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                          From the Chancellor ............................................................................................................................ 3
                          Auburn Montgomery at 40: Building on Our Successes ....................................................................4-9
                          40 Years of Success .....................................................................................................................10-11
                               Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz .........................................................................................................12
                               Brian Audia............................................................................................................................................. 12-13
                               Wil and Denella Ausborn ........................................................................................................................ 13-14
                               Faye S. Baggiano .........................................................................................................................................14
                               Joyce Bigbee ...............................................................................................................................................15
                               James Blake ................................................................................................................................................15
                               Lynn Clardy Bright ........................................................................................................................................16
                               Rick Bright ............................................................................................................................................. 16-17
                               Yung Bui-Kincer ..................................................................................................................................... 17-18
                               Chavatchai “Chai” Chamnong ................................................................................................................ 18-19
                               Ronald Jay Cieutat ................................................................................................................................. 19-20
                               Tom F. Clement ............................................................................................................................................20
                               David Cobb ............................................................................................................................................ 20-21
                               Stan Cox ................................................................................................................................................ 21-22
                               Michael J. Crow ...........................................................................................................................................22
                               Clint Darby ............................................................................................................................................. 22-23
                               Wallace L. Darneille ......................................................................................................................................23
                               Terry G. Davis ...............................................................................................................................................24
                               J. Tyler “Ty” Fondren ............................................................................................................................... 24-25
                               Lewis Gillis ...................................................................................................................................................25
                               Hugh R. Harris .............................................................................................................................................26
                               Bradley Jacoby ...................................................................................................................................... 26-27
                               Annamarie Jones ................................................................................................................................... 27-28
                               Michele Kane ...............................................................................................................................................28
                               Charlie M. Lassister ......................................................................................................................................29
                               Mike Lenhart .......................................................................................................................................... 29-30
                               Greg McClellan ....................................................................................................................................... 30-31
                               Tracey S. McCooey ......................................................................................................................................31
                               Richard Myers ........................................................................................................................................ 31-32
                               Diane Neese ........................................................................................................................................... 32-33
                               John Roach..................................................................................................................................................33
                               Michael Ryan................................................................................................................................................34
                               Henry Shelton ........................................................................................................................................ 34-35
                               Allen Smoot............................................................................................................................................ 35-36
                               Gary Soriano ................................................................................................................................................36
                               Joyce Varner .......................................................................................................................................... 36-37
                               Carl Whatley ........................................................................................................................................... 37-38
                               Mark Wilder ..................................................................................................................................................38
                               Kelli Wise......................................................................................................................................................39


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                                                                                              Chancellor From the

                                                                                                                               As Auburn University at Montgomery has celebrated its 40th anniversary this year,
                                                                                                                               one thing has become clear: Although it is young by collegiate standards, Auburn
                                                                                                                               Montgomery has had a tremendous impact on the community and on the men
    40 at 40 is published by Auburn University at
                                                                                                                               and women who have matriculated here. Nowhere is that more evident than in the
    Montgomery in commemoration of its 40 years of
    educating students from the River Region and around                                                                        biographies featured in this publication.
    the world. It is produced by the Office of University
    Relations.                                                                                                                    The early vision for Auburn Montgomery was that it would build a strong
                                                                                                                                  undergraduate program, provide opportunities for adult education and develop
                                                                                                                                  graduate programs for business, government, public administration and education.
    Publisher                                                                                                                     Without a doubt, it has fulfilled those missions. AUM is well known for challenging
    John G. Veres III
                                                                                              its students with a rigorous curriculum and gifted faculty. Our master’s program in public administration is among the
    Editor                                                                                    top one-third in the nation. It, along with the Master’s programs in our Schools of Sciences and Business and justice
    Susan Salter                                                                              and public safety have helped train two chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and countless judges, business leaders,
                                                                                              and government officials. The School of Liberal Arts has produced an impressive array of artists, performers and
    Designer                                                                                  scholars. Graduates of the School of Nursing are snapped up by employers – often while they are still completing
    Aaron Fraze                                                                               their course work. The School of Business is internationally respected and accredited and is drawing students from
                                                                                              around the globe. The School of Education consistently earns the highest marks from area school administrators for
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                                                                                              the quality and skill of its graduates. The list of success goes on and on.
    Frank C. Williams

    Copy Editors                                                                              As the first Auburn Montgomery alumnus to serve as its chancellor, I am particularly proud of our accomplishments.
    David Granger                                                                             I am proud to be counted among the alumni of an institution that has helped shape the distinguished careers of the
    Carolyn Kinney                                                                            individuals described in this volume. Yet, far from resting on its laurels, Auburn Montgomery continues to challenge
    Frank Miles                                                                               itself to grow and improve. We have an extraordinary number of new initiatives under way around campus, initiatives
                                                                                              that address just about every aspect of our academic and student life. I invite you to come see for yourself what
    Contributing Writers                                                                      continues to make Auburn University at Montgomery an AUMazing place to learn and work!
    Susanna Coleman
    Daniel Dye
    Sarah Fish
    Ashley Gordon
    Eve Harmon
    Jodi Hatley
    Carolyn Kinney                                                                            John G. Veres III
    Christine Kneidinger                                                                      Chancellor
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                                                      Forty-two years ago, it got only the briefest of mentions in the
                                                         Montgomery Advertiser: a two-paragraph item on page 2
                                                           announcing passage of a $5 million bond issue for construction
                                                            of a four-year college in Montgomery.

                                                              Two years later, with significantly more public attention,
                                                               Auburn University at Montgomery launched its first classes in
                                                               what had been the University of Alabama Center downtown.
                                                                As classes began, construction continued on a 500-acre
                                                                campus on what was then the far eastern edge of the state
                                                                capital. It would take two more years to complete the first
                                                                two buildings, housing the library, classrooms and faculty
                                                                and administrative offices, and for Auburn Montgomery as it
                                                                exists today to begin to take shape.

                                                                Physical & Academic Growth
                                                                In the four decades since, Auburn Montgomery has grown
                                                               by every measure. Buildings now include an iconic library
                                                               tower and facilities for nursing, the sciences, business,
                                                              education/liberal arts and physical education. Campus also
                                                              includes fields for baseball, softball and soccer; tennis courts;
                                                             two residence halls; and the Taylor Center, which houses
                                                           the cafeteria, Theatre AUM, student services, the campus
                                                         bookstore, a computer lab and more. Academic enrollment has




    Building on Our Success
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                                                                 prices. The details of the appropriation have not been                               Part and parcel of the strategy for reaching the 8,000
                                                                 formally announced. However, it is the first time Auburn                             mark is increasing Auburn Montgomery’s international
                                                                 Montgomery has received such funding from the federal                                student population – though the numbers are not the
                                                                 government.                                                                          primary goal. Veres believes there are a variety of strong
                                                                                                                                                      academic and cultural reasons to grow that program.
                                                                 AUM also is part of a team of universities that received a
                                                                 $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to                             “I think in the short term it is going to increase the
                                                                 help students with disabilities earn degrees in science,                             diversity of our campus and provide students the
                                                                 technology, engineering and mathematics and, ultimately,                             opportunity to acquire the skills they are going to need in
                                                                 enter the workforce. Auburn Montgomery’s share of the                                a world that increasingly is getting smaller,” said Veres,
                                                                 funding is $279,930 over five years.                                                 who has championed international recruitment and
                                                                                                                                                      believes strongly in what it can bring to AUM.
                                                                 The university is prepared to create the new majors and
                                                                 increase research in no small part because of the faculty                            “We’ve done a good job, I think, of helping our students
                                                                 members it continues to attract.                                                     understand how the world works academically,” he
    enrollment has exploded, rising from 222 to more than                                                                                             said. “At an intellectual level, we have long provided the     “In the best of all possible worlds, we would enroll 50 to
    10,000; and programs of study have increased from 16         “What excites me most is probably our ability to continue                            information to help prepare them (for a shrinking world).”     100 students from each of 10 to 12 different countries,
    to more than 90, including a number of degrees and           to attract energetic, caring and academically well                                                                                                  representing multiple continents. In my mind that would
                                                                 prepared faculty because the faculty is the lifeblood of                             However, as Veres has often noted publicly, a significant
    options in fields not even envisioned 40 years ago.                                                                                                                                                              be ideal in terms of maximizing the educational benefits
                                                                 the institution,” Veres said, noting that he believes AUM                            portion of Auburn Montgomery’s students – many of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of internationalization,” he said.
    In fact, Chancellor John G. Veres, the first alumnus         continues not just to sustain its reputation for academic                            whom are first generation college students – have never
    to lead the university, counts Auburn Montgomery’s           rigor but also to enhance it.                                                        left Alabama, much less the region or the country. Thus,       Continuing Impact
    ability to create new, interesting academic programs                                                                                              it becomes critical for the university to bring the world to   Veres also foresees a continuation of the strong efforts
    among its most significant accomplishments of the last       “The more senior faculty are really the people who are                               them, exposing them to different cultures and viewpoints,      Auburn Montgomery has made to reach out to the area’s
    decade. The creations include undergraduate programs         attracting the newer faculty and renewing the long                                   he said.                                                       international community and to the River Region at large.
    in organizational leadership, hospitality and tourism        tradition of academic excellence and even expanding it.”
    and sports leadership as well as graduate programs                                                                                                Likewise, the chancellor sees a significant benefit to the     On the international front, Dr. Yaw Chin Ho, special
                                                                 Enrollment Growth                                                                    nation in providing international students the opportunity     assistant to the chancellor for international affairs, is
    in nursing, cyber systems and information security,
                                                                 Auburn Montgomery also is making a concerted effort                                  to get to know Americans and American culture                  working to pair foreign born students with area families
    homeland security and educational technology.
                                                                 to grow its enrollment to 8,000 students in the next                                 firsthand. “It creates a better understanding of who we        from their home countries. The host family program
    “These are all signs of a healthy institution working to     few years. Currently at 5,555, enrollment has increased                              are and what we stand for when they return to their            is expected to help the students adapt to life in the
    meet its students’ needs,” Veres said.                       steadily over the last four fall semesters. In addition,                             home countries. It’s almost creating a kind of cultural        U.S. more quickly and to strengthen relations with the
                                                                 for spring semester of 2010, enrollment is up by more                                diplomacy in both directions,” he said.                        international community.
    “The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace.        than 9 percent compared to last spring, with graduate
    We have to remain relevant, which means changing             program enrollment up a whopping 19.25 percent, or                                   Currently, Auburn Montgomery enrolls more than 160             For the region as a whole, Auburn Montgomery’s biggest
    constantly to meet the demands placed on our students        148 students, over last spring.                                                      international students from 42 countries. The largest          impact has been and will continue to be the knowledge
    by an ever-changing world. Over the long haul, the                                                                                                group is from China, not surprising given that the             and skills of its graduates – the vast majority of whom
    challenge is to preserve the core of what we transmit to                                                                                          university currently has formal exchange agreements            stay in the Montgomery metropolitan area.
    future generations while changing and adapting to meet                                                                                            with 16 Chinese universities, including the College of
    the needs of a changing world,” Veres said.                                                                                                       International Studies at Hunan University, the University      “We contribute substantially to the economic
                                                                                                                                                      of South China and Xi’an University of Finance and             development of the region, first and foremost by
    Concurrently, Auburn Montgomery increasingly is                                                                                                   Economics.                                                     producing students that employers want to hire because
    emphasizing faculty research and the securing of grants                                                                                                                                                          of the skills they have when they leave us,” Veres said.
    and appropriations to fund that work. For example, the                                                                                            Among Auburn Montgomery’s international enrollment
    2010 federal appropriation includes funding for biofuel                                                                                           there are also large contingents of Korean and Icelandic       But faculty, staff and entire divisions also are major
    research Biology Professor Ben Okeke is conducting.                                                                                               students, and Veres would like to see numbers grow             contributors to the quality of life here, he said. Among the
    Specifically, Okeke is developing a process for making                                                                                            from a variety of other nations as well until total            many, Interim Vice Chancellor Keivan Deravi – recently
    ethanol from sawdust, grass clippings, tree limbs and                                                                                             international enrollment is somewhere around 10                labeled the “go to guy” in the Montgomery Chamber of
    other agricultural and forest waste – products whose use                                                                                          percent.                                                       Commerce’s Montgomery Business Journal – has been
    would not wreak havoc on the food supply or drive up                                                                                                                                                             involved in virtually every major economic development
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                                                                  the 2010 undergraduate curriculum, and the Auburn                                   students, employees and alumni as well as student              Veres also noted that students have been active part of
                                                                  Montgomery School of Education jointly operates a                                   meeting space, classrooms and a new home for the               the planning for the facility, which creates a strong model
                                                                  program to support K-12 reading teachers with the                                   Human Performance Lab. Slated to be located near the           for students and administration working together on
                                                                  Auburn colleges of education and liberal arts. And those                            Taylor Road entrance, the building will have a largely         future projects.
                                                                  are just the tip of the academic iceberg.                                           glass facade that designers believe will create a striking
                                                                                                                                                      new image for campus, particularly at night.                   In addition to the new look the center will create, a
                                                                  Another significant collaboration has been the creation                                                                                            new Master Plan for the university calls for a complete
                                                                  two years ago of the Seamless Admission program,                                    The potential impact? The former president of the              reworking of the campus entrance to improve the
                                                                  which provides an alternative admission option for                                  University of Alabama-Huntsville credits his campus’           appearance and ease traffic congestion as well as the
                                                                  students who initially had their acceptance at Auburn                               wellness center with significantly increasing the school’s     planting of many more trees to beautify the area. It also
                                                                  deferred. The program allows participants to take                                   enrollment. “I expect we shall witness see similar results,”   proposes the addition of an atrium on the front of Taylor
                                                                  their first year of coursework as Auburn Montgomery                                 Veres said.                                                    Center and an adjacent outdoor eating/gathering/Wi-Fi
                                                                  students and take courses at either the Auburn or                                                                                                  area that will provide more student-oriented space. Plans
                                                                  Auburn Montgomery campus. If they complete 30 credit                                The center is expected to greatly enhance the vitality of      also are on the drawing board to renovate the interior
                                                                  hours in that first year and earn at least a 2.5 cumulative                         campus life by giving students a place to play and gather      of Taylor Center to put student services together with a
    decades; English Professor Nancy Anderson continues           grade point average, they are guaranteed admission                                  socially as well as a place for club meetings, Veres said.     common waiting area to make it easier for students to
    to lead the highly successful Young Writers Project,          to AU. They must also meet any specific admission                                                                                                  find the offices that serve them most.
                                                                                                                                                      It also should create a tremendous opportunity for faculty
    which builds both the skills and the passion for writing in   requirements for their major such as for nursing or
                                                                                                                                                      and staff to develop or maintain a healthy lifestyle and
    students whose academic success would otherwise be            education.                                                                                                                                         Also in the master plan is the suggestion that the next
                                                                                                                                                      give alumni a reason to come back to campus since
    largely an uphill battle; and Biology Associate Professor                                                                                                                                                        two academic buildings be built around the perimeter of
                                                                  Beginning in fall 2010, Seamless students taking their                              they, too, will be able to use the facility, he said.
    John Aho works with area stream restoration projects.                                                                                                                                                            the Moore Hall parking lot, creating what the plan calls a
                                                                  courses at AU will be allowed to live on campus and will                                                                                           South Quad.
                                                                                                                                                      In addition, it will give the Human Performance Lab much
    On a still larger scale, numerous centers within the          participate in certain AU activities, including the common
                                                                                                                                                      needed space to expand their research into exercise
    University Outreach Division work with state and              book study and learning communities, which is expected                                                                                             Full implementation of the plan will take decades but
                                                                                                                                                      physiology, he said.
    local government agencies in Alabama and beyond,              to help them more easily assimilate into the Auburn                                                                                                provides a solid strategy for growth.
    providing services that range from helping them plan          culture when they transfer as sophomores.                                           The Wellness Center proposal will go before the Auburn
    for continuation of services in the event of disasters                                                                                            Board of Trustees for approval at its June 2010 meeting.       “I think the master plan provides a pathway to growing
    to developing and implementing legally sound hiring           In the short term, Veres said, the program benefits                                                                                                our campus to 8,000 students, which is one of our
                                                                                                                                                      If approved, construction likely will start in the fall.
    practices. Among the most high profile of those projects      Auburn Montgomery financially. A significant portion of                                                                                            goals,” Veres said, adding that the more inviting
    currently is the Center for Government’s work with the        the students who have enrolled to date have been from                               Veres said one of the most exciting parts of the plan is       appearance will be a recruiting tool because campus
    State of Alabama, the state Department of Education,          out of state.                                                                       that construction and operation of the center are being        appearance is almost always among the top five factors
    the Criminal Justice Information Center and the Alabama                                                                                           made possible by students’ willingness to essentially tax      students consider in choosing a university.
                                                                  “With our shrinking state appropriation, Seamless
    Supercomputer Authority to develop the Virtual Alabama                                                                                            themselves. Students approved a referendum raising
                                                                  Admission represents an alternative source of revenue,”
    School Safety System. As part of the project, CGOV                                                                                                their student activities fee last fall.                        “It’s a blueprint for making our campus the kind of place
                                                                  Veres said. “In the long run, Seamless Admissions
    is mapping public schools to give those who would be                                                                                                                                                             students will want to attend,” he said.
                                                                  can serve as a recruiting tool. While the majority of
    first responders in the event of an emergency detailed
                                                                  (Seamless) students want to matriculate at AU, there
    information about the school buildings.
                                                                  were students in the first year’s class who elected to
                                                                  continue at AUM. We hope more such students will
    Collaboration
                                                                  choose AUM in the future.”
    Looking to the future, Veres said he also sees great
    potential in the growing collaboration between Auburn         A Changing Campus
    Montgomery and Auburn University. Rather than                 A key component of the effort to grow enrollment is
    continuing to be separate, disparate entities, the two        Auburn Montgomery’s plan to improve the students’
    campuses have begun to work as a unitary system,              overall experience by creating additional student space
    he said. The fruits of that are evident in a variety of       and improving the appearance of campus.
    programs, including the master’s degrees in nursing
    and cyber security, through which faculty members on          To that end, the university plans construction of a
    both campuses have worked together. Likewise, the             70,000-square-foot Wellness Center that will provide
    nursing faculties on the two campuses jointly developed       an indoor pool, ball courts and workout facilities for



