Lydia Brooker, Arts & Sciences '11

Lydia Brooker, Arts & Sciences '11

Lydia Brooker, Arts & Sciences '11

Name: Lydia Brooker

Year Graduated: 2011

Major at OU: Arts & Sciences

Nashville Neighborhood: Inglewood

Job and Industry: Optician, Optometry

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville in September of 2016 having lived and worked in Athens long enough to consider myself a townie. Ready to be closer to family that moved to Nashville years prior, I took a job managing the optical department of a private practice in Hermitage. My husband, Matt, made the move in December and we've been settled in Inglewood ever since.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Casa
Jackie O's
The Union

Favorite Nashville spot(s):Village Pub
The Pharmacy
Southern Grist
Five Points

Theresa McLoughlin, BSC '90

Theresa McLoughlin, BSC '90

Theresa McLoughlin, BSC '90

Name: Theresa McLoughlin

Year Graduated: 1990

Major at OU: Communications

Nashville Neighborhood: East Nashville

Job and Industry: Sales Consultant for coalesse

When you moved to Nashville and why: Moved in 2007 for my (OSU) boyfriends job with LP Building Products.

Favorite Athens spot(s): The Sigma Kappa sorority house, the burrito buggy and it's a 4 way tie between Pawpurrs, The Pub, the Junction and Crystal Casino.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): I'm a bit of an eastside snob; Shelby Bottoms park, Red Door (east), Drifters for their veggie-friendly options and Lipstick lounge for Sunday brunch.

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Amber Austin, Child Development '05

Amber Austin, Child Development '05

Amber Austin, Child Development '05

Name: Amber Austin

Year Graduated: 2005

Major at OU: Child Development and Family Studies

Nashville Neighborhood: La Vergne

Job and Industry: Head Start Teacher

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville area in July '06. My mom is originally from here we would visit every year and I have always loved it down here. From the atmosphere, food, weather and family here....I have always wanted to live down here one day. Now here I am!

Favorite Athens spot(s): I used to frequent Pig Skin, The Pub, Cats Eye and the Cheese (aka the Greenery). I also loved Burrito Buggy and Goodfellas. I was also a member of the O zone back when it first began. I could be found at the Convo and also traveled to several away games. I sometimes went to football games for halftime ;)

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Nashville Farmers market, 312 Pizza Company, Opry Mills mall, BBQ joints, exploring new places.

Eben Flournoy, Anthropology '17

Name: Eben Flournoy

Year Graduated: 2017

Major at OU: Anthropology

Nashville Neighborhood: Midtown

Job and Industry: Unemployed/Looking for non-profit work

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville at the end of July with my girlfriend who got a job working at the new Microsoft campus here.

Favorite Athens spot(s): The mural wall, Strouds, back south green, basically anywhere on Grosvenor St.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): The Country, Bicentennial Park, Fat Bottom Brewery

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Matt MaGinn, BAS '96

Matt MaGinn, BAS '96

Matt MaGinn, BAS '96

Name: Matt MaGinn

Year Graduated: 1996

Major at OU: BA Sociology/ Criminology

Nashville Neighborhood: Murfreesboro

Job and Industry: Insurance

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to middle Tennessee in 1998 for a new position with my company. I knew enough to realize the area was a great place to put down roots and have loved living here!

Favorite Athens spot(s): Night Court, The Pub, Pigskin, Strouds Run, Collge Green, Bong Hill, the Convo.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Everything downtown! Roof top bars, Ascend is a great venue, the Gulch, the pedestrian bridge (got engaged on there), and any state park within a 2 hour drive.

