Class Notes

Spring/summer 2017 Class Notes

 

1930s

Congratulations to Dottie DuPuis Mackin ’38 of Silver Spring, MD, who celebrated her 100th birthday in March with her children, son Derrill and daughter Donnelle, friends from the community and from Riderwood Retirement Village where she lives. Dottie is a living legend at the Village and her close friend Larry Williams and his wife spearheaded the 100th birthday celebration party for her that included a special gift to Wesleyan in her honor. Dottie continues to enjoy her five great-grandchildren, concerts, games, and staying active. 

 

1940s

Jackie Lamm Souder ’46 of Evans, GA, was sorry to have missed her 70th reunion in 2016. She encourages everyone not to make her mistake. We hope to see you next year, Jackie!

 

1947 (70th Reunion)

Class of 1947 (three ladies) smile for the camera

(L-R) Martha Bradford Swann, Georgann Dessau Blum, and Mildred Scott “Scottie” McGoldrick

Members of the Class of ’47 attended the Golden Belles Luncheon to celebrate their 70th reunion. Golden Heart President Martha Bradford Swann ’47 drove from Spartanburg, SC, to visit with classmates and Macon residents Georgann Dessau Blum ’47, Mildred ScottScottie” McGoldrick ’47, and Mary Anne Patton Butler ’47 (who was unable to attend at the last minute). Table talk turned to family additions and losses and to reminiscing about much loved classmates as the years of sisterhood blended together into oh-so-familiar heart to heart talks. 

Maconite Fran Callaway McCommon ’47 celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends at Wesleyan’s beautiful Pierce Chapel with a concert by Edward Eikner. “It was a lovely day!” writes Fran.

Notable update from Sara “Gigi” Smith ’47 who is enjoying life in a nice retirement home in Birmingham, AL, near her niece and family. Sara authored an adventure story and a romance, based on true historical facts about the first English settlers on Saint Simons Island titled Sanctuary on Saint Simons Island. She is currently writing every day and working to complete a new novel, Uncle Henri, Master Spy for New France, which takes place during the French and Indian War period.

“I am so blessed!” writes Elizabeth Cook Smith ’49 of Marietta, GA. Her daughter is taking good care of her after a broken hip. 

 

1950s

Joyce Andrew Bledsoe ’50 of Jacksonville, FL, sends a heartfelt thank you to Ruth Knox, for her loyal, dedicated service.

Marian Morris Rogers ’51 of Cartersville, GA, misses husband Nelson K. Rogers, who died in September 2013. Nelson was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was an alumnus and Professor Emeritus of GA Tech, where he taught for 29 years at the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. 

 

1952 (65th Reunion)

Class of 1952 holds her flag

Evelyn LeRoy Fortson  

Conservatory graduate Evelyn LeRoy Fortson ’52 from Charlotte, NC, represented the Class of 1952 at Alumnae Weekend. Evelyn wished more classmates could have attended but was so proud to carry the class flag on behalf of ’52 College and Conservatory classes. Recognized at the WCAA’S Annual Meeting for celebrating her 65th reunion, she received a standing ovation as a member of the earliest class to attend the meeting. Husband Norman was on hand for the weekend celebration. 

Atlanta residents Virve Paul Martin ’52 and husband Albert ’53 will celebrate their 65th anniversary this year. They enjoyed a visit from Virve’s sister, Gerda Paul Goodrich ’55, and her husband, Bob, in February. Their daughter, Monique Martin Whorton ’81 visited from TN in March.

Joan Jennings Norton ’52 of Green Cove Springs, FL, is happy to announce that her daughter, Jeanne Norton Rollberg ’79, retired this year from UALR after 35 years as a Mass Media professor. Presently, she’s doing some writing and research. “She’s a genealogy ‘sleuth’ these days. I am so lucky and so pleased with her independence and tenacity.”

“Surely hated to miss reunion this year. Something was wrong with all of our group. I know it was a bittersweet moment for Ruth. See you next year,” writes Claire Houser-Dodd ’53 from her home in Fort Valley, GA.

Congratulations to Susan Thigpen McDuffie ’53 of Macon, who was selected by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as National Music Teacher of the Year!

Honk at Virginia Eidson Robertson ’53 if you spot her driving around LaGrange, GA, in her 2001 red Corvette. It’s her only car now.

From Deridder, LA, Marcia Mallet Ades ’54 sends an update on her family. “We are happy to report we now have a great-granddaughter, Hattie, in California and a great-grandson, Vincent, in Macon. Vincent’s mom is an Air Force pilot and he is a joy and visited us recently. Hattie is coming for a visit this month; she is almost four months old. Many of us attended grandson Matthew’s graduation from Centenary College. We miss his dad, Mark - our precious son - who died about 1 1/2 years ago. 

“Hello” from Sarah Bob Ware Arthur ’56 of Warner Robins, GA, who attended the Conservatory her freshman year 1952-53.

 

1957 (60th Reunion) 

Class of 1957 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

Front Center: Maria Higgins; (L-R) Row 1: Julie Adams Hawk, Jean Middlebrooks Morris, Pont Riley Hall, JoAnn Bloodworth Nunnelly, Mildred Taylor Dennis, Sue Rogers McCright  Row 2: Buford Stabler Brannen, Ruth Chapman Ham, Harriet Wilkes Grimes, Sally Thorp Heath  Row 3: Nan McClellan Flowers, Joan Maddox Sammons, Anita Bruce Etheridge, Nancy S. Haller

Kudos to the Class of ’57 reunion committee, chaired by Ruth Chapman Ham, for guiding Pirates back to Wesleyan for a 60th reunion celebration. With help from committee members, Julie Adams Hawk, Martha Sisson Gaston, Maria Higgins, Jean Middlebrooks Morris, and Joan Maddox Sammons, 15 classmates returned to enjoy a weekend of sisterhood that included a class party at the home of Anita Bruce Etheridge on Saturday. Pirate pride was showing (and lots of the color red, too!) at the Annual Meeting when Jean Morris received the 2017 Alumnae Award for Service to the Community. 

“So sorry I will not be able to attend reunion,” writes Peggy Campbell Cowan ’57 from Decatur, GA.  I am so proud of Jean! I send my love to you all.”

“Wishing you and all our classmates a very happy 60th! So sorry I can’t make it. I am doing well and living in Melbourne, FL.  Recently visited my cousin, Mary Kapnias Katsenes ’57, in Phoenix and had a great time with her, John, and family. My family is all well with a recent wedding of my grandson and two more coming up soon!” reports Sylvia Kartsonis Demopoulos ’57.

