Ramblin’ Roll, Vol. 89 No. 1

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Richard “Dick” Collier, AE 48, competed in his fifth Huntsman World Senior Games, winning two silver medals in tennis. He has won eight medals in the past four years. He lives in Englewood, Fla.


Gary Bottoms, Mgt 75, was named the 2012 Marietta Citizen of the Year by the Marietta Area Council of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. He is chair of numerous organizations and is a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees. He is president of The Bottoms Group, a provider of insurance and employee benefits.

Tim Heilig, IE 75, retired from Norfolk Southern Corporation as vice president of mechanical after 41 years. He is now senior vice president of customer solutions for Progress Rail Services, a Caterpillar Company.

Robert Hughes, IM 70, was selected as the president and economic development director for the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce in Madison, Ga.

Edward Mihalak, EE 71, retired from Solers Inc. as director of sensor technologies after 12 years supporting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Rod Westmoreland, Mgt 74, was recognized as one of the top 100 wirehouse advisors in America by REP. magazine. He works for Merrill Lynch.


Douglas B. Alston, EE 80, MS EE 88, joined Sprint as director of technology strategy and architecture.

Jeff Hubbs, EE 85, was selected as a graduate research assistant in the Tech public policy master’s program’s Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory.

Mark Konenkamp, ME 83, is celebrating 25 years at Hyundai Motor America. He was the first Georgia Tech graduate to be employed at Hyundai and now serves as senior manager of field engineering. He lives with his wife, Jo Ann, and their two children in Dunwoody, Ga.

Jeff Kuester, EE 89, was voted one of the top 100 attorneys in Georgia for 2012. He is an attorney with Taylor English Duma in Atlanta.

Zulma Toro-Ramos, PhD IE 88, was appointed as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Previously, she was the dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State University in Kansas.

Craig Vellon, IM 83, was named senior vice president of business development for Class Action Refund LLC in Harrison, N.Y.


Paul A. Bizier, MS EnvE 97, was awarded the 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers Presidential Medal. He is the vice president of water and wastewater at Pape Dawson.

Freda Washington Bredy, MS EE 94, completed an eight-month tour in Kuwait as an IT analyst and Army reservist.

Renee Butler, IE 96, MS OR 99, PhD IE 03, was selected as the first department chair for the systems and mechanical engineering department at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga.

Brian H. Frank, Mgt 90, was named a “Best of Best” financial advisers attending Barron’s Winner’s Circle Top Advisors Summit. He’s the managing director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Atlanta.

Cassandra Johnson, IE 92, was promoted to senior vice president of operations at CredAbility.

Ashley Joseph, IA 94, was named to the board of directors for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, N.C. She is the owner of two Gymboree franchises and a former principal with McKinsey & Company.

Eric Lausten, HTS 98, is chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski from Illinois’ third district.

Kenneth “Abi” E. Norman, EE 92, retired from the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 30 as a lieutenant colonel. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served on the U.S. Forces-Iraq joint staff in 2010. He returned to work at Georgia Tech.

William Keats Pierce, Bio 95, has joined Woodbine advertising agency as a senior art director.

Ashley Turner, IE 95, graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with an MBA focused on international business.

Richard Tyler, IE 90, was appointed as director of land management for the United States with Lafarge, a global leader in construction materials. He serves as a consultant for the International Olympic Committee.


Ryan Kaysen, ME 05, was promoted to senior manager in the operations management consulting practice of Accenture. He specializes in supply chain planning within the consumer goods industry.

Shilvi Gandhi Leinwand, IA 01, was nominated to the board of directors for Prevent Blindness Georgia. She is employed with The Coca-Cola Company in the Global Information Technology group.

Kristin Lundberg, IAML 06, is a U.S. State Department official serving as director of programs for the Bureau of International Information Programs.

Sean Michael Solomon, Econ 09, has joined the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, Ala., as a first-year associate.

Brett Whorley, IA 03, was named Naval Flight Officer of the Year (Shore Duty) for the Navy’s E-2C Hawkeye Community. He is on staff with the commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain.


Christa Bagley, Mgt 12, was named to the 2012 class of NCAA.com digital interns at Turner Sports.

Miroslav “Miro” Gregorovic, MS SCE 12, is an operations analyst as a part of the new two-year, college graduate rotational program at SanDisk in Silicon Valley.

Danielle E. Hansen, AE 11, is serving for two years in Noussy, Guinea, in West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Catherine Sanders, STC 12, was named a 2012 NCAA.com digital intern at Turner Sports.

Rachel Shoenthal, IA 12, is a first-year student at Emory University Law School.


William “Randy” Avera, AE 77, and Kelli Nabors on June 25, 2011. Randy works with the FAA. They live in Madison, Ga., with their daughter Maggie Claire Avera.

Jonathan Bailey, IE 04, and Kristen Shaw on July 21 in Atlanta. Jonathan is an area manager of network process and quality at AT&T. Kristen is a communications officer at Tech’s Institute Communications.

Lauren Cresse, Mgt 08, and Adam Brown, Mgt 09, on Oct. 6 in Atlanta. Adam works as a project analyst at Avendra. Lauren works as a corporate recruiter at Intelsat and recently graduated from George Washington University with a master’s in organizational sciences.

