Class Notes


Sherry Tomlin Sandkam ’70 is associate dean of the Graduate School at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Jan Hundley, M.S. ’08, is the author of three children’s books: Vali–A Special Calf, A Llama that Swims and Grownups Have Problems, Too. The books are to be used in bibliotherapy with children and families experiencing loss, foster care or death of a significant other. The books address emotional and psychological developmental tasks in helping children overcome these stressful life events.

Sharon Callahan Mohrmann ’82, gifted and talented teacher at Orange Elementary School, was named the 2014 Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Angela C. Suchanic ’82 has been an assistant vice president in the Office of the President at Wilmington (Del.) University for 11 years, with responsibilities for strategic planning, outcomes assessment, external accreditation and a range of special projects. She also works with students in the university’s Ed.D. program, one of whom is a Longwood alumna. Suchanic previously held faculty and administrative positions at Penn State University, Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. She also worked three years at the Smithsonian Institution and eight years as director of academic affairs for the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, where she oversaw all 57 colleges and universities in the state. She earned her MPA in 1983 and, in 1989, her Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Delaware.

Laurie Basile, M.S. ’83, is retired from the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood. She previously was an adjunct faculty member at Longwood, where she taught beginning sign language. Her husband, Frank Basile, was the director of the recreation therapy program at Longwood from 1978-84 and is now a professor emeritus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. After retirement, the couple returned to their roots in the Milwaukee area.

Shirley R. Lee, M.S. ’85, spent four years researching the history of public education and school desegregation in Lunenburg County and has written a book based on that research—Trails and Trailblazers: History of Public Education and School Desegregation in Lunenburg County, Virginia 1870-1970—that is expected to be published in 2015. The book examines public education in Lunenburg through the eyes of former educators, students and citizens during that period. On Sept. 23, 2014, Lee gave a lecture at Longwood titled “Stories Behind the Story” that was sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services.

Gordon Parr ’85 teaches choral music and directs the Girls Ensemble at Tabb High School in Yorktown. The Girls Ensemble was among the choirs invited to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Conference in Norfolk in November 2014. His daughter is a sophomore at Longwood this year.

Heather Gardner Blakely ’86 is the founder of the Letters to Soldiers Club, a volunteer effort now in its fifth year that sends care packages to deployed U.S. service members. The program is connected to the Legacy Traditional School, which Blakely’s children attend in Maricopa, Ariz. In 2014, the children in the club created and sent 75 care packages around the world. To find out more about Letters to Soldiers Club, go to

Susan L. Groff ’86 is director of equity and inclusion, and university Title IX coordinator, at the University of Delaware, where she has worked for 19 years.

Ann Lawson Ludwick ’88 is assistant dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University.


Michael Proul ’92 and his wife announce the birth of their first son, Ryan Michael Proul, on May 30, 2014.

Marieke Van Puymbroeck Chancellor ’94 is a recreational therapy coordinator at Clemson University.

Rohsaan Settle ’95 is interim director for student conduct at Virginia Tech. He was previously associate director for student conduct.

Laura Ashworth ’95 is economic development marketing and research manager for the city of Danville. Her responsibilities include working on a citywide rebranding effort as well as developing marketing materials, managing the city’s website and social media, responding to client inquiries, overseeing research projects and handling enterprise zone administration. She previously was a graphic designer and archiving specialist for Infinity Global.

Kelly S. Regan ’96, M.S. ’97, has worked since 2008 in the College of Education at George Mason University, where she is affiliated with the Division of Special Education and Disability Research.
In August 2013, she was awarded promotion and tenure as an associate professor. Regan also serves as the academic program coordinator for the mild disabilities teacher preparation program. She was an assistant professor at George Washington University from 2005-07.

Rachel Abbott ’99 is interim dean and associate professor of education at Georgia Southwestern
State University.


Lonnie C. Reavis ’01 is director of the Department of Transportation for the Loudoun County Public Schools. He previously held a similar position for the Suffolk Public Schools and, before his move to transportation, was a classroom teacher and assistant principal at several schools.

Staci Marie Lampkin Longest ’02is associate director of procurement and fixed asset management at the College of William & Mary.

Ryan Wagoner ’02 is associate director of the Transfer Center at the University of Kentucky.

Tricia Root Fort ’03 and her husband, Billy, are the parents of Laura Bailey Fort, born March 30, 2014.

Jeremy L. Conkle ’03 is assistant professor of chemistry and coastal and marine systems science in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

Jan Shelton Chambers ’03 married Ronald Chambers on Dec. 31, 2014. She is an accreditation coordinator with the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit agency that accredits about 1,000 career colleges and universities. Chambers travels domestically and internationally to organize and manage program evaluation visits on the campuses of member institutions.

Sharon Mitsue Blythe ’03, M.A. ’06, is special assistant to the associate vice president for distance learning at Old Dominion University. She also is a research assistant in the Educational Foundations and Leadership Department while completing her Ph.D. studies and is an English adjunct instructor at Tidewater Community College.

Amanda Renwick Lloyd ’04 is an adjunct college instructor in history and humanities at Tidewater Community College, ITT Tech, ECPI University and Hampton University.