From Decatur, GA, Martha Sisson Gaston ’57 writes, “I won’t be at reunion after all. There is much going on with graduations of grandchildren, a visit with a new great- grandson, etc. I will miss seeing you all and hope reunion is a great success. I will be there in spirit.”

Mary Hodge Malone ’57 emails from Gainesville, GA, “As much as I would like to make the reunion, which I know will be great fun for those who do, I am unable to attend this time. Looking forward to hearing all about it!”

Anne Marcy Grossman ’57 sends congratulations to Jean Middlebrooks Morris ’57 from her home in Bloomington, IN.

Julie Adams Hawk ’57 misses her husband, Bert, who died shortly before her reunion in February. They had been married 49 1/2 years and had two children, David and Susan Hawk. (See Sympathy)

“Please tell everyone I am so sorry to miss seeing them. Love to all!” writes Martha Anne Neville Reynolds ’57 from Charlotte, NC.

Sandra Deisch Ringdahl ’57 of Williston, FL, is full of fond memories from her time at Wesleyan. “2017… our 60th! Hard to believe! Greetings to all the Pirates.”

From Washington, DC, Sylvia Vanlandingham Rossiter ’57 sendsLOVE TO ALL!” 

Congratulations to the granddaughter of Medra Lott Keyser ’58 of Fernandina Beach, FL. Elisa Wallace made the 2016 US Olympic Equestrian Reserve team, showed in England twice, and returned in May 2017 to compete.

Dr. Anne McGee Morganstern ’58 of Columbus, OH, is an art historian working with her husband on a long-term project about the monastery church at Jumie`ges (Normandy). She hopes to return to her painting this year. 

Congratulations to Wesleyan Trustee Betty Nunn Mori ’58 of Atlanta who was named a Trustee Emerita in May. Betty also served as Wesleyan’s delegate to the Presidential Inauguration at Emory University in February.

Joan Nachbaur Rathbun ’58 of Longview, TX, works part time at her church, First United Methodist. She enjoys “trying” to keep up with 1958 classmates to talk about their many fond memories of Wesleyan.

Anne “Swety” Swetnam Barton ’59 lives in Goose Creek, SC. She enjoys her two young granddaughters.

From Manita Bond Dean ’59 of Athens, GA, comes wishes of “good health, good bike rides, happy gardening, and good times with your family. Add church and community volunteer work, and we have a pretty good nutshell summary of Dean family activities. Best wishes to the Wesleyan community.”

Anne Ricketson Zahlan ’59, Professor Emerita of English, Eastern Illinois University, now resides in Charlotte, NC, where most of her close family members live. She and her husband, David, are active in a number of literary organizations. They enjoy spending time with their granddaughters, Soraya and Iman.

 

1960s

1962 (55th Reunion)

Class of 1962 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Ann Yarbrough Mallard, Ellen Weldon Dukes, Dottie Rhoden Hicks, Carol Anne Rollins Harrison  Row 2: Sharon Faris, Harriet Holland Schmitt, Harriet Laslie Reynolds, Rhoda Morrison Joyner, Liz Daves Ream, Jill Jayne Read  Row 3: Peggy Smith Pittman, LaTrelle Blackburn Oliver, Iris Carroll Edwards, Jackie Turner Bailey, Patricia Bonner Burton, Frances Parker McCrary  Not Pictured: Jane Flemister Batten

Class of 1962 members reunited to celebrate sisterhood and the color PURPLE at Alumnae Weekend. Reunion committee members Ellen Weldon Dukes, Iris Carroll Edwards, LaTrelle Blackburn Oliver, and Jill Jayne Read worked all year to make the weekend one to remember. With 17 registered classmates decked out in purple, PKs were elated at the Annual Meeting when the Class of ’62 was recognized for taking 2nd place in class giving to the Annual Fund and 2nd place in class participation! Friday and Saturday night parties were held at Fairfield Inn where PKs enjoyed having three husbands as guests. On Friday night, messages were shared from classmates who could not attend and the outstanding achievements of three among their crowd were spotlighted: Jill Jayne Read who at the 2016 Annual Alumnae Meeting, received the Alumnae Award for Distinguished Service to the Community for her diligent contributions to the Athens-Clarke County community; Frances Parker McCrary, (great-great-granddaughter of Wesleyan’s first graduate Catherine Brewer Benson), who with her husband, Wesleyan Trustee Emeritus Dennie McCrary, were instrumental in Wesleyan’s Adopt-A-Painting Program, and for whom the Frances P. and Dennie L. McCrary Gallery located in the Murphey Art Building is named; and Harriet Holland Schmitt, who has established the Essa Harriet Holland and Linda Holland Book Supply Scholarship which is designated to provide resources for books and/or supplies for Wesleyan students who would qualify.

After 17 years in the mountains, Carol Ann Rollins Harrison ’62 moved to Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, GA. “If ever in the area, come see us. I will be looking for Wesleyan alumnae in the Gainesville area.”

Marybelle Proctor Menzel ’62 of Littleton, CO, had the pleasure to host a 1962 suitemate reunion in spring 2016 for her Wesleyan sisters, Dottie Rhoden Bailey Hicks, Rhoda Morrison Joyner, and Charlotte Jolly Hale. The suitemates enjoyed a few Florida days of conversation, play-going, dining, and shopping fun!

In March, Dr. Tommie Sue Montgomery-Abrahams ’63 of Oshawa, ON, presented a lecture to Wesleyan students entitled “Beavers and Eagles,” which examined the similarities and differences between the U.S. and Canada with a focus on the history, culture, and political systems of both countries. A retired professor of political science who has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America, Tommie Sue has lived in Canada for more than 15 years after marrying her husband, David.

Congratulations to Paul and Sharon Smith Pizzo ’65 of Tampa, FL, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2016 at Rimrock Ranch near Cody, WY, with the entire Pizzo family. “We had a wonderful time whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and visiting Yellowstone National Park. We returned home with “cowboy grandsons” wearing boots and cowboy hats! Quite an experience for Florida natives not used to high mountain scenery. Paul Sr. has completely retired from law. He stays busy with archaeology, fishing, boating, and hunting; we both are busy with the grandchildren. Daughter Aileen has two boys (12) and (10). Paul Jr. and Stacy also have two boys (9) and (5). Everyone lives in Tampa!” writes Sharon.

In March, Suzanne Spence Joyce ’66 of Athens, GA, hosted her 1964-1966 suitemates—Jo An Johnson Chewning ’66, Marsha McDonald Godsey ’66, and Mary Towers Weese ’66. She writes, “We have been friends since 1962. I thank them for being role models, confidants, and dearly loved friends.”

