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49 class year

career Jack Victor Hattem, Laguna Woods, Calif., has authored several books about the life and death of Marilyn Monroe.


65 class year

career Grayson William Marshall Jr., Larkspur, Calif., received the 2018 Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award from the American Association for Dental Research.

career Osie “Mack” McCoy Sawyer Jr., Virginia Beach, Va., was recognized for surpassing 2000 hours of volunteer service at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Va.

66 class year

career Richard Alan Kluender, Russellville, Ark., retired as dean from the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas and was inducted into the Arkansas Foresters Hall of Fame.

career John Austin White Jr., Rogers, Ark., was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University.

67 class year

career Robert Allison Boynton, Richmond, Va., was appointed chair of the American Institute of Architects National Ethics Council.

68 class year

career Vinod Chachra, Blacksburg, Va., was honored with the naming of a laboratory at Radford University in recognition of his financial support for the Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training program.



70 class year

career Robert Patrick Wray, Corvallis, Ore., authored his first novel, "Gift of the Grenadier.”

71 class year

career H. Pat Artis, Blacksburg, Va., received the 2017 Sporn Award for outstanding teaching of undergraduate engineering

career Charles Taylor Drumheller, Swoope, Va., was named Outstanding Forage Producer of the Year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

72 class year

career Richard Philip Chiacchierini, Gaithersburg, Md., received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who.

73 class year

career Linda Flournoy Barnett, Chesterfield, Va., retired from Dominion Energy after 43 years of continuous service. She received the 2017 Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited Quentin Jackson Mutuality Award

career Shelby Leland Spradlin Jr., Lynchburg, Va., received the Presidential Field Forester Award from the Society of American Foresters.

74 class year

career June St. Clair Atkinson, Raleigh, N.C., joined the UNC Institute of Politics as a visiting fellow, engaging with undergraduates and encouraging them to pursue careers in public service

career Gerald Alan King, Midlothian, Va., retired after 46 years of selling home furnishings.

75 class year

career Thomas Franklin Lester, Colonial Heights, Va., retired after 47 years as a bridge engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

career Angela Edwards Roberts, Richmond, Va., was named one of seven Strong Men and Women in Virginia History by the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy.

77 class year

career Danny L. Gray Jr., Marietta, Ga., was reappointed as a member of the National Coal Council.

career Stephen Earley Scarce, Richmond, Va., was named managing director at the law firm of Parker, Pollard, Wilton & Peaden, P.C. in Richmond.

78 class year

career Sandra Shelton Brewer, Fort Mill, S.C., retired from General Motors Company as staff environmental engineer with over 38 years of service.

career Robert Nathan Rector Jr., Danville, Va., retired with 28 years of service in long term care.

79 class year

career Leslie Roberts Gregg, Blacksburg, Va., exhibited her work "Keepers of the Tradition" at the Lewis Miller Gallery at the Montgomery Museum.

career Joseph Phillip Harner III, Saint George, Kan., was inducted into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame during the 2018 Frame Building Expo.

career William Carl Wingfield Jr., Roanoke, Va., was named to the Board of Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate International.



80 class year

career Diana Guerrant Jenkins, Fairfax, Va., is director of the preschool at Fairfax United Methodist Church.

career Elizabeth Jones Reed, Houghton, Mich., received Michigan Technological University's 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award

career Curry Alan Roberts, Richmond, Va., was elected chairman of the board of directors for Southern States Cooperative 81 class year

career Michael Allen Flanders, Fort Myers, Fla., is president and CEO of Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

career Paul Reynold Lawrence, McLean, Va., was nominated by President Trump to serve as undersecretary for benefits for the Department of Veterans Affairs .

career Robert Everette Middlebrooks, Chesapeake, Va., joined the American Institute of Architects Senior Leadership Team, leading the Contract Documents and Risk Management Team.

career Wayne Robert Sass, Fullerton, Calif., was appointed adjunct professor of health administration in the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy's Executive MHA program.

career Thomas James Straka, Pendleton, S.C., was named the Forest Landowners Association's 2017 Extension Forester of the Year.

career Robert Joseph Wittman, Montross, Va., participated in Bring Your Legislator to School Month by reading to pre-K and kindergarten classes in the Washington District Elementary School.

82 class year

career Ellen Marie Fitzsimmons, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., joined SunTrust Bank, Inc. as general counsel and corporate executive vice president.

career George M. Hopper, Starkville, Miss., received the 2017 Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors ESS Excellence in Leadership Award.

career Gregory Neil Killough, Bowling Green, Va., retired from Roanoke County Schools as superintendent.

