Recent Notes

La-Neka Brown (M.Ed ’10 Reading Ed) La-Neka Brownwas the first recipient of the Dr. Judy Flythe Teacher Leader Award from the Center of Teacher Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jeffrey D. Litz (M.Ed. ’05 Admin & Supv) was named principal of George C. Marshall High School. Litz is currently working on an education doctorate degree in Curry’s administration and supervision program.

George C. Marshall High School’s new leader has spent years getting to know the school as an assistant principal and now he’s taken the reins…” Read more  in InsideNOVA

Mary “Mimi” Stout (M.Ed. ’72 Couns Ed) is currently living in Lorton, Va., and moving to Williamsburg, Va., in 2015. She retired from federal service with the Department of Defense after 38 years.

Mary “Mimi” Stout's Curry Memory

“We had no single building so classes were scattered around the Grounds in existing classrooms. Some faculty were in trailers behind Newcomb Hall.”

Ann Smith (M.Ed. ’07 Couns Ed) Ann Smithwas appointed to the Human Rights Commission of the City of Charlottesville in November 2013 and was elected Vice Chair of the Commission. She currently teaches GED classes with Adult Learners in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Ann Smith's Curry Memory

“My fondest memories of the Curry School Counselor program was learning that I had passed my comps after so many years working towards my degree. Working with great instructors and a wonderful advisor, Dr. Antoinette Thomas and the delightful luncheon given in my class’s honor at the Boars Head Inn.”

Casey Loftus (M.Ed. ’09 Couns Ed) since graduating has been working as a school counselor in Fairfax County Public Schools, specifically Chesterbrook Elementary School. “It has been a wonderful experience that has truly utilized my education from graduate school. On a more personal note, I married my husband John in 2009 and we welcomed our first child, Jacob, in May 2014.”

Bonnie Wasmund (Ed.D. ’77 Couns Ed) after leaving the Curry School and the Consultative Resource Center,  accepted a position as Federal Women’s Coordinator at the Naval Surface Weapons Center. “Following a two year time span, I took a position with a consulting firm in Falls Church, Va., as an Employee Development Specialist where I facilitated and developed project management programs designed to improve productivity in the area of information systems. When I left the firm to start my own company, we became a firm of management consultants formed to provide clients with solutions involving interactive system development, organization design, and strategic planning. I retired in 2004.”

Bonnie Wasmund's Curry Memory

“Even though commuting from rural Virginia, working at the center, and studying took large chunks of time out of my life, I have nothing but fond memories of the school, my professors, and my colleagues at CRC. Some of the friends I made there are still at the top of my list.”

Megan Luckert Wright (M.Ed. ’03 Couns Ed) since graduation worked as a middle school counselor first in Charlottesville and then Boston, where she met and married her husband Charles Wright. “After spending my life on the East Coast, we moved out west to Portland, Ore., in 2012. The next year we bought our first house and adopted our dog Barnaby. With much joy we welcomed our sweet daughter Anne Margaret Wright on August 6, 2014. Currently, I’m pursuing my Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning with a concentration in Neuroeducation at the University of Portland and serve as a deacon in my church.”

Megan Luckert Wright's Curry Memory

“I was privileged to have the best classmates in my counseling cohort. We gelled well right from the beginning and supported each other all the way through the program. A close second are the professors who taught us based on their real-world experience and continuous pursuit of the profession. It’s so easy to brag to people about my experience whenever asked how I liked my time at U.Va.”

Beverly Mikulay Momsen (Ed.D. ’81) Bev Momsen and Bobrecently retired after working for 40 years in University Student Development/Student Affairs, as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and recently in corporate leadership development roles, executive coaching and assessment.

Beverly Mikulay Momsen's Curry Memory

“Meeting great people in Counselor Education — both grad students and faculty. Dialogue sessions with Bill Van Hoose and others, walking to the Corner. Being involved in ACA and state counseling conferences.

Song Han (M.Ed. ’13 Couns Ed) started working at TAS (Taipei American School) as an upper school counselor starting January 2014. “This was not an age group that I thought I would be working with or enjoy working with, but to my surprise, I’ve been really enjoying working with this group. It’s an independent American school, thus the culture is very unique and different from public schools in the States, but I’ve been adjusting, learning, enjoying it a lot! :)

Laurie Hartman (M.Ed. ’96 Couns Ed) has been the Director of Care for a large church in the Midwest for 12 years. “Much of my time is spent providing assessments and referrals to members of the congregation. My greatest joy is coaching staff and lay leaders as they engage with members who have psychological or relational challenges. The church is no different than the rest of society in that those who are ‘less than’ can be marginalized.

“Five years ago, I became the coordinator of the prayer team. Our team has been growing in our understanding of and facility in healing prayer. As a volunteer, I offer time to women with dissociative identity disorder. This population fears being known — even by themselves. Often, their disorder impacts their finances which, in turn, limits their access to the kind of care that they need.

“I have been married to my college sweetheart, Mark, for 35 years. We have a married son, a soon-to-be-married daughter, and daughter who has recently graduated from Purdue. We are also enjoying being grandparents.”

