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Richard Bracken* (M.H.A. ’77/HA), chairman and CEO of Hospital Corporation of America, was listed No. 34 in the August edition of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.
Chris Dadlez (M.H.A. ’80/HA), father of Greg Dadlez, M.H.A. Class of 2012, gave the keynote address at the Family Day Celebration this past fall for students leaving the Grant House for their residencies.
Chris Durrer* (B.S. ’73; M.H.A. ’77/HA), was recognized in the Aug. 22, 2011, issue of Biz Sense magazine, an online publication serving Richmond, Va., for his participation in a VCU course in sustainability for local businesspeople.
Jeff Harrison, Ph.D (M.H.A. ’77/HA; Ph.D. ’02/HA), was promoted to chair of the Department of Public Health at the University of North Florida.
Wick Lyne (M.H.A. ’71/HA) returned to the classroom to speak to an Organizational Behavior class taught by Patrick Liverpool, Ph.D., adjunct professor in the Department of Health Administration. The focus was on motivation within the workplace through values and example setting.
Wayne G. Terry, Ph.D., LFACHE (M.H.A. ’73/HA), received the 2010 Commitment to Excellence Award (Retiree) at the annual Air Force Awards banquet in Chicago during the American College of Healthcare Executives congress. Terry serves as the executive director of the Southside Area Health Education Center at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.


Howard Kern (M.H.A. ’81/HA), president of Sentara Healthcare, was appointed to the Service Delivery and Payment Reform Task Force of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council.
Lucien Roberts (M.H.A. ’87/HA) has joined Pulse Systems Inc. as vice president.
Tracy Kemp Stallings (BS. ’85; M.S.H.A. ’95/HA) was selected as the Department of Health Administration’s 2011 Alumna of the Year. She serves as COO of Richmond’s HCA Johnston-Willis Hospital and was named chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
Marilyn Tavenner* (B.S. ’83; M.H.A. ’89/HA) was nominated Nov. 23, 2011, by President Obama to serve as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tavenner previously served as principal deputy administrator and chief operating officer for the agency.
Tim Tobin* (M.H.A. ’87/HA), CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg, Va., and his team celebrated the center’s selection as the 2011 Business of the Year by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Michael Blumberg* (M.S.H.A. ’98/HA) was appointed to the board of trustees of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Blumberg is a managing partner at Virginia Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Asthma.
Alan Dow (M.S.H.A. ’95), associate professor in VCU’s Department of Internal Medicine, received the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation award in summer 2011. The Macy Faculty Scholar program honors faculty leaders dedicated to advancing education in medicine and nursing.
Sara Larch (M.S.H.A. ’92/HA) joined Greenbranch Publishing as director of strategic sales.
Robert Leek (M.S.H.A. ’90/HA) was named to the board of trustees of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. He is the senior physician liaison for Sentara Healthcare in Williamsburg, Va.
Kimberly Sanford, M.D., MASCT, MT(ASCP) (B.S. ’91/MET; M.D. ’01; H.S. ’06), received a Mastership Designation from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, a prestigious honor that recognizes exceptional members who have made significant contributions to pathology and to the society. Sanford, assistant professor of pathology, associate medical director of transfusion medicine and medical director for an outpatient laboratory at the VCU Medical Center, is dedicated to teaching and research, and advancing the field of pathology.


Diandrea “Dee” Bailey, Ph.D., CRC (M.S. ’>02/RC; Cert. ’03/PC), is a management and program analyst for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as the project officer for “Rehabilitation Counseling: Long Term Training through Distance Learning,” one of the department’s federal grants from the Rehabilitation Services Administration.
Kurt Bell* (B.S. ’95; M.S.H.A. ’04/HA) was appointed to the Capacity Task Force of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council. Bell is pharmacy operations manager for Virginia Baptist Hospital and Centra Health.
Steven Naleway (B.S. ’07/CLS), an M.S. student in VCU’s Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, received the Young Investigator Travel Award. He attended the 2012 Mass Spectrometry Applications to the Clinical Lab Conference in San Diego Jan. 14-18, based on an abstract for his poster “Establishing Analytical Run Acceptability Criteria for a 25-OH Vitamin D LC-MS/MS Assay for Use in a Clinical Laboratory Setting.”
Preethy Nayar, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’07/HSOR), accepted the position of director of doctoral programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health.
Lisa Perkins (B.S. ’08/CLS; M.S. ’08/CLS) joined the VCU Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences as a faculty member and laboratory instructor.
Carrie Owen Plietz (M.H.A. ’00/HA) was named CEO of the Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., and was featured on the Modern Healthcare list of 2011 Up and Comers.
Lisa Webb* (M.S. ’06/RC; Cert. ’06/G) joined the VCU Office of Special Services for Students as director of special services for students.
Mei Zhao, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’04/HSOR), was promoted to director of the M.H.A. program at the University of North Florida.


