Alumni

Alumnotes

Find your old friends through the Hendrix Alumni Directory!

2021-2022

Updates received after July 1, 2021.


1960

Joe G. Hollyfield was recently honored by BrightFocus Foundation, Clarksburg, MD, in naming one of thie research grants the "Joe G. Hollyfield New Investigator Award for Macular Degeneration Research." This tribute recognizes the more than 20-years Dr. Hollyfield served a s Chairman of their Macular Degeneration Scientific Review Panel.

Donna Nelson has retired from Foothill College.

1961

Anthony Kassos retired and owns and manages the “Rocking K Ranch”.

1962

Mike Smith has retired for the second time from the Memphis/Shelby County School System where he taught Economics at Memphis Central High School.

1963

Alice Henderson-Hooker is continuing to work as the current Executive Director for the Flying Physicians Association, Inc. She retired in 2007 as American Urological Association Office of Education Director.

1965

Carol Lindley Hampton has retired as Associate Dean, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University.

1967

Craig Jones has retired from Fairfax County Health Department in Virginia after 42 years service and moved to Wyoming. 

1969

Don Curdie retired as a Federal Administrative Law Judge with Social Security Administration in 2020 and has accepted a position as an Administrative Law Judge with the Arkansas Department of Human Services. 

Tom Fomby has received the SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award.

Bob Lyford has published an article entitled "Touring the West: The Photographs of Robert McGonnigle" in the Winter issue of North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains.  It is about an album of western photographs he inherited from his mother.

1970

Jim Sprott has retired from practice of law after 48 years.

1972

Pamela "Pam" Fair has retired.

1973

Chester "Luke" Lucas retired from the Little Rock School District in May 2022.

1975

David Beckton received the Ruth Olive Beall Award, which is awarded by Arkansas Children's Hospital to the staff physician who consistently embodies the hospital's mission, vision, and core values of safety, teamwork, compassion, and excellence. Dr. Becton is Professor of Pediatrics at UAMS, and Medical Director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Arkansas Children's Hospital, where he also holds the Lawrence H. Schmieding Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He has been on staff at ACH since July, 1985.

Jack Bell has retired from the City of Conway.

John Reed has retired after 45 years as a software engineer and Information Systems Security Officer.

Karen Grant Schirmer has retired from medicine.

1976

Nancy Martinsen retired from a long career in Human Resources in 2020.

Michael Mattox has recently been hired by Methodist Family Health as church relations associate.

Marcia Boatwright Imbeau received the 2022 Presidential Award by Arkansans for Gifted & Talented Education.

1977

Thad Eckolls has retired.

Dan Murphy has retired after 37 years as a special education teacher.

1978

Scott Alley retired in June 2020 after 40 years in the oil and gas sector.

1979 

Gene Weber started a new position as Senior Manager, CX and Government Operations at Verizon.

1980

Suzette Elmore has been named Top Overall Producer, Residential and Commercial Sales, Top Listing and Top Sales Agent, and awarded Double Diamond Award of Excellence.

Ken Pearson has been appointed Associate Pastor at Lakewood United Methodist Church, North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Susan M. Schultz has retired.

1981

Elizabeth Small, primary instructor for the Real Estate program in UA Little Rock's School of Business, will take on an additional role with the university as director of business networks.

Laura Davidson Stanley is the new Module Director of Brain and Behavior at UAMS College of Medicine.

1982

Ann Dugan Grimes recently formed KanduG Records and released their first project.

1983

Dana Allen graduated with a degree in Advanced Clinical Massage & Sports Massage. She is now running a clinic in the United Kingdom.

Bianca Hearn Coker recently opened a new Sylvan Learning Center in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades serving area families in Santa Monica, California with tutoring and enrichment for students in grades K - 12; manages the day to day operations.

Miah Michaelsen was recently named Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency charged with support and advancement of the arts in Indiana. Miah has been with the agency since 2015.

1984

Teri Thomas started a new position as National Account Manager at Interstate Batteries.

1985

Bracken Darrell has been given the Edison Achievement Award for innovation.

Christie Dawson started a position as Speechwriter at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mandy Hull has been announced as the new Managing Counsel for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus.

Laura Mahan retired from teaching elementary after 30 years in the classroom.

1986

Gregory Burks has been appointed Pastor at Sardis United Methodist Church, Bauxite, Arkansas.

Scott Shafer has completed a degree in electrical engineering at John Brown University.

1987

Lile Choate has joined Bank OZK of Little Rock as senior vice president and personal trust officer.

Keith Coker has been appointed Pastor at Concord United Methodist Church, Lonoke, Arkansas.

