Class Notes

November 2014

Claudia Lewis

B.A. '69

Claudia Lewis (B.A. ’69) teaches dance and yoga in Miami.

Annie McElroy

Dr. Annie McElroy_Award
Ph.D. '94

Annie McElroy  (Ph.D. ’94) was recently inducted into Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Hall of Fame. McElroy is Vice President for Academic Affairs of at Southwest Georgia Technical College, a post she has held since July 2006. She has served as an administrator at the college for more than 20 years.

Concha Alborg

B.A. '75

Concha Alborg (B.A.’75) recently published a new book, Divorce After Death. A Widow’s Memoir with Shorehouse Books. The nonfiction work describes the tumultuous aftermath which occurred following the death of Concha’s husband Peter Segal. After a long silence, Alborg finally reveals how the death of her spouse was not the only reason why she had to come to terms with unspeakable grief. This memoir allows the reader to travel the journey of healing with Alborg who gained strength from her bi-cultural background, her self-deprecating humor and her determination to find happiness, love and acceptance.

J. Grover Thomas Jr

MBA '85

Trustmark Mutual Holding Company (Trustmark Companies) has announced that former CEO and current Chairman of the Board J. Grover Thomas Jr. (MBA ’85) will retire following the June 2015 quarterly meeting. Thomas, a member of Trustmark’s board since 2000, will retire after 15 years of executive leadership and board service at Trustmark. Thomas is a 1997 recipient of the Georgia State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Robert G. Heale

B.A. '13

Robert G. Heale (B.A. ’13) recently accepted an invitation to become a volunteer with the Peace Corps. The location of his assignment will be in Ecuador where he will work as a Secondary Education English Teacher in early 2015.

William Scarborough

M.Tax. '80, M.P.A. '93

William Scarborough (M.Tax. ’80, M.P.A. ’93) received a “Special Act” award on Nov. 4 at the Securities and Exchange (SEC) Commission Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The award was for his outstanding work in connection with a financial fraud investigation involving software revenue recognition. Scarborough is an associate chief accountant in the enforcement division of the SEC where he has worked for 22 years. Scarborough has obtained five professional accounting certifications, two advanced degrees and is presently attending his second year of law school while working full time at the SEC. Once he completes law school, Scarborough plans to retire from the SEC and return to work in Savannah, Ga.

Laura Lee Beasley

Ph.D '14

Congrats to Laura Lee Beasley (Ph.D ’14) on her new Panther Cub, Dabney Carr Peeler, born June 17.

David S. Young

Skits are a Hoot for Little Toots!, by David S. Young (M.Ed. - 1992)
M.Ed. 1992

David S. Young (M.Ed. ’92) recently published his fourth school counseling book, titled “Skits Are A Hoot For Little Toots!” with Marco Products. The book is a school counseling book of guidance lessons for grades 2-4. Young is working on another product, a therapeutic card game for high school students, called “Acting Out,” which will be coming out sometime in 2015.


Clint Smith

Author Clint Smith at St. Augustine Florida Annual Writer's Heritage Conference and Book Festival
B.A. '91

Clint Smith (B.A. ’91) recently published an inspirational thriller novel entitled, “Faith and the Formula.” The plot takes the reader from Atlanta to Denmark and Germany and finally to St. Augustine, Fla., the location of the climatic finale. In September, Smith was featured at a writers conference in St. Augustine.

October 2014

LaKeisha R. Randall, Esq.

B.A. '07

LaKeisha R. Randall, Esq. (B.A. ’07), was selected as one of four nationally for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Young Lawyer Leadership Program. This two-year fellowship offers talented young attorneys an opportunity to gain substantive experience while enhancing their leadership skills. To date, Randall has been selected to serve as the Social Action Chair of the Criminal Litigation Committee and plans to write for its newsletter.

Dottie Williams

Dottie Williams
MBA '83

Dottie Williams (MBA ’83) has joined SouthCrest Bank as Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. Williams will be responsible for delivering banking and credit services to businesses, professionals and individuals. Her more than 25 years in the banking industry includes a wide range of experience. Most recently, she was Credit Administration Manager for Pinnacle Bank in Elberton, Ga., and prior to that spent 12 years with regional and community banks serving the North Atlanta market as a commercial banker.

Amy-Katherine Gray

MBA '09

Amy-Katherine Gray (MBA ’09) married Joshua David Roberts on Oct. 18 at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, in Greensboro, Ga. Gray is currently a manager in PwC LLP’s Financial Services Advisory practice, specializing in organizational change management.

