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Check out Class Notes to see the recent achievements, awards, recognitions and obituaries of UWF alumni and supporters.

Alumni Achievements Spring 2021

This section includes accomplishments and awards from alumni individuals across the nation and across the world. Class Notes can be submitted by emailing

’73 William G. McGinnis, MPA; McGinnis was re-elected to his 8th four-year term as a Trustee for the Butte-Glenn Community College District in Chico, CA. He recently co-authored a chapter in the new book entitled Team Leadership in Community Colleges, and is starting his 10th year as a board member for the California Educational Facilities Authority.

’84 Stanley Harper, B.A. Communications; Harper was named a “top influencer” by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in July 2020, recognizing his significant advocacy work on behalf of the ADA to the US Congress in Washington, DC. Additionally, he secured a donation of 3D materials which were used in the UWF Sea3D Lab’s face shield manufacturing project. 

’86 & ’88 Robert K. Doyle, B.A. Accounting & MAcc; Doyle received the Community Service Award from the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association, recognizing his significant continuous service. Leadership St. Pete is a division of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and seeks to identify, recruit and develop leaders who represent the diversity of the local community.

’88 Adam J. Dymecki, B.A. Criminal Justice; Dymecki was promoted to director of sales at MFG Chemical, a leader in specialty chemical contract manufacturing.

’90 Susan B. Brofford, B.A. Elementary Education; Brofford was named Teacher of the Year in New Milford School District (New Jersey). Brofford is a district-wide science enrichment teacher for grades K-5 and teaches coding for all students in grades 2 through 5.

’90 Greg A. Caples, B.A. Accounting; Caples was named CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, NC. He has over 30 years of experience as a hospital executive at facilities around the country.

’90 William A. Cleary, MBA; Cleary joined ServisFirst Bank Pensacola as Vice President of Commercial Banking.

’90  Alan C. “Chris” Eastman, B.S. Building Construction; Eastman was promoted to Vice President of Operations at Suffolk’s Tampa/St. Pete location. Suffolk is an innovative construction company with offices in major cities nationwide. Eastman will be managing their Gulf Coast operations.

’90 Lori K. Kelley, B.A. Accounting; Kelley was appointed to the Northwest Florida State College District Board of Trustees by Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis. 

’92 Dr. Traci E. Clemons, B.A. Mathematics; Dr. Clemons has been promoted to Chief Research Officer at Emmes, a full services clinical research organization specializing in infectious diseases, vaccines, ophthalmology and more. Throughout her career, she has co-authored more than 100 papers that have been published in a number of scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, and led multiple medical research studies.

’92 Jeffrey Russell Sneddon, MBA; The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments hired Sneddon to be their Community and Economic Development Specialist. He is responsible for providing analytical, administrative, and specialized technical work promoting economic development within Maine’s Kennebec Valley.

'95, '08 & '10 Dr. Katherine ‘Kassy’ Tyler, B.A. Psychology, Ed.S.  & Ed.D.; Dr. Tyler started a new position with the Air Force in May 2020. She is the Program Manager for Training Policy and Operational Strategy at the Air Education and Training Command, 2nd Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.

’97 Robert B. Gillander, B.A. Communication Arts; Gilllander received a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies in December 2020 from Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.89 GPA. 

’01, ’02, ’03, ’08 & ‘13 Katie Hudon, B.A History; M.A. Communication Arts; B.A. International Studies; Ed.S. & Ed.D.; Hudon was awarded the title 2020 Santa Rosa County (FL) Woman of the Year. Additionally, she earned her eighth degree, an MBA from the University of Florida, in December 2020.

’02 Melissa Rose Dart, B.A. Communication Arts; Melissa Dart was named News Director at WDSU, the local NBC/Fox channel for West Palm Beach, FL. Through her career, she has covered hundreds of local and national stories and led the investigative team behind the Emmy winning special "The Making of Filthy Rich: The Epstein Story".

’04 & ’09 Nickalus Lee Rupert, B.A. English and M.A. Creative WritingRupert was awarded the 2019 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction for his short story collection Bosses of Light and Sound.

’06 Dr. Megan Eileen Morrison D.O., B.S. Pre-Professional Biology; Dr. Morrison and her husband opened a second location of Harpeth Valley Dermatology, their dermatology practice, in Thompson’s Station, TN in September 2020. The other location is in Smyrna, TN.