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                                                      In 40 short years, Auburn Montgomery has built
                                                        a solid reputation for academic quality – a
                                                         reputation built in large part on the tremendous
                                                          accomplishments of its graduates. In the pages
                                                           that follow, you will find business leaders,
                                                           scientists, doctors, educators, attorneys, social
                                                            crusaders and more. A diverse group to be
                                                            sure, but one that represents the wide array
                                                            of talented individuals who have earned their
                                                            degrees here over the last four decades.


                                                            The group also represents just a fraction of
                                                            outstanding Auburn Montgomery alumni who
                                                            could have been spotlighted. The selection of
                                                            the 40 at 40 honorees began with nominations
                                                            by the deans of the university’s five academic
                                                            schools and other top administrators. From
                                                           there, Auburn Montgomery leaders spent
                                                           countless hours reviewing the accomplishments
                                                          – professional, personal and civic – of the
                                                         nominees before winnowing the list to the men




     years of success
                                                        and women featured here. We hope you will join us
                                                      in congratulating them on their accompishments and
                                                      thanking them and all our alumni for the honor they
                                                      bring to Auburn Montgomery.




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                                            Prince Khaled             portion of his philanthropy. His Living Oceans Foundation                         Since then, the program has grown nationally under                                              Wil Ausborn
                                            bin Sultan bin            is dedicated to the preservation of ocean habitat and sea                         Surgance. Over 2.5 million square feet of wall space has                                        M.S., Psychology,
                                            Abdulaziz                 life. Prince Khaled also heads the Prize Council for the                          been painted as of 2010, and the program now reaches                                            ‘87
                                            M.S., Political           Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.                               into Washington D.C., Atlanta, Las Vegas, Denver                                                Dr. Denella
                                            Science, ‘80                                                                                                and many other urban centers across America. New                                                Ausborn
                                                                                                         Brian Audia                                    programs have been started as well, serving populations                                         M.S., Psychology, 84
                                             His Royal Highness                                          B.S., Secondary                                with athletics, refugee and immigrant services, help
                                             Prince Khaled bin                                           Education, Social                              for children under state care, community gardens and                                            In 1985, Wil Ausborn
                                             Sultan bin Abdulaziz,                                       Studies ‘94                                    green spaces as well as nutrition and feeding services                                          was working with
                                             a member of the                                                                                            to combat severe and acute malnutrition. Surgance                                               mentally impaired
                                             Saudi Royal family,                                         Blogger, speaker and                           leadership, community partners and volunteers serve                                             residents at a
                                             earned a master’s                                           social entrepreneur,                           thousands in multiple cities and countries around the                                           development center
                                             of political science                                        Brian Audia is                                 world.                                                                                          while waiting for law
     from Auburn Montgomery in 1980 while simultaneously                                                 changing the world                                                                                                                             school to start. He
     attending Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.                                                through innovation with                        Prior to his work in New York, Audia was director of                                            had a bachelor’s and
     While his royal roots are noteworthy, it was his generous                                           an inner drive to make                         missions operations at the 16,000-member First Baptist                                          master’s degrees
     contribution of $1.25 million to AUM that made major                                                it a better place for                          Church of Woodstock, Ga. While there, he developed                                              in criminal justice.
     headlines. The first portion of his gift, $250,000, was used                                        people everywhere.                             many of the systems and structures the church still uses                                        Denella Lazenby
     for fellowships during the 2006-2007 school year. The                                                                                              today to mobilize and manage volunteers.                                                        was about to go
                                                                      Audia is the president and CEO of Surgance, a nonprofit
     remaining $1 million has been contributed over a four-year                                                                                                                                                                                         into a meeting
                                                                      organization that develops innovative solutions to social
     period to establish the Khaled bin Sultan Global Initiative.                                                                                       His leadership material has been used to train well                                             with someone to
                                                                      problems and delivers community transformation.                                   over 2,500 project leaders around the world in socially                                         discuss the care and
      “Auburn University at Montgomery is fortunate to                Surgance, he said, unites uncommon partners on                                    responsible community investment. He traveled                                                   treatment of patients
     count His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin            common ground issues to change lives.                                             extensively and worked with a broad coalition to develop                                        in a residence center.
     Abdulaziz among our most distinguished alumni,” said                                                                                               strategies to invest in over 40 countries, including
     John Veres, AUM chancellor. “His Royal Highness Prince           Additionally, Audia is the president and CEO of Brian                             activities such as earthquake relief in Turkey and the      And so, Wil Ausborn and Denella Lazenby met for the
     Khaled served as commander of joint forces during a              D. Audia and Associates, which provides speaking,                                 Direct Observation Treatment System to eliminate            first time.
     pivotal time in modern history, the first Gulf War, becoming     consulting and training services for organizations                                tuberculosis in Afghanistan. These working coalitions
     one of the chief architects of the liberation of Kuwait. It      attempting to strengthen their community outreach.                                included governments, armed forces, the Red Cross           She had wanted to be a psychologist since she was a
     is humbling to realize that such an accomplished and                                                                                               and the Red Crescent, as well as other nonprofit            child, but he had been sure he would always go into law.
     influential person, a person known around the world,             And, as if two CEO posts weren’t enough, he also is                               organizations and faith-based groups, preparing him for     Working with disadvantaged, developmentally disabled
     has helped shape Auburn Montgomery’s efforts in                  a corporate trainer and professional facilitator for The                          a life in social collaboration.                             children had begun to pique his interest in psychology, so
     international affairs.”                                          WildWorks Group, a Dallas organization that helps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    he isn’t surprised that his career path changed. He gives
                                                                      organizations learn to hold result-oriented conversations                         Audia holds a degree in secondary education with an         credit for that change to daily conversations with Denella.
     Khaled was born into the Royal Saudi Family of Al Saud           as a basis for making lasting changes.                                            emphasis on social studies from Auburn Montgomery.          He was impressed by her knowledge of psychology and
     and is the grandson of the nation’s founder. He has
                                                                                                                                                        While at AUM he played varsity baseball, lettering four     the intellectual rigor required in the field.
     received military training and earned degrees from some          From 2004 through 2006, Audia was executive director of                           times and playing on two World Series teams, including
     of the world’s finest facilities, including the Royal Military   New Hope New York, a faith-based nonprofit organization                           the national championship finalist team of 1990. He was     Because she was an Auburn Montgomery alumna,
     Academy in Sandhurst, England.                                   in Manhattan that produced the popular “Paint the                                 the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior and later       Denella recommended the school for a master’s degree
                                                                      Town” program. Paint the Town provided a platform
     “(He) has been extremely generous to Auburn                                                                                                        went on to coach as a graduate assistant while working      in psychology. Both of them worked under the same
                                                                      where government, big business, faith-based groups,
     Montgomery,” Veres said. “His Royal Highness began                                                                                                 toward a master’s degree in educational administration.     professors and loved the program. Denella feels like she
                                                                      universities and community-based organizations from
     funding the Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz                                                                                                                                                             was part of a great master’s program in psychology, and
                                                                      across the city volunteered to paint needy inner-city
     Eminent Scholar in International Relations in 1987. It                                                                                             While in school, Brian caught the entrepreneurial bug and   even cites previous professor, Dr. W.O. Jenkins, with
                                                                      schools. When it was finished, over 1.2 million square feet
     was a milestone accomplishment for our university. His                                                                                             began his career in business that continues to this day.    encouraging her to work towards a doctorate degree
                                                                      of wall space had been covered. In August of 2006, New
     continuing generosity has funded international travel for                                                                                                                                                      in psychology. Wil agrees, noting that both Jenkins and
                                                                      York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recognized the program
     AUM faculty and students, scholarships in our Master of                                                                                                                                                        former assistant professor Patrick Slattery helped him
                                                                      for its impact in the city.
     International Relations program, and greatly enhanced our                                                                                                                                                      along. He credits them with helping to organize and
     efforts to reach out to the international community.”                                                                                                                                                          shape his initial thoughts about human behavior and
     Khaled’s support of his alma mater represents only a                                                                                                                                                           individual differences within society.


