Jason Bordainick ’02 is Co-Founder of Hudson Valley Property Group, which this year has rescued more than 2,500 affordable housing units from the chopping block and made them more livable and sustainable than ever, while still remaining affordable to the current tenants. He is featured in a March 20, 2017, UVA Today article titled “The U.S. Needs More Affordable Housing. This Alumnus Is Leading the Way.”
Ed Deng ’00, is CEO and Co-Founder of Health2Sync Partners, which is partnering in Japan with Novo Nordisk Pharma Ltd. to expand digital diabetes management to healthcare providers and patients.
Jeremy Ebrahim ’00 and Alexandra H. Ellen Ebrahim (A&S ’00) welcomed a son, Carter Williamson, born Sept. 10, 2015. Carter joins big brothers Jameson and Preston. The family lives in New Providence, N.J.
Sarah Davis Garceau ’00 and her husband, Michael, welcomed their second child, Paul Samuel, born Feb. 28, 2014. Paul joins his big sister, Julia, aged two. The family resides in Woodbury, Minn. Mrs. Garceau is Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development at 3M.
Corinne Good ’00 (M.S. in Accounting ’01) was promoted to Partner of Ernst & Young’s Tax practice July 1, 2013. Since graduating from UVA, Corinne has developed extensive experience in assisting clients in minimizing their tax posture, while complying with regulatory filing requirements. She has managed significant tax outsourcing engagements, where she oversees federal, state, and international tax advisory projects, the annual tax accounting process, and the tax compliance requirements of the companies. Over the past 12 years, she has spent her career in Ernst & Young’s Philadelphia office.
Rob Harper '00 and his wife, Kristen (A&S '03), are proud to announce the birth of their second son, William Otto, born June 24, 2015. William joins older brother Robby.
Michelle Kelly ’00, CEO of Lilly Pulitzer, discusses her career path, leading a predominately female team, and how the resort wear company has evolved in a Dec. 3, 2018, Forbes article.
Mary Owen ’00, Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning for the Buffalo Bills, has been selected to serve on the board of the National Football League Foundation. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and is the President of the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation.
Henric Persson ’00 and Lauren Brown (A&S ’00) welcomed a daughter, Hannah Persson, born June 10, 2014. Hannah joins big sister Anabelle, aged five; and big brother Cole, aged three. The family resides in Old Greenwich, Conn.
Geoffrey Stockwell '00 and his wife, Valerie, are pleased to announce the birth their daughter, Sage Frances, born Aug. 11, 2019. The family lives in Singapore, where Mr. Stockwell is Managing Director at Blackstone.
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.
Brian Woodall '00, Founder and CEO of Lamplighter Financial, sold the company to LeverPoint Management. The combined firm continues to provide full-service fund administration solutions to private equity firms across the country. Brian remains with the company as LeverPoint's Director of Business Development. Separately, Brian, his wife (Dana), and their two children (Cambria and Bennett) moved to Mechanicsburg, Pa., this summer.
Nicole Fitzwater Boyle ’01, Director of Development at the Virginia Tech Graduate School, traveled to Paraguay in September 2013 as one of 50 TOMS Ticket to Give winners. (Link) While there, she worked with two partner organizations—Fundacion Paraguaya, a microfinance nonprofit, and Fundacion Vision, an eye care clinic. Boyle’s trip included visits to an orphanage, schools, and microfinance groups as well as eye care outreach through the clinic. Says Boyle of her “amazing experience,” “I’ve always admired TOMS and the work they do. What was most impressive was the work they do with these partner organizations in the communities as well as the outreach—and impact they have together. And that was just Paraguay. TOMS works with partner organizations in over 63 countries for shoes and 15 for eyesight. It’s not just about the shoes, but also about health care, education, creating jobs, and making programs sustainable once TOMS leaves.” In addition to her role at Virginia Tech, Boyle is Owner of In Balance Yoga Studio in Blacksburg, Va.
Mike Cannady ’01 and Lesley Cannady are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Nathan Ray, born Sept. 23, 2012, in New York City and weighing in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
Mike Cannady ’01 and Lesley Cannady (A&S ’01) welcomed a daughter, Cora Jane, born March 18, 2016. Cora joins big brother Nathan, 3. The family lives in Falls Church, Va.
Evan Donovan ’01 is an Anchor, Reporter, and Political Show Host at WFLA News Channel 8 in Tampa, Fla. Donovan started as a Trader at Chesapeake Partners, an event-driven risk arbitrage hedge fund. He then transitioned to the corporate world, working for NCR in London in various roles. He managed the ATM installation business across the UK/Ireland and later throughout EMEA, then became a Project Manager for NCR UK’s service improvement initiative. After traveling the world in 2008, he returned to the United States to follow his childhood dream in broadcasting. Starting in radio then climbing the ladder in TV, Donovan worked in Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Asheville, N.C., before accepting the position in Tampa in October 2017. He was married in May 2017 to Tracey Early, Morning News Anchor at a competing station.
Jeff Dunn '01, Vice President of Business Strategy and Analytics for the Seattle Seahawks, talks about how the team uses data to improve not only player performance, but also the fan experience, and ultimately, the team's bottom line, in a June 23, 2019, GeekWire article titled "How the Seattle Seahawks Use Data to Win—on and off the Field."
Jeff Dunn ’01 was promoted to Vice President of Business Strategy & Analytics for the Seattle Seahawks in June 2014. He is responsible for providing strategic and analytical support to effect data-driven decision making across each department of the Seahawks business operations. He also leads special strategic initiatives, including major stadium capital projects. He is entering his second season with the Seahawks after spending 2013 as the Director of Business Strategy & Analytics. Before joining the Seahawks, Dunn worked in the private equity investment group of Vulcan Capital for nine years. (http://www.seahawks. com/news/articles/article-1/Seahawks-Name-Jeff-Dunn-VP-of-Business-Strategy–Analytics/65467465-c4bc-4abf-81ae-a2d48a7304cf )
Anthony Holbrook ’01 and Rebecca Brocato Holbrook (Nursing ’05) welcomed twins, Patrick Miles and Emma Kate, born Jan. 13, 2015. They join big brother Ben, 7, and big sister Claire, 5. The family lives in Temecula, Calif.
Frank Hopkins ’01 and Katie Hopkins are excited to announce the birth of their twins, Nora Ann and Theodore Franklin, born April 28, 2016. Nora weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces; Theo weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces. The Hopkins family lives in Arlington, Va.
