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Spring 2010 Features


Leaping forward
Spin cycle
Flight patterns
Man on a mission
The unvanquished

The Columns: Alumni Review
Brush strokes
That perfect season


George Klein (BS) premiered the “George Klein Elvis Hour” on Classic Hits 94.1 KQK. In the Sunday morning show, he shares his Elvis memories through stories and music.


Fred Thompson (BS), radio talk show host, actor and former U.S. senator, has published his memoir, Teaching the Pig to Dance.


Richard P. McCully (BS, JD ’68) was the commencement speaker at his alma mater, The Howe School, a military academy in northeastern Indiana. He is a federal administrative law judge for the Northern District of Georgia.


Martin Judge
Martin Judge
Martin Judge (BS) was presented a resolution by the San Diego City Council declaring March 23 Martin Judge Day throughout the city in recognition of his exceptional contributions as a community volunteer. Judge is CEO of Dolphin Communications Ltd.

Richard V. Norment (BBA), assistant to Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, received the David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award from the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum.


Sandra Brantley (BS, MEd ’74) joined the Business Services Group of the Mansour, Gavin, Gerlak & Manos law firm of Cleveland, Ohio. She specializes in trusts, estate planning and wealth management.

Herb Hilliard (BBA) is chair of the National Civil Rights Museum board of directors. The first African American to play basketball for the U of M, Hilliard is executive vice president and general manager of government relations for First Horizon National Corp.


Frank Cianciola (BBA, MS ’82) was named chair of Metropolitan BancGroup. He has been in banking for 34 years, most recently as chair of Renasant Bank in Tennessee.

Tim DiScenza (BS, JD ’74), a federal prosecutor known for fighting public corruption, retired after 33 years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He is now the chief disciplinary counsel in charge of overseeing ethical conduct of judges in the state for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary.

Stanley Mills (BBA) of Crye-Leike Realtors earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation.

Linda Parrott (BS), a chemistry teacher at Ocean Springs (Miss.) High School, received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Parrott uses technology, one-on-one discussions and hands-on lab activities to engage her students. Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C.


Bernice Donald (BA, JD ’79), U.S. District Court judge, received an honorary doctor of law degree from Suffolk University.

Harriet Montgomery (BA, MS ’87) retired in May after more than 30 years of service to the U of M. She served as manager of Employee Benefits and Risk Management for many years and as associate director of Human Resources before being named assistant vice president for Human Resources.

David Zettergren (BS, MS ’80) was appointed vice president of Business and Finance at the U of M. He joined the University in 1985 and has served in several positions, including director of accounting and assistant vice president for finance.


Marty Kelman (MEd, MBA ’81) is chair of Kelman-Lazarov Inc., a financial services firm.

Brother Joel McGraw (MA, MEd ’86), assistant principal of Christian Brothers High School, received the Humanitarian Award from Diversity Memphis for his commitment to service in the Memphis community.


Kelly Finnell (BA, JD ’81) is president of Executive Financial Services Inc., an employee benefit consulting firm.

Steve Ingham
Steve Ingham
Steve Ingham (BSCE) is executive vice president of operations for Viking Range Corp., headquartered in Greenwood, Miss.

Kathy Kelley (BFA) is principal of K Design, which develops environmental graphic design and interpretive signage, including interpretive graphics for museums, nature centers and zoos.

Musette Sprunt Morgan (MA, EdD ’93) was named 2010 Outstanding Alumna by St. Mary’s Episcopal School. She was a clinical instructor in speech pathology at the U of M and helped run a preschool for speech and language-impaired students. Morgan also has served on the Tennessee State Board of Education.


Ken Quick (BBA) is owner of EM Printing in Bartlett.


Jim Dean (BSET) was named president of Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, the Tampa, Fla., parks operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. He had been executive vice president of retail operations for the company, and before that headed the finance department.

Paul Edelstein (BA) created a 33-foot mural for Shady Grove Presbyterian Church. The three-paneled mural includes the Nativity, the Last Supper and a panel with many figures that features Jesus holding a hydrangea.

Gary K. Morrell
Gary K. Morrell
Gary K. Morrell (JD) of the Boswell Law Firm was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the College is limited to 1 percent of the lawyers in each state.


Peter B. Rochester
Peter B. Rochester
Peter B. Rochester (MBA) is senior vice president of commercial banking for Florida Bank of Commerce. A 26-year veteran of the banking industry, he lives in Merritt Island, Fla.


Charles A. Goforth (BPS) was elected board chair for Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon.

