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Christine (Langsam) Williams (1997)
Christine (Langsam) Williams '97 has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Christine practices with DurretteCrump PLC in Richmond, Virginia.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 19 2014.

Jennifer (Hurst) Cardenas (2007)
Jennifer (Hurst) Cardenas (2007) was recently promoted to Benefits Manager from HR at HHHunt located in Blacksburg VA.  
Submitted on Sep 17 2014.

Donald Staley (1981)
Don Staley (1981), Foley, Alabama's first executive director of sports, was recently honored by the Alabama House of Representatives with a resolution commending his outstanding record of public service in sports and tourism.
Staley was recognized for his more than two decades of sports and tourism work in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Staley served as the head soccer coach at the University of Alabama for 14 years and was instrumental in forming the Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation in 2008, where he served as executive director. Prior to his employment with the city of Foley, Staley served as executive director of sports for the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission.
In 2004, Staley, became only the fifth coach in NCAA soccer history to reach the 300-win mark, with an overall career record of 324-257-38, spanning 23 years. As a head coach at the Division 1 collegiate level, Staley garnered four Coach of the Year awards in two different leagues. In 2005, Staley helped bring the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship playoffs to Orange Beach, Ala., where it continues today.
Staley’s current job includes marketing and oversight of a planned multi-use sports complex that will provide the city with the capacity to host large indoor and outdoor sports tournaments in Foley. The complex will consist of 13 state-of-the-art outdoor fields that can be used for soccer, football and lacrosse, and a 100,000-square-foot sports event center that will accommodate volleyball, basketball and other indoor sporting events.
The resolution passed by Alabama’s House of Representatives not only commended Staley for his accomplishments in Tuscaloosa, but also offered best wishes as he embarks upon his new position in Foley.  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Marie (Insley) Nicolo (1996)
Marie (Insley) Nicolo (1996)accepted a job as the Administrative Assistant to Judge Richard S. Bray, President of the Beazley Foundation.  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Elizabeth (Robinson) Culpepper (2006)
Elizabeth (Robinson) Culpepper (2006) and Wyane are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Lillian Jeanne. She was born on December 5, 2013.  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Jennifer Marshall ()
Virginia Wesleyan graduate and Tri Sigma Jennifer Rivas (2008) is headed back to Mukono District, Uganda to teach at Grace Day School and Orphanage at the end of September. This will be Jennifer’s second time volunteering at the school that has 150 students and 13 children who reside year round. Uganda has over 2 million HIV/AIDS orphans and guest teachers are welcomed with open arms through local NGOs.
Jennifer has a long track record of volunteering, including spending time with residents at local nursing homes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, environmental restoration projects on San Nicolas Island, delivering meals to homebound senior citizens through the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, reading the names for the traveling Vietnam Wall and teaching in Uganda.
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Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Christa Mercer (2007)
Christa Mercer Springstead (2007) and David Springstead, Jr are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, David Springstead, III "Davey". He was born on August 3, 2014.  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Matthew Greathouse (1996)
Matthew Greathouse (1996) and Natalie are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Scarlett Marie. She was born on August 14, .  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Patricia Wilhelm ()
Patricia Wilhelm Stillwell (2010) and Adam Stillwell (2009) are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Jeffery Adam Stillwell, III "Trace". He was born on August 26, 2014 and weighed 7 lb., 7 oz..  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Monica Mapp (2003)
Currently resides in London, England and attends The University of The Creative Arts. I am enrolled in the accelerated Master's Program for Fashion Marketing and Management. After graduation next September, I am planning on moving to Italy or France to work as an International Fashion Buyer in one of the European Fashion Houses.  
Submitted on Sep 12 2014.

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Career News
 
Christine (Langsam) Williams (1997)
Christine (Langsam) Williams '97 has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Christine practices with DurretteCrump PLC in Richmond, Virginia.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 19 2014.

Jennifer (Hurst) Cardenas (2007)
Jennifer (Hurst) Cardenas (2007) was recently promoted to Benefits Manager from HR at HHHunt located in Blacksburg VA.  
Submitted on Sep 17 2014.

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Births & Adoptions
 
Elizabeth (Robinson) Culpepper (2006)
Elizabeth (Robinson) Culpepper (2006) and Wyane are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Lillian Jeanne. She was born on December 5, 2013.  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Christa Mercer (2007)
Christa Mercer Springstead (2007) and David Springstead, Jr are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, David Springstead, III "Davey". He was born on August 3, 2014.  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

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Marriages & Engagements
 
Jennifer Miley (1993)
Jennifer Miley (1993) and Christopher Greer are happy to announce their marriage on November 25, 2011 in Arab, AL. They currently reside in Blountsville, AL.  
Submitted on Aug 20 2014.

Courtney Turner (2004)
Courtney (Turner) Young (2004) and Marshall Young are happy to announce their marriage on June 6, 2014 in Richmond, Va. They currently reside in Chesterfield, Va.  
Submitted on Jun 27 2014.

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Educational News
 
Kerrie (Penny) Vytlacil (2004)
Kerrie Vytlacil (2004) received a PhD in Education from Capella University on August 31, 2013. "Graduation with Distinction. • Dissertation Title: Beyond minimum technology requirements: Learner characteristics for the instructional design of virtual programs at the elementary grade levels. Received transcript 9.7.2013 and diploma 9.19.2013. Still waiting for Proquest URL. Will be attending commencement in Nashville, TN March 2014."  
Submitted on Sep 20 2013.

Nicole (Sanzi) Turner (2005)
Nicole (Sanzi) Turner (2005) received a MA in Education from CSU Stanislaus on December 18, 2012. "Concentration: School Counseling
Credential: Pupil Personnel Services
Honors: Graduated with distinction with 4.0 GPA"  
Submitted on Mar 7 2013.

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Obituaries
 
Mary Hodges (1981)
Mary Hodges (1981) died on May 26, 2014. Mary Cornelia Leesnitzer Hodges, 87, of Lynn Shores Drive went home to be with her Lord May 26, 2014 and to join her loving husband of 68 years who preceded her on May 17, 2014. She was the daughter of Joseph C. and Mollie Harrell Leesnitzer; she was also predeceased by her son, Joseph. Mary was a member of South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church; a graduate of Granby High School and Virginia Wesleyan College. Mary loved to volunteer her time and for many years was the historian for the Board of Circles at CHKD and Past President of the Thalia Hope Circle at CHKD; she volunteered with the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts; Lees Friends; and later in life worked towards her EMT Certification with the Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Susan Hodges; sons, W. Nelson Hodges, Jr. (Jennifer) and Stephen Hodges (Melinda); and grandchildren, Nicholas (Jennifer), Elizabeth and Nathan.

A service to celebrate her life was held Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Graham Funeral Home with Pastor Amos Eby officiating. She was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Please visit her book of memories at www.grahamfuneralhome.com

See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?pid=171145707#sthash.iXKOfOEr.dpuf  
Submitted on Jul 21 2014.

Jennifer (Bush) Lawson (1997)
Jennifer Lawson (1997) died on February 24, 2014. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcall/obituary.aspx?pid=169888695  
Submitted on Mar 18 2014.

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