83 class year

career William Gared Landes Jr., Brightwood, Va., retired after 30 years of service with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Office of Naval Intelligence.

career Newton S. Lee, Tujunga, Calif., is chairman of the California Transhumanist Party

career Leonard William Varner III, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., was appointed to the board of directors at Novetta, an advanced analytical technology firm.

84 class year

career Michael James Mankosa, Erie, Penn., was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

career D. Andrew Bonham, Potomac, Md., was appointed president and CEO of Tarkett North America.

85 class year

career Jeffrey Alois Babione, Colleyville, Texas, was named vice president and general manager of Advanced Development Programs at Lockheed Martin.

career Susan Phillips Bari, Raleigh, N.C., published her memoirs, "An Extraordinary Ordinary Life."

career Lynne Martin Doughtie, Powhatan, Va., was named Most Influential Virginian by Virginia Business.

86 class year

career Michele Zamarra Givens, Fairfax, Va., was a representative for Virginia in the 2017 USA Petite Mrs. beauty pageant.

career Bettina Kay Ring, Keswick, Va., was selected to serve as secretary of agriculture and forestry by Gov. Ralph Northam.

87 class year

career Mark Gerard Unterkofler, Clifton, Va., is a senior structural engineer for Dewberry in the Fairfax office.

career James Nobles Spain, Columbia, Mo., was named interim provost and executive vice chancellor for the University of Missouri.

career Lawrence L Kirchner, Chesterton, Ind., was promoted to vice president and senior associate of TranSystems.

career Raja Nassim Saliba, Mc Lean, Va., co-authored a book, "The Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials."

wedding Jeffrey B. Trollinger and Thomas D. Rimington, Gum Spring, Va., 3/25/17.

88 class year

career Robert Harrison Cary, Chester, Va., was appointed chief deputy commissioner for the Virginia Department of Transportation by Gov. Ralph Northam.

career Stephen Kenneth Polacek, Waxhaw, N.C., has joined Movement Mortgage as chief credit officer.

career Peter Andrew D'Anieri, Wellesley, Mass., is natural resources consultant at James W. Sewall Company.

career Bret Preston, South Charleston, W.Va., retired from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

89 class year

career Karen Absher Vines, Blacksburg, Va., was named assistant professor of agricultural, leadership, and community education in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.



90 class year

career Scott Copko Asbury, Longmont, Colo., is program director, Spaceflight Hardware Programs for All Aerospace.

career Brian R. Fogg, Clifton, Va., was appointed chief technology officer of the CSRA Health & Civil Group in Falls Church, Va.

career Trina D. Parsons Leedy, Wytheville, Va., provides a mobile veterinary clinic in her county.

career Randall Scott Wingfield, Christiansburg, Va., was named town manager for Christiansburg, Va.

wedding Ted Thanning Andersen and Andrea Lynn Koller ‘04, Troutville, Va., 10/14/17.

91 class year

career Joyce Agnes Cacho, Edwards, Colo., is a member of the board of directors for Sunrise Banks

career David Alan Groeschl, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was appointed acting director of the Idaho Department of Lands.

career John Randolph McKnight, Lexington, S.C., was named chief operating officer for Consolidated Glass Holdings.

career Nandita Rastogi Mishra, Rochester, Mich., was promoted to senior associate for TMP Architecture Inc.

career Brian Keith Felder, Savannah, Ga., is managing principal of the architectural firm that received the ENR Southeast's Award for Merit.

career David John Santoro Jr., Belmont, Sutton, Surrey, joined EY's Financial Assurance Advisory Services' practice in London as a partner.

career Edward Victor Sayadian, Oakton, Va., is president at Crown Consulting Inc. in Arlington, Va.

92 class year

career John Marchington Altman Jr., Hopewell, Va., was appointed city manager for Hopewell, Va.

career Scott Christopher Groom, Cooperstown, N.Y., is senior vice president/chief information officer at Huntington Hospital in California.

career Matthew Charles Valenti, Morgantown, W.Va., was named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow.

93 class year

career Keith Thomas Ferguson, Fairfax, Va., published a board game, "Santa's Workshop," through Rio Grande Games.

children Wesley T. Harrison Jr., Leesburg, Va., a daughter, 8/13/17.

