Class Notes

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Class Notes Update 10/24/13:

  • Rick Bell (’89) and Necole Beene were married on July 6, 2013 in Lebanon, Tennessee. Rick is a professor at Cumberland University.
  • Beth Bonner (’12) and Jeff Bonner (’11) welcomed their first son, Easton Hise Bonner, on February 3, 2013.
  • Gloria Caples (’11) was recently hired as a Marketing Assistant to the Athletics Department at Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Sean Ford (’12) recently opened CrossFit Nolensville on June 1, 2013. It offers monthly memberships with classes Monday-Saturday.
  • Rachel Henson (’09) and Sheridan Henson (’09) welcomed their first son, Finley “Finn” Steven Henson, on April 24, 2013. In July, Rachel accepted a position at Cedars Preparatory Academy teaching 2nd grade while Sheridan began a doctoral program in May of this year at Trevecca Nazarene University studying leadership and professional practice.
  • Ashley Horton (’04) was awarded the Florence Nightingale award at Centennial Medical Center.
  • Chris Lewis (’08) graduated with his doctorate in Pharmacy from UT Health Science Center in May of 2013.
  • Kathy Onwu (’12) was recently crowned Miss Africa USA 2013. Kathy represented Nigeria at the pageant.
  • Shelby Roberts (’09) and Jake Roberts (’09) welcomed their first son, Ryder Jacob Roberts, on June 29, 2013.
  • Kenny Sallis (’11) and Kellie O’Connell were married on March 9, 2013 at Legacy Farms in Lebanon, Tennessee. The couple resides in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Tracy Sloane (’89) has been named the new baseball coach at Dekalb County High School.
  • Kempess Villafana (’11) was recently hired as the men and women’s head soccer coach at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • B.J. West (’11) was recently appointed as the new principal at Macon County Jr. High School.
  • Amy Williams (’06) has been named the new assistant principal at Pisgah Elementary School in Clarksville, Tennessee.
  • Megan Williams (’13) and Shayne Martin were married June 15, 2013, at the Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii.
  • Amber Woodard (’06) and William McKee, Jr. were married on March 9, 2013, at Bellwood Chapel in Lebanon, Tennessee. Amber is the Reference & Instruction Librarian at Cumberland University.

Class Notes Update 4/30/13:

  • Mandy Upton Belote (’07) graduated from Nashville School of Law in December 2011. She is currently employed at Vance Law Office in Watertown, Tennessee.
  • Trevor Crafton (’02) was recently named Executive Director of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce in Madison, Indiana.
  • Nicki Dean (’12) has accepted a 2nd grade teaching position at Central Elementary School in Lafayette, Tennessee.
  • Barbara Griffin (’05) was accepted to Walden University for the Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership program.
  • Katie Hudson (’11) and Matthew Vance (’10) were married on September 22, 2012, at the Baber House at Kennesaw Farms in Gallatin, Tennessee. The couple currently resides in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Mary Beth Browning Huntington (’00) joined the faculty at MNPS Virtual School in January 2013 as a Social Studies teacher. She continues to serve as an advisor at Nashville Big Picture High School. Mary was also selected to participate in the Race to the Top Take 1! Program in order to complete I component of National Board Certification in Secondary Social Studies.
  • Wayne Jenkins (’74) will begin his second year with Ozburn Hessey Logistics in Brentwood, Tennessee, as a Freights Accounts Payable Coordinator.
  • Louise Kelton (’99) was confirmed by the United States Senate to become U.S. Marshal for Tennessee’s Middle District.
  • Eric Lankford (’03) has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer with Arvest Bank  in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Erin Neal Lewis (’08) graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi in August of 2012.
  • Keeley Locke (’10) graduated with her MSC in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in November of 2012. She is now interning in Media and Policy with Global Green USA in Santa Monica, California.
  • Scott Murray (’96) was recently named Head Football Coach of Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Shawn O’Conner (’08) was named CEO/Administrator at Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation Center in Westmoreland, Tennessee.
  • Michelle Osborne (’08) and Warren Osborne welcomed their first child, Liam, on January 21, 2012, and their second child, Xenia, on November 20, 2012.
  • Richelle Tramel (’03) and Thomas Tramel welcomed their second son, Jase Bradley, on November 20, 2012.
  • Derrick Wilson (’10) was hired as the Performance Excellence Coordinator at RockTenn in May of 2012.
  • John Winnett (’04) was recently named as Chief Development & External Affairs Officer at Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee.
  • Molly Yarbrough (’04) and Christopher Andy Yarbrough welcomed their second child, Anna Kate, on December 28, 2012.

