Graduates from the 1990s
Arranged Alphabetically in Graduation Year
Dr. Doug Chatham (’90, Carswell)
After graduating from Wake Forest University, Doug went to graduate school and earned a Ph.D. in math from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He returned to Wake Forest in the 2000-2001 academic year as a Visiting Associate Professor. Since 2001, Doug has been teaching mathematics at Morehead State University in Kentucky. This year he received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. Doug is also the Newsletter Editor and Webmaster for the Kentucky Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
Penny Smith Jones (MA Ed ’90, Master Teaching Fellow)
Penny graduated from Wake Forest and held jobs as a History Teacher for grades 7-10 as well as a History Instructor at a Community College. She is currently a School Counselor. She is married to husband, AJ, and they have two children, Adam and Brittany. Adam is currently enrolled at Beeson Divinity School and Brittany will graduate from the College of William and Mary this spring with a degree in Computational Operations Research. Penny says that she will be forever grateful for the opportunities afforded to her by her education at Wake Forest.
Katherine Rowe Lambert (’90, Presidential)
Kate earned a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as an adjunct instructor of voice at Wake Forest University, church choir director, and private voice teacher and singer. Concert credits include performing as a soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Wake Forest University and the Winston-Salem Symphony. Opera and operetta roles include Magda Sorel in Opera Organique’s production of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Consul in Charlottesville; Gianetta in Gondoliers, Patience in Patience, and lolanth in lolanthe, with Charlottesville’s New Lyric Theatre. Musical theater roles include the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Nancy in Oliver! and Elsa Schrader in Sound of Music. She presented solo voice recitals in 2006 in Richmond and in North Carolina at Wake Forest University, and she regularly performs musical theater and jazz standard concerts with Charlottesville vocalist Doug Schneider. Most recent concerts were with the Tom Collins Trio at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center in Fluvanna County and at the Earl Hammer Jr. Theater in Nelson County. Most recently, Kate performed the role of Diana in Ken Ludwig’s farce, Lend Me a Tenor, with Four County Players in Barboursville, Virginia. She sings for weddings, special events and private parties, specializing in a range of vocal styles, including musical theater, art song and opera. Kate is grateful for the encouragement and training she received as a Wake Forest Student and is thankful for the opportunity to learn about music within the broader framework of a liberal arts setting.
Justin Latus (’90, Carswell)
Justin graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. He is currently a Policy Analyst for Child Support Services, District of Columbia Division. Justin’s aunt died last fall at age 52, and he has since realized “we’re not on this earth for very long.”
Melissa (Higgins) Twaroski (’90, Upperclass Carswell)
Melissa earned a M.A. degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from Ole Miss in 1994 and began her career with the U.S. Forest Service as a District Archaeologist on the DeSoto national Forest in southeastern Mississippi after graduating from Wake Forest. She has co-authored several professional articles, one of which was published in a book on Southeastern Archeology. She has held various positions with the Forest Service in Minnesota, Kentucky, and Georgia. She is currently the Regional Archaeologist/Heritage Program Manager for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service and she provides technical support and guidance on the management of cultural resources to the Regional Forester and to the fifteen National Forests located in 14 states across the southeast as well as Puerto Rico. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband James E. Twaroski and her three cats. Melissa enjoys participating in activities with her church.
Bob Esther (’91, Reynolds)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Bob earned a B.A. degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford as well as an M.Sc.degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the University of London. Bob also earned an M.D. degree from Vanderbilt. Bob took a position as an instructor in Orthopaedics at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine from 2003 to 2004. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the UNC School of medicine. His specialty is orthopaedic oncology, more specifically, surgical treatment of primary and metastatic orthopaedic tumors in children and adults. Bob married Emily Moseley and they have a son, James Benjamin.
M. Kelly Greene (’91, Carswell)
Kelly graduated from Wake Forest in 1991 and since then has worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Kelly covers retirement planning and aging issues and least year Kelly and her editor wrote “The Wall Street Journal Complete Retirement Guidebook”, which hit the New York Times bestsellers list! Kelly’s husband, Rick just got a promotion at the Wall Street Journal and they will be moving to New York as soon as they can sell their house in Atlanta. She is sad to leave her life there, but is excited about connecting with people in New York. Kelly and Rick have one son, Joseph Brooks.
Amy House (’91, Carswell)
After graduating from Wake, Amy spent 5 years earning a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Georgia. She subsequently went to the Medical College of Georgia for a postdoctoral fellowship, and then was hired as faculty. Since that time, Amy has developed a clinical specialty in the treatment of traumatic stress, in particular the consequences of sexual abuse and assault, and also the treatment of borderline personality disorder. In the other half of her job, Amy is an educator. She trains and supervises psychology interns in psychotherapy. She also teaches about communication skills, traumatic stress, and intimate partner violence to first year medical students. She has also studied the impact of traumatic events on physical health outcomes in HIV positive women. Amy finds her work to be interesting and rewarding. Amy met her husband, Ralph, in Augusta and they married in 1999. They have two children, Owen, age 3, and Naomi, age 11 months. Both Amy and Ralph have both cut back their work commitments to 4 days per week since becoming parents. It’s a strategy that has worked well for them, and they feel grateful that they are in positions that allow them to do it. Amy shares, “I still look back with amazement at the richness of my experiences at Wake Forest. I am so grateful for the education I received there, and for all the ways my experiences in and out of the classroom allowed me to grow and start on the path to where I am now.”
Scott Klenzak M.D. (’91, Reynolds)
After finishing his degree at Wake Forest, Scott “sacrificed [his] youth on the altar of medicine.” Scott spent ten years at UNC-Chapel Hill for medical school and then residency and fellowship. Scott says that “medicine, psychiatry, and child psychiatry make interesting, useful work”. In Chapel Hill, Scott found himself, his career, but most importantly his soul mate and life partner, Jennifer Stoddard. Scott and Jennifer have three children, Audrey, Molly, and Kevin. They all have inspired Scott and continue to give his life deep meaning and connection. After finishing his training, the Klenzak’s moved to Maine for five years where Jennifer finished her specialty training in nephrology. Scott had the chance to work with some great people and institutions. They reluctantly had to say goodbye to Maine for both personal and professional reasons, choosing to relocate to Pinehurst, NC. Scott and Jennifer are both busy establishing their careers as well as raising their children. They have enjoyed reestablishing closer ties with friends and family who remained in North Carolina.Recently, Scott has started a solo practice specializing in both adult and child/adolescent psychiatry. Treating patients and families in crisis remains an extremely rewarding privilege and honor for him. Scott is also active in the public mental health system, working part-time in several mental health centers. This vital work has been compromised by the recent changes and attempts at mental health “reform.” Scott is active in local, state, and national professional organizations (APA, AACAP, NCPA) trying to ensure that basic care remains available to our most vulnerable fellow citizens.
