Class notes October 2017



Patricia Brincefield (B.A.’76/MC) was named director of communication and marketing at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Va.


Ronnie Greene (B.S.’86/MC) edits investigative stories for Reuters and teaches graduate writing at Johns Hopkins University, where he received a master’s in nonfiction writing in 2013. His second book, “Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-up in the Wake of Katrina,” received the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award in 2016.

John C. Moyles (B.S.’86/H&S) was named a partner of Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture in Cambridge, Mass.


Jeffrey Ferguson, M.D. (B.S.’97/H&S), associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the VCU School of Medicine, received the 2017 Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance’s Outstanding EMS Physician of the Year award. His work was instrumental in VCU Health earning a contract to provide medical coverage for NASCAR races at Richmond Raceway.

Krishna Kishor, M.D. (B.S.’96/H&S; M.D.’01/M; H.S.’05/M), was elected president of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and will lead the 500-member nonprofit in legislative advocacy as well as patient and physician education. Kishor also serves as assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Micah McCreary, Ph.D. (M.S.’90/H&S; Ph.D.’93/H&S), was appointed in June 2017 president of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey. McCreary and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline E. Madison-McCreary, have pastored the Spring Creek Baptist Church in Moseley, Va., for 16 years. They are the parents of one adult daughter. McCreary has received a number of fellowships including the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship, State Council of Higher Education in Virginia Fellowship and the American Council on Education Presidential Fellowship.


Oscar Holmes, Ph.D.** (B.S.’02/H&S), was appointed Jan. 1, 2017, director of access and outreach for business education for the Rutgers University School of Business.

Tracey McGregor Mason, Ph.D.** (Ph.D.’01/H&S), was promoted to full professor at Stevenson University in Maryland. She was also selected as the 2O17 Braude Award winner by the American Chemical Society Maryland Section in recognition for her research work with undergraduates.

Aine Norris* (B.A.’08/H&S; M.A.’16/H&S) graduated in December 2016 with an M.A. in English from VCU.

Christopher J. Parker (M.S.’06/E) was named executive director of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Rebecca Moon Ruark (B.A.’00/H&S; M.F.A.’04/H&S) wrote short fiction that appears in the spring 2017 issues of Sou’wester and DASH Literary Journal.

La’Leatha Spillers (M.S.’02/MC) was promoted from senior marketing director to vice president of marketing at Bethany Christian Services, a global nonprofit based in Grand Rapids, Mich., and received the organization’s Mentor/Developer of Leaders Award in 2017.

Fatima Syed (B.S.’08/H&S; M.D.’13/M) is an endocrinology fellow at Thomas Jefferson University and the chair of the Council of Resident and Fellow Members of the American College of Physicians.

Alyssa Ward, Ph.D. (M.S.’04/H&S; Ph.D.’07/H&S), returned to Richmond, Va., in fall 2017 to join the VCU School of Medicine faculty where she is a pediatric psychologist within both the gastroenterology and neonatology units at VCU Medical Center. In summer 2017, she started two practicum placements for VCU doctoral students within her divisions. She is expecting her second child and lives with her family in the northside of the city.


Erin Geraghty (B.A.’16/H&S) was accepted into the Peace Corps and will serve as an English teacher for two years in Madagascar.

Erica Ingram (B.A.’15/H&S) was accepted into the Peace Corps and will serve in China where she will spend two years working with local residents and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects.

Shawn Joshi (B.S.’12/H&S; B.S.’12/En) received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to conduct research in the U.K. as part of a project to augment physical therapy for children with motor learning disabilities through the use of portable neuro-imaging.

Ashley Rivera (B.S.’16/H&S; B.S.’16/GPA) started a new position as an eDiscovery technician in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Virginia Attorney General.

Faculty and Staff

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, was selected as the 2017 Distinguished Feminist Activist by Sociologists for Women in Society. The award is presented annually to a member of the society who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society.

Brooke Newman, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of History in the College of Humanities and Sciences, received the Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship, which will allow her to conduct research at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle in the U.K.


Kelly Roenker (B.S.’07/MC) married Andrew Cordova II on Dec. 31, 2016.


In memoriam


Helen M. Duley (’43/H&S), of Mount Pleasant, S.C., July 30, 2017.