Monique Alvino Jennings ’01 and her husband, Steve, welcomed a daughter, Emerson Marie, born March 15, 2017. Emerson joins big brothers, Miles, 4, and Charlie, 2. The family resides in Bentonville, Ark., where Monique is a Director of Customer Management at PepsiCo.
Monique Alvino Jennings ’01 and her husband, Stephen, welcomed their second child, Charles Michael, born Feb. 11, 2015. Charlie joins his big brother, Miles, 2. The family resides in Chicago, where Mrs. Jennings is Senior Manager, Sales Strategy at PepsiCo.
Tyler Jensen ’01 is the Founder of The Startup Garage, a business plan consulting and start-up services firm specializing in helping entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success. Tyler is also the founder of VAVi, a sport and social club that he grew to over 25,000 members in six years. The company was recognized as San Diego’s 30th fastest growing private company in 2006 by San Diego Business Journal and 32nd fastest in 2007. Tyler sold the company for over 150 times the capital investment in 2008.
Martin O. Josefsson ’01 and his wife, Lizabeth Sklaroff, are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Hugo Montgomery Sklaroff Josefsson, born March 11, 2014. The family lives in London.
Heidi Lieske ’01 left her position as Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble for the COVERGIRL cosmetics brand to focus on her new start-up, Borrow Mini Couture (Link), an online designer children’s clothing rental service for special occasions. She happily lives outside of Baltimore with her husband and two small children.
Jason Maras ’01 and his wife, Maria, welcomed a daughter, Violet Anne, born June 18, 2013. Violet joins big sister Eleanor, aged three. The family resides in Chicago.
Kennon Poteat ’01 has been made Partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where his practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation. He has litigated matters in federal and state courts across the country and arbitration panels here and abroad. Mr. Poteat lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and children.
Rick Ramsey ’01 (Darden ’07) has been named President of Engineered Steel Products, a structural steel manufacturing company headquartered in Sophia, N.C. He also serves as Operating Partner of New Page Capital, a private equity firm he established with Adam Duggins (Darden ’08). Engineered Steel is the first major acquisition for New Page Capital.
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.
David Scott Thompson ’01 and his wife, Lauren MacIvor Thompson (A&S ’03), welcomed their second child, Margaret Adalie, born June 30, 2015. Adalie joins big sister Ginna Gail, 3. The family resides in Atlanta, where Mr. Thompson runs a solo law practice and Mrs. Thompson is finishing her Ph.D. at Georgia State University in the field of history.
Brian Vahaly ’01 is a board member of the United States Tennis Association. He and the other 13 members of the USTA Board of Directors help steer tennis at every level, from youth leagues across the country to the U.S. Open. As a professional tennis player, Vahaly was ranked among the top 100 tennis players in the world, competing against the likes of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Roger Federer before a shoulder injury ended his playing career. He embarked on a second career in finance and is now COO at NextGen Venture Partners in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his husband, Bill Jones, and twin 13-month-old sons, Bennett and Parker. (Read the UVA Today story.)
Jeff White ’01 (Law ’04) has become a Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he practices in the firm’s Antitrust/Competition group in Washington, D.C., focusing on antitrust clearances for M&A transactions, government investigations, and antitrust litigation.
David Bloovman '02 became President of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART Association) in March 2018. He has served on SMART's board of directors since 2011. Established in 1932, SMART is a global organization of companies involved in the reuse and recycling of textiles and related secondary materials.
David Bloovman ’02 and Michele Bloovman welcomed their second child, Lucille, born Dec. 7, 2012. Lucille’s big sister, Beatrice, is 3 years old.
Heather Boone (née Norris) CFA ’02 and her husband, Byron Boone, welcomed their second child, Beckett Norris, born May 20, 2014. Beckett joins big sister, Aila, at the family’s home in Denver.
Yevonne Simms Chandler ’02 and Cary Chandler (A&S ’01) welcomed a daughter, Evelyn Virginia, born May 19, 2018. She joins big brother Bennett, age 3. The Chandler family resides in Richmond, VA.
Narci Chang ’02 and his wife, Jasmine, live in Taipei, Taiwan, with their children, 7-month-old Isaac and 6-year-old Jacqueline. Narci is an Equity Analyst at J.P. Morgan, covering the technology industry.
Renata Dinkelmann ’02, former Head of Global Executive Recruiting at Kraft Heinz, recently joined Paine Schwartz Partners LLC in the newly created position of Director – Human Capital. She works with both Paine Schwartz's portfolio companies and the firm's leadership team to identify and execute on opportunities to recruit, retain, and develop the human capital that drives strategic and operational excellence. Previously, she worked as a Consultant at global executive search firm Egon Zehnder. Before that, Ms. Dinkelmann was Vice President of Real Estate at Patria Investimentos and Investor Relations Manager at retail real estate company BRMALLS, both in Brazil. Ms. Dinkelmann started her career at JPMorgan's Private and Investment Banking divisions in New York.
Brett Gibson ’02 is NextGen Angel’s first-ever Managing Director. NextGen is the nation’s youngest angel investing network and is based in Washington, D.C. He previously was Senior Manager of Business Development at LivingSocial.
Michelle K. Harding ’02 (M.S. in Accounting ’03) received a $10,000 scholarship from the KPMG Foundation to pursue her doctorate in accounting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year. Her previous work in the accounting field earned her nonprofit, public accounting, and industry work experience.
Bingham C. Jamison CFA ’02, Founder and President of Qaim Wealth Advisors, is a Contributor to Forbes, writing about managing wealth for taxable estate over $10 million. He was also recently interviewed by Investopedia for a video production that highlights, in part, how Qaim Wealth Advisors aims to be “a force-multiplier for the greater good” in the daily service of its family clients.
Bingham C. Jamison CFA ’02, Founder and President of Qaim Wealth Advisors, has integrated the company into Manchester Capital Management and assumed the role of Wealth Manager in Manchester’s Charlottesville office. Says Jamison, “Joining the Manchester team allows me to continue providing the same unbiased advice to families in Virginia and across the country, with the added benefit of being armed with complementary tools and scale as part of a 40+ person team with a national presence (via additional offices in Montecito, Calif., New York, and Manchester, Vt.).”
