Armstrong Alumni Association
Being an alum is a lifelong experience, so we want you to be able to share your most noteworthy moments with other Armstrong alumni. Let us when you complete another degree, get a certification, add to your family, receive an award, or anything else you want to tell us. Whether you are Employee of the Month or a Nobel Prize Laureate, we want to celebrate with you. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. Use the online form to send us your latest news.
Here is what some of your fellow Armstrong Pirates have been up to lately:
December 2013 Notes
Erica Neff '06 was honored as the 2013 Young Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. She is currently a member of the Albuquerque Bar Association Board of Directors, as well as the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association Editorial Board. She has a diverse civil litigation practice in Albuquerque, which includes insurance defense, products liability, appellate practice and unfair trade practice issues.
Tiffany Glick-Leighty '03 married Thomas Leighty on Aug. 2, 2013. He is a captain with the Savannah Fire Department and she teaches P.E. at Mercer Middle School. They live in Pooler.
Georgia Gibbs Dess '11 completed a Master of Education degree in school psychology in 2013 and is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree at Georgia Southern University.
Tosha Fowler '02 has been named associate artistic director at Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company in Chicago.
November 2013 Notes
Glen Williams '92 reports: "In 2012 I served as Worshipful Master of Columbia-Brotherhood Masonic Lodge in San Francisco. That was an eight-year commitment to the lodge as a line officer. What a journey. Glad to have that completed. Now I am in the maritime industry and working in Gulf Of Mexico. Home port is Lake Charles, La. Working on ocean tugs with Crowley Marine Services. I hope to be visiting Armstrong and Savannah early in 2014! Can't wait! Arrrrggggg"
Austin Roberson '06 has been hired as an assistant district attorney in the Chatham County District Attorney's Office after completing a federal judicial clerkship with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia as law clerk to the Honorable B. Avant Edenfield.
Sarah P. Boisvert '04 married Michael J. Rule in Reading, Penn. on Oct. 26, 2013.
C. Maguire '80s recently published her first children's novel, "The Bloody Book Bag Ordeal."
Susanne Hall '10 '13 has been hired as a software developer and programmer at Healthpac Computer Systems, Inc.
James Gauthier '98 recently accepted a position as a major gifts officer with Yale University and will be relocating to Connecticut with his wife Kris '01 and their two sons, Hunter and Mason.
Kris Seay Gauthier '01 was recently awarded Teacher of the Year for 2013 in the Orange Southwest Supervisory Union in Vermont where she has taught kindergarten and first grade for the last five years.
Kascion Outland '12 lives in Tampa, where is a lead chemist at River Crossing Labs, LLC. His role includes method development, client service improvement, and strategic marketing. He is also CEO and President of Augusta Strike Force Mentor Academy in Augusta, Ga., which opened business on Nov. 1 to youths aged 8 to 16.
Bonnie Futrell '00 reports that husband Hugh Futrell '70s is the Assistant Chief at Southside Fire/EMS/Security. Bonnie keeps the grandchildren and volunteers for various historical and archaeological groups. Their five children have all graduated, three from Armstrong and two from Brenau University. They are all married. The Futrells have four grandchildren and two on-the-way (the oldest is 2). Their 100-year-old cottage keeps them busy and they enjoy life on the river!
Lake White '05, Director of Training for Starfish Aquatics Institute, received the Best Speaker Award for his presentation at the 33rd Annual World Waterpark Association's Symposium and Trade Show. His presentation "Learn to Look: New Tools for Better Lifeguards" was deeded "Outstanding" by attendees.
October 2013 Notes
Kallie Breningstall '11 has a solo art exhibition at the Hinesvillle Area Arts Council this month. The show also promotes breast cancer awareness.
Thomas Nease Sr. '60s and his wife Ann celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2013. He was the first food director at Armstrong when the campus opened at its current location.
Chris Cobb '00s has a three year old, Bailey Emily Cobb, and another daughter, Sadie Caroline Cobb, on the way due in December 2013.
Kerry Coursey '91 was named the 2012 National Distinguished Middle School Principal from Georgia. She is also a member of the 2013-2014 Leadership Savannah Class.
Victoria DiNatale '13 has formed Standing Victorious LLC, a speaking business used to spread bullying awareness to bullies, bullying victims, and their families. As a former victim of bullying, she travels the southeastern United States spreading her message of hope and perseverance with schools, universities, churches and civic organizations.
Elmore Patterson III '03 has been named CEO of Greene County Hospital and Nursing Home in Demopolis, Ala.
September 2013 Notes
Renata Peters '12 has been selected to be a firefighter for the City of Savannah.
Tyrone Avery Acker'04 '11 and Erica Acker '04 welcomed their first child, daughter Elise Amerie on Sept. 6, 2013.
