Caroline E. Blakely (Col ’76 L/M) has been named president and CEO of Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. The organization helps low-income homeowners make repairs that they could not otherwise afford. Ms. Blakely was previously a partner in the real estate finance group at Cassin & Cassin and vice president of multifamily business for Fannie Mae.
M. Dawes Cooke Jr. (Col ’76 L/M) has been selected as the No. 1 attorney in South Carolina by South Carolina Super Lawyers for the third consecutive year. He is also listed as a “Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney.” Mr. Cooke works in the Charleston, South Carolina, office of Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, where his practice focuses on complex civil litigation, professional liability defense and personal injury litigation.
Alan S. Gold (Law ’76) has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the field of appellate law; this is the 10th consecutive year he has been on the list. He is a shareholder in the law firm of Gold & Ferrante in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, where he focuses his practice on appellate law, commercial litigation, constitutional law and personal injury law.
Howard Griffith (Col ’76 L/M) has released Spreading the Feast (P&R Publishing). The book provides a theological reflection on the sacrament of Holy Communion and 28 meditations drawn from the Old and New testaments. Mr. Griffith is an associate professor of systematic theology and academic dean at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
C. David Hein (Col ’76, Grad ’82 L/M) has been named to the board of trustees of the George C. Marshall Foundation, which perpetuates the legacy of George C. Marshall through various conferences and symposia, a museum, a research library and archives, and more. Mr. Hein is a professor of religion and philosophy at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where he has taught since 1983.
Daniel J. Hoffheimer (Law ’76 L/M) has been elected to the board of directors of Linton Music, a chamber music organization in Cincinnati under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musicians Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson.
James C. Lewis (Col ’76 L/M) has been appointed to the Accomack Circuit Court, 2nd Judicial Circuit of Virginia. Before he joined the bench, he was a personal injury attorney for 35 years. Judge Lewis also is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. He is serving a one-year term as president of the l’Anson-Hoffman American Inns of Court.
Eston “Dusty” Melton (Col ’76 L/M) has been elected secretary of the first national board of directors of Scouts for Equality, the nonprofit organization that spearheaded the successful effort to allow openly gay youth to be members of the Boy Scouts of America. The organization is currently leading the campaign to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ban against adult volunteers who are openly not heterosexual. Mr. Melton, former chief political writer for the Miami Herald, is chairman of Global Projects Inc., a Miami-based political consulting and lobbying firm.
Page Nelson (Col ’76) has retired from the Loeb Library at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and returned to Charlottesville. His poems and prose have recently appeared in Writer’s Eye, Antiphon, Fiddler Crab and other journals. Branches on a Wire, his second collection of aphorisms, was published last year by Another Sparrow Press.
Susan Pepper Robbins (Grad ’76) has published There Is Nothing Strange (Holland House Books), her third book. The novel is a darkly comic look at a love triangle, written in a lyrical prose. Her collection of short stories, Nothing but the Weather (Unsolicited Press), came out in 2014. Ms. Robbins’ first novel, One Way Home (Random House) won the Virginia Prize for fiction. She is a writing instructor at Hampden-Sydney College.
Paul A. Tershel (Col ’76 L/M) has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers; this is the seventh consecutive year he has been on the list. He is owner and principal of Tershel & Associates in Washington, Pennsylvania, where he focuses his personal injury practice on serious injury cases resulting from medical malpractice, automobile accidents, defective products and injuries to workers on the job.
Jill S. Tietjen (Col ’76 L/M) has been named by Women’s eNews as one of that organization’s “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” The awards honor advocates for women and girls in sectors including teen education and women’s philanthropy. In 1991, Ms. Tietjen nominated pioneering computer scientist Grace Hooper for the National Medal of Technology, and Ms. Hooper became the first woman to receive that award. Ms. Tietjen has since nominated women for other awards in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields as a strategy for encouraging women to enter those fields. She has successfully nominated 25 women from the STEM fields to the National Women’s Hall of Fame and was the Hall of Fame’s CEO in 2015.
Leland P. Vickers (Grad ’76 L/M) received the 2015 Research & Development Excellence Award from Bayer Animal Health GmbH for his accomplishments in innovative regulatory strategy. He recently completed a one-year term as chair of the Animal Health Institute’s veterinary biologics section, the industry organization for developers and manufacturers of animal medicinal and biological products.
Barbara Wartelle Wall (Col ’76, Law ’79) has been named senior vice president and chief legal officer for Gannett Co. Gannett is a news and information company that publishes 92 daily newspapers, including USA Today.
Donald C. Wright (Law ’76 L/M) was elected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “Best Lawyers.” An attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Wright was recognized for his expertise in trusts and estates.