Spring 2011
Spring 2011
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Mary B. Rollins (1961, 1978) has written and illustrated a series of three children books entitled “The Bear Books with Dixie.”

J. Ray Warren (1969) was recently recognized by then-Alabama Gov. Bob Riley with a Certificate of Appreciation in honor of his service on the Alabama Department of Senior Services Board of Directors. Warren served for four years on the board, and also is completing a six-year tenure as president of AARP Alabama. In November, he was honored for outstanding service as a state president at the AARP regional leadership meeting in Atlanta.

Charles Starling (1972), a retired Alabama state trooper, recently became Houston County’s first African-American police chief when he was named to head the city of Gordon’s Police Department.

Isaac Kervin (1976, 1989) was honored in December by Gov. Bob Riley for 37 years of state service. Kervin, who had served as state purchasing director since March 2003, was presented with a proclamation during his retirement reception in the Old Archives Room of the State Capitol. His state career began in 1971 as a project leader for the Alabama Department of Transportation. During his career, Kervin also served as director of the health data systems branch of the State Department of Public Health and director of the information technology division of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. He and his wife, Jeanna, have one son, Zachary.

Tom Carter (1977, 1988) has been named Gulf High School’s head football coach. A former Trojan football player, Carter had previously served as a longtime assistant football coach at Land O’ Lakes High School.

Commander Angela Morales (1977) has assumed the post of commanding officer of Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU 2) at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. ACU 2 is comprised of 300 officers and sailors operating 16 Utility Landing Craft vessels, four Mechanized Landing Craft and two Utility Boats, and assists in ship-to-shore movement of troops, vehicles and cargo. Prior to ACU 2, Commander Morales was with U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

Joe Hogans (1982) served as the grand marshal of the city of Abbeville’s annual Christmas Parade in December. Hogans is retired from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs as supervisor of the Public Contact Unit.

Brig. Gen. Don Broome (1984), U.S. Army retired, has been named the next president of Hargrave Military Academy. Broome, who served 32 years in the Army including  combat tours in Iraq, will begin his new duties in June. He and his wife, Donna, live in Huntsville and have three grown children.

Jeff Kervin (1985) has been appointed as the new president and chief executive officer of Troy Bank & Trust. He has more than 25 years of banking experience, including more than 13 years with Troy Bank & Trust.

Greg Frady (1987) was recently named the European Baseball Coach of the Year by the European Baseball Coaches Association. Frady, who currently serves as Georgia State University’s head baseball coach and has coached the German National Team since 2004, was recognized for his work with the German Baseball Organization, as well as his role in helping to develop the game of baseball in Europe. Frady led the German team to a fourth-place finish at the European Championships in 2005, a second-place finish at the 2009 World Baseball Challenge and a third-place finish at the 2010 European Championship.

Alex Johnson (1988) is director of bands at Montgomery’s Catholic Preparatory School. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the Alabama Bandmasters Association and is certified as a Highly Qualified Instrumental Music Educator in the state of Alabama. While at TROY, Johnson was a section leader in the “Sound of the South,” and was a member of the Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble, Collegiate Singers and Concert Chorale.

Randy Wilkes (1989, 1993) was sworn in as superintendent of education for the Crenshaw County Public Schools in January. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math education from TROY and an education specialist degree in education leadership from Auburn University Montgomery. Wilkes has 21 years of experience in education, seven years as a teacher and coach, seven years as a principal and seven years as a supervisor. He is married to Cathy Carr Wilkes, and the couple has two children, Haden and Ryan. Wilkes is the son of the Rev. Gerald R. Wilkes and Juanita Wilkes of Troy.

Troy King (1990) has teamed with longtime Montgomery attorney Chip Nix to form the law firm, King and Nix. King served as Alabama Attorney General for the past six years.

Col. Richard H. Boutwell (1991) recently took command of the 1st Operations Group at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Col. Boutwell, who graduated from the National War College last June, is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flight hours, including 149 combat hours in the F-15C.

Berkleigh Smith Cirilli (1991) was recently named Foley High School’s Teacher of the Year. This year, Cirilli she teaches journalism, newspaper production, and oral communications. She previously taught ninth grade advanced and honor English classes.

 David Johnson (1991) has been appointed vice provost for enrollment management of Indiana University Bloomington. He had served in the role on an interim basis since May 2010 and previously served as associate vice provost for enrollment management. Johnson also previously served as an administrator on TROY’s Dothan Campus.

Lt. Col. F.A. “Bubba” Bingham (1992), a 37-year veteran of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, was recently named the director of public safety.

Jeffrey Arrowood (1993, 1994) joined the cast and crew of Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab for an investigation of the infamous Lizzie Borden House in Massachusetts. Arrowood, a lifelong resident of North Florida, has served as a law enforcement officer, a prosecutor and is currently a defense attorney with more than 100 jury trials to his name. The paranormal investigation team of brothers Barry and Brad Klinge asked Arrowood to act as a prosecutor in a trial scenario of Lizzie Borden. Discovery Channel used this episode of Ghost Lab as the season premier and Halloween special that aired Oct. 21.

Russell Crowley (1993) was recently selected as program director for the Air Evac Lifeteam base located in Elmore County. He has been a licensed paramedic since 1979 and has previously served with the Prattville Fire Department, as well as the Houston (Texas) Fire Department. Crowley and his wife, Patty, have two grown children.

Kevin Dougherty (1994), a history professor at University of Southern Mississippi, has published a number of books on military history, including his latest, “Weapons of Mississippi.” In the latest offering, Dougherty examines the roles weapons have played in 12 phases of the state’s history.