Don Waters '75 was honored at the American College of Prosthodontists and ACP Education Foundation Annual Session at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Oct. 10 for his outstanding contribution to prosthodontics. Earlier in the year, he was named Honorary Director of the ACPEF Education Foundation. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the New York University College of Dentistry in New York and the UCLA College of Dentistry in Los Angeles. In connection with this honor, he was profiled in Dentistry Today.
Jessica Bacon '13 is the mission coordinator at Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia.
Matt Trull '12 married Brittany Polk on Sept. 14. He is employed at GulfStream.
Thomas "Jake" Waldrop '79 has been memorialized by the Atlanta Bar Association with the creation of the Thomas J. Waldrop Truth and Justice Award, which will be presented annually to an attorney practicing criminal law in Atlanta who embodies and exemplifies a passion and dedication for true justice. Jake passed away suddenly on Feb. 12, 2013.
August 2013 Notes
Kevyn Arnott '10 was hired by Apple Inc. right out of college, and now consults large companies and school systems in technology decisions. He builds custom solutions for all sorts of industries, working closely with Apple and its subsidiaries. He travels a lot, and says, "I have a lot of fun with what I do."
Marleen Kraaijenzank '00s was one of the many exchange students who has visited Armstrong over the years. She was here in Spring 2005, and says it was one of the best times in her life. "I felt so welcome and the experience has shaped my life ever since. I have lived and worked all over the world, and it is a lifestyle that suits me pretty well. After my semester at Armstrong, I went back to my university in Denmark, Aalborg University, where I finished my B.A. and continued with my master's in tourism."
Kevin O'Neil '99 used his economics degree from Armstrong to go into banking and also became a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, one of the largest financial services firms in the world.
Otis Johnson '64 led a city-wide celebration of desegregation's 50th anniversary on Aug. 24. He was 1st African-American student at Armstrong in 1963, & later was the city of Savannah's 2nd African-American mayor.
Kyndal Schaaf '12 is the new soccer coach at Spencer High School in Columbus, Ga.
Dorothy Kempson '00 '02 '06 is a veteran who served in Desert Storm. Her husband is also a veteran who retired after 22 years of service. She has one child named Brittney who is attending Mercer University. She has been working for Armstrong at the Liberty Center campus in Hinesville for over 12 years now. She recently received the Outstanding Staff award from Armstrong's Multicultural Affairs office during Black History Month.
Jermaine Bigham '94 has returned to Savannah as the basketball coach at Beach High School.
Emily Downey '03 taught kindergarten at Lithia Springs Elementary School from 2003 to 2012. During the summer of 2011, she traveled to Haiti, and upon returned to the USA decided to leave teaching and move to Haiti full time to partner with an orphanage in Port Au Prince. She moved to Haiti July 2012, and currently resides at New Life Children's Home, an orphanage and child rescue center in Port Au Prince, where her main role is to tutor children.
Erin Helmey Turner '00 '03 was voted Teacher of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year at Richmond Hill High School, where she has been teaching since 2000. She has an Ed. S. in Teaching and Learning from Georgia Southern University.
Andrea Harry '07 joined the United States Marine Corps to be a professional musician. She was stationed in New Orleans at the Naval Support Activity Base New Orleans and was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve Band in early 2008. She has performed for former President George H.W. Bush, former Commandant of the Marine Corps General James T. Conway, and various commanding generals throughout Marine Forces Reserve. She now works for Tulane University as an accountant for facilities services. She is engaged to Brian Pesses of New Orleans and their wedding is set for July 13, 2014.
Roger Pacheco '12 writes, "I have three beautiful children who have been my motivation throughout my military career, my time at AASU, and now in my teaching career. They kept me going my first year teaching at Bartlett Middle where I started halfway through the year, which any teacher can tell you is a difficult task. I kept my mind mentally tough and took on the challenge. Because of my hard work I was offered a position at Godley Station K-8 where I will be educating for 2013-2014 school year. I am excited and ready for the task."
Charlie Heino '11 and wife Kelly welcomed a son, Hudson Edward Heino, on Aug. 14. Their daughter, Riley, is two. Charlie is also working on a Doctor of Public Administration at Valdosta State University.
Lt. Col. Ron Speir '91 has been named commander of the 117th Air Control Squadron of the Georgia Air National Guard at Hunter Army Airfield.
Larry Owens '90 has been named head baseball coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.
Allen Cox '95 is the director of transportation for the Bryan County Board of Education. His wife Kristi Fillers Cox '93 is the director of the United Way Coastal Empire in Bryan County.
Karonda Williams '02 '03 will marry Anthony Hardrick on August 10, 2013.
Samantha Floyd '09 played softball at Armstrong and then was a graduate assistant for Coach Ted Evans for a year. Since then, she has coached at two other colleges and is now head softball and basketball coach at Hawkinsville High School in Pulaski County.
Frank Malinowski '97 '02 '04 is the dean of math and science at Darton State College in Albany. He is also the Georgia regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa.
