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1950s
Joseph “Billy” Garner (1952) was recently presented by the city council with the Fairhope Veteran of the Year Award for 2009. Garner, a longtime resident of Fairhope, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945. He served onboard the USS Neville APA9 and the USS Livermore 429 in the South Pacific and was with the Livermore when it brought some of the first U.S. Occupational Troops into Japan.

Garner served as a science and math teacher for 11 years in Fairhope, and Coweta County, GA. After returning to Fairhope, Garner opened an insurance business in 1963 with which he is still involved.

Garner and his wife Ann have three sons, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

1970s
Maureen G. Mulvaney (1972) is currently an Amazon best selling author of The Women’s Millionaire Club.  This publication focuses on women entrepreneurs who own and have built million dollar businesses.  Mulvaney is also an internationally known professional speaker.

Vickie Brown (1974) is coordinator of the deaf ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa.

Rick Kravitz (1976) was recently named defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Youngstown State University. Kravitz played defensive end and tackle on the Trojans’ 1976 Gulf South Conference championship team that finished with an 8-1-1 record.
Caroline McManus Jones (1977) has been a featured speaker from Alaska to the Strait of Magellan.  She currently lives in Birmingham and is a motivational/ inspirational speaker and a certified Christian coach.

1980s
Kenneth W. Curry (1981), risk manager for the Southeast Alabama Gas District, was elected to the board of directors of the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce.

Clifton F. Hastings (1981), an attorney in the firm of Cervera, Ralph & Reeves, L.L.C., is seeking the Republican nomination for the 12th judicial circuit judgeship, covering Coffee and Pike counties.

Michael Rodgers (1985) was recently named editor of The Luverne Journal. He previously served as sports editor for the The Greenville Advocate.

Gregory Roman (1985) has been named senior vice president for space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services in the Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology group of ManTech International Corp. Roman will oversee ManTech’s support to NASA, Air Force systems engineering and technical analysis programs, the National Reconnaissance Office, ISR services and space situational awareness contracts. He previously served for 23 years in the Air Force, retiring as the commander of the 544th Information Operations Group at Pederson Air Force Base, CO.

Frank Rodgers (1986) was recently appointed to the position of director of human resources for Standard Aero’s Associated Air Center. Standard Aero is a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise company. Rodgers has more than 20 years of human resources leadership experiences in companies such as L-3 Communications, Motorola, General Instrument and Northrop Gruman.

Glenn E. Powell (1987) was recently promoted to the rank of colonel at Norfolk Naval Air Station, VA. Powell currently serves as the course director of Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Studies at National Defense College’s southern campus. He recently returned from a one-year deployment where he commanded the 609th Air Communications Squadron in support of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. For his superior leadership and outstanding support to Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Powell was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service. He is married to the former Lisa Kimbro of Florala and they have two children.

1990
Chip Brown (1992), a commercial real estate broker from Mobile, is seeking the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission. He is the owner of EH Brown, LLC, a commercial real estate
and property investment firm in Mobile.

Jacqui James (1993) was selected as the 2009 Alumni Achievement Award winner by the University of West Alabama’s Teacher Education Department. The award is based on her achievements in the field of education. James joined the faculty at Southern Choctaw Elementary School in 2002 and was named principal in 2006. She was named principal of the year by the Alabama Community Education Association in 2009.
Steve Kingry (1993) is a shareholder in the firm  of McDaniel and Associates. He joined the firm in 1999 and has more than 15 years of experience in both public and private sector accounting. Kingry resides in Dothan with his wife Susie Wismer Kingry and his two sons.

Col. Robert Lucania (1994) was recently inducted into Hicksville High School Hall of Fame. His most recent awards were Squadron Award 2009 AMC Nutritional Medicine Team of the Year; Outstanding Air Force Blood Bank Inspection with 3 best practices; 60th Medical Group Health and Safety Award; and 60th Medical Group Verne Orr Award for Management.  Col. Lucania was recently appointed chief consultant to Air Force Surgeon General for Physical and Occupational Therapy. Col. Lucania lives at Travis AFB, CA, with his wife Urusla.

Scott A. Wilhelm (1996) has recently been named Chief of Flight Operations, Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (commonly referred to as ConAir) for the U. S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Justice.

Dr. Craig Bailey (1997) has been appointed as assistant professor of education at Liberty University.  He teaches educational research, educational leadership courses and serves on a number of doctoral dissertation committees.  He also serves as adjunct professor at Troy University’s Dothan Campus in the instructional leadership department.  Dr. Bailey completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy & Law from Alabama State University.  He also completed a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Rice Seminary and currently serves as an Army Reserve chaplain and pastor. 