Class Notes Update 11/29/12:

  • Jenny Bennett (‘06) and Louis Bennett of Lebanon, Tennessee, recently gave birth to their second child, Laurel Rhea, on September 21, 2012. His proud big brother is Will.
  • Justin Bradford (‘08) of La Vergne, Tennessee, is a radio sports talk host on the Penalty Box Radio Show on 102.5 The Game.
  • Taylor Doubler (‘12) and John McElroy (‘03) were married on October 20, 2012, at the Cedars of Lebanon in Lebanon, Tennessee. The couple resides in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Capt. John Fesler (’11) of Lebanon, Tennessee, has accepted the position of Flight Commander with the Air National Guard at Maxwell Air Force Base. Fesler will be  in charge of training officer candidates vying for a commission in the Air National Guard.
  • Mackenzie Fox (‘12) of Lebanon, Tennessee, was hired at Uniguest as a computer operator in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Rebekah George (‘09) of Huntland, Tennessee, was recently hired as the Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at Sewanee: The University of the South.
  • Chris Gray (‘12) of Lebanon, Tennessee, was recently hired as an adult case manager at Mental Health Cooperative.
  • Tim McCord (‘12) of Lebanon, Tennessee, has joined First Freedom Bank’s Lebanon office. McCord will be a customer service representative.
  • Kaydy McIntosh (‘12) and Dan Wellendorf (‘11) were married on September 8, 2012, at Gladeville Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Kaydy is the athletic trainer at Beech High School and Dan works for Verizon Wireless. The couple resides in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Rachel Mullins (‘12) and Mason Harrell (‘11) were married on July 14, 2012, at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Hermitage, Tennessee. Rachel works for Mullins Realty Group, LLC, and Mason works for the Vanderbilt University Police Department.
  • Jessica Rogers (‘09) of Lebanon, Tennessee, has been promoted to portfolio manager in the Lebanon office of First Freedom Bank. In her new position, she will manage a loan portfolio that includes primarily commercial loans and will serve as an officer of the bank.
  • Jake Roberts (‘09) of Lebanon, Tennessee, was hired as the head football coach at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. Jake also teaches world and U.S. history, government, and economics.
  • Josh Sevier (‘12) of Lebanon, Tennessee, was hired at Environmental Science Corporation as a chemist.
  • Sueann Smith (‘09) and Chris Smith (‘10) of Lebanon, Tennessee, recently welcomed their first son, Elijah James Smith, on September 11, 2012.

Class Notes Update 8/21/12:

  • Curt Bureau (’11) and Amanda Amburn of Dunlap, Tennessee  were married on June 22, 2012 at High Point Farms in Flintstone, Georgia. Curt is a teacher and football coach at Riverdale High School and Amanda is a nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center. The couple resides in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Taylor Doubler (’12) was recently chosen as the 4th and 5th grade CDC teacher at Castle Heights Elementary. Taylor resides in Lebanon, Tennessee. 
  • John Essary (’11) and Sarah Huddleston (’12) were married on June 1, 2012 at Cedarwood in Nashville, Tennessee. The couple resides in Watertown, Tennessee. 
  • Wendi Glass (’08) of Braintree, Massachusetts has been promoted to clinical supervisor of Youth Villages’ Intercept intensive in-home services program, which provides services to troubled children and their families in their homes. Glass previously served Youth Villages as a family intervention specialist. 
  • Sandra Grisham (’71) of Lebanon, Tennessee has been promoted to Principal at Mt. Juliet Elementary School. She started her teaching career in Smith County and transferred to Wilson County in 1986.
  • Chris Hulin (’94) of Portland, Tennessee has been named dean/program director of the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, a Nashville-based school dedicated to training nurses who provide anesthesia. Chris replaces current dean Mary Elizabeth DeVasher, who served the school for 40 years. 
  • Scott Lawrence (’08) and Ashley Kemp were married on June 9, 2012 at the bride’s mother’s home in Carthage, Tennessee. Scott is an account manager for Georgia Pacific and Ashley is a Vice President at Tennessee Contract Carriers, Inc. in Gordonsville, Tennessee. The couple resides in Lebanon, Tennessee. 
  • Adam Maxwell (’09) and Mallory Cook (’10) were married on June 9, 2012 at Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville. Adam works at Powell and Meadows Insurance and Mallory is a nurse at Baptist Hospital.  Adam and Mallory live in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Kaydy McIntosh (’12) of Lebanon, Tennessee was recentyl highered as the athletic trainer for Beech High School in Sumner County. 
  • Gregory Stewart (’03) of Nashville, Tennessee has recently been appointed as the new principal at Nashville School of Arts. Stewart is a North Carolina native who came to Metro in 1996 as a teacher. 
  • Megan White (’08) of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, recently gave birth to her second son Sam White on April 23, 2012. Megan is married to Ashton White and big brother to Sam is Corbin White. 
  • Jeannie Wood (’97) recently obtained her RN4 status at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She currently works in the Main Recovery Room as a staff nurse.
  • John-Paul Wood Jr. (’97) of Pleasant View, Tennessee is running for State Representative—78th District—Cheatham and Dickson counties. He currently serves as a 2nd term Cheatham County Commissioner 3rd District and is Chairman of the Education Committee.


