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Chrissy Newton Brooks
Class of 1999
Notes
is among those honored by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal in its "40 under 40" list for 2015. The annual list recognizes "diverse young leaders who share a passion for making a difference." News Release: Chrissy Newton Brooks, 37, Senior director of national accounts, DeRoyal Industries Chrissy Newton Brooks equips doctors across the country with medical devices from DeRoyal Industries. Newton Brooks, DeRoyal's senior director of national accounts, represents the medical manufacturing company with one of the largest group purchasing organizations (GPO) in the country. "The vast majority of our products are sold through GPOs, and Chrissy is the face of DeRoyal to our largest, longest-standing GPO partner," wrote DeRoyal CEO Brian DeBusk in nominating her. "Chrissy's commitment to excellence and ever-present professionalism, coupled with her endless supply of energy and dynamic personality, are key attributes that make her so successful within our company. She represents a broad portfolio of products and services across a large base of over 2,500 hospitals, which requires her to identify and solve customer challenges on a daily basis." Newton Brooks manages GPO contracts for DeRoyal, allowing its medical devices and equipment to be purchased at negotiated prices by hospitals and physicians' offices. "I enjoy interacting with the key decision-makers in health care," she says. "We meet with all of the people that represent all the major hospitals and listen to what they need. A lot of these hospitals are having to do a lot more with a lot less, so we try to find ways to add value." DeRoyal leaders hired Newton Brooks as a business analyst in 1999 after they heard her present her senior thesis from Maryville College on the economic impact of an interfaith clinic to a hospital's board of directors. She joined the company's product management department, where she spent a decade learning about different products and worked with product engineers, including a team that was trying to improve medical fluid suction devices used during surgery. "The seal around the top of the canister is what the issue was," Newton Brooks says. Newton Brooks suggested using an adhesive similar to the kind used on flypaper to provide a better seal. She is credited on the patent for her part in designing the device. DeRoyal leaders promoted her to her current role in 2010, where she's been guiding the company's sales and marketing strategies and pursuing opportunities to expand the business into new markets. "Most recently, we implemented a new revenue enhancement system," she says. "We have learned from hospitals that they have to do things quicker and better with less people and we believe technology is the way to do that." Newton Brooks also chairs Maryville College's Business Advisory Board, where she hopes she's helping the school's graduates get a successful start in their careers. "At a time when career services is competitive, we want to make sure our students have the best opportunities moving forward," she says. BIO Education: Bachelor's degree, business and organization management, Maryville College; MBA, University of Tennessee Professional service and recognition: Member, Association of National Account Executives and Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute; inaugural member, Value-Based Medical Technology Association Community service: Chair, Business Advisory Board, Maryville College; violinist, Maryville College Orchestra; co-chair, United Way of Blount County Young Leaders Society campaign What she likes to do in her free time: Spend time with friends and her husband, Jason, and their children, Mary-James and Hall Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Sutton Brown
Class of 1976
Notes
who owns Brown's and Hardware store is an old-time country store with newfangled ideas. While the groceries are fresh and up to date, the same can't be said for the items for sale in the hardware section of the store. "We have old fuses and stuff that you just can't find at Walmart," said Jonathan Kent. Much of the hardware in stock was designed to fit plumbing and electrical fixtures from the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the store's customers travel from North Carolina and Virginia to purchase hard-to-find items. That includes apple butter kettles and two-man apple peelers and all sorts of unusual gadgets. While the inside of the hardware section of the store looks like it is still the 1950s, the store's roof is definitely 21st century. Row after row of new solar panels crowd the roof of the hardware section and the nearby warehouse. The panels have been installed over the past three weeks by one man, Josh Guy of Mountaineer Electric of Vilas, N.C. Guy finished the installation Tuesday. The panels should be connected to the grid by the end of this week. As a result of Guy's installation and the vision of store owner Sutton Brown, the old-timey store now has bragging rights in Carter County. Its solar panels can generate 44 kilowatts of electricity from the sun. That is remarkable because when the system is connected to the grid this week, Ken Markland of the Elizabethton Electric Department said Brown's output will be three times larger than Security Federal Bank, which produces 15 kilowatts from its panels. Guy said the installation of the wiring for the panels was difficult because the store and other electric customers were on an old 120/240 volt three-phase delta line, but Markland said it was not a problem for Elizabethton Electric engineers, and they worked with Guy on the connections. Markland said the system will have its own meter to measure how much power the panels are producing. The readings from that meter will be subtracted from the amount of electricity the store consumed each month. If the store used more electricity than the panels produced, the electric bill will be the reduced figure. If the panels produced more electricity than Brown's consumed, the store will not have to pay anything for that month and credit will be applied to the next month's bill. At the end of the year, the meter readings will be added up and if there is a credit of more than $200, Markland said Brown will receive a refund check. Guy said there are grants available for the installation of solar panels. He said Brown's was unable to qualify for a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture because Hampton was not considered rural enough at the time of the grant application. He said that has now changed and the USDA now considers Hampton to be rural, and its grants can be awarded to homes and businesses in the Hampton area. Markland said that even with grants and Tennessee Valley Authority incentives, solar panels have a long return on investment, but that is not the main concern of most people installing them. "It is not really a business investment. You can't use them to make a profit, but they can reduce your carbon footprint," Markland said. That means that Brown's can have a big impact on the market for 1930s implements, while its carbon footprint leaves a small impact on the environment. (Article on Facebook, sent in by Ed Best) http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/120868/old-time-country-store-goes-solar
Heather Mathis Bryan
Class of 2006
Birth
a daughter, Hadley Nora Bryan on October 24, 2014.
