News from Alumni

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Anthony Spates, Class of 2012, graduated with honors from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences.

Ben Coffman, Class of 2014, is a junior at the University of Alabama at Huntsville where he studies Mechanical Engineering. This summer, he worked as a research assistant with Boeing. In his role, he supported the 767 Tanker program, working on engineering production changes.

Meredith Maroney, Class of 2014, competed and placed second in the 2016 Miss Tennessee pageant. We also wish to congratulate her on her preliminary talent win. Meredith’s performances were outstanding all week as she represented her alma mater with grace.

• Best wishes to Kelli McDaniel, Class of 1997, and Matt Swank, who were married May 6, 2016 in Seaside, Florida.

• Congratulations to Tracy Dougan, Class of 2000, and Frank Lawrence Lombardo, III, who were married on April 30, 2016. The couple resides in Memphis where Tracy is a realtor with Marx-Bensdorf, Realtors and Larry is a partner at W Advisors, a wealth management firm.

• Congratulations and best wishes to alumni Melissa Morrison, Class of 2006, and Brad Hayes, Class of 1994, who were married in a small family ceremony on June 25, 2016. A reception for friends and family was held immediately following at the home of his parents. The couple will live in Jackson where Melissa is a nurse at TransSouth Healthcare and Brad is President of Hoyt Hayes Construction, Inc.

• Best wishes and congratulations to Jessica Powell, Class of 2008, and Jordan Zarshenas, who were married on April 2, 2016. The couple lives in Memphis, TN where Jessica is a NICU nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

• Congratulations to Bill Hardegree, Class of 2008, who married Morgan Spellings on March 19, 2016 in Dyer, TN.

• Best wishes to Mallory Yancey, Class of 2009, who married Lisle Whitman, II in Jackson, TN on November 7, 2015.

• Congratulations and best wishes to Brittney Teel, Class of 2010, and Brandon Churchill, who were married on June 25, 2016. The couple lives in Springfield, IL where Brittney is a registered nurse at Memorial Medical Center and Brandon is a medical student at Southern Illinois University.

• Best wishes to Kaleigh Davis, Class of 2011, and Weston Swims, who were married on June 25, 2016 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Jackson, TN.

• Congratulations on the engagement of Anna Caroline Lax, Class of 2014, to Matthew Elias Gatti. They will marry at Twin Oaks in Humboldt, TN on November 13, 2016.

Adam Warren, Class of 2003, and his wife, Theresa, welcomed their second child on April 21, 2016. Walter, or Walt, as his family calls him, weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 18 ½ inches long. He has a big brother named Parker.

• Congratulations to Carmen Timbes Carroll, Class of 2004, and her husband Chris on the addition of Molly Gordon to their family!

• Congratulations to alumni Maddie Koester Slack, Class of 2014, and Will Slack, Class of 2011, who recently announced the April 6, 2016 birth of Charlotte Louise. Charlotte weighed 7 ½ pounds and measured 21 inches long.

Rebecca Rogers, Class of 2012, graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University in May. She plans to attend graduate school at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she will study Vocal Performance.

• John Ross Glover, Class of 2012, saw his NCAA, Division 1 collegiate basketball career come to a conclusion with recognition as Lehigh University’s Scholar Athlete for 2016. He excelled academically at Lehigh, where he was named to the All Patriot League Academic team for three years. He received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court Award in 2015 and 2016 for academic excellence. He was the recipient of Lehigh University’s Scholar Athlete Award for 2016 in April. John Ross is once again a ‘Bruin’ as he has entered Belmont University School of Law. John Ross received the prestigious Bruin Scholarship for his law school tuition.

• We are saddened by the loss of 1975 Old Hickory Academy graduate Nancy Happel Dancy, who passed away on March 25, 2016, at her home in Humboldt, Tennessee. She was born on May 1, 1957, to the late Alexander Brown Dancy and Catherine Royster Bond of Jackson, Tennessee. After graduating from Old Hickory, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins College in Virginia and was an accomplished photographer. She will be missed by the entire OHA and USJ community.

• Former USJ baseball teammates Ben Brauss and Austin Orr once again played together on the diamond this spring, although this time, it was for opposing teams. Brauss now plays for the Harding University Bisons, while Orr plays for the Union University Bulldogs.

