Chris Casscells (COMM ’06)
Chris graduated from UVA from the Mcintire School of Commerce in 2006. He has been a very active member of the club since 2011, and in 2012 he became a clubhouse member. Chris currently serves on the Board’s Executive Committee as Vice President.
He’s a regular at Virginia Club events, including lectures, Cav’s Care, Wahoo Wednesdays, Gamewatchs and more. He enjoys spending time with fellow Hoos in any setting and is always encouraging participation in Club events. He looks forward to getting more involved with the Club and to help continue its success, especially in recruiting and retaining memberships. His favorite Virginia Club events are Harriman Cup and Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party.
Chris serves as a trustee for the McIntire School and served on his 5 year Reunion Giving Committee in 2011. He also volunteers his time for the Beta-Iota Scholarship Foundation where he sits on the Selection Committee. The Foundation gives merit-based financial aid to students in need. In 2013, the Foundation awarded $45,000 in aid to prospective and current college students. Chris has worked in the Business Development group for Fox News Channel / Fox Business Network over the past 9 years.
Melissa Chang graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2016 with a double major in Math and Economics. At UVA, Melissa was actively involved in University Programs Council, College Council, and Echols Council. She remains connected with UVA alumni and maintains her event-planning outlet by serving on the Events Committee, the Yale Club Young Member’s Committee, and as a Trustee for the Class of 2016. Melissa currently works as an actuary at New York Life. During her spare time, she enjoys riding her Citibike, trying new restaurants, and starting new sewing projects. She is thankful to have such a passionate community of Hoos in the city!
Kristine Cheesman (SEAS ’09)
Kristine Cheesman is a 2009 graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. During her time at UVA she participated all four years in Engineering Student Council and finished her last year as President. Her ultimate goal was to facilitate networking opportunities and to drive students to get involved. Through her efforts, she tripled the size of the Student Council and developed programs that are still successful today. She has continued her pursuits by hosting Wahoo Wednesdays, an informal networking happy hour, and spearheading a finance networking initiative for NYC-based alums working in the industry. She has also been involved in other event planning for the club and has been a member of the board over the last several years. Kristine is currently the Regional Head of Strategic Transformation and Innovation at HSBC.
Audrey Choi graduated in 2015 with a BS in Computer Science. She grew up in various places, but calls Haymarket, Virginia her hometown. During her time at UVA she was active in EGuides (Engineering Tour Guides), serving as Co-Chair during her fourth year, and a member of Sigma Kappa. Audrey moved to New York from DC in July 2016 and subs equently joined the Virginia Club of New York. She has been an active member of the Events Committee, helping plan Wahoo Wednesdays and various other events. Audrey currently works as a Software Consultant at Red Hat and spends her free time boxing, traveling, and hiking and other outdoor activities.
Upon graduating from UVA’s Batten School in 2015 with her Master’s in Public Policy, Juliana moved to New York to serve as the Virginia Club’s Executive Director. Throughout her time at the Virginia Club, she helped launch Hoos Hungry and piloted the Social Entrepreneurship Panel and Finance Networking Initiative alongside other board members. Her favorite events are community service outings (especially the Soup Kitchen!), Book Club, and Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party. She is excited to join the board as Hoos Hungry Co-Chair, and continue her involvement with the Events and Membership and Marketing Committees.
Originally from Cali, Colombia, Juliana is a double Hoo; having received her undergraduate degree from the College in 2014. During her time at the University, she was involved with the University Dance Club, Peer Mentoring Program for Latino and Hispanic Students, and Class Council. She is currently a Class of 2014 Trustee, and manages all of the social media accounts for her class. As her time as Executive Director draws nigh, Juliana has accepted a position as Strategic Planner at a boutique innovation consulting firm, The Medici Group. She is excited about the new opportunity and challenges that lie ahead, as she will be supporting the CEO, and helping scale the firm’s impact and mission – “Diversity Drives Innovation”.
Dylan Fogarty graduated from UVA in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Economics. He then returned to Grounds that fall to enroll in UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce. After spending the summer of 2016 studying abroad in Southeast Asia, he received his M.S. in Commerce degree with a concentration in Marketing & Management. At UVA, Dylan held leadership positions on Class Council and Trustees, ‘Hoo Crew, Lighting of the Lawn Committee, First Year Players, and Project SERVE. He also was a team member (and Elite member) at the Virginian and a graphic design intern for Virginia Athletics.
After graduation, Dylan moved to New York to work for a technology education company called Decoded as an account manager. Since his arrival to the city, Dylan has been extremely involved in the Virginia Club of New York and currently serves on the Events Committee. He looks forward to attending and volunteering at the large-scaled events like Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party with his friends, as well as participating in more intimate events, like Book Club and Soup Kitchen, where he can meet fellow Wahoos.
