Michael J. Hightower (Grad '07 ) recently published Banking in Oklahoma Before Statehood with the University of Oklahoma Press. The book offers a survey of banking from the early days of the American republic until commercial patterns coalesced in the East, then follows the course of American expansion westward, tracing the evolution of commerce and banking in Oklahoma from their genesis to statehood in 1907. An independent historian, Mr. Hightower is the principal researcher for the Oklahoma Bank and Commerce History Project of the Oklahoma Historical Society. He resides in Charlottesville.
Lawson White Jenkins (Educ '07 ) and Sean K. Jenkins (Educ ’08) welcomed a son, William Jackson, “Jack,” on Dec. 4, 2013. Jack joins a big brother, Coleman.
Nick Ramos (Col '07 L/M) , Greg Duffy (Col ’93 L/M) and Ben Davee (Col ’06) work together at the same camp as part of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force to foster governance, development and security in Afghanistan.
Christopher W. Walters (Com '07 L/M) received an MBA degree in May 2013 from Columbia University’s Columbia Business School. He works at Credit Suisse advising high net worth individuals, foundations and institutions on comprehensive wealth management and investments. He resides in New York City.
Elaine L. Flory (Col '07 L/M) received a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in May 2014 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, where she was a student member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and a member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology. She was also one of eight recipients of Virginia Tech’s 2014 Outstanding Graduate Award, which recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership from each of the university’s eight colleges.
Brian D. Katzenberg (Col '07 L/M) and Courtney E. Douglas were married on Dec. 28, 2013. The couple resides in Baltimore, where Mr. Katzenberg practices law and Ms. Katzenberg is an elementary school teacher.
Amber Westphal (Col '07 ) received a Master of Arts degree in teaching in May 2014 from George Mason University, where she was an officer of the National Art Education Association student chapter. She also received an award in recognition of her excellent teaching, academic and artistic performance.
Laura Nelson Oetgen (Col '07, Educ '07 L/M) and William John Oetgen (Col ’05, Res ’15 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.
Caleb Winslow Ballew (Col '07 ) is an attorney with the law firm of Martinson & Beason in Huntsville, Ala., where he focuses his practice on criminal law, family law, torts, and trusts and estates.
Lindsey Ruhf Smith (Col '07 ) and Bryan A. Smith (Col ’07) welcomed a daughter, Emory Davis, on April 24, 2014. The family resides in Louisville, Ky.
Benjamin Rubenstein (Col '07 ) had Secrets of the Cancer-Slaying Super Man, an illustrated book for teens and preteens, published by Woodley Books in October 2014. The book chronicles Mr. Rubenstein’s own journey with bone cancer and leukemia, showing how he created the delusion that he was superhuman as his survival technique. He wrote Secrets following his memoir, Twice: How I Became a Cancer-Slaying Super Man Before I Turned 21, so that young readers could hear his story of survival.
Elizabeth “Libby” Muldoon (Nurs '07 ) and Doug Williams (Com ’07 L/M) were married on Sept. 6, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, Va. The couple resides in Arlington, Va., where Ms. Williams works in communications for a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., and Mr. Williams works as a senior consultant in nearby Vienna, Va.
John Frederick Bell (Med '07, Res '10 ) and Natalie Novak Bell (Col ’06) welcomed a daughter, Annie Reese, on Dec. 25, 2013.
Mark Andrew Sokolowski (Educ '07 ) and Courtney Jo Andes Sokolowski (Col ’06, Educ ’07 L/M) welcomed their first child, a son, Miles Robert, on March 20, 2014. The family resides in Falls Church, Va., where Ms. Sokolowski is a third-grade teacher and Mr. Sokolowski is a high school science teacher.
Helen Ang (Com ’07) is recruitment and career consultant at Michael Page International in New York City. Previously she worked as a financial analyst at Barclays Capital.
