class notes


Sam Franklin ’69 was named a National Law Journal Elite Boutique Trailblazer for 2017 as a founding partner of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC. The publication recognizes influential members in the legal industry who have made
an impact in the boutique sector through new types of strategies or innovative court cases. Franklin was one of only a few selected out of hundreds of nominations. He has also been selected as the 68th president of The American College of Trial Lawyers. ACTL was founded in 1950 as an organization to recognize the very best of the courtroom bar.


Robert B. Bates ’70 has recently retired from the law firm of Cook, Noell, Tolley & Bates, LLP in Athens, Ga. Bates began working at the firm in 1973 after completing law school at the University of Georgia. His wife, Mary Zorn Bates, has also recently retired from the faculty of the UGA School of Social Work and their son, Neal, currently works in real estate in Charlotte, N.C. Bates said he and his wife have been enjoying being Auburn folks in ‘Dawg country’.

Danny Wiginton ’71 retired from full-time pharmacy work. He and his wife Fran live in Hackleburg, Ala.

Patricia Lynn Smith ’74 has traveled across the world with the United States Marine Corps utilizing her degrees from Auburn during her travels. She is currently a Realtor with Keller Williams and resides in Pensacola, Fla.

Melissa B. Tubbs ’72 ​was appointed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission to create a traveling exhibition of original drawings of Alabama’s architectural history. Among Tubbs’ pen-and-ink​ illustrations are renderings of the State Capitol Building in Montgomery, Hargis Hall in Auburn, the Keller House in Tuscambia and the Pauly Jail in Union Springs. Tubbs’ work will be appearing at venues from January 2018 through January 2019 as part of the traveling event “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit.”

Cathy Hale ’76 received her 14th Award for Continuing Education from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in August 2017. ASHA issues this award to members that complete 70 educational contact hours within a three-year period. Hale previously ran her own private clinic for 30 years and now provides her services to Marion County Public Schools. She will be celebrating 40 years in her profession next year.

Mark Hanrahan ’79 joined the law firm Taylor English Durma in Atlanta as a partner focusing on construction law. Hanrahan has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry representing clients in related transactions and disputes. His clients include building owners, general contractors, developers, program managers, subcontractors and specialty suppliers. Hanrahan earned his
law degree from Georgia State College of Law.


Johnny Cobb ’80 became the first pharmacist from the United States to work in the villages of Olivos, Peru, participating in his 6th missionary trip there in May with the GO InterNational team of 13. Those who travel with GO have the opportunity to spread their faith
and serve over 20 countries in their most impoverished areas. Cobb underwent the 33-mile round-trip hike to the small village during the extremely challenging rainy season. A graduate of the Harrison School
of Pharmacy, he now resides in South Alabama.

Hank Oppenborn ’84 recently retired and has been traveling the globe for the last nine years. Oppenborn’s latest adventure was a 72-day, 2,300-mile solo canoe paddle from Lake Itasca, Minn. to the Gulf of Mexico. In the winter he resides in Hollywood, Fla.

Jim Sturdivant ’84 earned
his Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation at the University of Alabama after graduating in August of 2017.

Paul Barber ’85 was appointed president of Birmingham-based S.S. Nesbitt, a division of insurance industry veteran EBSCO Industries Inc.  S.S. Nesbitt was named a 2016 Best Practices Agency by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America for excelling in customer service, efficiency, use of technologies and quality leadership.

Patrick J. ClarkE ’85 has relocated as Lending Practice Group partner with Burr & Forman LLP from their Atlanta office to Mobile. The firm is known for both its national and international litigation in financial institutions, health care, and manufacturing sectors. Clarke has been a partner with Burr & Forman since 2001 after earning his law degree from Mercer University and has 32 years of experience in real estate construction and finance, as well as development in commercial real estate projects.

Mike Beam ’86 retired as Director of Youth Ministry at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Orlando, Fla.  Beam will become a full-time volunteer for his wife Vantrease’s family community outreach home, The Russell Home for Atypical Children.  He will oversee their thrift store and social media presence.  Beam was an All-American swimmer at Auburn from 1980-84.

Glenn Mizell ’88 began working as an Assistant Director of Finance for the city of North Richland Hill, Texas.


Kelvin Redd ’90 was promoted
as the newest Emergenetics Master Associate by Emergenetics International. Redd also works as the Managing Partner of the Redd Group in Columbus, Ga. who specialize in group development by coaching the individual first and the team second. The Redd Group utilizes Emergenetics—a brain-based psychometric assessment—to help with team building. Redd is the author “Stand Tall: Essays on Life and Servant Leadership”. His second book, “Define Your Destiny: A Self-Awareness Journey Toward Servant Leadership”, debuted on the 2014 Amazon Kindle Top 100 Leadership Books List. Along with being an author, Redd is a featured leadership facilitator, keynote speaker and an Energenetics business and life coach. He is married to Tanja (Miller) Redd ’92. They reside in Phenix City with their four children.

