Alumni Association Executive Committee
President and Vice Presidents are elected volunteers who serve as leaders, representatives, advisors and ambassadors.
President, Berry Alumni Association: Haron W. Wise (57H), 2012-2014
Haron “Harry” W. Wise (57H) became president of the Berry Alumni Association July 1, 2012. As president, he also serves on Berry's Board of Trustees. He was born in Montgomery, Ala., and raised in Santa Rosa County, Fla. After graduating from Mt. Berry School for Boys, he attended Georgia Tech before enlistment in the U.S. Air Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration from Troy State University in Troy, AL, and he completed the Graduate School of Sales Management and Marketing at Syracuse University. Harry began a career in sales with American Can Company in New York, and subsequently spent the next 36 years in various sales, marketing and management positions with several companies, including work as a buyer for Shell Oil. He retired as a partner and corporate vice-president of sales and marketing with a steel and fiber drum manufacturing company in Mason, Ohio. He is a past ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church, a past mayor of Montgomery, Ohio, and a past member and officer of several professional organizations including the Packaging Institute, the Petroleum Packaging Council and the Steel Shipping Container Institute.
Harry has been married for more than 50 years to wife Virginia. The couple, who have two adult children and two grandchildren, relocated to Rome, Ga., in 2008. He is a member of the Rome Rotary Club and Rome Exchange Club and is a member of the Rome First United Methodist Church. Prior to being named president-elect of the Berry Alumni Association, he was vice-president of Alumni Events. He is currently on the Board of Advisors for Berry Student Enterprises and is a member of the Berry Breakfast Club.
President Elect: Timothy J. Goodwin (03C), 2013-2014
As president-elect, Tim Goodwin will succeed Harry Wise as president of the Alumni Association on July 1, 2014. Tim is the 2007 recipient of the Association's Outstanding Young Alumnus award. He lives in Canton, Ga., with his wife Maureen Trane Goodwin (03C) and their three daughters, Canaan, Shiloh and Eden. Shortly after graduating from Berry, Tim founded Goodwin Investment Advisory to help lead people to financial peace, independence and generosity. They are very active in their church, Watermarke, a North Point Community Church Campus, where they serve in children's church as adult small group leaders. The Goodwins enjoy giving back to Berry by speaking to students and serving in Alumni leadership roles. Tim is a member of Berry's Campbell School of Business Executive Advisory Council and serves as a coach for the school's entrepreneurship program. In his free time, Tim enjoys running, long walks on the beach, and singing in the rain.
Vice President, Berry Heritage: Kimberly A. Melton (04C, 06G), 2012-2014
Kim Melton graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and in 2006 earned her MBA, both from Berry. Originally from Tucker, Georgia, she moved to Rome in 2000 to attend Berry and loved it so much she never wanted to leave. She has worked at Berry since graduating in 2004, currently serving as assistant budget director. She is also vice president for membership with the Daughters of Berry and the treasurer of the Mount Berry Garden Club. She served as secretary of the Alumni Association 2006-2012. Kim became Vice President of Berry Heritage on July 1, 2012.
Vice President, Alumni Awards: Rebecca B.Christopher (61C), 2011-2015
Becky Christopher graduated from Berry in 1961. For 50 years she has been happily married to Al Christopher, whom she met at Berry in 1957. She received an MS in English Education in 1965 from Arkansas State University and, after moving to Destin, Florida in 1968, completed certification in Library Media Studies. She either taught English or worked as a public school librarian in Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Florida for 37 years. Since retiring in 2002, she has traveled a bit and has begun teaching ESL classes at her church. She has enjoyed becoming reacquainted with her fellow classmates and participating in alumni activities, especially the 50th reunion in May, 2011.
Vice President, Financial Support: T. Mack Brown (82C), 2013-2015
T. Mack Brown graduated from Berry College in 1982 with a double major in economics and physics. In 1983, he co-founded Brownstone, a software company that worked closely with textbook publishers and academic instructors. In the mid-1990s, his company maintained an office on the Berry campus. About 50 Berry students from a wide range of disciplines designed and developed software with Mack during that period. His current venture is an academic publishing company. As a student, Mack served as the editor-in-chief and cartoonist for the Campus Carrier. He worked on the carpenters crew, produced multi-media projects for the public relations office, and was a resident assistant. He was the first president of Berry's economics honor society. He is the 1994 recipient of Berry's Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. He has served previously as a Berry Alumni Association council member and officer, and assists frequently with reunions for the college class of 1982. In his free time, Mack is the drummer for Exit Strategy, a four-piece ensemble which he calls "the world's most adequate rock-and-roll band." He is a late-blooming tennis player, a portrait painter, and a reluctant runner. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Decatur, Georgia.