July 2013 Notes
Mario Incorvaia '06 was profiled in Business in Savannah on July 22 for his work as arts marketing director and auditorium manager at Armstrong. http://ow.ly/nuODc
John Cave '01 is beginning his 13th year at SNF Holding Company, where he is in sales as a product manager for its US distributors. Employing more than 3,000 people in 18 countries, SNF is the world's largest manufacturer of water treatment polymers.
Joshua Bjerke '12 has been accepted into The M.A. International Security program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver beginning Fall 2013.
Nancy Brown '70 writes, "After almost 58 years of marriage, my husband, Bob Wagner, died from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Two years ago, I married Allen Brown, a fine man with whom I enjoy the things that seniors do. I often think of how interesting it was to attend school with teenagers and with young men coming home from Vietnam. Then I spent three years of teaching freshman biology labs at Armstrong. I wonder where those kids with whom I played tennis and who came to our home for pool parties are and what they are doing now. What great memories! Love to all of them and the 1970 faculty of the Biology Department."
Matthew Bush '12 was commissioned into the United States Navy on May 4, 2013. He and his wife, Ashley Bush '12, will be living in San Diego, Calif., where he will be stationed at the Naval Medical Center.
Glen Williams '92 writes, "I just finished reading McCullough's book, "The Greater Journey." Armstrong created a passion for reading and learning new things. As time moves on, these desires only get stronger. I am currently seeking employment in the Jacksonville, Florida or New Orleans, La. areas. When this happens, I will be visiting Savannah and my university often. Cheers Mates!"
Marilyn Lipsey Felder was profiled in the Savannah Tribune on July 17. She is an ordained minister.
Robin Robinson Bassett '88 married David Bassett in 1990 and they traveled across the country with the U.S. Army. She worked as an RN in various states in critical care, home health and long term care. They have two teenaged children. They fell in love with Alaska and returned there in 2002. Her husband retired from the Army and now works as a dog handler for the Transportation Safety Administration (bomb sniffing dog!). She went back to school at the University of Alaska Anchorage and graduated with a Master's in Nursing. She received Family Nurse Practitioner certification and has been working since then in Nephrology. She writes, "I love my job and it all started at Armstrong!"
Kenneth Pinion '13 is attending the MA program in film studies at North Carolina State University, where he is also working for the English department as a film studies lab assistant. He will present his paper about AMC's "The Walking Dead," which he wrote for Dr. Karen Hollinger at Armstrong, at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Savannah in October.
Dianne Miller Pearson '04 lives in Nassau, Bahamas. She has two sons who went to Windsor Forest High School and has two grandchildren. She is employed at the Medi Center in the laboratory. She is one of the people who sets up and manages the lab. It is a new and improved Primary Health Care Facility. She returns to Savannah every year. She is scheduled to return this year from August 3-12. She says she loves Savannah and Armstrong.
Kimberly Thompson '10 says she is extremely happy with her career decisions and she is looking forward to continuing to represent Armstrong. She has earned many honors, including: speaking at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in New Orleans, La. in January 2011; teaching high school mathematics since August 2011 (completing the GaTAPP program to earn a teaching certificate); being voted Math Department Teacher of the Year by her students in her first year of teaching and participating in their graduation ceremony; working with a research team to produce two math papers that were published August 2011 and November 2012; winning the National Association for Alternative Certification Scholarship in March 2013 and being asked to present at the NAAC annual conference held in Los Angeles, Calif.; receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Wayne County Retired Educators Association in April 2013; being selected as one of 13 GaTAPP Ambassadors for 2013-2014 school year, which will enable her to travel and speak at educational conferences advocating alternative certification programs; and serving as the Wayne County High School Math Team coach.
Clay Chappell '97 was profiled in an article in the July 10 issue of The Oconee (Ga.) Enterprise for his work as a golf instructor and television/film actor. He has appeared in “A Lesson Before Dying” and is cast in the upcoming films "Savannah" and "Jayne Mansfield's Car," among other projects.
William Agyemang '01 '08 is the director of patient services at Coastal State Prison.
Eva Odrezin '63 '70 shares that her spouse, Gilbert Odrezin, died in August 2004.
Anthony Amos '87 is working for StaffCo. He is seeking other employment. He is interested in continuing education and is also pursuing a songwriting career.
Josie Harmon '11 is anticipating a June 2014 graduation from South University in Columbia, S.C. with a doctoral degree in pharmacy.
Pat Milton '68 continued here ducation at University of South Alabama where she earned an MSN and a Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified. She stays active as a volunteer and works part-time.
Nola Smith '10 shares that, although she never got past pre-algebra in high school, she got the help she needed at Armstrong and made the Dean's List twice.
Brad Bohannon '07 is the new baseball coach at Huntsville High School in his hometown of Huntsville, Tex. His father is the coach at the cross-town rival school.
Charles Heino '11 graduated from South University in May 2013 with a master's degree in public administration, and he was accepted in the the doctoral program at Valdosta State University for public administration beginning Fall 2013.