“Why did I wait so long to return to Wesleyan?” asks Jane Silverman Mason ’66. “Coming back for my reunion weekend was the highlight of this past year for me. Being a PK is really very special! Thank you, Wesleyan, for giving me the tools to help me become what I am.”

 

1967 (50th Reunion)

Class of 1967 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Lynn Burnett McGill, Joanna Trask Harrison, Daphne Murph Chapman, Kathy DeBerry Brungard, Kasey Carneal Phillips, Dale Harris, Barbara Bryant, Nancy Robinson, Barbara Smith Clark,  Jeannie Nabell Grow, Helen Neal Kleiber, Flora Jean Phillips Grinstead  Row 2: Suelle Swartz, Maggie Bonar, Sue Walker Johnson, Mary Dunten Helms, Maribeth Wills Lowe, Jane Inman Young, Jean Widney Wynn  Row 3: Susan Kirvin Ogburn, Bobbie Dunn Rowe, Ann Zimmerman Elliott, Dot Ogden Brown, Rosanne James Harrell, Laura Treadway DeMartino, Jane Manley Wheeless, Anne Hilger Manley, Marilyn Avra Williams, Edie Wallenburg Shelton, Judy Johnson Highsmith, Anne Telford Parr, Charlotte Babcock Ellis  Row 4: Judy Warren Edwards, Kay Williams New, Helen Moorhead Hermoyian, Jurelle Whatley Stanton, Flo Williams Douglas, Phyllis Heaton Judge, Karen Short Cumming, Susan Rau Middlebrooks, Sally Griffie Mehalko, Alice Gene McConnell Abrams, Susan Crawford, Judy Miller Newbern, Judy Ragland Armstrong, Marilyn Vickers, Karen Moore Thomson, Janie Hudson Williams, Alexis Xides Bighley  Not Pictured: Bonnie Wirschnitzer Masslofsky, Ginny Sowell Popper, Carolyn Lansing Gunn, Sallye Hallberg Anderson

Golden Hearts celebrated 50 years of sisterhood when they returned to Wesleyan for reunion as the newest Golden Belles. Our thanks to Reunion Co-Chairs Marilyn Vickers and Jean Widney Wynn, along with committee members, Flo Williams Douglas, Maribeth Wills Lowe, Judy Warren Edwards, Alexis Xides Bighley, Karen Moore Thomson, Susan Kirvin Ogburn, Susan Rau Middlebrooks, Bobbie Dunn Rowe, Kathy DeBerry Brungard, Helen Moorhead Hermoyian, Helen Neal Kleiber, Judy Ragland Armstrong, Ann Zimmerman Elliott, Dot Ogden Brown, and Jane Manley Wheeless, for five years of planning for a fantastic 50th with all the trimmings, including white gloves and GH fascinators that “capped off” a great weekend. Using pre-reunion regional and local class get-togethers that encouraged reunion attendance, committee members also reached out to classmates via phone, email, facebook, letters, and notes to issue the call to return to Wesleyan. And return they did – with 53 in attendance, including 10 husbands who participated in reunion events. Kasey Carneal Phillips and Barbara Smith Clark, along with Class Flag Bearer Jane Inman Young, led the Parade of Classes into the Annual Meeting where GHs were recognized for being 1st in the top three classes for giving ($436,000) and for raising $125,000 for their special class project, naming the GH Student Lounge in Willet Library and the writing lab and testing/tutoring room in the Learning Center. Flo Douglas received the 2017 Alumnae Award for Service to Wesleyan and Alexis Bighley received the Valeria McCullough Murphey Award, the highest service award given by the WCAA. Ann Elliott and Dot Brown chaired the GH Art Exhibit in Oval Hall, pianist Karen Thomson represented the class at the Celebration Concert, Bonnie Wirschnitzer Masslofsky sold her jewelry at Alumnae Marketplace, and early morning Yoga classes taught by Karen Thomson prepared classmates for night time class parties hosted by Susan Middlebrooks and Susan Ogburn. The weekend ended with a Morning Watch service led by the Class of ’67 that honored deceased classmates. Morning Watch Chair Flo Douglas and her committee members, Helen Hermoyian, Helen Kleiber, Maribeth Lowe, and Karen Thomson included meaningful liturgy and music by pianists Karen Thomson and Jean Wynn, and flutists Charlotte Babcock Ellis and Bobbie Rowe (Indian flute). The class also donated hand-crafted pottery communion sets designed by Doris Hein Patton and Bobbie Rowe to Pierce Chapel. It was a remarkable Heart to Heart weekend where, indeed, many memories were made and shared.

According to Maggie J. Bonar ’67 from Jacksonville, FL, “It was good to see so many friends during the reunion!”

“Maybe next reunion Nancy Condes Whitsett ’67 and I can make it. Missed seeing you!” writes Ann Hyatt Brim ’67 from Dawson, GA.

Barbara Ann Bryant ’67 of Jacksonville, FL, and classmate Dale Harris ’67 certainly enjoyed coming home for Alumnae Weekend. “Seeing so many after so many years was grand! Most we would recognize anywhere, for basically we changed little (outwardly). Wesleyan continues to be “the Oldest and Best.” For all that, we will always be grateful. For parents who worked to pay for everything we had, we will always be thankful. It continues to be up to us to “give back to the world,” so we do what we can, as we can, to live our lives so that wherever we go and whatever we do, we will represent not only our parents, but also Wesleyan. It continues to be an honor to do so.”

According to Rosanne Anderson ’67 of Hendersonville, NC,  Best thing I ever did
was Wesleyan!”

“I think everyone in our class felt we had a magical weekend that far exceeded any of our expectations... much more special than anything I could have imagined,” reports Jeannie Nabell Grow ’67 in Hahira, GA.

Dee Thompson Monahan ’67 appreciated the reunion photos online. She writes, “We GHs just get better with age. Adorable fascinators – just right! Jim and I are really snowbirds and spend our summers in Ohio and the rest of our time in my mom’s childhood home in Central Florida. We buried both our moms a couple of years ago at 101 and 91. We stay busy and enjoy family in both places.” 

The WCAA would like to thank Priscilla Gautier Bornmann ’68 of Alexandria, VA, for serving as an alumna trustee on the WCAA board of managers for eight years. In May she was elected to serve on the Wesleyan College board of trustees (2017-2021 term). Congratulations, Pris!

Ellen Beard Martin ’68 of Greenville, SC, is blessed by friendships formed during her four years at Wesleyan.

Dianne “Dee” Brannen Adams ’69 and Dale A. Adams were married on November 27, 2016, at Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon. They reside in Macon and in Fort Valley. (See Winter 2017 Magazine). 