Ryan Duffy (M.S. ’11/G) opened Alternative Fitness and Wellness in Richmond, Va., specializing in working with older adults in Chi Kung.
Megan Stucke (M.S.W. ’11; Cert. ’11/G) is employed with Jewish Family Services-Richmond as the public guardianship coordinator, where she is responsible for the overall care and advocacy for 20 public guardianship individuals.


Carl Ameringer, Ph.D., became an internal affiliate professor in the Department of Health Administration in July 2011. He is a scholar in the area of health policy and a professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU.
Gloria Bazzoli, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Administration, received funding from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for a new grant, “Hospital Responses to Medicare’s Nonpayment for Preventable Complications.” In July 2011, Bazzoli represented the department at the International Health Economics Association Conference in Toronto.
Elizabeth Blue, J.D., is serving as an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Administration, where she teaches health law and bioethics. She had been an adjunct faculty member in the VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Dolores Clement, Dr.P.H., FACHE, vice chair and director of graduate programs in the Department of Health Administration, joined the Higher Education Committee of the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education.
Jon DeShazo, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration, was selected chair-elect of the Health Information Management Network group for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
Stacy Dusing, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, presented a paper, “Variability in Postural Control During Infancy: Implications for Development, Assessment and Intervention,” at the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, in September 2011. The following month, she presented a similar paper on infant postural control variability at the meeting Pediatric Motor Control: Perspectives on Postural and Lower Extremity Assessment in Oakland, Calif.
Tracey Gendron (M.S. ’95/G), assistant professor in the Department of Gerontology, joined the VCU Academic Scholars Program in Real Environments as a faculty member. ASPiRE is a new living-learning community providing undergraduate students with community engagement experiences over four semesters in the West Grace Street South residence, scheduled to open fall 2012. Gendron’s will teach a service-learning seminar to undergraduates focusing on aging-relevant issues.
Bill Korzun, Ph.D., DABCC, MT(ASCP) (Ph.D. ’88), associate professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, received the 2010 Carl R. Jolliff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Clinical or Diagnostic Immunology from the Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology Division of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Korzun has served the profession of clinical laboratory sciences for 34 years. He joined VCU in 2002 as an associate professor. As departmental director of research, he chaired the Graduate Research Standards Committee. In 2003, Korzun was awarded a VCU Center for Teaching Excellence Grant to incorporate digital video and audio clips in his lectures. To facilitate his research endeavors, he was the recipient of the School of Allied Health Professions A.D. Williams Scholar Award in 2005.
Mike McCue, D.B.A., professor in the Department of Health Administration, published a brief for The Commonwealth Fund in June 2011. His study, “Assessing the Financial Health of Medicaid Managed Care Plans and the Quality of Patient Care They Provide,” examined how publicly traded health plans differ from those not publicly traded in terms of administrative expenses, quality of care and financial stability.
McCue also was selected to serve on the audit committee for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
Lori Michener, PT, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, has been invited to serve as the keynote speaker at the British Elbow/Shoulder Society in Torquay, United Kingdom, in June 2012.
Steve S. Mick, Ph.D., FACHE, professor of health administration, spent several weeks with colleagues at the Institute for Education and Research on Health and Social Organization in Lyon, France, and assisted with master’s thesis defenses at the French School of Advanced Studies in Public Health.
Yasar Ozcan, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’88/HSOR), professor in the Department of Health Administration, held a special seminar in health care efficiency in June 2011 at Zirve University in Gaziantep, Turkey, before presenting a paper, “Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Service Production Efficiency,” at the XI Production Research Symposium in Istanbul. In September, he conducted a workshop for the International DEA Conference in Lima, Peru.
Christine Reid, Ph.D., C.R.C., a professor of rehabilitation counseling at VCU, was elected chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling.
Ron Sauer, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, received funding from the A.D. Williams program in 2011 for the project “Building Related Health Problems: Seeking a Partial Solution.” Department faculty members Emily Hill MS, MLS(ASCP) and Bill Korzun, Ph.D., DABCC, MT(ASCP) serve as co-investigators on the project.
Lisa Shoaf, PT, Ph.D. (B.S. ’81/PT; Ph.D. ’02; D.P.T. ’09/PT), associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, presented a talk on “Tester Agreement of Visual Assessment of Lumbar Spine Extension with Tendu Derriere in University Modern Dance Students” at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference in Washington, D.C., in October. This was data from a study conducted with Judy Steel from the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography. Steel and Shoaf also co-presented the interactive session “The Upper Body ‘Disconnect’: Revisiting the Role of the Scapula in Whole Body Integration.”
Carolyn A. (Cindy) Watts, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Health Administration, joined the Graham Health Service Research Prize Selection Committee for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. In 2011, she traveled to Seattle to co-host the final conference of her two-year demonstration project on shared decision-making, funded by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. Watts also collaborated on a chapter in “Achieving Justice in Genomic Translation,” discussing how advocacy has advanced public policy associated with newborn screening.
E. Ayn Welleford, Ph.D.* (M.S. ’93/G; Ph.D. ’98), associate professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology, was honored Nov. 9 by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond at its Alzheimer’s Advocate Recognition Reception held at the Virginia Historical Society. The event was in honor of Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
Dianne Jewell, Ph.D.* (Ph.D. ’03/HSOR; D.P.T. ’08/PT), assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, spoke at the A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Science’s dual commencement ceremonies in August 2011. Jewell’s commencement addresses were delivered to 433 graduate students earning Master of Science or doctoral degrees and their family members. As part of the commencement ceremony, Jewell was awarded with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Jewell is the founder and CEO of The Rehab Intel Network located in Ruther Glen, Va.
Teresa Nadder, Ph.D. (B.S. ’78/MET; M.S. ’90/MET; Ph.D. ’98), chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, was named in May 2011 to the Alpha Mu Tau fraternity.

