Christopher Armbrester, twin son of Paul Armbrester, graduated summa cum laude from UA, where he was a member of the Alabama Information Management Society, Freshman Forum, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key International Honour Society. He received a B.S. in Management Information Systems (MIS), with a minor in computer-based honors, computer software systems. While in college, Christopher received a Presidential Scholarship, the Jerry C. Pruett Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and the Annie Pride Tompkins Moore Endowed Scholarship. He was named a John D. Boles and Albert Watkins Memorial Endowed Scholar, an Alumni Scholar, and a Proctor and Gamble IT Elite. Christopher is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, where he reached the rank of Eagle Scout. He is pursuing a law degree at The University of Alabama School of Law.
Katie Armbrester, twin daughter of Paul Armbrester, graduated with a B.S. in health care management from UA. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and served as their property manager when she lived in the sorority house and was a member of their House Corporation. Katie also served as a Judicial Board Liaison while at UA. She volunteered in her spare time at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham and enjoys cooking, reading, working out, and traveling in her spare time. Katie is employed at SuccessEHS, where she teaches customers how to use their software application.
Brian Arnott graduated summa cum laude from Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, with a B.S.B.A., emphasizing project management. He and his wife enjoy waterskiing, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Brian works at TBE as the Program Logistics Lead on the LBS-G program. His responsibilities include the development of Navy technical manuals, training materials, provisioning technical documentation, and contract deliveries.
Becky Billmayer, daughter of Bernd Billmayer, is a graduate of UAH, where she received a B.A. in English and a minor in communications. She enjoys hiking, photography, reading, writing, traveling, and keeping up with her friends in her spare time. Becky is seeking full-time employment as a technical writer but is currently employed part-time with General Surgery Associates.
Christopher Brosz, son of Todd Brosz, graduated summa cum laude from Colorado Technical University. He received a B.S.B.A. in Information Technology Management and was on the President’s Honor Roll while there. Christopher is a long-time member of the Boy Scouts of America and served as a Venturing Crew adult leader, which is a program that provides positive experiences to help young men and women mature and helps prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. He also enjoys spending time on the computer. Christopher is employed at General Dynamics and works the IT Help Desk.
Alex Cartee, son of Gary Cartee, is a graduate of UAB with a B.S. in marketing. In his spare time, he enjoys playing bass guitar in a local band, recording music, snow skiing, and riding motorcycles. He is currently employed at Domino’s Pizza as an assistant manager and would entertain the idea of purchasing and operating his own Domino’s franchise one day if the opportunity should arise. His other career possibility is to move to Colorado and seek employment in an advertising firm or marketing department of a large ski area.
Stephen Clem received his M.S. in mechanical engineering from UAH. He has attended grad school since 2008 while working full time at TBE and completed the program with a 3.73/4.0 GPA. At TBE, Stephen has received the NASA Constellation Team Award for his efforts on the Ares I-X test flight, the Mission Manager’s Flight Commendation for the Ares I-X successful flight, and the NASA Group Achievement Award for his contributions to the Ares I-X Roll Control System. He is married and has three sons who keep him busy, especially with coaching their baseball and football teams. Stephen also enjoys woodworking, fly fishing, playing guitar, and whitewater kayaking. He is active in his church and volunteers supporting the annual AWANA pinewood derby contest by supervising the children building their cars and teaching them safety in handling tools. Stephen currently works as a structural analyst for Manufactured Products, performing structural/dynamic analysis and fatigue, fracture, dynamic, and composite analysis of various products. He also assists with proposals, presentations, and training. Stephen plans to obtain his P.E. and S.E. professional licenses in the future.
Colby Franklin graduated from Athens State University with a B.S. in management of technology. He works at TBE as the Program Manager for the Manufactured Products Engineered Products division on the LCS Gun Mount program. His responsibilities include managing the program and interfacing with the customer on a day-to-day basis. In his spare time, Colby enjoys playing golf, yard work, and racing cars.
Laura Garrett, daughter of Kristina Sanders, earned her Master’s degree in speech language pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. She graduated with a 3.7 GPA and was a 3-year member of the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association and the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, serving as an officer of the latter for a year. While pursuing her degree, Laura’s clinical work included working with children in schools and speech and hearing clinics as well as with the elderly in nursing homes and home health. She is employed with Carlin Speech Pathology and Associates, a private clinic in The Woodlands, TX, that specializes in treatment for babies and children.
