communications, at Kaiser Permanente. u Todd
McNeil Pope (’ 87 AB) of Chapel Hill and his company, TransEnterix, have announced the 2010 launch
of Single Port Instrument Delivery Extended Reach,
or SPIDER. The device, which can be used to operate
on the gall bladder, appendix, bowels and abdominal
areas, received FDA approval in September. Pope is
president and CEO of TransEnterix.
Angel (’ 90 AB) of Raleigh has received a 2009 Citizen
Lawyer Award from the N.C. Bar Association and the
Citizen Lawyer Task Force. Angel is a lawyer with the
Rosen Law Firm and chairs the Governor’s Domestic
Violence Commission. Angel created the Project
Together program to serve domestic violence victims
and previously served as board chair for the Women’s
Center of Wake County. u Jennifer Louise Etnier
(’ 90 MA) of Greensboro has published Bring Your “A”
Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness.
The book offers training skills to help young athletes
respond better to the challenges and criticisms
involved in competitive sports. u Lydia Millet (’ 90
AB) of Tucson, Ariz., participated in the panel More
From “Long Story Short” at the 2009 N.C. Literary
Festival at UNC. Millet’s first collection of short stories,
Love in Infant Monkeys, was published in October.
’ 88 Valerie Vanessa Ashby (’ 88 AB, ’ 94 PhD) of Chapel Hill was named UNC faculty marshal. Ashby, the Gordon and Bowman
Gray Distinguished Term Professor of chemistry, led
the processional on University Day 2009. u Lee
Reid Nettles (’ 88 BSBA) of Nags Head has been
named managing director of the Outer Banks Visitors
Bureau. u Barron LeGrant Stroud Jr. (’ 88 BSBA, ’91
JD) of Baltimore has expanded Stroud & Priest LLC,
the law firm he co-founded, to include offices in New
York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, in addition to his
Baltimore and Washington, D.C., branches. u Cathy
Harper Watts (’ 88 BSBA) of Los Angeles traveled to
Kenya on an exploratory mission trip with other
members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in early
2009. Climbing Mount Kenya, the group discovered
that members included three more UNC grads:
Kimberly Barlow Barnhardt (’ 81 BSN), Rebecca
Daughtridge Nesbitt (’00 BSPSY, ’02 MS) and Dr.
William Dickson Summerville (’ 99 AB, ’03 DDS).
While on Mount Kenya, Watts received a call on her
cell phone informing her that she had just been
elected to the GAA Board of Directors.
Karen Dianne Fisher (’ 88), 43, of Key West, Fla.;
Oct. 4, 2009. Fisher gave trolley tours in Key West
and was a bartender at Pearl’s Patio. At UNC, she
was active in Campus Y. u Tamara Lynne Hinnant
(’ 88 ABEd), 43, of Waukegan, Ill.; Sept. 20, 2009.
Hinnant was a high school teacher in Waukegan.
Previously, she taught for several years in the
Durham public schools. u James Kelvin Poindexter
(’ 88 AB), 45, of Winston-Salem; Sept. 1, 2009.
Poindexter was an artist.
; family additions
Tina Malchesky Helms (’ 90 AB) and Matthew James
Helms of Mint Hill; a son, Bryce James Helms, on Aug.
24, 2009. u Thomas Robert Krebs (’ 90 BSBIO, ’ 94
MAC) and Susan Marie Grandpre Krebs of Pittsboro;
a daughter, Nicole Courtney Krebs, on May 10, 2009.
Dr. J. David Ward II (’ 90 AB, ’ 94 MD), 41, of Wilmington;
Oct. 20, 2009. Ward was a family practice physician
with Oceanside Family Medicine in Shallotte.
’91 Richard Caldwell Harrill (’91 AB, ’ 98 JD) of Chapel Hill has been named director of the Campus Y. As a student at Chapel
Hill, Harrill served as co-president of the Y.
’ 89 Kristie E. Brown (’ 89 MPH) of Blacks- burg, Va., has been named director of human resources at Montgomery Regional
Hospital. u Dr. William Wesley Lawrence Jr. (’ 89
BSBIO) of Raleigh has received an Outstanding Service Award from the N.C. Pediatric Society. Lawrence
is the Wake County medical director for Duke Primary
Care. u Mitra Lotfi Sorrells (’ 89 ABJO) of Windermere,
Fla., has created Florida Senior Living Advisor, an
online, searchable database of senior living facilities
in Florida. The site, www.flseniorlivingadvisor.com,
includes a blog that Sorrells updates weekly with
news for seniors and their caregivers.
Randy Warren Smith (’ 89 MA), 46, of Black
Mountain; Oct. 16, 2009. Smith was a contractor
salesman for a building company.
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