Sara A. Austin (Col ’87 L/M) has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Ms. Austin is the founder of the Austin Law Firm in York, Pennsylvania, where she concentrates her practice on labor and employment, homeowner and condo association, corporate and bankruptcy law, in addition to estate and succession planning. She has also served as president of the York County Bar Association and is a Pennsylvania delegate to the American Bar Association. She and her husband, Jeffery Schlaline, live in York.
Eric Drum (Col ’87 L/M) and his wife, Sarah, have relocated from Mechanicsville, Virginia, to Hershey, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Drum will work for The Hershey Company as the senior manager for packaging supplier quality assurance working with the regulatory and compliance group. In this role, he will ensure food packaging safety through supplier management in North America and around the world.
David Rees Evans (Grad ’87, Grad ’94) was selected to serve as president of Southern Vermont College beginning Jan. 1, 2015. He previously served as vice president of Buena Vista University in Iowa, as dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University, as chair of the department of English, speech and journalism at Georgia College & State University, and on the English faculty at Cornell College.
Kurt Gingrich (Col ’87 L/M) and Marsha Taylor (Col ’87 L/M) were married June 22, 2014, in Chesterfield, Virginia. The couple lives in Blacksburg, Virginia; Ms. Taylor teaches French in nearby Salem and at Radford University, and Mr. Gingrich is an associate professor of history at Radford. Two of their children, Taylor Nicole Trumble (Col ’18) and Jared Gingrich (Col ’19 L/M), attend UVA.
Edward W. Karppi (Engr ’87 L/M) has been named chief investment officer of Mangham Associates in Charlottesville. The company provides investment management services for foundations, endowments and families. His wife, Patricia C. Karppi (Col ’88 L/M), is a litigation attorney with Greenberg & Traurig. The Karppis and their two children split their time between homes in Washington, D.C., and Howardsville, Virginia.
Brian K. Matney (Col ’87 L/M) has been profiled in Phi Beta Kappa’s new national member profile campaign, “Behind the Key.” In the interview, he discusses the role of the liberal arts in a contemporary approach to education. Mr. Matney is the principal of the Governor’s STEM and Technology Academy at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, where he lives with his wife, Kathryn, and two sons, Will and J.T.
Paul M. Meurer (Com ’87 L/M) was named 2014 public company CFO of the Year in San Diego by San Diego Business Journal. Mr. Meurer has served as chief financial officer of Realty Income Corp., the 15th-largest real estate company in the U.S., since 2001. He resides in Coronado Island, California, near downtown San Diego, with his wife, Lysa; and their two teenage children, Annika and Nick.
Aniruddh Patel (Col ’87) has created a video course, Music and the Brain, for The Teaching Company’s The Great Courses series. The course explains how music serves as a link between sound processing and all the other things brains do, such as moving, planning, remembering, imagining and feeling. It also covers the evolution of musicality (and how integral it is to humanity), the neurological sources of music’s emotional power and the impact of regular engagement with music on brain structure and function. Mr. Patel is a professor of psychology at Tufts University, where his research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of music.
Ronald G. Polly Jr. (Com ’87 L/M) has been re-elected managing partner of the national litigation firm Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young. He will continue to lead the labor and employment group, which represents Fortune 500 companies, public entities and senior executives.
P. David Tarter (Col ’87, Law ’91 L/M) has been re-elected mayor of the city of Falls Church, Virginia. He began his new term in January 2016.
James Terpening (Col ’87) , a special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice, received an On-the-Spot Award for his innovative “Active Shooter Response” training course. Mr. Terpening, who has been with the DOJ since 1992 and is assigned to the Richmond office, first qualified as a firearms and tactical instructor in 2005, and was a member of the Rifle and Pistol Club at the University.
Brooke Garrett Tiller (Com ’87 L/M) , Tracy Shackelford (Col ’89 L/M) and Michele Mixner DeWitt (Arch ’91 L/M) are part of Impact 100 Greater Peninsula, a grassroots, collaborative effort that champions the power of women and philanthropy. Based in the Virginia Peninsula, the organization’s goal is to raise funds each year in support of an area nonprofit for a project designed to change the community.