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National Alumni Association Board of Directors

January 2013 - June 2014

National Executive Officers

VaughnAnita Vaughn (BA '77, MPA '82)
President
CEO, Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women

Anita, Association Life Member, is serving her sixth year on the National Board. She was named as Outstanding Alumna of the College of Arts & Sciences in 2005. Vaughn and her husband, James, also an Association Life Member, have one son. She has worked in the Baptist Health Care system for 40 years and is currently administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.


PrescottAllie Prescott (BA '69, JD '72)
Past President
President, Allie Prescott & Partners;
Senior Advisor, Waddell & Associates, Inc. Wealth Strategists

Allie, Association Life Member and past president of the University of Memphis Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors during the University's Centennial, is serving his sixth year on the National Board. In 2002, Prescott was named Outstanding Alumnus from the College of Arts & Sciences and Distinguished Alumnus from the University in 2003. A native Memphian, he is the owner of a consulting company, Allie Prescott & Partners LLC. In addition, Allie is the Senior Advisor at Waddell & Associates, Inc. Wealth Strategists. He and his wife, Barbara (BSEd ’71, MEd ’73), have two children, Allie and Allison (BA ’06).


chenWei Chen (IMBA '98)
Vice President for Communication
Founder and CEO, Sunshine Enterprise, Inc.

Wei, Association Annual Member, is serving his fifth year on the National Board. Chen received the Fogelman College of Business’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008. He is the founder and CEO of Sunshine Enterprise Inc., a Memphis-based multinational corporation that manages logistics and manufacturing operations in the U.S. and in China. Chen met his wife, Isabell (MS ’98, PhD ’01), while pursuing his IMBA. They are the parents of three young children.


BarnettKim Barnett (BA '95, EMBA '99)
Vice President for Membership
Director of CTCE, Southwest Tennessee Community College

Kim, Association Life Member, is serving his seventh year on the National Board. He was the president of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Chapter from 2005-06. Barnett is a retired senior manager at FedEx and is the current Director of CTCE at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He and his wife, Phyllis, have two children.


DeGutisRenee DeGutis (BS '83)
Vice President for Programs and Events
Personal Accountant

Renee, Association Life Member, is serving her ninth year on the National Board. As a former Color Guard member of the Mighty Sound of the South, DeGutis says the Band Alumni Chapter holds a special place in her heart; she is an active volunteer on that board. She currently works with the Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis.


National Executive Board of Directors

Terms Expire 6/30/2014

ChildersThe Honorable Butch Childers (BBA '71, JD '74)
Circuit Court Judge, State of Tennessee

Robert “Butch” Childers, Association Life Member, is serving his seventh year on the National Board. In 2002, he received the University's highest honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Childers and his wife, Amy Amundsen (JD ’87), also an Association Life Member, are both on the board of the Law Alumni Chapter, where Childers served as co-chair of the Grand Opening Gala for the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Amundsen served as gala speakers committee co-chair. He is a Shelby County Circuit Court judge.


youngRoberto Young (BEE '02, BSCE '03)
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
*Atlanta, GA

Roberto, Association Life Member, is serving his fourth year on the National Board.  He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he is a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. While at the U of M, Young played football. He attended Harvard Business School for his MBA.


Karimeh McDanielKarimeh McDaniel (BA '02)
First Vice President, Raymond James & Associates

Karimeh, Association Life Member, is serving her first year on the National Board. She is First Vice President at Raymond James & Associates. Karimeh has been very active in the Alumni Association as a founding member of the Young Alumni Committee and co-founder of the group's True Blue 5k. As a student at the U of M, she was Student Government president and a Student Ambassador Board member. Karimeh and her husband, Spencer, also a Life Member, have two children.


kustoffDavid Kustoff (BBA '89, JD '92)
Attorney/Partner, Kustoff & Strickland, PLLC

David, Association Life Member, is serving his fifth year on the National Board. In 2007, he received the Outstanding Young Alumnus award from the U of M. In 2006, Kustoff was appointed as the U.S. District Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. He serves on the U of M Board of Visitors.  He is a partner with Kustoff and Strickland, PLLC. He and his wife, Roberta (JD ’98), have two young children.