Bingham C. Jamison CFA ’02 recently joined private wealth management firmSignature as a Client Strategist. Jamison is also a Captain in the Marine Ready Reserves and a Contributor to TIME’s Battleland blog. (Link) His latest article, “Section 60: Visiting Hallowed Ground” (Link), was published May 28, 2013.
Bingham C. Jamison CFA ’02 is a Client Strategist at private wealth management firm Signature (Link). He is also a Captain in the Marine Ready Reserves and a Contributor to TIME’s Battleland. (Link) His latest article, “My Wife’s War,” published Nov. 10, 2013, can be found at the Daily Beast. (Link)
Bingham C. Jamison CFA ’02, Founder and President of Qaim Wealth Advisors, is a Forbes magazine Contributor. His latest piece, "How a Family Wealth Advisor Can Add the Most Value," explores how a proactive adviser can implement robust tax-planning strategies to protect client capital from unnecessary tax drain.
Bingham C. Jamison CFA ’02, Principal, Client Strategist at Signature Family Wealth Advisors, is a Forbes magazine Contributor, writing wealth management and investment-related pieces. His first Forbes article is titled “A Purpose Driven Retirement.”
Bingham C. Jamison CFA ’02 is Founder and President of Qaim Wealth Advisors LLC. Headquartered just west of Charlottesville, Va., Qaim offers multifamily office expertise for families, professionals, and retirees with investable assets below the $10 million threshold typically required by larger investment firms. Says Jamison, “By leveraging cutting-edge technology and embracing the sophistication of a much larger multifamily office, Qaim represents the next generation of democratized wealth management, providing comprehensive financial planning and investment solutions that were once tailored exclusively to the ultra-wealthy.” Qaim will donate a portion of its annual earnings to support veterans and their families as they navigate the post-war recovery process, he adds.
Lisa Jeffreys ’02 and Walker Duncan were married Nov. 19, 2016, in Nashville. The couple lives in Nashville, where Ms. Jeffreys leads the corporate development efforts for Premise Health and Mr. Duncan leads content strategy for Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock.
Mark Koontz ’02 recently joined New Generation Advisors, an SEC-registered hedge fund in Charlottesville, Va., that invests in distressed securities, as the Head Trader. Koontz previously spent nine years in the high-yield sales and trading group at Goldman Sachs in New York City, and one year at J.P. Morgan in Washington, D.C. Koontz and his wife, Pender (A&S ’03), are also delighted to announce the birth of their second child, Todd Ellett, born Nov. 27, 2012. Says Koontz, “We’re excited about the opportunity to raise Todd and his big sister, Kelsey, in Charlottesville.”
Meredith Lufkin Majoch ’02 and her husband, Thomas, welcomed twins Christopher Elwood and Liliana Claire, born Dec. 8, 2016. The family lives in Boston, where Ms. Majoch is the Director of Joint Venture Relationships at Boston Properties.
Justis McEvilly ’02 is Co-Founder and Director of The London School of Barbering.
Amber Reed Sappington ’02 and her husband, Jarrett Sappington, welcomed a sweet baby girl, Annie Anders, born June 25, 2015, at 12:04 p.m. Annie weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. The Sappington family resides in Atlanta, where Amber is a Director of Marketing at Equifax and Jarrett is an Investment Associate at Prudential Real Estate Investors.
Amber Reed Sappington ’02 and her husband, Jarrett Sappington, welcomed their daughter, Taylor Elise, born Sept. 28, 2017. She joins big sister Annie, who turns 3 years old June 25, 2018.
Will Boland ’03, Co-Founder of CarLotz in Richmond, VA, and Doug Duenkel ’92, President and COO of Knight Point Systems in Reston, VA, are winners of 2019 Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in the mid-Atlantic region. Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national, and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
Kent Collier '03 is CEO of Reorg Research, an industry-leading provider of real-time news, commentary, and analysis on issues affecting the distressed-debt, event-driven, and leveraged-finance markets. The company recently expanded its team in Puerto Rico and expanded into London.
Kent Collier ’03, Founder and Chief Executive of Reorg Research, is featured in June 21, 2016, Forbes magazine article titled “In or Out Of Bankruptcy, Reorg Research Is Watching.” The company is an industry-leading provider of real-time news, commentary, and analysis on issues affecting the distressed-debt, event-driven, and leveraged-finance markets.
David Meredith (M.S. in MIT '03) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors at enterprise safety software application provider Everbridge Inc., effective July 15, 2019. Meredith brings over 25 years of executive leadership experience across leading multibillion dollar cloud-managed services providers and software companies, having most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Rackspace.
John Hackney ’03 (M.S. in Accounting ’04) was elevated to Shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka. As a member of the firm’s Tax Controversy & Litigation practice, Hackney represents individuals and businesses in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and other taxing authorities.
Eleven-month-old Noah Galoppo, the first child of Allison Knowles ’03 and Nico Galoppo, sports a McIntire onesie!
Allison Knowles ’03 and her husband, Nico Galoppo, are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, Noah Gibson Galoppo, born May 23, 2013, and weighing 8 pounds. The happy family resides in Portland, Ore., where Allison works as a Supply Chain Analyst for Blount International.
David Meredith (M.S. in MIT ’03) has been named President of Private Cloud and Managed Hosting at Rackspace, effective June 1, 2017. Meredith leads the company’s single-tenant business, the largest revenue-driving business at Rackspace, with the goal of accelerating growth through investments and product strategy. Before joining Rackspace, Meredith served as President of Global Data Centers at CenturyLink. In this role, he was responsible for profit and loss oversight, product management, marketing, sales, operations, expansion, service delivery, and analytics for 57 data centers and related services across North America, Europe, and Asia.
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.
Jill Mitchell (M.S. in Accounting ’03), Associate Professor of Accounting at Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Annandale campus, has been selected for the 2019 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards. The award is the most esteemed honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Mitchell is the only community college faculty winner this year for the state, and the first accounting professor in 25 years to receive the award. (View the full list of winners for 2019 at the SCHEV website, and watch Mitchell’s story on how she went from “Dancing to Debits.”)
Jody Moore ’03 is Founder and Director of My Great Move, a Web site that helps make moving to London easier. She has lived in the city since 2006.
Gwin Griesbeck Myerberg ’03 and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their son, Thomas, born Sept. 10, 2013. The family resides in London, where Gwin is a Client Portfolio Manager for Southeastern Asset Management.
