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59 class year

career Thomas M. Gathright II, Batesville, Va., was awarded the Anna Jonas Award from the Virginia Geological Field Conference.


63 class year

career Sidney C. Smith Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C., who was appointed to the Dean’s Council on Advancement for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Heart Federation.

64 class year

career Joseph Burton Eller Jr., Marion, Va., was inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame.



73 class year

career Lawrence Jefferson Powell Jr., Salem, Va., was appointed deputy chief of the Botetourt County Fire and EMS Department.

74 class year

career Frederick G. Wright Jr., Alexandria, Va., received the W.N. Carey, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

75 class year

career Paul E. Bugas Jr., Staunton, Va., retired from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

career Mark Mamula, Haymarket, Va., retired from Aerojet Roketdyne in Gainesville, Va.

career Larry W. Miller, Midland, Va., retired after 34 years as director of Fauquier County Parks and Recreation.

77 class year

career Gary P. Fitzgerald, Washington, D.C., was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Achiever in the field of Accounting.

78 class year

career Michael H. McDowell, Vernon Hill, Va., was the state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.

career Dennis H. Treacy, Hanover, Va., who joined Reed Smith LLP as senior counsel in the government relations and administrative law group, was elected to membership in the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

79 class year

career Craig W. Hatmaker, Mechanicsburg, Pa., was named information technology director for the Town of Christiansburg, Va.


80 class year

career Ronald J. Kendall, Lubbock, Texas, was appointed to the U.S. EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

career Gary W. Norman, Clear Brook, Va., was named 2019 Wildlife Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

81 class year

career Mark C. Phillips, North Chesterfield, Va., retired on Sept. 30, 2019, following a 38-year career at Dominion Energy where he worked primarily in the nuclear engineering department.

career Bevlee A. Watford, Blacksburg, Va., was named associate dean of equity and engagement at Virginia Tech.

82 class year

career Ellen M. Fitzsimmons, Atlanta, Ga., joined SunTrust Banks Inc. as general counsel and corporate executive vice president and was ranked third on American Banker’s Most Powerful Women list.

career Kevin P. Kosco, Mount Pleasant, S.C., joined the South Carolina Federal Credit Union as senior vice president of retail sales and service.

career Michael “Mickey” S. Smith, Wellington, Fla., was named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers.

career Matthew A. Turk, Chicago, Ill., was named president of Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago.

career Melissa Hayden Weaver, Cary, N.C., was recognized in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

83 class year

career Michael L. Burton, Inlet Beach, Fla., is president of BCPSB Operations Inc. doing business as HomeTeam Inspection Service Central Panhandle, Fla.

career Jeffrey W. Farrar, Danville, Va., was named executive vice president and COO of American National Bankshares Inc.

career Thomas M. Gathright III, Crozet, Va., is working in a newly created position at Albemarle County Service Authority where he is helping to implement a Geographical Information System-based computerized maintenance management system.

84 class year

career Christina K. Hanger, Plano, Texas, was elected to the board of trustees for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

career Michael J. Schantz, San Francisco, Calif., was appointed chief financial officer of Home Care Assistance.

career Vernon Randall Tinsley, Summerfield, N.C., was recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for expertise in environmental law.

85 class year

career Richard W. Hall, Martinsville, Va., was appointed to the board of directors of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and the Center for Innovative Technology.

career Pete Larkin, Roanoke, Va., joined Carilion Clinic’s marketing and communications department in as senior consultant, public affairs.

career Lori Lavery Mitchell, Radford, Va., is the student success coordinator at New River Community College.

career James Stuart West, Glynco, Ga., is superintendent of the National Park Service’s High Plains Group in Colorado and New Mexico.

86 class year

career James J. Alex, Arlington, Va., is national tax go to market leader at RSM.

career Kalpana N. Bagamane Denzel, Discover Bay, Hong Kong, is chief diversity and inclusion officer of Kering.

career Matthew R. Heffernan, Spartanburg, S.C., is director, broadcast hub services for Nexstar Media Group Inc.

career John H. Showalter Jr., Leesburg, Va., is senior staff engineer for the International Code Council.