Alison McDowell (Hawver) (’91, Carswell)
After attending graduate school for Art History, Alison followed fellow Wake Forest alumnus, Niel McDowell, to Philadelphia. Niel and Alison both participated in the Casa Artom study abroad program in 1989. He was working on a PhD in German, and Alison ended up exploring the city as an educator for the city’s children’s museum. Niel finished his PhD in German, studying medieval German plague texts, and Alison finished a Masters in Historic Preservation, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Niel continues to work in academic administration at the University of Pennsylvania. Alison has worked in the field of historic preservation and heritage development for the past ten years. After graduating, Alison worked for the National Park Service surveying abandoned farms at Delaware Water Gap one cold autumn. She then spent a year preparing environmental impact reports for historic resources in proximity to NJ Department of Transportation projects. Alison later switched firms and worked as a consultant on heritage development projects, many supported by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Alison and Neil’s daughter Kate was born in 2000. Alison and Niel have been very involved in civic efforts including the development of the Fairmount House Tour, the Fairmount Arts Crawl (a day of visual and performing arts in the community), and the Fairmount Fling (the annual fundraiser for our community development corporation). Alison was employed briefly in the conservation department of Philadelphia’s Public Art Office and then switched to working in development at Bartram’s Garden where she has been for the past three years. Bartram’s Garden is a historic site that is part of Philadelphia’s extensive Fairmount Park System. It contains the home that John Bartram, America’s first botanist, built of stone in 1728 and 40 acres of grounds, including a meadow, historic garden, and tidal wetland. Alison’s part time status enables her to pick Kate up from school at the end of the day and have a bit of time to work on advocacy issues. Currently she is working to try and make a wider variety of healthy, fresh food items available through the school lunch program. Alison finds it fulfilling to be a mother and is proud that her daughter has experienced and learned so much about the world around her.
Sherri L. Snelson (’91, Carswell)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Sherri attended Law School at UNC and graduated with honors in 1995. Sherri then moved to Richmond, Virginia and joined McGuire Woods LLP as an associate in the corporate department. In 2000, she became an associate in the Finance Group at Mayer Brown LLP in New York. She then began the Executive MBA program at the NYU Stern School of Business and earned an MBA degree. Sherri continued to practice law full time during business school. In October 2002, she left Mayer Brown and joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson, LLP as a Finance associate in the New York office. Sherri then transferred to the London office in April 2004 and made partner soon thereafter. Since 2004, Sherri has continued to practice as a partner in the Finance Group in London. She specializes in leveraged acquisition finance, though her experience covers the full range of corporate finance activities. Sherri is a trustee (volunteer) with Dress for Success of London.
Leslie Wood Zampetti (’91, Carswell)
Currently, Leslie is a part-time reference librarian at the Selby Library in Sarasota, FL, and she is seeking certification as a school media specialist. Previously, Leslie worked as a reference librarian in Loudoun County as an information architect for the Dialog Corporation – a Thomson Company, and as a corporate librarian and library manager for Hagler Bailly Consulting (now PA Consulting), the Howard Hughes, Medical Institute, and Manor Care, Inc. Leslie started her career in library science as a subject cataloger for NASA at the NASA -Langley Air Force Base. Significant career accomplishments include her activities on behalf of the Special Libraries Association, including acting as Chair for the Solo Librarians Division, and her ability to change environments and positions within a rapidly changing field. Leslie moved from North Carolina to Hampton, Virginia to the DC metro area and now back to the Gulf Coast of Florida, where she grew up. Leslie wrote a children’s book and is in the process of writing another book, likely for young adults; like most unpublished authors, she is working on becoming published. More importantly, along the way, Leslie has made many friends and become part of a family of her own, marrying her husband, Marc, and giving birth to her daughter, Nina. Her most significant accomplishment is living a good life – being happy and doing her best to make others happy. Leslie would like to thank the many professors who gave her their time and attention, especially Dr. Allen Mandelbaum, Dr. Pat Johansen, and Mr. John Carter. She says that words can not express her gratitude.
Marne L. Arthaud-Day (’92, Carswell)
Marne graduated from Wake Forest and earned a Master’s degree in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She then earned an M.B.A. degree from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Organization Theory from Indiana University in 2004. She is currently an Assistant Professor for the Management Department at the College of Business Administration, Kansas State University. She married Brian C. Arthaud-Day (’90) in 1994 and they have two children, Koen and Holden.
L. Patrick Auld (’92, Carswell)
Patrick earned a J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1995 after graduating from Wake Forest. His past positions include Law Clerk for N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. and Phyllis A. Kravtich, as well as Associate with Dow, Lohnes, & Albertson, LLC. Patrick also held the position of Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing for the Wake Forest University School of Law. Currently, Patrick is the Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina. He notes that the opportunity for personal contact between faculty and students has been one of the hallmarks of Wake Forest’s success as a university for many years. He hopes that tradition will continue and that students take full advantage of it. He considers the interaction that he had with talented faculty while at Wake Forest as perhaps the most important part of his development, both intellectually and personally during his college career. Patrick is married to Dixie T. Wells (J.D. Wake Forest University School of Law,’99) and has a daughter, Zoe Katherine.
Jay Beddow (’92, Carswell)
Jay lives in Tokyo, Japan is currently the Managing Director of APAC Head of Investment Bank Operations at UBS.
Edward B. Brown III (’92, Reynolds)
Edward went to graduate school at Cornell University after graduating from Wake Forest. He earned a Ph.D. in physics and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School with the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He then married Ania Majewska in Cambridge, MA. The couple had their first son, Robert in June of 2005, the same year they managed to solve the academic “two-body problem”. The couple moved to the University of Rochester where Ania accepted apposition as Assistant Professor in the department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Edward accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. The couple’s second son was born the day before Wake Forest’s Orange Bowl game in 2007. Edward watched the game in the hospital room with the volume turned down while his new baby and tired wife slept. Edward considers his most significant accomplishment to be obtaining a five-year $2.4M Scholar Award from the DoD Breast Cancer Research program in 2005. He was also recently given a five-year $250k Scholar Award from the Pew Foundation.
Wendy Faulkner (’92, Carswell)
Wendy went on from Wake Forest to earn a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Florida State in 1994. She spent 10 years in the computer industry working as a Unix Systems Administrator. Two years ago, Wendy decided to retire from the high-stress computer field and she began working in the skydiving industry full time. She now does everything from packing parachutes to instructing students to free fall. She says her days are now much more enjoyable. Wendy has been involved in numerous world records in canopy formation (found here) starting with a Women’s World Record in 1997, and overall world records that were set in 1992, and broken again in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Over Thanksgiving week of 2007, Wendy and her group built a 100-way parachute formation over the town of Lake Wales Florida.
