Jim Geiger (D ’54) was featured in a Waco Tribune-Herald article entitled, “An ear for the job: Piano tuner, 86, takes old-school approach,” which talks about his career as a piano tuner.
Pianist Duncan Holmes (C ’70) performed a variety of genres, as well as stories from his life — complete with his own “mouthy” sound effects — at a “Walking By Faith” concert on Oct. 8, at Hill Country Church in Fredericksburg, Texas.
On June 1, 2022, Todd Greve (C ’85, C ’87) retired from his career in music ministry. For nearly 30 years, he served various congregations throughout Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana.
On Aug. 17, 2022, Patrick O’Shea (C ’89) became the new director of Choral Activities for the College of DuPage.
Christian Falyar (HP ’91) was inducted as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) during the AANA’s recent annual congress in Chicago, Illinois. The AANA is the national organization representing nearly 59,000 of the nation’s CRNAs and student nurse anesthetists.
On Oct. 1, 2022, Stacy Herbaugh (B ’93, EL ’09) became the new director for Frederick County Parks & Recreation.
One of Bridgett Crocker Emerson (C ’97) photographs entitled, “Le Rêve Rouge,” was selected by a jury to be part of an annual art exhibition at the Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty, Ohio.
On Oct. 17, 2022, Kathleen Gibson Holland (C ’00, C ’22) started her new role as executive director of Triad Stage in Greensboro, North Carolina. She also published a peer-reviewed article in the summer 2022 issue of United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s journal Theatre Design and Technology entitled, “Dying to Make Theatre: Length of day labor practices in the American theatre industry.”
Danielle Getts (B ’04) is an account manager for Ventra Health.
Reed Gillespie (AS ’04) was named principal of Prince William County Public Schools’ virtual K-8 program.
Benjamin Thompson (AS ’04, EL ’13) has been named the new principal of Dowell J. Howard Center, in Winchester, Virginia.
On Nov. 02, 2022, Liz Keller-Tripp (C ’05) became the new lead producer for the Spoleto Festival USA’s executive leadership team.
In September 2022, Reed Prosser (AS ’05) was inducted into Handley High School’s Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame along with Justin Payne (AS ’04), who was inducted posthumously.
On Dec. 8, 2022, the Loudoun County Public Schools board named Daniel Smith (AS ’05) the new interim superintendent.
From Dec. 2-4, 2022, Virginia Children’s Theatre presented “Beauty and the Beast”, which was directed and choreographed by Trey Coates-Mitchell (AS ’06).
Organist Nathaniel Gumbs (C ’09) performed with the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers during the ensemble’s season premiere concert on Saturday, Aug. 13, at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.
Benjamin Luczak (C ’09, ’15) has been named the new director of development for Des Moines Performing Arts.
Timothy Little Trần (C ’09) was appointed director of choral studies and assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
Katy Vaughn (C ’09) opened Sea Siren Media in Norfolk, Virginia, a business specializing in creative voice-over and audio post-production work.
In August 2022, Abbie Palmer (C ’10) performed with Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop and beat box artist Christylez Bacon at FAC’s Sky Stage in Frederick, Maryland.
On Sept. 11, 2022, Ashley Henegar Plummer (HP ’10) and her husband, Daniel Plummer (AS ’08, HP ’10), welcomed their daughter, Sophie, into the world. Sophie was born at 7:54 p.m. and weighed nine pounds and was 21.75 inches long.
On May 07, 2022, Sierra Edwards (B ’11) married Ben Traynham, and alumnae Kerby Hatter (AS ’12, P ’15) and Nicole Gilbertson (AS ’13, AS ’13) were a part of their wedding party. On July 13, 2022, Edwards started a new position as assistant director of student activities at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia.
In October 2022, Jenna Pinchbeck (C ’11) live-announced the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit, Michigan, where she introduced industry leaders such as Megan Thee Stallion, Ashley Tisdale, Steve-O, Hailey Bieber and more.
