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Scott, have two children, Jake
and Jessica.
Bill Ashburn (1982)
has
been named the new chief
of the Madison, Ala. Police
Department. He retired as
a captain from the Georgia
State Patrol after more than 30
years of service.
Michael D. Snow (1983)
has been named president
of TeamHealth, one of
the largest providers of
outsourced physician staffing
solutions for hospitals in the
United States. Snow has more
than 25 years of healthcare
business-related experience.
Monsignor Luke Hunt
(1984)
, pastor at St. Ann’s
Catholic Church in Gulf
Breeze, Fla., has been
reappointed to the Board of
Trustees of Pensacola State
College.
Manuel A. Barrero, Jr.
(1985)
has been named
deputy fire chief for Fairfax
County, Va. He will serve as
chief training officer and will
be responsible for training
for almost 1,700 career and
volunteer members. Since
2008, he has served as chief
of hazardous materials and
investigative services for the
Fire Prevention division of
the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Connie Smith (1986) has
been named vice president
of adult education at Georgia
Northwestern Technical
College. She previously was
employed by the Georgia
Department of Labor where
she served as the regional
economic development
coordinator.
Dr. George Eischens
(1988)
of Prattville was
recently elected to the
Alabama Optometric
Association’s board of
directors. Eishens, who
has operated Fountain City
Eyecare for 10 years, is a
retired lieutenant colonel from
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Dr. Earl J. Bentley
(1955)
, retired chair of
Morehead State University’s
Department of Health,
Physical Education and
Recreation, was recently
recognized for his years of
dedicated service by having
the University’s Student
Athlete Learning Lab named
in his honor. During his
30-year career at Morehead,
Bentley coached football,
track and women’s soccer
and started a master’s degree
program in health, physical
education and recreation
and the emergency medical
technician program before
retiring in 1989.
Johnny Folsom (1974,
1977, 1997)
is an instructor
and director of the Concert
Band at Abraham Baldwin
Agricultural College in Tifton,
Ga. He has spent 25 years as a
band director in both Alabama
and Georgia, most recently
with the Cairo (Ga.) High
School Band.
Jeanice Kirkland (1975)
was recently inducted into the
University of Alabama College
of Education’s Educator Hall
of Fame. Kirkland retired
in 2009 after a long teaching
career with public schools in
Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and
Andalusia. She received her
master’s degree in education
from TROY.
The Rev. Calvin McLoyd
Jr. (1979)
has been awarded
an honorary doctorate
of divinity from the St.
Thomas Christian College of
Jacksonville, Fla. McLoyd has
served as the senior pastor of
the Second Baptist Church
in Steubenville, Ohio, for the
past 22 years.
Diane Murphy (1979)
is
currently executive director of
the Educational Leadership
Center for the Wiregrass.
Prior to joining the Center,
she completed more than
30 years in the fields of
special education, school
administration, central office
administration and higher
education administration and
teaching.
James N. Brantley, Jr.
(1981)
was inducted into
the Georgia Athletic Trainers
Association (GATA) Hall
of Fame in January. The
honor, the highest bestowed
by the organization, is given
to those who have provided
exemplary contributions to
the profession of athletic
training at the local, state or
national level. Brantley was
named the Jerry Rhea Georgia
Athletic Trainer of the Year
in 2006, and served as head
athletic trainer for Newnan
High School and physical
education teacher at Ruth
Hill Elementary School from
1981-2012. Brantley and wife,
Susan, have two sons, Asher
and Mason.
Tammy Griffin (1981)
is the owner of A Catered
Affair at Chantilly Place in
Montgomery and has been
cooking and serving delicious
food to residents in and
around the area since 1996.
She also serves others through
mission work with her church.
Griffin and her husband,
the United States Air Force.
He and his wife, Barbara,
have three children and nine
grandchildren.
David Ritchie (1988)
has
been named chief content
officer of New Bonnier Corp.,
one of the largest consumer-
publishing groups in the U.S.
and a division of the Bonnier
Group, an international
media group active in
television, newspapers,
magazines, movies, books
and digital media. Ritchie
had been director of editorial
operations for the company’s
Active Interest division for the
past year.
Ann Graham (1990)
of
Tifton, Ga., recently received
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
College’s Outstanding
Educator Award. From
1999 to 2011, she served
as the district director of
accountability services for the
Davie County (N.C.) Schools.
She retired from the Davie
County system in 2011.
Jorge Hernandez
(1990,
1992)
, a former
all-conference player for
TROY and a member of
the 1987 NCAA Division
II championship baseball
team, is the manager for the
Greensboro Grasshoppers,
a minor league club for the
Miami Marlins. He has spent
the past three seasons as
manager of the Gulf Coast
Marlins.
Col. John Higgins (1990)
of the New York Air National
Guard is the new commander
of the 107th Airlift Wing at
Niagara Falls Air Reserve
Station. Higgins, who had
been vice commander of the
wing since August 2011, is a
master navigator with more
than 3,500 hours flying in
the F-4 Phantom fighter, the
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F-111 bomber and the C-130
Hercules. As commander, he
will be responsible for the
deployment and employment
of more than 800 assigned
personnel and equipment.
Michael
R. Morgan
(1990)
has been named
the new president and chief
executive officer of First
Community Bank of Central
Alabama. He has been with
the bank since 2001.
