Each month we celebrate our alumni receiving distinguished honors, being promoted, changing careers, and stepping up in our community. If you would like to add your accomplishment or various community involvement, please email our marketing and communications coordinator, Amber Hampton, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or share others' successes on Facebook and Twitter using #LMAlums.
Barbara Holden Nixon (EP 1992) will be honored with the Innovation Award by the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis.
Edith Kelly-Green (EP 1987) will be honored with the Philanthropy and Leadership Award by the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis.
Linn Sitler (EP 1991) recievved the Tennessee Women in Film and Meda Beacon of Light Award.
Jeff Hulett (FTS 2010) is now the Public Relations Director for Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Jason Campbell (FTF 2011) is now the Director of Strategy Planning and Analysis at FedEx Services
Alan Gumbel (FTF 2009) is now the Director of Grants and Special Initiatives at Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce.
Otis Sandford (EP 1996) will be signing his new book "From Boss Crump to King Willie" on March 30 at Clayborn Temple.
Lauren McHugh Robinson (EP 2007) has been named Restauranteer of the Year.
Reb Haizlip (EP 1993) has been named a fellow by the American Institute of Architects.
Donna Olds White (EP 2016) will be performing in "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf" on March 17-19 at Rhodes College.
|Joyce Springfield-Collins (EP 1990) is a Wommen of Achievement honoree for 2017 in the category of Steadfastness.|
|Rebecca Terrell (EP 2013) is a Wommen of Achievement honoree for 2017 in the category of Heroism.|
|Jan Brucker (GR 2007, FTS 2008) is now the Regional Busines Development Director at Pasadena Villa Network of Psychiatric Services. |
|Andrea Hill (FTS 2015) is now a board member of Volunteer Tennessee. |
Deidre Malone (EP 1999) was honored as a 2017 Trailblazer on February 21, at the 3rd Annual Trailblazers Award Program.
Tom Plath (EP 2010) has been elected by the board of directors to become senior vice president, human resources and global citizenship, effective March 1, ,2017.
Kimberly Carlson (EP 2014) is now the area marketing director for Chick-fil-A Memphis & Mid-South Market
Dr. Altha Stewart (EP 2016) is the president-elect of the American Psychiaric Association, pending an official confirmation by the association's board in March. Stewart will be the first African-American to hold this position.
Jodie Cherry (FTS 2014) is now working in brand and marketing strategy with St. Thomas Health in Nashville, TN.
Ivette Baldizon (EP 2007) is Chairperson of Catholic CHarities of West Tennessee and serving her fourth year on the Saint Francis Board of Directors.
Scott McCormick (EP 2013) is now a member of the OPED Trust Board, a board under the Tennessee School Boards Association.
Sonya Johnson, PhD (FTF 2016, top) and Yvonne Johnson, PhD (FTS 2015, bottom) were both recently featured on WMCTV to discuss their book.
|Tonya Dyson (FTS 2012) is now marketing manager at Memphis Slim Collaboratory. |
Curits Weathers (EP 2010), is the Director of the new Southwest Early College High School.
Artesian Schools, Inc., is opening Southwest Early College High School in Memphis. Chermale Casem (EP 2014) is the Board Chairman of Artesian Schools, Inc.
Bill Bullock (EP 2003) recently retired from Memphis Light, Gas and Water and is now business development manager of Entegrity Engery.
Terrice Thomas (FTS 2013) serves on the Board of Directors for Artesian Schools Inc. which is opening their first school- Southwest Early College High School this fall.
Earnest Strickland (EP 2015) is now senior vice president of workforce development at Memphis Chamber of Commerce.
Vincent B. Lee (EP 2013) received the Jessee H. Turner Sr. Award for Community Service Partner of the Year from the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Frathernity, Inc.
Calvin Anderson (EP 1984) will be honored at 100 Black Men of Memphis's Black Tie Gala onf February 23.
Renee Frazier (EP 2011) will be honored at 100 Black Men of Memphis's Black Tie Gala onf February 23.
Vernon Stafford (EP 2015) will be honored at 100 Black Men of Memphis's Black Tie Gala onf February 23.
V. Lynn Evans (EP 1981) is now board chair of Tennessee Valley Authority.
Kaci Murley (FTF 2011) is now director of engagement and advocacy at Complete Tennessee.
