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Kenneth LaMarr Harvey retired from the United States Postal Service in 2009 after 30 years of government service. 2/11/14

Robert C. Miller retired from his position as Academic Dean at Fork Union Military Academy in September. He and his wife are now residing in Waynesboro, Va.12/6/13


Thomas M. Hughes retired in 2005 with 30 years of law enforcement. 1/10/14


Paul T. Deason is the deputy director and vice president of support services at the Savannah River Site that is also a department of energy site. He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Aiken, S.C. 1/10/14

David Freeman retired after 23 years as director of student publications at Appalachian State University.  12/6/13


Thomas H. Burke retired from the University of Georgia as the associate vice president for student affairs. He began a new position as executive assistant to the President for Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. 11/13/13


John Woodie retired after more than 30 years working in federal, state and local social services in Eugene, Ore. He is now enjoying a second career as a community health worker. 2/11/14


Cythnia Yount Geouge recently retired after 31 years of teaching in North Carolina. 9/6/13


Arvid Elvin Friberg is currently in the process of visiting 50 states and 70 countries around the world. 9/4/13

Thomas Steele, Jr. received the District Award of Merit on Jan. 16 at the banquet for Alamance District, Old North State Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was also inducted as district chair at the banquet and serves as the Chair of the Eagle Board for Alamance District.  2/4/14

Dr. Kenneth Waddell is a director superintendent and the 2014 chair of California Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee. 4/14/14


James K. Dills and his wife, Sheri Dills, had a baby boy named John Parker. 1/9/14

Greg Newman was appointed District Attorney for Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties by Governor Pat McCrory in July, 2013. He and his family reside in Hendersonville. 1/9/14


Edwin Gosal is a managing consultant at PT. Multipolar Technology Tbk, which is one of the prominent IT solutions providers in Indonesia. He is also continuing his education with a dual degree MBA program from the University of Pelita Harapan in Jakarta, Indonesia and Peking University in Beijing, China. 4/1/14


Kevin Dunayer is the assistant director for event specialist at George Mason University. 9/6/13


Neal Wagner is now a computer scientist at MIT Lincoln Labratory in the cyber systems and technology group. 1/23/14


Donna Robinson Haynes launched a new company called Tina Vindum’s Outdoor Fitness Destinations. 10/25/13

Tracy D. Proctor accepted the position as director of advancement at St. Paul’s School in Clearwater, Fla. 2/11/14


Kelly R. Allen and his wife, Adriana, welcomed a baby girl named Caroline Elizabeth Allen on March 17. 3/24/14

Wes Behrend is an air quality meteorologist with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in Columbia, S.C. He also served as the 2012-2013 president of the Palmetto chapter of the American Meteorological Society.  3/17/14

Jennifer Lee Macias and her husband, Ricardo Macias, recently had their son, Mark Alexander Macias, August 25. 9/4/13

Marietta Marrelli Wright earned a doctoral degree from West Virginia University. She is currently an assistant professor at Waynesburg University. 11/18/13


Paige Richardson Counts married Charles Counts in October 2012. She works in the marketing department at Liberty University. 9/8/13


Suzanne Lynn Cantando and her husband, Frank Kirschbaum, welcomed a baby girl, Honey Maxine Kirschbaum on Jan. 31. She is the executive director of Southeast BIO. 2/4/14

Greg Deal is the publisher and editor for the monthly lifestyle magazine Shorelines, which serves in the Blueway and Lakeland regions in Georgia and South Carolina. He and his family reside in Greenwood, S.C. 1/9/14

David Wayne Kornegay and his wife, Jill Judd Kornegay, recently had a baby girl, Harper Jane, on August. 9/6/13

Jack Newton is working for the Oracle Corporation as director of outbound product management for Oracle Cloud Social Platform. 12/9/13


Rebecca Barraclough Howell is the director of student advising and support services at A-B Tech. 3/17/14


Angela Ramsey is a case manager at the Mary Benson House in Asheville. 12/9/13

Denise Gardner Marlow has taught at Yancey County Schools for the past 11 years and completed her MAEd in Special Education/Severe and Profound Disabilities in 2011. She received her national board certification as a severe needs specialist in 2010. 2/24/14

