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Class Notes, Fall/Winter 2022

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 1:17pm
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Photo: Jonah Allen (BBA ’16) in his fine art photography studio and gallery in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

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1970-74

Bill Flowers (BBA ’72) of Raleigh, N.C., retired from River Bend Studio Inc., a North Carolina-based firm he founded in 1994 and ran for 27 years. The company engaged in repairing, restoration and refinishing wooden furniture and antiques.

Jim Hardman (BBA ’72) of Gainesville celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of Jim Hardman Buick GMC, the oldest established Buick GMC dealership in Georgia. He is the company’s founder and serves as dealer and CEO.

1975-79

Bruce Brown (MBA ’75) of Alexandria, Va., was sworn in as chairman of the City of Alexandria Electoral Board, on which he has served for 10 years. Previously, he served as a senior management consultant with government services company STG Inc., after a career at the U.S. Department of State, where he retired as deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs.

Jeffrey Coats (BBA ’79) of Las Vegas, Nev., was named chief strategy officer and executive chairman of holding company Majic Wheels Corp. In addition, he assumed the same role at ICOA Inc., which acquires and operates blockchain ventures. A managing partner for two investment firms, he previously served as president and CEO of Autobytel/AutoWeb.

Peter Stoddard (BBA ’79) of Cumming was named official spokesperson for the Lewis Grizzard Museum in the celebrated late writer’s hometown of Moreland. He has authored two books on Grizzard and is a public speaker.

1980-84

Frank Eldridge (BBA ’81) of Newnan was named manager of client strategy for commercial insurance brokerage Sterling Seacrest Pritchard. A seasoned veteran of the insurance industry, he was previously a branch manager at Palmer & Cay.

Duane Still (BBA ’81) of Powder Springs retired from his position as SVP and CFO of Coca-Cola Beverages Florida. He joined Coke Florida as CFO in May 2019 after retiring from CSM Bakery Solutions and previously spent more than 30 years with the Coca-Cola System.

Eddie Ausband (BBA ’82) of McDonough was appointed to the Clayton State University Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a managing partner at Revanta Financial Group and principal at The Ausband Agency. A member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, he also chairs the finance committee for First Baptist Church of McDonough.

Dan Forsman (BBA ’82) of Lawrenceville was named executive chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. Widely recognized as an industry leader in real estate brokerage, he served as the firm’s president and CEO for 37 years.

Peter Hjort (BBA ’82) of Rome was named CEO of Epi Breads, which bakes custom bread for the food service and retail industries. He has four decades of experience in food manufacturing and spent the past 23 years with Summit Hill Foods, where he was most recently president, and earlier COO and CFO.

Seth Knight III (BBA ’82) of Columbus was named operational vice chair of the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees. He co-founded Knight-Rawls, an insurance brokerage firm that specializes in executive and employee benefits.

Alan Masarek (BBA ’82) of Milford, Conn., was hired as president and CEO of Avaya Holdings Corp. He most recently served as CEO of Vonage Holdings, where he led the company through an era of transformation from a VoIP-based residential phone provider into a global cloud communications enterprise.

Sue Monkman (BBA ’82) of Lawrenceville was appointed board treasurer for the Bermuda National Gallery, which houses Bermuda’s national art collection. She works as an investment manager for Clarien Bank.

Howard Young (BBA ’82) of Atlanta was named strategic vice chair of the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees. He is the president of General Wholesale Co., a multi-generational family beer, wine and spirits wholesaler, and serves as chair of the Terry Dean’s Advisory Council.

Brian Lane (BBA ’84) of Marietta was named COO of Visioneering Technologies, a medical device company engaged in the design, manufacture, sale and distribution of proprietary contact lenses. He continues to serve as CFO, a role he has held since 2018.

1985-89

Karen Bennett (BBA ’85, MBA ’11) of Brookhaven was named EVP and chief people officer for Cox Enterprises. She has been with the organization since 2015 and previously held the same position with Cox Communications.

Carol Yancey (BBA ’85) of Atlanta joined the board of directors for Oxford Industries, a company specializing in high-end clothing and apparel. She retired as EVP and CFO of Genuine Parts Co. in June after serving more than 30 years in various executive and senior financial roles at the firm.