William Gotten (EP 1981), founder of Memphians Care, is working to expand his "A Simple Gesture" program.
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Art Gilliam (EP 1987) now has the onnly black-owned radio station in Memphis.
Michael Ugwueke (EP 2009) is now Presiddent ad CEO of Methodist Hospital.
Elle Perry (FTS 2015) is now digital producer at Memphis Business Journal.
Valerie Morris (EP 2014) received a Kindle Award, recognizing entrepreneurs, corporate professionak, and individuals for their conntritubions to helping others pursue their dreams.
Donna Sue Shannon (EP 1992) was recognized on January 16 with the Martin Luther King Jr. Be the Dream award at the Be the Dream ceremony on January 16.
Deidre Malone (EP 1999) has been named chairman of the Memphis Chapter of the NAACP.
Penelope Huston (FTS 2013) is now vice president of marketing, communications, and events at Downtown Memphis Commission.
Sharon Griffin (EP 2015) was named chief of schools for Shelby County Schools.
|Hardy Farrow (EP 2017) was selected as one of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 for education. |
Kimberly Jordan-Fluer (GR 2006) is now Senior Manager of Linc/211 with the City of Memphis.
Tosha Downey (EP 2017) just returned from a trip to Ghana, Africa where she helped give 14 Memphis students from 10 high schools a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Lewis Moore (GR 2008) is now the president-elect of Military Retirees of the Tri-State Area.
Gerre Currie (EP 2013) is now vice president, community development office at Financial Federal Bank.
Mike Uiberall (EP 1985) presented the Crystal Award to the Jay Uiberall Foundation.
Karl Schledwitz (EP 1982) was presented the 2017 Richard L. Knowlton Award given annually by Meatingplace.
Robert Fockler (EP 2001) will serve as board chair for the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
Jozelle Booker (EP 2017) is now the president of the MMBC Continuum.
Joann Massey (EP 2014) has joined the Board of Directors for the Downtown Memphis Commission representing the City of Memphis and Mayor Jim Strickland.
Sharon Younger (EP 2012) has been elected to the Generation, Inc. Board of Directors.
Chris Buziak (EP 2016) is now Director for Career Development and Officer Placement at US Navy (PERS 44).
James Maclin (EP 2002) is now SVP/Director Corp Services at M&M Enterprises, Inc.
Brad Walker (EP 2009) is now Market Vice President at American Paper & Twine, Co.
Brandy Ward (EP 2006) was spotlighted by the Junior League of Memphis.
|Caron Byrd (EP 2007) is now Director, Housing and Patient Services at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. |
|Bill Bullock (EP 2003) is now Business Development Manager at Entegrity Energy Partners. |
|Vanecia Kimbrow (EP 2008) was recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a 2016 Attorney for Justice for her pro bono service in Tennessee. |
| ||Cynthia Calhoun (EP 1993) retired from Southwest Tennessee Community College in October and is currently Senior Consultant at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). |
|Shawn Boyd (FTF 2008) is now the associate director of K through 12 and Community partnerships at Southwest Tennessee Community College and has launched his own business as a public speaker, workship leader, and life coach, geared toward college students.|
|Jonathan Torres (EP 2016) is now VP/COO for Memphis Athletic Ministries.|
| ||Senator Mark Norris (EP 1991) was re-elected as Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader for the sixth consecutive term. |
|Richard Marsh (EP 2007), is now the Senior Vice President of Commerical Banking with Trustmark Bank. |
|Frank Langston (FTS 2008), Co-founder and CRO of Pay By Group has been selected as a Phocuswright Young Leader for 2016. |
|Kathy O. Lofton (FTF 2010) has won the 2016 Audience Award for the Best Hometowner Feature at the Indie Memphis Film Festival for her documentary, "I Am a Caregiver," shown November 5 and 6 at Hattiloo and Studio on the Square. |
|George Monger (EP 2016) is now Chief Operating Officers at Memphis Symphony Orchestra.|
|Jason Farmer (EP 2015) hosted two movie screenings at his business, J.A. Farmer Co. during the month of November. |
|Mickell Lowery (EP 2011) was elected Chariman of the Memphis Housing Authority Board.|
