Group Inc. and a managing director of Legacy Asset Management Inc.

Boyd L. Rhodes Jr. (JD) joined the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. He is a former shareholder of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell and former Germantown city attorney.

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J. Lawrence Barnett (BA, JD '73) is district counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Rock Island, Ill. He and his wife, Kay Williams Barnett (BA '71, MA '73), live in Bettendorf, Iowa.


Debbie Baker (BA) is public relations director for WestRogers Advertising. Before joining WestRogers, she had been a senior account executive for the Ramey Agency. Baker also served as media relations director and interim public relations director at The U of M.

Herbert H. Hilliard (BBA) has been elected chair of the board of directors of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.


Robert E. Bailey (BSCE, MS '80, MBA '91), senior vice president of Pickering Inc., received The U of M's first Civil Engineering Alumni Loyalty Award for being an active alumnus in the profession and community, and providing leadership through assistance to the Civil Engineering Department and the University. Bailey is head of Pickering's survey, civil and transportation design departments.

Clifford KoenClifford Koen (BBA, MS '79, JD '84), a professor of management at the University of New Orleans, was appointed a Seraphia D. Leyda University Teaching Fellow. He received the university's Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named Teacher of the Year in the College of Business Administration. Koen is a specialist in employment law, business law and human resource management.

Janis L. WilsonJanis L. Wilson (BA, MA '76) was a panelist at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section's annual retreat last spring. The panel's topic was "Lawsuits About Lawsuits: Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings and Malicious Prosecution." She also was a panelist for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Ethics Potpourri. Wilson is an associate in the Philadelphia law offices of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin.


Theresa Johnson Clark (BSEd) was selected as one of two Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Volunteers of the Year for her work with the National Race for the Cure. The event raises money for breast cancer research and education. Clark lives in Kensington, Md.

Dennis H. Jones (BBA, MS '74) is president and CEO of Accel-KKR Co. LLC. Jones had been senior vice president and chief information officer for Federal Express Corp.


Michael Brumas (BA) is press secretary/communications director for Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. He was Washington Correspondent for The Birmingham News for 14 years.

Gary R. DavidsonGary R. Davidson (BA) was promoted to superintendent of transportation services for the Union Pacific Railroad in San Antonio. He had been the railroad's intermodal superintendent in Long Beach, Calif.


William P. "Ken" Kenworthy (JD), a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell, has been selected as a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Michael Magness (BA) was named vice president of human resources for Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. He had been personnel manager there since 1984.

Jacquelyn Ball Scruggs (BA, MS '85) received the Best Woman Friend National Award from Kappa Delta sorority.

Kathy Toes-Boccia (BSEd, MEd '77) was named dean of St. Agnes Academy Lower School. She had been dean of admissions and school improvement for St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School.

Joyce Martin Waters (BA) was named case management supervisor for the Salvation Army Purdue Center of Hope. She had been executive director of the Metro Memphis and Shelby County USO.


Lew F. Becker (BA) of Muncie, Ind., has retired as a business manager for the Union Pacific Railroad. He and his wife Barbara will spend time with their three daughters and their families in Michigan, Indiana and Florida.

Dr. Patricia Person Ray (BSEd, MEd '87, EdD '91) is the upper school principal at St. Mary's Episcopal School. She had been principal of Cordova High School for three years.

Frank F. TurnerFrank F. Turner (MA) was named a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in recognition of his individual achievement in urban and rural planning. He is executive director of the Development Business Center of Plano, Texas.


Ina T. Yarbrough (MEd) of Covington, Tenn., has retired after 41 years as an educator. She most recently served as supervisor of instruction for grades K-5 in the Tipton County School System.


M. Robin Arnold (BFA) received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York, where she is an associate professor in painting and drawing. She lives in Saugerties, N.Y.

Bill Branim (BS, MS '81, MPA '86) has been named laboratory director for Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.

Martha McCullar Glover (MEd, EdD '93) was named Citizen of the Year by the McNairy County Chamber of Commerce. A resident of Selmer, Tenn., Glover was principal of McNairy Central High School until 1998.

Col. William Michael "Mike" Hudson (BS) is support group commander at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

Col. O. Scott Key (BBA) is air education and training command inspector general chief of inspections at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is a former operations group commander at Columbus Air Force Base.


