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Dr. Michael Lydiate
recently received his
doctorate in education from
Argosy University in Sarasota,
Fla. A longtime teacher,
instructor and coach, Lydiate
holds a master’s degree in
foundations of education and
serves as an adjunct professor
of exercise science and sport
and fitness management for
Jennifer Manville
has been reappointed
to the Athens Board of
Education. She works as a
financial analyst for a defense
contractor in Huntsville.
Velda A. Simpson (2000)
is the 2013 president of
the Georgia Chapter of
the Institute of Real Estate
Management. She is a partner
and property management
director of the Kairos
Development Corp.
Air Force Senior Master
Sgt. Karl T. Kile (2001)
retired from the Air Force.
In his last assignment, Kile
served as the first sergeant
assigned to the 314th Training
Squadron Presidio of
Monterey, Calif. He served in
the military for 20 years.
Dr. Carol Yancy (2001)
was recently selected to serve
as the new principal for the
Department of Juvenile
Justice’s Youth Development
Campus in Augusta, Ga.
Yancy has been employed by
the department since 1998,
serving as a classroom teacher,
lead teacher and part of the
school’s Leadership Training
Dr. Debra LaPrad
has joined the
Eye Associates of the
South as a comprehensive
ophthalmologist. She is board-
certified to treat a range of eye
problems and completed her
residency in ophthalmology
at Louisiana State University
and Ochsner Program in New
Orleans. She holds a medical
degree from the University of
Alabama School of Medicine
in Birmingham and holds a
bachelor’s degree in biology
from TROY.
Jacob Stutzman (2002)
was chosen for inclusion in
the 2012 edition of Mid-South
Super Lawyers magazine
as a “Rising Star” in the
area of appellate litigation.
Stutzman was also selected for
membership in the Multi-
Million Dollar Advocates
Forum. Membership in this
group is limited to attorneys
who have won multimillion
dollar verdicts, awards and/or
settlements, which accounts
for less than 1 percent of the
attorneys in the United States.
While at TROY, Stutzman was
a member of the track and
field team and the FarmHouse
Fraternity. Following
graduation, he went on to
earn his J.D. with honors from
the University of Mississippi
School of Law in 2005. He
currently practices law with
Carroll, Warren and Parker,
PLLC in Jackson, Miss.
Delmonize Smith (2003)
was recently appointed
director of Rochester Institute
of Technology’s Center for
Urban Entrepreneurship. The
Center will offer training for
entrepreneurs and displaced
workers, help connect
businesses with investors and
offer business incubation
services and programs to
encourage entrepreneurship
among young people. A
professor of management,
Smith joined the faculty of
RIT’s E. Philip Saunders
College of Business in 2007.
Derrik Ansley (2004)
is the cornerbacks coach at
the University of Kentucky.
Ansley spent 2012 as the
cornerbacks coach at the
University of Tennessee
after a brief stint with the
University of Central Florida.
Prior to that, he served two
years as a defensive assistant
at the University of Alabama
and was a defensive backs
coach at Huntingdon College
from 2005 to 2009.
Felisha Ford (2005)
recently named director of
counseling at Enterprise State
Community College. She has
served a variety of capacities
at Enterprise State over the
past seven years, including
director of student support
Richard Roundtree
is sheriff of
Richmond County, Ga.
Laura Thomas (2005)
recently joined the Northern
Arizona swimming and diving
program as an assistant coach.
Thomas has founded two
aquatic clubs and been a head
coach for three club teams and
a high school team with more
than 15 years of experience in
the state of Georgia.
Penny Joyner Waddell
has been honored
with Gwinnett Technical
College’s 2013 Rick Perkins
Award of Excellence in
Technical Education. The
award honors technical
college instructors who make
significant contributions to
technical education through
innovation and leadership in
their fields. Waddell, who has
been employed with Gwinnett
Technical since 2002, is
director of the college’s
speech program.
Russell Mann (2006)
now employed with the State
Capitol Police in Montgomery.
He holds a degree in criminal
justice from TROY. He is the
son of Amy (1976) and Ted
(1974) Mann.
Michael Youngblood
was recently named
the new football coach at
South Cobb High School.
He previously served as the
defensive coordinator for
Burke County High School in
Waynesboro, Ga.
Michael Washington
serves as human
resources manager for
the Southeast Regional
Operations Center of Walmart
Inc. He and his wife, Carolyn,
have four children and three
T.G. Arsenault (2008)
recently released his second
novel, “Bleeding the Vein.”