Eric Ashley Hairston (’92, Reynolds)
Eric graduated from Wake Forest and earned a J.D. degree from the UNC School of Law and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. Eric was formerly an SREB doctoral Scholar at UVA, both the Honors Fellow and a Jessie Ball DuPont Fellow at Sweet Briar College. He also held the position of Association Dean (Assistant Dean) at UVA. Since 2000, Eric has been a member of the Board of Visitors at Wake Forest. Eric is now an Assistant Professor of English and of Law and Humanities at Elon University, founding Director of the Center for Law and Humanities at Elon University, and incoming director of the Pre-Law Program at Elon University. He teaches American Literature, African-American and Asian-American Literatures, Classical Literature, American Studies, and Law and Humanities. Eric met his wife, Dr. Cherry Chevy (’93), in Charlottesville during his graduate studies. They married in 2001 and moved to Durham. In 2002, their son Graham was born and their daughter Madeline was born in 2007. Eric and Cherry enjoy traveling and have visited Venice (including Casa Artom) in 1999 and Thailand in 2001. They visit Hawaii as often as possible. Eric says “One of the most enriching experiences has been my time on the Board of Visitors, which has allowed me to really understand the scope of the Wake experience across generations. It has also given me the chance to work with many people who were at Wake during my undergrad years. I am indebted to so many at Wake Forest for a remarkable education and sage advice and good friendship long after graduation.”
Michael Shane Hutson (’92, Carswell and Poteat)
After graduation in 1992, Michael attended Wake Forest University to earn an M.S. degree in Physics. He then earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Virginia. From 2000 to 2003 Michael was a postdoctoral fellow in Biological Physics at Duke and is currently an assistant professor of Physics and Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. In 2006, Michael received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and in 2007, the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Michael ran his first marathon, the Country Music Marathon in Nashville Tennessee in 2004. He ran his second marathon, the Disney World Marathon in Orlando, Florida in 2006. Michael is married to Diana Hutson, and has two daughters, Kimberly and Kathryn. Visit his website here and be sure to look at his family’s pictures from their trip to Waterloo, Ontario.
Eric Kerchner (’92, Presidential)
Eric earned an MFA degree from the Directing program at DePaul Theatre School. He founded the Collective Theatre Company in 1995. He created and produced the Celtic Music Festival and Apple Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. As a professional actor and director, Eric has performed in over 70 productions and 22 films. He also served as Executive Director of Tryon Fine Arts Center and The Englert Theatre in Iowa City during a $5.5 million renovation. Eric is currently the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum in Winston-Salem. Eric says that every step in his career has informed the next. He tries to learn from his mistakes and keep moving forward. He has now built a reputation for fixing “bad arts organizations” though strong programming and community outreach. Eric takes pleasure in looking back at festivals he has created or buildings he has renovated and seeing the strong impact they are still making in their respective communities. Eric says that Wake Forest was a springboard. The Presidential Scholarship was his way into wake and the people he has met as well as the 30 productions he was part of have helped to shape his life course. He is proud to be part of the WFU theatre family and will lend a hand in any way to the next generation of visionaries.
Heather Lynn Kimmel (’92, Carswell)
Since graduating from Wake Forest, Heather has been actively involved in biomedical research, primarily in areas related to drug abuse and other psychiatric disorders. She earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 1997. Heather has been teaching both undergraduate and graduate students and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Emory University School of Medicine. She received a small internal grant from Emory in 2004 to assist in the creation of a new course, Drug Development: From Proposal to Prescription, which has been well-attended each spring since 2005. She lists her other significant accomplishment as being a mother to two wonderful children. Heather says that she has been very fortunate to be able to balance a fulfilling career as well as motherhood simultaneously. She does this by taking it one day and/or one project at a time. Heather is married to David Kulp III, and has two children, Rachel and Nathan.
Jerry W. Mitchell Jr. (’92, Carswell)
Dr. Jerry Mitchell went on to study medicine at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill after graduating from Wake Forest University. Jerry says that he took a slightly different course to medical school. He was an English major at Wake Forest and when he first applied to medical school, he didn’t get accepted. However, he did apply again and has had a successful career in medicine thus far. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a Fellowship in Oncology back at Wake Forest University. He is currently in private practice at the Mark H. Zangmeister Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. Jerry married his wife, Susan in 2000. He has two sons, Matthew, born in 2002, and Luke, born in 2004. Jerry emphasizes the importance of perseverance and focusing on what you like to do rather than what others tell you to do.
David C. Styers (’92, Carswell)
David graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest with a B.A. degree in English and Religion. He is a Certified Pew Partnership for Civic Change Leadership Trainer and Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute Trainer. David spent six months helping to establish the Catherine French Group, an independent consulting firm, were he specialized in executive search and recruitment for nonprofit boards and executives of symphony orchestras and other music and arts organizations. From 1992 to 1999, David worked for the American Symphony Orchestra League, where he served as the lead staff for governance services and led annual seminars on such topics as group process, team building, and problem solving. David serves on several boards, including the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau. David currently serves as a Governance Consultant for BoardSource. He provides project management, consulting, and training services to major clients on governance and emerging trends and developments in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining BoardSource, he served as Senior Director at the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, where he led the work to build capacity and national partnerships for more than 360 affiliate volunteer centers across the country. During his nearly eight years at Points of Light, David designed and conducted trainings at local, state, national, and international conferences and consulted with many nonprofits and associations across the country and around the world. David’s career biography is featured as a chapter in the book “Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads” by Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald.
Michelle Hale Williams (’92, Presidential)
Michelle graduated from Wake Forest University and then earned an M.A. degree from Villanova in Political Science. Michelle worked for a communications company, the Better Business Bureau, an advertising agency and a bank before returning to graduate school to earn a Ph.D from the University of Colorado-Boulder in Political Science. Michelle would like to share that although she felt a pressing need to figure out her life path before graduating from Wake Forest, it took some time for her to clarify her goals. Michelle is now an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Program Advisor at the University of West Florida. Michelle has had many experiences and has lived many places but appreciates how special Wake Forest is. When thinking of things she might do differently a second time around, Michelle would make sure to immerse herself deeply in her classes and take advantage of the great professors here at Wake Forest. She loved Wake Forest when she was a student here, but now appreciates how extraordinary her education was. Michelle has a husband, Steve, and a daughter, Grace.
Melissa Kemper Beach (’93, Presidential)
Melissa attended Georgia State University to earn a Master’s degree in Financial Planning. She became an associate with Homrich & Berg, Inc., a wealth advisory firm. She is currently a stay-at-home mom with her husband, John, and two sons, Hatcher who is 5, and Brooks who is 2.
