Tennessee Tech Alumni Association

Becky Magura, Julie Galloway, Randy Keifer, President Philip Oldham, Randy Wilmore, Brandon Boyd, Bedelia Russell, and Brent Waugh

Board Members: Becky Magura; Julie Galloway, past-chair; Randy Keifer; President Oldham; Randy Wilmore, chair; Brent Waugh, chair-elect; Brandon Boyd, executive director; Bedelia Russell, secretary; and Brent Waugh, chair-elect

 

The purpose of the Alumni Association is to act as liaison between Tennessee Tech alumni and the University. We plan and host events for alumni across the country and on campus, help alumni find classmates, offer various products and services that benefit Tennessee Tech alumni, and serve as a starting point for alumni who have questions or requests related to Tennessee Tech.

 

Alumni Association Executive Board

Maggie Andersen, Home Economics '56

Maggie Andersen


Andersen is from Cookeville, graduating from Tennessee Tech with a major in Home Economics and a minor in Science. She was a Tech Cheerleader, Homecoming Queen, and made "Who's Who in American Universities & Colleges." Andersen taught school for seven years and is now retired from American Way Real Estate Co. in Cookeville after working 33 years as a realtor. She married Niels C. Andersen in 1962, and they have two sons, Christian and Ted Thanning. The couple lived in the Washington, D.C., area, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, and Kansas before Andersen convinced her husband that Cookeville was the only place to be. They still love it here!

Julie Mills Galloway, Political Science '92, M.A. '95

Past-chair

Julie Mills Galloway


Galloway is well-acquainted with the Crawford Alumni Center, having spent more than 15 years serving the Tennessee Tech Alumni Association in one capacity or another. Director of the Tennessee Tech College of Business Student Success Center, she also advises the College of Business Administration Student Ambassadors and our collegiate 4-H chapter. Before this, Galloway was an area coordinator for the Division of Extended Education. She’s also a past president of the Tennessee 4-H Alumni Association. Galloway lives in Cookeville with her husband, Chris Galloway (Business Management '92), and their son, Clayton.

Lee Gatts, Political Science '13, M.A. '14

Lee Gatts


Gatts is serving as the Grassroots Coordinator for Tennesseeans for Student Success. He will be working with parents, teachers, students and supporters from each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Before joining TSS, Gatts served as the Middle Tennessee Field Director for the Bill Haslam for Governor campaign. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tennessee Tech, he went on to complete his masters degree in educational psychology and counseling education with a focus on disability and teacher training in the classroom. He is the owner of a small business and is a regular pianist. Gatts was only the second student in Tennessee Tech history to serve two terms as president of the student body, and he also served as the student regent for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Kent Johnson, Interdisciplinary Studies '09

Kent Johnson


Currently employed by the City of Knoxville as a member of the Civil Service department, Kent Johnson's career background includes positions as an ergonomics program director and an industrial medicine coordinator. He also spent more than 10 years directing a center for at-risk youth in Knoxville, where he served as a role model and positively influenced the lives of thousands of Knoxville teenagers. In 2009, Johnson fulfilled his goal to finish college by completing Tennessee Tech's Finish Your Degree program and graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2010, he was recognized as Outstanding Alumnus from what is now the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. A third degree black belt in Shingitai, a black belt in Jujitsu from USJA and a black belt in Kenpo, Johnson competed in weightlifting and martial arts while he was a student at Tennessee Tech in the 1980's and continued to compete for 25 years. He has organized multiple martial arts demonstration charity events over the years to benefit foreign mission projects for east Tennessee churches. Johnson and Mikell, his wife of more than 20 years, have two sons, Storm and Dalton. Storm is a graduate of Tennessee Tech and recently won 2 ISPF World Championships.

Randy Keifer, Civil Engineering '85

Randy Keifer


Keifer is owner/operator of Stone Steel, Inc., in Cookeville, and worked in Nashville in concrete construction for five years before moving back to Cookeville. A graduate of Leadership Putnam, Citizens Police Academy, and Citizens Fire Academy, he's currently a member of WCTE-TV, the Chamber of Commerce and Cookeville United Soccer Club. He's married to Melinda Keifer (Home Economics ’83), and they have daughters Amanda and Emily (Human Ecology '16).

