Class Notes


Teresa Devlin Stephenson ’71 and William Stafford Stephenson ’71 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 18, 2021.


Suzanne Rice ’84 retired from her position as chief of administrative services for Suffolk Public Schools.

Tim Greenway ’86 is a member of the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 2022. Greenway is the owner and broker of Mountain View Real Estate, LLC in Vinton, Virginia.

Carol Lynn (DiGiuseppe) Zuniga, M.S. ’86, was appointed CEO of Hegira Health, Inc., headquartered in Livonia, Michigan. She was promoted after serving as the organization’s executive director since 2016.

Mike Donnelly ’88 was named to Atlanta Magazine’s 500 Most Powerful Leaders in 2022. Donnelly serves as a region president of Wells Fargo’s
North Metro Atlanta division, chairs the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and is a past chair of Leadership Atlanta. He has also held leadership positions with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the Buckhead Coalition, the Woodruff Arts Center and the University of Georgia Board of Visitors.

The Waynesboro School Board appointed Leola Burks ’88 director of special education for Waynesboro Public Schools in Virginia.

David Tucker ’86, president and chief operating
officer of Commonwealth Care of Roanoke (CCR), was recognized with the 2021 James G. Dunton Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Virginia Health Care Association- Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCAVCAL). This is VHCA-VCAL’s highest honor and is named for Jim Dunton, former VHCA executive director. The award is presented to candidates who have risen to the top of their professions by pursuing excellence, expanding into new areas and contributing to Virginia’s long-term care.


Ken Weikel ’90 was selected as the independent franchise owner/operator of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Waldorf, Maryland.

Jamilyn Penn, M.A. ’92, was named interim vice president at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington. She will oversee the student services division.

Brian Robinson ’93, head of prime brokerage sales for the Americas at Goldman Sachs and member of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s board of trustees, delivered the keynote address at Radford University’s winter commencement ceremony in December 2021.

Danville Regional Foundation President and CEO Clark Casteel ’93 delivered the commencement address during Averett University’s winter commencement ceremony in December 2021.

The Trust Company of Tennessee hired Marc Foster ’94 as a senior trust officer based in the firm’s Knoxville office. The company helps individuals, families, business owners and nonprofits make better financial decisions through wealth management, personal investment strategy, corporate retirement plans, estate planning and personal trust services.

Nano One announced Frank Fannon ’95, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for energy resources, as a strategic advisor. Nano One is a clean technology company with patented processes for the low-cost, lowenvironmental footprint production of high-performance cathode materials used in lithium-ion batteries.

Healthcare Corporation of America (HCA) Capital Division announced the promotion of Erin Keister ’96 as the new division chief nurse executive. Keister will establish the strategic direction for nursing operations and care for the division’s 19 hospitals across four states: Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and New Hampshire.

Ryan Barber ’98 was appointed assistant superintendent of Waynesboro Public Schools. Barber has worked for Waynesboro Public Schools for the past six years as the executive director of student services.

Hope Perry, M.S. ’98, was named principal of Patrick County High
School in Stuart, Virginia. Perry has served as the secondary math and science curriculum coordinator at the district level and most recently as the principal at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School in Henry County.

National architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann has hired Marie Carone ’99 as government practice leader in its Buffalo, New York, office. Carone brings over 20 years of experience as both a project architect and a project manager, is professionally registered as an architect in New York and is an accredited LEED AP professional.


Adéola Oduwole, M.S. ’01, vice president and chief of equity, diversity and inclusion at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, was elected to the board of directors of Prevent Blindness. Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight.

James Pennix, M.S.W. ’01, is the new senior associate director of recruitment at Virginia Tech.

Phillie-BOP Productions LLC announced the single release “Sweetest of Melody” from its R&B/soul artist Rina Chanel ’02 in November 2021. This is the fourth single from Chanel released by the label and is part of the upcoming EP “Rina,” to be released in 2022 by Phillie-BOP’s future indie label, Soul Phinesse Records.

The Marching Stars from the Ann Richards School for Young Women
Leaders, under the direction of Stephen Howard ’04, was one of 10marching bands to perform in the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kwabena Osei-Sarpong ’05, president and CEO of RIFEInternational, received the 2021 Outstanding Alumnus Award at Radford University’s Alumni Volunteer Leadership Business Lunch and Awards Ceremony.

Angela Brown Rigney, M.S. ’05, was nominated as a national finalist for the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) 2021 Trade & Industrial Education Lifetime Achievement Award. Rigney is the director of Career & Technical Education/Adult Education for Pittsylvania County Schools.

Megan Cayton ’06 welcomed her son, Griffin Layne Cayton, on Dec. 20, 2020.