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     After Wil graduated from AUM in 1987, they married and,         Baggiano earned her Master of Public Administration                                                                     Joyce Bigbee                                                   James E. Blake
     in 1989, moved to Atlanta where they would both pursue          at Auburn Montgomery while raising five young children                                                                  M.P.A., ‘78                                                    B.S.B.A.,
     doctoral degrees at Argosy University. During this time,        and serving as executive director of the Montgomery                                                                                                                                    Accounting, ‘75
     they managed school work and the birth of their two             Area Council on Aging. Just six months later, she landed                                                               When Joyce Bigbee
     sons, the eldest born during the first year of their doctoral   the first of two cabinet-level posts when Gov. Fob                                                                     graduated from                                                  James Blake is a
     studies and the youngest during the second year.                James tapped her to lead the Alabama Department of                                                                     Auburn Montgomery                                               1975 graduate of the
                                                                     Human Resources. Following a successful stint there,                                                                   in 1978 with a                                                  Auburn Montgomery
     “Indeed, this presented many logistical challenges, but         she accepted an appointment as commissioner of the                                                                     master’s degree in                                              School of Business,
     throughout the program, we seemed to endure,” Wil               Alabama Medicaid Agency. She later was reappointed by                                                                  public administration,                                          where he earned
     said.                                                           Gov. George Wallace.                                                                                                   she had no idea that                                            a bachelor’s
                                                                                                                                                                                            one day she would                                               degree in business
     Endure they did. The pair currently works together
                                                                     Baggiano’s successes as a leader garnered attention                                                                    be in charge of giving                                          administration with
     in Atlanta as private practitioners and with Northlake
                                                                     from beyond Alabama and earned her a presidential                                  financial advice to the Alabama Legislature on every                                                an emphasis on
     Medical Research Center, which Wil founded in 2002.
                                                                     appointment as associate administrator of the U. S.                                major law it passes.                                                                                accounting.
     Northlake is a multidisciplined, culturally diverse research
                                                                     Department of Health and Human Services, Centers
     center involved in FDA-approved psychiatric clinical                                                                                               While she was still a student, Rex McDowell, the director      He joined Aldridge, Borden & Company, a full service
                                                                     for Medicare and Medicaid. Her 25-year career as an
     research trials. Wil serves as the center’s president and                                                                                          of the Legislative Fiscal Office – the office that advises     public accounting firm, in 1975 and was admitted as a
                                                                     executive also has extended into the corporate world,
     CEO while Denella is vice president of pharmacy.                                                                                                   the legislature on the financial impact of all proposed        shareholder in 1978. Blake became president of Aldridge
                                                                     where she has served as president of two multibillion
                                                                                                                                                        laws – spoke to Bigbee’s class and piqued her curiosity        Borden in 1980. He currently serves as president
     Denella has specialized training in forensics and               dollar corporations.
                                                                                                                                                        about the work he did. By the time graduation rolled           and managing shareholder of the firm. He provides
     neuropsychology and also works as an investigator/
                                                                                                                                                        around, Bigbee had landed a job in his office. Her first       attestation and tax services to tax-exempt organizations,
     research coordinator for new pharmaceutical drugs. Wil          She has been recognized for her extraordinary
                                                                                                                                                        promotion came shortly thereafter, and in 1987, she            associations, closely held businesses and individuals.
     has specialized training in forensic psychology and an          commitments and leadership, with accomplishments
                                                                                                                                                        became director of the LFO.
     interest in the onset of severe mental illness in children      ranging from being a founding member of Women
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Beyond his responsibilities as president of the firm,
     and adolescents.                                                Executives in State Government and Women Business                                  Bigbee and her team of 17 analyze bills and draft              Blake has exhibited a strong commitment to community
                                                                     Leaders in Health Care to serving on the board of                                  summaries of their fiscal impact on the state of Alabama.      involvement. Among his many contributions, he is a
     Wil thinks that the obstacles they faced during doctoral        directors and as fund development chair for the U.S.                               Despite the demands of her job, Bigbee has still made          former treasurer of the East Montgomery Exchange
     studies helped create the bond that makes working               National Health Museum in Washington. In addition,                                 time to push herself to improve. After earning her             Club and is a member of the Montgomery Lions Club.
     together much easier.                                           she has represented the U.S. Council on International                              master’s degree, she went back to school for a law             He serves on the board of directors of the Downtown
                                                                     Business at the OECD in Paris for six years. She was the                           degree and soon passed the Alabama Bar Exam.
     “I sincerely believe that it was during (the doctoral work)                                                                                                                                                       Montgomery YMCA and has served as chairman of the
                                                                     first female since the l950s to be elected to the board of
     we developed a working appreciation and infinite bond                                                                                                                                                             Budget and Allocations Committee of the River Region
                                                                     the Health Insurance Association of America in 2001.                               The philosophy at LFO is that the organization’s task is
     for one another that goes beyond the marital union and                                                                                                                                                            United Way.
                                                                                                                                                        “to ultimately serve the public.” It is a philosophy that
     ultimately led to the consolidation of our work life.”
                                                                     Baggiano, who earned her bachelor’s degree in English                              carries over into Bigbee’s life outside the office, where      Blake has held volunteer executive positions with
                                                                     from Auburn Montgomery, serves on the Women’s                                      she donates her time and skills to various charities. In all   numerous associations benefiting children and
                                           Faye S.                                                                                                      areas of her life, she says she focuses on maintaining the
                                                                     Leadership Institute Advisory Board at Auburn University.                                                                                         education, including treasurer and board member of
                                           Baggiano                                                                                                     high expectations and the personal integrity instilled in
                                                                     After such a varied career, Baggiano believes the true                                                                                            Brantwood Children’s Home, commissioner of the Dixie
                                           B.A., English, ‘79
                                                                     strength of her MPA program was the reality-focused                                her by her parents.                                            Baseball and Softball National League, president of the
                                           M.P.A., ‘81
                                                                     learning environment. Because so many of her fellow                                                                                               Morningview Elementary School PTA, president of the
                                                                     students also held executive positions, the open                                   That attitude toward life has been noticed by her peers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Capital Heights Junior High School PTSA, president of
                                        If you ever thought                                                                                             She has often been asked to serve on accreditation
                                                                     discussions and collaboration gave her a rich, multitiered                                                                                        the Robert E. Lee High School PTSA, treasurer of the
                                        graduate school was                                                                                             teams and has won several awards, including Auburn
                                                                     view of problem solving methods and organizational                                                                                                Montgomery County Council of PTA and vice chairman
                                        impossible while                                                                                                Montgomery’s Distinguished Graduate award, which she
                                                                     challenges, she said.                                                                                                                             of the Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association.
                                        working full time and                                                                                           received in 1996.
                                        leading a household
                                                                     In fact, AUM’s diverse student body and approach to                                                                                               Additionally, Blake is active in several professional
                                        as a spouse and                                                                                                 While her professional goals are lofty – to find a way to
                                                                     learning are just a few of the reasons she feels confident                                                                                        organizations, including the American Institute of Certified
                                        parent, you can look                                                                                            fund important services that the citizens of Alabama
                                                                     that her granddaughter will enjoy the same advantages                                                                                             Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified
     to Dr. Faye Baggiano as a source of inspiration.                                                                                                   need that are essential for health, safety and education
                                                                     when she enrolls at AUM this fall.                                                                                                                Public Accountants and the Delta Epsilon Kappa
                                                                                                                                                        – her personal challenge to herself is less flashy. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Accounting Honor Society.
                                                                                                                                                        merely wants to maintain her health and her enthusiasm
                                                                                                                                                        for life.


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                                         Lynn Clardy              Among her many awards are the American Business                                         “My goal was to make vaccines for the world, to help              at Emory and then on to nine years at the Centers for
                                         Bright                   Women's Association 1985 Woman of the Year, the                                         people in the world,” Bright said. “I really feel like what       Disease Control and Prevention, where he focused on
                                         B.S., Justice and        Soroptimist International of Montgomery's 1994 Woman                                    I’m doing is helping people. I’m not making as much               human and avian influenza viruses, specifically studying
                                         Public Safety, ‘75       of Distinction and the Montgomery Unit of the National                                  money, but it is much more rewarding.”                            how some viruses resisted anti-viral drugs.
                                                                  Association of Social Workers' 1996 Public Citizen of the
                                         During her 25            Year.                                                                                   Bright describes his current roles with PATH as 50                He is also the author of more than 20 articles and
                                         years as presiding                                                                                               percent research, 50 percent politics. In the research            chapters on influenza, vaccines and related subjects; has
                                         district judge for       Bright also worked to improve of the quality of life for                                capacity, he continues to focus on developing vaccines            served on editorial boards and as a reviewer for several
                                         Montgomery County,       residents of Montgomery while her husband, Bobby, now                                   to combat any potential pandemic virus, including H5N1,           scientific journals; and is a frequent guest lecturer.
                                         Lynn Clardy Bright       a congressman, was the city’s mayor.                                                    commonly known as bird flu, and H1N1, the virus once
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “AUM is where I learned the foundation for all of it. The
                                         earned a well                                                                                                    known as swine flu.
                                                                  “The most meaningful efforts were those which were                                                                                                        trust and confidence of the faculty speaks highly for
                                         deserved reputation
                                                                  accomplished through partnerships with the faith                                        In his political role, Bright travels frequently (he logged       what I’ve built in my life. If it wasn’t for AUM and the
                                         as an innovator.
                                                                  community such as the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, the                                     250,000 miles last year) to developing countries,                 people there – of course I had a great education – but
     From the creation of a docket specifically to handle DUI     One Movement and the Jubilee Sunrise Service,” she                                      particularly in Asia, and helps them develop the capacity         the people took me under their wing … and gave me the
     cases to the creation of another specifically for domestic   said.                                                                                   to produce their own vaccine supplies. That means                 opportunity. I wouldn’t be here today and wouldn’t be
     violence cases to the creation of a drug court, Bright’s                                                                                             working with the nations’ health ministries on policy             able to help anyone.”
                                                                  “The opportunity I had in the early 70s at a very young
     vision resulted in a more effective way of handling cases                                                                                            issues, setting up plants where vaccines are or will be
                                                                  university, AUM, influenced me in ways I still feel today,”                                                                                                                                   Yung Bui-Kincer
     that can have high recidivism rates.                                                                                                                 made, ensuring quality control issues are considered and
                                                                  Bright said, noting that her professors were interested                                                                                                                                       B.S., Secondary
                                                                                                                                                          addressed, fundraising – anything that creates capacity
     “The offenses on these dockets require an approach           and involved with the students, guiding them personally                                                                                                                                       Education, Biology,
                                                                                                                                                          and assures safety.
     which includes a focus on the core issues along with         and reinforcing their accomplishments.                                                                                                                                                        ‘03
     additional court supervision,” Bright said recently.                                                                                                 “It’s so important to teach companies and countries                                                   M.Ed., Secondary
     “I required the defendant to address the underlying
                                                                                                        Rick Bright
                                                                                                                                                          to make their own vaccines in the country. It assures                                                 Education, Biology,
                                                                                                        B.S., Biology, ‘97
     problems.”                                                                                                                                           access. In a pandemic, the supplies are so limited and                                                ‘06
                                                                                                                                                          the largest countries are buying most of the supplies,” he
     That might mean, in cases of substance abuse, for                                              Dr. Rick Bright has
                                                                                                                                                          said. “It is still highly likely that a bird flu pandemic could                                     Yung Bui-Kincer’s
     example, that the defendants were subject to regular                                           spent his whole
                                                                                                                                                          start in southeast Asia. If they have the ability to produce                                        journey from a child in
     drug and alcohol testing, along with court-enforced                                            career with the flu.
                                                                                                                                                          the vaccine there, we have a better chance of stopping it                                           war torn Vietnam to
     treatment.                                                                                     It’s taken him from
                                                                                                                                                          before it spreads (worldwide).”                                                                     the 2009-10 Alabama
                                                                                                    the research labs                                                                                                       Teacher of the Year began in dramatic fashion.
     “The success we saw in these efforts was, without a                                            at the CDC to the                                     Bright’s expertise also landed him as an ad hoc advisor
     doubt, the most rewarding aspect of my job,” Bright                                            halls of governments                                                                                                    In 1975, after the fall of Saigon, she fled her home
                                                                                                                                                          to the World Health Organization’s H1N1 Vaccine Task
     said.                                                                                          to manufacturing                                                                                                        country of Vietnam. Just a child at the time, Bui-Kincer
                                                                                                                                                          Force last year.
                                                                                                    facilities in cities                                                                                                    became separated from her mother in the chaos while
     The efforts also became an enduring legacy since Bright
                                                                  throughout the developing world. And, at the end of the                                 It’s a far cry from the day he came to Auburn                     trying to escape. Left in the care of her aunt and uncle,
     had the opportunity to share her passion for them with
                                                                  day, that suits him just fine.                                                          Montgomery with six transcripts in hand – evidence of             she set off with them to start a new life outside Vietnam.
     other judges by teaching the subjects to all new district
                                                                                                                                                          his history of starting and stopping college. Convinced
     judges with the Alabama Judicial College.                    Bright, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from                                at the time he wanted to be a physician, Bright found an          “I was out in the ocean on a boat and airlifted to Guam
                                                                  Auburn Montgomery and later a master’s and Ph.D. in
     Although retired now, Bright keeps her hand in the legal                                                                                             advisor and supporter in Dr. Jeff Barksdale, who then             in a U.S. military cargo plane,” she recalls. That same
                                                                  immunology and virology from Emory University, has
     profession with service on the faculty of the National                                                                                               worked in AUM’s medical technology program, and                   year, she came to the U.S., sponsored by a church in
                                                                  spent more than a decade researching and developing
     Judicial College and the Alabama Judicial College.                                                                                                   in others in the program who helped him begin doing               Nebraska.
                                                                  vaccines against influenza viruses with the potential to                                research on DNA vaccines as an undergraduate and
     She also is continuing to build on a strong record of        trigger pandemics.                                                                                                                                        “I left the refugee camp in Guam and flew to Hawaii,
                                                                                                                                                          even helped pay for his hotel room when he went to sit
     community service. She serves on the board of First                                                                                                  for the medical college admission test.                           where I had my first American hamburger and Lay’s
                                                                  Though he spent a portion of his career in the private
     Baptist Campus Ministries and the boards of directors                                                                                                                                                                  potato chips.”
                                                                  sector, where he said the money and travel were
     of multiple institutions for the arts, including the                                                                                                 Ultimately, the opportunity to shadow a variety of
                                                                  incredible, he has found his calling as scientific director of                                                                                            Meanwhile, her mother had no idea she had made it out
     Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Ballet and                                                                                                  physicians at a local hospital changed his mind about
                                                                  the Influenza Vaccine Project and director of the Vaccine                                                                                                 alive, and it would be 25 years before they were reunited.
     Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.                                                                                                                       medical school, but Bright said the AUM relationships
                                                                  Capacity Building in the Vietnam Project for PATH, an                                                                                                     But Bui-Kincer, married and moved to Alabama with her
                                                                                                                                                          gave him the confidence to attend graduate school
                                                                  international nonprofit health organization.                                                                                                              husband and ultimately became a naturalized citizen.