Tina Bonifacio '89 has transitioned to small business. Her company, Organized By Tina, now in its fifth year, helps busy families, who struggle with disorganization (chronic or situational), get and stay organized and live in freedom and peace. Tina says, "it's amazing to love what you do and encourage others at the same time."
P. Gail King McCoy '79 retired in 2012.
Robert Nix '12 was recently selected to be an operations coordinator for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Sarah King '09 is the chapter advisor for the sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma on campus, where she was active as a student. She is a stay-at-home mother of two, and is expecting a third child in October 2013. She used to work at the Army Corps of Engineer for three years prior to choosing to stay home with her children.
Daniel Barta '83 currently serving a two-year term beginning in January 2013 as the President of the United State Tennis Association, Texas Section, one of 17 sections that promote the game of tennis across the United States. In this role, he will work with staff and other volunteer leadership to set goals and objectives to grow tennis participation in Texas. Dan lives in Irving, Tex. with his wife, Sheryl, and their two children - Nick (14) and Kennedy (9).
Marquita Wallace '07 completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University on May 4. She works for Walgreen's in Jacksonville, Fla.
Karen Tatum Ternes '81 had her first career as a petroleum landman in Texas and various states. Her second was as a stay-at-home mother in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and in Littleton, Colo. Her third was as a Montessori elementary teacher in Littleton. Currently she is enjoying (mostly) living as an ex-pat in Saudi Arabia and traveling quite a bit. She and her family get back to the U.S. each summer and always go to Savannah. Her husband Dave works for the national oil company in Saudi Arabia. They have three daughters; the second is heading to American University in D.C. this fall.
Maurice Barkat '76 and his wife Lozena have three grown children, all of whom have finished their college education.
Natasha Sikes Chambless '96 has been employed with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation since December 1996. She is happily married to Ben Chambless, who is also employed with the GBI. They live in Savannah and have three children: Rachel (13), Evan (9), and Benji (4).
Mack Jones '56 reports that 15 years ago he developed an interest in the neurology of sleep disorders and wrote "Deadly Sleep, Is Your Sleep Killing You?" published in 2009 by iUniverse. It is book about sleep apnea, what it is, what it can do to you, and how to treat it. He tells his own story at the end so others won't make the mistakes he says he made. His suspicion that sleep apnea may be the cause of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias has been established in two studies reported at the recent annual American Academy of Neurology meeting in San Diego. He says the bottom line is that you should test for sleep apnea and, if positive, treat with PAP and avoid Alzheimer's and all the catastrophic effects.
June 2013 Notes
Bill Kelso '88 has been named the Vice President for Advancement at Armstrong after serving in the role as an interim for the previous year.
Hai Dang '08 '12 recently became a member of the Savannah Stage Company, a theatre company that is in its inaugural season. Its goals are to help bring theatre to the community while helping to educate the community as well.
Laura Morris Clark '10 and Ryan Clark '11, were married on September 28, 2012. They met as lab partners in Dr. Belin's Phytoplankton Ecology class.
Martha Powers Sparks '60s reports that her twin sister, Jean Powers Sparks '60s, died April 2, 2013. They both atttended Armstrong for two years (1962-1964) before tranferring to the University of Georgia.
Michael Rundbaken '95 was named a partner with Hancock Askew & Co. in Savannah. He serves individuals, corporations (both public and private) and partnerships, specializing in the financial institution, construction, manufacturing, retail and service industries and manages the relationships with some of the firm's largest clients.
Martha McMinn '80 fka Martha Pevey, lives and practices law in Sioux City, Iowa. She has recently published her first novel, "Finding Justice," and hopes to return to Savannah for promotions and book signings in the fall.
Heather Whitley Jones '97 and fellow alum hubby Stephen Jones celebrated their 15th anniversary on June 13. They have two children, Tyler Stephen Jones, born in 2000, and Amber Leigh, born in 2003.
Achim Roth '04 and his wife, Tugce Tari-Roth welcomed a new daughter, Selin, on June 14. The family lives in Loninge, Germany where Achim is the head of controlling at Remmers Baustofftechnik GmbH.
Sherri Smith O'Toole '94 obtained an M.Ed. in counselor education from Georgia Southern University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor II. She has worked in the addictions field since 1998. She worked for the State of South Carolina alcohol and drug system for 12 years, before going to work for the Army in 2010 as a substance abuse counselor. She moved back to Savannah in May after being gone for 16 years!
Natalie von Loewenfeldt '99 is on the Board of Assessors in the city of Savannah. The Board administers the Assessors office for proper valuations of homes to provide the building blocks the community needs to run efficiently and effectively. She is a working artist who has been a studio manager and lead designer at MeadowLark Studio under Jerome Meadows for seven years. She and her husband Robert have three children and live on Wilmington Island.
Susan Thompson '98 '06 and her partner Steve live in Fleming, in Liberty County, Ga. She has two children: daughter Sara Knight and son Bryan Thompson, who is married to Christa. Her one granddaughter Susanne Knight begins her sophomore year at Armstrong this Fall (2013).
