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Alumni News — Winter 2021

Editorial Staff
What have our alumni been up to this year?

Alumni Births

Jacqui and Trip Tate ’99 welcomed James Solomon Tate IV on August 30, 2020.

Haley and Ned Arthur ’02 welcomed Claire Arthur on March 14, 2019.

Steve and Gretchen Wilson Altenburger ’03 welcomed Magnolia Lynne “Maggie” Altenburger 
on May 26, 2020 

Michael and Molly Arthur Margadonna ’08 welcomed Roland Margadonna on March 4, 2019.

Jordan and Richard Bowers ’09 welcomed Bo Henry Bowers on September 3, 2020. 

Dylan and Anna Kate Dunn Craig ’09 welcomed Hayes Opal Craig on December 10, 2020. 

Tim and Carell Brown Robinson ’09 welcomed Timothy Antowne “TJ” Wilson-Robinson Jr. 
on November 15, 2020. 

Jack and Helen Beckner McDaniel ’10 welcomed Frank Morgan McDaniel on January 12, 2021. 

Tyler and Katherine Beaman Tashie ’10 welcomed Koula Alice Tashie on November 16, 2020.

Trey and Rachel Smith Weir ’11 welcomed Hudson James Weir on November 21, 2020.

Zach and Ashley Slay Glotta ’14 welcomed Esther AnnMarie Glotta on August 12, 2020. 

In Memory

Jillian Frances “Gigi” Pasley
Former student - Class of 2016
December 1, 1997 - Nov. 22, 2020

Alumni Weddings

Will Arthur ’00 married Amber Lampton on October 3, 2020.

Margaret Anne Moore ’08 married Michael Byerly on September 5, 2020. 

Ashley Piper ’08 married Jake Pratt on November 21, 2020. 

Michael Dunn ’09 and Stephanie Seabaugh on September 26, 2020. 

Alli Hicks ’09 married Carter Younts on August 22, 2020.

Margaret McDonald ’09 married Trey Talley on November 7, 2020. 

Jennifer Oxford ’09 married Justin Marcum on November 15, 2020.

Emily Vaughan ’09 married George Haddock on October 24, 2020. 

Grant Caudill ’10 married Grace Lyman on October 10, 2020. 

Daley Hill ’10 married Jennifer Crosskno on August 29, 2020.

Paul Caudill ’11 married Katie Cox ’11 on September 26, 2020.

Laura Laine ’11 married John Austin Mays on November 7, 2020. 

Drew Parker ’11 married Claire Cheek on September 11, 2020. 

Julian Payne ’11 married Margot Fitzgerald on July 25, 2020.

ReJean Rouse ’12 and Shomari White ’13 married on August 14, 2020.

Stuart Smith ’12 married Will Browning on December 5, 2020. 

Bella Sohr ’13 married Ryan Mitchell on October 16, 2020. 

Class Notes

1970s

Lee Oakley ’75 is the founder of Oakley’s Southern Delights. Lee and her friend, Jeannette Goddard, were recently mentioned in StyleBlueprint with information about the release of their cookbook, Tried and True: A Celebration of Food and Friendship. A portion of the proceeds goes to The Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. Their book can be found online at Oakley’s Southern Delights and in-store at Something Special, Tinwings, Sperry’s Mercantile, Miss Daisy’s, and the Giftery.

Rachel Kaiser ’76 is an emergency physician at St. Thomas West Hospital and also a colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve. At the beginning of August, with only 48 hours’ notice, she flew to Corpus Christi, Texas to join an Army Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force (UAMTF) to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak in south Texas, a part of the country hit hard by the pandemic. “There is no defined end date to our mission,” Dr. Kaiser says. “We will stay here as long as the hospital needs us. I hope to return to Nashville with the knowledge that my army task force made a difference and helped relieve suffering right here in the U.S. It has been a very gratifying mission.”

