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:

July 2015

Stephen Grotto '15 is a tutor at Royce Learning Center/Chatham Academy in Savannah.

Paula Millhouse '96 has written a fantasy romance novel, "Chalvaren Rising," which is being published this month by Boroughs Publishing Group.


June 2015 Notes

Kirk Barber '13 and Katie Joyner '09 had a son named Samuel Tyson Barber on April 28, 2015.

Jennifer Brian '09 was featured in an article in The New York Times about the siblings of the women on the U.S. World's Cup Soccer time. Her sister Morgan Brian is a midfielder.

Bruce Carr '10 is engaged to Jasmin Evans.

Lacy Brooks MA '14 received a 2015 Individual of Excellence Award from the Coastal Museums Association for her graduate thesis, "Savannah Municipal Slavery Research Project," which she completed during an internship with Savannah Research Library & Municipal Archives. Last year, her work on this project earned her the Graduate Level Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council.

Theater alum Bruce Carr '10 has forged a unique career as a balloon artist.

LaSaundra Wade '04 was profiled by for her work with Armstrong student teacher Brianna Plachy at A.E. Beach High School in Savannah.

Laiken Williams '00s has been named Local Musician of the Year in Savannah by Sponsors of New and Talented Artists (SONATA).

R.J. Dennard '15 was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played first base for Armstrong; he is the 26th Pirate to be selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

Clifford Sanders III '94 '07 is engaged to marry Kristie Shaw.

Randall Exley '71, U.S. Army Auditor General, received the 2014 Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award in June 2015.

Caroline Parrish '14 is a new sales representative at Vector Security in Savannah.

Distinguished Alum Drew Ernst '74 was recognized as a Leader in the Field of Environmental Law by Chambers USA Guide 2015. He is a partner at HunterMaclean, which made the guide's exclusive annual listing of the top law firms in the United States.

Tamara Combs '07 received the Janean Meigs Memorial Award from The University of Kansas School of Law where she just completed her Juris Doctor degree. The award recognizes a caring spirit in service to fellow students and the community.

Charles M. Smith Sr. '15 is a radiation therapist at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C.. He is nationally certified and registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensed by the South Carolina Radiation Quality Standards Association (SCRQSA).

Carla Jennings MacDonald MEd '02 is an online teacher with the State of Virginia Department of Education. She and husband Logan live in Louisiana.

May 2015 Notes

Amber Montgomery '06 has been named senior manager of business analytics with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.

Taylor Rowland '14 is engaged to marry Tyler Barnett, a graduate student in Armstrong's Master of Health Services Administration program.

Sherril Rawlinson MPH '15 is a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant in the Adjutant General Office at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. She is married to John Rawlinson.

Melissa Hunt '99 is a clinical resource nurse - ENT in the Gwinnett (Ga.) Hospital System. She is married to fellow alum Ben Hunt '00.

Kendra Pickren '14 is a mental health technician at Coastal Harbor Treatment Center in Savannah.

Jan Stevenson MEd '10 was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Intervention Programs, aka Babies Can't Wait. She is the education specialist and Section 619 coordinator for the Georgia Department of Education's Division of Special Education Services and Supports.

Berkley Griffin '15 is engaged to marry Brandon Hills '14. Berkley plans to attend graduate school at North Carolina State this fall. Brandon serves in the U.S. Army.

Jodi Wilson '10 MAT '14 writes, "I loved Armstrong as an undergraduate! My professors were awesome and class sizes were so much more appropriate for me than UGA, where I began my college career. Upon completion of my Bachelor of Science in biology degree, I began teaching at Effingham County High School. I was lucky enough to be a part of the inaugural Noyce Masters program at Armstrong. Through the Noyce Scholars program, I completed the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science. I loved the science department at Armstrong and I equally loved the education department. I am so fortunate to have completed two programs at Armstrong! I encourage my current students to consider Armstrong as a college choice. I have even won a few over! I am married to Jamie Wilson, a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol. We have a beautiful three year-old named Lily and are expecting our second child in December. Armstrong helped prepare me for the life I enjoy so much today!

Kevyn Arnott '10 has a new position as product designer with Dropbox in the San Francisco Bay area.

