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Alumni 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 know 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 2017

Judy Wolfe '77, who holds a master's degree in nursing and social work, is a sexual assault care coordinator for the Indian Health Service in Shiprock, N.M. She has been with the service since 1986.

James Edge '16 is a buyer for CarMax in Savannah.

Amanda Vieitez '16 is a consumer service analyst for Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

Shanan Gwaltney Gibson '95 has accepted a position as Dean of the College of Business at Texas A&M University - Commerce beginning Aug. 1. She spent the previous 16 years in the College of Business at East Carolina University.

Gryffen Andrews '15 MEd '18 writes, "Since leaving Armstrong I have been working to change the world one classroom at a time. In addition I returned to Armstrong in order to further my education with the best professors. I look forward to using my masters degree to move up into administration in the future. Armstrong has over-prepared me to achieve the goal of being a teacher and I am so thankful for the opportunities that I have been given."

Michael Medlin '13 MEd '17 is the assistant director of intramural sports and summer camps at University of South Carolina Upstate.

Rachel Garcia '01 writes, "Since graduating from Armstrong I have experienced so much! I was already married at the time of graduation, but I have since had 3 beautiful children. I was a little saddened because I never did get to use my degree how I intended on using it. I wanted to be "on stage". (I majored in Theater) However, I found myself finding different jobs all of the time. I learned these job & new skills and found that I enjoyed learning about the business. I wanted to learn as much as I could. I did not know why I would get so bored in one position. I found that I wanted to learn all positions in the business. So, after gaining lots of experience, and using the job site, as my 'stage', I have worked my way up to Director of Operations [at ITD Food Safety]. I would like to obtain my MBA and feel I may have gone about this a little backwards, but I must say, I used my degree to get to this position. After all, I have wanted to be 'on stage', and I have been. My husband and I now live in Florida with our family. We have moved here to plant a church, but work bi-vocationally. We are excited about what the future holds for us. I appreciate all that Armstrong has done for me and am forever grateful to those who taught me everything I know!"

Dawn DeFrank '14 will begin working as the donor services coordinator at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, Ala. later this month.

June 2017

Rena Dixon '05 MPH '08 married Markos Young in Columbia, S.C. on March 25

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

Ma Felicidad Helstein '93 is a cat scan technologist at Tripler Medical Center in Honolulu.

Carla Rodrigues-DePina '02 is a PhD candidate in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth.

Jamie Lynch '13 has been accepted into the Master of Science in biology program at University of South Florida.

Jennifer C. West '06 is the new membership and communications contractor for Ogeechee Riverkeeper. She also has her own office management and information consulting business, Jennifer West & Associates.

Abel Segura MPH '16 is an environmental health specialist with the U.S. Army in Fort Hood, Texas.

Christopher Smith '13 has a new position as a Pryme Tyme Group Leader with YMCA in Savannah.

Jeffrey Robinson '09 MS '11 is a software engineer for Microsoft. He has just completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama.

Chris Cobb '00s married Kristy Nicole Cobb in December 2009. They have two beautiful daughters, Bailey Cobb (6), and Sadie Cobb (3). He works for an architectural firm in Atlanta as their regional IT support tech. They live in Woodstock, Ga.

Elizabeth Rodgers Clarke '90 recently completed a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University. She teaches students with severe and profound disabilities at Islands High School in Savannah.

Notable Alumna Ann Levett '76 has been named superintendent of Savannah Chatham County Pulic Schools.

Ginny Bolton Davis '01 is a director of managed services in Alpharetta, Ga.

William Scarborough '75 '77 recently graduated summa cum laude from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C. while working full-time for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an associate chief accountant in its enforcement division. Scarborough had previously obtained both a Master of Taxation degree and Master of Professional Accountancy degree from Georgia State University; he also acquired five professional accounting certifications including the CPA during his career. He plans to take the February 2018 Georgia Bar exam, and return to Savannah that year after completing 25 years of service with the SEC.

Dawn Odom '97 has been recognized as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). To earn this distinction, she has demonstrated exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration.

Sarah Keller White MPH '13 has completed a PhD in environmental and global health at the University of Florida, where she is now working as a postdoctoral research associate in the field of arbovirus detection and isolation.

Kevin Ernst '17 and Morgan Harry '15 are getting married later this year after meeting at Armstrong in 2015.

