Alumni Activities and Achievements

CBU alumnus Bob Cremerius (Accounting ’83) was featured in the April 6 edition of the Memphis Business Journal. The article is available online:

CBU alumna Courtney Fee (Business Admin) was featured in the April 23 broadcast of WMCTV Channel 5. Fee who is the assistant principal at Munford High School and Tipton County Commissioner, District 7 was awarded the Sterling Award which is given annually to twenty West Tennessee women considered the most influential in their careers. A script of the broadcast is available online:

Dan Goodspeed (Accounting ’90) recently joined the Verified Person executive team as controller in Memphis. Dan has 21 years of professional accounting experience in public accounting and for-profit corporations.

Cari Gold (Sport Management ’12) has been accepted to Louisiana State University and received a Graduate Assistantship with the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes. She has accepted the offer which includes a full tuition waiver and a competitive monthly stipend. She will begin her masters in Sport Management at LSU
in August.

The June 1 edition of the Memphis Business Journal reported that Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare have each donated $125,000 to Christian Brothers University’s new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The donations aim to help grow the program, which admitted its first group of students in January. Mitch Graves (Economics/Finance ’83), president of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Affiliated Services Division is quoted in the article which is available online:

Emily Sawyer Greer (Marketing/Management ’84) has been appointed as one the newest members the CBU Board of Trustees. Emily, a human resources senior executive with more than 25 years of experience, was recently named Chief of Staff for ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She
also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House, LeMoyne-Owen College and the Memphis Medical Center.

Ross Harris (Accounting ’93) and Craig Cameron (Marketing ’96), along with two other former AIMS Logistics executives, have formed a new freight payment service in Memphis called A3 Freight Payment. A3 Freight Payment recently opened its headquarters
in Southwind. Check out their website at

CBU alumna, Sibonie Jones-Swatzyna (Marketing ‘98), was featured in the “People on the Move” section of the May 11 edition of the Memphis Business Journal. Jones-Swatzyna serves as the Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of
North Mississippi. The feature and picture are available online:

Ray Karasek (Accounting ’03, MBA ‘07) published a paper in the Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Volume 11, Number 1, 2012) entitled “Signaling Theory: Past, Present, and Future.” The paper was coauthored with Phil Bryant of Columbus State University. Ray also completed Lasallian Leadership Institute Cohort V with a culminating
session at Our Lady of Snows Shrine in Belleville, IL along with Lasallian educators from the Midwest District on March 23-24.

Jack Kenney (Marketing ’68) is the proud stepfather of Yuli Zhu, B.S. (honors) Neuroscience 2012 from Brown University, and father of David, accepted for a BFA program (2016) at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Chelsea Pesce Johnson (Business Administration ’10) and Matthew Johnson (Accounting ’09) were married on May 12 in Bartlett, TN. Matt is an analyst in the Real Estate Lending Group for Independent Bank. He assists in managing the bank’s
diverse real estate portfolio along with assessing the risk involved in alternative real estate investments. Chelsea is assistant manager at Cotton Tails in Laurelwood Shopping Center.

In the May 14 edition of the Commercial Appeal, CBU alumnus, Peter Shea (CFP ‘09) was featured for his conservative investment strategy. He opened his financial planning firm, Quantitative Solutions, last year. The feature and a picture are available online:

Brian A. Ward (Marketing ’90), Managing Director, Investment Officer, Senior Institutional Consultant, has for the seventh consecutive year been designated as a member of Wells Fargo’s Premier Advisors Program, a distinction that reflects Brian’s achievement of professional success through a consistent commitment to client service.

CBU alumna, Jeanine Watts (Accounting ’88, MBA ’92), was featured in the May 21 edition of the Commercial Appeal. Her program, MRTC Kids!, focuses on encouraging youth to be active at an early age. The article and pictures are available online:

Christopher Keith Welder (MBA ‘12) was mentioned in the Cleveland Daily Banner for his recent graduation from CBU. The brief is available online:

Bill Whitten (Accounting ’70) has been named successor to the current CEO at HealthNet Federal Credit Union in Cordova, TN. Bill has been a vice president at HealthNet FCUY for the past 15 years and has been in credit union leadership positions for the past 38 years, including with the Tennessee Credit Union League and Volunteer Corporate Credit Union.