1980s

Graduates from the 1980s

Arranged Alphabetically in Graduation Year

Sarah Bonner (’80, Carswell)

Sarah earned an M.Acc. from George Washington University after graduating from Wake Forest.  She then earned a Ph.D. degree in Business from the University of Michigan.  Sarah is currently a professor of Accounting at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.  Sarah has published a number of articles and a book entitled “Judgment and Decision Making in Accounting.”  She has also won a number of teaching and mentoring awards for undergrads and Ph.D. students.  Sarah is married to Mark Young (George Bozanic and Holman G. Hurt Chair in Sports and Entertainment Business, Marshall School, USC), and they have two children, Nathaniel and Kaylee.


Catherine Burroughs (’80, Carswell)

Catherine Burroughs is a professor of English at Wells College and a visiting professor of English at Cornell University. In addition to her many articles on British Romantic theatre and drama, her publications include: Reading the Social Body (Co-Ed., University of Iowa Press, 1993); Closet Stages: Joanna Baillie and the Theater Theory of British Romantic Women Writers (Pennsylvania, University Press, 1997), and Women in British Romantic Theatre: Drama, Performance, and Society, 1790-1840 (Ed., Cambridge University Press, 2000). She has in process a co-edited book for MLA’s Options for Teaching Series called Approaches to Teaching Early British Women Playwrights. She is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Catherine earned an M.A. from Connecticut College and a Ph.D. from Emory University.  She completed post-doctoral studies (NEH Fellowships) at UCLA and Cornell University.  Catherine is married to Rick Bogel, and they have a son, Nicholas.


Joseph Hill (’80, Carswell)

Joseph graduated from Duke University with an M.D. and a Ph.D. degree.  He is married to Beverly B. Hill, and they have two sons, Christopher and Theodore.


Elizabeth Graham (’81, Carswell)

Elizabeth holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.  She is currently a Senior IT Specialist.  She lives in Colorado.


Jill Marie Allen Lagerberg (’81, Carswell)

Jill earned a Master’s of Music Degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance degree from the University of Michigan.  She was a professor of Music at Johnson Bible College in Knoxville from 1986 to 1994.  Jill became the Choral Director for Woodlawn Christian Church in Knoxville from 1994 to 1999 and was the Co-director of the Knoxville Children’s Choir from 1997 to 2007.  She is currently the Choral Director for Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and the Children’s Chorus Director of the Knoxville Opera Company.  She is married to Gregg N. Lagerberg and has one daughter, Carin Marie.


Mike Riley (’81, Carswell)

Mike received his Masters degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was recently named the chief executive officer and editor in chief of the The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. Mike has previously worked as a correspondent for Time magazine in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, and Atlanta. He also served as the editor of The Roanake Times for eight years. Mike lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters.


Catherine Mary Korzen (Frier) (’82, Carswell)

Catherine spent a year in England on a Rotary Scholarship after graduating from Wake Forest.  She returned to North Carolina and married John Joseph Korzen (’81,’91,), who was awarded a senior Carswell scholarship and then a Carswell scholarship for Wake Law School.  She has since worked as a professional copywriter here in the triad.  Catherine has written for Sara Lee Corporation most of her career.  She has also been a freelance writer for General Electric in Hendersonville, North Carolina and wrote for a small arts-focused paper in Winston-Salem.  Catherine was promoted to Assistant Copy Manager and then Copy Manager at Sara Lee.  She received approval to go part-time and left for Morganton, North Carolina for her husband’s one-year post-law-school clerkship with Judge Ervin.  Over the years, Catherine has freelanced for a variety of clients, doing everything from writing promotional pieces about preschool furniture and medical devices to reviewing pizza palaces for the newspaper.  Currently she writes exclusively for Hanesbrands Inc. as a half-time contract copywriter. Catherine has received numerous writing awards and service awards over the years, including the Catalog Age National Gold Award for a catalog she helped create for the Fuller Brush Company.  Catherine has also donated her copywriting services to charities, usually in the form of fundraising letters.  Her letters have made somewhere around $750,000 not including the two million-plus capital campaigns she has written materials for (Food Bank and SCAN).  Catherine and John’s three daughters, Claire, Kim, and Christy, have brought joy to their lives.  Catherine is an active volunteer for her church and for her girl’s schools, as well as being a “perpetual chauffeur.”  She received the PTA Volunteer of the Year award from Brunson Elementary, where her girls were in the highly academically gifted program.  Her husband, John, teaches at the Wake Forest University School of Law, and has a demanding schedule, but he finds time to join in on the volunteer work too.  Catherine and John still love going to Wake Forest events together and thank Wake Forest for everything.  Catherine has some words of advice for current Wake Forest students: “take advantage of travel and scholarship opportunities, accept jobs even if they don’t pay well if they will put you on the right path, work hard if you have to in order to establish yourself, and listen to your friends if they say you should meet someone!”


