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Alumni Association Advisory Board

The Alumni Advisory Board was formed in Spring 2002. In a change from the former Executive Committee of the TTU Alumni Association, this Board is comprised of 15 TTU alumni, representing all six colleges and every decade from the 1950s through the 1990s. The Board meets a minimum of twice a year, with subcommittees meeting more often as necessary. They are involved in all major decisions relating to Tennessee Tech Alumni Relations, including choosing affinity partners and making major expenditures, as well as offering products and services to alumni. Julie Mills Galloway is currently serving as president of the Alumni Association, and Tracey Narrie Duncan, director of Alumni Relations, serves as executive director.

Current Advisory Board members are:


Maggie Andersen (home economics '56)

Maggie AndersenAndersen is from Cookeville, graduating from TTU, with a major in Home Economics and a minor in Science. She was a Tech Cheerleader, Homecoming Queen and made "Who's Who in American Universities & Colleges." Andersen taught school for seven years and has been in real estate for 32 years. She recently retired as a realtor with American Way Real Estate Co. in Cookeville after 33 years.

She married Niels C. Andersen in 1962, and they have two sons, Christian and Ted Thanning. The couple lived in the Washington, D.C., area, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana and Kansas, before Andersen convinced her husband that Cookeville, Tenn., was the only place to be. They love it here!


Todd Blandin (business '92)

Todd BlandinBlandin recently became a firefighter for Cobb County, Ga., after a 20-year career in marketing and public relations. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Sautee Nacoochee, Ga., where Todd also volunteers as a lieutenant with the White County Fire Department. He is also involved with the Sautee Nacoochee Community Center and Piedmont College's Theatre Program.

While at TTU, Blandin was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, was active with the student chapter of the American Marketing Association and volunteered with the American Red Cross.


Julie Mills Galloway (political science '92, M.A. '95)

Julie Mills GallowayGalloway is well acquainted with Alumni Relations, having spent more than 10 years in the TTU Alumni Association. Director of our Division of Basic Business, she also advises the College of Business Administration Student Ambassadors and our collegiate 4-H chapter. Before this, Galloway was an area coordinator for our Division of Extended Education. She’s also a past president of the Tennessee 4-H Alumni Association.

Galloway lives in Cookeville and is married to Chris Galloway (business management '92), and they have a son, Clayton.


Lee Gatts (political science '13, M.A. '14)

Lee GattsLee Gatts is the Middle Tennessee Field Representative for Governor Bill Haslam. Gatts attained his undergraduate degree in Political science in 2013 and his Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology in May of 2014. During his time as a student at TTU, Gatts was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve as the Student Regent for the Tennessee Board of Regents, representing over 200,000 students. A member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, He currently serves as President of the Upper Cumberland Alumni Association. Gatts also served as Student Government Association President for two terms(2011–2012 and 2012–2013), being only the second student in SGA history to serve as President for two terms. Gatts also received the 2013 Derryberry Award upon completion of his undergraduate work.


Alan Guinn (history '75)

Alan GuinnCEO and managing director of The Guinn Consultancy Group, Inc., Guinn is recognized as an expert across a variety of businesses. GCG offers seminar and training content in human resources, finance and leadership/management to industry and government; the consultancy handles a variety of licensing of both retail and intellectual property.

Guinn has licensed his "Psyched for..." series of book titles since the success of his first book, Psyched for Life.He and his wife, Denise, live in Bristol, Tenn.


Randy Keifer (civil engineering '85)

Randy KeiferKeifer is owner/operator of Stone Steel, Inc., in Cookeville, and worked in Nashville in concrete construction for five years before moving back to Cookeville. A graduate of Leadership Putnam, Citizens Police Academy and Citizens Fire Academy, he's currently a member of WCTE-TV, the Chamber of Commerce and Cookeville United Soccer Club.

He's married to Melinda Keifer (home economics ’83).


Melinda Keifer (home economics '83)

Melinda KeiferKeifer is coordinator of Economic and Community Development for the City of Cookeville. Prior to her current position, she was the director of Community Development for the Tenn. Dept. of Economic and Community Development were she was responsible for the implementation of the Governor’s Three Star program. Keifer served as the executive director of CityScape, Cookeville’s Main Street program, from 1993 to 2003. As director, she and the board of directors were able to facilitate more than $9 million in public/private investment in downtown Cookeville, culminating with the completion of the $1.2 million Leslie Town Centre and the opening of the Cookeville Community Farmers Market.

She and her husband, Randy (civil engineering '85), have daughters, Amanda and Emily.


Keith Madison (business ’98, M.B.A. ’99)

Keith MadisonMadison is senior manager of Business Applications in TVA’s Information Technology organization. In addition to his role on the Alumni Advisory Board, Keith also serves on the TTU Black Alumni Advisory Board, serving as an alumni mentor. While on campus, he was active in many organizations, serving as president of both Alpha Phi Alpha and the Black Student Organization.