Andrea Graff Madison '96 '00 completed her Ph.D. in 2009. She is the Social Studies Department Chair at the Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts in Savannah.
Fred Dixon '97 has worked at Blessed Sacrament School in Savannah for 15 years. He is the athletic director and PE teacher. He has a 17-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. He and wife, Deborah, have been married for 10 years.
John Crow '69 retired in 1998 and moved to Rincon in 2009.
Travis Hester '03 and wife Sharon '01 are the proud owners of a franchise business called Mathnasium-The Math Learning Center. They own exclusive rights to bring a Mathnasium center to Columbus, Ga. They will open their first Mathnasium center in August/September 2013. They were inspired to purchase the business franchise after discovering the business model in Savannah from a very successful Mathnasium franchise owner. Thanks to both of their math education backgrounds from Armstrong, they have now become business owners in the area of their passion...math.
Pete Brumfield '76 has been the owner of Mainstreet Properties, real estate management company in Acworth, Ga., since 1980. He and wife Nancy '77 have five children and one grandchild.
Elaine Burnett '11 and her Armstrong Pirate husband, Tony, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on May 15, 2013.
Chris Thielemann '94 was the first Marine-option NROTC graduate from Armstrong. After graduation, he spent six years as an artillery officer before the Marine Corps sent him to law school at Florida State University where he earned a J.D. The Marine Corps later sent him to The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School at the University of Virginia where he earned an L.L.m. in criminal law. He is presently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps serving as a criminal military judge in the Western Judicial Circuit of the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. He is married to fellow Armstrong alum Darcy Boyette Thielemann and they have 4 children -- Anthony, Alyssa, Aaron, and Blaise.
Brandy Chandler '11 is pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychologyat Brenau University. Her ultimate goal is to become an art therapist.
Terri Brown Patillo '83 married in May 1990 and had a daughter in 1992. She is a former teacher who now works as a freelance social media consultant.
Victoria Callaway '86 and husband Bobby celebrated their 27th anniversary on June 21. They have two children and a nine-month-old grandson, whom they adore. She has had a successful career selling commercial insurance to the hospitality, construction, educational and manufacturing sectors of business.
Jason Spooner '11 and wife Ashley welcomed a new addition, Rylan, on May 23, 2013. He has also completed Certification for Progressive Care Nurses.
Stacie O'Connor Court '97 is still working as the choir director at St. Joseph Catholic Church and teaching private voice in Athens, Ga.
Brian Harold Lee '06 is the author of the book, "Baseball in Savannah," which was published in 2012 by Arcadia Publishing. The Lane Library just added the book to its collection, so check it out.
Bob Mulling '71 retired from IBM in 2011 after 40 years.
Jim Brotherton Jr. '71 was the 2003 PGA of America Golf Professional of the Year. In 2005 he was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
Gyuchoon Cho '06 moved to Kentucky and completed a Ph.D. from University of Louisville. He likes his job as a computer application integration analyst with the Jefferson County Public Schools.
Melissa Morris Sanso '11 is the ninth grade world history teacher at Sol C. Johnson High School in Savannah.
Kotrina Smith O'Neal '94 worked as a nurse in various settings for five years after graduation. At that point she decided she wanted to combine her nursing experience with the law. She was accepted to Regent University School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2002. Later, in December, of that same year, she and her husband Brad O'Neal, had a daughter Taylor. She began working at Bon Secours Health System in 2003 as a risk manager in their long term care division in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Over the years she was promoted to senior risk manager overseeing the risk management program in hospitals and a variety of post acute settings in the Hampton Roads market. In January of 2003 she was promoted to the role of chief privacy officer for the Bon Secours Health System. She is now responsible for the HIPAA compliance program for over 20,000 employees in six states in a variety of acute and non-acute care settings.
Tosha Fowler '02 directed a staged reading of "The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls" by Meg Miroshnik for Core Project Chicago's Going Dutch Festival on June 14.
Dale White '05 has been named head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams for the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Stallions. He will also serve as an academic support counselor. White has served as the ABAC assistant coach for the men’s and women’s tennis teams and physical education instructor since 2008.
Jonathan Iler '09 and the rest of the team on WTOC's The News at Daybreak have won the 2013 Southeast Emmy Award for Television News Gathering Excellence in Breaking News. Iler is a former videojournalist.
Tom Maddox '79 shares that his wife, Regina Maddox, died of a stroke on April 19, 2012. His mother, Joyce Blackburn Maddox died Oct. 19, 2012. He graduated from St. Francis Seminary in Dallas, TX on March 5, 2011 with a Doctor of Divinity degree. He graduated from New Covenant International Bible College in Columbia, S.C. with a Doctor of Sacred Literature degree on June 3, 2011.
Kevin Fitzmaurice '99 '02 was recently promoted to lead product engineer of lighting services for Georgia Power, Alabama Power, Mississippi Power and Gulf Power.
