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HRA Alumni

Alumni in the News

Alumni in the News

Nicole Lamberson '96 is a Physician Assistant in Virginia, serving on the Medical Advisory Board for Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (, which is a nonprofit organization that's mission is to educate about the potential adverse effects of benzodiazepines taken as prescribed. As part of her work with the Coalition, Nicole has interviewed with Consumer Reports and WedMD, and she also occasionally blogs at KevinMDBenzodiazepine Information Coalition was also recently featured in the October 2019 This is Life with Lisa Ling episode, “The Benzo Crisis.”
Nicole also co-founded The Withdrawal Project (, a grassroots community project from the nonprofit Inner Compass Initiative, that’s mission is to help people make more informed choices about taking and safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. Nicole, her co-founder, and The Withdrawal Project appeared in the April 2019 issue of The New Yorker magazine in a piece entitled, "The Challenge of Going Off Psychiatric Drugs.” The Withdrawal Project has also been cited as a resource in two separate New York Times articles (April 7, 2018, "Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit"; and March 5, 2019, "How to Quit Antidepressants") about the challenges and difficulties of discontinuing psychiatric drugs.
Most recently, Nicole joined the outreach team of the documentary, Medicating Normal, where she helps to facilitate worldwide community screenings. The film, which reveals the untold story of the potentially disastrous consequences that can occur when for-profit medicine intersects with human beings in distress, is currently premiering in film festivals. The trailer and website can be seen here.

Trip Ferguson `67
was inducted on the HRA Wall of Honor during the Founders' Day Assembly on April 19, 2018. He is an alumnus who has been a loyal volunteer and a passionate advocate for Hampton Roads Academy for decades. He joins 23 other dedicated members of HRA’s community, including his late father. HRA’s Wall of Honor was created to honor individuals who have influenced in a lasting way the direction and quality of HRA.

National Business Aviation Assoc. has named Paige Kroner `95 to represent the Mid-Atlantic region, a newly added territory for the association. 

Barclay Shepard `87
was honored with the HRA Outstanding Alumni Service Award at Founders' Day on April 20, 2017. Barclay initiated and continues to organize the annual Alumni vs. Varsity soccer games at HRA, thus keeping several alumni involved with each other and the school.

Rising junior Nicole Piercy `15 of the University of Richmond Swimming & Diving team will be part of an elite group after being named to the Maccabi USA squad for the 20th World Maccabiah Games this summer in Israel. (04-17)

Katie Oates Small '06
 found great success as an opera singer in Atlanta. She also founded "small opera company." Please check it out on Facebook (FB/smalloperacompany) and

HRA alumnus Saxon Holt '70 was featured in an article by the Daily Press in April 2016. Saxon is an award-winning garden photographer in California and was a featured speaker at the Virginia Living Museum's 50th anniversary event on April 24. He also came to HRA on Monday, April 25, 2016 to work with two student photography classes.

Rachel Braig `11
has recorded three songs with Chris' Brown's producer and plans to spend the summer of 2016 in Nashville for an internship at Hart Street Entertainment. She sontinues to write songs and has a fan page: 2016.

Zach Wittkamp `95 and Gray Bowditch `02
are excited about the opening of the Tradition Brewing Co. in June 2016, as the first craft beer venture in Newport News. They are part of a group of investors and Gray will be the operations manager. 

Scott Herbert `06
is hiking the Appalachian Trail throughout the sping and summer of 2016 before attending law school at William & Mary is August 2016. His quest is about raising awareness and money for a veterans' organization.

Marika Yasuda `11
 performed recently (May 2016) at the Williamsburg Music Club benefit concert. She graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is working on a master's of music in piano performance at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she is also an associate instructor. She is making aname for herself in the music world. She has won numerous awards, performing as a soloist, soloist with orchestra, and vocal and instrumental accompanist.  
Time Inc. has named JJ Miller `90 as executive producer of video for its two pop culture brands, People and Entertainment Weekly (EW).

Alumna Courtney Elliott Gardner `85 won an ALLI award from the Cultural Alliance of Hampton Roads this past weekend for her support of the arts. She is currently Executive Director of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.

Nicole Piercy `15
has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week in her first college swimming matchup.

Robert Lanier `92
has been appointed Senior VP of international distribution, Asia-Pacific, covering Australia, New Zealand and Japan for Sony Pictures/Television. (October 2015)

Cary Frances Clark '07,
was featured in the Augst 2015 Auburn Veterinarian Magazine about her achievements  there and her legacy to her great-great grandfather, Dr. Charles Allen Cary, who was the first dean of the Vet School in 1907. 

Brooke Roberson Cushman '88
was recently elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of The Roberson Museum and Science Center/Planetarium in Binghamton, NY, joining her father, Robert S. "Bo" Roberson (HRA Trustee '81-'91). She is excited about continuing the tradition, since she represents the fourth generation of her family to be associated with the museum.

Congratulations to 3 former HRA athletes! Hampden-Sydney football players Justin, DeChirico '11, Will Banning '11 and Marshall Bagley '12 received their ODAC championship rings in April 2015 at their banquet. Justin and Will are seniors and this makes their third championship in their four year career. In addition, Will received the award for the highest gpa for the senior class football players.