E. Chase Coale (’93, Reynolds)
After graduation, Chase became a Fulbright scholar, studying at the University of Frankfurt. She also earned a J.D. degree from Wake Forest. She is currently an attorney with Helms, Mulliss & Wicker in Charlotte, NC. Chase’s husband is John Anderson (’93, JD ’96) and they have two children, James and Burke Anderson.
Mariana Iribarne Demaria (’93, Carswell)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Mariana earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Mariana has developed slowly but steadily in the public sector. She now has12 years of experience in international and government organizations,in the area of public and official representations, economic and trade policy advocacy. Mariana is about to begin a position as Government and Education Manager for Intel Argentina. Mariana is a mother of three children who constantly challenge her and brighten her days. She continues to be an avid skier and a social golfer, although she never got back to playing as often as when she was on the WFU golf team. Mariana says “My years at Wake continue to nurture my life in more ways than I can count and have helped me throughout my development way beyond the academic and professional areas.”
Elizabeth Jones Edwards (’93, Presidential, Hankins)
Elizabeth graduated from Wake Forest and attended Princeton Theological Seminary for an MDiv degree. She was the Executive Director of the Christian Women’s Job Corps of NC from 1999 to 2002, and the Associate Minister for Rosemary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, NC from 1997 to 1999. She is currently on the board of directors for the Christian Women’s Job Corps of NC and on the Faith Development Ministry Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC. Elizabeth is married to Mark E. Edwards (’94, JD’97). They have two sons, Spencer and Daniel.
Teresa Rathbone Heinz (’93, Carswell)
Teresa earned an MAEd in School Counseling from Western Carolina University in 2005. She was previously an Advanced Placement English Teacher, and she is currently a school counselor (K-5) just outside Waynesville, NC. She is married to husband, Jason, and has two sons. “Pro Humanitate” has been a guiding principle in Teresa’s life. Her professors were valued mentors her four years at Wake Forest, and their insight continues to be a meaningful influence on her and her work with families and children today. Teresa is grateful for the financial assistance which allowed her to study at Wake Forest. A photo of Wait Chapel (in her office) serves as a daily reminder of Wake’s commitment to service and of the joy that commitment brings. Teresa comments, “Thank you Wake Forest . . . and thanks especially to all the individuals who took their time with me as I made my Wake Forest journey.”
Clark Pinyan (’93, Carswell, Fine Arts)
Clark lists founding Chi Rho, a singing group still going strong after 17 years, among his most significant accomplishments while attending Wake Forest University. Clark entered medical school at the University of Alabama after graduating from Wake Forest and soon after took a sabbatical to England on a Rotary International Scholarship where he earned an M.P.H. degree from the Nuffield Institute for Health at the University of Leeds. He returned to Alabama to finish his medical degree and married the dental assistant who sat across from him in class. Clark decided to specialize in neurology because it is the only part of medicine that made him want to get out of bed in the morning and go to work. He moved back to Winston-Salem for Wake’s Neurology training program, one of the best in the Southeast. His wife, Kimberly Pinyan, has fallen in love with Winston-Salem and has opened her own private practice here located at Jonestown and Country Club. Clark recently completed his fellowship in neuromuscular disease and electromyography, a diagnostic technique of listening to sounds generated by electrical activity in nerves and muscles, which Clark thinks is perfect for him as a musician. Clark has recently also picked up his saxophone again and is learning jazz. He admits that learning to improvise is not easy, but he is sticking with it and getting better every day. Clark also sings and leads music at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. He thanks the entire music faculty, particularly Stewart Carter, for giving him a foundation in music. He is still searching for that “Saskatchewan triply-demented nineteenth chord.”
Kelly Rachelle Starnes (’93, Caldwell, Presidential)
Sales has been the focus of Kelly’s career so far. She has also participated in sales training and entrepreneurship. Music has been a source of much enjoyment for Kelly and she auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera, which was a great learning experience though she did not make the cut. Kelly now sings in a band (gospel jazz) and also sings on her church’s praise team and choir. Kelly has also completed 2 marathons and 3 half marathons. Kelly says, “Life has been a blast so far! WFU played such a valuable role in preparing me!”
Michael Watson (’93, Carswell, Reynolds)
Upon graduating from Wake Forest, Michael enrolled at The Ohio State University to study history. After receiving his M.A. degree, Michael went to work for Accenture as a consultant. Upon leaving Accenture, he worked for the state of Ohio as a Technology Manager for three years. After three years, Michael went to work for JP Morgan Chase where he is currently a Vice-President in their Strategy and Development group, where he focuses on internet and mobile strategy. In his spare time, Michael is very active in making the world a better place for diverse individuals. To that end, he serves as the president of a local non-profit that focuses on improving the lives of inner city youth through games and hockey. This program falls under the NHL “Hockey is for Everyone” program and continues to make a difference in the lives of over 2,500 at-risk youth a year. Michael resides in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife Michelle and two sons, Spencer and Sam.
Debbie Bilder (’94, Carswell)
Debbie earned her M.D. degree from Vanderbilt School of Medicine after graduating from Wake Forest University. She completed a triple board program residency (pediatrics, general psychiatry, child & adolescent Psychiatry) at the University of Utah and was married one week before completing residency to Brian Grzybowski. She then joined the University of Utah faculty after graduation and for the past four years, she has been working in a novel medical setting which provides both medical and psychiatric care for individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Debbie primarily practices psychiatry and is board certified in the areas of pediatrics, general psychiatry and child psychiatry. She is also involved in resident education and her research focus is on the epidemiology of autism. Debbie and Brian have a two-year-old son, Andy who keeps them busy in their free time.
Letishia Seabrook Jones (’94, Presidential, Casa Artom Study Abroad Scholarship)
Letishia earned an Ed.M. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Harvard University after graduating from Wake Forest. She took a position as a Faculty Consultant for the Educational Testing Service in 1996. Letishia became a Social Studies teacher at Providence High School in Charlotte, NC and then took a position as Associate Director of Teaching and Learning for The College Board. She won the Crystal Apple National Teacher Award and was recognized in Who’s Who Among American Educators. Letishia has published articles in “Cable in the Classroom” and “Teacher’s Digest” magazines and she was featured in College Board News. She is currently Senior Educational Manager for the College Board. Letishia is also a Ph.D. student at Capella University and her anticipated graduation date is 2010. Letishia is married to her husband, Mason and has a son, Isaiah.
Ed Ergenzinger (‘94, Presidential)
After undergraduate studies, Ed enrolled in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the Bowman Grey campus of Wake Forest University. By the time he finished graduate school, Ed realized that he wanted to use his scientific training to do something other than academic or industry research. Ed went back to law school (also at Wake Forest) and has been practicing patent law in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields since 2002. See his website here. Ed and his wife, Meg (’96), live with their two daughters, Ellie and Kate, in Raleigh, NC. Meg is very active in the Raleigh Junior League and is co-chair of their Cookbook Committee this year.
