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Connie L. Harasymiw (B.S. ’66/OT) is retired and living in Newington, Conn. She has three children and enjoys volunteer work, knitting, reading and gardening.


Michael King, FACHE (M.H.A. ’78/HA) , was elected to serve on the board of governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He took office in March 2013 at the Council of Regents Meeting preceding ACHE’s 56th Congress on Healthcare Leadership and is serving a three-year term. King is president and CEO of Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, W.Va.
J. Thomas Ryan, M.D. (M.D. ’72; H.S. ’75; M.S.H.A. ’99/HAE) , was appointed to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. In June 2013, Ryan retired as executive vice president and chief medical officer of Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Va., a position he held for 16 years. As an executive, he was involved in the planning of a 450-bed replacement hospital in Fredericksburg and the addition of a 100-bed hospital in Stafford County, Va.


Hugh Greene (M.H.A. ’84/HA) , president and CEO of Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Fla., received Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2013 Community Service Leadership Award.
Mark Hudson, FACHME (M.H.A. ’83/HA) , received the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care 2013 Board Member Award for his service on the board of directors of the CLECO Primary Care Network, based in Shelby, N.C.
Marilyn Tavenner (B.S. ’83; M.H.A. ’89/HA) , administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was recognized as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2013 “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” and served as the keynote speaker at the 2013 Modern Healthcare Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference in August.


Karla Helbert (B.A. ’98; M.S. ’02/RC) published “Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum.” The interactive workbook received the 2013 Living Now Gold Medal from Independent Publishers for books in the category of grief/death and dying.
Katherine Overman (B.S. ’98; M.S.O.T. ’03/OT) accepted a position with Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers in Maryland. Overman previously worked at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Ph.D. (M.D. ’90; Ph.D. ’91; H.S. ’96; M.S.H.A. ’97/HAE) , president of clinical services and chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, Tenn., was named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives for 2013.
Elizabeth Brown Snyder (M.S. ’91/OT) resides in Beaufort, S.C., and is working in home health occupational therapy.


Nicole Baeza (B.S. ’09; M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) serves as an occupational therapist at Henrico Health and Rehabilitation in Highland Springs, Va.
Joseph Brown (M.H.A. ’09/HA) , director of the oncology service line at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano in Texas, along with the entire hospital team, received the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.
Jackie DeSouza (M.H.A. ’01/HA) , CEO of Lee’s Summit Medical Center, was honored by the Kansas City Business Journal in its inaugural class of NextGen Leaders. DeSouza, selected to the list of 25 by a panel of judges from an applicant pool of more than 250, was chosen for her proven success as a business leader and for her involvement as a volunteer leader in her community.
Katie DeWeerd (M.S.O.T. ’07/OT) presented at the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association annual conference in October 2013.
Courtney English (B.S. ’09; M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and its Petersburg, Va., therapy center.
Terri Izzo, D.P.T. (D.P.T. ’07/PT) , co-authored “Commentary on ‘Differences in function between children with sensory processing disorders, physical disabilities and typically developing children,’” published in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2013.
Erin Laffoon (B.S. ’09; M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at Hopewell Healthcare in Hopewell, Va.
Christina Mason (B.S. ’09; M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Petersburg, Va.
Sheri Michel, O.T.D. (M.S.O.T. ’01/OT; O.T.D. ’08/OT) , battalion occupational therapist with the U.S. Army’s Warriors Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, received the Department of the Army’s Occupational Therapist of the Year award for the Southern Regional Medical Command. She also received the Warrior Care and Transition Program Award for Excellence.
Kaitlin Myers (B.S. ’09; M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at VCU Medical Center’s inpatient rehabilitation unit.
Megan S. Stratton (M.S.O.T. ’07/OT) is working at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and is supervising VCU fieldwork students.
Anita Wyrick, O.T.D. (M.S. ’03/OT; O.T.D. ’08/OT) , presented at the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association annual conference in October 2013.