Alan McClain has been appointed the state’s new insurance commissioner by Gov. Asa Hutchison.

Stephen Sperry has started a new position as Senior Vice President, Sr. Portfolio Manager First Horizon Bank.

Charles Weber is beginning a new career as a K-8 teacher in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

1988

Scott Hamilton has been named to the Arkansas Money & Politics third annual class of AMP Influencers of the Year. 

Will Kolb started a new position as Director of Sales and Marketing at Segreto Finishes.

1990

Jamie Griffith has been promoted to Development Coordinator at Methodist Family Health Foundation.

Burton Hayes has started a new position as Chief Medical Information Officer at University Clinical Health.

Jim Hudson has been names Chief of Staff at the Arkansas Department of Commerce.

Kim May started a new position as DPCS/Clinical Supervisor at Sky HHS Home Health.

Darrin Williams has been named to the Arkansas Money & Politics third annual class of AMP Influencers of the Year. 

1991

Devon Cockrell has begun a new position as Deputy Commander at 2nd Psychological Operations Group.

David Collier-Tenison has started a new position as Senior Consultant at Deloitte.

Shannon Collier-Tenison has been appointed interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - Faculty Relations and Administration at UA Little Rock. 

1992

Mark Barr is the recipient of the 2022 Porter Fund Literary Prize.

Gregory Alan Davis graduated from the Master of Nursing Science program at UAMS.

Ruth Eyers has successfully defended her dissertation.

Carmen Hamilton-Parks has been named the new Development Director with the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign.  

Todd Herrold started a new position as VP of Product & Design at GO Insurance.

Mike Malone has been hired by University of Arkansas for economic development role.

John McGraw has been awarded the Intellectual Freedom Award by the Arkansas Library Association for work to preserve the Freedom to Read for the patrons of the Faulkner County Library.

1993

Dan Clanton received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement a new academic, interdisciplinary program called Ethics and Interfaith Studies.

1994

Keith Metz started a new position as Medicaid Communications Coordinator at Arkansas Department of Human Services.

1995

Mary Gardner Burrelle has been celebrated as one of the ADL Midwest's 285th Annual Women of Achievement for her work in changing the community.

1996

Valerie Thompson Bailey started a new position as Communications Legal Associate at Pulaski County Special School District.

Jenny Armstrong Boulden has won awards for two of her stories at the National Federation of Press Women awards and the Arkansas Press Women awards.

Brian Delavan has been hired as the lead bioinformatic scientist at the Arkansas Department of Health.

Andrea Anderson Gluckman has been awarded Best in Monochrome by the Tin Can Magazine for her series Portraits in Monochrome.

Brandi Moran started a position as Marketing Manager at MercuryGate International.

Paul Nony has been promoted to Vice President of Health Sciences- East Region and Principal Toxicologist at CTEH.

J.J. Whitney has returned to Hendrix College as Career Services Programs Coordinator.

1997

Margie Alsbrook will begin a new position as Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing at University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville.

Allison Cox started a new position as Chief People Officer at Encore Bank.

Andy Grumbles has been named chief financial officer at First Service Bank.

Kelly Halstead has started a new position as Senior Counsel at Walmart U.S.

Adam Mitchell has been named to the Arkansas Money & Politics third annual class of AMP Influencers of the Year. 

Kelly Simon recently began a position with the LRSD as kindergarten teacher in the new Ignite Digital Academy, set up to cater specifically to stay-at-home students.

Stephanie Riggs Stephens has started a new position as Vice President of Sales - Americas at Kids2.

1998

Angel Johnson Belsey's publishing imprint, Deixis Press, published its first book: Some Rise By Sin by Sion Scott-Wilson. The press’s second book, The Workshop of Filthy Creation by Richard Gadz, will be published on 25 October, with a further four books to follow in 2022. All Deixis Press titles can be ordered from your favorite bookstore worldwide.

Jamey Campbell joined Greater Nashville Realtors as Professional Development Manager.

Matthew Hodges has launched his own financial planning practice, Dreamfield Planning Group.

Tommy Keet has been named to the Arkansas Money & Politics third annual class of AMP Influencers of the Year. 

Brandon Simmons has relocated to Bilbao, Spain to work at the Global Headquarters of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. He will work as Global Account Manager for Wind Turbine Sales.

Christy Slay is the new CEO of The Sustainability Consortium.

Matthew Widick started a new position as Head of Data Management and Enterprise Architecture at Deliveroo.

Mark Wilson has been named President, First Arkansas Bank & Trust.