Hadley L. Lowy

MBA '96

Hadley L. Lowy (MBA ’96) recently joined CenturyLink as an internal consultant after spending the last 11 years with Verizon.

Cathy A. Martin

Cathy A. Martin
MBA '95

Cathy A. Martin (MBA ’95) has been named vice president of economic development, responsible for project development and regional partnerships, at the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC).  In her new role at MAC, she is responsible for lead development on economic projects – including retention, expansion and recruitment – and managing multiple strategic initiatives together with key constituents and partners. Previously, Martin served as chief procurement officer at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Laurel, Md., one of the nation’s largest water/wastewater utilities. Prior to WSSC, she served for seven years as deputy chief procurement officer for the City of Atlanta, where she initiated reforms and revamped procurement strategies for city government and capital projects in excess of $4 billion. Earlier in her career she spent 23 years in various key roles at BellSouth Telecommunications.

Janna Sampson

M.A. '81

Janna Sampson (M.A. ’81), CFA, Co-Chief Investment Officer at OakBrook Investments, LLC, has been recognized as the 2014 Trailblazer of the Year by the Women Investment Professionals (WIP), a leading non-for-profit women’s networking organization for the institutional asset management industry. Sampson will receive the award at the WIP’s Annual Awards Dinner Thursday, Oct. 16 at The University Club of Chicago. Sampson is being honored by WIP for her outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the institutional asset management industry.

Charles Shapiro

M.Ed. '77

Charles Shapiro (M.Ed. ’77) has been named the new president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Shapiro is the former United States Ambassador to Venezuela, as well as the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere.

Dalerick Carden

M.S. '00

Dalerick Carden (M.S. ’00) who has named to the position of senior vice president, chief accounting officer and corporate controller at Crawford & Company. Carden previously held the position of senior vice president and international controller with the Company and has been with Crawford for nearly 20 years.

September 2014

Serina Shyu

MBA '12

Serina Shyu (MBA ’12) joined Jon Baker Financial Group in September as a support advisor.

Colonel Kenneth P. Davis

M.A. '68

Col. Kenneth P. Davis (M.A. ’68) has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Council of Oglethorpe University for a three year term. Davis is a 1964 graduate of Oglethorpe and was appointed by President Lawrence M. Schall. Members of the Council meet twice a year to focus on issues which support advancing the mission of the university. Davis is retired from the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Army and resides in Alexandria, Va. 

Harry Stinson

M.S. '05

Harry Stinson (M.S. ’05) has been appointed interim director of athletics at Kentucky State University. Stinson has served as assistant athletics director for external operations and compliance at Kentucky State since 2009. Prior to joining the university, he served as director of championships, communications and marketing at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Gena Calloway

Gena Callaway, retiring as Head of School from The Schenck School in Atlanta
M.Ed. '02

Gena Calloway (M.Ed. ’02),  the Head of School of The Schenck School since 2000, has announced her retirement. Her departure will coincide with the end of the 2014-2015 school year and she leaves behind a legacy of accomplishment. In addition to her successful career as a classroom teacher, principal and administrator, Calloway is a sought after education speaker, thought-leader and advocate for children with dyslexia within the halls of Congress. Among her accomplishments, Calloway has expanded educational opportunities for children with dyslexia by initiating a kindergarten program at the School. Upon retirement,  Calloway plans to marry her high school sweetheart and relocate to their new home in Virginia. She does plan to continue pursuing her passion, improving the lives of individuals with dyslexia through her work with the Dyslexia Resource Trust.

B. Andrew (Drew) Plant

B. Andrew (Drew) Plant
M.P.A. '92

B. Andrew (Drew) Plant (M.P.A. ’92) recently joined the board of Action Cycling Atlanta, the all-volunteer organization that produces the annual AV200 bike race benefiting the Emory Vaccine Center and AIDS service organizations. Drew is the principal of Plant Communications, LLC, a public relations firm focusing on professional and financial services companies.

Hilary Shew

M.S. '90, M.Ed. '92

Hilary Shew (M.S. ’90, M.Ed. ’92 ) wrote “Endeavor: One Polish Family’s Journey from Siberia to Freedom.” The book tells the story of the plight of Polish citizens forcibly removed from their homes by Joseph Stalin’s NKVD and deported to Siberian gulags, where they suffered unspeakable hardship, deprivation and extermination through work. Follow the Raczynski family members as they flee Russia after being given “amnesty” on July 30, 1941.

Douglas Sullenberger

Doug Sullenberger, attorney at Fisher & Phillips.Photo shot September 7, 2011
B.S. '74, M.S. '75

Donald Sullenberger (B.S. ’74, M.S. ’75) has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Sullenberger is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the nation’s leading labor and employment firms. His practice focuses on traditional labor law, including representing and advising employers on union related matters. Sullenberger has been listed by the Labor Relations Institute as one of the “Top 100 Labor Attorneys” in the U.S. and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013.

Laura Musselwhite

Ph.D. '05

Laura Musselwhite (Ph.D. ’05), interim vice president of academic affairs at Georgia Highlands College, has been named as the chief academic officer and dean of instruction at the University of New Mexico – Valencia Campus. Musselwhite will begin her duties Sept. 15, 2014.

Chris Hall

Chris Hall
MBA '01

Chris Hall (MBA ’01) recently joined Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia as Senior Vice President. Hall comes to the Gainesville, Ga. bank from Verity Bank in Barrow County where he was a top loan producer.

Mark Spencer

M.S. '95

Mark Spencer (M.S. ’95) was recently named director of athletics at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. Spencer previously was senior associate athletic director – finance & business affairs at Oregon State University. He will assume his role on Sept. 22.

Joe Vignati

Photo (from Left to Right) Brennan Vignati, Riley Vignati, Joe Vignati, R. Joseph Vignati
M.P.A. '92

The Department of Juvenile Justice announced that Assistant Deputy Commissioner Joe Vignati (M.P.A. ’92) has received the prestigious Harold K. Ables Award from the Georgia Juvenile Services Association (GJSA). Vignati was presented with the award at the recent GJSA Annual Training Summit held in Savannah, Georgia. The Harold K. Ables award is presented by GJSA to an outstanding worker in the field of Juvenile Justice in Georgia. It is awarded in memory of Harold K. Ables, who contributed to the founding of GJSA and represents the dedicated service and high ideas he held.
Pictured from left: Brennan Vignati, Riley Vignati, Joe Vignati and R. Joseph Vignati

Sharlotte Neely

Sharlotte Neely, editor of Native Nations book
B.A. '70

“Native Nations: The Survival of Fourth World Peoples,” a book edited by Sharlotte Neely (B.A. ’70), is being published in September by JCharlton Publishing, Ltd. of Canada. Five anthropologists, one geographer, one linguist and one political scientist focus on seven groups of Fourth World peoples within 10 First World nations, compared and contrasted in regard to their strategies for survival. Chapter authors are from Norway, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Neely, a professor of anthropology and Director of Native American Studies at Northern Kentucky University, has written the introductory chapter, Fourth World Peoples are indigenous societies within First World nations.

David Doreau

M.Ed. '78

David Doreau (M.Ed. ’78) has worked as a counselor since graduation and has just published a book on Kindle and Nook, “Counseling as Healing.” His book considers when therapy is healing and when it is not. A motive and practice of love is described as the basis for all healing both medical and psychotherapeutic. The book has a related blog site,, where the conversation continues.

August 2014

Shirley Anne Cruz

Shirley Anne Cruz, (B.S. ;08) named  2014 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30 Award Recipient
B.S. '08

Shirley Anne Cruz (B.S. ’08) has been recognized as a recipient of a 2014 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30 award. These awards, selected annually as a joint venture of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta, are given to Georgia nonprofit professionals under 30 years of age who have already made a significant impact in their communities by exhibiting outstanding leadership, innovation, and commitment to their communities through their work. Cruz is Manager of Volunteer Support, Recognition and Resolutions at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.


William Walsh

B.A. '85

William Walsh (B.A. ’85) recently published his sixth book, a collection of poetry titled “Lost In the White Ruins,” with Kelsay Books.

Charles Leonard

M.A. '05

After teaching the history of graphic design for seven years, Charles Leonard (M.A. ’05) has moved to Piedmont, N.C. to operate a USDA certified organic farm.

Dustin Neighbors

B.A. '05

Dustin Neighbors (B.A. ’05) is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in early modern history and serves as a tutor for the History Department at the University of York, a World Top 100 University.

Shawn Bratton

J.D. '03

Shawn Bratton (J.D. ’03), a part-time magistrate judge and attorney from Lawrenceville, Ga.-based litigation group Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to fill the vacancy left by Judge Randy Rich.