Class Notes

September 13, 2019

Austin Collier ’14 is one of 10 private equity professionals featured in Mergers & Acquisitions2019 Rising Stars of Private Equity. Mr. Collier is a Senior Associate at Branford Castle Partners.

September 10, 2019

Greg Sanders '08 and Jenny Sanders (nee Baryski) '08 opened Quicksand Escape Games in San Diego in 2016. Their escape room business recently ranked #7 in the Unites States in USA Today's

August 26, 2019

David Golbahar (M.S. in Accounting ’07) teaches financial and managerial accounting as an Adjunct Professor for the Loyola Marymount University M.B.A. program. He continues his forensic accounting and restructuring practice with Golbahar Consulting Group in Los Angeles.

Mark Nabor and Carisma Shearn and friends
August 12, 2019

Mark Nabor ’14 and Carisma Shearn (A&S ’14) were married July 3, 2019, in Italy with fellow Hoos in attendance. Mark is a Consultant with Capco; Carisma is the Owner and Lead Videographer of Carisma Films. The couple lives in Chicago.

August 12, 2019

Jeannette Lichner ’79 (M.S. in Accounting ’80) has authored a new book on personal finance to help readers make informed money management decisions: Your Money 2019-20: The Beginner’s Guide to Earning, Spending, Borrowing and Saving.

August 12, 2019

Katherine Stewart Knight (M.S. in Commerce '09) and two high school friends joined forces in early 2019 to launch Commonhealth Botanicals. The startup offers elderberry products grown and processed in Virginia.

August 12, 2019

Sarah Colburn (M.S. in Commerce '14) is Co-Founder of Backdrop, a direct-to-consumer paint startup that recently launched with its first retail partner, Urban Outfitters.

August 12, 2019

James Schroeder ’13 and his wife, Dr. Nikhila Schroeder, are Co-Owners of Allergenuity Health Associates. The direct-care allergy clinic, which opened in July 2018 in Charlotte, NC, provides comprehensive sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT or allergy drops) for people of any age with any kind of food or environmental allergies. Says James, “We’re one of only two clinics that we know of in the United States to offer this treatment and use the less aggressive methods we currently use, and the only allergy clinic that uses SLIT while also not going through the insurance reimbursement business model.” 

2019 Cook Prize winners
July 15, 2019

Jill Mitchell (M.S. in Accounting ’03) is a 2019 recipient of the American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize (two-year college category), the foremost recognition of an individual who consistently demonstrates the attributes of a superior teacher in the discipline of accounting. Mitchell has taught at Northern Virginia Community College since 2008 and has been an adjunct at George Mason University since 2009. She is also the 2019 recipient of the Virginia Community College System’s Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, as well as the Outstanding Faculty Award, presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

July 15, 2019

Carter Wood ’00 has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of IT firm Buchanan & Edwards Inc. Wood has nearly 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, leading change and growing government services providers through M&A as well as organic growth. Most recently, he was Director of Financial Reporting for Cognosante. Earlier, he served as CFO with Buchanan & Edwards, from 2010 to 2015. Prior positions include Director of Accounting for CGI and working as a public accountant and senior auditor with Deloitte.