In memoriam

Martin Asarnow (B.S. ’52/PT), of San Lorenzo, Calif., March 26, 2011, at age 85.
Elizabeth “Beth” Coltrain (B.S. ’59/AHP), of Richmond, Va., Nov. 11, 2011.
E.L. Derring (M.H.A. ’58/HA), Feb. 20, 2011.
Thomas Greyard Jr. (M.H.A. ’51/HA), of McDonald, N.C., May 29, 2011, at age 89.
John Harlan Jr. (M.H.A. ’52/HA), Sept. 19, 2011.
Thomas William Leggett (M.H.A. ’53/HA) May 2, 2011, at age 90.

Patricia Small (B.S. ’63/MET) of Richmond, Va.

Archie Bruns (M.H.A. ’73/HA), of Canby, Minn., May 5, 2011.

Robert Austin Lassiter Jr., professor emeriti, June 19, 2011, at age 85. Lassiter was a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling from 1972-83. A pioneer in the field of vocational rehabilitation, Lassiter was well known for his teaching and counseling, both regionally and nationally, for 35 years. In 1960, he was elected president of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and was director of the North Carolina Easter seals society from 1961-64, where he constructed the first integrated Easter Seals Camp in the U.S. Lassiter is the author or senior editor of two books, many articles and publications. In his retirement, he founded the Chester Roundtable, a games and activity center for seniors in Chester, Va.
Warren R. Rule, Ph.D., of Richmond, Va., July 3, 2011, at age 67. He was a professor emeritus in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and had authored more than 60 publications in the areas of rehabilitation, counseling and psychology. He was a licensed professional counselor who worked as a rehabilitation counselor and a mentor at university counseling centers.

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