YOUNG ALUMNI COUNCIL MEMBERS
Apollos Abercrombie ’16
From humble, small town USA beginnings in Maplesville Alabama, to becoming the first person in his immediate family to graduate college, Apollos Abercrombie has met some amazing people along the way and looks forward to meeting many more.
While at Auburn, he had the privilege to be a Samford Scholar, serve the Harbert College of Business as an Executive Society Ambassador and was vice president of operations for Alpha Kappa Psi. Like many of his colleagues in the Young Alumni Council, Abercrombie is thankful and honored to be able to give back to an Auburn University that has given so much to him.
Rachel Anderson '11
Rachel Anderson ’11- Rachel is the Corporate Director of Supply Chain for Baptist Health in Montgomery, AL. She holds a BS in Supply Chain and a BS in Health Services Administration from Auburn University. Rachel is passionate about mentoring and student outreach programs and hopes to aid in fostering a sustainable framework within her field to engage, grow and develop future health care supply chain leaders. In her spare time, she likes to travel and enjoys hiking and being outdoors. Some of her favorite spots include the beach, lake, and mountains. Rachel is an avid reader, enjoys AU sports, loves animals and has even been sky diving!
Ryan Bell '18
Ryan Bell ’18- Ryan graduated from Auburn University with degrees in Finance and Business Analytics. During his time in school, he was involved with the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, and Student Government Association. Ryan also served as Chapter President and on the National Board of Directors for his Greek organization. Currently, Ryan works as an Experienced Associate in Risk & Regulatory Advisory with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta. In his free time, he enjoys watching Jeopardy, House Hunters, and Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.
Dane W. Block, Jr. ’19
Born in Macon, Ga., Dane Block grew up in Huntsville, Ala. and graduated from Huntsville High School. During Block’s time at Auburn, he made the most of his experience both in the classroom and on-campus. Going into his senior year, he was elected to serve as Auburn University’s Student Body President.
Along with leading the Student Government Association, working with university stakeholders and serving on various university and city committees, Block worked with student leaders to set forth a wide variety of tangible projects and initiative for the betterment of Auburn. Graduating in May of 2019 with a degree in finance and marketing, Block currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas where he works for Stephens Inc. as an investment banking analyst with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.
Olivia Bradford ’12
Olivia Bradford is married to husband Ben and they have two toddlers, Noah and Adelynn. They both graduated from Auburn University and return to campus as often as possible, ensuring that their children are constantly covered in orange and blue.
Bradford was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., and returned there after graduation from Auburn University to work for five years in the music, entertainment and tourism industry. When they started their family, they decided to move to Muscle Shoals, Ala., to raise their kids and pursue Ben’s dream of owning a landscape design company.
“It is hard to believe I have been out of college for close to ten years, but from the Walt Disney Company to the Ryman Auditorium to now the University of North Alabama, I have learned so much about the world and met some of the greatest humans from all cultures and walks of life,” said Bradford. “Our family loves to travel, though our adventures often look more like trips to the zoo than trips to New York City right now. Life is so beautifully full with God’s provision, and I am beyond grateful for every moment each new day brings. Through it all, we believe in Auburn, love it and are so humbled to forever yell War Eagle!”
Kelsey Hayes Bickett ’13
Kelsey Hayes Bickett ’13, ’15 coordinates the NASA internships program for both the Marshall Space Flight Center and Stennis Space Center as an employee of the Universities Space Research Association. She previously held roles at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Auburn University at Montgomery and has a Master of Education in adult education, a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Auburn University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Florida State University.In her free time, Bickett enjoys traveling, CrossFit, antiquing and cheering for the Tigers. She is married to Will Bickett (’16) and lives in Huntsville, Ala.
Rodmesia Clarke ’08
Rodmesia Clarke is a 2008 Auburn University chemical engineering graduate from Mobile, Ala. who currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. In 2012, she earned her MBA from Texas A&M University and began her career working for BP America as a process engineer supporting Gulf of Mexico assets. Since graduating from Auburn, she has held various roles as an engineer and project/program management professional.
She currently works for Enbridge, Inc. where she is the manager of programs for US Gas Transmission and Midstream. Clarke is a founding member of the Auburn Engineering Young Alumni Council and supporter of the Auburn University 100+ Women Strong Program. She also serves as a member of the Auburn Chemical Engineering Alumni Council. Outside of work, Clarke enjoys traveling and exploring, as well as training in the gym.