Vicki Aeger Bradley '91 the coordinator for Quick Think A Thon, a safety program for second graders, at Savannah Exchange Club.

Nita Penn '07 writes, "I am a Savannah native who is relocating to my hometown to work in professional and workforce development. I intend to further my education at my undergraduate alma mater, Armstrong State University, in a Masters Program with a Communications & Leadership focus."

Thomas Maddox '79 has published two books, "Patterns of Kindness (Something Good)" and "Following The Mist (Crossing The River)". He and wife Glendine will celebrate their 3rd wedding anniversary on Sept. 9, 2017.

May 2017

Gena Welch '15 and husband Ryan Welch '15 moved to Charlotte, N.C. for his job. They married in september 2016. She is a mortgage closer for Wells Fargo. She shares, "I still work at the job I got right out of college and I love it!"

Megan Minton '16 is the owner of Get It In Gear Girl, a mobile consumer services consulting firm, in Cambridge, England

Matthew Dixon '03  assumed a new position as vice president, treasury services product manager with BB&T in March. He is based in Charlotte. 

Kelly O'Toole Reams '14 '15 began working as a diagnostic medical sonographer at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville in March.

Notable Alumnus Dale Lewis '92 taught transportation adn supply chain classes May 1-4, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at MIT, where he earned his master's degree. Mr. Lewis has been a regular lecturer at MIT for over 10 years, and also serves as a judge in the annual MIT Lemelson Student Prize competition, which awards $15,000 each year to promising young inventors.

Christopher Timperio '14 was appointed chief technology officer for Swissloop in Zurich, Switzerland in February

Kristin Owens Singleton '14 was appointed assistant director of financial aid at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga. in February

Lauren Bagnall '13 was appointed director of wellness for Provectus Health Strategies, Inc. in Atlanta in January.

Megan Gordon '16 the current Miss South Carolina, was in the Top Five Finalists of the Miss USA competition on May 14. http://www.misssouthcarolinausa.com/miss/

Lori Joiner '92 was selected as the 2017 National Distinguished Middle Level Principal of Year by the National Association of Elementary School Proncipals. She is the principal of Risley Middle School in Brunswick, Ga. 

Jincy Hinely '05 is a Health and Physical Education Teacher at South Effingham Elementary and was recently named Effingham County's Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018.

April 2017

Hannah Nelson Reyes '15  has been promoted to team leader in the Ocean Export Bookings & Traffic department of Page International in Savannah

Merveille Grant '16 is a medical technologist I with Coliseum Health System in Macon

Justin Humrich '12 has been appointed a business express credit analyst for South State Bank in Columbia, S.C. He has worked with South State for nearly 4 years

After a career in data analysis on the east coast, Mollie Brandt Parsons '05 is reocusing her professional life to the nonprofit area. She is working for the Nisqually Land Trust supporting the mission of salmon recovery and environmental preservation in the Pacific Northwest and working on a certification in professional fundraising.

Anna Mach Walker '09  and her husband Seth Walker '09 welcomed son Anderson Jake Walker on April 5.

Sara Reynolds '16 has a new job as a historical interpreter at the Georgia Railroad Museum in Savannah

March 2017

Ashley Orr '12 is a quality assurance specialist with TestAmerica in Savannah. She also teaches group fitness classes at Armstrong.

Ryan Emmons '16 has been hired as a finance operations lead with Sure Power Consulting. He is based in Marietta, Ga.

David Newcomer 00 '05 MHSA '10 is an area clinical manager for North Carolina and South Carolina with New Hampshire-based Vapotherm. He lives in Charlotte, N.C.

Amanda Maner '08 has joined the procurement team at DIRTT Environmental Solutions in Savannah.

Elena Richards '11 writes, "I am very proud to have attended Armstrong and have had an exciting career since graduation, starting out in journalism, marketing and now in nonprofit and political work as an advocate for the environment. I have been invited to return to speak to current students on several occasions and am always glad to share my experience with them and anyone who is interested."

February 2017

Kathryn Hill-King '09 lives in Brunswick

Laminda Love-Oakes '08 '16 completed her second Armstrong degree in December and is currently looking for a job to obtain experience in learning and behavior of psychology while studying for the GRE and applying for graduate schools.

Charles Tyre '08 lives in Evans, Ga. and owns Bulldawg Roofing.

Deana Rausch '14 will complete a master's degree is heritage preservation from Georgia State University in May 2017.

