Class Notes

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ALUMNI

1970

Kenneth R. Brady ’79 has joined the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce as chief marketing officer. Previously, he was managing director of product and service delivery at the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

1980

Thomas Diehl ’80 has been named Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain for Nanticoke Health Services of Delaware. Diehl started his career at Nanticoke in November 2009 as the Director of Materials Management.

Mary Lou Merkt ’80, MBA ’90 has been named the 2017-18 chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers board of directors. Merkt currently serves as vice president for finance and administration for Furman University.

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Hampton School Board member Martha M. Mugler ’84 to the Virginia College Savings Plan Board. An 11-member board, consisting of experts in finance, investment management and higher education, governs the plan, also known as Virginia529.

Greg Rose M.S. ’86 was inducted into the 2017 Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame.

Barry Hollandsworth ’88 has been named principal for Floyd County High School by the Floyd County School Board. He previously served as the school’s assistant principal.

James Haigh ’89 has been appointed Vice President of U.S. Southern Sales for Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions.

1990

Sherwin-Williams has appointed Lauren West ’90 to the position of color marketing manager. West will be based at the Sherwin-Williams Global Color and Design Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Jody Ashworth ’91 is currently headlining his cabaret act, “10th Time’s the Charm.” Over his career, Ashworth has performed on numerous stages throughout the nation, from the Lincoln Center in New York to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Laura L. Christopher ’92 has been named the assistant director of academic and career support services for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Christopher has been with Marshall University since 2006 and was named the university’s Employee of the Year for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Darien, Connecticut-based Remedy Partners has hired Jason Rose ’93 as Chief Product Officer. Rose joins Remedy from Inovalon, where he was executive vice president and chief strategic development officer.

Rosemarie Rae ’93 has been appointed Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer at UC Berkeley.

Kevin Brookes ’93 has been promoted to Senior Vice President at South State Bank in Charleston, South Carolina. He previously served as vice president.

Cathleen Lopez ’93 has been appointed principal at Northfield Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland.

N. Ray Tuck ’94, D.C.
N. Ray Tuck ’94, D.C.

N. Ray Tuck ’94, D.C., president and owner of Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, has been re-appointed to Virginia’s Board of Medicine. Governor Terry McAuliffe named Tuck to the 18-member board for a second, four-year term. The panel of statewide physicians oversees competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforces standards of practice, and provides information to health care practitioners and the public.

Tim Kehoe ’95 was recently promoted to Lieutenant with the Chesterfield County Police department. Kehoe has been with the department for 22 years and received a Meritorious Service Award for his 6 years of service on the SWAT team as operator and team leader.

Everett Painter ’95 has accepted the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Counseling at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Former volleyball and women’s basketball player Anne Fontaine ’95 has been inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame. Fontaine was inducted into the Radford Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.

Amy Prock ’96 has been sworn in as the chief of police for the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Prock had been serving as interim police chief for the department.

Frank Pugliese ’97 has been appointed principal of Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham, New York. Pugliese spent the last decade as an assistant principal in the Half Hollow Hills School District, located in Suffolk County, New York.

Amy Shrewsbury M.S. ’98 has been named principal at Snowville Elementary. Most recently, Shrewsbury served as the assistant principal at Dublin Middle School.

Western Oregon University has hired Curtis Campbell M.S. ’99 as its new athletic director. Campbell previously served as the director of Athletics at NCAA Division II institution Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Malora Quesinberry ’99 has been named director of educational and user technologies at Walters State Community College.

2000

The National Panhellenic Conference Foundation has selected Kristin Walker ’03 of Clemson University’s Center for Career and Professional Development for the 2017 Women in Higher Education Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding women who have made significant differences in higher education through leadership.

Orange County School Board approved the appointment of Nick Sodano ’04 as principal of Gordon-Barbour Elementary School in Orange, Virginia.

Brittany Quesenberry ’05 was named assistant principal at Floyd County High School. She previously served as the high school’s counselor.

Kate Uhle ’05 has opened her first restaurant, Mad Munch Grilled Cheezer Co., in Ocean Beach, California.

Amy Elizabeth Ratliff Hixon ’06 has been named a 2017 Early Career Award winner by the Office of Science of the Department of Energy. Hixon, an assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, is one of only 59 honorees across the country.

Tiffany Lynch M.S. ’06, an English teacher at Park View High School in South Hill, has been selected as one of eight Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year. Lynch will go on to vie for the honor of Virginia Teacher of the Year.

2010

Halifax County High School has appointed Thomas Crews ’11 as wide receivers coach and assistant defensive line coach. 

Kaila Bartee ’14
Kaila Bartee ’14

Kaila Bartee ’14 has been named to the Carolina Panthers cheerleading squad, the TopCats. Bartee was a member of the RU Rockers Dance Team while at Radford University.

Robert Ratcliffe M.S. ’15 has been selected as principal at Indian Valley Elementary School by the Floyd County School Board. Ratcliffe had served various roles in the Pulaski County school system for the previous eight years.

Garland Smith ’16 is travelling to Uganda to serve a volunteer for the Peace Corps.

Former captain of the women’s soccer team, Lexi Denny ’17, has been hired as the recruiting and social media assistant for baseball and softball for Virginia Tech Athletics. Denny previously served as an intern in the Radford athletic department and served as Vice President of Radford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Kyle Zurak ’17, the 2017 Big South Conference Tournament MVP in baseball, has been promoted to the Pulaski Yankees of the Appalachian League. The closer and spot starter was taken by the New York Yankees in the 8th round of June’s amateur draft.