Lauren Young Marshall ’04 is adjunct instructor in history at John Tyler Community College and is pursuing a Ph.D. in modern English history at the University of Virginia. She previously was an adjunct history instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Morgan Boehning Morrison ’04 is an academic adviser at Old Dominion University.

Erin Fogle Leech ’04 and Chris Leech ’05 are the parents of Mackenzie Catherine Leech, born June 12, 2014.

Kara E. Smolnycki Ednie, M.S. ’05, is a librarian at Rural Point Elementary School in Hanover County.

Dr. David A. Skipper ’05 was promoted to head of school at the Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock in April 2014.

Sarah Woiteshek Pietzuch ’05 is director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Miami University Hamilton.

Rachel Leigh Curling ’05 and Timothy James Bovill ’06, both of Charlottesville, were married Oct. 25, 2014, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New Kent.

Jenna Simmons Bacon ’07 and Christopher Hite Bacon ’08 are the parents of Haskins Hite Bacon, born Aug. 13, 2014. The baby’s grandfather is Longwood professor of finance Dr. Frank W. Bacon.

Kelly Sue King Jones ’08 was named the Greensville County High School Teacher of the Year, Greensville County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and Region Eight Teacher of the Year.

Bea Cornett ’08 is international student admissions coordinator at Fort Hays State University, Kan.

Arianne Barrus ’08 is choral director at Matoaca Middle School in Chesterfield County. She directs four choirs at the school, including a by-audition-only group. Her students participate in All-County, All-District and District III Festival performances.

Melissa Campbell, M.S. ’08, is a librarian at King George (County) High School.

Valerie Lynn Dieter, M.S. ’08, is a librarian at Providence Middle School in Chesterfield County.

Katelyn Nicole Norris ’08 and Christopher Glenn Benson were married July 12, 2014, at the duPont Chapel at Hollins University. Norris received her teacher licensure from Mary Baldwin College and is employed by Roanoke County Public Schools. She and her husband live in Salem.

Ryan Washington ’08 is the head girls’ basketball and softball coach at Liberty High School in Fauquier County. Washington was a three-year starting guard for the Liberty Eagles before graduating in 2004. She went on to play NCAA Division I softball at Longwood, where she had a .401 career batting average
and started every game for four years.

Stephanie Herndon Willis, M.S. ’08, is a librarian at Pocahontas Middle School in Powhatan County.

Tara Boyle ’09, M.S. ’11, was selected Rehab Therapist of the Year at Colonial Heights Health Center.

Laurie Meseroll Bolt, M.S. ’09, is a librarian at Eaton Middle School in Hampton City.

Samantha Fulton ’09 received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in New York City in June 2014 and has accepted a position as associate veterinarian with Long Animal Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.


Allison Maupin ’10 is a graduate student at the University of Virginia and expects to graduate with an M.Ed. in higher education in May 2015. Maupin is a graduate assistant in U.Va.’s Office of the Dean of Students.

Anne Kendall Lewandowski ’11 and Ian Christopher Giles, both of Richmond, were married Oct. 11, 2014, at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Midlothian. Lewandowski received her Master of Education degree at Lynchburg College.

Lauren B. Gabor ’11, MBA ’12, and Rogers Dey Cathey III became engaged Oct. 30, 2014. The couple met while attending their respective colleges and began dating in 2009. They are planning a summer 2016 wedding.

Lisa Warren Gibson, M.S. ’12, is a librarian at Stonewall Jackson High School in Shenandoah County.

Teal Chappell Lloyd, M.S. ’12, is a librarian at Stone Spring Elementary School in Harrisonburg.

Kate Ogden ’12 is a health policy associate for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Rockville, Md. She earned her MPH from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2014.

Kimber Bennett Tate, M.S. ’12, is a librarian at Spotswood High School in Rockingham County. She also was named the Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year by the Rockingham Educational Foundation.

Emily Davidson ’13 is the author of Tied by Blood, a self-published murder mystery she produced through CreateSpace, a division of She lives in Hatton Point.

Bill Melton ’13 and Emily May Melton ’13 were married Aug. 2, 2014. Bill earned a B.S. in business administration; Emily a B.S. in therapeutic recreation.

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In Memoriam

Mildred Hall Carter ’32 died Oct. 29, 2014.

Lucile McGhee Dillard ’33 died Sept. 2, 2014.

Margaret Elizabeth Taylor ’33 died Oct. 5, 2014.

Martha Barber Armstrong ’37 died Jan. 11, 2015.

Marguerite York Rupp ’37 died Sept. 29, 2014.

Harriett Fagg Goodwin ’37 died July 8, 2014.

Mary Thompson Enroughty ’38 died July 15, 2014.

Virginia Savage Walker ’38 died Sept. 1, 2014.

Virginia Price Waller ’38 died Oct. 1, 2014.

Florence Bress Karp ’39 died Dec. 18, 2014.

Meade Neale Kilduff ’39 died Dec. 8, 2014.

Frances Holloway Swartz ’39 died Aug. 7, 2014.

Annie Cardwell Foster ’40 died Sept. 6, 2014.

Jane Powell Johnson ’40 died Dec. 2, 2014.