94 class year

career Vincent S. Hart Jr., Westminster, Colo., was promoted to executive vice president for Carollo Engineers Inc.

career Kevin William Keith, Bassett, Va., was recognized as the 2018 Forest Stewardship Field Forester by the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Stewardship Program.

career Jane S. Tidwell, Atlanta, Ga., was promoted to senior associate at Stevens & Wilkinson Architecture.

95 class year

career William E. Ensign Jr., Marietta, Ga., received the Council on Undergraduate Research Biology Division Mature Career Mentor Award.

career Raymond P. Kaczmarek, San Marcos, Calif., was appointed president of Nitto Avecia Pharma Services Inc.

children Neil S. Pennington and Sarah “Beth” Lovejoy Pennington ’01, Richmond, Va., a son, 1/14/17.

96 class year

career Anil Kumar Doradla, Wilmette, Ill., was appointed chief financial officer for Airgain Inc.

career George C. Palmer, Bedford, Va., was named 2017 Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

career Robert J. Petrie, Marcellus, N.Y., had architectural illustrations featured in "Hands On," a monograph of work of Locati Architects.

career Philip S. Rhodes, Broadway, Va., is the public works director for Rockingham County, Va.

97 class year

career Christopher Joseph Forstner, Ellicott City, Md., was elected partner at Troutman Sanders LLP

career Frank James Pisano, Canton, Ga., joined BrightSign as vice president of sales.

career Stephanie D. Balderson Scruggs, Vienna, Va., joined the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Washington, D.C.

98 class year

career Shana D. Harris Jr., New Orleans, La., owns and operates Pinky's Café and is part owner of Bayou Throws, a custom Mardi Gras beads and necklace operation.

career Josh Larsen, Centreville, Va., was appointed chief revenue officer for Fornetix, LLC.

career Paul A. De Santis, Chicago, Ill., was promoted to partner with Goettsch Partners, an architecture firm.

99 class year

career Patrick H. Brindle Jr., Oakdale, Penn., was appointed vice president of project management for Piedmont Lithium Co.

career Robyn Ilyse Dubick, Columbia, Md., is associate principal at CRGA Design, an architectural, interior design, and planning firm.

career Trevor H. Flanery, Winston-Salem, N.C., is executive director of Forsyth Futures, a nonprofit community data research organization.

career Steven K. Kuntz, Haymarket, Va., is manager of Dewberry's in Fairfax, Va.

career Robert Jesse Austin, Portsmouth, Va., is a representative on the U.S. Meat Export Federation's Executive Committee.

career Scott E. Sink, Blacksburg, Va., was recognized for five years of service on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board of directors



00 class year

career Barry R. Bickmore Jr., Orem, Utah, authored a book, "Restoring the Ancient Church: Joseph Smith and Early Christianity.”

career Kevin Deegan, Morris Plains, N.J., is director of Hunt Mortgage Group's affordable housing/FHA.

career Stephen Joseph Korving, Chesapeake, Va., was honored as one of the Hampton Roads Inside Business 2017 Top 40 Under 40.

career Frances T. Norge, Chesapeake, Va., authored a book, "Redneck's Wife: A Novella.” 01 class year

career Robert Taylor Drumheller, Swoope, Va., received the Outstanding Forage Producer of the Year award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

career Mitchell A. Housenick, Ocala, Fla., is associate professor and director of the College of Central Florida Radiography Program.

career Azadeh “Azy” Kokabi, Washington, D.C., co-authored a book, "The Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials.”

career Frederick Charles Malik, Vero Beach, Fla., was promoted to a senior position with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety in Tampa, Fla.

career Jaret C. Riddick, Aberdeen, Md., is director for the Vehicle Technology Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

children Ali Christopher Mostafavi, New York, N.Y., a son, 3/9/18.

children Bret Aaron Steele, Chesapeake, Va., a son, 8/25/17.

02 class year

career Christopher M. Ensey, Baltimore, Md., is chief operating officer of Riot Blockchain Inc.

career Matthew Steven Haas, Charlottesville, Va., is superintendent of Albemarle County Schools.

career Christopher Matthew Harris, Midlothian, Va., was named deputy county administrator for finance and administration for Chesterfield County.

career Michael James Stanton, Washington, D.C., returned to National Automobile Dealers Association as chief operating officer.

children Lauren Duvall Heisey, Arlington, Va., a son, 12/14/16.

