Class Notes

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Velma Jean Boyd Shannon ’56, writing under the name Jeanne Shannon, has published a novella titled “The Sourwood Tree.” The novella is set in far Southwest Virginia in the mid-20th century.



Betty Jo Foster ’69 has been named the interim president of Danville Community College, effective at the beginning of 2019. Foster worked at Danville Community College for 36 years before retiring as the college’s academic vice president in 2004.



Jane Huffman ’76, M.S. ’82, associate professor of education at the University of Mary Washington, was recognized with the Graduate Faculty Award. The honor showcases an exceptional full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in graduate teaching and professional leadership in a graduate program.

Tommy Slusser ’79, funeral service licensee at Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge, Va., was reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam for a second term on the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. The Board is the regulatory entity for all funeral service in Virginia.



Deborah Ellis ’80 has been named mortgage loan officer for New Horizon Bank in Powhatan.

Pella Regional Health Center has named Cristina Thomas ’83 to the role of chief information officer.

The Loudoun Valley Viking Athletic Association has inducted Mary Carpenter Lovenberg ’87 into their Hall of Fame. Lovenberg was a four-time letter winner in tennis and soccer, and continued her tennis prowess at Radford University, where she competed in the NCAA Division II National Tennis Championships in 1984.

The Foundry Artist Cooperative of Chambersburg, Penn., hosted the gallery exhibit, “Paintings by Kate Keely,” featuring works by Kate Keely M.F.A. ’89. Keely’s “Wolf White” earned the Best of Show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art’s Cumberland Valley Artists exhibition.



Christina Lemon ’90 recently completed a special commission for Georgia Southern University, where she serves as professor of art. The presidential medallion and chain was commissioned for the inauguration of Dr. Jaimie Hebert, the 13th president of Georgia Southern University.

Joe Kasper M.S. ’90, who was the first strength and conditioning coach at Radford University, is the founder and formulator of Muscle Goat, "The Cleaniest and Tastiest Protein on The Planet."

Shawn Stone ’91 has been named senior vice president 1st National Bank in Altavista. Stone will be continuing his role as commercial loan officer.

The Roanoke County School Board has named Theresa Reed Kabath ’91, M.S. ’94 the new assistant principal at Herman L. Horn Elementary School.

Kevin J. Magliato ’91 has been promoted to chief financial officer at Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, N.Y.

Stacy Lewis ’91, foster parent licensing supervisor with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, was awarded the “Direct Service Provider of the Year” by the Florida Council for Community Mental Health.

Rev. Bobby Crum ’91 is among those appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the district board of trustees of St. Johns River State College. Crum, of St. Augustine, Fla., is a pastor of Anastasia Baptist Church. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term that started Dec. 6 and ends May 31, 2021.

Bedford Hills Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Tracie Tkacik ’92 was announced as Lynchburg City Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 2018.

Penelope Shumate ’93 was featured in “An American Family Christmas” by the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. Shumate is an assistant professor of voice at Western Illinois University.

Jason E. Kelley ’94 is currently guest starring on CBS’s “S.W.A.T.” and is a recurring character on CW’s “Arrow.” Kelley has previously guest starred on the shows “Bosch,” “Young Sheldon” and “Lucifer.”

Jesse Hiatt M.S. ’95, director of accountability and student services with Mount Airy City Schools in Mount Airy, N.C., recently returned from a 10-month trip to China. There, Hiatt worked as an English teacher at the Beijing Royal Foreign Language School, which is for students equivalent to grades sixth through ninth in America.

Orange County School Board has appointed Dr. Cecil Snead M.S. ’96 as superintendent. Dr. Snead has served as the superintendent of Buckingham County Public Schools since 2012.

Nikki Manning ’96 has named principal of Joseph Rogers Primary School, located in Rogersville, Tenn. Manning has been a teacher at Mooresburg Elementary School for the past 20 years.

Hank Testerman ’97
Hank Testerman ’97

Hank Testerman ’97 has been named vice president and retail lending manager for Carter Bank & Trust, serving Virginia communities of Abingdon, Blacksburg, Bristol, Christiansburg, Hillsville, Pulaski, Radford, Wytheville and surrounding areas. Testerman has been with Carter Bank for 17 years; his most recent position was as a vice president and managing officer at Carter Bank’s east Galax branch.

St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., has announced the appointment of Dr. Hassel Andre Morrison ’97 as the next vice president for student life. Morrison previously served as the associate dean of students at the University of Idaho.

Jane Bolin ’97 is currently running for city commissioner in Oakland Park, Fla.

Victoria Belcher ’98, M.S. ’01 married Brian Daniel on Nov. 12, 2018 in Reva, Va. Jenny Bellamy ’97, M.S. ’99 and Jodi Maren Kalish ’98 served as bridesmaids.

Elaine Schlegel ’99 has been named vice president of contracts for Highlight Technologies, a Fairfax -based firm providing IT development and transformation, secure IT operations, and mission support services.

Katey Morlino Howerton ’99 has been promoted to senior assistant dean of development and alumni affairs at William & Mary Law School. 



Kelly Dampeer ’00 has been named head baseball coach at Northside High School. After a successful baseball career with the Highlanders, Dampeer spent three years in the minor leagues with the Cleveland Indians organization.

Garrick Rhoads ’01 has been named as the new principal at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary School in Suffolk. Rhoads is coming from Elephant’s Fork Elementary School, where he was the assistant principal since 2015.

Kindergarten teacher Amy Rowe ’02, who was named Speedwell Elementary School's teacher of the year, has also been chosen as the Wythe County Teacher of the Year for 2018.

