Joanna Archer Webster (’75) who writes under the pen name, Lee St. John, has published the third book in her She’s A Keeper series. Her humorous books focus on stories from her personal and professional experiences. The book is available on

David Williamson (’78), senior science adviser at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been elected as a vice president of the American Statistical Association.

Joseph Barrow Jr., Ed.D., (’80) was named Georgia’s Superintendent of the Year for 2017. The Georgia School Boards Association made the announcement at its annual conference. Barrow is serving his fourth year as superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools.

Dr. Louvenia Rainge (’83) was named The Dental College of Georgia’s 2016 Distinguished Alumna. She earned a bachelor’s in biology as a Georgia Southern undergraduate and practices general dentistry in Augusta, Georgia.

Jenny Gentry (’81) has joined Ameris Bank as market president for the Greater Savannah area. She oversees all core banking activities throughout Savannah and the surrounding areas.

Dawn Hall Cartee (’90, ’98, ’05), former president of Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, was named director of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Patrick Brodmann (’99) is now a commercial banker at Ameris Bank in Savannah. He has been with the bank for more than five years and focuses on further developing commercial banking relationships through the growth of business deposits and loans.

Lindsay Graham Bridges (’07) has been promoted to vice president, communications and member services at Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (EMC). Georgia EMC is a statewide trade association representing 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp, Georgia Transmission Corp and Georgia System Operations Corp.

2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities Sculptures
Shaunté Francois (’15) designed the 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities. The sculptures were handcrafted using copper and bronze metal, and mounted on mahogany wood bases. The lotus flower, representing the power and beauty of nature, symbolically rises above the stylized city silhouette. Francois collaborated with Professor Christina Lemon, art facilities technician Jason McCoy, art student Madeline Shelor and other Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art students to produce the lovely awards. Georgia Southern supporter and Statesboro native Betty Foy Sanders was among the 12 recipients of the award. The former Georgia first lady has generously contributed to the University through scholarships and donations of her own artwork. She also established a permanent exhibit on the Georgia Southern featuring the works of Georgia artists.


Raygan Evans (’01) has been promoted from senior manager to partner at Bennett Thrasher, Atlanta’s eighth largest accounting firm. Evans coordinates tax consulting and compliance services to closely held corporations, partnerships and individuals.

Channie Frazier (’07) was named Georgia’s Pre-K Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017. Frazier has been the lead pre-kindergarten teacher at Kids World Learning Center in Statesboro since 2007. Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal was at the private day care center when Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) made the announcement. DECAL honored two teachers — one from a private childcare center and the other from a public school system. Frazier is serving as an ambassador around the state for Georgia’s Pre-K program, making presentations, attending meetings and modeling effective classroom practices.

Edgar Smith (’01) was recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2016 Georgia Rising Star. He is an attorney with HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick. Super Lawyers, is a rating service that identifies lawyers who have achieved distinction in the practice of law.

Roy “Casey” Washburn III (’00) was promoted to senior vice president of Exchange Bank in Milledgeville, Georgia.