Martha Farrar Pickett ’69 married Jack Pickett in 2002 in Fairhope, AL. She was widowed in 2011, and now she and her son live on Perdido Bay, AL, with their beloved dachshund, Maggie. Martha’s daughter and son-in-law have four children and love living in Coral Gables, FL.

 

1970s

The WCAA and the Class of 1971 would like to thank Wesleyan Trustee Susan Pyeatt Kimmey ’71 of Atlanta, for her dedicated service to Wesleyan as chair of the board of trustees for the past two years. Great job, Susan!

After receiving a M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, Dr. Linda Patrick ’71 had a career in education and human services with the University of Georgia and with the State. She’s now retired and lives in Decatur and Gainesville, GA. 

 

1972 (45th Reunion)

Class of 1972 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Elizabeth Rogers Kelly, Eileen Vickery Thurmond, Susan Wyllys Wallace, Marianne Graeme Fortuna  Row 2: Lynn Golson Priester, Joyce Rice Ellison, Dianne Claussen, Debbie Dye Gigliotti, Mary Catherine Collins O’Kelley

The Class of ’72 believes in “the wearin’ of the green!” The Great Green Knights were delighted be together again, especially at the home of Joyce Rice Ellison who hosted a FUN Friday night party. Reunion Chair and Class President Susie McDonald Sheehan kept GKs up-to-date on reunion plans with all the “fixins” including the donning of green Irish bowler hats that were sure standouts in the Parade of Classes. 

“We love Signal Mountain, TN,” writes Mary Catherine Collins O’Kelley ’72 who moved there in summer 2016. MC is happily retired after 42 years as a Delta flight attendant. “It was great to see our GK sisters this year at our 45th. Sending a big thank you to Joyce Rice Ellison ’72 for hosting our class party!”

From Glen Allen, VA, Claire Taylor Ward ’72 says she misses her Wesleyan friends Dr. Sylvia Ross ’92 (HON), Marlina Kawira Belstadt ’72, Patsy Overton Oberg ’72, and Ann Perkins Gibbs ’72. She has lots of good Wesleyan memories, including eating in the Manget Dining Room on Sundays. “Husband Ed is a good provider. Our kitty cat, Clover, is spoiled. I am still a Wesleyan Woman,” declares Claire.  

“I am enjoying my new gig at PricewaterhouseCoopers. The surprise of the new President has left business in even more need of guidance about government. Love to all. Knox Rocks!” writes Janice Mays ’73 from Arlington, VA.

Gail Dixon Mann ’74 welcomed a new grandson in April. Eben Elliot Cox is the son of Gail’s daughter Marlene and her husband, Jonathan Cox. 

It’s been a difficult year for Penny Thomas ’74. She writes, “We moved my mother from Orlando to Newnan, GA, to live so we could take care of her. After falling last October and breaking her hip, her health declined and she passed away in January 2017 at the age of 87. The good news is I purchased a new house in Moreland, GA, and moved in on June 1st.” Penny has been teaching general music to elementary students in Newnan, GA, for 31 years! (See Sympathy)

 

1977 (40th Reunion)

Class of 1977 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Lucia Chapman Carr, Peggy Ellis Caton, Beth Parker McConnell, Lynn Moses, Diana Bowers Triplett, Ada Rosa Gomez McNeff   Row 2: Kathy Brown Stine, Marcia Parton Moore, Sally Lassiter Schroeder, Merry vonLehe Cobb, Cathy Bailey Crumbley 

RED was the color of choice for Pirates of ’77 whose 40 years since graduation seemed like only yesterday once they were back in Macon. Reunion committee members Lucia Chapman Carr, Cathy Bailey Crumbley, and Lynn Moses welcomed classmates back to campus for a weekend of “catching-up,” especially at the class party dinner at Bonefish Grill on Saturday night. 

In April 2016, Lynn Moses ’77 retired from Georgia Power after 38 years. She has moved back home to the beach in St. Simons, spending time with friends and family (Uvalda, GA). Travel is her hobby of preference. Lynn also reported that Cary Langford Purvis ’77 died in September 2016, after an extended illness. She was at home surrounded by her husband, Dan, and her children, Collin and Courtney. (See In Memoriam, Winter 2016)

Dr. Jeri Lynn Ellis ’78 moved to Cumming, GA, after losing both parents in the past year. “Both of my sons are married and both of my daughters-in-law are named Amy! We have a lot of fun with that. I teach full time in counselor education and supervision with Capella University online. I love my work and can work from anywhere I have Internet. Truly blessed.”

“Her Cool Quotient continues. Julie St. John Thornton ’75 recently invited me to visit her in Miami and attend the Sia concert. Go on, Google it. (I had to.) A good time was had by all!” reports Leigh Lambert Goff ’78 from Atlanta.

Mary McMillan Mancin ’78 of Bartow, GA, is enjoying her large family and all of her grandchildren’s activities including college graduation, weddings, etc. She is expecting her second great-grandchild this year. Sadly, in July 2016, Mary lost her husband of 59 years, John. (See Sympathy, Winter 2016)

Janet Ort ’78 from Birmingham, AL, writes “In May 2017, Janet Keys ’78 lost her husband Mark due to complications from heart surgery. Candice Muehlbauer Shockley ’78 attended the memorial service at Independent Presbyterian Church (where Janet and I both are active), I sang, and Judy Day Powell ’78 was able to attend virtually. At Janet’s home, I met her sister-in-law, Mary Beth Taylor Keys ’69. Mary Beth is the reason Janet went to Wesleyan. The purple love of sisterhood was palpable in prayer and support.” (See Sympathy)

Lou Bender ’79 is making a mid-life career change. She finished a degree and licensure in December and is teaching special education at Twin Cities Academy in St. Paul, MN.

The birds are singing good news for Nadine Cheek ’79 of Macon who received the Ann Munck Award for Teaching Excellence at the College’s annual Awards Day.

“A Wesleyanne can do anything at any age!” exclaims Lynne Anthoine Hueglin ’79 of Roanoke, VA. She’s made a career change from Allstate to the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she is challenged daily. 

 

1980s

Congratulations to Jan Lawrence ’80 who was named the new interim executive director of Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), a ministry that advocates for LGBTQ justice and inclusion in The United Methodist Church. Jan has been engaged in the movement for full inclusion in The United Methodist Church since 2012. As a leader on the LGBTQ Inclusion Advocacy Team at Foundry UMC in Washington D.C., she has been responsible for legislative actions, conference outreach, and leading General Conference volunteer teams in 2012 and 2016. Jan writes “After a 10-month hiatus from the working world, I have taken a new position and I am excited about the opportunity it presents.”

