Virginia Wesleyan University Alumni News and Accomplishments
Yamrot Bekele '21 will begin her Medical Doctor and Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) degree programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School Fall 2021.
Antoinette Lloyd '21 accepted a teaching position at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Dante Copeland '20 accepted a teaching position as the choral director at James Blair Middle School in Norfolk, Virginia.
Austin Edmonds '20 will begin his Masters in Journalism at DePaul University Fall 2021.
Kyle Woolf '20 graduated from Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement in December 2020. Officer Woolf is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.
Arielle Damasco '20 will begin her Masters in Special Education with an ABA focus at George Mason University Spring 2021.
Hannah Hunt '20 was accepted to the Eastern Virginia Medical School of Health Professions Master of Public Health program.
Andreas Combos '20 is currently enrolled in the nine month leadership development and training program at Trinity Fellows located in Charlottesville, VA.
Katie Saunders '20 accepted a teaching position with Virginia Beach Public Schools.
Nichole Evenson '20 accepted a teaching position with Virginia Beach Public Schools.
Emma Walsh '20 accepted a position teaching math at Baltimore City Magnet Schools.
Kelci Vandiver '20 accepted a position teaching at Portsmouth Public Schools.
Cory Franklin '20 has been accepted to the Master's program for Music Education at Old Dominion University. He is a graduate assistant for the Monarch Marching Band.
Nyandra McFadden '20 has been accepted to the Master of Public Health in Environmental Health program at Temple University's College of Public Health.
Jaime Esquivel '18 graduated with Master's in Cyber-Security,Cyber Operations, from ECPI University.
Brooke Totzeck '16 became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) shortly after graduating with her Masters of Education from University of Cincinnati.
Heather Tebbenhoff '11 accepted the position of Director of Community Engagement for the AIM at Melanoma Foundation.
Zach Hyman '16 has been with Suffolk Police Department for 5 years now. The police department has awarded him the Medal of Valor, one of seven ever awarded in the agency, and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce awarded him their Valor Award.
Michael Willson '17 graduated from Georgetown University in May 2021 with a Master's in Communication, Culture & Technology.
Dr. Ksera Dyette '11 had the opportunity to speak on a podcast episode: Depresh Mode. The podcast was created and hosted by the award-winning podcast "The Hilarious World of Depression." The episode is What to Expect When the Virus is Gone but COVID Trauma Goes On.
Rachel Balsley '13 relocated to Pittslyvania County in 2020 to become the Director of Digital Strategy at Chatham Hall, a premier boarding school for grades 9-12 girls.
Chavon Thomas '11 ended 2020 as an Amazon #1 bestselling author for "Undeterred: Success Stories of Female Leaders Who Pursued a Seat at the Table", a book she co-authored with other amazing women in leadership.
Sarah Barban '12 started a new career at Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce as the Marketing and Membership Director.
Jordan Bondurant '12 joined WRIC 8News in December 2020 as a Digital Content Producer.
Nina Ruiz '11 married Jesse A. Magaldi, Jr. on November 30, 2019 at The Founders Inn & Spa in Virginia Beach, VA. They welcomed a daughter, Camila Linnea, on August 21, 2020.
Tabitha (Lowell) FitzGibbon '18 married Ryan FitzGibbon '18 and is working as a financial auditor for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Model, actor, and singer, Jarrell Hargraves '16 recently appeared on the Hampton Roads Show to talk about his HBO Max series "Legendary." In addition to completing his first season of this series, he has also been cast in the new show "Gold."
Professional basketball player DJ Woodmore '14 recently signed on with EPG Baskets Koblenz and will continue his overseas professional career in Germany.
Angel Yermolenko '19 accepted a position teaching at Chesapeake City Public Schools.
Nicole M. Johnson '19/M.Ed. '20 is a middle school history teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
Nickayl Williams '19/M. Ed. '20 accepted a teaching position with Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
Devon Lacey '18 accepted a position teaching at Portsmouth Public Schools.
Catalina Jones '19/ M. Ed. '20 has accepted a position teaching art at Chesapeake City Public Schools.
John Provine '19/ M. Ed. '20 has accepted a position teaching social studies at Chesapeake City Public Schools.
