Notable Father Ryan Alumni

Our school has produced some remarkable individuals over its 92-year history who embody our iconic traditions of Faith, Knowledge and Service. We invite you to take a deeper look into the lives of some Father Ryan alumni who have made extraordinary accomplishments after their graduation.

Caroline Kole '15

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    Caroline Kole ’15 has loved music for as long as she can remember. She got her first guitar at age eight and started songwriting soon after. She landed her first paying gig at age 10, started a band at 11 and has played venues with crowds as large as 30,000 people.

    Since then, she has been named a CMT Listen Up Artist, a SiriusXM/The Highway Find, and has played shows with Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers and many other country music legends. She is currently touring as the opening act for Reba McEntire and living her dream of becoming a country music star.

Alyssa Bonagura '06

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    Alyssa Bonagura ’06 has music in her blood. The daughter of successful country artists Michael Bonagura and Kathie Baillie, Bonagura has made a name for herself as a singer-songwriter here in Nashville. She has written songs with Michelle Branch, Hunter Hayes, JD Souther, and many others. One of her songs, "I Make My Own Sunshine" was featured in a Lowe’s commercial, earning over 50,000 downloads in its first 3 months and over 1 million plays on Spotify. The song was later recorded by Steven Tyler on his debut #1 billboard Country album. As a singer, her duo, The Sisterhood, recently signed with Sony Music Nashville and just returned from the U.K. where they opened for Rod Stewart’s 10-city stadium tour. 

Paul Schlacter '01

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    Paul Schlacter ’01 is as tech and art-savvy as they come working as a senior visual designer for Google NYC, the world’s leading multi-tech company. He recently completed the design and art direction for the 2017 redesign of design.google. Schlacter also worked in Google’s famed Creative Lab, where he collaborated with more than 50 other teammates with expertise in various backgrounds to spawn fresh ideas and push the company forward. In addition to Google, he has worked at many trail-blazing organizations including Tribeca Film, UXA, and Yahoo. Schlacter got his first serious exposure to the arts in the classrooms at Father Ryan and on the field as a member of the marching band.

Erin Davie '95

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    Erin Davie ’95 has appeared on stage throughout the country as well as on television with appearances that include Law and Order: SVU, The Good Wife and Orange is the New Black. Broadway credits include: the revival of Sunday in the Park with GeorgeGrey GardensCurtains (with David Hyde Pierce) and A Little Night Music in which she co-starred with Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Denise Thé '92

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    Denise Thé ’92 has risen through the ranks of network television and become a co-executive producer for the hit CBS drama Person of Interest. She has written or co-written 13 episodes for the series. Thé initially broke into the industry as a writer and production team member for the short-lived drama Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which aired on Fox for two seasons in 2008-09. When Fox higher-ups decided to discontinue the series, Thé jumped to CBS as a writer for Cold Case, and she has been writing and producing shows for the network ever since.

Katherine Breuss '91

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    In 2004, in Singapore of all places, Katherine Breuss ’91 founded world-renowned Breuss Consulting, where she has been the firm’s director since its inception. Always an entrepreneurial spirit and visionary in her time at Father Ryan, Breuss was later at the forefront of her industry in developing virtual learning platforms, and Breuss Consulting’s e-Academy has helped organizations, professionals, and university students around the world achieve greater results in their workplaces and in pitch meetings with clients. Through her experience as a financial analyst manager with Goldman Sachs International in the early 2000s, Breuss recognized the secrets of business leadership and has imparted her wisdom on thousands of clients.

Michele Johnson '87

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    Michele Johnson ’87 is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Tennessee Justice Center, a nonprofit law firm that serves the needs of vulnerable families throughout the state. For nearly twenty years, Johnson, who earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994, has successfully worked to enforce lawful access to healthcare for poor Tennesseans, promote civil rights, and influence state welfare reform. She is president of the board of Tennessee Voices for Children and additionally serves on the boards of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Nashville Bar Association.

