People - May 2012

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Christopher A. Abel and Leonard “Len” L. Fleisig, named partners in maritime law, Willcox Savage, Norfolk. Both had been with Troutman Sanders. (The Virginian-Pilot) 

Leroy Abraham, named president and CEO, SunTrust Bank Hampton Roads, effective May 1. He was executive vice president for retail banking. (Daily Press) 

Karl Angler, named director of worldwide finance, STIHL Group Executive Board in Germany. Angler was vice president for finance, STIHL Inc., Virginia Beach. (News release) 

Wes Bush, chairman, president and CEO of Northrop Grumman, elected to the board of directors, Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk. (PRNewswire) 

Helen Green and Sheri Husser, named executive vice presidents, TowneBank Mortgage, Virginia Beach. (Inside Business) 

Joel R. Nied, named partner, LeClairRyan, Norfolk and Alexandria. Nied focuses his practice on venture capital and corporate service matters. (Inside Business) 

Jon Runberg, named partner and digital strategist, BCE, Virginia Beach. Runberg returns to the firm after time on the West Coast. He held various roles with BCE over the course of nine years. (News release) 

Peter A. Spina, named interim president, Tidewater Community College. He is president emeritus of Monroe Community College, Rochester, N.Y. (Inside Business) 

Carol Swindell, named CFO, Portsmouth. She was finance director for Santa Monica, Calif. (The Virginian-Pilot) 

Scott Tabakin, named CFO, ValueOptions, Norfolk. He joined the company from Bravo Health Inc. where he was executive vice president and CFO. (PRNewswire) 

Keith Wesp, named vice president and CFO, Cruise Ventures Inc., Norfolk. He was corporate controller. (News release) 


George Cornelius announced he would step down as president of Bridgewater College at the end of the academic year. Executive vice president Roy W. Ferguson Jr. will serve as interim president. (News Leader)     

Pamela Fox, named Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Citizen of the Year. Fox is president of Mary Baldwin College. (News Leader)   

James Kahn received a state Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research and public service. He is a professor of economics at Washington and Lee University. (The Roanoke Times)   

Nick Langridge, named acting senior vice president for university advancement, James Madison University. He heads university planning and institutional research. (Daily News Record)   

David Lizotte, elected president, Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery. He is an assistant in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. (Daily News Record)   

Merv Webb announced his plans for retirement as vice president of the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Foundation in the spring of 2013. He has led fundraising for the hospital for more than 30 years. (Daily News Record)     


Tom Bagby, elected president-elect of the Virginia Bar Association. Bagby is a principal in the Roanoke office of Woods Rogers PLC. (The Roanoke Times)   

Panos Diplas received the Hans Albert Einstein Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Diplas is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. (News release) 

Kathleen Guzi, named administrator, Botetourt County. She was Bedford County administrator. (The Roanoke Times) 

Jonathan Hagmaier, Mary Hagmaier, Matthew Muller and Jacob Gibson, named Virginia Small Business Persons of the Year by the Small Business Administration. They are founders of Interactive Achievement, a Roanoke software firm. (The Roanoke Times) 

Michael T. Lockard, named senior vice president and CFO, Food City, Abingdon. He had held a number of senior financial positions with UPS Supply Chain Solutions. (Bristol Herald-Courier) 

Elizabeth McBride, named director of development, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, Roanoke. (The Roanoke Times) 

Michael J. Quillen chose not to stand for re-election as chairman of the board, Alpha Natural Resources, Bristol. He was will be succeeded by Kevin S. Crutchfield, the company’s CEO. (PRNewswire) 

Daniel T. Schmitt, named president and COO, HHHunt Corp., Blacksburg. Schmitt is president of HHHunt Communities in Henrico County. (Richmond Times-Dispatch) 

Barbara Thomas, named 2012 Woman of the Year by Women Grocers of America. She is director of training for Food City, Abingdon. (Bristol Herald-Courier) 

Wyatt H. Walton, named to the board of directors, TRIP, a national transportation research group. Walton is a senior vice president at Rutherfoord, Roanoke. (News release) 

Jeffrey Crate received a Special Governor’s Award from the National Solid Waste Management Association. He is vice president, principal and manager of business development for Draper Aden Associates, Blacksburg. (The Roanoke Times) 

Trevar Chapman, named president, Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine. Also Gary Harpold and James Gooding were named to the board of directors. (The Roanoke Times) 

Michelle O’Connor, named president and CEO, CMR Institute, Roanoke. She had held those positions in an interim capacity. (The Roanoke Times) 

David Perry, named executive director, Western Virginia Land Trust. He was assistant director. (News release) 