Nannie Powell Mullins ’40 died July 5, 2014.

Marie Allen Burcher ’41 died Nov. 24, 2014.

Patsy Fletcher Mann ’41 died Dec. 27, 2014.

Frances Ellett Smith ’41 died Oct. 3, 2014.

Theodosia MacKenzie Adair ’42 died Aug. 20, 2014.

Louisa Stephenson Barry ’42 died July 11, 2014.

Caroline Bargamin Clark ’42 died Sept. 2, 2014.

Shirley McCalley King ’42 died Aug. 5, 2014.

Kathleen Jones Swann ’42 died Aug. 25, 2014.

Dorothy Deacon Stevens ’43 died Oct. 14, 2014.

Myrtle Jenkins Stewart ’43 died Nov. 12, 2014.

Doris Dennis Bruce ’44 died Dec. 6, 2014.

Ann Pharis Evans ’44 died Aug. 14, 2014.

Thelma Hunt Bagwell ’45 died Oct. 22, 2014.

Mary Watkins Little ’45 died Aug. 2, 2014.

Ida Billups Ward ’45 died Dec. 31, 2014.

Virginia Price Perrow ’46 died Aug. 31, 2014.

Vivian Edmunds Scott ’46 died July 21, 2014.

Doris Smith Edwards ’47 died Jan. 13, 2015.

Virginia Bland Hutcherson ’47 died July 29, 2014.

Josephine Bailey Jones ’47 died Oct. 23, 2014.

Betty O’Connor Newlander ’47 died Nov. 3, 2014.

Nadine Lewers Wheatley ’49 died Aug. 6, 2014.

May Elder Mahanes ’50 died Oct. 25, 2014.

Frances Ferguson Patterson ’50 died Aug. 13, 2014.

Margaret Beasley Scott ’50 died Jan 4, 2015.

Laura Lee Johnson Slayton ’50 died July 16, 2014.

Martha Hatchett Owens ’51 died Nov. 6, 2014.

Phyllis Doss Yeatts ’51 died Nov. 16, 2014.

John Edward Huegel ’52 died Nov. 17, 2014.

Marian Beckner Riggins ’52 died Aug. 2, 2014.

Mary Meade Robertson Edwards ’53 died Nov. 13, 2014.

Mary Burton Holland ’53 died Dec. 29, 2014.

Wilma Spurlock Howie ’54 died Dec. 12, 2014.

Nellie Culpepper Sykes ’54 died July 21, 2014.

Mary Hundley Hyatt ’55 died Sept. 28, 2014.

Elizabeth Wood Tebell ’55 died Oct. 4, 2014.

Phyllis Nurney Glenn ’56 died Dec. 28, 2014.

Hazel Hanks Lewane ’57 died Sept. 1, 2014.

Mary Mayo Stenger ’57 died Aug. 20, 2014.

Elizabeth Ruckman Modlin ’58 died Nov. 1, 2014.

Blanche Ingram Middlebrooks ’60 died Sept. 9, 2014.

Martha Carter Franklin ’61 died July 17, 2014.

Mary O’Connor Tyler ’61 died Dec. 26, 2014.

Roberta Coldiron Rickers ’62 died Sept. 8, 2014.

Shirley Saunders Stratton ’62 died Dec. 29, 2014.

Deirdre Jacovides Dean ’65 died Jan. 12, 2015.

Joyce Bartley Layman ’65 died Nov. 16, 2014.

Jacqueline Leath Blencowe ’66 died Aug. 24, 2014.

Brenda Brown Goff ’66 died Aug. 23, 2014.

Elizabeth McAllister Hogg ’66 died Sept. 1, 2014.

Betty Garner Jenkins ’66 died Nov. 11, 2014.

Holly Woodford McDonald ’69 died Nov. 3, 2014.

Jane Matthews Bedenbaugh ’73 died Nov. 30, 2014.

Elizabeth Chaplin Cook ’73 died Nov. 8, 2014.

Pamela Lenz Diersen ’74 died Aug. 27, 2014.

Wrengay Rawls Watkins ’74 died Aug. 2, 2014.

Diane Robinson Harris ’77 died Oct. 20, 2014.

Dale Lee Bolt ’78 died Nov. 3, 2014.

Dave Louis Crabill ’84 died Nov. 12, 2014.

Jerome Kersey ’84/’06 died Feb.18, 2015.

Krystal Traynham Simpson ’84 died July 13, 2014.

Deborah Lee Malin ’87 died Oct. 11, 2014.

Catherine Gantt Pack ’89 died July 21, 2014.

Karen Marie Jennings ’90 died Sept. 19, 2014.

Mary Jones Johnston ’92 died Dec. 17, 2014.

Tammy Gatewood Crosnoe ’00 died Aug. 12, 2014.

Anna Bodendorf Schmeltz ’04 died Jan. 2, 2015.

Riley Middleton Cole ’15 died Dec. 11, 2014.

Dr. Donald A. Merkle (faculty) died Sept. 28, 2014.

Dr. Thomas A. Williams (faculty) died Sept. 28, 2014.

Dr. Doug Young (faculty) died Aug. 18, 2014.