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Peyton Hatcher ()
Alex Hatcher, program coordinator with Older Adult Services, is the October 2014 Dare County Employee of the Month.

Sandy Scarborough, Dare County Center director, presented Hatcher with the award at the Oct. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Hatcher has worked as program coordinator for the Dare County Center since August 2009. She is responsible for creating, coordinating and implementing a variety of programming and special events at the Dare County Center.

She teaches technology classes for older adults, works with the Monarch Beach Club and is the co-instructor for the Dare County Special Olympics cheerleaders. Hatcher is also the backup fitness coordinator at the Dare County Center and teaches weekly chair aerobics, Zumba and Zumba Gold classes.

“Alex is hard-working and dedicated to her job. She is extremely community minded, serving on several committees and participating in many community events, raising awareness for causes that are near and dear to her heart,” Scarborough said during the presentation.

Born and raised in Dare County, Hatcher is a 2005 Manteo High School graduate. After completing a degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies from Virginia Wesleyan University, Hatcher returned to Dare County and completed an internship with the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department.  
Submitted on Nov 13 2014.

Randall Peele (1980)
Randall Peele (1980) recently accepted a position at Tennessee State University located in Nashville, TN as Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach. Please read the press release: http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=19600&ATCLID=209600905  
Submitted on Nov 13 2014.

Christine Cipriani (1991)
Christine Cipriani Jones (1991)and Ben are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Sierra Simone. She was born on August 30, 2014 and weighed 7 lb., 3 oz.. Big sister Brooklyn is thrilled!  
Submitted on Oct 21 2014.

Jenna Zitz ()
Jenna Zitz Adams and John Adams are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Brooks Lewis. He was born on September 22, 2014 and weighed 8 lb., 3 oz..  
Submitted on Oct 21 2014.

Clancey Mayer ()
Clancey Mayer and Jon Page are happy to announce their marriage on August 30, 2014.  
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

Ariel Durall ()
Ariel Durall has a regular blog on HamptonRoads.com. Check it out here: http://hamptonroads.com/blogs/take-long-way-home  
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

Rhiannon (Farmer) Boyd (2000)
Rhiannon (Farmer) Boyd (2000) had an article about about teaching published in the Richmond Times Dispatch. The article can be found here: http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/their-opinion/columnists-blogs/guest-columnists/boyd-all-educators-can-be-teachers-of-the-future/article_802d5d14-01e0-56fc-ba04-e024f81faf23.html  
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

Amanda Elliott (2001)
Amanda Elliott (2001) has been promoted to website and online product coordinator for eChannel Marketing and is headquartered at TowneBank’s Member Service Center in Suffolk.

Elliott joined TowneBank nearly three years ago and has 13 years of marketing experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Virginia Wesleyan College.

Elliott supports the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund and previously served as the organization’s volunteer marketing director.  
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

Tanisha Davis (2003)
Tanisha Davis (2003) was featured in the following blog for her leadership with the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation:

The Virginia Beach CDC impacts the lives of 1500 neighbors each year. Zaida Fitzgerald is one of those neighbors.

Zaida recently invited me into her home. She is a former VBCDC neighbor who was homeless when she found us in 2009. In 2008, her employer went out of business and Zaida had to file for bankruptcy.

Zaida found housing through VBCDC. "I was very thankful," said Zaida, with a smile. "VBCDC educated me about credit and didn't deny me housing based on my bankruptcy."

Tanisha Davis, Leader of Family and Community Support Services, met frequently with Zaida to make sure she was on the right track. "Tanisha helped me prepare my budget. She encouraged me to go back to school, and suggested that an online school could fit my schedule."

Zaida is now a junior at Saint Leo University. She expects to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a minor in Human Resources Administration.

On July 11, 2014, she closed on a 3-bedroom townhouse of her very own in Suffolk, VA. "VBCDC helped me in so many different ways. They gave me a chance that I didn't really think I would have."

VBCDC's goal is to open more doors of opportunity to those needing affordable housing. We are looking for creative partnerships with other government, nonprofits, for profit businesses, private developers, citizens groups, educational institutions, etc. Let's have a conversation about changing lives.

Thank you for all that you do.  
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

Michael Jacobson (1977)
Michael Jacobson died in Norfolk, VA on October 10, 2014.  
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

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Career News
 
Peyton Hatcher ()
Alex Hatcher, program coordinator with Older Adult Services, is the October 2014 Dare County Employee of the Month.

Sandy Scarborough, Dare County Center director, presented Hatcher with the award at the Oct. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Hatcher has worked as program coordinator for the Dare County Center since August 2009. She is responsible for creating, coordinating and implementing a variety of programming and special events at the Dare County Center.

She teaches technology classes for older adults, works with the Monarch Beach Club and is the co-instructor for the Dare County Special Olympics cheerleaders. Hatcher is also the backup fitness coordinator at the Dare County Center and teaches weekly chair aerobics, Zumba and Zumba Gold classes.

“Alex is hard-working and dedicated to her job. She is extremely community minded, serving on several committees and participating in many community events, raising awareness for causes that are near and dear to her heart,” Scarborough said during the presentation.

Born and raised in Dare County, Hatcher is a 2005 Manteo High School graduate. After completing a degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies from Virginia Wesleyan University, Hatcher returned to Dare County and completed an internship with the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department.  
Submitted on Nov 13 2014.

Randall Peele (1980)
Randall Peele (1980) recently accepted a position at Tennessee State University located in Nashville, TN as Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach. Please read the press release: http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=19600&ATCLID=209600905  
Submitted on Nov 13 2014.

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Births & Adoptions
 
Christine Cipriani (1991)
Christine Cipriani Jones (1991)and Ben are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Sierra Simone. She was born on August 30, 2014 and weighed 7 lb., 3 oz.. Big sister Brooklyn is thrilled!  
Submitted on Oct 21 2014.

Jenna Zitz ()
Jenna Zitz Adams and John Adams are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Brooks Lewis. He was born on September 22, 2014 and weighed 8 lb., 3 oz..  
Submitted on Oct 21 2014.

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Marriages & Engagements
 
Clancey Mayer ()
Clancey Mayer and Jon Page are happy to announce their marriage on August 30, 2014.  
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

Cara Wehman (2006)
Cara Wehman (2006) and Nolan Bradshaw are happy to announce their engagement. The wedding is planned for May 2015.  
Submitted on Oct 17 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
 
Michael Jacobson (1977)
Michael Jacobson died in Norfolk, VA on October 10, 2014.  
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

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.

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