Eric Patlovich ’03 and his wife, Stacy, welcomed a son, Whitford “Whit” Theodore Patlovich, born Dec. 26, 2014. The family resides in Washington, D.C.
Rachel Perini ’03 and her husband, Dale Perini, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian (Lily) Violetta, born Sept. 21, 2019. Ms. Perini is Executive Director of Institutional Client Coverage at UBS Asset Management in London.
Stephen A. Reis ’03 (Law ’08) has been elected a Partner at McKinsey and Co., a global management consulting firm that advises CEOs and other C-suite executives at corporate and investor clients on issues related to strategy and operations. Mr. Reis works in the firm’s Atlanta office.
Mike Ritzer ’03 (Darden ’10) and Sarah Ritzer (A&S ’03) welcomed their first child, Graham Brantley, born June 10, 2013. The family lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Mike Ritzer ’03 (Darden ’10) and Sarah Ritzer (A&S ’03) welcomed their daughter, Sydney Blair, to the world Aug. 16, 2015. She joins proud big brother, Graham, 2.
Teresa Smerdzinski Sandstrom ’03 and her husband, Gus, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Lucille, born Jan. 26, 2016. She joins big brother William, 2.
Sarah Bruss ’04 and Matthew Walsh were married June 20, 2015, at the University Chapel in Charlottesville, Va. The reception was held at Keswick Hall. The couple lives in Hoboken, N.J., and both received their M.B.A.s from Duke University.
Michael Burgess ’04 and Kathleen Young Burgess ’04 welcomed their first child, John Benjamin, born Sept. 19, 2013. The family resides in Charlotte, N.C.
Ashley Deihr '04 (M.S. in Accounting '05) has been promoted to Partner at Baker Tilly, an advisory, tax, and assurance firm. Deihr has been with Baker Tilly since 2005 and assists institutions to achieve strategic and financial success, optimize operational effectiveness, and enhance compliance.
Phung Huynh '04 co-owns Got Dumplings with her sister, Kynnie Wong. The two brought the food truck to UVA Grounds in 2011 and have added a store on the Corner.
Phung Huynh ’04 is a restauranteur whose latest endeavor is Poke Sushi Bowl, a restaurant offering Hawaiian-inspired cuisine that already has six locations throughout the state, including two in Charlottesville—one on the Corner and another in the Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Serim Kakkos '04 has been promoted to Partner at EY in Tysons, VA.
Dennis King (M.S. in MIT ’04), Tim Kelly (M.S. in MIT ’04), Adair Ross (M.S. in MIT ’04), Autumn Zaborowski (M.S. in MIT ’04), Brian Dixon, and Dr. George Moxley are training to ride as a team in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, which takes place Sept. 19-20, 2015. After each team member raises $2,500 to benefit cancer research at Johns Hopkins, the team will ride 150 miles over two days through the Washington, D.C., area.
Julia Moore ’04, along with Lindy Fishburne and Hemai Parthasarathy, joined forces with the foundation of well-known contrarian investor Peter Thiel to launch Breakout Labs, an incubator program to help start-ups in “hard science” turn their ideas into viable businesses. The trio has now officially launched Breakout Ventures with a $60.1 million fund to help these companies take the next step. The three were featured in a Sept. 17, 2017, Fortune article titled “These VCs Are Bringing ‘Hard Science’ to Fortune 500 Companies.”
Nabila Popal ’04, a Senior Research Manager with International Data Corporation’s Systems and Infrastructure Solutions group, is quoted in a Sept. 26, 2017, Gulf News article titled “Facial Recognition to Become Universal Feature on Smartphones.” She is based in Dubai.
Tiina Rodrigue (M.S. in MIT ’04) and Brian Rodrigue welcomed Layla Bayou, born Aug. 12, 2015. She joined her other siblings, Yoni, Ayalla, Elizabeth, and Michael III.
Matthew Rubin '04 has been designated Associate Partner at McKinsey and Co., a management-consulting firm committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve substantial and lasting improvements in their performance. Mr. Rubin advises financial institutions on digital strategy, innovation, and disruptive business models. He also leads a global team that tracks financial-technology (fintech) startups and banking revenue. Mr. Rubin works in the firm’s New York City office.
Brandon Smit ’04 (Darden ’11) and his wife, Julia, welcomed their third child, Isla Rose, born Oct. 27, 2017. She joins brothers Aidan, age 5, and Luke, age 2. The family lives in Seattle.
Jordan Wenger '04 married Gregory Foster Brown Jan. 19, 2019, in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The couple, along with stepson, Bruce, age 6, lives in Newport Beach, CA. Jordan completed her master’s from the Kellogg School of Management in 2014 and is a retired Strategy Consultant. Greg is a Commercial Debt and Equity Broker with HFF.
Michael Alden (M.S. in Accounting ’05) became a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA). He also has an M.B.A. from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School and completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jonathan Alboum (Engineering '95, M.S. in MIT '05) was recently named USDA's Chief Information Officer. (Read the press release on the USDA website.)
Michael Alden ’05 is a recipient of the Worcester Business Journal 40 Under Forty Award, in the Class of 2018. Alden works in corporate restructuring with Ascentria Care Alliance.
Les S. Bowers ’05 (Law ’08) has joined the law firm of MichieHamlett. Bowers, a former Partner with Gentry Locke of Roanoke, Va., is a litigator in medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury claims.
Rob Cimperman (M.S. in MIT ’05) and Erika Jones- Trujillo(M.S. in MIT ’08) are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Reed Lucas Cimperman. He was born Feb. 25, 2013, in Fairfax, Va., and weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. All are healthy and very happy. Cimperman also published The Mindful Journey, a poetic and beautifully illustrated children’s book that introduces themes of mindfulness, karma, and duty to society. It is inspired by the story of Shambhala, the legendary Buddhist kingdom.
Tori Drummond ’05 is a Senior Financial Analyst at Dominion and also serves as Chair of 3HC, Better Housing Coalition’s Junior Board. She and her husband, Tim, are proud parents of Fiona Mae, born in September 2012. (Link)
Solomon Eskinazi ’05 married Olga Sherman (A&S ’08) Sept. 2, 2012, in Richmond, Va. The couple lives in Philadelphia, where Solomon is completing a joint J.D./M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and Olga runs her own marketing consulting business. They plan to move to New York City in the fall.
