ment banker in New York and was head of Greenhill
& Co.’s North American Corporate Advisory business. He served on the board of directors of the
Arts and Sciences Foundation, which supports private giving to the UNC College of Arts and
Sciences. He also had served as a member of the
UNC Board of Visitors (2003-07). As a student, he
belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon. ◆ Catherine
McChesney Willis (’88 ABEd), 72, of Asheville; Jan.
25, 2012. Willis was executive assistant for special projects on the Tennessee Board of Regents.
She graduated from UNC at the same time as her
daughters, Elizabeth Cooper Bright (’ 86, ’88 AB) and
Jennifer Willis Bock (’ 87 AB).
’ 89 Doug Beebe (’ 89 AB) of Decatur, Ga., has been named vice president of energy finance for Key Equipment
Finance. Beebe will work on the company’s clean-technology portfolio with a close focus on the photovoltaic market. He is a board member of the Georgia
Solar Energy Association and was recently named
its chair. ◆ John Herman Ketner III (’ 89 AB) of Charlotte has been promoted to partner at Edwards,
Church & Muse Inc. Ketner has earned the Certified
Risk Manager professional designation. ◆ Marc
Stewart Levoy (’ 89 PhD) of Palo Alto, Calif., was the
featured speaker at UNC’s 2012 Doctoral Hooding
Ceremony in May. Levoy is the VMware Founders
Professor of computer science at Stanford University, where he has a joint appointment in the electrical engineering department. Currently, Levoy is on a
two-year part-time leave to work on a project for
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’ 90 Peter John Canalichio (’ 90 MBA) of Atlanta has been appointed CEO of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA. Canalichio, founder of Licensing Brands, takes office as
the team enters its fifth season. ◆ Kelly Kathleen
Ferguson (’ 90 AB) of Pelham, Ala., has published a
humorous memoir, My Life as Laura: How I Searched
for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself. The book
recounts Ferguson’s experience retracing the pioneer journey of author Laura Ingalls Wilder from Wisconsin to Minnesota, South Dakota and Missouri
while wearing a pioneer dress. Ferguson is a doctoral student in creative nonfiction at Ohio University. ◆ Daniel Leonard Menichella Jr. (’ 90 MBA) of
Charlotte has been appointed chief business officer
for Zyngenia Inc., a biopharmaceutical company
developing the next-generation multi-specific anti-body-based therapeutics.
Ralph Scott Donehoo (’ 90, ’ 89 MPH), 61, of
Roswell, Ga.; May 16, 2011. Donehoo was a mathematical statistician with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. ◆ Melissa Miller Utt (’ 90
BSPHR), 47, of Raleigh; Jan. 1, 2012. Utt was a
pharmacist who worked for the N.C. Department of
Correction’s Central Pharmacy. At UNC, she
belonged to Kappa Delta.
’ 91 Amanda Fox Spence (’ 91 ABJM, ’ 94 JD) and her husband, Scott Edward Allen (’ 94 JD), of Raleigh have opened
a new divorce law and elder law firm, Allen &
Spence. Spence concentrates her practice in matters related to Medicaid, elder law, trusts, wills and
’ 92 Rachel Scott Decker (’ 92 AB) of Greensboro has been named a director at Carruthers & Roth PA. Decker is a
member of the firm’s litigation practice group and
focuses primarily on complex commercial matters.
◆ R. Todd Holtet (’ 92 AB) of Hamstead has been
named vice president of operations and development at The Treno Group, which offers consulting
services to automotive dealers. ◆ Philip Thomas
Rodgers (’ 92 BSPHR, ’ 95 PD) of Chapel Hill has
been named assistant dean of pharmacy practice
partnerships at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. ◆ Suzanne Beroset Rudy (’ 92, ’ 91 MAC) of
Greensboro has been elected a director by the
board of Delta Apparel Inc. Rudy is vice president,
corporate treasurer, compliance officer and assistant
secretary of RF Micro Devices, a supplier of semiconductors for the wireless communications market.
◆ Nathan Douglas Tibbits (’ 92 ABEd) of Washington, D.C., has been named chair of the U.S. public
affairs practice at Burson-Marsteller, a public relations firm. Tibbits has been executive secretary for
the National Security Council, special assistant to
the president for presidential personnel and a
member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project. ◆
Jennifer Ann Youngs (’ 92 AB, ’ 96 JD) of Charlotte
has received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney for
her contributions to the restitution collection efforts
of the U.S. Department of Justice. Youngs, an
assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of
North Carolina, has been able to increase collections and speed up payment to victims.
Dr. T. Gordon Handy Jr. (’ 92 AB, ’ 96 DDS) and Holly
Maria Jordan of Lewisville. ◆ Leah Su-Yin Wong (’ 92
ABJM) and Brock Ashburn of Charlotte. Wong is the
new eastern N.C. market representative for Ashville-based Highland Brewing Co.
