Raybon Green, Lisa
Watson Linn, Kathy
As for my bio when I got out of high school I worked at the Sheriffs Office till 79 then I went in the Army and did a lot of training in electronics and then was assigned to the 2/75th Rangers in Ft.. Lewis Washington. I got back here in 82 went back to work at the Sheriffs Office. There I have done a few different jobs. Field training officer / field training supervisor, Detective in narcotics, Detective in Homicide, Robbery the supervisor in Homicide for about 10 years in all, Dive team supervisor / SWAT team sniper, SWAT supervisor, Honor guard, now I’m the supervisor of the Fugitive Apprehension squad. In ‘94 I got married (Dawn is a detective at the S.O. also) and have two girls, one 8 YOA and one 12 YOA. We live in Parrish. We also have his and hers Harley motorcycles and love riding with the kids on the weekends. We are also members of the Desoto Historical Society and I have been of the Crewe of Desoto for 7 years. I am currently the Crewe Lieutenant; I have served on the Conquistador Foundation Board as Chairman and Society Board of Directors. We are also members of the Bradenton Yacht Club. I’m also a part time fitness trainer at City Fitness in Bradenton. That’s about as brief as I can make it. I hope it was fun but that’s what I have been doing for the last 30 years. I’ll send photos later. Hope to see you soon.
NIXIE BONADIO MILLER
After graduation I continued working for the Manatee Co. Sheriffs Office as a Duty Officer. In 1980 I was accepted to the Florida Highway Patrol Academy. Upon graduation I was assigned to Ft. Lauderdale as a State Trooper. I met my husband, Wayne (who was also a State Trooper) in Ft. Lauderdale. We both transferred to Panama City in 1989 and were married in July 1989 in Bradenton. I have 2 stepsons Matthew and Kevin. I adopted Kevin who is married (Joy) and has given us a lovely granddaughter, Emily, who is 3. My husband retired in 1999 and I retired with 30 years in the state retirement system in 2006, 4 1/2 as a duty officer & 25 1/2 as a State Trooper. We purchased a motor home and now travel 5 months out of the year. When we are not traveling we still own a home in Panama City. Interesting note in my career as a State Trooper: In 1984 I made a traffic stop in Ft. Lauderdale. The driver attacked me and attempted to take my weapon, which he did not succeed in doing. During the search for him in a residential area he shot a deputy (thankfully the deputy lived). The shooter fled. I was featured on America’s Most Wanted 10 years later in reference to this incident. Due to the broadcast the bad guy was apprehended in New York City.
RADAWN CESSNA ELMORE
After graduating from SEHS, I worked for a local attorney for awhile due to Mrs. Starkweather’s prompting! It didn’t seem to be what I really wanted to do, so I continued my education a little farther and received my cosmetology license. Shortly after that, I was married to Tim Elmore. We have been married almost 29 years. We have 3 daughters; Amy (28), Brandy (24), & Carrie (17). Brandy is married to Greg Abruzzino. Currently we have no grand-children, but 2 lovely grand-dogs! Amy is a hairstylist and fitness trainer. Brandy is currently running our excavating business for us. Tim & I were business owners in Bradenton & Parrish, Florida for 25 years.
Tim, Carrie & I moved to South Carolina in 2005 to semi-retire and raise show cattle as a full-time hobby. Well, you know how that goes. The cattle hobby has turned into another profession so we travel quite a bit and spend lots of hours with the cattle. Carrie is our “showman”. She enjoys working with the cattle and competes in cattle shows regularly. We have a little over 200 acres with 3 catfish ponds, pasture land & hay fields, and lots of wild game.
We are very involved with our church. Tim is a deacon and Carrie and I are involved with the music ministry. Tim & I are also the Youth Directors.
Due to the fact that we will be attending the Southeastern Regional Maine-Anjou Show in Perry, Georgia the weekend of the reunion and then going straight to summer camp with the youth, I will not be able to attend.
