ALUMNI NEWS

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 click HERE or share others’ successes on Facebook and Twitter using #LMAlums.

AUGUST 2020

Ryan Anderson (FTF2014), Patrick “Trey” Carter (EP2011), Michalyn Easter-Thomas (GR2016), Foluke Houston (FTF2017), Danielle Inez (FTS2013), James Kelly (FTF2008), Rachel Knox (FTF2013), Christopher O’Conner (EP2012) and Anthony Young (EP2020) have all been named on the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 list.
Paul Young (EP2019) has been named the ULI Executive Committee Chair.
Jon McCullers (EP2015) has received a Memphis Business Journal 2020 Health Care Heroes Award.
Ivette Butron (EP2009), Sutton Mora-Hayes (EP2009) and Paige Walkup (EP2016) have all been named on the Memphis Business Journal’s Super Women in Business 2020 list.
Gloria Boyland (EP2008) has been named Strategic Advisor at Aurora.
Michael Gray (EP2018) has been named Real Estate Broker at Herenton Homes, LLC.
Lawrence Blackwell (EP2018) has been named Director of In School Programs at Memphis Music Initiative.
Paris Ducker (GR2016) has been named Administrative Director at Seeding Success.
Catherine Joyce (EP2012) has been named Director of Continuous Improvement at Seeding Success.
Mark Sturgis (EP2013) has been named Chief Executive Officer of Seeding Success.
Beverly Robertson (EP1989) has been named a Tennessee Woman of the Century by USA Today.

JULY 2020

Alexandra “Ali” Sinkular (EP2019) has been named Board Vice Chair for Momentum Non-Profit Partners.
Anna Katherine Word (FTS2008) has been named Chief Development Officer for MIFA.
Arnetta Stanton Macklin (EP2007) has been named Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer for MIFA.
Chad L. Hampton (FTF2017) has been named Business Development Specialist at PAX Behavioral Health.
Brit Fitzpatrick (FTF2012) has been named Executive Director at Blue North.
Brent Nair (EP2012) has been named Director of Projects at TCARE, Inc.
Christine Essary (FTF2013) has joined the STS Enterprise Corporation Board of Directors.
Michael Todd (EP2016) has been named Sales Manager at Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton.
Rafael Durand (EP2012) has been named Leadership Public Speaker at DXPAT Consulting, LLC.

JUNE 2020

Susan Nash (EP2004) has been named Director of Staff at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
Reggie Davis (EP2017) has been named Director of Beyond the Class Room at Seeding Success.
Edith Kelly-Green (EP1987) has been awarded an Entrepreneur Award.
Toria Crawford-Brown (EP2017) has been named Manager at The Pursuit Center/Shelby County Schools.
Alexandra Matlock (EP2013) has been named a Certified Gallup Strength Coach for Upzona.
Alicia Saulsberry (FTS2014) has written and published the book Unpacking the Dresser Drawer: A Guide to Maintaining Healthy Relationships.
Shelia Terrell (EP2009) has been named President and CEO for RISE Foundation.
Jamilica Burke (EP2008) has been named Chief Strategy and Impact Officer for Seeding Success.

MAY 2020

Foluke Houston (FTF2017) has been named Senior Corporate Recruiter at AutoZone.
Shelia Noone (FTF2012) has been appointed Board Member and President for PRSA Memphis.
Trennie Williams (EP2000) has been named Representative of Primerica.
Joe Witherwax (EP2017) has been named Vice President of Technology & Payments for Deere Employees Credit Union.
Raymond “Ray” Rico (FTS2010) has been named Partner of The Doghouzz Restaurant.
Dr. Marlon King (EP2020) has been selected as the new Superintendent for Jackson-Madison County School System.
Dino Hull (FTS2009) has been named Chief Improvement Officer at Level Up Strategic Consulting.
Jan Brucker (FTS2008) has been named Addiction Therapist at Turning Point Recovery Center, Inc.