Dierra Bradford (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at Hopewell Healthcare in Hopewell, Va.
Jessica Brown (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working in acute care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
Cindy Bruce (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children at VCU Medical Center.
Meg Cook, O.T.D. (O.T.D. ’10/OT) , serves as the assistant dean of the occupational therapy assistant program at Northern Virginia Community College, which enrolled its first class of 15 students in 2013.
Nicole Daddio (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at Early Intervention Colorado.
Chelsey Hall (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working in Richmond, Va., at Westport Health Care Center and Integrated Therapy Services.
Jack R. Hester (M.S. ’11/CLS) presented “Blood Ammonia Stability Revisited” at the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences annual meeting in Houston in 2013.
David Jordan, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’13/HRS) , accepted a faculty appointment in the School of Business at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
Peter K. Kennedy (M.H.A. ’10/HA) accepted a position with HCA Healthcare in Chesterfield, Va., to participate in its COO training program, having served as associate administrator of business development with MCV Physicians for the past two years.
Cody Larue (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Petersburg, Va.
Mary Hart MacLeod (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working for Fairfax County Schools in Fairfax, Va.
Sarah Sutton (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working at Medical Facilities of America in Hanover, Va.
Dorothy Watson (M.S.O.T. ’12/OT) is working in inpatient rehabilitation at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Petersburg, Va.


Nuclear medicine fellow: Mark H. Crosthwaite, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, program director and assistant professor in radiation sciences’ nuclear medicine technology concentration, was named a Fellow of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging-Technologist Section for his excellence and commitment to the society and profession. Crosthwaite, recognized for his nearly 30 years of work in nuclear medicine technology, has held several national positions, including chair of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.
APTA research award: Lori Michener, Ph.D., PT, ATC, SCS, professor of physical therapy, received the American Physical Therapy Association-Sports Section Excellence in Research Award in June 2013 for her contribution to research on shoulder screening in the project titled “Preseason shoulder ROM screening as a predictor of injury among youth, adolescent, and professional baseball pitchers.”
Distinguished service award: Daniel Riddle, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA (M.S. ’86/PT; Ph.D. ’97) , Otto D. Payton Professor and assistant chair of physical therapy, received the 2013 Charles M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award. Named for the first chair of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the award is presented annually to individuals for outstanding service and steadfast commitment toward promoting the goals of the foundation.

Timmerie Cohen, Ph.D., RT(R)(T)(ARRT), CMD (A.S. ’95/RTE; B.S. ’97/CRS; Ph.D. ’13) , assistant professor of radiation sciences, graduated with a Ph.D. in 2013 from the VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Her dissertation was titled “Human Papillomavirus: Identifying Vaccination Rates, Barriers, and Information Gathering among College Women Ages 18-26.”

Angela Flack, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor and assistant professor of patient counseling, was elected co-chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. She also was elected convenor of the Virginia Sub-Region of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
Jeffrey S. Legg, Ph.D., RT(R)(CT)(QM) (A.S. ’87/RTE; B.S. ’89/CRS; Ph.D. ’02/HRS) , associate professor and chair of radiation sciences, was named associate editor for Radiography-North America, the peer-reviewed journal for the U.K.’s Society and College of Radiographers.< /p>

Faculty presentations at national CLS conferences: Several clinical laboratory sciences faculty spoke at national conferences. Teresa Nadder, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM (B.S. ’78/MET; M.S. ’90/MET; Ph.D. ’98 ), associate professor and chair of the department, and Maria Delost, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM (Ph.D. ’05/HRS) , presented “Selecting a Research Topic and Getting it Published” at the Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference in San Jose, Calif., in February 2014. Nadder also served as a roundtable discussion moderator at the conference and presented “Transforming VCU: A Progress Report.” Lisa M. Perkins, MLS(ASCP)CM (B.S. ’08/CLS; M.S. ’08/CLS) , instructor, also was a roundtable discussion moderator at the conference, presenting “The Advantages of a Separate Full-time Faculty Position Dedicated to Laboratory Instruction.” William Korzun, Ph.D., DABCC, MT(ASCP) (Ph.D. ’88) , associate professor, presented “Chemistry Mini Review for Certification” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in Chicago in September 2013.

Symposium on the science of occupational therapy: Occupational therapy’s Stacey Reynolds, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’07/HRS), associate professor, and Shelly Lane, Ph.D., professor, were invited to speak at the Occupational Science Symposium at the University of Southern California. They co-presented “Sensory Processing and Integration: From Cages to Clinics.” Reynolds also published “Effects of environmental enrichment on repetitive behaviors in the BTBR T+tf/J mouse model of autism” in the journal Autism Research.

Research in patient counseling: Patient counseling’s Diane Dodd-McCue, D.B.A. , associate professor, and Alexander Tartaglia, D.Min., Katherine I. Lantz Professor and associate dean, joined others in presenting the workshop “Introducing Research in Level II Programs of CPE” at the 2013 Association for Clinical Pastoral Education annual conference in Indianapolis.

