1980

Paul Surace (Communication & the Arts) recently had his original play, NYC Nativity, produced at the prestigious Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood.

1985

Thomas Emmi (Communication & the Arts) produces and distributes the Studio Jams television series, which is now in worldwide distribution on Voice of America (VOA) to an estimated audience of 125+ million people, including airings in the Netherlands, Italy and New Zealand. Thomas has recently created a Kickstarter campaign with the hope of taking Studio Jams on the road and producing a short run of episodes for PBS stations in the United States.

1989

Earle Mobley (Law) has been appointed as a judge by the Virginia General Assembly.

Patrick Smith (Communication & the Arts) has started a community theatre, the Theatre Compagnie LaFayette, in York County, Virginia. Smith is artistic director, while his wife, Kimberly ‘89 (Communication & the Arts), is the acting coach, and Don Freemen ‘88 (Divinity), the managing director. Their first play, Twelve Angry Jurors, opened in April 2014.

1994

Edward Bryant (Government) was selected by the board of directors for the St. Louis Minority Business Council (SLMBC) as the new president and CEO. Previously Bryant served as vice president of the Economic Development Collaborative of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership where he led efforts to execute a shared vision to sustain creativity, investment and redevelopment to improve the quality of life and foster growth for the citizens of St. Louis County.

Jennifer Elvgren (Communication & the Arts) is the recipient of the “Growing Good Kids-Excellence in Children’s Literature” book award, as well as a recipient of “The Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.” Her children’s fiction has appeared in Highlights for Children, Ladybug, and Spider magazines. Among her works are Josias, Hold the Book, a Bank Street College Best Books selection, and most recently, The Whispering Town.

Tony Hale (Communication & the Arts) continues a very successful run as Gary in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning series Veep, for which he won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013.

Judge Joseph Migliozzi (Law) has been promoted from General District Court to Circuit Court in Norfolk, Virginia.

1995

Christopher Hansen (Communication & the Arts) just directed his third feature film, Where We Started, which is now available on Amazon Instant Video.

Thomas Longo (Government) retired as chief of police at the University of South Florida in Tampa last year and has returned to Virginia to continue in law enforcement leadership in the national capital region.

1996

Jim Mischel Jr. (Law) and his family’s business, Electric Mirror, was featured in The Herald (Everett, Washington) in 2014 as a rapidly growing company.

Joel Sullivan (Communication & the Arts) began at the Reformed Theological Seminary in the spring of 2014.

1998

Phillip Hollowell (Law) has been appointed as a judge by the Virginia General Assembly.

1999

Daniel Joss (Business & Leadership), FJY Financial co-founder and chief operating officer, recently sold his part of the firm. He and his family have moved to Williamsburg where he’s joined Covenant Wealth Advisors. Joss has been consecutively selected several times as a Top Financial Advisor by his peers. He also has reported in both the Northern Virginia Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine.

Michael Ray Smith (Communication & the Arts) received the 2012 Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence at Campbell University and was named among the Top 50 Journalism Professors by journalismdegree.org. Smith also advises The Campbell Times of Campbell University, which was named one of the Top 100 Exemplary College Newspapers in the nation, and additionally, “Best of Show” in its size category by North Carolina College Media Association 2013 Statewide College Media competition. Smith received the 2013 Presidential Citation from the national College Media Association. Most recently, Smith was a speaker at the 2014 Evangelical Press Association national conference.

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Eddie Hyatt (Divinity) is the founder and director of the “Revive America” Project, dedicated to seeing another Great Awakening in America.

2003

Jason Havens (Law) was recently elected as the president of the Estate Law Specialist Board.

Stephen Rogers (Law) has been promoted to senior counsel at newly public Frank’s International N.V.’s.

Winsome E. Sears (Business & Leadership) has been elected by the Virginia State Board of Education as vice president.

2004

Robert Campbell (Divinity) was recently hired as assistant professor of Christian Studies at George Fox University in Oregon. He has worked for the university since 2011 in the Doctor of Ministry program in the seminary.

Dr. Francis Moreno (Education) completed the Doctorate of Education in School Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2014.

Tameeka Williams (Law) received the 2014 Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award from the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association.

2005

John Davis (Law), director of Legislative Programs for the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), was elected to co-chair The Military Coalition (TMC), a group of 33 military and veteran organizations that work together to advance legislation beneficial to military personnel, veterans, families and survivors.

