Kaushik Bhaumik (Engr ’91) has been promoted to executive vice president at Cognizant Technology Solutions, an information technology and business services firm.
Yolanda Ruisánchez Gruendel (Com ’91 L/M) received a Distinguished Service Award from the Federal Trade Commission for her contributions during the past two decades. She served as an attorney and leader at the commission, where she dedicated herself to professional and leadership development. She recently left the commission to found Pause for Insight, a professional and leadership coaching firm.
Diane DeBerry Krehmeyer (Col ’91 L/M) has been named director of admissions and marketing for the Peabody School, a pre-K to 8th-grade independent school for gifted and academically advanced students in Charlottesville. She and her husband, Dean Krehmeyer (Com ’92, Grad ’93 L/M), live in Charlottesville with their son and daughter.
Gary A. Kriebel (Engr ’91 L/M) has accepted the position of manager of information systems at the University of Virginia Athletics Department. He and his wife, Gretchen Blankenship Kriebel (Col ’98 L/M), live in Charlottesville with their two children.
Frank Macgill (Com ’91) has been included in the 2016 edition of Georgia Super Lawyers. Mr. Macgill is the managing partner of the law firm HunterMaclean. He works in the firm’s Savannah office, where he practices in the areas of trusts and estates, taxation and corporate law.
Jennifer R. McCain (Col ’91 L/M) has been selected to membership in the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, an executive-style program that covers expansive approaches to leadership theory, drawing upon examples from recent presidents. The group of 60 scholars will visit the centers of former Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Johnson, and attend sessions focused on specific core components of leadership. Ms. McCain is co-chair of the banking practice at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jonathan P. Moorman (Med ’91, Res ’94, Grad ’04 L/M) received the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, one of the top three honors given to faculty each year at East Tennessee State University. Winners were nominated by their peers, and each received a medallion, a plaque and a cash prize. Dr. Moorman, who joined the Quillen College of Medicine in 2001, is a professor and vice chair for research and scholarship as well as chief of infectious diseases in the department of internal medicine. His research has focused on mechanisms of immune evasion by chronic viral infection, and he has published more than 60 articles in prestigious medical journals. Dr. Moorman earned both his medical degree and his doctorate from the UVA School of Medicine.
Jim Morelli (Engr ’91) has left his corporate engineering job to become a leadership coach and consultant and has written Techno Leader: The Handbook. He lives in Syracuse, New York, and on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, with his wife, Linda Quinn.
Melanie Brissett Nix (Col ’91 L/M) was a featured speaker at the Young Survival Coalition’s YSC Summit, a national conference focused on young women with breast cancer, in March 2015. Ms. Nix, a triple-negative breast cancer survivor who is also a speaker, author, life coach and health advocate, spoke at three sessions, including one titled “Giving Yourself Permission to Change.” She continues to run the Breast Cancer Comfort website, for breast cancer patients and survivors.
Steve Odabashian (Col ’91) and his wife, Maggie, live in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, with their son, Arthur. Mr. Odabashian launched Main Line Test Prep and Tutoring in 2013 and teaches SAT, ACT and other test preparation to students in the Philadelphia area. He not only teaches the tests, but he takes them, too—in 2013-14, he superscored a 2400 on the SAT and a 35 on the ACT. He continues to dabble in piano and comedy in the Philadelphia area, usually mixing the two.
Joan Polaschik (Col ’91 L/M) was sworn in as the U.S. ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on Aug. 15, 2014. A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Polaschik has served in Uzbekistan, Tunisia, Jordan, Azerbaijan and Libya, in addition to assignments in Washington, D.C.
Lesia Rudakewych Scholey (Col ’91) has written her debut novel, Forty One (Matador, 2015). Before writing full time, she was a journalist in the U.S. and overseas, reporting for the Financial Times, among other publications. She completed a master’s degree at the London School of Economics in 1999 and has two children, Sophia, 12; and Konstantin, 10; as well as three college-age stepchildren. She is married to Michael Scholey and lives outside of London.
Weiman Seid (Col ’91 L/M) has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscar-granting organization. Seid, a publicist, is the founder of boutique consultancy FAT DOT. He previously was senior vice president of marketing and public relations at Miramax Films.
David C. Walsh (Engr ’91 L/M) has been promoted to colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He serves in the H-1 program office at Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland.
Geoffrey F. Weiss (Engr ’91 L/M) will take command of the U.S. Air Force 505th Test and Evaluation Group, located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on June 29, 2015. Col. Weiss is currently the deputy director of the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization, in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. He and his wife, Karen Gonsky Weiss (Col ’92, Educ ’92 L/M), have three children: Alison, who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in May 2015; Scott Weiss (Engr ’17 L/M); and Brian Weiss (Engr ’19).
Jack G. Wolf (Col ’91 L/M) received Clemson University’s 2015 Alumni Master Teacher Award for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction. Mr. Wolf, an associate professor of finance in Clemson’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, was nominated by the student body and selected by the student alumni council. His scholarly interests lie in valuation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder voting, and his research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Financial Management and the International Review of Financial Analysis, among others.