Yen San “Chevy” Beh (Col ’07) received the Most Promising Entrepreneurship Award from Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2012 Malaysia. Mr. Beh is the director of investment and finance at BP Diagnostic Centre at BP Healthcare Group in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Margaret “Moggie” Bolton (Col ’07) married Michael Baudinet (Col ’04 L/M) on Sept. 18, 2011, in Charlottesville. The ceremony took place at the University Chapel with a reception following at Veritas Vineyard in Afton, Va. The wedding party included Mairi Kincaid (Col ’07 L/M), Marissa Kessler (Col ’07 L/M), Allison Murphy (Col ’07, Grad ’08 L/M), Elizabeth Oswald (Col ’07 L/M), Eric Gama (Col ’05, Educ ’05 L/M), Nick Redmond (Col ’00, Educ ’02), Cade Lemcke (Com ’02 L/M) and Matt Smyth (Col ’98 L/M). The couple lives in Charlottesville, where Ms. Baudinet works at the U.Va. Alumni Association as the assistant director of the admission liaison program and Mr. Baudinet will start with McGuireWoods in the fall.
Barney Breen-Portnoy (Col ’07) is a soldier in the spokesperson’s unit of the Israel Defense Forces. He lives in Tel Aviv.
A. Carly Brown (Col ’07 L/M) and Garrett Edward Buxton (Col ’08) were married on June 27, 2009, in Richmond, Va. The couple resides in Chicago, where they are both pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Chicago. Mr. Buxton will complete a master’s degree in international relations and Ms. Buxton will complete her doctorate in East Asian languages and civilizations.
Kelsey Carlson (Col ’07 L/M) is the owner of Green Nest, an earth-friendly gift shop and boutique in Culpeper, Va.
Lane Carpenter (Col ’07) founded Patriot Aid Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness of and financially aid nonprofit organizations that provide direct support to wounded US veterans.
Anthony Colavito (Engr ‘07, L/M) and Laura Decker (Col ‘07) were married May 8, 2010 at the U.Va. Chapel. The couple resides in Arlington, Va., where Tony is a systems engineer for an FAA contractor performing concept development and safety analysis for the Next Generation Air Traffic Management system. Ms. Decker works in employer relations at the F. David Fowler Career Center in the George Washington University School of Business.
Will Coleman (Col ’07) qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in the equestrian sport of eventing. He is now vying for selection for the U.S. Olympic Team. He is based in Gordonsville, Va., where he trains horses at all levels, including the two aimed at the London Olympics.
Caroline D’Angelo (Col ’07 L/M) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Environmental Studies program with a concentration in policy, business and sustainability. For her capstone, she started an open-access academic journal on global gender and water issues.
Kelly Fleming (Col ’07 L/M) married Tyler Walk (Com ’07 L/M) at the U.Va. Chapel on June 26, 2010, with their reception held at Alumni Hall. The couple currently resides in New York City, where Dr. Walk is a resident in pediatric dentistry at Columbia-NY Presbyterian Hospital and Mr. Walk is an associate at the private equity investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
Louisa Collier Gehring (Col ’07 L/M) launched her e-commerce business, Semper Finest Care Packages, which sells packages for loved ones to send to their deployed Marines overseas to show their support, and in turn sells packages for Marines to send to family and friends at home. The company builds on Ms. Gehring’s three years as a USMC spouse, and experience as a marketing manager.
Erin Henshaw (Col ’07 L/M) is working in Beijing, China. Previously she taught English in Tangshan, China.
Sara Hester (Col ’07) has joined the Darden class of 2012 after three years at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C.
Jesimiel R. Jenkins (Col ’07 L/M) is pursuing his dreams of being an accomplished stage and film actor. Running after projects that satisfy the soul, he’s been involved in two acting apprentice companies, the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. He is in Philadelphia applying to graduate acting programs in hopes of sharpening his skills before moving to New York.
Amirul Manaf (Engr ’07) is an aircraft performance engineer working for AirAsia, an airline based in Malaysia and operating throughout the eastern hemisphere.
Jared Marcantoni (Arch ’07) and Jodie Freed were married on July 10, 2010 in Tucson, Ariz. They reside in St. Louis, Mo., where Jared is pursuing a master’s at Washington University.
Nick McTyre (Col ’07 L/M) married Nancy Funkhouser (Col ’07) on June 12, 2010. The ceremony was at the U.Va. chapel and the reception was at a private home in Albemarle County.