Ted Horan ’05 co-founded Gorilly, a sharing economy shopping application that allows people to try high-end products in person before they buy direct. Says Ted, “Shoppers shop smarter and great brands sell direct. Gorilly is changing the way people shop and shaking up retail as we know it.” Ted lives in Oakland, Calif.
Andrew Jacobson ’05 is the Co-Founder of Dig Inn, a fast-casual restaurant offering higher-quality food. Dig Inn, with 17 locations across New York and Boston, sources its ingredients directly from farmers, who often work within 300 miles of the restaurant, or from its leased farmland in Chester, N.Y. (Read the UVA Today story.)
Melody Jones ’05 and Meredith Shields ’05 founded Vantage Point MBA Admissions Consulting, a consultancy providing comprehensive, expert advisory services to candidates applying to U.S. and European M.B.A. programs. Their high-touch, personalized approach helps each client develop his or her strongest application to maximize the chances of admission to the most selective schools.
Robert Law ’05 co-founded Shot Tower Capital. The investment banking firm specializes in media and consumer companies, with a focus on entertainment and intellectual property assets.
Justin P. Nance '05 and his wife, Erin McDermott Nance (A&S '05), are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Annabel Virginia, born July 25, 2015.
Chaitenya Razdan ’05 is the Co-Founder of Care+Wear. The startup recently collaborated with famed design house Oscar de la Renta to release a specially designed hoodie for patients receiving chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and other IV treatments.
Chaitenya Razdan ’05 and his company, Care+Wear, are on a mission to improve the notoriously undignified hospital gown. Their new privacy-preserving gown is already being tested in hospitals and was featured in a Jan. 3, 2018, New York Times article titled “The Hospital Gown Gets a Modest Redesign.”
Kyle Redinger ’05 (Darden ’13) earned an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business in May 2013. Along with Baron Schwartz (Engineering ’03), Redinger also launched his most recent of three start-ups, VividCortex, a company dedicated to introducing technical intelligence to manage complex information systems. Redinger’s other two are the SuperFit Games – sold to a group of investors in Richmond, Va. – and CrossFit Charlottesville. To date, Redinger and Schwartz have raised $2.7 million in seed funding for VividCortex, gone after well-known consumer Web companies, and built a highly talented technical team. (Link)
Mike Schmidt ’05 and Anne Schmidt (Betts) ’05 welcomed a daughter, Marie Virginia, born April 6, 2015. The Schmidts recently relocated to Austin, Texas, where Mike is a Senior Brand Strategist at McGarrah Jessee and Anne owns web development firm Scout Digital. Go Block 8!
Meredith Tierney Shields ’05 and her husband, Christopher Shields, welcomed their second child, Bowen Robert Reynier, born April 25, 2018. Bowen joins big sister Ainsley, who turned 2 in June. The Shields are looking forward to moving back in August to the Washington, D.C., area, where they will be closer to family and friends on the East Coast.
Meredith Tierney Shields ’05 and her husband, Christopher, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ainsley Elizabeth Ann, born June 11, 2016, in Zurich, Switzerland. The family lives in Park City, Utah.
Andrea Solana '05, Head of Advanced Planning at MASECO Private Wealth in London, is a finalist for the 2018 Women in Financial Advice Awards.
Andrea Solana ’05 is an M.B.A. student at the Imperial College London, in the Class of 2014. She previously held several positions at Wolf Group Capital Advisors, most recently Manager, Financial Advisory and Chief Compliance Officer.
Jamie Todd Wohlert ’05 and Brian Wohlert (A&S ’05) welcomed their first child, Carter Todd Wohlert, born June 4, 2018. The family lives in Loudoun, Va.
Bryan M. Antler ’06 graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in May 2015. He plans to start his own law firm in southern California, focusing on civil violations of mentally disabled people.
Brad Christmann ’06 is the Founder of Boldfoot Socks, which offers a 100 percent American-made product and supports veterans’ organizations. (Read the UVA Today story.)
Brad Christmann ’06 recently founded Boldfoot Socks, located in Arlington, Va. The Boldfoot brand was started to help spark a movement and bring apparel manufacturing back to the United States. Boldfoot Socks are 100 percent American-made, and for each pair sold, $1 is donated to a nonprofit that helps U.S. military veterans in need find jobs, housing, improved health, and more.
Megan L. Clayton ’06 received a doctorate from the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in November 2014.
Danny Donado ’06 is Founder and CEO of BipSync a research and decision optimizer that helps investors capture, manage, and convert raw flows of ideas into profitable investments. The company was selected to launch at DEMO Fall 2012. (Link) BipSync was also featured in an Oct. 2, 2012, VentureBeat article titled “Professional Investors with Information Overload Have a New Friend in BipSync.” (Link)
Fiona Foxon ’06 is Global Brand Ambassador to the Quintessentially Group, a global private members’ club that provides bespoke concierge and travel services. She previously was Managing Director of the Quintessentially Greater China teams. Foxon is also now Vice President of Marketing & Business Development for Tink Labs Ltd., Hong Kong’s first travel tech start-up, whose mission is to revolutionize the way people travel through the power of mobile technology.
Fiona Foxon ’06 and her husband, Peter Hanna, are delighted to share the good news of the arrival of their son, John Peter Hanna, born Oct. 27, 2016, weighing 3.17 kilograms. The family lives in Hong Kong.
Dominique Genest ’06 was one of six writers selected from over 1,000 submissions for the 2019 Feature Residency program and Annual Feature Lab offered by The Black List and Women In Film, Los Angeles. The collaboration between the organizations provides mentorship and career opportunities to six rising women screenwriters over the course of a year. Genest is an L.A.-based writer and producer who has worked in independent film, television, and branded content.
Crawford Hawkins '06 is Founder and CEO of Grupo Crawford. By offering direct, transparent, and traceable transactions via blockchain, Hawkins and his company’s new app propina are helping coffee drinkers provide crop insurance and savings accounts to farmers across the planet. Learn how his startup is aiming to change the global coffee market long term by improving the lives of those who perform some of the industry’s most crucial work.
Courtney Marzahn Iselin ’06 and Charles Oliver Iselin (A&S ’03) welcomed their first child, Oliver Halsey, born Oct. 2, 2016. The couple resides in New York City, where Ms. Iselin is Vice President with Magrino Agency and Mr. Iselin is Vice President with Guggenheim Partners.
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.
Qiao Ma ’06 is Portfolio Manager - Asian Equities for Cooper Investors in Melbourne, Australia. She was featured in an Oct. 13, 2019, Australian Financial Review article titled "Qiao Ma's Journey from Wizard's Apprentice to Wall Street."