Amy Nigrelli (’94, Carswell)
Amy is currently the Director of Practice Development at McDermott, Will, & Emery. Her husband is Rob Jacobsen and she has a son Daniel, 21 months old. They are expecting their second son in March 2008.
Michael Peil (’94, Carswell, Graylyn)
Michael graduated from Wake Forest and continued his education at Cornell Law School where he earned a J.D. degree in 1997. He became a Post-Doctoral Associate with Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute. In 1998, Michael became a Corporate Associate with Altheimer & Gray in Chicago and then an Office Technology Manager for Jenkens & Gilchrist in 2000. From 2001 to 2006, Michael served as the Executive Director for the International Law Students Association, the International Director for the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and a Lecturer in Law at DePaul University College of Law. Currently, Michael is an Assistant Dean for International Programs, Lecturer in Law, and Executive Director of the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Michael married his wife Judy in September of 2001 and they are expecting their first child in April, 2008.
Todd Stillerman (’94, Reynolds)
Todd attended Harvard Law School to earn a J.D. degree in 1997. He has spent the past 11 years in private practice focusing largely on structured finance and real estate capital markets transactions, all with law firms in Charlotte. The recent mortgage crisis has provided an interesting opportunity for reflection and planning, and he is excited about the changes his practice will almost certainly undergo over the next few years. Todd and his wife, Debbie, are active in the Charlotte community and are the proud parents of Mattie and Will, 3 1/2 and 7 months, respectively. They are frequent visitors to Wake Forest and Winston-Salem, where Todd’s parents still live and work. Over the past few years, Todd has particularly enjoyed participating in pro bono legal work in the Charlotte community. He works with a team of attorneys representing tenants against slumlords in eviction proceedings, drafting wills for the elderly and infirmed, and, just this past May, serving as election monitors for the Election Protection Program sponsored by the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights. Todd is currently on the board of directors for Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont.
Anna Richardson Smith (’94, ’03, Carswell)
Anna earned a M.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1995 and a J.D. degree from Wake Forest University in 2003. She is currently an attorney with Kaufman & Canoles, PC and lives in Norfolk, VA. She married Charles W. Smith in 2004 and has a daughter, Caroline Hollerman Smith and a dog, John Marshall Harlan.
Brenda Lagenbacher Sperry (’94, Carswell)
Brenda earned a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University after graduating from Wake Forest. She is currently a Physical Therapist at Shiners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. She is married to her husband, Doug, and has two children, Abby (age 4), and Sam (age 2).
Andrew M. Thompson (’94, Carswell)
Andy graduated from Wake Forest and went on to earn a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 1997. He is currently a partner with Smith, Gambrell, & Russell, LLP, specializing in environmental law and litigation in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a wife, Liz and two daughters, Sally (3 years old), and Molly (16 months old).
Catherine Coleman Boone (’95, Presidential-Voice)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Catherine performed as an opera singer for three years, singing for Opera Memphis, The University of Memphis, The Seagle Music Colony, and the Natchez Opera Festival. She moved to Kansas City to study with Inci Bashar, and married her husband, David. She started Legacy School of the Arts, had two children, and she is now enjoying life as a singer/mother/wife/teacher. Catherine is currently the secretary of the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and she plans to finish her DMA in Vocal Performance this December. Although her main job now is that of a mother, and a voice teacher, Catherine still really enjoys performing. She is still able to sing in various operas, cantatas, and professional choirs many times a year, so even though she is not traveling and auditioning, she is still able to do what she loves. Teaching was another surprise for Catherine. Until ten years ago, Catherine had never really considered teaching voice, and directing musicals. Catherine says, “I will always be grateful to Brian and Chris Gorelick for their support and advice while at WFU, and to Teresa Radomski for her encouragement and wonderful vocal technique. Mr. Dodding also serves as the best example of what a great teacher can do, and his words echo in my head to this day. The education and personal support and attention that I received as a Presidential Scholar at Wake Forest has truly shaped the woman that I am.”
Emily Cummins (’95, Carswell)
Emily graduated from Wake Forest and earned a Master’s degree from George Washington University in 1999. She held prior positions at Ernst & Young LLP and Wachovia. Since 2006, Emily has served as Director of Tax & Risk Management for the National Rifle Association of America.
Adam B. Dolder (’95, Carswell)
Adam graduated from Wake Forest and then went to Harvard University to attend graduate school in Business Administration. Adam has worked for JP Morgan Partners as a Principal and Associate. He is currently a Managing Director and Co-head of Private Equity for Great Point Partners, LLC. Adam married Sarah E. Dolder, MD in Gaiole in Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) on May 20, 2005. He is currently living in New York City. Adam describes his life stance as “the eternal optimist in total denial living life purposefully but remaining open to opportunistic possibilities!”
Karen Nunley Duren (’95, Carswell, Eleanor Layfield Davis)
Karen earned a teaching certificate in public education in dance and an Urban Specialist Certificate in Urban education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She began an education career, first in a private boarding school and eventually in an inner-city public high school. As the Dance Director and Fine Arts Chair of a performing arts magnet school, Karen oversaw approximately 17 faculty and 200 studentsin any given semester. She wrote the building level curriculum and was on a team who wrote the curriculum framework for the State of TN in dance. With the addition of her second daughter to her life, Karen needed to be more in control of her time, and left full-time teaching to run her own business. Now, The Go-To Girls, LLC provides personal and professional assistance to busy people, doing everything from being a companion for aging parents to errands to grant-writing and research. Karen is married to Todd Duren and has two daughters, Chloe and Stella. They reside in Knoxville, TN.
Doug Fordham (’95, Carswell)
Doug is currently an assistant professor of Art History at the University of Virginia. He is in his fourth year there. Doug’s wife is working part-time as a doctor at Planned Parenthood in Charlottesville. They have a three-year-old son, August.
Lori Fuller (’95, Carswell)
With the support of the Truman Scholarship, Lori completed her MSW degree in 1999 and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. Soon after, she joined the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a private foundation that makes health care grants in North Carolina and human services grants in Forsyth County. She has enjoyed the opportunity to assess the success of completed grants while playing a role in developing and implementing the strategy of the foundation. In 2003, Lori returned to Wake Forest as a student in the Executive MBA program. Within a few months of graduation, she became the proud mother of Brock, who has brought a great deal of love, insight, and entertainment to her life. Brock keeps Lori busy and focused on the present. In 2007, Lori became a kidney donor. Both donor and recipient (a close family friend) are doing well.