1999

Sarah Malpica Erstine has been promoted to Director of Client Management at Acxiom.

Susan Todd Krafft started a new position as Executive Director of Career Services and the Babb Student Professional Development Center at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Molly McDonald started a new position as Executive Director, People at Exscientia.

Neil Osam has begun a new position with First Orion as Director of Product Marketing.

2000

Brian Bowen has been appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Zach Manis accepted a new position as Director of Character Formation and Humanities Teacher in the Gravitas program.

Andrew Turnbull has been begun a new position with Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm.

Finley Vinson began a position with Traffic Engineering Consultants in Little Rock, Arkansas.

2001

Joseph Jolly started a new position as Director of Information Technology at FedEx Services.

JL Lavina began a new position as Senior Public Relations Manager at LG Electronics North America.

Kate Matlock has been made Deputy Managing Director - Digital Innovation at BCW Global.

2002

Jenny Noble Anderson was awarded a 2022 Gold Nautilus Book Award for her first full poetry collection, But Still She Flies: Poems and Paintings. In collaboration with artist Emma Greenhill.  Anderson explored themes of love and longing, hope and uncertainty, suffering and rebirth.

Jeremy Crosmer has been named a recipient of the 2021 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service.

Hope Geiger has begun a position as the University Registrar at the University of Tulsa.

Benjamin Mason started working as Assistant Professor of Technical Theatre at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.

2003

Andrea Cummings has been appointed Pastor at Zion United Methodist, Lexington Park, Maryland.

Jill Kimmer Jennings has been recognized as a Soiree Class of 2022 of Women to Watch.

Lisa Rausch has been promoted to Scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

CJ Sentell has started a new position as CEO at The Nashville Food Project.

2004

Cory Barbot started a new position as VP of Product, Growth at Greenlight.

Alexandra Chase has been announced as the 2021-22 President of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.

Laura Grimes recently joined the development team at Arkansas Hospice Foundation as Communications and Events Coordinator.   She also serves as the Marketing and Development Director for the newly formed non-profit organization Riverside Actors Theatre.

Ben Hollowell started a new position as Adjunct Professor at Hendrix College.

Peter Horn has started a position as Research Engineering Manager at Indeed.com.

Valencia Moses has been featured in VoyageOhio for her work with Vibrant Coaching.  She was honored as the 2022 Cincinnati Local Business Person of the Year, 2021 Cincinnati Local Main Street Mentor, and is now a successful Alignable Alliance Ambassador of Greater Cincinnati.

Christopher Schaechtel has started a new position as VP, Corporate Banking at BOK Financial.

Aaron Van Son started a new position as Sales Director at Venture360.

2005

Dillon Farris has been promoted to Senior Supply Chain Manager - Consolidation LTL at Walmart.

Maradyth Hopper McKenzie has been recognized as a Soiree Class of 2022 of Women to Watch.

Marquita Little Numan has been recognized as a Soiree Class of 2022 of Women to Watch.

Laura Zeis started a new position as IT Support Technician at Attentive.

2006

Joshua Blevins started a new position as Director of Development at Reed Community Partners.

Sebastien David was recently promoted to International Liaison and Project Director at Clarion Events.

Amy Hilliard started a new job as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Northwest Missouri State University.

JoAnna Holt has been promoted to Operations Quality Specialist at InsideTrack.

Xochitl Delgado Solorzano was named assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion within the University of Arkansas Honors College.

Megan Rugg has joined Pulaski Heights staff as Chief Financial Officer.

2007

Nathan Fenster has been promoted to Senior Director of Global Analytics at Dealmoon.

Thomas Henry started a new position as Boutique Director at Van Cleef & Arpels.

Brian Horn has been promoted to Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager at U.S.Bank 

Terryn Weygandt Lawrence has been promoted to Managing Director, Global Bain & Co. Partnership at Persefoni.

Upton Siddons recently joined Baptist Health Family Clinic - Greenwood.

Erin Wallus has started a new position as Director of Sales, Install Base at Levelset.

2008

Wendie Choudary started a new position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southwestern University.

Brian S. Koss graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School, Doctor of Philosophy program.

Alexis Reddig has been promoted to a Team Leader position at Fulton State Hospital.

Megan Wooley-Ousdahl has started a position as Senior Planner for the city of San Carlos.

2009

Natalie Telchi has been promoted to Practice Group Manager, FRE at Dechert LLP.

2010

Laura Assaf started as Associate at DLA Piper.

Lauren Bartshe has been appointed Associate Director of the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classifications at the American Council on Education (ACE).

M.A. Keifer Buckingham has been promoted to Advocacy Director at Open Society Foundations.

