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Aaron M. Richardson was named editor of the Charlottesville Daily Progress.
Richardson, 30, grew up in Lexington and is an alumnus of the University of Mary Washington. He has lived in Charlottesville for more than six years. He first joined the Daily Progress in 2011 as a reporter and covered a variety of beats and topics from government to education to the environment.
Gregg DiSalvo (’11) and Emily Antos DiSalvo (’11) got married in Upstate NY this past summer. They got married almost 10 years to the date after meeting in Mason Hall during their first week of freshman year.
Rosana Marzullo-Dove, PsyD received her psychology doctoral degree in 2016 from the American School of Professional Psychology and went on to complete her post-doctoral program in an APA accredited site in Maryland in 2017. There, she worked with couples, adults, teens, and children. She then moved to Safety Harbor, FL
where she will be close to her first granddaughter (expected arrival in Feb/2018). She now owns a private practice in Hyde Park where she sees affluent clientele from South Tampa, FL.
Megan Jordan (Kent) was honored as one of Arlington County’s “40 Under
40” emerging leaders this year. The distinction “recognizes the next
generation to trailblazers for their personal/professional impact and
exceptional leadership in the D.C. metropolitan region.” Additionally,
Megan helped lead one of Oceana’s largest public relations undertakings
in its history, a global communications campaign/product rollout that
was recognized with international and national industry awards for its
success including: First Place for Global Media Relations (PR Daily
Awards), Silver Stevie Award (American Business Awards) and a Bronze
Anvil Award of Commendation (PRSA). She is also an active member of
Toastmasters International, where she serves as her club’s Public
Relations Officer and earned her Competent Leadership certification.
Jackie Veccia ’13 and Josh Craig ’13 married on June 2017 at the Old Silk Mill in Fredericksburg, VA. Michele McNeill ’12 was among the bridesmaids. Jackie works at Northrop Grumman as an Engineer and is pursuing her Master degree in Public Health. Josh is a sales rep for Herc equipment rentals. They now reside in Florida near Cocoa Beach.
Since graduating in 2014 with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in German, Conan Smeeth has been working as an English as a Second Language teacher in Moscow, Russia, working with children and adults of all levels. So far, he enjoys what he does (but not the Russian winter), and currently has no plans to return home in the near future.
Clare Stechschulte, a student of economics during her time at UMW, was recently chosen as a “Kakehashi Scholar” wherein she was selected by the Japanese government to travel to Japan along with eleven other American economists to learn more and consult the Japanese on multiple aspects of their economy. To experience the Japanese economy and various other Asian markets first-hand had been a goal of hers since her International Economics class during her undergraduate studies. Clare was extremely honored to have received this distinction, and owes all of her success to the exceptional economics education she received at the University of Mary Washington.
Ellen White began studying at Princeton Theological Seminary in Fall 2017.
Megan Payne joined the Peace Corps a few months after graduation and lives in a remote village in Zambia, helping residents with several projects. She lives in a thatched hut, hauls water from a communal well, and cooks over an open fire.
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Kathi Walker and daughter Leah Walker were excited to graduate together last May.