Ivan Harlan (BSME) was promoted to manager of regulatory compliance with Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics. He also earned a black belt in tae kwon do.

Mason Kauffman (MBA) is founder and chief executive officer of, formerly Express Logistics.

Johnny L. Mathis (BA) is vice president of business development for T.W. Frierson Contractor Inc., with responsibility for marketing and sales of the firm's construction services. He lives in Brentwood, Tenn.

Deanie Parker (BPS, MPA '88) is president and executive director of Ewarton Museum Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed in 1997 to develop the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Music Academy and Performing Arts Center. She had been vice president of communications and marketing for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. From 1966-76 Parker was director of publicity for Stax Records.


Jeff Morris (BBA) is the senior portfolio strategist for Advest Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla. He is responsible for all fixed income strategies for institutional customers.

Debi Robertson (BA) has been promoted to program and operations manager at WKNO-TV.

Laurie Waddy Tucker (BBA, MBA '83) has been named to the board of directors of MIFA (the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association). She is senior vice president of global product marketing for FedEx Corporate Services.


Peggy Cox Brewer (MEd) has been named to the board of directors of MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association). She is community relations officer for Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division.

Larry Fite (BSME, MS '89, PhD '93) is professor of engineering and program coordinator for pre-engineering at Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla.

Mazella T. Flowers (MEd) wrote the book Melody of Love after the death of her husband, Albert Louis Flowers. The book has won several literary awards, including the George P. Freeman Award and the New Millennium Writer's Award. Flowers is the librarian at Whitehaven High School.

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Michael Cannon (BBA) is editor-at-large and men's fashion editor for Town & Country magazine.

Janet Lansky Shipman (JD) is the attorney for the town of Collierville.


Vivian C. Hodges (MEd) was named principal of Whitehall Elementary School in Jackson, Tenn., becoming the school's first female principal.

Billy PullenBilly Pullen (MA) contributed a one-act play, The Bookmobile Doesn't Come by Anymore, to the anthology A Grand Entrance - Scenes and Monologues for Mature Actors. He is an English teacher at Germantown High School.



David Hoover (BBA, MBA '84) was promoted to senior field sales analyst for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. He lives in Brooksville, Fla.

Georgia Springfield Miller (MEd) attended the Academy of the Gifted at Middle Tennessee State University. The Jenning Foundation funds the school and certifies teachers of the gifted.


James G. Freeman (BSET) of Honolulu has been promoted to associate with Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo Architects, Designers and Consultants. A senior designer, he is responsible for a range of projects, including hotels and resorts, commercial, and office facilities and multi-family housing.

Eddie Roach (BSME) has been promoted to manufacturing services project supervisor for Porter-Cable/Delta's manufacturing services division. He lives in Jackson, Tenn.

William C. Starr (BSME) was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. He has assumed command of the 4th Command and Control Squadron at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo.


Charles Brown (BA) is design director for the Dallas Morning News.

Wyvonia Woods HarrisWyvonia Woods Harris (BSN, MS '91) clinical research coordinator for the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation, was named vice president of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses.



Rev. Sandra Leatherwood (BS) is associate minister at Collierville United Methodist Church.

Thomas E. McCrory (BBA) has published his first novel, Company Confidential.

Walter W. RoopWalter W. Roop (BBA) is president of Roop Financial Services Inc. and is a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table.



Gregory R. Singleton (BSEd, MS '94) was elected executive director of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference in Atlanta. He also was one of three national recipients of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Educational Fellowship. A former coordinator of Greek affairs at The U of M, Singleton is associate dean of students at the University of Miami.

Kristi Wilkes (BBA) was promoted to membership manager at WKNO-TV.


Paige Ingle Pang (MS) of Cumming, Ga., received her doctorate in behavioral psychology from the Union Institute. She has completed her first book, Ledges of Borneo.

Paul Sloan (BA) and Ildiko Bardos Sloan (BSEd '88) are the parents of a fifth child, Nathan Thomas, born in October 1999. Paul is creative services director for Fox13 WHBQ-TV.

Jacqueline D. Tate-Mathis (BBA, JD '94) is a real estate attorney for Schlotzsky's Inc. in Austin, Texas. She was licensed as a Texas attorney in January.


