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Fall 2015


Remember When

Sometimes you just want to feel like you did in the good old days at WVU. Now, it’s easier than ever. The WVU yearbook, The Monticola, is now available online for free via the WVU Libraries and the Internet Archive, including years from 1896 to 2000. Just a heads up, the ’70s were pretty wild. Start your blast into the past here:



Dana Smith, a Mountaineer parent, has this WVU cheerleader warding off crows in front of her McMechen, W.Va., home. Her daughter, Whitney Wetzel, BS ’11, is an anchor at WCHS TV in Charleston, W.Va.



Jessica Hammond, BS ’11, and Elliott Edwards, BSBA ’11, of Pittsburgh, Pa., celebrated their wedding at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown on Aug. 25, 2012. We want to highlight your marriage, whether it’s at the courthouse or the beach. Send photos and news to


Jim Sell, BA, Norfolk, Va., published his memoirs, “Learning to Live: An American Story.” The book chronicles his years growing up in Charleston, W.Va., attending WVU and serving in the Episcopal ministry in West Virginia, Virginia and elsewhere. 


Martin C. Coy, BS, Frederick, Md., published his second book “Unburied Treasure” with Xlibris, a subsidiary of Penguin Books and Random House, this year. His first book “Not All So Tall Tales” was published in 2007 also with Xlibris. Before retiring in 2006, he worked in news media and counseling and education, and is a disabled U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.


Jack Ward Thomas, MS, Florence, Mont., is a retired chief of the U.S. Forest Service who has recently published his journals through the Boone and Crockett Club. The journals detail his life and career in conservation as well as his time hunting and exploring wilderness.


Raymond Schulz, BA, San Mateo, Calif., has worked in the field of cancer, medical imaging, image-guided surgery and radiosurgery for more than 40 years. He currently works as senior manager at Varian Medical Systems in Palo, Alto, Calif.


Robert A. Lockhart, BA, JD ’87, Charleston, W.Va., was selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2016 Edition. He is an attorney for Martin & Siebert LC.


George Drake, BS, Landenberg, Pa., was appointed founding dean of the College of Education and Human Services and School of Social Work at Millersville University, Millersville, Pa. Previously Drake was associate dean of the College of Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Walter M. Jones III, JD, Martinsburg, W.Va., was selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2016 Edition. He is an attorney for Martin & Siebert LC.


Mark Wolfe, BS, was recently named the executive director of facilities for Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is responsible for nearly 400 employees and 56 physical facilities including, planning, design construction, custodial and maintenance. Horry is the third-largest school district in the state and contains 7 million square feet of building area and more than 2,000 acres of land.


David Kennedy, BSBA, Charlottesville, Va., was promoted to vice president of Sales Northeast–Wholesale Division for Heritage Home Group. … Sharon Long, BS, Greensburg, Pa., joined Microsoft as a senior project manager in the Dynamics Global Domain with a focus on implementation of Dynamics AX ERP. Her middle son, Steve, is now a graduate student in chemical engineering at WVU. 


E. Kay Fuller, BSJ, JD ’90, Martinsburg, W.Va., was selected by her peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2016 Edition. She is an attorney for Martin & Siebert LC.


Mark Healey, BS, Chattanooga, Tenn., is currently the Fire and Natural Resources programs director (staff officer) on the Cherokee National Forest in east Tennessee. Healey and his husband, Brent Tenney, have lived in Chattanooga for five years where Healey enjoys whitewater kayaking and hang gliding.


Michelle Fox, BS, JD ’91, Charleston, W.Va., was selected by her peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2016 Edition. She is an attorney for Martin & Siebert LC.


Christopher R. Bearce, BS, Houston, Texas, is the vice president of operations–Americas at Interica Inc., which develops geophysical software for the oil and gas upstream industry. He has been married for 31 years to Terry King Bearce, and his son, Benjamin, BS ’11, received a master’s from Boston University in 2013. … Jeff James, BS, MS ’90, became the vice president of marketing at Nelson Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his two daughters. … David Owen, BS, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on July 10 as a colonel. He served 26 years and his last role was as department head of the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office, part of the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. … David Thorne, BS, MS ’04, Buckhannon, W.Va., has recently been promoted to state coldwater fisheries biologist and state aquatic habitat restoration biologist within the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Fish Management Program.


