Faith A. Alejandro (Col ’05 L/M) was named to Lawyers of Color’s second annual “Hot List,” which recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners. Ms. Alejandro is an attorney at Sands Anderson in Richmond, Va., where her litigation practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals on issues related to commercial matters, employment law, and lawyer professional liability issues. She is active in the Richmond community and is a member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus.
Andrew Cookingham (Col ’05 L/M) has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Texas Rising Stars in the area of business litigation. He is an attorney at Thompson & Knight in Dallas, where he represents healthcare providers, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and other clients in state and federal court, as well as in appellate courts and in arbitration proceedings.
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.
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.
Allie Marshall Pesch (Col ’05) and Arthur J. “A.J.” Pesch (Col ’06, Med ’13) welcomed a daughter, Lottie Beatrice, on Aug. 22, 2014. Lottie joins big brother Leo Marshall, 4, and big sister Louisa Ruby, 6. The family resides in Crozet, Va., where Ms. Pesch is a freelance graphic designer and Dr. Pesch is a radiology resident at UVA Hospital.
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.
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.
Ben Walter (Col ’05) and his wife, Margaret, welcomed a daughter, Eleanor Jane, on Aug. 20, 2014. The family resides in Charlottesville.
Ryan M. Yanovich (Col ’05 L/M) and Charles Matthew Herbek (Col ’06 L/M) were married on June 14, 2014, in Tarrytown, N.Y. The couple resides in New York City, where Mr. Yanovich is an associate at O’Melveny & Myers and Mr. Herbek is assistant director of annual giving at the Juilliard School.