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57 class year

career James Wesley Garner Jr., Roanoke, Va., is the namesake of the Virginia Department of Forestry headquarters building in Charlottesville, which was dedicated in April 2018.


60 class year

career Richard Thomas Crowder, Alexandria, Va., was reappointed C.G. Thornhill Professor of Agricultural Trade at Virginia Tech.

62 class year

career William Carpenter Emerson, Rochester, N.Y., co-edited “Don’t Tell Father I Have Been Shot At,” a book of Civil War letters written by his great-grandfather.

career Winfred Marshall Phillips, Gainesville, Fla., was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in Engineering.

64 class year

career William Nalley Barker, Oro Valley, Ariz., who earned the 2018 Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Award, was inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Hall of Fame.

67 class year

career Leigh Morton Vaughan, Cary, N.C., received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Research Triangle Chapter of American Association of Individual Investors for service as program chair from 2016 through 2018.

68 class year

career Robert Clifton Morecook, Sugar Land, Texas, completed 12 years in the Texas State Guard as a unit commander and public affairs officer.

69 class year

career William Randolph Simpson, Edgewater, Md., received the 2017 Best Paper Award from the International Conference on Computer Science and Applications.



70 class year

career Carl Grayson Roe, Carlisle, Pa., was elected to the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation board of directors.

72 class year

career Thomas Joseph Fagan, Kissimmee, Fla., is chair of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care board of directors.

74 class year

career Patricia Elaine Brown, Palmyra, Va., received the Mark Herring Award from the 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee.

career J. Michael Solomon, Greensboro, N.C., received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, recognizing 40 years of community service.

75 class year

career Sidney Christopher Curtis, Powhatan, Va., received the Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award.

career Lewis Lee Lanier, San Francisco, Calif., was named to the Dragonfly Therapeutics Scientific Advisory Board.

76 class year

career Joseph Harold Maroon, Midlothian, Va., was inducted into the National Association of Conservation District’s Southeast Region Hall of Fame.

career Samuel Minor Redd, Bloomington, Ill., retired from State Farm Insurance after 32 years as a systems analyst.

77 class year

career Charles Graham Burress Jr., Blacksburg, Va., retired after 41 years with Landmark Media Enterprises.

career Robert Warren Russell, Millville, N.J., is instructional chair of Salem Community College’s scientific glass technology program.

career Patricia S. Sims, Reston, Va., is the director of the Office of Mediation Services. She is the first woman to hold the position.

78 class year

career Donna Lynn Rowley Bolls, Charlotte, N.C., earned certification as a therapy dog team, along with golden retriever Holly.

career Hank Allen Leddon, Springfield, Va., retired from the Federal Reserve Board on Sept. 1, 2018, after 36 years of service.

career Mitchell Linda Sue Motley, Floyd, Va., retired after 28 years in ministry.

career Dennis Henry Treacy, Hanover, Va., has joined Reed Smith LLP as senior counsel in the government relations and administrative law group.

79 class year

career Rouse Roby Bailey Jr., Parkton, Md., retired as vice president of Power Tool Technologies, Stanley Black & Decker, after a career spanning 39 years.

career Deborah Lynn Fitzgerald Custer, Blue Ridge, Va., is a licensed grower of hemp and licensed processor of hemp-derived products.

career Frederick Xavior Turck, Stanardsville, Va., earned a fourth Smokey Bear Award for fire prevention initiatives.



80 class year

career Howard John Schellenberg, Plantation, Fla., purchased the rights to Stephen King’s short story “Beachworld,” for one dollar.

81 class year

career Margaret Halpin Dohnalek, Randolph, N.J., joined Valensa International as chief scientific officer.

career Thomas James Straka, Pendleton, S.C., was named the Forest Landowners Association’s 2017 Extension Forester of the Year and received the Society of American Foresters 2017 John A. Beale Memorial Award.

82 class year

career George M. Hopper, Starkville, Miss., received the 2017 Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors ESS Excellence in Leadership Award and was named Alumnus of the Year by Hinds Community College.