The WCAA would like to thank Helen Anne Richards ’80 and Nadine Cheek ’79 for their diligent work in making the Alumnae Weekend 2017 Celebration Concert a success! Great music and performances!

 

1982 (35th Reunion)

Class of 1982 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Patti Stanukinos McCullough, Gigi Ramos Zaenglein, Mary Ellen Skowronek Sutphin, Linda Johnson  Row 2: Rhonda Helton Hambright, Karen Martin, Jenny Houser Chapin, Shari Ginster Abney  Row 3: Jennifer Willis Payne, Abbyjane Walker Eller, Becky Moore Robbins, Susan Dempsey, Susan Holloway

Celebrating 35 years of “knight-time” during reunion confirmed that Wesleyan sisters are, “forever” friends. Reunion Co-Chairs Mary Ellen Skowronek Sutphin, Abbyjane Walker Eller and committee member Rhonda Helton Hambright pulled out all the stops to ensure a PKs #1 Weekend, and classmates enjoyed just that and more! At the Celebration Concert on Friday, classmates applauded for Rhonda Hambright’s performance. After sporting purple sashes and headbands in the Parade of Classes, PKs were honored at the Annual Meeting as members of the 35th anniversary “Jade” class. A Friday night party at TownPlace Suites, Saturday PK-Night-Out at Ocmulgee Brewpub, followed by hanging out around the hotel fire pit gave Knights plenty of “sisterhood sharing” time.

Karol “Jeannie” Cheng ’87 of New Taipei City, in Tamsui, Taiwan, is thankful for everyone’s concern while she is still in recovery process. Keep the well wishes coming!

 

1987 (30th Reunion)

Class of 1987 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Elizabeth “Liz” Gordon Jacobs, Katie Brennan Riner, Mary Anne Butler Brocato, Wyanne Coker Thompson  Row 2: Melissa Tolbert Smith, Carla Asbell Dennis, Donna Waites Terrill, Lisa D Shiveler  Row 3: Jill Amos, Leesa Akins Flora, Barbara Roe Wallace, Bernice Isaac 

Celebrating their 30th anniversary in style, GHs boasted a regal  presence on campus wearing  tiaras and feathered boas in the Parade of Classes. Kudos to Reunion Co-Chairs Leesa Akins Flora, and Barbara Roe Wallace and to committee member Carla Asbell Dennis (class gift liaison) for setting the stage for a fun-filled weekend to remember. GHs gathered at Comfort Suites on Friday to reminisce and reconnect with each other, and partied at the home of Lisa Morgan Edwards on Saturday to continue sharing even more sisterhood stories. A class “shout out” at the Annual Meeting confirmed that Golden Hearts still are “Winners from the Start!

 

1990s

Maconite Kari Goellner Kitchens ’91 served as the 2017 Marker Speaker for the Class of 2017. Kari has two WESLEYAN FIRSTS. She was the first woman to serve as the Director of Grant Initiatives for the Georgia Public Defender Council, a position held since 2014. Prior to her employment with the state, Kari was also the first woman to have served as the Grants Administrator for Bibb County government (2004-2014). She will graduate from Wesleyan’s EMBA Program in August 2017.

 

1992 (25th Reunion)

Class of 1992 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Anne Cordeiro, Brandy Allen Johnson, Becky Joslin Croft, Janet Wilson, Sharon Bressoud Mladucky  Row 2: Candy Dickerson Cannon, Mary Marcia McMahan Winfrey, Karen Harp Cumsille, Tina Davis  Row 3:  Kristen Olsen Palmer, Diane Mayhue Johnson, Betsy Carver Reagor, Jennifer Johnson, Kelley Southerland, Beth Riddle Everett  Row 4: Elizabeth Dillard Kuipers, Katie Garrett, Cynthia Costello Busbee, Leslie Noble, Mariana Furlin, Lara Blanchett Carlton

Green Knights Rule! Says the Class of ’92. Cyndey Costello Busbee and Diane Mayhue Johnson served as reunion co-chairs for this special landmark anniversary year and GK sisters responded to their message to return to Wesleyan for festivities that included a class party on Friday at a brewery downtown and a party on Saturday at Lara Blanchett Carlton’s home. Shades of green were seen around campus all weekend and at the Annual Meeting where classmates applauded for one of their own, Cyndey Busbee, who received the 2017 Alumnae Award for Distinguished Service to the Community and where shouts of “Hoddy Toddy” echoed in Porter Auditorium as the Great Green Knights cheered in honor of 25 years of sisterhood.

Wedding bells were ringing for Tina Davis ’92 of Toronto, ON, who married Dave Hughes on October 15, 2015, in a small (but fun) ceremony in Carmel, CA. Sharon Bressoud Mladucky ’92 was matron of honor. 

Fleta Elizabeth “Beth” Riddle ’92 of Sylvester, GA, spent 23 years teaching high school in Worth County and moved to the middle school this year for #24! “I have a daughter going into 6th grade and a son going into 4th grade. I still have horses and I am married to my college sweetheart.” 

Family adventures are more exciting with Corey O’Neal Jones, Jr., joining the family of Brittany Dixon Jones ’96 of Eufala, AL. Corey was born on May 10, 2016. (See Births)

 

1997 (20th Reunion)

Class of 1997 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Mary Mitchell McKinnon, Erin Popple Tice, Teresa Lawson, Stephanie Pate Lewis, Jena Forehand Tinsley  Row 2: Evelyn Leatherman Griffin, Wendy Lazzaro Grover, Kara Bollmeier Jagger- Miller Row 3: Beth Hitt Rogers, Joy Keeling, Brandy Conner Worgo, Monica Hilley Crawford, Tessa Williams Kamat, Rachel Viets Fortuna  

It was a RED letter weekend for the Pirates of ’97 who anchored at Wesleyan to attend their 20th reunion. Reunion Co-Chairs Teresa Lawson and Rachel Viets Fortuna welcomed classmates back “home” with special Pirate Sisters T-shirts, and three parties gave classmates lots of sisterhood time to share “treasured” Pirate memories. Classmates enjoyed a Friday night meet-up for games at Pin Strikes, and had dinner and desserts at Dovetail on Saturday. Rachel Fortuna hosted a Sunday brunch at her home where hugs and good-byes were quickly captured on Facebook.

Monica Crawford ’97 lives in Temple, GA, and works in Fort Valley as a community counselor. Monica is the supervisor of a program she helped start at Creative Community Services, the SOAR Program. The program uses applied behavior analysis to identify problematic behaviors and includes interventions to decrease those behaviors so foster children and adults with disabilities can remain stable in their placements. 

