Class News
These notes reflect information received through April, 2010. To ensure its publication in the next issue, please submit your class news item within the first two weeks after receiving the current edition of the magazine. E-mailed submissions are preferred: News also may be sent to: Steve Daniel, 100 Koch Hall, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Lewis H. Bridges Jr. ’60, P.E., has written a book about his 1955 Norview High School football team and his high school romance with his wife of 53 years, Nancy Bell Bridges ’60. Lewis had a book signing at the ODU Bookstore in September.

Ginny Dugaw ’62 writes, “At a time when most our age are retired, my husband, John, and I decided to come to the high desert of Arizona and work for the Navajo Nation. He is a physician (geriatrician) at the Navajo Health Clinic located in Pinon. Navajo is a difficult language to learn but we are trying. All in all a great way to retire. I learned to snowshoe this past January in 4 feet of snow. Planned to stay for a couple of months but we are having too much fun. We’ll probably return to our home in Washington in a couple of years and really retire. I’m hoping to work in the school here as a librarian.”

Margaret Windley ’68 (M.A. ’92) was named again to the Portsmouth History Commission on Aug. 11, 2009, for a two-year term.

Richard Drury (M.B.A. ’70), of Jamesville, Va., was elected in July as chairman of the Northampton County School Board. He has served on the board for six years.

Carlton Bennett ’72 has been elected to serve on the Theta Chi Fraternity Inc. nonprofit foundation chatper. He received the Earl D. Rhodes “Theta Chi for Life” Award at the national convention in July.

Roger A. Fuller ’72 (M.S.Ed. ’76, C.A.S. ’81) received in May the second annual 2010 WHRO Community Impact Award under the category of environment. It was given for his work the past 24 years with the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council and other volunteer work in Hampton Roads.

Wayne Dementi (M.B.A. ’73) of Dementi Milestone Publishing recently released “Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, The Family, The Legend,” by Kate Chenery Tweedy and Leeanne Ladin. The 160-page pictorial history focuses on “the complete story of Secretariat’s birthplace and the Chenery family who raised and raced him.”

Jack Rhoton (M.S.Ed. ’75), professor of science education and executive director of the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education at East Tennessee State, has edited a new book, “Science Education Leadership: Best Practices for the New Century.”

John Wooldridge ’77 (M.S.Ed. ’97), a middle school teacher from Norfolk, was featured in a Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune story in June about the Minnesota Twins’ annual tryout. A former ODU tennis player and current supporter of the program, he tried out wearing an ODU tennis shirt.

Wayne Humphries ’79 recently retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service in Washington, D.C., after 24 years of service with the food safety education staff as a public affairs specialist. He retired as a management analyst. Wayne continued to serve as a consultant to USDA with a private employer after retirement. He still lives “far back in the woods on 13 acres” at Lake Anna, Va. He has been married for 30 years, and has two children and six grandchildren.

Michael B. Holloway ’80 (M.E. ’82) was elected to serve as chairman of the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. He has served on the governor-appointed board since 2005. He is the western region managing principal for Poggemeyer Design Group Inc., an engineering consulting firm with offices in Las Vegas and Reno.

Gordon McDougall ’80 writes, “I was recently elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Council of Alumni Association Executives. The mission of CAAE is to advocate the values of alumni association self-governance and to provide its members with relationships, information and professional development to enhance alumni association administration.” Gordon is assistant vice president for university alumni relations at VCU.

Jim Palmer ’80 writes, “After gradually moving west (Indiana, Kansas, California) since leaving ODU in 1980, I finally ran out of land in 2007. I didn’t stop until reaching Australia, my wife Debra’s homeland. I am presently working in the biotech industry in Melbourne, trying to cure assorted ills, and in my limited spare time when not playing with our son Al, writing novels and trying to find the odd acting job.”

Wayne Wilcox ’80 wrote in June: “I finished working last year when I left China, and am now taking care of my two younger boys, and devoting just about all of my spare time as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America over here in England, while I follow my wife’s diplomatic career.”

Debbie Russo Marushi ’82 writes that she and her husband, Barry Marushi ’86, visited the “NCIS” set in Los Angeles in 2009. Barry works with NCIS and is the special agent in charge of the Greater Southeast Asia Field Office in Singapore. The Marushi family lived in Singapore for three years and was scheduled to repatriate to the states in summer 2010.