Zoe S. Poulson (’95, Reynolds)
Zoe earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1998. She has held positions as an Associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington D.C., Law Clerk for the Honorable Henry H. Kennedy Jr.- The United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and Counsel with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. She is married to Michael Weitzner and has one son, born in 2006, Matthew.
Rachelle (Fasen) Kuramoto (’96, ’98, Presidential)
Rachelle and her husband Kenji Kuramoto (’95) wed at Wake Forest in September, 1998, after Rachelle finished her Master’s in Literature at the graduate school. They settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where they have lived since. Rachelle and Kenji have two children, Sam and Stella, who are bright, musical, and kind to others. The Kuramoto family bleeds black and gold and they continue their affiliation with the school through the Alumni in Admissions and donor programs with the hopes that they will someday call their children Demon Deacons as well. After graduating form Wake Forest, Rachelle’s first professional years were spent as a director of global market research with Ogilvy Public Relations. She left professional life to be a full-time mom, though she has done contract work over the past six years off and on. Kenji has a successful financial consulting firm in Atlanta, and the Kuramotos began their entrepreneurial life. Currently, Rachelle is balancing life as a mom of preschoolers with work at her church and getting a startup shoe company called Kigo footwear (website found here) off the ground. Rachelle says that Wake Forest gave her so much; not only funding to help her study there, but also values, a sense of work and accomplishment, a true appreciation for pro humanitate, and a wonderful husband! She hopes their connection to the school never wanes. The music that brought Rachelle to Wake Forest continues to fill her life. Although she no longer plays the oboe, Rachelle tries to play the piano as often as she can. Her son, Sam, has been playing for a year already. She has had the blessing of writing a puppet show for her church every week and helping to lead the children in song every Sunday. In all that she does, the music and love of writing that was instilled at Wake continues to enrich Rachelle’s life. Rachelle says “There is no place like Wake Forest.”
Melissa Egerton Ramb (’96, Presidential)
Melissa graduated from Wake Forest and went on to earn a Masters of Music from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Melissa sings professionally, both operatically and in sacred music. In the past year, she has performed in a New York premiere at Carnegie Hall, traveled in a touring production with the Orlando Opera, and held the position of Director of Choristers at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, FL. More information about her performing career can be found here. Melissa’s husband, Justin Ramb is the president and founder of Covenant Communications found here. The Rambs have a 2 year old daughter, Emma Grace.
Megan Elizabeth Reif (’96, Carswell)
Megan graduated from Wake Forest and earned an M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science at University of Michigan. Megan is living in Pakistan until July 2008. You can read more about Megan on her professional website here. Megan would like to share a few words of wisdom: “Take risks. Looking back on my life so far, I have never regretted taking risks to take the most insecure, uncertain path. The younger you are, the more risks you can take. Think big. Do not think of all the reasons some dream you have is impossible or might not work out. If you start on the path to doing something impossible, things tend to fall into place to make it happen. If you plan too much, you might miss out on an opportunity to follow the path you’re really supposed to be on. Fear–of what other people think, change in material circumstances, loneliness, and physical danger–is the greatest obstacle to success. I almost postponed a trip to Oman right before the Iraq invasion, even though I had already been to Afghanistan. The world seemed scarier than it had a few years earlier, or maybe it was the habit of mundane life that made me more cautious. I ended up having an incredible experience and my passion for my research and goals were renewed tenfold. A few weeks after returning, I walked up on a group of ruffians vandalizing my car and thought I heard a gunshot. It wasn’t a gunshot, thank goodness, but for a moment I thought my life might end in a parking garage in Ann Arbor and felt so grateful that I’d had a chance to see the stars from the desert in Oman. Be a porous sponge. I’ve learned that setting aside your assumptions–about the world and other cultures, about what other people might think or expect from you, and what you might learn from even the humblest experience or person–leaves you open to rich moments, memories, skills, and friendships in the most unexpected places. My illiterate driver in Pakistan has taught me more about Pakistani culture and society than any elite academic, and seeking out places and experiences with fewer creature comforts has been challenging sometimes, but it has put me in the path of knowledge no book or course or job contains. You can learn from anything. I’m grateful that my first job was working the drive-thru at McDonald’s and that I had to clean gross latrines at Girl Scout camp. I hated it then, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be the same person or able to do some of the things I’ve done if I hadn’t experienced aspects of life that most people in the world have to live indefinitely. If you’re in a job that seems below your skills and talents, just soak up the experience. Give a new job at least six months. Pay your dues. Many spiritual leaders do menial, repetitive, and humble work as part of their spiritual training. Be willing to do whatever it takes to make a team or organization or company work, even if you do not like the people. Your patience will pay off. Finally, don’t compartmentalize different parts of your life. As my Dad repeated throughout my childhood, cultivate integrity, humility, skepticism, and sincerity.”
Wayne Tarrant (’96, Reynolds)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Wayne earned an M.A. degree in pure mathematics from Indiana University, a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Georgia and is currently making progress towards a Master of Science degree from Wirtschaftsmathematik, Bielefeld Universitaet and a Master Modélisation et Méthodes Mathématiques en Économie et Finance, at the Univesite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Wayne was previously an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Western Kentucky University. He won the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award for the year 2003-2004. He is currently a Lecturer at Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne on the Erasmus Mundus Master Fellowship. Wayne is currently looking for an academic job in the US right now. He hopes a positive update will be forthcoming. Wayne married Julia Minton Kornegay Tarrant and they have a son, Joseph Patterson Tarrant, and a daughter, Bethany Ellayne Tarrant. A third child, Annabelle Faith Tarrant is expected in April of 2008. The Tarrant family hopes to be back in the U.S. in the near future and Wayne would like to pursue financial mathematics instead of pure algebraic geometry.
Chris Buck (’97, Carswell)
Chris has beenliving in Lilongwe, Malawi, working for the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative found here for the past year since finishing residency. His role there is to provide clinical care for HIV-positive and exposed children and their families, assist the Ministry of Health with scale-up of pediatric HIV services throughout the country, and educate/train health care providers to improve national human resource capacity. Their work was recently featured on the Lehrer News Hour on PBS, and can be viewed here.
Matthew J. Coleman (’97, Carswell, Hankins, Cannon)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Matt attended law school at Yale, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and the editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He was also a research assistant for Professor Ian Ayres. Following law school, Matt joined the New York law firm Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP, where he practiced in the areas of leverage finance, securities, and public and private mergers and acquisitions. He worked on notable transactions including the initial public offering of DreamWorks Animation. Matt is currently a Vice President of D.E. Shaw & Co., LP. The D.E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with more than 1,300 employees; approximately $35 billion in aggregate investment capital as of November 1, 2007, and offices in North American, Europe, and Asia. The firm has a significant presence in many of the world’s capital markets, investing in a wide range of companies and financial instruments within both the major industrialized nations and a number of emerging markets. Matt lives with his wife, Monica, son, Alexander, and cat on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Monica is a stay-at-home mom. They enjoy taking walks through the Columbia campus, running in Central Park, and going to Yankees games.