Christie Wilson '85

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    Christie Wilson ’85 is the president and owner of The Wilson Group Real Estate Services in Nashville and is one of the most distinguished realtors in middle Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Wilson has served on nearly a dozen professional and community outreach boards pertaining to her field, including those for the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and the National Association of Realtors. Every Thursday at 9 a.m., you can watch her host “Real Estate Real Talk” on Channel 5, Nashville’s only live real estate talk show.

John Howington '81

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    Dr. John Howington, M.D. ’81 is a Chicago-based Thoracic Surgical Oncologist and one of the premier physicians in his field. Following his graduation from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1989, Dr. Howington began a career that has spanned 26 years, during which he has occupied seats and leadership positions on dozens of boards and committees related to his field. Currently the Division Head of Thoracic Surgery and Co-Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Dr. Howington has been recognized as belonging to the top 1% of physicians in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

Chuck Meriwether '74

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    Chuck Meriwether ’74 was a Major League umpire for more than 17 years, working some of the most exciting games in the MLB, including the 2006 ALCS and the two World Series (2004 and 2007), the former being the first time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 86 years. He was also the umpire for two perfect games and two All-Star games. Meriwether was only the fifth African-American umpire in Major League history.

Tom Morales '72

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    Tom Morales ’72 has been serving A-list celebrities for the more than 25 years, providing good food and quality service through his on-location catering service, TomKats. From Sandra Bullock to Gwyneth Paltrow to Matthew McConaughey, TomKats has worked on more than 500 productions and has crews based out of New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. TomKats Inc. also owns three popular restaurants in Nashville, including Saffire, The Southern Steak and Oyster and the Loveless Café, all perennial favorites among Nashvillians.

Tony Spence '70

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    Tony Spence ’70 has been covering the Catholic Church in a journalism capacity for more than 25 years, starting at the Tennessee Register as editor and general manager, then becoming the director and editor-in-chief at the Catholic News Service, which provides news and photos from Rome and around the world. He’s served on the communications committee for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and won the Catholic Press Association’s 2010 St. Francis de Sales Award. This award is the highest award to CPA presents to an individual for “outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism.”

David Bohan '66

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    David Bohan ’66 is the Chairman BOHAN Advertising | Marketing, which was named the Southeast Small Agency of the Year by Ad Age in 2014. His company represents high-profile clients such as St. Thomas Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Dollar General. He has served on many boards, including United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Nashville Ballet, and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and is a current board member for Father Ryan and Middle Tennessee YMCA.

David Darst '65

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    David Darst ’65 is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and serves as Chairman of the Asset Allocation Committee and Chief Investment Strategist of Global Wealth Management. He is the author of five books on bond market and asset allocation, including The Little Book That Saves Your Assets, which has ranked on the bestseller lists of the New York Times and Business Week. His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German, Korean, Italian, Norwegian and Vietnamese. He frequently appears on CNBC, Bloomberg, FOX, and PBS and contributes to many business magazines.

Msgr. Owen Campion '58

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    Msgr. Owen Campion ’58 is the editor of The Priest and associate publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, one of the largest English language publishers in the world. and the most popular Catholic newsweekly of the 20th century. The Priest is a professional journal, published by Our Sunday Visitor, designed with the needs of interests of priests and deacons in mind. Msgr. Campion is a former president of the Catholic Press Association and the Vatican’s ecclesiastical adviser for the International Catholic Union of the Press.

Jim Carell '54

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    Jim Carell ’54 was an entrepreneur from a very young age. He started a shoeshine business as a grade school student and later parlayed those skills to found his family business, CareAll. His company, which has grown steadily since its founding, is now the largest home health provider in the South and does business in 36 Tennessee cities. As a philanthropist, he focused his efforts on education, donating millions to area schools, including funding Father Ryan’s athletic complex and fitness center.

George Barrett '45

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    George Barrett ’45 was an irrepressible lawyer and social justice champion in Nashville for more than five decades. Known as “Citizen Barrett”, he often took up the battles of the oppressed, arguing high-profile cases against segregation in higher education, death-row domestic abuse cases and some of the nation’s largest securities class-action lawsuits.

