Class Notes

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Chowan University’s Board of Trustees named recently retired professor of education Dr. Carolyn Modlin ’72 professor emeritus. Dr. Modlin joined the faculty at Chowan in 2001 after a lengthy career in the public school system and served the university for 15 years prior to announcing her retirement in 2016.

Nancy E. Artis '73 has been named Chair of the Radford University Foundation Board of Directors.

Royal Rowe ’76, M.S. ’78 has been appointed general manager at Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain resort in Sheng, China.

Tina Israel ’78 was a member of the inaugural Broad Run High School Athletic Hall of Fame class. She played both basketball and softball at Radford University and went on to play three years of semi-pro softball.

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.


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.

Raymond Knapp M.A. ’83 celebrated the release of his newest publication, “Making Light: Haydn, Musical Camp, and the Long Shadow of German Idealism.” Knapp is professor of musicology and academic associate dean at the Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Iris Rice ’83 released her newest publication, “The Circumvention of Stalking.” Rice currently serves as special projects coordinator with Liberty 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.

The Idaho Falls Auditorium District’s board of directors hired Brian “Chip” Scott M.S. ’84 as the organization’s executive director. Scott has served as vice president of operations for the Memphis in May International Festival and served as production director for Bumbershoot, the Seattle Music and Arts Festival.

Dale Parris MBA ’85, M.S. ’10 has been appointed Director of Strategic Initiatives at Radford University. Parris spent 17 years with Roanoke Gas Company as a vice president and most recently has served as President of the Radford University Foundation Board of Directors.

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

Rick Sizemore ’86 has been awarded the Virginia Rehabilitation Association's R.N. Anderson Award for Leadership and the National Rehabilitation Association's Belle Grove Memorial Award for supporting the employment of individuals with disabilities in Virginia. Sizemore serves as director for Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville.

Tony Quesenberry ’87, M.S. ’96 has been named Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Galax. Quesenberry previously served as assistant director for the Galax Recreation Department.

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.


Scott Morris ’90 is one of 11 recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Service Award, which is presented annually by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Morris currently serves as athletic director for Fluvanna County Public Schools.

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.

Mary “Katie” Caussin ’90 is among the cast of The Second City's “She the People: Girlfriends' Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves,” a sketch show created, designed and performed entirely by the women of Second City.

Lynne Robinson ’90 has been hired as chief administrative officer at OrthoVirginia’s Richmond office. Robinson comes to OrthoVirginia from PartnerMD in Richmond, where she served as chief operating officer, chief relationship officer and chief business development officer.

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.

Victor P. Hatcher ’91 has been promoted to captain of the Manassas City Police Force. Prior to the promotion, Hatcher served as sergeant and lieutenant of the Manassas City Police.

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.

Sandy Bralley ’92 is program coordinator for Little Scholars in Richmond, which provides in-home and in-school tutoring, summer camps, assessments and kindergarten readiness evaluations.

Saxophonist Luefras Robinson ’92 has debuted her instrumental single, “Can’t Stop.” The single is available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and Google Music.

Loris High School, located in Loris, South Carolina, named math teacher Dr. Eleanor Pusey ’92 as their teacher of the 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.

B.K. Athauda ’93 has been named Sri Lanka’s new envoy to France. Ambassador Athauda ceremonially assumed duties at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris on October 5, 2017.

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.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has the appointment of Lisa Throckmorton ’94 to the Radford University Board of Visitors. Throckmorton, of Vienna, is chief operating officer at SpeakerBox Communications and currently serves as vice chair of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board.

Jason E. Kelley ’94 and Teobesta Ashenafi
Jason E. Kelley ’94 and Teobesta Ashenafi

Jason E. Kelley ’94 married Teobesta Ashenafi in Woodland Hills, California, September 2, 2017.

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.

Krista Terry M.A. ’95, associate professor of instructional design and technology in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University, has been named a Faculty Fellow in the University of North Carolina System’s Division of Academic Affairs.