’08 Adelin Gasana, B.A. Communication Arts;Gasna is an independent filmmaker and released his latest documentary in early 2020. High On Heels was accepted at the Miami Fashion Film Festival, UK Fashion Film Festival and LA Fashion Film Festival. It is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

’09 Jasmine Romaine, B.A. Communication Arts; Romaine’s new book, Speak to Profit: Speak with Confidence and Jazz Up Your Sales, achieved #1 status on Amazon Books’ International Bestseller list. The book can be purchased on Amazon.

’13 Bradley James Klimek, B.S. Electrical Engineering; Klimek was hired as a Sales Engineer at Paper Converting Machine Co. (PCMC). Klimek has been with PCMC for since 2011, beginning as an intern and progressing upward.

’15 Chad Jonathan Kiser, M.Ed. Educational Leadership; Kiser was hired to be the new Principal at North Baltimore Middle/High School in North Baltimore, OH.

’15 Brittany Lynn McCroan (Gardner), BSN; Brittany McCroan, APRN is a member of a team of medical professionals who opened a new practice, Chipola Medical Associates, LLC, in Port St. Joe, FL in fall 2020. McCroan is a family nurse practitioner.

’15 Destinee Nicole Steele, B.A. Theatre; Steele opened The Beauty Menagerie, LLC, in August 2020. The Beauty Menagerie sells a wide array of handmade wigs and specializes in wigs for people who suffer from hair loss.

’16 Karen Gail Johnson, MSN; Johnson retired from the Florida Department of Health in the fall of 2020. She served in various public health roles for over 30 years, and most recently was the Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Holmes and Washington counties.

16 & ’19 Kesley Joseph “Kali” Richardson, B.S. Exercise Science & MPH.; Mr. Richardson published his first book, The Sky Has Fallen: A Guide To Chaos, College, Leadership, and Life, in the summer of 2020. The book covers leadership and personal development for young adults. It is available for purchase at

’17 Katherine Marie Howland, B.S.B.A. Management; Howland joined Atlas Real Estate (Denver, CO) as a Staff Accountant in October 2020.

’18 & ’20 Grace Victoria Antoinette Arneault,  B.S.B.A. Management & MBA; Arneault was hired as President & CEO of Gulf Breeze Area (FL) Chamber of Commerce in January 2021.

’18 Joseph Robert Yount, B.S. Chemistry; Yount was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in June 2020. This fellowship will allow him to pursue a Ph.D. in materials engineering at Purdue University. NSF Fellows are future leaders in science and engineering fields who are expected to greatly contribute to research and innovation.

Alumni Earning Local Recognition

This section includes local recognition in the Northwest Florida area for community, industry and group achievements.

2021 Escambia County School District Teachers of the Year

 The following alumni were named Escambia County School District Teachers of the Year in 2021.

’81 Brenda J. Parker
’84 & ’95 Tamesha C. Dunsford (Morgan)
’87 Peggie B. Bosso (Winfrey)
’87 & ’92 Janice L. Courson (Gibbs)
’88 Carla Joy McKinley-Matthews
’88 Gabrielle P. Merrit (Duncan)
’89 Tammy L. Pitman (Coburn)
’92 Stephanie K. Harris (Swain)
’92 & ’94 Sherry L. King (Warren)
’93 Vicki H. Crawford
’94 Marjorie H. Stradley (Allshouse)
’95 Catherine A. Ciccone
’95 Etter M. Wright
’99 Heather Lee McWethy (Micari), Top Five
’02 Rochelle Elaine Carmichael, Top Five
’01 & ’19 Mercedes Athena Musto, Top Five
’02 & ’04 Jamie Lynn Harris
’04 Diana Waugh Isert
’04 Jennifer Elizabeth Langford
’06 John Joshua Fuller
’07 & ’10 Matthew Lee Blackburn
’08 Charles Edward Allen
’08 Turkessa Renise Dale
’08 Rachel Diane Venable
’08 & ’10 Ian Charles Waldron
’09 Vera Lynn Wiley
’11 Kristen Dawn Whiddon
’12 Brenda Arlene Coleman
’14 Emily Hughes West
’14 Frances Ann Emmons
’19 Briana Faye McCreary, Top Five


2020 Inweekly Rising Stars

The following alumni were recognized as 2021 Rising Stars by Inweekly Magazine. These individuals were nominated by their peers, clients and bosses as up-and-coming leaders in the Pensacola area and in their fields.

