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57 class year

career Alfred Patrick, Richmond, Ky., has published his fourth novel, “Hessian Soldier, American Pioneer: A March to Destiny.”


63 class year

career Sidney C. Smith Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C., was appointed to the Dean’s Council on Advancement for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

64 class year

career Steve O. Dixon, Dumfries, Va., was elected to a second four-year term on the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Central Committee.

career John M. Pinkerton, Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the title of SunTrust Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

68 class year

career Leo A. Vecellio Jr., Palm Beach, Fla., was inducted into the National Academy of Construction, class of 2017.

69 class year

career George A. Levicki, Penhook, Va., was appointed to the Dean’s Council on Advancement for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.



71 class year

career Ellen Margaret E. Beville, Danville, Va., was appointed to the Dean’s Council on Advancement for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

72 class year

career Hunter C. Bristow, Williamsburg, Va., retired from Christopher Newport University and has continued a small, private, part-time practice.

73 class year

career Steven M. Janosik, Blacksburg, Va., retired from Virginia Tech after 38 years of service.

75 class year

career Kimberlee J. Benart, Lake Mary, Fla., was awarded gold and silver medals from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association for her epic fantasy collections. Her book was featured in an issue of Booklist Magazine.

76 class year

career Gaver M. Nichols, Baltimore, Md., whose firm was named a top designer in the American Residental Design Awards by the American Institute of Building Design, also received multiple awards in the renovation, multifamily, and conceptual design categories.

career Thomas A. Sachs, Alexandria, Va., retired after more than 40 years in public service as associate director of business services with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary.

78 class year

career Thomas “Keith” Ferguson, Richmond, Va., is director of business services for the United Network for Organ Sharing.
79 class year

career Maurice L. “Rick” Fingeret, Wilton, Colo., retired from Ernst & Young on June 30, 2017.



82 class year

career Joseph A. Blount Jr., Houston, Texas, was named president and CEO of Colonial Pipeline Co.

career John E. Greaud III, Germantown, Tenn., is aviation project manager at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner, and Cannon Inc.

career Melissa H. Weaver, Cary, N.C., was named to “The Best Lawyers in America” 2018 edition.

career Gilbert A. Steppe, West Grove, Pa., retired from E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co./Chemours Co. after a 34-year career as a global supply chain manager.

83 class year

career Carol W. Carroll, San Jose, Calif., was appointed deputy center director at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

career Edwin G. Tuchler’s, Blacksburg, Va., owns a firm, Shelter Alternatives, that received the 2017 Award of Excellence at the EarthCraft Celebration of Excellence.

career George N. Holback, Baldwin, Md., has retired from Cho Benn Holback & Associates, a Quinn Evans company.

career Jacqueline T. Wieland, Greensboro, N.C., was appointed to the Dean’s Council on Advancement for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

84 class year

career Sean O’Leary, Southern Pines, N.C., transitioned to captain on the B777, flying long-haul international routes around the world for FedEx.

career Vernon R. Tinsley, Summerfield, N.C., was named to “The Best Lawyers in America” 2018 edition.

85 class year

career Henry L. Welch, Los Gatos, Calif., was promoted to partner with Haynes and Boone LLP.

86 class year

career Charles G. Lambrecht, Knoxville, Tenn., received the J.E. Moss Achievement Award from the University of Tennessee.

career Denise K. Merinar, Moseley, Va., was awarded the 2017 Executive Women in Business Achievement Award.

career Ward G. Wilson, Louisville, Ky., was selected as the executive director of Kentucky Waterways Alliance.

87 class year

career James E. Foster, Roanoke, Va., was appointed to the Dean’s Council on Advancement for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

career David A. Keith, Virginia Beach, Va., is president/CEO for Hanbury, a leading architectural firm.

career Chandra M. McPherson, Hopewell, Va., was named director of the Heritage Regional Public Library in New Kent and Charles City counties.

88 class year

career Michael D. Erskine, Woodbine, Md., was named the Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and director of Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center by the Board of Visitors.

career Stephen C. Kepley, Kentwood, Mich., was elected to another 4-year term as Kentwood’s mayor and city manager.

career Paul E. Rossler, Sand Springs, Okla., was named to “The Best Lawyers in America” 2018 edition.

children Robert M. Brooke, Fairfax, Va., a daughter, 5/6/17.



90 class year

career John T. Hasselmann, Washington, D.C., was named managing director of government relations and engineering education at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

91 class year

career Amy L. Clarke, Signal Mountain, Tenn., was named vice president of corporate communications at Morning Pointe Senior Living Corp.

career Charles R. Kaiser, Aurora, Ontario, received the Fletcher Award in recognition of his spirit, dedication, and commitment to the betterment of live theater in Newmarket, Ontario.

career David J. Santoro Jr., Belmont, Sutton, Surrey, joined the London-based EY Financial Assurance Advisory Services practice as a partner.

children Sarah T. Welch, Moravia, N.Y., a son, 10/12/17.