Evelyn Leatherman Griffin ’97 is an account manager for Illumina Inc. and sells DNA sequencing instrumentation and services in the state of Florida and in Puerto Rico. Evelyn earned a master’s degree in biomedicine from Lancaster University in Lancaster, UK.

In Charlotte, NC, Wendy Lazzaro Grover ’97 is the operations manager for Target Corporation Distribution Centers.

Scott and Kara Bollmeier Jagger-Miller ’97 have lived in Nashville, TN, since 2009 and have a son, Garrett, who was born in 2012. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born in 2014. Kara began working as a regulatory writer (for large and small pharmaceutical companies) in 2013 and currently works for Synchrogenix.

In Denver, CO, Joy Keeling ’97 is in the process of writing/researching a non-fiction book. She also is pursuing a master’s of divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology and is working as a paranormal investigator. 

Tessa Williams Kamat ’97 is married to Bash Kamat and they live in Cumming, GA, where she is a teacher at Otwell Middle School. 

“I live in Nashville, TN, and work for HCA IT&S, where I manage a large IT staff (170 IT professionals). I love to run marathons, bake in my spare time, and also volunteer with a local senior dog sanctuary,” reports Teresa Lawson ’97.

“Jason and I have been married for 19 years and we have four children. I teach 6th grade math in Rome, GA. I brought Macy (6) for her first Wesleyan reunion this year. She will be a Pirate of 2033!” writes Stephanie Pate Lewis ’97.

“I am a juvenile court Assistant D.A. in the Tift Judicial Circuit, writes Mary Mitchell McKinnon ’97 who lives in Tifton, GA. Mary graduated from law school at Mercer, worked as a law clerk in Rome, GA, and was an Assistant D.A. in the Middle Circuit and then in Tifton.

She’s a busy mom to Clara Louise (9), DJ (7), and Zane (2) and is a professor in the math department at Kennesaw State University but Beth Hitt Rogers ’97 still finds time to return to Wesleyan whenever she can. “I brought my daughter to her first STUNT this year and she loved it! She’s claiming PK ’30!” writes Beth. 

Erin Popple Tice ’97 is the owner of MW Furnishings, MBA Custom Cushions, and Atlanta Bed Swings. She and her family live in Marianna, FL, where she also has been a homeschool mom.

In Sylvania, GA, Jena Forehand Tinsley ’97 teaches 4th grade at Screven County Elementary.

In May, Diana Bowers Triplett ’97 moved to Orlando, FL, where she is a literacy coach in Osceola County, FL.

Monica Crenshaw ’99 has had the opportunity to represent GA and the southern states as the CTE Counselor of the Year for the past two years. “I never miss an opportunity to mention Wesleyan’s influence on my life and career. I’m proud to be a Wesleyan alumna!”

 

2000s

Dr. Tiffany Noell ’00 of Savannah, GA, has a new children’s book out under the pen name of Tara V. Thompson. Please consider picking it up or asking your local public library/school library/bookstore to carry it. In Morgan Otter Saves the Sea Turtles, eight-year-old Morgan Otter moves to Wilmington Island, GA, and attends a nature camp where she and her friend, Claire, find out about a local sea turtle conservation group and decide to become Sea Turtle Superheroes: watching over nests and protecting the hatchlings from predators. 

Esther Celestin Wang ’00 of Edinburg, TX, is thankful to have welcomed future Wesleyan legacy Hannah-Marie Mingwan Wang, born May 25, 2016, into her family. (See Births)

Hyun Mi Choi Corin ’01 has relocated to the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. After leaving NYC, she and husband Eli nested in Fredericksburg, VA, for a few years, where their daughter Ara was born three years ago. They are loving their new adventure, and she is tutoring kids in art and English. 

 

2002 (15th Reunion)

Class of 2002 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Natalie Puckett Evans, Vida Olivares, Saralyn Stewart, Chrissy Minor Noble  Row 2: Crystal Rogers Cheyne, Megan Beene, Alaina Garcia Steele, Christen Bennett Mcgeathy, Caleesa Wells Small, Jody Swink Miles  Row 3: Kris Justice, Erin McGavin Dalton, Taylor Johnson-English, Kathryn Marshall Wilcher, Tarra Wall Powell, Catherine O’Kelley Fore, Amanda Smith Burnette, Sarah Chandler, Andrea Clark  Row 4: Erica Herrmann Fluet, Lorry Izula, Ebony Roberts Tate, Bria Andrews Kitchens, Jennifer Calhoun, Laurie Gibson Priban, Megan Temple Cotter, Nikki Bradshaw, Beth Williford, April Prince

It was a FAB 15th for PKs who arrived on campus ready to celebrate with Wesleyan sisters. And thanks to Class of ’02 Reunion Co-Chairs Vida Olivares and Jody Swink Miles they did! Harwood House was the house party hangout and venue for a Friday night class party where memories were shared in true PK fashion. On Saturday night, where else would any PK party but at Ingleside Village Pizza, where table talk centered on career, families, and fast-track life. Adorned in shades of perfectly purple attire, classmates posed for the cameras during the Parade of Classes. PK pride continued to show at the Annual Meeting when the class was recognized for taking 1st place in class participation to the Annual Fund – Yes, it’s true, PKs #1! 

After a 15-year career as a social worker, Maconite April Austin ’02 has recently transitioned into another area of profession after having her child. She is now a cake decorator and an independent sales agent for Avon. 

In Greensboro, NC, Nikki Bradshaw ’02 works for IBM in recruitment management. She also is  pursuing PHR certification. Nikki previously worked for TMobile for 11 years. Amanda Smith Burnett ’02 is in graduate school at the College of Charleston, where she is pursuing a M.B.A. degree.

Jennifer Calhoun ’02 lives and works in Japan as a school manager and head teacher at an English school in Tokyo. She earned her M.A. degree from Takushoku University. Jennifer was recognized at the Annual Meeting as the alumna who traveled the farthest distance to attend reunion.

Sarah Chandler ’02 is assistant professor of theatre management at Auburn University. She also is the director of logistics for Camp Bonfire, a summer camp for adults. 

Crystal Rogers Cheyne ’02 works for GANZ USA, LLC, as director of sales operations. Since Wesleyan her career has followed a retail/outside sales and administration/management path.

Andrea Clark ’02 received a M.B.A. from Wesleyan in 2008, a M.Ed. from Northeastern in 2015, worked 13 years as an academic advisor (pre-health, medical, nursing, pharmacy, dental), and is now a law student at Mercer.

After earning a M.A. degree in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence College, Megan Beene ’02 worked in curriculum development for a few years. After moving to California she shifted into specialty food where she studied cheese. She is now a cheesemonger for Rainbow Grocery Cooperative and has placed 3rd in a national cheesemonger competiton! 

