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Percy Roberts (BS) was re-elected to the board of directors of the All-American Football Foundation.


Joseph A. Clayton (BS, MA '62) was inducted into the Shelby County Schools Alumni Hall of Fame.


Nancy K. Williams (BS) and Floyd E. Williams (BS '56) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 10. They are retired owners of The Williams Company.


Dr. Diane Lowe (BS, MA '65, EdD '71) is a professor and elementary literacy specialist in the Education Department at Framingham State College in Massachusetts.


Dr. William Phillips (MBA), founder of the Phillips Fire and Casualty Agency, was inducted into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University. A former assistant professor at the U of M, he taught insurance, risk management and finance courses.


Don Hutson (BBA) is chair and CEO of U.S. Learning Inc. and an internationally-known motivational speaker. He has addressed more than two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies and is featured in more than 80 training films. Hutson is the author of The Sale and co-author of four other books.


T.J. Donnelly (BFA) is founder and CEO of West End Media Group Inc. West End licenses the rights to wineries to produce Hiney Wine, which won both a silver and bronze medal at the 2006 Indy International Wine Convention. More than 3,200 commercial wines from 12 countries were entered in the competition.


Dr. Donald Roberts (MEd, EdD '83), superintendent of the Willcox (Ariz.) Unified School District, received the James E. Hamill Memorial Award from First Assembly Christian School, where he had served as principal for five-and-a-half years beginning in 1974.

Elizabeth Tate (BA), chair/CEO of Signet Inc., was named one of the "Top 10 Women in Business" by Memphis Woman magazine.

Patricia Waters (BA) published her first book of poems, The Ordinary Sublime. She is teaching at the University of Alabama.

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NelsonMichael C. Nelson (BSEd) was elected to the New York City Council in 1999, and has been re-elected four times. He represents the 48th District. Nelson and his wife, Sheila, live in Brooklyn.


Harold Glen Walker (BBA) was named chief financial and executive vice president of the U.S. Postal Service. Walker, who has more than 30 years of experience in finance, had been vice president of finance and CFO of Invensys Controls.


Daniel R. Martin (MS) is executive vice president of commercial management for the Dick Corp. in Pittsburgh.

Harriet Montgomery (BA, MS '87) was named interim assistant vice president of Human Resources at the U of M. She had been associate director since 1994, as well as manager of Employee Benefits and Risk Management for many years.


WilliamsDavid Williams (BA) is president and CEO of Leadership Memphis. He previously ran a consulting firm, The Williams Company, and was director of community development for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.



Cathy W. Doyle (BSEd, MS '97) is library media specialist at White Station High School. She has been with Memphis City Schools for 30 years and received national board certification for teaching standards in 2004.

Stan Moore (BSEE) was promoted to vice president at Fisher & Arnold Inc.

Larry Rice (JD), an attorney and certified family law specialist, donated proceeds from his recent lecture series to the Mississippi Bar Association's Katrina Relief Fund. Rice is listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World. He is the author of Divorce Practice in Tennessee, The Effective Ethical Lawyer, and The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice: Forms and Procedures for Lawyers.

Brig. Gen. James Whitmore (BBA) is the Air Force's director of operations and support integration in the Office of Warfighting Integration.


Gina C. Higgins (BA, JD '84) of the U.S. Navy received the "She Knows Where She's Going" award from Girls Inc. of Memphis.

Melissa Thompson (BSEd, MS '78) and David Harrison (BSCE '77) were married June 3. They have five children and live in Richmond, Texas.


Paul Jewell (BA) was promoted to marketing director for The Commercial Appeal.

Frank B. Maier III (BPS) was named director of sales and marketing for Mid-South Golfer magazine. He and his wife, Virginia Vandeventer Maier, celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary Sept. 1.

PittDebra Pitt (BA) is a sales associate with Prudential Carolinas Realty in the Winston-Salem/Clemmons area. Before joining Prudential she worked in sales for Nextel and Alltel.


C. Michael Thompson (BS, MBA '84) is president of Tomsin Steel Processing Inc.

Ben Watkins (BBA), member of the CPA and financial advisory firm of Watkins Uiberall, was appointed to the Governmental Committee of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Eugene Bernstein Jr. (BA, JD '82) is a partner with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.


Kim Brukardt (BA) won a VOX award from the Public Relations Society of America Memphis chapter in the marketing communications campaign/products category. The award, shared with Wimmer Cookbooks, was for the promotion of Frank Grisanti's cookbook The Main Course. Brukardt is an independent public relations and marketing consultant.

