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March 2019: Class Notes

Adam Alteri (BS/JEM ’12) is a producer for House Hunters International, which airs programs on HGTV. He works with a third-party production company hired by Discovery and puts together entire episodes, from story and locations to interview questions and schedule.

Josie Secher Ballin (BS/JEM ’89) is director of marketing and donor engagement for ArtsMemphis, the city’s largest arts support and funding resource for arts-mission based organizations in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.

Bruce Colbert’s (BS/JEM ’70) ninth book, Deuteronomy, will be published this summer by Blue Jade Press. The book chronicles the unknown conspiracy in the shooting death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Mike Costa (BS/JEM ’85) is vice president and general manager of the Alabama News Network in Montgomery, Alabama. The network consists of CBS, ABC, and CW affiliated stations.

Susan DeBonis (BS/JEM ’78 & PhD/C&I ’86) and J. Nicholas DeBonis (PhD/C&I ’87) are the Innkeepers for York House Inn in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the oldest operating bed and breakfast in Georgia. The venue is undergoing extensive renovations and will reopen in early 2020.

Andrew Plant (BS/AD ’88), principal of Plant Communications, joined the board of Star-C Programs, an Atlanta-based nonprofit sustainable model providing afterschool programs and other wraparound services to affordable housing communities. He chairs the board’s communications committee. Plant Communications is a virtual public relations agency primarily partnering with entrepreneurs in professional and financial services.

Charise Ragland (BS/JEM ’86) was promoted to director of national feed & gathering for the NBC News Channel in Charlotte, North Carolina, where  she has worked since 1991.