Brandt Herndon (BBA ’86) of Savannah was elected vice chairman of the Savannah Technical College Local Board of Directors. He is CEO of the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority.

Dean Mitchell (BBA ’86) of Dothan, Ala., was hired as director of HudsonAlpha Wiregrass, a biotechnology firm. He was formerly executive director of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2022 Chamber Professional of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.

Patrick Jones (BBA ’87) of Waycross was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, representing the 1st Congressional District. He is board chairman of PrimeSouth Bank and president of The Jones Co. and Walker Jones Automotive.

Mary Elizabeth Sadd (BBA ’87) of Johns Creek joined Modern Executive Solutions as a senior partner, overseeing the company’s manufacturing practice as well as commercial and operations functions. She was recently a senior client partner for Korn Ferry.

Lisa Sams (BBA ’87) of Louisville, Ky., completed a 50K in August as part of the annual Run For Dreams trail race in Shelbyville, Ky. An accomplished long-distance runner and cancer survivor who has completed multiple marathons, triathlons and Ironman competitions since turning 50, she has worked for more than 25 years as an insurance and financial services agent for State Farm.

Robert Plummer (BBA ’88) of Pelham, Ala., rejoined McGriff as SVP and senior marketing construction account executive. He previously spent 19 years with McGriff as a risk management expert and returned to the company after a short time at Insurance Office of America.

Brenda Wells (BBA ’88, PhD ’92) of Winterville, N.C., was promoted to department chair of the Department of Finance and Insurance at the East Carolina University College of Business. She serves as a private consultant and corporate trainer with her firm Risk Education Strategies.

Laura Brightwell (BBA ’89) of Newport Beach, Calif., joined the board of directors for commercial insurance company Builders. She is a corporate officer emeritus at Coca-Cola Enterprises, where she held several leadership roles over the past two decades, including SVP for public affairs and communications.

Frédéric Leguay (MBA ’89) of Paris, France, was named head of equities for Ostrum Asset Management, an institutional investment management firm. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the European financial sector, having held various positions at AXA Investment Managers and HSBC Global Asset Management.

Cindy Robinett (BBA ’89) of Savannah was appointed campaign chair for the United Way of the Coastal Empire Board of Directors. A partner at Sterling Seacrest Pritchard, she has been involved in the insurance industry since 2000.

John Turner (AB ’89) of Birmingham, Ala., was elected to serve on the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees. He is president and CEO of Regions Financial Corp., where he previously served as head of corporate banking and South Region president.

1990-94

Arthur Johnson (BBA ’92, MEd ’94) of Philadelphia, Pa., was named VP and athletic director at Temple University. He previously spent seven years on the athletics senior leadership team at the University of Texas at Austin and served six years as UGA’s associate athletics director for internal operations.

Julie Schertell (MAcc ’92) of Alpharetta was named president and CEO of Mativ, a global manufacturer of specialty materials. She has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial products and specialty materials industry and previously held the same role at Neenah.

Angela Tolliver (BBA ’92, MBA ’14) of Marietta was hired as director of global services portfolio management for Johnson & Johnson. She joins the company after more than 20 years with Cox, where she most recently served as engineering strategic programs leader.

Trevor Burns (BBA ’93) of Marietta was named SVP of corporate investor relations for Equifax, where he was formerly senior financial officer for global consumer solutions. He joined Equifax in 2005 and has held a number of finance and investor relations leadership positions.

Scott Kiser (BBA ’93) of Marietta joined Oakbridge Insurance Agency as SVP and private client group practice leader. Prior to joining the company, he led regional sales and marketing efforts for Donegal Insurance Group.

Perry Moore (PhD ’93) of Brentwood, Tenn., received the Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. He is the Charles E. Frasier Professor of Accountancy and director of accreditation at Lipscomb University’s Pfeffer Graduate School of Business.

Al Parker Jr. (BBA ’93) of Atlanta was elected to serve on the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a managing director and private wealth advisor for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth, as well as a four-time NCAA All-American singles tennis player and member of the UGA Circle of Honor.

Rachel Perry (BBA ’93) of Mableton was promoted to chief innovation officer for commercial risk in North America for Aon, where she was previously Atlanta market leader. In addition, she was appointed chair of the board of directors for OnBoard, which advocates for women in executive leadership and on corporate boards.