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     “I grew up in the U.S. and always considered this my                                               Dr. Thavatchai                                 science from AUM in 1992 and later graduated                      Steak is not so uncommon anymore. Cieutat is CEO of
     home. It didn’t occur to me that I needed to go through                                            “Chai”                                         Summa Cum Laude from the University of Health                     Hemophilia Preferred Care, a $22 million-a-year business
     the naturalization process and make it official,” she                                              Chamnong                                       Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas                specializing in providing care to hemophiliacs and their
     says. “It was relatively easy for me because I knew the                                            B.S., Physical                                 City. Following his residency at the Medical Center in            families in alternate sites. The firm employs 105 people
     country’s language and history.”                                                                   Science, ‘92                                   Columbus, Ga., he and his wife, Crissy, returned to               and offers services ranging from supplies to counseling
                                                                                                                                                       Montgomery to be near family.                                     to education.
     Though initially life in the U.S. was challenging, Bui-
                                                                                                         As a doctor of
     Kincer said education was her saving grace. And it                                                                                                Personally, the Chamnongs are involved with various               Cieutat graduated from Auburn Montgomery with his
                                                                                                         osteopathic
     is the knowledge of how education can change lives                                                                                                charitable activities. They are active supporters of the          bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1992 and began his
                                                                                                         medicine, Dr.
     that inspires her as an environmental science teacher                                                                                             Montgomery Public Schools, which they both attended,              career as a nurse manager for a cardio vascular intensive
                                                                                                         Thavatchai “Chai”
     at Montgomery’s Booker T. Washington Magnet High                                                                                                  participating in PTA and chaperoning dances at Baldwin            care unit. He was there for six months and loved it, but
                                                                                                         Chamnong takes a
     School. In the classroom, she strives to pass her                                                                                                 Magnet School. He also donates to the school system;              his wife had different plans, he said. She wanted to travel
                                                                                                         holistic approach to
     appreciation of learning to students by helping them                                                                                              his church, Holy Spirit Catholic Church; and non-profit           and see the world, so he became a travel nurse. After a
                                                                  treating patients, making a point to listen to what is going
     make the connection between formal education and their                                                                                            organizations. Of these efforts, he feels that his most           couple of years on the road, he answered an ad for a RN
                                                                  on in their lives rather than rushing to treat the obvious
     lives.                                                                                                                                            rewarding accomplishment is contributing to the Holy              serving disabled children for the state of Alabama and
                                                                  ailment. Sometimes that even means using osteopathic
                                                                  skills similar to a chiropractor to manipulate the spine and                         Spirit building campaign.                                         was assigned to numerous clinics, including one that
     “When students finish my class, I want them to be more
                                                                  relieve pressure points.                                                                                                                               dealt with children with hemophilia.
     curious about the world around them,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Ronald Jay
     Bui-Kincer moved to Alabama with her husband and
                                                                  “I ask what’s going on in their life and try to have a better                                                               Cieutat                    “I didn’t know anything about it, and they sent me all
     enrolled at AUM. While studying for her bachelor’s degree
                                                                  bedside manner. That’s what it comes down to,” he said,                                                                     B.S., Nursing, ‘92         over the state to become educated on hemophilia,” he
     in secondary education biology, she was taken under
                                                                  noting that touching and listening to patients helps with                                                                                              said. “Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder where patients
     the wing of Dr. Hank Williford, who became her mentor
                                                                  the healing process.                                                                                                        If you have a dream,       don’t clot normally. They’re missing protein.”
     and taught her about designing surveys, analyzing data
                                                                                                                                                                                              never give up.
     and writing up analysis reports. She graduated and later                                                                                                                                                            Eventually, he told his boss they were missing a great
     returned to earn her master’s in secondary education         One of a growing number of ODs, or osteopathic
                                                                                                                                                                                              It’s a credo Cieutat       opportunity to sell a medicine containing the protein
     biology at AUM.                                              doctors, in Montgomery, Chamnong is board certified in
                                                                                                                                                                                              lives by, but it hasn’t    hemophilia patients are missing. “We could run this for
                                                                  family medicine. He and three partners operate PriMed
                                                                                                                                                                                              always been easy.          the rest of eternity because no one was doing this,” he
     In addition to serving as a spokesman for public             Physicians, Inc., an urgent care facility and one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         said.
     education in Alabama during her term as teacher of           largest medical practices in Montgomery. Ironically, the
     the year, Bui-Kincer also is active in the Bridge Builders   facility is the same one he and his family used when                                                                      “I almost flunked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Though he won a state award for the idea, officials
     program, which brings students from public and private       he was a child – long before he thought of becoming a                                one class at AUM – OBGYN,” said Cieutat. “It was back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ultimately decided the state could not make money and
     schools as well as home schools together to learn            doctor, he said.                                                                     in those days when male nurses weren’t as accepted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         opted not to pursue it. So Cieutat and four others formed
     leadership skills through community projects and other                                                                                            as they are now. We couldn’t get clinical experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Choice Source Therapeutics and set up a clinic to work
     activities.                                                  After working for the facility for six years, Chamnong and                           because women didn’t want you in there. I had the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with the patients beyond just the provision of medication.
                                                                  his partners purchased the practice from Baptist Hospital                            hardest time figuring out what I was being tested on
     Bui-Kincer resides in Prattville with her husband, Auvie,    four years ago.                                                                      because I never got to see it practiced. I almost gave up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “We had nurses that did nothing but sit with a new baby
     and two teenage sons.                                                                                                                             my nursing career, and I think AUM gave me the spirit to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         when it was born, helping new mothers learn about this
                                                                  A native of Thailand, Chamnong and his family moved                                  never give up no matter what.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         condition,” said Cietuat.
                                                                  to Las Vegas when he was a boy and later settled in
                                                                  Montgomery, where he found the schools and the                                       At the time, Cieutat and his wife were struggling to pay          CVS Caremark eventually bought the company. But, in
                                                                  language challenging.                                                                bills, living off only his wife’s salary, who at the time was a   2004, when he saw the industry trending back to simply
                                                                                                                                                       phlebotomist at Jackson Hospital. Having no phone and             providing medication by mail, Cieutat and a friend started
                                                                  Despite the initial academic struggles while he was                                  too nervous to find out if he passed or not, Cieutat had          HPC to bring back the clinical aspect of the business.
                                                                  learning English, he graduated from high school                                      his wife call his professor from Hardees to find out if he
                                                                  with scholarship offers from Huntingdon and Auburn                                   had passed.                                                       Cieutat began the company with three patients; it now
                                                                  Montgomery and chose the latter because of its                                                                                                         cares for 200 on a daily basis. HPC itself has a staff of
                                                                  reputation for producing students who were successful                                “I bet it was the lowest C I ever made, but I passed and          34 and employs 71 more through its unskilled nursing
                                                                  at getting into medical school.                                                      life went on. We thought we were ‘it’ because I had               business, Helping Hands of Alabama. The firm has
                                                                                                                                                       passed, and we went out and ate steak,” Cieutat said.             offices in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma,
                                                                  Chamnong earned his bachelor’s degree in physical                                                                                                      Texas, Illinois and Kansas.


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                                                                     where he has been a tireless supporter of the School                                Cobb graduated from Auburn Montgomery with a                   helping an Algebra II class at Lee High School with their
     “We don’t take care of these kids for two or three weeks.       of Business. Clement has served as the president of                                 bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1983. During college,        work one day when some of the students told me they
     We basically take care of them for the rest of their lives,”    the Alumni Association, president of the Advisory and                               Cobb learned the challenges of time management                 thought I could teach well.”
     said Cieutat. “I know them, their families and pretty much      Alumni boards and a member of the Auburn University                                 – balancing classes, two jobs, intramural sports and
     everything about them, including their cats’ and dogs’          Foundation board of directors.                                                      fraternity life. It was through his constantly busy schedule   Soon after, Cox talked with teachers at the high school
     names.”                                                                                                                                             in college that he learned to be disciplined about             and Auburn Montgomery, and he was on his way.
                                                                     He also served as co-chairman of the “It Begins at                                  managing his time, Cobb said. This trait has obviously
     Cieutat resides in Mobile with his wife, Angie, and their       Auburn” Montgomery regional campaign for AU and                                     carried over into post-college life, as he has found the       However, Alabama did not offer an alternative masters
     four children.                                                  chairman of the “Dreams Begin at AUM” campaign.                                     time to juggle a successful career, community activities       in education during this time so he had to fulfill the
                                                                                                                                                         and extensive volunteer work around the world.                 undergraduate course work requirement. “I considered
                                           Tom F. Clement            In addition, he established the Echota Dreamcatcher                                                                                                this time as learning for learning’s sake,” said Cox, who
                                           M.B.A., ‘77               Endowed Scholarship and the Tom and Fran Clement                                    Just this year, Cobb went to the Dominican Republic to         earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics
                                                                     Endowed Graduate Scholarship. Clement was                                           donate MMI Outdoor tents to the victims of the recent          and later an education specialist degree in educational
                                           Establishing a            recognized for his support of the School of Business                                earthquake in Haiti. He is also involved in mission work       leadership from Auburn Montgomery and a doctorate in
                                           successful business       at Auburn Montgomery by the naming of the Business                                  with Servants in Faith and Technology in remote regions        educational leadership from Auburn University.
                                           takes knowledge           Building as Tom F. Clement Hall.                                                    of the Andes Mountains of South America, testing the           Cox spent six years as a math teacher in junior high
                                           and confidence. Tom                                                                                           sporting goods they make as well as living and working         and senior high school and has spent 15 as a school
                                           Clement garnered          In addition to the Auburn Montgomery recognition,                                   among the Quechua people of the region.                        administrator.
                                           both from his Auburn      Clement received a commendation from the Alabama
                                           Montgomery M.B.A.         Senate, honoring his accomplishments and service.                                   In addition, Cobb has held several positions in the Capital    Cox began his career with the Montgomery Public
                                                                     Numerous other civic contributions include serving                                  City Kiwanis Club, Sav-A-Life and Aldersgate Methodist         Schools, where, in 1998, he became one of Alabama’s
                                        Just a year after            with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce,                                       Church. He is a member of the board of trustees at             first educators to receive the Milken National Educator
     graduating in 1977, he founded Clement Consultants,             Leadership Montgomery, the Montgomery Rotary Club,                                  Huntingdon College.                                            Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for
     later incorporated as Clement Contracting Group Inc., a         the Economic Development Association of Alabama and                                                                                                teachers and administrators. The honor, which included
     construction management firm in Montgomery.                     the Business Council of Alabama.                                                    When not traveling or doing mission work, he enjoys            a $25,000 prize, and rewards excellence in education.
                                                                                                                                                         road biking, attending church and spending time with his       Cox also is a former Alabama High School Principal of
     Clement’s education includes an undergraduate                                                        David Cobb                                     family.                                                        the Year.
     degree in building science from Auburn University and                                                B.S.B.A.,
     graduation from the Executive Instruction at Dartmouth                                               Marketing, ‘83                                 Cobb resides in Montgomery with his wife, Susan, and           Cox is active in the Council for Leaders in Alabama
     College Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in                                                                                              their three children.                                          Schools, the Alabama Association of Secondary School
     1995.                                                                                                  David Cobb says                                                                                             Principals and the National Association of Secondary
                                                                                                            that when he                                                                      Stan Cox                  School Principals.
     But according to Clement, it was the instructors at AUM                                                convinced his wife                                                                B.S., Secondary
     who made the difference in his career. They were not                                                   into marrying him,                                                                Mathematics, ‘86          After moving to Opelika High School in 2002, Gov. Bob
     only knowledgeable in their fields, but they also effectively                                          he knew he had a                                                                  Ed.S., Educational        Riley appointed him to co-chair Alabama’s Standards
     transferred that knowledge to their students. Individual                                               future in sales. This                                                             Leadership, ‘97           for School Leaders Task Force as part of the Governor’s
     instruction provided by those who were accessible and                                                  premonition was                                                                                             Congress on School Leadership.
     supportive gave him the foundation for his three decades                                               right, as he is now                                                             The adage that
     of corporate and community contributions.                       the CEO of MMI Outdoor Inc., a company established by                                                                  people do not               While Cox’s focus today is primarily school
                                                                     his father in 1975 that specializes in the sale of wholesale                                                           choose their careers,       administration, he still manages to teach math classes.
     As a local business owner, Clement understood the               sporting goods.                                                                                                        their careers choose        But, he believes his role as a principal is to have a
     connection between a strong economy and a supportive                                                                                                                                   them rings true for         positive influence on all of the school’s students.
     environment for arts and education. This led him to             Cobb went to work for the company in 1987 after a short                                                                Opelika High School
     serve with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where              stint in technical sales for National Computer Systems.                             Principal Stan Cox. He vividly remembers the day in            “Both positions are gratifying and I still teach even as a
     he was instrumental in implementing extensive funding           As CEO, he focuses on overseeing the management                                     1984 when a career in education chose him.                     principal. As a teacher, you can impact 150 students. As
     campaigns.                                                      of the company’s finances and managing the long-                                                                                                   a principal, you can have an impact on the entire student
                                                                     term direction of the company. He also contributes by                               “I started graduate school at AUM by taking classes at         body of 1,350 students.”
     In designing the ASF campaign, he used experience               assisting in product design.                                                        night,” Cox said. “I needed something to do in the day
     gained from similar work for Auburn Montgomery,                                                                                                     so I decided to substitute teach in Montgomery. I was


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     As for his success in the classroom and school                    He received his bachelor’s degree in justice and public                               During this time he opened up for Al Green at the annual      That education is still relevant today when, in the course
     administration, Cox thinks AUM is unique among                    safety in 1978 and followed it with a master’s in the same                            Montgomery Jubilee CityFest. He also finished one point       of his role as president and CEO of Plains Cotton
     universities to equip its students for both roles. “AUM           field in 1980. He earned his juris doctorate at Jones                                 short of placing in the Montgomery Advertiser’s 2005          Cooperative Association in Lubbock, Texas, he recently
     certainly prepared me to be a classroom teacher,” he              School of Law in Montgomery in 1986.                                                  Battle of the Bands, a bold statement considering he          called on lessons learned in a particularly beloved
     said. “AUM also prepared me to become a school                                                                                                          was the only acoustic act of the day.                         statistics class.
     administrator.”
                                                                       While at AUM, he played basketball for Coach Herbert                                  Darby’s musical career continued to grow from 2004            A native of Houston, Darneille graduated cum laude
                                            Michael J. Crow            Greene, whom he describes as a “great motivator” both                                 through 2009 as illustrated by his list of accolades, two     from Dartmouth College in 1973 and later earned his
                                            B.S., Justice and          on and off the court. Crow gives back to the program                                  full-length CDs – the latest released in 2008 and titled      MBA at Auburn Montgomery. Since then, he has built on
                                            Public Safety, ‘78         by serving on the fund-raising executive committee of                                 “Farther Away from Home” – a fervent local following          his AUM experience to become a leader in his industry,
                                            M.S., Justice and          the Auburn University at Montgomery Basketball Booster                                and a concert schedule of 200 dates or more. But Darby        beginning with his time at Weil Brothers-Cotton Inc.,
                                            Public Safety, ‘80         Club. For the past two years, he also has coached                                     considers education as his true calling.                      where he started in the cotton sample room in 1974.
                                                                       basketball at the Bell Road YMCA.                                                                                                                   He rose through the ranks and was ultimately named
                                            Mike Crow is                                                                                                     “This is my first year working at Wynton M. Blount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           senior vice president in 1992. He continued with Weil
                                            a partner and                                                                                                    Elementary School, and it has been a wonderful
                                                                       “If it had not been for playing basketball while I attended                                                                                         Brothers until 2004, when he left to join Plains Cotton
                                            shareholder with                                                                                                 experience,” the music and art teacher said. “I felt like I
                                                                       AUM, I feel I would not be where I am today,” he says.                                                                                              Cooperative.
                                            Beasley, Allen, Crow,                                                                                            have a calling to teach kids.”
                                            Methvin, Portis &          Crow is active in several charitable pursuits, including                                                                                            Darneille is active in advisory roles throughout the cotton
                                                                                                                                                             Darby gives credit to his father, Don, for encouraging him
                                            Miles, P.C., law firm,     serving on the Montgomery YMCA’s Jimmy Hitchcock                                                                                                    industry, where his numerous board positions include
                                                                                                                                                             to become a musician.
     where he works as a trial lawyer. He focuses his practice         Committee, which selects the area’s top high school                                                                                                 being a member of the Texas Cotton Association, serving
     on personal injury cases, particularly brain injury, car and      athletes. He supports Common Ground Montgomery,                                       “He majored in music while he was in college,” Darby          as president from 2000 to 2001, and as a member of the
     truck litigation and cases in which premises owners may           an inner city mission project in west Montgomery, and is                              said. “We were always surrounded by music in our              board of directors of the Liverpool Cotton Association.
     be liable for injuries that occur on their site.                  also on the board of stewards at Frazer United Methodist                              house. I enjoyed going with him to his gigs.”
                                                                       Church, where he teaches Sunday school.                                                                                                             He is the first American to serve as president of the
     Crow sees his profession as an opportunity to serve. “For                                                                                               Darby attributes his success in the classroom in part to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           International Cotton Association in England. He served
     the past 23 years of my professional life, I have helped                                                                                                the close relationships he formed with the professors at
                                                                       However, he sees his greatest achievement outside of his                                                                                            two terms on the board of directors of the American
     people (from) all walks of life, usually during a time in their                                                                                         Auburn Montgomery.
                                                                       profession to be his marriage to his wife, Marla, and their                                                                                         Cotton Shippers’ Association, and he is currently on the
     life when they needed it the most,” he said.
                                                                       raising of two children.                                                              “I certainly do look up to the professors at AUM,” said       boards of the National Cotton Council, AMCOT, Telmark,
     He also has served on the Montgomery County Bar                                                                                                         Darby, who earned a master’s in elementary education          the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, Denimatrix and
     Association’s Grievance Committee since 1994 and                                                       Clint Darby                                      from AUM in 2004. “Dr. Bob Evans had such a positive          The Seam.
     previously served on the state bar’s lawyer referral service                                           B.S., Fine Arts, ‘00                             effect on me. Anytime he offered a class, I took it.”
     committee. In addition, he is a sustaining member of the                                               M.Ed., Elementary                                                                                              In January 2009, he took over as president of Cotton
     Alabama Association for Justice (formerly known as the                                                 Education, ‘04                                   As for rekindling his musical career, Darby is content with   Council International and he currently is chairman of the
     Alabama Trial Lawyers Association) and served on the                                                                                                    playing a few private and corporate gigs a month.             board of the National Council of Textile Organizations.
     organization’s executive committee for almost a decade.                                                Montgomerian Clint
     Crow also has written a number of professional papers                                                  Darby was living                                                                       Wallace L.              Darneille’s commitment to the community was
     on topics ranging from civil tort law to using accident                                                the dream of every                                                                     Darneille               recognized by the Montgomery Jaycees, which named
     reconstruction experts in litigation.                                                                  aspiring musician.                                                                     M.B.A., ‘82             him an Outstanding Young Montgomerian in 1987.

