The May roundup of alumni news and achievements includes Dr. Kemba Chambers (’98, ’01) who was recently named acting President of Trenholm State Community College, William Cartwright (’07) who has been appointed as the City Court Judge in La Vergne, Tennessee and John Gandy (’06), the new police chief in Madison, Alabama.
Lynne McWilliams (‘89) has been appointed to the Daleville Board of Education. She has worked for Daleville City Schools from 1995 to 2019, most recently serving as Chief School Finance Officer.
Steve Powell (’92) has joined the public relations team of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation as a senior field communicator. Powell most recently served as outreach coordinator for the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention and provided communication support for the Arkansas Farmers Market Association. He also spent 14 years as an anchor and feature reporter for KATV.
Sutricia Johnson (’93) is director of case management at East Alabama Medical Center. Her nursing career spans 27 years.
Andrew Russell (’94), President of Sound Payments, Inc., has been appointed to the Florida Development Finance Corporation Board of Directors by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Tom Coate (’96) has been hired as the new head football coach at Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, California. He formerly served as head coach at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California.
Dr. Kemba Chambers (’98, ‘01) was recently named acting President of Trenholm State Community College. Chambers has more than 21 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning and Chief Instructional Officer at the Alabama Community College System, in addition to her role as Executive Vice President and Vice President of Instructional Services at Trenholm State.
Aubrey Morrison (’00) has been named Executive Director of Leadership Lee County. Morrison relocated to Lee County in 2007 for the construction and opening of Auburn Sam’s Club. He spent the first 20 years of his professional career responsible for operations and human resources in various senior leadership roles for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. across multiple locations including Trussville, Florence, Auburn and Columbus, Georgia. Previously, Morrison has served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross, Muscogee County Friends of Libraries, Auburn University Employer Advisory Board.
June Lawniczak (’01, ’07) has been named the 2021 Staff Member of the Year at James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. She serves as the school’s nurse.
Keith Manley (’04) is the program lead for Panhandle Warrior Partnership, which seeks to connect with veterans, their family members and caregivers to understand better what they need to improve their quality of life. Coordinated services are activities, volunteerism and purposeful engagement with other veterans, and occasionally housing, employment, access to education or health care available through community partners.
John Gandy (’06) has been named Police Chief of the city of Madison, Alabama. He has been employed with the Virginia Beach Police Department since 1987, most recently being promoted to the rank of captain in 2018. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from TROY.
William Cartwright (’07) was recently appointed as the new City Court Judge for La Vergne, Tennessee. He has owned and operated a private law firm since 2015 and is a 2015 graduate of Nashville School of Law. He holds a Master of Business Administration from TROY.
Dr. Dale Land (’08) has been selected to serve as an Assistant Principal at West Creek Middle School in Montgomery County, Tennessee.
Justin Jonus (’09) has been hired as head coach of the varsity boys’ basketball program at DAR High School in Marshall County, Alabama. He began his coaching career in 2009 as junior varsity coach at Madison County before moving onto Arab in 2010. He has served as coach of the Arab varsity girls and boys programs since that time. Jonus and his wife, Molly, have three sons.
Sam Sanders (’13) has been appointed as Deputy City Manager of Operations for the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. For the past 15 years, Sanders has served as the executive director of the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, a community revitalization nonprofit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds a Master of Public Administration from TROY.
Janae Jordan (’19, ‘20) is a reporter with WXXV-TV in Gulfport, Mississippi. During her time as a student at TROY, she was an anchor, producer and reporter for TrojanVision and also served as a social media ambassador for the University. She previously served as an associate producer at WKRG-TV in Mobile.
Weddings and Engagements
Troy University congratulates the following alumni who have married or become engaged:
Abby Grace Beard (‘20) to Michael W. Parham, II (’18)
Mary Elizabeth Brunson (’20) to Charles Jabe Thompson
Troy University mourns the loss of the following alumni:
John Thomas Arrington IV (’71)
Linwood S. Erb (’69)
Michael Eugene Summers (’80)
Stanley Henry Walker (’72)
Patricia Ann Wynn Williford (’58)