Wright Harvey (CLAS ’05)
Wright Harvey graduated from the University in 2005 with a double-major in Economics and Fine Arts. He is the President and Founder of Sugarlift, an online art gallery and art consulting business based in New York. Prior to starting Sugarlift, he worked at J.P. Morgan, focusing on alternative investments and corporate strategy. He has been an active member of the Virginia Club of New York since 2007, serving as the Membership/Marketing Committee Chair and then Club’s President. Wright is a founding member of STUDIO, a UVA affinity group aimed at promoting the arts community here in NY and raising awareness of arts needs at UVA. Wright grew up in Naples, Florida, enjoys traveling, museums, cooking, and painting. He is also married to a Hoo (Calvine Dunnan Harvey, CLAS ’08) and has a sweet little future-Hoo named Josephine!
President Emeritus, Joshua G. Holmes, now holds the position of Treasurer of the Virginia Club’s Board of Directors. Upon completion of his term as President in 2014, he was reelected as the Board’s Treasurer, a position he held previously. He also serves as an observer on the Yale Club’s Membership & Marketing Committee, and on the Hoos Hungry Committee. Prior to joining the Board, he served on the Membership & Marketing and Social Committees, where he lent support and helped to plan multiple events. Joshua’s first introduction to the Club came through softball in Central Park; you will still find him in orange socks at shortstop co-captaining our team on most summer Sundays.
Joshua spends his days in a Chief of Staff role for the NYC Department of Education; his office supports 249 Manhattan schools. Previously, he served as a Policy Advisor for Senator Cory A. Booker while he was Mayor of the City of Newark, New Jersey. While in Newark, he received his Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers-Newark. Prior to joining government, Joshua worked in the publishing industry; his final stop within the industry was at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he primarily focused on the circulation of its stalwart publication, Foreign Affairs.
Molly graduated from UVA in 2013 with an interdisciplinary major in Arts Administration, Studio Art, and Sociology. She was involved in the arts and her fourth year, participated as a head planner of the spring arts event, the Stan Winston Festival of the Moving Creature. She was also heavily involved in her sorority, Tridelta, as the Chair of Public Relations. Molly currently serves as Membership & Marketing Chair.
Following graduation, she worked as the Virginia Club’s Executive Director from 2013-2015. During her tenure, she enjoyed rejuvenating the Club’s Community Service Committee and launching STUDIO, our arts affinity group, as well as piloting a few new events including a Trivia Night, a Tech Panel, and coding lessons. Her favorite events are the New Easters Spring Party and park clean-ups! Molly now works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center focused on their annual fundraising event, Cycle for Survival.
Jason Katz (CLAS ’06)
Jason is a 2006 graduate of the College. He is a native of New York City, growing up in Forest Hills, Queens, and Gramercy Park, Manhattan, and graduating from Stuyvesant High School. At UVA, Jason majored in history and minored in philosophy and studied abroad one summer in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was a brother in Sigma Pi fraternity and spent one year on the men’s crew team. After graduating from UVA, he attended law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Since graduating from law school in 2009, he has practiced corporate and securities law in New York and recently joined the firm of Kelley Drye & Warren as an associate attorney. Jason is an avid skier and fully took advantage of the very snowy 2014-2015 season, logging over 25 days on the slopes. Jason is a frequent attendee at the Virginia Club Business Forum Breakfasts.
Andrew Kirwin (CLAS ’88)
Andrew Kirwin graduated from the University of Virginia in 1988 with a BA in History and received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City in 1992. Andrew has helped guide the Virginia Club as a Board Member since the mid 90s. As one of the first Virginia alumni to join the clubhouse, Andrew has helped us sustain a healthy relationship with the Yale Club. Andrew currently serves as a Vice President of the Board and runs the Virginia Club’s monthly Networking Breakfasts. Beginning in 2011, he has helped pilot the Club’s partnership with College Bound Initiative, an organization that places college guidance counselors in underserved schools in the New York City region. Andrew is also a committee member of the Glenn D. Kirwin Scholarship which supports a scholarship at the University of Virginia that honors his brother Glenn D. Kirwin. Glenn was a 1982 graduate of the University who lost his life in the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The scholarship is awarded annually to one or more third or fourth year students whose character and involvement in University life most resemble Glenn’s.
