Alumni Notes: Class Years 1980-89


Below are archived updates for alumni graduating between 1980 and 1989. Visit the main Alumni Notes page for current updates.

Mark Dennett '80 - After a successful 26-year carrer as an attorney with the US Postal Service, capped by the receipt of the prestigious Eagle Award, I retired in February, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. I have a consulting business working out of my home, but spend most of my time with my wife and dog, visiting family and travelling, reading, and working on my golf game. (12/10)

Robert Graboyes '81 is now the senior health care advisor for the National Federation of Independent Businesses in D.C. In 2007 he was named a visiting scholar at the Kazakhstan School of Public Health, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and visiting research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. Dr. Graboyes received the Dennis D. Pointer Award from the 2007 graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University's Master of Science in the Health Administration Program. (2009)

Benjamin Mays '81 - Benjamin W. (Ben) Mays was appointed as the Loudoun County's (VA) Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Department of Management and Financial Services. (12/12)

Richard Saunders '82 has his own law practice in northern NJ, specializing in land use and development. He served as councilman for the Borough of Wanaque as well as three terms on various, municipal Planning and Zoning Boards. (2009)

Paul Boykas '83 is the Vice-President for Global Public Policy for PepsiCo., overseeing the company's outreach to external stakeholders on policy and sustainability efforts; he has been with Pepsi for 18 years now. (2009)

Anne Foster '83 is a director at the law firm of Richards, Layton, & Finger in Wilmington, DE, where she has practiced since graduating from Marshall-Wythe in 1986. (2009)

Andy Goldsmith '83 currently heads up brand strategy and advertising for the American Cancer Society, after spending 20 years in the advertising business. (2009)

Ned Monroe '83  - Ned Monroe was recently named the Senior Vice President of External Relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the preeminent US manufacturers association as well as the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million workers, contributes more than $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, is the largest driver of economic growth in the nation and accounts for the lion's share of private sector research and development. (10/11)

Ned Monroe '83 is Vice-President of Political Affairs with the National Restaurant Association in D.C. (2009)

Carl Sehen '83 - After graduation some 27 years ago, still can't believe it has been that long, I moved to Greenville SC to accept a position with Milliken and Company, a large manufacturer of textiles and chemical products. After two years with Milliken, I moved into sales of print and promotional products and am now back in Richmond, living in the Fan, and with an office in the Stonewall Jackson building on edge of Fan from which I continue to sell print and promotional products to businesses and government agencies. (09/10)

Dean Bland '84 is a U.S. Army Colonel, currently serving in D.C. (2009)

Darby Dickerson '84 - In July 2011, Darby Dickerson assumed the deanship at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas, where she also holds the W. Frank Newton Endowed Professorship. She has served as dean of Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, since 2003. (10/11)

Scott McCleskey '84 - Still working at Thomson Reuters, and was recently promoted to Global Head of Financial Services Regulation for the Governance, Risk and Compliance division. My second book on financial reform (When Free Markets Fail) was published last year, and my editorial column recently won a national award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. (10/11)

Scott McCleskey '84 is working in journalism as Managing Editor for a unit of Thomson Reuters specializing in financial regulatory reform. He has written a book on the subject which has just been published by Wiley, When Free Markets Fail. (9/10)

Michael Dougherty '85 was recently named editor of "CD Practice," an online periodical and section within the Journal of Community Development. (2009)

Kathryn Dobbs Erskine '85 - My young adult novel, MOCKINGBIRD, won the National Book Award in the Young People's Literature category. (12/10)

Lisa Krizan '85 graduated with a JD from Catholic University Law School in Washington, DC, and is the founder of LMK Associates, an intellectual property boutique practice, in Richmond, VA, serving clients nationwide. Lisa is married with three kids, two girls and a boy. (9/10)

Henry Plaster '85 started his own government relations firm, Plaster and Associates LLC in MD. (2009)

Rodney Willett '85 joined North Highland, an international management and technology consulting company, to open its Richmond office and lead the company's public sector practice for VA. Before joining North Highland, Rodney managed the VA State Government's web portal for seven years. He also chairs the Board of Trustees for the Richmond Montessori School, which all three of his children attend. (2009)

Adrienne Cox '86 was elected Vice-President of the Board of CASA for Children of D.C., an organization that trains and deploys volunteer advocates to help D.C.'s foster youth. (2009)

James Harenchar '86 is a managing partner and executive vice-president of RightMinds, an advertising agency, in Richmond. (2009)

Christopher Bright '87 published Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era: Nuclear Antiaircraft Arms and the Cold War in the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology Series in September 2010. Reviewers called the work “pathbreaking” and said it was “an important book that fills in lost chapters of the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union.” (9/10)

