James Butt, BS, Fort Myers, Fla., who arrived at WVU after attending
Egerton University in Kenya, wrote a book titled “My Life and Times,”
published by Dorrance Publishing Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. The book
includes details about his time at WVU during the Vietnam War draft,
national student unrest and the Civil Rights movement.
Martin Coy, BSJ, Frederick, Md., has published his second book
“Unburied Treasure.” His first book, “Not All So Tall Tales” was
published in 2007. … Col. Ben Findley, BS, MS ’69, Pensacola, Fla.,
published his fifth book “Concealed Carry & Handgun Essentials
for Personal Protection” in print and eBook formats, with Florida
Handguns Training. It is available on Amazon. Findley retired
as a colonel with 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, from
Pensacola State College where he served as dean of the College of
Business and director of Human Resources, and retired as a licensed
securities registered representative.
Brian D. Wyllie, BA, Fort Myers, Fla., has published “The Long Trip
Home,” available through Amazon. The book is about his return trip
from a Peace Corps assignment in Brazil from 1969-71. The book is
in the Kennedy Library and the Library of Congress.
Russell J. Bunio, BS, Camano Island, Wash., and Bradenton Beach,
Fla., worked at General Motors, Cummins Engine Co. and the
Boeing Co. In 2002, he founded a supply chain management
consulting group, Russell J. Bunio and Associates. He has written
“The Graduate Handbook,” with Trafford Publishing, based on best
practices that provide graduates with advice to help them with a
solid and quick start on their working careers.
Linda Troeller, BS, Lakewood, N.J., is an art photographer whose
new book “Living in the Chelsea Hotel” documents through photos
her time living in the legendary New York hotel.
Randy Jones, BA, entered a partnership with Praxxs Corporation, a
northern Virginia-based, Washington, D.C.-area consulting firm. He
retired from the U.S. Army in 1996 and from Science Applications
International in 2012. He is currently writing the sequel to his 2013
Shirley Byard, BS, Glen Dale, W.Va., was named to the Sage North
America President’s Circle for the 2014-15 business year with her
company Best Business Strategies. … Michael Krawic, BFA, Los
Angeles, Calif., is appearing in Paramount Studio’s “Paranormal
Activity: The Ghost Dimension” as Father Todd. This is the final
chapter in the Paranormal Activity franchise, which has grossed
nearly a billion dollars worldwide since 2009. He will also appear
with Steve Guttenberg in the upcoming film “Lookin’ Up.”
Melanie Kerber, MA, EdD ’92, Pittsburgh, Pa., has accompanied
her foreign service officer husband, Frank, to tours in the Central
African Republic; Kingston, Jamaica; and Brussels, Belgium.
Following his retirement in 2006, the couple returned to her
hometown of Pittsburgh. After eight years as a principal in the
Sto-Rox School District, she became superintendent of Blackhawk
School District in Beaver County.
Houston Lewis, MSW, Angelus Oaks, Calif., recently retired from
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after 32 years of federal
service. … Jane Peters McMullen, BS, New Cumberland, Pa., is
Naval Supply Systems Command’s newest senior executive service
member. She began her assignment as assistant commander
for corporate operations at NAVSUP in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in
January 2016. … Bill Tancred, EdD, an inductee of the WVU
College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame, is
retired and a visiting professor for sports and exercise leadership
at Suffolk University in England. He is also president for sport in
the County of Suffolk and a patron for the charity Inspire Suffolk
to help disadvantaged young adults get the opportunity to take up
sports and improve their well-being. He represented Great Britain
twice in the Olympics and has set many British athletic records,
especially in the discus.
Douglas Frost, BS, MS ’83, Purcellville, Va., a senior vice president
with Dewberry, has been appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe
to the GENEDGE ALLIANCE Board of Trustees. He will serve a
four-year term on the board to assist with addressing engineering
innovation and industry technology challenges and expanding its
support of Virginia-based industries.
Robert D. Boyd, JD, Atlanta, Ga., of the firm Boyd Collar Nolen
& Tuggle, was selected among Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2015
Legal Elite and named among Best Lawyers in America for 2016.