     It was while interning in the legal field as a justice and                                           After earning a                                                                        According to              Among his many community contributions while
     public safety major at Auburn Montgomery that Crow                                                   bachelor’s degree                                                                      Wally Darneille, his      a resident of the River Region, he served on the
     first became interested in the law as a profession. The           in fine art from Auburn Montgomery in 2000, he taught                                                                     education in the          Montgomery Business Committee for the Arts, Arts
     internship with the Montgomery County district attorney’s         at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery. Then, his                                                                     Auburn Montgomery         Action Council and in a variety of volunteer coaching
     office gave him a firsthand look at the court system.             career in music began to take off.                                                                                        School of Business        positions with the Montgomery YMCA and at St. James
                                                                                                                                                                                                 was remarkable            School, where he and his wife, Margy, have sponsored
      “I had an opportunity to see several good lawyers try
                                                                       In March 2005, the Montgomery Advertiser called the                                                                       because his               the Darneille Art Contest since 1995.
     cases. This interested me and it was a way to help
                                                                       budding musician Montgomery’s Best Kept Secret. By                                                                        professors managed
     folks who otherwise would not have a voice in the court
                                                                       December of that year, he was named Montgomery’s                                      to make the subjects relevant to a work environment.
     system,” he said.
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                                          Terry G. Davis           “I have a passion for helping people and helping the city                            an intern in the Athletic Department. He also worked as     most convincing way to present your story and getting
                                          Executive M.B.A.,        grow,” Davis said. “That’s why I have been involved in a                             a writer for the Montgomery Advertiser while pursuing his   the jury to root for your client,” he said.
                                          ‘08                      number of charitable and civic activities – wanting to see                           degree.
                                                                   our city and state be the best places they can be.”                                                                                              A native of Troy, Gillis said the old Perry Mason television
                                          Terry Davis, a                                                                                                Fondren graduated with a bachelor’s degree in               show sparked his interest in the law. “I wanted to either
                                          member of the            That desire to give back also has led him to serve as                                communication in 1987 and was named Auburn                  be a doctor or a lawyer. And then I had an experience
                                          first graduating         president of the local boards of the Heart Association                               Montgomery’s Distinguished Graduate in 1998.                in physics classes and decided the law was for me,” he
                                          class of Auburn          and the Montgomery Ballet and as a volunteer for the                                                                                             joked.
                                                                                                                                                        Currently, he serves on the boards of the Montgomery
                                          Montgomery’s             United Way. As a volunteer for the American Cancer
                                                                                                                                                        Area Chamber of Commerce, Metro YMCA, Boy Scouts,           Gillis earned his bachelor’s degree in political science
                                          Executive MBA            Society recently, he was among the “rats” for the
                                                                                                                                                        Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery Area             from what was then Tuskegee Institute and his law
                                          program, is the          society’s Biggest Rat in Town fundraiser.
                                                                                                                                                        Business Committee on the Arts, Montgomery Arts             degree from Emory University and started practicing in
                                          managing partner
                                                                                                                                                        Council, Britton YMCA Program Branch, Resurrection          1974. Now a retired lieutenant colonel in the Alabama
     in the law firm of Davis and Hatcher, LLC, with offices in    In addition to his Auburn Montgomery degree, Davis
                                                                                                                                                        Catholic Missions, AUM Alumni Association and the Troy      Army National Guard, he began his legal career in the
     Montgomery and Atlanta.                                       earned an undergraduate degree from Alabama State
                                                                                                                                                        University-Montgomery Advisory Board. He is also a          military, where he served as a lawyer in a number of
                                                                   University in 1976 and graduated from Cumberland
                                                                                                                                                        member of Montgomery Kiwanis, the Committee of 100          capacities, including as a U.S. judge advocate general
     A practicing attorney for more than 20 years, Davis           School of Law in Birmingham in 1979.
                                                                                                                                                        and Wright Flyers and is an MGM Partner.                    corps officer.
     specializes in the areas of business, employment,
     government, information technology and the Internet.                                                J. Tyler “Ty”                                  Fondren is also president of the Arts Council of            After leaving the military, Gillis moved to Montgomery
     He has represented clients ranging from start-up                                                    Fondren                                        Montgomery and Capital City Kiwanis as well as a past       in 1977 and worked for the district attorney’s office,
     companies to governmental agencies to large corporate                                               B.A., Communication                            chairman and chief volunteer officer of Jubilee CityFest.   rising to the level of chief deputy D.A., the office’s No. 2
     entities. Most notably, he served as the chief business                                             ‘87                                            In addition, he is the founding president of Central        position, by 1983. While at the D.A.’s office, he earned
     strategist and legal advisor to Digital Seas International,                                                                                        Alabama CrimeStoppers.                                      a master’s degree from Auburn Montgomery in criminal
     a Montgomery-based company that partnered with                                                     As a graduate of                                                                                            justice.
     MTN Satellite Communications and was the first to bring                                            the communication                               In his spare time, he enjoys flexing his creative public
     Internet connectivity to international cruise lines in the                                         department at                                   relations muscle by doing freelance creative consulting     “I was raised, in a sense, doing that criminal work. I am
     late 1990s, and the services are still in use by most major                                        Auburn Montgomery,                              for small businesses and non-profits.                       most comfortable on that criminal side. But it’s taxing,”
     cruise lines today.                                                                                Ty Fondren has truly                                                                                        he said. “I always enjoyed prosecuting because I was
                                                                                                                                                        Fondren resides in Montgomery with his wife, Tina, who
                                                                                                        mastered the art as                                                                                         helping people who didn’t asked to be harmed.
     It was that interest in business law and consulting that                                                                                           is also an AUM alum, and son Josh, a student at Evangel
                                                                                                        the regional director
     led him to earn the Executive M.B.A. in 2008, and he                                                                                               Christian Academy.
                                                                   of AT&T for Central Alabama. In that post, he essentially                                                                                        It’s that ability to fight for a measure of justice for injured
     continues to use those skills as he works with local          operates as the company’s local CEO, overseeing                                                                                                  parties, he said, that appeals to him.
     companies and small and medium-sized businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lewis Gillis
                                                                   strategic external relationships as well as issues and                                                                   M.S., Justice and
     across the country.                                           policy management.                                                                                                                               Despite the high profile court victories and the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Public Safety,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    challenges, Gillis calls his wife, Gladys, and three children
     Davis shares his experience and passion with new                                                                                                                                       Criminal Justice, ‘80
                                                                   Along with serving 20 years with AT&T and holding                                                                                                his “proudest accomplishments.” Gladys is an English
     business leaders of the River Region through the              various community leadership positions, Fondren                                                                                                  instructor at Alabama State University; his son earned
     Entrepreneurial University at the Montgomery Small                                                                                                                                     The most high
                                                                   considers the role he played in passing the                                                                                                      a marketing degree from Morehouse and a master’s
     Business Resource Center, where he has been a guest                                                                                                                                    profile victory of
                                                                   Communications Modernization and Lifeline Improvement                                                                                            from the Savannah School of Art and Design; his oldest
     instructor since the university’s inception in 1996. For                                                                                                                               Lewis Gillis’ career
                                                                   Act as one of his biggest career accomplishments. The                                                                                            daughter has completed her residency in pediatrics
     both the center and others he frequently conducts                                                                                                                                      may have been the
                                                                   bill was constructed to help eliminate the authority of                                                                                          and is currently doing a fellowship in dermatology in
     seminars and appears as a guest speaker on topics                                                                                                                                      acquittal of former
                                                                   state regulators over basic residential landline phone                                                                                           California; and his youngest daughter is in her first year at
     such as how to start, operate and finance a successful                                                                                                                                 HealthSouth CEO
                                                                   services, which in turn helped bring in new services and                                                                                         Jones School of Law in Montgomery.
     business and the art of contract negotiation.                                                                                                                                          Richard Scrushy, but
                                                                   lower prices for AT&T customers.
                                                                                                                                                        the veteran attorney says without hesitation that he has    Gillis is active in St. John’s AME Church and the church’s
     He also has served on numerous corporate boards               Fondren said he honed his leadership and interpersonal                               enjoyed every moment of his 36 years in the profession.     Sons of Allen service group. He also is a graduate of
     in the banking and insurance industries and currently         skills in part while participating in several extracurricular                                                                                    Leadership Montgomery and a member of Alpha Phi
     is a member of the boards of directors for both the                                                                                                “I enjoy being in the courtroom and litigating. No matter
                                                                   activities at AUM – skills he believes have been assets                                                                                          Alpha fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi service fraternity, the
     Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and Envision 2020.                                                                                                  what side you’re on, you have to develop effective ways
                                                                   throughout his career. Fondren served as president of the                                                                                        Alabama Lawyers Association, Alabama Association for
     He is a former president of Leadership Montgomery and                                                                                              of communicating to the jury. It’s all about finding the
                                                                   Phi Kappa Phi fraternity, held various editorial positions at                                                                                    Justice and 100 Black Men of America.
     a graduate of Leadership Alabama.                             the student newspaper, The Aumnibus, and worked as


