Class Notes

Amanda Richardson
May 21, 2019

Amanda Richardson ’01 is CEO at Rabbit. In her May 7, 2019, LinkedIn article, “This Mother's Day, Give Her Something She Really Wants: Better Workplaces for Women,” she encourages business leaders to remove barriers and signal real openness—and benefit from greater productivity and increased loyalty.

Ronde Barber
May 10, 2019

Ronde Barber ’97, Super Bowl champion and FOX Sports NFL Analyst, was the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Richmond Raceway April 13, 2019. He is also set to be the 13th player in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' history to be inducted into the Ring of Honor. Barber, a five-time Pro Bowler and one of the most consistent cornerbacks in NFL history, was named to the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team and played in every game from 2000 to 2012. The only player in NFL history to record more than 45 interceptions and 25 sacks, Barber also led the league in interceptions (10) in 2001. He remains the Buccaneers’ all-time interceptions leader (47) and the organization’s lone member of the “40/20 club” (40+ interceptions, 20+ quarterback sacks). Barber also owns the most consecutive starts by a defensive back (215) and cornerback (200) in NFL history. He retired from the NFL at the conclusion of the 2012 season and joined FOX Sports as an NFL Game Analyst beginning with the 2013 season. He was nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot candidate in late 2017 and progressed to the semifinalist stage in just his first year of eligibility. In 2014, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Sonja Hoel Perkins
May 1, 2019

Sonja Hoel Perkins ’88, Managing Director of The Perkins Fund, is featured in a May 1, 2019, Wired article titled “The Woman Who Saved John McAfee from an Epically Bad Deal.”

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 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.