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From Sharon Cooper: Just a couple of things. My son, James Cooper, moved to Emporia, Virginia this month to begin teaching first grade in Greensville County. He taught first grade here in Winchester, Virginia, last year. Also, my grandfather, Maxwell McCormick, died on August 1, 2016 at the age of 93.
Marcia Guida James
Amanda Ormond and her husband moved to Flagstaff, AZ from Tempe in 2015 when their youngest daughter graduated from high school. This year, Amanda reached the milestone of 15 years in the business as a self-employed consultant specializing in clean energy policy and advocacy. To celebrate, she took a short sabbatical of seven weeks, spending time at the Grand Canyon, Durango and Cape Cod. She and her husband are looking forward to their older daughter returning to live in the states in 2017 after working in Columbia since 2015.
This has been a busy year for Laura Wong Doloff and family. Lauren, their youngest is a freshman and their oldest, Kaylee is a senior at Liberty HS in Colorado Springs. They both enjoy marching band and this year they finally made 1st place at the Colorado Marching Band Competition. Kaylee is looking forward to majoring in Pre-med at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, choosing to stay close to home. Laura is enjoying teaching Spanish at an elementary school and her husband Mike is a Software Engineer for Boeing after retiring from the US Air Force. Laura still keeps in touch with Karen Mason and Ginger Deane, former roommates.
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From Monique Gormont Mobley: Lisa Bentley Brouelette: On August 23, 2016, my older son Adam and his wife Sara gave me a grandson named Rory. On November 1, 2016, I was promoted to Lieutenant for the Kirkland, WA police department. I am in charge of Professional Standards.
Monique Gormont Mobley: Scott and I moved to Annapolis MD in the spring, after 10 years of living in the Madison WI area. Ironically, we now live near our parents and siblings after 30 years of living across our beautiful country but are apart from our children. That’s an adjustment!
Scott completed his PhD and received a Post-doctoral Fellowship to teach history at the US Naval Academy. I am a middle school ESOL teacher working in 3 local schools. We are both busy but trying to take in the sights and make new friends. We enjoyed tailgating at the Navy football games since the Stadium is walking distance from our house.
Our kids are doing well. Lauren is a 3rd year teacher in the Madison WI area and Sean recently started a new job (still in Seattle) at the Museum of Flight. We enjoyed a family trip to Seattle this summer and look forward to another reunion here in Annapolis over Christmas.
From submitted press release: University of Mary Washington alumnus Russell S. Sayre among 18 Taft attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® 2017 … “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.
Russell S. Sayre serves as chair of the firm’s litigation department and is a partner in Taft’s Cincinnati office. He focuses his practice on litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. Since 1990, he has represented corporate, business and individual clients in federal and state courts, in alternative dispute resolution, and before state administrative boards. He is admitted to practice in all Ohio courts, in the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Ohio and the Southern District of Indiana, and in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Sixth Circuits. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006. Russell earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School Of Law in 1990 and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington in 1986.
From Kim Jones Isaac: When I was home last Summer for reunion weekend, I stayed with Bev Newman ’88. Bev always gives me a place to lay my head when I’m visiting and we had a blast. Of course, we made a trip to Sammy T’s (that’s almost mandatory). We also cruised around Richmond, visiting Cooper Hawk winery, doing a beer tasting (not in the same day!), catching an amazing exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and eating some great food. Of course, there is always a lot of “do you remember when?”. Can’t wait to visit again and sit on your balcony with an adult beverage!
After 7 years at the Greenbelt Aquatic & Fitness Center, Julie Magness took a new job last Summer as Human Resources Specialist for the City of Greenbelt. Her commute is still a dream – only takes an extra 15 seconds driving or 1 minute walking. She is pleased to announce two exciting things for 2017 — her cousin Quinton Veach will be attending UMW and Julie and her wife have tickets to see Hamilton in NYC! Congratulations Quinton! So awesome to see family members following in our footsteps at UMW!
Kelly Flynn Hanson has been living in the Louisville, KY area for the past 9 years. She works for Leidos as a pricing analyst and telecommutes from home. Kelly’s son, Ben, is a junior and daughter, Ally, is a freshman in high school. Her husband, Tim, is a helicopter pilot for Air Evac Lifeteam in Danville, KY. Kelly reports that the family enjoys living a peaceful life on their acreage. She helps out with various akita rescue groups across the U.S. and has 2 akitas, a mutt, a horse and several barn cats. She looks forward to catching up with classmates at the 30th reunion in June. Seems like just yesterday that I saw Kelly and many other classmates at the 20th reunion!
Feel free to submit updates at any time to my email address or you can find me on Facebook under Kim Jones Isaac.
Nee-Cee “Ringo” Baker
Beverly J. Newman
From Jay Bradshaw: The Class of 1988 mourns the loss of classmate, Ellen Henderson Briggs. Ellen passed away on November 13, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Leah Wilson Munnis
Tracy Boughan Seitz recently earned an Ed.D in Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the principal at St. Clare Walker Middle School in Middlesex County. Her doctorate follows an M.S.Ed in special education from Old Dominion University and an M.Ed from William and Mary in educational leadership. Tracy and her husband Paul just celebrated their 27th anniversary, and have two children, their son Jacob and their daughter Shelby who lives with her husband Michael in Honolulu, Hawaii.