CDR Michael Franks (Psychology & Counseling) has been appointed training director for the APA accredited internship program at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Dr. Dennis Rittle (Business & Leadership) has been installed as provost and executive vice president of learning at Ozarka College in Mellbourne, Arkansas.

2006

Benjamin Crawford (Law) earned his Board Certification in Civil Trial by the Florida Bar, joining the 5 percent of lawyers in the state who are board certified and the 1 percent who are board certified in civil trial. Crawford practices in Brandon, Florida where he lives with his wife and children.

Liza Galindo (Law) invested in her own business logo in 2013 that identifies the area of law and ethics with which she practices law. Her unique logo incorporates her faith.

Richard Griffith (Law) is director of Global Legal Solutions for UnitedLex Corporation in Richmond, Virginia. His practice focuses on complex litigation for life sciences and financial services clients.

Christopher Nelson (Communication & the Arts) was cast in the crtically acclaimed indie feature film As It Is in Heaven. The film was directed by Joshua Overbay (Communication and the Arts).

Dr. Ray Perren (Business & Leadership) has been appointed president of Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, Georgia. Perren joins five other School of Business & Leadership alumni who are serving as university presidents.

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2007

Andrew Ashby (Law) recently joined The Cooper Firm, which handles all types of cases involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death, and specializes in cases involving product liability.

2008

Zachary Fay (Business & Leadership) has launched a faith and values-based video game for kids, which was birthed out of his BUSN612 “From Concept to Market Success” course in 2007. “Lightgliders” is a virtual world game designed to give kids ages 7-13 the opportunity to create a character, play games, interact, explore and have fun in a safe online environment. Additional activities encourage meaningful conversations, positive values and biblical faith.

Dr. Phillip Jackson (Business & Leadership) has been named vice president and CEO of Erlanger Health Systems East and North Hospitals in Tennessee.

Kenton Lee (Business & Leadership) is founder and executive director of The Shoe that Grows [theshoethatgrows.org], and is practicing practical compassion by providing shoes for needy children around the world that will grow with them. Working with a shoe development company in the United States, Lee designed a shoe that can easily be adjusted to grow and expand up to five sizes and is durable enough to last five years.

Dr. Louis Morgan (Business & Leadership) has been named director of Squires Library at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Jon Morris (Business & Leadership) has been promoted to CEO for Family Preservation Services (FPS) of Virginia. FPS is the largest provider of community-based mental and behavioral health services in Virginia and has more than 900 employees working out of 30 offices across the state.

William Simmons (Divinity) has launched Church Health Solutions (CHS), a ministry with a mission to encourage pastors and equip churches by healing the emotional, spiritual and relational wounds leaders may experience in ministry. CHS also helps discover and develop strategies to combat the barriers that keep churches from growing. The ministry is the direct result of the combination of Simmons’ Leadership Coach certification and Natural Church Development education at Regent.

2009

Lydia Gonzalez-D’Ross (Government) was elected as Madam Chair, Greater Tulsa/County Hispanic Affairs Commission in 2013, and through her leadership, has founded the first Hispanic Government Youth Council in the State of Oklahoma. She was the recipient of the 2014 Women of Distinction Award given by Tulsa Business and Legal News and the 2014 Congressional Service Award given by District 1 Congressman Jim Bridenstine.

Christina Browder Karis (Communication & the Arts) completed shooting the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, with acclaimed actor and director Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2 & 3; Crash, Flight, Hotel Rwanda).

Jeremy Spitzer (Law) recently accepted a position as an associate attorney at Ericksen, Poell & Carpenter.

Kevin Stidham (Communication & the Arts) is currently appearing in Irish playwright Billy Roche’s boxing-drama Lay Me Down Softly at the critically acclaimed Theatre Bandshee in Los Angeles.

Victoria Walker (Education) was elected to serve on the Association of Education Communication and Technology (AECT) Division of Distance Learning’s Board of Directors and serves as the division’s awards manager.

2010

Jada Jackson (Psychology & Counseling) co-hosted the nationally syndicated show “Emotional Mojo.”

Jonathan Olive (Communication & the Arts) edited the film Moms’ Night Out, released in 2014.

Veronica Roy (Communication & the Arts) was featured in a Virginian-Pilot profile about her recent move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and her success in landing a co-star role on the CBS series, Criminal Minds.

2011

Dr. Bryan Easley (Business & Leadership) is the new dean of online learning, Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s adult and graduate studies division based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dr. Kelly Riesenmy (Business & Leadership) recently took a position as an adjunct instructor at Mid-America Christian University. Riesenmy serves as a researcher and instructor in behavioral sciences.