93 class year

career Victor P. Jones, Huntersville, N.C., is a State Farm agent in Washington, D.C.

career Robyn L. Williams, Evans, Ga., was promoted to lead engineer at Southern Nuclear’s Vogtle electric generating plant.

95 class year

career John C. Bunin, Afton, Va., received the National Council for Geographic Education’s inaugural Brunn Creativity Award for Outstanding Teaching of Geography Online.

career Gary M. Romano, Lynnfield, Mass., authored a second book, “Lean Recruitment: Finding Better Talent Faster.”

career Dan Shoemaker, Coronado, Calif., was appointed chief CEO of PeopleFacts, an employment screening service.

career Erich J. Weissbart, Mechanicsville, Va., received the National Notable Achievement Award for Outstanding Use of Innovative Approaches to Achieve RCRA Corrective Action Program Goals.

96 class year

career Mark N. Heinrich, Leesburg, Va., was promoted to associate vice president for Dewberry in Fairfax, Va.

career Kaichang Li, Corvallis, Ore., was recognized at the Golden Goose Award Ceremony for his work in developing a soy-based adhesive for plywood.

career Caroline S. Setliffe, Alexandria, Va., joined the tax practice group as counsel for Eversheds Sutherland.

career Brian M. Tanner, Centreville, Va., was promoted to associate vice president for Dewberry.

97 class year

career Jasen S. Bohlander, San Francisco, Calif., has been promoted to senior associate with Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.

98 class year

career Brian J. Colligan, Virginia Beach, Va., received the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership from the American Society of News Editors and a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists.

career Sasha A. Varone, San Diego, Calif., and her husband, established an architecture firm.

99 class year

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

career Matthew M. Clabaugh, Kingsport, Tenn., joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner, and Cannon Inc. as natural resources manager.

career Robert E. Emard, Gaithersburg, Md., was named the commercial permitting manager for the City of Gaithersburg.

children Roberta S. Mitchum, Atlanta, Ga., a daughter, 7/7/17.



00 class year
Wedding Marvin J. Boyd and Sarah Stoneham Boyd, Ashburn, Va., 3/18/17.

children Bonnie Williams DeMay and Christopher B. DeMay ’02, Chantilly, Va., a daughter, 7/26/17.

children Matthew J. Lanz, Canonsburg, Pa., a son, 4/14/17.

01 class year

children Jennifer C. DeSantis, King George, Va., a daughter, 12/15/16.

02 class year

career Melissa L. Dornan, Aldie, Va., was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

career Craig D. Swift, Charlottesville, Va., was promoted to principal of Keast & Hood structural engineers.

children Anna L. James, Suffolk, Va., a son, 11/3/17.

03 class year

career Aaron E. Cheskis, Columbia, Md., was promoted to associate at Dewberry in Baltimore.

career Jhaymee S. Heinlein, Belmont, N.C., was selected as a 2018 ACHE Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholar.

career Chi-Ying S. Lu, San Francisco, Calif., founded a company that was chosen for the Outstanding Diverse Small Business Award by The SCORE Foundation.

career Jeremy R. Moss, Norfolk, Va., was named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” for 2017 by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly.

children Sara S. Belleau, Chester, Va., a daughter, 5/19/17.

children Jonathan R. Mollerup and Lauren Cloyed Mollerup ’03, Chantilly, Va., a son, 7/15/17.

children Daniel B. Shelton and Shannon Baird Shelton ’04, Chesapeake, Va., a daughter, 4/7/17.

04 class year

career Keith E. Yates, Old Hickory, Tenn., joined Hanson Professional Services Inc. and provides engineering design and construction services for aviation projects.

Wedding Richard P. Kerrand and Cynthia Lee Abbott ’09, Farmers Branch, Texas, 10/14/17.

children Joshua M. Fink and Katherine Mason Fink, Ellicott City, Md., a daughter, 5/18/17.

children Amy C. Hall, Atlanta, Ga., a daughter, 10/22/17.

children Cory S. Surber, Falls Church, Va., a son, 7/1/17.

05 class year

career Anthony B. Reedy, Henrico, Va., was promoted to vice president of political operations of the Virginia Realtors Association.

career Darren W. Smith, Washington, D.C., expanded his company and developed a mobile app for gamified city exploration.

children Matthew A. Benz, San Diego, Calif., a son, 9/21/17.

children Lindsey H. Childress and Daniel Clay Childress ’06, Bristow, Va., a daughter, 7/1/17.

children Matthew L. Cooper, Raleigh, N.C., a son, 7/17.

children Jefferson W. Cox II, New York, N.Y., a son, 11/21/17.

children Alison R. Matthiessen and Peter Craig Matthiessen, Roanoke, Va., son, 4/19/17.