Randall B. Womack (JD, MBA '81) was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. He is a member of the Glankler Brown law firm.

TapleyKent Tapley (BBA) was promoted to vice president of deli/bakery food service for the Supermarket Division of Marsh Supermarkets Inc.



HelmsMarilyn Helms (BBA, MBA '84, DBA '87), Sesquicentennial Endowed Chair and professor of management at Dalton State College, received the 2006 DSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award. She lives in Ringgold, Ga.


Cathy D. Ross (MBA), senior vice president and chief financial officer for FedEx Express, received the "She Knows Where She's Going" award from Girls Inc. of Memphis.

Sally Runyan (BBA) received her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She is a senior analyst with Thomson Financial/IFR Markets.


Charles Goforth (BPS) was elected to the board of directors of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon.

Philip E. Maness (BBA) was promoted to director of national accounts and executive vice president at First Mercantile Trust Co.

Edward L. Martindale Jr. (JD) is a mediator with Settlement Solutions.

Art Sandridge (BBA) was promoted to first senior vice president at Bank of Bartlett.

Elizabeth Triplett (BSEd) is a Tennessee Certified Appraiser with the Shelby County Assessor's Office.

TubbsLee Tubbs (BPS), president and founder of EnviroGuard Pest Solutions Inc., received the 2006 Better Business Bureau Torch Award. He lives in Ringgold, Ga.



Anne E. Kirkpatrick (MS) was named chief of the Spokane (Wash.) Police Department, making her the first woman to lead the department. She had been police chief of Federal Way, Wash.

Paul Sax (BBA) is a tennis professional at the University Club of Memphis.


Greg Duckett (JD) was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents, the governing body for state universities, community colleges and technology centers outside the University of Tennessee system, serving 185,000 students. Duckett is senior vice president of Baptist Memorial Hospital and a member of the Shelby County Election Commission.

HendersonThomas L. Henderson (JD), partner with the law firm Lewis Fisher Henderson Claxton & Mulroy, recently was selected for excellence by Best of U.S. Inc., a research, publishing, and consulting firm that is dedicated to recognizing excellence in the United States. The selection is based on a peer-review survey. Henderson also has been listed in both the 2005 and 2006 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law.

Keith Kirkland (BSEd) is executive director of the Wolf River Conservancy. In June he received the International Paper Conservation Partnership Award recognizing his 20 years of volunteering and employment in protecting Wolf River lands.

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Kathleen Woodruff Wickham (MA, EdD '99), an associate professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi, was named chair of the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for 2006-07. Wickham served as vice chair/programming chair last year. She also serves as adviser to the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which won the 2006 Region XII Outstanding Campus Chapter Award. She lives in Oxford, Miss., and is a board member of West Tennessee Family Solutions, a provider of supported living homes for adults with developmental disabilities.


Leo Hall (BSET) is producing and directing an independent feature film, Brought Me This Far, about a woman living with AIDS. The film is scheduled to be released next spring. Hall owns and operates Leo Hall Productions, a film and video production company in Nashville.

Randy Krieger (MBA) is president and CEO of Ford Japan Ltd. Before joining Ford Japan he had been vice president of marketing, sales and service at Changan Ford in Chongqing, China.

Vicki Sallis Murrell (MEd, PhD '05) is director of professional and continuing education at the University of Memphis.

Daniel Shaffer (BBA) is membership services manager for Harbor of Health.


Kristi Duckworth had her first one-woman show of paintings and mosaics at the Memphis Botanic Garden this summer. She has created in many media, concentrating on photography, mosaics, painting and ceramics. Duckworth teaches classes at the Hutchison School Arts Academy and is a teacher/naturalist at the Lichterman Nature Center.

Steve Lyman (BBA) and his wife, Debbie Stanton Lyman, welcomed the birth of daughter Molly in January. Steve is a partner in the Atlanta office of Grant Thornton LLP.

John Pankey (BSCE) was promoted to principal of the transportation department at Fisher & Arnold Inc.

Mark Schuermann (BA), former chief of staff to Rep. Harold Ford Jr., joined Public Strategies Inc., a large government relations firm.


Butch Frazier (BSEd, MPA '98) was promoted to chief executive officer of Jamestown Regional Medical Center in Jamestown, Tenn. Previously Frazier was chief operations officer at hospitals in Mississippi and Texas. He and his wife, Cindy Davis Frazier (BA '88), have four children.

Maureen McCormick Wagner (BA) was selected as the national survivor spokesperson by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for its first national media campaign to spread awareness about ovarian cancer. She began her media tour in New York City in May and made local, regional and national appearances through September. Wagner lives in Chattanooga, where she is vice president for corporate relations at WTCI-TV.