|Wesley LaRue (EP 2016) is now the Vice President of Philanthropy with the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South. |
|Mary W. Sharp (FTS 2012) has been appointed as a commissioner with the Memphis Housing Authority Board.|
|Diedre Malone (EP 1999) was honored with the Outstanding Woman-Owned Business Award by the Black Business Association of Memphis.|
|Tracy Lauritzen Wright (EP 2012) is leaving the National Civil Rights Museum to accept a position with ArtsMemphis. |
|Fenton Wright (EP 2011) is now the Director of Business Operations at Memphis Leadership Foundation.|
|Stan Burton (FTF 2009) has left International Paper after more than 15 years to persue his business goals as a Financial Analyst.|
|Clint Cummins (FTF 2009) is now the Executive Vice President at Memphis Medical Society|
|Rola Obaji (EP 2007) is now the CEO of McDonald Murrmann Women's Clinic.|
|Myra I. Whitney (EP 1996) Presented the "8 Jewels of Concious Leadership" to the Medical Group Management Association MidSouth, Tenn. For Medical Practice Administrators over the summer, and on September 2 was an interview guest on the Rick Morris, VoiceAmerica Business Channel, speaking on the topic "Leadership Matters!"|
|Nidia Logan-Robinson (EP 2012) has acccepted a position with Innovate Memphis, ending her 12-year tenure with United Way of the Mid-South.|
Ephie Johnson (EP 2011) tells about growing up with the influence of her grandmother and mother, and how to make change happen in the Connecting Memphis blog.
Dr. Rosie Bingham (EP 1990), has served for over 30 years as the Vice President of Student Affairs at The University of Memphis. She will take a sabbatical for the rest of the 2016 year and will return to teach in the spring of 2017.
Floyd Tyler (EP 2002), has been appointed to the Community redevelopment Agency for a 4-year term.
George T. "Buck" Lewis (EP 1995) has been appoinnted as chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.
Jason Farmer (EP 2015) is now on the board of Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Andrea Hill (FTS 2015), received the NULYP Honors Award at the Heroes in the Movement awards luncheon on August 6. Andrea received this honor because of her passion and commitment to empowering communities and changing lives through her work in volunteerism, philanthropy and youth development. The awards luncheon was part of the National Urban League's conference in Baltimmore, MD.
Alton Cryer (FTF 2013), Graduate Memphis Coordinator at Leadership Memphis, and Rico Andrews (EP 2016), President/Owner of Always Best Care Memphis, have both been recognized by the Greater Memphis Chamber as exceptional young professionals and will be featured in the Memphis Crossroads Magazine as 2016 Young Memphians.
Joya Smith (FTS 2012), Advising and Retention Coordinator with Graduate Memphis, was named one of the 40 Top 40 Urban Elite Professionals.
Audrey Jones (FTS 2014) and her partners at Code Crew are working to change the landscape of people in tech jobs.
Ekundayo Bandele (EP 2010) hosted the opening weekend of his new theatre, Baobab Filmhouse.
Susan Mealer (EP 2011) has been named to the National Federation of Independent Business.
|Tara Wolckenhauer (EP 2011) is now the Vice President of Global Human Resources Strategy and Planning at ADP.|
Elaine Blanchard (FTF 2012) is now Interim Minister at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church.
Dr. La Sonya Harris Hall (EP 2015) is now the director of Volunteer Memphis, an action initiative of Leadership Memphis.
Reggie Crenshaw (EP 2011), current Leadership Memphis Board Chair, is also Board Chair at Common Table Health Alliance.
Arnetta Macklin (EP 2007) is now the Vice President of Advancment at MIFA.
Ross Ridenhour (EP 2011) is now Major Account Sales Executive with ADP.
Hank Brown (EP 2014) Owner at 360 Painting.
Elizabeth Genco (EP 2016) is now the chief strategy & operations officer at the Achievement Schools (a part of the Achievement School District).
Audrey Gregory (EP 2013) is now the market chief executive officer for St. Francis Healthcare.
Deborah Frazier (EP 1991), founder of Blues City Cultural Center, Inc., which recently received a Creative Placemaking grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Natasha Donerson (EP 2011) is now the director of business development at Regional One Health.