83 class year

career Darren Reynolds Conner, Callands, Va., was promoted to president of Dewberry Engineers Inc.

career Paige E. Hausburg, Richmond, Va., who retired from public service after 35 years, was recognized for her work with tribal communities by the National Association of Tribal Child Support Enforcement.

career Jay Braddock Jackson, Fredericksburg, Va., retired after 34 years with Geico Insurance Co. and established the Law Offices of Jay B. Jackson, PLLC, specializing in elder law, estate planning, and personal injury.

career Ray Matthew Kaplan, Athens, Ga., received the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award from the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.

84 class year

career Kendley J. Davenport, Leesburg, Va., joined Springboard Education in America as chief development officer.

career Peter Rudolf Engel, White Post, Va., is eastern regional sales manager for CEMB-USA, a leading manufacturer of wheel service equipment.

career Benjamin Zion Stallings Jr., Silver Spring, Md., was installed as the 171st president of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society.

85 class year

career Jeffrey Nickson Johnson, Alexandria, Va., won an Ippy Award for Best Regional Fiction for “Other Fine Gifts,” a short story collection.

86 class year

career Jean Neff Guthrie, Smyrna, Ga., released the second novel in her Mystic Aria series on Oct. 17, 2018.

career Charles James Otto, Princess Anne, Md., was elected to a third term as delegate in Maryland’s House District 38A.

career Bettina Kay Ring, Charlottesville, Va., who was selected by Gov. Ralph Northam to serve as secretary of agriculture and forestry, was elected a Fellow and received the Sir William Schlick Award from the Society of American Foresters.

87 class year

career Daniel Frederick Mahony Jr., Rock Hill, S.C., received the Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award from Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow.

88 class year

career Mark Thomas Scott, Beckley, W.Va., is assistant chief of Fisheries Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

career Mark Steven Tisa, Princeton, Mass., has been appointed director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

89 class year

career Peter David Breil, Richmond, Va., was appointed by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney as the city’s first director of the Department of Citizen Service and Response.

career Rodney Perry Gaines, Norfolk, Va., was named 2018 College Physical Educator of the Year by the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

career John Eugene McDonald Jr., Worthington, Mass., received a 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State’s Forest Resources Alumni Group.



90 class year

career Constantine John Peroulas, Charlotte, N.C., was named Showmars CEO.

91 class year

career Stephen Carl Laycock, Burke, Va., was named assistant director for the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters.

career Nandita Rastogi Mishra, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was promoted to senior associate for TMP Architecture Inc. and received the Accredited Learning Environments’ planner designation.

career Marion Mason, Los Fresnos, Texas, is the new public affairs specialist for the Hoosier National Forest.

career Larry Paul Thompson, Jupiter, Fla., was named CEO at Veriato.

92 class year

career Teresa A. Martinez, Pine, Colo., received Virginia Tech’s Gerald H. Cross Alumni Leadership Award.

career Greg Alan Scheerer, Lynchburg, Va., received the Distinguished Service to Forestry Award from the Appalachian Society of American Foresters.

career Grant Eric Walker, Christiansburg, Va., is corporate director of national accounts for ECS Mid-Atlantic LLC.

93 class year

career Karen Bleattler Schommer, Blaine, Minn., was appointed district court judge in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District.

94 class year

career Carl Justin D’Silva, Chicago, Ill., is managing principal with Perkins+Will.

career James Scott Lowman, Altavista, Va., was named director of applied research for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

career Cynthia Anne Whitbred-Spanoulis, Virginia Beach, Va., was appointed director of the Department of Aquarium, Historic Houses, and Museums, and executive director of the Virginia Aquarium Foundation.

95 class year

career Gregory Ivan Abel, Pawtucket, R.I., is director of marketing and communications at The Providence Country Day School.

career Anne Elizabeth Pond Gerlach, Saint Charles, Ill., published “Ben’s Adventures,” a children’s book whose proceeds support the Ben Smiles Memorial Foundation.

career Michelle Jacqueline Krusiec, Los Angeles, Calif., made her Off-Broadway debut in the Public Theater’s “Wild Goose Dreams.”

career Stefanie Felice Lazanov Wood, Vienna, Va., is director of business travel for Kalibri Labs.

