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Alumni Class Notes

60’s

Gerald Taylor '63, of Petaluma, CA, is retired.  He and his wife, Anne, moved to California in June of 2014.

Mickey Freeman '68, of Dickson,TN, recently performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

Linda Scott Handy ’69, of Callaway, is retired.

Sam Wilson ’69, of Roanoke, retired from the United States District Court Judge in August 2014.  He will spend a year in Taipei with his wife, Pendred, teaching American criminal justice at National Taiwan University.

70’s

Ronald Paxton ’70, of Newport News, releases his second novel, “Deep Water.” The novel is being published by World Castle Publishing and is available through their website (www.worldcastlepublishing.com) and on Amazon (www.amazon.com). 

Janis Smith-Goschke ’72, of Oxford, GA, is retired.

Marty Williams '73, of Richmond, was named to the Commonwealth Transportation Board for the State of Virginia.

Steve Robinson '78, of Chapel Hill,NC, has been appointed to the Radford University Board of Visitors.

80's

Clyde Gantt '80, of Virginia Beach, is retired from the VA Dept of Environmental Quality after serving 27 years.  He has been involved with water quality monitoring and water pollution control for 34 years.

Allen B. Crowder '82, of Newport News, is employed by the College of William and Mary as the turf equipment specialist.

Ree Hassett Cincelli '83, of North East, MD, is employed by Cecil County Public Schools as a behavior coach.

Robert Smith '83, of Hampton, is employed by Social Security Administration as an assistance manager.

Teresa Arquelles Hale '85, of Henrico, is employed by ECPI University as a program director of the criminal justice and business department.

Brian C. Little, Sr. '86, of Richmond, is employed by the City of Petersburg as cultural affairs manager.

Kelly Caputo '87, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was named 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at Deerfield Beach High School.  She is the science department chair and a IB biology teacher.  This is her 9th year with the school board of Broward County, FL.

Byron Chafin '88, of Richmond, is employed by Waste Management as director of education department.

Mark D. Hodges '88, of Devil Hills, NC, is a magistrate for Dare County.

90's

Paul Scott White '90. of Bena, is employed by Newport News Apprentice as head football coach.

Wes Furrow '92, and his wife, Rebecca  "Becky" Winesett Furrow, of Ferrum, announce the birth of their daughter, Ainsley Elizabeth, on July 11, 2014.  She joins big brothers, Adam and Levi.

T. Heath Cockerham '94, and his wife, Genna Fuchs Cockerham '96, of Monroe, announce the birth of their daughter, Kathryn Glee, on December 29, 2013.

Jon D. Morris '94, of Roanoke,is employed by Family Preservation Services of Virginia as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Kevin Keatts '95, of Louisville, KY, is employed by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as head men's basketball coach.

Tiffany D. Patton '95, wed Mike Morgan on March 13, 2014.  They reside in Richmond.  She is employed by Fareva Richmond as a supervisor.

James Richardson '95, and his wife, Jackie, of Providence Forge, announce the birth of their daughter, Alden Elizabeth on March 31, 2014.

Lt. Michelle Vandergrift '95, of Vinton, was promoted after 16 years in the force, making her the highest-ranking woman in the Roanoke Police Department.  She is only the second woman ever to hold the lieutenant title.

Darlene Dalay Wonggaew '95. and her husband, Choosak, of Tustin, CA, announce the birth of their daughter, Kayleigh, on June 21, 2014.

Tessie Bailey '96, of Billings, MT, was honored along with a small group of outstanding faculty for their achievements in teaching, scholarship, engagement and service.

Lorinda Hodges Gibbs '96, of Wirtz, is employed by Carter Bank and Trust as assistant vice president and managing officer at the Westlake office.

Kari A. Williams '96, of Philipsburg,  PA, is employed by SKILLS of Central PA, Inc. as a psychiatric rehabilitation worker.

J. Bryan Davis '97, of Wilmington, NC, has been appointed as head football coach of the Patrick Henry High School in Virginia.

Diane Hailey '98, of Roanoke, is employed by American-National University as director of programmatic and agency approvals.

Amanda McCauley '98, of Roanoke, is employed by Quest Diagnostics as a medical laboratory scientist.

Justin D. Sigmon '98 and his wife, Ollea "Rita" Sigmon '00, of Henry, announce the birth of their daughter, Brystal Hope, on April 2, 2014.  She joins big sister Brooklynn.

Robert Vanselow '98, of Panama, is employed by German-Tec (Panama), S.A. as a director of sales and operations.

John McClintic '99, of Purcellville, received the Certificate of Valor for his ingenuity and tenacity during the investigation of a crash on Belmont Ridge Road on August 2013.

Heather Schulz '99, of Fredericksburg, is employed by Rappahannock Goodwill Industries as an executive assistant.  She is also the Secretary of the Fredericksburg CSA Project.  She participated as an artist in two art festivals in Fredericksburg: Art Attack and Via Colori.

00's

Gretchen Hager Tipps '00, and her husband, Ryan, of Vinton, announce the birth of their daughter, Josephine (Josie) Beatrice, on November 20, 2013.

Amelia English-Brown '02, and her husband, Stuart, announce the birth of their daughter, Stasia, on June 21, 2014.  She joins big brothers, Justice and Alijah.

Oden "Joey" Cornwell '02, and his wife, Margaret Johnson Cornwell '02, of Boones Mill, announce the birth of their daughter, Martha Ellen, on June 2, 2014.  She joins big sister, Gracie.

Brad P. Dalton '03, and his wife, Heidi, of Henry, announce the birth of their son, Rhett Bowen, on May 9, 2014.   He joins big brother, Huckleberry.  Brad is the owner of the 77 Restaurant in Ferrum.

Chris Edwards '04, and his wife, Amie Wilson Edwards '06, of Chesterfield, announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Elizabeth on December 17, 2013.  She joins older siblings, Abilgail and Jake.  Chris is employed by Robbins Landscaping as account manager.

Amanda Tipton Erazro '04, is employed by Casa Stella Waldorf Initiative as founder/director.

Robert A. Glass '04, of Roanoke, wed Susan Jo Glass on March 15, 2014.

Sandra Southard Kalamaras '04, of Huntington, WA, is employed by Starbucks as assistant manager.

Carrie Jones Altice '05, and her husband, Brian, of Wirtz, announce the birth of their son, Michael Branson, on January 21, 2014.  He joins big sisters: Callie, Catherine and Brylie.

Lori Ekstein Barber '05, and her husband, Tim, of Richmond, announce the birth of their son, Graham Henry, on December 27, 2013.  He joins big brother Caleb.

Lorrie Ann Hale '05, of Ferrum, wed Jason Betterton on July 19, 2014.

Mariah Koptis '05, of San Antonio, TX, is employed by SunTrust Mortgage as a data analyst.

Ty'Nesha Jamison Scales '05, and her husband, Javon, of Wirtz, announce the birth of their son, Avery Alexander, on June 26, 2014.

Kelly Phillips Kidd '06, of Ridgeway, is employed by MPowering Kids as a therapeutic counselor.

Yayoi Nakagawa '06 , of Okinawa, Japan wed Michael Lane on May 21, 2014.  She is currently a housewife.

Wilshannoa Wells '06, of Waynesboro, is employed by Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center as a program support tech sr.

Boyd Clay Wiley '06, and his wife, Lauren, of Richmond, announce the birth of their daughter, Regan Leigh, on February 28, 2014.

Kaitlin Peterson Hairston '07, and her husband, Yuji Hairston '09, of Lynchburg, announce the birth of their son, Yuji Keith, on June 20, 2013.

Cody Matthews '07, and his wife, Amy Baxter Matthews '07, announce the birth of their daughter, Ryleigh Renee, on October 8, 2013.  She joins big sister Madison. 

Wilson Paine '07 wed Rosa Tapia on April 5, 2014.  They reside in Washington, DC. 

Adam M. Pickeral '07, and his wife, Sarah Palastro Pickeral '08, of Christiansburg, announce the birth of their daughter, Elnora Josephine, on June 27, 2014.  She joins big brother, Luca.

Julie Ritenour '07, of Woodstock, is employed by W.W. Robinson Elementary School as a second grade teacher.

Brett Thomas '07, of Danville, is employed by Hargrave Military Academy as alumni development and head baseball coach.

John D. Burton '08, wed Christina M. Ritter '08 on July 20, 2014.  They reside in Wilmington, NC.

Mark Gish '08, and his wife, Melissa, of Hardy, announce the birth of their daughter. Anneliese Miriam, on December 19, 2013.  She joins big sister Evee.

Tim Pohlad-Thomas '08, of Salem, is employed by Dougherty County as an appraiser.

Chris W. Silk '08, and his wife, Magan, of Jacksonville, FL, announce the birth of their son, Caden Wayne, on February 4, 2014.

Perry Ford, II '09, of Albany, GA, is employed by Dougherty County as an appraiser.

Jessica Ann Lively '09, of Wirtz, wed Coleman Dale Simmons on September 21, 2013.  She is employed by Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Timothy Shipe '09, of Staunton, is employed by Ntelos Wireless as a customer care representative.  He is also employed by Stuarts Draft High School as a member of the cheerleading team coaching staff.

Elizabeth Simms '09, of Henry, is employed by Crossfit Eden as a coach and event planner.

Cynthia Wooldridge '09, and her husband, Joe, of Rocky Mount, announce the birth of their son, Ronan, on June 30, 2014.

10's

Sam Catron '10, of Greensboro, is employed by Guilford County Schools as an AU facilitator.

Blake D. Saunders '10, of Richmond, is employed by Henrico County Probation and Parole as a probation officer.

Kari Botkin Sponaugle '10 and her husband, Michael, of McDowell, announce the birth of their son, Jasper James, on April 13, 2014.

Morgan Moran Taylor '10, of Radford, graduated from Radford University with her masters degree.  She is now employed by Genesis Healthcare as a speech-language pathologist.

Ashley Norton '10, and her wife, Star Smith Norton '11, of Rocky Mount, announce the birth of their son, Conner James, on January 6, 2014.

Ashley Hundley Robinson '10, and her husband, Rico, of Amherst, announce the birth of their daughter, Raeghan Sierra, on October 22, 2013.

Travis P. Smith '10, of McLean, is employed by VIDA Fitness and Aura Spa as a membership consultant.

Nichole George Cox '11, and her husband, Jay, of Fredericksburg, announce the birth of their son, Levi Donald, on July 9, 2014.  

Samantha D. Naff '11 wed Michael Anise on June 14, 2014.  They reside in Wellington, FL.

Tyler Reininger '11 and his wife, Meaghan Farrell Reininger '11, of King George, announce the birth of their son, Evan Daniel, on November 6, 2013.

Whitney Scott '11, of Eden, NC, is employed by Rockingham Community College as a learning specialist.

Mallory Taylor '12, of Newsoms, is employed by Les Mills International as a certified BODYPUMP instructor.

Morgan Young '12, of Bassett, is employed by Piedmont Community Services as a psycho-social rehabilitation specialist.

Heather Renee Bozarth '13, wed Matthew Montoya on May 24, 2014.  They reside in Virginia Beach.

Blake DiMeglio '13, of MontClair, is employed by Adler GYN Minimally Invasive Surgery as an office coordinator.

Clare Matthews '13, of Oak Hill, is employed by Cameron Glen Health and Rehab as an activities assistant.

John P. Puckett '13, of Bassett, is employed by State Corporation Commission/Bureau of Financial Institutions as a financial analyst.

Scott C. Puschell '13, wed Rebecca Naylor on May 24, 2014.  They reside in Chantilly.

Deanna Reid '13, of Christiansburg, is employed by Riverbend Nurseries in Riner as a greenhouse grower.

Rachel Taupier '13, of Palmer, MA, is employed by Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society as an adoption counselor.

Taylor Nicole Welch '13 wed Charles Alexander Nuttycombe on May 24, 2014.  They reside in Newport News.

Daisy Wilhelm '13,  of Lexington, is employed by Continental Underwriters, Inc. as an assistant underwriter.

Leigh Ann Bush '14, of South Boston, is employed by The News and Advance in Lynchburg as a designer/copy editor.

C.J. Russell '14, of Danville, is employed by Nationwide Homes in Martinsville as an accountant.

Donte Thomas '14, of Richmond, is employed by Atlantic Bedding and Furniture as a salesman.

Grant Waldrop '14, of Chesapeake, has been accepted into the Maryland-Virginia Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.  He has also been accepted into the PhD program.

 In Memoriam

Lovelene B. Hensley '37, of Martinsville, died July 11, 2014.

Frank Benjamin Layman, Jr. ’38, of Rocky Mount, died January 7, 2014.

Lucille Nicholson Moir '38, of Virginia Beach, died February 2, 2014.

Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel '43, of Danville, died June 28, 2014.

Thomas C. Haskins, Sr. '43, of Santa Clarita, CA, died March 2, 2014.

William Paul Davis ’56, of Ferrum, died March 21, 2014.

Mary Ann Strobel ’58, of Glen Allen, died September 29, 2013.

Richard Gray Lawson '62, of Powhatan, died October 22, 2013.

Larry S. Patterson '62, of Fieldale, died December 8, 2013.

Sylvia Evans Delaney '63, of Independence, died February 16, 2014.

Thomas Jefferson '63, of Gretna, died May 7, 2014.

Foy Rice Owens '66, of Stuart, died July 1, 2014.

Patricia Blackwell Pyles '66, of Charlottesville, died December 7, 2013.

Richard Seltzer '66, of Dallas, TX, died December 14, 2013.

Leonard H. Shepherd '66, of Blacksburg, died May 29, 2014.

Raymond D. Howell '67, of Christiansburg, died March 30, 2014.

Addison Gordon Willis, III '68, of Richmond, died March 28, 2014.

Michael L. George '69, of Appomattox, died January 14, 2014.

Vickie Johnson Smith '70, of Bedford, died July 11, 2014.

Richard A. Newton '72, of Roanoke, died February 22, 2014.

Gary F. Edwards '75, of Richmond, died May 30, 2014.

Joseph M. Sorrell '76, of Iron Gate, died June 21, 2014.

Walter Rodney DeHart '82, of Summerville, FL, died April 6, 2014.

Porter A. Knight '08, of Ashland, died March 25, 2014.

Rhonda Ray '81, of Ridgeway, died April 16, 2014.

 

Ferrum 100: Alumni Profiles

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Roberts, '88Mark Roberts
Award-Winning Baseball Field

Athletic Turf and Field Manager Mark Roberts has made Steward history—the School has won Field of the Year in the school/parks and recreation category from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) for the baseball field. This prestigious award is a first of its kind for Steward, and it is the result of hard work in maintaining the field. Mr. Roberts will fly to San Antonio in January to accept the award on the School’s behalf, and there will be an article about Steward in an upcoming issue of Sports Turf magazine.

Mr. Roberts said that this award “should bring a fair amount of attention to Steward, and that’s why I do it.” As part of the baseball program, he trains the players to maintain the field, giving each student a regular job—such as packing the mound or taking care of home plate—following all practices and games. As a result, he says, “We get games in when others don’t…because our field can be put back to game condition so readily."

“My goal is for these kids to get as close to a college or professional field as they will find,” Mr. Roberts says. After a 15-year career spent in the athletic fields business in one aspect or another, he knows his turf.

Virginia STMA Fall Symposium and the Field of the Year Award  |  Field of the Year Award Winners.