Joe Pettoni ’82 wrote in August that he has been selected as the first civilian Deputy J-1 for morale, welfare and recreation in Afghanistan. He will be responsible for all quality-of-life issues for all U.S. and Coalition forces. This will be Joe’s fourth deployment for the Army. He will be based out of Bagram Air Base in north-central Afghanistan. His tour is for one year.

Terre Mears (M.S.Ed. ’83) was featured in a June 10 story about her 28-year education career. She retired April 1 from Chincoteague Elementary School on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, after having taught kindergarten and first and third grades.

Karen Verrill Greene ’84 received the Distinguished Service Award at the 23rd International Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement Conference in July.

Matthew Kuofie (M.S. ’84) was on the ballot to run for U.S. Congress Nov. 2 as an independent candidate from Michigan’s 9th Congressional District. A native of Ghana, he is the first African immigrant to run for a seat in Congress. A university executive and professor, he teaches international business management, international marketing and information technology. He also leads Global Strategic Management Inc., USA, a consortium of international experts of academicians, government officials and business leaders. GSMI helps governments, universities and businesses apply best practices in governance, business and information technology to address global issues, and to improve the quality of life and economic development.

Peggy Scott (C.A.S. ’85), a business teacher and business department chair at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, received the Tidewater Chapter of the Air Force Association 2010 Teaching Excellence Award. Peggy has taught at Indian River for 33 years and has worked part time at Tidewater Community College since 1979.

Samuel Hayes III ’86, P.E., was appointed assistant vice president in facilities management, with responsi- bility for district-wide tenant and building services, by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Prior to joining the Fed, he was agency director and special assistant to the governor for small, women and minority business development for the commonwealth of Virginia. He has more than 20 years of experience in facilities management, leasing and procurement.

Bob Tata (M.B.A. ’86), a litigation partner at Hunton & Williams’ Norfolk office, was awarded the Virginia Beach Bar Association’s annual Bar Service Award in May. He also received recognition as a 2010 Virginia “Super Lawyer” for business litigation, was named by Chambers USA as one of the “leading individuals” for general commercial litigation in Virginia, and was recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Marion Spruill Collins ’88 has worked in private practice and at mental health centers, and most recently was employed as a Navy contractor from 2008-10. She was commissioned as a lieutenant commander in the Public Health Commissioned Corps in February and is stationed at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, where she works with returning wounded warriors. Marion holds a master’s in clinical social work from Norfolk State.

Cmdr. Malcolm Potts ’89, U.S. Navy, was selected recently for the rank of captain. He has been serving as the navigator on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. In May, Malcolm completed his tour as commanding officer of Helicopter Mine Counter Measures Squadron, HM-14, in Norfolk.

Cmdr. James Raimondo ’89, U.S. Navy, was selected recently for promotion to captain in 2011.

Amy Klamerus Shay ’89 has been selected as the health information management (HIM) program director at Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach campus. She is responsible for faculty oversight, program accreditation, grant writing, curriculum development and online/classroom instruction. The HIM program is one of 13 disciplines in TCC’s Health Professions Division. The college plans to open a Regional Health Professions Center by early 2011, which will double the output of health care professionals. TCC has enrolled more than 10,000 prospective health professionals in the past two years. Amy lives in Chesapeake with her husband, Frank, and their two children.

Steve Trax ’89 has been elected to serve on the board of The Giving Back Fund, a national public charity specializing in helping athletes and entertainers increase the impact of their charitable giving. Steve is a co-founder and principal of MTX Wealth Management in Bethesda, Md. He has more than 21 years of experience in the financial services industry. Steve has worked with professional athletes for the past 12 years, including nine years as vice president of the Financial Services Divisions with SFX Sports Group.

Pamela Askew ’90 was promoted to engineering technician 2 at Prolog, a logistics contractor for the U.S. Maritime Administration, in Virginia Beach. She formerly worked as an engineer for Northrop Grumman-Newport News.

Kenneth Falkenstein ’91 recently joined the firm Huff, Poole & Mahoney, PC, in Virginia Beach. Ken is a member of the litigation team and handles cases involving commercial, contract, insurance, construction, landlord-tenant, medical malpractice and personal injury law.