APRIL 2020

Audra Moore (EP2010) has been named Account Technology Strategist at Microsoft.
Justin Casey (EP2017) has been named Business Officer at The University of Memphis.
Alisha Tillery (EP2017) has been named Director at KQ Communications.
Julie Graves (EP2013) has been named Regional Resource Development Director at Salvation Army.
Candace Steele Flippin (EP2019), Vernon H. Stafford, Jr. (EP2015) and Anton Vincent (EP2000) have been named as the 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine
Justin Lawhead (EP2019) has been appointed Chief University Health & Safety Officer at The University of Memphis.
Al Bright, Jr. (EP2014) has been named a Member at Bass, Berry & Sims.
Stephanie Butler (EP2002) has been named Two-Generation Strategic Partnership & Advocacy Director for AGAPE.
Tanya Hart (EP2019) has been recognized as one of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women In Business.
Phyllis Thomas (EP2016) has been named Officer of EEO, Labor, Diversity and Inclusion at City of Memphis.
Joe Lyons (EP2016) has been named President at Microban International.
Reggie Crenshaw (EP2011) has been elected to the for Facing History and Ourselves, Memphis Board of Directors and named the Memphis Advisory Board Chair.

MARCH 2020

Frank Dyer, III (EP2014) was named Vice President at Gill Properties, INC.
Karen Rodriguez (EP2016) was named Logistical Operations Coordinator at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
June West (EP1995) was named Chief Development Officer at Memphis Heritage Incorporated.
George Tolbert (FTS2012) was named Business Development Specialist at Doctor Referral Institute.
Shayna Rattler (EP2012) became CEO of Shayna Speaks.

FEBRUARY 2020

Briggette Green (EP2013) was named a CEO of the Year by Inside Memphis Business. Read more HERE.
Melanie Blakeney (EP2015) was awarded the Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification.
Deidre Malone (EP1999) and Deanie Parker (EP1989) were honored as “Memphis Women Shaping Cultural Advancements” by The Division of Housing and Community Development, Memphis Heritage Trail Project at the Trailblazer Awards.
Brandy Sims (FTF2012) became the Prospect Researcher at Best Friends Animal Society.
Jonathan Frisch (EP2009) was elected board chair for LITE.
David Darby (EP2005) started a new position as PK Global Microsoft AppDev CoE Leader at PK.
Jennifer Sharp (FTF2019) was hired as the Communications Specialist for SisterReach.

JANUARY 2020

Foluke Houston (FTF2017) was appointed to the Board of Directors for SHRM-Memphis as the VP of Membership.
Roshunda Buchanan (FTS2010) received the Best of 2019 Memphis Local Business Award – The 2Unique “Closet” Boutique.
Harrison McIver (EP2002) was presented with the Founder’s Award by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), an honor it established for the purpose of recognizing his extraordinary contributions to Tennessee’s access to justice community during his twenty-year tenure as chair of Equal Justice University and tenure as Executive Director of Memphis Area Legal Services.
Lindsey Roberts (FTF2017) was featured as the Newest FACE of Memphis.

DECEMBER 2019

Lisa Brumleve Pratt (FTS2010) was named Business Development Manager at LG&W Federal Credit Union.
Felicia Stone (FTF2010) was named Talent Acquisition Leader at AOC Aliancys.
Miska Clay Bibbs (EP2013) was named Chief of Staff at Teach for America and Chairperson at Shelby County Schools.
Heidi Kuhn (EP2017) is serving on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee State Court Clerks Association.
James McCraw (FTF2017) joined the Memphis office of Avison Young as the Vice President of Retail Brokerage Services.
Jason Farmer (EP2015) was selected for the Leadership TN Class VII and was named a Point of Light Honoree.
Katrina Kimble (FTF2018) was named Mission Integration Outreach Coordinator at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for the My Sister’s Keeper Project.

NOVEMBER 2019

Eric Brown (FTS2019) joined the Office of Nashville Mayor John Cooper as Coordinator of the Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment.
Brent Nair (EP2012) was named Principal Consultant and Founder at Technology Advocates.
Calvin Anderson (EP1984) was the recipient of the 2019 Kiwanian of the Year Award.
Cindy Ettingoff (EP1997) was chosen as CEO of Memphis Area Legal Service.
Glynis Cox-Finnie (FTF2010) founded of the Glynis Cancer Foundation
Lakesha Williams (EP2015) was featured on WREG-TV on November 27, 2019. View her segment.