Megan Temple Cotter ’02 is a Travel RN at Advantage RN. She is in graduate school at Walden University, where she is currently pursuing a MSNFNP degree.

Erica Herrmann Fluet ’02 is proud of her SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) status. After Wesleyan, she spent one year on Capitol Hill working for Sen. Nelson (FL), earned a master’s degree in special education from Johns Hopkins University, and worked for 10 years. Now she’s nurturing three babies at home in Roswell, GA.

In Signal Mountain, TN, Catherine O’Kelley Fore ’02 is a self-employed interior designer. Her business is called The Pink Lantern Interiors LLC. 

“After college I completed a master’s degree in psychology (cognitive) at Tufts and then got a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in culinary arts. I worked as a chef for a number of years before becoming a stay-at-home mom with our children,” reports Taylor Johnson-English ’02 who lives in Seattle, WA.

Bria Andrew Kitchens ’02 is a stay-at-home mom and professional volunteer in Bonaire, GA. “I worked in social work for 10 years after graduation until I had my daughter, Charlotte, who will be a PK of 2034!” writes Bria.

Christen Bennett McGeathy ’02 resides in Dallas, GA, and is the office manager at Northwest. 

Jody Swink Miles ’02 has been a veterinary assistant for 15 years and calls Irondale, MO, home. She works in Belgrade as the manager of Washington County Country Farm Supply and is also a Purina feed dealer. 

Lorry Izula Mpindu ’02 works for the U.S. Census Bureau as a data collector. In 2014 Lorry earned a M.P.H. from Walden University. 

Christina Miner Noble ’02 is a counseling psychologist at The Anxiety and Stress Management Institute in Marietta, GA. She earned a master’s degree in cognitive and developmental psychology from Emory, a master’s degree in professional counseling from Georgia State, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from GSU.

At the University of Central Missouri, Vida Olivares ’02 is assistant professor of mathematics education. 

Tarra Jo Wall Powell ’02 works as a lead business analyst for the General Service Administration.

Since Wesleyan, Dr. April Prince ’02 has put her music and history degrees to good use in her career path. After earning a M.M. and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, April worked as a music professor at Oklahoma City University and as a lecturer at Loyola University. She now works as a senior lecturer in music history at the University of North Texas.

After teaching for eight years, Laurie Gibson Priban ’02 has enjoyed entrepreneurship as a gift shop owner in Columbus, GA.

Calessa Wells Small ’02 is a full time claims manager at Allstate Corporation in Birmingham, AL.

Becki Tanner Smith ’02 of Axson, GA, and husband Jonathan welcomed baby boy Bowen in November of 2016. (See Births)

In Columbus, GA, Alaina Garcia Steele ’02 enjoys being a stay-at-home-mom and community volunteer, especially with Girl Scouts. Before having her own children she served as an HR specialist at Our House (part of The Methodist Home for Children).

In 2010 Saralyn Stewart ’02 opened up her own law practice, Stewart Law Office, in Madison, GA. She earned her J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. 

Dr. Ebony Roberts Tate ’02 earned a Pharm.D. from UGA College of Pharmacy. She is able to work from home (Lawrenceville, GA) as a clinical advisor pharmacist for Humana Clinical Pharmacy Solutions. 

Kathryn Marshall Wilcher ’02 works part time for Hometown Inspection Groups while she is in kidney transplant recovery. 

Stamford, CT, resident Dr. Beth Ann Williford ’02 is an associate professor of sociology at Manhattanville College. She earned graduate degrees (M.S.E. and Ph.D.) from Purdue University before becoming an assistant professor of sociology at Manhattanville. 

Sherrie N. Randall ’03 of College Park, GA, has served as member-at-large for student relations on the WCAA board of managers for three years. Thank you, Sherrie!

Darlene Murphy ’05 is back home to Macon after a brief stint in Savannah, GA. “There’s no place like home!” 

Congratulations to Dr. Nyasha GuramatunhuCooper ’06 who was selected to serve as the 2017-18 Race and Ethnicity Fellow through Kennesaw State University’s (KSU’s) Center for Diversity and Engagement. Nyasha created a digital (video and audio) exhibit that features the cultural identities and narratives of members of the KSU community for her students to explore in courses offered by the Department of Leadership and Diversity.

Amy Smith ’06 married Svend Egholm on October 15, 2016, in Savannah, GA, with lots of her Purple Knight classmates in attendance. They now reside in Richmond, VA, (and she didn’t even have to take another bar exam!). (See Marriages)

Jaime McQuilkin ’06 of Atlanta traveled to Bali, Indonesia, in late 2016 where she explored temples, learned how to design a traditional batik, and was almost attacked by a monkey. True story. 

 

2007 (10th Reunion)

Class of 2007 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Kat Whatley, Ashley Nelson, Anastasia Cooper, Melinda Goggans  Row 2: Jen Robinson, Cindy Fountain, Melissa Herndon, Tiffany Johnson Hatch  Row 3: Lacey Lindquist Uhl, Noelle Goodman Hall, Morgan Felts, Mary Beth Barker Tolle  Not Pictured: Jenny Doles Nash and Micah Wilson Walsh

GHs had 10 times the fun at their 10th reunion thanks to Jennifer Robinson and Tiffany Hatch Johnson who served as reunion co-chairs. Classmates enjoyed dinner at El Sombrero on Friday night and were invited to get “out and about” on Saturday night at a progressive party that began at the Situation Room in downtown Macon followed by dancing at Recess Bar and Lounge. Late night talk-fests brought back many Wesleyan memories of special times shared together.

After spending a number of years training staff at various restaurants, Anastasia Cooper ’07 is now a full-time bartender in Bethesda, MD. 

In Atlanta, Morgan Felts ’07 works for the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia as associate general counsel. She graduated from UGA School of Law. 

Melinda Goggans ’07 lives in Macon and works as a 1st grade teacher in Bibb County. In Newnan, GA, Melissa Herndon ’07 works as a unit manager (shipping/logistic scheduler) for Yamaha.

Tiffany Hatch Johnson ’07 lives in McDonough, GA, and works as a Pre-K teacher in Ellenwood.  She also has a WESLEYAN FIRST as the first black woman to be a cast member of The Georgia Renaissance Festival!

Katie Mathews Loyd ’07 of Statham, GA, is a licensed clinical social worker, counseling at North Star Therapy Group in Watkinsville, GA. She is married and has one son.

Jenny Doles Nash ’07 recently remarried and is enjoying small town life in Dublin, GA, with husband, daughter Hannah and two step-daughters, Shelby and Emmy. She is a CPA and Firm Administrator for a 120-person regional firm.