Deborah Hart-Serafini joined the Marketing Committee for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville. She will be the first virtual member of the committee. She resides in Dubai. 12/09/13

Joshua C. Tan and his wife, Thanh, welcomed a second baby boy named Joseph Tan on Feb. 18. 2/21/14


Mark Daniel King married Stephanie King on September 28. 9/30/13


Christie Wild recently received a graduate level certificate in web development from East Carolina University. She is now the owner of Write the Next Book Web Designs, where she specializes in creating author websites. 3/17/14


Matthew Samuel Braxtonand his wife, Lauren Henry Braxton, had a son, Henry Braxton, on October 2. 10/11/13

Holly Spencer Bunting and Bryan Bunting ’00 welcomed a baby boy, Declan Nathaniel Bunting, born June 29. 11/11/13


Tanner Gamble earned a doctor of education in educational leadership from UNC Greensboro in May. He is the principal at Highcroft Drive Elementary in Cary, N.C. 12/09/13

Aminda Byrd Katz and her husband, Matt Katz, had a baby girl, Lylah Eris Katz, on September 1. 9/4/13


Kevin Brinson was appointed director of Delaware Environmental Observing System, the statewide meso-meteorological network for Delaware. He is also an associate state climatologist for Delaware. 1/10/14

Jessica C. Newton works at UNC Asheville in the Sociology and Anthropology department as administrative support. 3/17/14

Bobby Dean Nixon is an assistant professor of Spanish at Columbus State University. 9/20/13

Sara Buss Rem and her husband welcomed their second child, Andrew Micah, in August. 9/23/13

John Ring is currently employed at Deloitte in Atlanta, Ga. as a security and privacy consultant. 11/4/13

Ken Saunders is studying toward a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development at Bexley-Seabury Seminary Federation. 1/10/14


Judson Ballard and his wife, Tiffanni Ballard, welcomed their second son, Klein Jameson Ballard, on October 17. 11/11/13

Leslie Hawkins moved her business, Spellbound Children's Bookshop, to The Lofts at Reynolds Village near north Asheville. 12/6/13

Andrew Heath was recently appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to be chairman of NC Industrial Commission. 9/4/13

Morgan Kelly is a science writer for Princeton University. 9/6/13

Calley Stevens Taylor started a new job as the director or student success and retention at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Penn.  2/11/14


Amber Nycole Brown married Matt Brown on October 19, 2013. 1/14/14

John Boyce Blackley Mitchell and Meredith Rymer Mitchell ’04 welcomed a baby girl, Ava Elizabeth Mitchell on Jan. 31. 2/4/14

Jennifer Coates is currently self-employed at Virtual Tours NC, a real estate photography business which she runs by herself.  9/4/13


Caroline Zidaroff Allison is the client service manager for Bayada Home Health Care. 11/15/13

Ryan Norman Guthrie and her husband, Ken, welcomed a baby boy named Dylan Graham Guthrie into the world on Nov. 3, 2013. 4/2/2014

Bradley Andrew Patterson recently had a baby. 4/17/14


Jeromy Bullman and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Jaxon Dean Bullman, on July 21. Currently, he is employed as a sales specialist at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. 11/8/13

Joy Burke and her husband, William, had their second child, a baby girl named Michah Faye, on August 1. 12/06/13

Max Cooper is a photographer based in Asheville. His art and documentary photography has gained widespread praise and recognition, including the National Newspaper Association and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. 3/19/14

Tarik Glenn and his wife, Sara Glenn, had a daughter, Charley Reese Glenn, on October 23. 10/23/13

Matthew Stone was elected to the town of Black Mountain Board of Alderman in November.12/6/13

Joshua Whitehurst and his wife, Tara Whitehurst, had a baby boy, Tristan Whitehurst on June 7. 10/25/13


Morgan Militzer Cranford married Matthew Cranford on June 16, 2007. They welcomed a daughter, Kendall Paige, into the world on May 21, 2010. Morgan currently teaches middle school language arts in Randolph County. 11/11/13