Cathy Huffman '96 won an Arizona Authors Award and a Moonbeam Children's Book Award for her book, "The Legend of Painted Pony and the Western Wind."
Charles Ainsworth '61 retired from the engineering department at Union Camp Corporation in 2001.
Linda Coleman Friedman '73 has two sons: Jeremy (Armstrong Class of '09; IT Degree; currently seeking Web Developer/IT position) and Paul (UGA Class of '04; MIS Degree; married with a six-year-old daughter and general manager of Ruby Tuesday in Greenville, S.C.). Her husband is retired Army and about to retire from a second career in golf course maintenance. She has reinvented herself as a personal financial assistant for elderly or disabled people who are no longer able to handle personal business affairs.
Joel Lecoeuvre '03 is the new boys basketball associate head coach at Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. He was formerly the boys basketball coach at Windsor Forest High School in Savannah.
Mary Lynn Glisson Zittrouer '86 reports that her son Christopher Zittrouer has played on the Armstrong Baseball team for the last five years. He was red shirted his first year. On April 24, 2013 in the game against Voorhees, he got his 200th hit as a Pirate. He became the 10th player in Armstrong baseball history to get 200 hits in his career. He ended his career when the Pirates lost to Mount Olive in the Southeast Regionals on May 1, 2013. He ended up with a total of 211 hits for his career. He will graduate from Armstrong in December with a degree in Health and Physical Education.
Jill Lepo-Wieniewitz '92 was recognized by Worldwide Who's Who for Excellence in Marine Science and Environmental Education. She is the science program coordinator, lead gifted facilitator, and lead laboratory instructor for the Marine Science Department at Thunderbolt Elementary Marine Science Academy in Thunderbolt.
Elizabeth Hilderbrand vonWaldner '05 and her husband William have four children; three sons (13, 12 and 1) and one daughter (4). Their oldest son, who is in 7th grade at Bryan County Middle School, recently was invited to participate in the Duke University TIP program and took the SAT in January.
Jeff Gulle '86 was on the student photographic service (SPS) team, a Chaos Leader (freshman orientation) and the Joseph A Buck award winner at Armstrong. He says all of these have contributed to the success that he has had. He was named Photographer of the Year at the Georgia Professional Photographers annual convention. This is the second time that he has received this honor. In addition, he won the American Society of Photographers Award (invitation-only who's who of photographers), Kodak Gallery Award, Fuji Masterpiece Award, Lexjet Sunset Award and the Certified Professional Photographer Award. This year, he was honored by North Georgia Technical College with the alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Certified Professional Photographer and a Photographic Craftsman.
Thomas Nail '86 reports that, after working in Romania for over 3 years, remediating refineries destroyed in the WWII for the World Bank, he founded an environmental laboratory in Rio de Janeiro in 1998. Today it is the 5th largest private env. lab in the state. He also did a term as the vice-secretary of environment for the largest county in the state (only foreigner to do so). He worked 6 years for Petrobras (the government petroleum company- 8th largest company in the world) as an auditor leader performing over 300 environmental, health, and safety audits in Brasil, Bolivia, and Argentina. "I have to say that I use what I learned at Armstrong every day!! Thanks Armstrong!"
Josiah Kimbal '10 completed a Master of Arts in international relations at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a dual concentration in strategic studies and international economics on May 23, 2013.
Julian Oakley '05 just received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing (non-fiction) & publishing arts from the University of Baltimore. She also independently published her first book, "Words and Silence," a memoir told in an eyclopedic format (a-z) about family loss, love, and discovery.
May 2013 Notes
Megan Moore '05 is featured among The South magazine's hottest singles in its June/July 2013.
Christina Osborne '12 is a juvenile probation parole specialist II with the Department of Justice.
Whitney Maxwell Eubank '12 is a first grade teacher at Savannah Christian Preparatory School.
Ronald "Chris" Rustin '00 graduated May 10 from the Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health with a Doctor of Public Health in Community Health Behavior and Education.
Carolyn Graham Smith '71 '75 and Ralph Smith Jr. '68 are proud that their daughter, Amanda Christina Smith, graduated from Armstrong with a BS in Radiologic Sciences on May 4, 2013.
Lamar Kirkley '75 was named Boys Tennis Coach of the Year by the Savannah Morning News. He has been a teacher and coach at Savannah Country Day School for 38 years.
Dante Rocca-Noutash '12 and Shiva Rocca-Noutash '12 were married in a beautiful ceremony on December 5, 2012. Dante was accepted to the Master's of Business Administration Program at Missouri State University, which was recently featured in the Princeton Review "Best in the Midwest" and is among the 10% of schools in the country that have the prestigious AACSB Accreditation for both their undergraduate and graduate business programs.