His firm is listed as a tier 1 Atlanta family law firm for the fourth
consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms.” …
Mark A. Lannan, BS, MS, is principal/owner of Brightfields Inc., an
environmental consulting and remediation company headquartered
in Wilmington, Del. The company was named to Inc. Magazine’s
list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies for the
third year in a row in 2015.
Janet Millard, BA, MS ’89, Cajamarca, Peru, joined the Peace Corps
in 2015 at age 58. She completed training at Lima, Peru, and is now
at her permanent site where she’ll be for two years, immersed in the
culture while teaching English to children and starting community
savings and lending banks.
Lynn Kessler, BS, Alexandria, Va., continues to work as a producer/
writer for various networks, most recently post-producing “Alien
Sharks 3” for the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” and working as
showrunner for “Hoarding Buried Alive: Reload.”
Michael Reid, BS, Downington, Pa., completed his doctorate
in 2015 at Walden University with a dissertation on “Sales
Performance and Emotional Intelligence of Technology Sales
Professionals.” He has been happily married to his WVU industrial
engineering classmate Denise DeBell for 27 years.
Erin Martin, BS, Pittsburgh, Pa., a lecturer in nursing at Waynesburg
University, received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence
Award for a non-full-time faculty member.
Joel M. Nagel, JD, Vienna, Austria, has been appointed the
ambassador of Belize to the Republic of Austria. He is also serving
as permanent representative to Belize’s United Nations offices in
Vienna. He lives with his wife, Susan, and their seven children and
he plans to divide his time between Vienna, Austria; San Pedro,
Belize; and Sewickley, Pa. He is founder of Nagel & Associates, LLC,
a boutique law firm in Pittsburgh, Pa., focusing on international
commercial law and immigration.
Eusebio Llacer, MA, Valencia, Spain, received a PhD in English
philology from the Universitat de València in 1990. He has been
teaching English and American Literature for more than 20 years
at the Universitat de València. He married WVU alumna, Esther
Enjuto, and has three boys, 19, 15 and 13. Last year, he had a
three-month research visit at the University of California, Berkeley.
Hunter O’Hara, PhD, St. Petersburg, Fla., was appointed to the
faculty of Early Childhood Education at Towson University in
Baltimore, Md., and just published his book “Transcendent Teacher
Learner Relationships: The Way of the Shamanic Teacher.”
Jason Cooper, BS, MS ’97, is vice president and chief analytics
officer for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey in Newark.
Kimberly D. Ridenour, BS, Pittsburgh, Pa., recently became the
director of marketing and business development at Bridges &
Company, a general contractor.
Susan Aspey, BA, Washington, D.C., was promoted to SVP of
communications, public affairs and policy at Cengage Learning. …
Donna L. Burgraff, EdD, Chillicothe, Ohio, an associate professor
at Ohio University, published an article in the January 2016 journal
Higher Education for the Future. The article is titled “No More
Textbooks: Changing How We Structure Classes” and details her
strategy for combating rising textbook costs in higher education. …
Chris Farley, BA, is in private practice as a psychotherapist in Silver
Mark Combs, BS, MBA ’01, Bridgeport, W.Va., has been named
chief information officer for Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC. Combs
oversees all of the firm’s information technology functions and leads
a personnel team supporting more than 325 attorneys in 14 offices.
Matt Lewellyn, BS, MBA ’01, is a project manager in Burgess and
Niple's Parkersburg office. He has focused his career on improving
and protecting the transportation infrastructure in West Virginia.
He is leading the inspection and rehabilitation of the iconic New
River Gorge Bridge. He also helped to revitalize the 100-year-old
suspension Market Street Bridge in Weirton, W.Va. … Billy Williams,
BA, BA, MA ’07, Morgantown, W.Va., served on the Shawnee
tribal council for several years, worked as an analytical chemist at
Mylan Pharmaceuticals and served as a leader at Chestnut Ridge
Church. He is the strategic partnerships director at international
development non-profit Nuru International. In 2011, he married his
wife, Jamie, BS '09, MS ’11.
