Lois Anne Gary ’58 has a granddaughter who recently completed her freshman year at Longwood. Her granddaughter will be the third generation to graduate from Longwood, the first being Gary’s mother, Ormond Mildred Marshall ’27.
Louise Hardaway Boswell ’62, of Farmville, celebrated her 107th birthday on May 8, 2015.
(Bette) Bonnie Anderson ’70 was awarded the Paul R. Cramer “Best Faculty Award” in February after 32 years’ teaching music at the Steward School in Richmond. The award recognizes the faculty member who exemplifies “balance, perspective and humor.” She led the Steward music department singlehandedly from 1983-2002 and created multiple new music programs for the school, writing and directing all of them.
Chris Calkins ’81 was, in September 2014, one of three Virginians to receive the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History for his “dedication to preserving the Civil War battlefield landscape of Virginia.” He is park manager for Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park near Rice.
Brenda Bonuccelli ’82, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Richmond, is working with Bon Secours Community Mental Health providing counseling to the Spanish-speaking community in Richmond (she learned Spanish in the Peace Corps) and teaching in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work.
Horace Scruggs ’85, who is a composer and plays several instruments, is instructor of choral music at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. In February 2015, he presented The Odyssey of Soul, which displayed African and African-American musical traditions. In addition to Longwood, Scruggs studied at Shenandoah Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. He teaches students of all ages, leads choirs and produces recordings for local music projects.
Jim Gandorf ’86 was named executive director of the Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists, in March 2015. He has 24 years’ experience in nonprofit association leadership and over the past 15 years has served as associate executive director of the Mathematical Association of America, executive director of the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired and executive director of the American Board of Opticianry/National Contact Lens Examiners. Most recently, he was recruited as vice president of association services for the National Glass Association/Window & Door Dealers Alliance. Earlier in his career, Gandorf served as a captain in the U.S. Army.
Mark Marshall ’87, PGA Professional at Lake Monticello Golf Club in Palmyra, obtained PGA Master Professional designation in teaching and coaching on June 24, 2014. Less than 1 percent of PGA members (only 357 since the program’s inception in 1969) have earned Master Professional designation. There are currently 26,000 PGA Professionals in the United States.
In March 2015, the Virginia Department of Education awarded $1.6 million in grants as part of an initiative to enhance teachers’ knowledge of science and math and their ability to teach the subjects. Among the proposals that received funding was one put together by Jenny Sue Glasco Flannagan ’92, associate professor and director of the Martinson Center for Mathematics and Science at Regent University. Flannagan led the effort to submit the proposal, which received a $293,287 grant, on behalf of Regent University, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Virginia Association of Science Teachers. The funding is supporting science training this summer for 85 teachers in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Two professors from Longwood—Dr. Suzanne Donnelly, assistant professor of science education, and Dr. Melissa Rhoten, professor of chemistry—are assisting with the training. “Children love science, and they are born to be scientists,” said Flannagan, who is a member of the Longwood Foundation Board. “If we want our students to be interested in a career in science, engineering or even mathematics, the time to plant the seeds of interest, belief and excitement about the subjects begins in the elementary grades.”
Nancy Buckner Welch ’90, M.S. ’92, was appointed superintendent of schools for Mathews County effective July 1, 2015. Previously she was assistant superintendent for nine years. She began her career in Mathews as an elementary school teacher in 1996.
Mike Taylor ’92 has been the Pittsylvania County sheriff since 2007. Taylor, who earned a degree in business at Longwood, has worked in the sheriff ’s office for 40 years. Under his leadership as sheriff, the office recently completed its second reaccreditation, put jail inmates to work, created an auxiliary, enlisted volunteers and sponsored programs on identity theft. The sheriff ’s office also helps sponsor Christmas events for the Boys and Girls Club in Chatham, Oak Grove Residential Care Facility and needy families. Taylor and his wife, Becky, live in Ringgold and have two adult sons.