• Jon Ellis, Class of 1994, is doing great things for the Jackson housing market. He founded J. Ellis Company, Construction & Renovation, and is building houses in the Jackson Walk area. He has completed one structure on Wells Street and has two more under construction nearby. He plans to build at least seven more homes in the area on Union Avenue. His company is also working on building projects throughout West Tennessee.

Jon and his wife Courtney have one daughter, Marianna, who is in eighth grade at USJ.

• Kate Gardner Foust, Class of 2006, and her husband, Logan Foust, welcomed a precious baby girl on August 4, 2015. Huntley Ann Foust weighed 6 lbs 8 oz. and was 19 inches long.




Maggie Rheney

• Maggie Rheney, USJ Class of 2011, has been named Associate Publicist for Choice Media & Communications. A graduate of Samford University, Rheney recently completed an internship at Birmingham’s STYLE Advertising.

In her position, Rheney will support Choice Media in all areas of the business including implementing strategic public relations campaigns, assisting with client account management, drafting press materials, and devising social media strategy.

Prior to joining Choice, Rheney worked with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she assisted with obtaining sponsorship and donations, worked to market and plan events, and served as a member of the winning team in the company-wide intern competition to raise funds or awareness for St. Jude among millennials. Additionally, she ventured overseas for a semester abroad where she interned with London Skolars Rugby League Club.

Rheney graduated magna cum laude from Samford, and participated in the local Public Relations Student Society of America chapter in Birmingham as well as Samford’s Journalism and Mass Communication Department’s magazine, Exodus.

Lee Mayhall

• Lee Mayhall, USJ Class of 2012, from Jackson TN, and four other UNA seniors were selected to
the 2015 NCAA USA College ALL-AMERICAN first team. Mayhall was also recently named to the Capital ONE Academic All-America® Football Team for the second straight year. Mayhall, who has a 3.97 GPA in Industrial Chemistry, is the only UNA football player in school history to receive first team Academic All American honors and only one of two NCAA WR's nationally to be selected.

A first-team All-GSC selection and three time Team captain this season, Mayhall made his way into the UNA record books ranked in the “Top 5” for pass receptions and in the “Top 10” for receiving yards. He won three consecutive GSC Championship Rings and a trip to the NCAA Playoffs in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

UNA has a rich football tradition and very loyal Fan base that ranks nationally in top attendance. Mayhall became very popular with the UNA faithful , because of his toughness and ability to make clutch catches in crucial situations. Mayhall was featured on the cover of the 2014 & 2015 UNA Media Guide, Game day tickets and Game Day program.

A number of "on and off" the field accomplishments led Mayhall to be selected in 2014 as one of the Top 10 athletes both male & female for the entire GSC Conference. He has also devoted a lot of his time in college to Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Campus outreach ministries. Although his UNA football career is completed, Mayhall has been invited to play in the Jan 2016 USA COLLEGE Senior BOWL.

• Clay Newman, USJ Class of 1991, has been promoted to the position of Plant Manager of the Chemical Division of Teknor Apex in Brownsville, Tennessee. Clay, a chemical engineer, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1995. He joined the company in 2001 as a Senior Process Engineer and was promoted to Production Manager in Hose in 2006. After 5 years in the Hose department, Clay moved to Chemicals and has been there in the Production Manager role since 2011. With this promotion, Clay will manage the Chemicals Plant and will be responsible for managing the operation and implementing programs and procedures to meet goals and standards. His focus will include safety, quality, on-time production and delivery, environmental compliance, and continuous improvement.

• John Ross Glover, Class of 2012, The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) recently announced the 2014-15 NABC Honors Court, recognizing the men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. John Ross Glover was the only junior among the four named from Lehigh University to the select group of 1000 from 350 universities. He was also named to the All Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in both 2014 and 2015. Most recently Lehigh University selected John Ross as a Student Athlete Mentor, leading all incoming freshman athletes in orientation for the coming school year. John Ross has served as a teaching assistant in both Introduction to Law and Contract Law. Glover will graduate in May and will pursue law school following graduation.

