Recent Notes

Krishna Kishore (M.T. ‘02 Soc St Ed) passed away in April 2014, at the age of 41, following a yearlong battle with cancer. The following tributes were submitted by three of the many friends and colleagues who admired him deeply.

By John Baber (M.T. ’08 Soc Studies Ed)

Kris Kishore was first and foremost a dedicated educator—a touchstone for hundreds of students’ experiences over the past twelve years. But he was also much more: a perennial Curry student mentor, a diligent scholar, a thoughtful creator of curriculum, an involved faculty member, a supportive colleague, and a good friend to all who crossed his path. As a former colleague of his, I can say with confidence that he was the best teacher I’ve ever seen in action, including in my own experiences growing up. (more…)

Maggie Frye (M.Ed. ’11 Speech Path & Aud) is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with additional certifications in Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation, PROMPT, and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. “I have recently joined the Traumatic Brain Injury Specialty Team at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey.”

Larry Shifflett (Ed.D. ’13 Admin & Supv) was named Director of Innovation and Learning for Rockingham County Public Schools. See article on the RCPS website.

Layton “Tony” Beverage (Ed.D. ’03 Admin & Supv) Layton Beveragepassed away Monday, September 1, 2014. He had retired as principal of Gloucester High School in Virginia on May 1, 2014, for health reasons after leading the school since 2005. Under his leadership, the school met requirements for full state accreditation each year and met Adequate Yearly Progress goals under the No Child Left Behind Act. Beverage was named 2010 Outstanding Alumni Principal by the Curry School of Education Foundation and the 2009 Outstanding Youth Advocate by the Gloucester County Youth Commission. He received the 2009 Competence to Excellence Award from the Virginia Board of Education. He was also past president of the Gloucester Point Rotary Club. Read his full obituary in the Daily Press.

Paula Rosenberg Bell (M.Ed. ’75 Speech Path & Aud) of Norwich, Conn., retired after 39 years of “getting paid to have fun” as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Paula taught in Richmond (Va.) Public Schools for nine years then moved home to Connecticut with her husband Chris. She taught in the Connecticut public schools for the next 30 years of her career (LEARN, 16 years; Montville Public Schools 9 years; Groton Public Schools 5 years.) She became LEARN’s first Teacher of the Year (1990-91 school year). Among her many successes, she is most proud of helping to establish three high school American Sign Language programs (each part of their World Language Departments: Montville High School, Montville, Conn. (Levels 1-4), Palmer Academy, Montville, Conn. (Levels 1 and 2), Robert E. Fitch Senior High School, Groton, Conn. (Levels 1-3 but retiring before she taught Level 3). She wrote and taught the ASL curricula for each level. She continues to teach American Sign Language as an adjunct for Quinebaug Valley Community College (Danielson, Conn.) and Three Rivers Community College (Norwich, Conn.). Paula and Chris look forward to traveling especially now that it doesn’t have to be during a school vacation!

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.

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.

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.”