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Rena Masterson Fay and husband Chris welcomed their sixth child on February 2, 2013. Josephine Maria (Josie) Fay weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz and was 19 ½ inches in length. (see Alumni Christmas and Photo Album)

1977 Gwendolyn Tabb Graham works in sales and is the Special Events Coordinator for Chico’s Laurelwood in Memphis. She helped coordinate SBA’s 2013 “Swing and Bling” fashion show. 1981

1996

Rozelle Henderson is an IT consultant and makes his home in Cordova, TN. 1986 Linda Barnes Snyder has been promoted to medical director of Youth Villages in North Carolina. (see Alumni Spotlight by SBA alum Channing Peeples)

Amber Reeves Williamson and husband Dave live with their two sons, Luke (7) and Logan (4) in Spring Hill, TN.

Bill Courtney is a 2013 Society of Entrepreneurs inductee. He was honored at a black-tie gala on April 13. (Please see Alumni Spotlight about Bill in this issue written by MBQ-Inside Memphis Business Editor Greg Akers. He granted On Eagles’ Wings permission to reprint it.) John Jackson Miller is an acclaimed author of books about the Star Wars phenomenon. He was in Memphis in March for a book signing at the M.R. Dye Public Library in Horn Lake, MS and the Mid-South Sci/fi Con. John visited SBA in March of 2011 to address a student assembly on his works which include several well-known fantasy, science fiction and super hero franchises, such as comics and graphic novels starring Iron Man, The Avengers, Mass Effect and Indiana Jones. But, he is best known for his writings on the expanded Star Wars universe.

1999 Melissa Cobb Marler is a physical therapist with Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was named the December, 2012 “Employee of the Month” for the hospital. In an article in the hospital’s employee newsletter, Highlights, Melissa is described as, “One of those high performers who strives every day to make her work area the provider of choice for the patients and physicians she serves.” She has worked in the hospital’s Outpatient Rehab Services for over three years. Chris Martin and wife Roxy welcomed their second son Finn Martin, born November 15, 2012. He joins big brother Rowan (2). The family makes their home in Germantown, TN.

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Renae Adcock McElwain is a Communications and Marketing Specialist with Lutheran Church Extension Fund in Cordova. Renae has four children, with her son being enrolled in the SBA class of 2017.

Cahryn Anderson obtained her BA from the University of Mississippi in 2004 and was accepted into their PhD program for psychology. She received her Masters in 2009 as she continued to work towards her PhD. She had a one-year internship at the North Chicago VA Hospital (Captain James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center) and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2012. Cahryn currently holds a position as a staff psychologist in the Addiction Treatment Program, a residential substance abuse center, at the North Chicago VA Hospital and is engaged to be married to Andrew Mallette this coming September.

1995 Jim Bechard and wife Heather welcomed their new daughter, Anna Marie Bechard, on January 8, 2013, weighing 7 lbs, 4 oz and measuring 19 inches.

David Gillespie and wife Andrea Kronberg Gillespie (’96) welcomed their second daughter, Raimey Layne, on June 16, 2012, weighing in at 7 lbs, 10 oz and measuring 19.5 inches. (see Alumni Christmas Album)

Joey Cooley is married to Ashley Brock Cooley and the couple makes their home in Memphis. Joey is currently a senior accountant with Pinnacle Airlines.

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Chris Rousseau and wife Tasha welcomed their daughter Vivienne Grace Rousseau on August 10, 2012. She weighed 7 lbs and measured 19.5 inches. Chris was promoted to Captain in the Air Force in June 2011 and is Chief of Leadership Studies at the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL. He has a few months left at Maxwell. (see Alumni Photo Album)

Lee Campbell Sandberg married Zach Sandberg in November, 2011 at The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Lee is working as a bookkeeper and tour guide at A. Schwab on Beale Street. Zach works at the University of Memphis Ned McWherter Library and is getting his Masters in Information Science. The two are currently living in downtown Memphis with their dog Sarge. 2002 Cami Chando Fields is a Marketing Consultant with TruGreen at Servicemaster. Steven Cobb married Megan Ashley Hopper on September 8, 2012, at Holy Rosary Church in Memphis. The couple honeymooned in the Bahamas. Steven is currently working for Elvis Presley Enterprises, a division of CORE Media Group, as a business systems analyst. Wife Megan received her Masters Degree in Business from the University of Memphis in May, 2012. The couple makes their home in Cordova, TN.

