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Charles M. Langford (1952) has published a book, RAINDROPS ON A TIN ROOF, which has a variety of poems plus limericks and haiku.  One poem was written in 1949 while he was a freshman at TROY.

Virginia Ransom (1965, 1977) was recently named Alabama Independent School Association Class II Elementary Teacher of the Year. Ransom, who has taught for 44 years, is a fourth grade teacher at Lakeside School in Eufaula. This year marked the second time in the last 18 years that Ransom had won the honor.

David Mallach (1971) has been named to Barron’s Top 1,000 Advisors in the Nation. Mallach is a multi-million dollar producer in the Greater Philadelphia area where he has devoted his entire 37-year professional career at Merrill Lynch. He has lectured to investors and professional investment advisors in Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, South and Central America and the United States. Mallach is the author of Moneywork$, Investment Secrets, Dancing with the Analysts and Walking with the Analysts.

Thomas L. White (1971) was recently appointed as the comptroller for the State of Alabama. White’s career with the state spans 37 years, including 22 years as director of the bureau of financial services at the state Health Department.

Kenneth Sconyers (1973) was recently promoted to assistant warden at the Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio.

Joe Nelson (1975) has been named as the new chief of the Thomson (GA) Police Department. His career in law enforcement spans 21 years, including most recently a stint as an investigator with the Washington (GA) Police Department. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three children.

Beth Shaw (1976) was selected as the executive director of the Greater Huntsville Humane Society in September 2009.  Her job is to raise money and educate the community about the no-kill shelter on Johnson Road, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Shaw had never worked in animal welfare until being hired at the Humane Society, but she had previously worked for nonprofit organizations while living in Arizona, as well as other charitable groups in Montgomery and in the Washington, D.C. area.

Edward “Eddie” A. DeVore (1979) is serving as a member of the Louisiana Technology Council. He is the division manager and vice president for the Mission Services and Infrastructure Solutions Division, Defense Solutions Sector of QinetiQ North America, a company that delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers.

Don Brownlee (1981) has joined the staff at MidSouth Bank as branch manager of the Ashford office. He has more than 30 years experience in the banking industry.

Robbie Laing (1982), head basketball coach at Campbell University, was named the 2009-2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year. Laing led Campbell to a share of the Atlantic Sun regular season championship and set school records for regular season wins with 19 and league wins with 14. Laing’s son, Christian, currently serves as a student manager for the TROY basketball team.

Renee Faust (1985) serves as the school nurse at Enterprise High School. She has been in nursing for 25 years.

Donnie Peppenhorst (1985) was recently named as the 2010 Best Radio News Anchor by the Alabama Associated Press. Known to Birmingham’s WZZK-FM listeners as “Don Dailey,” Peppenhorst also was recognized with this year’s Best Newcast by the AP and as the winner of  the 2010 Abby award for the Best Newscast in the state by the Alabama Broadcasters Association. He has been employed by WZZK for 20 years.

Greg Benton (1986) was recently sworn in as chief of the Dothan Police Department. Benton has been employed with the department for 21 years. He and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Drew and Kate.

Maurice Clemons (1987) recently returned from a year-long deployment as the senior logistics adviser to the Iraqi army’s deputy chief of staff for logistics and is now working at the National Guard Bureau in Washington.

C. Gibson Vance (1987), an attorney with the firm of Beasley Allen has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 Super Lawyers list, a designation earned by fewer than five percent of lawyers in the state. Vance practices in the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section. He currently is president-elect of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and was recently presented with the Joe Tonahill Award by the AAJ’s New Lawyers Division.

Margaret Fox (1989, 1994) of Brantley was recently elected the treasurer of the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA). She assumed her position May 1. Fox is the treasurer of ALCA Chapter IX, treasurer of the Alabama School Counselor Association and an officer in Delta Kappa Gamma, professional women educators organization.

Capt. Randy Neville (1989) is chief pilot for ZA002, the second Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to enter the flight test program. Prior to joining the 787 test program in 2005, Neville was an F-22 Raptor test pilot for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems for nine years.

Betsy Jordan Baker (1990) resides in Alpharetta, Georgia and is president of The Grant Authority, a web-based enterprise that offers beginning, intermediate and advanced grant writers tools to succeed in their nonprofit grant writing endeavors.  Baker has also been an independent grant writing consultant since 2001.

Ken Grimes (1990) was recently promoted to vice president of Friends Bank in Geneva.

Keith Black (1991), a former All-Gulf South conference, All-Region and All-American for the Trojans baseball team, was recently inducted into the Lauderdale County Sports Hall of Fame. Black was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and played for four years in the minor leagues.

Stacey Berggren (1993) was recently named vice president for enrollment and marketing at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

Mitchell E. Marlow (1993) children’s book “The Possum Riders” was published in April 2010.