Vice President, Young Alumni & Student Relations: Laura A. Sutton (09C), 2012-2014
Laura Sutton graduated from Berry College in May 2009, Magna Cum Laude, with majors in Management & Marketing. During her time as a student at Berry, Laura, a Birmingham, Alabama native, served as the Student Government Association President, SGA Vice President for Campus Services, and a Freshman Mentor. In 2009 she was awarded the Martha Berry Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement, the Gordon L. Foy Business Award, and a Voice of Berry Student Award.
While serving as a member of the alumni council from 2009-2011, Laura collaborated with the Alumni Relations team to create a new Berry young alumni program. She moved to Nashville, TN in July 2009 to pursue her Masters of Education in Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Laura worked as a special educational research assistant where she delivered tutoring in math to low performing 2nd grade students in Metro Nashville Schools. She graduated with her M.Ed in May 2011.
Laura currently works for Deloitte Consulting, LLC in Atlanta, GA. She is a Human Capital Analyst in Deloitte’s HR Transformation service line. In her free time Laura enjoys catching up with her friends, twitter, hula hooping, hiking, the outdoors, Alabama football, traveling, and spending time with her family. Her brother, Trevor Sutton, is a junior at Berry and is in the Winshape College program.
Vice President, Alumni Events: Ruth K. Martin (65C), 2012-2014
Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Volunteer. Even before retiring from active employment as manager/coordinator of volunteers for various agencies in the Rome area for over 25 years, Ruth was also a volunteer. She remains active with First United Methodist Church, Townview Garden Club and P.E.O. and their four busy grandsons fill lots of time for her and Wes. They still sing in church and in the Rome community. A most recent project was purchasing and now updating the Martin family home in Southwestern Virginia for a place to get away and see some snow!
Chaplain, Parliamentarian, Secretary, and Historian are volunteers appointed by the Alumni Association President to serve and support specific functions of the Alumni Association.
Chaplain, Berry Alumni Association: Rev. Dr. K. Scott McClure (89C), 2011-2014
A native of Jasper, Georgia, Dr. McClure graduated from Berry College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial manufacturing technology management. Prior to that, he earned an Associate Degree in printing technology from Chowan College, Murfreesboro, NC. He completed his studies at Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, Ga., where he earned a Masters of Ministry degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree. He is a former professor at Covington Theological Seminary (Rome Extension) and presently serves as pastor of Flatrock Baptist Church in Rome, Ga. He has been happily married to the former Jennifer Ellis of Rome for the past 21 years and is a father of four: Kerri, Kaylan, Kristopher and Thomas.
Parliamentarian, Berry Alumni Association: Giles M. Chapman, Jr. (66C), 2012-2014
Giles is the third generation member of his family to attend Berry. His great-uncle and father both attended the Mount Berry School for Boys before Giles attended from 1954-55. Giles returned to his hometown and graduated from Pensacola High School in 1957. Following service to his country in the U.S. Army and working on construction, he returned to Berry in 1964, enrolling as a sophomore at the college, and graduated in 1966.
In 1968, he joined Berry as the first director of Krannert Center, Visiting Groups to the Campus and Cultural Affairs. He served on the staff until 1972. He earned a Masters and Educational Specialist degree from West Georgia College and became an administrator in the public schools of Northwest Georgia, the Georgia Psychoeducation Network and Northwest Georgia Regional Education Service Agency. He retired from public education in 1999 and obtained additional educational training to become a certificated paralegal and a general mentor.
He presently serves as a mediator in the Floyd County Magistrate Court, does community service work in the City of Rome on the Zoning Board of Appeals and serves on the Grievance Hearing Panel of the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority. In addition, he serves as the Lay Leader and Advanced Lay Speaker for Second Avenue United Methodist Church. He is also actively involved in the Exchange Club of Rome, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Americanism Committee. He is equally and actively involved in the Coosa Valley Fair Association.
Secretary, Berry AlumniAssociation: Nelda P. Ragsdale(64C), 2012-2014
Nelda Parrish Ragsdale is a 1964 graduate of Berry College with a degree in elementary education. She received her Master's in Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and an advanced certificate from Auburn University. Nelda previously served on the Berry Alumni Council from 1992 to 2000, holding offices of Secretary and Vice President for Awards. She is active in the First United Methodist Church of Calhoun, Georgia where she lives with her husband Joe (65C). They have two married sons and two grandchildren.
Historian, Berry Alumni Association: David F. Slade(97C), 2012-2014
David Slade graduated from Berry College in 1997 with a double major in Spanish and Communication. He is an alum of the Berry College Forensics Union. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Berry. Since the summer of 2008 he has directed a seven-week program in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in which Berry students learn about Costa Rican culture and assist local elementary school teachers with their English courses. He earned an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University, with a focus in colonial Latin American literature and culture. As historian, he is interested in connecting narratives about Berry’s impact across generations.
The Director of Alumni Relations serves as an Ex Officio member of the Executive Committee.