Michael Cipoletti, MS, Waynesburg, Pa., assistant professor of
forensic science at Waynesburg University, received the 2015
Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member
with a history of teaching excellence.
Russell W. Johnson, BA, was named the sole finalist for the Mystery
Writers of America’s Robert L. Fish Award for the best short story
by a new author for his story “Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick”
published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. … Sam Kline, BS,
Belmont, N.C., was named commercial brokerage associate for
Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA’s Belmont office. Kline joined
the growing team that sells and leases commercial real estate and
represents clients in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.
R.J. Nestor, BS, MM ’03, Morgantown, W.Va., created “Golden
Horseshoe, the Musical” about the history of West Virginia and wrote,
directed and produced “Out of the Depths,” a short film about the
Farmington mine disaster. He is the resident music director at West
Virginia Public Theater, among other roles in north-central West
Virginia. … Vineet Shastri, MS, Waukesha, Wis., accepted a new
role as CIO at Western States Envelope & Label. The company is a
top-three manufacturer of envelopes in North America. Shastri’s role
enables business transformation to drive and support achievement of
WSEL's strategic goals for its envelopes and labels divisions.
John Walko, BS, was recently appointed solicitor to the Montgomery
County Recorder of Deeds in Pennsylvania. He is an attorney of the
law firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin PC.
Brian Cathell, BS, joined the firm of Pessin Katz Law in Towson,
Md., as an associate in the firm’s Medical Malpractice Defense
Group. Prior to moving to civil litigation, Cathell was an assistant
state’s attorney for Baltimore County.
Laura Maness, BS, Detroit, Mich., is in her fifth season as head
women's lacrosse coach at University of Detroit Mercy, a Division
I school, where she has led the team to Atlantic Sun Conference
championship games the last three seasons. Prior to that, she
coached in division II and III schools as well as high school.
Eric A. Geodereis, PhD, was honored with an Emerson Excellence in
Teaching Award for his work as an assistant professor of psychology
at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. … Marli Riggs, BS, Alexandria,
Va., was recently promoted to outreach and engagement manager
at the Truckload Carriers Association. She coordinates the logistics
for many well-known veterans’ programs such as Wreaths Across
America and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Wall That Heals.
William Bane, MBA, Princeton, W.Va., joined Strategic Risk
Associates as senior manager, Enterprise Risk Management and
Internal Audit Services. Strategic Risk Associates is headquartered
in Richmond, Va., and is a national consulting and advisory firm
specializing in the banking and financial institutions industry. …
Daniel R. Heumann, BS, MdS, MA, Elkview, W.Va., is originally
from Boston, Mass., but after attending WVU couldn’t leave West
Virginia. He teaches chemistry at Herbert Hoover High School,
married a beautiful West Virginia girl and has two wonderful
daughters with a third child on the way. … Jaime Hunt, M.S.,
IMC, Kernersville, N.C., has been named director of public and
media relations/chief communications officer for Winston-Salem
State University. … Janna Mantua, BA, is a PhD candidate in the
neuroscience program at University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
where Mantua researches how sleep following traumatic brain
injury affects cognitive processes and how sleep’s impact on
cognition changes with increasing age.
Evan McCaffrey, BS, Quito, Ecuador, has been traveling the world
doing visual journalism and marketing. He now works for a travel
company called Andean Discovery where he travels South America
making videos. He also freelances, and his video of water protests
in Ireland made it into major Irish news outlets. … Anand “Sunny”
Narayanan, BS, BS, College Station, Texas, is pursuing a doctorate
at Texas A&M University Health Science Center in the medical
physiology program, focusing on space life sciences. In 2015, he
worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center as part of a fellowship
from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
Marietta Wright, PhD, Waynesburg, Pa., received the 2015 LucasHathaway
Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with
teaching excellence in introductory subjects.
Darus Zehrbach III, MBA, and his father, Darus Zehrbach II, MBA
’72, own ZEV Electric in Westover, W.Va., where they build electric
vehicles and alternative energy installations.