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CCI Class Notes

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Janelle Cleaves (MS/IS ‘17) is the library services specialist for the Northgate Branch of the Chattanooga Public Library system in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Justin Crawford (BS/JEM ‘18) is a digital media specialist for Cox Media Group in New York City.

Jacqueline Gregory (MS/IS ‘11) is a librarian at Metro Nashville Public School Glenview Elementary in Nashville, Tennessee.

John McFarland (MS/IS ‘16) has been promoted to adult librarian for the Nashville Public Library Donelson Branch in Nashville, Tennessee.

Manda Sexton (MS/IS ‘15) is an assessment librarian and assistant professor at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Traci Wilson (BS/JEM ‘97) is executive producer for KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was awarded an Emmy (her second) for leading breaking news coverage the night of October 1, when a gunman killed 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas. At the time, she was the assistant news director for KTNV.


Alice Chapman (BA/CS ’94) is a managing partner of MP&F Strategic Communications, a communications firm in Nashville, Tennessee. She had been a partner at the agency since 2011.

Jeremiah Muhammad (BA/CS ’13) is a policy associate for Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago, Illinois. He previously worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy. 

John Troutman (BS/JEM ’82) recently received his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specializing in leadership for sales and marketing alignment from Argosy University in Atlanta. In November 2018, he joined the staff of Western Governors University as a marketing professor. 

Dr. Shali Zhang (MS/IS ’88) started her new position as dean of Auburn University Libraries this month. She was previously the dean of libraries and professor at the University of Montana. She is currently a member of CCI’s Board of Visitors and a former member of the SIS Advisory Board. 

MARCH 2019

Adam Alteri (BS/JEM ’12) is a producer for House Hunters International, which airs programs on HGTV. He works with a third-party production company hired by Discovery and puts together entire episodes, from story and locations to interview questions and schedule.

Josie Secher Ballin (BS/JEM ’89) is director of marketing and donor engagement for ArtsMemphis, the city’s largest arts support and funding resource for arts-mission based organizations in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.

Bruce Colbert’s (BS/JEM ’70) ninth book, Deuteronomy, will be published this summer by Blue Jade Press. The book chronicles the unknown conspiracy in the shooting death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Mike Costa (BS/JEM ’85) is vice president and general manager of the Alabama News Network in Montgomery, Alabama. The network consists of CBS, ABC, and CW affiliated stations.

Susan DeBonis (BS/JEM ’78 & PhD/C&I ’86) and J. Nicholas DeBonis (PhD/C&I ’87) are the Innkeepers for York House Inn in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the oldest operating bed and breakfast in Georgia. The venue is undergoing extensive renovations and will reopen in early 2020.

Andrew Plant (BS/AD ’88), principal of Plant Communications, joined the board of Star-C Programs, an Atlanta-based nonprofit sustainable model providing afterschool programs and other wraparound services to affordable housing communities. He chairs the board’s communications committee. Plant Communications is a virtual public relations agency primarily partnering with entrepreneurs in professional and financial services.

Charise Ragland (BS/JEM ’86) was promoted to director of national feed & gathering for the NBC News Channel in Charlotte, North Carolina, where  she has worked since 1991.

APRIL 2019

Richard Beaty (BA/CS ’90) is the Associate Director of Admissions at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.

Justin Crawford (BS/JEM ‘18) is an entertainment and lifestyle group assistant for NBCUniversal Media in New York City.

Bobby Fricks (BA/CS ’16) is a marketing coordinator for East Tennessee Spine & Sport Physical Therapy in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Courtney Gardner (BA/CS ’18) is a social media and event coordinator for Real Estate Investors of Nashville, Tennessee.

Cynthia Lozano (BS/PR ’16) is a database marketing specialist at TransUnion in Boca Raton, Florida.

Margo Pressley (BS/JEM ’12) is the event manager at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.  

Jeff Roberts (BA/CS ’15) is the communication coordinator for the University of Tennessee School of Music.