Kurt Rosell (’82, Carswell)

After graduation from Wake Forest University, Kurt attended Columbia Law School in New York where he was on the Law Review.  He graduated in 1985 and became an associate at Cravath, Swaine, & Moore for eight years practicing tax law.  He joined Schulte, Roth, & Zabel LLP in New York, NY in 1993, became partner in 1995, and continues to practice there.  Kurt is a member of the WFU Board of Visitors.  He married his wife Jill in 1988 and has two sons, Alex and Jack.  He coached little league baseball and recreation league basketball.  Kurt and his family recently moved from Scarsdale to Chappaqua, NY.


Frank D. Whitney (’82, Carswell)

Frank joined the Army Reserve after graduating in 1982.  He earned a J.D. with honors and an M.B.A degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to practice law privately.  Frank has held the positions of Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1990 to 2001 and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina from 2002 to 2006.  His current position is United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina.  Frank is married with two children.  He offers this advice: “Work hard and do your best!”


Louise W. Flanagan (’84, Carswell)

Judge Flanagan graduated from Wake Forest University in 1984 and earned her J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988.  From 1988 to 1989, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  For a period of ten years, from 1989 to 1999, she engaged in private practice mainly in the litigation area, first with a large Chicago-based law firm in its Washington, D.C. Office, and later with a North Carolina law firm, becoming a partner in Ward and Smith, P.A. in 1994.  Judge Flanagan was appointed to the position of part-time Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina in 1995, and served in this capacity until her appointment as District Judge by President George W. Bush.  Judge Flanagan was nominated by President Bush on January 29, 2003, confirmed by the Senate on July 17, 2003 and sworn into office on July 21, 2003.  On October 8, 2004, she became Chief Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  Judge Flanagan served on the Judicial Council for the Fourth Circuit from October 8, 2004 until September 20, 2007.  She is a former Vice President and member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association.


Rick Fuller (’84, Carswell)

Rick graduated with a BA in Chemistry and a minor in Biology, and went on to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed a Family Medicine residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals in 1991 and met his wife on a temporary assignment in Milwaukee in 1992.  After 5 years of family medicine practice, Rick realized his heart was truly in caring for children.  He moved to Richmond and did 2 years of pediatrics residency at MCV. His first position after completing this training was in Green Bay, WI, and Rick and his family have lived there since 1999.  Rick says “Most folks who aren’t familiar with WI ask if it’s not always cold up here, and barring this winter season’s record snowfall ( over 81 inches!) , it’s not too bad and they have the plows and salt to handle the snow. The hardest adjustment for this native Virginian is waiting for spring to arrive. It has snowed as late as May 1, and it can take until late May or even June to have consistently warmer temps.”  Rick was able to attend the 2007 Orange Bowl and witness so many WFU alums and fans together having a great time cheering on WFU’s football team. Rick’s family includes his wife Carol and their four children, Sam, Kevin, Benjamin, and Madelyn, their 15-year-old cat (Ginny), adopted 4.5 yr old dog (Simone), and four fish.  Rick currently works as the sole full-time pediatrician for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, and enjoys having a position where he can do what he enjoys without pressure from to crank out high volumes of patients daily and place productivity ahead of quality of care. Rick was able to participate in one of the WFU Theatre Dept’s Mainstage productions directed by Jim Dodding during his last semester, and he will always remember what a blast it was!  Rick encourages students to take advantage of all the opportunities Wake Forest has to offer, and maintain as many of those interests throughout their careers.


Hilton H. Smith (’84, Carswell)

Since graduation, Hilton has been working his way up as a Line Producer in Hollywood.  Hilton earned an MFA degree from UCLA in Theater, Television, & Film.  He is currently the Co-Producer of “Deadwood” for HBO.  In its first two seasons, “Deadwood” earned twenty-two Emmy nominations, seven Emmy wins, a Peabody award, two Golden Globe nominations and numerous Guild awards for excellence.  Hilton is also the Production Manager on “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” on Fox.  His wife is Cindy McWethy Smith.