Phyllis A. Taylor (B.S.’48/H&S), of Richmond, Va., June 11, 2017.


Herman L. Daniels (B.S.’52/H&S), of Richmond, Va., April 22, 2017.

Nancy C. Flowers, M.D.** (B.S.’50/H&S; Cert.’52/AHP), of Los Ranchos, N.M., March 15, 2017.

Ralph D. Pritchard (B.S.’59/H&S), of Hartfield, Va., May 31, 2017.


Stanley X. Berent, Ph.D.** (M.S.’68/H&S), of Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 25, 2015.

Dina S. Boettcher (M.S.’62/H&S), of Richmond, Va., July 12, 2017.

Frank C. Britt (B.S.’64/MC), of Lynchburg, Va., May 23, 2017.

Charles R. Bryant (B.S.’62/MC), of Santa Barbara, Calif., July 12, 2017.

John L. Jorstad (’65/H&S), of South Hill, Va., May 16, 2017.

Gilbert L. King (B.S.’63/H&S), of Rockingham, Va., April 30, 2017.

Roger W. Oakes (B.S.’64/MC), of Burlington, N.C., July 16, 2017.

Ernest R. Sanders (B.S.’65/H&S), of Richmond, Va., July 27, 2017.


Mary L. Brockenbrough (B.A.’74/H&S), of Richmond, Va., July 10, 2017.

Kenneth M. Coleman (B.S.’77/H&S), of Richmond, Va., April 5, 2017.

Carol S. Farino (M.S.’77/H&S), of Naples, Fla., Jan. 29, 2017.

Claudia C. Hubbard** (B.S.’79/H&S; ’81/AHP), of North Chesterfield, Va., Oct. 25, 2015.

James P. Jennings (B.S.’77/MC), of Hume, Va., March 6, 2017.

Edward J. Jesneck, M.D. (B.S.’73/H&S; M.D.’76/M; H.S.’78/M), of Collinsville, Va., April 11, 2017.

Pamela R. Klinger (B.S.’71/H&S; M.Ed.’81/E), of Midlothian, Va., May 11, 2017.

Linda H. Lewis (B.S.’79/MC), of Portsmouth, Va., March 10, 2017.

Kathleen D. Mosby, Ph.D. (B.S.’73/H&S; M.S.’76/H&S; Ph.D.’79/H&S), Johnstown, Pa., June 5, 2017.

William C. Nelson** (B.S.’71/H&S; M.S.’72/AHP), of Red Oak, Iowa, May 5, 2017.

Stanley A. Robinson** (B.S.’78/H&S; M.S.’80/H&S), of Richmond, Va., July 26, 2017.

James H. Rucker, D.D.S. (B.S.’74/H&S; D.D.S.’79/D), of Rocky Mount, Va., March 15, 2017.

Raymond Swiderski (B.S.’76/MC), of Glen Allen, Va., of June 29, 2017.

Katherine R. Turpin (B.A.’72/H&S), of Alexandria, Va., May 7, 2017.


Elizabeth V. Bradford (M.A.’81/H&S), of Richmond, Va., June 6, 2017.

Keisby P. Clayton (B.S.’82/H&S), of Drewryville, Va., June 22, 2016.

Andrew W. Davis (B.S.’89/H&S), of Kenbridge, Va., May 25, 2017.

Warren B. Foster (B.S.’84/MC), of Richmond, Va., July 19, 2017.

Kathleen O. Petty (B.G.S.’86/H&S; M.Ed.’88/E; Cert.’89/AHP), of Savannah, Ga., June 9, 2017.

Vivian Z. Scoles (B.S.’80/MC), of Lynchburg, Va., July 26, 2017.

Mary R. Strode (B.G.S.’88/H&S), of Williamsburg, Va., June 10, 2017.

William A. Wallace, Ph.D.** (B.S.’82/H&S; M.S.’85/H&S; Ph.D.’90/H&S), of Wilson, N.C., July 28, 2017.


Lauren M. Reinstein (B.S.’04/MC), of Henrico, Va., Aug. 14, 2017.

Scarlett A. Sams (B.A.’06/H&S), of Glen Allen, Va., June 29, 2017.


* Member of VCU Alumni

** Life member of VCU Alumni