OCTOBER 2019

Danielle Inez (FTS2013) was named Chief of Staff for Shelby County Government.
Michael Deutsch (EP2019) was awarded the Community Service Award from the National Invest in Others Organization.
Cindricka Arrington (FTS2019) was featured as a Leading Woman in Business for Memphis within the subscription issues of Fortune, Entrepreneur, & Real Simple Magazines in the month of October for helping clients excel in life and business. She was also featured in His Favor Magazine, an online publication, and co-authored an ebook, Glambitious Guide to Being an Entrepreneur in September 2019.
Meg Thomas Crosby (EP2009) was named Operating Partner at SSM Partners.
Audrey Gregory (EP2013) was named President of Tenet’s Detroit Medical Center and CEO of its Adult Central Campus.
Larry D. McHatch, Jr. (FTS2011) was elected Chief Financial Officer of Alpha Memphis Education Foundation.
Al Bright, Jr. (EP2014) was named a member at Bass, Berry & Sims.
Mona Doggett Wilson (FTF2018) was named Manager of Training and Development for Cognate BioServices.
LaKeisha Harrison (FTF2011) was named Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member for Startup Grind.
Kathy Buckman Gibson (EP2003) was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI) Women in Industry Division at its recent annual PaperCon conference. Kathy has served her industry for over 25 years and is the CEO and President of KBG Technologies, a woman-owned business providing chemistry and smart technologies to the pulp and paper industry and water treatment market.
Gortria Banks (FTS2019) has been named a Finalist for Memphis Business Journal CFO of the Year 2019.
Kenya Bradshaw (EP2007) was awarded a Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professionals Award, which honors African American rising Memphians who offer unique and innovative solutions to social problems, as well as those who shine in their respective professions.
Harrison McIver, III (EP2002) has been awarded the Founders Award from The Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services.
Alana Hu Perkovic (FTS2017) as been named to the Greater Memphis Chamber Young Memphis Class 2019.
Larry Moore (EP1980) has written and published a new book, “Images of Beale Street.” Learn more and order your copy HERE.
Steve Pacheco (EP1993) has been named president & CEO of the American Advertising Federation. Read more HERE.
Tim Green (EP2017) has been named Director of Boys Programs at Tarik Black Foundation.
Karen Ellis (EP1996) was re-elected Chairman of the Environment Council for Airlines For America, industry association for U. S. airlines.
Pearson Crutcher (EP2008) was selected Superwoman in Business from the Memphis Business Journal. Read the full article HERE.
Jay Healy (EP2008) was selected as a Five Star Wealth Manager by Crescendo Business Services, LLC for the eighth time.

SEPTEMBER 2019

Valerie Morris (EP2014) was named as a 2019 Woman of Distinction at the Fifth Annual St. Jude Gold Luncheon. Read the full article HERE.
Whitney Jo (FTS2008) has been named one of the Memphis Business Journal’s 2019 Super Woman in Business. Read the full article HERE.
Vernon Stafford (EP2015) was recently re-elected Vice-Chairman of Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s board of commissioners. Read the full article HERE.
Lawrence “Larry” Jensen (EP2000) has been named Chairman/Principal Cushman & Wakefield, Commercial Advisors.
Ignacio Vincentelli (EP2015) has been named Senior Counsel – NAC at International Paper.
Joe Witherwax (EP2017) has been named Vice President of IT at Deere Employees Credit Union.
Dominique Primer (FTF2015) has been named Program Support Coordinator at Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South.
Sheena Boyce (FTF2015) has been named Sourcing Specialist at Aramark.
Kaci Murley (FTF2011) has been named Deputy Executive Director at Overton Park Conservancy.

AUGUST 2019

Foluke Houston (FTF2014) was named a Memphis Business Journal 2019 SuperWoman in Business. Read the full MBJ article HERE.
Jared Bulluck (FTF2010) was named Senior Director of Operations for Leadership Memphis.
Sara Swisher (Grassroots2017) was named Membership Chair for Young NonProfit Professionals Network.
Brit Fitzpatrick (FTF2012) was named Interim Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.
Tracy Lauritzen-Wright (EP2012) was named Chief Operating Officer for Arts Memphis.
David Darby (EP2005) was named 57lb Team Leader at ProKarma.
Michael Newsome (FTF2014) has been named Vice President of Marketing at Neuronetics, Inc.
Janie Gentry Bates (EP2009) launched a new website and brand to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Arcade Restaurant and the passing of the torch to the 4th generation of the Zepatos family. Read more HERE.

APRIL 2019

Maura Sullivan (EP2005) was recently awarded the certification of Credentialed City Manager. There are only 11 others with this certification in Tennessee.
Chooch Pickard (FTF2009) received the inaugural Presidents Award in the 2019 AIA Memphis design Awards for creating the Memphis/Shelby County Community Leaders Summit. Read the full Daily Memphian article HERE.
Jimmie Tucker (EP1997) has become a national AIA fellow. Read the full Daily Memphian article HERE.
Valentine Cochran (FTF2008) received the member service award for applying design-thinking to help nonprofits and “rolling up her sleeves to serve those in need.” Read the Daily Memphian article HERE.