Melinda Keifer, Home Economics '83

Melinda Keifer


Keifer is coordinator of Economic and Community Development for the City of Cookeville. Prior to her current position, she was the director of Community Development for the Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development were she was responsible for the implementation of the Governor’s Three Star program. Keifer served as the executive director of CityScape, Cookeville’s Main Street program, from 1993 to 2003. As director, she and the board of directors were able to facilitate more than $9 million in public/private investment in downtown Cookeville, culminating with the completion of the $1.2 million Leslie Town Centre and the opening of the Cookeville Community Farmers Market. She and her husband, Randy (Civil Engineering '85), have daughters Amanda and Emily (Human Ecology '16).

Keith Madison, Business '98, M.B.A. '99

Keith Madison


Madison is senior manager of Business Applications in TVA’s Information Technology organization. In addition to his role on the Alumni Association's Executive Board, Madison also serves on the Tennessee Tech Black Alumni Advisory Board, serving as an alumni mentor. While on campus, he was active in many organizations, serving as president of both Alpha Phi Alpha and the Black Student Organization. Madison lives in Chattanooga with his wife Sequanta (Business ’98), and their two children, Jayden and Jaiya.

Becky Roberson Magura, Education '80, M.S. '81

Becky Roberson Magura


Becky has served on the PBS Board of Directors since 2014 and is currently serving at Chair of the PBS Interconnection Committee and as a member of the PBS Executive Board.  With over 37 years of experience in management, production, educational strategy, and engagement at public television station WCTE, Magura brings to any project a level of commitment, leadership and strategic direction necessary for success.  She resides in Cookeville, TN and serves on numerous regional & national boards. She received the Cumberland Business Journal’s Ovation Award for Community Service; a Tennessee Senate Proclamation for Outstanding Service & TCCY John Seigenthaler Making KIDS COUNT Media Award.

She holds BS and MA degrees in Education from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, with an emphasis in Communications.  She has years of experience in television production as an on-air host, producer, and videographer.  In 2006, Magura became WCTE’s fourth General Manager and has led the station team through the digital transition in transmission and production, as well as securing WCTE’s downtown studio and offices.  In 2017, she worked with creative business partner, Lite Wire, on the completion of a new Joint Master Control, designed in consideration of small and mid-size stations across the nation. 

Also, on a national level, Magura has served as a trustee of America’s Public Television Stations Board and as the Past Chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association’s (NETA) Executive Board as well as a member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Community Service Grant Review Committee.  She is currently a member of the Public Media Venture Group and the CPB Business Strategies Leadership Group.  Locally, she serves as a member of the Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Tennessee Technological University Alumni Board

Magura believes strongly in supporting independent producers and collaborative station productions such as Live Green Tennessee.  She served as the station liaison for Todd Jarrell’s documentary, CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town, which was funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through the Independent Television Service (ITVS) LiNCS grant.  Magura also serves as station liaison for presenting Bluegrass Underground, an Emmy award winning music series on PBS and a Todd Squared Production. Additionally, Magura serves as station liaison for Jack Stoddart’s independently produced series, Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks, which airs nationally through NETA.  She has served as station liaison for Yoshie Lewis’s documentary, Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote distributed through APT and as a contributing partner to Havana Time Machine to air this season on Great Performances.  Most recently, Magura has worked with Demetria Kalodimos in presenting her songwriting series, Barnegie Hall, to PBS for distribution nationally. 

She is Chair of the PBS Interconnection Committee and serves on the PBS Station Services, Interconnection and Strategic Planning committees.

Lem McSpadden, Industrial Technology '77

Lem McSpadden


McSpadden is owner of A+ Home Inspection Services, a company that provides impartial inspections for both buyers and sellers, and owner of EnviroTENN, a mold and allergy testing and sampling service that assists home owners in determining mold and allergy related issues in the indoor environment. Before launching both ventures in 2001 and 2003 respectfully, he retired from Fleetguard after 30 years. Along with his wife, Donna (Business Management '75), McSpadden received the first-ever TBR Chancellor's Award for Philanthropy in April 2003. The couple resides in Cookeville. They have a son Brian (Business Management '02) and daughter-in-law Rana (Interdisciplinary Studies '05).

