Justin Wilson (Col '94 ) is the writer and co-executive producer of A Slave in the White House, a 12-hour ABC television series about Paul Jennings, a Virginia-born slave who served as personal valet to President James Madison while at the same time working behind the scenes as a subversive anti-slavery activist. Based on Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s best-selling book A Slave in the White House, the show will chronicle Jennings’ relationship with the Madison family and his journey to procure his own family’s freedom. The series is Mr. Wilson’s first foray into television. His debut feature film, LUV, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and earned him and his co-writer, also the film’s director, Sheldon Candis, a 2012 Humanitas Prize nomination.
Fran Edinger Wilde (Col '94 ) has sold three fantasy novels to Tor/Macmillan, the first of which will debut in 2015. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Tom Wilde (Col ’94); and their daughter.
Jason George (Col '94 L/M) played the role of Juror Eight in a fall 2013 production of Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sheldon Epps, at The Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, Calif.
Millena Gay (Col '94 ) played the role of Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Edison Theatre in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., in October 2013. She filmed 35 episodes of her talk show, Manners and More with Millena, and is now the host of a new show on beauty, Beauty Pop.
Bryan Goodwin (Grad '94 ) has co-authored a book, The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day, with Elizabeth Ross Hubbell. Mr. Goodwin is chief operating officer at McREL, a Denver-based nonprofit education research and development organization. A former teacher and journalist, he writes a monthly research column for Educational Leadership magazine.
Tracey Zemitis Schaefer (Col '94 L/M) and her husband, John, welcomed their second child, Wyatt John, on Oct. 30, 2013. Wyatt joins big brother Luke, 2. Wyatt and Luke are the nephews of Darrell Zemitis (Col ’90 L/M) and W. Scott Zemitis (Engr ’94).
Matthew B. Homan (Col '94 L/M) was promoted to partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in January 2014. A corporate attorney in the firm’s Charlotte, N.C., office, he has international mergers and acquisitions experience, as well as experience in joint ventures and corporate governance matters.
Holly Watkins (Col '94, Grad '96 ) has received a 2014-15 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship to support work on her upcoming book, Echoes of the Nonhuman: Organicism, Biology, and Musical Aesthetics from the Enlightenment to the Present. The book explores why 19th-century writers on music tended to compare music to the growth of plants or to other aspects of the nonhuman world. Ms. Watkins is an associate professor of musicology at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.
Debra Allbery (Grad ’94) had a book of poetry, Fimbul-Winter, published by Four Way Books in Oct. 2010. It was the 2010 recipient of the Grub Street National Book Prize in Poetry.
Heather Nelson Brame (Col ’94) has been selected to serve in the North American network of subject matter experts who write test questions for the social work licensing examinations used in the United States and Canada. Ms. Brame is a social worker who has a private practice in San Francisco. She is an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, serves as a subject matter expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and is an on-call perinatal educator for California Pacific Medical Center.
Brian W. Byrd (Col ’94, Law ’97) was recognized in the 2012 Chambers USA Guide. He is an attorney in the real estate group of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, N.C.
Christopher Decker (Col ’94 L/M) is director of labor relations at Norfolk Southern Corporation. He lives with his wife, Megan Polson Decker (Col ’94 L/M), in Virginia Beach with their children, Henry and Jane.
Edwin Scott Fruehwald (Law ’94, ’01) had a book, Law and Human Behavior: A Study in Behavioral Biology, Neuroscience, and the Law, published by Vandeplas.
Robert L. Fuller (Grad ’94) had a book, “Phantom of Fear”: The Banking Crisis of 1933, published by McFarland last fall, and another, The Origins of the French Nationalist Movement, 1886-1914, published in April 2012.
Kevin Gutzman (Grad ’94, ’99) recently published his fourth book, James Madison and the Making of America, with St. Martin’s Press. It was a main selection of Bookspan’s History Book Club and the subject of a talk at the New York Public Library that aired on C-SPAN2’s Book TV. Mr. Gutzman is a professor and the director of graduate studies in the department of history at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn.