96 class year

career Timothy Burdick, Bedford, N.H., was named director of outdoor programs at Dartmouth College.

career John Euler Whitley, Alexandria, Va., was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary of the Army (financial management and comptroller).

career Robert Bryan Wyks, Leesburg, Va., retired as LTC from the US Army Reserves.

97 class year

career Ashley Stewart Owens, Roswell, Ga., authored “At the Corner of Main and Crazy,” a novel.

career Kevin Anthony Pennock, Richmond, Va., is an associate and senior project manager in the land planning and development department at Dewberry.

98 class year

career James William Barnes, Buford, Ga., earned an MBA from North Carolina State University and was hired as director of enterprise architecture for IT solutions with Pimerica.

career Diana F Karczmarczyk, Alexandria, Va., co-authored a children’s book, “It’s GREAT to be YOU!”

career Christopher George Knehr, Midway, Ky., joined the sales team at WinStar Farm.

career Mark Andrew Lowry, Arlington, Va., is president and chief revenue officer of Association Analytics.

99 class year

career Kevin Baird, Middletown, Del., was named a 2018 Top Lawyer by Delaware Today.

career Steven K. Kuntz, Haymarket, Va., is transportation business unit manager of Dewberry’s Fairfax office.

career Deborah L. Eareckson Siachos, Oxford, Md., is supervisor of human resources for Caroline County Public Schools.

wedding James Samuel DeGenova and Stacey Lynn Knight, ’04, Washington, D.C., 8/11/18.



00 class year

career Marshall Ray Eichfeld, Midlothian, Va., joined Draper Aden Associates as a senior project manager with the site Development and Infrastructure Team.

birth Jessica M. Bryant and Wesley Allen Gwaltney ’03, Newport, Va., a daughter, 8/1/18.

01 class year

career Jeremy Michael Barbour, Salem, Va., is founding principal of tacklebox architecture, a firm which has received numerous awards and been cited in many publications. Barbour was named to Architect’s Newspaper’s Top 50 Interior Architecture Firms.

career Peter Daniel Hancock, Nashville, N.C., was named Roanoke timberlands manager for Roseburg Forest Products.

career Jennifer Saunders Hill, Virginia Beach, Va., was named First Colonial High School’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.

birth Stephanie Clevenger Behling, Frederick, Md., a son, 6/12/18.

birth Erin Coe Fristoe and John Kramer Fristoe ’01, Woodbridge, Va., a daughter, 2/27/18.

birth Daniel Raymond Longo and Kristin Longo ’05, Easton, Pa., a son, 11/24/18.

02 class year

career Nicholas James “Coop” Cooper, Midlothian, Va., is vice president and lead architectural designer at HKS Architects.

career Stephanie Gerke George, Greenville, N.C., is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Engineering at East Carolina University with research interests in cardiovascular imaging and modeling, medical device design, and active learning in engineering education. The principal investigator of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates, George was selected to participate in the Bridges Leadership Training program.

birth Sharnnia Artis Trimble, Irvine, Calif., a daughter, 2/7/18.

03 class year

career Sarah Lynn Smidl, Christiansbrg, Va., is interim chair of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program in Radford University’s Waldron College of Health and Human Services.

career Stephanie R. Smith, Seattle, Wash., opened Cogwheel Marketing, which is devoted to hotel digital marketing and e-commerce.

birth Wesley Allen Gwaltney and Jessica M Bryant ’00, Newport, Va., a daughter, 8/1/18.

birth Scott William Hotop, Raleigh, N.C., a daughter, 10/15/18.

birth Jessica M. Bryant and Wesley Allen Gwaltney ’03, Newport, Va., a daughter, 8/1/18.