His first novel, “Forgotten
Souls,” was published in 2005.
Air Force Maj. Jeffrey
M. Marshall (2008)
graduated from the College
of Naval Command and Staff
at the Naval War College in
Newport, R.I.
Ausha Jackson (2009)
is director of Strive2Thrive,
an Albany, Ga.-based
agency charged with helping
individuals escape poverty
and become independent,
productive members of the
has joined Greenville
Newspapers LLC as a general
assignment reporter.
Megan Hammond (2011)
was recently named disaster
restoration coordinator by
ServiceMaster of Charleston,
Alumnus Collier appointed
Secretary of Law Enforcement
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley
recently appointed Troy University
alumnus Spencer Collier (1995) as
Secretary of Law Enforcement.
The cabinet position was created
by recent legislation that will create
the Alabama State Law Enforcement
Agency. The agency is part of a
comprehensive effort to make
government more efficient through a
coordinated law enforcement operation.
Collier had been serving as the governor’s Director of
Homeland Security and will continue to do so during the Law
Enforcement Agency’s planning and implementation phase,
which will last through January 2015.
Collier has extensive experience in law enforcement in
Alabama, having served as Director of the Department of
Homeland Security, as an Alabama State Trooper, and in the
Alabama Department of Public Safety’s special operations unit.
He has been recognized nationally for expertise in homeland
security by the Naval Postgraduate Center for Homeland
Defense and Security. Collier also served two terms in the
Alabama House of Representatives.
“I’m extremely honored that Governor Bentley has selected
me for this position,” Collier said. “I’ve spent my professional
career working in and around law enforcement, and I’m fully
committed to this new challenge.”
TROY alum Bryan serves on
Alabama Supreme Court
Troy University alumnus Tommy
Bryan (1978, 1979) became a justice
of the Supreme Court of Alabama
when he took the oath of office in
Prior to becoming a justice, Bryan
served as a judge on the Alabama
Court of Civil Appeals for eight
years. Before that, he was an assistant
attorney general for the state of
Alabama and served as an associate general counsel for the state’s
environmental department.
In 2012, Bryan was selected as “Judge of the Year” by the
Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.
As a student at TROY, the Brantley native was active in the
Student Government Association and was a charter member of
the Eta Phi chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Bryan and his wife, Pamela, have two children and attend
Montgomery’s First Baptist Church where he teaches an adult
Sunday School class and sings in the sanctuary choir.
Spencer Collier
CNN’s Foreman among alumni honored
during annual journalism banquet at TROY
Emmy Award-winning CNN reporter Tom Foreman
(1991) was among four graduates of Troy University’s Hall
School of Journalism and Communication to be honored
recently by the University’s Journalism Alumni Chapter.
Foreman joined Gerrianne Plant Miller, Robbyn Brooks
Taylor and Faith West Ward in receiving honors during the
Hall School’s annual Journalism Awards Banquet.
Foreman, whose experience spans more than three
decades, received the Outstanding Alumnus in Broadcast
Journalism Award. He joined CNN in 2004 and is based in
the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covers a
wide-range of topics for the network.
In addition, Foreman leads the network’s “American
Journey” series, which looks at businesses, individuals and
communities finding ways to innovate and thrive despite the
struggling U.S. economy. Prior to joining CNN, Foreman
also previously reported for the ABC network and the
National Geographic Channel.
Miller, marketing and communications manager for the
Alabama Department of Commerce, won the Outstanding
Alumna in Public Relations Award. The 1984 print
journalism and political science graduate previously worked
as a reporter and editor for The Montgomery Advertiser, as
well as The Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press.
Robbyn Brooks Taylor, a 2001 broadcast journalism
graduate currently serving as managing editor of The
Troy Messenger, won the Outstanding Alumna in Print
Journalism Award. Taylor previously worked for WSFA
and WNCF television in Montgomery, The Destin Log,
The Northwest Florida Daily News, The Crestview News
Bulletin and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Faith West Ward, who holds a bachelor’s degree in
journalism (1981) and a master’s degree in personnel
management (1987) from TROY, won the Merrill Bankester
Outstanding Service Award. Ward has served as Director
of Alumni Affairs
for Troy University
and executive
director of the
Troy University
Alumni Association
for the past 16
years and also is
an adjunct public
relations instructor.
Tommy Bryan
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