Jacqueline Chandler '18
Jacqueline Chandler ’18- I am from Guntersville, AL and currently reside in Birmingham with my husband Austin! I work at NextSite, a commercial advisory firm, and have the privilege of partnering with 160+ communities across the Southeastern United States to grow their commercial footprint and affect positive change for their citizens. My all-time favorite Auburn memory has to be getting proposed to by Austin in the Samford clock tower, but I will say that getting to have breakfast with and introduce Tim Cook when he came to campus to speak would be my second favorite memory.
Brittani DeLoach ’12
Brittani Edwards DeLoach is a program manager II at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. The Department of Medicine is the largest department within the UAB School of Medicine, with 11 divisions and over 400 faculty members. DeLoach serves as the administrative point of contact for the Department of Medicine’s research programs and initiatives. She works closely with faculty, staff and trainees to support and advance the research mission within the department. A native of Montgomery, Ala., she attended Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and is a two-time graduate of Auburn University with both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.
DeLoach has worked in the healthcare field for over five years, previously serving at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital for several years as a performance excellence engineer. She currently holds certifications in healthcare management, healthcare safety and quality and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. As a healthcare administrator, she always strives to make an impact on society. With a strong passion for helping others, it is her goal to improve the overall efficiency of healthcare operations. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is being able to incorporate her engineering background to drive change and innovation through process improvement.
In her spare time, DeLoach enjoys event planning, cooking, volunteering with her sorority and spending time with her family, especially her three-year-old son Beau. Her mantra is, “The best is yet to be.”
Eric Dunlap ’06
Eric Dunlap grew up in Prattville, Ala. and works as a Los Angeles-based civil engineer, where he coordinates Los Angeles County’s Vision Zero initiative, a traffic safety initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. He has spent his career working with community members and partner agencies towards solving transportation concerns in the region.
While at Auburn, Dunlap served as a Camp War Eagle counselor, student recruiter and played trombone in the Auburn University Marching Band. Eric is an avid Auburn Basketball fan; when he isn’t cheering on the Tigers, Dunlap enjoys volunteering with foster youth, working on his acting dream, and serving the community alongside his church.
Dunlap serves as president of the Los Angeles Auburn Club and tirelessly fosters the Auburn Spirit in Southern California. He is a Sustaining Life Member of the Auburn Alumni Association and a member of the Circle of Excellence Society.
Caitlin Holland '08
Caitlin Holland ’08- Caitlin Holland has served the Shoals Chamber of Commerce as its President since June 2017 having previously been its Vice President of Investor Relations and Public Policy. Prior to accepting a position with the Shoals Chamber, she served as the Director of Resource Development for United Way of Northwest Alabama and as a corporate attorney. Caitlin is a member of the Business Council of Alabama Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama Board of Directors, and Sheffield Community Cooperative District Board. She is a member of the University of North Alabama’s Executive Business Council and College of Education & Human Sciences Advisory Board, the Florence Rotary Club, and was selected to Alabama Leadership Initiative’s inaugural, expanded class as well as Auburn University’s Young Alumni Council. She is the former President of the Colbert County Bar Association. Caitlin is a 2008 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Mass Communication and a 2011 graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.
Rebecca Harris '12
Rebecca Harris’ 12- Rebecca currently lives in Oklahoma City, OK with her husband, David (’13), daughter, Dorothy Anne, and dog, Louie. She works as a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Since moving to OKC in 2018, Rebecca and her husband have enjoyed finding their favorite local restaurants and coffee shops. Her favorite Auburn tradition as a student was Callouts on Cater Lawn. This tradition brings memories of celebrating with friends as they were selected for positions or organizations as well as hearing her own name called from the steps behind Cater Hall.
Jennifer Geeker '16
Jennifer Geeker ’16- Jennifer Geeker was born Birmingham, AL and grew up in Tallahassee, FL. She graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Philanthropy and Nonprofit studies. While at Auburn, Jennifer was involved with the Student Philanthropy Board, Sigma Kappa Sorority and the Auburn Women’s Club Soccer team. She currently works at Washington and Lee University in the Development Office as the Assistant Director of Student and Young Alumni Philanthropy. During the 2013 Iron Bowl, Jennifer and her college roommate were some of the first people to storm the field when Chris Davis ran the ball back for the Auburn win. She didn’t realize how many other people ended up on the field until she saw pictures after the game. Her parents and sister were also in attendance; they were all able to meet up afterwards and swap their experience. The whole family still has the game saved on DVR and quotes the radio call often. Outside of work, Jennifer is a member of the Auburn University Women’s Philanthropy Board, the Junior League of Miami, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Kappa Omicron chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She is currently starting the Miami Auburn Alumni Affiliate. Jennifer and her husband recently moved to Miami (without ever visiting!) where they enjoy visiting the beach and dream of once again being able to attend concerts.