Class Notes Update 3/16/12:

  • Kendall Agee (Class of 2008) and Torrez Hampton (Class of 2008) were married on December 31, 2011 in Baird Chapel on Cumberland University’s campus. The couple currently reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • Tai Hall (Class of 2006) of Lebanon, Tennessee, recently gave birth ro Harper Ann Hall on December 12, 2011. She is married to Garrett Hall (Class of 2005), and is currently a teacher at Coles Ferry Elementary.
  • Louise Kelton (Class of 1999)  of Nashville, Tennessee was recently nominated by President Obama to serve as a United States Marshal. She has spent her entire law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and is currently serving as a Deputy Chief.
  • Justin McKinney (Class of 2001)  was chosen to be the recipient of the Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. He was presented this award on January 14, 2012 at the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society annual meeting at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital. Justin is the athletic trainer at Lebanon High School.
  • Ashley Richardson (Class of 2007), who joined First Freedom Bank in January 2011, was recently promoted to personal banker in the bank’s Mt. Juliet office. She was previously customer service representative manager at the bank.
  • Kailen Smart (Class of 2011) of Waipahu, Hawaii was recently hired by Frito Lay. She will be the District Sales Leader for that area.

Class Notes Update 7/28/11:

  • Anthony Billups (Class of 2006) of Nashville, Tennessee is a country singer, songwriter and artist who recently opened for Luke Bryan at Old Settlers Days in Rockton, Illinois.
  • Suanne Bone (Class of 1996) of Lebanon, Tennessee is the new executive director of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL).  Prior to coming to TACDL, she served as legislative liaison at the Department of Tourism Development, and worked as a fundraising/finance assistant with a U.S. Senate campaign, as an affiliate real estate broker, and as a clerk for Lowery, Lowery and Cherry PLLC and Lannon and Williams PLLC.  She received her law degree from the Nashville School of Law.
  • Virginia A. Carrigan (Class of 1993) of Hermitage, Tennessee will become a patrol sergeant at a precinct still to be determined with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD).  Carrigan is a five-year veteran of the MNPD and most recently served as a detective with Hermitage Precinct Investigations.
  • Lucas Daugherty (Class of 2010) of Lebanon, Tennessee and wife Becca welcomed Beau Maddox Daugherty into their family on May 19.
  • Jennings Harlan (Class of 1996) of Columbia, Tennessee was recently named a Teacher of the Year for Maury County schools.  Harlan, a math teacher at Santa Fe Unit School, has taught for Maury County Public Schools for the past 21 years.  During her career, she has served as an interim teacher and a part-time homebound teacher.  Additionally, she has taught at Whitthorne Middle and Central High.  She is now teaching math to seventh and eighth graders at Santa Fe.
  • Jessica Hatley (Class of 2009) and Eric Rogers (Class of 2009) of Lebanon, Tennessee were married June 4, 2011.
  • Michael A. Marciano (Class of 1997) of Clarksville, Tennessee was recently appointed Head of Upper School for Clarksville Academy, a Pre-K through 12th grade private college preparatory school.  Marciano was previously employed by Ft. Campbell High School serving as a member of the School Improvement Team.  He had served as Athletic Director, ISS Director and as the administrator facilitating all disciplinary referrals.  Marciano is married to Holly and they have two sons, Josh and Colby.
  • Mike Moultry (Class of 2009) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee will become a patrol sergeant at a precinct still to be determined with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD).  Moultry is a thirteen-year veteran of the MNPD and most recently was assigned to the Canine Unit.
  • Camellia Petty (Class of 1994) of Brentwood, Tennessee has been promoted to vice president, product and application development at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).  In her new role, Petty is responsible for building the business processes and technical foundations required to meet the future needs of BMI’s songwriters, composers, publishers and licensees.  Her responsibility spans all application systems and product development within BMI, including data governance, data management, data architecture, imaging technology and business intelligence.  Petty has played a key role in creating innovative programs to accurately distribute royalties to BMI’s songwriters and music publishers.  These programs include new methodology for the precise distribution of royalties from professional sports teams, theme parks, airlines and live performances in concert venues of all sizes.  
  • Shelby Mason Roberts (Class of 2009) of Lebanon, Tennessee has been appointed as the physical education teacher at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.  She will teach physical education and coach the middle school volleyball team.  Roberts most recently was an admissions representative for Cumberland University.
  • Chris Slaughter (Class of 1998) of Lascassas, Tennessee will be opening a State Farm Insurance Agency in Hermitage on November 1.
  • Meredith Thomas (Class of 2011) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Jim McDowell of Lebanon, Tennessee were married June 2011 at North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.  Meredith is the alumni relations coordinator for Cumberland University and Jim works as a teacher and head basketball coach at Lebanon High School.  
  • Amy Walworth (Class of 2005) of Kearney, Nebraska recently gave a joint presentation on “Making Musical Connections in Beginning Band” at the National Kodaly Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She teaches grade K-6 music at Chase County Schools and is a member of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.  She has also presented at the Nebraska Music Educators Association and at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and recently applied to give a presentation at an international music conference in Chicago.
  • Stefanie Wuenscher (Class of 2005, 2006) of Franklin, New Hampshire has joined Malone Dirubbo & Co., PC as a certified public accountant.  She has audit and tax experience in a variety of industries, including nonprofit, healthcare and manufacturing.  Wuenscher is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Hampshire Society of CPA’s.

Class Notes Update 1/3/11:

  • Jason Brewer (Class of 2002, 2004) of Port Orange, Florida was recently named Associate Director of the Daytona Campus for the University of Central Florida.  Jason and his wife Kelly Whitaker Brewer(Class of 2004) have returned to Florida after numerous years at Cumberland University.
  • Chase Brooks(Class of 2005) and Cindy McDonald Brooks(Class of 2005) of Portland, Tennessee were married in June 2006 and have two children, Cade and Chloe.  Chase teaches and serves as a football coach at Smyrna High School. The Smyrna football team was recently runner-up in the Class 6A football state championships.  Cindy is a stay at home taking care of her children and supporting her husband.
  • Michael J. Brzezicki (Class of 1985) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserve after 34 years of military service on September 30, 2010.  Michael was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during the retirement ceremony.  Displaying extraordinary competence and vision, he was cited for evolving the Coast Guard’s performance improvement system through a variety of means, including policy, leadership and teaching.  He was instrumental in the rewrite of the Coast Guard’s Process Improvement Guide – the go-to book for tools, processes and models to ensure the Coast Guard advances towards its goal of being the best-led and best-managed organization in the government.  Michael also attained a Doctor of Philosophy from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  He has been married for 37 years to the former Anne Mather of South Windsor, Connecticut.
  • Steven M. Corey (Class of 1998) was recently named President of Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.  Steven’s appointment as the college’s 27th President was effective December 13, 2010.  Olivet College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution with an enrollment of 1,126 students.  He previously served as executive vice president of Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.  During his tenure at Prescott, Steven was responsible for directing all aspects of the college’s administrative and operational policies, objectives and initiatives.  He also managed the college’s overall financial policies as chief financial officer. In 2006, he was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve on the Arizona State Commission for Postsecondary Education.  Prior to Prescott, he served as a fellow for administrative collaboratives for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association.  He also spent 10 years at Cumberland University where he held the positions of vice president for administration, vice president for athletics, and director of sports medicine.  A native of Clovis, California, Steven’s family includes wife, Traci, and daughter, Karli.
  • Barbara Zajac Griffin(Class of 2005) of Hermitage, Tennessee recently gave birth to her second son Christopher Andrew Griffin on December 9, 2010.  Barbara finished her Master of Arts in Teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University in July 2010 with a license in Business.  She is currently working on an endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL) and is a second year ELL teacher at Two Rivers Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Rachel Morris Henson(Class of 2009) and Sheridan W. S. Henson (Class of 2009) were married on September 10, 2010, at the historic Melrose Church of Fiddler’s Grove in Lebanon, Tennessee. The ceremony was followed by a lovely reception in Cumberland University’s Baird Chapel. Although the couple never met while attending Cumberland, both were members of the Order of the Eastern Star where they met and found much in common, including a love for their alma mater. Currently, Rachel is a certified teacher at Lafayette Elementary School teaching students in the fourth grade while Sheridan coordinates the Academic Enrichment Center at Cumberland.
  • Chad M. Jackson (Class of 2001) of Hermitage, Tennessee recently joined the Nashville law firm of Morgan & Akins PLLC. Chad will focus on civil litigation, including workers’ compensation. After graduating cum laude from Cumberland University, he attended law school at the University of Memphis, where he received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.
  • Libby Brown O’Guin(Class of 1997, 2001) of Lebanon, Tennessee recently gave birth to Griffin Thomas O’Guin on September 1, 2010.  Libby is married to Justin Thomas O’Guin and has a five-year-old daughter named Abby Rae.  She currently serves as the Director of Student Life at Cumberland University.
  • Mary Jane Owen(Class of 1999) of Fairhope, Alabama has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Baldwin County Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors.  Mary Jane is co-owner and broker of Signature Properties, Inc.  She also was recently installed as a central region director for the Baldwin County Association of Realtors for 2011.
  • Heather Lawrence Parker (Class of 2009) and James Parker(Class of 2008) were married on November 13, 2010.  Heather and James live in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Anita Peterson(Class of 2003) of Nashville, Tennessee has been named vice president of behavioral health services for TriStar Health System.  Anita previously worked as the service line leader for TriStar’s behavioral health services and the administrator for the Parthenon Pavilion at Centennial Medical Center, where she was also administrative director and chief nursing officer.  Prior to TriStar, she was nursing leader for behavioral health at the Nashville VA Medical Center.  She has also held teaching roles at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, the University of the South, the University of Tennessee and Martin Methodist College.
  • Darrin Reynolds(Class of 2004) recently completed his Master of Arts in Christian Leadership fro Liberty University and will be graduating in Spring 2011.  Darrin currently serves as student pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee.
  • Shelby Mason Roberts(Class of 2009) and Jake Roberts(Class of 2008) were married July 17, 2010 in Athens, Tennessee.  Shelby works as an admissions counselor and Jake is an assistant football coach at Cumberland University.
  • Amber Woodard (Class of 2006) of Lebanon, Tennessee recently received The Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship.  Sixteen paraprofessional librarians from around the Appalachian region were awarded full scholarships to obtain their Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville via distance learning. The program is two years long and consists of 14 classes that cover a variety of Information Technology and Rural Librarianship topics. All recipients were awarded full tuition scholarships, an allowance for materials, and a laptop computer.

Class Notes Update 9/30/10:

  • Justin B. Bradford (Class of 2008) from Lebanon, Tenn. was recently named Online Media Strategist at Glass America.  With service centers in 21 states, Glass America is one of the largest independently owned automobile glass replacement and repair companies in the country.  Bradford’s new role is responsible for managing all online marketing for the company and overseeing all aspects of social media.  He previously served as Alumni Relations Coordinator for Cumberland University.
  • Mark J. Conner (Class of 1999, 2002) from Aiken, South Carolina has been hired by the San Diego Padres as area baseball scout for Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Eastern Indiana after having coached at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, Indian Hills Community College and Cumberland University.  At USC-Aiken, Conner has spent the last five seasons as pitching coach where he helped the Pacers to a school-record 47 wins in 2008 and the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship in 2009.
  • Nathan Johnson (Class of 1999) from Alexandria, Tenn. was recently honored by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society at their annual awards banquet. Johnson earned the Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.  Johnson serves as a certified athletic trainer for University Medical Center (UMC) in Lebanon. He is entering his ninth year in this role and has served Friendship Christian School during his tenure.  Johnson has been instrumental in organizing UMC’s annual Sports Screenings Day that provides comprehensive health screenings to Middle Tennessee student-athletes. He also spearheads the hospital’s Annual Coaches Clinic, which features health education programs focused on athletic injuries to area coaches.
  • John C. Pope (Class of 1996) from Lebanon, Tenn. was recently named as Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer for Farmington Financial Group’s Wilson County operations. Established in 2004, Farmington has become one of Middle Tennessee’s premier residential mortgage lenders.  Pope has over 14 years experience in the mortgage banking industry most recently serving as a Vice President with Pinnacle National Bank.  He is a member of the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club and spent seven years as President of the Cumberland University Alumni Association Board of Directors.
  • Cole Peacock (Class of 1996) from Fort Myers, Fla., has formed RC Peacock Consulting LLC, a firm specializing in corporate and governmental council.  Peacock most recent served as Director, Corporate and Governmental Relations for Chico’s FAS, Inc., and Vice President of Chico’s Charities, Inc.  His new firm will assist corporations and non-profits with business and community development as well as governmental affairs.  Peacock is also currently running for Florida State Representative for District 73.
  • Joe Repass (Class of 1994) from Brentwood, Tenn. has joined Avenue Bank as a new Mortgage Loan Originator.  Repass comes to Avenue Bank with more than 14 years of experience in mortgage lending.  He most recently served in the same role with Regions Bank