We extend our sympathy to the family of Paul McAfee, Class of 1980. Paul died May 1 at the age of 53 after a long fight with Lupus. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and graduated with a degree in journalism. Paul was a sports writer for the Knoxville Sentinel and later worked for Energy Publishing. He is survived by his brothers, Bob and David McAfee, his sister, Cathy Maiocco, and five nieces and nephews.

Meredith Maroney, Class of 2014, organized a talent show to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network in May. Meredith, who is serving as the current Miss Dyersburg, was able to have Miss Tennessee 2014 Hayley Lewis host the show. Winners of the talent show were selected to perform at the Mid-South Fair. Meredith raised over $1,000 dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network with this event.

Joe Shearin, Class of 2001, and his wife, Tracy, welcomed their second child, Leighton Mae Shearin, on April 9, 2015. Mae has an older brother, Mack, who will be 3 years old in October. The family lives in Medina, and Joe is the Residential Project Manager for Fisher Construction Company in Milan.

Elizabeth Breeden Sain, Class of 2011, graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis in May with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Marketing/Professional Selling. Elizabeth attended Mississippi State University for two years where she was an active member of Tri Delta sorority then transferred to the University of Memphis where she was recognized by the Department of Journalism's faculty as the 2015 Outstanding Broadcast News Student of the year.

Terri Lynn & Brannon Williams

Terri Lynn Surrat, Class of 2005, and Brannon Williams, Class of 2001, were married on April 18, in Chattanooga. Terri Lynn graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in exercise sports and science. Brannon received a bachelor's degree in managerial finance from the University of Mississippi. He is the vice president at INSOUTH Bank in Brownsville, where the couple will reside.

Katie Brush Nickey, Class of 2005, and her husband, Donnie, welcomed their second child. Darby Hannah Nickey was born on May 26, 2014. She was seven weeks premature, but is healthy and doing well. She has a 3-year-old brother named Trey. See a picture of Darby.

We extend our sympathy to the family of Jim Vinson, Class of 1994. Jim died December 3 in Jackson after a brief illness. He was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. He was a 1999 graduate of Union University. Jim was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He is survived by his parents, Fred and Jane Haynes Vinson; a sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Albert Jackson; a nephew, Jake Jackson; grandparents, Bill and Linda Vinson; aunt and uncle, Judy and David Rice of Olive Branch, Miss.; and aunt and uncle, Susan and Don Cupples of Atoka, Tenn.

Lee Mayhall

Lee Mayhall, Class of 2012, has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division II First Team football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of Americ. Lee, who has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average in Industrial Chemistry, is the only football player in University of North Alabama school history to be named to the First Team Academic All-America squad. He becomes the 20th UNA student-athlete in all sports to earn AAA honors and just the eighth Lion in all sports to be a first-team selection. Lee was one of the top receivers on the team with an 11.5-yard per reception average. Additional honors Lee received this season were: All-Gulf South Conference Team voted on by the Leagues Head Coaches, Pre-season ALL GSC team, Capital ONE Academic ALL District team, Captain for Game 9, and was featured on the 2014 Lion football Media poster, Game day Program and Ticket cover.

Chesley Dennison, Class of 2000, and Jenny Dennison, Class of 2001, welcomed a baby girl. Sophie Ella Dennison was born Jan. 16, 2014. Chesley is the Manager of the Commercial Telecom Sales Division for Jackson Energy Authority. Jenny is a stay-at-home mom after being a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist for 7 years. See a picture of Sophie.

Courtney Byrd

Courtney Byrd, Class of 2010, was crowned Miss Mississippi USA. The pageant was Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 in Tunica, Miss. She will participate in the Miss USA pageant in June.

Mary Beth Haltom, Class of 1999, will marry Daniel Ethan White on November 15 at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville. The couple will live in Nashville where Mary Beth is a partner with the law firm Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg, and Waldrop. She graduated summa cum laude from Union University with a bachelor's degree in history. She was captain of the Union University Lady Bulldog basketball team and earned Academic All-American honors.

Nicolas Arcuri, Class of 2003, completed his medical degree at Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago. His surgical residency was completed at New York Presbyterian-Columbia and New York Community Hospital. He served as chief resident during his final year of training and volunteered at the New York marathon as a podiatry team captain at the finish tent. He has joined the Podiatry Clinic of Jackson with Dr. Terry Holt.

