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Betty Monette White ’55

White retired from the grand opera after three performances as the main lead in "Carmen," and she was also the oratorio in the "Verdi Requiem". She still sings in two choirs at St. Margaret's Episcopal Choir, and Joslyn Singers, senior center choir, in Palm Desert, Calif. Betty and husband John, of 59 years, spend 6 months in Sun City, Palm Desert. They have seven grandchildren, four boys and three girls. One granddaughter is on an honors scholarship at Arizona State. One grandson is active in the Portland Boys Choir.

Tom C. Maynor ’61

Maynor was awarded a banking certificate for 40 years in the Mississippi Banker’s Association

Johnny W. Sumrall Jr. ’64

Sumrall Jr. wrote a book in 2012 about the history of Mississippi Rock and Roll Music, covering the period of 1953–1970. The title of the book is Classic Magnolia Rock—History of Original Rock and Roll 1953–1970.

Karen Gibson Ellis ’65

Ellis began her second career in teaching at Arborbrook Christian Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. She and husband Lanier Ellis ’64 have been retired since 2008 and enjoyed time with their three children and seven grandchildren in the Charlotte area.

Ron McKinney ’67

McKinney helped establish the L’Abri Academy of Fine Arts. This year, the L’Abri Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Dr. Charley Lynn Chase ’68

Dr. Chase is publishing a new book titled Grace-Focused Optimism, available December 1, 2017.

John Rollo ’68

Rollo is serving on the board of Christ’s College Taiwan. He also teaches new Mission to the World (MTW) candidates how to put talks together for their itineration.

Jane Lytton Alfred ’70

Dr. Michael C. Woodham ’71

Dr. Woodham is now serving as president and missionary pastor of Alive Again Ministries which he co-founded 15 years ago.

Jim Bower ’72

Bower retired from a 40-year career in engineering. He is very active in his church, First Presbyterian Church of Edmond in Oklahoma. Jim recently celebrated a 70th birthday as well as a 43rd wedding anniversary. He and his wife have three grandchildren.

Kathy Griffin Stewart ’75

Blair Cash ’76

Cash accepted a new job in July as the sports information director at Multnomah University, an evangelical Christian college in Portland, Ore.

Debra James-Deslatte ’98

James-Deslatte was the selected recipient of her company's Chairman's Award last year for her work and development in the Northeast region. She also won her company's local safety contest, representing her Pittsburgh, Pa. location.

Rick Fremin III ’99 and Alana Worthington Fremin '05

Rick Fremin III is currently employed at Southeastern Louisiana University as the head softball coach. He is a member of the Belhaven Sports Hall of Fame for football. Alana is currently serving as the volunteer assistant softball coach at Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a member of the Belhaven Sports Hall of Fame for softball. The couple has two daughters: Brelan Fremin (8) and Cambre Fremin (5).

Rachel Doležal ’00

Doležal released her early memoir, In Full Color, this year. It is now available online and wherever books are sold.

Thomas Dent ’03 and Christina Bomgaars Dent ’05

Thomas also began a new job as director of volunteer programs at the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services. His new role has him coordinating volunteers, educating, and promoting needs with churches in Mississippi.

Janet Mobley ’03

Mobley has been promoted to the position of senior programmer analyst at the Public Employees Retirement System of MS (PERS) and will soon reach her five-year milestone of service to the agency

Erin Parrish Fielding ’04

Fielding accepted a position as a preschool teacher. She and her husband Wesley, and their three children, are enjoying their newly built home in Thomasville, Georgia.

Maranda Joiner ’04

Joiner had her poem “America ‘the great,’” published in a book. The poem is about the experience of being a black woman in Mississippi.

Pauline Stewart ’04

Stewart began a position with Gestalt Community Schools Power Center Academy High School as the main office secretary/registrar.

Erin Fults '05 and Jon Fults '05

Erin opened her portrait studio and art gallery in downtown Clinton, Miss. last March, after building her home-based photography business since 2008. Additionally, Erin also recently earned her Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation through Professional Photographers of America. There are only nine CPPs in Mississippi and only one other in the Jackson-Metro area. She and Jon have three children. He is currently working on his MBA with an accounting emphasis at Mississippi College.

Bethany (Adkins) Jones ’05

Belhaven International Studies graduate Bethany Jones was accepted to Cornell's Institute for Public Affairs for her graduate program and was awarded a CIPA Fellowship at Cornell.

Adrian Austin ’06

Austin has been named disaster volunteer management officer for the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, also known as Volunteer Mississippi. This state agency is responsible for the coordination of volunteerism during Mississippi disasters.

Danya Leugers ’06

Leugers married David Blackburn on February 11, 2017. They are expecting their first child in January 2018. Danya works from home as a massage therapist, and David works at Alro Steel. The couple resides in Columbia, Pa.

Priscilla (Rogers) Morgan ’06

Morgan was named the head volleyball coach position in February 2017 at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. The team currently has a record of 12-1. Priscilla played volleyball at Belhaven from 2003 to 2006.

Lillie (Hudson) Rouser '07 and Kirk Rouser ’07

Haddon McKinney ’07

McKinney has transferred from New York City with Apple, Inc. to Atlanta, Ga. He provides product knowledge and solutions as a Creative Pro in New Avalon Apple Store in Alpharetta, Ga. As new products and initiatives emerge, he is the first to learn, share, and inspire team members. He worked for Apple while attending The New School For Drama in New York City where he received a Masters of Fine Art in Acting in 2011. Haddon graduated from Covenant College (B.A. in History) in 2003 and Belhaven University (B.A. in Art and B.A. in Theatre) in 2007. He continues to work with graphic design and portraits.