Victor Segrest (MBA ’93) of Atlanta joined Brennan Investment Group as SVP, where he is responsible for acquisitions and developments in Atlanta, Savannah and Memphis. He was previously a senior director in Franklin Street Atlanta’s industrial group.

Brent Yamaato (BBA ’93) of Atlanta joined Fieldpoint Private as COO overseeing the firm’s service and technology sectors. He has more than 25 years of financial services experience working with Truist and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, among other organizations.

Holly Martin (BBA ’94) of Roswell was named CFO of Wise, an Alpharetta-based firm providing business forms, labels and digital printing. A veteran of the manufacturing and paper and packaging industries, she previously held the same position at Huber Engineered Materials.

Rhodes McLanahan (BBA ’94) of Athens was elected chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association. He is CEO of First American Bank & Trust Co. and has been with the company for 24 years, previously serving as COO.

Richard Stratton (PhD ’94) of Detroit, Mich., was named dean of the Bob Jones University School of Business. A BJU alumnus, he served as president of Clearwater Christian College and executive pastor at Heritage Bible Church. He was most recently director of talent acquisition for Jackson Dawson.

1995-99

DeAnn Golden (MBA ’95) of Roswell was promoted to president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, leading more than 1,600 associates with 29 locations across the state. Previously SVP and regional manager, she has worked in many roles with the firm since joining the brokerage in 2004. She is a former president of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association.

Chad Bonney (MBA ’96) of Portland, Maine, was appointed as CEO of XanEdu, a provider of higher education and K-12 custom educational materials. He previously held numerous leadership positions at Cengage, including, most recently, SVP and general manager for international higher education.

Jennifer Boyd (BBA ’96) of Mableton was hired as principal accounting officer of Professional Bank. Prior to joining the company, she served for eight years as Atlantic Capital Bank’s SVP and controller.

Janie Evans (BBA ’96) of Griffin was appointed to the Gordon State College Board of Trustees. She is involved in the daily management and operation of two companies, Lucon Inc. and JME Sales Inc., which specialize in design, production and sales of trailers and other heavy equipment.

Chad Whittemore (BBA ’96, MBA ’00) of Candler, N.C., was named commercial banking market executive for Farm Bureau Bank’s Western North Carolina region. He has 22 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining Farm Bureau Bank, he was VP of business banking for First Citizens Bank in Asheville, N.C.

Erik Bykat (BBA ’97) of Sandy Springs joined American Pride Bank as North Metro Atlanta Market Executive and SVP. He was formerly SVP and senior lending officer for Coastal States Bank.

Chuck Marshburn (BBA ’97) of Valdosta was named CIO of South Georgia Medical Center. He has been with SGMC for nearly 25 years and previously served as director of information services.

Bo Hatcher (AB ’98) of Albany joined Colony Bank as SVP and financial advisor in the bank’s new Colony Financial Advisors division. He has more than 24 years of experience in the financial services industry and most recently served as financial advisor for Renasant Bank.

Melissa Smith (BBA ’98) of McLean, Va., joined Pinnacle’s team in the National Capital Region as a senior credit officer. She was previously a senior credit manager at Truist in Alpharetta and spent 21 years in various positions at BB&T.

Keith Soldan (BBA ’98) of Atlanta was named CFO of American Broadband, a provider of broadband access in markets across the U.S. He has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience and was most recently EVP and CFO of Fusion Connect.

Leslie Larkins (BBA ’99) of Woodstock joined Insurance Office of America as an underwriter. She previously spent nine years as an account manager for InsuranceHub Leavitt Agency in Lawrenceville.

2000-04

Chassica Braynen-Thomas (BBA ’00) of Snellville was promoted to senior business management, operations strategy at AT&T. She also co-authored a book with her husband, Kenneth Thomas Sr., titled Essentials of (good) Leadership.

Casey Hartley (BBA ’01) of Peachtree Corners was named SVP and head of U.S. wholesale casualty for Everest Insurance. She joined the company in 2021 as a chief underwriting officer and has more than two decades of technical industry experience, including a decade at Liberty Mutual and roles at St. Paul Travelers.