04 class year

wedding Michael E. Flora and Ashley Anne Flora, ’04, Washington, D.C., 8/11/18.

wedding Katherine Louise Weaks Crumble and Grayson Crumble, Henrico, Va., 8/25/18.

birth Sabrina Mae Chin, Great Falls, Va., a son, 7/6/18.

birth Jessica Lauren Clem Tabb and John Marshall Tabb, Charleston, S.C., a daughter, 8/25/18.

05 class year

career Apryl Alycia Alexander, Opelika, Ala., spoke at TEDxMileHigh in Denver, Colo.

career Allison Jennifer Ames, Athens, Ga., is on the faculty of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.

career Thomas Michael Cusick, Mebane, N.C., is principal with Blankenship & Keith P.C.

career Laura June Morgan Freeman, Alexandria, Va., received the 2017 Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research from the Institute for Defense Analyses.

career David Michael Leonard, Fredericksburg, Va., is vice president for government affairs for the American Sportsfishing Association.

career Brigitte Kumbier Orrick, Colorado Springs, Colo., is director of recruiting and employee development for the Davey Tree Expert Co.

career Thomas Dudley Schneider, Arlington, Va., founded Rooftop Roots, a non profit with a mission to install gardens on rooftops of affordable housing across the Washington, D.C., area.

career Shomir Jeffrey Wilson, Cincinnati, Ohio, is an assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences at Pennsylvania State University.

birth Justin Adam Yalung and Jessica A. Yalung ’08, Blacksburg, Va., a daughter, 10/18/18.

06 class year

career Ryan Christopher Barnoski, Falls Church, Va., is partner at Lanigan, Ryan, Malcolm & Doyle P.C.

career Boyd Patrick Harrison, Fairfax, Va., is owner and head brewer of Chubby Squirrel Brewing Co.

career Shelby Elaine McDonald, Richmond, Va., was awarded a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development R21 grant.

birth Patricia Ricketts Walker, Alton, Va., a daughter, 3/22/18.

birth Amanda Mullins Lynch and Stephen Christopher Lynch ’09, Midlothian, Va., a daughter, 10/18/18.

07 class year

career Christian Matthew Barlow, Manteo, N.C., has been selected as a Fellow with the University of Virginia Medical Center’s Department of Hematology/Oncology.

career Dustin Daniel Flannery, Philadelphia, Pa., completed a fellowship in perinatal-neonatal medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and joined the Division of Neonatology as an attending physician.

birth Jeffrey James Dawley and Katherine Claire Dawley, Ashburn, Va., a son, 6/25/18.

birth Bryan Richard Orellana and Brooke Shively Clements ’09, Fort Wayne, Ind., a son, 10/9/18.

08 class year

career Elizabeth Renee Breeding, Washington, D.C., joined the National Turkey Federation as vice president of communications and marketing.

career Manisha Pravinchandra Patel, Greensboro, N.C., was appointed vice president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, received the 2018 Young Alumna Award from the Elon University Women’s Law Association, and was named a Top Lawyer for family law by Business North Carolina.

career Elizabeth Jeannette Traut, State College, Pa., is an assistant research professor in the College of Engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

birth Ryan Richard Green and Amanda Hogan Green ’09, Hanover, Va., a son, 4/18/18.

birth Bonnie Elisabeth Hamilton and Quentin Clay Penn Hollar ’09, Richmond, Va., a son, 3/26/18.

birth Melissa Kaitlan Trotman Hollinshead and Mark S. Hollinshead ’09, Chesterfield, Va., a daughter, 7/3/18.

birth Lindsey Elizabeth Ingalls, Manasquan, N.J., a son, 10/28/18.

birth Stacey Rector Wittelsberger and Raymond Charles Wittelsberger, Baltimore, Md., a daughter, 8/1/18.