Arika Marosi '19 has accepted a position teaching at Chesapeake City Public Schools.
Tiffany Boyle '14 has been named to the 2020 list of "Millennials on the Move" by CoVa Biz Magazine.
Madeline Snyder ’18 graduated with her Master of Science degree in criminal justice with a concentration in child protection and juvenile justice from Nova Southeastern University in 2020. In her new position, Madeline is the coordinator for alcohol and substance abuse at Herkimer County Community College.
Kimberly Fahle Peck '10 is the Director of the Writing Center at York College of Pennsylvania. She was recognized as the Winner of 2019 Computers & Composition Hugh Burns Dissertation Award. Kimberly is also Co-editor of Young Scholars in Writing.
Katherine "Katie" Staman '19 was recently promoted to Inside Sales Representative at Pet Food Experts in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In her new position, Katie is responsible for the Northwest part of the country.
Darren Driscoll ’14 and Nicolletta Cuthbert '14 were married on July 19th, 2019 in Lahaska, PA. Darren earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech and now works as a postdoctoral research scientist at Argonne National Lab in Lemont, IL. Nicolletta earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and now works as a veterinarian at DuPage Animal Hospital in Villa Park, IL.
Kaitlyn Dozier Fox ‘14 has been accepted into the MBA program at the College of William & Mary.
Brian Cornell '14 thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail in 2018 and spent the better part of a year writing and editing his novel, Divided: A Walk on the Continental Divide Trail, which is now available.
Natalie Belva '12 and Hilton Ianniciello '09 were married on June 24, 2018 in Golden, Colorado.
Samuel Smart '18 is pursuing a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Radford University.
Andrew Petrey '15 has been named to the 2019 list of top 30 "Millennials on the Move" by CoVa Biz Magazine.
Rebecca Driscoll '11 will marry Corey Roe on August 29, 2019 in San Diego, CA.
Sydney Covey ’16, who works as a sustainability expert, was featured in Inside Business.
Jesse Tomczak '11 started a new position as the Associate Director of Admissions at American University after serving as the Associate Director of Admissions at Rice University in Texas for two years.
Brooke Totzeck '16 earned her credentials as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst.
Trevor J. Maloney '17 is currently a first year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and recently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army.
Ulia Nelson '18 started a new position as a Technical Writer at Tesla Industries, Inc.
Joseph DelPo '17 is working for Fox Sports as a Crew Member.
Breanna Muir '13 earned her M.A. in Film and Video from American University and is now a Video Technician at the Washington Post.
Britton Hipple '16 graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters in Biochemistry and is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction in the Integrative STEM Education program.
Tyler Tweedy '13 was promoted to Director of Operations at HandCraft Services.
Reginald Demps '12 is celebrating his 1 year anniversary with Shaneka Poole Demps.
Caleb Coro '18 is working as an English teacher at Norview High School.
Kellie (Lagoy) Adamson '16 recently became a writer for the Suffolk News-Herald. She also married Andrew Adamson '13 on March 24, 2018.
John Davis '15 has earned his M.F.A. degree from American University. He is preparing to launch his thesis film, a documentary about human trafficking within the state of North Carolina, and what people are doing to fight it.
Michele "Shelby" Bryceland '13 married Daniel Metcalf on June 23, 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, VA.
George Annunziata '15 is a Police Officer for the Virginia Beach Police Department.
Lisa Luck '17 is a Paralegal for the City Attorney in Virginia Beach while pursuing a Masters of Law at Regent University School of Law.
Ajee Church '16 teaches chorus at Granby High School. He also serves on the school’s technology committee and as accompanist for Norfolk Public Schools’ Strolling Silver Strings performing group. Read More.
Devin Cowhey '10 is a Development Specialist at Virginia Beach GrowSmart.
Hannah Rice '15 is 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.
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.
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 VWU.
Taylor A. Thornton '12 of Glen Allen received her doctorate in physical therapy on May 20, 2017 from Lynchburg College.
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.
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.
Kelley Healey '08 was featured in the CoVaBiz magazine highlighted in the article ‘Millennials on the Move 2021.’ Healey is the Smithfield Market Executive and Vice President at Farmers Bank.
