Alumni Class Notes, Spring/Summer 2024

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Andy Ghertner (BBA ’65) of Atlanta retired as vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield after spending more than four decades with the company, which acquired his brokerage firm in 1977. After entering commercial real estate in the late 1960s, he completed some of Atlanta’s most prominent office deals, representing companies such as Georgia-Pacific, Alston & Bird, King & Spalding and AT&T.

Richard Cebula (MA ’68) of Jupiter, Fla., received the Roger R. Stough Outstanding Mentor Award by the North American Regional Science Council. The award recognizes scientists who have been exceptional mentors over their career. He is a professor at the University of Tennessee and a visiting professor at George Mason University.

Mat Swift (AB ’69) of Columbus was appointed to a seven-year term on the University System of Georgia Board of Regents by Gov. Brian Kemp. He retired as president and COO of the W.C. Bradley Co. real estate division, which he oversaw for 32 years. During his last two decades as president, he primarily focused on the redevelopment of downtown Columbus.


Sky Martin (BBA ’75) of Albany completed training to become a registered mediator with the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution. The owner of Sky Martin Realty, he has been licensed by the Georgia Real Estate Commission since 1972 and the Georgia Insurance Department since 1977.

Jim Smith (BBA ’78, MBA ’81, JD ’81) of Macon retired after 14 years of service with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia. He was appointed to the court in 2010 and served as chief bankruptcy judge from 2015-2023.


Sandy Dittus (BBA ’81, MAcc ’82) of Chattanooga, Tenn., joined the Principal Financial Network of Tennessee Valley as a financial representative. She has extensive background in the tax industry, including stints with Raymond James and Pinnacle.

Charlie Fiveash (BBA ’83) of Clarkesville was appointed to the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia by Gov. Brian Kemp. He serves as executive director of Partnership Habersham, the economic development committee for Habersham County. Previously, he spent 35 years in commercial and industrial real estate as a developer and broker.

Ed Heys (BBA ’83) of Atlanta retired as Atlanta and Birmingham managing partner for Deloitte, a role he held since 2011. He spent 40 years with Deloitte, joining the firm shortly after graduating from Terry. He was previously COO for the company’s clients and markets business.

David Holt (BBA ’83) of Athens published his sixth book, Grow UP: A Discipleship Manual for Following Jesus. He is the pastor of Living Hope Church in Athens.

Andy Brantley (BBA ’84, MA ’86, EdD ’21) of Knoxville, Tenn., joined the board of directors for Educause, a nonprofit advancing higher education through the use of information technology. Since 2005, he has served as president and CEO for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.


Gina Drosos (BBA ’85) of Dallas, Texas, was elected to serve on the executive committee for the United States Golf Association. She is CEO of Signet Jewelers, the world’s largest specialty retail jeweler. 

Patrick Shannon (BBA ’85) of Wilmington, N.C., was appointed to the board of directors for MasterBrand, a residential cabinet manufacturer. He most recently served as the SVP and CFO for Allegion.

Carol Farmer (BBA ’86) of Martin released a children’s book, Leo the Loveable Lab, described as “a heartwarming story that shines light on the joy animals bring as they become a part of your family.” A self-employed author, she previously worked as an account executive for Energy Exemplar.

David LaMalva (BBA ’86, JD ’89) of Monroe was appointed to the Alcovy Circuit Public Defender Supervisory Panel by Gov. Brian Kemp. A prominent criminal defense lawyer, he has practiced law for three decades, previously serving as chief public defender for Rockdale County, judge for Rockdale Juvenile Traffic Court and on various legal boards. 

James Reinstein (BBA ’86) of Houston, Texas, joined the board of directors for Morphic Medical, the medical device company formerly known as GI Dynamics. He has held senior leadership roles in health-care technology for more than 30 years and is president and CEO of Conformal Medical.

Chris Smith (BBA ’88) of Macon was promoted to Knight 1st Class in the Order of the Dannebrog, the Danish order of chivalry, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. He was originally knighted into the order in 2016. An experienced personal injury and business lawyer, he is also a frequent speaker on many legal issues.

Stuart Brown (BBA ’89, MAcc ’89) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., was named CFO of Access, a provider of integrated information management services. The founder of Ellingwood Advisors, he has extensive CFO experience, including with companies such as Inari Agriculture, Casper Sleep and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

Cindy Robinett (BBA ’89) of Savannah was named one of 20 Savannahians of the Year by Savannah magazine. She has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, including as a partner and founding member at Sterling Seacrest Pritchard, and served as the 2023 campaign chair for the United Way of the Coastal Empire.