Trisha Close completed a master’s in world language instruction at Concordia College in Moorehead, Minn. She teaches Spainish at IMG academy in Bradenton, Fla. 1/23/14

Richard Hogan and Georgiana Lanius Hogan ’08 welcomed a baby boy, Robert Cleveland Hogan, on November 5. 11/8/13

Jason Jackson was married to Samantha Jackson on November 26. 12/06/13

Kim Vestal is a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Winston-Salem, N.C.12/6/13

Ben Walsh started a new job at the environmental non-profit Green Seal. 12/09/13

James Wood earned a master’s in science at Southern Illinois University. He was a faculty member in biology at Olympic College and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia.  11/11/13


Rachel Ann Brothers and Nathan Brothers ’08 welcomed a baby boy, Wesley, on November 20, 2013. 1/13/14

Kate Sara Caton graduated from Colorado State University in May 2012. She was married on November 2, 2013 and now resides in Asheville working for Homeward Bound of WNC. 1/31/14

Amelia Eakins is an estate planning paralegal at Seifer, Murken, Despina, James & Teichman in San Francisco. 1/9/14

Rachael Beach Hollifield has been named chief resident for 2014-2015 at the Riverside Family Medicine Residency in Newport News, Va. 3/17/14

Adrian Juarez-Garcia is currently working at Baxter Healthcare as a laboratory assistant in Black Mountain, NC. He is married to Lauren Juarez and they have two children. 10/25/13

Daniel Johnson III is a financial planner with Parsec Financial in Asheville. 9/8/13

John Post began a National Science Foundation research fellowship on offshore wind energy and is pursing a Ph.D. in regional planning at the University of Massachusetts. 9/20/13

Amanda R. Pritchard graduated magna cum laude from Wilmington University with a master’s of science in administration of justice with a concentration in criminal justice. 1/9/14

Morgan Pearson Martin is the associate director of Alumni Relations at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 11/15/14

Katie Mendez and her husband, Greg, had a baby girl named Abigail on August 13. 12/06/13

Caitlin Elizabeth Tolbert received a Ph.D. in cell and development biology from UNC Chapel Hill. She has accepted a position at Cancer Research UK in the London Research Institute. 1/9/14


Marshall Hammer is the videographer at Open Hearts Art Center in Asheville. She recently received a certificate from the JB Media Online Marketing Institute. 12/09/13

Katie Henderson is the staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco. 4/8/14

Jennifer Hibbert is the operations manager of the Weather Forecasting Division of Furgo GEOS in Singapore. 1/10/14

Cherie Miller and Josh Miller ’10 welcomed their first child, Ruby Luna, on Jan. 30, 2014. 2/11/14

Sara Pardys is the communications manager for Zonta International, a nonprofit that seeks to advance the status of women and girls worldwide. 1/23/14

Alexandra Rhoton is working at the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention in Gainesville, Fla. 1/15/14


Stephanie Suggs Day and her husband, William Day, are expecting their first baby in November. 9/6/13

Alexandra Fisher is the editor of the website She is also managing the National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn.12/6/13

Dustin Gill graduated from law school in May 2013. 2/11/14

Nicholas P. Gray is pursuing a master’s in industrial design at North Carolina State University. 10/21/13

Natalie Rose Rich currently resides in Nebraska. 1/31/14

Veronica Watts e-published her first novel, The Healing Year. 9/13/13

Sara Jane Wheatley married Matthew Wheatley ’06 in December 2013 in Weaverville, N.C. 1/9/14


Patrick Brown married Miranda Wilson on December 29 in Asheville. 2/11/14

Lianne Domenic received a master’s in book and digital media studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She is now working at a small marketing start-up based in Amsterdam. 1/27/14

Sophie Foscue lives on the eastern shore of Maryland and works for an environmental non-profit, Sassafras River Association. 11/11/13

Bradley Green will be graduating law school in December. 10/23/13

Ashton Hale is in her second year of graduate school in the clinical mental health-counseling program at University of Alabama-Birmingham. She has been inducted into both the academic honor society and the counseling honors society for her achievements. 10/11/13