Keith Hundley (1994, 2003) has been named a partner of the Enterprise office of the accounting firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC. He has been employed by the company for 10 years and specializes in auditing and accounting services for governmental and not-for-profit entities.

Col. David “Wingnut” Foy (1995) recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 33 years of service. The retirement ceremony was held in the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command Building NH-33 Auditorium in Norfolk, Va. The Madison, Ga., native’s career includes three deployments to the Mediterranean with the Golden Eagles of the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-162 and two deployments to Iraq, first with the Marine Aircraft Group-39 and later as commander of the HMM-268 in support of I Marine Expeditionary Force. Previous to his retirement, Foy headed Air Operations at Marine Forces Command in Norfolk.

C. Britton Bonner (1996) has returned to the firm of Adams and Reese as the litigation practice group’s special counsel. He first joined Adams and Reese as a law clerk in 1999. Bonner will maintain offices in both Mobile and Foley. An active member of the community, Bonner is the incoming chairman of the Board for the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. He is a former member of the Senior Bowl Committee, and of both the Baldwin County and the Alabama Home Builders Association, and the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Leigh Anne Windham (1996) served as president of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. Windham and her husband, Tommy, are the parents of twin daughters.

Danncey Wood (1996), director of administration and human resources for the accounting firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, has been named a partner for the firm’s corporate office.

James W. “Woody” Trimble III (1999, 2000) has been promoted to the position of senior manager with Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Montgomery. Trimble joined the firm in 2000.

Keisha Hall (2000), who serves as chief financial officer for the accounting firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, has been named a partner for the firm’s corporate office.

Dr. Aaron Milner (2000) was recently named superintendent of the Enterprise City Schools. Dr. Milner previously served as principal of Dauphin Junior High School and as a teacher at Enterprise High School. He also previously served as an adjunct professor at Troy University’s Dothan Campus, being named the campus’ 2009 Adjunct Professor of the Year.

Kris Rainey (2000) is head softball coach, an assistant football coach and physical education teacher at New Brockton High School. He has taught in Geneva County for 10 years. He and his wife, Paula, have three sons, Hunter, Trace and Brodie.

John L. Bell (2002) was recently named commanding officer of the Professional Standards Office of the Virginia Beach Police Department. Bell, who now holds the rank of deputy chief, joined the department in 1976 and holds a Master of Public Administration from TROY.

Cheron Nicole Hunter (2003) recently received her doctoral degree in reading education from Auburn University. Hunter currently serves as an assistant professor at TROY’s Phenix City Campus. She was recently awarded the Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, and is a previous recipient of Troy University’s African American Fellowship.

Seth Walker (2003) of Pro17 Engineering in Auburn has received his license as a professional land surveyor from the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Carol Byrd (2004), director of adult education at Reid State Technical College, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award during the Alabama Community College Association’s fall meeting in Montgomery in November.
The Chancellor’s Awards were established to reward and encourage outstanding performance, creativity and dedicated service.

Sharee Fincher-Faircloth (2004) operates her own business, Sharee Faircloth Creative in Loxley. She was named artist of the month in November at the Gulf Shores Public Library.

Nic Barbaree (2005) recently completed a one-month rotation at Brewton’s D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital as a part of the Alabama Medical Education Consortium. Barbaree is a student at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Alison Beeson (2006) serves as director of collections and exhibitions at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. She previously served as associate curator for the museum. Beeson and her husband, Brandon, reside in Midland City.

Crystal J. Parlier (2006) was recently promoted to director of admissions at Virginia College’s campus in North Charleston, S.C. She previously served as associate director of admissions.

Tony Zucaro (2006) was recently named commanding officer of Special Operations for the Virginia  Beach Police Department. Zucaro, who now holds the rank of deputy chief, joined the department in 1979 and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from TROY.

Justin Abercrombie (2007) recently graduated from the Alabama Banking School in Mobile. He serves as vice president and loan officer at Troy Bank & Trust.

Wang Chaun (2007) recently received his doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Monica C. Jimenez (2007) recently graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Maribeth Burke (2008) recently was named Bainbridge (Ga.) Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. She has taught choral and general music in the Decatur County school system for five years. Burke and her husband, Jeremy, have a son, Jeb.

Tonya Gardner (2008) was recently named Jackson County, Fla. Teacher of the Year. Gardner is music, language arts and social studies teacher at Marianna (FL) Middle School. 
The Rev. Christopher Reeves (2008) was recently honored with an appreciation banquet by St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lanett. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He has been an itinerant deacon in the A.M.E. church for three years. Reeves and his wife, Gwendolyn, have two sons, Christian Neal and Landyn Daniel.

Jennifer L. Smith (2008) of Flower Mound, Texas, was accepted to A.T. Still University’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program in Mesa, Ariz.

Martin Walden (2008) recently joined the Chipola College’s Business and Technology Division as an accounting instructor.

Tricia Di Lullo (2009) was recently named director of alumni affairs and annual giving at Athens State University.

Wendy Gray (2009), a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, has joined the practice of Dr. David Fagan at Lanier Primary Care in Valley. 

Erin Sellers (2009) was recently named advertising director for The Piedmont Journal newspaper. Seller and her husband, Jared, reside in Anniston.

Eugene Butler (2010) is director of bands at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery. He teaches beginning band, middle school band and marching/symphonic band. Butler is a former drum major of the “Sound of the South,” principal tuba in the Troy University Symphony Band and undergraduate assistant to the director of the John M. Long School of Music. Butler and his wife Karen recently welcomed a new addition to the family, Julie Elaine Butler.

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