class notes

1960s

Pat Wittel Tremaine ’66 and Leslie M. Tremaine, DVM ’68 have moved back to Auburn after living in Palmer, Alaska, for the last 22 years, just in time to provide historical information to the owners of the new Collegiate Hotel — formerly Wittel Dormitory — built in 1939 by Pat’s grandfather, Samuel S. Wittel.

Joan Bradley Wages ’69 received the inaugural Phi Mu Forefront Award in honor of the fraternity’s alliance with the National Women’s History Museum. President emerita of the museum and a member of the Alpha Mu Chapter at Auburn University, Wages has been recognized as a “Phi Mu History Maker” for her work in advancing women’s history.

1970s

Bill Towery ’70 bought two live oak seedlings from the Auburn Forestry Department during a sale in 2004, one for himself and one for his father, Leon Towery ’48. Descended from the original Toomer’s Oaks, Bill’s seedling thrived, but when he was 88-years-old, Leon accidentally ran over his with a lawnmower. 

Andrew Lindsey ’70, along with his wife Sandra, son Josias, Pastor Yordanis Duarte, Viki Brant ’94, Anna Burton Wilbanks ’01 and Rev. Mark Bethea ’10 were on a mission trip to Santa Clara, Cuba the day that the Auburn men’s basketball team beat Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. To celebrate, they replaced Duarte’s Tennessee Vols shirt with an Auburn Tigers shirt.

1980s

Walter Price ’86 recently formed and joined the Birmingham, Ala. law firm of Clark May Price, where he will continue his civil defense litigation practice with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense.

Jan Ziglar ’86 retired from the Eufaula City Board of Education, where she served an early childhood educator. She currently performs as a flute soloist, playing in the Tri-State Community Orchestra in Dothan while assisting in flute clinics with Professor of Music Emerita Dr. Karen Garrison and volunteering with the Eufaula City Middle School Band.

Sarah H. Moore ’87 has been named executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, the statewide agency that licenses and regulates the practice of medicine. She is the first female to be named to an executive leadership position in the agency.

Wendy Wickwire Beam ’82
, Laurie Wickwire McGinlay ’84 and Julie Wickwire Sligar ’87 are sisters from Huntsville, Ala. who attended Auburn University and joined the Phi Mu Fraternity together. Beam works as a partner and VP of Operations at Education Solution Services in Nashville, Tenn., where she lives with her husband and fellow Auburn graduate, Ray Beam ’81. They have three children, all Auburn grads, and two grandchildren. McGinlay works in London as a GIA Certified Diamond Grader and International Diamond Broker, as well as the on-air luxury gems specialist for the international shopping channel QVC UK. She has received private jewelry commissions from The Prince of Wales in 2006 and for The Duchess of Cambridge in 2014. In her spare time, she lectures on board cruise lines talking all things diamond-related. Sligar serves as the division controller at HCA Healthcare. She can often be seen tailgating before the big games and is known to throw a fair share of toilet paper rolls at Toomer’s Corner. Sligar and her husband, Mike, have three children, Jordan, Mason and Shea.

1990s

Todd Deery ’90 was named assistant director of communications and marketing for Alumni Affairs at Auburn University.

Vertrina Grubbs ’92 celebrated her sixth anniversary as assistant to dean of students at Southern Union State Community College. A previous executive director of Leadership Lee County and managing director of Greater Peace Community Development Corporation, Grubbs is passionate about helping students attain success by accomplishing their education and career goals.

Lisa Hendy ’94 was named chief ranger of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the spring of 2019. The former chief ranger of Big Bend National Park in Texas, Hendy has more than 20 years of experience working in the national park service. As the first-ever female chief ranger, Hendy brings a wealth of knowledge to the country’s busiest national park.

Stephen Davis ’95 will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The Spartanburg native was named USA Today’s 1992 “Offensive High School Player of the Year” and earned a football scholarship from Auburn, where he was named to the All-SEC Team in ’94 and ’95. He currently reigns as Auburn’s fourth all-time leading rusher, and holds the record for rush attempts (1,945), rush yards (8,052) and rushing touchdowns (65) amongst all Auburn alumni in NFL history.

Jonathan Ahern ’96 has joined the Presbyterian Home for Children as director of development, serving children, families and young adults by providing homes, education and a Christian environment.

Jennifer Harper ’97 will join the Sewanee civil engineering team of Clark Patterson Lee, a full-service design firm that has served public- and private-sector clients for more than 40 years. Harper will serve as the principal of the firm’s transportation group in Georgia.

Jerri Daniels ’98 was promoted to associate vice president in Dewberry’s New Orleans office after ten years with the privately-held professional services firm. Working in the firm’s central water resources department, Daniels serves as the project manager for several Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development contracts.

Eugene Harmack ’98 was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French Consul General of the Midwest Region at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown
St. Louis on January 23, 2019.

