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 as the Club 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 is also currently a Trustee for the Class of 2016.
Melissa remains connected with UVA alumni and maintains her event-planning outlet by serving on Virginia Club committees for Events, Hoos Hungry, and Membership and Marketing, as well as representing UVA on the Yale Club Young Members Committee. She loves attending basketball game watches, Wahoo Wednesdays, and STUDIO outings, though her favorite event is Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party.
Melissa currently works in structured finance at KPMG. During her spare time, she enjoys sailing on the Hudson, riding her Citibike, going to oyster happy hours, and hosting board game nights. She is thankful to have such a passionate community of Hoos in the city!
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 subsequently 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 Engineer at Venmo and spends her free time boxing, traveling, and hiking and other outdoor activities.
Janelle Clayton (CLAS ’13)
Janelle Clayton graduated from UVA in 2013 where she studied Political Science and Media Studies. She was a High Jumper on the Varsity Track and Field Team where she earned multiple All-ACC Academic Honor awards. Janelle was active in UVA’s undergraduate media community where she created content for V Magazine and WUVA radio station. In Charlottesville, Janelle worked as a law clerk for two years. During her fourth year, she took a leave of absence to intern at The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. She served as Historian for Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity where she fostered her love of volunteering.
This past year, Janelle has loved serving on the Virginia Club Admissions and CBI Panels. Currently, Janelle works Facebook on a team that supports Mark Zuckerburg’s statement, “We sell ads, Senator.” Outside the office, Janelle consistently follows her acting passions and is a Co-Host of the online talk show, The Tea. She loves planning her next international trip, going to concerts, and visiting innovative art activations.
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 the Hoos Hungry Committee and piloted the Social Entrepreneurship Panel and Finance Networking Initiative alongside other board members. Her favorite events are panels, such as the 2017 Diversity in STEM panel in partnership with the School of Engineering, and Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party. She is excited to return to the board and continue to serve as the Hoos Hungry Chair as well as help the Events and STUDIO Committees continue to provide members awesome programming options year round.
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. Juliana also serves on the junior board of The LGBT Community Center, located in the heart of the West Village, where she currently resides.
Dylan Fogarty (CLAS ’15 & COMM ’16)
Dylan Fogarty graduated from College of Arts & Sciences in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Economics, then returned to receive an M.S. in Commerce degree from the McIntire School of Commerce in 2016. During his time at the University, Dylan held leadership positions on Class Council and Trustees, ‘Hoo Crew, Lighting of the Lawn Committee, First Year Players, and Project SERVE. He was also an employee (and Elite member) at the Virginian as well as a graphic design intern for Virginia Athletics.
Since graduating in 2016, Dylan has lived in New York City working for a technology education company, Decoded, as a client services director. When not at work, he spends his traveling, hanging out with his friends in Central Park, leading the UVA Class of 2015 Trustees, and serving as a board member for the Virginia Club of New York. As a board member, he currently sits on the Marketing & Membership Committee and Events Committee and looks forward to promoting events for social members and inviting new NYC Hoos to join in on the festivities.
Jac Ford (CLAS ’16)
Jac (Jacqueline) graduated from UVA in 2016 with a double major in French and Drama. During her time at UVA, Jac served as President of Virginia Players, President of Hoos in the Stairwell, and Co-Chair of the Drama Arts Board. She was an active member of the Department of Drama having performed in numerous productions and worked in the Costume Shop as a Stitcher and First Hand. Jac is also a proud alum of First Year Players and Sigma Delta Tau. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Upon moving to New York City after graduation, she immediately started participating in Virginia Club events her favorites being sitting on the Admissions Panel, volunteering with Korean K-9 Rescue, and attending the Breakfast Forums. She also served as a member of the STUDIO committee.
She currently is the Co-Chair of Hoos in Entertainment, which she helped establish in Spring 2018. An actor and producer, she has a particular interest in fostering relationships between the vast network of Hoos working in the arts and the Club at large.
Justine Gozzi is an active member of the Virginia Club and served on the Board last year. She serves on the Membership and Marketing Committee and actively posts on the Club’s LinkedIn page. Justine plays on the Alumni Softball team, participates with the Book Club, volunteers with Story Pirates, CavsCares, and KEEN, attends STUDIO events, lectures, and much more. Justine is very passionate about UVA and her various activities allows her to interact with a diverse group of UVA Alumni, which provides an avenue for your thoughts/ideas be conveyed to the Board.