’03 Jeremy Ochoa
’04 Lindsey Engel
’05 Katrina Simpkins
’08 Ezra Merritt
’08 S. Camelia Willis
’10 Jenny Paige Ford
’11 Jessi Truett
’12 Bryan Freeman
’14 Cali Scully
’15 Ashley McDonald
’16 Brittany Ellers
’17 Ashley Marie Armstrong
’17, ’18 Hale Morrissette
’17 Hillary Rivera
’18 Leonor Roper
’19 Basil Kuloba

In Memoriam

This section includes alumni who have passed within the last six months as well as former UWF employees and UWF supporters. 

In Memoriam

’68 & ’72 Gloria A. Bryan (Leonard), B.A. & M.A. English

’69 Sonja K. Dawson (Curry), B.A. Elementary Education

’69 Gary L. Ewert, B.A. Accounting

’69 Christopher E. Jackson, B.S. Cell & Molecular Biology

’69 Orelia F. King (Fleming), B.S. Management

’69 Betty Lowery (Atchison), B.A. Elementary Education

’69 James T. Steele, B.A. Communication Arts

’69 Rev. William H. Smith, B.A. Philosophy

’71 Thomas J. Kaliker, MBA 

’71 and ’78 Susan T. Metzger (Tillson), B.S. Systems Science & MBA

’71 Nancy C. Thrasher (Roberts), M.A. Elementary Education

’72 Richard Crosby, B.S. Systems Science

’72 & ‘75 John B. Day, B.S. Management & MBA 

’72 L. Joseph Bodkin, B.A. Accounting

’73 Leo S. Hughes, B.A. Accounting

’73 Mary F. Murtha (Blount), B.A. Social Work

’74 Terrance W. Martin, B.A. Criminal Justice

’74 & ’76 Donald R. Setterberg, B.A. Accounting & MBA

’75 Harry C. Gornto, B.A. Special Education

’75 Raymond C. Beach, B.S. Systems Science

’75 Joe F. Carter, B.S. Technical and Vocational Studies

’76 Marilyn C. Walker (Cooke), B.A. Social Work

’76 Billy J. Little, B.S. Marketing

’77 Michael G. O’Quinn, B.S. Management

’77 Phyllis Oeltmann Sargent (O’Neal), B.S. Systems Science

’77 Michael T. Butler, B.S. Health

’78 Gregory L. Burch, B.A. Studio Art

’79 Edward L. Wasdin, B.S. Industrial Technology

’79 and ’83 Eugene S. Tracey, B.S. Management and MBA

’79 & ’81 Annabelle D. James Sr. (Drake), B.A. And M.A. Psychology

’79 Diana Seals Wood (Seals), B.S. Business Teacher Education

’79 Penny B. Davidson (Heiskill), BSN

’79 Nancy S. Ranew (McFarland), M.Ed. Educational Leadership

’81 Patricia F. Boyles, M.A. Early Childhood

’82 Larry A. Titus, B.A. Elementary Education

’82 Brian R. Leathers, B.A. Accounting

’82 Jon M. Coon, B.A. English

’83 Gary Lynn Lamalie, B.A. Accounting

’83 & ’84 Mary L. Steely (Shaffer), B.A. & M.A. English

’83 Sue C. Harris (Chidester), B.S. Management

’83 David M. Fell, B.S. Industrial Technology

’86 Richard D. Maugeri, B.S. Systems Science

’87 Francesca Lyliston (Schwetz), B.A. Psychology 

’87 David P. McCally, B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

’88 Donna M. Shafer (Williamson), M.A. Elementary Education

’91 Jones H. Overby, MBA

’93 John Michael Stephens, B.A. Accounting

’93 Andrew D. Babcock, B.S. Business Administration

’94 Charles A. Morgan, B.A. Sociology

’94 Lee M. Donahue, B.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities 

’94 Robert F. Zimmerman, B.S.B.A  Management Information Systems

’95 Leland E. Fager, B.A. Accounting

’96 Jane M. Kickham, B.A. Social Work

’05 Tamara Noelle Klink, B.S.B.A. Accounting

’06 Donald Henry Harrison, M.A. Psychology 

’06 Percy Charles  Brown, B.S. Engineering Technology

’20 Michael William Blackwell, BSN



UWF Former & Retired Employees
Mr. Thomas G. Carpenter
Dr. Ron V. Evans
Dr. Charles H. Wentz
Ms. Deborah J. Tripp
Dr. James I. Miklovich
Ms. Priscilla M. Myers

Friends of the University
John H. Appleyard
Mark Essert
The Honorable Earl D. Hutto
Ralph E. Knowles
Herman Emil Rolfs
Frederick C. Levin
Dr. Robert J Parrish