Thomas Royals ’07

Royals is completing his residency training in orthopedic surgery at LSU New Orleans. He will graduate in June 2018. He will begin a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Florida Orthopedic Institute in August of 2018. He and his wife have a 15 month old son.

Scott Sheinfeld ’07

Sheinfeld completed his Doctorate in Organizational Behavior, and has taken a position as an assistant professor of business administration/marketing at the University of the Ozarks.

Milton Wilcox ’08

Wilcox recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation defense, and will be graduating from the University of South Florida with a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in philosophy and religious studies.

Joseph Craven '09 and Ellen Wise '14

They live in Jackson, and Ellie has started work as an adjunct voice instructor at Belhaven.

Tyler McNeal ’09 and Amy Ethridge McNeal ’08

Tyler was promoted in May to a commercial relationship manager associate position for Trustmark National Bank in Vicksburg, Miss. Amy was promoted in January to a technical expert for the Social Security Administration in Vicksburg. The couple met at Belhaven University, and celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary in August. They have twin three year old girls (Madelyn and Farrah) and a son (Elijah) who turns one in December.

Sydney (Cunningham) Charlton ’10

Sydney recently accepted a promotion at Crossgates Church of Brandon, where she has been employed for 3.5 years. Sydney has transitioned from the NextGen Student Department into the Missions Department where she will be able to participate in planning, strategizing and accomplishing hands on ministry both locally and globally.

Sarah Jones ‘10

Sarah, now Lanclos, was recently married and lives in Pelham, Ala.

Victoria Swilley ’10

Swilley is now an on-camera and voice actor. She has voiced apps and worked for companies like Coca-Cola, Shipt, Fischer-Price, EA Games and many more.

Janice Yancey ’10

Yancey was awarded a Hometown Hero Award by Visit Jackson. She received both her bachelor's and master’s degrees from Belhaven.

Ashton Williams Farr ’11

Farr moved from Brookhaven to Oxford, Miss. Ashton is now the community navigator for Oxford Healthcare. Furthermore, Ashton is currently pursuing a Master's in Legal Studies in Healthcare Law through the University of Oklahoma.

Rachel Kurtz Caldwell ’12

Caldwell recently started a new job as the head dance director at Dulles High School at Fort Bend ISD. Dulles High School is a public school located in Sugar Land, Texas. She loves having the opportunity to share her passion for dance while mentoring high school girls.

Whitney Dufrene ’12

Dufrene dances professionally with a contemporary company called Doug Varone and Dancers. Dufrene, a performer, teacher, choreographer and musician, trained with the Dancers' Workshop and BRBT before moving on to Point Park University. Before joining Doug Varone and Dancers last year, Dufrene performed all across the world as a dancer with Ad Deum Dance of Houston.

Elizabeth A. Balfour ’14 and Charles S. Balfour ’13

Charles is working as a car salesman at Autonation Toyota in Libertyville, Illinois and Elizabeth is caring for their son. They now live together in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Tanika Mason ’14

Mason received her Master of Arts in Human Resource Management in December 2016, and is currently studying to take the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Exam in December.

Grace Anna (Randall) Lane ’15 and John Lane ’13

Grace Anna married John in the summer of 2015. During her last semester at Belhaven, she joined the staff as administrative assistant to music and creative writing, and eventually added the role of secretary to the music chair. They still live in the Jackson area, John is pursuing his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary. Grace Anna teaches voice lessons in the area, and they are members of Redeemer Church Jackson.

Rahim Lockhart ’15

Lockhart is the new assistant basketball coach at Ole Miss.

Megan Cash ’16

Cash is a volunteer at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood, Ore.

Stephanie Martin ’16

Martin graduated from Belhaven with an M.H.A. She has left her previous position as an administrator for a Surgery Center, and begun a position as vice president of operations and clinical for a small surgery center management company called Regent Surgical Health.

James Kenyon, Frannie Maas, Michael Tobin and Laina Faul '17

Fellow 2017 graduates James Kenyon, Frannie Maas, Michael Tobin and Laina Faul are starting a theatre company in Jackson. They recently received non-profit status and are looking to open a small house show written by another Belhaven student in December. Look out for more from Hearth & Mantel Theatre.

Sarah D. Johnson ’08

Johnson started The Jewish-Christian Foundation, Inc. which is a NonProfit 401(c)(3) that helps Israel and Jewish people worldwide. They have six books out to supplement donations, all written by Johnson: My Israel: My Bride, My Own, Through Daddy's Eyes, My Prayer Book, Every Morning: Something New, Just Another African Voice, and Regality Revealed. Also, since attending Belhaven University, she has earned a second Master’s Degree in Communications from Regent University.

IN MEMORIAM

Bonnie Jean Griffith Goodwin ’48

Bonnie Jean Griffith Goodwin passed away April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Joanne Toulon Youngblood ’73

Joanne Toulon Youngblood passed away in Atlanta, Georgia on September 7, 2016, after a short illness.

Rev. William E. ‘Bill’ Frisbee ’61

Rev. William E. ‘Bill’ Frisbee passed away April 23, 2017, at his home in Georgia.

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