Nancy Merhige Watts ’91 writes, “I married Donald T. Watts April 15, 1996, in Easton, Md. We had a wonderful time sailing, playing on the Severn River with our dog, Europe, and working. Don passed away in March 2006, and I relocated to our house in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., for several years. I am currently employed by Quanta Systems, LLC, d/b/a Black Box Federal on an as needed/as available basis. I will be relocating back to Virginia or Maryland after the house in North Carolina sells. I have a son, daughter-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter.”

Daniel Howell ’92, Ph.D., teaches human anatomy and physiology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. An avid barefoot runner, he leads a barefoot hiking group and has logged more than 2,000 shoeless miles. He recently wrote “The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes.”

Winsome Earle Sears ’92 recently wrote the book “Stop Being a Christian Wimp! Don’t Let Worry, Doubt, and Fear Defeat You!”

Theresa Avila Curtis ’93 and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of a son, Cooper Patrick, on May 14, 2010. He joins sisters Jacqueline and Camille.

Vickie Kimmons (M.S. ’93) retired from Chesapeake Public Schools on July 1, following 32-plus years of public service. She spent the last 10 years teaching Cross Categorical Special Education at Hickory High School. She taught special education in Virginia and North Carolina public schools for approximately 21 years. She also served as the original mental retardation case manager for the Chesapeake Community Services Board for more than nine years. In addition, she worked as a rehabilitation counselor for the Department of Rehabilitative Services for 16 months and worked at Navy Family Services for a year.

Laura Knorr Moliken ’93, field hockey coach at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in May. As a senior at William Penn High School in 1989, she was Delaware’s Female Athlete of the Year. This honor capped a three-sport career that saw her earn seven All-State selections, including 1st team in field hockey, basketball and softball her senior year, as well as 1st team All-America honors in field hockey and honorable mention All-America honors in basketball. Playing field hockey at ODU, Laura was named a 2nd team All-American in 1991 and 1992 and was a two-time NCAA All-Tournament selection. She has coached field hockey at Ursinus since 1999. Her team won the Division III national title in 2006, for which she earned National D-III Coach of the Year honors.

Michael Fowler ’94 (M.B.A. ’04) is now with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management as a vice president. His office is located at 999 Waterside Drive, Suite 100, Norfolk.

Alan (M.P.A. ’94) and Verna Ibarra ’97 announce the birth of fraternal twins, Andrew Luke and Matthew Lim, on July 19, 2010, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. They join a 4-year-old sister, Lily Emma. Alan is an IT manager for the Alzheimer’s Association southeastern Virginia chapter, where he has worked for six years, and Verna is an RN. They live in Virginia Beach.

Tom Yuill ’94 (M.F.A. ’97) is a lecturer at Metropolitan College, Boston University, and associate professor of creative writing at the New England Institute of Art. He is the author of a book of poetry, “Medicine Show.”

Donna Snipes Edge ’95 recently earned her CPA license. She has started an accounting firm in New Braunfels, Texas.

Paul Chandler Moulton ’95, a Memphis concert photographer, has opened his 1,300-plus photograph collection at His collection features more than 150 local, regional, national and international groups and individual musicians performing at Memphis venues and festivals. Paul publishes the blog “Area Code Greetings,” which covers the Memphis music scene. He is the staff photographer for Memphis Metro Music.

Michael Wolf ’95 is the co-founder of Lotus Balance Boards and Lotus Skate Designs, based in Tigard, Ore. He writes: “Lotus produces 100 percent sustainable balance boards and skate decks. Using FSC-certified bamboo and maple, urban recovered, recyclable and post-consumer materials, we produce training and exercise tools for all ages.”

Virgilio (John) Zulueta ’95 recently accepted a position at Harleysville Insurance in Charlotte, N.C., as regional operations vice president. He is responsible for property and casualty branch sales, underwriting and service for North and South Carolina. John previously was employed at The Hartford as director.

Mark P. Rankin ’96 in April accepted a position as partner at Shutts & Bowen in Tampa, Fla., where he will be expanding the firm’s litigation practice to include white-collar criminal defense.

Matthew Towler ’96 and his wife, Christina, announce the birth of a daughter, Vanessa Matilyn, on May 2, 2010, at Chesapeake General. She joins sisters Crista and Victoria.