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                                            Hugh R. Harris           continued in residential production and secondary                                      that I would have been able to go to college, much less        Jacoby believes AUM provided him with the training
                                            B.S., General            marketing until, in the early 1990s, he became president                               move on to medical school,” Jacoby said.                       he needed to move on to medical school, and he is
                                            Studies, ‘74             and chief operating officer of the company.                                                                                                           providing that opportunity for future AUM students by
                                                                                                                                                            Medical school was not Jacoby’s first choice for post-         giving a $5,000 annual scholarship to the School of
                                       A flight on the               It was then that Harris, working with a venture capital                                graduate work. In fact, he grew up wanting to be a             Sciences.
                                       Concorde.                     group, bought the company, changed the name to                                         veterinarian and even spent his first two years at AUM
                                       Presentations in              HomeSide Lending, Inc., and took it public. The risk                                   studying the pre-veterinary curriculum. But he began to                                              Annamarie
                                       Germany, France and           paid off and Harris was responsible for one of the                                     question his career path when, while working with a local                                            Jones
                                       London. Breakfast in          world’s largest full-service mortgage companies with a                                 veterinarian, he decided like the work was not stimulating                                           B.S.B.A.,
                                       St. Louis followed by         $190 billion servicing portfolio, representing 2.1 million                             enough. Then someone suggested medical school.                                                       Accounting, ‘94
                                       lunch in St. Paul and         homeowners.
                                       dinner in Madison,                                                                                                   In his new program, Jacoby found his calling. He                                                   Annamarie Jones
                                                                     His career culminated as president of Financial Services                               watched a show on ophthalmology that piqued his                                                    set the bar high for
     Wis. Standing at the New York Stock Exchange and
                                                                     Technology Solutions, a division of Fidelity National                                  interest, and he knew that was what he wanted to study.                                            herself long before
     watching your company go public.
                                                                     Information Services, a leading provider of core                                       While at AUM, he was better prepared for what lay                                                  she made partner at
                                                                     processing for financial institutions, which he also took                              after undergraduate work. “All of my professors at AUM                                             Jackson Thornton
     There must have been a moment during Hugh Harris’
                                                                     public.                                                                                helped prepare me for the difficult standardized testing                                           accounting firm in
     whirlwind rides through taking two companies public
     that he marveled at just how far he was from his days                                                                                                  required for admission to medical school.”                                                         Montgomery. As a
                                                                     Though he retired in 2007 – before the current economic
     at Auburn Montgomery – the days when he worked 40                                                                                                                                                                     non-traditional student at Auburn Montgomery, Jones
                                                                     meltdown forever changed the world of mortgage
     hours a week, attended class four nights a week and ran                                                                                                Jacoby also counts Dr. William Richardson, a professor,        had her eye on the prize as she balanced working
                                                                     banking – Harris recently began consulting for a few
     home just long enough to see his wife, eat, sleep and                                                                                                  was one of the biggest influences on him as a student          toward her degree and interning with the firm. Her
                                                                     companies in his former field. The companies, he said,
     start the whole cycle over again.                                                                                                                      because he was tough but fair. “Many times I would             work paid off when she landed a job there after her
                                                                     are looking for help figuring out where the business of
                                                                                                                                                            come to his office to work individual organic chemistry        internship and passed the CPA exam, all within a year of
                                                                     finance will be in another two years. Finding the answer
     But it’s a journey Harris clearly relished.                                                                                                            problems. Never once did I not get the help I needed.”         graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in
                                                                     to that has kept him and an associate traveling around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           accounting in 1994.
     Now retired in his longtime hometown of Jacksonville,           the country reconnecting with friends and colleagues.
                                                                                                                                                            He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in
     Fla., Harris describes the process of taking both                                                                                                      1980, moving on to Vanderbilt Medical School on                As a partner at Jackson Thornton, Jones is a part of the
                                                                     When not on the road with that project or golfing in
     HomeSide Lending and Fidelity National Information                                                                                                     scholarship. He did a transitional internship at Georgia       companies Small Business Group, which specializes
                                                                     Jasksonville, Harris spends a portion of his time hunting
     Services through public stock offerings as the highlight                                                                                               Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, completed an                in tax, review and compilation services for individuals
                                                                     and fishing on his farm, which is tucked between Union
     of his career. Hard work, he says now, but definitely the                                                                                              ophthalmology residency at the University of South             and closely-held businesses. She is also responsible for
                                                                     Springs and Tuskegee, and visiting his siblings and
     highlight.                                                                                                                                             Carolina, and finished his ophthalmology training with a       the Client Accounting Group, which provides financial
                                                                     parents, who still live in Montgomery.
                                                                                                                                                            Cornea and External Disease Fellowship at Wake Forest          accounting services, payroll services, sales and use tax
     Harris began his college career at Auburn University but                                                                                               University in 1990.                                            services in addition to small business software consulting
     finished at Auburn Montgomery, earning a bachelor’s                                                   Dr. Bradley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           services to many of their clients. Additionally, Jones is the
     degree in general studies in 1974 before beginning 30                                                 Glenn Jacoby
                                                                                                                                                            Upon completion of his training, he opened a solo              firm’s marketing director, working as the liaison between
     years of work in mortgage banking and finance.                                                        B.S., Biology, ‘80
                                                                                                                                                            practice in Covington, Ga., where he currently resides         the firm and an outside marketing firm.
                                                                                                                                                            with his wife, Anne, and their children. His eldest
     Hired shortly after graduation to work for SouthTrust                                               Dr. Bradley Jacoby
                                                                                                                                                            daughter is a sophomore at Georgia State, his middle           Outside of her responsibilities, she says that mentoring
     Mortgage in Birmingham, Harris later joined Mortgage                                                thanks God that
                                                                                                                                                            daughter is a freshman in high school, and his three           staff and seeing them blossom from graduates to
     Corporation of the South, also known as MCS, and                                                    Auburn Montgomery
                                                                                                                                                            sons, all adopted from Guatemala, are in elementary            professionals is one of the most enjoyable parts of her
     spent the next 20 years rising through the company’s                                                was available for
                                                                                                                                                            school.                                                        career. She also says that providing her clients peace of
     ranks. During that time, he served as senior vice                                                   him. At the time he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mind with their accounting needs by allowing them to
     president and manager of residential production and                                                 enrolled, tuition was
                                                                                                                                                            “I have learned that being able to attend a big-name           focus on what they do best is also a rewarding part of
     secondary marketing and later as president of the                                                   $175 per quarter,
                                                                                                                                                            university right out of high school is seldom the measure      her career.
     company, which was a BancBoston subsidiary in                                                       and he was able to
                                                                                                                                                            of a person’s true ability,” Jacoby said. “The world is full
     Birmingham.                                                     enroll using the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant.
                                                                                                                                                            of many talented people who simply do not have the             Although her career keeps her busy, she says she can
                                                                                                                                                            resources to follow that path. A university like AUM gives     see herself one day in retirement, helping people prepare
     In 1988, he was named vice chairman of BancBoston               “Without the availability of such a good university at such
                                                                                                                                                            people like me an avenue to achieve success.”                  their tax returns or helping a young entrepreneur get
     Mortgage Corporation, the successor to MCS, and                 an affordable price at that time in my life, it is doubtful
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     She currently serves on the Athena Awards Committee           attention. When asked about influential professors, she                                                                  Charlie M.               workforce and lead her division with skill and confidence
     sponsored by the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce,              enthusiastically mentions Dr. Ramona Lazenby and her                                                                     Lassiter                 through even the most challenging times.
     is active in the Montgomery Rotary Club and is a              teaching style.                                                                                                          M.P.A., Public
     member of the advisory boards of the Family Sunshine                                                                                                                                   Administration, ‘81      Most rewarding, she said, is the ability to share her
     Center and Auburn Montgomery’s School of Business.            “Ramona had a way of teaching some of the most                                                                                                    knowledge with others along the way, mentoring
     She also serves on the board of directors and as              complex disease processes and making them simple                                                                         When Charlie             countless individuals throughout her professional career.
     treasurer of the Auburn University Montgomery Alumni          and applicable in the terms of nursing care. She also                                                                    Lassiter left her        Lassiter has served on numerous boards for
     Association.                                                  created a learning environment that allowed her students                                                                 hometown of Opelika      organizations throughout the Montgomery area,
                                                                   to think and speak out loud (about) creative ways to                                                                     bound for the Capitol    including the board of directors of the State Employee
     In addition to her other civic duties, Jones is the founder   provide nursing care at the bedside.”                                                                                    City, she had no idea    Credit Union, which she has been a member of since
     of The Women Business Owners of Montgomery, an                                                                                                                                         what to expect.          1980, and the board of the United Way as well as its
     organization whose mission is to provide support and          When Kane graduated from AUM in 1992, she was not                                                                                                 Community Council, Food Bank Study Committee and
     networking opportunities for women business owners in         thinking about post-graduate work. Instead, she was on                                Today, as she looks back, her journey becomes clear.        Budget and Allocations Committee. She also served
     the Montgomery.                                               her way to her first Navy duty assignment in Jacksonville,                            Her 30-year career as an employee of the State of           on the Governor’s Committee for the Handicapped; the
                                                                   Fla. But the opportunities for career growth in the Navy                              Alabama has been driven by a strong desire to lead          Executive Council of the Personal Managers Council;
     On a personal level, she and her husband, Gary Jones,         opened up many possibilities for her advancement. She                                 people and share her knowledge with others.                 the Advisory Council of the American Society of
     a senior listing agent for Aronov Realty, reside in           earned a master’s in nursing education from George                                                                                                Public Administrators; the Alabama Public Employees
     Montgomery with their two dogs, Peg and Hannah.               Mason University and attended Oxford University as a                                  While gaining valuable on-the-job experience in state       Association League Steering Committee; and the Auburn
     She loves to travel and enjoys working in her flower          scholar studying philosophy of ethics and the British                                 government, Lassiter longed to learn the theoretical        Montgomery Alumni Association board of directors.
     gardens.                                                      health care system. She worked for the Navy Surgeon                                   framework that guides public administrators. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     She is a former president of the Personnel Managers
                                                                   General from 2001-2003. In 2008, she earned her                                       found that while earning a master’s degree in public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Council and served as a judge advocate for the
                                          Commander                Ph.D. from Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences                                  administration at Auburn Montgomery. The program,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Montgomery Women Civitan Club.
                                          Michele Kane             University in Bethesda, Md.                                                           she said, exposed her to the mechanics of government
                                          B.S., Nursing, ‘92                                                                                             – policy development, the legislative process and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lassiter also is active in her church, St. John’s, serving
                                                                   She was the first Navy nurse to attend the National                                   governmental decision making – and gave her tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     as president of the Women’s Missionary Society as
                                         When Commander            Institute of Nursing Research’s Genetics Institute at the                             she has found to be indispensable since becoming the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     well as treasurer of the Alabama Conference Women’s
                                         Michele Kane was          National Institutes of Health/Georgetown.                                             director of the Alabama Department of Revenue Human
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Missionary Society.
                                         in high school, she                                                                                             Resources Division in 1986.
                                         wanted to be a            This summer, Kane will attend Warton College under a
                                                                                                                                                         Years after earning her M.P.A., Lassiter completed AUM’s                                          Mike Lenhart
                                         dentist. When she         Johnson&Johnson fellowship.
                                                                                                                                                         Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program. Designed                                                 M.Ed., Early
                                         joined the Navy right
                                                                                                                                                         to provide information on topics critical to tomorrow’s                                           Childhood
                                         out of high school,       But she said she incorporates what she learned at
                                                                                                                                                         leaders in an interactive, hands-on learning environment,                                         Education, ‘96
                                         she wanted to join        AUM into what she teaches junior nurses who come
     into the dental tech community, but the field was full, so    into the Navy: “Get your foundations down. Everything                                 the nationally-accredited CPM program remains a trusted
                                                                                                                                                         resource to state leaders.                                                                     “Half of getting to
     she joined as a corpsman. She says this was a pivotal         else that you do as a nurse is built upon a solid nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        where you want to
     moment in her life that she had no control over, but it       foundation.”
                                                                                                                                                         She also has earned public human resources certification                                       go in life is being
     was a moment that has defined her life and career ever
                                                                                                                                                         from the International Personnel Management                                                    prepared and
     since.                                                        Kane is currently stationed at the National Naval Medical
                                                                                                                                                         Association.                                                                                   the other half is
                                                                   Center in Bethesda, where she is the only Ph.D. nurse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        luck,” said Mike
     In her early military career, senior advisers in the Navy     (and one of only seven Ph.D.-prepared nurses in the
                                                                                                                                                         As the Revenue Department’s HR director, Lassiter                                              Lenhart, who
     encouraged her to become a Navy nurse, so she put             whole branch). She is also the only bench researcher in
                                                                                                                                                         oversees all aspects of personnel management, including     earned a master’s in elementary education from Auburn
     together an educational package, and within six months        the Navy, and she is responsible for all nursing research
                                                                                                                                                         employment decisions, payroll and employee training.        Montgomery in 1996.
     she was on her way to a full-paid scholarship to Auburn       at the hospital.
                                                                                                                                                         A leader in her field, she was honored in 2009 for her
     Montgomery. Kane chose AUM because it was close
                                                                                                                                                         work and dedication by the International Personnel          The retired Army lieutenant colonel’s observation on
     to home; her mother lived in Montgomery, and the              Even with all of her career successes, she says it is her
                                                                                                                                                         Management Association - Human Resources and the            life may seem lighthearted, but a brief look into how he
     university was a good fit.                                    9-year-old daughter that is her pride and joy.
                                                                                                                                                         Alabama Association of Public Personnel Administrators.     became an educator lends the statement a bit more
                                                                                                                                                         Lassiter credits her AUM education and training with        gravity.
     She enjoyed her time at AUM because of the quality
                                                                                                                                                         strengthening her ability to endure a transitioning
     of instruction, the small classes and the personalized


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     It is without question that his Army career influenced him   M.B.A. from Auburn Montgomery in 1991.                                                McClellan resides in Millbrook with his wife, who owns      Saturday morning; the program has been in place for
     to be prepared. It is also without question that his luck    He worked his way through undergraduate school                                        Victoria’s boutique in downtown Prattville, and his         six years. “I, as well as volunteers from the community,
     came in the form of a young girl with Down syndrome.         at Russell Athletics, contracting out textile sewing to                               15-year-old daughter.                                       including my mother, help teach the participants how to
                                                                  companies in Honduras. But he realized this was not                                                                                               make quilts by hand,” she said. “These quilts are given
     “At the time, I was working with the Special Olympics        the direction he wanted his career to take and, after                                                                     Tracey S.               to babies that have been born from (parents) who have
     bowling team in Ozark, and I was driving home one day        graduation, he entered the world of banking.                                                                              McCooey                 used drugs or are HIV positive.”
     concerned about what I was going to do after I retired                                                                                                                                 B.S., Political
     from the Army,” he said. “This special girl made me          McClellan worked for several banks that were eventually                                                                   Science, ‘87            McCooey feels the program has helped its participants
     decide to go into education.”                                purchased by larger banks, including Citibank. After                                                                                              by building community among them and by giving them
                                                                  leaving Citibank, he went to work for Farmers and                                                                         Born in San Antonio,    the opportunity to share with others in Montgomery.
     His wife, Linda, an educator, warned her husband that        Merchants Bank Holding Company in Foley, Ala. When it,                                                                    Texas, Judge Tracey
     he had no idea what he was getting into. “I went from        too, was bought out, McClellan moved to Montgomery                                                                                                McCooey graduated magna cum laude from AUM in
                                                                                                                                                                                            S. McCooey was
     a career where people stood up when I walked into a          and interviewed with MAX.                                                                                                                         1987 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She
                                                                                                                                                                                            elected circuit judge
     room to one where kids are throwing stuff when I walk                                                                                                                                                          is still actively involved in AUM, serving as a member of
                                                                                                                                                                                            in Montgomery
     into a room,” said Lenhart, who has since risen through      “I had an interview with MAX – which is a credit union not                                                                                        the Political Science and Public Administration Advisory
                                                                                                                                                                                            County in 1998
     the ranks to become superintendent of the Ozark City         a bank – and found out they could not be bought,” he                                                                                              Board, as well as an advisory board member for the
                                                                                                                                                                                            after five years as
     Schools.                                                     said. “I came to MAX in November of 1984 as a branch                                                                                              Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
                                                                                                                                                        chief legal counsel for the Alabama State Employees’
                                                                  manager, after that vice president of branch operations,
     And, despite his wife’s warning, the Troops to Teachers                                                                                            Association.                                                In 2000, McCooey received AUM’s Outstanding
                                                                  then vice president of internal operations, then executive
     program participant considers his 14-year career in          vice president and chief operations officer.”                                                                                                     Graduate Award for the Department of Political Science
                                                                                                                                                        Previously, she served for two years as deputy district
     education rewarding and his time as principal of E.D.                                                                                                                                                          and Public Administration, and she now teaches as an
                                                                                                                                                        attorney in Montgomery County, where she was an
     Nixon Elementary School in Montgomery as the most            While working full time at MAX, he enrolled at Auburn                                                                                             adjunct instructor.
                                                                                                                                                        investigator with the Montgomery Operation on Drugs
     memorable.                                                   Montgomery to pursue his M.B.A. at night. Like him, his
                                                                                                                                                        Task Force. In addition, McCooey is a member of the         Of her time at AUM, Judge McCooey says, “My
                                                                  classmates were largely people who worked during the
     “This was where I learned how powerful and important                                                                                               Alabama Mental Illness Planning Council, the Alabama        professors in the Political Science Department at AUM
                                                                  day. “I made a lot of contacts and shared a lot of work
     this profession is,” he said. “That school became a                                                                                                Criminal Justice Information Center Commission and          were wonderful examples of professional, caring and
                                                                  experience,” he said. “The professors were people that
     beacon of light in that community.”                                                                                                                the Animal Alliance Board for Montgomery County. She        unselfish people who always gave of themselves in the
                                                                  brought a real world viewpoint in to the classroom. They
                                                                                                                                                        is also an advisory board member for Aid to Inmate          classroom as well as the community. They nourished
                                                                  would say, ‘Here’s the theory; now here’s how it really
     While his Army career helped him to be prepared,                                                                                                   Mothers.                                                    us and encouraged us to get involved in politics and the
                                                                  works.’”
     it was his time at AUM that molded him into an                                                                                                                                                                 community where we learned that one person truly can
     effective educator. “The faculty gave me strength and                                                                                              Among her many awards are the Women of
                                                                  In January 2005, he took over as president and CEO                                                                                                make a difference.”
     encouragement,” he said. “They did not forget me after I                                                                                           Excellence Award presented by Baptist Hospital and
                                                                  of MAX, where he makes a point now to end almost
     graduated.”                                                  every employee meeting by telling workers, “If you’re not
                                                                                                                                                        the Montgomery Advertiser in 2007, the Alabama                                                   Gen. Richard
                                                                  having fun, go find something else.”
                                                                                                                                                        Association of Community Corrections Judges Award                                                Myers
                                          Greg McClellan                                                                                                in 2005 and the Junior League of Montgomery Unsung                                               M.B.A, ‘77
                                          M.B.A., ‘91             McClellan said the fact that he pursued a master’s                                    Hero Award in 2004.
                                                                  was a plus at MAX. “Here at MAX we put a premium                                                                                                                                        Gen. Richard Myers
                                         Greg McClellan,                                                                                                As a circuit judge, McCooey tries both adult felony
                                                                  on education. These days, if you’re going to advance,                                                                                                                                   took office as
                                         president and CEO                                                                                              criminal cases and civil cases at $10,000 and above.
                                                                  you’ve got to have the appropriate education levels and                                                                                                                                 chairman of the Joint
                                         of MAX Federal           you should never stop learning, keep life interesting.”                                                                                                                                 Chiefs of Staff just
                                                                                                                                                        She views her greatest professional accomplishment
                                         Credit Union,                                                                                                                                                                                                    weeks after the Sept.
                                                                                                                                                        to be starting a number of programs since her election
                                         believes if you’re       Part of what keeps his job at MAX interesting are the                                                                                                                                   11, 2001, attacks.
                                                                                                                                                        in 1998: trash pick-up on Saturday mornings, the Drug
                                         going to advance,        programs the company has started, including the MAX                                                                                                                                     Over the next four
                                                                                                                                                        Court quilting program, Mental Health Court, and several
                                         you’ve got to have       Kids Foundation.                                                                                                                                                                        years, Myers would
                                                                                                                                                        Restorative Justice programs such as victim-offender
                                         the appropriate                                                                                                                                                            serve as a key architect of the U.S. response to the
                                                                  “The employees have really worked hard to put on golf                                 conferencing, circle sentencing and criminal mediations.
                                         education levels.                                                                                                                                                          worst act of domestic terrorism in the nation’s history.
     His advice: Never stop learning, keep life interesting and   tournaments and all sorts of fundraisers to raise money
                                                                                                                                                        McCooey is married to Michael H. McCooey, with whom
     have fun while you’re doing it.                              for kids’ charities,” said McClellan. “We’ve raised a lot
                                                                                                                                                        she carries out a Meals on Wheels route to deliver food     As chairman, Myers was the U.S. military’s highest
                                                                  of money, and they do a fantastic job to help a lot of
                                                                                                                                                        to senior citizens. She also greatly values her work with   ranking uniformed officer and the principal military advisor
     McClellan received his bachelor’s degree in general          people.”
                                                                                                                                                        the Drug Court quilting program, which is held every        to the president, the secretary of defense and National
     business from Auburn University and went on to earn an