Laura Moore (Col ‘07) married Christopher Tipton (Engr ’08) on Aug. 14, 2010 at Keswick Vineyards in Keswick, Va. Theirs was the first non-family wedding at the estate. Bridesmaids included Rebecca Garrison (Col ’08 L/M) and groom’s attendants included Yoshi Nagasaki (Engr ’08) and Valerie Hernandez (Col ’08). Mr. Tipton works for Zeta Associates in Fairfax, Va. Mrs. Tipton works for The George Washington University Biostatistics Center and is working on her master’s degree in statistics.
Zach Mote (Col ’07) and Stephanie Holcombe Mote (Col ’07 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Julia Marie, on June 28, 2011.
Frank Michael Munoz (Col ’07) is a chapter co-author with Kathleen Manning in Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession. Edited by John H. Schuh, Susan R. Jones and Shaun R. Harper, Jossey-Bass published this book in 2010.
Frank Michael Muñoz (Col ’07) received a master’s degree of education in higher education and student affairs in May from the University of Vermont, where he is the event coordinator for the Dudley H. Davis Center, the nation’s first LEED Gold Certified student center. He resides in Burlington, Vt.
S. Kristen Peters (Col ’07 L/M) has joined Burr & Forman’s financial litigation practice group at the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office.
Jeremy S. Pollock (Col ’07) lives in Baltimore and is a third-year medical student at the University of Maryland. He is pursuing a career in cardiology and hopes to move to San Diego next year to start his training.
Blair Reilly (Com ’07 L/M) and Adam Matthews (Engr ’07 L/M) were married on May 7, 2011, in Charlottesville. The ceremony took place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the reception was held at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Va. The wedding party included Elizabeth Gibbs (Col ’07 L/M), Demetra Karamanos (Col ’07, Law ’10 L/M), Alana Witte Newman (Col ’07), Nancy Ferretti Stranix (Col ’07), Mariah Underhill (Col ’07 L/M), Michael “Mickey” Cloud (Com ’07), Trey Garza (Col ’07), Chilton Griffin III (Engr ’07 L/M), Bernard Harkless (Arch ’07) and Bryan Wood (Col ’07). The couple lives in Arlington, Va., where Ms. Matthews works in marketing research for Millward Brown, and Mr. Matthews works in engineering for Jacobs.
Molly Seltzer (Col ’07 L/M) works as a financial reporter and editor at Bloomberg News. In May, she published her first book, a collection of humorous essays about her first two years living in New York City, All Downhill from Ivan Puffenbarger.
Amanda Shimshock (Com ’07) and Scott Allen (Col ’06 L/M) were married at the U.Va. Chapel on May 15, 2010. Their reception was at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. The wedding party included April Shimshock (Com ’02), Lindsey Long (Col ’07), Anna Mapes (Nurs ’07), Sarah Pierce (Col ’08), Benjamin Knezic (Col ’06 L/M), Matthew Hale (Col ’06 L/M), Reed Smollar (Com ’06 L/M) and Eric Giardini (Col ’07 L/M). Ms. Shimshock and Mr. Allen both currently work as consultants in the Northern Virginia area.
Michael Ronald Sorrell Jr. (Col ’07, Law ’10) and Paris Michelle Ratliff (Col ’07 L/M) were married on Aug. 7, 2010, in Richmond, Va. The couple met while undergraduates at the University. Mr. Sorrell went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, serving as an executive editor of the Virginia Law Review and being inducted into the Order of the Coif. Ms. Ratliff attended the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law and graduated with honors. Both received their juris doctor degrees in May 2010 and passed the Virginia Bar exam two months later. Three other Wahoos were key participants in the wedding ceremony: Nikola Juris-Nable (Col ’07) of Baltimore served as matron of honor, and David Bowen (Col ’08 L/M) of Tyler, Texas, and A.J. Burton (Law ’10) of Bethesda, Md., served as head ushers. The Crossings in Glen Allen, Va., was the site of the reception. Mr. Sorrell is serving a one-year clerkship with the Honorable Robert E. Payne in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, in Richmond. Ms. Ratliff joined the law firm of LeClairRyan, based in Richmond, in January 2011. The couple resides in Richmond.