Christina Collins Dover '01 MEd '05 is a media specialist at Midway Middle School in Midway, Ga.

Michelle Murphy '04 '06 MEd '07 is a manager in Savannah.

Joseph Murphy '15 lives in Savannah.

Rita Gibbs Roose '99 lives in Vidalia and has worked for Darby Dental Services for over 17 years. She writes, "I am proud of my education and cherish my memories at Armstrong Atlantic State University."

Aaron '09 and Whitney '12 MEd '14 Eubank welcomed their new son, Christopher Maxwell "Max" Eubank, on Jan. 16.

Becky Davis '12 is currently enrolled in Armstrong's Master of Education degree program.

Leslie Harrison '02 '07 MEd '10 is a training manager for Partners HealthCare in Boston.

Jose Cruz MHSA '16 has been hired as an analyst at Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia, where he previously completed an internship.

Alledria Hurt '05 MA '08 married Charlie Grafton on Jan. 13.

Amber Dyson '12 has joined the public relations & marketing team at The Borgen Project.

Trelanie Neville MPH '14 is a community educator representative with CareSource in Augusta, Ga.

Heather Cotton '04 is an account executive with H2O Creative Group in Brunswick.

Randall Exley '71 retired as The Auditor General of the U.S. Army Audit Agency at the end of 2016 after being a civil servant for 45+ years in various position with the Department of the Navy and the Department of the Army.

Robert White '02 has been hired as a senior systems administrator with Speros in Savannah. He also is an information technology manager for Nurse Rosie Productions.

Evan Diebold '10 is teaching economics at Savannah Early college having worked previously in banking and finance.

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

Austin C. Jackson '11 is a special education teacher at The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism.

Karla Sapp '04 is a drug treatment specialist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In Spring 2017 she began as a part-time psychology faculty member at Armstrong State University's Liberty Center.

January 2017

Kevin Stafford '86 lives in Savannah. He is a territory account manager for Relypsa Inc., a Vifor Pharma Company. His territory includes Dublin, Ga., to St. Augustine, Fl. He markets Veltassa (for treatment of hyperkalemia) to hospitals, nephrologists and cardiologists. 

Shannon Spofford '92 '97 is a senior sex offender specialist with the Virginia Department of Corrections. 

Terrence Brown '96 lives in Marietta, Ga. 

Joseph Lane '64 is a Professor Emeritus from Armstrong's Department of Psychology, having retired in 2000. He says he is enjoying retirement and traveling in the United States, Europe and South America.

Matthew Espana '11 is a health and physical education teacher with Glynn County (Ga.) Schools.

Diane Dixon Hathaway '76 MEd '82 is retired and living in Statesboro, Ga.

Lindsay Martin '13 served three years in the US Peace Corps in Zambia. She is now pursing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom.

Sally Rountree Klein MEd '85 lives in Richmond Hill, Ga.

Bonnie Frazier Gaba '78 lives in Louisville, Tenn.

Ashley Brooks '16 is a store manager with Smoothie King in Pooler.

Melinda Brooks '04 is a branch claim representative with Auto Owners Insurance in Macon.

Louise Shannon Quigley '86 is a math specialist with Savannah Chatham County Public Schools.

Georgia Rayner Grossman '79 writes "After retiring from education in Texas, I have taken a principalship at a bilingual school in Kuwait. My school is a conservative Islamic school where the majority of the faculty wear abayas and head coverings. Being a monolingual English speaker (my Spanish doesn't count here), I am a minority who is learning what it means to NOT be in the majority. Changing my setting has opened up doors to learning many lessons about respect for other cultures and finding what all human beings have in commom-family, home and the desire to grow. Living on this side of the Atlantic has also opened doors to travel-Oman, India, Turkey, France- and that's just our first year's plan.

Jennifer Adams '04 is a human resources business partner with Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, Ga. She is engaged to be married on Sept. 16, 2017.

Claudia de la Cruz '97 received a master's degree in liberal studies from Duke University in May 2016. She has worked in higher education since graduating from Armstrong, and has been working at Duke since 2009 at the Visa Services Office advising current and incoming international students and scholars for various departments.

Lauren Bagnall '13 is a wellness coach/coordinator with Provectus Health Strategies in Marietta, Ga.