Janna Scarborough (Ph.D. ’02 Couns Ed) is happy to serve as the chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services at East Tennessee State University and was recently promoted to Professor. www.etsu.edu/coe/chs

Janna Scarborough's Curry Memory

“I have several fond memories and one that sticks out is playing catch with my adviser, Dr. Jack Culbreth, behind Ruffner Hall.”

Kevin Doyle (Ed.D. ’99 Couns Ed) is entering his third year on the Counselor Education faculty at Longwood, serving now as Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling track. He is also serving a third term on the Virginia Board of Counseling. www.drkevindoyle.com

Laura Wheat (Ph.D. ’11 Couns Ed) recently accepted a clinical position at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., where, in addition to teaching, she will direct the Grief Outreach Initiative for school aged children and adolescents. She is excited to join the UT community and looks forward to making a contribution there.

Joseph Quintano (M.Ed. ’64, Ed.D. ’74 Couns Ed) Joseph Quintanowill retire at the end of December 2014 after practice both part time and full time as a psychologist in the District of Columbia at 1629 K St., N.W., Suite 300 since 1975. “I started my part-time practice in 1975 after getting my psychologist license in the District. I have obtained over 1,000 CEUs post doctoral degree and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago as the guest psychologist. Age 77 now and, if I live long enough, may relocate to C.ville to live out the rest of my life, hopefully.”

Joseph Quintano's Curry Memory

“What I will NEVER forget is the way I was so fully accepted and supported by the Counselor Education faculty and the Chairman Richard Beard is responsible for my having finished my doctoral degree. I also owe my license to a District Chairman of the Psychology Board in Washington who was very supportive of my getting a license when I worked for the Mental Health Dept. of the District of Columbia.”

Jane Everson (B.S. ’80 Spec Ed; M.Ed. ’83 Couns Ed) after 25 years as a university professor and administrator, retired to spend more time with her aging parents. “My experiences led me to co-found a nonprofit whose mission is to provide education and support to adult children who are caring for their aging parents — and for themselves. The nonprofit, ACAPcommunity, is located in my current home community in western North Carolina, but is beginning to expand to other communities in other states. I would love to network with other who are advocating for their parents and themselves as they age.” www.ACAPcommunity.com

Lance Percy (Ed.D ’78 Couns Ed) Lance Percyis still teaching, after all these years. “Have been at Full Sail University for nine years now teaching a course in helping students understand a psychological foundation for characters in a storytelling environment. Full Sail provides degrees for careers in entertainment media. I am a grampy to four marvelous granddaughters who are the joy in my life.”

Lance Percy's Curry Memory

“Our practicum ‘lounge’ and listening to Ken LaFleur lamenting that in order to get anything done at the university you had to pee over the Rotunda.
The program was small enough we could pop into any of the faculty offices, and we could also sit and discuss counseling with anyone. I remember us being able to bring Dr. Leo Buscaglia to campus back in 1977, which was the beginning of a fantastic friendship until we lost Leo in the late 90s. Good times—so may, hard to recall many.”

Katherine Ellen Hagan (M.Ed. ’83 Couns Ed) After working 31 wonderful years in the area of counseling, I retired. I worked as a hall director at Georgia Southern, worked at USC Beaufort-Hilton Head as admissions academic advisement, Banks Co. High School as school counselor, and concluded my career as the counselor at Banks Co. Elementary School. I LOVED every minute of my career. At present, figuring out what my new routine will be.

Katherine Ellen Hagan's Curry Memory

“Have many fond memories at Curry. I made many friends through classes and we would study together, go out to eat. We had a close bond. I keep in touch with some of them. I enjoyed all the professors. One memory does stick out. Dr. Pate was dept. chair and he asked that we call him Mr. Pate. I remember thinking how humble he was.”

David Black (M.Ed. ’67 Couns Ed) Black book cover

The Clown in the Tent
by David Black.
2010, Persimmon Tree Press.

David Black (M.Ed. ’67 Couns Ed)

David Black and family

David Black and family

Fully retired finally: from teaching, then from ministry, and from assorted other part-time jobs…working as a wedding officiant, writing (working on my third and fourth books). Still publishing poems in various regional journals, essays in the local paper and Richmond Times-Dispatch. www.facebook.com/davidblackwriter, www.facebook.com/pages/David-Black-Wedding-Officiant

David Black's Curry Memory

“Classes in Peabody with Paul Walters, then teaching as a grad student in that same basement room…”

Ellen Wilfong-Grush (Ph.D. ’89 Clin Psych) “Well, life has moved into another landscape…in more ways than one! My husband Owen (a retired psychiatrist/pediatric oncologist) and I have relocated to southern Oregon, where I have a very small private practice. I also work in crisis intervention, both for a national provider agency and teaching Psychological First Aid to local emergency responders.

“My son Jonathan Benjamin is a second year resident in internal medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Center, where his wife Ann is an intern in the same program. Their daughter Lily Ellen is a great blessing, who has drawn us to spend summers in Burlington, Vt. My stepson Eric and his wife live in Brooklyn, N.Y., where both are involved in the arts. Emily, my stepdaughter, is a special educator in the Hematology Oncology unit of Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. Her husband Chris has his own business, and their daughter Michaela is 3 years old. She is an amazing child, great fun. The two granddaughters keep us traveling from coast to coast!

“Life is rich, full and challenging. I can only wish the same for each of you.”