Dr. Bailey is married to TROY alumna Shiela Bailey.  Mrs. Bailey graduated with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Language Arts Education.  She currently teaches in the Enterprise City School System.

Mickie Phipps (1997) has co-authored the book The Race for a New Game Machine – Creating the Chips Inside the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, published by Kensington’s Citadel Press. The book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the microprocessor chips for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles in Austin, TX. Phipps and his co-author David Shippy led the multi-corporate team that developed “the brains” for both game consoles. The book, which has even been translated into Chinese for release in China, has received favorable reviews in The Wall Street Journal and Business Week.

Tenise Owens (1999) was recently named head of the Trust Department at Troy Bank & Trust.

2000
Trina Houseton (2000), a native of Choctaw County, recently released her book Generational Curse or Generational Ignorance? Possible Excuses Recycled. The book describes her own experiences growing up in southern Alabama and culminates in her own views on how faith and family can bring about a return ot the kind of personal character traits that are lacking among today’s generation.

Lee Gatlin (2002) was recently named Artist of the Month by the Opp Cultural Arts Council.

Richard (2002) and Amber Howell (2000) welcomed their first child Payton Florence Howell on Nov. 10, 2009. Richard has been a deputy of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department since 2004 and is a sniper and member of the S.W.A.T. unit.  This past November, Richard was additionally assigned to the K-9 unit. Amber joined Sylvan Learning Centers after graduating with a Master’s degree from the University of Florida.  She now serves as a district manager for centers in Gainesville, Ormond Beach and Port Orange City, FL. The couple and their daughter live in Gainesville, FL.

Candice Rodgers McDaniel (2002) was crowned Ms. Alabama 2009 in April and placed in the top six at the Ms. United States pageant held in Las Vegas.

Paul Perry (2002) recently received his CPA and was promoted to supervisor at Warren, Averett, Kimbrough and Marino.  Paul’s wife Hilary (2003 & 2007) was recently elected president of the Public Relations Council of Alabama-Birmingham Chapter.  Paul and Hilary reside in Pelham.

Keith Anna (2003) was recently awarded the Regional Forester Award for Multi-cultural Organization by the U.S. Forest Service-Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC).  According to the Rocky Mountain Region Forest Service in Pueblo, CO, Anna serves as the human resources liaison and establishes and maintains excellent relationships with the Forest Leadership Team and employees.

Nicholas C. Efstathiou (2003, 2006) has been named “Teacher of the Year” for Bay High School in Panama City, FL. Efstathiou, a former member and graduate assistant with the Sound of the South, serves as director of bands at the school.

Heath Hughes (2003) is the owner of Hughes Custom Cabinetry.  His wife Lacey (2003) teaches kindergarten at Inverness Elementary and recently received her National Board Certification.  The Hughes reside in Chelsea.

Bryan A. Rogers (2003) was recently named to the human resources staff at Aliant Bank. Rogers will serve as assistant vice president and human resources area manager.

Elizabeth Stewart (2003, 2006) is a teacher at Holly Hill Elementary School in Enterprise. The Elba native previously taught at New Brockton Elementary School.

Thomas Mangan (2004) has recently been named CEO of the full-service benefits broker and consultant for Corporate Synergies Group, Inc. in Mt. Laurel, NJ.  Corporate Synergies is one of the five largest employee benefits consulting firms in the nation. Mangan has 18 years of experience in employee benefits sales, services, and operations.  He has led one of the nation’s most respected middle market brokers.  Prior to joining Corporate Synergies, Mangan served as president of the Employees Benefit Executives Division of HUB International Limited.  He currently serves on the board of the Council of Employee Benefit Executives and is chairman of the organization’s Industry Affairs Committee.

Lakeshia L. Lightner (2004) has recently been named to the director post at the NAS Jacksonville, FL, campus of Columbia College.  Lightner will primarily oversee all aspects of the academic program to ensure delivery of a quality curriculum to all students.  Prior to joining the college, Lightner served as lead education advisor at the Navy College Office at NAS Jacksonville, which included supervising Navy College
and working closely with the Navy College director.  She also has been an academic advisor and adjunct faculty member at Troy University. Lightner is a U.S. Army veteran.

Ryan Burtt (2007) has been named Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Association’s chief financial officer. Burtt has served with the association for nearly six years.

Kelvin Washington (2008), sheriff of Williamsburg County, SC, was recently nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

Laura Carrion (2009) recently joined the staff of the audit department at Condley and Co., LLP, in Abilene, TX.

Kyle Dyer (2009) serves as director of the Diabetes and Wound Care Center at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Kentucky. Dyer previously served as a senior account executive with Wiregrass Hospice in Eufaula.

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