Lisa Waller ’96 lists her new address as 6226 San Marcos Way, Raleigh, NC 27616.

Mervyn J. Wighting (M.S. Ed ’96; Ph.D. ’02) has been promoted to full professor at Regent University. He teaches in the Ed.D., Ed.S. and M.Ed. programs in the School of Education, and is chair of Regent’s award-winning Career Switcher program.

Tammy Jessen Andreyko (M.S.Ed. ’97) was recently promoted from middle school principal to assistant superintendent for curriculum with the North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh. Her new responsibilities include K-12 curriculum, strategic planning and staff development.

Leigh Burton ’97 and Mignon S. Jones of Norfolk were married on June 11, 2010, in Portsmouth. Several ODU students and alumni attended.

Stephen Zawisa ’97 is a Realtor with William E. Wood at Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach, specializing in residential waterfront properties. He and his wife, Courtney, were married on July 1, 2010, and they have purchased a waterfront home on Arctic Avenue.

Anthony Rocco Forte ’98 recently received an M.A. degree in teaching from Winthrop University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education.

Teresa Lou Powell Hudson (M.S.Ed. ’98) and her husband, Curtis, announce the birth of a daughter, Fiona Willow Indigo, on June 2, 2010. She joins brothers Grayer and Beckham.

Maurice Huff ’98 (M.S.Ed. ’00) recently published the book “The Choice That Haunts Forever.” The story details the life of an aborted child who resides in heaven and is granted a wish to come back to earth to confront his father ( Maurice is a Suffolk Public Schools teacher.

Maj. Nigel A. Fischer ’99, U.S. Marine Corps, was recently awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal while serving as tactical air control party program manager and joint terminal attack controller instructor at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific, in Coronado, Calif.

Rob McElligott ’99 became assistant principal at Old Orchard Junior High School, in Skokie, Ill., in July. He taught mathematics for 10 years at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring, Md., and Northbrook (Ill.) Junior High School. He also taught math for a year at Maine West High School and served for eight years in the U.S. Navy.

Capt. Richard K. Wood II (M.E.M. ’99) assumed the commanding officer’s position at Naval Base Guam on July 8. He reported to Guam after serving as the E-2 requirements officer and section head in the Information Dominance Directorate on the staff of the chief of naval operations at the Pentagon.

Stacia M. Barreau (M.S.Ed. ’00)
was appointed in July as principal of James River Elementary School in Williamsburg. She previously served two years as principal of Aberdeen Elementary in Hampton. Stacia earned a doctorate in education in 2008 from the College of William & Mary.

Jozenia Colorado (M.S.Ed. ’00), assistant professor of instructional design and technology at Emporia (Kan.) State University, received the 2010 Colleague 2 Colleague (C2C) Innovation in Teaching Award at the annual Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology Conference, hosted by Johnson County Community College and C2C.

Gregory Hutchings ’00 recently earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational policy, planning and leadership from the College of William & Mary.

Maj. Sherida Whindleton ’00, U.S. Army, was promoted to her current rank on Aug. 9 during a ceremony in ODU’s Webb Center. She is stationed at NATO in Norfolk.

Travis Ramsey ’02 and Shibaughn Stevens ’04 were married May 1, 2010, at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk. They live in Brooklyn, N.Y. Travis is a financial adviser for Chase and Shibaughn is a criminalist for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Jennifer G. Stephens ’02, of Fredericksburg, Va., recently earned a Doctor of Education degree from Walden University. She was also inducted into Alpha Epsilon XI chapter 810 of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Jennifer has a master’s in education from the University of Maryland University College.

Nicholas “Nick” ’03 and Maggie Finley Leon ’02 announce the birth of their first child, Marcus, on April 23, 2010.

Randall L. Morris ’03 recently was accepted into Duke University’s master’s program in nursing.

Jason Bryant ’04 and Abby Los of Princeton, Minn., were married May 8, 2010, in New Brighton, Minn. Abby is a 2001 graduate of Bethel College in Arden Hills, Minn., and a 2010 master’s graduate of the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. The two reside in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Melanie S. Pesola (M.A. ’04, M.S.Ed. ’09) was named Teacher of the Year twice for the 2009-10 school year for Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs ( She teaches at Driver Elementary in Suffolk and was named SECEP Teacher of the Year for Suffolk and later SECEP Teacher of the Year for the region. 