PT conferences: D. Blaise Williams III, PT, Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy and director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory in Health and Human Performance, presented research on the biomechanics and pathomechanics of foot and ankle injuries in surface-athletes and runners at the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in September 2013 in Omaha, Neb.; at the Twin Cities Sports Medicine Conference in Minneapolis in October 2013; at the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association fall meeting in Asheville, N.C., in October 2013; and at the American Physical Therapy Association Sports Section Team Concepts Conference in Las Vegas in December 2013.

Radiation sciences honors: Terri L. Fauber, Ed.D., RT(R)(M) , associate professor and director of the radiography program in radiation sciences, was selected by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to participate in the 2013 International Speakers Exchange Award program.


Bie, J., Wang, J., Marqueen, K.E., Osborne, R., Kakiyama, G., Korzun, W.J., Ghosh, S.S., and Ghosh, S. “Liver-specific cholesteryl ester hydrolase deficiency attenuates sterol elimination in the feces and increases atherosclerosis in Ldlr-/- mice.” Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2013; 33:1795-1802.

Darter B.J., Nielsen D.H., Yack H.J., and Janz K.F. “Home-Based Treadmill Training to Improve Gait Performance in Persons With a Chronic Transfemoral Amputation.” Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Aug 13.

Davis, R. (2013) . “Survey of COMISS Network Organizations: Recent Research Publications and Current Research.” Published online at

Fauber, T.L., and Dempsey, M.C. “X-ray Field Size and Patient Dosimetry.” Radiologic Technology, 85, 155-161.

Johnson, E., Dodd-McCue, D., Tartaglia, A., and McDaniel, J. (2013). “Mapping the Literature of Health Care Chaplaincy.” Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Legg, J.S., Aaron, L., and Dempsey, M.C. (2013). “Patient Safety Perceptions Among Vascular Interventional Technologists.” Journal of Allied Health, 42, 106-111. The research was supported by a grant from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Education and Research Foundation. The manuscript and related research published in Radiation Therapist represents some of the first studies in patient safety culture among the radiation sciences profession.

Moriello, G., Cotter, J., Dodd-McCue, D. , et al. (2013). “The Effect of Implicit Stereotypes on the Physical Performance of Older Adults.” Educational Gerontology, 599-612.

Nadder, T.S. “The development of the doctorate in clinical laboratory science in the U.S.” The Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine; 24(1), 2013.

Oliveira, M.J.A., van Deventer, H.E., Bachmann, L.M., Warnick, G.R., Nakajima, K., Nakamura, M., Sakurabayashi, I., Kimberly, M.M., Shamburek, R.D., Korzun, W.J., Myers, G.L., Miller, W.G., and Remaley, A.T. “Evaluation of four different equations for calculating LDL-C with eight different HDL-C assays.” Clinica Chimica Acta 2013;423:135-140.

Riley, P., Liu, H., and Wilson, J.D. (2013). “Physician Knowledge of Nuclear Medicine Radiation Exposure.” Radiologic Technology, 85, 137-154.

Tartaglia, A., Dodd-McCue, D., and Derrickson, P. “Writing for Research: A Step-by-Step Guide to Content, Organization and Presentation.” Chaplaincy Today, V. 28, No. 2 Autumn/Winter, 2012.

Tartaglia, A., Fitchett, G., Dodd-McCue, D., Murphy, P., and Derrickson, P. “Teaching Research in Clinical Pastoral Education: A Survey of Model Practices.” Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, V. 67, No. 1, 2013.

Lori Michener, Ph.D., PT, ATC, SCS, serves as co-investigator with Paul Mintken, PT, Ph.D. , on “Validation of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Shoulder Pain Likely to Benefit from Cervicothoracic Manipulation: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” funded by a $25,000 grant from the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Section.
William Korzun, Ph.D., DABCC, MT(ASCP) (Ph.D. ’88 ), associate professor of clinical laboratory sciences, received a $4,100 American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science E&R Fund Member Research Grant for his project “Biological Variation of Fructosamine in Healthy Subjects.”
Kelli W. Gary, Ph.D., OTR/L (Ph.D. ’08/HRS) , assistant professor of occupational therapy, was appointed co-principal investigator of “Project Empowerment,” a $1.78 million grant funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, to evaluate current practice and methods in the conduct of minority disability research and to begin to increase capacity in this area.
Peter E. Pidcoe, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D. (D.P.T. ’06/PT) , associate professor of physical therapy, serves as primary investigator on “Development of a clinical decision tree for use in a rehabilitation setting,” funded by a $100,000 Sheltering Arms Foundation grant.