Megan McCarter is the director of programming at Odyssey Community School. 4/8/14

Samuel Riddle married Anna Riddle ’12 in 2012. He received a master of public administration from Western Carolina University in May 2013 and is currently a budget analyst for Buncombe county schools.  Anna is a certified public accountant. 1/9/14

Anne Marie Roberts graduated from UNC Greensboro with a master’s of science in education in December. 12/09/13

Anna Lee Oblinger Steinbuck recently married Mark Steinbuck.  9/4/13

John Williams married Dawn Williams on October 27. They reside in Burnsville, N.C., and he plays basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters. 11/1/13

Devin Kent Zimmerman married Karina Faith Balaoro ’12, they now reside in Tampa, Fla. 3/6/13


Matthew David Brown married Amber Brown. They both teach at Dana Elementary School in Hendersonville. He is in his second year of teaching the fourth grade. 9/4/13

Courtney Galatioto is an associate for stakeholder engagement at the Alliance to Save Energy.  1/10/13

Alexandra Goode completed graduate school and started a public health career in Burlington, Vt. 10/23/13

Katja Greeson is the state party victory fund coordinator for the Democratic National Committee. 1/10/14

Caitlin Halloran is the assistant director of Alumni Relations at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. 1/15/14

Charles Marshall started a community therapeutic massage center in Asheville. 10/21/13

Gabriella Marino is pursuing her master's in French at the University of Connecticut, where she also teaches French language courses and French cinema to undergraduates. 12/09/13


Brent Matthew Allison and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their second child in November 2013. He is currently a graduate student in the MBA program at the University of Florida. 1/31/14

Emma Bussard joined the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa, where she is working as a community health adviser. 3/17/14

Brittany Curtis has accepted a position at Workforce NYC. 11/15/14

Krystal McCarthy has moved to Charlotte and started a new job in childcare. 1/9/14

Emily Myers is now working at the Southern Research Station with the Forest Service. 4/14/14

Jenny Bardoczi Santangelo is currently working as an English teacher at Karinthy Secondary School in Budapest, Hungary. 9/10/13

Stephanie Sine is a meteorologist at WHAG in Maryland, covering Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. 12/09/13


Heidi Harrell and her husband, Benjamin, welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Teagan Harrell on Jan. 7. 2/20/14

Ian Graham is the human resource coordinator/recruiter for the Mets baseball organization.  2/4/14

In Memoriam

William C. Hendriks, Jr., class of 1939, passed away on March 17. 4/8/14

Charles Lee Marler, class of 1951, passed away on Feburary 19. 2/27/14

Claire Bishop Milner, class of 2014, passed away on Feburary 17. 2/27/14

John T. Saunders Jr., class of 1981, passed away on Feburary 5. 2/17/14

Johna L. Gorman, class of 1975, passed away on January 6. 2/17/14

Charles Wesley Kelly Jr., class of 1998, passed away on January 16. 1/31/14

David Scott Kulju, class of 1993, passed away on December 10, 2013. 1/14/14

Phyllis Cogburn Parris, class of 1953, passed away on December 10, 2013. 1/14/14

Ralph Leon Gaffney, class of 1973, passed away on December 16, 2013. 1/14/14

Amos “Dan” Foster, class of 1947, passed away on November 22, 2013. 1/14/14

Mary J. Perkins, class of 1966, passed away on November 19, 2013. 1/14/14

Ralph Leon Gaffney, class of 1973, passed away on December 16, 2013. 1/14/14

Ellen Grafing Carscaddon, class of 1978, passed away August 18, 2013. 11/20/13

Helen Cole Charbonneau, class of 1940, passed away October 26, 2013. 11/8/13

Rebecca Rimmer, class of 1997, passed away September 21, 2013. 9/30/13

Joshua Edward Meade, class of 2004, passed away September 17, 2013.9/23/13

Carlton Robert Mott, class of 1980, passed away September 5, 2013. 9/23/13

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