2004 Katey Arnold Usery is married to Justin Usery and the couple makes their home in Southaven, MS.

Erin Courtney is a Communications Consultant with OrgWide Services in Collierville.

Paul Brownd and his wife Nicole are making their home in Santa Rosa, CA.

Robyn Delaney Pela and husband John Michael welcomed their first child, John Hopson Pela on February 4, 2013. (see Faculty Focus)

Emily Steffan is assistant Principal at ReNEW Batiste Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans and was recently quoted in the nola.com blog by Helen Williams about students from the school visiting the White House in February. Visit this link to get the scoop on this exciting trip for Emily and her students http://blog.nola.com/new_orleans/2013/02/invited_ by_first_lady_students.html.

2003 Christina Babu recently moved back to Memphis from New York and joined A2H, Inc. as a Marketing and Communications Specialist. Christina received a BM in Music Business from Capital University in Columbus, OH and a MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University. She was working in Public Relations in New York before joining A2H.

2005 Doug Taylor married Jessica Ponce on September 22, 2012 at Wild Dunes Resort near Charleston, SC. The couple makes their home in Memphis, where Doug is in his third year of medical school at University of Tennessee-Memphis. (see Alumni Photo Album)

Caroline Dennis is in her third year as an early childhood education teacher with the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. Caroline has her undergraduate and graduate (2010) degrees in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University. She makes her home in Parker, CO and recently became engaged to Chris Roos.

2006 Sarah Marczynski will graduate with a Masters of Public Administration with concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. During graduate school, Sarah held an assistantship with the UTC Student Development Office and worked for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. Sarah also worked with the Chattanooga Boys Choir and will travel with the choir on a tour to Cuba this June. (see Alumni Photo Album)

Jessica Kronberg Govan and husband Thomas welcomed second daughter Emory to the family on September 18, 2012, weighing 7 lbs and measuring 19 inches. Emory joins big sister Finley (2) and the family makes their home in Montgomery, AL. Jessica owns her own photography business, Big Leaps Photography, and enjoys traveling back to Memphis to photograph SBA alumni families. Several of Jessica’s newborn and family photos appear in On Eagles’ Wings.(see Alumni Photo Album)

John Nichols graduated from Rhodes College in 2010 and is in his third year teaching 10th grade English at Soulsville Charter School in Memphis. Before coming to Soulsville, John completed his Teach for America commitment in Chicago, IL. During spring break this year, John took a group of his students to Italy in conjunction with their study of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.

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Lauren Stephens graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Memphis. She is currently finishing up on a Master’s in Criminology from the U of M and has been awarded a graduate assistantship. She has recently been notified that she is the primary candidate for an FBI internship and has accepted the position.

2009 An error on the following name appeared in the last issue of ON EAGLES WINGS. We regret the error and have reprinted the correct name and information here. Mikki Ferguson appears on the Dean’s List and is applying to Veterinary School. She works as an athletic tutor and Vet assistant. Allie Jones married Michael Reichert on December 29, 2012 at St. Mary’s Church in Memphis, followed by a reception at the Racquet Club. The couple has moved to Orlando, FL where Michael has taken a job. Allie graduated from the University of Alabama in three years with a Theatre Music degree. (see Alumni Photo Album)

2007 Amanda Alberti lives in Memphis where she is the TV Channel CW30 9:00 pm Newscast Producer. Kristen Crone is in her second year as a full-time volunteer in the Lasallian Volunteers program. She is a teacher’s aide and resource teacher at St. Cecilia’s School and Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Where she makes her home.

Michelle Peterson is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and hopes to graduate in May with a BS in Nursing. This summer she plans to team up with the Bike and Build organization, bicycling across the country in support of affordable housing. In this endeavor, she joins another alum, Gina Bargiachi (’07), who completed her commitment last summer. Michelle starts her journey in Providence, RI in June and ends in Moon Bay, CA in August. With a 3.99 GPA, Michelle holds the number one spot in her nursing class. After some additional education, she plans to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is the Community Outreach Chair for the Student Nurses Association and is on the Academic Appeals Board for the College of Nursing. Please check Michelle’s personal profile for information on Bike and Build and donation opportunities at bikeandbuild.org/rider/6948.

