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Anne Sutton Johnston (1963, 1970, 1996) received the 2007 Wall of Honor for professional and community service in Fort Walton Beach, FL. She was selected by the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women.

Barry Singletary (1969) has been named president of the PeoplesSouth Bank of Alabama’s Headland office. He makes his home in Headland with his wife Marilyn.

Fred Bassett (1971) recently retired after 11 years as the Superintendent of Beechwood Independent School District in Fort Mitchell, KY, and has accepted a position as program director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati.

Paul Kendrick (1972) retired at the end of 2007 after 18 years of service as director of missions for the Washington County Baptist Association. Prior to that, he served as a pastor for 39 years. Prior to a retirement reception in his honor on Dec. 9, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the association’s new Paul and Mavis Kendrick Caring Heart Center. The Caring Heart Center is an intentional evangelism project conceived for collecting reusable clothing and selling it at nominal prices.

James L. Thompson, Jr., (1979) retired in August 2007 with 23 years as a criminal investigator. Since 2003, Thompson has been an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Publish America is the home of 25,000 talented authors and has recently presented Paper Orphans: and Other Illegitimate Verse, by James L. Thompson, Jr. Paper Orphans focuses on Thompson’s development and validation as a writer. Thompson is now working on volume two of another Paper Orphans edition.

Dennis E. Weber (1979) has joined PeoplesSouth Bank in Ashford as city president. He and his wife reside in Abbeville with their four children.

Rhonda L. Chandler (1981) graduated from the Alabama Banking School last August. A vice president with BankTrust, Chandler was the 2005 recipient of the Adams Foundation Scholarship, named in memory of former TROY Chancellor Dr. Ralph Adams. She holds a degree in finance from TROY.

Doris D. Walker (1982), a native of Ozark, recently published her first book, All I Have to Do is Live.

Cecil Frith (1987), retired New York City College of Technology professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, was approved in October 2007 by the Project Hope (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) Board of Directors for induction into the project’s Hall of Fame. Professor Frith also was instrumental in developing a program of Restorative Dentistry Technology at the School of Dentistry in Lisboa, Portugal. Induction into the project’s Hall of Fame is an honor rarely bestowed and one reserved exclusively for those individuals who have volunteered their time and talent as a “Hopie.”  Professor Frith’s name has been entered into the Donor Hall of Fame Record at the Project Hope Headquarters in Millwood, VA.

Randy Skipper (1987) was recently named headmaster at Morgan Academy. Skipper, who holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in administration, previously served as headmaster of Lowndes Academy and retired after serving 26 years in the Montgomery Public Schools.

Saverio Ficchi (1988) was selected for the position of Director, Health Administrative Services at the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center located in Coatesville, PA.  Saverio Ficchi is retired from the United States Navy with the rank of lieutenant from the Medical Service Corps as a Hospital Healthcare Administrator.

Sgt. Maj. (retired) Martin B. Pace (1988) resides in Woodbridge, VA, and currently works at the Pentagon as Senior Financial Systems Analyst with the Northrop Grumman Corporation Information Technology.

Andrew Sewell (1990) has been named principal of Dothan High School. Sewell holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in business administration and criminal justice. He previously served as assistant principal at Homewood High School.

Ted M. Sullivan (1990) was recognized in the January 2008 edition of Irish America Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Irish-American Business Leaders” for 2007-2008. Sullivan is a managing director at KPMG LLP, an audit, tax and advisory firm, and serves some of the firm’s largest advisory clients in the Southeast. Sullivan, who holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from TROY, resides in Atlanta.

Vanessa Barlow (1991) of Alabaster has been appointed departmental director of Inpatient Child-Adolescent Behavior Health at Children’s Hospital.  The Children’s Hospital of Alabama is the only hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the U.S.

James F. Howard (1991) was recognized as one of “Five under 40” in a recent article in the Pensacola (FL) News-Journal. Howard, who attended TROY on a football/baseball scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal investigation, is the owner of James F. Howard Construction, Inc., which builds homes and subdivisions throughout the Pensacola Bay area. He formed his company in 1999.

A.C. Roper (1991) was named chief of the Birmingham Police Department.

Jenny Fuller (1992) has joined LWT Communications, a Montgomery-based marketing, media and Web development firm, as an account coordinator with a focus on Web and new media client support.

Roger Mixson (1992) is currently the Guidance Counselor at the Headland Middle School in Headland.

