Caroline Pattillo ('05) Returns Home to Whitefield
Caroline (far left) with the WolfPack varsity girls cross-country team
Caroline Pattillo ('05) graduated from Whitefield in 2005 and returned in 2016 as advancement office manager. She graduated from the University of Georgia and gained management experience while working at West Stride Running Store and as a neurodevelopmental teacher at Jacob’s Ladder, a school for students with special needs.
Caroline started her career at Whitefield as a student in the original UFO building.
“Whitefield gave me a firm foundation spiritually, academically, and emotionally and has shaped me into the woman I am today,” she said. “I am so grateful to all of the teachers who invested in me. I have always wanted to work for a Christian organization and am excited to be able to now give back to the Whitefield family.”
When Caroline is not running the advancement office, you can find her running the track or cross-country trails. Since coming back to Whitefield, she has supported the efforts of the cross-country team and brings her years of expertise to the runners. She is an accomplished marathon runner and Ironman tri-athlete, most recently running the Silver Comet Marathon. To get her going in the morning hours, she swims most days at Westminster with Masters Swim Team, a nationwide organization.
Caroline worships at Mt. Paran Church of God. She owns her own home in Smyrna, and Lilly and Brooks, her two dogs, keep her company.
Two Whitefield Alumni Compete in Summer Olympic Games
Alumni Naomy Grand’Pierre (’15) and Matt Simpson (’08) fulfilled their Olympic dreams when they competed in the Rio Summer Games in August and September of 2016.
Grand’Pierre made history by becoming the first female swimmer to represent Haiti in the Olympic swimming competition. She finished her Olympic debut as 56th out of 88 swimmers in the 50-meter freestyle race after coming in second in her heat and posted a time of 27.46 seconds, about three seconds off the top time. Grand’Pierre is a sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she is a member of the women’s swimming and diving team. She is a former member of the state championship WolfPack swimming team and the Atlanta Dolphins swim team.
Simpson competed in the Paralympics as a member of the U.S. men’s goalball team and took home a silver medal with his teammates after a hard-fought loss against Lithuania. They beat Germany and host-nation Brazil to advance to the finals, where he scored four goals in the game. Simpson serves on the United States Olympic Committee Advisory Council and is a board member of the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the Turnstone Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a physical rehabilitation center serving those with physical disabilities. He is also a member of the design committee for the new Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and facilitates national Paralympic training for military veterans who have lost their vision during deployment – all while preparing to attend law school in the fall.