Heather Berry (1994), a science teacher at Chipley (FL) High School, was recently honored by the Washington County, FL Chamber of Commerce as the county’s Teacher of the Year.

Chad Lapp (1994) was recently named head coach of Ozark’s Carroll High School football team. He formerly served as an assistant football coach and head softball coach at Charles Henderson High School.

Stephanie Wright Brookins (1996, 1997) was named managing partner of Parsons Group, LLC of Dothan, Alabama.  She has 14 years of public and private accounting experience.  Stephanie resides in Dothan with her husband Larry (1997) and their two daughters, Emma and Lydia.

Michael J. Folmar (1996) has been named assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division. Folmar most recently served as deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Training Division. Prior to his employment with the FBI, he served as a criminal investigator in the United States Army assigned to Fort Benning, GA.

Phillip E. Grice (1996, 1997) was recently named as a member in the audit practice of Warren, Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC, Alabama’s largest public accounting and business consulting firm. Grice joined the Firm in 1998 and has more than 12 years experience in public accounting. He is part of the Firm’s Healthcare Provider Group and focuses his practice on audits, reviews and compilations of hospitals, nursing homes and related healthcare organizations.

Lee Jones (1996) has served as coach of the softball team at Judson College for nine years. He also currently serves as interim coach for the college’s basketball and volleyball teams.

Donna Stricklin (1996, 1998) was recently promoted to vice president of Sterling Bank. She has been employed by Sterling Bank since 1999.

Robin Gibson (1997) is the new E-911 director for Escambia County.

Christy Hogan (1997, 2000) serves as a guidance counselor at Enterprise High School.

John Curry Key (1998) was recently named to lead the University of West Alabama’s Office of International Programs. As a part of his responsibilities, Key oversee the University’s global educational partnerships. He most recently served as director of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries’ International Trade and Market Development Program. Key and his wife, Dawn, have two daughters, Abby and Addison.

Raymundo Villarreal, Jr. (1998) is a commander in the US Navy.  He was recently assigned as Deputy Director, US Navy Element, at the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, KS.  In addition to mentoring over 50 mid-grade Navy officers attending the year long Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I residence program, Commander Villarreal is the Curriculum Developer for all maritime related coursework and is the course author for and teaches Contemporary Maritime Strategy.  Prior to joining CGSC, he served as Operations Officer on USS NASSAU, home-ported in Norfolk, VA.

Carol Dunn (1999) recently joined Carr, Riggs and Ingram, a public accounting firm with offices throughout the southeast, as business development executive.

Amy Rasberry (1999, 2000), a teacher at Eufaula High School, is one of five statewide finalists in the secondary school category for the Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame, which was established in 1969 to honor and recognize public school teachers in Alabama. The Teacher Hall of Fame is sponsored by Jacksonville State University.

Barry A. Cranfill (2000) was recently appointed to the Georgia Board of Nursing by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Cranfill is president and chief executive officer of Sentry Anesthesia Management, LLC.

Arcadia M. Washington (2001) has been named director of customer care for Bright House Networks Indiana. She has worked with the Birmingham division of Bright House since 1997.

Trenda Echols-Woods (2002), TRiO Specialist for the Student Support Services program on Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, will graduate this summer with a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University’s Global Campus. 

Erin Terry Gilmore (2002) recently completed all requirements for a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile.  Dr. Gilmore accepted an internal medicine/pediatric residency with the Greenville Hospital System associated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, SC.

Nicholas Lawton (2002) and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed a baby girl, Ella Grace Lawton, on May 13. The Lawtons live in West Palm Beach, FL, where Nic is employed by Palm Beach Staging and Production at the Breakers Hotel. The proud grandparents are Stanley and Rena Cline of Albany, GA, and Dan and Dr. Dianne Lawton of Brunswick, GA. Dr. Dianne Lawton is an assistant professor of education at TROY’s Brunswick Site.

The music of Tommy Newman (2003) was featured during a concert in May presented by the New York Library for the Performing Arts. Newman graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Writing in 2006 from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Dr. Delmonize Smith (2003) is president and chief executive officer of D.A. Smith and Associates, a management consulting firm headquartered in Rochester, NY.

Rachel Dockery (2006) recently received her degree as a physician assistant from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Retired Master Sgt. Debra Everett (2006), an Army JROTC instructor at Spencer High School, was recently named the Muscogee County (GA) Teacher of the year. The honor is given annually by the Educational Excellence Foundation. Everett was chosen from 61 honorees by a selection committee from the foundation.  She has taught at Spencer High School since 2002. 

Lauren Lane (2006) recently received her degree as a physician assistant from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She also received a grant to do research on the ankle brace and lectured on her research at the 35th Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association Symposium in Panama City, FL in March.

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