Jimmie Varnado (1992) was recently sworn in as a member of the Alabama Board of Rehabilitation. Varnado, who is branch manager and assistant vice president of SterlingBank, was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley and confirmed by the Alabama Senate.

Jay Evans (1993) has been named city manager of Leesburg, FL. He had served as interim city manager since last April.

Jon Heath (1993, 1994) was recently inducted into Troy University’s Accounting Hall of Honor. He has been employed as a partner with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC in Enterprise since 2005. A member of the Trojans football team from 1989-1994, Heath received the department’s Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2003. He and his wife Maria reside in Enterprise.

Danny Murray (1993) was recently sworn in as the 2007-2008 president-elect of the Alabama Optometric Association during the organization’s annual convention. Murray operates Southern Eye Care and also serves as the optometrist for three area nursing homes. He resides in Dothan with his wife Lee Ann and three children – Hannah, Sarah Kate and Daniel.

Stephanie Bryan (1994) recently received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She teaches seventh grade science, earth science, life management skills and Diversified Careers and Technology at Paxton High School in Florala.

Rachel Meadows Knox (1994) recently earned certification from the national Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is an English teacher and department chair at Valley High School. Knox holds a bachelor’s degree in English and French education and a master’s degree in English education from TROY.

Tonya Weaver (1994) has been named chief financial officer of Boyd Brothers Transportation. She previously served as vice president of finance for the company since 2003.

Ashley Jacobs (1995) has assumed the position of assistant executive director of Mecklenburg Open Door, Inc. Mecklenburg Open Door, Inc. has been the contracted provider of Residential Services with Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health Authority in Charlotte, NC, since 1985. Jacobs was nominated and selected as the recipient of the “Sandra Wells Peterson Outstanding Community Support & Targeted Case Manager Award” sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

Stacy Harrellson (1996) served as an athletic trainer at the All-Star Football Classic on Dec. 17 in Mobile. He is head athletic trainer at UMS-Wright High School in Mobile.

Kent Morrow (1996) currently resides in Georgia where he serves as coordinator of learning support for Henry County Schools.

Joy Colvin (1998) was named ALFA’s “Teacher of the Month” for November 2007. Colvin is a special education teacher at Florala High School. She received $1,000 from Alfa Insurance, and her school received a matching award from the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.

J. Chad Jones (1998) recently joined First National Bank of Talladega as vice president. He and his wife, Elana, have three daughters.

Nannette Y. Jones (1998, 2000) has received her Ph.D. in political science from Clark-Atlanta University and is teaching political science at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, GA. Jones holds degrees in public administration and business administration from TROY.

Steve Cover (1999) has been named fire chief of the Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department. He will oversee the department’s 500 employees and $40 million budget, as well as coordinate disaster planning, response and recovery efforts for the city. Cover, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from TROY, had served as the department’s interim chief since June 2007.

Kimberly Garcia (1999) of Orlando, FL, is a staff pharmacist at the Arnold Palmer Medical Center. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2006 from the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy.

Will Hickman (1999) has been promoted to vice president at Regions Bank. Hickman joined Regions in 2005 as a business banker.

Kristina Robison (1999) was recently selected as executive director of Alzheimer’s Family Services. She previously served as grants manager for Covenant Hospice. She earned a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from TROY.

Eric Taylor (1999) is currently employed as a care coordinator in primary care at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX.

Kenny Roberts (2001) was recently named senior vice president, commercial lending, for Phenix City Colonial Bank. He will oversee every aspect of the commercial lending process including business development, underwriting and closing of loans.  Roberts has worked in the banking industry for 37 years.

Gary Zakutney (2001) served as an athletic trainer for the All-Star Football Classic on Dec. 17 in Mobile. He is head athletic trainer at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile.

Sharon L. Bennett (2002) is a National Board Certified Teacher: Exceptional Needs Specialist K-young adult.  Bennett served on Florida’s Sunshine State Standards Access Points Committee. She helped write/develop access points for the new Sunshine State Standards to provide ESE students access to the general education curriculum.

Jeremy Henderson (2002) recently joined The Andalusia Star-News as sports editor.

Scott Erb (2003) of Birmingham has taken a position at Compass Bank as assistant manager of web product development.

Emily Millard (2003) was recently named assistant athletic trainer at Middleberry (VT) College.

Richard Day (2004), assistant professor of computer and information systems at the University of West Alabama (UWA), made the presentation “Consumer Privacy: Who Owns the Information” at UWA’s James Colquitt Faculty Colloquium. The TROY graduate is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and he also holds the title of Chartered IT Professional.