I have enjoyed looking at everyone’s pictures on the website and reading the bio’s. I know each of you will have a great time and rekindle some old friendships.
JUDY CLIFFORD MACY
Mike Becker ('76) & I were married in Nov. '79 and divorced in Aug. '92. We have 2 daughters, Rachel - 27 and Suzanne - 25. and one grandson, Stephen - 6. Mike & I stayed in Bradenton until moving to Tampa in 1983. I got remarried in 2002 to Mark Macy - a '73 grad from Chamberlain High School - Tampa. Mark & I live in Town & Country (NW Tampa). We enjoy boating, the beach, relaxing, laughing and just plain having fun. Mark owns his own air conditioning business - Remington Air - and I am in the Customer Service field. Presently, I work for Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Corporate Office in the Mortgage & Consumer Product Division. Life is good, no matter what it throws at you! Make the best of it!
PAULA CLUM RUMMEL
Gary and Paula are celebrating thirty years of marriage this summer with a cruise up the New England coast in September. (It is also Paula’s big 5-0 in December.) We currently live outside of Kansas City, Missouri. I’m a nurse with 2 part-time jobs - one at an eye surgery center and the other the executive director of our denomination’s health ministries association of health professionals. We have programs locally, nationally and internationally in Central America. My husband Gary is an ultrasonographer and teaches vascular ultrasound at Univ. of KS hospital. The nest is empty with a 25 yr old married daughter Amy and 23 yr old daughter Hillary. Both are still in college pursuing a law degree and master’s degrees. Gary and I enjoy ballroom dancing and traveling. The goal is to sell the house and buy a sailboat in the next couple of years so I’ll be checking out marinas in Florida!!
JULIE COLLINS PEREZ
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at this year's reunion. I haven't been to a reunion since our ten year one too many years ago! After graduation, I went to USF in Tampa, applied to the Nursing school and graduated with my BSN in March of '80. I have been a surgical nurse, first working at Manatee Memorial for 14 years and then following my first love, Pediatrics, up to All Children's Hospital in St Petersburg for the past 13. I've worn out 4 cars driving over that bridge! At the present time, I'm the Educator for Perioperative Services at ACH.
As many know, Tim Perez('76) and I married after I finished college. We were married for 11 years and have 2 wonderful children, Chris, 22 and Courtney, 17. Although we are no longer married we remain friends and have combined our efforts to raise our children. We have traveled many a mile to follow our son around the country as he has pursued first an amateur baseball passion playing college ball for the University of Miami and then after being drafted by the St Louis Cardinals and playing for the major league team since being called up May 16th of this year( He is a pitcher). He is engaged to a lovely girl with a November wedding being planned so we're soon to be in-laws. Our daughter, Courtney, will be a senior at the new Braden River High and is nothing like her brother, totally disliking sports. She is a gregarious, funny and social girl, and hates baseball, go figure....
I can't wait to see all of you July 18th.
After graduation, I spent 11 more years in school. I went to the University of Florida for a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics and followed up with a Doctorate’s degree in Dental Medicine. After a short time in private practice, I entered a 3 year post-doctoral residency in orthodontics at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. I was chief resident at Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1991-2 and did research at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Center. We moved back to the Tampa Bay area and I set up two private practice offices in orthodontics. In my personal life, I married a wonderful woman named Melissa in 1987 (21 years ago). Melissa has her master’s degree in nursing and, coincidentally, graduated in 1977. We have three children; Andrew (19 y.o.), Elise (16 y.o.), and Tyler (14 y.o.). Just like every parent, we think that they are smart, athletic, good-looking etc. They travel the world with us and we are a close, loving, family. We have a house in the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor Florida and are currently constructing another house in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies.
Perry was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and grew up in Southern Florida.
He joined the Florida Army National Guard after a brief tour in the Army Reserve as a Military Policeman in March of 1980.
Perry graduated from Embry Riddle University with a BS degree in Professional Aeronautics and is currently attending Non-resident U.S. War College.