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     Security Council during the earliest stages of the War        elected to the board of directors of Northrop Grumman                                 growing focus on math studies after she saw need in          of becoming an attorney, getting a job as an assistant
     on Terror, including planning and execution of the 2003       Corporation, the world’s third largest defense contractor.                            that area.                                                   district attorney. He has served as a justice on the 5th
     invasion of Iraq. He succeeded Gen. Henry Shelton, also                                                                                                                                                          District Court of Appeals in Dallas, then as a judge and is
     an Auburn Montgomery alumnus, as chairman.                    He has served on the boards of directors of United                                    Neese also is a volunteer for Three Square’s “Backpack       now Criminal District Attorney in Collin County.
                                                                   Technologies Corporation, Aon Corporation, John Deere                                 for Kids” program, where she packs nutritious lunches
     He graduated from Auburn Montgomery with an M.B.A.            and the USO. He holds the Colin L. Powell Chair for                                   for children who otherwise wouldn’t get food; she slips      In 2008, he was presented with the Lone Star Prosecutor
     in 1977. The general also attended the Air Command            National Security, Leadership, Character and Ethics at                                books into the bags “to feed their minds and their           Award. The Texas District and County Attorneys
     and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base; the U.S.         the National Defense University.                                                      stomachs.” Working closely with Partners in Education        Association, which awarded him with the commendation,
     Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania;                                                                                                in Alabama, she has trained hundreds of volunteers to        praised his “courage and discretion in prosecuting – or
     and the Program for Senior Executives in National and                                              Diane Neese
                                                                                                                                                         teach people to read as well as tutoring students herself.   choosing not to prosecute – several cases.” He was
     International Security at Harvard University’s John F.                                             B.S., Elementary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      presented with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership
     Kennedy School of Government.                                                                      Education, ‘96
                                                                                                                                                         Her drive was evident even in her school days, where         Award in 2009.
                                                                                                        M.Ed., Reading
                                                                                                                                                         she was one of the founding members of the Delta Theta
     Myers received pilot training from 1965 to 1966 at Vance                                           Education, ‘98                                                                                                Roach received the honors in part because of the
                                                                                                                                                         sorority.
     Air Force Base, Okla., and is a rated command pilot in                                                                                                                                                           strength and courage he showed in response to
     seven different aircraft with more than 4,100 flying hours.                                        Diane Neese was,                                                                                              pressure to prosecute offenders snared by the “To
                                                                                                                                                         Her school career was interrupted by what she refers to
                                                                                                        she says, one of the                                                                                          Catch a Predator” investigation by the Dateline television
     Prior to becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he                                                                                                  as one of her proudest accomplishments, her family. Her
                                                                                                        children who slipped                                                                                          show. The way the show’s investigation was handled
     served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from                                                                                           three daughters attended Auburn Montgomery like their
                                                                                                        through the cracks in                                                                                         raised legal issues since it was managed by television
     March 2000 to September 2001. As vice chairman, he                                                                                                  mother, who returned to AUM and went on to earn a
                                                                                                        school.                                                                                                       producers and not law enforcement and, thus, would
     served as chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight                                                                                              master’s degree in reading education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      not have held up in court. Roach also was honored for
     Council, vice chairman of the Defense Acquisition Board       Struggling with dyslexia, she still couldn’t read by the
                                                                                                                                                         “AUM gave me the opportunity to have it all,” she            prosecuting another prosecutor for abuse of office.
     and a member of the National Security Council Deputies        time she was 10. Despite this, teacher after teacher
     Committee and the Nuclear Weapons Council. In                                                                                                       explains. “It gave me the opportunity to move forward
                                                                   passed her, and it wasn’t until her sixth-grade teacher                                                                                            Barry Mancha, TDCAA president, said at the time
     addition, he acted for the chairman in all aspects of the                                                                                           with my life at a time when it was appropriate.” And she
                                                                   worked with her directly that Neese learned to read.                                                                                               that Roach showed “the true backbone of a Texas
     planning, programming and budgeting system, including                                                                                               has made it a part of her life to ensure that others move
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      prosecutor.”
     participation in the Defense Resources Board.                 These days, reading dominates her life. As director of                                forward with theirs.
                                                                   regional implementation services with Voyager Expanded                                                                                             Roach is proud of his work serving and defending the
     From August 1998 to February 2000, Myers was                  Learning in Las Vegas, Neese works to help students                                                                       John Roach               constitution and says he is not finished doing it.
     commander in chief of the North American Aerospace            who struggle as she did. As part of the Alabama Reading                                                                   B.A., History, ‘71
     Defense Command and U.S. Space Command;                       Initiative, she works with scientists to find how students’                                                                                        But he doesn’t consider any of these to be his proudest
     commander of the Air Force Space Command;                     learning is impacted and what can be done to improve                                                                      John Roach               accomplishments. That honor goes to his wife and
     and Department of Defense manager of the space                training modules to help the students even more.                                                                          acknowledges odds        “keeping the woman I love loving me for 44 years.”
     transportation system contingency support at Peterson                                                                                                                                   only to beat them.       Despite his work and his numerous hobbies (he is
     Air Force Base, Colorado. As commander, he was                One of her greatest challenges is the lack of knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      constantly learning new things, from Spanish to scuba
     responsible for defending America through space and           available to teachers. “Teachers need help at every level                                                                   After achieving the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      diving to snow skiing to golf), he always makes time for
     intercontinental ballistic missile operations.                – even high school,” she said. “It can be frustrating for                                                                   rank of Air Force
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      his family.
                                                                   them when their students don’t know how to read.”                                                                           sergeant in the
     Prior to assuming that position, he was Commander,                                                                                                                                        Vietnam War, he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      He credits Auburn Montgomery as a partner in his
     Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii,            Neese has become an advocate for high-quality                                                                               came home and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      success. He praises his professors for encouraging and
     from July 1997 to July 1998. Before that, he served as        teachers, and she tries to give teachers the knowledge                                got a full-time job to support his wife and two children.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      inspiring him, particularly his “favorite professor of all
     assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at     they need to teach students to read. “I want them to                                  Auburn Montgomery afforded him the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      time,” Dr. Don Dodd, now retired.
     the Pentagon and was commander of U.S. Forces Japan           have that knowledge at their fingertips.”                                             attend classes at night. He welcomed his third child
     and 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan.                                                                                                        before he graduated in 1971 with a degree in history,
                                                                   To help make that happen, she makes a point to keep up                                                                                             Despite the difficulty of juggling a full-time job with
                                                                                                                                                         then welcomed another while working up to three jobs at      school, his professors were supportive even as they
     Myers is the author of the book “Eyes on The Horizon.”        with the latest studies and works with teachers to pass
                                                                                                                                                         a time so that he could support his family and attend law    challenged him. “It was hard work,” Roach says, “but
                                                                   on the latest methods.
     On Nov. 9, 2005, Myers received the Presidential Medal                                                                                              school at the University of Alabama.                         worth it.”
     of Freedom. The following year, he accepted a part-time       Her work doesn’t stop when she leaves the office. As
     appointment as a foundation professor of military history                                                                                           After graduation, Roach and his family moved to Texas,
                                                                   much as she loves rereading Jane Austen’s novels, much
     at Kansas State University. That same year, he was also                                                                                             where he passed the bar exam and achieved his dream
                                                                   of her time is spent reading studies on reading, with a


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                                          Gen. Michael              contributed to the Dayton Peace Accords.                                           friend,” and by then Sen. Jesse Helms, a North Carolina                                            Allen Smoot
                                          Ryan                      Before assuming the position of chief of staff,                                    republican as a “thoroughbred.”                                                                    B.S.B.A.,
                                          M.B.A., ‘76               Headquarters U.S. Air Force, in 1997, the general                                                                                                                                     Human Resources
                                                                    was commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and                                     Raised on a farm in rural North Carolina, Shelton                                                  Management, ‘86
                                          Gen. Michael E.           commander of Allied Air Forces in Central Europe, with                             attended North Carolina State University, where he
                                          Ryan, who earned a        headquarters at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.                                      initially wanted to be an aeronautical engineer but                                             Allen Smoot knows
                                          master’s in business                                                                                         became interested in textiles instead. While attending                                          a thing or two
                                          administration from       Ryan served in over 20 different locations in the U.S. and                         the university, he was enrolled in the ROTC program,                                            about hard work,
                                          Auburn Montgomery         abroad. He was awarded over 24 major American and                                  which he enjoyed so much that he agreed to continue it                                          about loyalty and
                                          in 1976, served as        foreign military awards and decorations.                                           throughout college, even with the two-year active duty                                          about team work.
                                          the 16th chief of staff                                                                                      requirement that came with it.                                                                  They were all traits
                                                                    He even gained notoriety among science fiction fans
                                          of the United States                                                                                                                                                                                         cultivated by Coach
                                                                    when he appeared as himself in the Stargate SG-1
                                          Air Force.                                                                                                   His required two-year active duty became 38 years             Larry Chapman when Smoot played basketball for
                                                                    television series during the show’s fourth and seventh
                                                                                                                                                       of active military service in various command and             Auburn Montgomery – traits that have served him well
                                                                    seasons.
     As the Air Force’s senior uniformed officer, he was                                                                                               staff positions around the world. He has done tours           over his career.
     responsible for organizing, training and equipping a                                                                                              in Vietnam and Kuwait. In 1988, he was promoted
                                                                    Ryan attended Auburn Montgomery while at Air
     force of over 700,000 active duty, reserve and civilian                                                                                           to brigadier general, and after the Gulf War, to major        Now the on-premise sales director for Coca-Cola in
                                                                    Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base.
     members serving in the U.S. and overseas. Also in that                                                                                            general. In 1993, he became a lieutenant general, and by      south Florida, Smoot has spent 25 years working his
                                                                    He also is a graduate of the National War College in
     post, he was a member of staff of the Joint Chiefs, where                                                                                         1996, he was promoted to general and was appointed to         way up through the ranks of the world’s largest soft drink
                                                                    Washington and the National Security Program at the
     he and the other service chiefs functioned as military                                                                                            head the Special Operations Command.                          manufacturer. He is based in Hollywood, Fla., and his
                                                                    John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
     advisers to the secretary of defense, National Security                                                                                                                                                         team services all of the Coca-Cola education, wholesale,
                                                                    University.
     Council and the president.                                                                                                                        During his terms as chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Shelton     food service, transportation and amusement/recreation
                                                                                                                                                       was a key strategist in the United States’ position in        outlets from the I-4 corridor down to Key West.
                                                                                                        Gen. Henry
     Since retiring from the Air Force in 2001, Ryan has                                                                                               a number of world hot spots. His second term ended
                                                                                                        Shelton                                                                                                      Smoot attended AUM on an athletic scholarship and
     served as president of Ryan Associates, a consulting                                                                                              less than one month after 9/11. He was succeeded by
                                                                                                        M.S., Political                                                                                              believes the relationships he built and the lessons
     firm focused on national defense, and as a member of                                                                                              another Auburn Montgomery alumnus, Gen. Richard
                                                                                                        Science, ‘73                                                                                                 he learned from being part of a team and competing
     the board of directors of Circadence, a global technology                                                                                         Myers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in basketball have been critical to his personal and
     firm based in Colorado.                                                                             Gen. Henry Shelton,
                                                                                                                                                       Shelton earned his master’s degree in political science at    professional successes.
                                                                                                         the 14th chairman
     He also has been a member of the boards of directors of                                                                                           Auburn Montgomery while in Montgomery to attend Air
                                                                                                         of the Joint Chiefs of                                                                                      He began his career at Coke as a route deliverer in
     Alion Science and Technology, CAE USA, SELEX-SAS,                                                                                                 Command and Staff College.
                                                                                                         Staff, accomplished                                                                                         downtown Montgomery while working towards a
     United Services Automobile Association and VT Services.                                             in his two terms as                                                                                         bachelor’s degree in human resource management.
     In addition, Ryan has served as chairman of the board of                                                                                          He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001 and
                                                                                                         the United State’s top                                                                                      Since then, he has worked in numerous locations
     Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation and as a senior                                                                                          received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2002.
                                                                                                         military official what                                                                                      throughout the Southeast, including three different
     trustee of the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation.                                                 few people manage                                                                                           assignments based in Montgomery.
                                                                                                                                                       Now retired, Shelton is in demand as a speaker
                                                                    to do in Washington’s politically charged climate: He
     The general entered the Air Force after graduating                                                                                                internationally on leadership and national security issues.   Smoot calls his current position fast-paced and
                                                                    earned the praise and respect of leaders at both ends of
     from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1965. He has                                                                                                   He also serves as executive director of the General H.        demanding but says it is also rewarding. His biggest
                                                                    the partisan spectrum.
     commanded at the squadron, wing, numbered air force                                                                                               Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at North Carolina State        career accomplishment to date, he says, is knowing
     and major command levels. He is a rated command pilot                                                                                             University as well as director of the Hugh and Carolyn        the impact he has had on people he has worked with
                                                                    A decorated Vietnam veteran and former commander
     in over 12 different aircraft with over 4,130 flight hours,                                                                                       Shelton Military Neurotrauma Foundation in Washington,        over the years. That has come from those who have
                                                                    of the Special Operations Command, which oversees
     including 153 combat missions, with 100 of those over                                                                                             D.C.                                                          taken time to write letters or send cards expressing their
                                                                    the Army’s Green Berets, the Navy’s Seals and other
     North Vietnam.                                                 elite outfits, Shelton was twice appointed by President                                                                                          appreciation for contributions he made to their personal
                                                                                                                                                       Additionally, he is a member of the boards of directors for   or professional growth.
                                                                    Bill Clinton to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs,
     Ryan held staff assignments at the major command                                                                                                  Red Hat and Professional Products of America and has
                                                                    a position that made him the president’s top military
     level, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and the Joint Staff.                                                                                           previously served on the boards of the Anheuser Busch         Without a doubt, Smoot said, he wants his legacy at
                                                                    adviser and a key player in U.S. military policy from 1997
     As commander of 16th Air Force and Allied Air Forces                                                                                              Companies and Anteon International.                           Coca-Cola to be similar to the respect and appreciation
                                                                    until 2001. At the same time, Shelton was praised by
     Southern Europe in Italy, he directed the NATO air             Ross Perot as “a hero, a role model for the military and a                                                                                       he has for his former basketball coach and the positive
     combat operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina which directly                                                                                                                                                          influence he has had in his life.


