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- Kenneth C. Thomson, Jr. ('68) of Gallatin, Tenn. is the recipient of the Community Service Award from the General Jethro Sumner Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Billy Joe Ward ('84) of Lebanon, Tenn. is a security guard officer with U.S. Security Associates, LLC in Nashville.
- Scott Lawrence ('08, '11) of Lebanon, Tenn. and his wife Ashley recently welcomed a newborn son named Hardin to their family.
- Mallory Cook Maxwell ('10) and Adam Maxwell ('09) of Lebanon, Tenn. recently welcomed a newborn girl named Grace Ann to their family.
Updates (October 1 - November 11, 2016)
- Lewis W. Rankin ('61) of Brentwood, Tenn. was recently selected as a member of the Board of Trust of Cumberland University. Rankin is a retired professional engineer and retired chief executive officer of Crain Construction, Inc.
- Marla Flippin Davis ('88) of Lafayette, Tenn. is director of the project management office at Cerner Healthcare based in Kansas City, Mo.
- Dr. Gregory Denton ('90) of Lebanon, Tenn. recently opened Denton Dental Solutions in Mt. Juliet. He has been providing dental care to the local community for over 22 years.
- Dr. Michael D. Thompson ('95) of Morton, Ill. is associate vice president for institutional research, planning, and evaluation for Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.
- Audrey Wright ('94) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. is a registered nurse with Saint Thomas Midtown in Nashville.
- Heather Gilliam ('09) of Lebanon, Tenn. is an art and technology teacher at Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville.
- Jill Gwaltney ('01) of Largo, Fla. was recently inducted as one of the first five members of the Watertown (Tenn.) Hall of Fame.
- Jessica Harris ('06) of Clarksville, Tenn. is principal of Byrns Darden Elementary School in Clarksville. She was previously principal of Hazelwood ELementary School.
- Amanda Jane Ashburn ('14) of Miami, Fla. is assistant conservator at RLA Art and Architectural Conservation.
- Joseph P. Day ('11) of Goodlettsville, Tenn. is chief deputy of public relations and employee development for the Davidson County Circuit Court. He previously served as business operations manager in the Traffic Violation Bureau.
- Rev. Katelin Fields ('11) of Wauwatosa, Wis. is pastor of Underwood Memorial Baptist Church.
- Grant Neal ('12) of Nashville, Tenn. is course iteration manager of 2U, Inc. based in Landover, Md.
- Andrew P. Nicola ('16) is head wrestling coach at Concordia University in Seward, Neb. He previously was assistant wrestling coach at California Baptist University in Riverside, Ca.
Updates (August 26 - September 30, 2016)
- Mary Strausbaugh ('80) of Bellbrook, Ohio is manager of finance for Premier Health in Dayton.
- Marla Burnett ('16) of Lebanon, Tenn. is a rehab registered nurse with Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
- Nicolette Hudson ('14) of Lebanon, Tenn. is the legislative investigative auditor with the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.
- Maytee Yliana Lee ('15) lives in Virginia Beach, Va. with her husband Christopher.
- Jacqueline Maravia ('16) of Murfreesboro, Tenn. works with Gap, Inc.
- William Sakalaucks ('11) of West Milwaukee, Wis. is a music teacher with Milwaukee Public Schools.
Updates (July 1 - August 25, 2016)
- Sam Hatcher ('73) of Lebanon, Tenn. recently published a book entitled "Heisman's First Trophy" about the infamous Cumberland University vs. Georgia Tech football game in 1916.
- Rick Bell ('96) of Lebanon, Tenn. has been selected as a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Middle Tennessee.
- Mitchel Bone ('99) of Lebanon, Tenn. has been selected as a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Middle Tennessee.
- Kara Bridges Brannon ('04) of Jamestown, Tenn. is associate vice president and compliance officer for Union Bank.
- Simyka Carlton ('03) of Nashville, Tenn. has been recognized as a recipient of the 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader Award sponsored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville. She is freshman academy principal with Stratford STEM Magnet High School in the Metro Nashville Public School system.
- Cara Conrey ('06) of Murfreesboro, Tenn. is a physical therapist with Star Physical Therapy.
- Heidi King ('02) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. is associate vice president, investment officer with Wilson Bank & Trust. She is also a financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services serving Rutherford County.
- Amy Walworth ('06) of Lebanon, Tenn. is a music teacher with Macon County Schools in Tennessee. She was previously a music teacher with Chase County Schools in Imperial, Neb.
- Nicole Bilbro ('16) of Westmoreland, Tenn. is a kindergarten teacher at Westside Elementary School in Westmoreland.