Perry graduated from Federal Officer Candidate School 1984 and completed Flight School as Distinguished Honor graduate in January of 1986.
In 1985 he married Susan, his wife of 24 years.
Colonel Hagaman entered the Florida National Guard fulltime work force in 1986 as the Aviation Maintenance Officer at Army Aviation Support Facility #1. In 1994, Perry moved to Facility operations as the Aviation Safety Officer and Instructor Pilot. In 2006, Perry was selected as the State Army Aviation Officer.
He has served three tours as an aviation company commander, and has held various staff positions at Battalion level serving as the S-2 and Assistant S-3 of the 1-111th Avn Regt.
He is a Master Army Aviator qualified in OH-58, UH-1H, UH-60 and the AH-64 aircraft. He has vast experience as an aviator holding certifications as an OH-58 Maintenance Test Pilot Examiner, UH-60 Test Pilot, AH-64 Instructor Pilot and Aviation Safety Officer. MAJ Hagaman has over 4500 accident free flight hours. Perry has reversed the role of the citizen soldier, being an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) officer who donates his time as a Helicopter pilot and Deputy Sheriff for the Manatee County Sheriffs Office.
He is currently assigned as the State Army Aviation Officer for the FLARNG. Perry is married to the former Susan Grathwohl of Bradenton Florida and has one son and one daughter, Andrew (14) and Jessica (10).
NANCY HECKERT SMITH
Dwayne & I were married in 1982. Daughter Chris is married and lives in the Pacific time zone. She has a daughter age 7, and a son age 3. Thank goodness for email as they just don’t live close enough to drop by often.
Other than two years in Boulder County Colorado we’ve lived in Northern Virginia since 1989. Being just 45 minutes from the nation’s capital has perks. We like to do genealogy. Dwayne has a few entries that go back to the year 1011. While I’ve gotten stuck in the 1500’s I’m happy to say that I haven’t found any pirates or bank robbers!
I work in the Patient Registration department at Inova Loudoun Hospital holding the affectionate title of “our systems person”. The title HR has listed is System Data Administrator. Boil that down and you get “problem solver”. No two days are alike and every one of them is interesting.
Dwayne is the communications director for the call centers for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. NCMEC was founded by John and Reve’ Walsh after their son Adam, was abducted in 1981.
We are charter members of Riverside Presbyterian Church. This link shows a few photos from the 2006 mission trip to Kenya. Dwayne can be seen in one of the photos. http://www.riversidechurch.com/en/index_world.htm We spent 3 weeks building a kitchen and dining hall for a girls school in Molo, Kenya. I haven’t added stone mason to my official resume but many fond memories involve holding one end of a burlap bag and one of the village women has the other end and a huge hand-cut stone is cradled on the burlap bag. Dwayne has returned to Kenya on three other occasions.
We decided that God was calling us to become part of a new church development outreach. Riverside is committed to planting new churches right here. We are both on the vision team (aka steering committee) for Brambleton Presbyterian Church. Christmas Eve 2005 was our very first service. It is exciting to be part of this new church family. http://www.brambletonchurch.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=63
We live in a townhouse with my 12 year old cat, Motaba (Google her name and guess why Dwayne named her that!). Just call her Mo. Curly is our 7 year old ‘mini’ dachshund who thinks he is a Great Dane! Yes, we have a photo of a friend named Larry sitting on the couch with Mo on one side and Curly on the other!
VICKY HUGHES FOLLOWELL
I lived in only one house as a child but went to two separate high schools. I began at Southeast with the Class of 77 and graduated from Manatee after the big transfer occurred in 1974. I went to Milligan College in TN and finished my BS in three years. I met Ken during my first year in college and married six days after we graduated. We celebrated 28 years in May.
We came back to Bradenton in Fall 1980 due to illness in my family. Ken is from Indiana and loves being a transplanted Floridian. We ran my family business until my dad’s death. Since then we have found other avenues of employment, all in the area. I owned an accounting practice for ten years, selling in 2003. I spent a few years back in private business accounting and joined a CPA firm last fall. Being back in public accounting is both joyful and overwhelming! Ken is employed with Bright House as the IT Specialist. It is great having your very own computer expert on staff!