Dr. Mary Ellen Jukoski
Dr. Mary Ellen Jukoski
Dr. Mary Ellen Jukoski (EdD), president of Mitchell College in New London, Conn., received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Connecticut College. She was honored for her leadership at Mitchell, her community service and for being a strong advocate for education in Connecticut.

Ken Stonebrook
Ken Stonebrook
Ken Stonebrook (BBA, MBA ’90) and his brother, Terry Stonebrook (BBA ’73), partnered to form Stonebrook Realtors. Ken and his wife, Karen (BSEd ’84), live in Collierville with their four children.


Jon Albright (BBA) was named to the Memphis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ leadership board. The former Tiger basketball player is a partner with Investec Realty Services.


Cathy Simmons
Cathy Simmons
Cathy Simmons (BS, MBA ’88), director of client services and chief compliance officer at Legacy Wealth Management, was named one of the “50 Top Women in Wealth for 2010” by Wealth Manager magazine.


Richard Holden (MEd) retired this summer after 39 years with Shelby County Schools, the last 11 as chief of operations. He was the public face of the school system during times of sometimes controversial rezoning, and oversaw construction of 15 schools and major renovation of 10 campuses.


Amy Amundsen (JD), a Memphis divorce attorney, was selected as 2010-11 vice president of the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court, which works to improve skills, professionalism and ethics of attorneys, judges and legal educators.

Lauren Boggs McHugh (BBA, MBA ’93) is president/CEO of Huey’s Restaurants.

David Stephens (BSEd) is assistant superintendent of curriculum and accountability for Shelby County Schools. He had been principal of Bolton High School.

Jacque Van Audenhove (BS) is an Institutional Review Board staff associate at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. She lives in Knoxville with her husband, David, and their children, Maria and Pierson.


G. Wayne Dowdy (BS) authored Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South. He is a senior librarian and archivist at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center.

James R. Mulroy
James R. Mulroy
James R. Mulroy (MBA), managing partner of the Jackson Lewis law firm’s Memphis office, was listed in the Chambers USA 2010 Legal Guide.


Lynne Rooker (BA) was named to the Memphis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ leadership board. She is president of 828 Marketing Communications and former president of Chandler Ehrlich.


Kelly S. Gooch
Kelly S. Gooch
Kelly S. Gooch (JD), a partner in the Jackson Lewis law firm, was listed in the Chambers USA 2010 Legal Guide.


Sharon Lynn Fisher (BA) was named a finalist in the paranormal romance category of the Golden Heart award for her manuscript Shadowed. The Golden Heart, presented by the Romance Writers of America, recognizes excellence in unpublished romance fiction.

Ben Hanback (BBA) is president of The Hanback Group, which was named by the Nashville Business Journal as a finalist in its 2010 Best in Business Awards in the 1-25 employees category. The Hanback Group is an employee benefits, enrollment and human resources consulting firm in Brentwood, Tenn.

Dr. Ty J. Handy
Dr. Ty J. Handy
Dr. Ty J. Handy (EdD) was named president of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. He had been president of Vermont Technical College. Handy and his wife, Kim, have two sons, Jon and Beau. “I fondly remember my time at Memphis,” Handy says. “Drs. Robert Riggs and Patricia Murrell were excellent faculty and have been key influences on my growth and development.”

Rhynette Northcross Hurd (JD) was appointed to a judgeship on the Shelby County Circuit Court. She has served as an in-house counsel at such corporations as Sedgwick Claims Management Services, International Paper and Accredo Health Inc. Hurd also has been an adjunct faculty member at the U of M’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Marc Sorin
Marc Sorin
Marc Sorin (JD) joined the law firm of McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess as an attorney.


Dr. David Burchfield (BBA, MA ’94) is an associate professor in the U of M’s School of Public Health. A Marine Corps veteran, he earned a PhD in health economics from Cornell University and taught at Cornell’s Sloan Program in Health Administration before returning to the U of M.

George Hernandez (MBA) is CEO of Campbell Clinic.


April Crommett (MS) was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of exercise and sport science at Cedarville University. She lives in Kettering, Ohio.


Kate Armitage (BA) is marketing manager for Millington. She markets and promotes the city, including USA Stadium, the Farmer’s Market and the Millington Civic Center.

Jamie Covington (BSN), an advanced nurse practitioner, joined Bartlett Internal Medicine Group.

Edward L. Stanton III (BA, JD ’97), a senior attorney with FedEx Corp., was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

Jeremy Williams (BSEd) was named National High School Football Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association. He led the Greenville (Ga.) High School Patriots to an 11-1 record last season.