J. Tucker Beck (BBA) was awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. He is with Crye-Leike Commercial.

Brenda Jennings-Brock (BBA) has been promoted to customer service review supervisor with The U of M's Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Tay LaChance ('87) is family living editor for The Covington Leader.


Marilyn J. Califf (MFA) had a one-woman show of mixed media pieces at the Germantown Library. Her works also were included in the exhibit "A Concert of Spirited Threads: Women's Fabric Art" at The U of M Art Museum and in a juried exhibition at the Levy Gallery at Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center.

Carole Gray Coles (BS, MHA '97) and Andrew Riddick Coles (BBA '89) are the parents of Georgia Catherine Coles, born Aug. 27, 1999. Carole is a sales manager at Smith & Nephew Inc. Andrew "Sandy" Coles is a sales manager with Marine Supply Co. He and his boating business were featured in the May 2000 issue of Southern Living magazine.

John E. Luke (BBA '88) is senior vice president and senior credit officer of First Alliance Bank.

Beverly Perkins (BBA) has been named to the board of directors of the Children's Museum of Memphis. She is executive director of the Orange Mound Collaborative.

Ken Robinson (BBA) has been promoted to sales executive, distributed enterprise management solutions, at Computer Associates International.

Edmund C. Smith III (BA) is manager of marketing communications for Electrotek Concepts in Knoxville.


Rebecca BentonRebecca Benton (BA) was promoted to assistant copy chief at Southern Living magazine. She has been with Southern Living since 1995, serving most recently as senior copy editor.


Derrick Choo (BSET) was promoted to senior project manager at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects Inc. Capt.

Anthony Styer (BSET) and his wife Tammie announce the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Renee, on Oct. 31, 1999. Styer is stationed with the 7th Marines in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Sharon WrightDr. Sharon D. Wright (MA) has been promoted to associate professor of political science and black studies at the University of Missouri and is a visiting scholar for the 2000-2001 academic year at the University of Michigan.


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Darin Hollingsworth (BBA) was named associate development director at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. His responsibilities include membership development, grants and sponsorships. Previously he was a development officer at Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation.

Dennis Joyner (BPS), director of the Mid-South Training Institute at The U of M and former Collierville chief of police, received the 2000 President's Award from the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.

Margaret "Libby" Porter (BSEd, MS '98) and her husband Scott announce the birth of their son, Lane Alan Porter, on May 17. He joins a brother, Spencer, and sister, Macy.

Andrea Torrence (BA) won an Emmy award from the Mid-America chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for her work as an editor at CBS affiliate KMOV-TV in St. Louis. She won for the investigative series "Jefferson City, Sorry State of Affairs," which explored legislators breaking the law.

Stephenie Turner-Sell (BA) is a probation officer with the Richland County Juvenile Court. She lives in Lexington, Ohio.


Penelope Smith AshePenelope Smith Ashe (BSN) was named to Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers and was selected the Outstanding Health Science Teacher by the Tennessee School Board Association. The Selmer resident teaches at Adamsville High School.


Beverly AustinBeverly Cozart Austin (BPS), a mediator with the Accord Institute of Olive Branch, has received two grants from the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. The grants will be used for a two-day training seminar on conflict resolution for teachers and to support the Small Claims Mediation Project she coordinates in Paragould, Ark.

Rev. Curtis L. Hudson (BA) of Jackson, Tenn., was fully ordained as a pastor in the United Methodist church. He and his wife Kelly welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Macy Elizabeth, on June 30.

Kevin Kimery (BBA) was promoted to president of

Warren D. McWhirter (JD) is an associate with Glassman, Jeter, Edwards & Wade PC.

Bill Short (MA) has rejoined the staff of the Millington Star, covering the city's police and fire departments and Millington City Court.


Karen Criswell Bell (MS) was elected to the Jackson-Madison County School Board. An internal auditor for the city of Jackson, Tenn., she founded "Students First," a group of parents working for educational reform.

Sharon Bobo Castle (BBA) lives in Murray, Ky., with her husband Michael, who practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. They are the parents of a son, Christian Michael, born March 17.

R. Douglas Hanson (BBA, JD '95) is an associate with Glassman, Jeter, Edwards & Wade PC.

Eunice Fossett Jones (BSN) has been named director of quality improvement for Methodist Extended Care Hospital. Previously she was a nurse manager at Methodist Healthcare Central.

