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Chelsey Holland, WC ’17

Chelsey Holland, WC ’17, is excited to announce that she has accepted a first-grade teaching position with Clarke County Schools in Georgia for fall 2018.

Ryan Walker Dodson

Caroline Dodson, WC ’08

Caroline Dodson, WC ’08, and her husband, Mike, welcomed a son, Ryan Walker, on Jan. 19. They live in New Orleans.

Shannon Grinnan Weeks, WC ’07

Shannon Grinnan Weeks, WC ’07

Shannon Grinnan Weeks, WC ’07, received her Doctorate of Education from Piedmont College in December.

Class Note from Grace Balint, WC ‘06

Grace Balint, WC ’06

Grace Balint, WC ’06, currently lives in Los Angeles and works in television and film. She is part of a burlesque troupe and leads worship at two different churches every Sunday. She says her many activities put the degree she earned at Brenau to good use. She recently sang in a “1 in 7 billion” commercial for Microsoft and has worked on projects with Jack Black and Jane Lynch.

Jessi Shrout, WC ’04

Jessi Shrout, WC ’04

Jessi Shrout, WC ’04, assistant professor of biology at Brenau, has been selected for the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, established in 1995 by then-Gov. Zell Miller to provide Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. The program is offered through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

Karri Bentley Neal wedding party

Karri Bentley Neal, WC ’02

On May 6, Karri Bentley Neal, WC ’02, and Christopher Brannon Neal tied the knot at Regions Park in Birmingham, Alabama. After a worship service ceremony, the two dined and danced with family and friends into the night. Amanda Pruitt Graves, WC ’02, served as matron of honor. Other Brenau alumni were present to celebrate the couple, including ShaRhonda Kimbrough, WC ’01, Brandi Harrison, WC ’01, Natalie Grasso, WC ’04, Kalina Haynes, WC ’98, Ambah Fredericks Kioko, WC ’01, and Holley Rotton Adams, WC ’03. The two honeymooned in South Beach, Florida, and currently reside in Birmingham.

Mary Kathryn Wells, WC ‘00

Mary Kathryn Wells, WC ‘00

Mary Kathryn Wells, WC ‘00, married Jonathan Harris Winsett on May 12, 2018, at the historic Pink Castle in Atlanta. The newlyweds met in New Orleans while attending the Endymion Coronation Ball in 2013. Jon proposed last Christmas in New York at the Plaza Hotel. Wells was thrilled to accept his formal invitation to join him and his son, Jonny, on a life journey as a family. Mary Kathryn is chief creative officer for The Wells Marketing Agency. Jon, a Georgia Tech grad, is CEO at NPI Financial. AXO sisters Emmie Henderson Howard, WC ‘01, Eryn Manwaring Houck, WC ‘01, Lindsey Redd Fruchtl, WC ‘01, Candi Brooks Silvestri, WC ‘02, and Katie Mitchell, WC ‘03, all took part in the wedding festivities.

Wendy Baker Zepeda, WC ’94

Wendy Baker Zepeda, WC ’94

Wendy Baker Zepeda, WC ’94, recently performed with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space at the Church at St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. James R. Oestreich, a reviewer for The New York Times, wrote that he thoroughly enjoyed the performance and that Baker Zepeda was an “excellent soprano soloist.”

Brooke Desnoes, WC ’90

Brooke Desnoes, WC ’90, founder of Europe’s largest private American ballet school in Paris, is relocating to the U.S. after more than 20 years in France to create a college dance program in her hometown of Cullman, Alabama. The new dance program will offer classes in classical ballet and modern dance, as well as pedagogy for future teachers. Desnoes and her family will be returning at the end of summer 2018.

Melinda Kelleher, WC ’84

Melinda Kelleher, WC ’84, was named vice president of development at Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities in May. She oversees fundraising, marketing, communications and volunteer initiatives.

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