Wil Bosbyshell (BFA ’83, MBA ’90) of Charlotte, N.C., staged “Climate Conversations,” an interactive art exhibition focused on climate challenges, in April at the Charlotte Art League. An accomplished visual artist and owner of Bosbyshell Art Studio, he also works as an arts instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Harry Dinham (BBA ’92) of Atlanta joined The Signorelli Co., a privately held real estate development firm, as CFO. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a senior financial executive. Prior to joining the company, Dinham was VP of finance at Taylor Morrison Homes.

Will Herman (BBA ’92) of Atlanta was promoted to Atlanta and Birmingham managing partner for Deloitte, tasked with driving the market’s strategy for growth, business development, social impact and other initiatives. He previously served as a partner at the firm since 2005.

Matt Keith (BBA ’92) of Atlanta was named SVP and segment executive at Bank of America. A member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2024, he has over 29 years in the financial industry and serves on several boards, including the City of Atlanta Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, OUT Georgia Business Alliance and Atlanta Beltline Partnership.

Dan Snipes (BBA ’92, JD ’95) of Statesboro was elected to represent Georgia Congressional District 12 on the State Transportation Board. He has practiced law at Taulbee Rushing Snipes Marsh & Hodgin for nearly 30 years and holds leadership roles in various community organizations.

Danette Beck (BBA ’94) of New Rochelle, N.Y., was named to the Insurance Business Leading Insurance Professionals in the USA Hot 100 2024 list. She is head of industry verticals and national construction practice leader at USI Insurance Services, where she has been since 2018.


Chris Huff (BBA ’95) of Roswell joined Rent Group, a provider of integrated marketing solutions for the multi- and single-family housing industries, as chief technology officer. He has more than two decades of building mobile experiences and leading digital transformations, formerly serving as CTO at ParkMobile.

Dorie Ramey (MBA ’95) of Marietta was named chief people officer for Liberty Dental Plan. She has nearly 30 years of experience in health-care consulting and corporate HR roles. Most recently, she served as chief people officer for Eating Recovery Center.

Stacey Gross (BBA ’96) of Dacula was hired as director of tourism development for the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s tourism development entity, Discover FOCO. She most recently served as event coordinator for the City of Johns Creek.

Brian Harris (BBA ’97) of Statham was named VP of information technology for Jackson EMC. He was most recently the utility’s director of IT infrastructure and data integrity, a position he held since 2017.

Michael Yaschik (BBA ’97) of Atlanta joined Strategic Benefits Advisors as a senior benefits consultant. He has worked in pension consulting for more than 25 years, most recently serving as a senior project manager at global professional services firm Aon.

Michael Bippus (MBA ’98) of Roswell was named VP of acquisitions for S2 Capital’s Southeast region. He joined the company from Waypoint Residential, where he was managing director of acquisitions. 

Katharine Mobley (BBA ’98) of Woodstock was named chief marketing officer for All My Sons Moving and Storage, the nation’s largest privately held moving and storage company. She has more than 25 years of experience in strategic marketing and global leadership roles and serves as a fractional CMO for hyper-growth companies. She previously led global marketing at First Advantage.

Brian Nixon (BBA ’99) of Peachtree City was promoted to SVP of customer leadership for The Coca-Cola Co.’s North American operating unit. He has been with Coke for almost 25 years, serving in various roles of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and strategy. 

Tony Ventry (BBA ’99) of Atlanta was promoted to SVP and chief human resources officer at packaging, print and facility solutions provider Veritiv. He has been with the firm for four years, most recently working as VP of Total Rewards.


Justin Pierce (BBA ’00) of Atlanta was appointed chief sales officer for CareCloud, a health-care technology solutions company. He has more than two decades of experience in the health technology and services industry, having held leadership positions at Azalea Health, Abeo and Ventra Health.

Scott Spence (MBA ’00) of Shelbyville, Tenn., was hired as president and CEO of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative, a utility serving the north Texas region. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy industry and was formerly president and CEO of Duck River Electric Membership Corp.

Mark Anthony Thomas (BBA ’01) of Baltimore, Md., joined the board of directors for The Red & Black, UGA’s student newspaper. He was editor-in-chief of the paper during his time at the university. He serves as president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Summer Duperon (BBA ’02, MAT ’06) of Atlanta was hired as VP of collective impact at GirlTrek, a nonprofit centered on using walking groups as a tool to improve health outcomes for Black women and girls. She previously served as chief advancement officer with Partners for HOME.  