Michael ’05 and Lindsay Todd Barnum ’07 announce the birth of a daughter, Madilyn Sophia, on June 2, 2010.

Lesly Brayden Emerick ’05 and her husband, Bobby (’14), announce the birth of a daughter, Shelby Grace, on May 14, 2010, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. She joins a brother, Jackson, age 3.

Christian R. Kegg ’05, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine May 29. He was planning to enter the pediatrics program at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Christopher Jesus Meeks ’05, of Norfolk, was among the 223 graduates awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on June 5. He is continuing his medical training in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Laura Allyson Orrico ’05 (M.S.Ed. ’06) and Matthew David Marshall ’05 were married Nov. 28, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk.

Jessica Thomas ’05 and Kevin Hardison announce the birth of a son, Alexander Hardison, on April 14, 2010. Jessica was promoted to lead tech of the nuclear medicine department at Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Daniel L. Guinn ’06 lists his new address as 1600 Granby St., Apt. 330, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Diana Martin ’06 graduated from Christopher Newport University in May with a master’s in teaching. She is a second-grade teacher with Newport News Public Schools. “I look forward to giving back to the community and using the education I have received from both Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University.”

Capt. Kristin McBride ’06, U.S. Army, was promoted to her current rank in July. She is stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Daniel S. Matthews ’07, an ensign in the U.S. Navy, received the 2009 Adm. Flatley Memorial Award. The annual award is based on comprehensive assessment of contributions toward aviation safety and is presented to one aircraft carrier, an associated carrier air wing and one amphibious assault ship and associated marine expeditionary unit. Daniel is assigned to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Emily Tutton ’07 works for CDI Corp. as an electrical engineer for the onsite contractor for Carderock’s Systems Design and Integration branch. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, recently published a story about Emily.

Gerard “Barry” Wilson ’07 relocated to the Denver area this summer and has created the “ODU - Colorado” Facebook group for alumni wishing to network, keep in contact and share career information. The group is also open to current ODU students and to family members of students and alumni.

Emily Batten ’08 and Cory Mitchell were married Sept. 26, 2009, in Virginia Beach. They live in Chesapeake. “My husband and I enjoyed a beautiful wedding at the Lighthouse on the Cove. We then left for an amazing seven-day honeymoon on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.” When she wrote in June, Emily and Cory were expecting the birth of their first child, a daughter, due on July 1.

David B. Belber ’08, a U.S. Navy ensign, recently received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, R.I.

Jennifer Kuchno (M.A. ’08) recently accepted a position at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as an ESL instructor. She previously was an ESL instructor at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

Scott Nagle ’08 received the CMA-CGM’s employee of the month award in April, and in July was promoted to supervisor for the East Coast equipment control.

Jennifer VanCuren ’08 received an M.A. in English from George Mason University and is teaching at the community college level.

Jonathan Adams ’09 joined the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball team in August as graduate manager. He joins the Mocs after playing professionally for the Bochum Astrostars in Germany. In high school, Jonathan was the Chattanooga Player of the Year as a senior.

Ariel Alger ’09 writes that she and Paul J. Tobin were married July 11, 2009, “after six years as best friends, two years of which we were engaged.” Ariel is an adjunct instructor of student development and a supplemental instructor (teaching assistant) at Tidewater Community College’s Chesapeake campus. She is pursuing a master’s in literature at ODU and expects to graduate in spring 2011. Ariel is the president of ODU’s Nu Upsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society. Paul was planning to transfer from TCC to ODU this fall. They live in Chesapeake. 

Tyler R. Eisenberg ’09, a U.S. Navy seaman recruit, completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in the spring.

Petty Officer 1st Class James D. McCann ’09 was approved for an early release from the U.S. Navy while stationed at Strike Force Training Atlantic in Norfolk in order to attend Cornell University Law School this fall.

Alicia Smith ’09 is stationed in New Orleans as part of a 10-member AmeriCorps NCCC team, where they are working with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity at its warehouse. Alicia, who started her work in mid-May, is dedicating 10 months toward community service with the organization. AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women ages 18-24.