Class Notes Submitted in December, 2014

William C. Bosher Jr. (Ed.D. ’74 Admin & Supv) passed away on November 30, 2014, in his home in Mechanicsville, Va. He was 68. Bosher served as Virginia superintendent of public instruction under Gov. George Allen, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, founding director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute and dean of the VCU School of Education. Until his death, he was a distinguished professor of public policy and the executive director of the institute, now part of VCU’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

Read his full obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Murielle de Wekker (Ph.D. ’14 Higher Ed) received a runner-up award in U.Va.’s first “Tournament of Ideas,” a contest that invited staff, faculty, students and alumni to develop innovative ideas to address the challenges of dual-career hires for faculty and staff. De Wekker’s project was “Improving Faculty Retention: A Networking Program for Spouses and Partners Seeking Employment as Administrators at the University of Virginia” that would match newly hired academic couples with dual-career couples currently employed at the University. Read more in UVA Today.


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.

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.”

Kimberlye Joyce (M.Ed. ’95 Audio Visual C&I) Kimberlye Joyceis now HR Manager, Curriculum, at Cherry Bekaert, 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.

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.