Rosemary Elam Pritchard ’44, Longwood’s assistant dean of women from 1947-48 and the 1971 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnae Service Award, died Jan. 14. Pritchard taught in the Hopewell schools from 1944-46 and from 1968-86. She was made an honorary member of the Hopewell High School Classes of the 1950s in 2010.
Lynne Rachal Chambers ’69 retired in December 2016 as director of administration and finance for ePayResources. After teaching middle-school for five years, earning an M.A. at the University of Richmond and being a stay-at-home mom for a while, she became an accountant, working for 17 years for EastPay, which, through a merger, became ePayResources last August. She is teaching needlework classes; enjoying her four granddaughters, exercise classes and remodeling her house; and looking forward to her 50th Longwood reunion.
Ann Green Baise ’74 was inducted into the ranks of the College of William & Mary’s honorary alumni in May. This recognition by the college’s Alumni Association honors those who have gone above and beyond in their support of William & Mary, on whose Board of Visitors Baise served from 2012- 16. She was on Longwood’s Board of Visitors from 1996-2004, including three terms as rector.
The Test of Time
Still friends after more than 30 years, eight women who entered Longwood together as freshmen in 1985 got together in Richmond recently for their own ‘mini reunion.’ (from left) Cathy McCoy Collier ’89, Stephanie Murphy Watson ’90, Michele Tinsley Barker ’89, Karen Thurman, Susan Jones Rebhun, Amy Harrell Richter ’89 and Susan Woodcock Tisdale ’89.
Allen Mack ’83 retired in December 2016 after a career of more than 30 years in the intelligence community. He had worked since 1995 for the National Reconnaissance Office (a Department of Defense/CIA partnership), most recently as chief of operations for mission operations. He was an imagery analyst for what is now the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency from 1986-95 and served for 24 years with the U.S. Navy, 20 years as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer. His wife, Twila Stratton Mack ’84, who had been an elementary school principal in Fairfax County, retired in June 2016 after a 30-year education career. The Macks were recognized as the 2017 Foster Family of the Year for the Arlington County Foster Care/Adoption Program.
Frances Vavloukis ’83 is the owner of BodyX studio in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, which offers strength training classes and healthy cooking classes. A local newspaper said the studio, which opened in 2012, “married her love of healthy eating and her love of nutrition.” Vavloukis is a chef and a fitness and nutrition coach.
Tom Moran ’84 has been a foreign service officer since 2002. He has served in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia and Iceland. His yearlong assignment as a Pearson Fellow (one of 12 funded by the State Department), working on Capitol Hill, ends in July, after which he’ll return to the State Department’s main office. Before joining the foreign service, he worked on Capitol Hill for then-U.S. Senators Howard Baker and Paul Trible Jr.
Patrice Widener Carroll ’89 became executive director of the Global Vaping Standards Association in January. Carroll, who has an MBA from Averett University, also is a business consultant.
Joyce “Joy” Fitzgerald Hurt ’89, M.A. ’92, is the author of What I Wish I Had Known in 1989: Practical Advice for the Beginning Teacher, published in January. Hurt, a high-school English teacher since 1989, called it a “practical, easy-to-read, common sense handbook based on what worked for me in the classroom.” She taught initially at Prince Edward County High School, where she also coordinated the gifted program, and since 1997 has been at the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia in Keysville and Alberta. She also sometimes teaches classes at Southside Virginia Community College, as well as at Lunenburg Correctional Center.
John Rafferty ’92 relinquished command of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in June after two years and now is executive officer to the director of Army staff at the Pentagon. The graduate of Longwood’s ROTC program has served around the world on various assignments, mostly in airborne and Ranger units, including three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan. He was legislative adviser to the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2014. His wife, Tracy Lowery Rafferty ’92, is a member of the Armed Services YMCA board of directors and has worked as a teacher, teacher’s assistant, respiratory therapist and military child education coordinator. She has received several civilian awards for her volunteer service to Army families and communities.
Curtis Campbell ’90 became executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Western Oregon University in July. He had been director of athletics at Tuskegee University since 2013 and previously held the same position at Stillman College and Blackburn College. Campbell, who has a master’s degree from Radford University, also has worked as a social worker and served in the Army.
Kevin Jefferson ’90 was inducted into the Petersburg Athletics Hall of Fame in April. Jefferson played basketball from 1986-90 at Longwood, where he was two-time team MVP, held the career scoring record for 22 years and was Male Athlete of the Year in 1990. He was inducted into the Longwood Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Christina Cash Bartholomew ’95, M.S. ’96, is an assistant professor of counseling and special education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the special education track curriculum director in VCU’s Richmond Teacher Residency program, which prepares teachers for urban classrooms. A former special education teacher in Henrico and Chesterfield counties, and a member of the James Madison University faculty from 2009-11, she is a coauthor of a special education textbook, Universal Design for Transition: A Roadmap for Planning and Introduction, and has contributed chapters to two other books. Her husband, Joe Bartholomew ’96, was promoted to managing director of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow in May.