Notable Alumna Anne Bennett '93 completed a Doctor of Practical Nursing degree from Georgia Southern University on May 8.

Nick Godfrey '13 is the content coordinator for the office of public relations and marketing at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga.

Nicholas Jackson '15 is a radiation therapist at Ashland Bellefonte Cancer Center in Asland, Ky.

Kathleen Henry '12 has been promoted to manager of trade services and research at World Trade Center Savannah.

Ezenwanyi Onwuzuruoha '12 MEd '15 has been appointed a speech pathologist with the Marietta City Schools in Georgia.

Jermaine Whirl M.Ed. '10 earned his doctor of education degree in organizational leadership  from Valdosta State University. He graduated with high distinction and 4.0 GPA.

April 2015 Notes

Kenneth Thomas Pinion '13 will receive his MA in English and Film Studies at North Carolina State University on May 9, 2015. He graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 2007. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies and has presented his research at various academic conferences. Ken will begin the PhD program in Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University (SUNY) in August. He is the son of Gene and Cindy LaCount Pinion, who reside in Richmond Hill.

Erica Acker '04 is an adjunct instructor of sales skills and marketing at Virginia College.

Karen Watts '77 '80 has been appointed executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, beginning on May 11.

Olivia Singleton Bass '13 has been promoted to recruiting operations coordinator at TMX Finance.

Aleksandra Filipovski '14 is the coordinator of business and finance for athletics at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.

Emily Murphy '11 is the new engagement marketing manager for Martha Stewart Living in New York City.

Juli Windsor '10 completed the Boston Marathon. She is the subject of a documentary, "Little Person: Boston Strong," which premiered on Discovery Life on April 14.

Notable Alum Heath Schroyer '95 was a finalist for the 2015 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award, during his first season as head basketball coach at University of Tennessee at Martin.

Tito Dixon '12 is working as a stage hand and technical assistant with the traveling dance competition, Encore DCS. He is also continuing his work as a hip hop dance instructor at Coastal Performing Arts Academy in Savannah.


March 2015 Notes

Katherine Soule '12 MA '14 has been accepted into the Ph.D. history program at Georgia State University.

George Covington Jr. '02 is a kindergarten teacher in the Dekalb (Ga.) County Schools.

Notable Alum William Scarborough '75 '77 received a director's award from the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 9 in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the enforcement of the fedral securities laws in regards to large financial fraud investigation concerning software revenue recognition." He is an associate chief accountant in the SEC's enforcement division.

Notable Alum Steve Bradshaw '96 was recently appointed business development manager of Delta Global Staffing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.

J. Thomas Maddox '79 published a new book, "Following The Mist," which is available from, Barnes and Nobles or Tate Publishing Company. The book discusses life-after-death experiences, grief and divorce, learning to let go and realizing there is life after death.

Notable Alum Roger Smith '90 has been named president of the Savannah Council on World Affairs.

Leslie Freeman Harrison '02 '07 M.Ed. '10 has been appointed Epic Ambulatory principal trainer with the Casso Group, based in Baton Rouge.

Patrick McClure '05 is a teacher at South Effingham High School. He is married to Emily Dudley McClure '06.

Chris Epperson '05 earned his first eGolf Gateway Tour title, winning the Palmetto Hall Championship on Hilton Head on March 1, which included a $14,000 cash prize.

Brooke Palmer Ciolino '08 is the secretary for the Division of Business, head cheerleading coach and football sports photographer at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Prior to that, she was a high school English and Spanish teacher at Memorial Day School, where she also coached cheerleading and soceer, while also coaching varsity cheerleading at Blessed Sacrament School. Her husband, Steve, is the head athletic trainer at NWOSU. Brooke is also a freelance writer for the sports section of the Alva, Okla. newspaper. She and Steve have two dogs, Lux and Nala.

Tara Gergacs '07 MA '14 was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society in February.

Joy Lane '06 was profiled by Salt Lake City Weekly on March 1 about her career as a comedian.

Notable Alumna Sara Plaspohl '78 '89 MHS '92 will receive the Outstanding Faculty Award at the Women's Empowerment Awards on March 24 at Armstrong, where she is an assistant professor of health sciences.

Andrew Carnes '11 is the new director of economic development for the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.

