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:
August 2014 Notes
James Climes '14 is being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After further training, he will report for duty at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Stephen Gontz '01 recently was appointed as the new coordinator of criminal justice and forensic sciences at Louisiana State University at Eunice. In addition, he was admitted into a doctoral program in criminal justice with concentration in emergency management and policy. He and wife Maria have three children; Nicole (19), Brittany (16) and Logan (12). He recently returned from a year-long deployment with the Louisiana Army National Guard to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a military police non-commissioned officer where he was responsible for operations, training, logistics, and administrative support for his unit's detainee operations mission.
Kayley Ralton '10 MS '13 has been named assistant women's soccer coach at Armstrong. http://ow.ly/AeKeq
Michael Brown '09 has been promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army.
Stephen Clark DPT '13 married Danielle Farthing DPT '14 on the beach at Tybee Island on May 8. He is a physical therapist at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists in Selma, Tex. http://ow.ly/A4wlu
Richard Bunbury '77 is a lecturer in music at Boston University.
Matt Bush DPT '12 recently participated in a professional exchange, wherein he and other U.S. Navy physical therapists provided services to local patients at The Veterans International Cambodia clinic, which serves war victims who are marginalized in society due to poverty.
July 2014 Notes
Ethan Bader '14 has been signed to pitch for the River City Rascals, the Frontier League baseball team in O'Fallon, Mo. He is the fifth Pirate to play for the Rascals. http://ow.ly/zLMye
Floyd Harbin '74 retired as a brigadier general from the Georgia Air National Guard after 38 years of service.
Susan Harbin '80 has spent 34 years in the information technology industry, including 19 years in the wireless industry.
Darneatha Gailliard '07 '08 is a student success coach at Strayer University in Virginia.
Mac McCusker '02 has a solo exhibition, "Big Game," at City of Savannah's Cultural Arts Gallery, Aug. 1-Sept. 5. http://ow.ly/zAhlp
Chizoba Okeke '06 is a senior program manager at EMC.
William Scarborough III '75 '77 has received the Dean's Fellow Award from the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District Columbia in Washington, D.C. for outstanding grades during his first year of law school.
Brian Wood '14 writes, "The beginning of my time at Armstrong, my wife gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava, who is now two as of July 13th 2014. Armstrong has provided me with the opportunities and experience to grow as an individual and as a father. I obtained my certification of cyber forensic examiner while interning at Armstrong's police department. This certification alone has opened many doors for me in the field of criminal justice. I'm currently being vetted for U.S. Customs and plan on being the top of my class."
Clayton Miller '14 has been signed to play for the Arizona Giants, part of the San Francisco Giants organization. He played catcher for Armstrong for four years.
Ashley Mason '07 has been accepted into the Teach for America program. She will teach third grade at Eagle College Prep School in Phoenix, Ariz.
Rodrick Williams '01 is the new head of the football program at Claxton High School in Claxton, Ga., where he had worked previously as a line coach and defensive coordinator. http://ow.ly/zhDga
Stephanie Cooper Howard '88 has published a book, "A Little Girl Named Morgan," about a girl with Attention Deficit Disorder. http://ow.ly/yYFU6
Michael Nestor '06 is the new director of bands at Savannah Arts Academy.
Jeff Cook '01 MS '03 was appointed as the pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Albany, Ga. in June 2014.
Amanda Futtrell '06 and husband Preston Futrell '07 live in the Savannah area, where she works as an occupational therapist at a local skilled nursing facility. Preston has just begun a new, exciting career at Gulfstream as a chemical and hazardous materials specialist. They have two children, Rosalie (3) and Hugh (1), with a final edition due mid November. Preston continues to advise the Omicron Iota chapter of Kappa Sigma at Armstrong.
Cailey Sparks '14 is a traffic coordinator assistant at L&L Broadcasting in Savannah.
June 2014 Notes
Maria del Mar Tovar '12 has been hired as a communications manager at Oldcastle in Atlanta.
Joseph DiNatale '14 is pursuing a master's degree in mathematics at Georgia Southern University.
Kerry Coursey '91 is a graduate of Leadership Savannah, Class of 2014.
Derek W. McAleer '80 has been named transitional director of administrative services for the South Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was honored as the 2014 Public Relations, Development, and Marketing Professional of the Year by the United Methodist Association, a nationwide association of health and welfare ministries, at their annual convention in March 2014.
Dianne Miller '04 married Karrol Johnson on June 9 in McDonough, Ga., where they live.
Laura Clark Chan '86 MSN '01 married Richard Donald "Donnie" Wood, Jr, a widower and 30-year retired Navy vet, on March 15, 2014. The couple, who have known each other since they were five, currently resides in Pooler, Ga., and Oak Hill, Va. Laura's late husband, fellow Armstrong alumnus Clarence E. "Butch" Chan '75 died suddenly on August 30, 2010 while they were on a cruise in the Western Mediterranean.