John Byron Campbell
Class of 1991
Birth
and wife Ann have adopted a son (Cruz Franklin Campbell) from Seoul, South Korea. Cruz was born Oct. 16, 2010. They have 2 other children, Chloe Campbell, born 6/24/1999 and Allie Campbell born 4/10/2001. John is a 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell, TN.
James Merritt Cates
Class of 1958
Memoriam
age 85, of Powell, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015. Jim was born on January 31, 1930, in Blount County, to Merritt and Grace Cates. He was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell. Jim was a graduate of Young High, Maryville College, and the University of Tennessee. Jim was a Korean War Veteran with the US Air Force. He was a member of Longstreet Zollicoffer Camp 87 Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was an educator for forty years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, which began in Rome, Georgia and ended in Knoxville, Tennessee at Farragut High School until his retirement. Jim participated in football, wrestling, and track in college. He coached these sports and cross country in Georgia and Tennessee. He was voted two times as Wrestling Coach of the Year in Georgia and two times in Tennessee. Jim was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014 and into the Farragut Hall of Fame in January 2015. Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father, Grace and Merritt Cates; sister, Penelope Cates Bishop; brothers, Charles T. Cates, III, Joe Y. Cates, and Hannum M. Cates. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Sherry Watson Cates; daughter, Angela Brown and husband Kenny, of Rome, Georgia; sons, James Cates, Jr. and wife Deanna, of Columbia, South Carolina and John Cates and wife Stephanie, of Milton, Georgia; step-son, Chad Capps and wife Joanna, of Johnson City, Tennessee; grandchildren, Zachary Brown and wife Amy, of Asheville, North Carolina, Hollie Brown Collins and husband Joseph, of Mt. Airy, Georgia, Jacob Brown, of Rome, Georgia, Merritt Cates, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Lea and Ben Cates, of Columbia, South Carolina, Chance, Blake, Jack, and Jessica Cates, of Milton, Georgia, Luke and Anna Lee Capps, of Johnson City, Tennessee; and great-grandchild, Maya June Brown; brothers, Steve (Shirley) Cates, of Oak Ridge, Pete (Judy) Cates, of Powell; several nieces and nephews.