Adam Harris ’95 serves as executive producer for “Mountain Stage,” public radio’s longest running live-performance radio show. “Mountain Stage” is distributed by NPR and can be heard every week on more than 150 stations across the country.

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.

Missy Sutton ’96 has earned the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives, the highest professional credential in the association industry. Sutton currently serves as Member Engagement Manager at the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.

Healthcare advisory firm VERTESS has appointed Eric Hymes ’96 as a managing director. Hymes previously served as a combat medic in the Unites States Army before moving on to the role of general manager and senior executive with CCS Medical.

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.

Lavina Harless ’98, MSW ’00 serves as director of examination development for the Association of Social Work Boards. Harless is in charge of developing the professional licensure examinations used across the United States and participating Canadian provinces. About 50,000 examinations are administered annually.

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.


Member One FCU announced the appointment of Bruce Ermel ’00 as vice president of operations with responsibility for the credit union’s contact center, products and services, insurance and card departments.

Tony Grantham ’00 has been named assistant coach with the Navy football program. Grantham spent the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator at Western Illinois.

John Massey ’02, M.S. ’05 married Elisabeth Rausch, June 24, 2018.

John Massey ’02, M.S. ’05 has been promoted to assistant deputy director of operations at the Defense Security Service, a federal security agency of the United States Department of Defense.

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.

Kroll, a global leader in risk mitigation, investigations, compliance, cyber resilience, security and incident response solutions, announced the appointment of Amine Antari ’03, MBA ’05 as managing director in the firm's Dubai, United Arab Emirates office.

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Sentient Science, a provider of system predictions and life-extension actions to improve rotating mechanical equipment, has named Amine Chigani ’03 chief technology officer. Chigani joins Sentient Science from GE Digital, where he was the chief architect at GE Current.

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.

Ed Snider ’06 has been installed as a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier.

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.

R. Curtis Rhea ’06 has been elected to the board of supervisors in Smyth County, defeating the incumbent to claim the Chilhowie seat on the board.

Tyler York ’08 has been named Mosa's new architectural sales consultant for the Washington, D.C. region. Mosa is a Dutch tile manufacturer with over 130 years of experience creating porcelain tile.

Dr. Amy Johnson ’09 has been named president of the Virginia Association of Adult 4-H Volunteer Leaders.

Nana “T-Chee” Kum ’09 and Shyrah Kum announce the birth of their twin boys, Niran Adom Lucas and Korban Aseda Maeson, October 3, 2017.

West Virginia Trooper First Class Jason Weiss ’09 was presented a Meritorious Service Award by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. Trooper Weiss received the award for his life-saving actions during the historic June 2016 floods.


Blair Hoke ’10 has been hired as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Winston-Salem Dash, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Most recently, Hoke served as the general manager for the Pulaski Yankees.

Thad Wells ’10 has been named football coach at Mooresville High School in Mooresville, North Carolina. Wells led Blacksburg High to the Virginia Group 3A football championship in 2016

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

Brice Walker ’17 has been named corporate partnership fulfillment and promotions manager for the Potomac Nationals, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Before joining the Nationals, Walker spent two seasons as the promotions intern with the Greenville Astros, Rookie League Affiliate of the Houston Astros.

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.

The Progressive Women’s Association has named Victoria Cann ’15 a 2017 Italian-American Women of Distinction Award winner for her work in journalism. Cann is currently a staff writer at NCWV Media in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Nora McFaddin ’15 has joined the Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association as executive director.

Hidden Valley Country Club has announced the hiring of Patrick O’Keefe ’15 as the new Director of Tennis. O’Keefe returns to the area after a two-and-a-half year stint with Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where he trained high-performance juniors.

Sydney Trotter ’15 has received the Rising Star in Clinical Practice Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Trotter currently works at Virginia Commonwealth University Health in the neuroscience department.

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.