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TROY Magazine
Earl Johnson (1970)
was one of four Andalusia
High School alumni to
be recognized recently as
outstanding graduates during
the school’s homecoming
celebration. Johnson was
recognized for being “creative,
innovative and dedicated”
to the improvement and
development of the city of
Andalusia and the Andalusia
City School system. Johnson,
who serves as the city’s
mayor, has practiced law in
Andalusia since 1974. Johnson
is a member of the TROY
Alumni Association Board of
Directors and the University’s
Foundation Board.
Bettina R. Moncus
has been promoted
to the rank of colonel in
the U.S. Army Reserve
during a ceremony at Fort
Leavenworth, Kan. Moncus
served in numerous leadership
positions for Army logistics
units throughout her 30
year military career. She
currently serves as a military
analyst at the U.S. Army
Combined Arms Center, Fort
Leavenworth, Kan.
C. Gibson Vance (1987)
a shareholder with the
Montgomery-based law
firm of Beasley Allen
and a member of the
Troy University Board of
Trustees, has been selected
for inclusion in the 2013
edition of Best Lawyers in
America. Best Lawyers is the
oldest and most respected
peer-review publication in
the legal profession. Vance
recently completed his term
as president of the American
Association for Justice. He
was recently presented with
the Joe Tonahill Award by the
association’s New Lawyers
Division, receiving the award
for his outstanding, dedicated
services to and support of
consumers and the trial bar.
In 2010, he was named one of
two Beasley Allen Litigators
of the Year.
Blaine Stewart (1988),
Dothan, and son of TROY
finance professor Robert
Earl Stewart, was recently
appointed to the Alabama
Sports Hall of Fame selection
committee as one of 30
members statewide. Blaine
is a partner in the Dothan
accounting firm of Bevis,
Eberhart, Browning, Walker &
Stewart, P.C.
Lt. Col. Karl Petkovich
(1993, 1994)
is joint
requirements officer assigned
to the Department of the
Army Headquaters G-8 in
Force Development, Joint
Requirements and Analysis.
Lt. Col. Petkovich has
received numerous military
medals, including the Bronze
Star, the Armed Forces
Reserve Medal with Silver
20 year Hourglass Device,
Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal, Army
Achievement Medal and
Meritorious Service Medal.
Pamela Henderson (1994)
was recently named president
of the Montgomery Chapter
of the Association of
Government Accountants
(AGA) for program year
2012-13. Henderson has been
an active participant in AGA
since 2003. She served as
community services director
of the Montgomery Chapter
AGA from 2009 – 2011.
Henderson served on the
membership committee of
AGA from 2007 – 2009.
She is also the regional
coordinator for membership
and early career in the
Gulf Region for the AGA.
Additionally, Henderson is
a certified manager and a
certified manager professional.
Henderson retired in March
2011 from the Alabama
Air National Guard 187th
Services Flight with more
than 21 years of service. She
is currently employed in state
government as an auditor.
A book series by
Dr. Cheryl
Lentz (2000)
has received
seven awards. The seventh
volume of the series, “The
Refractive Thinker,” was
published this summer
and focuses on social
responsibility. Dr. Lentz is the
managing editor of The Lentz
Leadership Institute.
Andrew Clark (2002)
president of the Greater
Brewton Area Chamber
of Commerce and is vice
president at BankTrust and
the new owner, with his wife
Jennifer, of Weaver’s Apparel
and Jewelry.
Todd Mote (2002, 2003)
has joined PrimeSouth Bank
as senior vice president and
area executive of the Pike
Road/Montgomery market.
Mote previously served as
business relationship manager
with Regions Bank. Mote and
his wife, Katy (2002), have a
son, Allen.
Aaron Hill (2006)
recently named Isle of Wight
County’s Teacher of the
Year. Hill is band director for
Smithfield (Va.) High School.
Prior to teaching, he served
as the jazz band instructor for
the U.S. Continental Army
Band at Fort Monroe.
Tavarez Holston (2006)
been named vice president of
institutional effectiveness at
Moultrie Technical College.
He began his career with
Moultrie in 2000 as an adjunct
professor and was hired as
a full-time instructor at the
college in 2003. Holston had
previously served as director
of institutional effectiveness.
He and his wife, Leigh, have
three children – Gabriel, Jacob
and Hannah.
Jake Kitchens (2008,
has been promoted
to senior accountant in the
Atlanta office of Draffin &
Tucker, LLP. Serving in the
firm’s Audit and Accounting
and Tax Service groups,
Kitchens focuses on both the
healthcare and commercial
industries. He joined the
Draffin & Tucker staff in
2010 and is a member of
the American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants
and the Georgia Society of
Certified Public Accountants.
Martin “Rick” Smith
was recently hired
(July 2012) as the conservation
enforcement officer for
Wildlife and Freshwater
Fisheries Division in Lee
County, Ala. In this position,
Smith will be responsible
for protection of Alabama’s
wildlife and fisheries
resources. He earned his
bachelor’s degree in criminal
justice from TROY and is
also a former police officer
for the cities of Troy and
Montgomery. Smith was
married in May to TROY
alumna Kristin Strickland and
they are relocating from Troy
to Lee County for his new
Chris Swetz (2008)
has been designated as