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Jennifer Burger Thomas

Stephanie Meriwether Zebrowski, a financial advisor for Bank of America Merrill in Vienna, Virginia, was named a top wealth advisor mom by Working Mother magazine for the second consecutive year. 

In February, Stephanie returned to Forbes Magazine’s Best-In-State Wealth Advisors ranking, repeating an honor she earned in 2019. 

David Smith is chair of the Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement, a group of individuals and organizations throughout Virginia advocating for the reduction and elimination of solitary confinement in Virginia. He also is on the executive boards for Interfaith Action for Human Rights and OAR-Richmond, the largest provider of reentry services in central Virginia. 

Melissa Fallen is pastor of Glen Allen Baptist Church near Richmond, Virginia. Her book Lost and Found: From Losing Your Pulpit to Finding Your Passion was to be released this fall. 

In 2020 Kevin Perry, Latin teacher at National Cathedral School in Washington, pivoted to online instruction and arranged virtual field trips for his students. In June 2020 he was named the cathedral school’s first Porter Family Fellow for Pedagogical Innovation. He planned to use the grant to revise the Latin curriculum to include more female perspectives and culturally diverse voices. He wrote, “There is no doubt that my studies at MWC with Dr. Diane Hatch and Dr. Liane Houghtalin prepared me well for this academic and pedagogical work.” 


Stacy Weller Fairfax and husband Robert welcomed a baby girl, Ruby, on Nov. 19. 

Michelle Carr Young lives in Stafford, Virginia, with her network engineer husband and fifth-grade daughter. She is in her 20th year with Prince William County Schools, where she is an instructional coach. Michelle recently completed her K-12 administration and supervision certification through the UMW graduate program. 


Travis Jones

Carolyn Murray Spencer


Jessica Brandes


Sameer Vaswani

John Schirrippa and his wife founded a nonprofit project, Unity Bands, to improve community morale and support COVID-19 response and research efforts. They’re donating profits from the sale of customized wristbands and have already supported the University of Maryland’s medical center and school of medicine. 


Allyson “Ally” V. Lee Marzan

Edward Jones financial advisor Ben Maxwell has been named a principal with the firm’s holding company, The Jones Financial Companies. He was one of 161 individuals chosen this year from more than 50,000 associates across the United States and Canada to join the firm’s principals. He and wife Stephanie Canny Maxwell ’06 live in Fredericksburg. 

Jeff Longo is director of software development at the security firm Kastle Systems. During the pandemic he focused on enabling a safe return to work for others. Jeff studied computer science and is pursuing a master’s degree in engineering at George Mason University. 


Shana A. Muhammad


Marcella Cavallaro Wallin and her husband welcomed their second child, Cecilia, in August 2020. They live in southern California, where Marcella leads digital sales efforts for Esri, a software mapping company. 


Trish Lauck Cerulli

Alyssa Lee

Rose Ferguson Cohen is federal operations director at IBM Walton Health. She was chosen as the 2020 employee of the year from among 7,000 employees. 

Kristen Roscoe MacMillan and Mark MacMillan ’07 welcomed their second daughter in the fall of 2020. Older daughter Charlotte turned 3 in August. Kristen is entering her 13th year of teaching, her fifth at Monacan High School in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Mark works for Grove Eye Care in Richmond and Midlothian, Virginia. 

Rebecca Helsley Meadows, husband Jonathan, and 3-year-old Ella welcomed baby Holland June in July 2020. Being pregnant during a pandemic was a unique and sometimes stressful experience, but they’re grateful for this little ray of sunshine in their lives. 

Lisa Blumfelder Shapiro ’07 and Brandon Shapiro welcomed son Liam Jacob Shapiro on Feb. 28, 2020. 

USA Triathlon honored Joni Briganti with a lifetime achievement award. 


Elizabeth Jennings Haden

Alexandra Meier

Joyce Metzler Bodoh is director of energy solutions and clean energy for the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative in central Virginia. She oversees clean energy programs, energy efficiency, and energy solutions for REC customers.