Trey Fields '17
Trey Fields ’17- Trey Fields Senior Associate, Washington Business Dynamics (WBD) Trey Fields is an international development, public policy, and strategy consultant at Washington Business Dynamics (WBD). He supports Federal Government and commercial clients in strategic analysis and planning, communications, data analytics, process improvement, and organizational transformation. Prior to joining WBD, he served as a research associate at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), working on a range of projects in support of clients in the national security and foreign policy space, including the Air Force, the FBI, the Department of Defense, the United States Coast Guard, and the State Department. In his free time, he enjoys reading biographies and history, running, playing tennis, and spoiling his corgi, George. Trey’s favorite memory during his time at Auburn was serving as a volunteer at Hey Day each of his four years on campus. His go-to fun fact is that during his freshman year while on a trip to New York City, he ran into Whoopi Goldberg in a store and discussed the 2013 Iron Bowl (she hates the Crimson Tide!). Trey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science from Auburn University in May 2017. At Auburn, he served in the Student Government Association for four years and was a Camp War Eagle Counselor in 2015. In August 2019, he graduated from Penn State University with his Master of International Affairs, with concentrations in Middle Eastern studies and international security. He lives in Washington D.C.
Kelly East '07
Kelly East ’07- I didn’t grow up an Auburn fan but fell in love with Auburn the first time I visited as a high schooler. I remember saying “this place just feels like home.” After graduating from Auburn, I went on to get my Masters in Genetic Counseling and now work as a genetic counselor at the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology. I live in Huntsville, Alabama with my husband who is also an Auburn alumnus and our two children who, unlike me, are being raised to yell “War Eagle!”
Brock Hendon ’18
Brock Hendon graduated from Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. During his time at Auburn, he served as a member of the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, was elected as an at-large senator for the Student Government Association, served as an officer in Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, mentored freshmen as an EMERGE Team Leader and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. He also volunteered with various charitable organizations, including the Jason Dufner Foundation, the Kappa Delta Shamrock Run and Campus Crusade.
Currently, Hendon is a candidate for juris doctorate at Cumberland School of Law as a member of the Class of 2021. He has been named a Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow and selected as chair of the Cordell Hull Speakers Forum. Hendon, a native of Montgomery, Ala., is a Life Member of the Auburn Alumni Association and a supporter of the Tigers Unlimited Foundation.
Burgoyne McClendon '13
Burgoyne McClendon ’13- Burgoyne Fite McClendon graduated from Auburn University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) and received a Master of Business Administration (Finance) in 2015 from Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. Burgoyne is currently Marketing Manager for Daniel Corporation, one of the largest commercial real estate development and investment companies in the southeast. In her role, she is responsible for implementing innovative brand strategies for urban mixed-use and multi-family development projects. Burgoyne is a life-long, passionate Auburn fan, married to fellow Auburn alumnus, Fuller McClendon. She is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.
Adam Keeshan '08
Adam Keeshan ’08- Adam Keeshan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Auburn University in 2008 and is the Managing Partner, Food & Beverage for Ithaka Hospitality Partners, where he oversees the entire food and beverage operation for all hotels and concepts. Adam has worked within the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years, with a background that includes time in independent full-service restaurants and bars, full-service hotels, fast-casual concepts, and country clubs. Adam serves on the Young Alumni Council for Auburn University and sits on Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association board of directors. Adam also holds his Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators and works closely with students in the Hospitality Management Program at Auburn University teaching them practical and hands on experiences and guest lecturing in HOSP curriculum classes. Keeshan is originally from Montgomery, Ala. and currently resides in Auburn with his wife Beth, son Parker and daughter Moseley. When not working, Keeshan enjoy soaking up and cherishing the time with his kids and wife, but also golfing and playing tennis and gardening.