88 class year

career Suzanne Weaver Smith, Lexington, Ky., was elected to the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.

career Richard H. String, Manassas, Va., retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 31 years of service.

89 class year

career Jeffrey W. Burkett, Alexandria, Va., was promoted to major general in the United States Air Force and deputy director Joint Force Development and Design Center, Joint Staff J-7 Department of Defense.

career Robert D. MacLean, South Riding, Va., is director of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.

career David R. Penberthy, Manakin-Sabot, Va., is ACCC Treasurer 2019-2020.

career Anthony H. Sgro, Asheville, N.C., was appointed head of school at Asheville School.



90 class year

career Joseph M. DeSimone, Monte Sereno, Calif., founded Carbon.

career Tyler T. Evans, Huntsville, Ala., is senior vice president of Aerojet Rocketdyne.

career Steven M. Harrison, Arlington, Va., received the Vice Admiral J. Guy Reynolds Award for his leadership and accomplishments while serving as program manager for the Undersea Weapons Joint Program Office.

career Robert J. Markus, Malibu, Calif, ., is senior partner at the WME.

career Evelyn Vaughan McGill, Richmond, Va., was named president of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions.

career Harold H. Speed III, Austin, Texas, is associated with the not-for-profit company, Micro:bit Education Foundation that won the WISE Award established by the Qatar Foundation.

91 class year

career Joyce A. Cacho, Washington, D.C., a member of the board of directors for Sunrise Banks, was named one of 19 directors to watch by Directors & Boards Magazine.

career Gregory A. Luhan, Lexington, Ky., was named to the Architecture + Design executive board for a three-year term.

career Andrew F. McCauley, Wilmington, N.C., is president of Qualitrol.

career John R. McKnight, Lexington, S.C., was appointed as senior vice president of global operations at Dorman Products Inc.

92 class year

career Jay A. Altizer, Dallas, Texas, is global president of North America, a GES provider of live events.

career Noel A. Heiks, Cocoa Beach, Fla., was named to Emcore’s Board of Directors.

career Jonathan L. Pettit, Carlsbad, Calif., joined Weintraub Tobin as a stakeholder.

career Stephen C. Walker, Henrico, Va., was named to the board of directors of Culpeper Christian School.

93 class year

career Whitney J. “Booboo” Little, Memphis, Tenn., was named one of the Memphis Business Journal’s 2019 Super Women in Business.

career Ted M. Wolfe, Clarksville, Md., joined Mashburn Construction as a project manager for the Charleston office.

94 class year

career Michael D. Bremser, Seal Beach, Calif., is president of Tempo Industries LLC.

career Adrian A. D’Souza, New York, N.Y., is chief customer officer with Integral Ad Science.

95 class year

career Stacey Lowe Irvin, Warrenton, Va., was honored as St. James’ head of school.

career Siobhan K. Starrs, Burke, Va., is the exhibition project manager for the National Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, “David H. Koch Hall of Fossils - Deep Time."

96 class year

career John S. Phillips, Blacksburg, Va., is president of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.

97 class year

career Joshua S. Cumbow, Abingdon, Va., was elected to a second term as Washington County commonwealth’s attorney.

98 class year

career David W. Covington, Gambrills, Md., is the new leader of VDOT’s Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan.

99 class year

career Kevin Baird, Middletown, Del., was selected as a Top Lawyer of Trust and Estates by his peers.

career Nathaniel L. Bishop, Christiansburg, Va., is senior associate dean at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

children James Samuel DeGenova and Stacey L. Knight ’04, Washington, D.C., a son, 10/28/19.



00 class year

career Timothy C. Doyle, Denver, Colo., is chief investment officer of Destiny Capital Corporation.

career Blake B. Hegeman, Richmond, Va., joined KaneJeffries, focusing on real estate, administrative, and association law.

career Nadia A. Rogers, Blacksburg, Va., was appointed to the Virginia Board of Accountancy by Gov. Ralph Northam.

children Marvin J. Boyd, Ashburn, Va., a daughter, 10/01/19.