09 class year

career Justin Keith Lucy, Chesterfield, Va., is senior real estate manager for GSA Management.

wedding Michael E. Flora and Ashley Anne Flora LeFrois, ’07, Christiansburg, Va., 5/19/18.

birth Jessica Bjorness Nolen and Brian Matthew Nolen ’09, Bethesda, Md., a daughter, 10/3/18.

birth Kathleen Berger O’Brien and Daniel O’Brien, Saint Louis, Mo., a son, 8/7/2017.

birth Emilee Crabtree Sinclair, Chesterfield, Va., a daughter, 2/22/18.



10 class year

career Jeremy Patrick Stovall, Nacogdoches, Texas, received the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s Teaching Excellence Award from Stephen F. Austin State University.

birth Andrew Gordon Allen and Emily Louise Hindman Allen ’11, Pfafftown, N.C., a daughter, 9/1/18.

birth William Todd Satterwhite and Julie Terrell Satterwhite ’11, Vinton, Va., a son, 3/27/18.

birth Carly Jeannine Temple, Chester, Va., a daughter, 6/28/18.

11 class year

career Scott William Lyon, Suamico, Wis., was selected as a member of the Wood Industry 40 under 40 Class of 2018 by the Woodworking Network.

career Patrick John Jaffke, Blacksburg, Va., joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research staff member in the system evaluation division.

career Ashley Nicole Peery, Round Hill, Va., developed materials to train volunteers for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History infectious disease exhibit, “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World.”

wedding John Robert Joyce III and Jessica Rose Maples ’12, Haymarket, Va., 4/28/18.

wedding Annah Martchen Latane and Nicholas Charles Zastrow, ’12, Blacksburg, Va., 8/19/18.

birth Andrew Joseph Hayek, Manasquan, N.J., a daughter, 8/5/18.

birth Tyler Eric Kercher Williams and Katherine Anne Hall Williams ’13, Blacksburg, Va., a daughter, 5/16/18.

12 class year

career Doray Ann Sitko, Austin, Texas, joined Berry Consultants LLC as senior project manager.

13 class year

career Daniel Bryce Goff, Wichita, Kan., is product and account support coordinator at AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions.

wedding Angela Godwin Tabb and Brian Lewis Lusher, ’14, Charlotte, N.C., 9/15/18.

14 class year

career Alexandra Marie Cantwell, Chesapeake, Va., a horticulturist at Norfolk Botanical Gardens was a 2018 Hampton Roads Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 honoree.

career Steven Edwin Mach, Albany, N.Y., joined Barclay Damon LLP as an associate in the torts and products liability defense practice area.

15 class year

career Kayleigh Elizabeth Burke, Blacksburg, Va., won the 7th Annual ManeJane Alumni Cup at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Alumni Tournament of Champions.

career Sarah Michele McKay, Chesterfield, Mo., is director of market development for the National Corn Growers Association.

16 class year

career Ryan Francis O’Toole, Richmond, Va., who was appointed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as a member of the Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation, also joined the Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies government relations team.

wedding Samantha Dawn Metz and David Price, Staunton, Va., 9/29/18.

wedding Tori Janelle Sheets and Christopher Vincent, Blacksburg, Va., 5/6/2018.

17 class year

career Taylor James Woodson, Kernersville, N.C., joined CBRE Triad as an assistant real estate manager in the asset services division.

18 class year

career Peyton David Bright, Blacksburg, Va., joined GuernseyTingle as an architectural designer.

career Alec Jeffrey Gilliam, Williamsburg, Va., was reappointed financial representative intern by Northwestern Mutual.

career Alexandra Chase Jackson, Charles Town, W.Va., is a systems engineer with Northrop Grumman and serves the West Virginia National Guard as a C17 pilot.

career Alexandra J. Shearer, Blacksburg, Va., is a research associate with Lee & Associates Maryland.


Save the Dates: Spring alumni events in Blacksburg

Oct. 25
Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board Meeting

March 19
Hokies in L.A.

April 2-6
Virginia Tech Denim Day 40th Anniversary Commemoration

May 22-24
Old Guard Society of Golden Alumni Reunion

June 6-9
Reunion Weekend 2019

Sept. 19
Women in Business

June 22
Beer Festival at Virginia Tech

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