Anne Monterosso, MA, Mooresville, N.C., received her EdD with a concentration in educational leadership and special education from Marshall University in December 2014. She also earned an educational specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Marshall in 2013 and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Marshall in 2000. She began working as a special education monitoring consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in October 2014.


Andrea Fata, MA, Alexandria, Va., has been a private practice psychotherapist since 2002 and has been a clinician with the U.S. Secret Service since 2010.


Nikki Bowman, BS, Morgantown, W.Va., was named one of Folio’s Top Women in Media. In 2008, she founded new South Media Inc., a multimedia company that publishes regional and national lifestyle and travel magazines. … Mark DiPietrantonio, BSBA, Pittsburgh, Pa., has been named a shareholder of Schneider Downs, one of the 60 largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms in the United States. … Tricia Wygal Morris, BS, Burke, Va., is a senior product marketing manager at Microsoft.  


David Baker, BS, Houston, Texas, has been working in the manufacturing industry for the past 20 years after a brief stint in plastics. 


Cari Gerrits, BS, Atlanta, Ga., a certified professional in supply management, is the new business development manager at PES Structural Engineers Inc. She works with the firm’s CEO and COO to manage business development and marketing efforts. … Jason Nulton, BA, has retired from active duty in the U.S. Air Force, having served 20 years in uniform. During that time, he served on nine assignments and was deployed to four continents, traveling throughout Europe, Africa, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. Jason and his family relocated to Parkersburg, W.Va., this summer.


Glenn Siniscalchi, BA, Wickliffe, Ohio, earned a PhD in systematic theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and currently serves as assistant professor of theology at Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio.


Barbara Laugh, MA, was recently named the 2015 Ritchie County Teacher of the Year where she has taught preschool for 17 years. She lives in Harrisville, W.Va., with her husband, Allen, and children, Noah and Hannah.


Marietta F. Marrelli Wright, MS, PhD ’13, received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa. She was also promoted to associate professor.


Lauren Son, BS, is assistant vice president of Wells Fargo Bank in Baltimore, Md. … John Walko, BS, Lansdale, Pa., is assistant solicitor to Upper Merion Township and an attorney for Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin PC. He was a speaker at the Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association luncheon in June. The presentation addressed the impact of the Moran decision on the conduct of zoning officers.


Jonathan Breckenridge, BS, Huntsville, Ala., is the alternate element discipline lead engineer at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center where he is responsible for the cross matrix of the Space Launch System Stages Program Office and the Vehicle Management Engineering Office. … Richard Jones, BS, Norfolk, Va., was recently promoted to national sales manager with The Employment Guide LLC in Virginia Beach, Va. … Randy Stovall, BA, MPA ’06, Miramar, Fla., spent six years in public service with Miami-Dade County government and for the past four years has worked as a contract management professional with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.


Daniel Bullock, BA, New York, N.Y., was recently promoted to senior corporate PR supervisor/senior executive of corporate communications at 5W Public Relations, which is ranked as one of the 20 largest independent PR firms in the U.S. and a top 10 New York PR agency. He also teaches specialized PR course content in the ESL academic contest as adjunct faculty within the NYU School of Professional Studies. … Craig Hill, BSBA, EMBA ’11, Tuscaloosa, Ala., is working as a senior credit analyst for Ann Arbor State Bank remotely from home. His wife, Shelley, MD ’08, will join the trauma/critical surgical team at DCH Regional Medical Center.


Jessica Gruskiewicz, BA, EMBA ’14, Alexandria, Va., has been a technology sales representative for seven years and has accepted a sales leadership position at West Corp. where her team will drive new business in the telecom and unified communications industry in the Washington, D.C., region. … Jenna White, BMdS, moved to New Jersey after college but couldn’t stay away from Morgantown. She’s now a recruitment and retention specialist in Human Resources at WVU Medicine.