Tyson Glasser (BBA ’02) of Greenville, S.C., joined Trinity Partners Greenville as a senior brokerage associate focusing on net lease retail investments. The owner of JTG Capital, he has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, including 14 years leading investment sales for RealtyLink.

Tara DeLoach Rocker (BBA ’02) of Eatonton published My Sweet Home Georgia Cookbook, a collection of recipes described as “a glimpse into Tara’s life as well as the rich culinary traditions of Georgia and the American South.” Since 2006, she has served as director of marketing for TideWater Landscape Management.

Al Dallas (MBA ’03) of Augusta was named chair of the Leadership Augusta Adult Class of 2025. He serves as administrator and chief of staff for the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University.

Jim Jenkins (BBA ’03) of Lilburn is managing partner for Dyal Jenkins, a law firm with offices in Atlanta and Elberton. He has 15 years of legal experience and previously served as a partner with Jenkins Utley.

Becky Larrison (BBA ’03, MAcc ’03) of Watkinsville was named chief audit and compliance officer for Lendmark Financial Services, overseeing compliance monitoring and reporting. She joined the company in 2013 and most recently served as EVP for enterprise risk and audit.

Jonathan Lepisto (MMR ’03) of Independence, Ky., was named president of the board of directors for Market Research Institute International, a marketing industry nonprofit. He has been on the board since 2017 and serves as manager of research insights and product strategy at U.S. Bank.

Tina Taylor (BBA ’03, MAcc ’05) of Houston, Texas, received the UGA Arch Award, which highlights and celebrates former Georgia athletes excelling in the business world. A former UGA basketball player, Taylor has worked at EY for more than 18 years and serves as a partner in the company’s Private Client Services division.

Brad Pittman (BBA ’04) of Marietta joined the accounting firm Smith + Howard as director of research and development tax credits. He previously spent 15 years at Rödl & Partner, most recently serving as director of national R&D tax credit and transfer pricing practices.


Steven Bauhan (BBA ’05) of Decatur joined The Paces Foundation, an affordable housing developer and consulting firm, as chief development officer. During his 15-year banking career, he has led affordable housing initiatives at institutions such as Cadence Bank, Bank OZK and Wells Fargo.

Charles Kozel (BBA ’06) of Canton was named to The Consulting Report’s Top 50 Government Consultants and Leaders of 2023. He has 20 years of experience across health-care and government and works as a managing director for Huron, where he serves Veterans Affairs and other governmental clients. 

Jordan Tippett (BBA ’06) of St. Simons Island was named COO for Corinthian Foods, a food wholesale distributor. He previously served as a client account executive for Abilitie and a business consultant for the UGA Small Business Development Center.

Kendal Crawford (BBA ’07) of Valdosta received her doctoral degree in educational technology and was promoted to director of instructional technology and media for Valdosta City Schools. She was previously named Valdosta High School Teacher of the Year for 2022-2023.

Greg Eisenman (BBA ’07) of Brookhaven was promoted to regional managing director for Franklin Street. He recently served as managing director of retail tenant services. He has more than a decade of experience in retail real estate and came to Franklin Street from Colliers, where he was SVP.

Chris Johnson (MBA ’07) of Broomfield, Colo., joined Basin Electric Power Cooperative as SVP and CFO. Prior to joining Basin Electric, he spent 10 years at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in Westminster, Colo., serving as VP of finance.

Kevin Rabinowitz (BBA ’07) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was promoted to COO at Relation Insurance Services. He joined Relation in 2022 as chief broking officer and previously served as head of insurance partnerships and distribution at Hagerty.

Matt Beacham (BBA ’09, MAcc ’11) of Athens co-founded GoodDays, a line of canned cocktails. An experienced finance and operations professional, he is the owner of Beacham Accounting Advisors and was formerly CFO of BioLyte.

Charlie Compton (BBA ’09) of Gulf Stream, Fla., was promoted to managing partner at AE Industrial Partners, a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, national security and industrial services. He joined the company in 2014 and has served on the investment committee since 2021.


Rodd Cargill (BBA ’10) of Duluth was promoted to senior territory manager for pulmonary hypertension at Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine. An experienced pharmaceutical sales professional, he has been with J&J since 2019 and recently served as a neuroscience senior sales specialist.