Christian graduated with a B.A. from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2004, majoring in Foreign Affairs and Religious Studies. A native Georgian, he first moved to New York in 2007 and is an active member of the Virginia Club of New York, playing on the alumni softball and football teams and attending as many lectures, panels, forums, and social events as he can throughout the year. While at UVA, Christian was a member of the Virginia Gentlemen, The University Guide Service, and Resident Staff, and he also served as the Entertainment Chair and a Trustee for the Class of 2004.
A recovering corporate lawyer, Christian graduated from NYU Law School in 2010, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and practiced with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in both New York and London. He’s currently editor of Blacklines & Billables, a blog/forum focused on law firm associate success and development and legal technology, the founder of The Firm Formula, which offers trainings and coaching for law firm associates and consulting services to firms, and working on a tech venture to improve—and leverage the habits and existing workflow of lawyers to more effectively crowdsource—the management and curation of law firms’ institutional memories. Christian lives in the East Village and—when not hunched over a laptop typing furiously—can usually be found at one of his favorite live music jams around the neighborhood.
Thomas McGovern (Darden ’10)
Thomas is a 2010 graduate of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and currently lives in Manhattan.
Thomas McGovern has spent over 11 years on Wall Street. He is currently a Vice President at Cypress Associates LLC, a privately held investment banking firm headquartered in New York City, where he covers the financial institutions sector. Prior to Cypress, Thomas was part of the financial institutions investment banking group at Morgan Stanley and prior to that covered banks and thrifts as a research analyst at Lehman Brothers. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he was a research associate at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods where he joined after an analyst tenure at Wachovia Securities. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and Series 79 securities license.
Thomas McGovern has been involved in a number of charitable and civic activities including serving on the board of trustees of a church in New York City. He is currently the President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Elmos of Hamilton, the alumni organization for the St. Elmos Fraternity chapter at Hamilton College.
Teddy has been an active member of the Virginia Club since 2011 and is extremely grateful to regularly participate in many of the Virginia Club’s fun and engaging activities, such as: the Alumni Softball team, STUDIO arts outings, discussion panels, and volunteering days in partnership with NY Cares, Change for Kids, Dress for Success, Warm Your Heart Project, and more. Previously having served the Kings County Office of the District Attorney as an Assistant District Attorney in the Domestic Violence Bureau, Teddy now acts as Chief of Staff to William B. Wachtel, Esq., the head of the Litigation Practice at Wachtel Missry LLP. Teddy earned a B.A. from the University with a double major in History and Spanish in 2007 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2010.
Kevin Rankin graduated from UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce in 2013 with a concentration in Marketing and a track in Business Analytics. Since coming to New York, Kevin has been extremely involved with the Virginia Club of New York. Kevin was a member of the Community Service and Membership and Marketing Committee and has remained a member of the Events Committee since he joined the Club. He currently serves as the Events Committee Chair. Kevin’s favorite events include volunteering with KEEN and the Soup Kitchen.
Kevin works as Researcher/Consultant in New York City. While Kevin is not at work or helping out the Virginia Club of New York you can find him running races that involved obstacles or food or cheering on all UVA Athletics teams. Go Hoos!
Sarah is a Double ‘Hoo and native New Yorker who has been involved in the Club since joining the ‘alumni’ softball team during undergrad summers. You can still find her on the field most summer Sundays, now as a co-captain. She’s also a founding member and now Co-Chair of the Hoos Hungry Committee. Sarah currently works for Oscar Health in a hybrid ops + tech product management role, where she builds tools for internal teams while considering the perpetual question of what to eat for her next meal.
Courtney graduated from UVa in 2011 with a BA in Art History and French and a minor in Leadership. As an undergrad, she co-founded and led an interdisciplinary art business course, “Living Art History: An Intro to Art Business and Contemporary Art Markets”, which is still taught to this day. She was President of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and was also a docent at The Fralin Art Museum.
Carrying with her a passion for people and the arts, Courtney now works at The Museum of Modern Art in donor relations. Prior to MoMA, she was the Virginia Club’s Executive Director from 2011-2013. She has been a member of the Board since 2013 and is currently the Club’s President. Previously, she served as Vice President and as Co-Chair of the Club’s arts affinity group, STUDIO. She counts Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party among her favorite events and feels lucky to call the Yale Club a home-away-from-home, even if only to squeeze in a weekly squash game.
Manu Singh graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce in 2006 (Marketing, Management, and Psychology) and has made NYC her home ever since. During her time in New York, she has become a strong advocate of the club, where she has been a clubhouse member for over 7 years. She joined the board in 2014 and is passionate about increasing membership, engaging alumni of all ages, and spreading awareness of the club and its events.
