Michael Alden (Com ’05) has completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. His cohort included social entrepreneurs from 18 countries. Mr. Alden also holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Andrew C. Cookingham (Col ’05 L/M) has been named a 2016 “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers. Mr. Cookingham works in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, where he focuses his practice on business litigation and dispute resolution.
Austin Davis (Engr ’05) and Whitney Dever Davis (Col ’05 L/M) welcomed a son, Hudson Lee, on April 25, 2015. Hudson is the grandson of Donna Oraftik Dever (Educ ’75) and Martin J. Dever Jr. (Col ’73, Law ’77 L/M). The family lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Krystal L. Freeman (Col ’05 A/M) received a doctorate in counselor education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 9, 2015. Her dissertation title is African-American Pastors and their Perceptions of Professional School Counseling. In addition to serving as a professional school counselor in Norfolk, Ms. Freeman travels throughout the U.S. and abroad, giving presentations and guest lectures regarding school counseling and African Americans.
Emily Hodge (Col ’05, Educ ’06, Grad ’07) earned a doctorate from the department of education policy studies in the Pennsylvania State University College of Education on May 15, 2015. Her dissertation is titled “Rigor for All? The Enduring Tension Between Standardization and Differentiation in the Era of the Common Core State Standards.” Ms. Hodge is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.
Katherine Nelson Marsh (Col ’05) and her husband, Bradley, welcomed their first child, Augustus Murray, on April 17, 2015. Augie is the grandson of Karen Bingler Nelson (Educ ’80) and Stephen Nelson (Col ’78), the great-grandson of Joseph Bingler (Educ ’54, ’66), and the nephew of Rebecca Marsh (Col ’09 L/M) and Joseph Nelson (Col ’13).
William John Oetgen (Col ’05 L/M) and Laura Nelson Oetgen (Col ’07, Educ ’07, ’19 L/M) welcomed their first child, a daughter, Eleanor McCabe, on April 26, 2014. The family resides in Charlottesville, where Dr. Oetgen is a resident physician at UVA Hospital and Ms. Oetgen is an elementary school teacher.
Rebekah Holt O’Dell (Col ’05, Educ ’05) and Allison Hoover Marchetti (Col ’07, Educ ’08 L/M) have published Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts with Heinemann Publishing. The book draws on the writing workshop framework for teaching writing to secondary school students and focuses on the use of up-to-date mentor texts throughout all phases of writing. Ms. O’Dell and Ms. Marchetti both teach English at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia.
Joshua Reeder (Engr ’05 L/M) nd his wife, Amy, welcomed a daughter, Sophia Juli, on Oct. 26, 2015. Sophia is the granddaughter of Herman Wheeler (Engr ’01 L/M) and the great-niece of Donald Wheeler (Darden ’74 L/M). The family lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Christopher M. Ruhlen (Law ’05) has been named principal in the law firm of Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda, Maryland, where he focuses on land use, zoning, real estate and related governmental issues. He assists local real estate developers, property owners, commercial tenants and small businesses with planning, zoning and regulatory matters.
Anne Betts Schmidt (Com ’05 L/M) and Mike Schmidt (Com ’05 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Marie Virginia, on April 6, 2015. The family recently relocated to Austin, Texas, where Mr. Schmidt is a senior brand strategist at McGarrah Jessee and Ms. Schmidt owns Scout Digital, a web development firm.
Laura Silverman (Col ’05) is the founder of the Sobriety Collective, an online community dedicated to addiction recovery and mental health awareness. The website features content tailored to creatives.
David Vitto (Col ’05, Educ ’07 L/M) and Dawn Page Vitto (Col ’10 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Deanna, on Jan. 28, 2015. The family resides in Hampton Roads, Virginia.