Ryan Billingsley (Col ’01 L/M) and Taylor Felts Billingsley (Col ’03 L/M) welcomed a son, Everett Meredith, on Oct. 3, 2015. The family lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Heather Jones Bumgarner (Col ’01, Educ ’01 L/M) recently earned a doctorate in education with a focus on instructional leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her dissertation focuses on understanding the National Board Certification process as professional development. She also concurrently earned postmaster’s certification in educational leadership. Ms. Bumgarner, a National Board Certified Teacher, lives in Richmond with her husband, Aaron; and daughter, Charlotte, 3.
Cary Rooke Chandler (Col ’01 L/M) and Yevonne Simms Chandler (Com ’02 L/M) welcomed a son, Bennett Rooke, on Oct. 16, 2014. Bennett is the nephew of Peyton Chandler (Col ’01 L/M), Kristy Thomas Chandler (Col ’01) and Elizabeth “Carter” Chandler Clements (Col ’99); and the grandson of Wanda Rooke Chandler (Educ ’02). The Chandlers currently reside in Atlanta.
Karen Courington (Col ’01 L/M) and her husband, Chris Finan, welcomed a daughter, Caroline Courington Finan, on August 12, 2016. Ms. Courington is an operations manager for Facebook and previously served as military adviser to Sen. Tim Kaine. Mr. Finan is CEO of Manifold Technology, a cybersecurity firm. The family lives in Menlo Park, California.
Kathryn L. “Kate” Duvall (Col ’01, Law ’06 L/M) has joined the University of Virginia School of Law as director of student affairs. She previously worked with the JustChildren program at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, where she mentored students in the Law School who worked on pro bono cases involving juvenile clients.
Robert S. Emmett (Col ’01) has released Cultivating Environmental Justice: A Literary History of U.S. Garden Writing (University of Massachusetts Press), an analysis of mid-20th-century garden writing. Drawing on ecocriticism, environmental history, landscape architecture and recent work in environmental justice and food studies, the book explores how the language of environmental justice emerged in descriptions of gardening across a variety of literary forms. Mr. Emmett is visiting assistant professor of environmental studies at Roanoke College.
Stephanie Fineman (Col ’01) has been promoted to partner at Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia, where she practices product liability, commercial and class action litigation.
Lara Bjorkquist Gehl (Col ’01) and Matthew Gehl (Engr ’02) welcomed a daughter, Penelope Helaina, on Aug. 18, 2015. Penelope joins sister Adelaide, 3. The family lives in San Carlos, California.
Katherine Griffin Greiling (Col ’01 L/M) and Eric Greiling (Col ’99, Educ ’00 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Stella, in July 2014. Stella joins big sister Katie, 2, and is the niece of Chris Holbert (Col ’95). The Greilings live in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Anthony Holbrook (Com ’01) and Rebecca Brocato Holbrook (Nurs ’05 L/M) welcomed twins, Patrick Miles and Emma Kate, on Jan. 13, 2015. They join big brother Ben, 7, and big sister Claire, 5. The family lives in Temecula, California.
Frank V. Hopkins (Com ’01 L/M) and his wife, Katie, welcomed twins, Nora Ann and Theodore Franklin, on April 28, 2016. The family lives in Arlington, Virginia.
William B. Igoe (Col ’01, Law ’06) has been named a partner at the law firm of Ballard Spahr. He works in the firm’s litigation department in Philadelphia, where his practice focuses on civil litigation and criminal investigations involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, federal wiretapping and computer fraud statutes, state and federal unfair trade practices laws and federal securities laws.
Monique Alvino Jennings (Com ’01 L/M) and her husband, Stephen, welcomed a son, Charles “Charlie” Michael, on Feb. 11, 2015. Charlie joins brother Miles, 2. The family lives in Chicago, where Ms. Jennings is senior manager, sales strategy at PepsiCo.
Abby Swanson Kazley (Col ’01, Educ ’01 L/M) was promoted to professor in the department of healthcare leadership and management at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Kazley teaches in the master in health administration program and conducts research evaluating hospital strategies in health information technology. She and her husband live in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, with their three children.
Emily Ennis Leitch (Col ’01 L/M) has been promoted to partner at Bracewell & Giuliani, where she advises clients on securities matters, corporate finance and general corporate transactions. With a primary focus on capital markets, she represents issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equal securities, high-yield debt securities and investment-grade debt securities.
Matthew Madden (Col ’01, Law ’07 L/M) argued Harris v. Viegelahn, a bankruptcy case, before the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2015. Mr. Madden is an attorney in the Washington, D.C., trial and appellate litigation boutique firm Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber. He and his wife, Trisha Morrow Madden (Col ’02, Educ ’03 L/M), reside in Arlington, Virginia, with their children Colin Michael, 8; Peter Robert, 6; James Matthew, 4; and Annie Margaret, 1.
Thomas John McKee Jr. (Col ’01 L/M) and Alison Cunnane McKee (Col ’02 L/M) welcomed a son, Tucker William, on May 18, 2015. Tucker joins big brother Tommy, 6, and big sister Charlotte, 3. The family lives in Vienna, Virginia.
Elizabeth “Bette” Kaufman McNamara (Col ’01, Med ’07 L/M) and her husband, Robert, welcomed a son, Robert John “Jack” McNamara, on July 18, 2016. He joins sister Belle, 4, and is the grandson of Linda Sargent (Med ’69 L/M) and John P. Kaufman (Med ’70 L/M).
Matthew H. Meyers (Col ’01, Law ’06 L/M) was elected a partner of the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath in February 2015. Based in the firm’s Philadelphia office, he represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate and securities matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures, corporate governance, capital-raising transactions in public and private markets, public company reporting obligations and general business matters.
Aaron Peters (Engr ’01 L/M) and Stephanie Shallah were married May 21, 2016, in Essex, Connecticut.
Kennon Poteat (Com ’01 L/M) has been made partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where his practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation. He has litigated matters in federal and state courts across the country and arbitration panels here and abroad. Mr. Poteat lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and children.
Rick Ramsey (Com ’01, Darden ’07 L/M) has been named president of Engineered Steel Products, a structural steel manufacturing company headquartered in Sophia, North Carolina. He also serves as operating partner of New Page Capital, a private equity firm that he established with Adam Duggins (Darden ’08). Engineered Steel is the first major acquisition for New Page Capital.
Richard A. Ridge (Nurs ’01) has been named director of nursing innovation and outcomes for Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Among other things, he is responsible for efforts on nursing outcomes improvement, facilitating the design and implementation of innovative patient care programs, and guiding the development and dissemination of nursing inquiry and research. He is an assistant professor in academic general pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and has also been appointed adjunct clinical professor in the department of family health at the University of Texas Health School of Nursing.
Eric Schmidt (Engr ’01 L/M) has been named operations director for the Atlanta division of the Williams Gas Pipeline Transco, an interstate natural gas pipeline. The Atlanta division includes all Transco facilities in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Mr. Schmidt and his wife, Rose-Anne McGrail Schmidt (Arch ’00 L/M) live in Johns Creek, Georgia, with their three children.
David Scott Thompson (Com ’01 L/M) and Lauren MacIvor Thompson (Col ’03 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Margaret Adalie, on June 30, 2015. Adalie joins big sister Ginna Gail, 3. The family lives in Atlanta, where Mr. Thompson runs a solo law practice and Ms. Thompson is working toward her doctorate in history at Georgia State University.
R. Michael Wells Jr. (Col ’01 A/M) and his wife, Jillian Brevorka, welcomed a daughter, Caroline McCarthy Brevorka-Wells, on December 2, 2015.