Spring 2009
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Dr. Jean A. Thompson (1959, 1963) was re-elected to serve as District I representative on the Greenville City Council. This is Dr. Thompson’s second term on the Council. In addition, Dr. Thompson is currently employed at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Greenville Campus. She also serves on the L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees as vice-chair, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Greenville Rotary Club Board of Directors, the Greenville Arts Council Board of Directors and as vice-president of the Butler County Historical Society.

Joseph M. Kitchens (1974) was recently unopposed in his re-election for his sixth term of office on the Robertsdale City Council as Mayor Pro-Tem.

Thomas Equels (1975, 1976), president and managing director of the Miami, FL-based Equels Law Firm, has been elected to the board of directors of Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc., a Philadelphia, PA, biopharmaceutical company engaged in the manufacture and clinical development of new drugs for treatment of viral and immune-based disorders.

Jim Faust (1976) has opened Wiregrass Investigations, a private investigation agency in Ozark.

William H. “Bill” Goforth (1977) has been honored as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Louisiana by the America Trial Lawyers Association and has been named as one of Louisiana’s Super Lawyers for 2007-2009. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, having successfully completed jury and judge trials with verdicts of at least $1 million. Goforth has been designated as a Fellow by the National College of Advocacy and is a sustaining member of the American Associate of Justice. He obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from Louisiana State University School of Law in 1982.

Betty Gissendanner (1978, 1994) has been elected president of the Charlotte County Democratic Club.

Cecelia Phillips (1979) has been named the Seminole County, GA, System Teacher of the Year for 2008-09, and now she will compete at the state level for Georgia Teacher of the Year. Phillips has taught in Seminole County for 29 years. She and her husband Terry live in Dothan.

Patrice I. Jones (1980) has been named the vice president of patient care services at DCH Regional Hospital in Tuscaloosa. A native of Troy, Jones previously served as nursing administrative director at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Randy Folsom (1982) is president-elect of the Florida Bandmasters Association. He currently serves as the band director at Fort Walton Beach High School.

Dr. Michael E. Williams (1982), professor of history and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dallas Baptist University, has recently co-authored the book “Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and Their Hymns” with Edward Spann, retired dean of Dallas Baptist University’s College of Fine Arts. The book examines the hymns that have served as inspiration for the lives and administrations of the U.S. Presidents.

James N. Phillips, Jr. (1983, 1991) has been designated as a National Contract Management Association Fellow. He received the award in November. The Fellow Award is given to those who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the contract management discipline. Phillips serves as an acquisition professional at the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for Patient Safety, in Ann Arbor, MI.

Sam Palomaria (1985) is the new executive director of the Autauga/West Elmore Arc, located in Prattville.

Van Nelson (1987), principal of Marion County High School, has been chosen to serve on a special three-member discipline team for the Alabama Department of Education.
Nelson, who has worked in education for more than 28 years, will tour the state from January to June, meeting with educators and school administrators to share proven discipline tactics that have been successfully implemented at Marion County High School. The program, which has been used by the school for several years, seeks to promote positive student behavior.

Dr. Chris Walker (1988, 1989) was named a National Board Certified Teacher in November 2008. He earned his Doctorate in Music Education in 2004 from Auburn University. Dr. Walker is currently director of bands at Clay-Chalkville Middle School in Clay, where he lives with his wife Jennifer and their two-year-old daughter Veronica.

Emily Edgar (1989, 1994) was recently named assistant school superintendent for Opp City Schools.

Debra Hooks (1989, 2003) has joined the staff of Macon-East Montgomery Academy as a guidance counselor.

Virginia (Piazza) Parsons (1989) recently received certification by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) as a licensed hand therapist. Parsons is an occupational therapist and works in both the Outpatient Neurological and Orthopedic Clinics of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, FL.

Ken Grimes (1990) has joined Friend Bank in Slocomb as assistant vice president and loan officer. Grimes and his wife Shelia have two children.

Scotty Deese (1991) was recently promoted to the position of director of sales at Flowers Banking Co. in Thomasville, GA. He will be responsible for sale in southeast Alabama and northwest Florida. Deese and his wife Linda have two children.

Trisha Black (1993) was recently named director of the Spirit of Athens Project, an organization concerned with the preservation and growth of downtown Athens. She and her husband Shane have two children.

