Recent Notes

Kimberlye Joyce (M.Ed. ’95 Audio Visual C&I) Kimberlye Joyceis now HR Manager, Curriculum, at Cherry Bakaert, LLP, headquartered in Richmond, Va. As a nationally recognized, growth-oriented CPA firm, Cherry Bekaert LLP provides guidance and support that helps clients move forward to reach their organizational goals. Ranked among the largest accounting and consulting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert specializes in offering solutions that impact clients’ ability to grow. For more than 65 years, global corporations, private businesses, government entities, nonprofits, emerging firms, start-ups and successful individuals have relied on Cherry Bekaert to guide them forward to their growth destination.

Karen S. Smucker (B.S. ’87, M.Ed. ’91, Ph.D. ’95 Spec Ed) retired from Northwest Nazarene University in May 2014 and was elected to emeritus status. In August 2014, she received the Special Education Distinguished Service Award from the Idaho Association of Special Education Administrators in recognition of her leadership in and advocacy for special education in the state of Idaho.

Sue Ellen Henry Feuerstein (Ph.D. ’97 Soc Fdns) published Children’s Bodies in Schools: Corporeal Performances of Social Class, a book that explores how teachers read children’s body language for their social class implications and examines the possible consequences of those interpretations. Ms. Henry is an associate professor of education at Bucknell University, where she also serves as director of the school’s teaching and learning center.

George W. Seals, Jr. (M.Ed. ’00 Soc Fdns) and his wife, Laura, welcomed a son, Tyler McClelland Seals, on June 14, 2014. He joins big brother George W. Seals III, 2.

Cindy Claassen Kluttz (M.Ed. ’99 Speech Path & Aud) recently joined the administrative staff of the Summit School in Winston-Salem, N.C., as director of admissions. Previously, she served for seven years as director of admissions at a college-prep independent school, and taught elementary school in the Winston-Salem area for several years. She has also served as president of the Triad Association of Independent Schools and is an active member of the Winston-Salem Child Study Club.

Jennifer A. Schumacher Conway (M.Ed. ’02 Ed Pol Studies) and her husband, Brendan, welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Anne, on April 3, 2014. Charlotte joins big sister Caroline, age 2. Ms. Conway currently serves as a chief of staff at the New York City Department of Education. The family resides in Hoboken, N.J.

Mark Andrew Sokolowski (M.T. ’07 Sci Ed) and Courtney Jo Andes Sokolowski (M.T. ’07 Elem Ed) welcomed their first child, a son, Miles Robert, on March 20, 2014. The family resides in Falls Church, Va., where Ms. Sokolowski is a third-grade teacher and Mr. Sokolowski is a high school science teacher.

Briana Lappan Trone (M.T. ’07 Elem Ed) and her husband, Riley, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Olive Frances, on June 14, 2014. The family resides in Fairfax, Va., where both Mr. and Ms. Trone are elementary school teachers.

Laura Nelson Oetgen (M.T. ’07 Elem Ed) and William John Oetgen (Col ’05 L/M) welcomed their first child, a daughter, Eleanor McCabe, on April 26, 2014. The family resides in Charlottesville, where Dr. Oetgen is a resident physician at U.Va. Hospital and Ms. Oetgen is an elementary school teacher.

Jill Culpepper Branch (M.T. ’06 English Ed) and Matthew Branch (Col ’05 L/M) welcomed another son, Colin Matthew Branch, on May 19, 2012. Colin joins a big brother, Christian James, 3. The family resides in Chesapeake, Va.

Jacqueline Li Cheung (M.T. ’05 Elem Ed) and Thomas Cheung (Arch ’04 ) welcomed their first child, a son, Braylon Kai, on Nov. 1, 2013. The family resides in Fairfax, Va.

Erika Glavan Caruso (M.T. ’05 Elem Ed) and Thomas Caruso (Col ’04 ) welcomed their first child, a daughter, Charlotte Jane, on April 21, 2014. The family resides in Menlo Park, Calif.

Ian Scheu (M.Ed. ’02 Ed Psych) has joined the California Lutheran University faculty in the graduate school of education. His research focuses on adolescent play theory, play-based curriculum development and multicultural play.

Richard D. Moore (M.T. ’06 Spec Ed) and Page Malmsjo Moore (Col ’02 ) welcomed a son, Mason Malmsjo, on April 17, 2014. Mason joins big sister Grace, 3. The family resides in Columbia, S.C., where Ms. Moore is an instructor of clinical pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Mr. Moore is a high school special education teacher.

Kristi Rayburn Farouki (M.T. ’01 Elem Ed) and Karim Farouki (Engr ’02 ) welcomed a daughter, Maya Siena, on July 4, 2014. Maya joins big sister Serene, 4, and big brother Samy, 6. The Faroukis reside in Leesburg, Va.

Ryann McKinley Laden (M.Ed. ’01 Couns Ed) and her husband, Kevin, welcomed a daughter, Jane Violet, on April 3, 2014. Jane joins big sister Ruby Colleen, 6; and big brother Sam Michael, 3.

Soumya Sathya (M.Ed. ’06 C&I) and Sarath Ravella (Engr ’00 L/M) welcomed a daughter, Asha Sathya Ravella, on July 5, 2013. Asha joins big brother Khush. The family resides in Fairfax, Va.

Ann Flynn (Ed.D. ’86 Higher Ed) was named by the Center for Digital Education as one of the nation’s Top 30 Technologists, Trailblazers & Transformers for 2014. “I was even more surprised when my picture was selected as the cover photo for the publication! I’ve been involved in education technology since 1992 when I joined the National School Boards Association.”

Ann Flynn's Curry Memory

“My fondest memories are those of the friends I made among the small group of students in the Center for Higher Education. I still appreciate the encouragement and support from Dr. Gibbs to complete the program.”

Matthew Paylo (Ph.D. ’07 Couns Ed) Paylo book cover

Treating Those with Mental Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach to Case Conceptualization and Treatment
by Victoria E. Kress and Matthew J. Paylo,
Pearson, 2014

Treating Those with Mental Disorders is the authoritative reference on selecting and applying treatments for use in counseling and treating those with mental disorders. In it, students and new counselors don’t just learn about the clinical issues, the DSM-5 system of diagnosis, and interventions that can be used in counseling and treating those with mental disorders, they see clearly how to proceed in treatment planning and how to implement treatment approaches and interventions. The authors present a conceptual framework model, I CAN START, which consists of case conceptualization components and addresses treatment planning from a strength-based, contextually sensitive perspective. Case studies; creative Clinical Toolboxes; Voices from the Trenches; a comfortable presentation of the material; and a comprehensive, rigorous assimilation of the current treatment literature combine to empower counselors to thoughtfully and deliberately help their clients tackle their complex issues and difficulties.

Sean Ruday (Ph.D. ’11, English Ed) Sean Rudy cover

The Informational Writing Toolkit: Using Mentor Texts in Grades 3-5
by Sean Ruday
Routledge Eye on Education

Sean is an assistant professor of English education at Longwood University.