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Keith S. Carver Jr. (BA) was named assistant vice chancellor for development at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He and his wife, Hollianne Carver (BSEd '95), are the parents of three children: Carson Elizabeth, Jackson Thomas and Britton Shaw.


John Strand (BA) is director of education and development for Lenny's Franchisor LLC.

Tricia Swann (BBA) was named assistant vice president and senior portfolio manager at Cumberland Bank, where she is responsible for loan review and underwriting. Swann had been an account manager and financial analyst with Cigna Healthcare.

Greg Watt (BBA) is an attorney in private practice with offices in Montgomery and Dothan, Ala. His practice is focused primarily on estate planning and elder law issues. Watt is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 10 years and have two sons, Stratton and Chapman.


Allison Barron (BA) is member services manager for the University Club of Memphis.

Robin A. Stone (BA, MS '97) was promoted to director of general education at Draughons Junior College of Murfreesboro, Tenn.


Brian Yarmowich (MBA) was promoted to vice president at nexAir. He lives in the Birmingham area.


DerychJim Derych (BBA) is a certified financial planner with Wealth Solutions LLC, an investment advisory firm with Raymond James Financial Services. He wrote a book titled Confessions of a Former Dittohead, which was published in May. Derych went on a 20-city signing tour to promote the book over the summer. He lives in Germantown with his wife, Becky (BA '94, MA '96).

Bradley D. McAdory (JD) was promoted to vice president-legal and assistant general counsel of Fred's Inc.

PruittBrian Pruitt (BBA, BA) was appointed head of Pfizer Inc.'s St. Louis Finance Site. He joined Pfizer full time in 2001 as a business analyst in the finance rotational program.


ThompsonJames S. Thomson II (JD) is a shareholder in the law office of Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton. His practice areas include general insurance defense, insurance coverage, products liability, and defense of civil rights and constitutional rights.


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Sheron Bates (BA) was promoted to director of event marketing at Archer Malmo.

Jeanie Rittenberry (BSEd) is group vice president and director of client services for NCBS.


Ben Phillips (MS, EdD '02) is principal of Cordova High School.


BondRebecca G. Bond (JD) joined the Knoxville law office of the Bass, Berry & Sims, where she practices in the litigation area. Before joining the firm she had been an associate with Leibowitz & Cohen.


Preston Frazer (MS) was promoted to senior manager at KPMG LLP.


Marc Burford (BBA) was promoted to business development coordinator at the Memphis Area Teachers Credit Union. He began working at MATCU in 2003 and became an assistant branch director in 2004.

David M. DiScenza (JD) is an associate attorney with Spicer, Flynn & Rudstrom.

Luca Lindner (BA) co-hosts the "Dennis and Ric" show on Rock 103 WEGR-FM. She also produces and hosts "The Great Unsigned" and is assistant program director for the station.


David Bodette (JD) is an associate with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.

Chirag Chauhan (MBA) was admitted as a full partner at Barnett Benefits LLC. He oversees the firm's individual financial planning, investment advisory and insurance activities.


Austin Baker (BBA) graduated from the Impact Memphis NEXUS program and recently completed his term as chair of the Small Business Chamber. He serves on the Fogelman College of Business and Economics alumni chapter board of directors.

BrittonChuck Britton (BPS) was named vice president of plant operations for nexAir, where he had been director of plant operations. Britton has been with nexAir since 1985.


Lori Hernandez (BA) directed the film What Are We Waiting For?, which profiles several servers at local restaurants. She also waits tables at Huey's.

PeckKatie Peck (BA) was promoted to public relations account coordinator at Chandler Ehrlich. She works with a wide range of clients, including the National Foundation for Transplants, Lane Home Furnishings and Lewis, Fisher, Henderson, Claxton and Mulroy.

Katie Wassmer
(BA) was promoted to account executive at Thompson & Berry Public Relations.


LoydTim Loyd (BLS) was promoted to general manager of Dot Foods' Cambridge City, Ind., Distribution Center. He has been with Dot Foods for 19 years, most recently as regional sales manager.


MakiLisa A. Maki (BPS) joined the sales team at CB Richard Ellis, representing commercial real estate property owners, investors and users in office leasing.

SchneiderDick Schneider (MA) was named executive editor of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal. He had been executive editor of the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun. During Schneider's 14 years there, the Sun went from being an afternoon paper to a morning paper, changed printing presses and became a multimedia operation.


Cassie Qualls (BA) is an advertising account executive with Chicken Soup Magazine.

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