Kevin Naman (1994, 2001) has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Paul Lindsley (1995), director of communications at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN, has earned a Master of Arts in Corporate Communications from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

Mark Brogdon (1996) is the new coordinator of teacher education at Chipola College in Marianna, FL.

Daphne McClendon (1996), a fourth-grade teacher at Robinson Springs Elementary School, was recently named Teacher of the Year.

Michael Bird (1997, 2001) is currently the band director at Southside Middle School in Tallassee and also hosts a radio talk show on Montgomery’s WACV-AM 1170. A member of the Board of Directors of the Troy University Band Alumni Chapter, he served as Band Captain of “Sound of the South” in 1995. In addition, Bird is a member of the McCraney-Cottle Arts Council and writes for the Tallassee Tribune newspaper. He is married to professional musician Sena Thibodeaux Bird, a trumpet player he met while in the “Sound of the South,” and the couple has five children.

Ryan Blalock (1997) has been elected mayor of Abbeville.

Jacqulyn Etheridge Ketchum (1997, 1999) recently celebrated her second anniversary with her Dothan gift shop, “The White House Boutique and Gifts.” She owns and operates the gift shop, while also working full-time as a reading coach with the Dothan City Schools. Her husband Jason (2006) owns a State Farm Insurance Agency. The couple has three children.

April Leigh White (1998) recently received the prestigious award “Superior Top Performer 2008,” along with “Circle of Excellence” and the “MVP” award from CSL Behring-Biotherapies for Life, a company based in Australia. White and her husband Rhett currently reside in Birmingham.

Army Reserve 1st Lt. Deleno M. Harper (1999) is serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A psychological operations officer with 18 years of military service, Harper is regularly assigned to the 315th Psychological Company, Upland, CA.

Barb Sherwood (1999, 2000) has joined the staff of the Virginia Tech University softball team as an assistant coach. Sherwood is the winningest player in TROY softball history. The Trojans won 176 games while Sherwood, a catcher, was on the roster from 1995-1998. She was a three-time team captain and helped lead the Trojans to the 1996 Mid-Continent championship and a berth in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

Latosha Lashaun Green (2001, 2005) has been appointed assistant principal at Luverne High School.

Russell McCutcheon (2001) is director of bands at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg (PA) College.

Linda M. Browder (2002) has joined Strategic Placement Services as director and will assist companies with human resources functions. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field and most recently served as human resources director for The Montgomery Advertiser. She is a past president of the Montgomery Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management and holds a master’s degree from TROY.

Tonya Pelham (2002) has been named program director in the Senior Behavioral Care unit with Horizon Health.

Eric Wadsworth (2002) has earned professional accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Oxford native is an intern architect with Davis Architects in Birmingham.

Clinton Waltz (2002, 2005) has recently been hired as the head of finance at the German International School of Boston.

Jeremy Borchardt (2004) has been selected as Foley High School’s Teacher of the Year for 2008-09. He is a physical science teacher in the Engineering Academy and also serves as coach of the junior varsity boys’ soccer team, football videographer and graduation coordinator for the senior class.

Matt Clower (2004) has been named as a university relations coordinator at Troy University.

Ricky Powell (2006) has been named as the new executive director of the Monroeville Area YMCA. He and his wife Misty have two children.

Kristy Jernigan Sherrer (2006) received a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Alabama in July. She is currently the residential substance abuse counselor at The Bridge, Inc., Westwood Crisis Residential Program in Mobile.

Thomas Sherrer, III (2006) received a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Alabama in December 2008.

Jenny Stripling (2006) is currently employed with the Department of the Army Public Affairs. She is on an 18-month rotation where she will be working with the public affairs team at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville. Stripling will attend Defense Information School for Public Affairs for three months and then will work with public affairs at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. for three months. After the rotation, she will work permanently with public affairs with an Army base or Corps of Engineers.

Randall C. Traynham (2007) has been promoted to vice president, corporate services office at The Palmetto Bank in South Carolina. Traynham, who received his Master of Business Administration from TROY, has been employed by The Palmetto Bank for the past 15 years.

Abby Corbin (2008) has been admitted to the professional program in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Brian Thomas Sebold II (2008) recently graduated from Officers Training School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He currently serves as an aircraft navigator trainee and is stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, TX.

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