Amy Murrell
Amy Murrell
Amy Murrell (BA, MS ’97), assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Texas, received a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to test the effectiveness of a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mona Seligman (BS) joined ProTech as an account executive.


Shane Hollin (BSCE) is a civil project engineer for Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates.

Tim McCullough (BSET) opened McCullough-Leininger Architecture with Douglas Leininger.

Bruce Orpet (BA) is president of PROforma Southprint, a promotional products company based in Hernando, Miss.

Sean Sabin (JD) retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel in April. His last Air Force position was as staff judge advocate at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont. He lives in Grosse Point Park, Mich., with his wife, Suzanne, and their twin daughters, Emma and Mae Claire. Sabin specializes in government procurement law as of counsel at Foley & Lardner.


Mark Harber
Mark Harber
Mark Harber (BSME) was promoted to business manager for open mold non-reinforced products at AOC, a supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.


Craig C. Conley
Craig C. Conley
Craig C. Conley (JD) was elected a shareholder of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. He is an experienced litigator with an emphasis in medical malpractice defense, long-term care litigation, commercial litigation, product liability defense and other areas.


Tom Shelton (BBA) owns Shelton Clothiers, a men’s clothing store on South Main in Downtown Memphis.


Christina Inmon (BBA) is an associate adviser for Century Financial.

Ginny Szalay (BBA) was elected president of the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Autumn Chastain (JD), a Memphis attorney, helped coordinate the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament this spring. She also operates Mango Street Baby, a children’s gift and interior design boutique.


Philip R. Baker
Philip R. Baker
Philip R. Baker (JD) was elected a shareholder of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. He concentrates his practice primarily in employment law from the firm’s Johnson City, Tenn., office.

Fletcher Lindberg
Fletcher Lindberg
Fletcher Lindberg (MBA) was promoted to business manager for open mold reinforced applications at AOC, a supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants and synergistic systems for composites and cast polymers.

Gloria Reece (EdD) was named a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She was honored for her dedication and research into programs benefiting the visually impaired.


Clare Grant (BFA), a model and actress (Black Snake Moan, $5 Cover, Walk the Line), married actor Seth Green (Family Guy, the Austin Powers movies) at filmmaker George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in northern California in May. Green is executive producer and co-creator of Robot Chicken, for which Grant does voice-overs.

Elesheba Shye-Parker (BPS) was named director of quality and performance improvement at Methodist South Hospital.


Austin Baker (BBA), president of EServ and co-director of the Memphis Institute for Leadership Education, spearheaded the Spirit of Memphis project to generate civic pride and promote the city. The three-day event featured pep rallies, music, food, a 5k run and a community cleanup program.

David McKinney (BBA, JD ’07), an attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson, received the 2009-2010 Inns of the Court Outstanding Associate Award.

Justin Starling (MCRP) joined Bass, Berry & Sims as an associate attorney in the Commercial Practice Group.


Jeff McCalla (MAT), an upper school math teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He was the only math teacher in Tennessee to receive the honor. Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C. McCalla incorporates technology into his classroom through innovative calculator projects.

Dr. Kristen C. Stone (MA, PhD ’07) of Uxbridge, Mass., a clinical psychologist at Women & Infants Hospital’s Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk, was appointed an assistant research professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


Anna Hinnenkamp-Faulk (MFA) is the editor for Panamerican Consultants Inc. She oversees report production under the terrestrial and maritime archaeology divisions.

Mary Katherine Johnson (BS) graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine with high honors and was inducted in the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.


Brenda Cassellius (EdD) was appointed superintendent of the East Metro Integration District, which serves St. Paul, Minn., and several surrounding suburbs. She had been associate superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools.

Ty Deal (BA) was promoted to account manager for Signature Advertising & Marketing Solutions.

Scott Robinson (BBA) is athletic director and men’s basketball coach at Crichton College. He is a former manager for the Tiger basketball team.


Gabrielle A. Lewis
Gabrielle A. Lewis
Gabrielle A. Lewis (JD) joined Bass, Berry & Sims as an associate attorney in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.

PJ McCormick (BFA) is an interactive designer at Deluge Studios Web Design.

J.R. Parsons
J.R. Parsons
J.R. Parsons (MBA) was promoted to chief financial officer of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, headquartered in Memphis.


Tucker Davis (MCRP) is a development director for Habitat for Hope, a faith-based nonprofit that provides housing for families of children with cancer. He is part of a design team that is creating a wooded retreat in Shelby Forest for families dealing with serious illnesses. The retreat will feature cabins, a chapel, gardens, hiking trails and an equestrian center.

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