Bradley Burns ’93 is now the Director of Portfolio Profitability at North Highland, a global management consulting firm based in Atlanta. He lives in Roswell, Ga. with his wife Betsy and their daughter Harper.

Brian Strickland ’95 has been promoted to Dean of Information Technology at Coastal Alabama Community College.

James T. Vogt ’99 was named Project Leader for the USDA Forest Service Research Station for Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants. The unit is headquartered in Athens, Ga., but has research teams in Auburn, Pineville, La. and Asheville, N.C. Previously, he served as deputy program manager for the Forest Inventory and Analysis in Knoxville, Tenn. for six years. As Project Leader, Vogt will be helping stakeholders answer insect-related questions and be entrusted with leading a group of scientists and staff. Scientists in the unit are specialized to detect and fight native and non-native insect pests, disease pathogens and invasive plants through innovative management strategies. Vogt said he is looking forward to relocating to Athens, Ga. with his wife Karen and their two children, Samantha and James.

George C. Mcclintock, JR ’99 was promoted by Dothan’s Wells Fargo branch as a Vice President of Investments, Financial Advisor. Before joining Well Fargo Advisors, he served as a Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch for ten years. With his degree in Economics, McClintock has nearly 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. He lives in Dothan, Ala. with his wife Amanda and their three boys.


Gabriel “Gabe” P. Harris ’00 was appointed to the City of Homewood’s Housing Code Abatement Board as the Ward 3 Representative. He was also elected to the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board, as well as the Alabama Brewers Guild Board of Directors. He is a partner and distribution manager for the Fairhope Brewing Company in Fairhope, Ala. He lives in Homewood, Ala. with his wife, Julie, and their daughter, Cecilia.

David Paul Steele BS ’01, MEd ’07 was selected to the 2017-2018 cohort of the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship program in May after defending his dissertation in Science Education from the University of Georgia. The program provides opportunities to accomplished K-12 educators in STEM fields to serve in the national education arena. Steele was one of twelve educators selected; as a fellow, he will spend 11 months working in Federal agencies or in the U.S. Congressional offices, where he will apply his knowledge and research to national education programs and education policy efforts.

Joslyn Blackburn Daniels ’02 and Jack W. Daniels Jr. ’02 celebrated the birth of their third son, Tycer Tres, on October 12, 2016. He joins big brothers Jack and Eli. They live on their farm in Lowndesboro, Ala. where they own a structural engineering firm Blackburn Daniels O’Barr, Inc. Jack serves on the Montgomery Auburn Club Board as well as the River Region United Way Board.

Megan Booth Holland ’02
and her husband have opened three franchises of Mosquito Authority
in Frisco, Texas in 2016. The largest mosquito control company in the country, they were honored by Frisco STYLE Magazine and awarded Best in Business for Organization and Structure.

Josh Till ’02 began working as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the American Heart Association in Birmingham in May of 2017.

Keri Smith Janton ’04 and her husband, Dan, announce the birth of their third son, Beau Prescott, on December 30, 2016. He joins big brothers Maximus Daniel and Duke Alexander.

Lindsay Johnson Parriott ’05 and husband Matthew celebrated the birth of their son Sanders Adam on October 3. They live in Nashville, Tenn.


Logan T. Matthews ’11 has joined the law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC in Birmingham as an associate. Previously, Matthews clerked for the University of Alabama Systems and the Honorable W. Harold Albritton III in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Alexander Burke Roberson ’13
started working as the Specialist in Recruitment & Development in the Office of Charter Schools at Shelby County Schools (SCS) in Tennessee. SCS is one of the twenty-five largest school districts in the country and their office is tasked with managing the largest portfolio of charter schools in the state. Robertson will be working on increasing high-quality charter school options within that portfolio.

Jonathan Hibbert ’15 and his wife, Kari, have announced the birth of their son, Ezra James, born on June 17, 2017.

Kirsten Robertson ’17 recently joined Hartman, Blackmon and Kilgore P.C. as the firm’s staff accountant in Fairhope. As one of the Gulf Coast’s leading CPA and business consultant firms, they focus primarily on building professional and personal relationships with their clients to ensure the best experience possible. Robertson previously served as an audit intern for HB&K in the Spring of 2017.