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.
Meade Prillaman Grandis (Com ’01 L/M) and David Grandis (Col ’95) welcomed a son, Cardwell Turner, on Sept. 7, 2014. Cardwell joins big sister Eleanor, 2. The family resides in Richmond, Va.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tyler Sande (Col ’01 L/M) and Margaret Kramer Sande (Engr ’03, ’04 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Ruthanne Darden, on Aug. 20, 2014. The family resides in Denver, where Mr. Sande is a deputy district attorney and Dr. Sande is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and medical director of the WELLS Simulation Center at the University of Colorado Hospital.
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.