88 November/December 2017
available at alumni.unc.edu/CARarchive. ◆ Tammy
Lynn Flanagan (’01 BSBA, ’03 MAC) of Apex has
been named a Triangle Business Journal 40 Under
40 for 2017. Flanagan is the CFO of Kimley-Horn,
a planning and design consulting firm. She also
works with the SEARCH program, a peer-led ministry
for high school students and participates in the
St. Francis of Assisi Engaged Couples workshops.
◆ K. Adam Powell (’01 BA) of Mebane has been
named editor of News of Orange County. Powell
has previously been editor of TarHeelIllustrated.
com, the UNC website in the Rivals.com network,
publisher of the Rivals.com Wake Forest website,
DeaconsIllustrated.com, and editor and writer for
the ACC Sports Journal and ACCSports.com.
family addition W. Daniel Westmoreland
(’01 BA, ’03 MAC) and Sybil Dawson Westmoreland
of San Antonio; a daughter, Jennie Leigh
Westmoreland, in April 2017.
2002 updates Dr. Jessica Yuna Lee
(’02 PhD) of Chapel Hill has been named secretary-treasurer of the board for the American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry. Lee, who directs the pediatric
dentistry residency program at the UNC School of
Dentistry, is the Demeritt Distinguished Professor
and chair of the department of pediatric dentistry
and a professor in the department of health policy
and management at UNC’s Gillings School of
Global Public Health. ◆ Jonathan Dixon Manekin
(’02 BA) of Towson, Md., has been named director
of commercial brokerage for Greenspring Realty
Partners. Manekin oversees third-party brokerage
and consulting services and executes acquisition
and development in the greater Baltimore market.
family addition Kristen Ashley Evans
Dedmond (’02 BSBIO, ’07 BSDH) and Dr. Brian
Richard Dedmond (’03 BA, ’07 DDS) of Lincolnton;
a daughter, Kallie Slate Dedmond, in May 2017.
2003 updates Rebecca LaMaster
Atkins (’03 MEd) of Chapel Hill has been featured
by OnlineCounselingPrograms.com as the author
of one of the top counseling blogs of 2017. Atkins,
a senior administrator for the Wake County public
schools, blogs at Counselor Up, where she also
shares lessons and materials through her Teachers
Pay Teachers store. ◆ Joanne Peters Denny (’03
ABJM) of Durham returned to Carolina this year
to become UNC’s director of media relations.
Until December 2016, she was deputy director
of communications for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
marriage Joanne Erica Peters (’03 ABJM) and
Nathaniel Stewart Denny (’04 BA) of Durham.
family additions Dr. Brian Richard
Dedmond (’03 BA, ’07 DDS) and Kristen Ashley
Evans Dedmond (’02 BSBIO, ’07 BSDH) of
Lincolnton; a daughter, Kallie Slate Dedmond, in
May 2017. ◆ Jessica Lang Simmons (’03 BA) and
Matthew Gerald Simmons (’04 ABJM) of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Blythe Frances Simmons, in
obituary James Smith Whitlock III (’03 BA),
36, of Raleigh; March 23, 2017.
2004 updates Nathaniel Stewart
Denny (’04 BA) of Durham has been named senior
adviser for legislative affairs at the N.C. Department
of Information Technology. ◆ Megan Hansen
Shepherd (’04 BA) of Brevard in May published The
Gauntlet, the third book in her latest young-adult
science fiction series, preceded by The Cage and
The Hunt. This is her second best-selling series,
coming after The Madman’s Daughter trilogy, a
retelling of classic Gothic tales in Victorian England.
In 2016, she published her first novel for students
in the middle grades, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill.
marriage Nathaniel Stewart Denny (’04 BA)
and Joanne Erica Peters (’03 ABJM) of Durham.
family addition Matthew Gerald Simmons
(’04 ABJM) and Jessica Lang Simmons (’03 BA)
of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Blythe Frances
Simmons, in June 2017.
2005 updates Bradley Charles Davis
(’05 MS, ’08 PhD) of Chapel Hill has been named
a Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 for 2017.