Shannon Little (FTS 2014) was featured by Studio 688.
Dr. Altha Stewart (EP 2016), associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the UTHSC College of Medicine, was featured as a guest columnist in the Commercial Appeal, writing about juvenile justice reform.
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Sandra Walls (EP 2012) has been elected chair of the Minority Business Development Oversight Commission for the City of Memphis.
Toni Boland-Evans (EP 2003) was recognized by Girls Inc. of Memphis as the Strong Award winner of the year. Toni shared an inspiring story of perseverance and strength in her battle with a rare liver disease and the necesssary liver transplant that followed.
Tsedey Betru (EP 2015) is now the community affaris manager at Invest Atlanta.
Noma Anderson (EP 2016) has been appointed to the role of special advisor to the president on diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee.
Pastor Keith Norman (EP 2009), vice-president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial health Care, president of the Memphis chapter of the NAACP, and pastor at First Baptist Church on Borad, was profiled in Memphis Daily News.
Katrina Edwards (EP 2015) has been elected as President of Lemoyne Owen College Alumni Association-Memphis Chapter, and was appointed to the Board of Directors for A New Day Rehabilitaton & Counseling Services for Domestic Violence. In 2015, she was awarded as one of the Tri-State Defender's Women of Excellence and was the 2nd Vice President of Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - Memphis Chapter, responsible for overseeing Finance and Fund Development.
DeQuanda Roberson (FTF 2009) is the Executive Producer with "My Choir's PRAISE 2016" set to take place on August 13th at the Cannon Center. This year's beneficiatries are Mid-South Food Bank and Sickle Cell Foundation of TN. View the informational flyer for more information.
Tehrian Martin (FTF 2015) is now the Senior Associate of Data and Operations at The United Way of the Mid-South.
Trace Halloway (EP 2011) and his company Tactical Magic have received national recognition for their logo design for Running Pony.
Lurene Kelley (EP 2014) has been featured as a Face of Memphis in StyleBlueprint. Lurene is currently an adviser to Just City and manages communications and special projects at the Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender's Office.
Candace Obadina (FTS 2016) with Memphis Teacher Residency has been recognized as a Week One winner by Seeding Success for outstanding usage of the Dosage Tracker for the Coordinated Summer Learning Effort.
Lori Spicer Robertson (FTF 2008) is now the Chief Communications and Engagement Officer at United Way of the Mid-South.
Scott Ledbetter (EP 1982) and his wife Kathy have taken an idea for their farm in Hardeman County and brought it to reality, with the help of the University of Tennessee.
Read more in Dan Conaway's story "A Place to Grow."
Rychetta Waktins (EP 2015) is now the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South. She was most recently Project Coordinator for the city of Memphis' AmeriCorps VISTA Program.
|Reginald Porter, Jr. (EP 2013) is now Senior Vice President, CEO Operations at ALSAC / St. Jude Children's Research Hospital |
|Ekundayo Bandele (EP 2010), founder and chief executive officer of Hattiloo Theater, is opening Baobab Filmhouse in August at the old Hattiloo Theater "black box" on Marshall Avenue. Read more about this new entrepreneurial effort here. |
|Alvis Otero (EP 2015) is now the Liason-International Development at ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. |
Pablo J. Davis, PhD, CT (EP 2012) has completed his second year of study at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he holds a Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholarship. This spring he was a Judicial Extern with the Honorable Beatrice B. Donald, United States Circuit Judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Currently, he is serving as Summer Law Clerk with the Office of the General Counsel, Shelby County Board of Education, under Chief legal Officer, Rodney Moore, Esq.
Congratulations to Altha Stewart, MD, (EP 2016) associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the UTHSC College of Medicine, for receiving the National Association of Social Workers-TN West Branch Public Citizen of the Year award. The award honors an outstanding member of the community who is not a social worker, but whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of professional social work. Dr. Stewart also serves as the director for the Center for Health in Justice-Involved Youth. The center works in collaboration with the juvenile justice system and community agencies to divert eligible children from the justice system by identifying and treating their mental health needs in the community. Dr. Stewart has made a significant contribution towards improving services and support across Tennessee for youth with behavioral health needs who have become involved in the juvenile justice system.