’ 93 Paul Anthony Arena (’ 93 AB, ’ 96 JD) of Charlotte has been appointed an alternate member to the Charlotte-
Mecklenburg zoning board of adjustment. Arena is a
partner at Poyner Spruill LLP, where he focuses on
acquisition, disposition, financing, development, cap-
italization and leasing of real property. ◆ Robert
Allen Douglass (’ 93 AB) of Atlanta, vice president
with Credit Suisse, has joined the Youth Villages
Georgia Leadership Council. Douglass volunteers as
a Youth Villages Holiday Hero, providing gifts to chil-
dren receiving help from Youth Villages Georgia.
Youth Villages is an intensive in-home services pro-
gram for troubled children and their families. ◆
Watson Woodson Jennison III (’ 93 AB) of Durham
has published Cultivating Race: The Expansion of
Slavery in Georgia, 1750-1860, an exploration of the
central role of race in the development of Georgia.
Jennison is an assistant professor of African-
American history at UNC-Greensboro. ◆ Randy
Lamont Jordan (’ 93 AB) of Chapel Hill has been
named running backs coach for UNC. Jordan, who
played for the Tar Heels from 1989 to 1992, went
on to play for nine years in the NFL. Most recently,
Jordan coached for the Texas A&M Aggies, seeing
the team go to bowl games for the past three sea-
sons. ◆ Charles Guest Nichols (’ 93 MBA) of
Greenville, S.C., has been named CFO of the Scio
Diamond Technology Corp. Scio Diamond employs a
patent-protected chemical deposition process to pro-
duce high-quality, single-crystal diamonds, referred to
as “lab-grown” or cultivated diamonds. ◆ Lauren
Elizabeth Purcell (’ 93) of New York has been named
editor-in-chief of EveryDay with Rachel Ray, a lifestyle
magazine. Purcell was executive editor at Self and is
the co-author of several food and entertaining
books. ◆ Barbara Beene “Bebe” Smith (’ 93 MSW)
of Durham has been named the 2012 Social Worker
of the Year by the N.C. Chapter of the National Asso-
ciation of Social Workers. Smith is co-director of the
UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental
Health and a clinical assistant professor in the
department of psychiatry at UNC.
’ 94 Scott Edward Allen (’ 94 JD) and his wife, Amanda Fox Spence (’ 91 ABJM, ’ 94 JD), of Raleigh have opened a new
divorce law and elder law firm, Allen & Spence. Allen
focuses on matters of domestic violence, alimony,
child support, equitable distribution, alienation of
affection, child custody and criminal conversation. ◆
Melissa Dewey Brumback (’ 94 AB, ’98 JD) of
Chapel Hill has been named chair of the 10th Judicial District Grievance Committee after serving as
vice chair in 2011. Brumback is a partner at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, where her practice areas include
construction law and civil litigation. ◆ Kristian W.
Gluck (’ 94 AB) of Dallas has been promoted to partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Gluck has a diverse
practice representing creditors, debtors and committees in complex restructurings and reorganizations,
both in and out of bankruptcy court.
’ 95 Justin Alexander Brittain (’ 95 AB) of Charlotte has been named a share- holder at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hin-son PA, where he practices in the areas of mergers
and acquisitions, corporate finance and investments. ◆ Sarah Dees Miranda (’ 95 AB) of Fayetteville, an associate at Hutchens, Senter & Britton
PA, has been awarded an AV rating, the highest level
of professional excellence, by Martindale-Hubbell for
legal ability and ethics.
Julie Brown Hayes (’ 95 AB) and Philip Christopher
Hartstein of Menlo Park, Calif.
’ 96 Andrew Wayne Duncan (’ 96 BSBIO) of Wexford, Pa., has been named an assistant professor in the department
of pathology at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. In 2011,
Duncan completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon
Health and Science University. His research interests
include tissue regeneration and cancer, with a focus
on the liver. ◆ Rebecca Blackmon Joyner (’ 96 AB)
of Durham has been elected a partner in Parker Poe
Adams & Bernstein LLP. Joyner serves as bond,
underwriter’s, borrower’s and bank counsel in financing for municipalities, counties, private schools, colleges, universities and other nonprofit institutions. ◆
Catalina Joos Vergara (’ 96 AB) of Santa Monica,
Calif., has been named partner at O’Melveny &
Myers LLP. Vergara is a member of the firm’s class
actions, mass torts and insurance litigation practice.
■ family additions
Jennifer Rector Byrd (’ 96 AB) and Erick Tighlman
Byrd Jr. of Greensboro; a son, Luke Tighlman Byrd,