Abigail Drescher, BA, met her husband, Chris Drescher, BA ’09, through working with the Adventure WV program. They were both members of the first leader classes in the summer of 2006. … Kristin Myers, BS, PhD ’12, York, Pa., returned to her hometown where she is a full-time audiologist in a fast-paced ear, nose and throat physician’s office. She works alongside fellow audiologist and ’94 graduate Alisa Kauffman


Chris Drescher, BA, Augusta, Ga., graduated in August from the University of Mississippi with a PhD in clinical psychology.


Jennifer Jelliff-Russell, MA, Clarksville, Tenn., opened a professional resume and LinkedIn profile writing service, The Career Tree LLC at


Rebecca Diehm, BS, MS ’13, Sarasota, Fla., is a public relations specialist with NRT LLC-Coldwell Banker, Southeast Region. Her PR team recently took home the grand prize at the Florida Public Relations Association Golden Image Awards Celebration for the team’s press release and media coverage of the launch of a $139-million home known as Le Palais Royal.  


Samantha (Daniels) Fritz, MS, was promoted to director of communications at The Commander’s Family of Restaurants, the first in the company’s history. She will marry her fiancé Max Cusimano in New Orleans in spring 2016. … Christian Lester, BS, Warrington, Pa., has been working in commercial financing for three years and is loving every minute of it. He’s currently employed at Swift Capital, a small business lender based in Delaware. … Christina Monterosso, BS, Raleigh, N.C., has accepted a group sales position with the Carolina Hurricanes. She first became involved with professional hockey as an intern with the Wheeling Nailers in the summer of 2012 where she later became director of ticket sales. … Pete Nardi, MS, was named general manager of the Hilton Head Public Service District, the public water and wastewater utility on Hilton Head Island, S.C. … Melissa Roeder, BSBA, Richmond, Va., works as a territory manager for Merial, a global animal health company based out of Atlanta. She has represented Merial as a companion animal sales representative in both West Virginia and Virginia. 


Taylor Majidi, BA, Alexandria, Va., received an MA in strategic communications from American University in 2014, married the same year and had a baby girl this May. Majidi is currently working for a government contracting company as a technical editor/writer and is involved in the company’s strategic communications.


Vanessa VanGilder, MS, Charleston, W.Va., was named the West Virginia Olmstead coordinator in the Inspector General’s office of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in October 2014.



Evelyn Rose to Anna Paberzs and Matthew Modansky, BSBA ’08, Indianapolis, Ind. … Austin Chandler to Adele Dean, BS ’07, Uniontown, Pa. … Emery Leigh to Brittany Wallace, BA ’12, and Joe Scerbo, Fulton, N.Y. … Rocco Joseph to Laura and Michael Priolette II, PharmD ’04. … Juliet Blake to Casie Coughlin Justice, BS ’05, JD ’08 and Garin Justice, BA ’06, Charleston, W.Va. … Daniel Charles to David Sager and Dana Landacre, BS ’02, Harrisonburg, Va. … Jacob to Danielle, BS ’07, MBA ’08, and Aaron Bertoldi, BS ’07, MS ’09, Millersville, Md. … Ryder Harrison to Shelley, MD ’08, and Craig Hill, BSBA ’05, EMBA ’11.


Sara Margaret Israel, BA ’34, MA ’42, Clarksburg, W.Va., July 29, 2015.

Charles A. Kreinik, BS ’09, St. Paul, Minn., April 8, 2015.

A. Keith McClung Jr., BA ’56, Baltimore, Md., May 16, 2015.

Paul A. Miller, BS ’39, former WVU president, Montrose, Colo.,
June 5, 2015.

Mary Lenore Boyles Shafer, BS ’46, Glenville, W.Va., March 19, 2015.

Elisabeth Shaffer, BFA ’80, Charleston, W.Va., Nov. 10, 2014.

William deForest Thompson, BS ’64, JD ’67, former Mountaineer Mascot, Jacksonville, Fla., March 8, 2015.

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