Alumni Updates

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James Heslep '01 received his JD from West Virginia University in 2004. He has been practicing law with Steptoe & Johnson in West Virginia since graduation. He currently serves as leader of the firm's Workers' Compensation Practice Group. (12/16)

Lucas Snipes '73 recently retired after over 40 years in Health Care Admin - (and having been a panelist for Econ - career day a number of years ago)- I want to answer the question - "What do you do with a degree in Econ - when you are not going to grad school?". During my career I did serve as a hospital administrator - for about 20 years. The smallest 26 beds and the largest - a $500 million in annual revenue medical center. Other jobs - Human Resources (SrVP) for the largest private employer in VA west of Richmond, Strategic planner, head of marketing ($2million/ year ad budget), Mergers and acquisitions, new ventures, consolidations, and I tangled with the Feds and won a merger case. Also, population health issues, labor relations, and I led the merging of comp and benefits - including changes to the 5-6 different pension plans and pre-tax savings plan... without running afoul of regs. The department taught me to "think like an economist" and that is what allowed me to handle these many varied tasks. (10/16)

Michael Gross '89 is a Director at S&P Global Ratings based in San Francisco, CA. (10/16)

Evan Lewis '77 is an attourney with his own private legal practice (09/16)

Janice Steed Lewis '77 is Director of J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University. (09/16)

Brittany Gibbs Forman '06 - Recently, I started a job as a Director at an economic consulting firm called Econsult Solutions in Philadelphia, PA. (09/16)

William Egge '91 - is the Group Head - Technology, Media & Communications Banking at Citizens Capital Markets, Inc. Joined in 2013. (09/16)

John Bracaglia '14 accepted a position at Google[x] Life Sciences (Verily) to focus on the economics of medical device development and the behavioral aspects of medical compliance. (09/16)

Joe Hart '10 graduated from Medical School at Marshall University. (09/16)

Thomas Smith '77 serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Markel Corporation based in Richmond, VA. Markel ranks 504 by Fortune and is a NYSE company with over 8,000 associates in more than 60 offices in 18 countries. (11/15)

Eva Baker ' 12 after spending three years with Cornerstone Research as an economic litigation consultant, accepted a position with The Advisory Board Company analyzing data related to health care for the new product's division. (09/15)

John Bracaglia ' 14 accepted a position at Google in Mountain View, CA, working to use query and maps data to understand local business performance. (09/15)

Ben Marzouk ' 07 after graduating from UVA Law School in 2011, accepted a position as a securities regulatory attorney for Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Washington, DC. (09/15)

Kevin A. Park '06 received PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill in city and regional planning and is now an economist in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research. (09/15)

Chris Smith ' 07 after spending five years with JP Morgan Chase & Co. in both NYC and Boston, returned to Williamsburg to open a new craft brewery with Robby Willey III ' 05, The Virginia Beer Company will open to the public in February 2016. (09/15)

Brooke Snowdon ' 13 is currently pursuing a master's degree in international development at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. (09/15)

Liz (Gerloff) Wagenseller ' 00 is Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale. (10/15)

Kristie Wei '15 accepted a position in a specialty finance consulting group within the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers. (09/15)

Jacqueline Westley ' 07 after graduating from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business with an MBA in finance and social entrepreneurship, accepted a position with Calvert Foundation's investments team in Bethesda, MD (09/15)

Michael Fratantoni '92 is Cheif Economist and SVP, Research and Industry Technology, Mortgage Bankers Association. (09/15)

Rob Allen ' 81 joined Citizens Financial Group as the Chief Credit Officer, Commercial Banking in April 2014. (09/15)

David Ribar '84 is a professional research fellow and acting deputy director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. (09/15)

Linda (Allen) Hunt ' 74 attended one year of graduate school in economics at UVA, worked for two years at the Center for Naval Analyses doing operations research studies, received MS in computer science and went to work for NASA, several years later received MS in atmospheric science and now does research on the chemistry and energy balance of the upper atmosphere. (09/15)

Brian LaFerriere ' 74 after ten years at Merrill Lynch as a certified financial planner and a vice president in the retirement group, changed directions in 2012 with the purchase of two Molly Maid small business franchises in Birmingham, MI. (09/15)

Martha (Rhyne) Tuthill '79 started at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), worked up to COO of the communications and high tech division and now owns her own consulting company specializing in advising state legislatures and agencies to solve child welfare and Medicaid issues. (09/15)

Richard Goodwin ' 64 in September 2015 became a US Administrative Law Judge with the Food and Drug Administration. (10/15)