Lt. Col. Christopher G. Strack ’92 has served in the armed forces since 1992, when he began as a second lieutenant. He has traveled around the United States and to Iraq during his service. Among other accomplishments, he has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
D. Sam Lowery ’97 is an Army Reservist and was recently promoted to the rank of colonel at the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville. He currently resides in South Boston and is a Spanish teacher at Halifax County High School.
Poldi Moreno ’98 began his new role as principal of Appomattox County High School on June 1. He had served since 2006 as an assistant principal with the Appomattox County school division, at both the middle and high schools, and he also previously served as principal of the middle school. Moreno worked previously in Portsmouth, where he was a Spanish teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School and athletic director at Norcom High School. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Longwood, he earned a master’s degree at Regent University and his doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Debra B. Woltz, M.S. ’02, is the career and technical coordinator at Halifax County High School. Since 1998, she has taught various dual enrollment technology courses for Halifax County students through Danville Community College and Southside Virginia Community College. In addition to her Longwood degree, Woltz has an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Averett University.
Stefanie Mancuso ’08 and Jason Norris were married on March 28, 2015.
Cathleen Fate Minnekine ’08 and Christopher Scott Minnekine ’09 were married Sept. 13, 2014, in Cape Charles. During their time at Longwood, where each received a B.S. in business administration, they were affiliated with Delta Sigma Pi.
Kathy Riopelle Roberts, M.S. ’09, was appointed in March 2015 to the seven-member editorial board that will evaluate and revise the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) learning standards and program guidelines. Roberts is the school librarian at Rivers Edge Elementary School in Henrico County. She was the 2013 AASL sponsored ALA Emerging Leader and has served in various roles for the association.
Holly Cooney ’09 is a financial analyst for the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. She recently became engaged to David Hammond, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College.
Todd Stonnell ’09, an art therapist, led an interactive workshop at the LCVA in April on how art and creativity promote self-expression and can relieve stress. Throughout his career, he has worked with a range of clients from adolescents to adults and is currently practicing at Williamsville Wellness Center in Hanover.
Paige Lynn Tucker, M.S. ’11, is a full-time reading specialist at Spring Run Elementary School in Chesterfield County and a doctoral student in the curriculum leadership program at the College of William & Mary. She currently serves on the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Committee. She also served on the governor’s Teacher Cabinet in 2013 and was selected a Teacher Ambassador for the New Teacher Project in 2004, which allowed her to travel to high need areas in Virginia and recruit teachers. Tucker has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sara Meyerhoeffer ’11 and Jacob Babb ’12 recently became engaged and are planning a fall 2015 wedding. Meyerhoeffer is domestic violence coordinator for the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services. Babb is a process manager in Capital One’s banking division.
Emily Bacalis ’12 is a community manager for Relay for Life, an organization that raises money for cancer research. She is based in Richmond and organizes six relays around Virginia.
Kimmy Sullivan ’12 is the field hockey coach at Mountain View High School in Stafford County. She was a physical education teacher and field hockey coach at T. Benton Gayle Middle School, also in Stafford, before joining Mountain View’s staff in 2013. She initially served as an assistant to her mother, the previous field hockey coach at Mountain View. Kimmy Sullivan played field hockey for four years at Longwood.
Gabrielle V. Pedro ’14 and Travis W. Fredrick ’12 plan to be married Nov. 6, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.
Scott Haizlip ’12 is an SMB account manager for Convergent Technology Group.
Caroline Villarreal ’14 will be a traveling leadership consultant for Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity during the 2015-16 school year. A member of ZTA, she will be responsible for meeting with local chapters across the country, supervising membership recruitment and assisting with leadership development, officer education and chapter organization. Villarreal served this past year in Longwood’s Office of the President as the university’s first Presidential Fellow, bringing a student perspective to a variety of initiatives and activities. Her year included visiting the White House, crafting Dr. Jim Jordan’s very own Convocation cap, co-founding a Presidential Student Advisory Committee and assisting with the planning and implementation
of the 2015 commencement ceremony.
Jeff Havenstein ’14, a former Longwood basketball player, is a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley in Baltimore.
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