Casey Motley '12

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    Casey Motley '12 has what every LA transplant needs: passion and heart. A talented dancer since he was a kid, Casey has always dreamt of becoming a professional dancer and entertainer.

    Honing his craft through years of study in Nashville and through the Father Ryan Dance program, Casey followed his passion to LA and is making his dreams come true with credits that expand throughout the entertainment field. 

    From the green screen of Universal Studios to the Thanksgiving Day NFL Halftime show, Casey has appeared in music videos, national commercials, interactive entertainment, live and recorded television performances. He was a premier dancer with Selena Gomez on her Stars Dance World Tour and can be seen in the Hulu Original series East Los High.
     

Jessica Gilles '05

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    Jessica Gilles ’05 knows what it means to serve. In 2009, she joined the Peace Corps and set out for Eastern Ukraine, where she lived for 27 months to teach middle school English. More than anything, Gilles hoped to instill in her students the ability to think for themselves, to use their minds creatively. She now works as an engagement manager in Washington, D.C. for M Powered Strategies, a consulting firm that helps senior executive officers and staff from some of the largest departments in the U.S. Federal Government optimize their results and efficiency to greater serve the public good.

Courtney Corbin Simon '00

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    Courtney Corbin Simon ’00 spun and jumped her way to America’s most heralded dance company at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, where she performed professionally from 2005 to 2009. Since the company was founded in 1958, its members have performed for an estimated 25 million people in 48 states and 71 countries. For Simon, purposeful movement and multisensory experiences help form both the body and mind. So, in 2015, she founded Blooming Bébé, which offers developmental movement classes for infants and toddlers ages two months to 24 months, giving them the cognitive, sensory, and athletic building blocks for later in life.

Cruz Contreras '95

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    Cruz Contreras ’95 and his Americana band, The Black Lillies, have caught the ear of critics and fans alike. In the summer of 2014, Rolling Stone Magazine pegged The Black Lillies as one of the hottest up-and-coming acts in country music, although, if you ask Contreras, it’s hard to ascribe to his band a certain genre. “The blessing and the curse of this band,” Contreras told Rolling Stone, “is the fact that we don’t like to repeat ourselves.” The Black Lillies play soul, rock, country, bluegrass––just about anything. “Every day, people ask us what kind of music we play, and we still don’t have a one-word answer for them.” In addition to Rolling Stone, the band has earned praise from NPR, American Songwriter, Entertainment Weekly and beyond, with their latest album debuting at #12 on Billboard Heatseekers and #30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Country Albums. 

Lt. Col. Aaron Adams '91

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    Lt. Col. Aaron Adams ’91 of the United States Marine Corps has seen it all as one of the U.S. military’s most distinguished aviation experts. In 2004, Adams deployed to Afghanistan for seven months for Operation Mountain Storm, and, the following year, he returned to the Middle East, this time serving as an augment pilot at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Lt. Col. Adams graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995 before embarking on his career in the Marine Corps.

Stephanie Denise Bohan '90

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    Stephanie Bohan '90 has been a servant leader since she was a little girl delivering hot meals with her family to senior citizens as a part of the Meals on Wheels program.  Since serving others has always been a part of her life, when she began looking for colleges and careers she naturally gravitated towards places where she could continue her service.

    After continuing
     her education at American University in Washington D.C., where she studied Philosophy, Stephanie returned to Nashville to serve as the Development Director for the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee and at St. Edward Church and School. Later, she moved to Dallas to become the Director of Development for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance for several years before joining the Dallas Agape Clinic, a clinic that provides care to the medically underserved. 

    Now as the Executive Director of the Agape Clinic for more than five years, Stephanie has shepherded the Clinic through unprecedented growth at its physical site, in the amount of services provided to patients, and in its fundraising efforts. 