Qiao Ma ’06 is Head of Asia Pacific for Jericho Capital. She began this new role in January 2015. Jericho Capital is a technology-focused hedge fund with $2 billion in assets under management.
Natasha Novikov (M.S. in Accounting ‘06/YMP) is one of 32 CPAs age 40 and under honored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for their contributions to the areas of forensic accounting and business valuation with the inaugural Standing Ovation, which recognizes the best young CPAs who exhibit outstanding professional achievement in various specialty credential areas.
Natasha Novikov CPA/CFF, CFE (M.S. in Accounting ’06/YMP) was named the Woman to Watch Emerging Leader for 2016 by the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). The Women to Watch awards were created by the American Institute of CPAs to recognize outstanding women in the accounting profession. The FICPA Women to Watch awards focus on the outstanding women who not only shape the Florida Institute of CPAs, but also the profession through community/public service and leadership.
Natasha Novikov (M.S. in Accounting ’06/YMP) has been named by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year. The award is presented to a CFE who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of fraud examination. Novikov was evaluated based on her contributions to the ACFE, profession, and community. Novikov is also a lifetime member of the UVA Alumni Association. (Read more at Fraud Magazine.)
Wes Petticrew ’06 and his wife, Lizzie Petticrew (M.T. in Education ’07), welcomed their daughter, Josephine Virginia, born Feb. 22, 2015. The family resides in Portland, Ore., where Wes is Marketing & Tournament Manager for Lagardere Sports and Entertainment.
Alexander Pugatch ’06 and his wife, Elizabeth Dubin Pugatch (A&S ’06), welcomed their first child, a son, Zachary Ethan, born March 5, 2014. The family resides in New York City.
Alexander Pugatch ’06 and his wife, Elizabeth Dubin Pugatch (A&S ’06), welcomed their second child, a daughter, Caroline Reese, born July 12, 2016. The family resides in Armonk, N.Y.
Amie Seymour (M.S. in MIT '06) has joined Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. In these positions, she supports the company’s growing business by implementing its future-state operating and digital distribution model across all business units. She also is responsible for the development and execution of the bank’s overall technology roadmap.
Eric Stangarone '06 founded Foodthinking.co, an innovation consultancy focusing on the ever-growing food business. Foodthinking works with everyone from the scrappy start-up to the established billion-dollar giants, helping companies innovate with an emphasis toward consumer desirability, operational feasibility, and brand fit.
Eric Stangarone ’06 launched his second restaurant, Beauvine Burger Concept, in Richmond, Va. this fall. The restaurant features artisan burgers; handcrafted milkshakes and sodas; and a variety of snacks, salads, and appetizers inspired from Virginia, California, and France. Eric is also the owner of Food Thinking, a restaurant innovation consultancy, as well as En Su Boca Restaurant, located in Richmond.
Alina Vivian ’06 and Joe Kanaan were married June 18, 2016. The couple lives in London.
Alina Vivian ’06 and her husband, Joe Kanaan, welcomed their second child, Mia, born April 5, 2019. The family lives in London.
Matt Ward ’06 was inducted into Northwestern Mutual's 2018 Forum Group, the company's elite membership. Ward is affiliated with Northwestern Mutual–Chicago, and this is the first time he has received the Forum honor. Only 5% of more than 6,000 financial advisers receive this recognition.
Xia (Shell) Wu '06 welcomed a daughter, Noe, born June 21, 2015. They live in Beijing. Shell is a Co-Founder of One Education, an education company focused on developing leadership skills and promoting social responsibility among Chinese youth. Noe often accompanies Shell to work nowadays, attending conferences, meetings, and classes.
Lydia Xu ’06 and Jeffrey Zolman were married June 27, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Lydia is a Director of Client Development at health care technology company Kyruus; Jeff is the Vice President at RFE Investment Partners, a private equity firm in New Canaan, Conn. The two met as graduate students at Wharton and currently reside in Manhattan.
Bill Zhang ’06 and his wife, Jennifer (née Tom) Zhang ’06, who were married in October 2010, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Abby, born in July 2012. Jen works as a CPA, and Bill is in the e-commerce marketing field. The family lives in Maryland in an eco-friendly house (solar panels, organic garden, rain collectors) and is loving family life.
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).
Paige Anderson ’07 (Law ’13) and her husband, Marc, welcomed a daughter, Mackenzie Corbin, born July 6, 2016. The Andersons live in Richmond, Va.
Michael C. Foroobar ’07 and Kristen E. Dunbar (A&S ’08) » were married May 18, 2013, in Atlanta. The couple resides in Boston, where Mr. Foroobar is an Analyst at Google and Ms. Dunbar is completing an ophthalmology residency at Tufts Medical Center. Several UVA alumni were in the wedding party, including Daniel Ferrari ’07, Matthew Bradley ’07, and Thomas Edmunds ’07.
David K. Golbahar (M.S. in Accounting '07) joined Brandlin & Associates as a Director. Golbahar will be based in Los Angeles but serve clients and conduct business development nationwide. A forensic accountant, expert witness, and turnaround consultant with more than 10 years of experience, he will focus on fraud investigations, damage calculations, restructurings, and turnarounds for shareholders, creditors, and attorneys.
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.
David K. Golbahar (M.S. in Accounting '07), Director at strategic financial advisory services firm Brandlin & Associates, is one of 26 young CPAs who have received a Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Standing Ovation by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) for their significant contributions in their accounting specialty areas and in their communities. Recipients were honored in November at the 2018 AICPA FVS Conference in Atlanta. Says Golbahar, “Credit goes to Professors Paul Walker, Elizabeth Thurston, Roger Martin, George Overstreet, and Susan Perry for developing the foundation for what I do today.”
Melody Koh ’07 has been promoted to Partner at NextView Ventures, a Boston- and New York City-based seed-stage venture capital investment firm focused on tech companies. As reported in Forbes, Koh will continue to work out of the Manhattan office as the first Partner established in that location, where she expects to invest primarily—but not exclusively—in the New York area.
Michael Langman ’07 (M.S. in Accounting ’08) and Lyn (Mandigo) Langman ’07 (M.S. in Accounting ’08) welcomed their first child, a son named Matthew Robert Langman, born Nov. 17, 2015. The family resides in Virginia Beach, Va., with their dog, Elliewood. Michael is a Senior Manager at KPMG, and Lyn is a Manager at Capital Group.