The Roanoke County School Board has selected Melanie Fisher M.S. ’03, ’16 as assistant principal for Burton Center for Arts & Technology.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has named Kristin Walker ’03 of Clemson University’s Center for Career and Professional Development its 2018 recipient of the Spelman Johnson Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award recognizes one individual each year who has demonstrated strong leadership potential and contributions to the career services profession and NACE organization.

Amy Johnson ’04, M.S. ’15 was honored for excellence in the field of juvenile justice as she was awarded the Virginia Juvenile Justice Association’s 2018 Meritorious Award in the Area of Court Services while attending the 42nd Fall Juvenile Justice Training Institute. Johnson is employed by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice as a probation supervisor for the 28th Court Service Unit - Abingdon. 

Carley Sundstrom Wessler ’05 is an associate underwriter – construction for Kinsale Insurance Co. in Richmond.

Justin and Keri Harris-Shaw ’05 announce the birth of Lillian James, January 21, 2018.

RIFE CEO Kwabena Osei-Sarpong ’05 recently earned a coveted spot on the 2018 Washington Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. RIFE International is an energy efficiency and sustainable construction solutions provider in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Big Table Publishing has published the book, “My Life Without a Uterus,” written by Rachael Goetzke Hughes ’05.

Stephen Jayjock ’05 has joined JLL as vice president with the project and development services group. JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management.

John Hodson ’06 is teaching seventh- and eighth-grade physical education and health with the Milaca School District in Milaca, Minn.

Heather Johnson ’07 has been hired as a director of sales for Concord Hospitality Enterprises.

Philip O'Connor ’07 has been named executive director, College of Engineering Foundation and Corporate Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Belinda Kim ’09 has been named director of student activities at Falls Church High School.

Amy Johnson ’09, DNP ’13, a nurse practitioner with Centra Medical Group at Bedford Memorial Hospital, was honored through the Virginia Farm Bureau Lady Leader recognition program at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Spring Conference. The Lady Leader program provides opportunities for spokeswomen who are passionate about promoting agriculture.



Ashley Stroehlein ’10, sports reporter in Charlotte, N.C., with WBTV, claimed the Sports Feature category in the 2018 Gracie Awards local television division. The Gracie Awards is the celebration of the Alliance for Women in Media. Stroehlein’s story, "Racing Towards Hope," documents NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr.’s partner Sherry Pollex’s battle with ovarian cancer.

Elizabeth “Blair” Hoke ’10 has been hired as economic development director for the City of Radford. Hoke previously served as the general manager of minor league baseball’s Pulaski Yankees.

Nicole Diaz ’10 married Ronnie Julio ’11 in Lawrenceville, Georgia on March 11, 2016.

Andy Mabe ’10 has been named recreation director for the Floyd-Floyd County Parks and Recreation Authority. Mabe recently served as recreation and athletic programmer for Henry County.

Kelly Walker ’11 has earned a juris doctorate degree from Elon School of Law, Greensboro, N.C. Kelly works for a law firm in Greensboro, with a focus on real estate transactions and estate planning.

Sarah Kennedy ’11 has been named sideline cheer coach for Pulaski County High School sideline cheer squad.

Danville Public Schools has hired Cody Kesling ’12 as the new band director for George Washington High School.

Brandon Lawson ’12 married Kaitlyn Hall ’15 on June 9, 2018, in Bedford.

NPR’s digital content team has named Arielle Retting ’12 as the visual newscast copy editor. Most recently Retting has worked at Wired as a copy editor for the magazine and website.

Kayla Black ’13 married Matthew Rohr ’13 on June 30, 2018 in Leesburg

John Jewell ’14 and Kenna Crane ’15
John Jewell ’14 and Kenna Crane ’15

John Jewell ’14 married Kenna Crane ’15 on August 19, 2017, in Blacksburg.

Ware Academy, of Gloucester, announced the addition Haley Beatley ’14 as athletic director and physical education teacher.

Kelsey Isaacs ’15 has joined Oregon State University Foundation as an assistant director of development.

Alice Wren ’16 has joined Charles Ryan Associates as an account coordinator. Based in Richmond, Charles Ryan Associates is a brand communications firm offering full service advertising, public relations, digital, video and social media strategies to clients.

Former Radford men's basketball standout Javonte Green ’16 has earned an invitation to the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League with the Phoenix Suns. Green has spent the last three years overseas, playing for Marin Peixe Galego in Spain and most recently Pallacanestro Trieste 2004 in Italy.

Megan Osborne ’16 married Peter Hart ’16 on April 28, 2018.

Brittany Lauren Stovall and Jared Wayne Smart M.S. ’16, were married July 7, 2018, at The Meadows in Walnut Cove, N.C. Smart is employed by Patrick County Public Schools as a special education teacher at Hardin Reynolds Memorial School.

The Roanoke County School Board has selected Paulus Moore M.S. ’17 as assistant principal for William Byrd High School. Moore previously served as a teacher at William Byrd.

Laura Elizabeth Reasor ’17 joined the Pulaski Cooperative Extension as the associate family and consumer science agent for Pulaski and Giles counties. Virginia Cooperative Extension is a state agency meant to provide resources and educational outreach to Virginia’s residents in the areas of agriculture, 4-H youth development and family and consumer sciences.

Annie Schroeder ’18 joined Charlottesville’s WVIR-TV as a reporter. Schroeder got her start as the executive producer for the Radford University's student-run TV station Radford On Camera (ROC-TV). She also served a reporter and associate managing editor of The Tartan.

Seth Wiltshire ’18 has joined IT staffing and workforce solutions firm Apex Solutions as a recruiter.