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VISIONS - Tennessee Tech University, Winter 2011
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Marie Daly ('83) Randal Petty ('89) Jed Wright ('93) Misty Hembree Brown ('98) Elizabeth Bomar ('01)
Marie Daly ('83)
Randal Petty ('89)
Jed Wright ('93)

Misty Hembree Brown ('98)

Elizabeth Bomar ('01)


Jon R. Peters, chemistry, retired from Eastman Chemical Co. after 36 years and now works with a crew of retirees that builds Habitat for Humanity homes. Jon is married to Carolyn Cate Peters and they have two sons.


James R. Schwall, engineering science (M.S.M.E. ’71), has been named a fellow engineer with Westinghouse Electric Co. in Chattanooga. Jim has been employed in the nuclear industry for 38 years with Combustion Engineering, ABB and Westinghouse.


Charles H. Patterson Jr., business management, of New Albany, Ind., retired from Kindred Hospital (Louisville, Ky.) as director of Plant Operations. Charlie now plays golf and spends time with his 2-year-old granddaughter.


Michael Eisenbise, mechanical engineering (M.S. ‘75), currently is an advisor to BP, serving as a reliability engineer. He has worked in the oil and energy industry since 1975. He is the immediate past chairperson of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).

Linda B. Richardson, sociology (M.A. ’77), published a new book, "The True Adventures of Snow White" (Xlibris Books). Not a children's book, Richardson believes upper middle school and high school age readers could appreciate it. Interested in fantasy as a genre all her reading lifetime, Richardsons' version of Snow White's life is told from the character's point of view — a princess who takes care of her own destiny. Linda invites all Tech alumni to check it out.


Marie Daly, English-journalism ’83, founded the Ivy Academy, Tennessee’s first environmental public charter high school, in 2009. Since the state test scores for the first freshman class have been released, Daly feels validated: “These scores reinforce that the Ivy model is sound and it works. This is very empowering for all of us.”

Ivy Academy offers small class sizes, longer class periods and a thematic curriculum that integrates real-world concepts across all disciplines.


Melissa A. Langsdon, chemical engineering, is married to John K. Langsdon III, a business owner in Columbia, Tenn. They have a son, Jake, who is 13.


Susan Wagner, mechanical engineering, joined Expressume as the business development manager-channel partnerships. She is responsible for partnership strategy, developing relationships, and extending the company’s reach among the Global 2000.


Randal Petty, civil engineering (M.S. ’90), a senior project manager in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Power System Operations’ Electric System Projects group, has been honored as TVA’s Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year. The award is the highest honor given to a TVA engineer. Petty, a TVA employee for 12 years, was selected by the TVA Engineering Peer Team Selection Committee.


Tonya (Hughey) Hunt, management information systems, was recently promoted to vice president of operations for Hope for Haiti’s Children, a not-for-profit based in Cincinnati. She’s been with the organization since 2005. Prior to that, Tonya and her husband, Allen, were Peace Corps volunteers in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu for two years. The couple has three children, Faith, Ian and Halina.


Jed Wright, civil engineering, is the published author of the novel “Wake Up, O Sleeper” (Tate Publishing). More information about the novel can be found at jedwright.tatepublishing.net. Jed currently resides in Sweetwater, Tenn., with his wife Debbie (Blevins), education ’93, and sons Joe, Josh and Jamey.


Misty Hembree Brown, education, and husband Jeff Brown welcomed their second child, Breeanna Danielle Brown, this past summer. The couple also has an older son, Landon. Misty earned her master’s in education from MTSU in 2003 and currently serves as the vision teacher for Putnam County Schools.


Jonathan B. Ellis, sociology (M.A. ’01), was recentley appointed director for the Title V / HSI Grant Project at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry Campus. The Title V / HSI Grant Project is a 5 year, $3.1 million project serving Hispanic and low income students.


Elizabeth Bomar, accounting, recently married Benjamen Blake Pyle. She is a CPA and operates her own accounting and consulting firm in Nolensville, Tenn.


Daniel Rose, chemistry, has been promoted to manager in Deloitte and Touche LLP. Deloitte and Touche LLP is an organization of member firms that focuses on client service through a global strategy.


Michael Cody, business management, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence to the 2010 Board of Examiners. He is employed by PrePak Systems Inc., in Cookeville.


Kelly (Seaman) Schurger, fine arts, was mentioned in Denver’s “5280” magazine for her work as an artist. Kelly formerly worked out of her garage and recently opened her own art studio in Denver’s Tennyson Art District.


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