Jay James '15
Jay James ’15- War Eagle! I am a 2015 graduate in Information Systems Management from Montgomery, AL. I currently work at Auburn University as the Security Operation Center Lead, and as a Cyber Instructor for Fullstack Academy. One of my greatest Auburn memories was rushing the field at the Kick-Six game. The runner up would be running from my dorm in my pajamas to Toomer’s after we won the National Championship Game in 2010. I am excited about being on the council and continuing to grow my memories with the Auburn family!
Kyle Marchuk '15
Kyle Marchuk ’15- Born in Georgia and came back to Georgia after graduation. I met my wife at Auburn where she was a member of the National Champion Equestrian team and won two titles. My favorite Auburn memory is tied between working for the Athletic Department and starting a student org around mental health awareness – Active Minds.
Duriel Holley '03
Duriel R. Holley ’03- Hello, I’m D. Holley! I currently live in Fort Worth, Texas with my wife and son, where I am a flight test operations manager for a defense company. My job allows me to support the United States military and our allies. This is very rewarding for me, since I never served in the military, but I’m able to support the warfighter in ways I never would have imagined. I love that my Aerospace Engineering degree from Auburn allowed me to find a career that I love, and of course I have the opportunity to go touch fighter jets anytime I want! I’m also a pilot and fly general aviation planes as a hobby. I’m grateful for the many great experiences I had while I was at Auburn, and I hope to cultivate the culture at Auburn, to make it better for the next generation.
Richard Lammons '10
Richard Lammons ’10- Richard Lammons was born in New Orleans and grew up in Houston before attending Auburn and graduating in 2010 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. While at Auburn, he was a member of the Auburn University Drumline for 2 years, a member of the Student Alumni Board and met his future wife, Erin while in school. After Auburn, Richard moved to Warner Robins, GA to work at the Mercer Engineering Research Center from 2010 till 2019 where he enhanced the effectivity and efficiency of multiple Aircraft Structural Integrity Programs for the United States Air Force. While there he earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mercer University, finally married Erin, and welcomed their daughter Lucy to the world. Along with several members of the Auburn family in the community, The Lammons Family help revitalize the once active Middle Georgia Auburn Club and attain its chartered status from the Auburn Alumni Association where Richard served as President from 2017 – 2019. Recently, Richard and his family moved to San Antonio, Texas in the summer of 2019 to start a new adventure and is he now working at the Southwest Research Institute where he continues to enhance multiple Aircraft Structural Integrity Programs. In his free time, you can find Richard playing with his family, cooking, playing or watching all of the sports, or if you time it right, you might just find him down in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
Anne Motley '07
Anne Motley ’07- War Eagle! I am a proud third-generation Auburn graduate. I was raised in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. My grandfathers both graduated from Auburn, and they passed down a deep devotion to the university and its programs. My first memory of discovering my personal love for Auburn was during the 1989 Iron Bowl. I was 6 years old. I vividly recall watching “30-20” flash across the television screen as Pat Dye began to cry. While I had a limited understanding of that particular Iron Bowl’s significance at the time, I was joyfully crying right along with Coach Dye. That was my moment. After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, I moved to Houston, Texas to work for Best Buddies International. We advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am married to a Texas Tech-loving airline pilot and have an adorable Boston Terrier named MacLaine.
Landon Nast '07
Landon Nast ’07, ’09- Originally from Montgomery, Alabama where she graduated from Trinity Presbyterian School in 2003. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2007 and a Masters of Higher Education Administration in 2009. She taught in the Homewood and Mountain Brook School Systems before becoming a full-time volunteer. As an undergraduate, Landon was elected as Miss Auburn, served as President of her Social Sorority, was appointed as an SGA Secretary, selected as a Camp War Eagle Camp Counselor, volunteered with IMPACT, and was a member of various other campus organizations and honor societies. As a graduate student, she mentored undergraduate leaders through her role as Student Government Association Graduate Advisor and a Panhellenic Graduate Assistant. Landon’s Miss Auburn platform was promoting community service events and the importance of volunteerism. Even now, Landon spends a majority of her time volunteering at her children’s elementary school as the PTO President-Elect and at her church’s community ministry, Kids Connection. Landon continues to share her love of learning by teaching preschoolers through young adults in various church programs. One of Landon’s favorite Auburn memories was when she and a fellow Plainsmen picked-up Auburn Legend Dean Foy for a pep rally at Toomer’s Corner. When they arrived at his home, the 90-year-old prankster greeted them wearing a crazy multi-colored wig! The laughter that followed was priceless and indeed memorable. Landon now resides in Vestavia Hills, Alabama with her husband Ryan, daughter Sealy, and twin sons David and Harris.