Chad Dykes (2004) recently graduated from the Alabama Banking School in Mobile. The three-year program requires students to spend one week a year at the Alabama Banking School and successfully complete an intensive curriculum on bank-related courses. Dykes serves as vice president and commercial loan officer with MidSouth Bank.

Clara Pitts (2004) of Valley has been named director of human resources for Lanier Health Services. She holds a master’s degree in human resources management from TROY.

Dr. Lydia Weisser (2004) has been appointed clinical director at Mississippi State Hospital. In her new role, Weisser will be the chief psychiatrist and administrator of psychiatric and medical care for the nation’s largest public psychiatric treatment facility.

Kimberly Lauren Cole (2006) of Wetumpka was recently inducted into the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. During her time at TROY, Cole was a member of  Phi Mu Sorority, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Delta Epsilon Iota and Alpha Epsilon Delta.

Shannon Rogers (2006) was recently hired as a graphic designer for LWT Communications, a Montgomery-based marketing, media and Web development firm.

Justin Abercrombie (2007) has joined Troy Bank and Trust as an assistant vice president/loan officer.

Joe Baya (2007) served as an athletic trainer at the All-Star Football Classic on Dec. 17 in Mobile. He is currently enrolled in Physical Therapy School at the University of South Alabama.

Haley Kirby (2007) served as an athletic trainer at the All-Star Football Classic on Dec. 17 in Mobile. Kirby is serving as graduate assistant at University of Texas in Austin, TX.

Charlie Santiago (2007) was recently named group ticket representative for the Birmingham Barrons minor leage baseball team. After serving as the concessions intern last season, Santiago will oversee all details of the team’s merchandise operations and will also serve as the primary contact for the Barons’ relationship with local youth baseball and softball teams.

Kewanda L. Tate (2007) of Northport recently graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

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Weddings and engagements
Judy Brighton (1987, 2002) to Hal Fulmer
Julie E. Dunn (1999) to Terry C. Barnes
Andrea Siler (1999) to Raymond Goolsby
Jill O. Davis (2000) to Joseph L. Mennemeier
Tracy Pickle (2001) to Michelle McBroom
Janet Sasser (2001) to Ernie Moreno
Elizabeth Brackin (2003) to Keith Boozer
Jeffrey Paul Knight (2004) to Erikka Stapleton
Hollie Hutchison (2005) to Justin Andrews
Kayla L. Stallings (2005) to Kyle Bryan
David A. Bacon (2006) to Rizpah M. Driver (2007)
Megan Ballard (2006) to Ben Weant
Lindsey Blair (2006) to Josh Adkison
Randi Napier (2006) to Austin Bouknight
Katie Botts (2007) to Bryan Petty
Melanie Cawley (2007) to John Tritt
Kendall Favor (2007) to Randall Ayers (2004)
Amy L. Miller (2007) to Wesley Robertson
Thomas M. Myers (2007) to Tiffany Timberlake (2007)


In remembrance
Troy University Alumni
1939 – Claire Anthony
1942 – Doris E. Fortenberry
1949 – Richard C. Grantham
1951 – Harry Golden
1951 – Jean Yuille
1959 – Betty C. Moore Cope
1961 – Rex A. Granger
1964 – Sam D. Thompson, Jr.
1966 – Francois Champagne
1966 – Thomas E. Hamilton
1973 – Jimmy L. Harrison
1975 – Joseph N. Basic
1975 – Edward E. Davis
1975 – Michael E. Lewis
1976 – Joann Richardson Fink
1976 – James W. Hodges
1978 – Robert A. Hook
1978 – Jimmy Robertson
1979 – Jeanne Marie Dumoulin
1979 – Jack S. Kennedy, Jr.
1980 – William L. Ruf
1982 – Ricky E. Lynn
1985 – Nick Joseph Basic
1986 – Bruce A. Bankston
1987 – Mark R. Owen
1988 – Paul E. Long, Jr.
1989 – James E. Conway
1996 – Brigitte Anderson
1997 – Robert C. Franz
2006 – Kelly M. Richendollar

Troy University Friends
Robert M. Barner
Jerry Boyington
Johnnie Carr
William A. Edwards
Jane White Emerson
Robert E. Favor
Boggie Freeman
Bill Horn
John P. McGovern
Norman A. Wiggins
William M. Weihenmayer
Peter B. Venable

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