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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 17 Tennessee Tech alumni, representing all six colleges and the School of Nursing, as well as every decade from the 1950s through 2014. 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.


Sid Francisco (accounting '64)

Sid FranciscoFrancisco is retired from the insurance industry, where he worked in Employee Benefits in sales and management for more than 40 years. During his time at Tech, Sid served as dorm president, ASB class representative, Senior Class president, ROTC Brigade Commander and a member of the Rebel Rifles. Upon graduation, he entered the Army and served on active duty for over five years and then with the Tennessee National Guard, retiring as a Colonel, after more than 28 years.

Francisco married his wife, Jo, in 1973, and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. They reside in Franklin, Tennessee, and Sandestin, Florida.


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 the TTU College of Business Student Success Center, 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 serving as the Grassroots Coordinator for Tennesseans for Student Success. He will be working with parents, teachers, students and supporters from each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Before joining TSS, Gatts served as the Middle Tennessee Field Director for the Bill Haslam for Governor campaign. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tennessee Tech, he went on to complete his masters degree in educational psychology and counseling education with a focus on disability and teacher training in the classroom. He is the owner of a small business and is a regular pianist. Gatts was only the second student in Tennessee Tech history to serve two terms as president of the student body, and he also served as the former student regent for the Tennessee Board of Regents.


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.


Kent Johnson (interdisciplinary studies '09)

Kent JohnsonCurrently employed by the City of Knoxville as a member of the Civil Service department, Kent Johnson's career background includes positions as an ergonomics program director and an industrial medicine coordinator. He also spent more than 10 years directing a center for at-risk youth in Knoxville, where he served as a role model and positively influenced the lives of thousands of Knoxville teenagers. In 2009, Johnson fulfilled his goal to finish college by completing Tennessee Tech's Finish Your Degree program and graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2010, he was recognized as Outstanding Alumnus from what is now the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. A third degree black belt in Shingitai, a black belt in Jujitsu from USJA and a black belt in Kenpo, Johnson competed in weightlifting and martial arts while he was a student at TTU in the 1980's and continued to compete for 25 years. He has organized multiple martial arts demonstration charity events over the years to benefit foreign mission projects for east Tennessee churches.

Johnson and Mikell, his wife of more than 20 years, have two sons, Storm and Dalton. Storm is currently a student at Tennessee Tech.


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), and they have daughters Amanda and Emily (currently a TTU student).


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 (currently a TTU student).


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.  She has a grown son, Max.


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.  They have a son Brian ('02 BMGT) and daughter-in-law Rana ('05 Interdisciplinary Studies).


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

Tammy Hayes ReynoldsReynolds 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, recently finished a one-year tenure as interim director/Dean. 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 digital community manager for Northwestern University. Prior to Northwestern, 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 Executive Vice President of Business Development for TRH Health Plans which is a Tennessee Farm Bureau-affiliated service company in Columbia, Tenn. Wilmore spent 10 years in the banking industry before beginning a career in health care that spanned over 20 years, serving as administrator of the Frist Clinic and Nashville Medical Group and later as CEO of Mid-Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic and Family Health Group. Wilmore is a past National TTU Alumni President and currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Alumni Advisory Board. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbia and serves as Chairman of the City of Columbia Industrial Development Board. He has previously served as Chairman of the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance and President of the Tennessee Medical Group Management Association (TMGMA). Wilmore is a graduate of Leadership Maury and Leadership Middle Tennessee and 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.