The American Institute of Architects Frank Ricks (EP 1992) to its College of Fellows. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA bestows in recognition of notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Frank’s elevation recognizes his significant contributions to advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice. The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the AIA elevated 149 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 88,000 there are only 3,200 members distinguished with this honor. He was officially inducted at an investiture ceremony at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia on May 20th.
Jaques Hamilton (FTS 2014) has accepted a position as Youth Programs Specialist at Workforce Investment Network.
Roblin Webb (EP 2013), Dr. Shirley Key (FTF 2009), Dr. Rosie Bingham (EP 1990), Linda Reddick (FTS 2011), Judy Martin (EP 2005), and LeShundra Robinson (EP 2013) were all honored during the Tri-State Defender's Women of Excellence award celebration.
Shelia Terrell (EP 2009) received her Master of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in training in development from The University of Memphis on May 7, 2016.
Antony Sheehan (EP 2015) has been named as senior advisor for Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare.
You can read more about Antony's new position here.
George T. "Buck" Lewis (EP 1995) of the law firm Baker Donelson has received the William Reece Smith Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award from the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals.
The Reece Smith Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding commitments to and positive impacts on the institutions or systems of providing pro bono legal services. Mr. Lewis was recognized for his work chairing the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service project, "ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org," the country's first national online pro bono website. The site, which will launch in 40 states in August, is based on OnlineTNJustice.org, a statewide site launched in Tennessee in 2011. Since its launch, OnlineTNJustice.org has responded to more than 12,500 questions with the assistance of 500 lawyer volunteers.
Mr. Lewis, a shareholder in the Firm's Memphis office, is past chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission, past president of the Tennessee Bar Association and past chair of the American Red Cross Mid-South Chapter.
|Michele Ryland (EP 2015) is the Vice President of Finance for Kerry Ingredients. She is also on the board of the Mid-South Foodbank. |
|Kathy O. Lofton (FTF 2010) has accepted a personal invitation to serve as an international judge, representing the USA for the annual ANCA World Autism Festival in Canada. The event will be held September 30-October 5 in Vancouver British Columbia. Her documentary, I Am a Caregiver, will also be screened during the event. |
|Sandra Walls (EP 2012) will be the keynote speaker at The RISE Foundation's fourth annual gala, "An Evening of Change" on Friday, September 30th. Save the date!|
Eartha Reaves (GR 2008) and Shirley Cobbins (FTF 2013) recently completed the Certified Neighborhood Leader Training program conducted by the City of Memphis. Graduates of the program are expected to not only see the issues and problems in their neighbhorhoods, but look for solutions as well. Both Shirley and Eartha will be attending the 2016 National Neighborhoods, USA Conference May 25-28, held in Memphis.
Top Photo: Eartha Reaves, Bottom Photo: Shirley Cobbins
|Bobby White (EP 2007) is now the Chief of External Affairs at Achievement School District. Read more about it here.|
|Reggie Crenshaw (EP 2011) will be the Board Chair for Common Table Health Alliance effective June 2016. He is also the incoming Board Chair for Leadership Memphis starting July 2016.|
|Lisa Geater (EP 2003) is one of two recipients of the Bobby Dunavent Public Servant Award. Lisa is currently the Chief of Staff for Mayor Strickland's office and has previously served as an administrator for seven different Memphis City Councils.You can read more about her in The Memphis Daily News.|
|Fred Towler (EP 2011) will be honored on May 21 as a Distinguished Alumnus at the University of Memphis' 36th Distinguised Alumni Awards. Fred is currently the Vice President of Supply Chain operations with International Paper, and a Leadership Memphis board member.|
|Willie Gregory (EP 1998) will be honored on May 21 as an Honorary Alumnus at the University of Memphis' 36th Distingurished Alumni Awards. Willie is currently Director, Global Community Impact with Nike, Inc.|
|Eric Robertson (EP 2006) LIFT and RCC President, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.|
| Stan Burton (FTF 2010), Senior Financial Analyst at International Paper, has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Council for the Hope Credit Union in the Memphis area. The Advisory Council aims to guid the Hope Credit Union to improve brand awareness to the community in terms of their feedback on products and services.|
|Kathy Lofton (FTF 2010) has written, directed, and executive procuded the documentary I Am a Caregiver, which will be screened as an official selection of the Life Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA April 28-May 1, 2016. |