Bradford James Manning ’07, Founder and Principal of private investment firm Tiger Lily Capital, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the world’s leading private funding source for research on inherited retinal disease. Manning has been an active member of the Foundation Fighting Blindness for over a decade, including being a co-founder of its Young Professionals Initiative in the New York City area. At Tiger Lily, Manning is focused on sourcing early- and mid-stage investments in the health care industry. Before Tiger Lily, Manning served in various investment roles in private equity and wealth management offices in New York. He hopes to leverage his investment experience and relationships in the biotechnology space to further the mission of the foundation.
Bradford Manning ’07 and his brother, Bryan Manning (A&S ’13), are Co-Founders of Two Blind Brothers, a clothing company that donates its profits to research to cure blindness. The company’s products will be displayed in “The Market @ Macy’s” for the holiday shopping season (the “Market @ Macy’s” will be available at nine stores: New York; Pittsburgh; Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; San Antonio; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Seattle).
Bradford Manning '07 and his brother, Bryan Manning (A&S '13), spoke at TEDxUVA's annual conference Feb. 24, 2018, about their clothing label, Two Blind Brothers, which generates proceeds for blindness research. The theme of this year’s conference was "5 Seconds of Courage." Two Blind Brothers is also one of 13 companies that are part of Facebook’s Small Business Council.
Blair Reilly Matthews ’07 and Adam Matthews (Engineering ’07) welcomed a daughter, Kathryn “Kate” Virginia, born Aug. 12, 2015. The family lives in Arlington, Va.
Samuel Ian Rosen '07 is the Founder of Tap, an app that keeps track of thousands of water refill stations—including public water fountains, cafes, restaurants, and stores that offer water bottle refills—across more than 7,000 cities in 30 countries. Thirsty consumers can simply open the free app, pull up their location, and look to see what is nearby.
Nancy Twine ’07 is the Founder of Briogeo (Link), a naturally based hair care collection that combines the best of science and nature to create high-performing hair care formulas for a diverse array of hair texture types.
Nancy Twine ’07, Founder of Briogeo, tells career site The Lifestyle Edit how she went from Wall Street to her own successful hair care line. She was also featured in UVA Today in a March 7, 2018, article titled "How a Former Investment Banker Created a Breakout Hair Care Line."
Christopher Walters ’07 completed his M.B.A. at Columbia Business School in May 2013. He is building a wealth management practice at Credit Suisse that focuses on advising high-net-worth individuals, foundations, and institutions. He resides in New York City with his fiancée, Courtney.
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!
Alex Wu ’07 is Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer and founding team member of the Silicon Valley- and Hong Kong-based startup NEX Team Inc. The company’s new iPhone app, HomeCourt, has attracted NBA stars Jeremy Lin and recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Steve Nash and Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban as investors. The app, which uses mobile artificial intelligence to record, track, and analyze individual practice sessions, is already being used by NBA teams including the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers as well as college teams including Duke University, the University of Florida, and Stanford University. Wu is in the process of reaching out and sharing the product with several other college teams, including UVA.
Alex Wu '07 is a Founding Team member of NEX Team, creator of HomeCourt, an app that's revolutionizing the basketball industry. The app, which uses AI to allow players to track performance in real time and share it, was recently named to TIME magazine's list of the 100 Best Inventions of 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.
Alexandra Yin Yeung ’07 and Alvis Kam Ko (Architecture ’09) were married in February 2017 at Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia.
Alexandra Yin Yeung ’07 and Alvis Kam Ko (Architecture ’09) are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Asher Yik Ning Ko, born Oct. 15, 2019.
Jason Bain (M.S. in Accounting ’08) was recently promoted to Partner at EY’s Sydney, Australia, offices. He works in assurance and advisory services for financial services institutions at EY, specializing in insurance companies, assisting both life and non-life companies.
Katie Chapin ’08 and her husband, Sam Murphy, welcomed a son, Kit, born April 18, 2019. The family lives in London.
Katie Chapin ’08 works as a Digital Strategist in VML’s London office. Her submission to WPP’s 2012-2013 Atticus Awards program for the Under-30 Essay category was recognized as Highly Commended. (Link; Link)
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.
Jay Du-Sauzay ’08 has joined the project consulting division of SK Commercial Realty, which manages the design and construction processes for medical and commercial office projects. Prior to joining the SK consulting team, Mr. Du-Sauzay worked as an Assistant Project Manager for Choate Construction, where he managed approximately 500,000 square feet of commercial construction in the Atlanta area.
Sara Elizabeth Bryan Hutter ’08 (M.S. in Accounting ’09) and Lucas Conley Hopkins (Engineering ’08) were married at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, Va., June 6, 2015. The couple lives in Greensboro, N.C., where Ms. Hopkins is an Audit Manager with KPMG and Mr. Hopkins is a Process Engineer with Olympic Products.
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.
David McFarland ’08 was promoted to Director at First Reserve, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Since joining the global private equity investment firm in 2010, David has been a key member of the portfolio company teams responsible for several investments in the midstream/downstream and equipment and services sectors, including Crestwood Permian Basin Holdings LLC, KA First Reserve, Western Gas Partners, Plains All American, Phillips 66 Partners, and Saxon Energy Services (in partnership with Schlumberger). As a Director, he will continue to help drive diversified investments throughout the global energy value chain. Prior to joining First Reserve, David was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division, Global Natural Resources Group, at Barclays Capital. He is based in the Houston office.
Katie McIntosh ’08 and Ryan Chorazy (A&S ’05) were married May 21, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Va. The couple lives in New York City, where Ms. Chorazy works in strategy development for Deloitte and Mr. Chorazy is a Vice President at private equity group Liberty Partners.
William Mertens '08 and Michelle Kutcher (M.S. in Accounting '09) were married July 11, 2015, at the University of Virginia Chapel. Their reception was held at the Pavilion at Trump Winery.
