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Daphne Dean Enfinger, WC ’05

Daphne Dean Enfinger, WC ‘05, and her family took a trip to Georgia in July and stopped by Brenau for a quick visit and a photo with her 11-year-old daughter Lauren, a future Brenau alumna and AXO.

Dr. Cassandra Baker, BU ’99

Dr. Cassandra Baker, BU ‘99, wrote a textbook entitled Key Tools of Writing and Research: A Guide for the Student Writer, published by Kendall Hunt Publishing. Key Tools of Writing and Research is a practical guide for the student on writing effective academic papers. Written in easy-to-understand language, this text can be used by students and professionals or by those who would like to improve their writing and research skills.

Lisa McNeal, WC ’96

Lisa McNeal, WC ‘96, is celebrating her 25th year of teaching this year as well as 25 years since graduating from Brenau. She would like to say hello to all of her former resident assistants and she hopes everyone is doing well.

Kristi Shepherd

Kristi Shepherd, BU ’18

Kristi Shepherd, BU ‘18, and husband Jeremy adopted their foster child in August. He is three years old and a joyful, healthy ray of sunshine in their lives. His new name is Matthew John Shepherd and together they are a happy little family. Kristi and Jeremy plan to continue to foster children as long as they can and adopt children who also need a forever family, like Matthew once did.

Melinda Kelleher, WC ’84

Melinda Kelleher, WC ‘84, recently relocated to western Maryland and settled in Cumberland in July, where she serves as the new executive director of the Cumberland Downtown Development Commission. Kelleher is excited to be closer to family and live in a smaller, beautiful mountain town.

Marla Lear

Marla Lear, WC ’08

Marla Lear, WC ‘08, was approved by the Hall County School Board as the new principal of Myers Elementary School in Gainesville, Georgia. Lear took over in June for former principal Beth Hudgins, who will retire at the end of the 2020 school year. After completing her bachelor’s degree in education from Brenau, she earned her masters degree from Georgia State University and an education specialist degree at Piedmont College. Lear has worked as an educator in Hall County since 2005.

Emma Johnson, WC ’19

Emma Johnson, WC ’19, is excited to share that she now works as the Policy Coordinator in the office of Butch Miller, Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore.

Sage Magness

Sage Magness, WC ’07

Sage Magness, WC ’07, was hired to work in the Office of Graduate Biomedical Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where they organize required trainings for PhD and Masters students and support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. They live in Baltimore with their daughter, Emma.

Lana Jones, BU ’03

Lana Jones, BU ‘03, was named the new principal of Woodville Elementary School in Clarkesville, Georgia by the Habersham County Board of Education. Jones previously served as the assistant principal at Demorest Elementary School. Prior to that position, she was a teacher and academic coach at South Habersham Middle School.

Paul Armstrong

Paul Armstrong, BU ’99

Paul Armstrong, BU ‘99, was named as vice president of programs for the San Diego Rescue Mission. Armstrong will oversee all of the Rescue Mission’s life-saving programs including its Mission Academy, a year-long rehabilitation and recovery program for men and women with children; Nueva Vida Haven; the Rescue Mission’s emergency shelter for women and children; and Haven of Hope Preschool for children experiencing homelessness. Armstrong, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pursued his vision of transforming the lives of those experiencing homelessness after serving for more than 20 years in the United States Navy. Armstrong received his B.A. in political science from the University of New Mexico, his MBA from Brenau, a master of divinity from Bethel Seminary and his master’s in social work from the University of Southern California.

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