Mark Porth '11
Mark Porth ’11- Currently residing in Kansas City, Missouri, I am an Architect with HIVE Design Collaborative and enjoy utilizing my degrees in Architecture and Rural Sociology to help blend communities together through art and architecture. When not at work, I am usually playing hockey, spending time at the gym, and reminiscing about my favorite sandwich and nachos from Momma G’s. My wife and I also enjoy trying new restaurants in the city and spending our time outdoors. In my community, I work to maintain a strong commitment to Auburn University and the surrounding community by supporting and serving as President of the Kansas City Auburn Club. I can usually be found wearing some sort of Auburn apparel and love greeting other Midwestern Auburn fans with a resounding “War Eagle!” Secretly, I also take pride in knowing I’ve converted my wife into an Auburn fan
Justin Saia '08
Justin Saia ’08- Justin Saia leads communications for San Jose-based Bloom Energy, the world’s leading provider of stationary fuel cells and serves as an adjunct professor at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Mr. Saia is a brand strategist with a demonstrated success influencing stakeholders, shaping public opinion, and building compelling brand narratives for both public and private companies. He’s spent his career guiding companies through crises, navigating market disruptions, articulating their brand, and preserving their permission to operate. Previous experience includes service as Vice President, Corporate Communications for the world’s leading cyber security company, Symantec. In New York City, Mr. Saia served as COO at Matrix and as Senior Director at FTI Consulting, where he provided strategic counsel to clients around critical issues impacting their enterprise value and reputation. As a corporate spokesperson for Nissan North America, he led efforts to blunt negative news coverage and mitigate brand damage resulting from an aggressive international corporate campaign.
Anne Sanford '07
Anne Sanford ’07- I am originally from Birmingham and now live in Prattville, AL with my husband Will (Auburn grad, class of ‘09) and our two boys, Mack (3) and Hardy (7 months). My days are spent working for the Prattville Chamber of Commerce, playing with my boys, and dreaming of this pandemic coming to an end so I can resume my favorite hobbies: travel, sporting events (especially Auburn’s), and concerts. This photo is of me at a snow-covered Wrigley Field last January when visited Chicago. My favorite Auburn memory comes in the form of the amazing people who impacted my time there and my life—friends, professors, mentors. Auburn people are the best! War Eagle!
Herman Turner Jr. '04
Herman W Turner, Jr. ’04- Dr. Herman Turner Jr., born and raised in Selma, AL, earned a biomedical sciences degree from Auburn University. While at Auburn, Dr. Turner was involved as College of Science and Mathematics Ambassador, Student Assistant for the Auburn University Men’s Basketball, active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and several other organizations. After Auburn, Dr. Turner attended physical therapy school at Alabama State University, where he earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Today, Dr. Turner lives in Birmingham, Alabama, working as physical therapist. He enjoys being around family/friends, reading, running marathons, world travel, watching Auburn basketball and working with Selma’s youth through Selma Bridge Builders Inc. non-profit.
Natalie Walker '16
Natalie Walker ’16- Currently in Finance at a top tech company delivering global support for transformation, compliance & process improvement initiatives to help scale and ultimately give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. My favorite Auburn memory. I could say my entire family trekking down to help my twin sister Natasha and I move into Hall M in The Hill or the annual freshman Air Force ROTC rafting trip or maybe my first campus job, at the brand-new Wellness Center; definitely it was swag surfing at the end of every Black Student Union event or maybe walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma! Maybe growing my faith while working in Mt. Ida Arkansas for a summer, singing on campus with The Powells and the AU Gospel Choir, supporting minority recruitment with Dr. Vickers Diversity Ambassadors or serving the local community with my Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority sisters! Definitely, landing my dream job networking with fellow Alumna at the Women’s Leadership Conference and running into the graduation speaker on his morning jog, right in front of Samford Hall, just hours before crossing the stage! Notice I did all those things and more. Yes, I did still go to class and study at RBD too! While not all my memories of Auburn University are cheerful and bright; I learned, grew, and developed in ways I can’t now even imagine anywhere else! War Eagle Always from Austin, TX!