Dr. Elizabeth Brock McBride (MS, EdD '94) and her husband John announce the birth of their daughter, Katy Elizabeth, on May 30.

Greg McGaw (BBA) was named vice president and director of leasing for Landstone Medical Properties.

David A. McLaughlin (JD) was named a partner with the Waring Cox PLC law firm.

Nancy Kimball Mellon (MS) of Apollo Beach, Fla., is vice president of investments for A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. She and her husband, Mark Albert Mellon, are the parents of Mark Chadwick Kimball Mellon, born Aug. 6, 1999.

John Teasley (BBA) has joined the corporate finance division of Rodgers Capital Group in Nashville. He received his MBA from Vanderbilt University.


Christina Upton Douglas (JD) and her husband Rick are the parents of Jackson Bailey, born March 13. She practices product liability litigation with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Traci L. Guinn (BBA), associate director of admissions at Central Michigan University, received her master's degree in educational administration and community leadership from CMU. She is pursuing her doctorate in educational administration/higher education.

Glenn Knight (BBA) has been promoted to customer business executive with Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo, N.Y.

Caren B. Nichol (JD) rejoined the law firm of Stokes Bartholomew Evans & Petree as a partner.

Frank D. Robinson Jr. (BFA) received a master of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Karen Stimart (MEd) has been appointed the first principal of Incarnation Elementary School in Collierville.


Lisa Lapaglia BaileyLisa Lapaglia Bailey (BBA) is an account executive with First Mercantile Trust Co.



William H. Masters (MBA) has been named electrical project manager at Askew, Hargraves, Harcourt & Associates Inc.

Brian Relleva (BFA) is Webmaster and lead site designer for Perfectly Private Inc., an Internet security firm. Previously he was designer and Web marketing manager for a companion site, Careers Inc.

Kay Veazey (MA) of Andover, N.J., is vice president of communications for Honeywell's Home & Building Control business.


Kimberley Blevins-Relleva (MA) earned a master's degree from Vanderbilt University in 1999. She and her husband, Brian Relleva (BFA '94), became parents for a second time with the birth of James Oskar in September 1999.

Alexandria LaFaye (MFA) writes books for young adults, including The Year of the Sawdust Man, Strawberry Hill and Nissa's Place.

Janis J. Milczewski (BA) is a consultant with Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C. She previously was with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jason Wood (BBA, MBA '99) and Molly Perkins Wood (BSN) announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Caroline, on Dec. 20.


Valerie Eagan Mangrum (BA) is an account executive in the interactive media department of Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence in Nashville.


Charmiane Griffin Claxton (JD) has been appointed deputy director of human resources for the city of Memphis. She had served as an assistant district attorney since 1998.

Mary M. Erickson (BBA) received the Professional Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. She is human resources director with the Waring Cox law firm.

Brooks Monaghan (BBA), a former Tiger soccer player, is interim head coach of the Lady Tiger soccer team.


Tania Castroverde (BFA) has been appointed to serve on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission by Gov. Don Sundquist.

Steven M. Coplon (MHA) is owner of Healthcare Consultants of the South.

Sherry Sumara Darnell (MS) was named principal of Margaret Newton Elementary School in Tiptonville, Tenn. She had taught at the school since 1990.

Shanna Davis (BS, MS '00) is an environmental scientist with Pickering.

Rev. William H. Edwards (MBA) has been named associate general minister and vice president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Cincinnati. He is a former executive pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

Shannon McGhee Hernandez (JD) has joined the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville.


Kevin Balkwill (JD) joined the law office of Bradley J. Cordts. He concentrates his practice in criminal defense, family law and tort litigation.

Timothy Flack (BA '92, JD '99) is a city prosecutor in the Law Division of the city of Memphis.

Tony Horne (MFA) has left his position as managing director of the Memphis Black Repertory Theatre to teach at Saint Louis University.

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David EberhardtDavid Eberhardt (MS) is assistant director of student life for student activities at Centre College in Danville, Ky. He had been a program coordinator in student development and admissions at Lambuth College.


Todd VanPelt (BSME) has been awarded a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma. He is a graduate assistant pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering.

Monica Wilbur (BBA) is a computer analyst with, which offers small businesses a way to outsource their bookkeeping departments via the Internet.

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