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.
Jennifer Haaga Berger (Col ’05 L/M) and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed their third child, Raines Clark Berger, on April 28, 2016. He joins sisters Mattie, 4, and Sophie, 2.
Erika Caruso (Col ’05, Educ ’05 L/M) and her husband, Thomas J. Caruso (Col ’04), welcomed a daughter, Marielle Frances, on June 1, 2016. Marielle joins sister Charlotte Jane, 2. The family lives in Menlo Park, California.
Ryan Chorazy (Col ’05 L/M) and Katie McIntosh (Com ’08) were married on May 21, 2016, in Virginia Beach. The couple lives in New York City, where Ms. Chorazy works in strategy development for Deloitte and Mr. Chorazy is a vice president at the private equity group Liberty Partners.
Hunter Chorey (Col ’05 L/M) and Mika Richardson Chorey (Col ’05, Nurs ’08, ’14 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Molly Callison, on April 7, 2016. Molly joins sister Caroline, 2. Molly is the granddaughter of Thomas V. Chorey Jr. (Engr ’69, Law ’72 L/M) and the niece of Christina L. “Christy” Chorey (Col ’07 L/M), Sierra Richardson Brown (Col ’10 L/M) and Jonathan Brown (Engr ’10 L/M). The family lives in Charlottesville.
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 L/M) and Hiawatha P. Clemons III were married May 21, 2016, in Norfolk, Virginia. They have moved from Virginia Beach to Charlottesville, where they both work in counseling.
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.
Andrew C. Leahey (Col ’05) began his music career as an undergraduate journalism student at the University. During his first year, Mr. Leahey and his friends formed a band, Hobson’s Choice, in their living room in Dunglison. “Our goal,” Leahey recalls, “was to learn three hours of cover songs, so we could play frat parties. I spent the next three years playing around Charlottesville, from Corner bars to sorority functions to the time we played on the UVA Lawn and got paid in tubs of ice cream.” While at the University, Mr. Leahey was deeply involved with First Year Players and University Singers, and he was on the staff of the Declaration literary publication. A year before signing his record deal with Thirty Tigers, he became ill and underwent emergency brain surgery to remove a tumor from his hearing nerve. This extremely rare diagnosis nearly ruined his career, but he used his music and his upcoming tour as motivation to get better and move forward. After almost a year’s recovery, Mr. Leahey dedicated his newest album, Skyline in Central Time (released August 5, 2016), to the operation and healing process. Songs like “When the Hinges Give” show the sense of urgency Mr. Leahey felt after his diagnosis, when he feared he would never get the chance to create his first big album. His recent tours with his band, called Andrew Leahey & the Homestead, have included shows with Emmylou Harris, the Wild Feathers, Blackberry Smoke, Alan Jackson, and the Wood Brothers, and while Mr. Leahey’s publicist calls this a “tragedy to triumph” story, he prefers to call it a “thank God I can still hear this guitar I’m playing” story.
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, Res ’15 L/M) and his wife, Laura Nelson Oetgen (Col ’07, Educ ’07, ’19 L/M), welcomed their second child, Thomas Everett, on June 21, 2016. Everett joins sister Nora, 2. The family lives in Charlottesville, where Dr. Oetgen is a practicing psychiatrist and Ms. Oetgen is pursuing a specialist degree in reading education.
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.
Jaime B. Wisegarver (Col ’05 L/M) and her husband, Jordi Lamas, welcomed a son, Oscar Carlos Lamas, on October 8, 2016. The family lives in Richmond, Virginia.