C. Wilkerson ’97 was promoted in January to lab manager for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He supervises about 50 employees in the hospital’s clinical laboratory, where he has worked since 2007. He was a medical technologist from 1997- 2007 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, from which he has a certificate in clinical laboratory science.
John Janssen ’95 supervises the Field Analytic Unit of the Virginia Fusion Center, which is part of the Virginia State Police’s Criminal Intelligence Division. His staff of nine analysts includes Jennifer Willoughby Satterwhite ’04, M.S.’06, and Cynthia Waters ’00. He is a deputy director of the Fusion Center, where he has worked since 2005, which is headed by the State Police and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. His wife, Kristin Murmer Janssen ’94, is principal of Colonial Heights High School, the first woman to hold that position.
Jody Corbet ’96 is an FBI supervisory special agent who supervises the agency’s Washington field office cyber task force. In a previous assignment with the FBI, which he joined in 2003, he coordinated cases and exchanged information among federal agencies investigating drug cartels in Central and South America. He was a Virginia State Police trooper, working in the Richmond area, from 1996-2003.
Joe Soltis ’96 became principal of Glenvar High School in Salem on July 1. Soltis, an alumnus of the Roanoke County school, had been principal of Glenvar Middle School for five years. He began teaching in Roanoke in 1999 at William Byrd High School and was the county’s teacher of the year in 2006. He has a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.
Ellen Masters ’97, M.S. ’02, and Rob Postel ’96 became engaged in March. Masters, who had served as director of career education and vocational reflection at Hampden-Sydney College since 2013, moved in May to Hood River, Oregon, where Postel became international program manager for Insitu (a Boeing subsidiary) in January. Masters worked at Longwood from 1997-2013.
Karey Kudrik Henzey ’99, M.S. ’00, a special education teacher, was named the Salem City Schools’ 2016-17 Teacher of the Year in March. Henzey has taught since 2007 at West Salem Elementary School, where she currently teaches kindergarten and second and fifth grades. She previously taught at Shawsville Elementary in nearby Montgomery County for seven years. Her husband, Tom Henzey ’99, is regional human resources manager for Medical Facilities of America.
Dan Moser ’99 joined Surefire Local as vice president of finance and operations in November 2016. Surefire Local, located in McLean, is the leading marketing technology platform for brands and their local affiliates. Moser was previously director of finance at Socrata, helping the Seattle-based company to raise more than $40 million in capital and triple its revenue. He is a certified public accountant and has an MBA from George Washington University.
Alumnus joins basketball coaching staff at Arkansas State
Vince Walden ’01 was named an assistant coach of the men’s basketball team at Arkansas State University in April. Walden had been national team head coach at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where his team was ranked No. 1 in the country for much of the 2016-17 season, appeared in March in the DICK’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals as the No. 2 seed and compiled a 28-2 record. He was a finalist for the 2017 Naismith Trophy High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Walden also worked from 2006-12 at the IMG Academy (national team head coach and recruiting coordinator) and was an assistant coach from 2012-15 at Liberty University, where the team won the Big South tournament in 2013 and advanced to the NCAA tournament. The Suffolk native played basketball at Longwood for four years and was a two-year team captain.
Wendy Kirkpatrick ’00 is a program analyst in the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence. Since joining the FBI in 2007, she also has been a congressional liaison and processed FOIA requests. She worked on Capitol Hill from 2000-05, first for then-Virginia congressman Virgil Goode and then for the clerk of the House of Representatives.
Holly Williams Graham ’03 is the author and illustrator of the children’s book Wonderfully Made and the illustrator of two children’s books by her husband, Daniel Graham, For Safe Keeping and Leaves Will Grow, all published early this year. The first book, she said, seeks to “instill a positive self-image in children and let them know that our differences make us unique.” The second is “intended to give hope to little ones and adults whose worries weigh them down,” and the third is aimed at adolescents through adults struggling with the loss of a loved one. Graham has lived since 2006 in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Robert Vrtis ’03, assistant professor of theatre at Luther College in Iowa, directed the school’s production of The Nether in March.
Zach Wilhide ’03 is serving his second one-year term as vice president of the Virginia Social Science Association. He has been active in the VSSA since 2011, serving previously as parliamentarian. Wilhide, who has a master’s degree from George Mason University, teaches political science as an adjunct at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College.
Amanda Lloyd ’04 was named program coordinator for Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence in February. The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence serves the professional development needs of nonprofit organizations in Hampton Roads, offering training on leadership, management and operations topics. Lloyd was previously an adjunct instructor at Tidewater Community College for a decade and worked for the city of Norfolk for nine years.