Natalee Johnsrud Gregg '87 lobbied in Richmond for more than 15 years. She then took a gubernatorial appointment in the Department of Conservation and Recreation. She left this position after the birth of her daughter in 2004. She is currently at home, raising a 3-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. (2009)

Susan (Parker) Lauer '87 is beginning her third year as a kindergarten teacher outside of Winchester, VA. She has been teaching for twelve years and was chosen last year as The Picture People’s Favorite Teacher. (9/10)

Ted Zoller '87 - I'm currently the Director of UNC Chapel Hill's Center for Entrepreneurship and am an Associate Professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. My wife Allison (Powell) Zoller MA'90 and our two daughters, Katherine and Courtney are living it up in Chapel Hill, and head up to the Burg from time to time. Mark's family relocated this month from Munich to Belgium where Mark will run the Sapient office there. Edmund and his wife Laura (Harris) '87 are enjoying the good life in Northern Virginia after Edmund has sold his company, and continuing his life as a serial entrepreneur. Edmund and I are actively collaborating in working with and investing in entrepreneurial ventures in Europe and in the US. (12/10)

Marc-Duo Broich '88 in 2000 moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he is President of Alcon Yachts, LLC in 2002. In 2008, he became chairman and CEO of Maui Surf Company, LLC. (2009)

Susan Gerock Lilly '88 was promoted to vice-president, IT Application Services, at Corporate Office Properties Trust in MD in March 2008. In addition, she continues to service on the Fund for William & Mary's Board of Directors. (2009)

Maggie (Margiotta) Melson '88 has been Director of Special Projects at St. John’s College since November 2009. She manages institutional priorities for eight college officers, directs a $1M project to transform admissions practices, and creates new communication tools to attract students who best fit the program. (9/10)

G. Paul Nardo '88 was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment by Governor McDonnell this summer and will be reform recommendations to strengthen Virginia’s higher education system. (9/10)

J.D. Bowers '89 received the 2010 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at Northern Illinois University and was also selected by the US Department of State to direct the 2010 Cyprus Bicommunal Youth Conflict Transformation. Now in his fifth year as director of the Genocide and Human Rights Institute, he led a one-week summer program for twenty teachers from across the US on the history and current efforts at prevention in the Roger W. Smith Summer Institute for teachers. (9/10)

Jerome Bowers II '89 published Joseph Priestly and English Unitarianism in America in 2007. He continues to run the secondary history education program, for which he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Norway, and also directs the Genocide and Human Rights Summer Institute at Northern Illinois University. In the summer of 2007 he traveled to Cyprus as part of an international delegation at the behest of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus to assist in the education and reconciliation process between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots. (2009)

Doug Clarke '89 is an Associate Director for Accreditation of the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. (2009)

Chris Logan '89 - Currently serving as Senior Counselor to the Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness at FEMA in the Department of Homeland Security. Previously served as director of the Homeland Security and Technology Division at the National Governors Association, after many years in journalism. (12/10)

Jeryl Rose Phillips '89 -  Having made the rounds working for several local government Planning Departments in Hampton Roads over the past two decades, my latest land (and hopefully last) is with the City of Virginia Beach, as their Comprehensive Planning Coordinator and I couldn't be more pleased with being given that responsibility. Just before my time, Virginia Beach was the recipient of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association's (APA Virginia) Outstanding Plan for 2010, and I'm delighted to be a part of that legacy, helping to create a truly first class City for a Lifetime. I'm enjoying retooling strategic areas of the city into a more urban fashion, to absorb future population growth with better form and, hopefully, a new light rail transit system, making the starter line in Norfolk opening in May 2011 a truly regional system. I continue serving in a second term as the APA Virginia President and welcome all inquiries from students or alumni interested in a carrer in Planning. Hello, Professor McGlennon! Hope you're doing well. Richmond and High Growth issues still call from time ot time! Please pass along a special hello to Professor Emeritus Jack Edwards. W&M, a special place, indeed - hark, upon the gale and Go, Tribe! (I have to admit, I'm still trying to warm up to this Tribe of Phoenixes thing...:) (12/10)

Shaunti Feldhahn Reidinger '89 received her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University and was then a financial analyst at the NY Fed. When she moved to NY with her husband, she began writing books, doing public speaking, and writing a nationally-syndicated opinion column as the conservative half of a liberal-conservative "debate" column called Woman to Woman. She has published For Women Only, available in 18 different languages. (2009)

Sarah Ryan Rice '89 is the Environmental Director of the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians in Central CA, where she writes grants and manages a wide variety of environmental programs such as water quality standards development, pesticide monitoring projects for multiple Tribes, and the Annual Tule Boat festival held in August. She has two young daughters. (2009)