We do not have children but have cared for many generations of our families in our home over the past twenty eight years. Manatee County is our home.
LISA RAYBON GREEN
After graduating from Southeast I went to Florida State University. Only completing 2 years of school I was hired by Northwest Airlines as a Flight Attendant and was based out of Minneapolis, MN and New York City for 1 year. I then transferred to Seattle, WA. I continued flying out of Seattle but I took a management position as an In-Flight Supervisor. I flew all international routes so the Far East and Europe became my “homeaway-from-home”.
I met my husband Dana here in Seattle (he’s a local boy) and we married in 1983. We celebrate our 25th anniversary this August. When we met, Dana was working for Boeing and remained there for 13 years. While working for Boeing he was director of a project that sent us to Honolulu, HI for 1 year. After leaving Boeing he worked for Microsoft for 8 years as a Director and then left to start his own company, which he has been doing ever since.
We have 2 children Kyle and Hilary. I guess they really aren’t “children” anymore. Kyle is 21, a Sr. at North Park University in Chicago, IL. Hilary is 18, graduated from high school 2 weeks ago and will be attending Azusa Pacific Univ in southern CA in the Fall. Kyle is majoring in Int’l Business/Marketing w/a minor in French. He wants to live in Europe when he graduates. Hilary is majoring in Graphic Design.
Once our children were born I quit “flying” and became a full time mom. As the kids got older I pursued my creative interests and started taking classes and workshops all over the U.S. with various artists and have become a silversmith. I have a jewelry studio in downtown Seattle with 2 other women where we design, create, and sell our work. I have only done it on a part time basis but now that we are entering the life of “emptynesters” I will be giving it full time attention, except for the fact that I’m going to school for 6 months starting Sept 2, but that’s a whole other story...
The last time I was in Florida was about 8 years ago so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and reconnecting with some of you whom I’ve not seen since high school graduation! WOW, that’s a long time! Sheila, and all of the rest of you who have organized this reunion, thanks! I know it had to be a lot of hard work.
Look forward to seeing all of you soon - Lisa Raybon Green
SHEILA ROBERTS VEATCH
I left Southeast and graduated from Florida State University in 1981. I then taught elementary school in Myakka--ended up being the 4H sponsor and raised a few cows. I guess I always had unrequited FFA tendencies. Entered graduate school at USF in 1984 and earned my masters in early-childhood ed. In 1988 I decided that I would use my un-married state as a chance to see the world and moved to Papua New Guinea (an island-country north of Australia) to teach. There I met and married Devan Veatch, a teacher from Tennessee who was also out seeing the world. We returned to the U.S in 1991 and spent a year in Lake County after our son, Sam, was born. In 1992/93 we decided we still had a lot of world left to see so we took 8-month-old Sam and accepted positions with the International School of Kenya, a center run by the American Embassy and UN. We ended up staying until 2006. While there we "found" our two youngest sons, Nathan and Jack, AIDS orphans whom we adopted as infants and are now 11 and 8 years old. They are true gifts. We were also able to travel fairly cheaply so took advantage by spending lots of time touring—Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Ethiopia, Holland, Hong Kong, and Great Britain. After almost 17 years overseas we decided it was time to be closer to our parents. We’ve lived in Tallahassee now for 2 years and love the town and the atmosphere of north Florida. I work for the Department of Education as a project manager and my husband recently took a position teaching chemistry at Florida High, the lab school of Florida State University--go ‘Noles! We still love to travel when we’re able and I also spend any free time running, gardening, or just playing with my boys. I am so excited about seeing everyone at the reunion!
After high school I worked in the restaurant business and was transferred to Houston Texas where I met Lynn, asked her to marry me and moved her back to Florida. We've been in the Ft Myers area since '83.