William de Araujo (’85, Carswell)

William graduated from Wake Forest and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for medical school.  His internship was completed in General Surgery and his residency in Orthopaedics at Wake Forest.  William’s fellowship was in Orthopaedic Traumatology at Emory University, Grady and Crawford Long Hospitals in Atlanta, GA.  William is married to Lori de Araujo and they have three children, Olivia, Samuel, and Sophia.


Elizabeth Bowles Jordan (’85, Carswell)

Beth started out down the medical/research path after graduating from Wake Forest, but chose to go into corporate research.  She left to pursue her true passions (music and art) and to have kids.  Beth has two active and intelligent children Jonathan (5), and Alayna (18 months).   In 2004, Beth moved from Philadelphia to Corvallis, Oregon due to her husband’s relocation with his job, bought a small farm, and started an operation to raise and breed Navajo-Churro sheep with the ultimate goal of using the wool to learn weaving.  They raise much of their own food; meat, fruitsand vegetables, andthey barter for other goods.  The Jordan’slove the fact that they can be more self-sustainable and provide produce for their local farmer’s market. Moving to Oregon has made them slow down, given them more time to reflect on what’s important in life, and has given them a huge appreciation of rural life and the plight of farming and agriculture in the United States.  Farm life has encouraged the Jordan’s to learn more about sustainability and living with less. Corvallis is the home of Oregon State University, so they’ve been able to live in a beautiful fertile valley surrounded by mountains, near a lovely small college town that is filled with arts, music, higher education, and excellent research.  Beth has had the opportunity to use her medical and research training in a variety of ways in animal husbandry and horticulture, farm management, volunteering,and teaching within my community.  Beth has an M.D. and Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health-Dept of Epidemiology.  She has also had the opportunity to work on her musical pursuits.  Along with playing and teaching traditional and ethnic percussion, Beth learned to play the hammered dulcimer and performed as part of a Celtic group as well as in a duo with her husband on guitar. Beth has learned to appreciate how hard it is to earn money as a performing musician,so she does it more for the love of music. Beth pursues other hobbies such as photography and cooking. As he children get older, Beth plans to get back to performing music more often, in groups and as a soloist, and spend more time arranging and composing music, weaving, and taking nature photography.


John Landon Reichle (’85, Carswell)

After graduating from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences with an M.D. degree, Dr. John Landon Reichle entered the Army as a transitional intern at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.  He spent four years as a resident at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.  He became Chief of Radiology at Lyster Army Medical Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, which ultimately led to his move to Scottsboro.  Since 1996, John’s life has revolved more around his children than his work.  He is the Vice-President of the Scottsboro Swim Association, and for five years he has been the head coach of local recreation league sports teams in soccer, baseball, and basketball.  John’s wife, Jenifer, is a Pharm. D. and works part-time for their local hospital, but she is also very busy as a mother.  John writes articles for the local paper, The Daily Sentinel, and is a member of the local Rotary club.  John has also worked with Habitat for Humanity and just recently opened an MRI center.  In his spare time, John programs a roots reggae webcast which is the #1 program of it’s kind in the world (Sky.fm Roots Reggae, www.sky.fm/rootsreggae/)  Both John and Jenifer try to make annual trips to Anguilla and California for reggae festivals.  They live in a log home on beautiful Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, Alabama.  John’s eleven-year-old son, Zach, is a champion swimmer with medals from Alabama State Championships and the Southeastern Swim Championships.  Zach is also an all-star in baseball, basketball, and soccer.  Kyla, John’s six-year-old daughter, is one of the top swimmers in her age group in the Southeast.  His youngest, Skylar (age four) and Troy (age two), are too young for organized sports, but both can’t wait to smack a ball!  John’s picture is of himself and Jenifer at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.


Gray Styers (’85, Carswell, Smith)

Gray earned a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina after graduating from Wake Forest.  In 1989 he became a Judicial Clerk for Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin III, 4th Cir. U.S. Court of Appeals.  In 1990, he became an attorney with Kilpatrick Stockton, in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Gray is currently an attorney with Blanchard, Miller, Lewis, & Styers in Raleigh.  He is serving on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association, and Board of Directors of the UNC Law Alumni Association.  He was included in “Best Lawyers in America” (both in Energy Law and Land Use/Zoning Law) and “NC SuperLawyers” (Administrative Law).  You can find Gray’s biography on his law firm’s site, here.  Gray has also earned an M.B.A degree from the University of North Carolina.  Gray has a wife, Barbara, and two children, Richard, and Rachel.