|DeQuanda Roberson (FTF 2009) is now President, Senior Strategist at Pinnacle Advertising & Public Relations. Read more about her and Pinnacle here. |
|Myra Whitney (EP 1996), Founder & CEO of Coaching 2 Solutions, was invited to be a panelist at the Corwin 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration. Her panel was titled Perspectives on Education. Whitney has had a long term professional relationship with Corwin, including playing an key role in organizing and establishing the Corwin Institute on Common Core Professional Learning. |
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|Alexandra Turner (FT 2010) is now the Director of Marketng at American Contract Bridge League.|
|John Gemmill (EP 2011) is now a Principal Consultant at John Gemmill Consulting Services.|
|Floyd Tyler (EP 2002), Founder and President of Preserver Partners, and Dana Pointer (EP 2013), Chief Operating Officer of Preserver Partners, are proud to announce the launch of the company's first Mutual Fund. You can read more about this achievement here. |
|Andrea Hill (FT 2015) recently facilitated a workshop, "Accidental Volunteer Manager," at the Volunteer Tennessee Conference of Volunteerism & Service Learning. |
|Eunece Waller (GR 2009) was named the 2015 Queen of the Tennessee Beautician's Association. |
|Christine Munson (EP 1991) is the new president of Tri-State Bank. |
|Michael Peeler (EP 2005) is now Senior Managing Director at The Metropolitan Bank.|
|Nikki Lekhy (FT 2011) is now Research Committee Member at International Association of Venue Managers.|
|Joann Massey (EP 2014) has been appointed as the Director of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development by Mayor Strickland for the City of Memphis.|
|Linda Sessoms (FT 1998), founder and president of Sisters-in-Motion Memphis has been honored with the 2016 Women of Achievement "Vision" Award from Women of Achievement, Inc.|
|Bennie Nelson-West (EP 1982), founder and executive director of Memphis Black Arts Alliance has been honored with the 2016 Women of Achievement "Initiative" Award from Women of Achievement, Inc.|
|Shannon Little (FT 2014) is a strategic Marketing and Public Relations professional, known for her energetic customer service and commitment to the Memphis community. Her passion in life is learning about local Memphis organizations and finding creative, unique ways to tell their story and connect to their community. She former her own business in November 2015. |
|Beverly Robertson (EP 1989) has been named as 2016 Legend Award Honoree. Beverly will be accepting the Catalyst Award from the Women's Foundation for a Greater Mermphis on April 21 at the Legends Award Reception.|
|Linda "Linn" Sitler (EP 1991) has been named as 2016 Legend Award Honoree. Linn will be accepting the Innovation Award from the Women's Foundation for a Greater Mermphis on April 21 at the Legends Award Reception.|
|Chermale Casem (EP 2014) has taken on the role of Administrator for the Office of Collective Impact and Public Private Partnerships with the State of Tennessee, Department of Human Services. |
|Alandas Dobbins (EP 2014) is proud to announce that she is returning to run her business, Nsight Communication. She was prevviously the first Director of MORE- the Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprises for the City of Memphis.|
|Jen Andrews (FT 2009), will take over the role of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Executive Director this month, previously having served as the director of development and communications. Andrews has been with the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy since 2006. |
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|Joann Massey (EP 2014), Has been named Director of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development for the City of Memphis. |
|Cathy Simmons (EP 2007), Chief Compliance Officer at Legacy Wealth Management, is the 2016 President of the Board at Mid-South Spay & Neurter Services. |
|Carolyn Hardy (EP 1995), Chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber, is the first guest featured in WMC Action News 5's ongoing series My Empire, focusing on successful and inspirational women leaders. See her story here. |
|Quintin Robinson (EP 2012) Retired from his position as Human Resources Director for the City of Memphis in December and is now opening his own healthcare consulting firm. Read more about it here. |
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|Dr. Rosie Bingham (EP 1990), Vice-President of Student Affairs at The University of Memphis has been named as an honoree at the Memphis 100 Black Tie Gala and Awards Ceremony in February for demonstrating outstanding service toward "Building future leaders TODAY."|
|Shannon Brown (EP 2001), Senior Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer at FedEx Express has been named as an honoree at the Memphis 100 Black Tie Gala and Awards Ceremony in February for demonstrating outstanding service toward "Building future leaders TODAY."|
|Cato Johnson (EP 1985), Senior Vice President Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Methodist Healthcare|
has been named as an honoree at the Memphis 100 Black Tie Gala and Awards Ceremony in February for demonstrating outstanding service toward "Building future leaders TODAY."
