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Alumni Class Notes

Philip Weeks ’52, of Forest, is a retired bishop.

Amos Rideout, Jr.  ’62, of Stony Creek, is a board member of Virginia United Methodist Pensions, Inc. where he serves as chair of the personnel and nominating committee.

James Clements ’67, of Hurt, is retired from Dominion Generation where he worked as a procurement engineer.

Regenia Knupp Wine ’67

Regenia Knupp Wine ’67, of Waynesboro, was awarded the adjunct faculty award at Blue Ridge Community College.

George Yancey ’67, of Gordonsville, recently retired from a  thirty-seven year career in retail/commercial and wealth management banking.  He is married to Phyllis.  George is a member of Ferrum College Board of Trustees serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Investment Committee, member of the Orange County Planning Commission for six years+, founding member of the Germanna Wilderness Area Plan for Orange County, Vice Chairman of Dogwood Village Foundation and Dogwood Village Senior Living and appointed to the Dogwood Village Health Commission.

John G. Kines, Jr.  ’68, of Disputanta, has been appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Board of Social Services.  Kines has served in local government more than 35 years.  He recently completed 12 years as a member of the Virginia Commission on Local Government.

Suzanne Lynch ’72, of St. Petersburg, FL, is retired.

Gene Haynes ’76, on Concord, NC, is employed by State Farm Insurance Co as an agent.

Tony Drayton ’77, of Clinton, MD, is retired.

Melissa Powell Gay ’77, of Glen Allen, published a novel, When Are You Leaving.  The novel is set in southwestern VA, somewhere between Franklin County and Roanoke.  The story is about a small town living in a 21st century world. She blogs about her book and southern living at and is currently working on her second novel.  When Are You Leaving may be purchased in print and e-book format at or

Al Latimer ’77, of Apopka, FL, has published a novel, The Irregular Ordination of Preacher Jim.  For the last 18 years, Al has been a senior member of Florida Governor’s office of economic development.  He also serves on the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Council, which advises the Florida Legislature on education and workforce talent issues.  Writing has been his hobby and stress reliever since high school.  You can find out about his book by going to and typing Al Latimer into the search box.  A picture of the book cover and a brief summary will appear.

Greg Hancock ’79, of Daytona Beach, FL, is retired.

Al Midgett ’79, of Virginia Beach, is employed by R.E. Michel Company, LLC as an outside sales representative.

Clark Childers ’80, of Williamsburg, is retired.  He is married to Susan Childers ’81, who is also retired.

Charles Neal ’81, of Durham, NC, is employed by Domino’s Pizza as a delivery driver.  He has worked as a driver and manager for the last 33 years.  He recently published a book called Getting the Pizzas to the People. Books can be purchased online at as Kindle, e-book or hard copy.

G. Bryan Slater ’82

G. Bryan Slater ’82, of Washington, DC, has appointed as Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.  Previous to his current appointment, Slater served as the Director of Operations and Facilities for Freedom Partners Shared Services.  Throughout his highly lauded career, Slater has held many leadership positions within Federal and state governments.

Kevin Poeckert ’83, of Weyers Cave, is employed by the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church as a pastor at Mount Clinton United Methodist Church.

Ray Daisey ’84, of Horntown, is employed by Taylor Bank as assistant vice-president, branch manager.  He is living in the remote eastern shore of VA.

Michael Shultz ’85, of Evergreen, CO is employed by Bank of America as vice president.

Vicki Watson ’85, of Fredericksburg, is employed by National Community Development Association as an executive director.

Susan Rabon McCandless ’86, of Preston, MD, is employed by Caroline County Public Schools as supervisor of instruction.

Frank Clark ’87, of Williamsburg, is employed by Department of Historic Foodways.

James Ray Goode, II ’92, of Woodstock, and his wife, Jenni Amatangelo Goode, announce the birth of their son, James Ray Goode, III, on May 22, 2017.Jerold Smith ’93, of Fredericksburg is employed by a private contractor on a Naval Base as an IT technician.  His wife, Michelle Filson Smith ’95, is employed by a hospital doing medical social work.

Joey Stanley ’93

Joey Stanley ’93, of Callaway, is the owner of Uptown Gifts in Towers Mall, Roanoke, VA. He creates handmade gifts using ordinary items.

Timothy Moore ’94, of Marco Island, FL, is employed by Collier County Government as a manager of landscape operations. He is married to Heather ’94, and she is employed by Seacrest Country Day School as a development associate.