2000s

Brian Hamm ’01 was one of six professionals from Bennett Thrasher LLP elected to the firm’s partnership. Part of the firm’s financial reporting and assurance department, Hamm has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on financial statement audits and serves as co-leader of Bennett Thrasher’s technology industry segment.

Matt Parker ’02 was voted president-elect of the U.S. Aquaculture Society on March 2019.

Christina Coleman ’04 published her Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. research results from the University of Mississippi in the American Chemical Society (ACS) peer-reviewed journal in March 2019 receiving an “ACS Editor’s Choice Article” for her submission.

James Farmer ’04 is featured on the George W. Bush Institute’s new podcast, “The Strategerist,” contributing to a conversation series highlighting the American spirit of leadership and compassion.

Jarrett Mattli ’04 has been promoted from senior project manager to associate at Dewberry in Atlanta. As a flood mapping analyst, Mattli is involved in the production of digital flood insurance rate maps for counties across the Southeast.

Rachel Bell ’05 has been appointed a principal of the professional infrastructure and environmental services company Cardno in their Tampa office. She previously served as Cardno’s Tennessee Valley Authority program manager.

Dr. Joshua Chestnutt ’05 and Erica Chestnutt ’05 welcomed a baby girl, Elizabeth Dawn Chestnutt, on January 4, 2019.

Luke C. Kinzer ’06 was promoted to partner at Anglin Reichmann Armstrong, P.C., the largest, locally-owned public accounting and business advisory firm in Huntsville, Ala.

Carolyn A. Alenci ’06 was elected to the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts’ Board of Directors. Alenci is an attorney at Duane Morris LLP in Boston and provides integrated, industry-focused strategic counseling and advocacy for clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic and digital health industries.


Chris Heacock ’08, booking director for the Modell Lyric, was named to the Baltimore Business Journal’s 2018 “40 Under 40” class. 

Katie Hines Brown ’09 was recently promoted to the role of CNS specialty sales representative at Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Her sales territory spans East Alabama and West Georgia.

2010s

Preston Roberts ’11 was promoted to director of agricultural legislation by the Alabama Farmers Federation in February after serving as Area 7 organization director. Currently living in Auburn with his family, Roberts enjoys turkey hunting and spending time with his wife, Mandy, and his son, Sam.

Kimberly Jones ’12 joined the law firm Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP as an associate attorney for their insurance defense, fraud/bad faith, employment litigation and product liability practice groups. Jones is also a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association.

Meredith (Jones) Powell ’12 married Zachary Powell ’17 on April 13, 2019. The couple lives in Opelika, Ala.

Emily Enfinger ’15 joined the Shreveport Times as a reporter and photographer. Located in Shreveport, La., the newspaper is part of the USA Today Network.

Caroline Harrell ’14 was named associate digital product manager at Lowe’s companies in Mooresville, N.C. where she will focus on brand development and management for the national home-improvement chain.

Jasef Wisener ’14 was promoted to marketing coordinator for Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism in September 2018.

Taylor Jolley ’15 was promoted to account executive of Obsidian Public Relations in Memphis, Tenn. in April. While living in Memphis, Jolley enjoys the local coffee culture and is always looking for the perfect place to spend the afternoon with her dog, Rival.

Hamed Majidzadeh ’16 has joined the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium as a coastal environmental quality specialist, working closely with state natural resource managers, community groups, scientists, universities and decision makers to develop and manage an applied, environmental water-quality research and outreach program.

Troy Johnson ’16 was named executive director of the Office of Communications for Auburn University at Montgomery in September 2018 after previously serving as director of communications and marketing for Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business. 

Kaleigh Peltack ’17 was engaged to Tristin Watteau ’18 at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. The couple lives in Auburn, Ala.

Andrew Smith ’18 is a business technology advisor for Novatech in Nashville. Smith and JoHelen Baulch ’19 will be married on July 27. This fall, Baulch will begin physical therapy school at Belmont University.

Kerry J. Palmer ’18 graduated in December with a Ph.D. in adult education. She was immediately hired by Troy University as associate dean for community engagement and Advancement in the College of Education.

Lauren Liebe ’19 has taken a job at United Rentals as an outside sales representative.

Sara Katherine Parks ’19 is an Advanced EMT working for Auburn Emergency Services.

Christen Puckett ’19 has taken a job as a business development representative at Oracle NetSuite in Austin, Texas. She starts in October.

Cecil Stanford “Stan” Harrell ’58 was inducted into the Auburn University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame on March 28, 2019. The son of a country doctor, Harrell founded Pharmacy Management Systems, Inc. in 1972 as one of the nation’s first mail-order pharmacies and built it into a multi-million dollar company. Also inducted with Harrell into the Hall of Fame was former Accenture CEO Joe Forehand ’71, Simulations Plus Chairman and CEO Walt Waltosz ’69 and formed Stryker CEO John Brown ’67.