Kevin Stafford '86 has a new job as an executive specialty sales professional at Sanofi-Aventis US LLC.

Rene Clark IV '13 is engaged to marry Maran Irwin on March 28.

Shelby Reed '06 is now director of financial aid at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where she served two years as student accounts and Perkins Loan coordinator.


February 2015 Notes

Joseph Taylor '75 retired from Gulfstream Aerospace after a 36-year career in the corporate accounting area as a cost manager. He is enjoying retirement with his wife, Janet, who retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They we currently reside in the Rio Vista area on Savannah's south side.

Georgi Rumenov '10s won four matches in straight sets in the qualifying rounds to make to the main drain of the International Tennis Federation Portugal F1 Future Tournament.

Walter Campbell '76 recently earned an Emmy Award from the Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the documentary/historical category for "The Editor and the Dragon," which was produced by UNC-TV and is being broadcast on public television throughout the country. Watch it online.

Emily Rice '14 has been named a legal assistant at The Bowen Law Group in Savannah. Congrats!

Keith Nations '96 works in guest services for the Sea Island Company.

Kaitlen Fulp Boaen '08 DPT '11 is a physical therapist at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation in Chattanooga.

Nikki Palamiotis '97 MPH '02 has been appointed assistant dean of the Graduate College and director of graduate admissions for the newly consolidated Kennesaw State University.

Oscar Goosby MEd '03 and his wife Alexzine were profiled in "Church, leaders serve the community" in Bryan County News on Feb. 3. He is the pastor of Pleasant Hill Holiness Worship Center in Walthourville, Ga.

Notable Alum Richard Wallace '84 participated in a three-year restoration of Thomas Edison's lab in Fort Myers, Fla. He is an organic chemistry professor at Armstrong.

Linda Coleman Friedman '73 reports that she retired as a personal financial assistant in 2014 due to cancer but that she is now a survivor. She has two granddaughters, seven-year-old Riley and infant Reagan.

January 2015 Notes

Anna Mach Walker '09 has been appointed corporate relations manager for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Caralea Wilson '12 is a graphic designer with Standard Register.

Seana Corbett '10 is an optometrist with Dr. Bruce E. Reid and Associates in Kennesaw, Ga.

Erica Cooper '12 is a forensic chemist with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Christina Osborne '12 has completed a certification as a juvenile sexual offending counselor from University of Louisville.

Seana Corbett '10 is an optometrist with Dr. Bruce E. Reid and Associates in Kennesaw, Ga.

Amber Burleson '14 and Nate Brattebo '13 are engaged to be married on June 6.

Chuck Brown '83 is the CEO of Infinity Inc. He and wife Jill live in Guyton, Ga.

J. Thomas Maddox '79 published a book, "Following the Mist (Crossing the River)," with Tate Publishing. He shares stories people have told him about their near-death experiences.

Michael Matz '83 won 8th place in the men’s 50-54 age group 50-meters backstroke event at the 2014 United States Masters Swimming Long Course Summer Nationals at the University of Maryland. He hopes to compete in the World Championships of the Maccabi Games in Israel in the near future. He is a dentist in Elkins Park, Penn.

Karen Cooper '11 published her autobiography, "A Light Shining in the Darkness," with Outskirts Press in December. Her husband, fellow alumnus Thomas Cooper '11, designed the cover.

Tara Gergacs '07 completed a Master of Arts in professional communication at Armstrong in December. She is also engaged to marry Troy Fisher.

Gabrielle Grubbs '14 is a special education (math and language arts) teacher at Myers Middle School in Savannah.

Samantha Galbraith Lohmeier '14 and husband Zachary Lohmeier live in Fort Riley, Kan.

Sarah Keller White MPH '13 is a graduate research assistant at the University of Florida, where she is working on respiratory pathogen diagnostics and influenza viruses while pursuing her PhD in environmental and global health.


December 2014 Notes

Mike Tindall '77 is a product manager with Johnson Controls Inc. He and wife Elizabeth live in Hedgesville, W.V.

Whitney Maxwell Eubank '12 completed a Master of Education from Armstrong in December. Congrats!

Kwame Phillips '13 has named the coordinator in Armstrong's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.