Stella S. Vinson (1990)
,
CRNP, has been honored at a
Top Nurse for her exceptional
successes in the nursing
community by Worldwide
Leaders in Healthcare and
the International Nurses
Association. Vinson, who
serves as the main nurse
practitioner at Women’s
Healthcare Center LLC in
Andalusia, has spent 31 years
in the healthcare industry.
Bill Conway (1993)
is
chief executive officer and
director of flight operations
for Memphis Air Ambulance
Service. He resides in
Lakeland with his wife,
Rosanne, and their two kids,
Shannon and Jack.
Bruce Dean (1994)
was recently named the new
principal of Southside Middle
School in Tallassee. Dean
has 18 years of experience
in Tallassee City Schools
and previously served as the
school’s assistant principal.
George V.
Govan
(1994)
,
chief financial officer of
the U.S. Railroad Retirement
Board, will now also serve as
the agency’s senior executive
officer. Govan joined the
board in 2011 after retiring as
a lieutenant colonel in the Air
Force. He is also a Certified
Public Accountant.
Rick Krysiak (1994)
has been appointed state
energy program director for
the Oklahoma Office of
Management and Enterprise
Services. In his new position,
Krysiak will coordinate efforts
to reduce energy costs and
promote energy efficiency
throughout state government.
He previously served as
director of physical plant
services at Oklahoma State
University.
Robert M. Lucania,
Colonel, USAF retired,
(1994)
, has been awarded the
Ellis Island Medal of Honor
from the National Ethnic
Coalition of Organizations.
The Coalition awards the
medal to native-born and
naturalized U.S. citizens
who exemplify outstanding
qualities in their personal
and professional lives, while
continuing to preserve the
richness of their heritage.
Col. Lucania was presented
the medal with 90 others,
including U.S. Surgeon
General Dr. Regina M.
Benjamin, Lt. Gen. Michael
Flynn of the U.S. Department
of Defense, Rep. Peter King
of New York, legendary
recording artist Dionne
Warwick, retired NFL head
coach Dick Vermeil and New
York Police Department
Deputy Chief Steve Silks.
Col. Lucania retired from
the Air Force in 2010 as
commander of Diagnostics
and Therapeutics Squadron at
Travis Air Force Base and was
the Chief Physical Medicine
Consultant to the Air Force
Surgeon General. He currently
serves as director of the
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Programs for Army Bavaria
Medical Activities in Germany.
Jarrod Adkison (1995)
and his family were recently
named Washington County’s
Farm Family of the Year.
Adkison and his wife, Tara,
have four children and live
on the farm founded by his
grandfather in 1949.
James W. Brown (1995)
has been appointed to the
Enterprise City School Board,
filling the unexpired term of a
former member. The term will
expire in May 2014.
Dr. Harry L. Hobbs
(1995)
is communications
relations officer with the
Huntsville Police Department.
He retired from the U.S. Army
in 2007 at the rank of chief
warrant officer.
Paul Lindsley (1995)
is
the director of public relations
for Sullivan Branding, a
Nashville-based advertising
and marketing agency.
Lindsley has more than 20
years of journalism, public
relations and corporate
communications experience
and previously served as
communications manager at
HealthStream and director
of communications at Saint
Thomas Hospital. He holds a
broadcast journalism degree
from TROY.
Kerry Palmer (1995)
has
been named to the position
of head of school at Trinity
Presbyterian School in
Montgomery. He previously
served as principal of Trinity’s
Middle School. Palmer and
his wife, Robyn, have two
children, Lee Ann and Benton.
Prior to joining Trinity, Palmer
served as middle school vice
principal at Montgomery
Catholic School.
Britton Bonner (1996)
, a
partner in charge of the South
Alabama office of Adams
and Reese, LLP, was recently
named to Mobile Bay’s class
of “Forty Under 40.” He and
his wife, Ashley, have two
children, LeeAnn Elizabeth
and Katherine Graham.
Bonner, who is president of
TROY’s Southwest Alabama
Alumni Chapter, was elected
as a partner of the firm in
January.
Anne Webster (1997)
has
been appointed sales manager
of the Beverly, Mass. office of
Coldwell Banker Residential
Brokerage in New England.
She has 14 years of experience
in the residential real estate
industry and joins Coldwell
Banker after serving as general
manager of the Andover
office of ERA Home and
Family Real Estate.
Deidre Schmidt (1999,
2000)
has been recognized
as a top performer for
her sales achievements
with SuccessFactors, a
subsidiary of the German
software company SAP AG.
SuccessFactors provides
cloud-based human capital
management software
solutions using the software
as a service (SaaS) model. Her
achievements have qualified
her for SAP’s Winners’ Circle.
The Winners’ Circle incentive
program is a celebration
of top performers whose
overachievement of goals
qualifies them to be included
in an exclusive program.
Deidre received both her
master’s and bachelor’s
degrees from TROY’s
business school. Additionally,
Deidre is the daughter-in-law
of Dr. John Schmidt, TROY’s
senior vice chancellor for
advancement and external
relations and his wife Vicki
and is also the daughter of Bill
and Cathy Mathews of Troy.
Deidre’s husband, Tim, is also
a TROY alumnus.
Brian Harney (2000,
2001)
, CPA, senior manager
with the firm Barfield,
Murphy, Shank and Smith
was named Young Alumnus
in Accounting at TROY.
He has been with the firm
since 2002 and specializes
in auditing employee benefit
plans, manufacturing and
construction clients, financial
institutions and insurance
companies.