Matt Devlin '86

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    Matt Devlin ’86 has been the voice of the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors for eight years, providing play-by-play commentary for Raptors broadcasts on TSN and Sportsnet since the 2008-09 season. He previously worked as the play-by-play commentator for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Charlotte Bobcats and has made guest appearances calling playoff games for TNT. Known for his calm, analytical approach, Devlin has earned a reputation as one of the most respected announcers in the business.

Adolpho Birch '84

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    Adolpho Birch III ’84 has been the National Football League’s Senior Vice President of Law, Labor Policy, and Government Affairs for the past 18 years. In this post, he is in charge of overseeing the NFL’s drug and conduct policies as well as interpreting the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union. Birch also spearheads the league’s effort to further educate its players beyond college, offer them financial advice, help them transition into life after football, and provide them information on clinical assistance. The son of Adolpho Birch, Jr., who was the first African-American to sit as Chief Justice in the Tennessee Supreme Court, Birch received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1988 and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt in 1991.

Scott Hunt '78

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    Scott Hunt ’78 is the CEO of Hunt Brothers Pizza, the largest distributor of fresh dough pizza to the convenience store market, with more than 7,000 locations in 28 states. Before joining the family business, Hunt had a successful 17-year career in the financial services industry.

John Seigenthaler, Jr. '74

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    John Seigenthaler, Jr. ’74 is a consummate newsman just like his father. After a successful career as a local anchor in Nashville, he was the weekend anchor for NBC Nightly News for eight years and in 2013 he joined Al Jazeera America as an anchor for its nightly broadcasts. He has won two Emmy Awards, and a Robert F. Kennedy Television News award, among many others.

Millard Choate '70

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    Millard Choate ’70 is the President of Choate Construction Company, one of the largest commercial building contractors in the southeastern United States. Millard founded the company in 1989 and has stayed actively involved in the direction of all operations of the firm including marketing, preconstruction and construction. He was named the Volunteer of the Year by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Bob Campbell '69

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    Bob Campbell ’69 is the director of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome and an attending physician in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery. He is best known as the inventor of the world’s first expandable rib for pediatric use in 1988. In 2004, his VEPTR device became the only FDA-approved medical device to treat children with rare diseases of the spine and chest wall through surgical expansion of the chest and correction of spinal deformity, without inhibiting children’s growth.

Willie Brown '65

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    Willie Brown ’65 was one of the first two African-American students in any sport to play for a predominantly white school in the NIL, the state and all of the South. In Willie’s two-year varsity career, the Irish posted a 52-6 record, won the District both years, the Region V title in 1965 and advanced to the state tournament. He also starred in Father Ryan’s historic victory over Pearl High School in 1965, the first time predominantly white and black schools took the court together in Nashville history. In honor of all Willie, Father Ryan retired his #50 across all Father Ryan sports teams in 2014, hung a banner bearing his number in the gym and renamed the annual holiday tournament in his name.

Boots Donnelly '61

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    Boots Donnelly ’61 is a College Football Hall of Fame coach. Donnelly played football at Father Ryan and MTSU before returning to both of his alma maters as a coach. He led the Irish to an undefeated AAA state football championship in 1974, and was head coach at MTSU for 19 years, compiling a career college football coaching record of 154-94-1. He was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame in 1993 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. He currently serves as CEO of Backfield in Motion, an organization dedicated to fostering academic and athletic abilities among inner city youth.

Lou Graham '56

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    Lou Graham ’56 was a professional golfer who won multiple times on the PGA Tour where he played for 23 years, including one U.S. Open title. He began playing golf at age seven, and starred on the Memphis State University golf team for three years. He won the 1975 U.S. Open at Medinah Country Club, played on three Ryder Cup teams and was on the victorious 1975 World Cup Team. Golf Digest Magazine gave him the Comeback of the Year Award in 1979 and he was inducted as a charter member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame in 1990. The Lou Graham Alumni Golf Tournament is played every June at Father Ryan.