Caralea Wilson '12 has been hired as a production manager at Campus Banner + Design in Clemson, S.C. She is working on a Master of Science degree in graphic communication at Clemson.
William Scarborough III '75 is in his 22nd year at the Securiites and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., where he is an associate chief accountant in the enforcement division investigating financial fraud. He is also in his second year of law school. He already has a Master of Professional Accountancy and a Master to Taxation from Georgia State University, and he has obtained five professional accounting certifications: certified public accountant (CPA); certified internal auditor (CIA); certified fraud examiner (CFE); certified management accountant (CMA); and certifed valuation analyst (CVA). Once he completes his law degree, he plans to return to Savannah.
Josh Felice '10 married Ashley Frasca in Biloxi Beach on June 10.
Kristy Roberts Walker '10 married Lucas Walker in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. on June 13. She teaches pre-K in Title 1 magnet school in Jacksonville.
Andrea Graff Madison '96 MS '00 and Kirbi McGahee Ratner '05 MEd '06 were two of 24 Georgia teachers to receive a "Master Teacher" certification from Gov. Nathan Deal in 2014. Coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the certification is based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and student growth.
Madelyn Roush '13 has been accepted into the pharmacy school at the University of Florida to pursue a master's degree in forensic drug chemistry.
Nick Mueller '93 and wife Tracy Barrenbrugge Mueller '93 have opened a bed and breakfast, The Sugar House, in Guyton. They also operate The Laughing Boar Restaurant and Cakes by Tracy.
Joshua Hill '14 has been accepted into the Master of Science program in conflict management at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.
Charlie Broad '88, Bill Gearhart '88 and Mike Mitchener '90 were named to the Big South All-Decade Baseball Team for their performance as Pirates in the 1980s.
Ryan Groom '12 is a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Florida State University, where he is graduate student studying solid state inorganic chemistry, utilizing flux methods for exploratory synthesis of metal sulfides.
Kara Simmons '11 MPH '13 has accepted a position as a health educator working with adolescent youth for the Coastal Health District in Savannah.
Maunalee Hashemi '13 received the Best Local Radio Personality award from Connect Savannah for her work on the Morning Showgram on Bob 106.9, where she formerly worked.
May 2014 Notes
Michael J. Higgs '78 received his Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University on May 7, completing the advanced education that he began at Armstrong and that includes three master's degrees. Retiring from the Navy after 22 years, Michael joined the Federal Civil Service in 2001. So far during this second career with the Bureau of Naval Personnel and Navy Personnel Command, he has twice received the Navy's second highest civilian service award. Michael and his wife, the former Kathleen Brown '78, reside in Memphis, Tenn.
David Dorondo '80 has been awarded the Creighton Sossomon Professorship in History at Western Carolina University, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. The professorship is for a three-year term.
Marina Byrd '01 earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on May 15.
Lisa Co '14 is a gallery docent at Armstrong.
Jolene Burge Byrne '05 is an instructor of sociology at Savannah State University.
Lisa Tyler '06 worked in general pediatrics at Memorial Health University Medical Center from 2006-2011, and at Pediatric Associates of Savannah from 2011-2014. Now she works at Winn Army Community Hospital on Fort Stewart, taking care of our nation's heroes.
Shelby Duff '14 and Joseph Snooks II '14 are engaged to be married on May 31 in Statesboro.
Rose Grant-Robinson '01 is a senior legal victims advocate with the Savannah Area Family Emergency Shelter. On May 7, she was received the 2014 Liberty Bell Award from the Savannah Bar Association. This award recognizes a non-lawyer for outstanding service in promoting a better understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The recipient encourages a greater respect for law in the courts, stimulates a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights, and fosters a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law. She was previously named the 2012 Georgia Advocate of the Year by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.
Kevyn Arnott '10 is a principal digital designer with Capital One in San Francisco.
Yohanes Tafere '14, who completed his degree this month, reports, "God is good, life is good!!"
James Kopp '00 has been promoted to chief parole officer in Statesboro. He had previously served as assistant chief parole officer in Savannah.
Carmel Williamson Sanders '78 is an attorney with The Law Firm of Carmel W. Sanders in Macon.
Kendra Keenan Seagraves '05 has earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University.
Chaunte' Kettles '14 is a medical office assistant at Memorial Health System in Savannah.
Kathryn Haines Fernandez '95 earned a Master of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences with a concentration in forensic science from the University of Florida on May 5.
Tosha Fowler '02 will play the lead in Broadway in Chicago and Emerald City Theatre production of "Charlotte's Web," July 11-Aug. 17.