Christopher Consultants announced that Claire O’Connor ’08 joined its team as the business development manager in Richmond, Virginia.

Sara E. Hawkins ’08 welcomed her first child, Constance Britton Ross, on
May 25, 2021.

ConnectWise, the world’s leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers, named Patrick Beggs ’08 chief information security officer. Beggs has more than 20 years of operational duties in information security spanning the commercial, federal
civilian, defense, law enforcement and intelligence communities.

Angela Whyte ’09 was promoted from assistant portfolio manager to portfolio manager at Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer in Newport News, Virginia.


A New Leaf Gallery inside The Station in Floyd, Virginia hosted new guest artist Sidra Kaluszka, M.F.A. ’10, for its opening reception in November 2021. Kaluszka’s work includes watercolor and ceramics.

Police Chief Andy Ellington of Farmville, Virginia, introduced new police officer Kyle Britton ’10 at the Farmville Town Council work session held on Feb. 2, 2022.

Drew Johnson ’12, band director at Eisenhower Middle School in Liberal,
Kansas, joined band directors from across the country on Jan. 1, 2022 in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. The parade entry’s
theme was, “America’s band directors: We teach music. We teach life.”

Arielle Retting ’12 was named the recipient of the 2021 Radford
University College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding
Alumni Award. Retting has built her career in journalism as a writer and
editor for national media outlets like the Washington Post, Wired magazine and NPR.

The Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce elected Page Stovall ’12
to serve on its executive committee as the second vice president of the
chamber. Stovall is the business office manager at The Elks, a Noble Senior Living Community in Bedford, Virginia.

Tucker Davis ’13 was named president of the Kentucky Coal Association.

Isle of Wight County Schools (IWCS) in Smithfield, Virginia, named Summer Dawkins ’13 the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year at Carrsville Elementary School. Dawkins teaches third grade.

Brian Padgett ’14 married Kathryn (Kat) Lazaro ’14 on Sept. 3, 2021 at
Shadow Creek in Purcellville, Virginia.

Alexander E. Metzner ’14 was named president of Katz Metzner Financial
LLC, the Money Concepts Planning Center of Frederick.

Food City announced the addition of two licensed registered dietitians to
their health and wellness team, one being Kirby Moir ’14 to the Tri-City

The Bank of Botetourt hired Tina Huffman ’14 as the deposit compliance officer.

Radford basketball legend Javonte Green ’15 was honored during the
Radford men’s basketball game against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 28, 2021. His jersey was retired at halftime. Green currently plays for the Chicago Bulls.

Patrick O’Keefe ’15 was named director of tennis at the Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. O’Keefe was a four-year varsity athlete at Radford University and was named Big South Men’s Tennis Player of the Year during his senior year.

Michelle and Logan Robins ’15 announced the birth of their daughter,
Eliza Grace, on Jan 12, 2022.

Darla Denham ’16 married Cameron Wolf ’16 on Nov. 2, 2019. In
September 2020, Cameron joined OCTO Consulting Group as a senior developer. In November 2021, Darla joined the Association of the United
States Army (AUSA) as a program coordinator and ROTC administrator.
She is also the executive assistant to the vice president of membership and meetings.

Hannah Copeland Osborne, M.S. ’16, joined the rehabilitation services department at Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson, North Carolina, as a
speech language pathologist.

Lawrence Davin ’18 was selected for the 2022 KIPP Alumni Accelerator
Fellowship, a yearlong program of professional development, mentorship and network-building. Davin is active in local politics in the Washington, D.C. area. His most immediate goal is to graduate from law school and focus his studies on legal housing, education and economic development issues so he can continue to run for office and
impact the local community.

Shaun C. Whiteside, M.F.A. ’11, was awarded first place for his work
“Obstruction” at Riverviews Artspace’s 13th Annual Juried Art Show.

Chelsea Stowe ’19 married James Curtis ’19 at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical
Gardens in Kernersville, North Carolina, on June 13, 2021. The bridal
party featured several Radford University alumni: Jake Sharp ’18, Hannah
Skeens ’18, Meg Robertson ’19, Anna Pallozzi ’19 and Paige Rigney ’19. Event videography was provided by Wydell Lynch ’19 and Cameron Eggleston ’19.


James and Erica (Borges) Brantley ’15, M.S. ’20, announced the birth of their son, Jackson Fitzpatrick, on Nov. 4, 2021.

The Roanoker Magazine’s 40 Under 40 featured Hannah Curtis, M.H.A. ’20, in its Class of 2022. Curtis is an awardwinning communicator who currently serves as media relations consultant and public information officer at Carilion Clinic.