Tim Jones, Sports Science - Exercise Physiology '93

Tim Jones,  Sports Science - Exercise Physiology '93

Tim Jones,  Sports Science - Exercise Physiology '93

Name: Tim Jones

Year Graduated: 1993

Major at OU: Sports Science - Exercise Physiology

Nashville Neighborhood: Bellevue

Job and Industry: Associate Professor- Tennessee State University

When you moved to Nashville and why: Move to Nashville in July 1997 from Univ of Wyoming to take position as Aquatic Director & Faculty at TSU. Also Head Coach of Middle TN Diving Program.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Many great days on South Green & the Aquatic Center. I was a diver on OU Varsity Swim & Dive Team. 
Many great nights at The Pup & quad night at The Junction.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Spend many days & nights on lower Broadway prior to Titian's games or events at Bridgestone arena. The Brewhouse Pubs are favorite place to get eat / drink.

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Kimberly Bennett, BS Mathematics '96

Kimberly Bennett, BS Mathematics '96

Kimberly Bennett, BS Mathematics '96

Name: Kimberly  Bennett

Year Graduated: 1996

Major at OU: BS in Mathematics

Nashville Neighborhood: Mount Juliet

Job and Industry: Associate Actuary / Computer Sciences / Life Insurance

When you moved to Nashville and why: I was recruited right out of OU to come work in Nashville at CNA Life Insurance in the July 1996. CNA was hiring quite a few alumni from OU. When I started CNA they had employed over 1,800 people for Nashville office. Within 5 years, the company had several layoffs and then sold leaving behind only 130 people to go to the new company. Today, I still work in the big white building that you can see off 40E right before Stewart's Ferry, but with a 4th company.

Favorite Athens spot(s): To be honest at that time, Burger King or Wendy's were my favorite places in Athens. I went to OU Lancaster for the first 2 1/2 years then transferred to Athens to complete my degree. I drove 5 days a week from Lancaster to Athens. I had really no money, so I'd  gathered my change to get items from the dollar menu.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): I enjoy going to the Nashville Zoo and Centennial Park with my family.  We take trips to Lebanon to go to Sunset Family Restaurant. They have the best meat and three in the middle Tennessee.  I also love the fact that we are so close to a major airport.  Although it has been harder recently, I like the fact you can get to any part of town in less than 30 minutes.

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Courtney Bresler, BSC '08

Courtney Bresler, BSC '08

Courtney Bresler, BSC '08

Name: Courtney Bresler

Year Graduated: 2008

Major at OU: Telecommunications

Nashville Neighborhood: Mount Juliet

Job and Industry: Co-Owner of Predator Cycling

When you moved to Nashville and why: My husband and I moved to Nashville just recently in May 2017. We had lived in Los Angeles the past five years, my husband manufacturing composite bicycles while I worked master control at The Tennis Channel. We were ready to move on from the hustle & bustle of the tv industry, the inflated costs of living, and traffic on the 405! We've moved our business, Predator Cycling, to Mount Juliet and are enjoying the easy-going lifestyle now.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Redbrick, Pita Pit, the old Court Street Tacobell, Union Street Diner (mmm mushroom swiss burger), Taco Johns, East Green, Tony's, and the TCOM Equipment Room window for witty banter

Favorite Nashville spot(s): We haven't explored nearly enough, but you can find me riding my bike at Stones River Greenway, walking at Long Hunter State Park, eating brisket at Martin's BBQ, or grab a beer with me at Legend's Corner

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Casey Funtal, BSC '17

Casey Funtal, '17

Casey Funtal, '17

Name: Casey Funtal

Year Graduated: 2017

Major at OU: Communications

Nashville Neighborhood: North Nashville

Job and Industry: Account Coordinator at Houzz

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville in May because I had a job offer from Houzz!

Favorite Athens spot(s): Jackie O's, Pub, and Casa.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Fat Bottom Brewery, Tailgate Brewery, and Centennial Park. I'm still pretty new here so I'm always looking for new places to check out.

