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Virginia Wesleyan University Alumni News and Accomplishments

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Class of 2010-2019

Heidi Cavallo is the new softball coach at Cape Henry Collegiate.

Hannah Rice '15 is now employed as a Construction Stormwater Inspector at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Shelby St. Gelais '13 was recently promoted to Business Development Manager at Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group.

tHRive, the young professionals program of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, recently announced that Alisa Crider '10 is the new chairwoman. Read more.

Kellie Lagoy '16 recently became a writer for the Suffolk News-Herald. She is also engaged to Andrew Adamson '13.

Amari Agee '15 began a new position as Production Executive Assistant at Illumination Entertainment which is one of the entertainment industry's leading producers of event animated films.

Bonnie Braziel '11 is putting her Recreation and Leisure Studies major to great use by working as a conservation police officer for the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.

Kelly (Convirs) Fowler '03 was elected to Virginia's 21st District House of Delegates. Read More

Tiffany Boyle '14 was elected as Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue. Tiffany works in sales at Newport News Industrial and is also editor-in-chief of Emerge, a magazine for business owners. Read More

Kathleen Kern '10 has established a therapy practice in the Annapolis, Maryland area.

Jaclyn (Quinn) Ballance '12 and her husband, Kevin, established a company this year named The Tattered Mouse. The Tattered Mouse specializes in handcrafted home decor, including unique signs. Jaclyn and Kevin recently created signs that are specifically tailored to VWU.

Tianna Garland '16 has been named to the 2017 list of top 20 "Millennials on the Move" by CoVa Biz Magazine.

Rachel Balsley '13 was recently promoted to assistant director of communications at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA.

Nicholas Doyle '16 is now the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Wilkes University.

Taylor A. Thornton '12 of Glen Allen received her doctorate in physical therapy on May 20, 2017 from Lynchburg College.

Nina Ruiz '11 began a new position as the marketing operations coordinator at the Boats Group for the Miami/Fort Launderdale area.

Saleen D. Martin '14 wrote an article in Georgia Health News that tells of the displacement of patients after Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital was shut down.

Andrea Shannon '14 and Jed Lynch '10 were married on October 1, 2016 in Gloucester, Virginia.

Kaitlyn "Katy" Dozier '14 is engaged to be married to Wesley Fox on October 28, 2017 at the Virginia Aquarium.

Brandon Adair '12 officiated his first NBA game between Cleveland and Atlanta. More

Former VWU student Evan Hamilton Ashby IV proposed to VWU graduate Rachel Heather Rigoglioso '10 on October 11, 2016.

Trent Batson '14 was recently featured in the Cape Gazette of Delaware for his volunteer service at The Factory Sports Complex, where he coaches youth basketball. 

Class of 2000-2009

William "Bill" Miller '09 was recently promoted to Human Resources Generalist at Fairlead Integrated.

Sarah Tytler's '09 paper titled "'TwitFic', Twine, and Student-Centered Learning: Combining Creativity and Coding in the Classroom" was published in Africa International Journal of Management, Education, and Governance. She presented her research at the 2017 Eldoret International Conference on Poverty and Sustainability in Africa at Kisii University in Kenya. Sarah and a fellow researcher have also been invited to present their joint research at academic conferences in Dubai and Turkey.  

Kristen (Cannavino) Delaney '05 has been hired by the Sherwood School District in Oregon as an executive assistant to Superintendent Heather Cordie. More

Nicole Thurston '07 was featured in The Virginian-Pilot. Fluent in Spanish, Nicole practices family law for the firm of Mahoney Nashatka Richmond, PLLC.

Teresa Alutto-Schmidt '02 recently joined Booz Allen Hamilton's Legal Department, as part of the Corporate Investigations group.