Kimberly O’Bryan ’95, of Alexandria, is engaged to Eric Stewart.  They are set to marry on December 9, 2017.  She is employed by Fairfax County Public Schools as a special education coordinator.

Michael Yergey ’95, of Gainesville, is employed by Yergey Insurance Services, LLC as president.

Todd Overstreet ’96, of Rocky Mount, and his wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Ann, on April 26, 2017.

Deborah Carter ’97, of Lorton, is employed by DELTA Resources, Inc. as a project manager.

Odell Gray ’97, of Ferrum, is employed by the Department of Social Services in the child protective services unit.

Nathan Daniels ’99, of North Chesterfield, is employed as owner of Daniels Sports Performance.  They train athletes and prepare them for competition out of Tuckahoe Sports in the Richmond area.

Toni Lynn Mills ’99, of Rocky Mount, is employed by DRRC as a director of operations and finance.

Brian Walton ’00, of Dayton, OH, and his wife, Brittany, announce the birth of their daughter, Allyson Hope, on June 4, 2017.

Brian Kiser, ’01, of Roanoke, is employed by Roanoke Regional Airport Commission as an IT manager.

Carrie Sessor Pinnix ’01, of Collinsville, is employed by Collinsville Primary as a first grade teacher.

Conner Wilson

Connor Wilson Guilliams

Cory Guilliams ’02, of Penn Laird, and his wife, Lynette Evans Guilliams ’05 announce the birth of their son, Conner Wilson, on May 29, 2017.

Scott Bryant  ’03, of Roanoke, is employed by Our Lady of the Valley as Director of Social Services.  He is married to Cara and they have 6 children, Collin, Jacob, Emmalynn, Ashby, Ariana and Haley.

Lorie Hale Holland ’03, of Rocky Mount, and her husband, Ken, announce the birth of their son, Jayce Alexander, on October 10, 2017.

Ken Bradshaw ’04, of Kanab, UT, is employed by the Bureau of Land Management as a soil scientist at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Jessica Scruggs Horta ’04, of Rustburg, and her husband, Rigos, announce the birth of their daughter, Davanee Troian, on May 30, 2017.

Sandy Southard Kalamaras ’04, of Henrico, and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of their son, Colin Bates, on October 16, 2017.

Ginni Matern Mastin ’04, of Ruther Glen, is employed by Matern Staffing as co- owner.

Anne Marie Mayberry ’04, of Stephens City, and her husband, Timothy, announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Ruth, on October 3, 2017.

Jamie Morton Warner ’04, of Bethany, CT, is employed by Bridgeport Public Schools as a biology teacher.

Mariah Koptis Campbell ’05, of San Antonio, TX, is employed by Wells Fargo as a loan servicing specialist.

Casey Vassar Gerritz ’05, He joins big brother, Carson. of Henderson, NV, and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of their son, Nash Landon, on June 15, 2017. He joins big sister, Emerson.

Todd Meadows ’05, of Roanoke, is employed by IPS Packaging as division sales manager.

Rakisha Niblett ’05, of Martinsville, announces the birth of her son, Ethan Cru, on April 2, 2017.

Thomas James ’06, of Centreville, has accepted the new pastoral appointment for Washington Street United Methodist Church in Old Town Alexandria as lead pastor.

Andrew Thomas Kay

Jamie ’06 and Virginia Kay ’06, of Sandston, announce the birth of their son, Andrew Thomas, on March 22, 2017.

Matt Smiley ’06, of Waynesboro, and his wife, Aundrea Burton Smiley ’07, announce the birth of their son, Liam Everett-Young, on June 8, 2017.

Cameron Walker ’06, of Powhatan, is employed by Bon Secours- St. Mary’s Hospital as a registered nurse, certified emergency nurse, and clinical laboratory science professional II.

Boyd Clay Wiley, Jr.  ’06, of Moseley, and his wife, Lauren, announce the birth of their daughter, Quinn Clayton, on June 7, 2017.  She joins big sister, Regan.

Derek Ritenour ’06, of Woodstock, VA, recently earned his masters of science in education from Shenandoah University and was hired as the assistant principal of Strasburg High School.

Ashley Nolen Moore ’07, and her husband, Chris, of Moneta, announce the birth of their son, Jackson Moore, on March 20, 2017.

Sarah Saar ’07, of  Jefferson, IN, is employed by FSA Management Group, LLC as executive director.

Emily Kay ’08, of Minneapolis, MN, wed Steve Fratantaro on April 22, 2017.

Tim Pohlad-Thomas ’08, of Roanoke, is employed by RIDE Solutions as an outreach and communications specialist.

Meaghan Hill Thompson ’08, of Roanoke, and her husband, Kyle, announce the birth of their son, Jase Michael, on October 7, 2017.

Alyssa Walden ’08, of Fredericksburg, and her wife, Michelle Foley Walden, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Ruth, on September 23, 2017.

Seth Hill ’09, of Chesapeake, is employed by Alphatec Surveyors, LTD as a project manager.

Matthew Bird ’10, of Vinton, is employed by Cintas as a management trainee.

Ashley Hale Cassidy ’10, and her husband, Brian ’10, announce the birth of her son, Andrew James, on April 18, 2017.  He join big brother, Riley.

Sam Catron ’10, of Greensboro, is employed by Charles Aris, Inc. as an associate recruiter.

Roger Keaton ’10, of Danville, is employed by Pittsylvania County Schools as an instructional technology resource teacher.  He graduated from Averett University with a masters of education in curriculum and instruction (math concentration).  He married Emily Irvin Keaton on June 11, 2016.

Stephanie Perdue ’10, of Roanoke, is employed by Ferrum College as coordinator of prospect development and communications in admissions.

Tyler Ross ’10 wed Heather Luther ’10, on April 29, 2017.  They will reside in Fieldale.

Alison Martin Saul ’10, of Bassett, and her husband, Allen, announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Mackenzie on October 11, 2017.

Samantha Naff Anise ’11, and her husband, Michael, of Wellington, FL, announce the birth of their son, Asher Zachary, on June 28, 2017.

Brittany Burton ’11, of Brodnax, is employed by the Virginia Department of Corrections as time computation specialist.

Jordan Diggins ’11, of Richmond, is employed by Lutheran Family Services of Virginia as a treatment foster care social worker.  She is married to Louis and has three children, Rowen, Elijah, and Sienna.

Chazley Logan ’11, of Danville, is employed by Averett University as a student success counselor.

Star Smith Norton ’11, of Rocky Mount, graduated from Liberty University with a masters of education with a cognate in Administration and Supervision.  She is now an instructional coach at Sontag Elementary.

Shaina DeBord Smith ’11, of Rocky Mount, and her husband, Nick, announce the birth of their twins, Hylton Elizabeth and Hayes Camby on January 1, 2017.

Matthew C. Woods ’11, of Athens, is employed by Athens Technical College as an adjunct instructor.

Kristy Bell ’12, of Richmond, is employed by Firehouse Theatre Project, Inc. as a stage manager.

William McCray ’12, of South Hill, wed Shentel “Jade” Witcher on March 25, 2017.

Gigi Moore ’12, of Richmond, is married to Zack and has one child, Aubree.

Alison Collier Weakley ’12, and her husband, Steven, of Chester, announce the birth of their daughter, Adalynn Marie, on July 7, 2017.

Carol “CeeCee” Bartels ’13, of Richmond, is employed by HRI Lodging as guest services manager.

Clare Mathews ’13,  of Oak Hill, is employed by South Riding Golfers Club as director of sales and marketing.

Elise Foster Aragon ’14, and her husband, Jonathan, announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Edward, on July 9, 2017.

Ta’brielle Daniels ’14, of Richmond, is employed by the Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine as an executive assistant.

Meagan Hodges Davis ’14, of Glade Hill, is employed by Duncan Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM as a title clerk.

Gary Goad ’14, of Wirtz, is employed by Virginia State Police as a state trooper.

Daniel Hogan ’14, of Jacksonsville, FL, is employed by Advantage Solutions as a category manager.

Tyresa Johnson ’14, of Rocky Mount, wed Xavier Drakeford on April 20, 2017.  She is employed by Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital as an hospice social worker.

Jacob Moore ’14, of Dispustanta, and his wife, Chelsie Brown Moore ’13, announce the birth of their son, Brantley Franklin, on May 19, 2017.

Melody Pendleton ’14, of Rocky Mount, announces the birth of her son, Christian Eliah, on March 17, 2017.

Patrick Cathro ’15, of Washington DC, is a second year law student.