Crystal Jacobs '01 will graduate with a PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education June 2021.
Valerie Bernardo '00 recently accepted the position as Director of Finance at the Society of Human Resources Management in Alexandria, VA.
Jennifer Marshall '08, best-known for Stranger Things and hosting CW's Mysteries Decoded, was recently featured on TV Over Mind.
Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler '03 has been selected to the Virginia Minority Business Commission.
Matthew Sherman ’09 is the proprietor of Stump City Brewery, based in Gloversville, NY. His brewery was recently featured in Forbes.
Kerri (Thornhill) Hardwick ’04 and her voice studio students were recently featured on WTKR singing "Rise Up." Kerri continues to provide voice lessons virtually during the pandemic.
Ali (Southard) Moorehead '08 and her husband, Darren, celebrated the birth of their first child, Levi James, on February 25, 2020.
Crystal (Fry) Vanuch '05 is running for election as Stafford County Supervisor for the Rock Hill District. Read a recent interview from the Potomac Local.
Natalie Belva '12 and Hilton Ianniciello '09 were married on June 24, 2018 in Golden, Colorado.
Jessie Dawe '08 started the J.D. program at Harvard Law in August 2019.
Teresa Alutto-Schmidt '02 recently joined the Department of Homeland Security as Investigative Counsel, Special Reviews Group, Office of Inspector General.
Nicole Hoskins Jones '06 has been named to the 2019 list of top 30 "Millennials on the Move" by CoVa Biz Magazine.
Jaclyn Bailey Ruelle '03 was named to Adweek's "Creative 100" list of the most fascinating people in marketing, media and culture. Jaclyn leads the new Cultural Impact Lab at The Martin Agency in Richmond as senior vice president and managing director for cultural impact and brand communications.
Wallace “Wally” Driskell '00 retired on February 1, 2019, after nearly 45 years as Norfolk's longest-serving police officer. Both Wally and his wife of thirty years Candie '94 are graduates of VWU's Adult Studies Program. Read more.
Jason Rich '09 was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Data Engineering for PRA Group, Inc. Jason manages Data Engineering, Data Governance and Data Intelligence.
Desiree Ellison '08 has accepted the position of Executive Director for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.
Jessica (Burns) Rohmann '07 has been promoted to Assistant Principal at Bayside 6th Grade Campus.
Heidi Cavallo '02 is the new softball coach at Cape Henry Collegiate.
Jason Evans '02 is the Director of Music Ministries/Organist at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, where he also serves as handbell director and coordinates all music, as well as Easter, Patriotic and Christmas Musicals using a combined choir and orchestra.
Homer Babbitt '00 is now the Chief Development Officer for the Nauticus Foundation.
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.
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 to Carl Hayden.
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) opened Deadline Brewing Project off of Shore Drive in Virginia Beach this 2017.
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.
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 fashion 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.
Brian Kirwin '91, political consultant with Kirwin Development Strategies in Virginia Beach, VA, achieved his 65th professional campaign victory this June in his 20th year in consulting.
Michael “Mike” Tilton ’92 has been named President of Humana's South Region. He was most recently the General Manager of Commercial Business for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.
Clayton Singleton '94 is one of the 13 artists selected artists invited to take over the Hermitage Museum estate to create work, some in collaboration with volunteers and local organizations, on topics including Black Lives Matter, homelessness, poverty, women’s equality, and mental health. Six murals will be created indoors, some taking up full galleries, while seven will be displayed in the gardens.
Nicole Aldrich '96 has been appointed Director of Chapel Music and the Chapel Choir at Princeton University. She leaves the University of Washington at St. Louis where she was director of the choral program for many years.
Kim (Jones) Williams '92 is currently Acting Admission Director at Cadia Healthcare in Wilmington, DE. She and her husband Ron have two children - Madelyn, 20 and Daniel,16.
Jason Scalese '97 of Burlingame, California began his term as President of the United States Tennis Association, Northern California in January 2020.
Clayton Singleton '94 was named Veer Magazine's 2020 Mural Artist of the Year. His latest mural, entitled "Black Lives More Than Matter," can be found in downtown Norfolk, VA.
Brian Kirwin '91 reports that he notched his 63rd professional campaign victory, and fifth this year, as a political consultant with the victory for Mayor in Virginia Beach.