Andrew Doney ’21 joined the Pulaski Police Department Virginia nonprofit Artistic Remedies for Creative Hearts (ARCH) hired Ellen Morris, M.F.A. ’21, as its social media manager. ARCH is a nonprofit arts organization offering a place to take classes, exhibit artwork and be part of a supportive, creative community.

Sovah Health announced that Alexa El Kadi, M.S. ’21, joined its medical
staff as a nurse practitioner at Sovah Urology-Martinsville.



Iola M. Miller ’43 of Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 15, 2021.

Jeanette Bales ’45 of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nov. 23, 2021.


Edna E. Blume ’50 of Blacksburg, Virginia, Sept. 16, 2021.

Mary N. McDaniel ’50 of Richmond, Virginia, Oct. 16, 2021.

Garnett E. Woody ’50 of Christiansburg, Virginia, Sept. 24, 2021.

Frances R. Jones ’52 of Rustburg, Virginia, Sept. 9, 2021.

Alma E. Shufflebarger ’53, M.S. ’65, of Bastian, Virginia, Jan. 16, 2022.

Shirley A. Bruce ’53 of Christiansburg, Virginia, Sept. 21, 2021.

Virginia K. Arey ’54 of Owings Mills, Maryland, Sept. 1, 2021.

Nancy C. Herndon ’56 of Jacksonville, Florida, Jan. 21, 2022.

Nancy C. Wood ’56 of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nov. 16, 2021.

Constance S. Vick ’58 of Roswell, Georgia, Sept. 20, 2021.

Winifred A. Howell ’59 of Christiansburg, Virginia, Sept. 5, 2021.

Charles B. Franklin ’59 of Radford, Virginia, Oct. 19, 2021.

Arlene Davis ’59 of Ashland, Virginia, Feb. 12, 2022.


Mary H. Brown ’60 of Mount Airy, North Carolina, Aug. 30, 2021.

Nancy D. Whitesell ’60 of Moore Haven, Florida, Nov. 15, 2021.

Carol L. Willmes ’60 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 12, 2022.

Mary L. Simmons ’60 of Hampton, Virginia, Aug. 18, 2021.

Rachel A. Grace ’61 of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Dec. 23, 2021.

Mary C. Mitton ’61 of Beverly Hills, Michigan, Dec. 30, 2021.

Mary F. Davis ’62 of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Nov. 30, 2021.

Judith L. Parks ’64, M.S. ’68, of Wytheville, Virginia, Dec. 25, 2021.

Charlotte Churchill ’64 of Apex, North Carolina, Feb. 5, 2022.

Susan E. Crockett-Spoon ’65, M.S. ’66, of Wichita, Kansas, Nov. 18, 2021.

Connie C. Moore ’65, M.S. ’77, of Wytheville, Virginia, Oct. 10, 2021.

Joyce W. Graham ’65 of Clintwood, Virginia, Nov. 15, 2021.

Claire E. Moorefield ’65 of Greensboro, North Carolina, Nov. 15, 2021.

Lester T. Simpson, M.S. ’65 of Tifton, Georgia, Feb. 2, 2022.

Joan L. Hvozdovic ’66 of Blacksburg, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2021.

Wanda S. Simpson ’67 of Appomattox, Virginia, Nov. 10, 2021.

Richard Miley, M.S. ’67 of Roanoke, Virginia, Sept. 22, 2021.

Scarlett L. Lucas ’69 of Ashburn, Virginia, Oct. 8, 2021.


Linda L. Barnhart ’70, M.S. ’72, of Boones Mill, Virginia, Sept. 16, 2021.

Louise E. Bohlinger ’70 of Tabb, Virginia, Aug. 25, 2021.

Roger L. Shutt, M.S. ’70, of Bluefield, West Virginia, Aug. 28, 2021.

Margaret A. Spencer ’71 of Roanoke, Virginia, Sept. 9, 2021.

Janet L. Coiner ’71 of Bellingham, Washington, Sept. 12, 2021.

Mary Akers ’71 of Rocky Mount, Virginia, Dec. 28, 2021.

Robert J. Ayers, M.S. ’71, of Wytheville, Virginia, Oct. 6, 2021.

Lloyd E. Parsell, M.S. ’71, of Roanoke, Virginia, Jan. 9, 2022.

Judith S. Morris ’72, M.S. ’73, of Galax, Virginia, Oct. 1, 2021.

Helen J. Pratt ’72, M.S. ’77, of Draper, Virginia, Jan. 3, 2022.

June Totten, M.S. ’72, of Saltville, Virginia, Sept. 25, 2021.