Tammy Hayes Reynolds, Business Management '97, M.A. '00

Tammy Hayes Reynolds


Reynolds is a certified senior professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and presently serves as Assistant HR director for Parallon Business Solutions, a subsidiary of HCA, in the Atlanta area. In addition to her role on the Alumni Association's Executive Board, Reynolds also serves on the Tennessee Tech Black Alumni Advisory Board. She spent nearly 14 years on the Tennessee Tech campus where she served as director of Minority Affairs and later, employment manager. In 2002, she completed a master's in educational leadership from Tennessee Tech. Reynolds lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her husband, Glenn, and their two children, Trey and Kylana.

Eddie Roberts, Agribusiness Economics '85

Eddie Roberts


Roberts began his career with Mid-State Cooperative in Columbiana, Ala. He returned to Cleveland, Tennessee in 1988 to join Bradley Farmer's Cooperative as assistant manager and was named general manager in 1995. While at Bradley Farmer's Cooperative he was the general manager and treasurer of the Bradley/Bledsoe Counties Farmer’s Cooperative. Roberts served as a board member of the Bradley County Tri-State Exhibition Center as well as the Bradley County Agricultural Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2005, Eddie resigned his position at Bradley Farmer's Cooperative to take a regional manager position with Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative where he oversees the business of 19 Cooperative locations throughout Northern Alabama. He has since been promoted to V.P. of the Feed, Farm and Home Division of AFC. Roberts currently lives with his family in Decatur, Alabama. He is married to Ann Gibson Roberts (Biology '88), and they have two daughters.

Bedelia Hicks Russell, Nursing '07

Secretary

Bedelia Hicks Russell


Russell, an associate professor at Tennessee Tech in the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, recently finished a one-year tenure as interim director/Dean. She began her career as a staff nurse at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville and moved on to Vanderbilt University Medical Center before returning to Cookeville to teach. Russell earned a master’s degree in Pediatrics from Vanderbilt and a doctor of philosophy in Nursing Science from East Tennessee State University. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, certified nurse education, and an operating room nurse. She is married to Tracy Russell (Finance '94), and they have two daughters.

Brent Waugh, Psychology '04

Chair-elect

Brent Waugh


Waugh is Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. Under his leadership, the affiliate was named a finalist for 2019 National Agency of the Year by BBBSA. Prior to BBBS-ETN, Waugh served at Northwestern University as director of communications and worked as assistant director for communications at Colorado State University. Waugh began his career in fundraising and communications in Knoxville, Tenn., later joining the Communications Arts faculty at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. A Phi Gamma Delta alumnus, Waugh served as SGA President and was named the 2003 Homecoming King and the 2004 recipient of the Tennessee Tech Derryberry Award. Waugh, his wife Megan, and daughter Willow live in Knoxville, TN.

Randy Wilmore, Business '82

Chair

Randy Wilmore


Wilmore is Chief Marketing Officer for Farm Bureau Health Plans which is a Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation service company in Columbia, Tennessee. Wilmore spent 10 years in the banking industry before beginning a career in healthcare that spanned more than 20 years, serving as administrator of the Frist Clinic and Nashville Medical Group and later as CEO of Mid-Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic and Family Health Group.

Randy is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbia and serves on the board of the Youth Education Foundation. Wilmore also serves as chairman of the City of Columbia Industrial Development Board. He is a Past Chairman of the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance (MCCEA) and currently serves on the MCCEA Board of Directors and as a member of the Maury County Economic Development Council. Wilmore is Past President of the Tennessee Tech Alumni Association and the Tennessee Medical Group Management Association (TMGMA). Randy is a graduate of both Leadership Maury and Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT) where he currently serves on the Executive Committee and chairs LMT’s Selection Committee.

In 2010, the Theta Tau Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta recognized Wilmore with the Distinguished Fiji Award. Randy is married to Cindy Wilmore and has two sons, Taylor and Ryan.

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