Ryan Burwinkel has joined Gambit Strategies.

J. Afton Cooper has been hired as a gynecological surgeon at the CHI St. Vincent Urogynecology Clinic in Little Rock.

BJ Fogelman has been promoted to marketing manager for the CTEH, where he has worked as an environmental scientist and consultant for the last 10 years.

Charles "Chase" Green has been appointed Pastor at Goddard United Methodist Church, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Matthew Malecha has accepted a position as an assistant director at Camp Augusta.

Sara Mitchell is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Technical University Dortmund (Germany).  Her recent research has focused on synergies from geographic clustering of literary artists in historical UK and Ireland utilizing a unique, purpose-built dataset spanning 300 years of literary production.

Katelyn Parker started a new position as People and Culture Manager at Uplevel.

Nate Thomas has starting a new position as Educational Programs Senior Manager at Clinton Foundation

2011

Ellen Granger has been selected by Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center as a member of the annual class of New York City’s 40 individuals under 40 years old who are working to transform and improve the food system. 

Jared King has started a new position as Video Producer at Fidelity Investments.

Winston Haynes has started a new position as Data Science Lead, Programs at BigHat Biosciences.

Ruanda McFerren has started a new position as Grants Program Manager at City of Overland Park.

Bernice McMillan Merlini started a new position as SVP, Marketing & Digital at Mane Addicts.

Stephanie Slagle has been recognized as a Soiree Class of 2022 of Women to Watch.

Sarah Spencer has been promoted to Technology Solutions Lead at Cook Ross.

Evan Zimmerman has started a new position as Senior Associate, Product Management - Enterprise Data Inventory and Registration at Capital One.

2012

Justin Avery has been named Chief Executive Officer of Rock Region METRO.

Wyatt Blankenship is working for Tennessee Natural Heritage Program as Data Manager/Environmental Review Coordinator. 

Heather Cheaves-Stout is now an ABOC/NCLEC certified optician. She became an American Board of Opticianry certified dispensing spectacle optician in September 2021 and a National Contact Lens Examiners certified ophthalmic dispenser of contacts in June of 2022.

Ashley Clayborn has joined UA Little Rock Downtown as Director.

Jamin Dabkowski started a new position as Legal Compliance Associate at Accenture.

Desh Deepak started a new position as Data Analyst at Original Buff, S.A.

Mofan Gu graduated from the UAMS Graduate School, Doctor of Philosophy program.

Shelby Howlett has been recognized as a Soiree Class of 2022 of Women to Watch.

Colin Hoy has completed his PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

Mary Claire Hyatt is the new general counsel for the Fayetteville School District.

Jennifer Lenow started a new position as Data Scientist at Angi.

Anna Ragni started a new Postdoctoral Researcher position at the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University.

Meredith Wallus began a new position as Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Central Arkansas.  

Kaylen Stevenson Welter has been hired as Physician Assistant at Conway Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center.

2013

Georgia Bomgardner will join the Shanthi Project as Assistant Director of Programs.

Julia Cook has started a new position as Organized Play Associate Program Manager at The Pokemon Company International.

Logan Rice has started a new position as Hospitalist at Freeman Health System.

Jeremey Rowe, a fourth-year medical student at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, recently secured his medical residency.  He will specialize in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Christopher Todd has been appointed Pastor at Diamondhead Community Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Sloane Zimmerman has started a position as Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow Physician at Texas Children's Hospital.

2014

Ben Ault has accepted a new position as a special education teacher with Chelsea Public Schools.

Emily Coffey has begun a new position as Director of College Guidance at The Gunston School.

Andrea Glaser has joined Christus Trinity Clinic as pediatric gastroenterologist.

Alyssa Jaksich has been announced as the first vice president of Environmental, Social and Governance of Bernhard Energy Company.

Emily Maverick has finished grad school and is now working in the biotech industry at Beckman Coulter, Inc. 

Ryan McCluskey has been promoted to Senior Managing Consultant - Ventures, Ecosystem, & Acquisitions at IBM.

Brandon McNew started a position as Lead Product Manager at Continental Utility Solutions, Inc.

Kathryn Paige Spivey graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has accepted a position as a veterinarian at BluePearl Pet Hospital in Franklin, TN. 

Rachel Xu began a new position as Senior R&D Engineer at Johnson & Johnson.

2015

Zoe Barton began a new position as Recruiting Lead - Pepsi Beverages North America at PepsiCo.

Brittany Castille-Webb has started a new position as Law Clerk at Homer Law Chartered.

Jessica Himes began a new position as Senior Policy Advisor at JB for Governor.

