Alumni Class Notes


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.


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). 

Phil Elmassian '71, of Ferrum, is employed by Ferrum College as assistant football coach, defensive coordinator.

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.

Peggy Pillis McLenagan '79, of Beaufort, SC, and her husband are the owners of The Foolish Frog restaurant in Beaufort.  She does the marketing for the restaurant and also works for Atlantic Marine Corps Community as a property manager for the military.


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.

Gail Carr '81, of Crimora, is employed by Bridgewater College as student accounts coordinator.  Her husband, Sam '82, is retired.

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

Walter Southall '82, of Farmville, is employed by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as an area resource conservationist.

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.

Teresa Benjamin '88 ,of Boones Mill, is employed by Franklin County High School as a special education teacher. She is currently enrolled in a graduate program at OId Dominion University.

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.


Jeb James Bradbury '90, and his wife, Lauren, of Richmond, announce the birth of their son, Rhett Wilson, on July 30, 2014. 

Bob Scarborough '90, of Roanoke, is employed by Valley Bank as a senior vice president private wealth group manager.

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.

David Dunavant '93, of Glen Allen, is employed by Henrico County Public Schools as a instructional technology resource teacher/trainer.

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.

Erik Mollin '95, of Rocky Mount, received the 2014 Valor Award from the Virginia Sheriff's Association for his conduct during an armed robbery that progressed into a shootout with police officers.

William "Bill" Moore '95, of Waid, NC, is employed by the US Army as military intelligence officer.  He is married to Liz Moore.

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.

Chris Pike '96, of Powhatan, is employed by DachZoom as the vice president for client strategy and talent acquistion.

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.

Kevin Salvilla '97, and his wife, Jennifer, of Lancaster, TN, announce the birth of their son, Andrew Michael, on September 3, 2014. 

Shannon Sayre-Johnson '97, of Mehcanicsville, MD, is employed by Breton Veterinary Hospital as a registered veterinary technician and licensed veterinary technician.  She is married to Kade.

Jim Wade '97 and his wife, Amy Hodges Wade '97, of Reidsville, NC, announce the birth of their son, Conner Rhys, on August 21, 2014.  He joins big sisters, Mackenzie and Kiersten.

Diane Hailey '98, of Roanoke, is employed by American-National University as director of programmatic and agency approvals.  In 2013, she adopted a son, Austin, who joins her three birth children in their home in Old Southwest Roanoke.  She completed her master of arts in teaching at Hollins University in 2012.

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.

Valerie Overstreet '99, of Somerville, MA, is employed by LNS Research as operations manager.  She was editor-in-chief of the Iron Blade as a student.

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.


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

Donna Lynch White '01, of Axton, is employed by Franklin County Public Schools as a fourth grade teacher at Snow Creek Elementary School.

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.  Margaret is employed by Ferrum College as the equestrian coach.

Meagan Gilliam '02, of Appomattox, is employed by Buckingham County Middle School as a teacher.

Robert Blair Mastin '02, and his wife, Ginni Matern Mastin '04, of Fredericksburg, announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Blaire, on July 15, 2014.

Alison Mitchem Satterlee '02, and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their daughter, Esa Ann, on September 26, 2014. 

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.

Jessica Hodges Hacker '03, of Ferrum, is employed by Franklin County Public Schools as a kindergarten teacher at Rocky Mount Elementary School.

Travis Nowlin '03, and his wife, Christina McBride Nowlin '03, of Hampton, announce the birth of their son, Joshua Travis, on July 31, 2014.  He joins big sister, Janelle.

Vonettia Calloway '04, of Chesterfield, is employed by Chesterfield County Public School as a teacher.  She is married to Essex and has four children, Allen, Azaria, Keon and Anaja.  She started with the Class of 2000 and has traveled the US and abroad since returning Spring 2004 to graduate.

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.

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.

J. Cason Garrison '05, and his wife, Kitska, of Warrenton, announce the birth of their son, Grant Hammond, on August 10, 2014.

