Class Notes

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 2014 Notes

W. Ray Persons '75 was spotlighted in Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: King & Spalding's Ray Persons by Law360 in December. http://ow.ly/Gc6pV

Michael I. Kaplan '08 wrote an article, "5 Lessons the Special Forces Taught Me About Business," in the December/January issue of Bakken Oil Business Journal.

Barry Lollis '98 '00 MEd '02 has been named on the Governor of Georgia's Education Advisory Board for school principals. He is the principal at Putnam County High School.

Martha Farley '98 works in Ft. Stewart's traumatic brain injury (TBI) program, which she implemented in 2008. She writes, "I really love my job! I get to work with some of the best providers in the military, whether it is here at Ft. Stewart or arranging care at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. I get to enjoy my service member patients, with whom I have a lot in common. We both share in military service, and head injuries. I encourage them by letting them know that if I can do what I do DESPITE having several head injuries resulting in multiple TBIs prior to my obtaining my BSN, they can also make something of themselves." She has three children: Kevin Jr., who is in construction in Savannah; Janda, an artist and tatoo specialist in New York; and Tylor, a gas station attendent in Glennville who helps look after Martha's husband Kevin Sr., who has serious health issues. Martha has made a small customized jewelry business called From the Ground Up out of her hobby of cutting and polishing stones.

Randall Ball '95 is a high school English teacher at Lahore American School in Lahore, Pakistan.

Haylee Pearson '14 is the management operations coordinator with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Bethesda, Md.

Eva Whitehead Buckner '06 completed a master's degree in ecology from the University of Georgia in 2009. She then received a four-year fellowship to attend the University of Florida for my PhD in entomology, which she completed in August 2014. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She is researching the ecology of mosquito-borne arboviruses, particularly dengue virus. In between graduating from Armstrong and starting her master's studies, she I worked as Armstrong's biology department laboratory manager for about a year. While working as the lab manager, fellow alumna Ellen Rambo Tolliver '07 MAT '10 introduced her to Christopher Buckner, an Armstrong student at the time. Chris graduated with his Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from Armstrong in Fall 2007 and they were married on June 12, 2010. Chris also obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Florida Atlantic University in May 2013. He is now working as a case manager for adults with severe mental illness in Champaign, Ill.

Anita Taylor '02 published an article, "In Their Own Words: Anita Taylor," on http://www.21stCenturySavannah.com about the value of after-school programs.

Stephanie Lowenthal Humphrey '80 has worked as a nurse in the Post-Anethesia Care Unit at Candler Hospital for almost 20 years. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years. She is married to fellow Armstrong alum John David Humphrey, who majored in psychology, and is now retired from a career in law enforcement. She writes, "We never had any children due to the fact I had cancer when I was only in my early 30s. Some of the changes in nursing I like, other things I don't, but nursing has always for me been a very rewarding field for the most part. I would encourage any young girl to consider it as a career. And, also choose Armstrong as your school of choice!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Brian Cobb '03 is engaged to Ansley Tharpe. The couple plans to marry May 2015 in Savannah. http://ow.ly/F9XCv

November 2014 Notes

Betty Gray '90 is a full-time English instructor at Vance-Granville Community College, in Henderson, N.C. She previously served as an adjunct instructor at Georgia Highlands College in Rome. She completed her master's degree in English from the University of West Georgia in 1990.

Ryan Burnside MHSA '14 is engaged to marry Emily Snooks on Dec. 13 in Springfield, Ga.

Anthony Paderewski '05 married Mildred Aldaya on Tybee Island on Nov. 7.

Katie Troisi '08 curated an exhibition, "Beyond the Vernacular," at Mammal Gallery in Atlanta, Oct. 17-Nov. 14.

Jamie Herbster '84 '86 was selected as the Coastal Georgia Susan G. Komen Survivor of the Month in November. http://ow.ly/DYEMn

Daniel Berman '79 has been appointed to the Jacksonville Community Foundation Committee on the Improvement of Mental Health. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Florida Nurses Association.

Lacy Brooks MA '14 received the Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records--Graduate Level for the "Savannah Municipal Slavery Research Project," that she completed during a graduate internship at the Savannah Research Library & Municipal archives before her graduation. http://ow.ly/DVUZm

Roy "Eric" Heffner '97 is a brigade executive officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Lisa Co '14 has a solo exhibition, "Ghost," at Art Rise in Savannah, Nov. 1-15. The show was highlighted in the Savannah Morning News on Oct. 25.