Halley Espy, IA 08, and John Kenneth Kropa, CE 08, on Aug. 25 in Sugarhill, Ga. Kenny is a project controls engineer for Heery International. Halley is a presidential management fellow at the FDA and a recent graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

Marianna La Vecchia, IE 00, and Sgt. Justin Michael Kinnee on Aug. 25. Marianna is a senior manager at International Logistics.

Shara McClendon, CE 04, MS ChE 09, PhD ChE 11, and Douglas Brooks, MS ECE 08, PhD ECE 12, in Atlanta on Aug. 12. Shara is a postdoctoral researcher at Joint BioEnergy Institute and Douglas is a research engineer at the Southwest Research Institute.

Homer Lee Newsome, IE 50, and Mae Berry on Sept. 6, 2006. They live at Southern Pines Senior Retirement Center in Thomasville, Ga. Homer served in the Air Force during World War II.


William Britt, CE 03, and Carrie Coker Britt, MBA 05, welcomed son David William on April 27. They live in Marietta, Ga.

Terry P. Chang, EE 92, and his wife, Janet, welcomed daughter Kaela Eden on Feb. 1, 2012. Terry is vice president of marketing for VIDA Diagnostics. They live in San Jose, Calif.

Michael Wayne Craige, MBA 09, and his wife, Sutandy, welcomed son Michael Kyle on Aug. 28. They live in Marietta, Ga.

Wesley Price Dunaway, ME 04, and Rebecca Mansfield Dunaway, IE 02, welcomed daughter Elizabeth Price on Sept. 17. They live in Charlotte, N.C.

Jonathan David Eveleth, ME 07, and Katie Pendergrass Eveleth, Mgt 06, welcomed son Charles David on Sept. 6. Jonathan is a project manager for McKenney’s, and Katie is an income tax manager for Cbeyond in Atlanta. Grandfather: Richard Pendergrass, CE 76, MS SanE 78.

Pete Fierro, ChE 00, and Kelly Fierro, Mgt 01, welcomed daughter Mary Kathryn on Aug. 1. Pete is a manager with A.T. Kearney, and Kelly is a senior brand manager with The Coca-Cola Company.

Mark Gillespie, MS ME 98, and his wife, Trixy, welcomed twins Megan Elizabeth and Morgan Leigh on Feb. 15, 2012. They join brother Connor, 5, and sister Caroline, 3. Mark is the technical manager for Progress Energy Florida.

Sothorn Khel, EE 03, and his wife, Sara, welcomed son Liam Sovan on Aug. 10. Sothorn is a project manager for M/R Systems. They live in Vinings, Ga.

Sarah Beckenhauer Lightner, IE 01, and her husband, Chris, welcomed son Patrick Charles on Oct. 23. He joins sisters Caroline, 5, Catherine, 3, and Victoria, 1. Sarah is a stay-at-home mother. They live in Marietta, Ga.

Elizabeth Lipton, Bio 03, and her husband, Thomas, welcomed son William Hugh on April 5. Elizabeth is an environmental engineer. They live in Cumming, Ga.

Andrew Lopez, PM ASE 11, and his wife, Rebecca, welcomed son Gabriel Andrew on Oct. 18. Andrew is a lead systems engineer at Science & Engineering Services. They live in Huntsville, Ala.

Ken Lovic, Tech’s club sports coordinator and longtime lacrosse coach, and his wife welcomed son Kade Woodfin on Oct. 20.

Ethan Maretich, AE 08, and Laura Maretich, PP 08, welcomed son Jacob Bernard on July 12. Ethan is a senior engineer at Eaton Aerospace.

David Meyer, Mgt 03, and his wife, Leah, welcomed son Jeremiah David on Aug. 25. David is the vice president of finance with Coffee Break Service. They live in Clarkston, Mich. Grandfather: Harold Meyer, IM 75.

Lindsay Bramblett Moore, Mgt 06, and Stephen W. Moore, CE 05, welcomed son Stephen Garrett on Aug. 15. Lindsay works for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Atlanta, and Stephen owns PRESS Delivery Dry Cleaning. Grandfathers: Dennis Bramblett, ME 71; Walter Moore, IE 71.

Ivano Newbill, Mgt 94, and his wife, Sheryl, welcomed son Isaiah Mason on Sept. 8. Ivano is a former Atlanta Hawks and Georgia Tech basketball player. They live in Los Angeles.

John Robert “Bo” Rankin V, IE 01, and his wife, Becky, welcomed son John Robert “Shea” Rankin VI on Jan. 4, 2012. Bo works for Disney. They live in Orlando. Grandfather: John Robert Rankin IV, IM 76.

Marion P. Rivers IV, Text 98, and his wife, Tracey, welcomed daughter Caroline Elizabeth on July 10. Marion is a procurement manager for DiversiTech Corporation. They live in Loganville, Ga.

Shonda Gaskins Summers, IA 99, and her husband, Andrew, welcomed daughter Marleigh Jane on Aug. 16. They live in Madison, Ga.

Matt Williamson, M CRP 06, and his wife, Becky, welcomed son Ian Pierce on Oct. 2. Matt works as the master planner at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground. They live in southwest Arizona.

Nisha Windlass, EE 04, and Ranit Windlass, CmpE 04, MS ECE 05, welcomed son Ved on Jan. 8, 2012. Nisha and Ranit are entrepreneurs working in the manufacturing and distribution of oilfield equipment in Houston.

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