  • Clare Thomson-Smith (Class of 1997) from Old Hickory, Tenn. was recently named Assistant Dean for Faculty Practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN).  Thomson-Smith’s role is to work with VUSN faculty who are practicing on the Vanderbilt campus and in Williamson County under the Vanderbilt Medical Group.  She currently heads up the Center for Advanced Practice and Allied Health at the school and will continue in that role.  Thomson-Smith was also recently selected as a 2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • John D. Winnett (Class of 2004) of Nashville, Tenn. was recently named Chief Development & External Affairs Officer for Nashville Cares.  He most recently served as Vice President of Development, Marketing & Public Relations for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City.  Nashville Cares is a non-profit organization dedicated to a comprehensive and compassionate response to HIV and AIDS through education, advocacy, and supportive services.

Class Note Update 5/20/09:

  • Angela Deel -2009 Teacher of the Year honor for DuPont Hadley Middle School and runner-up for Metro’s Teacher of the Year.  The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce named her Educator of the Year this past Thursday.  She was honored at a luncheon at the Spring House Golf Course at Opryland.

Class Note Update 1/30/09:

Danna Johnson

Danna Johnson

Cumberland’s Danna Johnson received the 2009 Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society (TATS) Backbone of the Year Award for her hard work and enthusiasm as well as dedication and service to the athletic training students at CU during the recent TATS Annual Meeting and Symposium.

Members of the Cumberland Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) attended the annual meeting January 10-11 in Chattanooga. During the honors and awards luncheon Johnson, CU’s ATEP Clinical Coordinator, was presented with the Backbone of the Year Award.

The TATS Backbone of the Year Award is given to “the person whose commitment and enthusiasm exemplifies the unselfish loyalty to their respective programs, staff and athletes”.

Johnson was nominated and received the Backbone of the Year Award because of her commitment, dedication and loyalty to the athletic training students and student-athletes at Cumberland University, her hard work and enthusiasm in promoting the athletic training profession in Wilson County, and her work to bring together members of the local sports medicine community to benefit programs at Cumberland University and University Medical Center.

“We congratulate Danna for this professional achievement and thank her for the recognition that it brings to the Cumberland University Athletic Training Education Program,” said Danny Rogers, ATEP Director and Head Athletic Trainer. “She has done a tremendous job of coordinating the educational curriculum and directing student trainers in their needs with classroom and clinical work.”

Class Note Update 1/6/09:

Dora Mitchell

Dora Mitchell has been named Interim Executive Director of Nashville-Based Guardianship & Trusts Corporation (GTC), a non-profit organization that serves those who, by reason of developmental disability, mental illness or other impairment of intellect, are unable to make informed and rational financial and medical decisions for themselves.

Micthell, who has been with GTC for 10 years, previously served as Associate Executive Director.  Prior to joining GTC, she was employed by Mental Health Cooperative, Nashville.  She is a 2006 graduate of Cumberland University, where she earned a Master of Science degree in public service management.  Prior to that, she received a Bachelor in Social Work degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1996.  She has been a National Certified Guardian with the Center for Guardianship Certification since 1999.

GTC, a 501(c)3 organization, is the only non-profit trust company in Tennessee and one of the few in the nation.  The organization was founded in 1981.