- Lane Cryar ('11) of St. Petersburg, Fla. has been selected for the prestigious Department of Homeland Security's Honors Program for Attorneys in Washington, D.C.
- John Essary ('11, '15) of Lebanon, Tenn. is web designer/developer with Belmont University. He was previously graphic designer and web manager for Cumberland University.
- Chelsea Hardin ('13, '16) of Lebanon, Tenn. is office manager with End Slavery Tennessee. She was previously coordinator of pre-enrollment advising and nursing admissions for Cumberland University.
- Elizabeth Jones ('16) of Lebanon, Tenn. is an english teacher with Macon County Schools in Tennessee.
- Jenette Spurbeck ('12) of Clarksville, Tenn. is the assistant principal of Clarksville High School. She has been a teacher with the Clarksville Montgomery County School System since 2008.
- Anna Syler ('13) of Lebanon, Tenn. is working with Liberty State Bank in Lebanon.
- Whitney Tomberlain ('12) of Alcoa, Tenn. is corps officer with the Salvation Army of Blount County. She recently completed two years of Salvation Army officer training and is now ordained to serve this global nonprofit.
- Juan Camilo Torres ('12) of Nashville, Tenn. is associate director of development for Conexion Americas. He was previously executive director of Ride for Reading.
- Victor Underwood ('13) of Chattanooga, Tenn. is the girls basketball coach for Silverdale Baptist Academy in Chattanooga. He was previously assistant girls coach at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.
- Courtney Vick (’15) of Lebanon, Tenn. is director of career services and internships at Cumberland University. She was previously director of residence life and greek affairs for Cumberland.
- Amber Gray Wilson ('12) of Lebanon, Tenn. is associate director of admissions at Cumberland University. She was previously employed with Middle Tennessee State University in residence life.
Updates (May 21 - June 30, 2016)
- Thomas Smith ('67) of Arcadia, Fla. recently published his fourth book of poetry entitled "Pirouettes in the Moonlight." He is also a film actor and began work on a project with a major film star in June 2016.
- Jody Atwood (’99) is a history teacher and the baseball coach for Winfree Bryant Middle School in Lebanon, Tenn. He previously served as softball coach at Friendship Christian School.
- Lisa Campbell ('92) of Pace, Fla. recently finished her Master of Arts in Religion with the Global Studies cognate from Liberty University. In the Fall 2016, she will be attending Tel Aviv University in Israel to study for her Master in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible.
- Simyka Carlton (’03) of Nashville, Tenn. has been recognized as a 2016 nominee for Nashville’s Emerging Leader Awards sponsored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville. She is freshman academy principal with Stratford STEM Magnet High School in the Metro Nashville Public School system.
- Darren Frank (’02) of Hendersonville, Tenn. is principal of Merrol Hyde Magnet School. He previously served as principal of Ellis Middle School.
- Jason Harlin (’02) of Lebanon, Tenn. is senior pastor of Barton's Creek Baptist Church. He previously served as minister of music at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
- Shauna Holman (’09, ’11) of Nashville, Tenn. has been recognized as a 2016 nominee for Nashville’s Emerging Leader Awards sponsored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville. She is department administrative liaison with Commissioner Bob Martineau’s office in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
- Sheridan Henson (’09) of Lebanon, Tenn. is executive director of academic support and assistant professor of leadership studies for Cumberland University. He previously served as assistant registrar at Trevecca Nazarene University.
- Brandon Martin (’06) of Lebanon, Tenn. is a loan officer for Wilson Bank & Trust. He has previously worked in sales and insurance.
- Rebekah Meadows (’09, ’11) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. is associate planned giving director for the Eastern Kentucky/Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army. She previously was director of annual and corporate giving with Trevecca Nazarene University.
- John Parker (’04) of Gallatin, Tenn. is principal and lead teacher of Middle Technical College High School in Portland, Tenn. He previously taught mathematics at Portland High School.
- Nikki Patton (’04) of Nashville, Tenn. is principal of Independence High School in Franklin, Tenn. She previously served as assistant principal of Franklin High School.
- Stephen Selph ('07) of Sorrento, Fla. works with Street Crimes Investigations in the Altamonte Springs Police Department.
- Gatluak T. Thach ('07) of Nashville, Tenn. is a member of the 2016-17 class of Leadership Nashville. He is President and CEO of Nashville International Center for Empowerment.
- Sheridan Henson ('09) recently received his Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.
- Jaclyn George Jennings ('09) recently received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Western Kentucky University.
- Amber Woodard McKee ('06, '11) welcomed newborn daughter, Charlotte, into her family in April.
- Donzaleigh Powell ('02 and Current MSP Student) is one of Nashville's Black 40 Under 40 for 2016. She also recently received the Community Service Award by the National Hook Up of Black Women.