Ronald Martin '84 reports that he is a life member of the Georgia Salzburger Society and Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History. He has almost 30 years experience teaching in the classroom. He was the Effingham County School System Teacher of the Year in 1999 and STAR Teacher in 2002. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Southeast Asia and South Asia. His love of history was inspired by a former teacher, Mrs. Naomi Shearouse Alderman of Springfield, Ga.; his grandfather, Dr. Urbano Alviar Zafra of Metro Manila, Marakina, The Philippines; and his grandfather's brother, a former history professor at the University of The Philippines, Dr. Nicholas Zafra of Quezon City, The Philippines; all of whom are now deceased. He is married to Maria Liza Fernando Quintos Martin, formerly of Mandaluyong, The Philippines, a recently naturalized citizen. They have two sons, Zafra Urbano Enrique Martin and Zander Keith Quintos Martin. They are active members of the Springfield United Methodist Church, where they participate in the music, children's and teaching ministries. He writes, "We are proud to live in the United States of America, the greatest country in the world."
Heather Cathcart '99 completed a Ph.D. in biomedical science at the Medical College of Georgia in 2010. She completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2012. She is an assistant professor at Abraham Baldwin College.
Richard Watkins '13 has been accepted into the doctoral program in chemistry at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Melinda McAllister Rodgers '05 '08 and Steve Rodgers have been married five years. They have a daughter who will turn three this year. She has worked for Armstrong since 2003.
Kevin Pinion '13 was awarded honors and recognition for his writing by the university before graduation. He is going to North Carolina State to work on an MA in film studies and later applying to doctoral programs in either film studies or English.
Janet Davis '11 writes, "I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Armstrong Atlantic State University in December, 2011. I have been a paraprofessional for 27 years in the Appling County School System in Baxley, Georgia. I still have not gotten a teaching position yet, but maybe there is still hope. I have faith! My family is an Educational Minded family. My husband and I have two daughters who are both teachers. One teaches Special Education and the other teaches high school Language Arts/Drama. I also have two sisters that teach and my husband's family has four teachers. We love the ability to help others learn!"
Georgia Gerard-Reed '09 recently accepted a job as the Director of a Christian school in Richmond, Va. She previously was the curriculum coordinator for a ChildCare Network school in Wilmington, N.C. She is currently working on a doctorate in education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She plans to travel to Africa to write part of her dissertation there. She published her first children's book in February, "The Fairbluffs of Pennington Island," about twin 9nine-year-old girls growing up on an island off the coast of Georgia (Liberty Press, penname Mimi St. Clare, available through Amazon and other bookstores on line). She recently submitted a children's picture book for preschool-aged children.
Harry Christiansen '75 completed a 20-year US Army career as Military Police and Organizational Effectiveness Consultant in 1996. He is currently an independent consultant providing change management and strategic planning services. He says he is forever indebted to Dr. William Megathlin for his tutelage.
Gregory Gorman '75 is currently an associate professor, vice chair and director of research in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University. He and Armstrong alumna Nancy have two daughters, Kristen, who attends University of Alabama majoring in event planning and Sara Anne, who attends Auburn University majoring in veterinary medicine.
Ember Kemmerer '05 received a master's degree in September 2012. She did an internship at the local Youth Detention Center. She lives in Centerville, Ga. with her eight-year-old daughter Aniston.
Craig Chenevert '76 reports that he is happy and content with four grandkids in Pensacola. "It doesn't get any better."
Amanda Morse '06 and Cray Morse '00s I welcomed a daughter, Adeline Dorothy Morse, on July 8, 2012." Amanda reports, "She weighed 8 lbs 1 ounce and was 20.5 inches long. Thanks to my wonderfully supportive husband, I am currently taking leave from teaching in order to stay home with our sweet baby girl."
Tammie Gimenez '89 her spouse, Greg, have two children, daughter Katherine and son Harrison Gimenez. Both were born in Savannah, Ga. They moved back to their home town in Arkansas after their parents became less mobile physically. Tammie has worked in the medical industry as a registered dietitian since she received her master's degree at Armstrong. Greg is employed in sales within the gun industry at Nighthawk, with its parent company located in Berryville, Ark. While working on her masters, she worked at Memorial Med Center who encouraged and assisted her in obtaining her degree. By obtaining the degree, she was able to become a registered dietitian without having to leave home. She is thankful that Armstrong was there to help her achieve her goals and dream.
Preston Drummer '80s graduated from Grand Canyon University in February with a Master of Special Education and a 4.0 average. He was inducted into Chi Xi Honor Society and is a member of Kappa Delta Phi Educational Society. He is a currently working as a Special Education Teacher with the Cobb County School District in Georgia. He is enrolled in a Doctor of Education program in Teacher Leadership at Walden University.
Nola Smith '10 reports, "AASU is a really good school and I am glad to be able to live fairly close to it. I plan to continue my education and get my Bachelors Degree. I only have one year left. It took me over 10 years to get this education, which was done over a lifetime. That's what happens when you don't get your degree at a young age!"
Lisa Harris '80 has had her novel, "Geechee Girls," published by Ravenna Press. The novel is set in Savannah in the 1970s.