Josie Jiang (MAcc ’10) of Cary, N.C., was appointed as diversity and inclusion director for the Financial Planning Association of the Triangle. She is a tax manager for Lifetime Asset & Tax Management, a dual wealth management and tax services firm. Previously, she worked as a tax advisor for Townsend Asset Management.

Will Keyes (BBA ’10, BS ’10, MA ’10, JD ’13) of Macon was promoted to deputy criminal chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia. A captain in the Army Reserves, he also recently became qualified as a paratrooper upon graduation from the U.S. Army’s Airborne School.

Mike Macdonald (BBA ’10) of Reisterstown, Md., was hired as head coach for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He served nine of the past 10 football seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, most recently as defensive coordinator. He spent one season as the defensive coordinator for the University of Michigan and four seasons with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Lindsey Neal (MBA ’11) of Roswell was promoted to EVP at Depth, a provider of B2B marketing, public relations and reputation management services for technology companies in the mortgage and fintech industries. She served the company for the past four years as a VP of client services.

Charlese Newsome (BBA ’11, MAcc ’12) of Brookhaven was promoted to associate director at The Siegfried Group. She has been with the CPA firm since 2020 and formerly served as a senior manager.

Anne Marie Pippin (BSEd ’03, MBA ’11, JD ’11) of Alexandria, Va., was selected to serve as deputy director for the Division of Conservatorship, Oversight and Readiness at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. She joined the agency in 2017 and most recently served as associate director in the Office of Governance.

Katie Fish (BBA ’12) of Atlanta joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as a senior attorney advising lenders in commercial finance transactions, and buyers, sellers, and governmental entities in various real estate matters. She was formerly an associate with Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

Raymond Brady (BBA ’13) of Atlanta was promoted to senior manager for transaction advisory services at Aprio. He has been a manager at the company since 2022 after joining from The Home Depot.

Lee Sheppard (BBA ’13) of Austin, Texas, joined Newfront, a tech-driven insurance brokerage firm, as an associate VP. He has 10 years of experience in commercial risk and insurance including time as an underwriter, an account executive at Willis and an independent agent.

Michael Tumey (BBA ’13) of Decatur directed and produced Frontin’, a full-length special from stand-up comedian Rob Haze (AB ’11). An experienced video production professional, he has done work for a variety of national brands, artists and short films.

Saheedat Onifade (BBA ’14) of New York, N.Y., was named to the 2023 Black Women in Asset Management 40 Under 40 in the client sales and investor relations category. She works as an investment strategist for Churchill Asset Management. 


Tucker Eagle (BBA ’15) of Atlanta joined the Savannah office of Sterling Seacrest Pritchard. He joined from the firm’s Atlanta practice and has almost 10 years of experience in the insurance industry, mainly focusing on employee benefit services.

Alix Hanna (BBA ’16) of Phoenix, Ariz., was hired as VP at Newmark, a commercial real estate advisor. She joined the company from Colliers, where she worked as a senior financial analyst. 

Greg Preston (BBA ’16, JD ’20) of Atlanta joined Barnes & Thornburg as an associate. He came to the firm from Morris, Manning & Martin, where he served in the commercial finance practice group.

Nikki Eggers (BBA ’17) of Atlanta was recognized in Barcelona, Spain as Aptean’s Global Regional Account Manager for 2023. She has been with the enterprise software company since 2017 and served in various roles before becoming regional account manager in 2022.

Jared Farrell (BBA ’17) of Stonecrest was promoted to senior finance manager for Xbox. He has been with Microsoft since 2021, previously serving as a finance manager in the global partner sales organization. Prior to joining the company, he was a financial analyst for Equifax.

Macenzi Holmes-Morton (BBA ’17) of Sandy Springs joined Alliant Insurance Services as VP of aviation property and casualty, serving clients across the Southeast. He previously worked in a similar VP role for USI Insurance Services. 

Alecia Bailey (BBA ’18) of Tampa, Fla., was promoted to VP of strategic partnership and growth at Assurant. She has been with the insurance firm for 10 years and most recently served as global head of diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate and social responsibility.

Tyler Duckworth (BBA ’18) of Savannah joined Parker’s Kitchen, an operator of convenience stores across Georgia and South Carolina, as a financial analyst. Before joining the company, he worked as a financial analyst for Green Cubes Technology.

Claire Gordon (BBA ’18) of Atlanta was promoted to SVP at Bank of America, where she has served as senior relationship manager since 2023. She joined the bank in 2021 as a VP and previously worked as a commercial banker with Truist. 

