Kelly Bassett (Col ’02 L/M) and her husband, Will, welcomed a daughter, Emily Grace, on Sept. 25, 2014. Emily joins big sister Lucy, 4. The girls are the granddaughters of Patrick R. Wyatt (Col ’71). The family lives in Charlottesville.
Lauren Rooker Cardwell (Col ’02) and Hank T. Cardwell (Col ’03, Educ ’03) welcomed a son, Omri Taft, on May 10, 2015. Omri joins sister Lottie May and brothers Lem Thompson and Clayton Scott, and is the grandson of Ann Rutherford Rooker (Col ’72) and Dennis Scott Rooker (Col ’72, Law ’76).
H. Debbie Chen (Arch ’02) and Nicholas Gleason-Smuck were married in Winchester, Virginia, on April 17, 2015. Ms. Chen is director of proposal development for the engineering firm Louis Berger. The couple lives in Vienna, Virginia.
Brandi Colander (Arch ’02 L/M) is associate vice president of natural resources and energy at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as deputy assistant secretary for land and materials management at the United States Department of the Interior and the deputy general counsel for the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality.
Rachel Baxter DeBacker (Arch ’02) participated in the Cheekwood International Playhouse Design Competition and won a spot in Cheekwood’s summer 2016 exhibition, International Playhouses. The exhibition was presented by Cheekwood, a botanical garden and art museum on the Cheek family estate in Nashville, Tennessee, and it was based on the Cheek family’s travels. Ms. DeBacker’s project, Monsoon Pavilion, was inspired by the colors and patterns of the art and architecture of India.
Emily Dowling (Col ’02) and Jeff Rudnicki (Darden ’11) welcomed their second child, a son, Davis Matheson, on June 20, 2015. Davis joins sister Maisie, 3, and is the nephew of Stuart Dowling (Com ’05). The family lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Robert Edwards Griffin (Col ’02 L/M) and his wife, Claire, welcomed a son, Gordon Charles, on Dec. 18, 2015. Gordon is the grandson of Gordon Dix Griffin Jr. (Arch ’72 L/M). The family lives in Huntsville, Alabama.
Ryan Griswold (Engr ’02 L/M) and his wife, Caitlin, welcomed a son, Hunter Patrick, on March 12, 2016. The family lives in New York City.
Lisa Jeffreys (Com ’02 L/M) and Walker Duncan were married on November 19, 2016, in Nashville, Tennessee. The couple plan to live in Nashville, where Ms. Jeffreys leads the corporate development efforts for Premise Health and Mr. Duncan leads content strategy for Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock.
Praveen Kathpal (Col ’02, Darden ’16 L/M) and his wife, Sarah Koch, welcomed a son, Milan Fredrick, on March 2, 2016. The family lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Vincenzo Lucibello (Col ’02, Law ’05 L/M) has been made a partner in the Boston office of Proskauer Rose. He focuses his practice on representing lenders in financing transactions.
Hillary Stuhlreyer Mikeska (Col ’02 L/M) and her husband, Michael Mikeska (Col ’02 L/M), welcomed their second son, Henry Morris, on February 16, 2016. Henry joins brother Charlie, 3, and is the grandson of Paul Augustus Stuhlreyer III (Darden ’76 L/M) and the nephew of Matthew Mikeska (Col ’94). The Mikeska family lives in Richmond, Virginia, where Ms. Mikeska works for Altria and Mr. Mikeska works for Markel.
Christopher McKnight Nichols (Grad ’02, Grad ’08) has been elected to life membership on the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent nonprofit that aims to help government, civic and religious leaders, business executives, educators and students better understand the world and foreign policy issues. Mr. Nichols is an assistant professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion in Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts. He focuses his research and teaching on U.S. history and its relationship to the rest of the world, particularly in the areas of isolationism, internationalism and globalization.
Kevin Passerini (Col ’02 L/M) has been elected partner at Blank Rome, where he specializes in corporate litigation. He works in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Kevin and his wife, Megan, also welcomed a daughter, Reese Mary, on Oct. 16, 2015. The family lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Christen Pendleton (Col ’02, Educ ’07) has opened a private practice offering individual and group psychotherapy in New York City. The practice specializes in treating college students and young adults. She also is a staff psychologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and an instructor at Columbia University Medical Center.
Mona S. Rahman (Col ’02) and Douglas B. Carssow were married May 13, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The couple lives in Washington, where Ms. Rahman is director of digital marketing at Truth Initiative and Mr. Carssow is an engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory.
Amber Reed Sappington (Com ’02 L/M) and her husband, Jarrett, welcomed a daughter, Annie Anders, on June 25, 2015. The family lives in Atlanta, where Amber is a director of marketing at Equifax and Jarrett is an investment associate at Prudential Real Estate Investors.
Lynda Tang (Col ’02 L/M) has joined the Vancouver Clinic as primary physician of palliative medicine, a new practice area for the clinic. Dr. Tang completed her residency in family medicine at UHS Wilson Medical Center in upstate New York and went on to fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband, who is also a physician.
Benjamin J. Thompson (Arch ’02, Arch ’07) and Summerlyn Lotz Thompson (Col ’03, Educ ’03, ’08) welcomed a daughter, Mary Emma, on Jan. 22, 2015. Mary Emma is the niece of Jonathan Thompson (Col ’04, Educ ’05) and Rebecca Thompson Perry (Col ’09 L/M) and the granddaughter of William A. Thompson III (Arch ’76). She joins big siblings Presley Kathryn, 7, and Benjamin James, 4. The Thompsons live in Charlottesville.
James Tysse (Col ’02, Law ’06 L/M) has been named a partner in the law firm of Akin Gump. Mr. Tysse works in the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice in Washington, D.C. He focuses on administrative, constitutional, labor and employment, class action, arbitration and American Indian law.
Richard M. Wallace (Col ’02 L/M) has joined the Morgantown, West Virginia, office of Littler Mendelson, a large global employment and labor law practice. He focuses on employment litigation and traditional labor law and has experience in employment litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. Wallace’s trial experience includes matters involving race, age, sex and disability discrimination; wrongful discharge; workplace harassment; violations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act; and breaches of the duty of loyalty.
James Zehmer (Arch ’02) and his wife, Anne, welcomed a son, John Franklin, on Oct. 21, 2015. John Franklin is the grandson of Frank Flippo Jr. (Engr ’72 L/M) and John G. Zehmer Jr. (Arch ’64, ’70 L/M). Mr. Zehmer is a historic preservation project manager in UVA’s facilities management department.