- Seth Thurman ('11) is consumer lender with the Hartsville branch of Wilson Bank & Trust. He is also president-elect of Hartsville's Rotary Club.
Updates (March 8 - April 26, 2016)
- Steven M. Corey ('98) is president of Olivet College in Olivet, Mich. President since 2011, his contract has been recently extended to 2021.
- Todd Austin ('03) is president and chief executive officer of CItizen's Bank based in Hartsville, Tenn.
- Jeni Lind Brinkman ('03) is one of Nashville's "Top 40 Under 40" as recognized by the Nashville Business Journal. Brinkman currently serves as director of grants and contracts for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
- Brennan Francois ('07) is the chief executive officer of Alliance Health Center and The Crossings Residential Treatment Center in Meridian, Miss. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Parkridge Valley Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Updates (January 1, 2016 - March 7, 2016)
- Warren Taylor (’54) of Anacortes, Wash. recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his wife and daughters. He retired thirty years ago from his position as a superior court judge after twenty years of service.
- Rick Bell (’89, ’96) is the newest member of the city council of Lebanon, Tenn. Bell is also the city historian and serves as an instructor of history for Cumberland University.
- John Bradshaw (’97) is president of First Freedom Bank based in Lebanon, Tenn. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer and will remain as COO and chief lending officer. Founded in 2006, First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $300 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders from Wilson and surrounding counties.
- Mark Cheathem (’95) is co-editor of The Papers of Martin Van Buren project recently announced by Cumberland University. This project will make President Van Buren’s papers widely available to the public for the first time. Cheatham also serves as a professor of history for Cumberland University.
- Dawn Towns (’91) is assistant principal for Macon County Junior High School in Lafayette, Tenn.
- Joseph D. Bishop, Sr. (‘06) is police chief for Tulane University in New Orleans, La. He was previously assistant police chief for Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
- Justin B. Bradford (’08) is director of communications for the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference. He also continues to serve as web and social community manager for the Nashville Symphony.
- Ryan Hunt (‘03) is head baseball coach for Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn. He was previously assistant baseball coach for Cumberland University.
- Hannah Clement (‘13) and David Wages were married on July 4, 2015 at the Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tenn.
- Jacob Dean (‘15) is a recent graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and is a police officer for Mt. Juliet, Tenn. He previously was a police dispatcher.
- Nicolette B. Hudson (’14) is a legislative audit investigator with the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of Investigations.
- Sherlyn Umayam (’10) is a registered nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Neurosurgical/Neurology Intensive Care Unit. She is currently in graduate school at Vanderbilt University in pursuit of becoming an acute care nurse practitioner.
- J. Derrick Wilson (’10, ‘12) is plant manager for WestRock Company’s Lebanon facility. Previously, he served as production manager.
Updates (January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015)
- Pat Bryant (’67) is the 2015 Woman of Wilson County as selected by her peers. The Wilson Post with University Medical Center honored her and 48 other inspiring Wilson County women at the inaugural Woman of Wilson Luncheon in May 2015.
- Dave Roberts (’73) is senior vice president & human resources officer for SouthCrest Bank in Marietta, Ga.
- Mike Potts (’85) is senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Tenn. He was previously with Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Gallatin, Tenn.
- Candy Arwood (‘91) is the 2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Sumner County. She is a kindergarten teacher at Merrol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville, Tenn.
- The life story of Shawn Berner (‘97) will be featured in an upcoming movie entitled “Sons of Soldiers.” The dramatic film will center on the high school football team at Fort Campbell, Ky. and the impact of the players’ parents serving in the military. He was the head football coach of the Fort Campbell High School Falcons for twelve years before retiring in 2013.
- Misty Dobbs (‘99) is the assistant principal of Bradley Academy in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Previously, she was assistant principal of Hendersonville High School in the Sumner County School District. She and her husband, Jason, reside in Murfreesboro with their two boys.
- Edward R. James III (’99) is chief financial officer of DTI, a global legal process outsourcing company based in Atlanta, Ga. He was previously chief financial officer, senior vice president of finance and treasurer of Birch Communications, Inc.
- Jeff Loucks (’98) of Lebanon, Tenn. is chemistry teacher and head coach of the boys and girls soccer teams at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tenn.
- Janice Morey (’98, ‘01) is the head softball coach at Motlow College in Tullahoma, Tenn. She was previously head softball coach at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- James “Floyd” Adkins (’03) is senior network engineer and international global wireless network subject matter expert for Asurion covering the United States, London, Israel, China, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and Mexico.