Madison lives in Chattanooga with his wife Sequanta (business ’98), and their two children, Jayden and Jaiya.


Becky Roberson Magura (education '80, M.S.'81)

Becky Roberson MaguraWith over 30 years of experience in production, educational outreach and management at public television station, WCTE, Becky Magura brings to any project a level of commitment necessary for success. She resides in Cookeville, Tenn., and serves on numerous regional and national boards.

She holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in Education from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, with an emphasis in Communications. She has years of experience in television production as an on-air host, producer and videographer. In 2006, Magura became WCTE’s fourth General Manager and has led the station team through digital transition in transmission and production as well as securing a second WCTE satellite studio. She is also currently serving as the Chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association’s Executive Board and on the Association of Public Television Stations Board of Trustees.


Lem McSpadden (industrial technology '71)

Lem McSpaddenMcSpadden is owner of A+ Home Inspection Services, a company that provides impartial inspections for both buyers and sellers, and owner of EnviroTENN, a mold and allergy testing and sampling service that assists home owners in determining mold and allergy related issues in the indoor environment. Before launching both ventures in 2001 and 2003 respectfully, he retired from Fleetguard after 30 years.

Along with his wife, Donna (business managment '75), McSpadden received the first-ever TBR Chancellor's Award for Philanthropy in April 2003. The couple resides in Cookeville.


Tammy Hayes Reynolds (business management '97, M.A. '00)

Tammy Hayes ReynoldReynolds is a certified senior professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and presently serves as Assistant HR director for Parallon Business Solutions, a subsidiary of HCA, in the Atlanta area. In addition to her role on the Alumni Advisory Board, Reynolds also serves on the TTU Black Alumni Advisory Board. She spent nearly 14 years on the TTU campus where she served as director of Minority Affairs and later, employment manager. In 2002, she completed a master's in educational leadership from Tennessee Tech.

Reynolds lives in Lawrenceville, Ga., with her husband, Glenn, and their two children, Trey and Kylana.


Eddie Roberts (agribusiness economics '85)

Eddie RobertsRoberts began his career with Mid-State Cooperative in Columbiana, Ala. He returned to Cleveland, Tenn., in 1988 to join Bradley Cooperative as assistant manager and was named general manager in 1995. While at Bradley Cooperative he was the general manager and treasurer of the Bradley/Bledsoe Counties Farmer’s Cooperative. Roberts served as a board member of the Bradley County Tri-State Exhibition Center as well as the Bradley County Agricultural Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2005, Eddie resigned his position at Bradley Cooperative to take a regional manager position with Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative where he oversees the business of 19 Cooperative locations throughout Northern Alabama.

Roberts currently lives with his family in Decatur, Ala. He is married to Ann Gibson Roberts (biology '88), and they have two daughters.


Bedelia Hicks Russell (nursing '97)

Bedelia Hicks RussellRussell, a TTU assistant professor of the School of Nursing, is currently serving as interim director. She began her career as a staff nurse at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville and moved on to Vanderbilt University Medical Center before returning to Cookeville to teach. Russell earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt and is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and operating room nurse.

She is married to Tracy Russell (finance '94), and they have two daughters.


Brent Waugh (psychology '04)

Brent WaughBrent Waugh is assistant director for social media and online engagement at the University of Chicago Harris School for Public Policy Studies. Prior to the University of Chicago, Waugh worked in development communications as assistant director for communications at Colorado State University's Office of CSU Events and as events and media relations manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. Waugh began his career as a marketing specialist at Choice Spine in Knoxville, Tenn., later joining the Communications Arts faculty at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. A Phi Gamma Delta alum, Waugh served as SGA President and was named the 2003 Homecoming King and the 2004 recipient of the TTU Derryberry Award.

Waugh lives with his wife, Megan, in Chicago.


Randy Wilmore (business '82)

Randy WilmoreWilmore is chief executive officer of Family Health Group in Columbia, Tenn. After 10 years in the banking industry, he moved to healthcare, serving as administrator of the Frist Clinic and Nashville Medical Group and later as CEO of Mid-Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic. Wilmore is a past National TTU Alumni President and currently is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Alumni Advisory Board. He is currently a member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbia and has served as Chairman of the Maury County Family YMCA and the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance. He is a graduate of Leadership Maury and Leadership Middle Tennessee and is Past President of the Tennessee Medical Group Management Association (TMGMA) and the Southern Middle Tennessee MGMA Chapter. He was recognized in 2010 by the Theta Tau Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta with the Distinguished Fiji Award.

Wilmore is married to Lucinda (Cindy) Jeffreys Wilmore and has two sons, Taylor and Ryan.