Michaela Larabee has been promoted to DC Director of Operations and Finance at VOLO.

Dakota Lee Pouncey graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Cathryn McClellan Kelly has launched DFW Black Arts, a community providing exclusive, intimate events around Black arts and artists in their many forms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Sowmya Sivakumar graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

2016

Connor Anderson started a new position as Director, Slack Product at Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Blair Causey graduated from John Hopkins University School of Education.

Laura Hildebrand will begin her postdoctoral experience at OSU.

Joseph Korkames graduated from IESE Business School.

Margaret C. May-Martin graduated from the Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

2017

Hank Aldous has joined Hendrix College Athletics as Assistant Basketball Coach.

Peter Butler has completed his Master of Public Policy program.

Alanna M. Davis graduated from the Master of Public Health program at UAMS.

Anusha Shivanand Majagi graduated from the Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Sydney Meyer graduated from William H. Bowen School of Law in May 2022.

Michelle Stockwell has started a new position as Digital Strategist at Break Something.

Mattie Thacker has joined UAMS as their Volunteer Coordinator.

Dylan James Wade graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

2018

Braxton Fisher Anderson graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Ethny Ashcraft has started a new position as Audit Associate at BKD CPAs & Advisors.

Zoie Dilley has begun a new position with Twitter as the Learning Experience Coordinator.

Graham Harris will serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Educate Ya.

Anna Sharabura started a new position as Resident Physician at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Elizabeth Draper graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Andrew Fleming will begin teaching seventh grade social studies in St. Pete, Florida.

Jessica Lynne Hunter graduated from the Doctor of Pharmacy program at UAMS.

Erica Huynh graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Michael Kramer graduated from the Doctor of Pharmacy program at UAMS.

Tahiya Islam graduated from the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at UAMS.

Ronnie Kinoshita has started a new position as Survey Research Analyst at CSET.

Anna Borisivna Sharabura graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Brandon Thomas Leding graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Erika Levy a third-year medical student at NYITCOM-Arkansas, won first place in the A. Hollis Wolf Case Competition at the American Academy of Osteopathy’s (AAO) annual conference held March 23 through 27 in Orlando, Fla.

Yasmin Newman started a new position as Remarking Rep at Ally.

Nathan Tye Taylor graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Yuxiu Wang graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

2019

Noah Adams has been promoted to Digital Strategist at Goodman Campaigns.

Mohammad Ali started a new position as Software Engineer at Talkwalker.

Hannah Burdette started a new position as Government Contracts Intern at Iron Mountain.

Cody Gracie accepted a job offer for next year to work as an attorney at a firm in Fort Smith, AR.

Hailey Haynes has started a position as Engineer at the Boeing Company working as a Manufacturing Research & Development Engineer.

Abbey Maynard will join the staff of Pulaski Height United Methodist Church.

Nate McKenna started new position as Account Executive at StackAdapt.

Allison Monroe has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for graduate students studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) fields.

Alexis Bailey Pace graduated from the Doctor of Medicine program at UAMS.

Garrett Wolf started a new position as Intern at Communities in Schools of Houston.

Desmond Yalom has started a new position as Software Engineer at Google Research.

2020

Joanna Grace Bartley graduated from the Master of Health Administration program at UAMS.

Mason Doerr has started a new position as Assistant Football Coach & Video Coordinator at Hendrix College.

Tyrone Gamble, Jr. graduated from the Master of Public Health program at UAMS.

Sara Hoopchuk graduated from the Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases Graduate Program at Georgetown University, and currently works as Senior Public Policy Coordinator with Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

Tristan Norman has started a new position as Assistant Language Teacher at Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.

Jasmine Zandi celebrated a 1 year work anniversary at the Central Arkansas Library System coordinating the Be Mighty Little Rock program and started the Clinton School Online in pursuit of a Masters in Public Service.

2021

Joshua Cole started a new position with Ernst & Young in Rogers as Staff Auditor.

Jaydan Hunt has started a new position as Assistant Softball Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coach at Hendrix College.

Jeanette McGrath has started a new position as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Hendrix College.

John Phillips has started a new position as Defensive Line Coach at Hendrix College.

Aly Savage started a new position as Administrative Specialist at Arkansas Supreme Court.

2022

Lauren Berry has begun a new position as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Arkansas.

Spencer Thompson will be starting a new position as a Software Developer Associate at General Dynamics Information Technology.

Nancy Velazquez started a position as Intern at Arkansas Advocated for Children and Families.


Tell us what's going on in your life today - check out our Alumni Update Form!