Peter Caramanis (Col '94 L/M) is a founding partner of the Charlottesville law firm Royer, Caramanis & McDonough. The firm consists of five attorneys whose practice areas include real estate, business, banking, estates, civil litigation, criminal defense and bankruptcy. Mr. Caramanis lives in Albemarle County with his wife, Ida Gonzales Caramanis (Col ’95 L/M), and their three children.
Alison Millett McCartney (Grad '94, Grad '00 ) co-edited a book, Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, with Elizabeth Bennion and Dick Simpson. The book was published by the American Political Science Association in February 2013. Ms. McCartney is an associate professor of political science at Towson University in Towson, Md., and former director of Towson’s international studies program.
Toni Cooper Davis (Col '94 L/M) and her husband, Ben, welcomed a son, Benjamin Baker, on Nov. 7, 2012. Baker joins big sister Liles, 3. The family resides in Raleigh, N.C., where Ms. Davis is the director of communications and public relations at the State Employees Association of North Carolina and Mr. Davis is a partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey and Leonard.
Erika Harvey Nichols (Educ '94, Educ '95 L/M) and her husband, Richard, welcomed a daughter, Vivian Teresa, on March 30, 2012. Vivian joins older brother Richard John “RJ.” Ms. Nichols is an educator in Prince William County, Va., and the family resides in Gainesville, Va.
Michael Cairo (Grad '94 ) published a book, The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East, with the University Press of Kentucky in Nov. 2012. Mr. Cairo is currently an associate professor of political science at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Jackson is proud to bear the name of his father’s first-year dorm."
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.
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.
Tracey Zemitis Schaefer (Col ’94 L/M) and her husband, John, welcomed a son, Luke Henry, on June 11, 2011. Luke is the couple’s first child and is the nephew of Darrell Zemitis (Col ’90 L/M) and W. Scott Zemitis (Engr ’94).
Ashley Maynard (Col ’94 L/M) is professor and chair of the department of psychology at the University of Hawaii.
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.
Bryan Goodwin (Grad ’94) had a book, Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, published by the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. He is vice president at McREL, a Denver-based education research organization.
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.
Luis G. Pedraja (Grad ’94) is provost and vice president of academic affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.