Candace Modlin Davis (’97, Carswell, Presidential)
Candace took a job as a Senior Business Analyst at Capital One Financial in Virginia after graduating from Wake Forest. She stayed there for four years and then moved to Boston to attend Harvard Law School. She graduated in 2004 and worked for two and a half years as an associate at the law firm of Goodwin, Procter, LLP in Boston. At the firm, she focused on financial services law given her background at Capital One. She recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area and returned to Capital One as Assistant General Counsel. She loves her job, advising the company on developing new payment products such as debit and prepaid cards. With her new found free time, Candace has rediscovered her artistic interests that Wake Forest nurtured and she sings with the Master Chorale of Washington. Candace married Jeffrey Davis in August 2004.
Craig Joseph (’97, Carswell)
Since graduation, Craig has been finding ways to meld his love of the arts with his passion for social justice and inner city community development. He has done this through varied involvement with religious and education institutions, the non-profit sector, professional theatre companies, and grassroots community organizing. Craig is currently the Creative Director at The Upper Room ( a church in Minneapolis), and he has previously been a freelance writer and professional theatre director, a teaching artist in the Chicago Public Schools for Redmoon Theater, an adjust professor at North Park University, and a Creative Director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Craig has given up thinking that there is only one occupation for him, but keeps discovering ways to live out his vocation in multiple arenas. His significant accomplishments involve directing professional theatre in Chicago, developing, writing and piloting arts curricula in the Chicago Public Schools, creating, producing, and directing worship services and conferences for upwards of 18,000 people, and just being happy – which to Craig seems like the biggest accomplishment. Craig is grateful for the education he got at Wake Forest and for the people who influenced his life, especially in the Theatre, English, and Religion departments. Craig earned an M.A. degree in Theatre from Northwestern University, and completed doctoral coursework in Theatre at Northwestern University (ABD).
DaBeth S. Manns (’97, Gordon)
DaBeth earned an M.S. degree in Human Development and Services from North Carolina A&T State University. In 2003, she graduated from Purdue University with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. DaBeth published her book, My Teacher, Maya Angelou in 2003. She held the position of National Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Bethune-DuBoise Institue as well as Chairperson on the Community Advisory Board of the TAPP Program at Washington Hospital Center. DaBeth is currently the Founder and CEO of Teaching & Learning Consulting, International. You can find the website for this organization here. She has been active in the 2008 National Presidential Election in Washington D.C. DaBeth says, “Attending WFU was a formidable experience in my personal growth and development. As well, I had the privilege of earning small grants from both the Office of International Affairs and the then Office of Minority Affairs, to participate in WFU’s first full credit study abroad program on the continent of Africa in the summer of 1995 (The Sahel Encounter, sponsored by then French Professor, Dr. Debra Boyd).” Specifically, Senegal and the Republic of Niger were the countries in which DaBeth studied foreign affairs and the Humanities.
Jamey Spencer (’97, Gordon)
Jamey earned an MBA degree from Harvard in 2002. Since then, he has held jobs as a Financial Analyst for J.P Morgan, Vice President of The Riverside Company, and Principal of Morgan Creek Capital Management. Jamey is an Alumni Council member, Wake Forest NYC Alumni Club executive committee member, Senior Program mentor with Minds Matter of NYC, and an Exalt Youth board member. Jamey currently lives in New York, NY, and is married to Dr. Tamara Spencer.
John F. Whitmire Jr. (’97, O.W. Wilson, Carswell)
At Wake Forest University, Dr. John F. Whitmire deepened his love for literature and became interested in the intersection of philosophy and religion. John was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa his junior year and was a semifinalist for the Rhodes Scholarship his senior year. John went on to study philosophy at Villanova University and returned to the mountains where he grew up. He also earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Villanova University. He is currently in a tenure-track position at Western Carolina University, where he has been since 2005. His dissertation examined the theories of selfhood in the autobiographical works of 4 prominent European philosophers of the last two centuries. John received a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to study literary theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. While in New Zealand, John met his future wife, a fellow Ambassadorial Scholar. At Western Carolina, John teaches courses in philosophy and religious studies. He has published articles on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Ricoeur, and Derrida in philosophical journals and anthologies. He has also sponsored a number of undergraduate research papers that have been accepted to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. A few highlights from John’s Wake Forest years include studying in Venice, taking classes with legendary professors such as Allen Mandelbaum, Maya Angelou, Terisio Pignatti, Charles Lewis, Doyle Fosso, Ralph Wood, Jim Powell, and others, as well as staying up till early morning hours discussing Shakespeare, Plato, and Nietzche with friends. He also fondly remembers camping out in front of Joel Coliseum to be among the front rows of the “Screamin’ Demons” and cheering for Tim Duncan to “beat the heck out of Duke”! John credits Wake Forest with helping to shape the person he is today.
Marie E. Higgins Williams (’97, Reynolds)
Immediately after completing her degree at Wake Forest in July 1997, Marie moved cross-country to Boulder, Colorado, where she attended law school at the University of Colorado. After receiving a J.D. in May 2000, Marie entered private practice with the Denver office of a Minneapolis-based law firm, Faegre & Benson LLP. Her practice at Faegre & Benson focuses on appellate practice and complex civil litigation, including defense of class action litigation. You can read more about her practice here. Marie took a short break from private practice in 2006, when presented with a unique opportunity to be the first law clerk for then-newly-appointed Justice Allison Eid on the Colorado Supreme Court. Since returning to Faegre & Benson in late 2006, she was invited to join the partnership effective January 2008. As a member of the firm’s Community Service Committee, Marie works to encourage, and emphasize the importance of pro bono legal work. In her own pro bono service, Marie is proud to have successfully assisted a Rwandan refugee in obtaining political asylum in the United States. Most recently, Marie has been working as part of a large team seeking to overturn the conviction and death sentence of an inmate in Alabama’s state prison system. Kirk (Marie’s husband of 9 years), their dog, two cats, and Marie live in a 1920s-era brick Tudor home in Central Denver.
Michael Cartwright (’98, Carswell)
After graduating, Michael earned an M.D. degree from Wake Forest University and a Master’s in Health Science Research. He is currently an Instructor for the Department of Neurology at the Baptist Medical Center. Michael will be an Assistant Professor starting July 1, 2008. He is married to Sarah Cartwright and they have a 3 year old son, Adam.
