Alum Notes

Alumni House, Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Jonathan Adams ’13 has joined the 21-member board of directors for the CHI Memorial Foundation, the fundraising arm of CHI Memorial Hospital.   Photo 1

Kyle Bryant ’07, a partner at certified public accounting firm Market Street Partners, has joined the board of the Erlanger Health System Foundation for 2021.   Photo 2

Fred Clelland ’90 joined Chattanooga’s Warren & Griffin law firm.   Photo 3

Kaitlin Cottle ’15 was hired as an associate in the corporate section with the law firm McAngus Goudelock & Courie in Richmond, Virginia.   Photo 4

Robert Fisher ’15 was named deputy chief of staff for Nashville Mayor John Cooper. Photo 5

Gabby Galluzzi ’19 was hired by HHM Certified Public Accountants’ Department of Accounting and Assurance. Photo 6

Cecilia Young Garrett ’82 has joined the law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel as associate attorney.   Photo 7

Jason Gibson ’93 has been promoted to vice president of operations at Legacy Senior Living.   Photo 8

Irvin Hernandez ’13 was named to Latino Leaders magazine’s list of “Lawyers to Keep on the Watch.” He is an associate in the Atlanta office of law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP.   Photo 9

Debbi Honey ’82 has been named a Fellow in the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.   Photo 10

Hannah Huesman ’14 was promoted to mental performance coordinator for National League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies.   Photo 11

Tangela Johnson ’02 president and CEO of North Georgia Corporate Consulting, will serve as the 2021 chair of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute board of directors.   Photo 12

Abby Maharaj, ’89 and her band, Abby Girl and the Real Deal, have released the album Calling Me Home.  Photo 13

Andrew Mayfield ’18was hired by HHM Certified Public Accountants as a senior accountant. Photo 14

Murphee McDowell ’20 was hired as development coordinator for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer team.  Photo 15

Akram Saad ’18 won the  General Robert Neyland Young Engineer of the Year Award.   Photo 16

Tony Sanders ’89 has joined the board of Habitat for Humanity in Chattanooga.   Photo 17

Adria Sherrill ’10,’15joined CHI Memorial Center for Healthy Aging.   Photo 18

Allison Wolfe ’92 was hired by Chattanooga Tourism Co. as partnership director.  Photo 19

Larvizo Wright ’06, director of corporate audit at Unum, has joined the board of the Erlanger Health System Foundation for 2021. Photo 20

Rachael Yager ’17 has joined HHM Certified Public Accountants’ accounting and assurance team.   Photo 21

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In Memoriam

Joel Baxley, 51, director of visual arts education for the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, passed away Dec 8. During his 18 years at the University, he was dedicated to ensuring all K-12 students had access to visual art programs at their schools, as well as leading efforts for professional development to teachers across the U.S. 

Sylvia McDaniel Brooks, 67, passed away on Dec. 24. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and two master’s degrees in reading and elementary education, all at UTC. She spent her career as a teacher. 

Marvin Ernst, 80, retired associate dean and vice provost of the UTC graduate school, died Sept. 15. He also was a professor and coordinator of the Human Services program at the University. From 2002 to 2004, he was president of the Faculty Senate. 

Jan Evans, 76, retired professor of engineering, passed away Sept. 9. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering at UTC and helped develop the Engineering Management Graduate program at the University. 

Peter Gerschefski84, retired head of the Department of Music, passed away Dec. 22. He came to UTC in 1971 and, in 1973, created a partnership between the University and the Cadek Conservatory of Music, which was not part of UTC at the time. He was appointed director of the conservatory, a position he held until 2002. He retired from full-time teaching in 2005. 

Jane Harbaugh, 90, the first woman dean at UTC, passed away Sept. 27. She joined d the faculty in 1957 when the school was still the University of Chattanooga. Serving at the school until 2001, she was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences beginning 1969 and served as head of the Department of History, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and associate provost for Undergraduate and Special programs. 

Ken Kapelinski, 70, former executive director of McKenzie Arena and the Fine Arts Center box office operations, passed away on April 8.  He worked at UTC for 30 years, from 1981 to 2011.

Julian “Porky” Kinser, 80, local civic leader, noted sportsman and longtime member of the UT Board of Governors, passed away Dec. 4. He was president and owner of East Brainerd Lumber and Supply Co., Inc. until he retired in 2012. 

Lewis Sumberg, 96, retired professor of French, passed away Aug. 30. From the 1970s through 1980s, he published the highly regarded French medieval history journal Tristania. 

Kelvin Taylor, 59, assistant director of Development for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, passed away Nov. 14. After he came to UTC in 2019, he advanced prospect and donor relationships for major gifts for the college, especially focusing on industry and corporate partnerships.  

Mary Duncan Wood, 84, passed away Nov. 27. An elementary school teacher for 25 years, she won the Hamilton County School System’s Teacher of the Year award in 1994.