Alumnus Mailbag

Our inbox has been getting full with all sorts of alumni promotions and announcements. As I’ve mentioned before, the Alumnus does not have class notes in the printed version of the magazine. We hope the blog will provide an outlet for good things alumni are doing. Today’s mailbox contains announcements about UT Knoxville alumni, but we’re open to alumni from all campuses. So send your info to We generally prefer awards and honors over promotions and new hires, but send your info just in case.

Denise Medved (Knoxville ’74), founder and creator of the Ageless Grace fitness program, has a new DVD out called “Ageless Grace for Kidz.” According to a press release from the company, Ageless Grace for Kidz is “a seated fitness program that activates all five functions of the brain and helps with the development of 21 different functional body skills, including balance, coordination, multi-skilling, and the ability to respond, react and recover.” Medved’s fitness programs are specifically created for people with restricted movement. More than 700 people have been certified worldwide to teach the Ageless Grace method. For more information, visit the Ageless Grace website.

Karl Schledwitz (Knoxville ’74) has been named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast region by Ernst and Young. Schledwitz, who serves on the UT Board of Trustees, is chairman and CEO of Memphis-based Monogram Food Solutions, LLC. The award honors “America’s top regional business leaders with this prestigious award, recognizing entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities,” according to a company press release. He is now a finalist for the national award. If you would like to read more about this award and Schledwitz, visit the company website.

Kelly Frey (Knoxville ’82), an attorney with Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office, has been named “Best of the Bar” by the Nashville Business Journal. Frey focused on corporate counsel and film, technology and intellectual property law. He was honored at an event in June. Frey is a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and the World Technology Network.

Anne Taylor (Knoxville ’83), owner of Anne Taylor Realty Inc. in Atlanta and pictured above, won first place at the District 44 Toastmasters International speech contest, qualifying her for the world championship of public speaking in Kuala Lumpur in August. Taylor’s speech “Dream of Freedom” was the winner, and she also won first prize in the table topics competition. Taylor was the first African-American on the student judicial council and the women’s volleyball team. “UT is a great university,” Taylor says in an email. “I’m super proud to be a forever Lady Volunteer!”

Brittany Thomas (Knoxville ’12), an attorney with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison in Chattanooga, was named a “Pro Bono Hero” by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She was one of only four attorneys in the U.S. chosen for the quarterly honor. This spring, Thomas also organized the Chattanooga alternative spring break project with the UT College of Law in which students helped indigent immigrants with their applications for U.S. citizenship.

Judge Creed McGinley (Knoxville ’73) is the 33rd chair of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. McGinley earned his undergraduate degree at UT Knoxville and has served as a judge for the 24th judicial circuit since 1988. He is based in Savannah, and his service area includes Benton, Carroll, Hardin and Henry counties. This year, McGinley also is president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference.