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.
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 Mr. Jefferson’s Spring Party and park clean-ups! Molly now works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center focused on their annual fundraising event, Cycle for Survival.
John Braley (ARCH ’92)
John graduated from the School of Architecture in 1992 and has been a resident of New York and active member of the Virginia Club over the years since moving to the city in 1999 for business school at NYU. John has served as a Board Member since 2019, joining several club committees: Grants and Hoos Hungry, while also assisting in launching the “Hoos in the Know” virtual program, as well as providing emcee services for past Real Estate Panels. John has been a regular participant in several events curated by the club –UVA/NY Cares; Game Watches – especially in 2019; and, of course, Mr. Jefferson’s Annual Holiday Party!
John is a NY-based real estate and business development professional with over 25 years of experience in international business, including sales of construction services, capital fund raising and property management. John’s role at Delos Living is Vice President of Business Development, promoting the use and adoption of all services of the firm in wellness real estate globally. Most recently, using his professional platform at Delos in health & wellness real estate, John has re-connected with the University by joining the Centennial Campaign Team for Next Cities for the Foundation of the School of Architecture in anticipation of its upcoming 100th year anniversary this Fall. His work has helped foster the continued healthy expansion of the Grounds in Charlottesville, including the adoption of the WELL Building Standard – founded by Delos – in the newly designed Student Health & Wellness Center.
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 on the Board since 2013. Chris served as the Club President from 2018 – 2020.
He’s a regular at Virginia Club events, including lectures, Cav’s Care, Wahoo Wednesdays, game watches, and more. He enjoys spending time with fellow Hoos in any setting and is always encouraging participation in Club events. His favorite Virginia Club event is Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party.
Chris was the Giving Co-Chair for his 10 year UVA reunion in 2016. He’s a regular on the squash courts at the Yale Club and serves on the Yale Club’s Athletics Committee. 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.
Chris is a Vice President in the Business Development at Fox News Channel / Fox Business Network, where he has worked for the past 13 years. He currently sits on the Board of Directors at TrustX alongside members from NBC, Meredith, ESPN, and CBS. TrustX is a premium supply-side platform formed through the Digital Content Next trade association.
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 serves as the Events Committee Co-Chair.
Melissa remains connected with UVA alumni and maintains her event-planning outlet through the Virginia Club as a co-chair of the Events committee and a member of Hoos Hungry, as well through the Yale Club Young Members Committee as a UVA representative. She loves attending basketball game watches, industry panels, and STUDIO outings, though her favorite event will always be Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party.
Melissa currently works in corporate strategy at Deloitte. During her spare time, she enjoys sailing on the Hudson, riding her Citibike, trying new recipes, and traveling. 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.
Courtney Schaefer Deveau (CLAS ’11)
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 the Club’s arts affinity group STUDIO, and served as Vice President before her term as President (2016-2018). Courtney is also involved with UVA’s Arts Council. She works at The Museum of Modern Art where she is the Associate Director of Membership and Affiliate Programs. Courtney currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Grants Committee.
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 Community of Interest and the Grants Committee. Her favorite events are panels that highlight our amazing alumni community and community service outings. She is excited to return to the board and continue to serve as the Hoos Hungry Chair and help lead the Community Service Committee. She currently also serves as a Vice President.
Originally from Cali, Colombia, Juliana is a double Hoo, having received a B.A. in Anthropology 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 a Class of 2014 Trustee and recently completed a Master of Science in Organizational Change Management at The New School. Juliana is a Strategist at The Medici Group, an enterprise solutions firm that helps organizations build and sustain high-performing and innovative teams. In her role, she has had the privilege of working with clients such as Spotify, HSBC, AstraZeneca, Mastercard, and many others.
Kate Sommi Edmondson graduated UVA in 2019 with a Bachelors in Foreign Affairs from The College. After graduation, Kate returned to her native New Jersey and began work at the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the IAB, in Manhattan as part of its Learning and Development team. Kate was introduced to the IAB while attending a Virginia Club of New York event! Kate saw an opportunity for unparalleled networking and growth with the Virginia Club of New York and began attending as many events as she could. This quickly evolved into a deep sense of camaraderie with other members and enthusiasm for the club. She promptly joined the events committee, and has enjoyed working behind the scenes. Her favorite event so far has been volunteering at the New York Marathon!
Originally recruited to UVA as a coxswain on the women’s rowing team, Kate maintains a deep love for athletics. When she is not finding ways to be active herself, Kate enjoys cheering on the Hoos whenever she can, particularly during lacrosse season. Her senior year, she was fortunate to experience both the men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse teams win their respective National Championships; the perfect way to end her time on the grounds.
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 an employee (and Elite member) at The Virginian Restaurant as well as a graphic design intern for Virginia Athletics. Dylan serves as the Membership & Marketing Co-Chair.
Since graduating in 2016, Dylan has lived in New York City working for a digital & data education company, Decoded, as the commercial 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 chair for UVA Reunions Giving committee. As a board member of the Virginia Club of New York, he currently chairs the Marketing & Membership Committee and is a member of the Events Committee. Every year, he looks forward to the meeting new NYC Hoos at events like Hoos New to New York and Wahoo Wednesdays as well as being an activate participant in the UVA book club.
Joshua G. Holmes currently serves as Co-Treasurer of the Virginia Club’s Board of Directors. Upon completion of his term as President in 2014, the Board reelected him Treasurer. He also serves as an observer on the Yale Club Membership & Marketing Committee, and contributes to multiple committees & groups, including: Hoos Hungry, Book Club, Events, and Grants. 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 supporting roughly 250 charter schools across all five boroughs for the NYC Department of Education. 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.
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. Christian serves as the chair of WahooLaw.
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.
Natalie May (CLAS ’17)
Natalie graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2016 with a double major in Music and Arts Administration. While at UVA she was passionately involved in the arts, holding leadership positions with the Student Council Arts Committee and First Year Players, serving as a student representative on the Arts Council and Music Arts Board, singing with the University Singers, and founding the Arts Grounds Guides.
Natalie moved to New York City in 2017 to support the city’s vibrant arts community. She worked in development at the Metropolitan Opera for several years prior to her current position as Development & Special Events Officer at the French Heritage Society. She has been an active member of the Virginia Club for years, and proudly joined the Board in 2019. She currently serves as a member of the STUDIO and Grants committees, frequently volunteers at events, and loves attending special lectures and panels at the Yale Club. If you need to find her outside of Club functions, you’ll have the best luck at Lincoln Center or on Museum Mile.
Tom is a 2010 graduate of the Darden School of Business at UVA. He has been involved in a number of charitable activities including serving on the board of trustees of Central Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan and as a fraternity alumni president. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the St. Elmos National fraternity and is a lifetime member of the University of Virginia Alumni Association
Tom has served on the board of the Virginia Club of New York since 2013 and has been a clubhouse member since 2008. As part of the Membership & Marketing committee, he has been heavily involved in outreach efforts to graduate school alumni of UVA to increase awareness of the Club and its benefits to all members of the UVA community in New York City.
In his profession, Tom is an investment banker at Nomura Securities covering the financial institutions sector and has worked on Wall Street for over 15 years.
EricaJoy “EJ” Oliverio (CLAS ’17)
EJ graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2017 with a degree in English & Media Studies. During her undergraduate career, she was an active member of University Programming Council (UPC) and Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Following graduation, EJ served as the Virginia Club’s Executive Director from 2017-2019. As ED, she enjoyed building a new partnership with UVA’s School of Architecture and expanding the Club’s membership recruitment efforts by hosting a new happy hour specifically for current UVA graduate students. Her favorite memories from her term include hosting President Ryan and Coach Bennett at the Yale Club and watching Virginia Basketball’s first NCAA championship win at American Whiskey. She continues her commitment to the Virginia Club as the co-chair of Admissions and Membership & Marketing committees. Her favorite events are Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party, Hoos New to New York, and Book Club.
EJ currently works at NYU’s Stern School of Business, advising undergraduate clubs and organizations. Simultaneously, she is working towards her Master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt. But don’t worry—her loyalty still lies with Virginia!
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 graduate 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 in social and digital advertising. After a few years at small agencies, in May 2019, Julia began her own freelance strategy business. She has been working freelance ever since, and has enjoyed building partnerships with a variety of start-up and established marketing clients. Outside of work, Julia has really enjoyed the UVA community in NYC, especially the STUDIO committee. She is the Co-Chair for STUDIO and loves setting up group events 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, game watches, New Student events, and many more.
Kevin Rankin is a double Hoo: McIntire School of Commerce in 2013 with a concentration in Marketing and a M.S. in Business Analytics from Darden and McIntire in 2019. Since coming to New York, Kevin has been extremely involved with the Virginia Club of New York. He currently serves as a Vice President and Events Committee Co-Chair. Kevin’s favorite type of events are volunteering opportunities and athletic outings.
Kevin works at SKIM, a market research company, in Hoboken, NJ. 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 unusual races, or cheering on 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 (and co-Treasurer of the Club). Sarah currently leads operations at Context Travel – which means lots of travel to Europe! – while considering the perpetual question of what to eat for her next meal. Sarah serves as Co-Treasurer of the Virginia Club.
Gillian graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2018 with a double major in Economics and Cognitive Science. While at UVA, she served as a Program Director for Madison House’s Swimming Program, interned with UVA Athletics, and was an active member of Club Swim. She also worked with the Office of Undergraduate Admission to plan and execute the Days on the Lawn series. Gillian has been an active member of the Events Committee since moving to NYC.
Gillian currently works at FIRST, a global events agency, as an Event Technology Coordinator. Her favorite Virginia Club events include Wahoo Wednesdays, industry panels, and Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party. When she is not at work or a Virginia Club event, you can find her walking around exploring different neighborhoods with friends, participating in a yoga class, trying a new recipe, or cheering on the Hoos.
Clare graduated from the University in 2014 with a double major in psychology and French and was a member of the varsity tennis team. A native Virginian and a diehard Wahoo, Clare moved to NYC just after graduation to work in the arts–as an interior design and an artist–and immediately connected with the Virginia Club. 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.
John Straton (CLAS ’54)
John Straton is the “godfather” 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 of New York City. Before the Yale Club residency, John would host 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 a 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 Co-Chair of both the Community Service and Grants 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. 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 a Supervising 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 eight years, she helped found the new Hoos Hungry Affinity group which has organized restaurant and food tasting and cooking events and serves as the the Club’s President. Her favorite Virginia Club events include Soup Kitchen, Hoos New to New York, Mr. Jefferson’s Spring Party, and Mr. Jefferson’s Holiday Party. Lorna spends her free time illustrating, experimenting with recipes, visiting museums, and endlessly redecorating her apartment.