Carolyn Atkinson (’86, Carswell)

Carolyn earned an M.L.S (Library and Information Science) degree from the University of Kentucky and a J.D. degree from Capital University Law School.  Carolyn previously held a position as a librarian at Nitro Public Library.  She was a South Charleston City Attorney for five years, and was in private law practice for two years.  She is currently Assistant General Counsel for the WV State Treasurer’s office and has been since 2000.  Carolyn married Rick Atkinson.  The have four children: Rosemary, Wesley, Kelly, Joseph, and Bryan.  Joseph and Bryan (pictured here) were adopted from Guatemala.


Susan (Rogers) Glendenning (’86, Carswell)

Susan earned an M.A. degree in Linguistics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After teaching English for several years, Susan became a stay-at-home mother for 5 years.  During that time, Susan retrained in accounting and sat for the CPA exam.  She has been in the accounting field since 1997.  Susan loves being a CPA and says that it is a perfect fit.  She is active on many non-profit boards.  Susan married Kurt Glendenning and they have two daughters, Clarke and Kelly.


J. Michael Kilby (’86, Carswell)

Michael completed his post-graduate study at UNC Chapel Hill, earning an M.D. degree.  He completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Duke and an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Michael has contributed much to the study of infectious diseases.  He became an Associate Professor of Medicine at UAB and is currently a Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  He has received a number of awards relating to his research of infectious diseases.  Michael is a member of a number of professional societies including Southern Society for Clinical Investigation and International AIDS Society- USA.  Michael is also a peer reviewer for a number of publications including AIDS Research and TherapyThe American Journal of Medicine, andThe Southern Medical Journal.  He has also received numerous grants for his HIV/AIDS research.  Michael is married to “Mia” Amaya Kilby and they have two sons, ages 11 and 14. The Kilby’s are crrently building a house on the marsh in Mt. Pleasant with a soundproofed music studio over the garage for this family of musicians.


Lisa Ormand Taylor (’86, Carswell)

Lisa attended the University of Virginia School of Law and the Darden Graduate School of Business after graduating from Wake Forest.  Lisa says that her years at Wake Forest were very special and were “filled with enriching experiences and lasting friendships.”  She appreciates her professors, the semester she spent in Venice at Casa Artom, and her travels following the path of Boswell and Johnson through Scotland with funding from the Carswell Scholarship.  She enjoyed Maya Angelou’s “gender-bending” MacBeth performances as well as the Restoration Comedies Literature class she took.  Lisa had a good time attending her 20 year reunion and seeing her fellow classmates.  Every year her family drives 8 hours from Florida to the NC/Virginia border for their “Wildwood Weekend” with her old college friends and their families.  Lisa is the VP Assistant General Counsel and Corp. Secretary for Pacer International Inc.  She married Stewart Taylor and they have three children, William, Caroline, and Kristin.


Marybeth Sutton Wallace (’86, Carswell)

After graduating from Wake Forest, Marybeth earned an M.A. degree in English from the University of Virginia.  Her Wake Forest English degree has served her well, from teaching high school English to putting together grant proposals, to writing for college presidents.  Marybeth has had tremendous flexibility with her job.  She gets to be home with her daughters, reading good books together while also using her writing to make a difference.  She currently works on special projects and writes for President Hatch on a part-time basis.  Marybeth and her husband, McLain (’85, JD ’88) moved back to Winston-Salem from Rocky Mount to be closer to their Alma Mater.  They have two daughters, Catherine and Elizabeth.  Marybeth would also like you to know that her family has a cottage in their backyard in Winston-Salem and they are happy to host Wake Forest friends when in town.


Milena Cvijanovich (’87, Carswell)

Milena is an architect in Bern, Switzerland.  She and others at her studio, MCM Design Studio, have been chosen to write the forward to this year’s book “Construire Aujourd’hui” on architecture in the Swiss French region, in which you will also find one of their projects, the interior fit-out of Logitech’s new EMEA Headquarters. Their work for Logitech has also been featured in the “Immobilier” section of the newspaper 24Heures in June.  Her studio’s website can be found here.