• Krista Douglass, Class of 2008, began medical school at the University of Miami in June. She will receive her master’s degree in public health along with her M.D. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2012.

Elizabeth and Brock

• Elizabeth Breeden, Class of 2011, married Brock Sain on December 14, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. Brock proposed to Elizabeth while on a Caribbean cruise with their families. Elizabeth will graduate in May 2015 with a degree in broadcast news journalism and a minor in marketing. The couple currently lives in Cordova, Tennessee, where Brock is employed with the State of Tennessee. He graduated in 2009 as a forensic chemistry major from the University of Mississippi.

• Wesley Ford, Class of 1997, and his wife, Allison, welcomed their second child, Joseph Hill Ford, on June 21. Hill has an older brother, Shepard, who is four years old. The family lives in Jacksonville, Fla., where Wesley is an attorney.

Lane Scarborough-Albores, class of 2001, and her husband, Mark, welcomed their first child, Amelie Hazel, on Sept 3, 2013. Lane is a production engineer with Southwestern Energy, and Mark is a petroleum engineer with Schlumberger Oilfield Services. They live in Conway, Ark. See a picture of Amelie Hazel.

• Chloe Cantor, Class of 2011, is spending her summer in Washington, D.C., as a Demmer Scholar. She is interning for the USDA in the Foreign Agricultural Service through the Cochran Fellowship Program and the Mississippi State University Shackhouls Honors College. Chloe has had the opportunity to interact with representatives from India, China, U.S. departmental secretaries and under secretaries, the President of the United States, and Supreme Court justices. She also has been offered the Cochran internship and will continue through the fall with Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. She will be a senior in the fall, majoring in environmental economics and management with a minor in Spanish.

• Kate Gardner, Class of 2006, was married to Logan Foust on July 19 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Kate graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2012 with a degree in special education. She is now teaching special education at Maury City Elementary School.

Katie Mansfield

• Katie Mansfield, Class of 2009, was one of two students selected from the University of Tennessee law school to attend school this fall in the Netherlands at Groningen University. She attended Cambridge in England this summer. She also was offered membership in the Tennessee Law Review in August.

David Norville, Class of 1995, married Sara Elizabeth Hayes on May 31. David graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin and works as an environmental specialist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Sara attended Western Kentucky University and works as a paralegal with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. After the wedding, they will live in Jackson.

Dave Price, class of 2000, and his wife, Mary, welcomed their son, Everett James, on October 17, 2013. Big sister, Liddy, loves having a baby brother. Dave is the Equipment Services Manager at McHale & Assoc. The family lives in Knoxville. See a picture of Everett James.

Laura Burton Mosely, Class of 2007, and her husband, Bryce, have a new baby girl. Anne was born March 5, 2014. The family lives in Tustin, California. Laura has a bachelor’s of art degree in humanities from Brigham Young University. See a picture of Anne.

Wade Thomson, Class of 2007, and Adrianna Subia Thomson, Class of 2007, have a new baby girl, Annabel Grace, who was born April 2. Adrianna teaches Lower School Spanish at USJ. Wade is Project Manager at Construction Products, Inc. See a picture of Annabel Grace.

Chase Hensley, Class of 2013, was named the NJCAA Division II Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 10-16. Earlier that week, he also was named the MACJC Pitcher of the Week. Chase attends Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi. On March 15, he climbed to 4-0 on the season when he pitched a seven-inning, complete-game victory for the Bobcats. He allowed one earned run, four hits, walked none and struck out six.

Heath Swope Taylor, Class of 2011, earned a position on the 2015 Summerall Guards, a silent drill platoon at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Heath is among 61 rising seniors that have gone through rigorous drill and physical training to be selected as members of the Summerall Guards. Cadets are chosen for their ability to precisely execute selected portions of the drill series they will perform as Summerall Guards, as well as their demonstrated level of physical fitness and stamina. The Citadel's Summerall Guards are some of the most respected cadets on campus. Their purpose is to exemplify the thorough training cadets undergo; the willpower and physical stamina required for success; and the precision and unity that result.