Ashley Nelson ’07 has been teaching for the past 10 years. She lives in Newnan, GA, and teaches in the Coweta County School System. Ashley attends the University of West Georgia where she is pursuing a master’s degree in elementary education specializing in math.

After earning a M.F.A. degree in photography from SCAD, Jennifer Robinson ’07 has been working as a freelance professional photographer in Atlanta. 

MaryBeth Barker Tolle ’07 is an associate attorney at Adams Law Firm in Macon. She graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, worked as a staff attorney for three superior court judges, and was a public defender before accepting her current position. 

Lacey Lindquist Uhl ’07 is a certified professional coder for Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates in Athens, GA, where she lives. 

Katharine “Kat” Whatley ’07 lives in Marietta, GA, and works for Spanx as a logistics associate. Previously, she worked in Macon at Hillshire Brands for eight years before moving to Atlanta. 

 

2010s

Since her birth on October 21, 2016, Kathryn Quinn “Kate” Malone continues to be adored by her proud parents, Robert and Jessica Layne Malone ’11 of Macon.
Jessica even brought Kate to the Alumnae Weekend picnic! Jessica’s sister, Megan E. Layne ’16, and her sister-in-law, Melissa Malone Constable ’91, enjoy visiting with
Kate when they are in town. Grandmother Nedra Martin Malone ’65 lives nearby and is delighted by the prospect of a future Wesleyanne in the family. (See Births,
Winter 2016
)

Dibya Rawal ’11 of Saratoga Springs, NY, is expecting a baby. Congrats!

In New York, NY, Sarah Hudson ’11 has accepted a new position with Glossier as director of international marketing where she is working to expand the brand’s reach into new markets. Her recent work travel schedule keeps her busy on both sides of the Atlantic, as Glossier prepares to open in London and Paris.  Sarah lives with Biscuit, her Japanese Chin, in the Lower East Side/Two Bridges neighborhood of Manhattan.

 

2012 (5th Reunion)

Class of 2012 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Marissa Duhaime Martin, Anna Plue, Betsy Herlong, Kelly Coquerel  Row 2: Susan Yandle Middleton, Chelsea Robinson, Danielle Ross, Taylor Bishop Deal, Cheyenne Foster

GKs are taking the fifth to not reveal all of the FUN times they had at their 5th reunion and GK Co-Chairs Betsy Herlong and Tricia Velasco agreed that what happens at class parties stays at class parties! On Friday, classmates were invited to a “GK Meet-Up” at Just Tap’d in downtown Macon. On Saturday, Tricia hosted a class party at her home. While “life after Wesleyan” was a sure-fire topic of discussion, GKs enjoyed reliving not-so-long-ago campus memories during a weekend devoted to sisterhood.

Taylor Bishop Deal ’12 lives in Wichita, KS, and works as a Pre-K teacher at the Primrose School of Wichita East. She enjoyed seeing GK sisters at reunion.

Cheyenne Foster ’12 lives in Washington, DC, and works for the Republican National Committee as the director of women’s engagement. After Wesleyan she worked in Congress for Tom Price, for Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, and then at the RNC.

Alaina Avera Harrison ’12 and husband Greg of Macon, welcomed a baby girl on February 6, 2017! Big brother, Owen, and puppy sister, Lucy, love her already! (See Births)

In Memphis, TN, Betsy Herlong ’12 teaches French at Middle College High School. She earned her M.A. in romance Languages (French) from the University of Memphis (UM) and looks forward to completing her M.A.T. in December 2017 from UM. Betsy had a WESLEYAN FIRST as a student when she was the first recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at Wesleyan. 

Happy news for Samantha “Sammy” Lint ’12 of Birmingham, AL, who was engaged to A. Nicole Jacobs on March 19, 2017.

Congratulations to Marissa Duhaime Martin ’12 and her husband who finalized the adoption of their three children from foster care in November.  Son Dylan (13), daughter Jaden (12), and son Jesse (11) are settling in well and they have spent time bonding as a family. Marissa earned a M.A.T. in history from the University of North Georgia in 2015 and teaches high school history in Cumming, GA. She has a WESLEYAN FIRST as the first person in her family to attend graduate school. (See Births & Family Additions)

Anna Plue ’12 of Edgewater, FL, became the proud mother of her favorite horse from Wesleyan, Jack. Ride on! Anna is a freelance artist and wants to build a website to sell her art. She also works as a Starbucks barista.

Danielle Ross ’12 is a case coordinator at River Edge Behavioral Health Center in Macon. She earned a M.S. in clinical counseling from Valdosta State University. 

Kendal Binion ’13 and Amanda Holliday ’14 were recently engaged, and we’ll be hearing wedding bells in the fall of 2018 for the happy couple! 

“My new job is awesome! I love what I am doing,” reports Devyn Foti ’13 from her new home in Minneapolis, MN, where she works at a casino as a project manager for the casino’s digital marketing. “I get to work different events and have enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at performances. Tony Bennett, Lionel Richie, and Santana are all performing in the next month. Blake and I also look forward to summer outdoor events and hiking in the area.”

In August 2017 Beth Hurst ’14 will begin work on her Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. 

Crystal Osburn O’Neal ’14 of Clarksville, TN, is expecting a baby in August 2017. 

 

2016 (1st Reunion)

Class of 2016 stands in front of Porter with flags on Alumnae Weekend.

(L-R) Row 1: Devonna Gaudet, Lauren Turner, Jordan Ealey, Kathleen Jenkins  Row 2: Melissa Rodriguez, Julie Rogers

Wesleyan welcomed the Class of ’16 back for their FIRST reunion with GK sisters Chandra Norman, Loren Robinson, Jordan Ealey, and Blaire Bagwell signed up to serve as reunion committee members. Waving the Class flag proudly, GKs posed for photos and joined in the Parade of Classes with Great Green Knight pride.

Happy news for Brittany Pye ’16. She and Jay Wischmeyer became engaged in February.

At Wesleyan Lauren Turner ’16 was a studio art major with an art history minor. Now she is a part-time assistant registrar at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon thanks to her mentor, Lisa Sloben ’80. In her spare time Lauren works on her goals as an artist. 

The Pirate Class of 2017 has a new member! Susan Allen ’17 (HON), advancement officer at Wesleyan, was inducted into the alumnae association during its Annual Meeting in April. The WCAA voted to make Susan an honorary alumna because of her long-standing and significant contributions to our alma mater. Her candlelighter was Kathy A. Bradley ’78, past president of the WCAA. Congratulations, Susan!

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