George Scott '07 majored in Music while he attended VWU. He has been active in classical music but his passion lies in Christian music. In July 2017 he released an album titled Praise the Way Through. His album can be found at these retailers: iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and Kunaki

Bill Blake '06 was recently named Interim Executive Director of the Albemarle Area United Way in northeastern North Carolina. He also serves as finance committee chair at Perkins United Methodist Church. Read the article.

Amanda Elliott '01 has been promoted to vice president of TowneBank.

Christina Foster '07 eloped in New Orleans on August 11, 2017 with her fiancé Carl Hayden! It was an amazing trip filled with an abundance of love, wonderful food and fantastic music.

Jillian Boyd '08 was the head coach of the Dutch National Team in the recent FIL Rathbones Women's Lacrosse Word Cup.

Jessica (Radcliffe) Heck '00 has become the administration manager with Leadership Southern Maryland.

Michelle Parker '00 became the new president of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association on June 17, 2017. Read the article.

Kelly K. Fowler '03 is running for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 21st District. Learn more about her campaign.

Darrell Cuenca '07, Jason Hechtkopf '98 and Erica Greenway Hechtkopf are opening Deadline Brewing Project off of Shore Drive in Virginia Beach this summer.

Heather Blicher '01, online learning librarian at Northern Virginia Community College, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

Matthew Wolfe '09 (wife, Taylor) Blessed with the Birth of Luke Isaiah Wolfe. Proud grandparents are Paul '82 and Phyllis '97 Wolfe.

Scott Roberts '08 was recently featured in Coastal Virginia Magazine for his eco-friendly pyrographic artwork. More

John Stine '07 was recognized by Inside Business as a 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Honoree. More 

Kevin Otey '06 was recently appointed Director of Strategic Initiatives, Hampton Roads Community Action Program.

Alyssa (Kozak) Worrell '06 and her husband welcomed their second son, Matthew Phillip, on May 30, 2016. Big brother TJ is loving his little brother.

Monica Mapp '03 recently moved to Leicestershire, United Kingdom to complete her PhD in Sociology at the University of Leicester, where her research focus is the sociology of fashion. She received her MA in Fashion Business from the University for the Creative Arts in the UK and has been working as a fasion researcher for two designers in London. Monica has worked the last four seasons at London Fashion Week.

Courtney Walston '04 has recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group as a Real Estate Sales Executive. Prior to real estate, Walston worked with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and is currently still a special agent for them.  

Class of 1990-1999

On January 1, 2018 Christine (Langsam) Williams '97 was named Chair of the Board for Comfort Zone Camp. Comfort Zone Camp is a charitable organization which provides grief services to children (and their families) who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.

Julie (Seeber) Anderson '96 recently began a new position as Executive Vice President at TowneBank. More

Upon retirement after 38 years in the legal field, Marie Nicolo '96 was hired in 2014 as Associate Director of the Beazley Foundation, Inc., a philanthropy located in Portsmouth, VA.

Amy (Goebelbecker) Clipston '95 is the award-winning bestselling author of the Amish Heirloom series and the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her most recent book, A Place at Our Table, was published in November 2017.

Jillian (Humerick) Little '94 has been appointed vice president of U.S. federal government sales at Thinklogical, a Belden Brand. Read the article.

Andy Edwards '98 is a managing editor at Liturgical Press, the Benedictine publishing house at Saint John’s Abbey, and is an adjunct assistant professor of theology at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. On November 16, 2017 he will be on campus presenting case studies on the Reformation.

Greg Canada '95 has just completed his second year as the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Illinois. Prior to joining Indiana University, he served as the assistant dean of admissions at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California.

Stephanie O'Hara '91 is the new vice principal of Greenwood Elementary School in Princess Anne, Maryland. She previously served as the school's counselor for nine years. Read the article.

Dawn (Grant) Cox '97 has been listed as a top team member for VSA Resorts. Dawn has worked as the mortgage and portfolio manager at VSA Resorts for two years. Read the article.