Addie (Shankle) Besemer '98 was accepted into Virginia Commonwealth University's Master of Social Work program. She will begin the program in January 2021 and anticipates earning her MSW in May 2022 with a certification in school social work.
John Helms '98 was recently granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
Renee DuPriest-Trivisonno '90 and her husband Edward live in Amelia County, Virginia and share 4 sons between them. Renee is a Services Supervisor for Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services and has enjoyed a career of supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Ronald Stebbins '92 retired as Co-Owner and CFO of AVMAC LLC and is enjoying many hobbies.
Victor Del Pino '98 has been appointed a Montgomery County (Maryland) District Court judge. Read more.
Kristin Kail Stowe '98 was named 2018 Teacher of the Year at Eastern Montgomery Elementary School in Elliston, VA.
Sebrina Brown '95 recently retired from the United States Postal Service in Washington D.C. after 35 1/2 years of service.
Jeff Whitmarsh ’97 was promoted to the rank of Captain with the Delaware State Police in May. He will take over command of DSP Troop 2 in Newark, Delaware as he continues with his 21 years of service.
Holly Loyer ’96 was featured in “DailyAdvance.com.” Holly founded the Albemarle Teen Challenge and serves as the local Teen Challenge’s Chief Executive Officer. Read more about her work.
Scott Holava '93 started a new position as the Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Virginia Wesleyan University. Scott is also a programmer/analyst with the City of Virginia Beach.
Mari Mann '94 was Associate Producer and Story Consultant for, "Eyes of the Roshi". The movie was released for North American distribution on January 15th, 2019.
Lynn A. Aydlett '93 was awarded the "Bright Ideas Grant" for $1,103 and the "Cylinda Hazen Scholarship" for $1,000 to teach students about tolerance and diversity and to be accepting of all people with disabilities or differences. The money will be used to buy books, dolls, and other materials for Lynn's school. Lynn teaches 1st grade at Valmead Elementary in Lenoir, NC.
Giorgio Valentini '98 is the Marketing Director at Napolitano Homes in Virginia Beach. He also owns the strategic consulting firm, GGD Marketing Consultants, which assists small business owners develop successful digital marketing strategies.
Greg Freedland '97 was promoted to Assistant Vice President for University Communications & Marketing at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. A member of Millersville's staff for six years, Greg most recently was Director of Development Communications & Stewardship.
Ken Barber '98 graduated from Regent University's MBA program and has accepted a position with ICF International as a Program Analyst supporting the United States Air Force Cybersecurity program.
James Reese '99 has been named the Chief Risk and Strategy Officer of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE). Read more.
Susan Metsker '93 has been promoted to Assistant Principal at Bandon Middle School.
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®).
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.
Kaddy Hamilton '85 won a Gold Award for work in the recently renovated Boyd Dining Center. Her company, WC Carpenter Floor Coverings, will be honored during the 2021 Starnet Commercial Flooring Design Awards in October in San Diego. WC Carpenter has been a great partner of the University for many years. Additionally, Kaddy currently serves on the VWU President's Council along with other influential business leaders in our area.
Dr. Clair Berube '83 started a new position as full time tenure track faculty at Virginia Wesleyan University in August 2020 after 12 years at Hampton University.
Mark Bores '83, retired from his home contracting business in January 2018 and moved to Southeast Asia where he is currently residing in Vung Tau, Vietnam. He spends his time teaching English and building up his motorbike rental business in the resort area of Vung Tau.
Amy Markman '89 is the proud owner of Soup Love, a kitchen cooking up fresh soups and broths for the local area of Virginia Beach.
Carole (Snyder) Heller '88 started her own tutoring company after working over 20 years teaching ESL and language arts. She currently works one on one with K-12 students in reading and writing skills and SAT/ACT prep. This academic year marks her 30th year teaching Judaic studies and Midweek Hebrew at her synagogue. This fall, Carole and her husband will celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary with their sons - a VWU sophomore and a high school senior.
Heather Weidner '89 signed a three-book mystery series contract for her new Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries. The first book is slated for October 2021.