Melinda Sue (Montgomery) Durham (’87, Carswell)

Melinda completed Family Medicine residency in 1994 and joined Foothills Family Medicine.  In August 2007, when her husband Mark went back to work after completing a Master of Arts in Teaching, Melinda cut back to half time to spend more time with her children.  Melinda now spends a great deal of time running them to music lessons, choir rehearsals, Boy Scouts, etc.  Melinda and Mark have taken on the role of Den leaders for her son, Ethan’s den of Cub Scouts.  Their other son, Christopher earned the Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts in the spring of 2008 and is now working his way up the ranks in Boy Scouts.  Melinda and Mark play in the handbell choir and sing in the choir at church, as well as playing flute (Melinda) and viola (Mark) at church several times a year.  Melinda married Mark Durham in 1988 and they their celebrated 20th anniversary in July, 2008.  Their first child, Christopher is in sixth grade and is a member of Elementary Honors Orchestra on viola and SC Elementary Honors Chorus for 08-09 school year. Their Second child, Ethan, is in third grade and learning flute.


Martha (Marti) Denise Greene Eads (’87, ’93, Poteat, Hixon, Carswell)

Marti graduated from Wake Forest with a B.A. degree in English and returned in 1993 to earn an M.A. degree in religion.  She has also earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and has done post-graduate work in theology and literature at the University of Durham, UK.  Marti has held positions as a Lilly Fellow and Lecturer at Valparaiso University from 2001 to 2003, and Associate Professor of English at Eastern Mennonite University from 2003 to 2007.  She is currently professor of English at EMU where she was Chair of the Department of Language and Literature from 2004 to 2007.  Marti remains deeply grateful for the liberal arts education that Wake Forest provided her.  Although she would have taken only English and Theatre classes if she could have gotten away with it, some of the classes she had to take in other areas have enriched her life immeasurably: biology with Jim McDonald, philosophy with Charles Lewis, religion with Ralph Wood and Carlton Mitchell, French with Mary Frances Robinson, physical education with Bill Hottinger, politics with Bill Broyles, art history with Peggy Smith and voice with Teresa Radomski.  Having grown up in a Southern Baptist church, Marti was also thankful to attend a university that still remembered its denominational roots and gave Christian professors (of many different denominations) the freedom to show how their faith shaped their vocations as teacher-scholars.  Marti is married to Christopher Eads and has a daughter on the way (due March 2008)!


Kristina Natale Johnson (Madsen) (’87, Carswell)

Kristina completed 3 semesters in Spanish Literature from the M.A. program at Penn State University.  She went on the earn an M.Div. degree in theology/ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA.  She is now an ordained ELCA Lutheran pastor.  Kristina is the coordinator of a Latino Mental Health Campaign at the Mental Health Association in Greensboro and just went part-time there in order to launch La Vela (“the Candle”), a Latino Center for Spiritual Care in January.  Kristina has pastored three congregations, completed two advanced residencies in hospital chaplaincy and, since 2006, has developed expertise in a job in Latino mental health and used that to launch La Vela.  Kristina says, “I am coming into my dream vocation: work that combines my love of Spanish and the Latino culture with my passion for ministry and interest in holistic mental health.”


Jeffrey Doyle Richardson (’87, Carswell)

Jeffrey graduated from Wake Forest and went to work for First Union in Charlotte, North Carolina until 1992.  He always dreamed of being a history professor so he left First Union and went to UNC Chapel Hill to earn a Master’s degree in history.  He worked for several years on a doctorate and decided that he liked it, but didn’t love it and the sacrifices were too great not to love it.  Jeffrey then rejoined First Union in Investor Relations and worked there until 2006.  He earned an MBA degree from Duke in 2001.  Jeffrey then joined Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati heading up Investor Relations, mergers, and acquisitions analysis.  He currently lives across the river in Newport, Kentucky in an 1886 three-story house with no yard and just six blocks from the river.  Jeffrey married Mary Ellen (Missy) Neal Richardson, on September 26, 1998.  Jeffery says that he is eternally grateful for having chosen Wake Forest and he thanks the Carswell Scholarship program for creating that decision.