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Matt McKnight, BBA '15

Name: Matt McKnight

Year Graduated: 2015

Major at OU: BBA in Finance, Entrepreneurship

Nashville Neighborhood: Cane Ridge

Job and Industry: President, PMI (eCommerce: PremiereCollectibles.comBulkBooks.comLiveSigning.com)

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved here in April 2016 for a job opportunity. I was surprised how often the terms "yankee" and "carpetbagger" were playfully tossed around.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Casa Nueva for Trivia Night, The Fun Barn

Favorite Nashville spot(s): 3rd & Lindsley, The Bluebird Cafe, Acapulco Burrito, Matt Brooker's house

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Josh Smiley, Sports Mgmt. '14

Josh Smiley, Sports Mgmt. '14

Josh Smiley, Sports Mgmt. '14

Name: Josh Smiley

Year Graduated: 2014

Major at OU: Sport Management

Nashville Neighborhood: East Nashville

Job and Industry: Account Executive for the Nashville Predators

When you moved to Nashville and why: I had moved to Nashville in May of 2014 just after graduation.  I had moved down here to work for the Nashville Predators.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Pawpurr's, Bagel Street, & Souvlaki's

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Five Points Cocina Mexicana

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Bob Smith, BSC '68

Name: Bob Smith

Year Graduated: 1968

Major at OU: Communication

Nashville Neighborhood: Franklin

Job and Industry: Higher Education

When you moved to Nashville and why: My wife and I moved to Nashville in 2012 to retire. 

Favorite Athens spot: The Green

Favorite Nashville spot: Stoney River

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Margaret Hietanen, Restaurant, Hotel, Tourism Management '13

Margaret Hietanen, Restaurant, Hotel, Tourism Management '13

Margaret Hietanen, Restaurant, Hotel, Tourism Management '13

Name: Margaret Hietanen

Year Graduated: 2013

Major at OU: Restaurant, Hotel, Tourism Management

Nashville Neighborhood: Donelson

Job and Industry: Technology & Security

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville after my first job post graduation. My parents moved to Nashville during my junior year of college.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Oh this is a tough one, for outdoors, I loved Strouds Run. My favorite food spot was Bagel St Deli or USD. And favorite bar(s) were Courtside Pizza & Pig Skin.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Also tough answer, I love Percy Warner Park for hiking and views. My favorite running trail would have to be Shelby Bottom. Now for the good stuff, favorite food spot is Urban Grub or The Sutler. And my favorite bar would be CrazyTown or Tin Roof Demonbraun.

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Tim Baker, BSC '08

Tim Baker, BSC '08

Tim Baker, BSC '08

Name: Tim Baker

Year Graduated: 2008

Major at OU: Telecommunications

Nashville Neighborhood: Sylvan Park

Job and Industry: 911 Support Engineer

When you moved to Nashville and why: Moved to Nashville in 2009 originally looking to find a touring audio position as I worked at Mem Aud most of my college career.  After instead working for AT&T for around 3 years we packed up and moved to Denver for 1 year, then Seattle for 2 years before deciding Nashville was once again where we wanted to be and moved back in 2015.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Pigskin, Cat's Den, and O'Hooleys

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Southern Grist, Park Cafe, and Answer

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Morgan Naugle '13

Morgan Naugle - BECE '13

Morgan Naugle - BECE '13

Name: Morgan Naugle

Year Graduated: 2013

Major at OU: Early Childhood Education

Nashville Neighborhood: Murfreesboro

Job and Industry: teacher at The Goddard School in Franklin

When you moved to Nashville and why: December 2016 - Being from a small town in Ohio, I was ready for a big city with more opportunity for both my career and social life! There's so much to do here!

Favorite Athens spot(s): Lucky's Sports Tavern, Casa Nueva, South Beach, Big Mama's Burritos, Jefferson Dining Hall

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Tavern in Midtown, Batey's Farm in Murfreesboro, Predator's Games, Five Daughters Bakery

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Brandon Rodman, BSC '05

Brandon Rodman, BSC '05

Brandon Rodman, BSC '05

Name: Brandon Rodman

Year Graduated: 2005

Major at OU: Information and Telecommunication Systems

Nashville Neighborhood: Lenox Village

Job and Industry: Business Intelligence Developer for a Health Care startup

When you moved to Nashville and why: October 2015, I fell in love with the city during a visit.

