We’re proud to celebrate the noteworthy achievements and life changes of fellow Petrels.
The alumni updates listed here have been submitted since January 1, 2023.
Tell us about a new job, promotion, news coverage, award, government appointment, wedding, birth or adoption, or other noteworthy milestone. We want to keep your classmates up to date on your latest news and celebrate your accomplishments!
Ted Kallman ’68 has recently had his historical monograph, “The Kingdom of God Is at Hand, The Christian Commonwealth in Georgia, 1896-1901” published by The University of Georgia Press. He continues to teach history online at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. His first grandson, Theo Robert Meyer, was born on September 9, 2021.
Chris Raths ’81 has recently retired. He has volunteered regularly at a half-way house for the last several years, and is an avid runner. Last year he ran up Pike’s Peak, and hiked 1,800 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He will be completing the trail through New Hampshire and Maine in June before driving and camping his way to Alaska
Kimberly Barrett Strickland ’84 has recently moved back to Georgia, after 36 years away, to be closer to her family. She is now teaching at Augusta Technical College. While previously living in Utah, Kimberly earned a master’s and doctorate in technical writing at Utah State University.
Donna Adair Breault ’88 assumed the role of Acting Provost and Executive Vice President for New Jersey City University in October 2022. Donna joined NJCU as the Dean of the College of Education in July 2021. This new role came at a time when the university is facing financial challenges. Donna has worked with faculty, staff, and unions to make difficult but necessary cuts to secure the university’s future and its vital mission as an Hispanic-Serving Institution with a student body whose median household income is $42,000.
Ron Bennett ’92 joined the City of Johns Creek as Assistant City Manager in February of 2023. Prior to joining the City, Ron was a partner in the law firm of Carothers & Mitchell. There he represented many local governments over the course of 18 years, including Johns Creek, Flowery Branch and Bethlehem. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is a certified mediator registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
Miah Jeffra ’99 released their fourth book, American Gospel: A Novel in Three Parts, at The Museum of Museums in Seattle during the 2023 Associated Writers and Writers Programs Conference in March. American Gospel is published with Black Lawrence Press (New York) and will be featured in the 2023 Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans.
Kristi Dosh ’03 has signed with a publisher for her debut novel, which will be published under the pen name Savannah Carlisle. Harpeth Road Press will publish Savannah Carlisle’s debut romantic fiction title in the summer of 2024.
JoAnn Tippett ’04 currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her husband Matt, who is a retired Army Medic. She recently began her career as an Employment Consultant at Strive Colorado, providing different types of vocationally based employment related services to individuals with developmental disabilities. In her spare time, she spends time with her 3 dogs: Samson, Bailey, and Herbie.
Jewel Thompson ’10 is Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Ashesi University. She recently received a $100,000 grant to develop a learning platform for West African women entrepreneurs, and was recently honored among Georgia State University’s 40 Under 40.
Alec B. Prince ’11 will graduate in May 2023 from Georgia State University with a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling. In the fall, he will join GSU’s Counselor Education and Practice Ph.D. program.
Christopher Huff ’12 is the diversion and reentry policy analyst with Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago. He is overseeing the planning of the 2023 Access Living Accessible Public Safety Conference in June 2023, which will deliver a robust and cohesive set of disability-centered community support services to prevent people with disabilities from encountering the American criminal system and better support them in sustaining progress in the community.
Deanna Ashworth Smith ’15 received her master’s degree from the University of Denver in library and information science, with a focus in data management and archiving. She was recently promoted to the lead archivist and collections manager at the Powell Museum and Archives in Page, Arizona, a partner of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Rosemary Hale Surace ’16 recently published a textbook on the treatment of chronic pain and other psychosomatic conditions using yoga psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is currently a primary care psychologist in the Indianapolis area.
Rachel Roller ’17 recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a master’s in industrial/organizational psychology and started a new career as a people analyst. She moved to Durham, NC with her partner Matt and they are set to be married in early 2024.
David Swillum ’21 will graduate in May from Texas Christian University with his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership, where he has been serving as a graduate assistant in student athlete development.
Danyelle Briggs ’22 is a middle school teacher with KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. She has recently finished her first year as a teacher resident while receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching. She has been offered a full-time lead teacher position beginning in the fall teaching underserved communities.