Brian Jungles (ABJ ’13, MBA ’18) of Atlanta was promoted to director of enterprise transformational accounts at Adobe. He joined the company in 2016 as a project manager and went on to hold various roles, including cloud solutions consultant.

Joe Mitchell (BBA ’18) of Atlanta joined Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, as first VP of apartments. He previously spent five years with Bull Realty.

Shep Ogden (BBA ’18) of Atlanta co-founded Interlock Studios, a company that buys and builds mobile apps. He co-founded and was CEO of the digital marketing firm Offbeat Media Group until its acquisition last year.

Col. Cope Rowell (MBA ’18) of Cartersville was selected to oversee a major subordinate command for the Georgia National Guard, where he is responsible for leading more than 1,200 soldiers. He is chief information officer for the Georgia National Guard, joining in 2009 after serving six years on active duty.

Sam Wilburn (MBA ’18) of Kennesaw was hired as an associate attorney focusing on family law at Gentry Law Firm in Marietta. He previously spent nearly 12 years as a business operations specialist with McMaster-Carr.

Patrick Baughman (BBA ’19) of Atlanta was promoted to VP at JLL. He joined the firm in 2019 and most recently served as an associate working in the Atlanta tenant representation market.

Bailey Grady (BBA ’19) of Smyrna co-founded Interlock Studios, a company that buys and builds mobile apps. He co-founded and was COO of the digital marketing firm Offbeat Media Group until its acquisition last year.


John Crosby (BBA ’20, JD ’23) of Adel joined Weiner Shearouse Weitz Greenberg & Shawe as an associate attorney concentrating on the areas of real estate and corporate law. He was previously a summer associate at Oliver Maner.

Frank Lumpkin (BBA ’20, JD ’23) of Columbus joined Hall Booth Smith as an associate attorney focusing on complex trial and appellate civil practice as well as government relations. Before joining the firm, he worked on the advice team at MagMutual Insurance Co.

Tanya McGill (BBA ’20) of Duluth joined Bass, Berry & Sims as a corporate associate. She previously held summer associate positions at several firms, including Jones Walker and Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer.

Jeremy Meeks (MBA ’20) of Lawrenceville was promoted to VP of technology engineering at QTS Data Centers, a colocation data center provider. In six years at QTS, he has served in a variety of roles focused on innovating around data, system reliability and automation.

Saajan Patel (BBA ’20) of Watkinsville is co-owner of Prince Market, a full-service grocery store that recently opened at the edge of downtown Athens. The store offers meats, fresh produce and everyday essentials, as well as coffee, a deli and more.

Jonathan Stuart (JD ’16, MBA ’20) of Atlanta joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate attorney focusing on complex civil litigation, insurance defense and labor and employment matters. Formerly an associate at Baker Donelson, he was selected as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder in 2023.

Ryan Vetter (BBA ’20) of Athens is co-owner of the newly opened Prince Market full-service grocery store near downtown Athens. He previously worked as bar manager for Butt Hutt BBQ.

Destiny Favors (BBA ’21) of Charlotte, N.C., was promoted to assistant VP at Bank of America in the Treasury COO & Governance area. She has worked for the bank since 2021 as a finance analyst.

Chris Giovannielli (MBA ’21) of Alpharetta was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the building products industry and is director of global product management for Kawneer Co.

Danielle Smith (MBA ’21) of Decatur received i9 Sports’ Operational Excellence-Highest Revenue Growth award. She is a franchise business owner for i9 Sports and Perspire Sauna Studios and also serves in the U.S. Army National Guard.

Spencer Devine (MBA ’22) of Atlanta was promoted to senior enterprise software sales leader at IBM. He has been with the company since 2015 and previously served in the role of data and AI account executive.

Christell Foote (BBA ’22) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was crowned Miss Tennessee USA 2024 and will represent the state at the Miss USA pageant in August. She works as a district sales manager for Northeast Sales Distributing Co.

Ansley Howze (MBT ’22) of Savannah was recognized as one of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity’s 35 Under 35 honorees for 2023. She is employed as a regional executive director for the American Heart Association.

Ben Teipe (BBA ’22) of New York, N.Y., was hired as head of risk management for Blade Urban Air Mobility, which provides air transportation and logistics for hospitals across the United States.

Priscilla Muiuane (MBA ’23, MS ’23) of Washington, D.C., joined ServiceNow as a senior outbound product manager. She previously worked as a fintech strategy consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.