I am currently working in sales for a lumberyard that sells primarily to the professional contractor. (ooh, that darn housing bubble) I am seeing signs of recovery now and am quite optimistic about this year.
We have been blessed with 2 boys, Timothy, age 23, and Lord willing, graduating from Florida State in August, and Samuel, age 20, enrolled at Valencia Community college in their film school.
I've been fortunate over the years to have been able to take my boys on short-termed mission trips to Haiti, Peru, and Kenya and Rwanda. In 2000 we all went to Germany along with my folks to visit, among other places, the house my father grew up in. He was so proud.
Lynn has experienced some "empty-nest" syndrome, so we are planning to do some traveling to take her mind off it. She also has a couple books and movie scripts in her head that need to come out.
I've read some of the bio's of folks that have been to Kenya and am looking forward to visiting and talking about your experiences.
Look forward to seeing you all. -- Craig
VICKI SOUTHERN SUMMERS and JEFF SUMMERS
Jeff and I married 30 years ago this September. We have two children Kenny, age 26 and Jessica, age 24. They’re both married and we have 1 grandson, Nathan age 4, and two grandaughters, Mylie and Avarie age 5 months (not twins). My daughter and daughter in-law had them 2 days apart. Jeff and I moved to Naples in 1981 when he was hired by the Florida Game and Fish Commission as a Wildlife officer. We lived there for 10 years and then he was transferred to High Springs Florida in 1990. We have lived on the same property now for 18 years, but 3 different homes. Our home that we spent 14 years remodeling was struck by lightning and burned July 2004. We then moved into our barn and lived there until we had our new home completed and moved into it one year from the day our other was burned. Both of our children have graduated with Bachelors in Business and Jessica is pursuing her Cosmetology degree between having babies and taking care of things on her own while her husband is serving his 3rd term in Iraq with the Army. Our son is a diver and works with Dive riteinternational. I have worked in loan operations with a small town bank for 15 years and Jeff is now working as the lead recruiter and Public Information Officer with The Fish and Game Commission. We love to fish and camp and Jeff has recently discovered THE SCOOTER. We took it to the mountains on vacation and he likes to ride around town when he gets time. We always seem to have a lot of family and friends around and on the days we don't we spend quiet time with our 2 dogs and 3 cats.
MARTHA STEVENSON BRIGGS
I have been married almost 22 years to my amazing husband, John. He and I met in 1983 when we were both employed at Manatee Memorial Hospital and were married in October of 1986. We lived in Ft. Myers when our first son, John, was born a year later in 1987. In 1988, my husband's job took us to St. Petersburg, where we still live. Our daughter Jackie was born in 1989, and our youngest son, Jimmy, was born in 1993. While my husband has kept busy these past 20+ years working as a nuclear pharmacist and serving as a Major in the Air Force Reserves, including a tour of duty during the first Gulf conflict, I have had the privilege of being a full-time mother and wife. It is a choice I have never regretted. I have kept busy through the years, following my children as they have played soccer, football, and lacrosse. I have also spent many hours volunteering at their schools, Holy Family Elementary/ Middle School and St. Pete Catholic High. I am also an active participant at our church, Holy Family Catholic Church. Our son John is now a junior in the medical program at USF in Tampa. Jackie will join him there as a freshman in the fall (staying as far away from medicine as she possibly can!), and Jimmy will begin high school in the fall at St. Pete Catholic.
I'm so glad my very dear friend, Sheila Roberts Veatch, decided last summer to put this whole "mega" reunion idea into action. Without her incredible initiative and amazing organizational skills, who knows how long it would have taken the rest of us to put a reunion together! Thanks so much Sheila -- I am looking so forward to seeing everyone in July!
JUDITH VALENCE JEFFAS
After leaving SEHS, I went to Manatee Junior College for two years and then transferred to Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. I received my BA in Medical Technology in 1982. I started working at Baptist Medical Center Laboratory in August 1982 and have been with the same Health System every since, going on 26 years! I love my work. I am a Medical Technologist specializing in Hematology and Flow Cytometry (big word for diagnosing Leukemia and Lymphoma) on adults and children.