Winifred Walsh '10 is writing a historical novel, "Senator For A Day," based on the life of Georgian Rebecca Felton, the first woman to sit in the US Senate some 90 years ago. She reports that Senator Felton's appointment "was a ploy instigated by the then sitting Governor of Georgia to win the women's vote since Georgia never ratified the 19th Amendment." She hopes the book inspires qualified women to represent Georgia at the national level.
Amanda Cannon '96 and her business partner have sold their Savannah business, Two Smart Cookies.
Marion Mann '90 '97 DNP, APRN, CNS-BC, received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of North Florida on December 7, 2012. Her dissertation, "Improving Quit Rates for Tobacco-Dependent Hospitalized Patients," was the culmination of her work as the Principal Investigator of a grant from the State of Florida, Department of Health to implement a tobacco cessation program within a hospital setting. There was a 25% quit rate within 30 days after discharge for patients who received tobacco cessation counseling and attempted to quit after discharge. She was accepted to present her work in a podium presentation at the 24th International Sigma Theta Tau Research Congress in Prague, Russia, July 26, 2013. Mann is a member of the local Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She currently lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida with her husband, Jim Johnson.
Diane Duvall King '68 '82 reports that she is happily retired from teaching after more than 30 years. She has been enjoying painting with watercolors and has participated in many workshops and classes since retirement. Her favorite subjects are portraits of children and teens.
April 2013 Notes
James "Butch" Cummins ' 75 is a retired FBI Special Agent. His assignments included Tampa, Fla., New York City and Atlanta, Ga. as well as temporary assignments throughout the country. He currently operates his own private investigations company in Savannah.
Charlie Mangan '83 was recently promoted to Director of Corporate Security for AGL Resources, the largest natural gas distribution company in the United States.
Scott Scheidt '03 took command of the Georgia Garrison Training Center at Fort Stewart, Ga. on April 7, 2013 He is currently a major in the Georgia Army National Guard and will be in command for the next 18 months of the 750-acre readiness and pre-deployment training venue for National Guard units in the Southeastern U.S. He also has an MBA, and is currently in the dissertation phase of his PhD program with Trident University.
Bobbie Shelton '96 '12 is president of the recently organized nonprofit Savannah Dance Festival. She also is a volunteer on the Hospice Savannah Art Committee.
Dr. Walter E. Campbell '76 recently completed the documentary film, "The Editor and the Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Clan." His company, Memory Lane Productions, produced the film in association with the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina. The film will made its World Premiere on April 7 at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Sonya Rivers '10 is a laboratory manager at Jasper Health Services in Monticello, Ga.
Victoria Lee '10 is a second-year law student at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, where she is a Governor's Scholarship recipient and a member of Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity, Harding Inn. She recently completed a judicial clerkship with Judge Morse in the Superior Court of Chatham County, Eastern Judicial Circuit. She currently work sat the Law Firm of Barnes & P.A.
Phil Hope '73 '75 attended Young Harris College, in the class of '64. He was a college cheerleader. He graduated high school in 1962 from Wayne County High School, in Jesup, Ga. He was a member of the United States Air Force from Oct. 12, 1965 until Oct 11, 1969.
Ryan Moore '04 has been named as the director of the new Economic Development Department for Athens-Clarke County. Moore has served as the project manager for the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority since 2006.
Nick Mueller '93 made the list of 2013 Best Chefs America, which places him among the top 1% of chefs in the country.
Jim Muller '76 has been named the RESTORE Act Coordinator for Bay County, Florida. RESTORE--which stands for Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity and Revived Economics--provides funds for Gulf Coast communities impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Muller's job is to secure RESTORE funds for use by Bay County.
Patrick Graham '78 will retire on June 30 after two decades as executive director of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Ellis Garvin '05 was profiled in the April 10 issue of Savannah Tribune for his book, "A Guide to Our Two Savannahs."
Anthony Paderewski '05 appears in the 2013 music video "Messiah" by Monsta.
Tiffany Luke Allen '09 and Dustin Allen '09 were married the week after graduation. They both are missionary teachers in Suriname, South America.
Jere Van Puffelen '60s was recently awarded the International Warehouse Logistics Association Distinguished Service and Leadership Award. He was chosen by his esteemed colleagues and is very much deserving of the recognition. He is the president of PRISM Team Services, Inc., in Danville, Calif.
Brittany Russell '12 was profiled in the Savannah Morning News article, "Personal trainer helps clients reach goals," on April 4.
March 2013 Notes
DaVena Jordan was profiled in the March 27 issue of The Savannah Tribune as part of its Women's History Month celebration for her work with AWOL, a nonprofit organization she co-founded with her husband that is devoted to arts and technology education in at-risk student populations
Rachel Barcio '09 recently earned a mechanical diagnosis and treatment certification from The McKenzie Institute. She has been a physical therapist at West Rehab since 2010.