Class Notes

April 24, 2019

Alina Vivian ’06 and her husband, Joe Kanaan, welcomed their second child, Mia, born April 5, 2019. The family lives in London.

Krissy Gathright
April 22, 2019

Krissy Gathright ’94 has been appointed to the Apple Hospitality Board of Directors, effective March 22, 2019. She plans to retire from her role with the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in the first quarter of 2020. Mrs. Gathright was the first employee of the Apple REIT Companies, which began in 1999. She has played a vital role in the companies’ growth and accomplishments, and through her leadership, passion, and diligence, has made Apple Hospitality a leader in operational excellence and efficiency. In conjunction with her role with the company, she has developed outstanding industry knowledge and experience through her involvement with brands, operators, and organizations that support the hotel industry. Mrs. Gathright also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, as president of the Courtyard Franchise Advisory Council, and on the distribution advisory councils for Marriott and Hilton.

 

April 19, 2019

Alex Wu '07 of basketball app HomeCourt was featured on CNBC April 17, 2019, with Joe Harris (A&S '14) of the Brooklyn Nets in “How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Better Basketball Shooters, with Just Your iPhone.” Harris plans to use the app at the youth basketball camp he runs each summer.

Alexis Ohanian (Photo by Leigh Vogel, The New York Times)
April 19, 2019

Alexis Ohanian '05 (A&S '05) returned to Grounds April 17, 2019, to share stories of venture creation, funding new startups, and balancing life as a busy dad. Ohanian, Reddit Co-Founder and Initialized Capital Managing Partner, spoke to a packed house as part of The New York Times-sponsored “Get With The Times” event. (Photo by Leigh Vogel, The New York Times)

April 19, 2019

Victor Guarry '84 passed away unexpectedly Jan. 10, 2019. Vic’s friends and classmates have launched the "Victor Guarry Memorial Scholarship" to annually support a first-year UVA student from Vic’s home state of Oklahoma. Please contact UVA Reunions Officer Margaret Fisher at mef6k@virginia.edu for more information or to participate. (His obituary, published in The Oklahoman Jan. 14, 2019, can be viewed here.)

Haley Alvarez
April 9, 2019

Haley Alvarez ’15 is the Scouting Coordinator for the Oakland Athletics, helping to oversee the development of some of tomorrow’s baseball stars. She was featured in a March 24-24, 2019, Wall Street Journal Q&A titled “A Baseball Lover’s Dream Job.”

The Fun Empire team
April 9, 2019

Ryan Ho '14, Co-Founder of team-building event company The Fun Empire, was named to Forbes' 2019 “30 Under 30 Asia” list for its retail and e-commerce category. Along with The Fun Empire Co-Founder Natasha Toh, Ho made the list of honorees noted as standout entrepreneurs and rising stars in their field. Singapore-based Ho was chosen from more than 2,000 entries representing 23 countries and territories from across the region. Ho’s event company has created experiences for clients ranging from Google, Facebook, and Apple, to Disney, Nike, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and the National University of Singapore. Read about Ho in Forbes.

Virginia Williams
March 22, 2019

Doug Williams ’07 and Libby Muldoon Williams (Nursing ’07) welcomed their first child, Virginia Grace, born Aug. 29, 2018. The family lives in Arlington, VA. Her aunts, Kathryn Muldoon Griffin ’02 and Courtney Muldoon Nazareno (A&S ’03), are looking forward to encouraging their niece to be a future Wahoo!

March 22, 2019

Chelsea Cullerot ’10 (M.S. in Accounting ’11) is a Manager in the audit practice of Baker Newman Noyes, an accounting and consulting firm. She joined the company in 2014 and specializes in internal control compliance, particularly detailed Sarbanes-Oxley testing.

book cover, Strategic Planning in the Age of Disruption
March 22, 2019

Bill McClain ’76 is the Author of Strategic Planning in the Age of Disruption, which demonstrates how to envision the future and then plan backward. The book encourages readers to look beyond new technologies to consider their ripple effects, as well as ethics and governance issues.

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