06 class year

wedding Laura A. Trilles and Charlie F. Trilles, Honolulu, Hawaii, 8/19/17.

children Doran J. Bosso, Maitland, Fla., a daughter, 9/11/17.

children Stacy C. Daley and John Charles Daley ’09, Fairfax, Va., a daughter, 3/17/17.

children Brandon L. Frye, Myrtle Beach, S.C., a daughter, 9/5/17.

children Mark C. Helton, Virginia Beach, Va., a son, 10/11/17.

children David S. Londrey, Madison, Va., a son, 5/21/17.

07 class year

career Christine M. Bacolas, Hamburg, N.J., is assistant principal of Glen Rock High School in New Jersey.

career Dustin D. Flannery, Philadelphia, Pa., received the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Program Award from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

children Richard L. Anderson and Courtney Cecil Anderson ’07, Charlotte, N.C., a son, 4/7/17.

children Philip A. Johnson, Alexandria, Va., son, 6/30/17.

08 class year

career Ashley N. Duncan, Etters, Pa., is project engineer at Barton & Loguidice.

career Reese E. Goldsmith, Washington, D.C., was admitted to the Virignia State Bar by the Virginia Supreme Court.

career Manisha P. Patel, Greensboro, N.C., was appointed vice president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.

wedding David Lamar Garber and Elizabeth C. Garber ’09, Cambridge, Mass., 6/3/17.

children Katie M. Bredenkamp and Benjamin Matthew Bredenkamp, Mount Pleasant, S.C., a son, 7/9/17.

children Khalid A. Ibrahim, Chantilly, Va., a son, 7/28/17.

children Brian D. Moran, Chambersburg, Pa., a son, 10/30/17.

children Heather D. Reaske and Trevor Gray Reaske, Reston, Va., a son, 8/5/17.

children Kristin Westover, Fairfax, Va., a daughter, 5/15/17.

09 class year

career Dane S. Yezek, Waynesboro, Pa., is a chemistry teacher for Chambersburg School District.

wedding Christine M. Hirschberg and Brian Hirschberg, Bernardsville, N.J., 7/8/17.

wedding Katherine J. Hudencial and Kyle Hudencial, Nashville, Tenn., 9/15/17.

children Elizabeth W. Kamstra and Matthew Richard Kamstra, Richmond, Va., a daughter, 10/16/17.

children Arkeif E. Robinson and Keriann Elizabeth Robinson ’15, Christiansburg, Va., a son, 9/15/17.

children Parker G. Trasborg, Arlington, Va., a daughter, 8/23/17.



10 class year

career David B. Heisler, Dallas, Texas, received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ohio State University.

wedding Kimberly C. DeSilva and David DeSilva, Alexandria, Va., 9/16/17.

wedding Laura S. McLaughlin and Jose Alexis Torres ’16, Baton Rouge, La., 6/3/17.

children Ashley L. Hankin and Morgan Lee Hankin, Baltimore, Md., a daughter, 9/1/17.

children Kerry M. Sjoberg, Austin, Texas, a son, 10/4/17.

11 class year

career Erica L. Critzer, Quinton, Va., received “20 in their 20s” recognition from the Professional Convention Management Association for 2017-18.

career Olivera Jankovska, Houston, Texas, received the 2017 President’s Volunteer Service Award and the UNICEF USA Global Citizenship Fellowship.

career Boris M. Kramer, Boston, Mass., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

career Valerie J. Weeks, Seattle, Wash., is chief of operations at the Transit Control Center.

wedding Max Andrew M. Jimeson and Taylor Lane Nurmi Jimeson ’12, New Braunfels, Texas, 9/3/17.

12 class year

career John A. Reffit, Billings, Mont., is monument manager of Pompey’s Pillar National Monument.

wedding Matthew Clarke Arnold and Janice L. Arnold ’15, Blacksburg, Va., 10/22/16.

wedding Sarah C. Rooney and Edward Robert Rooney ’13, Valencia, Calif., 6/10/17.

14 class year

career Leslie A. Barksdale, Wexford, Pa., was awarded the 2017 Professional and Community Engagement Award from the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.


Save the Dates

March 12, Austin, Texas
Hokies @ SXSW

March 22, McLean, Virginia
Hokies in Finance and Technology

March 28, Richmond, Virginia
Young Alumni Social

April 13-15, Blacksburg, Virginia
Black Alumni Reunion

April 13-15, Blacksburg, Virginia
Spring Family Weekend

April 19, New York, New York
Hokies on Wall Street

May 2, Arlington, Virginia
Graduate Alumni Networking

May 16-18, Blacksburg, Virginia
Old Guard Society of Golden Alumni Reunion

May 19 , Doswell, Virginia
Virginia Tech Day at Kings Dominion

June 7-10, Blacksburg, Virginia
Reunion 2018

June 23, Blacksburg, Virginia
Beer Festival at Virginia Tech

June 28-29, Blacksburg, Virginia
Day in the Life of College Admissions

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