- Justin B. Bradford (’08) is the author of a new book from The History Press entitled “Nashville Predators: The Making of Smashville.” He is also the 2015 winner of The Tennessean’s Toast of Music City Best Sports Reporter and Best Sports Blog for his work with Penalty Box Radio. In addition to these activities, he is the web and social community manager for the Nashville Symphony.
- Ivy Gardner (‘06) is city judge for Crossville, Tenn. She will continue her private practice work while serving as city judge.
- Sabra Swaims Gentry (’02) is a family nurse practitioner with Carthage Family Practice in Carthage, Tenn.
- Bradley Haynes (’07) is a firefighter with the Lebanon Fire Department in Lebanon, Tenn. He recently completed a 10-week course at the Tennessee State Fire Academy where he was co-valedictorian of his class.
- Sheridan Henson (‘09) is assistant registrar at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. He was previously director of the academic enrichment center at Cumberland University.
- Kali Meyer Holder (’05) is the 2015 Wilson County Teacher of the Year. She teaches 7th grade math at Walter J. Baird Middle School in Lebanon, Tenn.
- Shauna Holman (’09, ‘11) is executive assistant to the commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Sustainability in Nashville, Tenn. She was previously with the Nashville Sounds.
- Christina Irwin (‘06) is assistant principal of Woodlawn Elementary School in Clarksville, Tenn. She has been an academic coach and classroom teacher in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System for the past ten years.
- Stacy Owens Maley (‘08) is assistant principal at West Creek Middle School in Clarksville, Tenn. She was previously a math teacher for Kenwood Middle School.
- Brandon Oldham (‘07) is vice president and branch manager of the new United Southern Bank branch in Pembroke, Ky.
- Preston Potter (’09) is head softball coach for Priceville High School as well as a physical education teacher for Priceville Elementary School both located in Decatur, Ala.
- Jennifer Weatherspoon Quigley (’08) is a recipient of the Frist Global Health Fellowship at Belmont University where she is working towards her doctorate in nursing practice.
- Jennifer Silvers (’03) is principal of Woodlawn Elementary School in Clarksville, Tenn. She was previously assistant principal at the school.
- Tiffany K. Street (’00) was elected as the National President of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority in June 2014. In January 2015, Tiffany relocated back to Nashville from Houston, TX. She accepted the position of Assistant Director of Advanced Practice for Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In this role, Tiffany is responsible for the oversight of 60 advanced practice nurses. She was also appointed as an instructor in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
- John Winnett (‘04) is executive vice president for the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Foundation for Philanthropy based in Arlington, Va. He was previously chief development and external affairs officer for the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Middle Tennessee.
- Amanda Jane Ashburn (’14) works with the Warren Lasch Conservation Center at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
- Baili Blankenship (‘15) is a teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in Lafayette, Tenn. She and her husband Tyler also reside in Lafayette.
- Gloria Caples (’11) is assistant director of marketing-athletics for Auburn University. Previously, she was the assistant director of marketing and fan development for the University of Arkansas.
- Caleb Dennis (’14) is account manager with Metro Carpets in Nashville, Tenn. He and his wife, Kaylyn, live in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
- Stephani DeRouen (’15) is director of operations and associate registrar for the School of Online and Professional Studies at Cumberland University. Previously, she was associate administrator for the school and bookstore director.
- John D. Fesler (’11) is a social aide at our nation’s White House. John is the first White House social aide from the Air National Guard. The highly selective social aide program is made up of military officers from all branches of the military who are currently stationed in the Washington area on active duty orders.
- Trey Geisenhoffer (‘11) recently completed a management training program with Wilson Bank & Trust and has been promoted to branch manager. He and his wife, Erin, live in Lebanon, Tenn. with their daughter, Ava Grace.
- Mackenzie Keele (‘15) and Shawn Savage (’08, ’10, ‘14) married June 20, 2015 at The Barn at Willis Branch in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
- Jena Lackey (’14) and Matthew Aderhold married on May 30, 2015 at Legacy Farms in Lebanon, Tenn. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
- Juan Camilo Torres (’12) is executive director for Ride for Reading, a Nashville, Tenn. based nonprofit with a mission of helping children in low-income areas become healthy and literate. He was previously director of community giving for TECHO in Miami, Fla.
- Brittney Trusty (‘12) and Johnathan Michael Watson married on September 6, 2015. They reside in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She is a case manager for Mental Health Cooperative.
- Courtney Vick (’15) is director of residence life at Cumberland University. She was previously acting director for the academic career enrichment center and graduate assistant for general education and first year experiences while working on her Master’s of Business Administration.
- Anne Wakefield (’14) and Jeremy Hunley (’13) married on April 25, 2015. The couple reside in Lebanon, Tenn.