Brian P. Chekal (Engr ’97 L/M) has received a 2016 Heroes of Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society in recognition of his work on a drug for metastatic breast cancer with Pfizer, where he works in chemical research and development. The award program recognizes chemical scientists whose work has led to the creation of successful commercial products that contribute to human welfare.
Leigh Faulk Cummings (Col ’97) and another lawyer specializing in family law have opened a law firm, Connell Cummings. The firm will offer services in all areas of family law, including divorce, alimony, child support, adoption, and mediation and arbitration. Before opening the new firm, Ms. Cummings was a partner with Warner Bates McGough McGinnis & Portnoy. She has practiced family law exclusively for nearly 15 years and has been recognized as a Rising Star, a Super Lawyer and one of the top women lawyers in Georgia Super Lawyers.
Kendra Dunn (Col ’97 L/M) and her husband, Jason Kaiser, welcomed a daughter, Kenlee Grace, on June 6, 2015. Kenlee joins brother Braden, 3. The family lives in Charlottesville, where Kendra is the marketing manager for Southern Development Homes.
Derek Furr (Grad ’97, Educ ’02) has published Semitones, a collection of poetry and prose, illustrated by Andrés San Millán, with Fomite Press.
Deborah Goldklang Gramiccioni (Law ’97) has resigned from her position as deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a position she has held since 2013, to make way for a single chief executive to lead the agency. She had shared day-to-day leadership responsibilities with executive director Patrick Foye. Ms. Gramiccioni, former chief of the commercial crimes unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office under then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and former director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, will head the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University Law School.
Claudia Hanna (Col ’97 L/M) has returned to Virginia with her husband, Ant Veysel; and two children after living on Cyprus for eight years. She now writes, teaches and speaks about how to live more like a Mediterranean. Ms. Hanna teaches several Mediterranean diet cooking classes at James Madison University and writes for C-VILLE Weekly and Women Who Live on Rocks. She also runs her own blog, Live Like a Goddess.
Stacy Hines-Bentley (Nurs ’97) and her husband, Forrest, welcomed a daughter, Carlee Elizabeth, on July 13, 2015. The family lives in Nathalie, Virginia, where Ms. Hines-Bentley is director of the practical nursing program for Southside Virginia Community College, Farmville.
Heather Brown Holleman (Col ’97) has published Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison (Moody Publishers, 2015), a book that outlines how one can stop measuring himself or herself against others and leap free from cycles of shame. Ms. Holleman, who earned a doctorate from the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School, is a lecturer in the English department at Pennsylvania State University, where she helps direct the graduate student ministry of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ).
Shane W. Hudson (Engr ’97 L/M) and his wife, Brooke, welcomed a son, Patrick Hamilton, on May 17, 2016. Patrick joins brothers Luke, 5, and Jack, 3. The family lives in Sugar Land, Texas.
William F. Jones (Law ’97 L/M) is a partner at Moye White, a business law firm in Denver. He helps manage the firm’s trial section and has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer for civil litigation. Mr. Jones and his wife, Kimberly “Kim” Katzenbach Jones (Educ ’96 L/M), live in Colorado with their two children, Carter, 17, and Emily, 14.
Andrew William Joyner (Col ’97 L/M) and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed a son, William Terry, on May 1, 2016. William joins brother Thomas, 2. The boys are the grandsons of William H. Joyner Jr. (Engr ’68 L/M) and the nephews of John T.R. Terry (Grad ’10, ’14) and Caitlin Morris (Col ’12 L/M). The family lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Jason S. Knapp (Engr ’97 L/M) and his wife, Jennifer Cash, welcomed a daughter, Claire Madeline, on March 5, 2016. Commander Knapp continues to serve in the U.S. Navy and is assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, working for the NATO Military Committee. Ms. Cash is studying for her master’s degree at the Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom. The family lives in Brussels, Belgium.
Andrew McCoy (Arch ’97) , associate professor and assistant director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed a Preston and Catherine White Fellow. Mr. McCoy also directs the Virginia Center for Housing Research, a center in Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies that is the official housing research center for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mary Edwards Morony (Col ’97) has published Done Growed Up (Westropp Press), the second book in her “Apron Strings” trilogy. The series is based on the hard truths of life in the late 1950s and early ’60s, touching on family dysfunction, addiction and racism. Ms. Morony lives in Orange County, Virginia.
Stephen Ours (Engr ’97 L/M) and his wife, Laura, welcomed a daughter, Heather Lee, on Dec. 31, 2015. Heather joins sister Marian Rebecca, 2. The family lives in Crofton, Maryland.
Eric Potter (Grad ’97) has published his first collection of poems, Things Not Seen (Wipf and Stock). He is a professor of English at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where he teaches American literature, modern poetry and creative writing.
Christie Lynn Rears (Col ’97 L/M) and Christopher Charles Andrew Ashlee were married Dec. 31, 2014, in Denver. The couple splits their time between homes in Seattle, Washington, and Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
Stephanie Scherpf (Col ’97) is co-founder and executive director of Jean Appolon Expressions, a Haitian dance nonprofit based in Boston. Each summer, she travels to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to help conduct the Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute, a free intensive dance program for 60 young Haitian dancers without financial resources. JAE also has a Haitian contemporary dance company in Boston.
Howard Turner Jr. (Engr ’97) has been named director of energy contracting offerings at Trane Building Advantage. He works with Trane district offices to provide energy solutions to commercial, industrial and institutional clients. His wife, Hanna Phair Turner (Engr ’99), is a senior business manager at Capital One, where she is responsible for its credit card customer complaints program. The Turners live in Glen Allen, Virginia, with their two daughters and will soon celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.
Robin Ward (Educ ’97) published Count on TCU: Fun Facts from 1 to 12 with Mascot Books. The book teaches young children about the Texas Christian University campus, months, seasons and even/odd numbers through counting.
Stephen Ziegler (Engr ’97 L/M) and Katharine Miller Ziegler (Col ’99 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Amelia, on Dec. 23, 2014. Charlotte joins big brothers Owen, 6; and William, 3. The family currently resides in Clifton, Virginia.