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.

Brook Powell '06, of Rocky Mount, is employed by Martinsville Family Medicine as a physician assistant.  She is engaged to Lee Nelson and they plan to wed in May 2015.

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. 

Ashley Nolen Moore '07, and her husband, John, of Moneta, announce the birth of their son, John Liam, on September 2, 2014.

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.

Thomas Wehner '07, of Murfreesboro, TN, is employed by Cannon County High School as a Lions Academy Assistant.  He is also a referee at the United States Tennis Association.

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.

Tiffany Gordon Weaver '09, of Gretna, and her husband, John '07, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Bree, on September 6, 2014. She is employed by Ferrum College as assistant director of admissions.

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

Wally Wright '09, of Richmond, is employed by SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. as a mortgage loan associate.


Sam Catron '10, and his wife, Molly, of Keysville, announce the birth of their son, William Hatchet, on October 3, 2014.  He is employed by Guilford County Schools as an AU facilitator and teacher.

Bob Dill '10, of Charles City, is employed by Walsingham Academy as the girls tennis head coach. 

Brandon Jackson '10, of Leesburg, wed Natalie Hall '10 on August 16, 2014.  They reside in Leesburg.

Alison D. Martin '10, wed Allen Saul on June 7, 2014.  They reside in Bassett.  She is employed by Fieldale Collinsville Middle School as a sixth grade math teacher.

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.

Samantha Wilds '10, of Danville, is employed by Carlisle School as a fifth grade teacher.

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

Matthew P. Mellone '11, of Cocoa, FL, is employed by Space Coast High School  as the head coach of the boy's tennis team.

Samantha D. Naff '11 wed Michael Anise on June 14, 2014.  They reside in Wellington, FL.  She is employed by Bethesda Health as a financial analysis budget manager.

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.

Matthew Woods '11, of Rocky Mount, is employed by Woodrow Wilson Middle School as assistant principal.

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.

Michael Travis Zitmore '12, of Lexington, is employed by Bayshore Mortgage Funding as a loan officer.

Tesla S. Akers '13, of Ashland, is employed by Concord University as assistant women's basketball coach. 

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.

Christina M. Strubhar '13, of Ferrum, is employed by Tri-Area Community Health Center as a pharmacy technician.  She is married to Logan and has one child, Logan Dakota.  She is currently working on obtaining her masters in health care administration at Liberty University.

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

Kayla Trippeer '13, of Midlothian, is employed by Powhatan High School as the head varsity volleyball coach.

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

Bryce S. Wuergler '13, of Moneta, is employed by Ferrum College as an admissions counselor.

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.

Amanda Dillion '14, of Wirtz, is employed by Franklin County Public Schools as an algebra I teacher at Franklin County High School. 

Joseph Dolinger '14, of Hardy, is employed by Orvis Co, Inc. as a ecom specialist.

Eric Gregg '14, of Roanoke, is employed by Penn Forest Elementary School with the autism program.

Daniel Hogan '14, of Attleboro, MA, is employed by Advantage Sales and Marketing as a leadership development associate.

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

Allison Byrd Smith '14, of Martinsville, is employed by Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital as lead scribe.

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.

Jonathan Witt '14, of Critz, designed the beautiful landscaping for the Saari Faculty house on campus.

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.

Walter Y. Boyd '49, of Elon, NC, died July 21, 2014.

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

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

Wesley C. Stigall '60, of Bon Air, died July 30, 2014.

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.

Robert C. Tyler '64, of Fredericksburg, died July 15, 2014.

Alywn Wynters Davis, Sr., '65, of Tappahannock, died August 7, 2014.

Henry L. Martin, Jr. '66, of Halifax, died April 15, 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.

Marilyn Jean Braithwaite '68, of Martinsburg, WVA, died July 8, 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.

Mark R. Lucord '90, of Richmond, died August 26, 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.