Dr. Laurel Shaler (Psychology & Counseling) was appointed as the director of the Human Services Counseling Program at Liberty University.

2012

Dr. Cheryl Askew (Education), principal at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, accepted the prestigious National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils last May on behalf of Ocean Lakes High School.

Jennifer Cannon-Murff (Business & Leadership), along with current Doctor of Strategic Leadership students, has launched her new business Ed.Relevant, which is dedicated to helping students navigate through the college admissions process.

Kristyan Gilmore (Government) has accepted the position of instructor and chair of Paralegal Studies at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. A 2008 graduate of the Howard University School of Law, Gilmore will also provide legal advice and counsel to families and small businesses in the New York metropolitan area.

Shannon Kendrick (Business & Leadership) has been recognized as an Inside Business “Top 40 Under 40” winner for 2013. Kendrick currently serves as the congressional district director for U.S. Representative Scott Rigell.

Shauna Mayo (Education) recently published an article in the American International Journal of Social Science with Dr. Glenn L. Koonce, Ed.D. and associate professor and director of Regent’s Educational Leadership Programs.

Dr. Mike Petty (Business & Leadership) has been appointed dean of the School of Business at Stratford University in Falls Church, Virginia.

Yabbeju Rapaka (Divinity), with his wife, Gloria, is the founder of Love and Hope Ministries. Active in India and Haiti, Love and Hope Ministries seeks to meet the physical, educational, emotional and social needs of the poor, abandoned, neglected and unwanted of society.

2013

Dr. David Bosch (Business & Leadership) has received the Frances White Ewbank Excellence in Teaching Award from Asbury University where he is assistant professor of Business Management. This honor is given to a professor who exemplifies knowledge in his or her field, enthusiasm and integration of faith and learning in the classroom.

Bruce Cornibe (Government) was recently hired as the media assistant for Pennsylvania GOP Headquarters.

Kari Jacobs (Business & Leadership) was appointed by Gannett Co. as general manager of WVEC-TV (ABC affiliate, Norfolk) Prior to this appointment, she served for three years as director of sales at WVEC, helping to increase market share, digital revenue and new direct business.

Marius Oosthuizen (Business & Leadership) has been named a faculty member and researcher at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to lecturing in the areas of strategic foresight, leadership and ethics, he is the program manager for the Future of Business in South Africa. GIBS was ranked as the top South African and African business school by the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings for 2013.

Tim Stanlake (Communication & the Arts) and Alicia Bonham ’14 (Communication & the Arts) are currently touring nationally in an independently produced production of Regent professor Gil Elvgren’s adaption of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, titled “Screwtape Rewound.”

Kyle Winkler (Divinity) founded Kyle Winkler Ministries, a teaching and media ministry through which his television and Internet broadcasts, resources and live speaking engagements have impacted thousands.

2014

Lance Hand (Divinity) was appointed residence life coordinator at Samford University to oversee 35 staff members and 600 students.

Katie Hunt (Robertson School of Government) is currently the field director for Governor Rick Scott (R-FL).

Gooreka Okahaabwa (Psychology & Counseling) and Ruth Senyonyi ’12 (Psychology & Counseling) were instrumental in creating Africa’s first national association for Professional Counselors, the Uganda Counseling Association, and are influential contributors to the country’s only master’s program in professional counseling at Uganda Christian University.

Gaby Viesca (Divinity) is now an appointed minister to women at Cedar Mill Bible Church in Portland, Oregon.

Marriages

Patsy Chandler ’14 (College of Arts & Sciences) married William James Martin on September 6, 2013 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Malcolm Fitschen ’14 (College of Arts & Sciences) married Sarah Atwood on May 10, 2014.

Leo Lestino ’08 (Law) married Megan Linsey ’07 (Law) on October 18, 2014.

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

Births

Kaja Dunn ’10 (Communication & the Arts), with her husband, Matthew, and son Ian, welcomed their new addition, Ezekiel Tiago Dunn on April 8, 2014.

Benjamin DuPre ’01 (Law) and his wife, Jerusha, were blessed with their fifth child, John Mark, on June 21, 2014.

Charles Fifield ’02 (Divinity), with his wife, welcomed a new baby girl.

Peter Johnson ’06 (Education) and his wife Esther Johnson, together with big sister Eloise, welcomed daughter Gabrielle Isabella Johnson on December 23, 2013.

Sarah Majeske ’13 (Government) welcomed her fourth child, Jonah Benjamin, on February 12, 2014.

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