Courtney Roberts Nickels ’08 and Neale Canter Nickels (A&S ’08) welcomed a daughter, Emmett Fleet, born July 27, 2016. She weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and was 17.5 inches long. The family resides in Atlanta, where Courtney is a Vice President of Acquisitions for Formation Capital and Neale is the Director of Preservation for The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
Mona Anita K. Olsen (M.S. in MIT ’08) has been promoted to Academic Director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Ms. Olsen, an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, previously served as the center’s Associate Director. Before joining the faculty, she was a U.S. Fulbright Grantee to Norway, and earlier was the Assistant Director of the Mason Small Business Development Center at George Mason University. (https://www.monaanitaolsen.com/)
Mona Anita K. Olsen (M.S. in MIT ’08) defended her dissertation to complete her Ph.D. in Education (Entrepreneurship) at George Mason University in March 2013. She is currently finishing up her Fulbright project in Stavanger, Norway, and building entrepreneurship education courses and strategic plans for her new appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE).
Mary Leigh Phillips ’08 is the new CFO of DriveTime, the nation's second largest used car retailer focused solely on used vehicles. Ms. Phillips has more than 10 years of banking and capital markets experience with Wells Fargo and most recently served as a Director for Asset-Backed Finance with Wells Fargo Securities. She specialized in executing lending facilities and capital markets transactions for auto finance companies, including DriveTime, since 2011.
Lee Robertson (A&S ’08, M.S. in Commerce ’09) is an M.B.A. candidate at the Darden Graduate School of Business. Before entering Darden, Robertson was a Strategy Consultant and Business Analyst at Accenture. Before that, he was a Client Relationship Associate at Vanguard.
Gabriel (Gabe) Robleto ’08 has been named Vice President of Buy/Sell Advisory at Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisory firm to auto dealers in the United States. He now heads up the company’s new, second office in the Washington, D.C., metro. Robleto joins the company from Capital Automotive Real Estate Services Inc. (CARS), where he most recently served as Vice President of Acquisitions. His new role at Kerrigan Advisors will leverage his expertise in all facets of automotive retail real estate, including due diligence, financing, transactions, lease terms, and real estate purchase agreements. Robleto is also a frequent guest lecturer within McIntire’s Real Estate Track.
Michael Timms (A&S ’08, M.S. in Commerce ’09) has opened a full-body indoor cycling studio, TidalWheel, in Virginia Beach, Va.
Phi Trinh (A&S ’08, M.S. in Commerce ’09) is a Senior Associate, Small Business Product Management at Capital One. She helped launch a new line of greeting cards available on etsy.com.
Degelis Tufts ’08 recently joined Top- Shelf Clothes, an online personal styling start-up based in New York City, as Chief Operating Officer. TopShelf introduces efficient discovery and personalization to the online shopping process using insights from past purchase data, customer preferences, and in-site voting on items. It also automatically generates a “digital closet” of past purchases and guides members to new items that complement their existing wardrobe. As COO, Dega is responsible for marketing, business development, finance, and customer analytics.
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/)
Neil Ackerman (M.S. in MIT ’09), Global Director of E-Commerce for $30 billion, 100-year-old snack foods company Mondelez International, was featured in a Dec. 8, 2016, GeekWire articled titled “Ex-Amazon Star Finds New E-Commerce Success in Company’s Backyard with Snack Foods Giant.” At Amazon, Ackerman was in charge of operation planning for Fulfillment by Amazon and was the inventor and general manager for the Small and Light Program, which involved the shipping of items valued at less than $10 for free to customers around the world. At Mondelez, he directs the company’s global supply chain engagement, worldwide shopper insights, all content and search engine optimization, business planning and analytics, digital solutions, and data management.
James Barrett (M.S. in MIT '09) is pleased to announce that his start-up venture, Tenant Turner, has been accepted to Mountain View, Calif.-based early-stage start-up accelerator Y Combinator. The fledgling company, which offers a proprietary software platform that matches rental homes with high-quality tenants, hopes to become a key player in the 43-million-unit U.S. home-rental market. Y Combinator, widely regarded as the world's best accelerator for early-stage tech startups, twice a year offers a highly select group of promising entrepreneurs and their ventures $120,000 in seed money, as well as three months of intense mentoring from leading Silicon Valley investors, entrepreneurs, and engineers.
Edward Thomas Gengler ’09 (M.S. in Accounting ’10) and Katie Bevan Gengler (Engineering ’10) welcomed their first child, Henry Harold, born Oct. 25, 2017. The family lives in New York City, where Ms. Gengler is a Civil Engineer at AKRF and Mr. Gengler works at Goldman Sachs. The two were married in Norfolk, Va., in May 2015.
Alex Haddock '09 (Darden '16) and his wife, Alicia, welcomed their first child, Lily Elizabeth, born Aug. 20, 2017. The family resides in New York, where Mr. Haddock works for Goldman Sachs.
Judith M. Hermis '09 joined the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. Ms. Hermis received her doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a certified public accountant. Her research focuses on the impact of regulatory oversight on firms' operating decisions and financial disclosures
Andrej Kiska '09 and his wife, Irma, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Mia, born Jan. 22, 2016.
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.
Cheryl Kong ’09 is an M.B.A. candidate at Columbia Business School, in the Class of 2016.
Cheryl Y. Kong ’09 married Jeff Lin in August 2017.
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.
Will Manderscheid ’09 and two teammates won the Ivey Business School’s Ben Graham Centre International Stock Picking Competition at Western University in Canada in April 2015. (Read more at the Ivey Business School website.) The competition attracted 25 teams of M.B.A. students from top business schools from North America, Europe, and Asia who vie for $17,500 in cash prizes. Manderscheid earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in June 2015.
Tim McCrosson (M.S. in MIT ’09), an Analyst in the eGov Office at Office of Management and Budget, was named a 2014 Fed 100 by Federal Computer Weekin February 2014. The annual Federal 100 Awards are presented to government, industry, and academic leaders who have played pivotal roles that affect how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages IT. These individuals have gone above and beyond their daily responsibilities and made a difference in the way technology has transformed their agency or accelerated their agency’s mission. (Link)
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.
John Messamore ’09 was recently promoted to Assistant Director at Advent International in London.
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.
Yi-Xian Ng ’09 is Executive Director of EtonHouse in Singapore. Ng’s mother and her brother founded and helped grow EtonHouse from just one school in Singapore in 1995 to more than 100 schools in 12 countries, with over 12,000 students.
Christina Marie Polenta ’09 and Eric Stephen Magenheimer ’09 were married Aug. 29, 2015, in the University of Virginia Chapel. The reception was held at Keswick Hall. The couple resides in Chicago, where Ms. Polenta works as a Senior Analyst for a Chicago-based hedge fund, and Mr. Magenheimer is pursuing his M.B.A. at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.