Janet McDonald '80 retired after teaching in Virginia Beach City Public Schools for 34 years.She is still active in Alpha Delta Kappa, a women's teachers' sorority, and is in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She and her spouse, Johnny, have been married for 42 years, have two children and one grandson.
Carol Louis "CL" Lawrence '83 was honored as Patriarch of the Year by the Norfolk/Virginia Beach Graduate Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in December 2019. He 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.
Bob Scott '89 joined the National Health Council in Washington, DC, in June 2020 as Associate Director, Membership & Operations. In this role, Bob will provide direct support for the NHC’s member organizations and will work with the operations team to make certain that NHC staff have the tools necessary to function productively in an ever-changing work environment.
Sandra Kee Green '85 retired from Virginia Beach City Public Schools after 33 years of service. She was employed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the School Social Work Services Department where she was an integral part of the Preschool Assessment Center (PAC) evaluation team for special education services.
Patricia Jacobs ’82 retired from the Department of Defense in 2018 after 41 years of service. She enjoys volunteering with her church, traveling and spending more time with her grandchildren.
The Fairfax County Park Authority, where Kirk W. Kincannon '80 is the Executive Director, was recently named a Gold Medal Winner at the 2019 National Recreation and Park Association Conference in Baltimore, MD.
Anita (Matson) Monroe '86 is working as a 6th Grade English Teacher at Lynnhaven Middle School. She recently completed the EducateVA Career Switcher program.
In 2017, Nelson D. Britt ’84 retired from Prince George High School after teaching Social Studies for 33 years.
Scott Barlow '83 retired as the Chief of Police and is now the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy.
Brenda Swoope '86 retired in June 2017 after working for 31 years with Norfolk Public Schools as a teacher.
Robert Coats '86 is serving as the Senior Pastor at Open Circle MCC in Belleview, Florida.
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 the405media.com.
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
William "Bill" Shelhorse '70 was recently featured in SpinSheet. Bill, along with his son Graham and veteran crew aboard Meridian X1, captured line honors during the 71st Down the Bay Race for the Virginia Cruising Cup.
Richard Kurzeknabe '79 recently retired after eight years at the Navy Federal Credit Union Call Center in Winchester, Virginia, where he served as a Contact Center Supervisor in Advanced Account Services and after serving nearly 34 years in the Criminal Justice field prior to that. He and his wife Cathy will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary in April, 2021. They have eight children and two grandchildren. Their daughter Mary graduated from VWU in 2017.
Niki Sardot '75 is a candidate for Senate District 46 in Montana.
In Memoriam - Kent Dickson '76 passed away on June 30, 2020. Kent worked in food service management prior to his retirement. He is survived by his brother, Dean Dickson '73.
Bill Ayres ’78 will be releasing his book of poems, What Passes for Wisdom, in fall 2020.
In Memoriam: Dr. James Earley ’77
Raymond Gates ’76 has retired from NASA Langley Research Center after 40 years. Raymond looks forward to spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Dr. Chris Rennix ’77 was appointed an Assistant Professor at Keene State College in August 2018, where he teaches undergraduate occupational safety and health courses. He retired from the Navy at the rank of Captain in 2005 and was selected to lead the Navy's EPIData Center. He retired from the civil service in 2018 and was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Award in 2019.
Dr. James P. Embrey '72 recently completed his 41st year as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. During this period, Jim served as an Associate Professor, Director of Research, and Interim Chairperson for the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University. Jim provided clinical care at VCU Hospitals and Chippenham Johnston-Willis Medical Center. He also served 22 years in the United States Army. Jim is celebrating 47 years of marriage to Ann. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Jim and Ann reside in Richmond, VA.
Constance Stafford ’75 was awarded a Ruby Leader for exemplary service and contributions to the Social Work profession by The National Association of Social Workers - NYC Chapter. Constance currently serves as Manager of Professional Student Services and also as an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY).
Gary D. Bonnewell '79 H'16 has been named to Forbes’ 2019 list of America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors.
Tim Albert '77 is now serving as principal at First Flight High School in Dare County, NC. He is in his third year as high school principal after serving 2 years at First Flight Middle School. Tim is currently in his eleventh year in Dare County Schools after working for thirty years in the Virginia Beach School system.
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.
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. More