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Alumni Updates

We post updates from alumni and friends as we receive them. Use our handy online form to send us your news. Mail us your business card, and we'll display that as well (see links below).

Chris Smith '07: After spending five years with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in both New York City and Boston, I recently returned to Williamsburg to open a new craft brewery with Robby Willey III '05. Our venture, The Virginia Beer Company, will be opening sometime during the first half of 2014. (9/13)

Allan Beckmann '05: I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Master of Public Administration in 2010, worked as an economist for the IRS for a little more than a year, and have been working as an economist for the US Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration since November 2011. (9/13)

Karina Beckmann (Ronstrom) '05: Earned a Masters in Trust and Wealth Management from Campbell University in 2010, and is now a Certified Financial Planner practitioner. Currently working as Financial Planning Analyst with a financial planning firm, and also pursuing a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University (expected 2016). (9/13)

Lew Derrickson '69: Recently retired from as the General Agent for the State of Indiana for Northwestern Mutual following a 35 year career . Resides in Naples, Florida. (9/13)

Richard Sherman '77: After Law School at Marshall-Wythe, spent 28 years in the Foreign Service, retiring in 2008. Now a senior analyst with SAIC. (10/12)

Robert J. Pederson ' 79, Treasurer of the U.S. Postal Service, was named to Treasury and Risk Magazine's 2010 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance.  From www.treasuryandrisk.com: "At the struggling Postal Service, Pederson launched an award winning cash consolidation project that save $3million in bank fees. (9/12)

Sita Nataraj Slavov '97:  I have moved to the DC area permanently and am now working as a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.(9/12)

Carl Tack '78: has been appointed as a lecturer in corporate finance at the London School of Business. (9/12)

Claire McDonald (Sproul) '87: is founder and Head of The Independent School of Winchester, in Winchester, VA. (9/12)

Sarah Fletcher (Elder) '05 is a Podiatric Surgical Resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. (9/12)

Frank DiTraglia '06 is teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. (8/12)

James Roop '00 is Chief Financial Officer for Allied Associates International, Inc. in Warrenton, VA (12/11)

Carol (Zirnheld) Morin '75: Is a Senior Research Manager  for Westat, a government contractor located in Rockville, MD. (12/11)

Nicholas Sochurekn '04: Completed Masters of Applied Economics program through Johns Hopkins University and is currently a Manager at the insurance consulting firm KCIC, LLC in Washington, DC. (9/11)

Shelley Piedmont (Meister) '84: I am currently the Director of Human Resources at WTS International, located in Rockville, MD (9/11)

Trevor Dreyfus '06: Studied an MSc in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, and now works on the coffee desk at Louis Dreyfus Commodities in Connecticut. (8/11)