Stephen Parker ’07 was the speaker for the May commencement at the John H. Daniel campus of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). Parker works for the National Governors Association as legislative director of the education and workforce committee. He is a graduate of SVCC and serves on its Foundation Board.
Katie Miller Jacob ’09 is a field training officer with the Arlington County Police Department.
Judy Roach ’09 graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in March and has been assigned to trooper duty in Dinwiddie County.
Scholarship funds teacher’s travel to Finland, Italy
Stephanie Parrish ’07 was one of about 50 educators from around the United States selected to participate in a professional development tour in Finland and Italy from July 2-10. The seventh-grade physical science teacher at Amherst (County) Middle School met with Finnish school leaders in Helsinki, then attended the Global Leadership Summit in Milan in the “Comparative Education Systems: Helsinki & Milan” tour sponsored by EF Education First. She was the only Virginia educator on the tour who was awarded scholarship through the Virginia School-University Partnership, which partners with EF Education First on “EF Professional Learning Tours” for teachers and administrators. She was chosen from among about 25 applicants for the scholarship, which paid all of her expenses. Parrish, who likes to travel and has gone on mission trips to France, Switzerland, Russia and Guatemala, said she will use the experience to “better educate my students.”
Fifth-grade teacher earns ‘literacy champion’ honors
Ashlyn Kemp ’16 was one of 30 literacy professionals from around the world selected as “30 under 30 literacy champions” by the International Literacy Association last fall. The accolade resulted from Kemp’s research in 2015 on how teacher dispositions can affect the learning of grammar, which she presented at conferences of the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar (ATEG) and of the National Council of Teachers of English. The research appeared in the August 2016 issue of ATEG Journal and led to her being listed as a contributor to the most recent book by Longwood English professor Dr. Sean Ruday, The Multimedia Writing Toolkit, published last November. She is now a fifth-grade teacher at G.W. Carver Intermediate School in Chesapeake and advocacy and outreach chair for the Virginia Association of Teachers of English. “I work for the students, whose well-being will always be my top priority,” said Kemp.
Dustin Eggleston ’10 is a Virginia State Police trooper assigned to Nottoway County.
Amanda George ’10 is executive producer of Good Morning Richmond on WRIC-TV. George joined the staff of the ABC affiliate in 2011.
Erin Wind ’10 is a mezzosoprano who has performed with the Northern Neck Orchestra, Capitol Opera Richmond, the Summer Garden Opera in Farmville, the University of Northern Iowa Opera and the Minnesota State Band. In addition to her classical singing career (often in the German Lieder genre) and her day job with Elephant Auto Insurance in Richmond, she also has a solo singing-songwriting career. In December 2016, she was the first featured artist in the Richmond concert series River City Flows. The series is produced by Free Jambalaya, for which Katie Robey ’12 is co-producer.
Amanda Herrera Ellis ’11 is the chorus teacher and drama coach at Central of Lunenburg High School, where she directed the school’s stage performance of The Little Shop of Horrors in March. It was the school’s first musical production in 30 years. The Charger Mixed Chorus, which she directs, won first place in the high-school choir competition at the Kings Dominion Music Festival in April 2016. Ellis also is the music teacher at both of Lunenburg County’s elementary schools. Her husband, Maurice Ellis ’09, is the band director at Central of Lunenburg.
Eddie Pyle ’11 is a physical education/ health teacher in the Charlotte County schools. He and his wife, Grace-Kelly Pyle, welcomed a daughter, Ava-Grace, on July 6, 2016. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 19 inches.
Vanessa Lieurance ’13 is an intelligence operations specialist for the Department of Homeland Security. Lieurance, who was married July 2 to fellow DHS employee Perry Crottie, has worked for the agency since 2009.
Johanna Maldonado ’13 and Matthew Robertson were married Sept. 9, 2016, at Khimaira Farm in Luray and honeymooned in Key West, Florida. Maldonado works for the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C.
Claire Williams ’13 is group sales manager at Hyatt Regency Reston.
August Oster ’14, a full-time artist, had his debut solo show, Miscreations of the Source, at Art Works in Richmond in January and February. The show featured cartoon-style paintings that “explored the strange beings of the fantasy world Nachtfufu.” Oster, a ceramicist and painter who has a studio in Louisa, has been in several group exhibitions.
Steven Sommer ’14 won an award in the annual Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest, sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America, in May. The District 4 award in the “Coach/Administrator Profile/ Historical Feature” category was for his work as editor on “The Skinner Effect: A Blueprint for Excellence,” done when he was a media relations assistant at the University of Kentucky. He has been an assistant director of strategic communication at Penn State since September 2016.
Krystyl Leonard ’15, a sales associate with Long & Foster Real Estate’s Village of Midlothian office, earned the seller representative specialist designation in May. Awarded by the Council of Real Estate Broker Managers, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, this designation recognizes Leonard as an expert in representing the best interests of sellers as well as elevating and enhancing her professional standards and performance.