Matt Clements (AB ’02) of St. Simons Island was appointed president of convenience store chain Enmarket, overseeing operations, marketing, construction, real estate, accounting and fuel pricing. He joined the company, which employs more than 1,300 people and operates 129 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and two fast casual restaurants, as director of marketing in 2012 and became VP of marketing in 2019.

Rachel Hanke (BBA ’02) of London, England, joined Europa Capital as managing director. She has nearly 20 years of portfolio and asset management experience, previously serving in leadership roles at FREO Group and Revetas Capital and as a VP at AIG.

Tripp Owings (BBA ’02) of Palm Harbor, Fla., was appointed CEO of HCA Florida Brandon Hospital. He previously served in the same role at HCA Florida Trinity Hospital, where he led a successful expansion of the hospital’s clinical programs and services.

Cliff Williams (BBA ’02) of Atlanta was promoted to the position of law clerk in Hunker Appeals’ Atlanta office. He joined the firm earlier in 2022 as a paralegal and previously worked as a legal clerk for the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Michael Patrick (BBA ’03) was elected to serve on the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees. He leads menu strategy for Chick-fil-A, where he previously worked in marketing operations and innovation.

Matt Stafford (BBA ’03) of Smyrna was named SVP of sales for OmniLife, a health technology company. He has more than 15 years of SaaS and IT industry experience focused on sales leadership in health care and formerly served as national sales director for pulseData.

Benjamin Brown (BBA ’04) of Canonsburg, Penn., became director of client experience and innovation for Community Bank, overseeing strategy, planning and execution of the bank’s client experience initiatives. He previously served as CEO and director of operations of the Mon Valley Alliance.

Mike McBride (MBA ’04) of Atlanta was named VP of maintenance operations for Delta TechOps Services Group and Delta Material Services. He is a 32-year veteran of the aviation industry, including 22 years at Delta Air Lines and 10 years in the aviation consulting business.

B.J. Schaknowski (MBA ’04) of Westminster, Colo., joined the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors. He is CEO of Symplr, a health care operations software and services company, and was chief sales and marketing officer at insurance technology firm Vertafore.

2005-09

Anne Hawkins (AB ’05) of Nashville, Tenn., was hired as COO of Merit Hill Capital, which acquires, owns and manages self-storage facilities across the U.S. She previously served as COO of self-storage for Morningstar Properties and was EVP at STR Inc.

Matt Herriot (MBA ’05) of Roswell was named president and CEO of Pro-Link, a national janitorial supply organization. A seasoned business professional with decades of experience, he most recently served as CEO of WhiteShell Co. in Atlanta.

Joshua Stallings (BBA ’05) of Washington, D.C., was named deputy director for the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Division of Bank Regulation. He was previously examiner in charge for the Office of Fannie Mae Examinations within the agency’s Division of Enterprise Regulation.

Brooks Zeigler (BBA ’05) of Savannah received the 2022 Edgar Dunlap Award at the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia’s annual convention, recognizing outstanding community service by a member agent. He is a producer at Morris & Templeton.

Jeff Baker (BBA ’06) of Charlotte, N.C., was promoted to director of sales for the southeast region at Keyence Corp. of America, which specializes in automation solutions for the manufacturing industry. He was previously a sales representative.

Mike Bucklin (BBA ’06) of Marina Del Rey, Calif., was named to L.A. TV Week’s 40 Under 40. He is SVP of digital content for Fox Sports, where he manages production, distribution and strategic integration of content across platforms.

Chloe Kelley (BBA ’06) of New York, N.Y., was named to the 2022 Black Women in Asset Management 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes women worldwide for their leadership and career achievement. She is SVP in account management for international investment management firm PIMCO and serves on the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees.

Jay Thaw (BBA ’06) of St. Simons Island joined the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America Coastal Georgia Council. He is chief strategy officer and general counsel at Portum, an IT company based in Indianapolis, Ind.

Kristen Beckham (MBA ’09) of Columbia, S.C., joined Pine Gate Renewables, a renewable energy company, as director of government and external affairs. She was previously Southeast external affairs director for BHE GT&S.

