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Virginia Wesleyan University Alumni News and Accomplishments

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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 startrd a new position as a Technical Writer at Tesla Industries, Inc. 

Joseph DelPo '17 is working for Fox Sports as a Crew Member.

Tiffany Boyle '14 was featured in "Inside Business".  Tiffany is the Commissioner of the Revenue for Newport News, VA. 

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.

Jessica (Burns) Rohmann '07 has been promoted to Assistant Principal at Bayside 6th Grade Campus.

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.

Heidi Cavallo '02 is the new softball coach at Cape Henry Collegiate.

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.

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 married 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. 

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.

Ali (Southard) Moorehead '08 wed Darren Moorehead on April 7th with many VWU alumni in attendance.  They live in Richmond, Virginia.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 “”  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 C. Valentini '98 is now the Marketing Director for S&S Precision. S&S Precision is a veteran-owned business located in Virginia Beach manufacturing tactical equipment for military and first responders.

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®). 

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.

In 2017, Nelson D. Britt ’84 retired from Prince George High School after teaching Social Studies for 33 years.

Heather (Baker) Weidner ’89 had her short story, “Art Attack,” appear in the mystery anthology Deadly Southern Charms (Wildside Press 2019).  Read more about her work.

Dr. Clair T. (Thompson) Berube '83 is Associate Professor of Education at Hampton University. Berube has a book coming out Winter 2019 entitled "Nanoscience Research Modules for Pre-Service STEM Teachers: Core Nanoscience Concepts as a Vehicle in STEM Education", published by Information Age Publishers. Co-authors are colleagues at Hampton; Shawn Dash and Cindy Tomas-Charles. Berube was the 2016 recipient of the Hampton University Executive Vice President and Provosts Innovation Teaching Award for infusing nanoscience modules into her science methods courses.

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.

Mark Bores '83 retired from his home contracting business in January 2018 and moved to Apache Junction, AZ.

Robert Coats '86 is serving as the Senior Pastor at Open Circle MCC in Belleview, Florida.

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.

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.

Richard S. Kurzenknabe ’79 recently completed his sixth year at the Navy Federal Credit Union Call Center in Winchester, Virginia, where he serves as a Contact Center Supervisor in Account Services. Prior to this, Richard spent nearly 34 years in the Criminal Justice field.  Richard and his wife Cathy just celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary.  They have 8 children and 2 grandchildren. Their daughter Mary graduated from VWU in 2017. 

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.

Dr. James Earley ’77 has written and published a book titled "Thursday Thoughts: Reflections on Extraordinary Grace in Ordinary Life". This book was written as a weekly devotional offering over the course of 10 years about things that "came along" in course of life - locally, regionally, and nationally. The book can be purchased on Amazon

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. More