Alumni Spotlight Archive
Constance Williams, class of 2003, moved to Albany from Phenix City, Alabama when her husband was offered a position as assistant district attorney. She fondly remembers her time and professors at Darton State College, especially Dr. Ragsdale and Mrs. Suttles, who encouraged her to keep studying even when times were tough.
Wes Sadler, class of '92, is currently the president of the Darton State College Alumni Association, but this isn't his first time serving in a leadership role at Darton.
Marcelious Willis is a young man to watch. A native of the Albany area, Marcelious chose Darton because it was cost effective and for its good reputation in helping students transfer into four-year institutions. He graduated from Darton in 2010 with a degree in pre-engineering and his choice of many prestigious four-year schools.
Darton College alumnus and 2011 Soldier’s Marathon champion David Marley is no stranger to pain. It struck him in August 2006, when as a student-athlete David severed his anterior cruciate ligament, and there’s no doubt he faced a mental tug-of-war with agony again Saturday as he led hundreds of runners and even some professionals to the finish line of the 2011 Soldier’s Marathon in Columbus.
Kyle Boyd has come a long way since he began Crown Networking Consultants in 2008. Although business is booming there's one thing he knows for sure - the training and education he gained while employed at Darton College has played a large role in his success.
Kyle spent three years working in Darton's Office of Information Technology before beginning Crown Networking Consultants in 2008. "The experience I gained at Darton and the opportunity to learn while working in such an enterprising environment was invaluable. It allowed me to broaden my horizons, think bigger, and in more challenging ways."
The son of the first Dental Hygiene director at Darton College, husband to Darton alumna, Nancy, and father of four who are all also Darton alums, Jay Dallas and his family are the very definition of a legacy.
A man with a sense of purpose and a calling in faith, Dr. Dallas is exactly how you would imagine him to be. Quick to smile, he listens with patience and empathy to the parishioners of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church where he has served as deacon for the last nine years. He is both loved and respected by his congregation and has a true gift for public speaking.
CEO, DOCO Regional Federal Credit Union
From his office at the main branch of DOCO Regional Credit Union Barry Heape, President and CEO, makes decisions that affect many in the community; people he considers more than customers, but friends.
Humble is the word that most comes to mind when talking to Phil Cannon. Born in Valdosta and raised in Cairo, Georgia, he possesses many of the traits that define a southern gentleman - honesty, a dedication to civic responsibility, small town ideals, and what he feels is a moral obligation to leave the world a little better off then when he entered it.
Southern gentleman. It's a word that easily comes to mind when thinking of Sherman Willis. For many years, he has lived in our community and been a role model of integrity, modesty, and service, and as I sit talking with him, he instantly puts you at ease with humor – a Southern tradition that weaves its way into most conversations effortlessly when done by a true storyteller – which he is. He is also a father, a husband, a friend, an advisor, and a public servant.
Robert Edwards considers himself a hybrid. Graduating from Albany Junior College in 1969, he worked for ten years in a large commercial studio, becoming its top photographer. His participation at conventions gave him his first in-depth look at portrait photography where he was "struck by the beauty of good portraits," and decided to go into business for himself. "From that point on, it’s been a continuing education process, where competitions have been a good way to associate with my peers and recharge."