Felicia Lowman '12 is working on an MFA in writing at Savannah College of Art and Design. She says, "If I had not gone to Armstrong and gotten the support from my classmates and professors, none of this would be possible."
Michael Barker '84 has been named Magistrate of the Year by his peers across the State of Georgia. He has been a Magistrate Court Judge in Chatham County for more than 10 years.
Patrick Jarrett '05 is a founding attorney with Jarrett & Price LLC in Savannah.
Jessica Waldron Thompson '07 and her husband Matt welcomed their second daughter, Adaline, on April 30. The family lives in Blythe.
April 2014 Notes
Seana Corbett '10 will graduate with a master's degree in optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May. She is an intern at EnVision Eye Care on Montgomery Crossroads in Savannah, where she says they are doing developmental vision screenings in May.
Harry Hunter '74 '75 is a team leader for the Council on Accreditation in New York City and serves on the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Social Work's Virtual Academic Center in Los Angeles. He is based in Detroit, where he was recently elected to a three-year term on the city's Brush Park's Citizens' District Council to participate in the planning, property acquisition, disposition and financing of rehabilitation efforts. He also received the Spirit of Detroit Award from the City Council for exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership, and dedication to improving the quality of life in Detroit.
Rachael Mitchell MPH '12 has been invited to serve as a private sector advisor on the U.S. Delegation to the 67th World Health Assembly, which will meet in Geneva from May 19-24. She is a doctoral student at Loma Linda University in California.
Patricia Lang Corcoran '70 '79 MEd '85 writes, "I love Armstrong! I have directed many of my students there with great results. Your new advertising campaign is awesome, because it informs the locals of what a jewel of a college we have here in Savannah. Every student I meet who is attending Armstrong sings its praises. The success of my career in nursing and in special education come from the excellent preparation I received from Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, St. Vincent's Academy, and Armstrong State University."
Candace Cox Purdom MEd '09 is an exceptional child teacher with Savannah Chatham County Public Schools.
Hollie Blair Salter '13 is engaged to Christopher Morgan Ellington. They plan to marry on April 12 at Southern Bridle Farms in Fort Valley, Ga. She is currently employed as a radiologic technologist at St. Joseph's/Candler in Savannah and Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, S.C.
Caralea Wilson '12 is a graduate assistant and graduate student studying graphic design at Clemson University.
Jason Oliveira MEd '12 is a student success advisor at Savannah College of Art and Design.
March 2014 Notes
Quentin Marlin '04 was elected as a partner at the Savannah law firm of Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams, LLP in February 2014. He practices in the areas of banking, business, real estate and construction litigation.
Brittany Hodges '11 is a management trainee at ITT Technical Institute in Aurora, Colo.
Charles Mangan '83 is the director of corporate security for AGL Resources, the largest natural gas distribution company in the United States and the corporate office is located in Atlanta.
Daniela Salas O'Connell '05 and husband Daniel O'Connor welcomed a baby girl, Eva Sofia, on Jan. 27.
Catherine Argrow Cummings '08 MAT '11 was named one of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia's 2014 Women of Distinction. She teaches at Bloomingdale Elementary School.
Melody Rodríguez '00 MEd '03 received the 2014 Savannah Women Who Rock Award from the Global Women's Summit on March 8. Rodríguez is the director of Hispanic Outreach & Leadership at Armstrong (HOLA) and College Access Mentoring Information and Outreach (CAMINO).
David Carter '13 has been accepted into the Master of Health Sciences program in occupational therapy at Georgia Regents University.
Jamaal Hill '09 is the regional director of youth development for the YMCA of Florida's First Coast in St. Augustine.
Kelly Young Silverman '04 wrote and directed the short film, "Too Late Now," which was screened March 9 at the RXSM V Self Medicated Film Expo in Austin, Tex.
Amber Williams Moseley '08 is a human resources payroll and benefits specialist with ADP in Augusta, Ga.
Marleen Kraaijenzank has a new job as a sales and service agent with a specialty in communications at Sol og Strand (Sun and Beach) in Aalborg, Denmark.
February 2014 Notes
Kathleen Henry '12 is a reasearch specialist at the World Trade Center Savannah.
Daniel Brown '74 is an archivist with the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Gordon, Ga., and he is the associate rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Anglican) in North August, S.C.
Sarah Keller '13 has started a Doctor of Public Health program at the University of Florida, with a One Health concentration.
Erin Turner '00 was named Bryan County (Ga.) Teacher of the Year for 2013. She teaches English at Richmond Hill High School.
Karl Smith '13 is working as an entertainment technician at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., where helped operate the Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town events. He is now working as a technician with one of their theaters and getting his feet wet as a lighting designer. He says, "I am having a blast and waiting to see what adventures I have coming up in the near future."