Kenna S. Lee, M.S. ’72, of Princeton, West Virginia, Dec. 18, 2021.

Frank R. Moseley, M.A. ’72, of Christiansburg, Virginia, Nov. 16, 2021.

Thomas L. Newman, M.A. ’73, of Richmond, Virginia, Jan. 6, 2022.

Jean C. Shultz ’74 of Roanoke, Virginia, Aug. 22, 2021.

Helen M. Given ’74 of Charlottesville, Virginia, Sept. 19, 2021.

Kathy F. Lyons ’74 of Concord, North Carolina, Nov. 5, 2021.

Karen P. Clifton ’74 of Bassett, Virginia, Nov. 23, 2021.

June G. Nichols ’75, M.S. ’79, of Roanoke, Virginia, Nov. 30, 2021.

Barbara Witten ’76 of Fairlawn, Virginia, Sept. 19, 2021.

Margaret Cooke, M.S. ’76, of Kissimmee, Florida, Sept. 24, 2021.

Velma M. Harman, M.S. ’76, of Bluefield, West Virginia, Jan. 20, 2022.

Margaret J. Wade ’77 of Galax, Virginia, Sept. 27, 2021.

Rosanna P. Myers, M.S. ’77, of Troutville, Virginia, Oct. 1, 2021.

Elizabeth R. Parker, M.S. ’77, of Roanoke, Virginia, Feb. 14, 2022.

Alan N. Sigmon ’78 of Rocky Mount, Virginia, Nov. 25, 2021.

Edward L. Russell ’79 of Marion, Virginia, Dec. 19, 2021.


Lester L. Meadows ’81 of Weyers Cave, Virginia, Dec. 16, 2021.

Sylvia B. Neal, M.A. ’81, of Greensboro, North Carolina, Nov. 3, 2021.

Natalie M. Taylor ’82 of Kernersville, North Carolina, Jan. 26, 2022.

Lanny M. Harris, M.S. ’82, of Pulaski, Virginia, Oct. 4, 2021.

Eliot T. Armistead, M.S. ’82, of Blacksburg, Virginia, Nov. 1, 2021.

Patsy J. Dillon-Long ’84 of Blacksburg, Virginia, Oct. 21, 2021.

Donald R. Johnson ’84 of Vinton, Virginia, Feb. 7, 2022.

Nancy A. Beesley ’84 of Palm Bay, Florida, Dec. 1, 2021.

Randall T. Sperger ’86 of Roanoke, Virginia, Dec. 31, 2021.

Kimberly D. Davison ’89 of Strasburg, Virginia, Sept. 26, 2021.

Emily S. Valencia ’89 of North Chesterfield, Virginia, Nov. 2, 2021.

Velma R. Nester ’89 of Christiansburg, Virginia, Feb. 6, 2022.


Bobbie L. Funkhouser ’90 of Mount Jackson, Virginia, Nov. 7, 2021.

Charles M. Shankin ’90 of Floyd, Virginia, Jan. 10, 2022.

Linda F. Matthews ’90 of Radford, Virginia, Sept. 29, 2021.

Glenn F. Dubiel ’91, MBA ’93, of Midlothian, Virginia, Oct. 24, 2021.

Tyler B. Humphreys ’92 of Christiansburg, Virginia, Sept. 24, 2021.

Scott H. Langendorfer ’92 of Wytheville, Virginia, Dec. 8, 2021.

Peter M. McKenna ’96 of Roanoke, Virginia, Oct. 13, 2021.

Thomas B. DeMille ’98 of of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Oct. 8, 2021.

Leigh Faulconer, M.S.W. ’98, of Radford, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2021.

Kimberly S. Crisp ’99 of Radford, Virginia, Dec. 7, 2021.


Stephen T. Joyner ’01 of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Oct. 24, 2021.

Lee C. Ackerman ’04 of Portland, Oregon, Aug. 22, 2021.


Walter R. Lawson ’11 of Radford, Virginia, Aug. 25, 2021.


Vashti L. Elliott ’57 of Waynesboro, Virginia, Oct. 11, 2021.

Janet S. Hatfield ’64 of Radford, Virginia, Jan. 21, 2022.

Retired/Former Faculty/Staff

Coreen L. Mett of Christiansburg, Virginia, Sept. 16, 2021.

Bill H. Dalton of Pulaski, Virginia, Nov. 15, 2021.

Clarence E. Walters of Salem, Virginia, Nov. 22, 2021.

Dickie S. Pennington of Pulaski, Virginia, Dec. 16, 2021.

Debra A. Sumner of Dublin, Virginia, Dec. 18, 2021.

Louis T. Kent of Radford, Virginia, Jan. 8, 2022.