Langley Speedway division champion Brandon Gdovic '10 to run in Xfinity Series race in Texas on April 10, 2015.
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Chase Worley HRA '14 has been named one of the team captains for his Division 1 Lacrosse team at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  A challenging 12-game schedule opens on Feb. 20 at Stony Brook and includes state rivals Rutgers and Monmouth.

Rob Taylor '85 has a new job. He is now Senior Business Process Specialist at the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, working out of the Pentagon.

HRA alumnus, West Joseph '09, has founded a company called Nomad Longboards. "Nomad Longboards was created to promote and encourage community, progression and stoke in people who love action sports."

Hollywood producer, Mark Gordon, HRA Class of 1974, is being honored by the Producers Guild with a lifetime achievement award, the Norman Lear Award. Read more.....

Alumnus Will Banning '11 had an interesting about it.

HRA aumnus and artist, Asa Jackson '07, was recently profiled in Dimensions magazine (WHRO). 
file:///C:/Users/dtanne/Downloads/Asa%20article%20(2).pdf and Click here

Victoria Scott  '05
 will be on Fox News The Kelly File March 13 at 9 p.m. and on Hannity March 14 at 10 p.m. She will be a guest with her doctor discussing Obama Care. 

Read about the first novel by teacher and writer, Andrew Gretes '00.

Ashley Hanna ’08
 is now an Associate Producer at CBS Television’s omg! Insider in Los Angeles. She has been working there and with Entertainment Tonight (they are sister shows) since she graduated from the University of Georgia in May of 2012 and was promoted last month to the producing position.

TowneBank announces that John Hollingsworth '04 has been promoted to assistant vice-president. He is a dealer services officer, responsible for risk management at the Pavilion office. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and received his MBA from the College of William and Mary. 

Jimmy Lee '69
 has recently been selected for Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary national trial lawyer society. He's also a Texas Super Lawyer for 2013 and recognized by Best Lawyers in America-Chambers USA. He specializes in commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Jimmy and his wife Dee Dee live in Dallas and have two grown children. 

An Open House Art Sale at the Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery with a special presentation of new work by Bob Oller and Shameera Wiest. Works by Glenn Shepard Jr. `83 and rarely seen works by gallery director, Lee Matney `83 will also be on display, along with others. Refreshments will be served.
Paul Trible `99 
was recently featured on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" talking about his luxury shirt business, Ledbury. Click on "latest clips" and scroll down to # 13.
He is also included in an article about Richmond in Virginia Living Magazine.

Asa Jackson `07 
announces that he is currently involved in the Freedom Exhibits, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The first exhibit, entitled "I Dream Freedom," celebrates icons of the Civil Rights Movement of Past and Present through paintings and photography. The second exhibit will be a selection of art from a variety of artists under the theme of "Freedom." Asa is one of the artists represented in the exhibit, which runs from January 11-February 28. The opening reception is at 6:30 p.m. on January 11, 2013.

Tasha Rose `98 
announces a launch event for a new children's yoga company. It will take place at the Ferguson showroom in Newport News on October 11 at 6 pm. Check out the comapny on their Facebook page:  They have published the first in a series of children's books which incorporate characters and yoga positions for an interactive experience.
Daniel Shaye `86 has been a runner for years, but now is trying his hand at obstacle-heavy adventure races. He recently wrote an article describing these events, along with training tips, in the Health Journals' September issue.

Ben Hill `90 has been appointed to the Williamsburg Regional Board at Old Point National Bank. He is the President of Carcoop Inc. that will soon be opening Virginia's first Yogurtini franchise location in Williamsburg. He has his degree in Urban Planning from Virginia Tech.

Scott Madaras `07
 participated in the 100 fly Olympic Trials in Omaha this summer.  Way to go Scott!

The premiere of locally made horror movie "The Waterman" by Matt Lockhart '95 was held in Virginia Beach on April 19, 2012.  

Edward Smith '09 has received a Senator John W. Warner Public Leadership Undergraduate Research Award. Read full article here.

Ben Joseph '03 wrote an episode for the Simpsons which aired on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at 8 p.m. Read his blog here

Tiffany Haas '00 starred as Glinda (through March 25, 2012) in "Wicked" at Crysler Hall. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 2005 and competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Ohio in 2002.

Mark A. Short '83, a partner with Kaufman & Canoles, has been named president of the Newport News Bar Association.

Chris Sink '82 and his wife Leslie were featured in the Oyster Pointer with their business Hi-Ho Silver in City Center.

Asa Jackson `07 was destined to be an artist at an early age. He thrived here at HRA and his paintings are now being snapped up by collectors. Check out his work at his current show at the Samuel Owen Gallery in Greenwich, CT. Click here for more information.

Samantha Turlington `08 has been directing a theatrical production called "HONK!" for the New River Stage company in Blacksburg, Va. It runs through March and has been a great success. She will direct a summer production of "Peter Pan" for Summer Musical Enterprise, also in the New River Valley.

Katie Wilson `00, a freelance graphic designer, will have a chance to share her talents at the Super Bowl half-time show on February 5. Katie will be the Senior Motion Graphic Designer for Madonna's half-time performance, in collaboration with a Montreal studio and Cirque du Soleil. Following her graduation from HRA, Katie studied at Virginia Tech and the Savannah School of Art and Design. She went on to work in Amsterdam and now lives in New York City.

Caitlyn Unsworth '11, a first-year women's basketball player at Columbia, was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

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