03 class year

career Daniel James Larimer, Christiansburg, Va., an adopter of bitcoin and other blockchain technologies, was featured in various publications for excellence in the field.

career Michael Lloyd Winter, Brentwood, Tenn., was named principal and serves as chief operating officer for Diversified Trust in Nashville, Tenn.

wedding Crystal Crockett Jefferson and Travis Jefferson, Christiansburg, Va., 6/22/17.

children Joseph Moore Hammerstrom, Arlington, Va., a daughter, 12/9/17.

children Jay C. Hagerman and Jaimee Mancuso Hagerman ’04, Charlotte, N.C., a son, 8/25/17.

04 class year

career Guillermo Fernando Trincado, Blacksburg, Va., was named director of Chile's National Simulation Model Project.

wedding Andrea Andersen, MBA ’08, and Ted Andersen ’08, Troutville, Va., 10/14/17.

children Matthew P. DuBose, Charlotte, N.C., a daughter, 3/1/18.

children Justin Kenneth Leiter, Rockville, Md., a daughter, 2/28/18.

children James Joseph Pembridge and Lindsay Moss Pembridge ’09, Port Orange, Fla., a daughter, 12/28/17.

children Miles P. Shifflett and Melisa Lasken Shifflett, Lynchburg, Va., a daughter, 10/25/17.

05 class year

career Derrick Thomas Hogan, Albany, N.Y., was promoted to partner with Tully Rinckey PLLC.

career William Andrew Meece, Axton, Va., was named senior finance officer for Carter Bank & Trust.

career Seth Westfall Pesek, Charlotte, N.C., is a founding partner, senior vice president, and chief financial officer of Valeo Groupe.

children Kristin L. Maglia McKernan, Simpsonville, S.C., a daughter, 2/12/18.

06 class year

career Kevin Michael Cox, Richmond, Va., received his Virginia professional engineering license.

career Francis B. Homer, Vienna, Va., received the 2017 Arlington Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award.

career Adam Gabriel Lipkin, Verona, N.J., is a partner with Sobel & Co., a certified public accounting firm.

career Jason John Lynch, Arlington, Va., was appointed to the board of directors for the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence.

career Carmen Louisa Sanders, Seat Pleasant, Md., was selected as Educator of the Year, a Virginia Tech Influential Black Alumni Award.

children Eric Frederic Detweiler and Katherine Olson Detweiler ’09, Forest, Va., a son, 11/28/17.

children Jaime Karen Lanier Gill, Reisterstown, Md., a daughter, 2/25/17.

07 class year

career Zachery Lee Brown, Claudville, Va., made a feature film, ”Hard Surfaces,“ which earned Best Screenplay at the Downtown L.A. Film Festival.

career Justin Alan Lemkul, Blacksburg, Va., was named assistant professor of biochemistry in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

wedding Chris Noack and Kelly Jamieson Noack ’09, Henrico, Va. 6/24/17.

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

children Joseph Michael Derlaga and Anna Pearl Blevins Derlaga ’09, Yorktown, Va., a son, 5/16/17.

children Robert Ryan Radspinner, Virginia Beach, Va., a son, 3/3/18.

children Richard Allen Ruckman Jr. and Amanda Mitchell Ruckman ’09, Aldie, Va., a son, 5/25/17.

children Cody Thomas Stepp and Emily Yeiser Stepp ’11, Leesburg, Va., a daughter, 2/17/18.

08 class year

career Inès Blal, Lausanne, Switzerland, is the first woman and youngest person appointed executive dean at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.

career Amine Chigani, Danville, Calif., was appointed chief technology officer of Sentient Science.

career Larry Christopher Kiser, Tifton, Ga., is associate professor of forest resources in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College

career Charles Obuya Sabatia, Blacksburg, Va., joined the Westervelt Company as a forest biometrician.

career Megan Wyatt Beavers Underwood, Atlanta, Ga., is an information assurance leader in the Cyber Security Division at Delta Air Lines.

wedding Rachael Leigh Spruill Willard and Nelson D. Willard, Wellesley Hills, Mass., 9/22/17.

09 class year

career Kristy Jones High, West Chester, Ohio, co-authored "Peter's Perfect Pipes,” a children’s book about living with asthma.

career Javan William Rasnake, FPO, AE., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the football game against University of Pittsburgh.

career Marcus Drew Wiles, Arnold, Md., is an associate with CRGA Design, an architectural, interior design, and planning firm.

children Kristen Teufel Moore, London, a son, 4/21/17.



