Class Notes

Notes from October 2021

Rachel Martini

Rachel Martini graduated with her PhD in Genetics from UGA


  • Skylar Louis Benham, B.S. '13, M.Ed. '15

    Skylar Louis Benham, B.S. ’13, M.Ed. ’15, selected as Teacher of the Year for Calhoun Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Matthew Lazcko, B.S. '17

    Matthew Lazcko, B.S. ’17, awarded First Place in the Best of 2021 American Photographic Awards competition for his image “Celebrations in the Storm” in the Sports/Adventure category. Here is the link to the award:

  • Bob Dulmage, BS, ’15

    Bob Dulmage, BS, ’15, is a R&D Chemist for CyCan Industries in Woodstock, Ga

    Earl Rice Jr., MBA ’98

    Earl Rice Jr., MBA ’98, moved back to Georgia and is currently the Manufacturing Manager at Mikart LLC.

    Randolph Merriweather, BS, ’05

    Randolph Merriweather, BS, ’05, graduated from LSU law school in May 2021

    Shannon Hawks, BA, ’15

    Shannon Hawks, BA, ’15, was admitted to Emory University’s School of Nursing where she will be pursuing an accelerated Master of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner.

    Terrell A Moore Jr. BS, ’11

    Terrell A Moore Jr. BS, ’11, is an Advisory Specialist Senior at Deloitte and Touche, LLP

  • Angela Wingers, B.S. '94

    Angela Wingers, B.S. '94, is working towards her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University, with a goal to work with veterans and individuals with PTSD.  

    Charles Lamont Hight, B.A. ’01

    Charles Lamont Hight, B.A. ’01; earned Ph.D. in Education, Teaching and Learning from Georgia State University May 5, 2020 

    Damon P Schneider, M.B.A. ’06

    Damon P Schneider, M.B.A. ’06; was elected to the board of directors for Starting Point Behavioral Health (SPBH) in Yulee, Florida. He serves on the corporate governance committee and as an advisor to staff committees addressing workforce health and safety and enterprise risk management. 

    Dana A McKay, B.A. ’15

    Dana A McKay, B.A. ’15; works for ATLHIPHOPDAY writing daily blogs concerning Atlanta entertainment and news. 

    Francis "Frankie" Brown, B.S. '20

    Francis "Frankie" Brown, B.S. '20, was presented with the Harris Lowry Manton LLP's third annual Civil Justice Scholarship. Brown was selected from a pool of 150 applicants and received a $5,000 academic award designed to support aspiring attorneys. 

    Joanne M. Thurston, B.B.A. '85

    Joanne M. Thurston, B.B.A. '85, was one of 24 people recently selected by the Treasury Department to serve on the national Taxpayer Advocacy Panel with a goal to identify and make suggestions to improve the International Revenue Service.  

    Jonathan B. Silvers, B.A. '11

    Jonathan B. Silvers, B.A. '11, was named as the new Managing Editor of the Calhoun Times. 

    Loren Black Chapman, B.A. ’03

    Loren Black Chapman, B.A. ’03; Stewardship Coordinator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 

    NeCall Wilson, M.B.A. '16

    NeCall Wilson, M.B.A. '16,  recently co-presented a panel session titled, "Overcoming Barriers to Naloxone Access in Rural Community Pharmacies" at the RX Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. 

    Patricia Chourio, M.A. '15

    Patricia Chourio, M.A. '15, has launched a social enterprise, The World's Corner, which partners with women artisans from ethnic minority groups in Southeast Asia and Central America to promote conscious consumerism and preserve traditional crafts.  

    Robert Thompson, M.S. '06

    Robert Thompson, M.S. '06, earned the title of Senior Systems Management Analyst at Optum in Atlanta where he works in IT on banking, mortgage, software, and training fields.  

    Steven A. Ellis, B.S. '03

    Steven A. Ellis, B.S. '03, will become as full-time prosecutor for the municipal court in Sandy Springs, Georgia as of April 2021. Ellis served as an assistant solicitor general with Cobb Country for the past nine years.  

    Suzette Pinnock, B.A. ’04

    Suzette Pinnock, B.A. ’04; earned Masters in Special Education and Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University, Fairfax VA, May 2020 and Master’s in Government with Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from Regent University in Virginia Beach VA, Dec.2019. 

    Sydney T. Green, M.D. '20

    Sydney T. Green, M.D. '20, earned her MD from The Morehouse School of Medicine and began her residency as Children's Hospital of The King's Daughter in Norfolk, Va.  

    Dr. Tracy Nichols, B.S. '99

    Dr. Tracy Nichols, B.S. '99, was recently awarded the 2020 USDA Animal Planet Health Inspection Service (SAPHIS) Scientist of the Year Award for her work on chronic wasting disease in deer and elk. 

  • Terrell A Moore Jr | Criminal Justice | 2011

    Professional Update (New Employer, New Title)
    Job Title: Advisory Specialist Senior
    Employer Name: Deloitte and Touche LLP
    Alan Moore is an Advisory Specialist Senior in Deloitte's Government and Public Services practice based in Arlington, Virginia. He advises federal and military healthcare clients on federal privacy laws, privacy regulatory issues, and the ethics and compliance postures of emerging technologies.

    Habetamu Debela | Mechanical Engineering | 2019

    Professional Update (New Employer, New Title)

    Krista Elder Pritchett | Business Administration | 2018

    Name Change: Krista Elder Pritchett

    Mr. Brian Yu | Coles College of Business - Finance | 2011

    Name Change: Brian Yu

    Kevin Michael Fitzpatrick | Business Management | 2016

    Professional Update (New Employer, New Title)
    Job Title: Transportation Coordinator Broker
    Employer Name: Mallory Alexander

    Robert Thompson | MS in Information Technology | 2006

    Robert Thompson

    Robert works in technology by day based in Atlanta holding various IT positions dating back to 1998 mostly in the banking, mortgage, software, and training fields. With degrees in information technology and a native of South Georgia, Robert can and has taught collegiate IT courses part time and enjoys travel, politics, and aviation.

    Jennifer E. Osborne | BS Media and Entertainment | 2019

    Name Change: Jennifer E. Osborne

  • Sydney T. Green | Chemistry | 2016

    Professional Update (New Employer, New Title)
    Earned MD degree from The Morehouse School of Medicine May 2020 and began a Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA.

    Maurice Garrett | Criminal Justice | 2017

    Professional Update (New Employer, New Title)
    I currently own a Home Inspections business for the last 3 years. Please check us out:

    Dedrick Henry | MBA - Entrepreneurship | 1999

    Professional Update (New Employer, New Title)
    In 2009 I obtained my Personal Training certification through ISSA ( This year, especially with Covid, I begun online training with a partnership with Kickoff ( My website is Please let meknow if you need further information. Thank you.


  • Dewong Lucas Jr | Software Engineering | 2020

    Education Update (Degree, Certification, etc)
    I have officially graduated from Kennesaw State University on the 17th of December. It's been a great journey and I look forward to continuing it.

    Oumou sylla Na Oumou Na Sylla | Industrial Engineering Technology | 2020

    Oumou sylla Na Oumou Na SyllaProfessional Update (New Employer, New Title)

    Dr Tracy Nichols | Biology | 1999

    Dr Tracy NicholsProfessional Update (New Employer, New Title)
    Job Title: Staff Scientist and Senior Staff Officer
    Employer Name: United States Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services
    I am honored to be a recipient of the 2020 USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Scientist of the Year award for my work on chronic wasting disease in deer and elk.