Brian Leaf (BBA ’09) of Atlanta was named VP, capital markets and head of internal sales at Peachtree Hotel Group. He joined the company in 2017 after four years with Inland Securities Corp.

Taylor Mongin (BBA ’09, MAcc ’10) of Guyton was appointed to serve on the Savannah Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a partner with Holland, Bromley, Barnhill & Brett.

2010-14

Jason Cuevas (MBA ’10) of Augusta was appointed to the Augusta Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. He is VP of Georgia Power’s East Region, overseeing the company’s operations, customer experience, external affairs and economic and community development initiatives across a 39-county region.

Sharon Grant (MBA ’10) of Midlothian, Va., joined Chesapeake Utilities as assistant VP and diversity officer overseeing equity, diversity and inclusion strategy while collaborating with teams responsible for the company’s environmental, social and governance plan. She recently held the role of VP and chief diversity officer at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

Mary Lowell Pettit (BBA ’10) of Atlanta was elected to serve a three-year term on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees. She is a wealth advisor for Truist Wealth.

David Scharfstein (MBA ’10) of Alpharetta was appointed CFO of Hotel Equities, a hotel owner, operator and development firm. In his role, he leads and supports all functions and go-forward financial strategy for HE’s finance and accounting discipline with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. He was previously a VP at EmployBridge.

Michael Bowen (BBA ’11) of Enigma was hired as a part-time business instructor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He is a commercial real estate broker for KW Commercial and co-founded 31 North Capital Partners, a private equity firm.

Thomas Cox (BBA ’11) of Atlanta joined JAS Worldwide Inc., an international freight forwarder, as corporate counsel. He previously held a position as corporate associate at MendenFreiman LLP.

Justin Erwin (BBA ’11, MBA ’21) of Monroe, N.Y., was promoted to the U.S. Army rank of major. He is director of the Principles of Economics course at the United States Military Academy West Point. Prior to returning to Terry to earn his MBA, he served in several roles for the Army, including as a coach/trainer at the Joint Readiness Training Center and company commander for the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Chris Godfrey (BBA ’11) of Atlanta received the Global Sean Faught Emerging Leader Award from Avison Young. He joined the company as a senior associate in 2019 and was promoted to VP in February.

Taylor Pike (BBA ’11) of Brookhaven joined Stonehill, a commercial real estate direct lender, as SVP. He most recently served as executive director of private equity firm The Ardent Companies.

William Drought (BBA ’12) of Savannah joined the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America Coastal Georgia Council. He is an associate in the litigation department at Oliver Maner LLP.

Matthew Hobert (BBA ’12, MAcc ’13) of Brookhaven was named EVP and CFO for South Atlantic Bank. He previously served as director of investment banking at FIG Partners/Janney Montgomery Scott in Atlanta.

Chuck Hoppenrath (MBA ’12) of Knoxville, Tenn., joined Accscient Digital as modern applications and cloud partner focusing on strategic consulting services. He previously worked for AHEAD Technologies and Discovery Communications.

Emily Nerland (MBA ’12) of Whitechapel, England, was named head of global sales for NS1, a leader in smart network control solutions. She joins the company from Masergy, where, as managing director, she was responsible for growing the EMEA region.

Ashton Pellicano (BBA ’12, MAcc ’13) of Roswell was named partner at accounting and advisory firm Mauldin & Jenkins, where he has worked since 2013. He focuses on tax planning and preparation of tax returns, and audits of financial institutions and employee benefit plans.

Chris Burnette (BBA ’13) of Atlanta was promoted to senior team leader, new restaurants at Chick-fil-A. He has been with the company for three years and was previously a senior new restaurant specialist.

Keanan Gomez (BBA ’13) of Atlanta joined The RADCO Cos. as an investments VP overseeing investment opportunities in the multifamily, industrial and development space. He previously worked as an acquisitions VP at Passco Cos. and as a relationship manager for Wells Fargo.

2015-19

Bryan Wish (BBA ’15) of San Francisco, Calif., founded Arcbound, a full-service personal branding platform for thought leaders that provides message, website and podcast development, among other services. Over the past year, the company has grown to encompass 20 full-time employees and nearly 40 active clients.