Terms Expire 6/30/2015

hartRon Hart (BBA '81, MBA '83)
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
*Atlanta, GA

Ron, Association Life Member, is serving his third year on the National Board. Ron is a nationally recognized financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He is a syndicated columnist whose work appears in 30 newspapers weekly, appears on CNN, and has been quoted in numerous publications. He is also the author of the book There is No Such Thing as a Pretty Good Alligator Wrestler. Mr. Hart was the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Ron and his wife, Jackie (BN ’88), live in Atlanta, GA.


robertsonEric Robertson (BA '03)
President, CommunityLIFT

Eric, Association Annual Member and former president of the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter, is serving his fourth year on the National Board. He is the president of CommunityLIFT and very involved in the Memphis community, including having graduated from the Leadership Memphis Executive Program. Robertson received the 2007 Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter Outstanding Alumnus Award.


gabrionDana Gabrion (BA '98)
Co-Executive Producer, America's Next Top Model
Owner, Talbot Heirs Guesthouse

Dana, Association Life Member, is serving her third year on the National Board of Directors. Dana is currently the co-executive producer of the TV show America’s Next Top Model. She also has worked on various film and television projects including The Rainmaker, MTV’s Sports and Music Festival II, The Sweetest Thing, and Scream III.  Aside from her entertainment career, Dana is also the proprietor of the Talbot Heirs Guesthouse in Memphis. She was the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumna Award. Dana currently resides in Venice, CA.


stricklandJim Strickland (BBA '86, JD '89)
Attorney/Partner, Kustoff & Strickland, PLLC., Memphis City Council Chairman

Jim, Association Life Member, is serving his sixth year on the National Board. He was elected to the Memphis City Council in 2007 and is an attorney/partner with Kustoff & Strickland. Strickland and his wife, Melyne, have two children.


Terms Expire 6/30/2016

Andrew BaileyAndrew Bailey (BBA '00, EMBA '05)
Marketing Principal, FedEx Services

Andrew, Association Life Member, is serving his first year on the National Board. Drew is the marketing principal at FedEx Services. He was named the 2010 Distinguished Young Alumnus for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Chapter. Drew is the Vice President Imeritus of the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter and is a guest professor with the College of Business. During his time as a student at the U of M, Drew served as Student Government and Student Ambassador Board President, Student Activities Council Vice President, and Mr. U of M. He and his wife, Melody, have three children.


Greg SiskinGreg Siskin (BBA '85, MBA '00)
President, Ultimate Dental

Greg, Association Life Member, is serving his first year on the National Board. He has been a loyal University of Memphis sports fan his whole life. He is on the board of the Cooperate Relationship Board for the American Association of Endodontic. Greg is president of Ultimate Dental, which is a sponsor of the Penny Hardaway Basketball classic. He and his wife have two children.


NorrisMarla Johnson Norris (BA '81)
Founder and CEO, Aristotle, Inc.
*Little Rock, AR

Marla, Association Annual Member, is serving her fourth year on the National Board. She is the founder and CEO of Aristotle, Inc. and resides in Little Rock, AR. She was honored with the U of M Distinguished Alumna Award in 2005 and has served on the University's Board of Visitors.


Jamie RussellJamie Russell (BBA '02)
Senior Marketing Manager, First Tennessee

Jamie, Association Life Member, is serving his first year on the National Board. Prior to being named to the National Board, he served for many years on the Young Alumni Committee where he worked primarily on the True Blue 5K. Jamie and his wife, Lauren (BA, 04), are both Life Members of the Association and have two daughters. He has worked at First Tennessee for nine years and is currently a Senior Marketing Manager working with the Small Business segment. 