|David Porter (EP 1987) will be honored by The University of Memphis Black Student Association with the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award on February 1. Congratulations to David for his many accomplishments as a songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. |
|Nyrone Hawkins (EP 2014) will be given the Billy J. Murphey Award by The University of Memphis M Club on February 5. Read more about Nyrone's accomplishments here.|
|Rachel Knox (FTP 2013) was recognized by the Memphis Flyer as one of 20 Memphians under 30 who are working to build a better Memphis. Learn about her and other great young Memphians here: Memphis Flyer 20<30.|
|Doug McGowen (EP 2011) has been named by Mayor Strickland as the new Chief Operating Officer for Memphis. Congratulations on your success! You can read more about Doug at The Daily News.|
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|Estella Mayhue Greer (EP 2012), President and CEO of Mid-South Food Bank, accepted the 2015 Memphis City Council Humanitarian Award. Congratulations!|
|Barbara C. King (EP 1997), Executive Director of The Exchange Club Family Center, was the recipient of the 2015 Legacy Award at the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club annual SPARK Award ceremony. Additionally, The Exchange Club Family Center also received a corporate SPARK Award. Congratulations!|
|Felicia Stone (FTP 2010) began a new position with Technicolor as a Recruiting Manager.|
Dorian Spears (GR 2008) received the Outstanding Women of Excellence Award at the 13th Annual Mayor A C Wharton and Ruby Wharton Tea and Talk at the Top.
|E DeJuan Hendricks (FTF 2010) is now Integrated Marketing Specialist in Radio, Digital and Live Event Sponsorships at iHeartMedia|
Ernest Strickland (EP 2015) has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber. Read more here→ Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland
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November 12, 2014
|Nyrone Hawkins (EP 2014), Executive Director of First Tee of Memphis, was featured on WHBQ Fox 13's Good Morning Memphis for their 21st Annual Bennie Minor at Southwind. View the interview here.|
| ||Tennessee Senate majority leader Mark Norris (EP 1991) received the Champion of Life Science Award from Life Science Tennessee. Read more about it here.|
| ||Tom Jones (EP 1984) wrote an article in The Commercial Appeal on attracting and retaining talent in our great city→ Read the article here|
| ||Kevin Woods (EP 2014) is now the Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Network.|
| ||Bernal Smith (EP 2004) is now On Air Personality and Political Commentator at www.bernalsmith.com.|
| ||Mignonne Wright (EP 2014) is opening up Love Pop Soda Shop in South Main with her son Brendan and successful restaurant entrepreneur, Taylor Berger. Learn more about it here.|
November 6, 2014
|Channa Halmon (GR 2013 and Board Member) was honored with the Power of One Miracles in Motion Award at Methodist LeBonheur for inspiring other Associates to emulate their actions in service and in care.|
| ||Malaika Salaam (GR 2014) will be speaking at Ignite Memphis Vol. 8 November 18 at BRIDGES on Black Nerd Power. Buy tickets to Ignite Memphis here→ BUY TICKETS|
| ||Barry Yoakum (EP 1996) announced that archimania will be building a HQ and apartment building in Downtown Memphis. Read the MBJ article here→ Architecture firm will build HQ, apartments in South Main|
| ||Mona Sappenfield (EP 2014) was featured in The Commercial Appeal on Women to Watch: Getting skin into top shape a never-ending job|
| ||Nika J. MartinTennessee Senate majority leader |
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|Leigh Anne Downes (GR 2007) is now Director of Corporate Partnerships at EmployIndy.|
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|Jodie Cherry (FTS 2014), will be speaking to University of Memphis students on landing a job after graduation, Monday, September 29. More details here.|
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