Windsor Westbrook Sherrill (’87, Carswell)

Windsor earned an MHA/MBA degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 1989.  After graduate school, Windsor worked in hospital administration at the Medical College of Georgia Health System in Augusta, GA from 1989 to 1996.  She returned to school for doctoral studies in health policy at the Heller School of Brandeis University (Massachusetts), graduating with a PhD in 2000.  She is now at Clemson University, in the Department of Public Health Sciences as an Associate Professor, where she was awarded the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence for her outstanding contributions to the university over the past five years. Windsor married Jay Sherrill in 1992, and they have three sons, Jay, Rivers, and Arthur. Windsor shares, “I am so thankful for the support of the Carswell program and Tom Phillips.  Encouragement from the program gave me confidence to embark on new adventures academically and professionally.  I owe a great debt to WFU and to the scholarship program in particular.”


Natalie Z. Cvijanovich (’88, Carswell)

After graduating from Duke University School of Medicine, Natalie moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to begin residency in general surgery. Natalie enjoyed surgery, but discovered the specialty of pediatric critical care during the course of her residency. She decided to change paths and began residency in pediatrics, followed by subspecialty training in pediatric critical care. Natalie then moved to Oakland, California, where she was offered a position at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. She has been on staff there since 2001, and also holds a clinical appointment at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Natalie has had the opportunity to collaborate on several research investigations, including studying gene expression patterns in pediatric sepsis. Out of this work has grown an interest in the role of zinc homeostasis in critically ill children.  Natalie has also been fortunate to be a member of several Operation Smile teams, traveling to Morocco, India, Paraguay, Cambodia, and Peru. Operation Smile is an organization that offers cleft lip and palate repairs to children and adults in developing countries. These missions are a great opportunity to see the world and interact with wonderful people from all over the world. On the mission to Cambodia, Natalie’s sister Alexandra, a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a general pediatrician in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, was the pediatrician for the team, and they got to celebrate her birthday together in Phnom Penh and saw the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.  Natalie’s son, Noah keeps her busy and entertained too. Heis an avid soccer player, has a great sense of humor, and loves ACC basketball.  Natalie thinks back on her days at Wake Forest with fondness and many happy memories. She says, “The breadth and quality of courses that were available to us as students there, and the caliber of professors was excellent. I think the emphasis on a true liberal arts education was very valuable.”


Julie-Anne Cronin (’88, Carswell)

Julie-Ann graduated from Wake Forest University and attended Duke University for a Ph.D. degree in Economics in 1995.  She is currently a Financial Economist for the Office of Tax Policy in the U.S. Treasury Department.  Julie-Anne is married to Peter Rankin, Vice President of CRA International.  They have three children, Sarah, Moira, and Jackson.


Elizabeth Seely (’88, Carswell)

Liz earned a Masters of Health Administration from The Ohio State University in 1990.  She has 16+ years of experience in health care leadership with the Ohio State University Medical Center.  She is currently the Executive Director at The Ohio State University Medical Center University Hospital East, a 200 bed community hospital.  Click here for her press release.  Liz currently resides in Columbus, OH with her husband Collin and children Kristen, Faith, and Daniel.  She notes that her most significant physical accomplishment was carrying twins to full term (39 weeks)!


Janice C. Telfer (’88, Reynolds)

Janice earned a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 1995 and completed post-doctoral study at California Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Prof. Ellen Rothenberg.  Janice notes that the aspect of a career in scientific research that she did not anticipate is the importance of effective communication with people outside of her field. Janice teaches college students, speaks in front of politicians, and writes grant applications that are reviewed by non-specialists. Janice has to work hard on refining and clarifying messages while managing to catch the imagination of her audience. Her experience in 4-H public speaking and her general education at Wake Forest University have been invaluable in this endeavor. Janice’s research program (and her four graduate students and three undergraduate students) is currently funded by the National Foundation for Science, the US Department of Agriculture, the Culpeper Biomedical Pilot Initiative, and the Armstrong Foundation for Science. Janice is very grateful for their support.  Janice is married to Farshid Hajir, a professor in the math department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  They have two children: Alexander and Giselle.


Carol Jones Van Buren (’88,’91, Carswell)

Since graduating from Wake Forest School of law in 1991, Carol has spent her career at the law firm of Kennedy Covington.  When she joined, the Firm had about 50 lawyers.  The Firm has grown over the years to almost 200 lawyers.  For the 16 of the 17 years she has practiced law, Carol has focused on environmental issues, mainly compliance issues and managing environmental risk.  She was named a Partner in the law firm in 1997.  Carol was elected Chair of the Environmental Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2003-2004.  She has also been elected by her peers to Woodward/White, Inc’s List of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of Environmental Law from 2003 to 2008.  She was named to the North Carolina Legal Elite for the field of Environmental Law in 2007-2008.  Carol has also been named one of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2004-2007, in the field of Environmental Law.  The link to her law firm profile is found here. Carol married a fellow Demon Deacon, Russ Van Buren (’86) and has three children, Mary Catherine, John Paul, and Anna Rose. Carol works actively with Junior Achievement in the Charlotte area and enjoys gardening, drinking good red wine, and reading novels.  She has recently become a member of the Steering Committee for the Charlotte Deacon Club.