Herb H. Catlin
Class of 1955
Memoriam
80, of Cookeville, TN formerly of Bay City, MI, will have a memorial service on Saturday, November 1st at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City, MI where Rev. Ann Grady will officiate. The Committal of his ashes have already taken place in Cookeville, TN. Fr. Catlin died Sunday morning, October 12, at his log home in Tennessee with his family by his side. He was born October 14, 1933 in Ogdensburg, NY to the late Herbert H. Catlin and Mary Grennon Wilmot and stepfather Leo Wilmot. He was a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy High School, in Ogdensburg New York. In 1955 he graduated with a B.A. from Maryville College in Maryville, TN. On June 18, 1955 he married Elizabeth G. Gilmer from Hammond, NY, who survives him. In 1958, he received his Masters in Divinity from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. Upon graduation from Seminary, Herb and Betty moved to Cookeville, TN where he was ordained deaconate in 1958 and ordained to the priesthood in 1959. He served as Vicar of St. Michael's Episcopal Church and the University Center from 1958-1962. In 1962, he and Betty moved back home to Ogdensburg, NY where he was the Curate for St. John's Episcopal until 1964. In 1964, he was called to serve as the Rector of Calvary Memorial Church, in Saginaw, MI until 1973 when he moved to Bay City, MI and became the Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, until his retirement in 1994. During their time in Michigan, Herb and Betty raised a son, Stephen and a daughter, Sarah. Herb and Betty were married 59 years, until his death on October 12, 2014. Upon retirement, they returned to Cookeville, TN and built a beautiful log house where they lived for over 20 years. His wife still resides in Cookeville. While living in Cookeville, Herb and his wife were active members of St. Michael's Church. He actively taught bible classes on Sundays, and served as a retired clergy for the church. He faithfully returned to his alumni of Maryville College each year, where he and other alumni spent a week building and preserving the historic campus. He served where ever he was needed. He took many trips to Israel where he studied Hebrew, and volunteered at Kibbutz Ramat HaShofet, either milking the cows or, his favorite being a shepherd of the sheep. Fr. Catlin was a gentle man who touched many lives, and was loved by so many people. Rev. Catlin is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) G. Catlin; one daughter, Sarah E. DuFresne (Brian) of Bay City, MI; one son, Stephen M. Catlin (Jennifer Brown) of Washington D.C.; grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Benjamin and Samuel; two sisters Lea (John) Kucharski, Sherry (Paul) Theodore; a brother, Joe Wilmot; and brother in-law, Wayne Gilmer; and by several nieces and nephews.
Sue Clarke Cox
Class of 1946
Memoriam
passed away on Friday, October 3, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband George. Funeral services were 11:00 am Oct. 7 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church with Rev. Dr. Robert G. Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park. Visitation is 5-7 pm Oct. 6 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church or the Pat Summit Foundation (Alzheimer's research).
Linda Trostle Culver
Class of 1984
Notes
and husband, Lyn are enjoying their new job title "Traveling full time in a RV" after retiring.
Bill Howard Dartnell
Class of 1954
Memoriam
passed away March 20, 2014 due to a house fire at his home in Toms Brook, Virginia
Chad W. Davis
Class of 2003
Birth
and wife Lora announce the birth of Liam Davis on July 24, 2013.
Houston Lee Davis
Class of 2014
Notes
is currently interpreting at Pellissippi State Community College and Visual Communication Interpreting (VIC) in Knoxville and East Tennessee. In the past Houston has interpreted at Maryville College and mentored interpreting students in work study jobs while a student.
Delena Gray Diaz
Class of 2013
Marriage
They got engaged on July 11th, 2013 on the Pont Des Arts Bridge in Paris, France. After a photography tour with his family brought them to the bridge, they bought a lock and personalized it. They placed a lock onto the bridge and turned to throw away they key. While posing for pictures as she threw the key, Tony got down on one knee. Once Delena finally turned around, he proposed with the most beautiful ring! They were married on October 11, 2014
Tony Antonio Diaz
Class of 2013
Marriage
got engaged on July 11th, 2013 on the Pont Des Arts Bridge in Paris, France. After a photography tour with his family brought them to the bridge, they bought a lock and personalized it. They placed a lock onto the bridge and turned to throw away the key. While posing for pictures as she threw the key, Tony got down on one knee. Once Delena finally turned around, he proposed with the most beautiful ring! They were married on October 11, 2014
Wayne Hubert Dunn
Class of 1978
Memoriam
age 58, died unexpectedly on Monday, December 8, 2014. He was 58. Born in Dover, NJ he was raised in Rockaway Borough and graduated from Morris Hills High School in 1974. He graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee in 1980, where he was named a Kodak Division 3 All-American Football Player and 3-time All-American Wrestler. Wayne remained in Tenn., and taught physical education at Webb School in Knoxville, TN, where he coached football, and began the wrestling and girls golf programs. He moved to Hampton Twp., NJ and worked for UPS for 17 years, also assisting with the wrestling team at Kittatinny High School. Later, Wayne relocated to Spring Hill, TN and started the wrestling program at Summit High School, working there for two years. He was currently an assistant football coach at Morris Knolls High School in Denville, where he was just named head coach of their wrestling team. Wayne was a great athlete, and a member of the Maryville College Athletic Hall of Fame, the Blount County (Tenn.) Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame. He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Jamie; his sister, Kathleen "Katie" Dunn; and his step-father, William Dunn. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Mary Lou of 38 years; his mother, Norma Jean Dunn of Hope; his father, Donald Ramsey of Alaska; two children: Kelli Dunn-Roberts (& Aaron) of Murfreesboro, TN, and Matthew Tyler Dunn (& Ellen) of Kingston, GA; a granddaughter Killian Roberts; three step-grandchildren: Charlotte, Mary and Isaac; two brothers: Will Dunn of Rockaway and John Dunn of Wharton; and his sister: Maureen Dunn-Graham of Virginia Beach, VA. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Dec. 15th at 3:00 PM at the United Methodist Church of the Rockaways, 1 Hoagland Ave, Rockaway. A private cremation will follow. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14th from 4:15 - 8:00 PM at the Whitham-Kanapaux Funeral Home, 20 Keller Ave, Rockaway.