Doug Johnson graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2011. While there he was very involved at WUTK.FM and hosted a couple of shows including one he created, wrote and produced - a news show that is called “The Week in Review.” Immediately after graduation, Doug went to work with the PBS “Newshour” program with Jim Lehrer based in Washington, DC. He left PBS about a year ago to take a position as a producer at CBS News Radio, also in Washington. Channing Peeples graduated from the University of Memphis in December 2011, with a Bachelor degree in Journalism with concentration in public relations. She studied abroad in January 2012 in Greece. Channing has been a public relations intern at Youth Villages for two years. (See Alumni Spotlight on Linda Barnes Snyder that Channing submitted)

Catherine Waddell, an accounting major at Mississippi State University, joined about 24 other seniors as new members of the university’s prestigious Society of Scholars in Arts and Sciences. At the end of each fall and spring semesters, the limited-membership organization recognizes the most outstanding upper-level undergraduate students in all majors. To be selected, one must demonstrate a sound foundation in language, math, science, oral and written communication, humanities and social sciences.

Kalli Powers graduated Cum Laude with a major in Mechanical Engineering, minor in Mathematics and Certificate in Packaging Engineering from Christian Brothers University in 2012. Kalli received the Presidential Award for academics and service to the university. In July, 2012, she accepted a position as a product engineer with Cummins, Inc. She makes her home in Cordova.

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Garrett Wimberly is with the season ticket sales department with the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Team. Before moving to the Tampa/St. Pete area, Garrett, an SBA Lacrosse Team booster, helped coach the SBA Lacrosse Team last year and served as the University of Memphis Club Lacrosse Team Head Coach where he recruited two 2012 SBA alums to play, Murphy Hill and Cody Person.

Mary-Kate Cooke was selected the 2013 CBU Winter Homecoming Queen. Wes Hendren has been selected as a Nuclear Reactor Officer following graduation from Tulane University in May 2014. Michael Hogan was recently elected Student Association President at Mississippi State University. Matt Hotz, a student at the University of Memphis, was selected by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity to be featured on the cover of the winter issue of The Journal, with seven other fraternity brothers, based on a GPA of 3.75 or higher. The Journal is the fraternity’s national quarterly magazine. A photo shoot and cover story took place in November in Atlanta, GA. Matt is also on the political action committee for the fraternity’s South-Central province. He also appeared on the 2012 fall semester Dean’s List and completed the First Tennessee Bank professionalism First Program. Matt was an intern with EDGE (Economic Development Growth Engine-Memphis) for

2008 Daniel Bamrick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis in December 2012. Morgan Murphy is working on a Masters in Sports Administration at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Brad O’Leary has moved back to Memphis from Fayetteville, AR and is working for Blue Streak Logistics, LLC.

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the 2013 spring semester. Matt volunteered with the Memphis Institute for Leadership Education (MILE) and Team MAX service organization to help with the Mid-South Food Bank collection in December. (see alumni Photo Album)

introductory courses in accounting and/or be majoring in accounting. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, professor recommendation and leadership skills. Jonathan is a student at Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

Joseph Misenhelter recently graduated from the William E. Sheffield Part-time Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Mississippi. Joseph will work as a reserve police officer for the City of Oxford, MS while attending the University of Mississippi and majoring in criminal justice.

Leah Kiernozek is in her second year at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and has been a Dean’s list student each semester. She has recently been appointed News Editor of the school newspaper, The Echo. Rachel Schuman was named to the University of the South (Sewanee) Dean’s List for the 2012 fall semester. 2012

Sam Moll was selected to the Conference USA First Team Preseason Poll for the Memphis Tigers Baseball Team. He opened the Tigers’ 2013 season on February 15 and got his first win against Missouri on February 22.

Andy Cox, a freshman at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, became the first winner for Tennessee’s pitching staff for the 2013 season as the Vols rallied to beat UNLV 8-3 on February 16 in the first game of a doubleheader in Las Vegas. The game was Andy’s first start for the Vols.

Kaitlyn Stoddard has a wedding spread in the February 2013 issue of Memphis, The City Magazine. Kaitlyn is a model and has appeared in Memphis, as well as numerous other magazines.

