Ronnie Bartley (Educ ’79) has retired as president of Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, South Carolina. Previously, Mr. Bartley was interim president of West Virginia State Community and Technical College. He also served in various positions in the Virginia Community College System, including 11 years as dean of business at Southwest Virginia Community College. He worked in education for more than 46 years and held leadership positions as a teacher, college faculty member, college dean, vice president of academic affairs and twice as college president. Mr. Bartley and his wife live in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Mark D. Bateman (Col ’79, Engr ’86 L/M) has been promoted to principal hardware systems engineer at Lockheed Martin’s undersea systems facility in Manassas, Virginia; he has worked off-site at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, since the start of the Virginia-class submarine program in 1996. Mr. Bateman serves as the engineering liaison to the shipyard and supports development and testing of the sonar, combat and imaging systems for the Virginia class and on the new Ohio-class replacement program. He recently received the Evening of Stars Award from Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training for integrating and installing mission-essential electronic systems onboard every Virginia-class submarine, contributing to the program’s overall success. Mr. Bateman lives in Ledyard, Connecticut, with his wife, Paula. They have two children, Chelsea Lauren Bateman (Nurs ’13 L/M) and Callie Anne Bateman (Nurs ’16).
Edward “Ed” Bedford (Col ’79 L/M) has been named a “hometown hero” by radio station WCHL in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was recognized for his volunteer work as a director and former president of Extraordinary Ventures, a charity that provides vocational opportunities for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, and for his volunteer work as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 820.
Jonathan M. Bryant (Col ’79 L/M) has published Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2015), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. Mr. Bryant has appeared on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR, and the book has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.
David A. Chandler (Com ’79 L/M) has been promoted to regional corporate banking manager at BB&T Bank. Based at the North Loudoun Street location in Winchester, Virginia, Mr. Chandler has more than 36 years’ experience in the commercial lending industry.
N. Janine (Plauka) Dickey (Col ’79 L/M) has been named the 2015 James B. Boskey Practitioner of the Year in the area of alternative dispute resolution. She is accredited in business mediation and recognized by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Ms. Dickey is past chair of the New Jersey State Bar dispute resolution section and former co-chair of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators employment mediation interest group. She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee for Complementary Dispute Resolution and is a certified attorney-mediator with the U.S. federal courts as well as the district of New Jersey and New Jersey state courts. She often speaks and presents on her experience in training others in conflict resolution and negotiation techniques. Ms. Dickey lives in Bridgewater, New Jersey, with her husband, Trent S. Dickey (Col ’77 L/M), a senior litigation partner in the Newark/New York City law firm of Sills Cummis & Gross.
Marvin Heinze (Arch ’79 L/M) has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Navy for improving policy guidance, training and interagency preparation for underwater threats to United States ports and harbors. As the assistant for homeland defense for the commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, Mr. Heinze helped both the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Defense with improved awareness and planning for mining prevention and mine countermeasures throughout the United States.
Donald R. Horn (Arch ’79) has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in recognition of his green-building policy development and advocacy within the federal government. Mr. Horn is deputy director of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, where he promotes environmentally responsible decision-making for buildings, translating green-building strategies and ideals into regulations and guidance the federal government can use to meet building performance goals.
Carol Close Mattey (Col ’79 L/M) received the 2016 Federal Communications Bar Association Excellence in Government Service award in June 2016. This award is given annually to an individual with a long-term communications career in the federal government who is dedicated to excellence in government service. Ms. Mattey is deputy bureau chief at the Federal Communications Commission, focusing on expanding broadband access across the country. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, James “Jim” Mattey (Col ’79 L/M). They have three children, including Caroline Rebecca Mattey (Col ’12 L/M) and Katelyn Anne Mattey (Educ ’15 L/M).
Charles Romine (Col ’79, Engr ’86 L/M) has received an Arthur S. Flemming Award from the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. The awards recognize employees of the federal government for exceptional public service. Mr. Romine is the director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, where he oversees a program designed to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness through the development of standards and measurements for interoperability, security, usability and reliability of information systems.