MIKE MELO (M.S.Ed. ’93), the president and CEO of ITA International, was honored in April when his firm was recognized as the fastest-growing company in Virginia by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce at its annual Virginia’s Fantastic 50 banquet. The Yorktown-based firm provides training, consulting, program management and staff support functions to the military, government agencies and defense contractors. Melo, a U.S. Navy veteran who received his master’s in sport management and headed ODU’s Troops to Teachers program for three years, started ITA International in 2005.

DENISE BOWEN ’75 (M.S. ’77) recently retired after a 34-year teaching career at Idaho State. An active researcher, she is perhaps best known for her involvement with the creation of the “Indicator” toothbrush by Oral-B, which features a blue stripe that fades when the brush needs replacing. As part of her retirement plans, she has an appointment at the University of Southern California’s National Center for Dental Hygiene Research, and she will be traveling internationally, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, as a speaker for the dental hygiene profession.

ERIC L. MINUS (M.S. ’97), principal of John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Md., was named the 2009-10 Distinguished Educational Leader for Montgomery County, Md., by The Washington Post. Minus was honored for his service as principal at his previous school, Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring. Since 2004 when he became principal at Key, Minus showed vision and commitment in bringing a school that was lagging in academic focus to one where there are high expectations, quality instruction and a strong partnership with the staff and parents. His tenure was marked by higher test scores and increased participation in above-grade-level math courses.