Benjamin Tisdell ’97 and Alexis Siggers (A&S ’99) welcomed identical twin sons, Henry Brennan and Jack Woodward, born March 26, 2014. Henry and Jack join big sister Nora Joan, aged two. The family resides in Hong Kong.
Shae Garwood ’96 co-edited a book, Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy: Voices from the Field, published by Lexington Books. Ms. Garwood is a researcher interested in civil society and transnational politics, gender, labor, and social change. She resides in Perth, Australia.
Christian Spencer ’95 and his wife, Patty, welcomed their son, Nicholas Julio, to their family March 7, 2014. He joins big brother, Noah, who is three years old. The family resides in Arlington, Va., where Christian is a Partner at the accounting and consulting firm of Tate and Tryon, which specializes in serving nonprofit organizations.
William Cogswell ’95 successfully completed all exams necessary to earn the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation while working as an Auto Underwriter for State Farm Insurance in Charlottesville, Va.
Michelle Kelner ’93, Co-Founder of Sandglass Capital, is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Uma Hannah Kelner-Hallum, born June 21, 2014.
Charlotte Baker ’88 (Darden ’94), CEO of Digital Hands, in Tampa, Fla., was recently presented the WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) and AT&T Innovator of the Year Award. The award recognizes the WIPP member who has effectively leveraged technology for innovation and success in business. Baker was also named one of the Gulf Coast Business Review’s “50 Most Powerful People on the Gulf Coast” and awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from eWomenNetwork. She is also a frequent guest speaker on topics such as building entrepreneurial companies, advocacy of women in technology, and raising awareness of cyber security threats. Under Baker’s leadership, Digital Hands gained national recognition in 2008 as the winner of the Service & Support Professionals Association Star Award for “Service Excellence—Integrated Services” and for “Best Customer Commitment” in 2009.
Frank C. Williams III ’87 was named to Greenville Business Magazine’s 2014 “Legal Elite” list in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. An Attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville, S.C., he was previously the practice area leader for the firm’s business practice group. Mr. Williams’ practice covers a range of commercial transactions, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and lending.
Joyce L. Franklin ’87, Founder of JLFranklin Wealth Planning, recently published Startup Wealth: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Personal Financial Success and Long-Term Security. The guide for entrepreneurs looking to understand the personal financial and legal challenges of creating, building, and profiting from a company features more than 65 entrepreneurs, executives, venture capitalists, and advisers offering guidance for making smart financial decisions in all phases of a start-up. Joyce has more than two decades of experience in personal financial, tax, and investment planning. She is also a CPA with 25 years of accounting experience.
Thomas J. “T.J.” Cawley ’87 is serving his first term on the Morrisville, N.C., Town Council. Mr. Cawley; his wife, Kathy Sheehan Cawley (A&S ’86); and their three children are all active on local sports teams and volunteer in the community and at local schools.
Tom Kelly ’86 joined the Class of 2014 of Leadership South Carolina, a statewide leadership program that provides gifted and highly motivated South Carolinians an opportunity to advance their leadership qualities while broadening their understanding of issues facing the state. Col. Kelly is a senior Army Adviser to the South Carolina Army National Guard in Columbia, S.C.