Manu never misses a chance to attend Virginia Club events – and particularly loves Jefferson’s Holiday Party, the Harriman Cup, volunteering at the Meat Loaf Kitchen, as well as UVA sponsored lectures. She currently participates on the Membership & Marketing Committee, Hoos Hungry Committee, and the Harriman Cup board.
Since graduating, Manu also studied Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell. She currently blends her background in business, workplace studies, and psychology to work as a Leadership and Talent Consultant at Korn Ferry, where she coaches individuals on management and consults with companies on how to plan for their talent.
When she is not supporting the Virginia Club, Manu also serves as a Board Member for Right to Play’s Champions Network of Young Professionals, which aims to use sport and play to develop life skills for disadvantaged children. In her spare time you’ll also find her rollerblading on the west-side highway, picking up another new hobby (latest being painting), and planning her next trip abroad.
Colin Smith (COMM ’03)
Colin Smith has enjoyed taking part in the Virginia Club’s activities since moving to New York after graduating with a B.S. in Finance in 2003. He has been a part of numerous social events and has participated in Cavs Care, the University Soup Kitchen, and park cleanups. Colin has played an integral role in bringing together the Virginia Club and the non-profit Change for Kids – for which he works as Executive Director – to host school beautification projects at NYC public elementary schools. Colin has leveraged his nonprofit management and finance experience to Chair the Club’s new Grants Committee and provide perspective on the Club’s community outreach, events planning, events planning, and general organizational strategy.
Clare Spooner graduated from the University in 2014 with a double major in psychology (with a Distinguished Major) and French. While at UVA, she was a member of the varsity tennis team and was also involved with Athletes in Action and Student-Athlete Mentors. A native Virginian and a diehard Wahoo, Clare moved to NYC just after graduation to work in the interior design field—a lifelong passion—and immediately connected with the Virginia Club. The Senior Designer with Meg Braff Designs and an oil painter, too, Clare sets her love of the arts in motion as a co-chair of the STUDIO Arts Committee and connects three of her favorite things: art, UVA, and NYC! Along with the terrific events that the STUDIO committee puts on, she also enjoys reaching out to prospective UVA students in the NYC area, dancing at Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party, and sipping a glass of vino on the Yale Club rooftop in the summer with fellow alumni.
Triple Hoo Mike Steger graduated from the College in 1989 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, and then returned to UVA, graduating in 1993 with a law degree and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs. While an undergrad, he was an officer of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, member of the Inter-Fraternity Council, active in University Union and a member of the JV basketball team. Mike now has his own law practice in New York, focusing on trademark, copyright, entertainment and corporate matters. He has been a member of the UVA Club since moving to New York in 2007 and a Clubhouse Member since 2013, and has helped to shepherd the Business Breakfast Forums at the Club.
John Straton (CLAS ’54)
John Straton is one of the “godfathers” of the Virginia Club of New York. His dedication to the University and to the Club enabled us to have a home in the Yale Club. Before the Yale Club residency, John would host the Board meetings at his office. John is an active clubhouse member and swears by the Yale Club’s eggs benedict. At the University, John was a brother of the Sigma Pi Epsilon fraternity and was influential in the running of the Cavalier Daily. Currently a Vice President of the Club and active on the Finance Committee, John acts as part of the club’s sounding board.
Mark Weber (CLAS ’91)
Mark Weber has been an active part of the Virginia Club of New York’s Board of Directors for over a decade and tries to help in whatever way is needed. Most of his efforts have been organizing community service events and summer softball in Central Park, but he is often caught lending a hand along with good spirit for various other Club events including the annual Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party, during which he organizes the Winter Coat Drive. Mark is currently the Chair of the Community Service Committee, a group that organizes an average of two volunteer opportunities per month. He has an MBA in Health Care Administration and in his day job manages development of medical software and databases for 3M Health Information Systems. Wahoowa!
Lorna Zhen graduated from UVA in 2007 with a B.A. in History and Economics and a minor in Art History. Lorna is the Secretary of the Board. Following Charlottesville, she attended law school at Boston University School of Law, graduating in 2010. After spending a hippie year in Oregon, Lorna moved to New York City in 2011. She currently serves as an Staff Attorney for the New York Legal Assistance Group representing domestic violence victims in family litigation in New York City.As a Board Member for the Virginia Club of New York for the past three years, she helped found the new Hoos Hungry Affinity group which has organized restaurant and food tasting and cooking events and serves as the co-chair for the Admissions Committee. Her favorite Virginia Club events include Soup Kitchen, Hoos New to New York, New Easters, and Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party. Lorna spends her free time illustrating, experimenting with recipes, visiting museums, and endlessly redecorating her apartment.