Support Staff


Ted Beasley
Supervising Producer

Ted Beasley joined the GHS-TV staff in 2006 after spending two years as the sports editor of the Evening Times newspaper. His sports section won five state awards in his two years. Mr. Beasley's feature pieces on a football team overcoming the near death of a teammate and of the fine line fathers must watch while coaching their own children each garnered top honors. Mr. Beasley earned B.A.s in Broadcast Journalism and Technical Writing from the University of Memphis. In 2002, he received the university’s Outstanding Broadcast Student award. Beasley spent six months as an intern with Memphis’ CBS affiliate. He is a 1998 graduate of White Station High School.


Catherine Cohen
Business Office Manager

Catherine Cohen joined the Fine Arts Department staff in 2010. She earned a B.B.A. in Marketing from Mississippi State University and worked for 10 years in outdoor advertising. Mrs. Cohen is a 2009 Leadership Germantown graduate and serves on the board of her neighborhood association. Ms. Cohen also serves on the Germantown High School Parent Teacher Student Association Board as the Cultural Arts chairperson.

Bobby Ramsay
Studio Supervisor

Bobby Ramsay is a 2004 graduate of Germantown High School. As a senior in the GHS Fine Arts Department, Mr. Ramsay served as general manager of GHS-TV and as lighting director of Wake Up, Germantown!, won a National Student Television Award of Excellence from the organization that presents television's coveted Emmy awards. In 2008, Mr. Ramsay graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media Production. Mr. Ramsay served as an intern for News Channel 5 and has worked freelance in the Nashville area. Some of his freelance projects include the 2008 Nashville Regional Emmy awards and Soundcheck: Season 2, which highlights musical groups from the Nashville and Murfreesboro area.

Ryan Sweeney
SCSR Editor/Videographer

Ryan Sweeney is a 2006 graduate of Germantown High School. During his time as a student at the GHS Fine Arts Department, Mr. Sweeney served as programming director of GHS-TV and played numerous roles in PPP productions, including Ragtime, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. In 2010, Mr. Sweeney graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication and Film with an emphasis on Broadcast News. During his time at Alabama, Mr. Sweeney served as an intern for WVUA-TV where he interviewed numerous high ranking public officials in Alabama. He also interned with Tuscaloosa City Schools producing reports for the show Inside the City Schools.

Rob Manuel
Broadcast Engineer

Rob Manuel is a 1985 graduate of Germantown High School. Mr. Manuel first entered the Fine Arts program his sophomore year, playing bass guitar for the Poplar Pike Playhouse musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He soon joined the student staff as the sound engineer for the Poplar Pike Playhouse and GHS-TV. Upon winning the Germantown Festival Fine Arts Scholarship, Mr. Manuel pursued studies in electronics and broadcast technology at State Technical Institute and classical guitar at Memphis State University. He has spent his professional career in full time ministry installing PA systems, producing audio recordings and television broadcasts for local area churches. Having volunteered his help at the PPP over these past 25 years, Mr. Manuel is thrilled to join the staff full time here at Germantown High School. He is a pilot and enjoys flying, playing and recording his own music, cooking, and raising his three children.

Adjunct Faculty

Alyce Ann Chism
Costume Designer/Costume Rentals Coordinator

Memphis native Alyce Ann Chism has been devoted to the Poplar Pike Playhouse since 1977. She first helped with costumes for Oklahoma! and has served in many other capacities since then. After graduating from Lausanne in 1961, she went on to study at William Woods College. Mrs. Chism has worked for the Shelby County school system for 32 years. She is the proud wife of former Germantown High School principal Ernest L. Chism and the mother of two children, both of whom are Germantown High School alumni. She is also the grandmother of four.

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