01 class year

career Joseph B. Daly, Alexandria, Va., joined HGA as electrical department leader and associate vice president.

career Erin E. Martin Robertson, Napa, Calif., joined Round Pond Estate as director of marketing.

career John D. Taliaferro, Fairfax Station, Va., is partner at Loeb and Loeb LLP.

02 class year

career John T. Farnum, Arlington, Va., joined Miles & Stockbridge as a principal in the Washington, D.C., office.

career Kevin P. Heaslip II, Blacksburg, Va., was named the CACI Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech.

career Gregory B. Kulhanjian, Los Angeles, Calif., is associate casting director and is currently working on The CW television show “All American,” season 2.

career Meghan A. Timlin, Virginia Beach, Va., was named to 2019’s Top 40 Under 40.

career Leah Duncan Wettstein, Freeland, Md., joined Hord Coplan Macht as CEO.

children Jessica Klacynski Crowder, Sharpsburg, Ga., a son, 10/22/19.

children John T. Dalton and Kelly McGrath Dalton ’04, Arlington, Va., a daughter, 10/04/19.

children Kurt J. Riehl, West End, N.C., a daughter, 08/15/19.

03 class year

career James F. Jennings Jr., Halifax, Va., is the facilities manager at Danville Community College.

04 class year

career James N. Estep, Fairfax, Va., is regional executive at John Marshall Bank.

career Lauren S. Lakdawala, Baltimore, Md., was named 2019 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in Maryland.

career Andrew J. Lloyd, Youngsville, N.C., was tapped as relationship banking manager for North Raleigh at North State Bank.

career David A. Prevette, Blacksburg, Va., was named higher education client leader at BHDP Architecture.

career Aaron M. Teitelbaum, Newtown, Conn., is principal scientist, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, at Boehringer Ingelheim.

career Andrew C. Witt, Bethel Park, Pa., is assistant professor of Old Testament at Tyndale University in Toronto, Ontario.

children Megan E. Brogley Przywara, New York, N.Y., a daughter, 10/10/19.

children Aaron M. Teitelbaum, Newtown, Conn., a daughter, 05/04/19

children John Dean Winstead and Ashley Goodroe Winstead ’08, Poquoson, Va., a son, 05/16/19.

05 class year

career Christopher J. Imhof, Columbia, Md., is engineering manager for plumbing code and utility design standards at WSSC Water.

career Anthony B. Reedy, Henrico, Va., is vice president of political operations of the Virginia REALTORS Association.

career Terrell L. Strayhorn, Memphis, Tenn., special advisor of the National Association for Campus Activities board of directors, was selected as vice president for academic and student affairs at LeMoyne-Owen College and serves as a tenured professor of urban education.

career Michael J. Wulff, Chantilly, Va., is Ellucian’s senior vice president of global research and development.

children Anthony B. Reedy, Henrico, Va., a son, 10/08/19.

06 class year

career Damon M. Fleming, San Diego, Calif., is dean of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.

career Scott M. Hamlin, Silver Spring, Md., is vice president of the multifamily division of the Continental Realty Corp.

07 class year

career Monique T. Felder, Nashville, Tenn., is superintendent of Orange County, Va., schools.

career Joseph Y. Nizhnikov, Washington, D.C., is vice president, federal civilian sales for Steampunk Federal Civilian business sector and Salesforce practice.

children John Christopher Flores and Molly Joy Kalogera, Ramsey, N.J., a daughter, 06/28/19.

08 class year

children Manisha P. Patel, Greensboro, N.C. is president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys for 2019.

wedding Jeffery H. Carte, Sacramento, Calif., and Jessica James, 10/05/19.

children Marc A. Greene, Morrisville, N.C., a daughter, 11/17/19.

children Andrew Marshaleck and Kristin D. Clarke Marshaleck, Fort Mill, S.C., a daughter, 06/23/19.

children Christi Michelle Byrd Santora and Jason Gregory Santora ’09, Chesterfield, N.J., a daughter, 12/16/18.