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     Smoot and his wife, Laura, have been married for 23             Soriano himself was a beneficiary of Cathy’s contributions                            “My grandmother was the light of my life,” said Varner.                                              Carl Whatley
     years and reside in Hollywood, Fla.                             to education as the recipient of a one-year scholarship                               “I grew up in a family where the men died very young                                                 B.A., Genral Studies,
                                                                     from Chick-fil-A when he attended AUM. Now that he is                                 and the women lived to be 100. The elderly have very                                                 History, ‘83
                                          Gary Soriano               in the position to do likewise, he has made tremendous                                few advocates, so this alone inspired me to focus on
                                          B.S.B.A.,                  efforts to pay it forward, creating The Gary and Susan                                gerontology.”                                                                                        Entrepreneur Carl
                                          Marketing, ‘82             Soriano Chick-fil-A Scholarship, a $25,000 commitment                                                                                                                                      Whatley is people
                                                                     that will fund an EastChase Chick-fil-A employee who                                  Varner’s grandmother worked as a nurse’s aide in a                                                   focused and
                                          Despite the way the        attends or will attend AUM.                                                           nursing home when Varner was growing up and she                                                      business driven.
                                          fairy tale tells it, for                                                                                         spent a lot of time with her there.                                                                  Retired twice,
                                          Auburn Montgomery          Gary Soriano is not the only member of his family to                                                                                                                                       Whatley has proven
                                          alumnus Gary               venture into the Chick-fil-A business. His daughter,                                  “I’ve always had older friends that are in their eighties                                            that hard work,
                                          Soriano, it’s the          Ashley Gill, and her husband, Blake, operate a Chick-fil-A                            and nineties,” said Varner. “I just look at older people as                                          dedication and
                                          chicken who lays the       in Northport, Ala. Ashley’s grandfather, Jeff Vines, was                              little living history books. They can tell you things that no                                        persistence pay off.
                                          golden egg.                a Chick-fil-A operator for 20 years, making Ashley the                                one else can tell you.”
                                                                     first third-generation operator in the chain. Soriano’s son,                                                                                          After graduating from Jeff Davis High School in 1972,
     Soriano, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing            Jason, helps manage the Northport location where his                                  Varner has devoted her whole career to geriatric patients       Whatley went to the University of Alabama for three years
     in 1982, has risen through the ranks of Chick-fil-A to          wife, Ashley, is the marketing director.                                              and their families. She’s done a lot of research on care        and then dropped out.
     become franchise owner of one of the highest-traffic                                                                                                  givers, family, friends and coping.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I wasn’t a very good student,” said Whatley. “I dropped
     restaurants in the successful fast food chain.                  In his spare time, Soriano enjoys traveling and spending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           out and went to work as a salesman. I did that for several
                                                                     time with his wife, Susan, and their children and                                     “If I could give one bit of advice to a future nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           years and then I met my future wife, Margie. Before her
     It may be the house that chicken built, but Soriano is no       grandchildren.                                                                        student it would be to never settle for less in a nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           father would let me marry her, he made me promise I
     chicken when it comes to work ethic. He started out as                                                                                                program with instructors who not only talk the talk, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           would go back and finish school.”
     a team member at the Chick-fil-A in Eastdale Mall while                                              Joyce Varner                                     walk the walk - which they do at AUM,” said Varner.
     attending Auburn Montgomery. From there, he worked                                                   B.S., Nursing, 03                                                                                                So, that’s what he did. He enrolled at AUM in 1981, soon
     his way up the industry ladder and is now operating his                                                                                               After graduating from AUM, Varner received her master’s         after their first child was born, and graduated in ’83 with
     third successful Chick-fil-A restaurant.                                                             Gerontology is not                               from USA in 2000 and was offered a position there               a degree in history.
                                                                                                          the most popular                                 before she graduated. Varner continued to study and
     His current restaurant, located just minutes from                                                    field of study, but for                          received her doctorate from USA in 2007.                        Whatley went to work in pharmaceutical sales for Wyeth
     the Auburn Montgomery campus in the Shoppes at                                                       Dr. Joyce Varner it’s                                                                                            Laboratories in Montgomery, which had just been
     EastChase, has won Chick-fil-A’s most prestigious                                                    one she’s passionate                             In 2008 Varner was awarded USA’s Excellence in Service          acquired by Pfizer. Then in 2000, he decided to start
     award, The Symbol of Success, four times and continues                                               about and one that                               Award for her work with geriatric patients and their            ProEthic, a small pharmaceutical company focused on
     to be one of the company’s leaders in customer                                                       hits close to home.                              caregivers.                                                     the sale and marketing of relatively small niche products,
     satisfaction year after year.                                                                                                                                                                                         most of which were in the respiratory field.
                                                                                                            A 1999 graduate                                Varner serves on numerous boards and committees,
     The restaurant has also won awards for top sales dollar                                                                                                                                                               “I knew I had to write a business plan, and I knew I
                                                                     of the AUM School of Nursing, Varner works in the                                     including the board of directors for the Southern Geriatric
     increase and top sales percentage increase and awards                                                                                                                                                                 couldn’t write a business plan and work for Wyeth. So, I
                                                                     University of South Alabama’s College of Nursing as a                                 Society. She is a member of the Geriatric Advanced
     for topping the $2 million, $3 million and, most recently,                                                                                                                                                            decided to retire in April 2001.”
                                                                     clinical assistant professor in the gerontological nurse                              Practice Nurses Association research committee;
     $4 million sales plateaus in a year.
                                                                     practitioner program.                                                                 president-elect of the Alabama State Nurses Association;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Whatley finished his business plan in late summer, raised
                                                                                                                                                           a member of a task force for the American Nurses
     While at Auburn Montgomery, Soriano worked full-time,                                                                                                                                                                 money from friends and family, took $500,000 from his
                                                                     “I knew since I was 10 this is what I wanted to do,” said                             Association; president of District 8 of the Alabama
     played on the soccer team and was a founding father                                                                                                                                                                   401k to fund the company, and hired his first five sales
                                                                     Varner. “My passion and my love is gerontology and                                    Gerontological Society; and past president of the Kappa
     of the then-newly formed fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon,                                                                                                                                                                reps in April 2002.
                                                                     always has been.”                                                                     Omega chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International at
     where he served as chaplain for two years.
                                                                                                                                                           AUM. She also is an article reviewer for the International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “We knew we had to have products we could
     Since graduating, Soriano has contributed substantially         Varner comes from a line of caregivers. Her great                                     Journal of Older People Nursing magazine and a subject
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           differentiate, we knew we had to hire very good
     to Auburn Montgomery in both time and scholarship               grandmother, Myrtle Lawrence, lived with her                                          matter expert and reviewer for McMaster publishing, an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           salespeople – that was my background so that was sort
     support. He attributes his desire to give back to Chick-        grandmother, Aileen Kelly, until Lawrence passed at                                   online magazine for evidence based practice specific to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of my mission and to compensate them well if they did
     fil-A founder Truett Cathy, whose legacy is grounded in a       age 105. Varner in turn lived with her grandmother in                                 gerontology.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           well and then to execute the plan,” said Whatley. “We
     passion for education and desire to give back.                  Chilton County for 34 years until she passed away from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           started with one product, Durahist, a drug for seasonal
                                                                     congestive heart failure at the age of 92.                                            Varner and her husband, Rick, reside in Foley, Ala.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           allergies.”


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     The company grew in products and people, added a               The explosion of digital media has Wilder spending                                                                        Kelli Wise                 That and her other numerous accomplishments recently
     small generic company called Midlothian Laboratories, of       most of his time working on the WSFA Web site and a                                                                       M.P.A., ‘00                landed her RSVP Montgomery’s “The List,” a list of
     which ProEthic was the primary shareholder.                    new mobile application in an effort to stay ahead of the                                                                                             influential movers and shakers in the capital city.
                                                                    technology curve.                                                                                                          Kelli Wise’s story is a
     By 2006, ProEthic had hit nearly $40 million in gross                                                                                                                                     testament to following    Wise serves on the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Task
     revenue and launched a large clinical trial on a migraine      Wilder says that since specialization has given way to                                                                     your dreams, even         Force, the Alabama Law Institute Criminal Code
     product.                                                       multitasking, he has committed himself to being able                                                                       if that path takes a      Committee and the Criminal Rules Committee and
                                                                    to apply himself to different sectors of the industry. Not                                                                 few turns along the       the Max Credit Union Board of Directors. She also
     A year later, Kowa Pharmaceuticals was looking for a           only does he serve as the station’s source of internal                                                                     way. She began her        is a member of the Junior League of Montgomery,
     commercial platform from which to launch a new product         and online communication, he also focuses on making                                                                        undergraduate work        Montgomery Symphony League, Alabama Wildlife
     and expressed interest in acquiring the company. Since         sure that all on-air content is without error and always                                                                   at Auburn University      Association, Alabama State Bar Association, Capital
     Kowa was not interested in Midlothian, Whatley sold the        improving.                                                                                                                 the pre-med program,      City Republican Women, and numerous mystic society
     generics lab to Hi-Tech Pharmacal and closed the deal                                                                                                 only to change to medical technology, then nursing,           groups.
     with Kowa on ProEthic. He remained chairman and CEO            But Wilder isn’t a behind-the-scenes-only man, either.                                 before finally graduating with a degree in environmental
     of the firm until he retired in 2009.                          With a deep, easily recognizable voice, he has been a                                  biology with a minor in nursing. She laughs, reflecting on    In addition, she has served on the Family Sunshine
                                                                    talent on camera at WSFA since his beginnings at the                                   her undergraduate progress, because she ended up with         Center Advisory Board and the Envision 20/20 Riverfront
     These days he owns Cendalore Life Science Ventures,            company, doing the weather, voiceovers and some                                        a career in sales, which was far from her initial plans.      Development Task Force and is a former ambassador
     which invests in life science companies and other small        advertising work. He still occasionally goes in front of the                                                                                         with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
     companies and says he hasn’t ruled out starting another        camera for guest appearances on editorials with and for                                Wise spent six years working with Proctor & Gamble, but
     endeavor.                                                      General Manager Ken Selvaggi.                                                          the political science classes she took during her senior      She currently resides in Montgomery with her husband,
                                                                                                                                                           year left their mark. They were, she says, the beginning      Arthur Ray, and their daughter. They are active members
     Perhaps one of the reasons for Whatley’s business              Wilder attended Auburn Montgomery for eight years,                                     of her interest in politics and constitutional issues and     of St. James United Methodist Church.
     success is a book he counts among his favorites. It            working in the broadcasting industry as an on-air talent                               the catalyst for deciding to listen to that inner voice and
     focuses on how people are crucial to the success of            and going to school. He was also involved in the Theatre                               apply to law school.
     an organization and argues that people who poison the          Department where he performed in several plays.
     workplace must go.                                                                                                                                    She graduated from Jones School of Law and
                                                                    Wilder says that his biggest career accomplishment is                                  continued her education with a master’s degree in
                                           Mark Wilder              what he has been able to contribute to the community by                                public administration from Auburn Montgomery. “I had
                                           B.A., Speech and         providing the information that people look to a TV station                             instructors (at AUM) who challenged me, who opened up
                                           Theatre, ‘81             to provide. Fulfilling that role by offering a voice for non-                          new interests for me and, more importantly, encouraged
                                                                    profit organizations and providing information in the event                            me to grow.” In particular, she credits Drs. Margaret
                                          Mark Wilder sank          of emergencies such as severe weather and breaking                                     Moody, Brad Moody, Carl Grafton and Tom Vocino as
                                          his teeth into the        news are the most rewarding parts of his work, he said.                                mentors and excellent instructors.
                                          broadcasting industry
                                          long before college       That commitment to community also shows in his non-                                    Wise, a fifth generation Alabamian, is active in Alabama
                                          and continues to          work life. Wilder has served on a number of boards                                     political and governmental circles. She interned during
                                          do so as director         around the area, including the Community Council for the                               law school with the Criminal Appeals Division of the
                                          of operations,            United Way, and has served as a director on the board                                  Attorney General’s Office. She later worked with the
                                          programming and           for the Volunteer and Information Center for four years.                               governor’s Legislative Office and served as staff attorney
     Internet at the No. 1 news station in Montgomery, WSFA.                                                                                               to Justice Jean Brown on the Alabama Supreme Court
                                                                    In his spare time, Wilder enjoys fishing, going to the                                 and the Court of Criminal Appeals.
     As director of operations, he manages the day-to-day           YMCA, spending time with his family and participating
     functions of the station, ensuring that the station lives      in choir and Sunday school class at First United                                       In 2001, she was sworn in for her current position as
     up to the high standard it has set for itself. He also helps   Methodist Church. Wilder and his wife, Denise, reside in                               presiding judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals
     make programming decisions and oversees the general            Montgomery and have two adult daughters.                                               – the youngest woman elected to an appellate court in
     management of daily programming tasks. He says that                                                                                                   Alabama. She is currently on the campaign trail for a
     his current priority, however, is building the budding                                                                                                seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.
     Internet sector of the WSFA news operation.




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