MARCH 2019

Lakesha Williams (EP2015) has accepted a new position as a Private Wealth Manager with Regions Bank.
Thurston Smith (EP2013) – After 20 years of civil service with the Veterans Health Administration, Thurston began a new career as adjunct faculty at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. With over 25 years of experience in the counseling, behavioral health, and continuing education fields, Thurston will bring a wealth of experience to his new academic role.
James McCraw (FT2017) has been promoted to Senior Commercial Real Estate Sales and Leasing Broker at The Gary Myers Company.
Gloria Boyland (EP2008) corporate vice president of operations and service support for FedEx, is on Black Enterprise’s 2019 List of the Most Powerful Women in Corporate America. Read the full Commercial Appeal article HERE.
Steve Franklin (EP2014) is now the Chief Financial Officer at MCR Safety.
Austin Baker (EP2008) is now Founding Member and Chief Financial Officer at National Enrollment Partners.
Tera Upshaw (FTS2013) is now the Recreation Coordinator for the City of Memphis.
Diane Jalfon (EP2008) is now the Owner/Partner at Conduit.
Sheila Noone (FTF2012) is now a Board Member, VP of Programming at PRSA Memphis.
Charlotte Henderson (EP2018) is now a Tax Partner at Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck PLC.
Michael Newsome (FTF2014) founded a new website design, branding, and digital marketing company, LAB Digital Creative, with partner Alan Hudgins. Check it out HERE.
DeQuanda Roberson (FTF2009) has been named Sponsorship Development Manager of Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Read the Daily Memphian article HERE.
Tiffany Casey (FTF2017) has been promoted to Director of Transit Operations at the Memphis Area Transit Authority
Alton Cryer (FTF2013) has been selected as a 2019 Top 20 under 30 for the Memphis Flyer.
Eddie Hayes (FTS2009) has accepted a new position at the Greater Memphis Chamber as a Membership Account Executive.
Tabitha Glenn (EP2016) has been promoted to Interim Vice President of Direct Marketing at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Tonya Dyson (FTS2012) is now the Executive Director of the Memphis Slim Collaboratory.
Rosa Marie Potts (EP2014) has been named Senior Development Director for March of Dimes.
Melanie Blakeney (EP2014) has joined Marx-Bensdorf, Realtors as an affiliate real estate broker. Prior to joining the firm, she served as CEO of the Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR).

FEBRUARY 2019

Ivette Baldizon  (EP2007) is the new Executive Director of the Mid-South Latino Chamber of Commerce.
Candace Steele Flippin (EP2019) was recently recognized by The Network Journal at its 21st Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon.

JANUARY 2019

Linda Williams (EP1996)​ was recently honored as 2019 Luminary Awards from the City of Memphis. Read the full article here.
Regina Walker (EP1987)​ was recently honored as 2019 Luminary Awards from the City of Memphis. Read the full article here.
Dr. Joe Ann Ballard (EP2002) was recently honored as 2019 Luminary Awards from the City of Memphis. Read the full article here.
Sharon Devine Harris (EP1998) has started a new position as Vice President Human Resources at AnovoRx.
Patrice Robinson (EP2006) has been elected Vice Chair of the Memphis City Council.
Gerre Currie (EP2013) has been appointed to serve on the Memphis City Council District 6.
Elizabeth Woodcock (EP2016) has started a new position as Chief Operating Officer at Compass Community Schools.
Nelia Dempsey (EP2016) has started a new position as Assistant Director of Legislative/Public Affairs at Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

DECEMBER 2018

Jonathan Skrmetti (EP2016) has been named Chief Deputy of the Tennessee Attorney General’s office. Read the full article here.
Amber Hampton (FTS2016) is now a Marketing Assistant at TopRx.
Shunji Brown-Woods (EP2018) has been promoted to Sr. Director, Global Professional Affairs at Smith & Nephew.
Carol Jones (EP2010) was inducted into the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, Memphis District’s Gallery of Distinguished Employees on December 17, 2018.
Eric Robertson (EP2006) & Lori Robertson (FF2008 & EP2019) were recently featured in the Commercial Appeal as “The power couple working to empower Memphis out of poverty.”
Pat Mitchell-Worley (EP2011) has been named the new Executive Director at the Stax Music Academy.