In memoriam

Anne S. Allen (B.S. ’41/MET) , of Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 18, 2013, at age 94.
Evelyn H. Johnson (B.S. ’49/OT) , of Schenectady, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2013, at age 89.
Jackie Johnson Little (A.S. ’47/RTE) , of Costa Mesa, Calif., Aug. 18, 2013, at age 85.
Margaret S. Wiener (B.S. ’47/PT) , of Henrico, Va., Aug. 24, 2013, at age 88.

Reba L. Anderson, Ph.D. (B.S. ’59/OT) , of St. Augustine, Fla., Nov. 13, 2013, at age 75.
Fannie S. Baylor (A.S. ’58/RTE) , of Mechanicsville, Va., Aug. 26, 2013.
Bruce T. Bobb (B.S. ’54/PT) , of York, Pa., Aug. 26, 2013, at age 81.
Beverly M. Brown (B.S. ’56/OT) , of Morristown, Tenn., Sept. 20, 2013, at age 79.
James C. Hart Jr. (B.S. ’58/PT) , of Florence, S.C., Nov. 28, 2013, at age 77.
Joanna Higinbotham** (B.S. ’57/MET) , of Denver, Sept. 28, 2013, at age 78.
B. Elizabeth Kingsley (B.S. ’55/OT) , of Bennington, Vt., Nov. 3, 2013, at age 94.
Betty R. Landen, Ph.D.** (B.S. ’53/PT) , of Evans, Ga., July 2, 2013, at age 84.
Lois Parsons Schmidt (B.S. ’53/PT) , of Westport, N.Y., Jan. 19, 2013.
Viola M. Stoick (B.S. ’50/PT) , of Farmington, Mich., April 19, 2013, at age 87.
Sylvia Thompson (B.S. ’50/OT) , of Versailles, Ky., Jan. 1, 2011, at age 85.
Herman L. West* (B.S. ’56/PT) , of Chesapeake, Va., Oct. 13, 2013, at age 89.
Regina C. Whitehead (B.S. ’51/PT) , of Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 11, 2013, at age 83.
Sara Cramer Zehner (B.S. ’57/OT) , of Center Valley, Pa., Dec. 3, 2013, at age 93.

Maurice S. Brubaker (B.S. ’64/OT) , of State College, Pa., Aug. 9, 2013, at age 77.
Martha M. Tennant (B.S. ’65/MET) , of Farmville, Va., July 14, 2013, at age 93.

Col. Henry G. Allard (M.S. ’78/RC) , of Colonial Heights, Va., Dec. 17, 2013, at age 91.
Joanne J. Sciutti-Striegler (Cert. ’76/NA) , of Hamilton, Texas, July 2, 2013.
Joseph G. Steen (M.S. ’75/RC) , of Spotsylvania, Va., Aug. 24, 2013, at age 81.
Alfred J. Walker Jr. (M.H.A. ’70/HA) , of Lewisburg, W.Va., Dec. 2, 2013, at age 69.

Rosemary B. Jarman (M.S. ’88/RC) , of Ruckersville, Va., Nov. 24, 2013, at age 73.

Susan Wenkstern Gidley (M.S. ’04/RC) , of Greenville, N.C., Dec. 10, 2013, at age 55.
Joseph J. Tucker (M.S. ’00/RC) , of Richmond, Va., Sept. 1, 2013.

Faculty and staff
June M. Brown, of Richmond, Va., Aug. 7, 2013. Brown was a retired staff member of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Abbreviation key
Allied health professions degrees are noted with year and department; other VCU degrees are designated by year. A single asterisk (*) identifies members of the MCV Alumni Association of VCU.



Bachelor of Science
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Master of Health Administration
Master of Science
Master of Science in Health Administration
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate
Doctor of Philosophy



Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Health Administration
Health Administration Executive
Health Care Management
Health Related Sciences
Health Services Organization and Research
Medical Records Administration
Medical Technology
Nurse Anesthesia
Occupational Therapy
Patient Counseling
Physical Therapy
Rehabilitation Counseling
Radiation Sciences