Katy Grindstaff, daughter of Greg Grindstaff, graduated with a B.S. in business and marketing, earning a 3.5 GPA from the University of South Carolina Upstate. During her 4 years of college, she was listed on the Dean’s List and retained an annual $5,000 Life Scholarship. Katy was an active member of Interact, American Humanics, the University Business Society, the Marketing Club, and the Student Alumni Council. She enjoys playing and watching sports event and participated in college intramural sports. Katy managed to participate in all the above as well as excel academically while putting herself through college by working almost full time. She worked an internship with the Greenville Road Warriors Hockey Team in Greenville, SC, and is now currently employed as a sales representative for the team. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, in the local soup kitchen, and in children’s shelters. In her spare time, Katy enjoys reading, cooking, visiting new places and meeting new people.
Erin McDerby, daughter of Lori McDerby, earned her Associate of Science degree in general studies from CCC. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Delta, the National English Honor Society for 2-year colleges. Erin worked part-time at Kroger and was awarded a Kroger Tuition Assistance Scholarship. She is a member of the Irish Society of North Alabama and volunteers with them at various community events. Erin has also participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk and volunteered at the St. John’s Catholic School gala fundraiser. She enjoys hiking, caving, and jogging in her spare time. Erin is continuing her studies at CCC and is currently working toward an Associate of Science in biology or biotechnology and plans to eventually transfer to UAH or Athens State University to complete her 4-year degree.
Noel Newquist, son of John Newquist, earned an M.S. in education with an emphasis in education theory and practice from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. He has worked 4 years as an elementary art teacher in the Madison City Schools, where he provides instruction in the history and creation of visual arts, the understanding of aesthetics, and constructive critiquing practices. Known by his students as “Mr. New,” Noel served as sponsor for the Rainbow Elementary School Lego Robotics Team. He also served as the co-chair for the Madison City Schools student art tent at Huntsville’s annual Panoply Festival of the Arts. Noel is married, and he and his wife have a young son, Scott, who was born 10/10/10.
Jonathan Perry, son of Foster Perry, received his Master’s degree in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy – Tufts University. He conducted research and published work on the subject of international development and conflict resolution. Jonathan also authored an innovative microfinance concept and proposal that was accepted and funded by the Inter-American Development Bank for Brazilian Rural Education Programs. He is currently employed through World Bank in Washington, DC, working for the Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean on micro-finance and development programs with leaders in those regions. Jonathan has traveled to Argentina as part of a school summer program, and, this past summer, he served as a chaperon to high school students visiting Peru as part of a study of the country’s culture and language. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French (the latter two self-taught), Jonathan enjoys playing guitar and serves as captain of his school’s soccer and water polo teams that compete in Boston area graduate school leagues.
Ashley Traufler, daughter of Paul Traufler, graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile with a B.S. in nursing. She was a cheerleader for 3 years and worked on the Physical Therapy Team of the sports staff for the school football team. Ashley enjoys horseback riding and fitness activities in her spare time. She is employed as an RN at Mobile Infirmary Hospital in the cardiac care ward. Ashley plans to pursue an M.S. degree in nursing in the near future.
Lee-Cassie Walls, daughter of Sonya Reeder, earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from AU. She was a College of Education Student Ambassador and was selected as a recipient for the following: Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship, JW & EB Lester Scholarship, Martin Luther and Exa Beck Endowed Scholarship, and the 2010 Warren Fellowship. Lee-Cassie also volunteered with her church in Auburn as an elementary Sunday school teacher and College Girls Small Group Leader. Recently married, Lee-Cassie and her husband, Stephen, reside in Bremerton, WA, where he is employed as a civilian employee with the U.S. Navy. She is seeking an elementary teaching position in Bremerton and plans to attend graduate school in the Seattle area.
Jackson Wise, son of George Cajigal, received a B.S. in business management and marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently pursuing a career in music and has been playing guitar and singing in a band for the last 3 years. Jackson has written the lyrics and composed the music for a number of the band’s songs. The pop rock band, called “Safety Word Orange,” has toured the eastern and southern U.S., with performances in Washington, DC; New York; Memphis; and Atlanta. Based in Richmond, VA, the band released their third CD in June and their music can be downloaded from iTunes. When not playing or traveling with the band, Jackson plans to pursue a marketing career in the music business.