Tania Sammons '02 has been awarded the 2014 Kahlil Gibran International Award for her scholarly work on the art of Gibran and his collection housed at Telfair Museums, where she is senior curator of decorative arts and historic sites. The award was presented by the Lisa and George Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland and the International Association for the Study of the Life and Works of Kahlil Gibran.
Syeta Sutson '11 is working on a master's degree in health care administration with a specialization in health care leadership from Capella University. She writes, "Thanks to the program offered by Armstrong and SCHA, I was able not only work in a field that I love but to build upon my current and past knowledge to reach a brighter future. Thanks! Too bad Armstrong does not offer this degree as an online course because I would love to be an Armstrong grad again!"
Tora Johnson '10 is a customer service representative with Ingo Money. She lives in Cordele, Ga.
Bynikini Frazier '10 is the Savannah-Chatham Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!! 25 Armstrong alumni were named teachers of the year in Savannah schools.
Erica Sampson '09 '13 is engaged to marry Dr. Samuel McElroy on April 26. She is a nurse practitioner for Summit Cancer Care Practice in Savannah.
Ladonna Hutcheson '07 is a nurse practitioner at Acute Care Clinic in Vidalia, Ga.
James Carver '10 lives in Savannah with his wife, fellow alum Katherine Ledford Carver '10s. He is flight platoon leader with the Georgia National Guard.
Matt Walker '12 is the Spanish teacher in the Upper School at Memorial Day School.
Jacqueline Kornegay Jacobs '85 remembers graduating with pride in the first National League for Nursing-accredited nursing class of 1985 at Armstrong. She currently resides in Columbus, Ga. and has been in the Air Force Reserves Nurse Corps for 23 years. She's been Commander of 908 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. since March 2010. She has had a variety of experiences throughout nursing career --NICU nurse, ER nurse, USAF flight nurse as well as teaching healthcare science technology at Jordan Vocational High School for 17 years. She currently works at West Central Georgia Regional Hospital as Team Nurse on the Recovery Team. She will be celebrating 29 years with her husband in August. They have four children. Their oldest daughter, Ligaya, obtained her Master of Social Work degree at University of South Carolina in May 2013. Second daughter, Regina, an electrical engineer, transferred to a new position at Lockheed Martin from Troy, Ala. to Orlando in October 2013. Third daughter, Sierra, is currently a sophomore mechanical engineering student at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, who made the Dean's List this past semester. Son, Reginald II, is a freshman honor student in the International Baccalaureate program at Hardaway High School in Columbus. Mrs. Jacobs enjoys reading her Armstrong Magazine and keeping up with the school's progress and activities.
Calvain Culberson '89 has been named head coach of the Armstrong baseball team.
Patrick O'Neil '01 has been named Bank of America's market president for Savannah and the tri-county area.
April Coe Duffie '05 '09 is the new prospect research coordinator at University of West Georgia.
Christine Futch '06 is engaged to marry Robert Pickrell. She recently completed a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia Regents University.
Jermaine Whirl '10 has been named Dean of the School of Business and of the School of Art & Design at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Katie Martin '11 is a reporter and copy editor at the Savannah Morning News. Check out some of her stories: http://ow.ly/sAB29
Andrew Graham 00s has been named the new manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Class A Midwest League farm team of the Detroit Tigers. http://ow.ly/sAult
Erin LaHaise '13 is the member services coordinator at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gina Hurst '01 was profiled in the Jan. 3 "On the Job" column on AL.com. She is the member and volunteer services manager for The Arts Council Inc. in Huntsville, Ala. http://ow.ly/sj51t
Henry Morgan '87 has been appointed to a four-year term on the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and Shore Protection Committee, which determine what can and cannot be built along Georgia's marshes and coastlines. http://ow.ly/sfBcD
December 2013 Notes
Chris Epperson '05 finished in the top 10 at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. He has qualified every year since 2007.
Dakota Brown '13 and Jordan Balke '14 were married on Dec. 20, 2013.
Stephen Clark '13 is engaged to marry Danielle Farthing '14.
Jesse Petrea '89 is running in the Republican primary for the Georgia House of Representatives in District 166, which includes parts of Chatham and Bryan Counties.
Peter Doliber '03 '06 has been named the executive director of the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs.
Michael Kaplan '00 recently published a book, "Break the Chains that Bind You!", which focuses on entrepreneurship.
Tracey Clark-Johnson '04 is resource coordinator for the Progressive Care Unit at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah.
Erin Christian '08 is a middle school English Language Arts Teacher at STEM High and Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and lives in Denver with her husband, Joshua Bjerke '12.
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 Sc