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Nelson Rodriguez, BU ’08

Nelson Rodriguez, BU ’08, a Chicago-based actor, writer of Puerto Rican descent and, since August 2012, an ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays, has been named the company’s first artistic director.

Rhonda Patjens Francis, WC ’04

Rhonda Patjens Francis, WC ’04, has moved from Roswell, Georgia, to Mountain View, California, with her husband and two daughters. Francis recently accepted a job with Google as planning operations manager. The family is enjoying their new location and loving the sunny California weather.

Ashley Patterson Ivester, WC ’12

Ashley Patterson Ivester, WC ’12, and husband Wes welcomed their first child, Xander Weston, on June 11 at 3:20 p.m. Wes weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 1/4 inches.

Melinda Jeffers, BU’96, BU ’99

Melinda Jeffers, BU’96, BU ’99, of Cave Spring, Georgia, won election in November to an open seat on the Floyd County Board of Education with more than 75 percent of the vote. The veteran educator currently teaches at the Cave Spring Vocational Rehabilitation Center as an education instructor to deaf and hard-of-hearing young adults. She began her career in education in 1991 at Chestnut Mountain Elementary School in Hall County. She has a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education and a master’s from Brenau as well as an education specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

Brooke Bargeron Statham, WC ’00

Brooke Bargeron Statham, WC ’00, and husband Chris welcomed daughter Sloane on Aug. 22. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

Carolina Rucks AlSaedi, WC ’83

Carolina Rucks AlSaedi, WC ’83, retired on May 26 after 27 years in special education with Dekalb County Schools. AlSaedi is currently disabled from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, an incurable disease that gets little mention in the U.S. However, AlSaedi believes she has a good number of years left to enjoy. Her first cousin’s daughter, Amber Cannoy Brady, BU ’16, graduated in May from the Kings Bay campus – the third Brenau grad in the family. Sister Jill Antoinette Rucks Zaoui, WC ’89, received the senior art student award when she graduated. Amber received a business award. AlSaedi is toying with the idea of returning to school for the law degree she always wanted.

Katy Clark, WC ’08

Katy Clark, WC ’08, has accepted the position as the controller for Crocodile Creek, Inc., a designer and international distributor of children’s toys and accessories based in Durham, North Carolina.

Chloe Golden, WC ‘13

Chloe Golden, WC ‘13, received a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in May. Chloe graduated magna cum laude and was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar through the Daniel Webster Scholar Program. She is a litigation associate at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Elizabeth Conoley, WC ’95

Elizabeth Conoley, WC ’95, School of Nursing assistant professor, was named a member of the 2016 All-Southern States Athletic Conference Faculty Team for her contributions to Brenau’s athletics programs. Conoley, who is the Golden Tigers’ faculty athletics representative and a member of the Brenau University Athletics Committee, was recognized at the SSAC awards banquet June 1 in Montgomery, Alabama. It was a well-deserved honor, says Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor. “She works diligently to assist student-athletes with issues that impact their academic success while being a strong advocate for their athletics participation.”

Bart Gould, BU ’09

Bart Gould, BU ’09, and wife Rozalyn welcomed their second son, Zander Starr, on Oct. 1. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Three-year-old Austin loves his baby brother.

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