David B. Everman (’89, Reynolds)

After graduation, David attended medical school and then completed his residency in pediatrics, followed by one year of part-time employment as a pediatric hospitalist.  David then completed a residency program in medical genetics and took his first full-time position as a clinical geneticist with the Greenwood Genetic Center, a private, non-profit genetics institute in South Carolina.  David split his time there between evaluating children and adults with genetic conditions and doing basic research on the genetic causes of birth defects involving the arms, legs, hands, and feet.  He has recently left the Greenwood Genetic Center to join the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland where he works as a staff clinician involved in the research-based evaluation of patients with genetic disorders.  David met Sarah Hartshorn, a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and in 1998, they were married.  They have two sons, 7-year-old Benjamin, and 5-year-old Alexander.  David would like to share that he is forever grateful to Wake Forest for a wonderful education and for the fantastic support of the Reynolds Scholarship.


Ingrid (Kincaid) Gentry (’89, Carswell)

Ingrid has had a wonderfully fulfilling career and personal path since graduating from Wake Forest University. Ingrid earned an MBA degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  One of the characteristics that Ingrid believes Wake Forest encourages is a continual thirst for learning. This has served her very well as she has landed in a series of happy job circumstances over time. Ingrid has had experience in mergers & acquisitions including 10 years in the beverage alcohol business which was allowed her to travel the world to meet entrepreneurs and have a drink with them before working to buy their company!  That experience led to an opportunity to be the finance director of one of her company’s geographic regions.  Ingrid met her husband, Lewis Gentry (’90) while at Wake. They didn’t know each other well, but later when they met up again in Charlotte, NC their common experience was a bonding point. They’ve been married over 12 years and have three children who are the true joy of Ingrid’s life.  Last year, Ingrid’s family embarked on a great adventure when she accepted a position to her company’s Asia Pacific division and they all moved to Sydney, Australia. They have enjoyed making new friends, seeing new sites, and living in a (slightly) different culture.


Angela Gray Kirkman (’89, Carswell)

After graduating from Wake Forest, Angela became a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.  She’s enjoyed wonderful tours (assignments) abroad and experienced coups and transitions from dictators to so-called democracies. Along the way, Angela became a sea kayaker, Nordic skier and cyclist. Her most recent significant accomplishment was playing her trumpet in public again after an 18-year hiatus! Angela is married to Jacob Kirkman and they have one daughter, Allison, born in 2002, a little skier who loves jumps and diamondback runs.  One of Angela’s favorite quotes comes from Provost Wilson’s “Blake, Yeats, Thomas” class:

“There is a Moment in each Day that Satan cannot find
Nor can his Watch Fiends find it, but the Industrious find
This Moment & it multiply, & when it once is found
It Renovates every Moment of the Day if rightly placed”
Milton 35:42-45
William Blake


Paula Nance (’89, Carswell)

Paula lives in New York City and is currently in rehearsals for a short play involved in the 1st Irish 2008 Theatre Festival in NYC.  The theatre company she is working with, Origin Theatre Company, is producing five new short plays by playwrights already known in Ireland, but not particularly well-known in the United States. Since one of her thesis projects for her Masters from King’s College London was on Northern Irish women playwrights, Paula is in her element.


Douglas John Thompson (’89, Carswell)

Dr. Douglas John Thompson earned his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1993.  He completed his residency at Emory University.  Douglas went into private practice as a Board Certified Internist and Hypertension Specialist in Beaufort, South Carolina.  After 11 years, he decided to study Oncology and is currently completing a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at East Carolina University.  Douglas is married to Allison Thompson and they have two children, John and Caitlin.  He has been a Rotary Club member for 9 years, a Church Deacon, and a Fundraiser for the YMCA, United Way, and his local hospice organization.  Douglas is an endurance athlete, completing marathons, ultra-marathons, triathlons, including ironman races, many for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society.  Douglas has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and enjoys adventure travel, reading, and movies.