Kelley Taylor Hearne (Col ’94, Law ’97 L/M) and her husband, Steve, welcomed the addition of Kathleen Marie to their family on March 10, 2010. Katie joins big brother, Nicholas George Hearne, 2. Ms. Hearne is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Washington, D.C. and her practice focuses on health care transactions. The family resides in Alexandria, Va.
Lenny Izzo (Col ’94 L/M) is vice president of marketing for Thomson Reuters in its law firm division. He recently relocated to Eden Prairie, Minn., with his wife, Stacy Soffe Izzo (Col ’93, Educ ’95 L/M); and their four sons, Tristan, Tyler, Griffin and Ryder.
Timothy Jarrett (Col ’94 L/M) and his wife, Lisa, welcomed Michael Angelo Christian, their second child and first son, on August 14, 2010. He joins his sister, Anna. Mr. Jarrett is director of product management with Veracode; Mrs. Jarrett is a product manager at IBM. The family resides in Arlington, Ma.
Mark Knauf-Nakamura (Col ’94 L/M) and his husband, Shin, welcomed twin sons, Ghen James and Ryden Phyllip, on Oct. 25, 2011. Mr. Knauf-Nakamura is the global leader of content strategy and a senior principal with KPMG. He and his family became Canadian citizens on Oct. 4, 2011, and currently live in Toronto.
Ashley Maynard (Col ’94 L/M) is professor and chair of the department of psychology at the University of Hawaii.
Luis G. Pedraja (Grad ’94) is provost and vice president of academic affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles.
Anne Marie Seibel (Col ’94 L/M) has been appointed co-chair of the Woman Advocate committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation for a third consecutive year. Her 2012-13 term began in August. Ms. Seibel is a partner and litigation attorney with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Ala.
Mark Shang (Com ’94) and his wife, Wendy, welcomed their son, Derek James, April 1, 2010. Derek joins his older sister Abby, 3. The family resides in Orinda, Calif.
Donna Shifflett (Col ’94, Educ ’94) is an elementary school teacher at Ruckersville Elementary in Greene County, Va. In February 2011, she was part of a delegation of 10 teachers from Virginia and 10 teachers from the United Kingdom that traveled to Barbados and met for six days to continue their studies on the transatlantic slave trade, funded by a Teaching American History grant. In March 2011, Ms. Shifflett was a presenter at the National Council for History Education’s conference in Charleston, S.C.
Julian Smith (Col ’94 L/M) had a book, Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure, published by Harper Perennial on Dec. 7, 2010. Inspired by the story of British adventurer Ewart Grogan, who walked the length of Africa in 1898 to win the hand of the woman he loved, Mr. Smith faced down his own fears of making a lifetime commitment to his very patient fiancée by retracing Grogan’s 4,500-mile journey from South Africa to Sudan.
Mathew A. Taylor (Col ’94 L/M) and Shannon Dion Taylor (Col ’95) welcomed a son, Jackson Emmet, on Dec. 10, 2010. Mr. Taylor is an associate at the law firm of Cherry, Seymour, Hundley & Baronian, and Ms. Taylor is an assistant attorney general of Virginia. The family resides in Richmond, Va.
Garvis W. Toler III (Engr ’94 L/M) joined Dealogic as global head of investment banking. He was previously head of the CFRA research division of MSCI.
Sally Tusa (Col ’94 L/M) and Jason Abbey (Col ’94, Arch ’98) were married on May 16, 2009, in Greenwich, Conn. Approximately 50 U.Va. alumni attended. The couple resides in New York City.
Sharon Meredith Utz (Col ’94 L/M) is a member of the majority staff of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, she had been a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Ms. Utz is the daughter of Robert Edward Utz (Educ ’72 L/M) and Dorothy Hawks Utz, and is the niece of Nancy Ellen Utz (Educ ’72).
Don Webb (Col ’94 L/M) was awarded the North Carolina Internal Affairs Investigators’ Association Distinguished Service Award for 2010. Don is a sergeant with the Greensboro Police Department in Greensboro, Nc., where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, and daughter, Sarah Madalyn (Maddie).
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