Andrew Frey (’98, Reynolds)
Andrew went on to graduate study in string theory (theoretical physics) at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has continued in the academic track as a postdoctoral scientist. Andrew has received several fellowships for both graduate and postdoctoral studies. He is currently an IPP/PI Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University. Andrew is married to Rebecca Danos. Andrew would like to emphasize that “a scientific mindset and education are incredibly important in understanding out world today. In particular, we should be wary of politicians who like to manipulate or stretch scientific facts.”
Craig A. Taylor (’98, Carswell)
Craig graduated and then returned to Wake Forest University for law school on the Carswell Continuation Scholarship. He graduated from law school in 2001 and is currently an attorney with Carruthers & Roth, P.A. in Greensboro, NC.
Elizabeth Ritter Trach (’98, Carswell)
After graduation, Elizabeth earned an M.A. degree in English (Creative Writing Concentration) from UMass, Boston in 1995. She is currently an English and Creative Writing teacher at Methuen High School, Methuen, MA. Elizabeth is married to Kirk Trach and has two children, Tiegan Olivia, and Jonas William.
Jackson Williams (’98, Carswell)
Jackson earned an M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee-Memphis after graduating from Wake Forest. He finished a medical residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, became chief resident in pediatrics, and just this year initiated and became the medical director for a new inpatient pediatric hospitalist program in Springfield, MA. He is married to another Wake Forest graduate, Amanda Barger-Williams (’98). The couple continues their dedication to service work, which began with the City of Joy Scholars program. Jackson has been to Calcutta a total of four times, the most recent of which, he has gone as a medical doctor. Jackson continues involvement at his hospital by developing programs in international medical work and educating resident doctors and students about the importance of this work. He also developed a program to recycle medical supplies that are then sent to developing countries. Jackson says that his dedication to helping others and volunteering in the developing world began at Wake Forest. He was active in organizations such as SPARC, the Volunteer Service Corps, and City of Joy.
Jennifer L. Bumgarner (’99, Reynolds)
Jennifer was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and attended the University of Oxford for an MSc degree in Social Policy. She is currently a Policy Advisor to Governor Michael F. Easley. Jennifer is also the President of North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service and a Member of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory Panel. She is married to Michael Houser. Their daughter, Avery Elizabeth Houser was born on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 8:49 a.m. Mom Jennifer is doing great.
Jerome M. Butler (’99, Carswell)
Jerome says that his life has been “challenging and rewarding” over the past 9 years. After graduating from Wake Forest, Jerome enrolled in the Medical School the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He graduated in 2003 and married Kemery L. Gilbert (MD ’03). Jerome completed a one year internship in Roanoke, Va and then returned to Winston-Salem to complete a four year residency in Radiation Oncology. Jerome’s son, Jerome M. Butler, III was born on December 19th, 2005. Jerome says that his life has been “stressful, fun, joyful, and sad” since the birth of his son. He has recently taken a job in Charlotte, NC with a radiation oncology group. His wife has also taken a job with a pathology group. They are busy saying good-bye to Winston-Salem after enjoying 13 years here, but are excited to think about their future.
Kyle Haden (’99, Gordon, Presidential)
Kyle went directly from Wake Forest to graduate school for acting at Columbia. He earned an MFA degree from Columbia in 2002. Kyle was a visiting instructor for the University of Colorado in 2002 and has been a member of Actor’s Equity since 2005. He has also served as a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Institute faculty. Kyle is primarily an actor and has worked at several regional theaters including the Schapiro Theater and Horace Mann Theater in New York City.
Kedran Garrison Panageas (’99, Reynolds)
Kedran earned a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT after graduating from Wake Forest. She worked part-time at State Street Research & Management as an asset manager in Boston from 2001-2004 while completing her Ph.D. She joined JP Morgan Chase in September 2005 as a research analyst in the Structured Finance group. Kedran has two younger brothers and one younger sister. She married Stavros Panageas in December of 2006.
Jason Penry (’99, MS ‘01, Carswell)
Jason earned an M.S. degree in Biology from Wake Forest in 2001. Jason was a full-time instructor in cadaver anatomy, kinesiology, and measurement at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR from 2001 to 2005. He is currently enrolled at Oregon State University pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Exercise Physiology. He is a Graduate Teaching Assistant there. Jason received the George and Rachel Maksud Fellowship, and has published “Choline: an important micronutrient for maximal endurance exercise performance?” (Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 18: 191-203.) Jason is married to Julie Penry (Elling) (’00) who earned a JD degree from Lewis and Clark in 2004. Jason is a four-time member of the WFU-NCSU Hood to Coast Relay alumni team. He shares, “Much as I was encouraged by faculty members at Wake Forest, I urge each of my students to find the ultimate purpose of his/her education. Once this goal is realized, the actual classroom teaching (and perhaps learning!) is much easier.”
Robert Shaw (’99, Carswell, Presidential)
After Robert graduated from Wake Forest, he earned an A.M. degree in Performance Practice from Duke University in 2001. He also earned a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of law in 2004. He is currently an associate with Williams, Mullen, Maupin, & Taylor in Raleigh, NC. Robert is equal parts musician and lawyer in the field of state and local tax. He is grateful to Wake Forest University for the support and guidance he received during his undergraduate years.
Benjamin Smith (’99, Carswell)
Ben began his graduate studies at the University of Chicago upon graduating from Wake Forest University. In 2001, he earned his Master’s degree from the Committee on Human Development and began a joint degree program in the Department of Comparative Human Development and the Department of Linguistics. His Masters Thesis was published with the title: “Ideologies of the Speaking Subject in the Psychotherapeutic Theory and Practice of Carl Rogers” in the Journal of Linguistics Anthropology (15:258-272). Ben has just returned from two years of anthropological and psycholinguistics fieldwork among the Aymara people in southern Peru. He is currently writing his dissertation on how the acquisition of certain language forms helps a child (focusing on 7-9 years old) to participate more fully in cultural life. In this picture, Ben is helping to take off the skins of damp partly frozen potatoes. This is done by stamping on them which is a traditional way of preparing potatoes in the Lake Titicaca area designed to keep them from going bad.
Paul Thomas (’99, Reynolds)
Paul just finished the third year of his postdoc at St. Jude in Memphis. He completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Harvard in the fall of 2003 and moved from Boston to Memphis. There, Paul bought an old craftsman-style bungalow in the “midtown” section of Memphis where he can walk to lots of restaurants and has a big yard to grow roses and vegetables. Paul works in the lab of Dr. Peter Doherty, who won the Nobel Prize in 1996 for some of the initial key discoveries of immune system recognition of infection. Dr. Doherty maintains the lab in Memphis and one in Melbourne Australia and Paul is allowed to spend up to two months a year in the Australian lab. Paul is hoping to finish the postdoc “phase” within the next year. He says that the resources at St. Jude are phenomenal and that his research has taken a mathematical turn, looking at different approaches for understanding and analyzing complex systems.