Class Notes

Class Notes

1985

John Duryea (Government) is now an adjunct instructor at Palm Beach Atlantic University and a full-time online assistant professor at Liberty University, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

1987

Kim Carter (Communication & the Arts) is the Direct Response Content Manager for the American Bible Society. She manages the implementation of the direct mail and telemarketing fundraising programs.

1988

John Knox (Communication & the Arts, Business & Leadership) was selected to serve for the next two years as a Brookings Institute Legislative Fellow.

1989

Barbara Grigg (Communication & the Arts) has been appointed the West Virginia Faith Outreach Volunteer Leader for the Humane Society of the United States. This designation resulted from her graphic design work for the Federation of Humane Organizations of West Virginia, with which she works as director of Bless the Pets for the Greater Clarksburg Evangelistic Association, Clarksburg, W.Va.

Steve Warneck (Government) joined Newton Media in July 2013 as Director of New Business Development. Warneck has over 20 years in the television and media business, working for CBN and Middle East Television, among others.

1993

Charles M. Wood (Communication & the Arts, Business & Leadership) received the 2012 university teaching award from the University of Tulsa, the highest recognition the university can offer a faculty member. He  also received the university service award that same year—a first at the university.

1994

Bob Brooks (Business & Leadership) received a Doctor of Laws from California Lutheran University shortly before retiring as the sheriff of Ventura County, Calif. Brooks now teaches public policy at Pepperdine  University and leads short-term mission trips.

1995

Tony Hale (Communication & the Arts) won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in VEEP.

1996

Kathleen Onuska (Business & Leadership) joined the public accounting firm of Cottrill, Arbutina & Associates as an auditor and accounting consultant in Beaver, Pa. She is a member of the firm’s Contract Services Group, which provides clients with accounting, budgeting, auditing and financial consulting.

Jeffrey Rivenbark (Communication & the Arts) is a reporter for the nationally syndicated television show America Now, hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic. He is stationed in Charlotte, N.C., and conducts interviews, shoots video, edits news packages, assists with publishing content to the website and contributes to the social media aspects of the show.

1997

Jack Manhire (Law) is working as chief of enforcement for the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility in Washington, D.C.

1998

Bruce Long (Communication & the Arts) produced the Broadway show Hands on a Hard Body. The show was nominated for a Tony Award.

1999

William Alderman (Business & Leadership) was awarded the “Because of You” Educator of the Year award at the 2012 Miners’ Celebration for his contribution as an associate professor and the coordinator for the Mine Management Program of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Todd Sims  (Communication & the Arts) recently produced The Harbinger Decoded, a documentary inspired by a New York Times best-selling book.

2000

Charles Ford (Education) completed his Doctorate of Education Leadership, and was promoted to associate professor of Interior Architecture at Samford University. Ford has taught at Samford University since 2005.

Eddie Hyatt (Divinity) was recently interviewed by Paul Strand, senior Washington, D.C., correspondent for CBN News, about how the Great Awakening impacted the formation of America. Hyatt’s findings were based on his latest book, America’s Revival Heritage.

Clay Perkins (Business & Leadership) is serving as the president for Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, N.C.

2001

Grace Alegre (Business & Leadership) now works as the director of professional licensure programs for the Professional & Continuing Education division of Regent University. This year marks 10 years of service to the university.

Gustavo Crocker (Business & Leadership) was elected to serve as the 41st general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene. He was voted in by the general assembly, which is composed of 1,400 delegates chosen to represent the two million congregation members in 159 nations.

June Ford (Communication & the Arts) is a missionary and a pastor at Word of Life Christian Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has ministered in almost 75 nations around the world.

Richard James (Government) was a 2013 democratic candidate for District 90 of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Margery McDonald (Business & Leadership) was hired as the human resources manager for The StoneHill Group, a company that provides mortgage loan services.

Ronald Roach (Communication & the Arts) has been appointed full professor and chair of the Appalachian Studies Department at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn.

Regent Sports2003

Cynae Punch Brown (Education) recently released an album of hymns, titled Have Faith in God, to shine an artistic light on the meaningful messages of traditional songs.

Gina Diorio (Government) accepted a position as manager of donor programs for the Jack Miller Center (JMC) for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History. She is responsible for managing the planning and production of numerous communications materials. Diorio joined JMC after serving as district director for Congressman Scott Garrett and after working for several years as a successful freelance writer.

Belinda Elliott (Communication & the Arts) was recently chosen as “Volunteer of the Quarter” for the city of Chesapeake, Va. She was also featured on WCTV Chesapeake in a story highlighting her volunteer efforts. She currently volunteers at a public library helping job seekers with résumés, cover letters, online job applications and interview preparation. She also teaches workshops on these topics.

Jason Havens (Law) recently served as the secretary/treasurer of the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc.