Sara Stromeyer (Col ’07 L/M) married Bryan Porter (Col ’07 L/M) on May 14, 2011, in Baton Rouge, La., at the home of her parents. Their wedding party included Margaret Patton (Col ’07) and Brian Yoakam (Col ’07). Ms. Stromeyer holds a master’s degree and is currently working on her doctorate in clinical child psychology at the University of Alabama. Mr. Porter recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a joint juris doctorate and master’s degree in business administration. He works for BBVA Compass. The couple resides in Birmingham, Ala.
Kathryn Mary Torzewski (Engr ’07) married Andrew Collier Forch (Com ’07 L/M) on May 29, 2011, at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Va. The couple honeymooned in Brazil and resides in San Francisco. Ms. Forch works in manufacturing for BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Mr. Forch is a former investment banking analyst for Greenhill & Co. and is currently the co-founder of Huckberry.
Nancy Twine (Com ’07 L/M) is currently an associate at Goldman Sachs within the commodities sales division. She resides in lower Manhattan.
Nancy Twine (Com ’07 L/M) is currently an associate at Goldman Sachs within the commodities sales division. She resides in lower Manhattan.
Mary Whelan (Col ’07 L/M) married Christopher Lovely on July 23, 2011, in Rye, N.Y. Their wedding party included Patrick Whelan (Col ’09 L/M), David Whelan (Col ’10 L/M), Kelly Whelan (Col ’13 L/M), Elizabeth Corbett (Col ’07 L/M), Michelle Jackson (Col ’07 L/M) and Mikaela Joseph (Col ’07). The couple lives in Houston, where Ms. Lovely is an associate attorney working in the corporate department of Seyfarth Shaw.
Elizabeth Whittecar (Arch ’07 L/M) and Luke Roloff (Col ’07 L/M) were married on May 1, 2010 at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Va. Mr. Roloff is a police officer and Ms. Whittecar works as an architect for SmithGroup in Washington, D.C. The couple resides in Alexandria, Va.
Amanda Wright (Col ’07 L/M) married Colin Burns on Sept. 3, 2011, in Richmond, Va., at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. The reception was held at the Jefferson Hotel. The wedding party included Camden Janney (Col ’07), Deirdre McGuigan (Col ’07 L/M), Jordan Gravely (Arch ’07 L/M), Sara McLinden (Engr ’07 L/M), Mamie Belle (Col ’07 L/M) and Sara Barton (Col ’07). The couple resides in Dothan, Ala. Ms. Wright is a graduate student at Troy University and Mr. Burns is a nuclear engineer for Southern Co.
Brian Yoakam (Col ’07) received the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance’s Defender of the Year Award for the U.S. Air Force. He is currently stationed in Aurora, Colo., at Buckley AFB.
Daniel Taylor Young (Col ’07 L/M) and Carolina Ferrerosa Dueñas (Col ’09 L/M) were married on August 4, 2012, at the University of Virginia Chapel. Ms. Ferrerosa-Young will begin a PhD program in political science at Columbia University as a dean’s fellow and a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow this fall. Mr. Young graduated in May 2012 with a joint JD/MPP degree from Yale Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and Harvard Zuckerman Fellow. He will begin working at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York in September.
Elizabeth Heaney Ziccardi (Col ’07 L/M) joined Teach For America’s 2011 teaching corps in San Francisco after four years in private wealth management. She is teaching middle school math.
Alumna Lulu Miller (Grad '13) and Alix Spiegel have created a new National Public Radio show with a focus on how invisible forces influence human behavior.
Before embarking on a naval career that would send him to the North and South poles, Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd spent a year studying at U.Va.
U.Va. research professor Matthew Gerber has developed a computer program that uses Twitter to predict crime patterns.
Maintaining a 6-mile network of tunnels under Grounds is a never-ending job for U.Va.'s facilities workers. They spend every day of the year fixing valves, draining traps and conducting routine inspections on the pipes that heat the Grounds.