 

NOVEMBER 2018

J.W. (EP1999) and Kathy (EP2003) Gibson won the 2018 Oustanding Volunteer Fundraiser Crystal Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis Chapter.
Valerie Morris (EP2014) has been named the PRSA 2018 Executive of the Year.
Christin Webb (FTF2017) was selected as a 2018 Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Award Recipient.
Lori Spicer Robertson (FTF2008) was selected as a 2018 Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Award Recipient.
Jena Scott-Robinson (FTS2017) was selected as a 2018 Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Award Recipient.
Rachel Knox (FTF2013) was featured as a 2018 Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Award Recipient.
Angela Hill (FTS2015) is now the Administrator, Parks and Ground Maintenance for Shelby County Government.

 

OCTOBER 2018

Joy Truly Brown (EP2016) has been promoted to Director of Production Operations at Orpheum Theatre; Elected 2018-2019 President Hospitality Marketing Sales Association International (HSMAI).
Edith Kelly Green (EP1987) has been elected to the Sanderson Farms Board.
Mark Norris (EP1991) has been confirmed as a Federal Judge by the U.S. Senate.
Wendi Thomas (EP2010) has been chosen at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) 2018 journalist of the year.
Raumesh Akbari (EP2017) has been selected as the MBJ’s Top 40 under 40.
Kerri Campbell (FTF2010 and EP2014) has been selected as the 2018’s MBJ’s Top 40 under 40.
Andrea Hill (FTS2015) has been selected as 2018’s MBJ’s Top 40 under 40.
Alton Cryer (FTS2013) has been selected as 2018’s MBJ’s Top 40 under 40.
Jonathan Ealy (FTF2016) as been selected as 2018’s MBJ’s Top 40 under 40.
Lakesha Williams (EP2015) has been selected as 2018’s MBJ’s Top 40 under 40.
Kayon Montaque (FTF2016) has been selected as 2018’s MBJ’s Top 40 under 40.
Larry D. McHatch, Jr. (FT2011) has been named to the Board of The Alpha Memphis Education Foundation.
Justin Jamerson (EP2017 & FTF2014) was featured in 4 Memphis Magazine as a Memphis Pathfinder. Read the full article HERE.
Shamichael Hallman (EP2013) was recently featured in 4 Memphis Magazine as a Memphis Pathfinder. Read the full article HERE.
Pierre Landaiche (EP2011) is now the Project Manager for the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame.
Alexandra Matlock (EP2013) was recognized as a Women in Business presented by Memphians on the Move.
Estella Mayhue-Greer (EP2012) was recognized as a Women in Business presented by Memphians on the Move.
Carolyn Hardy (EP1995) was recognized as a Women in Business presented by Memphians on the Move.
Kimberly Heathcott (EP2012) was recognized as a Women in Business presented by Memphians on the Move.

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

Kirbi Tucker (FTF2017) is now the College of Education-Coordinator for Graduate Recruitment at The University of Memphis.
Chris McLean (EP2012) has been named Chief Financial Officer for Shelby County.
Lisa Driver (EP2017) is a 2018 Super Woman in Business, presented by the Memphis Business Journal.
Lori Spicer Robertson (FTF2008 & EP2019) received a 2018 Super Women in Business Award from the Memphis Business Journal.
Monica Wharton (EP2014) received a 2018 Super Women in Business Award, presented by the Memphis Business Journal.
Georgia King (Grassroots2008) will be honored with the MLK 50 Award for Leadership and Activism in the Memphis community at the 23rd Stone Awards presentation at the Buckman Performing Arts Center Arts.
Joann Massey (EP2014) has been named as Co-Chair for the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis’ Young Women’s Advisory Council Mentoring Committee for 2018-2019.
James Overstreet (EP2011) is now the Editor in Chief for the Daily Memphian.
Patrice Thomas (EP2016) is now the Chief Administrative Officer for Shelby County Government.
Danielle Inez (FTS2013) is now the Special Assistant to the Shelby County Mayor.
Marlinee Iverson (EP2017) has been appointed as the Shelby County Attorney.
David Bradford Jr. (EP2015) has been elected to the Shelby County Commission.
Willie Brooks (EP1986) has been elected to the Shelby County Commission.
Edmund Ford, Jr. (EP2011) has been elected to the Shelby County Commission.
Wanda Halbert (EP2008 & CJJ2015) has been elected Shelby County Clerk.
Heidi Kuhn (EP2017) has been elected  Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk.
Mickell Lowery (EP2011) has been elected to the Shelby County Commission.
Van Turner (EP2011) has been elected to the Shelby County Commission.
Michael Whaley (EP2012) has been elected to the Shelby County Commission.