Jonah Allen (BBA ’16) of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., published Where Waters Meet, a coffee table book that chronicles his five-year photographic study of the coastal waterways of South Walton County and the surrounding area. He is the owner of Jonah Allen Studio & Gallery, a fine art gallery.

Julia Aman (BBA ’16, MPA ’20) of Washington, D.C., started a job as an associate analyst in the Budget Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office, where she covers the banking portfolio consisting of FDIC, NCUA and OCC. She was previously a research professional in UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

TaylorMarie Beck (BBA ’16) of Atlanta earned her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and is working as a commercial insurance underwriter for Travelers.

Patrick Norris (BBA ’16) of Asbury Park, N.J., was named to the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal’s 30 Under 30 2022. He serves as director for capital markets and investment services at Colliers.

Johnelle Simpson (BBA ’16) of Athens was named to the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Gamechangers class, which recognizes people under 40 who lead by example and seek to improve the local community. He is employed as an attorney with Fortson, Bentley and Griffin.

Olivia Allen (BBA ’17) of Atlanta joined the executive staff of event planning and design firm WM Events. She worked in marketing and cultural event planning in Spain and Malaysia before returning to Atlanta.

Dylan Davis (BBA ’17) of Oak Harbor, Wash., received the U.S. Navy’s Wings of Gold, earning naval aviator designation. He is stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, where he flies the P-8 Poseidon aircraft.

Sam Frihart (BBA ’17) of Atlanta joined Breckenridge Insurance as a commercial property underwriter with its specialty property program team. Previously, he was property facility underwriting director at Arch Reinsurance and an underwriter in the wholesale property division of Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies.

Reed Turry (BBA ’17, JD ’20) of Alpharetta joined Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry as an associate attorney. He was most recently an associate at Winter Capriola Zenner.

Philippa Ellis (MBA ’18) of Stone Mountain joined Black In-House Counsel’s Rise Up professional development program. She is assistant general counsel at The Home Depot. Black In-House Counsel is an engagement platform designed to identify, qualify and celebrate Black attorneys.

Zander Mason (BBA ’18) of Athens was named to the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Gamechangers class. He is a financial advisor with Raymond James.

Megha Patel (AB ’18) of Marietta was hired as an associate at Weinberg Elder Law. Previously, she completed a legal internship with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.

2020-

Alex Borges (MBT ’20) of Athens was named to the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Gamechangers class, which recognizes people under 40 who lead by example and seek to improve the community. He is an interpreter and translator for the Clarke County School District.

Cody Ellis (AB ’20) of Oxford was named economic development director and zoning officer for the City of Forsyth, where he is the primary contact for new businesses and responsible for guiding business owners and others through zoning ordinances. He was previously a project manager for MM Systems.

Jennifer Fennell (MBA ’20) of Lilburn became Gwinnett district manager for Jackson EMC. She joined the utility in 2014 as a commercial and industrial marketing representative and was promoted to senior business development manager in 2020.

Ellis Gill (BBA ’20) of Albany was promoted to associate II in the health care practice at Draffin Tucker, where he assists with audits. He was previously an associate.

Jake Lee (BBA ’20) of Savannah was hired as portfolio manager for BankSouth’s Savannah market. He was previously a credit analyst for the bank.

John Morris (BBA ’20) of Athens was named to the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Gamechangers class. He is team lead for THRIVE Community Programs at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems.

William Dickinson (BBA ’22) of Cape Charles, Va., joined Colliers’ Norfolk, Va., office as a financial analyst, where he provides advisory services for office, industrial, retail and multifamily assets.

Zack Kalet (BBA ’22, AB ’22) of Marietta was named an account administrator in RT Specialty’s environmental and construction professional practice. He was previously a risk management intern at BMW and risk analyst at Hope Haven of Northeast Georgia.

Tucker Shields (BBA ’22) of Atlanta received the Carnegie Medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. While working a summer 2021 internship in Washington, D.C., he tackled and disarmed a gunwielding assailant, restraining the man until police arrived. He recently served as a regional field director for Kemp for Governor.

Lana Waschka (PhD ’22) of Athens joined the Elon University Martha and Spencer Love School of Business as an assistant professor of marketing. Her scholarly interests include prosocial behavior, cognitive processing, digital marketing and consumer perception.