Class Notes Marlon Tarter, ’56, retired from Martin-Marietta Corp. in 1998 in Orlando, Florida, and was later employed in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at K-25 for 14 years. He and his wife, Sandra (Tennant) Tarter, have been married for 49 years and now reside in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Accountants (AICPA) Auditing Standards Board and to the National Association of State Boards Accountancy (NASBA) Compliance Assurance Committee. Jane Walton, ’80, became principal of St. Augustine School (Covington) in July 2017.
Harold Combs, ’65, spent 40 years with The Kroger Co. William Loveall, ’65, and his wife, Nancy Olson Loveall, reside in Colorado, where they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2017. After his retirement as an Army ordnance officer, he returned to college and completed a degree in machining technology. Joyce (Allsmiller) Crowell, ’73, who also taught computer science at EKU from 1981 to 1986, is retiring as professor emerita after teaching 29 years at Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee. Justice Tom Colbert, ’73 ‘76, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2013, he became the first African-American to serve as chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Dr. Michael Colegrove, ’73, is vice president emeritus and professor of education for the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and recently served as a featured speaker at the 2017 National Conference on Bullying in Orlando, Florida. Earl Lowell “No Sweat” Robbins, ’73, has recently released a memoir, titled “Letters from a Genius to an Oaf.” He and his wife, Chasteen Hall Robbins, ’72, reside in Richmond, Kentucky, and have been married for 45 years.
In June 2017, Jeff Graham, ’83, became CEO of Adena Health System, which is based in Chillicothe, Ohio. Rusty Clark, ’88, was named head of lending at Farmers National Bank in 2017. Army Col. Michael Graese, ’88, assumes responsibilities as city administrator in Ashland, Kentucky, after his retirement in 2017. He and wife, Francie (Simpson), ’88, look forward to residing in Ashland. Rob Carr, ’89, was presented with the Jerry Frutkoff Memorial Award in 2017 at the historic Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course during Preakness Week. The award is presented to the photographer who takes the best Preakness photo from the previous year. Dana Ridenour, ’89, retired from the FBI in 2016 after a decorated 20-year career as an undercover investigator and currently resides in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Her first book, “The Mask,” is based on her work with the FBI and has received a multitude of awards. Her second book, “Beyond the Cabin,” was released in August 2017. Tina Bennett, ’91, was named superintendent of Clarksville Community Schools (Indiana) in June 2017. Billy Harris, ’92 ’99, became principal of Waynesburg Elementary School (Lincoln County) in July 2017.
Robert “Bob” McFalls, ’77, was recently appointed president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network, a statewide membership organization for grantmakers working to build philanthropy for a better Florida. Prior to joining FPN, Bob served as executive director and CEO of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association and its foundation since 2011.
Michelle (Cluxton) Bliffen, ’91 ’97, was named vice president of human resources at the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union in April 2017.
Prudence (Locke) Gillaspie, ’79, retired in June 2017 after 38 years as a speech-language pathologist in both educational and hospital settings.
Cheryl (Nolan) Compton, ’91, lives in Middletown, Ohio, with her husband, where they are members of the Team Fastrax professional skydiving team.
Alan Long, ’79, managing member of Baldwin CPAs and a member of the EKU Board of Regents, has been appointed to the American Institute of Certified Public
Brent Roark, ’93, assumed responsibilities as superintendent of Harlan County Schools in July 2017.
Russie COY Jones, ’84
Entrepreneurial by design During an epic 2009 ice storm, Russie Jones’s father fell while investigating a power outage in his home. Although he was unharmed, Jones began pondering a means to prevent such accidents. Just eight years later, Jones, ’84, became the first inventor/entrepreneur to sell out a product during a first-time airing on the Home Shopping Network. The patented Rely-a-Light and Lamp Angel emergency lighting device disappeared in 10 minutes. More than 4,000 lamps were sold in the first quarter of 2017 through a variety of well-known retailers. As of early summer, Jones was preparing to go global with airings on QVC and an Australian home shopping channel, and was pursuing licensing the technology to large lamp manufacturers. Jones said her experience in EKU’s interior design program, especially her work with CAD and showing products, proved invaluable, and termed the assistance from the Kentucky Innovation Network’s EKU office “a priceless experience.” “When we started, we just wanted to have something to help my father,” she said. “We never imagined the success we would have.” For more information about the products, visit relyalight.com. n
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