Class notes February 2018



Sam Forrest (B.S.’63/H&S) is an internationally published furniture designer, trans-Atlantic solo sailor and globe-trotter who has traveled 37 countries. He worked in China as a senior design consultant for Gold Mantis Construction and as a professor of debating and argumentative writing at Gongdong University of Foreign Language.


Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D. (M.S.’78/H&S; Cert.’80/AHP; Ph.D.’82/H&S), started Cambiare Consulting, a company specializing in program evaluation and outcomes measurement.


Randy Glasscock (B.A.’87/H&S) received the Moving Mountains Award at the 2017 Provo Pride Festival for his work in founding an organization assisting with suicide prevention and residential and job placement for LGBTQ youth in the Central Utah area.

Ron Smith (M.F.A.’85/H&S) published his fourth book of poems, “The Humility of the Brutes,” with LSU Press.

Judith Vido (B.S.’85/H&S; M.S.W.’89/SW) published an autobiography, “So You Had a Dull Life Too: Dirt Woman and Other Men I’ve Known.” The book chronicles the first half of her life and the errors she made as well as the accomplishments she managed to achieve.


Andrew Grigsby (B.G.S.’92/H&S) has been named business development manager for Secure Futures Solar and executive director of the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance.


Oscar Holmes IV, Ph.D. (B.S.’02/H&S), was appointed Jan. 1, 2017, as director of access and outreach for business education at the Rutgers School of Business-Camden. He is also an assistant professor of management at the school.

Darlene Pantaleo (B.S.’03/H&S; M.S.’06/GPA) works at the Disability Law Center of Virginia.


Amelia Bussell (M.S.’16/H&S) is a forensic scientist at the Vancouver Crime Lab with the Washington State Patrol. She previously worked as a forensic scientist with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Hannah Piracha (B.A.’16/H&S) began a full-time music educator position at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Va., in July 2017.

Beverly Vandevender (B.A.’11/H&S) joined Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., after graduation as part-time assistant to the dean, where she learned educational assessment skills and helped lead the seminary through a successful self-study for continuing accreditation. In 2017, she was promoted to a full-time position as assistant to the Office of the President, while continuing work as assistant to the dean.

Sara Yaseen (B.A.’17/H&S) started a new position at For Our Future Action Fund as a Virginia field organizer. Her role primarily consists of canvasing neighborhoods throughout the commonwealth to increase voter turnout in elections.


Lyndsay (Durham) Moore (B.S.’09/H&S; M.Ed.’11/E) married Geoff Moore in July 2017. She works for the Department of Forensic Science at VCU. Her husband works for the USDA. The two reside in Albemarle County, Va.


DonJanell Walker (B.A.’02/H&S; M.P.A.’07/GPA) and Brandon R. Walker (B.S.’01/B; M.B.A.’04/B) welcomed daughter Blythe Reagan Walker on Dec. 16, 2016.