Taylor Bezerra (A&S ’09, M.S. in Commerce ’10) recently launched a home bakery business, Dulce de Yum (http://dulcedeyum.com/), in Alexandria, Va.
Melissa Anderson Morgan (M.S. in MIT ’09, Ed.D. in Education ’14) received her doctor of education degree from UVA’s Curry School of Education after defending her dissertation titled “Assessing School Technology Leadership Practices: Perceptions from 1-to-1 Schools in the Context of Continuous Improvement.” In the final year of her doctoral studies, Melissa joined Assistant Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools Matt Haas to present at the Superintendent’s Leadership Forum, in Fort Worth, Texas. Their workshop, titled “Expanding Our Horizons: A Systems Approach to Creating Stakeholder Value in the District’s Strategic Planning Process,” focused on engaging stakeholders in the planning process by structuring opportunities to collaboratively envision the future of student learning. The topic of the forum was Leading the Way with Continuous Improvement, and it included school district leaders from across the United States. Melissa’s research interests include educational technology leadership, strategic planning in education, and continuous improvement in education.
Justin McDougall ’09 and Jessica Clarke (A&S ’10) were married May 4, 2013, in West Chester, Pa. The couple resides in Philadelphia, where Mr. McDougall works in private equity at Morgan Stanley and Ms. McDougall works in wealth management at TIAA-CREF.
Dominic C. Law ’09 is the Co-Founder of social food app FeedMe, launching in Hong Kong and Asia. He is deferring from Harvard Business School after receiving seed funding from Harvard to work on FeedMe over the summer.
Cheryl Kong ’09 is an M.B.A. candidate at Columbia Business School, in the Class of 2016.
Degelis Tufts ’08, COO of TopShelf Clothes, along with TopShelf Founder Katie Nadler, were featured on Rebecca Minkoff ’s blog, RMedit, in a May 15, 2014, post titled “Digital Darlings: Meet Katie Nadler and Degelis Tufts of TopShelf Clothes.” (http://rebeccaminkoff. com/rmedit/2014/05/digital-darlings-9/)
Shakenya S. Johnson ’08 received a $10,000 scholarship from the KPMG Foundation to pursue her doctorate in accounting at the University of Alabama. Previously, Ms. Johnson worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the Montgomery, Ala., area.
Jennifer Clifton ’08 (M.S. in Accounting ’09) and Samuel Leven (A&S ’07, Law ’10) were married May 16, 2010. The couple welcomed their first child, Noah Robert Leven, born Feb. 12, 2013. The couple resides in Fairfax, Va., where Ms. Clifton is an Accountant for KPMG and Mr. Leven is an Attorney with The Baldwin Law Firm.
Lana Alcorn ’07 and Taylor Martin (A&S ’07) were married May 25, 2014, near Charlottesville, Va. The couple resides in Arlington, Va., where Mr. Martin is an Energy Industry Analyst at FERC and Ms. Alcorn is a Consultant at Deloitte. UVA alumni in the bridal party included Alysia Jina Alcorn Kennedy (McIntire ’03), Jessica Markey (A&S ’06), Kristine Detar (McIntire ’07, M.S. in Accounting ’08), Jing Fang (A&S ’07, Medicine ’11), Chris Lucas (A&S ’07), and Greg Kastner (A&S ’07).
Emily Lodge ’06 and Tim Pote were married Nov. 2, 2013, in Arlington, Va. The couple resides in Arlington, where Ms. Lodge works as a Conference Planner for a defense contractor and Mr. Pote is a Co-Founder of a tech start-up.