1980s 

Jeff Jackson ’85, a Rhodes College History Professor, has launched a new book titled Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis. The book, published by Algonquin Books, offers a glimpse into the history of World War II at ground level through the story of an audacious anti-Nazi resistance campaign conducted by a pair of unlikely women whose love story made possible the daring actions they took while living under Nazi occupation.

2000s 

David Head ’08 started a new job as Head of Marketplace at Laskie which provides “the value of management consulting delivered through software, playbooks, and a network of experts.”

Jeremy Lehman ’08 started a new role as Senior Associate at KPMG.

Chris Coode ’09 started a new role as Electrical Designer at Burns & McDonnell.

Tavarres Jefferson ’09 was promoted to Associate Administrator at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California. 

2010s 

Alyssa Patel ’10 returned to Ensworth as the Director of Service Learning at the High School. Alyssa worked at Cameron Prep since 2017 as Math Teacher, Grade-level Chair, and School Based Operations Support. Prior to that, she worked with Teach for America, where she was a Math Professional Development Leader and Operations Manager. Alyssa has her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.Ed from Lipscomb University.

Alexandra Callahan ’11 moved to Ann Arbor, MI to pursue her MBA at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (class of 2022).

Brittany Jenkins-Williams ’11
received her MBA in December of 2020 from King University. 

Conor McDermott ’11 made the New York Jets roster as Offensive Tackle for the 2020-2021 NFL Football season. Keep an eye out for #69.

Drew Parker ’11 is the CEO of Everyday Active, an online health and wellness community that was created with the mission of helping people of all ages lead healthier lifestyles. To achieve this mission, Everyday Active provides guided workouts, nutrition plans, tracking resources and accountability from coaches and peers in a community atmosphere that encourages participation and fosters the Everyday Active Mindset.

Addison Armistead ’12 released his first single, Weeping Tree, in November. You can find it on Spotify, iTunes, or any other streaming App, just search for Addison Armistead. 

Evan Moskal ’12 was recognized in Forbes “30 Under 30,” as a co-founder of Courant, which makes design-driven wireless chargers. “The New York-based company has been generating revenue since its inception and plans to expand into international markets this year. Courant is already working with brands like West Elm, Bloomingdales and SoHo House.” -Forbes 

Maya White ’12 has started a new position as Deputy Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the March of Dimes.

Corneilus “Corn” Elder ’13 made the Carolina Panthers roster as Cornerback for the 2020-2021 NFL Football season. Keep an eye out for #29.

Trent Holt ’15 returned to Ensworth as a Lower School Physical Education Teaching Fellow. Trent was previously a Camp Director for Big E Camps, as well as Lab Technician & Facilities at Smile Direct Club. He graduated from Rhodes College with a bachelor’s degree in general business. Trent was also a member of the Rhodes College Varsity Football Team for several years and served as Team Captain his senior year. 

Patrick “P.J.” Settles ’15 returned to Ensworth as the Lower School Teaching Fellow. P.J. received his B.A. in History from Rhodes College. P.J. has also helped out over the years with E Sports Camps and Futures Leagues at Ensworth.

Andrew Halloran ’16 returned to Ensworth as an IT Staff for the second semester. Andrew is working at the Frist Campus assisting with the helpdesk and classroom support.

Melanie Burch ’16 began working for April Tomlin Interiors in June after graduating from the University of Alabama in May.

Charlie Clifton ’16 has joined the Coaching staff at University of Georgia Swim and Dive team as Assistant Dive Coach for this academic year. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. 

Cooper Hadley ’17 is a rising senior at Auburn University. Cooper is studying Electrical Engineering and has been an intern for two summers with Barge Design Solutions. 

Jenna Rolfe ’17 walked on to the University Tennessee women’s soccer team to help them out when their goalie was injured. She had three practices and they beat University of Florida!

Caleb Upkins ’17 interned for Google this past summer. He was part of the group that inspired the Fast Company magazine article “I’m a VP at Google, and This is What My Summer Interns Taught Me.”
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