Favorite Athens spot: CI, Pawpurrs, Pita Pit

Favorite Nashville spot: The Other Place, The Ryman, Wild Wasabi

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Kirstyn Turner, BSC '13 Visual Communication

Name: Kirstyn Turner

Year Graduated: 2013

Major at OU: Visual Communication

Nashville Neighborhood: Murfreesboro

Job and Industry: Real Estate

When you moved to Nashville and why: Shortly after graduation I accepted a job offer for a Designer 1 position at the Nashville Design Studio (Tennessean). For a little over a year I was a page/layout designer for news publications out of Florida. Quickly learning that the face of print media was changing, I made the jump into real estate. Today I am the marketing/transaction coordinator for a 4 person team here in town.

Favorite Athens spot: Bagel Street
Jackie O's
Lucky's
Broneys (champagne slushies)
Court Street Coffee
Larry's Dawg House
Purple Chopstix
USD (Union Street Diner)
Fun Barn

Favorite Nashville spot: Craft Brewed & any brewery in town
Bobbie's Dairy Dip
Cochon Butcher (the cubano)
Acme Feed & Seed
The Ryman
Center Hill Lake (outside Nashville)

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Dan Ketterer, BBA '11

Dan Ketterer, BBA '11

Dan Ketterer, BBA '11

Name: Dan Ketterer

Year Graduated: 2011

Major at OU: BBA Accounting and Management Information Systems

Nashville Neighborhood: West Nashville

Job and Industry: Internal Audit at manufacturing company

When you moved to Nashville and why: My wife and I moved to Nashville in 2014 as a way to get out of Ohio and try out southern living.

Favorite Athens spot: Prime Time at Pawpurrs, Jackie O's, & Mikes Dog Shack.

Favorite Nashville spot: CoCo's Italian Market, Star Bagel, Fat Bottom Brewery, & Percy Warner Park.

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Alisa Alvich, Marketing & Communications '12

Alisa Alvich, Marketing & Communications '12

Alisa Alvich, Marketing & Communications '12

Name: Alisa Alvich

Year Graduated: 2012

Major at OU: Marketing & Communications

Nashville Neighborhood: Franklin, TN

Job and Industry: Director of Strategic Marketing, Thinkswell Marketing, Media, and Advertising

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville in March of 2015 to expand my family-owned sales and marketing consulting company, Tier5 Marketing. With a background in B2B technology marketing, I saw that many small to mid-sized technology and professional services organizations struggled with creating and executing marketing and sales initiatives. I began Tier5 with the intensions of serving these SMB Tech/Healthcare/Professional services companies and Nashville was BOOMING in these markets. I moved to Nashville and grew a client-base with B2B professional services and non-profit companies and have been happy ever since!

Favorite Athens spot: Krystal (duh), Junction, Slice Nights, and Shrouds run during the spring/summer time!

Favorite Nashville spot: 12 South, Hillsboro Village, 5-points, The Factory, Radnor Lake, Kayaking the Harpeth river, and so much more...

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Laura Richards, BSJ '99

Laura Richards, BSJ '99

Laura Richards, BSJ '99

Name: Laura Richards

Year Graduated: 1999

Major at OU: Journalism and Political Science

Nashville Neighborhood: Cane Ridge

Job and Industry: Internal communications at UnitedHealth Group

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville in May 2006. I was looking for a job and a change of scenery, so I drove down here with my life savings and whatever belongings fit in a Chevy Cavalier. I got into health care PR, bought a house and put down roots.

Favorite Athens spot: The Pigskin and Casa

Favorite Nashville spot: Suzy Wong's House of Yum, Subculture and Arrington Vineyards

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