Alumni Spotlights

a promo shot of a man with a weapon

Jyo “Six” Carolino graduated from Rhodes in 2011 with a degree in theatre. Spurred by a passion for performance and a history studying a variety of martial arts forms, he now works professionally as a stunt coordinator and fight choreographer for the stage and screen. He represents the Society of American Fight Directors and his own Memphis-based fight choreography brand, Dance Nocturnal Productions, which he began developing while a student at Rhodes. Carolino’s choreography has been featured in projects and performances across the Midsouth, as well as his own original projects, and has been featured in a multitude of film festivals both locally and internationally, receiving over 25 awards in the process. 

Promotional photo of Carolino for the film I Am Spartan. Photo by Drew Russom.

The Konradi's serve food to refugees

Married duo Brian and Ann-Tyler Konradi graduated from Rhodes in 1994, where they each completed study abroad programs focused in Eastern Europe. Beyond their time spent studying abroad, the Konradis lived and worked in Russia for around nine years post-undergrad, and both speak Russian fluently. "Our study abroad programs were life-changing events for both of us,” said Ann-Tyler. The programs ignited a love for Eastern Europe that would persist throughout their lives.

Appalled by the unfolding crisis, Brian said his family “felt compelled to try to use our knowledge base. We know the region of Eastern Europe and we know the language that most of the Ukrainian refugees speak, so we thought we should chip in more than just a blue and yellow flag on our Facebook pages.”

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. 

Bryce Hayes on campus

Bryce Hayes graduated from Rhodes in 2020 after an impressive tenure as a linebacker for the Rhodes football team. While a student, he worked closely with the Rhodes Office of Athletic Media Relations to produce a variety of social media content for Rhodes Athletics, including creating his own podcast, “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” His passion for sports recently led him to Seguin, TX where he now serves as the Director of Sports Information and Sports Marketing at Texas Lutheran University. In this conversation with Annalee McConnell ’22, Hayes reflects on his time in Memphis and discusses how creativity and athletics intersect in his work.

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Matthew Womack ’09 grew up in Germantown, TN before graduating from Rhodes with a major in Business Administration. He currently serves as the operations and finance director of the Memphis Humane Society, a nonprofit organization which strives to save the lives of abused and neglected animals across Memphis and Shelby County, offering them a space to recover before they are adopted into loving families. In the following conversation, Womack discusses his time at Rhodes and the Humane Society’s work within the local community.

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.