Advisors to the Executive Director

ParkerDeanie Parker (BPS '77, MPA '88)
Past President
Retired President & CEO, Soulsville

Deanie, Association Life Member, is past president of the University of Memphis Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors. She is serving her seventh year on the National Board. She was the 2006 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumna Award. Parker is the retired CEO of Soulsville (Stax Museum of American Soul Music) and was instrumental in organizing the "50 Years of Soul" celebration. She is executive director of the Emmy-winning film project I Am a Man.


LongMark Long (BSEE '85)
Past President
Owner, Holliday Flowers, Inc.

Mark, Association Life Member, is past president of the University of Memphis Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors. He is serving his tenth year on the board. Long and his wife, Judy (BSEd ’74), own Holliday Flowers and have two sons and daughters-in-law who have all attended the U of M.


lawrenceJohn Lawrence (BA '94, MS '98)
Private Consultant
Acting Director, Livable Memphis

John, Association Life Member, became a member of the National Board in 2010. Lawrence has a long-standing tradition of supporting the U of M in his family, as his father, John (BS ’70), was president of the National Board and has served the University for decades. John is the third generation of U of M graduates, as his grandfather, John (Law ’38), is also an alumnus. John is currently serving as the Acting Director for Livable Memphis. He and his wife have a son.


BobangoJohn Bobango (JD '83)
Partner, Farris Bobango PLC

John, Association Life Member, has been a member of the National Board since 2009. He was active as president of the Law Alumni Chapter from 2008-09. Bobango is a partner/attorney with Farris Bobango PLC. He and his wife, Lisa (JD ’83), have two children.


Cathy RossCathy Ross (MBA '82)
Executive Vice President and CFO, FedEx Express

Cathy, Association Life Member, is serving her sixth year on the National Board. She received the University's highest honor, the Distinguished Alumna Award, in 2008. She currently serves on the board of directors of Steelcase Inc., and in 2008 was named to the board of directors of the National Civil Rights Museum. Ross is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at FedEx Express.


WrightRobert Wright (BS '77)
Professor, Chair of Prosthodontics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Robert Wright, Association Life Member, is serving his ninth year on the National Board. Dr. Wright is the director of Advanced Graduate Prosthodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.


KoskiJohn Koski (BA '88)
VP/General Manager, WHBQ TV, Fox 13

John, Association Life Member, is serving his tenth year on the National Board as Advisor to the Executive Director. Koski is the vice president/general manager of WHBQ-TV Fox 13 Memphis and has worked at the station for more than 25 years. He and his wife Whitney, also a Life Member of the Association, have three daughters.


VescovoThe Honorable Diane Vescovo (JD '80)
U.S. Magistrate Judge

Judge Diane Vescovo, Association Life Member, is serving her eigth year on the National Board as Advisor to the Executive Director. She is also active in the Law Alumni Chapter, having served as co-chair of the Grand Opening Gala of the Law School and is on the University's Board of Visitors. Vescovo has been a U.S. magistrate judge for the Western District of Tennessee since being appointed in 1995. She has two children, including one attending the U of M’s Law School, and is married to Mike McLaren, whose son is a recent graduate of the Law School.


JewellPaul Jewell (BA '78)
Marketing Director, The Commercial Appeal

Paul, Association Annual Member, is past vice president for communication and is serving his seventh year on the National Board as Advisor to the Executive Director. He is also on the Journalism Alumni Club’s board of directors after having served as president of that group. Jewell is the director of marketing for The Commercial Appeal.


holeman

National Executive Board of Directors member, Theopolis Holeman (BSET '71), lost his brief, yet very brave fight with cancer on September 12. His family will be in our thoughts during this time. Click here to donate to the Theopolis Holeman Memorial Scholarship Fund.

To contact the National Executive Board of Directors, please email alumniassociation@memphis.edu.

 

 

*On June 27, 2012, the Board of Directors voted unanimously and approved an amendment to the bylaws for the Centennial year. The amendment states the current National Executive Board of Directors will continue to serve throughout the Centennial year and a new slate of directors will be sent for approval in December of 2012. The 2013 Board of Directors will also serve for one and a half years.



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