Justine graduated from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (Civil Engineering) at UVA in 2004, and from Brooklyn Law School in 2007. She is a Special Counsel at Baker Botts LLP and registered patent attorney. She practices all aspects of intellectual property law and counsels clients on due diligence, freedom to operate, patentability, licensing and litigation concerns. Justine lives in the Upper West Side with her husband Joshua Kinberg and son.
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 the Board Secretary and the 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.
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. While at UVA, he 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 native Georgian, Christian first moved to New York in 2007 and is an active member of the Virginia Club of New York, attending as many lectures, panels, forums, and social and sporting events as he can throughout the year. He first joined the board in 2017 and sits on numerous board committees, including having taken on leadership roles in connection with the Club’s Bicentennial celebration and the Club’s new UVA Attorney Networking group.
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 currently works in the legal technology space, running two blogs (Blacklines & Billables and Dealtech), a podcast, a consulting practice, and the NYC Legal Tech Meetup, as well as working on two nascent tech ventures: an effort to improve—and leverage the habits and existing workflow of lawyers to more effectively crowdsource—the management and curation of law firms’ institutional memories; and a blockchain-based accreditation tracking and management tool. 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.
Julia Pedrick (CLAS ’15, COMM ’16)
Julia Pedrick graduated from UVA in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art (sculpture). She then went on to attend the M.S. in Commerce program at the McIntire School of Commerce, focusing in Marketing & Management. During her time at UVA, Julia was active in Fraternity and Sorority Life, serving at the President of the Inter-Sorority Council, as well as an active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She was also an avid participant in the arts on grounds, serving as a docent at the Fralin Museum of Art and an active member of the sculpture community.
After 5 years on grounds, Julia moved to New York City to work as an Account Executive at HYFN, a social and digital advertising agency. Since then, she has recently moved on to MRY, another digital advertising agency where she is the account supervisor for Audible. Julia has really enjoyed the UVA community in NYC, especially the STUDIO committee. She is now the co-chair for the STUDIO committee, and loves setting up group events and visits for others to experience art outside of their day-to-day activities. She also loves the Virginia Club of New York’s social events, such as Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party, Wahoo Wednesdays, New Student events, and many more. She looks forward to expanding her involvement in the Club, as well as meeting new, fellow Wahoos.
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 has been with the Membership and Marketing Committee and the Events Committee since he joined the Club. He currently serves as the Events Committee Chair. Kevin’s favorite type of events are the volunteering opportunities or athletic outings.
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 co-leading November Project NYC, running races that involved obstacles or food, or cheering on all UVa athletics. 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 Co-Chair of ‘Hoos Hungry, as well as the Club Treasurer. Sarah currently works for Etsy, where she does strategy and operations for their customer service teams while considering the perpetual question of what to eat for her next meal.
Courtney graduated from UVA in 2011 with a double major in Art History and French and a minor in Leadership. As an undergrad, she served as President of her sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta), co-founded an interdisciplinary art business course, and volunteered as a docent at The Fralin Art Museum. She has been an active member of the Club since graduation, first working as Executive Director from 2011-2013 before joining the Board in 2013. She helped pilot STUDIO, the Club’s arts affinity group, and served as Vice President before her term as President (2016-2018). Most recently, Courtney joined UVA’s Arts Council. She works in donor relations at The Museum of Modern Art.
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.
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.
Christine Toes Muldoon (CLAS ’99)
Christine graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1999 and has a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from NYU. She has done over 280 co-op, condo and townhouse sales in Manhattan and Brooklyn in her 13 years in real estate and she has ranked in the “Real Trends” Top 500 agents in New York State. She is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Club of New York and she served on the Club’s Board from 2001-2013. Christine previously served on the Harriman Cup Committee, co-founded the UVA Networking Breakfast and is a co-coordinator of the Virginia Club’s Real Estate Panel.
After having her son, Shea, 4 years ago, she is hoping to get more involved in the club again! You can find her at https://www.compass.com/agents/nyc/christine-toes-muldoon/ and Instagram @christinetoes.
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 Chair for the Admissions Committee and the Club’s Vice President. 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.