Louis Dix '74 completed an MA in 1979 and a PhD in 1987, both at the University of Alabama. He worked both as an administrator and as a licensed psychologist as a specialist in intellectual and developmetnal disability most of his career. He recently retired in 2016, but continues to work part-time. He has been married to Donna Dix for 39 years; they have three adult children and two granddaughters.

Norman Luten Jr. '78 Med '10 works in community outreach and nonprofits in Savannah.

Bob Tatum '75 taught science and English for Avery County Schools in North Carolina for 30 years until retirement from teaching in 2010. He also worked closely with Appalachian State University Middle Grades Program as guest instructor and facilitator during much of his teaching career. Bob teamed up with wife Patricia Kunze Tatum to form Sound Traveler Band in 2010. Since then Sound Traveler Band has performed more than 1,500 shows, and just returned from a performance tour of Japan. While in Japan, the band played shows in Kumomoto, Niigata, Nagoya, and Tokyo. The band performs regularly in Florida and North Carolina, and performed for the Armstrong State University Alumni Gala on October 10, 2014.

Megan Minton '16 and her husband Michael moved to England after she graduated in December.

Autumn Crockett '16 and her husband Jason live in Marietta, Ga.

December 2016

Thomas Gunn '15 will begin working on a Master of Science in Computer Science at Georgia Southwestern State University in January.

Sammy Strode '96 is a manager/agent with Carter Thompson Inc. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Quality Manager and Certified Quality Auditor. He has implemented ISO 9001 in several manufacturing facilities and has received the Indiana Quality Award. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

Diane Hall '80 is a bookkepper with Stein Accounting in Savannah.

Joseph Paul Maggioni '90s is a senior project manager with LG2 Environmental Solutions Inc. in Savannah. 

Ramsha Khalid '11 is a commercial sales account manager with Rogers Communications in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Miguel Rodriguez '16 is completing an internship with the Chatham County Juvenile Court.

Shivani Naik '16 started her new career as a registered nurse with Memorial Health in July. 

Chiding Okafor MPH '16 is now an HIV/HCV screening and research specialist with Memorial Health. 

Jim Daniel '70s was appointed director of Caribbean sales for Lanahan Lumber Company in April. He is also an associate broker with Cora Bett Thomas Reality and Associates, where he has worked for four years.

Marie Barney '07 is a senior consultant with Navin Haffty.

Regina Hogan '00 works for Humana.

Jernell Williams '07 is a house manager/disabilities development professional with Coastal Home Care in Savannah.

November 2016

Helen Perlmutt '46  writes "I attended Armstrong Junior College from 1944-1946. I remember a fine faculty and, of course, these were the World War 2 years. I lived on Gaston Street so I felt very much at home. My family still lives in the same house and to me the Armstrong building is 'my college.' I now hold a BA from University of Georgia and a master's from University of North Carolina. All three schools hold happy memories."

Thomas Clapper '07  lives in Los Angeles

Stephen J. Davis '14  is an agent with State Farm in the Atlanta area.

DeAndre Hubbard '12  has been named company commander of the Headquarters Company, 4th Sustainment Command of the U.S. Army.

Robert White '02  has been hired as senior systems administrator with Speros in Savannah. He is also an information technology manager for Nurse Rosie Productions. 

Patricia Strzepek '16  is a purchasing administrator with Caesarstrone US in Richmond Hill

October 2016

Jermaine Whirl MEd '10 has been named vice president of economic development and corporate training at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina.

Terry Cannon '11  will be sworn in as a member of the Kentucky Bar Association on October 10. He is a staff attorney with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. He writes, "I am extremely thankful to the Armstrong community for preparing me for this achievement and I look forward to a long career or serving low-income Americans in need of justice."

Brittney Lumpkin '15  is in the Master of Science program for marriage and family therapy at Valdosta State University.

Dorothy Kempson '00 '02 MEd '06 MA '14 has been named Director of Armstrong's Liberty Center in Hinesville, after a year as interim director during which that campus experienced 20% enrollment growth.

Kathleen Platt '07 '09 MEd '13  has been appointed registrar at Armstrong, where she has worked in a variety of positions for 12 years.

September 2016

Shallon Mims '09 MEd '11 and husband Sheldon Mims '09 welcomed daughter Edia Mae TePring Mims on Aug. 30.

Audrey Gregory '01 made Becker Hospital Review's top 10 list of hospital CEOs with a well-rounded education. In addition to a BSN, MSN and MHSA from Armstrong, she also holds a PhD in global leadership, corporate and organizational management from Lynn University. She is the CEO of Placentia-Linda Hospital in California.

Stacy Armstrong '91 '94 was recently promoted from Dr. Meghan McGovern's nurse to director of asthetics and spa services at Coastal Empire Plastic Surgery. Her daughter, Lauren Armstrong, is a second-year student at Armstrong State majoring in criminal justice. 

Sherril Rawlinson MPH '15 has been assigned as a postal platoon leader, 259th HR Company 25th Sustainment Brigade 25th Infantry Division, and is currently deployed to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. 

James Edge '16 is a buyer-in-training at CarMax in Savannah.

Terresha Smalls '11 is a medical technologist with Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Effingham Health System.

August 2016

Jarvis Evans '11 '13 has been appointed a human resource specialist at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville. He has worked in various positions there since 2010.

Cailey Sparks '14 is a national sales coordinator for WTOC, Savannah's CBS affiliate, where she also serves on the employee liason committee. She reports that she has a four-legged fur child and hopes to buy a house within the next year.

Janelle Thomas '14 has been accepted into the primary pediatric Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at the University of South Alabama. She will earn a doctorate and sit for the nurse practitioner licensing exam.

Breyana Davis MPH '16 has been appointed visibility committee chair for Healthy Savannah. She is also president of the career development section of the Georgia Public Health Association and works as a community engagement specialist with HealthMPowers.

Terry Kiser Jr. '11 MAT '16 has started his first year as a teacher. He is teaching American literature and International Baccalaureate film at Johnson High School in Savannah.

Chris Cobb '00s married Kristy Nicole Cobb in December 2009 and they have two daughters, Bailey Emily (5) and Sadie Caroline (2). They live in Woodstock, Ga. 

Ciara Miller '16 is a physical therapy aide at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Ga. 

Howard Spiva '80 has been honored by the American Association for Justice as Trial Lawyers Care Award 2016 Finalist.

Dana Bostic '03 has been named one of the top five honorees of the American Society for Clinical Pathology's 40 under 40 list in 2016. Based in Phoenix, she is a clinical coordinator for the Clinical Laboratory Science program at DeVry University.


July 2016

Kayla Benifield Weaver '14 works for the University of Florida Disability Resource Center. She and husband Blair Weaver '15 live in Gainesville, Fla.

Latoriya Young '14 MA '16 has accepted a position as a financial aid assistant at Armstrong State University. In 2017, she will complete an MEd in adult education and lifelong learning at Armstrong.

Destinee Andrews '15 is in her second year at Savannah Law School, where she has been appointed a research assistant working in the area of Affirmative Action. She is a also a law clerk with Beaufort County, S.C.

Brian Dawsey '03 MEd '05 has been promoted to director of admissions at Savannah State University. He previously served as assistant director of admissions for recruitment for six years.

Anna Mach Walker '09 has been appointed assistant director of development at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kelsea Hampton '14 has been hired as a special education teacher with the Houston County (Ga.) Board of Education.

Anita Taylor '02 is a teacher in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System.

Lauren Leasure '00s has been hired as the public relations and marketing coordinator for Tebo Dental Group in Atlanta. 

Kenny Wilson '16 has been hired as a near peer advisor at Groves High School by the Savannah Graduates Program.

Kaitlen Fulp Boaen '08 DPT '11 and husband Joey welcomed a son, Eli Joseph, on July 13.

Ahna Zackery '16 has been hired as a near peer advisor at Windsor Forest High School by the Savannah Graduates Program.

Zach Corliss '13 MEd '15 has been named full-time assistant men's basketball coach for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

US Army Col. Will Johnson MS '06 has been appointed executive director of Joining Forces, an initiative by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to assist service members, veterans and their families with education and employment opportunities. 

José de Arimatéia da Cruz MS '12 MA '15, a political science professor at Armstrong, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Greater Savannah International Alliance by the Savannah City Council.

Terry Samuels '93 '94 earned a Master of Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University. He is one year away from receiving a Ph.D. in general psychology with an emphasis in performance psychology. He is a licensed professional counselor. He has four sons: Darrell 19, Maurice 13, Eran 9, and Joshua 8. He has been married for approximately eight years to Tabitha Samuels, formally Tabitha Weaver. She was born and raised in Atlanta and is a logistics coordinator for Tellermate in Marietta, Ga. 

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