09 class year

career Cassandra E. Sheehan, Fairfax, Va., joined Pesner Altmiller Melnick and DeMers as an associate in the civil litigation department.

career Ashley Shiflett Summers, Fort Defiance, Va., is senior tax manager of PBMares.

wedding Andrew Laurence Read and Megan E. Armstrong ’10, Washington, D.C., 08/17/19.

children Harrison L. Simmons, Arlington, Va., a daughter, 10/04/19.



10 class year

career Lisa Homan Brennan, Henrico, Va., joined KaneJeffries with a focus on transactional real estate, estate planning, and administration.

career Daniel A. Brodhag, Columbus, Ohio, is engineering coordinator at the Federal Highway Administration.

career Skyler G. Cooper, Dallas, Texas, is regional manager for Marcus & Millichap.

wedding Thurman Shaver Deyerle IV, Blacksburg, Va., and Janelle Lindsay Vella Gans, 07/27/19.

wedding Geoffrey D. Kiffe, Arlington, Va., and Kim Kowal, 09/28/19.

children Nolen W. Blackwood, North Chesterfield, Va., a daughter, 07/30/19.

11 class year

career John W. Sugden, Frederick, Md., is senior vice president of client engagement at Vcheck Global.

children Andrew J. Ickes, Salem, Va., a son, 12/25/17 and twin girls, 8/17/2019.

children Alexis J. Earley Purdy, Aurora, Colo., a daughter, 09/26/19.

children Whitney D. Showalter, Blacksburg, Va., a daughter, 09/26/19.

12 class year

career Matthew K. Cook, Roanoke, Va. ., is business relationship director at Carilion Clinic.

career Lori M. Koch, Henrico, Va., was elected as a board member of the Structural Engineers Association of Virginia.

13 class year

career Phoebe Y. Choi, Blacksburg, Va., joined the D.C. Market of Siegried as an associate manager.

career Rebecca O. Wilson, Petersburg, Va., was inducted into Red Wing Shoes’ 2019 Wall of Honor.

career Christian L. Hawthorne, Blacksburg, Va., joined Kilpatrick Townsend in Seattle as an associate.

14 class year

wedding William M. Long III and Jessica Raye Sutherlin ’15, Fairfax, Va., 07/26/19.

wedding Jean L."Raini" Ott, Elliston, Va., and Trevor White, 10/25/19.

wedding Nathanael R. Vandygriff and Jessica Neal Watkins, Blacksburg, Va., 06/15/19.

15 class year

career Dillon T. Dearmond, Damascus, Va., is senior consultant at CapTech Ventures Inc.

career Sabithulla Khan, Pasadena, Calif., is program director at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

career Jeffrey G. Wiegert, Garner, N.C. ., is an assistant professor and swine Extension specialist at Texas A&M University.

16 class year

career Sheng-I Yang, Knoxville, Tenn., joined the University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries as an associate professor.

17 class year

career Robert S. Eaton, Johnson City, Tenn., retired after 36 years of federal service. He has relocated to Johnson City, Tenn. and will volunteer at the Erwin National Fish Hatchery.

career Frederick William Klein IV, Blacksburg, Va., is FSO assurance staff accountant at EY.

career Justin M. LeGore, Blacksburg, Va., hosted the first Old Town Beer, Wine, and Dog Festival.

career Travertine J. Orndorff Garcia, Blacksburg, Va., had an article, “Sustainable Food Systems for Public Health” published by the University of Michigan School of Public.

18 class year

career Hunter E. Watkins, Blacksburg, Va., joined the Culpeper branch of Farm Credit of the Virginias.

19 class year

career Alexander Benbassat, Alexandria, Va., hosted the first Old Town Beer, Wine, and Dog Festival.

career Bailey I. Black, Blacksburg, Va., is assistant director of advancement communications at Radford University.


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