Alumni Spotlights

Rose Hutcheson '21

Rose Hutcheson ’21, is an East Tennessee native who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She served as a Curb Fellow at the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes, as well as completed multiple institutionally funded research projects connecting her own artistic pursuits with the culture and history of the music scene in Memphis. She recently released the product of one of these projects, an EP album entitled The Liminal Space.

Maria Bonovich-Marvich ’85 image

Maria Bonovich-Marvich ’85, a Patent Analyst for the United States Patent and Trademark office, was planning on celebrating her 35th Class Reunion this year in Memphis. Unfortunately, like many things, Homecoming/Reunion Weekend was different.

In this exchange with Mariam Khayata '22, Bonovich-Marvich discusses marathons, her work as a Patent Analyst in D.C., and how she came to Rhodes College. 

Gacka in a big chair

Olivia Gacka ’17, graduated with a self-designed major in Anthropology/Sociology and Theatre. Olivia received her Master’s degree in Irish Theatre History and Archives from the National University of Ireland Galway. She is currently the assistant director for Theatre Memphis’ upcoming production of Mamma Mia!The show runs August 16 – September 8.

In the following exchange, Olivia talks about working with Cecelia Wingate, Ireland, and why it is important for her to stay connected with Rhodes. 

Isabel Celata in front of her poster.

Isabel Celata ’19, was a Music and Political Science double major while at Rhodes. She has been very active in the local theater scene since moving here from Louisiana. Isabel is currently in rehearsals for the role of Sophie Sheridan in Theatre Memphis’ upcoming production of Mamma Mia! The show runs August 16 – September 8

Christy Weir Krueger '85

Christy Weir Krueger ’85 is currently the CFO for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. As Vice-President and now President-Elect of the Alumni Association Executive Board, Krueger works tirelessly with other AAEB members to assist Rhodes College to provide students and alums opportunities and connections in their communities.

Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell ’18 is an East Tennessee native who serves as the current Bonner Special Projects Coordinator at Maryville College in Maryville, TN. An Education Studies and Political Science double major, Thomas was very active in student government while at Rhodes, including serving as RSG President.

Charles Holt

Charles Holt ’89 is an actor that has performed in such celebrated productions as: Smokey Joe’s Café, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show, and The Lion King. He is currently preparing to be the headliner for the cruise ship, Brilliance of the Seas, setting sail in early March 2019.

Clark photo

Marlinee Clark Iverson ’93, was recently named County Attorney by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. Iverson received her BA from Rhodes College and a JD, cum laude, from the University of Memphis School of Law. She began her post as the County Attorney September 12, 2018.

Liz Moak '11

In her new position, Liz focuses on growing the alumni career network by connecting current students and alumni with other alumni, parents and friends of the College in the fields and geographic locations in which they are interested. 

Pinkney Herbert painting

Pinkney Herbert ’77, spends his time living and working between Memphis, TN and Long Island City, Queens. He has taught painting and drawing at Rhodes College and the University of Memphis and is the founder and director of the long running Memphis alternative space, Marshall Arts Gallery.

Karen Dobyns

Karen Dobyns ’05, is an Occupational Therapist living in Southern California. She received her Master’s in OT from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and in 2015 finished her post-professional clinical doctorate in OT from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Professionally known as Miss Awesomeness, Dobyns recently published her first children’s book, The Centipede Who Couldn’t Tie His Shoes.