Robert F. Durant
Class of 1970
Notes
Why Public Service Matters: Public Managers, Public Policy, and Democracy. Why Public Service Matters conveys the importance, purpose, and nobility of a career as a civil servant in the United States. It does so, however, with an unflinching eye on the realpolitik that drives public administration in America's "compensatory state" and on the pitfalls of reformers' focus on bureaucratic, rather than democratic, administration. The book links the nation's ability to handle contemporary policy problems with the strategic, tactical, and normative quality of public management. In doing so, it offers newcomers a rare, concise, and accessible overview of the field. Readers will gain an appreciation for the challenges, choices, and opportunities facing public managers as they help advance a sense of common purpose informed by democratic constitutional values in twenty-first century America.
Kelly Esmonde Edwards
Class of 2003
Birth
and husband Brian announce the birth of Kellen Edwards in September 2014. Their other children are Kayden 10, Kamryn 8 and Konner 7,
Shelby Denise Edwards
Class of 2013
Notes
is living and Interpreting in NYC. She is currently interpreting 6 days per week, working three days of the week with New York's Department of Education and free lancing the other three days. This free lancing is with Empire Interpreting Services in NY. In addition to interpreting, she is taking advantage of living in NY and joined a Deaf Theatre group, the New York Deaf Theatre. Their first show, Jekyll and Hyde opened November 7, 2014. She is the assistant stage manager and reportedly is "loving it so much!" She has met and worked with incredible deaf actors and the entire play is in ASL.
Keith Arnold Ellis
Class of 2007
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earned his PhD in East-West Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2014.
Nelson Ernest
Class of 1948
Memoriam
age 91 of Stroudsburg, PA, died Saturday, February 21, 2015 after a short stay in Hospice care. Born January 10, 1924 in Spruce Hill, Juniata County, he was the second son of the late Melvin J. Ernest and Maude (Kurtz) Ernest. Nelson was the loving husband of Martha (Scanlon) Ernest. Nelson was born on the family farm and attended a one room schoolhouse, then Port Royal high school. He served with the Merchant Marines during WWII in the South Pacific. After the war, he graduated from Maryville College, (TN) and the University of Michigan earning a Master's degree in music education. He became the head of the music department for the North Plainfield, NJ, public school system where he taught instrumental music and led the marching band for 42 years. In addition, Nelson enjoyed playing French horn with the Westfield NJ community band, East Stroudsburg University orchestra and the Stroudsburg Centennial band. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Plainfield, NJ, where he was a church elder and sang in the choir. In addition Nelson arranged music and played French horn in a church quartet. Recently, he attended the Stroudsburg Methodist Church. Upon retirement, Nelson became a docent at Carnegie Hall in New York. He and Martha traveled extensively both in the United States and abroad, and spent summers at their cottage in Pocono Pines that he built with his son. His true joy in life was spending time with his family. In addition to his wife Martha, Nelson is survived by his daughter, Miriam Bandfield of Marion, IA, daughter, Cynthia Ernest of Pawtucket, RI, and his son, Timothy Ernest of Stroudsburg, PA; daughter-in-law, Wendy Ernest and son-in-law, Peter Bandfield; his grandchildren Laura, Jesse, and Anna Bandfied; Jessica Matthews, Jennifer Wenner & husband Jason; and great-granddaughter Macey Wenner.
David Leon Evans
Class of 1981
Notes
retired in 2012 from the USAF/ANG following 28 years of service. Post retirement he has joined Professional Project Services (Pro2Serve) and serves as Vice President of National Security Programs.