Allie Cumings was named to the Dean’s List for the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies for outstanding scholarship for the 2012 fall semester. Students who achieve Dean’s honors at Notre Dame represent the top 30% of students in their college. Allie was also on the Conference Committee for the Undergraduate Women in Business Club and worked as a freshman manager for the varsity football team.

2011 Victoria Darling is a biology major and chemistry minor at Murray State University. She is excited about recently receiving a BioMaPSII (Biology and Mathematics in Population Studies) research fellowship from Murray State. The fellowship takes representatives from the disciplines of biology and mathematics and unites them in a research project. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and grants students a $5,500 stipend for their time. As part of the opportunity Victoria will be traveling to the Virgin Islands this summer to collect data for the project on termites.

Kristina Headrick led the Gulf South Conference in digs per set (4.72) with the 2012 CBU Lady Bucs volleyball Team. She was named Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in December. Kristina, a libero, earned GSC Freshman of the Year honors, was a Second Team All-GSC selection and a GSC All-Tournament team pick. She was the only libero and only freshman picked for the All-South Region team and was one of six freshmen to receive All-American honors. Kristina follows in the footsteps of another SBA alum, Kelsey Miles (’09), who also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors last year with the Lady Bucs.

Louis De Gruy was named to the University of Dayton Dean’s List for the 2012 fall semester. Jonathan Holliday was recognized among the outstanding accounting students in the state and awarded a scholarship by the Educational & Memorial Foundation of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), Memphis chapter at a recent luncheon. In order to qualify for a TSCPA scholarship, students must complete

Anna McCrarey was named to the 2012 fall semester President’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma State University. Paige Scrivener has been selected a Student Alumni Associate at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Molly Wagner has been named to the President’s Academic Honor List at Texas Lutheran University.

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WE NEED YOUR INFORMATION!!! Any Auburndale and SBA alumni can update database information by Emailing Sharon Masterson, Director of Communications at mastersons@sbaeagles.org or logging on to www.sbaeagles.org/alumni. We want to hear from you and help everyone stay connected! And, send us something about yourself, too.

If you have pictures you would like to share on our ALUMNI PHOTO ALBUM PAGES, Please E-mail them in JPEG format to mastersons@sbaeagles.org.

ALUMNI PHOTO ALBUM Annual Christmas Greetings from Alums

The Craig Carter (2000) Family

The Laura Bond Cheseldine (’96) Family

The Justin and Melissa Ackerman Brownlee (’96) Family

Suzanne Cornwell Phillips (’91) Family

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The Matt Helms (’95) and Jenni Gillespie Helms (’97) Family

The David Gillespie (’95) and Andrea Kronberg Gillespie (’96) Family

The Danny Koban (2000) Family

The Kyle Kremser (’97) Family

The Jessica Kronberg Govan (’03) family

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The Chris Masterson (’97) Family

The Rena Masterson Fay (’95) Family

The Rachel McGehee Revelle (’03) Family

Stephanie Thorne (’94)

The Caitlin Doyle Motte (’03) Family

Mallory (’05) and Hagan (’03) Schroder

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Class of 2010 alum Matt Hotz (second right) joined Mr. Valadie, Ms. Freel, Ms. Seboldt and seniors Payton Powers and Jessica Focht at the WMC-TV Channel 5 Holiday Food Drive tent in early December when these SBA representatives were interviewed about SBA’s annual donation to the Food Bank. Coincidently, Matt was on hand with other students from the University of Memphis helping donors place their food products in bins during the day. Below, Matt is featured (seated at left) on the cover of the Winter 2012 issue of the “Kappa Alpha Psi Journal,” national publication of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. as a Kappa Scholar.

Class of 2008 alum Ashleigh Buyers (center-under banner) greeted SBA students in Washington during the March for Life in January.

Weddings

Doug and Jessica Taylor, married on September 22, 2012. Some of Doug’s fellow SBA classmates from the class of 2005 served as groomsmen, Ryan Hailey, Joel Hargraves, Nick Namias and Brian Trautschold.

The Allie Jones Reichert wedding reception with a host of SBA friends. Allie’s Maid of Honor was fellow SBA classmate from 2009, Kelly Callahan.