LaToya McBean (Government) joined the firm of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, and practices out of the firm’s Royal Oak, Mich., office.

Stephen Rogers (Law) was promoted to senior counsel at newly public Frank’s International.

Edward Smith (Business & Leadership) is now serving as the president of Williamson College in Franklin, Tenn.

Steven Smith (Communication & the Arts) has been elected to serve as vice president for student services and communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

2004

Carlton Deal (Business & Leadership) and his wife Shannon (Education) are founders of the “Serve the City” movement in Europe. With centers located in major cities throughout the country, their goal is to open people’s hearts and minds to the gospel and to God’s love by random acts of kindness.

Jeremy Perigo (Divinity) relocated his ministry base to London where he serves as the head of music and worship programs and is a lecturer at the London School of Theology.

David Selle (Communication & the Arts) recently worked as a cinematographer on Alaska: Ice Cold Killers and Goldfathers, a five-part National Geographic series following three companies on the hunt for gold in interior Alaska. He was also a camera operator on the reality show Ice Road Truckers.

2005

Melanie Hall (Communication & the Arts) co-produced Sudden Death!, a 19-minute, multiple award-winning short musical comedy film. Several other Regent alumni worked on the film that featured five-time Emmy and Tony Award-winner John Larroquette and many other notable actors.

Jeremiah Koshal (Business & Leadership) opened his fourth Business Development Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rick Rieder (Business & Leadership) was recently featured in The Kansas City Star in an article about his promotion to the vice president for administration at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Matthew Wilkins (Law) has been named a 2013 Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in the areas of business disputes and litigation. Wilkins is a partner at King & Yaklin LLP in downtown Marietta, Ga.

2006

Jack Barr (Education) and his wife, who are missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand, were recently featured on CNN’s home page for their new campaign for unborn children with Down Syndrome called #iftheyhadavoice.

Michael Callahan (Divinity) and his ministry, Building Hope Ministries, put on two successful worship events to raise money to help build churches in India and Nepal.

Richard Griffith (Law, Business & Leadership) is an e-Discovery attorney and has been promoted to partner in LeClairRyan’s Discovery Solutions Practice in Richmond, Va.

Ray Perren (Business & Leadership) is now serving as the president of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta, Ga.

2007

Jayce O’Neal (Communication & the Arts) and his wife started RED Church in January 2013 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Benjamin Starkey (Communication & the Arts) just concluded a six-month contract job as digital dailies colorist and technician on the NBC hit show Revolution shot in Wilmington, N.C. He also accepted an account executive position with KUPK-TV in Garden City, Kan.

2008

Daryl Jones (Divinity) and his wife Martha are now full-time missionaries with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ, International) Military Ministry, serving as international directors.

Class Notes Right Pictures2009

Richard Boorom (Business & Leadership) now serves as the president of Argosy University in Denver, Colo.

Anthony Brown (College of Arts & Sciences) recently launched Vision Church in Norfolk, Va., where he serves as lead pastor.

Kevin Compton (Psychology & Counseling) has accepted the position of district administrator for the Colorado District Church of the Nazarene. The Colorado District office provides support and oversight for 80 churches as well as a District Camp and Conference Center.

Lydia Gonzalez D’Ross (Government) was appointed to serve as the Oklahoma Hispanic Director for Christ United for Israel and the Hispanic Prayer Network. She is also the founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization National Hispanic Disaster Relief Network, the first Hispanic Government Youth Council in the State of Oklahoma, and the first AGLOW International Hispanic Tulsa Lighthouse.

Fawn McCracken (Education) became the dean of the School of Online Studies and Graduate School at Crown College, a private Christian college in St. Bonifacius, an exurb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

Kathryn Price (Law) has joined USA Cycling as its staff attorney. She serves as in-house counsel to the national governing body for the sport of cycling and the various disciplines.

2010

Mignonette Bailey (College of Arts & Sciences) became an ordained minister and is currently working in teen ministry at her local church, Crenshaw Christian Center.

Jonathan D. McDowell (Law, Business & Leadership) and his wife Saundra J. McDowell (Law) have been named to the 2013 Rising Stars list as two of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Missouri/ Kansas for 2013.

Ryan Wenner (College of Arts & Sciences) has been named head football coach at Mathews High School.

2011

Kelli Caras (Education) was recognized as one of Hampton Roads Magazine’s Top Teachers of 2013.

Christopher Free (Communication & the Arts) partnered with three-time Tribeca filmmaker and OBI Vice President David Darg on a video project highlighting the rescue of war orphans from rebel armies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The film won the highest accolade at the Telly Awards, rounding his Telly total to 10.

Laurel Shaler (Psychology & Counseling) was recently selected as an assistant professor for Liberty University’s Center for Counseling and Family Studies where she will teach in the Master’s in Professional Counseling program.