Monroe Carell, Jr. '50

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    Monroe Carell ’45 was a local businessman and philanthropist who left his mark on Nashville with his many civic and charitable contributions, most notably on the Vanderbilt children’s hospital that bears his name. He served four years in U.S. Navy before becoming the owner of Central Parking Corp., growing the company from 10 parking lots to 4,000 facilities worldwide. As a philanthropist, he gave generously to local institutions including the children’s hospital, many area schools, Cheekwood Botantical Gardens, Nashville Symphony and many more. In 2005, he was made a Knight of St. Gregory The Great by Pope John Paul II.

Prince Iworah '11

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    Prince Iworah '11 holds court every Sunday on the gridiron as a cornerback for the San Francsico 49ers. While he was a member of the Father Ryan Irish football team where he played running back, Prince was an All-State selection during his senior season in 2010 when he rushed 182 times for 1,096 yard and 11 touchdowns.

    After graduating from Ryan, he played at Western Kentucky University where he converted to cornerback. His senior year he recorded 2 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, 11 passes defended, and four interceptions. Prince was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL draft and has been taking names ever since.
     

Chris Ring '05

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    On December 4, 2015, former Navy SEAL Chris Ring ’05 became the first American ever to swim the length of the Mississippi, travelling more than 2,350 miles through 10 states in 181 days. Working with the Legacies Alive program, Chris completed the trek to salute fallen soldiers and the families they left behind. “The most important thing right when I crossed (the finish line), I looked over to where the boat was carrying all these gold star families,” Ring told CBS This Morning days after his achievement. “Seeing them just so happy and together was the best experience.” A Navy combat veteran, Ring has served his country in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Melissa Poe Hood '98

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    Back in 1989, before she had even reached double digits in age, nine-year-old Melissa Poe Hood ’98 set out to expose American children to the impending dangers of climate change and established Kids for a Clean Environment. In less than a year, Hood had appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, convinced sympathetic billboard owners to give her group free ad space, and used other media exposure to help Kids F.A.C.E grow from six members in middle Tennessee to more than 300,000 across the country. Even today, though the general public is more cognizant of our rapidly changing climate, many world leaders, especially those in the United States, continue to turn their backs to environmental concerns. Hood’s story reminds us that the smallest voices can make the biggest impacts.

Jim McCann '92

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    After getting his start writing scripts for television and film back in the 1990s, author Jim McCann ’92 moved to New York City in 2004 and never looked back. The Marvel Comics writer won an Eisner Award in 2011 for his work on the graphic novel Return of the Dapper Men, which hauled in five Eisner nominations overall. In 2016, McCann decided to give back to his alma mater by donating a wide-ranging collection of graphic novels and comic books to the Neuhoff Library.

Keith Alberstadt '91

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    Keith Alberstadt ’91 began his career in comedy just down the road from Father Ryan High School at Zanies Comedy Night Club. In fact, he first discovered his love for the craft when he emceed the Father Ryan talent show as a senior back in 1991. Alberstadt now calls New York City home, and the Father Ryan grad has carved out an illustrious career as a stand-up comedian with his own tour. In addition, he has contributed to such programs as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, and he has made guest appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Stephen Zralek '90

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    Stephen Zralek ’90, a business and intellectual property litigation attorney for Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, has represented a number of celebrities and politicians in legal disputes. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1997, Zralek quickly established himself as one of the most reliable attorneys in his field throughout the southeast. Zralek is active in the Nashville political scene and serves as vice chair of the board for Conexión Américas, a nonprofit organization that helps immigrant families integrate into their communities and “realize their aspirations for social and economic advancement.”

Britt Hunt '86

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    Britt Hunt ’86 is the founder and CEO of The Britt Hunt Company Delivers, the largest distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza. TBHC services more than 3,200 locations in 14 different states and is one of the largest convenience store distributors in the entire southeast. In 2012, Hunt purchased a majority share of St. Louis-based dining services contractor Pedestal Foods, which operates the dining facilities for dozens of senior living communities, universities, and schools, including Father Ryan.