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2011 alum Katie Incardona (at left) plays “Carlie,” the Hotel Maid in Northwestern University’s staging of “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.” This was Katie’s first role in a Northwestern production and she has been cast again in the upcoming “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” Although most of these roles usually go to juniors or seniors, Katie is only in her second year at Northwestern. 1996 alum and former Eagle football player Jay Hinrichs (left) congratulates his nephew Jordan Wilkins (’13) when Jordan signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Ole Miss. Jay joined Jordan and other members of the family at a media –filled signing event on the NCAA National Signing Day, February 6.

Jeff Bogue (’07), Director of Youth Ministry for the Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, was a member of a panel addressing Theology students during Vocations Week in January.

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Madeline Marconi ’12 (center) recently appeared as Alex in “On the Verge” at Belmont University. She and her co-actors were leads in the show about three Victorian women explorers who discover that, as they travel through the unexplored land, they are traveling through time and headed to the future. They encounter objects, phrases and strangers from the future that lead them on an even wilder journey than they had planned.

In March, the University of TennesseeChattanooga Mortar Board inducted 2009 SBA alum Kate Marczynski (right) into the Quandrangle Chapter. Her sister, 2006 SBA alum Sarah (left), is an alumna of the same chapter and 2009 SBA alum Manuel Bernal (center) was retired as Secretary and also became an alumnus of the chapter.


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Jordan Wells (’04) offered his vocal talents to SBA by stepping in to announce a couple of basketball games. His beautiful tenor voice was also called into action to provide the National Anthem before the games, receiving a huge applause.

The Chris Rousseau (’03) Family shares a quiet moment with their SBA friends.

SBA alums Michael Robinson (left) and Ryan Cobb, both from the class of 2012, performed solos in the annual Angotti Family Christmas Show. They joined the SBA choirs and some band members in this annual event and wowed the audience, as they have done each year, with their amazing talent.

On hand for Assistant Girls Basketball Coach Caitlin Doyle Motte’s (’03) baby shower given by the current girls basketball team were SBA basketball alums (from left) Julie Eckel (’11), Nicole Cianciola (’11), Rasie Turner (’10), Megan Van Eaton (’10), Allison Siano (’11), Caitlin (a basketball alum, as well), Elaina McCracken (’10), Nikki Benedetti (’11), Allison Hotz (’10) and Dee Blakely (’12).

A special thank you to the Auburndale and SBA alumni who participated or modeled in our 3rd annual SBA “Swing and Bling” Fashion Show! Pictured (from left) Cameron Russell ’07, Melissa Barnett ’10, Sherrie Overton Rojas ’89, Brittney Bond ’07, Megan Hurley ’07, Dustin Jones ’99 (provided food from Swankys), Jessica Taylor ’07, Katie Santos Valle ’07, Lindsey Tompkins McKinley ’04, Lori Trew Regis ’91 and Gwendolyn Tabb Graham ’77 (provided our fashions from Chico’s).

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(Reprinted courtesy of Greg Akers, MBQ)

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ALUMNI

SPOTLIGHT Dr. Linda Barnes Snyder, Auburndale ’86 of Concord promoted to North Carolina medical director

By Channing Peeples (’07), Youth Villages Public Relations (Dec. 5, 2012) – Dr. Linda Snyder of Concord, N.C., has been promoted to medical director of Youth

Villages,

overseeing

the

psychiatric care of 403 children helped by Youth Villages’ programs in North Carolina. She previously served as a child and adolescent psychiatrist

for

Youth

Villages’

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit with the mission to help children and families live successfully. Youth Villages produces lasting success for children and families through its Evidentiary Family Restoration ™ approach, involving intensive work with the child and family, as well as a focus on measuring outcomes,

Health

Agency,

helps

children

and their families from offices in

Asheville,

Boone,

Charlotte,

Concord, Greensboro, Greenville, Pinehurst

and

Raleigh-Durham

through the state’s largest and oldest

Multisystemic

Therapy

program and a host of other effective services using its EFR approach. EFR

residential programs in Memphis,

consistently produces success rates

Tenn.,

twice that of traditional services

and

community-based

programs in Nashville, Tenn.

at one-third the cost of traditional care.