2012

Steven Crowther (Business & Leadership) is now serving as the president of Grace College of Divinity in Fayetteville, N.C.

Courtney Fentress (Communication & the Arts) became the office manager at Corman Construction Inc. in Norfolk, Va., developing and managing Corman’s new Tidewater Division office.

Lisa Fournier (Business & Leadership) has launched The Norfolk Fair Trade Company, an entrepreneurial venture in Norfolk, Va. It is dedicated to aiding and mentoring local up-and-coming business owners.

Robby Kagarise (Divinity) has been hired as an adjunct professor for graduates at SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary.

Shauna Mayo (Education) was promoted to the position of Title 1 Instructional Specialist for Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Petersburg, Va.

Guy Stubbs (Business & Leadership) founded and leads African Honey Bee, a dynamic Christian social enterprise that is using African honeybees to bolster the South African economy.

Leo Wiltshire (Business & Leadership, Divinity) shares his insights and leadership advice as writer and creator of the Leadership Channel, available on YouTube.

2013

Christopher Harben (Business & Leadership) was hired as the Assistant Professor of Strategy for Lourdes University. Lourdes is a Catholic university sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis in Sylvania, Ohio.

Brittany Hoffman (Education) launched her first business venture, D8Night.com, which provides Hampton Roads couples with creative and local date ideas. Hoffman and her team have plans to eventually take the concept nationwide.

Marius Oosthuizen, (Business & Leadership) is now head of the new Centre for Leadership and Dialogue in the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He will teach and conduct research using futures studies to explore the future of South Africa and key industries within a global context.

Class Notes Right PictureMiranda White (Government) joined the Peace Corps and left for Morocco in January 2014 for the Youth Development program.

Marriages

Jordan Bassett ’11 (College of Arts & Sciences) married Lauren Nicole Cheniae on June 7, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. The couple resides in Virginia Beach, Va. Jordan is employed in Regent’s I.T. department, and Lauren serves as Regent’s regional alumni program coordinator.

Tara Cochran ’03 (Psychology & Counseling) married William Grall on November 11, 2011. Both are licensed professional counselors, living in Schaumburg, Ill.

Bruce Matthew Cornibe ’13 (Government) and Savanna Faith Johnson were married on August 3, 2013.

Karen Kocuba ’94 (Psychology & Counseling) married Dennis Bailey on February 26, 2012, and they reside in Chesapeake, Va.

Breanna Lebsack ’12 (College of Arts & Sciences) married Thomas Molloy in Orange, Calif., on February 16, 2013.

Anne Paulus ’11 (Government) and Will Wrye ’13 (Government) were married on September 28, 2013.

Ben Starkey ’07 (Communication & the Arts) and Gwen Tietgen were engaged August 3, 2013, with plans to wed on March 29, 2014.

Sherri Stocks ’94 (Communication & the Arts), vice president of marketing & public relations at Regent University, married William Miller on November 17, 2012.

Debbie Wright ’12 (College of Arts & Sciences) married John Daniel Holloway on March 2, 2013.

Births

John Andrews ’00 (Law) and his wife Jennifer celebrated the birth of their son, John “Beck” Andrews, on March 1, 2013.

Angela Brankamp ’04 (Divinity) and her husband celebrated the birth of their fourth child, Nathanael John Brankamp, on January 27, 2013.

Jennifer Buss ’12 (College of Arts & Sciences) and her husband celebrated the birth of their third child, Ethan, in July 2012.

Lindsey Christmas ’12 (College of Arts & Sciences) and her family celebrated the birth of Arabella Therese on June 28, 2013.

Benjamin DuPre ’01 (Law) and his wife Jerusha celebrated the birth of their fourth child, Hope Evangeline, on July 17, 2012.

Chantel Hull ’05 (Law) and husband Damon celebrated the birth of their second child, Cora Elizabeth Hull, on December 18, 2012.

Abigail (Schroeder) Johnston ’02 (Law) and husband Elliot celebrated the birth of Liam Thomas Johnston on March 19, 2013.

Kristi Kisling ’13 (College of Arts & Sciences) and husband Richard celebrated the birth of their son on April 30, 2013.

Angela (Liszcz) McCarrol ’02 (Psychology & Counseling) and husband Kevin celebrated the birth of their second child, Madelyn Irene McCarroll, on January 2, 2013.

Gordie Ufkes ’01 (Law) and his wife Beth celebrated the birth of their first child, Margaret Catherine (Maggie), on February 18, 2010.

Carol and Lynne (Dittmer) Vaz ’01 (Business & Leadership) celebrated the birth of their son, Lucas Michael Vaz, on March 1, 2013.

Kimberly Wenger Wyse ’06 (Divinity) and husband Rick, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Eliana Rose  Wyse, on December 19, 2012.

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