Russell Wigginton '84

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    Dr. Russell Wigginton ’84 is the Vice President for External Programs at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he graduated with a B.A. in history in 1988. Wigginton returned to academia in 1992 to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he taught courses in Rhodes’ history department from 1996 to 2004 before assuming a purely administrative role within the university. In 2006, Dr. Wigginton authored his first book, The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African-Americans and Sports, and he has since published several articles and essays on African-American social and labor history. An active member of the Memphis community, Wigginton has served on numerous boards in the area, including those for the National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Literacy Council, and the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

Nannette Baker '75

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    The Honorable Nannette A. Baker ('75) serves as Chief Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis. She has served as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals and became the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in 2008. Judge Baker previously held the position of Circuit Court Judge in the City of St. Louis. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she practiced law at two different St. Louis law firms after graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law. Judge Baker worked as a television news reporter, anchor and talk show host for 13 years before attending law school.

Luellen Hoffman '72

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    Luellen Hoffman ’72 has had a multi-faceted career as an adjunct professor at George Mason University, as a author of the award-winning book, “Special Dream” and as a columnist for a Chicago-based magazine for more than 15 years. Among other honors, she was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award from VNU/Nielsen Business Media.

MG Jim Myles '70

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    Major General (USA Ret.) Jim Myles ’70 has a 36-year career as an officer in the Army with numerous commands under his belt including Army Test and Evaluation Command, aviation brigade and battalion command and multiple assignments in the 160th special Operations Aviation Regiment. He retired after three years as commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. He currently serves as the Vice President of Aviaton Operations for DynCorpInternational. He received numerous medals while serving in the Army including the Superior Service Medal, Joint Serve Commendation Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Jim O'Hara '68

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    Jim O’Hara ’68 has spent more than 35 years in various roles in service to the community at large as an award-winning reporter and editor, senior federal public health official and national issues campaign manager. He served as Associate Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Food and Administration from 1993-1997, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health the Department of Health and Human Services from 1997 to 1999. During his time as a reporter for The Tennessean, he and a fellow reporter were finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for an extended investigation of corruption in Tennessee’s charity bingo industry.

Bishop David Choby '65

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    Bishop David Choby ’65 served as leader of the Catholic community in Nashville for 11 years. He has completed a number of assignments in service to the Diocese of Nashville, including pastor and administrator at four different parishes across the city and diocese. Bishop Choby is only the second “homegrown” priest in the diocese’s 169-year history to be tapped as its bishop; the others have all come from outside the diocese.

Charlie Strobel '61

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    Charlie Strobel ’61 is the founding director of Room In the Inn, a city-wide program made up of 190 congregations helping more than 30,000 people without a home find food and shelter throughout the winter season. When Strobel started the program in 1986, he had four congregations join him and now the 190 congregations include many denominations such as Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, the churches of Christ, Episcopal, Catholic, Adventist, Lutheran, evangelical, Jewish, Unitarian, Disciples of Christ, Congregationalist, Nazarene, African-Methodist Episcopal, and non-denominational communities. In 2013, Strobel won the Kopio Award from Lipscomb University, an award that honors those individuals who give of themselves in service to God and the community.

Randall Wyatt '55

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    Judge Randall Wyatt ’55 is a criminal court judge in Davidson County, a post to which he has been twice re-elected. He previously worked as a Metro Davidson County police officer, then as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served as an assistant district attorney before being elected judge of the Davidson County General Session Court. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959 with the rank of Sergeant.

John Seigenthaler '45

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    John Seigenthaler ’45 was a national civil rights activist and a legendary journalist. During his illustrious journalism career, he served as a reporter, editor and publisher for the Tennessean, as the founding editor of the USA Today editorial pages, as the creator of the First Amendment Center in Nashville and as the host of a weekly public television show “A Word on Words.” He worked in the Kennedy administration as an assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Both as a journalist and in his position in Kennedy the administration, Seigenthlaer worked tirelessly to champion racial equality. In 2014, Nashville’s Shelby Avenue pedestrian bridge was renamed in his honor.