Ed and I have been married almost 23 years and we have an almost 16 year old son, Scott. We also have 4 furry feline friends at our house. We like to go camping and we have a 22 foot class C motorhome.
KATHY WATSON LINN
I attended MJC after high school and got married in the summer of 1979 to Max Linn, a 1974 graduate of Sarasota High School. We moved to Tallahassee to attend FSU right after getting married. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Statistics and a Master's Degree in Applied Statistics, while my husband ended up with a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology, two Master's Degrees (one in Meteorology and one in Applied Statistics), and a Ph.D. in Educational History and Philosophy. We moved to West Palm Beach for a couple of years after getting our Master's Degrees but decided we liked Tallahassee much better. We moved back and have been here now for 23 years. I've been a research analyst at the Florida Lottery for almost 20 years. If you live in Florida, you've no doubt seen the results of my work. One of the things I do is provide the Lotto jackpot estimates that go on the Lottery billboards! We have two terrific sons. Andrew is 21 and a senior at FSU majoring in Computer Criminology. Geoffrey is 17 and just finished his junior year in high school. He’s currently ranked second in his class at Godby High and is next year’s NHS president.
BELINDA WILSON YOUNCE
We (Blake and Belinda) were married in July, 1980 and (shock and utter disbelief) will soon celebrate our 28th anniversary! Yep, it's true. Who would have thunk it, huh?
Here's a brief recap: In 1982, Blake started a very successful lawn and landscape business which he ran for 17+ years and which we sold for a [very] short venture into the restaurant business; then Budweiser for a year (driving a beer truck - every man's dream job); Sysco Foods for six years; and for the past two years he's been self-employed hauling concrete products for Rinker. I've been a legal secretary for 30 years, and for the past 28 years have worked for the same local attorney.
We have three children, Brooke, Blake, and Brock. Brooke is 25, married to a great guy, Steve Ramsey, and they are expecting their first child, a boy they will name Landon, who is due in September. YES, WE ARE GOING TO BE GRANDPARENTS! I'm sure that will be the happiest day of our lives so far, and I can't wait! Our oldest son, Blake, is 22, employed at Callaghan Tire, and following his Dad's path towards self-employment with Younce Lawn Care. He is in love with a really sweet girl, Amy Grosse, whom we hope to add to our family soon. Our youngest son, Brock, is almost 11 and starts sixth grade in the fall. Yes, he was a big surprise, but is without a doubt one of our greatest blessings! He loves sports, especially baseball, and keeps us very busy with Little League and AAU.
For over 20 years we enjoyed boating and spent our vacations in the Florida Keys; once the boat motor blew up we thought "what the heck, let's try something else." So, we sold the motor-less boat and are now the proud owners of 41 beautiful acres in Tennessee where Blake and the boys go deer and turkey hunting (Brock got his first kill - a 20 pound turkey - in March) and I sit on my swing under our shagbark hickory tree, truly one of the most serene settings you could imagine. Someday we'll retire there - Blake wants to be a greeter at Wal-Mart or wear one of those orange Home Depot aprons, and I'm going to stay home, take care of "Flatrock Farm," plant a garden, and sit on my swing, but I've got to have my grandbabies near, so retirement will have to wait a while.
Our life has been full of ups and downs, as is expected. With the passing of Blake's Dad in late May, we lost the last of our parents and the only grandparent Brock has ever known. However, with Landon due in a few months, we appreciate that there truly is a circle of life and God has our path well charted, even though the road is a bit dark and foggy at times. Memories of our days at SEHS and the great times we had there with our cherished friends have given us plenty to laugh and smile about over the years, and we can't wait to reconnect with all of our old classmates!
Cheer, cheer for Southeast High. Cheer for the Seminoles.
Our team will win this game, they'll fight 'til the end.
So wave our colors of orange, blue, grey. Long may they ever wave.
Heap, big Indian Seminole brave from Southeast High!!!