On Sept. 6, 2022, Terra Ward (EL ’11) became the interim assistant principal at Yowell Elementary School.
Jordan Watkins (HP ’11) was selected as VAPA 2022 Preceptor of The Year.
Nicholas Erdman (AS ’13, HP ’15) is an assistant professor for Bridgewater College‘s Department of Health and Human Sciences in Bridgewater, Virginia.
Krista Borgquist (N ’14) is a nurse manager at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this position, she manages the only Level 1 Trauma ICU in the Pacific Basin. On Nov. 28, 2021, Borgquist welcomed Gideon Ira Kekoa Borgquist into the world.
On Nov. 20, 2022, Appalachian Electric Cooperative announced that Josh Compton (B ’14) will become the new general manager, effective January 1, 2023.
Rachel Haber (C ’15), Kade Wright (C ’21), and Sam Bello (C ’22) have joined the national tour of “Cats the Musical.”
On Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, violinist Kevin Kaukl (C ’14) performed three distinct sonatas at a concert in Basalt, Colorado.
Sarah Woodward (AS ’14, C ’14, ’19) was interviewed by Candice Georgiadis for a podcast series called, “Women in Wellness,” regarding her work as the director of memory care at The Seneca in Rockville, Maryland.
On Dec. 1, 2022, the Association of Proposal Management Professionals announced the promotion of Julia Duke (B ’15) to Chief Operating Officer (COO).
“The Emerging Future of Collegiate Voice Instruction: Updated SWOT Analysis of Current Practice and Implications for the Next Generation,” an article written by Associate Professor of Voice and Musical Theatre, Coordinator of Musical Theatre Voice and Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute Matthew Edwards (C ’15), D.M.A.; Auxiliary Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice (CCM) Jacqlyn Zito-Edwards, M.M.; and Director of the Janette Ogg Voice Research Center and Associate Professor of Voice (Baritone) and Vocal Pedagogy David Meyer, D.M., was recently published ahead of press as an e-publication in the Journal of Voice.
On May 10, 2022, Katie Lose Devolites (AS ’16) started her new position as executive director of the Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Inc. in Winchester, Virginia.
Robert Dwyer (AS ’16) was hired as a math teacher for Rappahannock County Public Schools.
In September 2022, Gwenn Leatherman (N ’16 ’20) opened a healthcare practice named, Leatherman Healthcare in Hagerstown, Maryland.
In May 2022, Richardson Sylvain (AS ’16) received his master’s degree in school counseling from Holy Family University and he started a new position as a school counselor at Edward Gideon School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 2022. On Aug. 15, 2020, Richardson got married to his SU Sweetheart Chelsea White (AS ’15). On April 02, 2021, the couple welcomed Omari Emmett Sylvain into the world.
Darrell Thompson (AS ’16) signed a contract with Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers.
Natalie Brooke (C ’17) appeared on a late night French TV show with the Los Angeles band, Thumpasaurus. Their song “Struttin” was featured in a Samsung commercial and reached 1 million views on YouTube. She also released her first full-length jazz fusion album “If I Could Be Infinite” in early 2022.
On Aug. 17, 2022, Mary Severin Epps (AS ’17) gave birth to her daughter, Emily Elizabeth Epps. Emily was five pounds and nine ounces and 22 inches long. Mary also completed her master’s degree in health and human performance from the University of the Cumberlands in May 2022.
On Nov. 01, 2022, Joshlyn Lukin (C ’17, ’19) became the new music director at Mentow Baptist Church in Huddleston, Virginia.
Jordan Leigh McCaskill (C ’17) is performing in the ensemble of the first national Broadway tour of “Jagged Little Pill.”
Kelly McGill (C ’17) joined D.C.-based contemporary dance company Motion X Dance in Arlington, Virginia.
Arthur Vale (C ’17) accepted the position of box office manager at the Shenandoah Conservatory.
On July 23, 2022, Matthew Barton (HP ’19) married Leslie Bayne.