October 2014 Notes

Audrey Gregory '01 MHSA MSN '01 has been named CEO of Placentia-Linda Hospital, a Tenet Healthcare Facility, in Placentia, Calif.

Daniel Berman '79 is the keynote speaker for the 2014 Biennial Symposium of the Jacksonville Association of Nurses in Education at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville on Nov. 15. His address is "Healthcare Reform and the Change in Nursing Approach: How Should Nurse Educators Respond."

Sherry Gellatly Harriss '82 has been appointed director  of Crimestoppers of Savannah by Savannah Police Chief Julie Tolbert. http://ow.ly/DtQnI

Patrick Jarrett '05 and his wife Andrea welcomed two baby girls, Anna Jane and Lela Katherine, born on Oct. 15.

Peggy Roney '65 is a retired training director from the Dekalb (Ga.) Board of Health and President of the Southern Region of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association. She has traveled with Friendship Force International to 14 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Joshua Felice '10 has completed basic training as an honor graduate at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex. He is a U.S. Air Force Airman.

Michael Cohen '83 MEd '87 was recently profiled in the article, "The Champ is Here," by Savannah State's newspaper, The Tiger's Roar.

Michael Jordan MA '06 released his latest film, "Pirates of Savannah and Beyond," on Oct. 9. Read Connect Savannah article.

Whitney Cobb '12 has been promoted to coordinator of the Senior Supplemental Assistance Program  at Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI) in Savannah. She also coordinates their Meals on Wheels program.

Daniel Berman '77 has been named to the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders in the United States by International Top 100 Magazine. He is CEO of the Center for Healthcare Thinking & Innovations.

September 2014 Notes

Jeremy Olson '03 is the head of the chemistry department at Judson College in Marion, Ala.

Eric Bradley '10 has been accepted into Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, S.C. Wife Jill Carter Bradley '10 is completing a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and immunology at Georgia Regents University.

Jennifer Turner Burgess '06 and husband Ed welcomed their second child, daughter Lily Paige, on Sept. 28. Big brother Turner recently turned four.

Craig Sherman '09 MA '11 has been named the varsity baseball coach at Bethesda Academy, where he also teaches high school history.

Lamar Hill '13 is a middle and high school science teacher at Bethesda Academy.

Brandi Hebron '11 MEd. '12 has been named director of admissions and college and career coordinator at Bethesda Academy in Savannah.

Nicole Neal '12 has been accepted into Mercer University School of Medicine.

Michael Kleinpeter '96 MHS '99 has been appointed to the Georgia Board of Community Health by Gov. Nathan Deal. He is the CEO of Optim Healthcare.

Louis Clausi MA '14 recently published a book, "Spirits of Savannah."

Keith Pynn '03 is the work-study coordinator at Bethesda Academy in Savannah. He is responsible for creation and execution of the curriculum for work-study faculty and their students.

Daniel W. Massey '76 has been reappointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority. He is in his third term as clerk of superior court for Chatham County.

 

August 2014 Notes

Gordon "Sonny" Dukes is a CSA-1 for the Georgia State Patrol.

Sarah Zeigler '10 earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in August. She is currently working at the Jen Library at the Savannah College of Art and Design and interning with the Georgia Historical Society.

Denisia Holt Pope '11 is a registered nurse at Liberty Regional Medical Center/Memorial University Medical Center.

Glenn Fischer '97 has an exhibition at Sara Nightingale Gallery in New York that has been reviewed by Art Daily.

Leesa Bohler '80 has been appointed to the Board of Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia. She is an attorney with Moore, Clarke, DuVall & Rodgers in Savannah.

Kathleen Smith '11 is a real estate agent with Remax Accent in Richmond Hill.

Caitlin McNeill '13 is engaged to marry Brett Hillard '12 on Sept. 20. They will live in Wilmington, N.C., where Caitlin has been hired a graphic designer at N2 Publishing.

Mark Mizelle MAT '13 is teaching eighth grade Georgia studies at the STEM Academy at Bartlett in Savannah.

Dellarie Shilling '83 has been appointed to the Georgia Board of Nursing by Gov. Nathan Deal. A board-certified family nurse practitioner, she is also an assistant professor of nursing at Georgia Southern University. http://ow.ly/AxlGd

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.

 

January 2014

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