Snyder holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of

Named one of the Top 50

Tennessee Health Science Center in

Nonprofits to Work For by Nonprofit

Memphis and a bachelor’s degree

Times and Best Companies Group

in biology from Christian Brothers

in 2010 and 2011, Youth Villages

University. She is board certified in

has been recognized by Harvard

general and child and adolescent psychiatry. Snyder is a native of Memphis and is an alumna of the Auburndale School (1986). She is married to Chuck Snyder and has two children, ages 12 and 9.

Business School and U.S. News & keeping children in the community whenever safely possible and providing accountability to families and funders.

World Report, and was identified

In North Carolina, Youth Villages, a certified Critical Access Behavioral

For more information about Youth

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by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising resultsoriented

nonprofit

organizations.

Villages, visit www.youthvillages.org.


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SPOTLIGHT Elizabeth Hofer, SBA-Class of 2007 SBA alumna travels to promote public health By Rachel Hofer, Graphics Editor “The Eagle’s Eye” (student newspaper)

Walking the halls of SBA, one encounters quite the variety of people: your best friend, that guy in your math class, that girl that you see everywhere even though you don’t have the slightest clue what her name is. But where will these people end up after graduating? Elizabeth Hofer graduated from SBA in 2007 after attending the school since fourth grade. She is the oldest of four children who have all either attended SBA or are SBA bound. While at St. Benedict, she participated in school plays and was editor of the school paper. In high school, Elizabeth made many fun memories that stuck with her even after she graduated. “Mr. Valadie used to have an awesome mustache,” she said, “The mustache was the best. We used to pretend it was the one giving all of Mr. Valadie’s eloquent morning prayers and school assembly talks.” In addition to the fun experiences she had, Elizabeth also received valuable knowledge and encouragement that sparked her insatiable taste for adventure and variety. She said, “I think my teachers at SBA […] encouraged me to explore my interests and to do what interested me.”

After graduating, Elizabeth attended the University of Chattanooga as a member of their honors program. She studied abroad in the Czech Republic for a semester before receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology. After receiving her degree, Elizabeth applied for a fellowship program with the Center for Disease Control despite her lack of any background in public health. Upon being accepted, she found out that she would be sent to Anchorage, Alaska for the two year program. “My program focuses on learning public health basics, such as disease investigation and surveillance skills, from the ground up. Right now I’m running the Lead and Mercury Biomonitoring Programs for the state. That’s just a fancy way of saying I’m helping the state keep track of how many people are being exposed to lead and mercury,” she said. In addition to embracing a career in public health, Elizabeth also embraced the Alaskan lifestyle when she moved. She said, “My personal goal when moving to Alaska was to live like an Alaskan as much as possible while I am here. I don’t think you can learn to appreciate a place without trying it on the

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way the locals do. This led me to catching my first salmon this summer, learning how to crosscountry ski (no small feat for a girl from snowless Tennessee) and exploring rock climbing.” Because her fellowship program is coming to an end in the fall, Elizabeth is making plans for her future focusing both on fun and work. She said, “I’m planning on earning my Nurse Practitioner’s license at some point in the next five years and continuing to pursue my career in public health. I have a pretty horrible travel bug too, so I’m trying to figure out how to visit all seven continents. Three down so far, four to go!” From her semester spent in the Czech Republic to her fellowship program in Anchorage, Elizabeth discovered the importance of following her interests no matter which side of the globe they take her. “Embracing my curiosity for a variety of subjects gave me some of my best life experiences, from studying in the Czech Republic to working on a variety of psychology research projects and applying to my current public health fellowship program without having any public health background.”


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All alumni are welcome to join us for our first annual alumni basketball league. First Date - June 2, 2013, and continues each Sunday and Wednesday through July. Games will be two-20 minute halves, clock stops the last two minutes of each half. Includes game officials.

2013 Alumni Basketball League Make checks payable to St. Benedict Basketball

Contact: John Nollner (901) 734-4953

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SBA Homecoming 2013 Friday, October 4 at 7pm Please join us before the game @ 5:30 for a cookout and drinks at our Annual SBA Block Party! Alumni passes to the game will be available. ALL are welcome!

GO EAGLES! Look for the tent by the field parking lot.

SBA Development Office

(901) 260-2892


Alumni News (Spring of 2013)