Research by Cassie Byers (C ’20) for her master’s degree at Shenandoah University was highlighted in a compendium of articles created by Oxford University Press entitled, “Clinical Skills: Getting Started in Your Medical Career.”
On Aug. 31, 2022, Austin Fairley (C ’20) started his position as an adjunct professor of trombone at College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, Maryland.
Chris Ortega (B ’20) is a group sales account executive for the Washington Commanders.
On Aug. 23, 2022, Kaitlyn Sage (HP ’20) started a new position as a high needs special education teaching assistant for Winchester Public Schools.
Jackson Strickler (B ’20) is a group sales and ticket account executive for the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Richmond, Virginia.
Joe Gesell (AS ’21) is an assistant golf professional at St. John’s Golf & Country Club in St. Augustine, Florida.
Brody Grant (C ’21) has been cast as the Young Soldier in the New York City Center’s Encores! series production of “Parade” starring Ben Platt.
On Nov. 27, 2022, Anthony Massetto (C ’21) performed in the annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.
The contemporary dance company DanceWorks Chicago participated in a half-day residency with the Shenandoah Conservatory dance program on Sept. 12, 2022. The residency included masterclasses in contemporary dance, an informal showing with Q&A, and an opportunity to network with company members. Ashley Rivette (C ’21) is a current company member and was featured as part of the event.
Violist Anita Williams (C ’21) was appointed education assistant in the education department at the Richmond Symphony.
On Nov. 14, 2022, Ciarra Berry (AS ’22) became the new alumni relations coordinator for the Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations at Shenandoah University.
In October 2022, Camila Calderón (C ’22) performed as Lucia in Tanya Saracho’s “FADE.”
Brandon Cameron (C ’22) has joined the cast of “Hadestown” on Broadway. He is playing Worker 3 and the understudy of Orpheus.
Langston McCatty (AS ’22) accepted a role as an admissions counselor for the University of Maryland.
Zachary Morris (AS ’22) became one of the newest deputies for Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, after graduating on Nov. 22, 2022, from the Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Middletown, Virginia.
On Sept. 24, 2022, Marie Raymond (C ’22) became an entertainment technician for Walt Disney World Resort – Entertainment.
Eve Stanley (C ’22) was hired as an assistant choreographer, dance instructor and student counselor for three summer sessions at Stagedoor Manor in Loch Sheldrake, New York.
Thelma Mitchell King (C ’49) of Loveland, Ohio, passed away on Sept. 13, 2022.
Charles J. Misenheimer (C ’50) of Beaumont, Texas, passed away on Oct. 5, 2022.
Charles E. Kipps (C ’55) of Broadway, Virginia, passed away on Nov. 9 2022.
Estale Harris Daniel (C ’56) of Finksburg, Maryland, passed away on Nov. 4, 2022.
Exie Singleton Irons (C ’56) of Martinsburg, West Virginia, passed away on Nov. 7, 2022.
Patricia Boyer Conner (C ’59) of Stephens City, Virgina, passed away on Sept. 27, 2022.
Becky Strutt Frazier (C ’59) of Salem, Virginia, passed away on Oct. 1, 2022.
Michael H. Barnes (C ’60) of New Bern, North Carolina, passed away on Aug. 5, 2022.
Caroline Burslem Cale (C ’69) of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Aug. 22, 2022.
James R. Phillips (C ’78) of Winchester, Virginia, passed away on Nov. 11, 2022.
Robert M. Taylor (C ’88) of Woodstock, Virginia, passed away on Nov. 25, 2022.
Robert Zolnierz (C ’89) of Enid, Oklahoma, passed away on Aug. 3, 2022.
Carole Vandergrift (B ’01) of Lake Frederick, Virginia, passed away on Oct. 14, 2022.
Toni P. Sheets (AS ’03) of Fisherville, Virginia, passed away on Nov. 10, 2022.
Richard Hammond (P ’07) of North Canton, Ohio, passed away on Nov. 4, 2022.
Ronnie Schmidt (N ’17) of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away on Nov. 1, 2022.