Jamez Clements ’15, of California, is employed by AmeriCorps as a teacher aide.  He is pursing his masters in education.

Elizabeth Dunn ’15, is employed as an English teacher in China.

Eric Gregg ’15, of Roanoke, and his wife, Cassandra Stalker Gregg ’15, announce the birth of their son, Dean Thomas, on May 19, 2017.

Todd Holmes, Jr ’15, of Statesville, NC, is employed by Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina as the veterans service representative for Iredell County, NC.

Casey Naff ’15 wed Christian Bowling, on July 22, 2o17.  They reside in Boones Mill.

Amy Branch ’16, of Goochland, is engaged to Trevor Almond.  A spring 2018 wedding is being planned.

Mary Hammock ’16, of Chatham, is employed by Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Courtland, VA service center as a soil conservationist.

Ty Haywood ’16, of Leesburg is employed by Madison Trust Elementary School as a third grade teacher.

Brad Lael ’16, of Fredericksburg is employed by Virginia Tech-Northern Piedmont Agriculture Research Station as a farm manager.

Sarah Patnaude ’16, of Midlothian, has been accepted at George Mason to begin working toward her masters in social work with a clinical practice concentration.

Tyler Poage ’16, is employed by Franklin County Public Schools as the new head boy’s varsity lacrosse coach.

Rachel Scott ’16, of Marion, has been accepted into Radford’s Psychology-Clinical Counseling Program and awarded a teaching assistantship.

Trinity Welsh ’16, of Arkansas, is employed by Teach for America as a 1oth grade teacher.

Krista Farrell ’17, of Rocky Mount, is employed by Franklin County Public Schools as a teacher at Sontag Elementary School.

Michael Gauldin ’17, of Collinsville, is employed by Youth Connect as a therapeutic youth mentor.

Becky LaFlamme ’17, of Rocky Mount, is employed by Coordinator of Volunteers for the Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program at the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center.

Amanda Roberts ’17, of Lawrenceville, is employed by Greensville Elementary as a first grade reading teacher.

Bry Zent ’17, of Rocky Mount, is employed by Franklin County Public Schools as a teacher at Sontag Elementary School.

Ella Carter Nash ’39, of Collinsville, died August 26, 2017

Charles David Easter ’41, of Roanoke, died October 3, 2017

Betty Dalton Bradley ’45, of Roanoke, died October 15, 2017

Mary Maude McGhee ’45, of Vinton, died June 17, 2017

Beatrice Claudine Lee Wood ’48, of Woolwine, died August 1, 2017

John R. Plymale, Jr. ’49, of Rockingham, died September 19, 2017

James S. Angle ’56, of Salem, died April 13, 2017

Anne Carpenter Tinney ’56, of Urbanna, died September 18, 2017

Janie I. Craft ’57, of Cloverdale, died March 15, 2017

Kenneth “Skinny” Journell ’57, of Roanoke, died July 25, 2017

Ronald L. Parks ’59, of Rock Hill, SC, died September 22, 2017

Sidney Bernard Stephens ’59, of Plano, TX, died March 22, 2017

Edward D. Bocock ’60, of South Haven, died July 16, 2017

Donnie L. Farris ’62, of Rocky Mount, died August 29, 2017

John Thomas Moody ’63, of Rocky Mount, died May 27, 2017

Thomas Joseph Stanley, Sr. ’63, of Ashland, died April 19, 2017

Fred M. Reekes ’66, of Lawrenceville, died May 7, 2017

Owen Smith Vernon ’66, died April 28, 2017

Allen Douglas Fravel ’67, of Mechanicsville, died April 15, 2017

Gary W. Nalls ’69, of Ashland, died May 6, 2017

Joyce Ann Epperly ’70, Christiansburg, died April 16, 2017

Terry Wayne Cundiff ’71, of Roanoke, died May 10, 2017

Curtis A. “CUJO” Johnson ’71, of Loyalsock Township, died September 24, 2017

Lori Ann Clay ’79, of Rock Hill, SC, died April 1, 2017

Deidri L. “Dee” Sarver-Jamison ’89, of Boones Mill, died August 14, 2017

Kathryn West Hailey ’93, of Highland Springs, died April 29, 2017

Billy Ray Ellis, Jr. ’95, of Virginia Beach, died March 30, 2017

Alex Janow ’07, of Charleston, SC, died April 17, 2017

Candice Shaunte Jackson ’09, of Lithonia, GA, died October 14, 2017