Brandy Rapp and Brian Wheeler, named a partners, LeClairRyan, Roanoke. (The Roanoke Times) 


Karen Harris, named executive director, God’s Storehouse, Danville. God’s Storehouse is a food pantry begun by a group of local ministers and churches in 1987. Harris has a background in charitable work and fundraising. (Danville Register & Bee) 

Delegate Don Merricks, named to the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission. He also serves on the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the board of trustees for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and the board of directors for the New College Institute. Merricks, a Republican, lives in Pittsylvania County. (Danville Register & Bee) 


Sanjiv Ahuja, resigned as CEO, LightSquared, Reston. He remains chairman. Doug Smith, chief network officer, and Marc Montangner, CFO, named as co-chief operating officers during the search for a new CEO. (Washington Business Journal) 

Bradley J. Little, named senior vice president for business development in systems engineering, ManTech International Corp., Fairfax. Little is a retired naval officer. (Business Wire) 

Kathy Harbold, named senior vice president, real estate loan officer, Cardinal Bank, Tysons Corner. She was a senior vice president with Alliance Bank. (Business Wire) 

John Hoebler, Michele Hoffman and Scott Rottmann, named managing directors, MorganFranklin Corp., McLean. (News release) 

Maria C. Izurieta, named acting CEO, Wireless Matrix Corp., Herndon. Named to the board of directors were Bryan Boyd, Rick Myers and Paul Nimigon. (Business Wire) 

Mike Lawrie, named president and CEO, CSC, Falls Church. Also Rodney F. Chase, named non-executive chairman of the board. (Business Wire) 

Marianne Meins, named president of intel/defense sector, Agilex Inc., Chantilly. She was senior vice president at Secure Mission Solutions. (News release) 

Mark S. Merrill, named executive vice president, CFO, Virginia Commerce Bank, Arlington. He was executive vice president, Tower Bankcorp Inc., Harrisburg, Pa. (Business Wire) 

Phebe N. Novakovic, named president and COO, General Dynamics, Falls Church. She was an executive vice president. (PRNewswire) 

Paul Orme-Smith, named CEO, North America operations, Software AG USA, Inc., Reston. Orme-Smith was president for North America sales. (Business Wire) 

Stu Shea, named COO, SAIC Inc., McLean. He was president of the company’s intelligence and surveillance group. (PRNewswire) 

Brian Smith named senior vice president, Sport&Health Clubs, McLean. Smith was vice president of operations. (Business Wire) 

Steven M. Wiltse, elected to the board of directors, Cardinal Financial Corp., Tysons Corner. Wiltse is co-founder and partner of the CPA firm Argy, Wiltse & Robinson P.C., McLean. (Business Wire) 

Richard V. Hurley received the College Orchestra Directors Association’s highest national award for support of orchestra programs. Hurley is president of the University of Mary Washington. (News release) 

Tom Karrat, named president of global marketing and media solutions, comScore Inc., Reston. He was most recently executive vice president of sales for Mimeo. (PRNewswire) 

Kevin Boyle, named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, and John Cochran, senior vice president, business development, MCR LLC, McLean. (Business Wire) 


Former Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, Adam M. Fried, Stephen T. Gannon, Charles F. Hess, Chandra D. Lantz and Jeannette Wang named to the board of directors, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. (News release) 

Byron L. Boston, named president and member of the board of directors, Dynex Capital Inc., Glen Allen. He was executive vice president and chief investment officer. (Business Wire) 

Patrick T. Keith, named executive vice president, Boleman Law Firm, Richmond. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy matters. (Richmond BizSense) 

Diane Leopold, named senior vice president, Dominion transmission, and Paul E. Ruppert, named senior vice president, business development and generation construction, Dominion Inc., Richmond. Leopold and Ruppert traded positions in the company. Also, chairman, president and CEO Thomas F. Farrell II was named Utility CEO of the Year by EnergyBiz magazine. (PRNewswire) 

Suzanne S. Long, named executive director, Virginia Resources Authority. Long was an associate with McGuireWoods, Richmond, and has broad experience in public financing. (News release) 

Gracia C. Martore, named to the board of directors, MeadWestvaco Corp., Richmond. She is president and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc. (Business Wire) 

Kathryn B. McQuade, named to the board of directors, Altria Group Inc., Richmond. McQuade is executive vice president and CFO of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited. (Business Wire) 

Chris Mumford and Sydney Norton, named senior vice president and group managing director, The Martin Agency, Richmond.(Richmond BizSense) 

Brad Williams, named senior vice president of store operations, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, Richmond. He held a similar position with The Pantry, another convenience store chain. (News release) 





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