Davis is the director of business development for
Kitware, an open-source software research and
development company. Davis received the Marr Prize
for computer vision and a Distinguished Dissertation
Award from UNC. He is a member of the advisory
board for the Chapel Hill High School Academy
of Information Technology. ◆ Todd Christopher
Johnston (’05 MBA) of Portland, Ore., has joined
the board of Lines for Life, a nonprofit dedicated
to preventing substance abuse and suicide, which
has been selected the sole backup center for the
national Veterans Crisis Line. Johnston, a graduate
of the U.S. Military Academy, leads the customer
service and shared services operations for the
employee benefits business at The Standard. ◆
Michael Lawrence Leech (’05 BA) of Charleston,
S.C., has been named a member of Clawson &
Staubes. Leech joined the law firm in 2014 and
practices with its litigation team. ◆ Lindsey Laura
Stirneman (’05 BA) of Richmond, Texas, has been
named director of knowledge management at
Alert Logic in Houston, a provider of remote-server
security and solutions.
2006 update Nimasheena Niveshia
Burns (’06 BA) of Durham has been named a
Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 for 2017.
Burns, communications and project-management
director at the N.C. Department of Military Affairs,
was recognized for her work as director of public
affairs and loan marketing for the USDA Farm Service
Agency. She provided findings that led Congress
to pass the 21st-Century Cure Act, led the USDA’s
recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew and was
a congressional liaison for the Federal Partners
Response Taskforce. She also worked to open the
first USDA FSA office on Federal Tribal Lands for the
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
marriage Artis “Jarrod” Jenkins (’06 BA) and
Kimberly Lynn Smith of Stockbridge, Ga.
obituary Alexander Berkow (’06 BSBIO),
33, of Leicester; July 21, 2017. Berkow was a
researcher at the National Institutes of Health. He
also had a contractor’s license, was involved in
aerial silk trapeze gymnastics and juggled a variety
of objects as a busker in Asheville.
2007 updates Kevin Andrew Koonts
(’07 BSBA, ’08 MAC) of Lexington has been
promoted to vice president at the Capitala Group,
where he has been controller for Capitala Finance
since 2013. ◆ G. Neal C. Mc Tighe (’07 PhD) of
Raleigh has been named a Triangle Business Journal
40 Under 40 for 2017. Mc Tighe is founder and
CEO of Nellino’s (formerly Nello’s), a manufacturer
of tomato sauces. He started the business in his
kitchen and sells to markets across the U.S. In
2016, Nellino’s Pomodoro was named Best Tomato
Sauce by Southern Living magazine.
marriages Inna Mikhaylovna Djaniants (’07
BA) and Jon David Simonian Jr. of New York. ◆
Alexandra Kadyn Pillat (’07 BA) and Todd Michael
Hoepker of Oviedo, Fla.
2008 updates Whitney Campbell
Christensen (’08 BA) of Wake Forest has been
named a Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 for
2017. Christensen, a government relations lawyer
at Ward & Smith, has worked on the law governing
access to people’s digital assets upon their deaths;
the 2014 pension-spiking legislation; the law that
requires registering all mopeds with the state; and
legislation to improve access to IT contracts for
corporate vendors, to prevent obesity tort claims
against restaurants and to remove redundant
e-verify requirements on local governments. ◆
Nation Richard Hahn (’08 BA) of Raleigh has been
named a Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40
for 2017. Hahn is the chief growth officer for EdNC
and co-founder and board president of the Jamie
Kirk Hahn Foundation. EdNC works to expand civic
participation in debates around education. The
Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, created to honor his
late wife, Jamie Kirk Hahn ’06, who was murdered
in 2013, works to eliminate poverty and food
shortages in North Carolina. ◆ Edward Rogers
Prewitt (’08 BA) of Hope Mills is — with his wife,
Stephanie Johnson Prewitt (’09 BSBIO) — new club
co-leader for the Cumberland County Carolina Club.
He is the COO of Super Clean Investment, an auto
cleaning and detailing business.
marriage David “Graham” Carroll (’08 BSBA,
’09 MAC, ’ 14 MBA) and Lacy Kiernan of San
2009 updates Jessica Brandes (’09
MRP) of Raleigh has been named a Triangle Business
Journal 40 Under 40 for 2017. Brandes is a housing
developer with CASA, a nonprofit that works to
provide high-quality, permanent rental housing to low-income people with disabilities. ◆ Stephanie Johnson
Prewitt (’09 BSBIO) of Hope Mills is — with her
husband, Edward Rogers Prewitt (’08 BA) — new club
co-leader for the Cumberland County Carolina Club.
She is a senior accountant with TRP CPAs.