Celebrating Our Girls

Our alumnae are our greatest testaments to the GPS experience. The values that they carry from their time at GPS keep alive our legacy of educating girls for college and beyond. Their dynamic pursuits in virtually every field and industry have made imprints all over the world. Their commitment to paying forward the great investment made in their education continues to benefit generations of girls who call GPS home.
GPS alumnae report from all over the world their great pleasure in encountering “another GPS girl.” Perhaps it begins with recognition of the GPS ring, a token that GPS students receive during their junior year of Upper School, often worn as an emblem of pride for life. Or perhaps the recognition begins among the strong network of mutual friends and acquaintances they developed during their time at GPS. The common thread often links back to Cat/Rat days, rehearsing for orchestra, or practicing on the lacrosse field. Whatever the connection, the affection our alumnae hold for GPS runs deep.

Women of Purpose

On this page, we are proud to profile some of our alumnae and their accomplishments. GPS graduates pursue careers in their home city, throughout the United States, and abroad. Those careers demonstrate an impressive breadth of interests, skills, and talents, including the important careers of being a mother and community volunteer.

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  • Corinne Adams ’69

    a renowned artist and photographer, is the co-founder of Atlanta’s annual photography festival called “Atlanta Celebrates Photography."
  • Dr. Laurel H. Carney ’79

    a professor at the University of Rochester, was awarded the 2015 William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience by the Acoustical Society of America.
  • Brooke Ratliff Daniel ’89

    is a medical oncologist at CHI Memorial Hospital.
  • Julie Kline Dixon ’92

    is a co-founder of her own architecture firm, The Rosney Co. She was a contributing architect to the 2015-16 Southern Living Idea House outside of Charlottesville, VA. 
  • Dion Roland Flynn ’91

    a Lieutenant Colonel, has had many roles in the U.S. Air Force. She is currently a Reserve Commander at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA.
  • Julie Johnson Garner ’80

    is the Director of Golf and Women’s Head Coach at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. She has led the team to 12 National Championships.
  • Darria Long Gillespie, M.D. ’96

    is senior vice president of Sharecare, a health and wellness platform; has made national media appearances on CNN and CNBC, and is a contributor for Huffington Post.  
  • Sarah Grebowski ’05

    is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State currently serving her first tour in Bahrain.
  • Marie Griffith, Ph.D. ’85

    is the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. A prolific author, she directs the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.
  • Mary Alice Haney ’89

    creator of Haney, her own line of luxury fashion, is a celebrity stylist and fashion editor in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Hallie Heald ’10

    is a freelance illustrator and stylist in New York City. Her recent book of illustrations includes cover artwork and 24 detailed portraits for The Women Who Made New York.
  • Lisa Hendy ’90

    is a Law Enforcement Ranger for the National Park Service. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Harry Yount Award, the highest award given by the agency to a field ranger.
  • Maithilee Kunda ’02

    has been recognized as a visionary on the MIT Technology Review annual list of Innovators under 35. An assistant professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University, she directs the laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Visual Analogical Systems. 
  • Brittney McKenna ’07

    is a freelance writer in the music world. Her talents have been recognized with assignments for the digital Rolling Stone magazine, Billboard magazine, SPIN and American Songwriter magazine. She has profiled Yo-Yo Ma and Dolly Parton.
  • Caroline Puri Mitchell ’97

    is the co-founder and CEO of Fitsi Health, a patented hospital bedside caddy that makes hand hygiene accessible for patients and offers convenient storage for personal possessions. 
  • Teresa Lawrence Phillips ’76

    Athletic Director at Tennessee State University, is the first woman to coach an NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball team. In 2003, she was named National Coach of the Year by USA Today and as one of “The 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated.
  • Leslie Stiles Scearce ’96

    is the President and CEO at United Way of Greater Chattanooga. She was formerly president and CEO of On Point, a nonprofit youth development organization.
  • Chris Benz Smith, Ph.D. ’72

    is currently the Director of Nursing at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC) and serves as the Chair of the Board at GPS.
  • Lily Wang ’89

    is Professor of Architectural Engineering, with a focus in acoustics, at the highly regarded Peter Kiewit Institute at the University of Nebraska. 
  • Elisabeth Pearson Waugaman ’65

    Her book, Follow Your Dreams, the Story of Alberto Santos-Dumont, received a medal from the ambassador of Brazil and was featured at the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space.
  • Rebecca Whelchel ’76

    serves as the Executive Director at Metropolitan Ministries, a Chattanooga nonprofit that works to help prevent homelessness.
  • Marie Williams ’70

    is the first woman appointed Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court in Tennessee. She has served on the bench since 1995.
  • Irene Wu '87

    An expert on communications technology around the world, its international politics and global history, Irene Wu is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where she teaches a class on international regulation of telecom, media, and Internet services.

Our Alumnae Thrive

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