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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:

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. 

June 2016

Belveanna Parkman '13 married Jerry Parkman on Sept. 29, 2012 in a courtyard ceremony at the Mulberry Inn with 200 family members and friends in attendance. She moved to Gulfport, Miss. to live with her husband and his family. While living there, she enrolled in Tulane University in New Orleans, graduating with a master's degree on May 14, 2016. Now that she is finished with school, she plans to return to Savannah periodically to help with Williams & Williams Funeral Home in the community that she loves so much. She writes, "Glad to be home among my Pirate family again!"

Brandon Tatom '01 and wife Megan are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. They are the proud parents of "two energetic and smart kids" Carter and Benji. Carter attends Tybee Island Marine Academy where he enjoys weekly trips to the beach. They live in Isle of Hope and are lucky to enjoy a marsh view. Last year, he was promoted to strategic sales executive with C.H. Robinson, and his office is located in the fast-growing city of Pooler. Brandon writes, "I look forward to connecting with other Pirates!"

Brett Baxley '80 began his career in the retail jewelry business in Atlanta in 1990. He is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and was the second jeweler in Georgia (54th in the nation) to be passed by Jewelers of America as a Certified Bench Jeweler. A member of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, Baxley operates a retail and custom design boutique on historic Adamson Square in Carrollton, Ga. He has long been active in downtown revitalization and cultural arts, and he currently serves as president on the board of directors for Carrollton Main Street. He is married and has two children. 

Teddy Bishop '03 was named 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year for McIntosh County Middle School in Darien, Ga. He is currently teaching sixth grade language arts and social studies. Bishop has been teaching at McIntosh Middle since December 2003. This is his second time to receive Teacher of the Year award.

Felicity Wilson '14 and husband Augustus Wilson '14 live in Covington, Ga.

Michael Leverett MAT '16 has been hired to teach history at Islands High School on Whitemarsh Island beginning this fall.

J. Keith Purvis '92 finished an assignment with the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey and went to Germany next to serve with the United States Army European Command (USAREUR).

Eric Rogers '11 recently completed four years in the U.S. Navy. While in the military, he received a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in corporate finance. He left the Navy to be able to spend more time with his new son, William, and wife, Raven, whom he met at Armstrong. They relocated from Jacksonville to Boston. He is now a freight operations supervisor for XPO Logistics. He writes, "It is a great company for anyone who is looking to get in the transportation and logistics field. I am very excited and look forward to a long and successful career here at XPO. Any of this would not have been possible if I had not found Armstrong first! Go Pirates!"

Zsofia Golopencza-Ellwood '04 MS '06 was one of the inaugual honorees into the Peach Belt Conference’s Hall of Fame on May 31.

Craig Vickery '87 is director of sales and business development of Ocean Link, Inc.

Jennifer Wick '92 received a 10-year government service award as a Department of Defense employee serving the families and soldiers of Ft. Campbell, Ky. in March 2016. She had managed the largest Army physical fitness center in the southeast for two years. She has now been promoted to oversee four of seven physical fitness centers at Ft.Campbell, home of 101st Airborne Division. In addition, Jennifer serves with the operations team and assists in time keeping for the special events timed running races as part of Ft. Campbell's Eagle Fitness Challenge Tour.

Elizabeth Clarke '90 was selected as the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Secondary Special Education Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16.

Cathy Huffman '96 lives in South Carolina where she is an organic farmer, award-winning children's book author and an area coordinator for Operation Christmas Child in the Upstate, for which she recently raised funds for a distribution trip to Paraguay in June 2016.

Jessica Sabiston Caselli '02 reports "I could not be happier with where my career path has gone. I started out in town at Memorial Health working in the cancer center, with some of the best leadership and coworkers I could have asked for. They gave me the great trust and opportunity of promoting me to a medical dosimetrist. From there I moved on to work for a vendor, traveling the country and teaching radiation oncology-specific software. Eventually I wound up in Atlanta, again working as a staff medical dosimetrist. Since then, I have been promoted to supervisor medical dosimetry. I absolutely love my career and the experiences it affords me."

Janelle Waugh Thomas '14 married Geoffrey Thomas on Aug. 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C. She is currently living in Austin, Texas working as a nurse at a pediatric hospital. She plans to enroll in a nurse practitioner school this fall. 

Erica Cooper '11 is a forensic chemist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Brandyn Rader '15 is a rehab technician at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Middleburg, Fla.

Jainna Eco '14 worked for a research company that specializes in genetics and their influence on medication immediately after graduation. She worked closely with a pain management clinic staff and their patients to help create personal treatment plans for patients enrolled in the study. Once the study ended, she was hired by another Armstrong alumnus to serve as the Meals on Wheels coordinator in Savannah. Since graduation, she has also had a son, purchased a brand new vehicle and bought a new home.


May 2016

Cynthia DeVoe '13 received Armstrong's staff member of the year award. She is the administrative assistant in the Department of Languages, Literature & Philosophy.

Kwame Phillips '13 MA '15 received Armstrong's staff award for volunteer service to the community. He is the university's coordinator of multicultural affairs.

Brandon Quillian '03 received Armstrong's Gignilliat Summer Faculty Research Fellowship for summer 2016.

Dylan Herod '15 has joined Bernard Williams & Company as an assistant account manager for its commercial lines department. 


April 2016

Amber Dyson '13 is now a travel consultant with Paycation Travel in Toccoa, Ga. She is also continuing her work as a customer service representative with Rehabmart and a spiritual guidance counselor with Oranum.

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