Kristie L. Middleton '98 conducted a presentation and book signing at Prince Books in Norfolk, VA on May 25, 2017 where she discussed her book, "Meatless: Transform the Way You Eat and Live-One Meal at a Time." Kristie explained the premise of her book in the following article posted by The Virginian-Pilot.

Ryan Jones '99 was recently featured in the Virginian-Pilot with his family, Susan and Louis Jones, for their Town Center gallery in Virginia Beach, Jones Art Gallery.

A piece by Chona Santander O'Galvin '99 was recently featured in The Princess Anne Independent News, a publication owned by alumnus John-Henry Doucette '01.

Matthew Smith '98 was promoted to Chief of Staff for Leander Independent School District.

James "Andy" Edwards '98 has been awarded the 2016 Colin Gunton Memorial Essay Prize for his article, "Conscience and the Eschatological Self: The Retrieval of Teleology in Karl Barth's Moral Theology of Divine Command," which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Systematic Theology.

Chef Anthony Frank '95 was recently featured in the Daily Press for his success as Executive Chef at Williamsburg Lodge. More

Adair Tyler '95 recently joined Chesapeake Investment Planning LLC in Stevensville, Maryland as a financial advisor. Tyler has spent more than 12 years offering advice for some of the largest firms in the industry and is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®). 

Clayton Singleton '94 was named 2017 Teacher of the Year at Lake Taylor High School, where he teaches fine arts.

Robert Scott '92
recently accepted the position of Vice President of Sales for Carrier Enterprise Mid-Atlantic Region.

Christine Harris '92 was featured in the February 2017 issue of Distinction Magazine for her sculptures exploring threatened and endangered species and the connection between people and nature.

In Memoriam -Marion Elizabeth Holdsworth Harrigan '91.

In Memoriam -George Christopher "Chris" Chalkley '91.

Class of 1980-1989

Heather (Baker) Weidner '89, the author of The Tulip Shirt Murders, wrote a series of short stories that appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 Shades of Cabernet.  Read more about her work.

Carol Lawrence '83 is retired from the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Federal Civil Service. He also retired from Paul D. Camp Community College as an associate professor but maintains a connection to the college as an online adjunct professor of IT.

Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon '80 has been tapped as interim Fairfax County Executive by the Board of Supervisors. Read the article.

In Memoriam: Mildred (Lockamy) Reed '86

John Biver '89 was recently featured in a discussion about identity politics and the state of education in America on

Karl McDonnell '88 has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Strayer University since 2013. He has had a long and successful career in management, holding leadership roles in companies such as Walt Disney World, Goldman Sachs, InteliStaf Healthcare, and Strayer Education, Inc. More

In 2015, Janet McDonald '80 retired from Virginia Beach City Public Schools after teaching for 34 years. She also became a grandmother for the first time in January 2014.

Class of 1970-1979

Lorrie (Maynor) Saunders '79 is the owner of Popblossom. Popblossom is a pop-up gallery for which Lorrie curates the artwork and finds a suitable location. Read more about her story.

John F. Cissel '75 is the Varsity Golf Coach at both Sidwell Friends School and the Edmund Burke School. Both private schools are located in the District of Columbia.

Raymond Gates '76 is the Program Manager of the Geospatial Support Services contract at NASA Langley Research Center. The contract has been awarded the NASA LaRC Small Business Contractor of the Year and will enter into competition for the NASA Agency award.

Dr. L. Warren West '74 has retired from the practice of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery after 37 years and looks forward to spending time with his seven grandchildren in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

In Memoriam: Warren Judge '72, a popular fixture of Outer Banks civic and political life for decades, passed away on November 5, 2016. Judge spent 16 years as a Dare County Commissioner including 11 of them as chairman of that board. He was giving up his seat this year to seek the N.C. District 6 House slot vacated by the retiring Paul Tine and was facing fellow Dare County Commissioner, Republican Beverly Boswell, in a hard-fought contest. More