10 class year

career Shannon Louise Auth, Westcliffe, Colo., is a Colorado State University Extension agent in Custer County.

career Hamdy Fayez Farahat Mahmoud, Blacksburg, Va., is assistant professor in the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech.

children Danielle Kathleen Lindstrom Blaser and Joseph Brian Blaser ’11, Middletown, Md., a daughter, 11/17/17.

children Andrew Michael Puhl and Megan LeAnna Byrne ’09, Seattle, Wash., a daughter, 12/7/17.

children Meredith Hawkins Shuman, Roanoke, Va., a son, 11/6/17.

11 class year

career Erica Lynne Critzer, Quinton, Va., was named to the 2017-2018 “20 in their 20’s“ list by the Professional Convention Management Association.

career Teresa Nichole Gallegos, Russellville, Ark., was a candidate for the special election in Arkansas State Senate District 16.

career Taylor Chase Giebner, Johnson City, Tenn., joined the Johnson City Tree and Landscape Board.

career Holly Elizabeth Kays, Waynesville, N.C., authored a novel, "Shadows of Flowers.”

career Claire Alden Simeone, D.V.M., Sausalito, Calif., was the first veterinarian named a TED Fellow.

wedding Garrett DiPietro and Caroline Boulanger ’12, Chantilly, Va., 12/30/17.

children Andrew Joseph Ickes, Roanoke, Va., a son, 12/25/17.

12 class year

career Barbara Ann Dameron, Newport News, Va., is finance director for the City of Williamsburg, Va.

career Katharine Alanna Fritz, Annapolis, Md., is executive director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

career Erik Gatenholm, Riner, Va., was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 listing.

career Caroline Christina Illig Murphy, Ashburn, Va., was featured on CNBC's The Job Interview.

career Christopher Branch Sturgill, Forest Hill, Md., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the football game against University of Delaware.

wedding Mireya Dino Pasa and Richard Stirzaker, Reston, Va., 11/10/17.

wedding Edwin Joseph Willis and Caroline Elizabeth Butler Rudolph ’13, Richmond, Va., 9/16/17.

14 class year

career Alexander Gray Smythers, Annapolis, Md., leads a customer service team supporting proprietary database platforms for nonprofits and government agencies.

career Kelly Megan McFadden, New York, N.Y., joined DXA as a junior architect.

15 class year

career Andrew John Neiderer, Lynchburg, Va., is director of special operations at MontVue Capital Management in Lynchburg, Va.

wedding Ashley Marie Nelson Dustin and James Dustin, Los Angeles, Calif., 7/29/17.

16 class year

career Leslie Joanne Frazier, Richmond, Va., was appointed assistant secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs by Gov. Ralph Northam.

career Paul Stetson Rice, Norfolk, Va., is building the events division at Amplified IT, serving K-12 school district administrators in North America.

career David Andrew Mills Scurry, Brooklyn, N.Y., joined DXA studio, an architectural firm in New York, as a junior designer.

career Ashley A. Thompson, Lincoln, Neb., is on Oregon State University's Mid-Columbia Horticultural Extension faculty.

career Casie Christine Venable, Boulder, Colo., was honored as the 2018 New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

17 class year

career Paul Lawrence Dean, Burke, Va., was named an associate at Dewberry in Fairfax, Va.

career Daniel Brian Pinard, Salem, Va., leads the Norton Rally, working with the town of Dungannon as a community-builder.


Save the Dates: Fall alumni events in Blacksburg

Sept. 7
Chapter Officers Forum

Sept. 8
Pamplin College of Business Tailgate

Sept. 15
Pamplin College of Business Tailgate

Sept. 14-15
Corps of Cadets Reunion

Oct. 6
Vet Med Tailgate and Class of ’98 Reunion

Oct. 25
Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board Meeting

Nov. 2-3
Highty-Tighty Alumni Reunion

Nov. 3
College of Engineering Tailgate
College of Natural Resources Tailgate

Nov. 3-4
Homecoming Weekend and 50th Reunion

Nov. 17
College of Agriculture and LIfe Sciences Tailgate

For more information, including details about other future events, visit

Pregame HokieTalks

Before you tailgate, join us! During football season, we host a Saturday morning lecture series with our faculty experts. The talks are free, open to the public, and begin at 9 a.m. at the Holtzman Alumni Center.

To learn more and see our complete lineup of speakers this fall, visit

Mark your calendar for summer 2019

We’re holding our second summertime reunion weekend June 6-9, 2019. Learn more at