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Thomas C. Tillar Jr.
Vice President for Alumni Relations

Thomas C. Tillar Jr. joined the university staff in 1971 and currently serves as Vice President for Alumni Relations (appointed in 1996). Prior to that, he served as director of alumni relations, and earlier as director of annual giving. His responsibilities include overseeing the mission and goals of alumni programs for over 220,000 living alumni of the university and serving as secretary-treasurer of the Alumni Association. Other duties involve coordinating the committees and activities of the Alumni Board of Directors, guiding strategic planning and budgeting of all alumni programs and services, overseeing the professional and support staff, shaping communications programs that promote alumni programs and general support of the university, and providing leadership to legislative advocacy, affinity revenue programs, student programs, and awards programs. He is a 1969 graduate of the Biology department and holds masters and doctoral degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He is certified as a fundraising executive by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, and is a member of two professional organizations, CASE and CAAE, serving in leadership roles in both. He also serves on the NEATrust Board, Center in the Square Board, Smithfield Preston Foundation, Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation, and local Rotary Club.   

Carolyn Bain
Director for Alumni Relations for the College of Engineering

Carolyn joined the Alumni Association team in September 2006 as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Virginia Tech's College of Engineering. Carolyn's responsibilities include planning, coordinating and executing events for the College of Engineering and assisting with Alumni Relation events including reunions and other alumni programs. Prior to coming to Alumni Relations, Carolyn was a Development Associate for the College of Engineering. A 1996 graduate of High Point University, Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in I/O Psychology as an adult student. She has worked in higher education since 1989 at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia where she was the Director of the Associates Program and High Point University in North Carolina.

Nancy Brittle
Director of Alumni Career Resources Program

Nancy joined the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in September 2010 as the Director of the Alumni Career Resources Program. With the current economic environment, Nancy’s responsibility will be to compile helpful information as a service for alumni who are in the process of changing jobs, looking for a job, or interested in pursuing alternative career choices. Nancy is a 1972 graduate of Virginia Tech where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics.  Following graduation, she taught math at a Junior High School in Virginia Beach for six years. In 1978 she began working for IBM Corporation in Norfolk, VA and just recently retired after 31 years. While at IBM, she held various positions including sales representative, systems engineer, marketing manager, Large Systems Education Programs Manager, University Programs and SE300 Program Manager, Worldwide Program Director for Linux in Higher Education, Emerging Technologies Sales Executive, and retired as IT Optimization Client Solutions Executive for the East Region. Nancy comes from a family of Hokies. Her father graduated from Tech in 1949, her husband, Coleman, (’71), her brother (’67), her two sons (2004 & 2006), and her two stepsons (’97 and 2000).

Denise Crawford
Communications Coordinator

Denise Crawford joined the Alumni Association in June 2009 after working more than eight years as a Publications Specialist for the Department of English at Virginia Tech. She holds a Bachelor’s in Management and Leadership and an Associate's in Marketing, and is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Virginia Tech. Her responsibilities include developing and designing Alumni Association publications, including print, email, and web. Denise’s interests outside of the office include spending time with family and friends. She is also a licensed cosmetologist.

Sharon Croy
Alumni Records

Sharon Croy’s responsibilities include updating biographical information, managing and responding to incoming e-mail messages and inquiries addressed to, sending of e-mail publications to alumni, coding, and overall customer service. Sharon responds to inquiries pertaining to the Alumni Gateway on the Alumni Association website.  She has been employed at Virginia Tech since 1989 and has worked in alumni relations since 1998. Sharon resides in Christiansburg with her husband, John, and daughter Kayla.

Deborah A. Day
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations

Debbie established the first satellite office for the Alumni Association in Northern Virginia in 1987. She joined the Blacksburg office in 1993 and currently serves as Associate Vice President.  She oversees the alumni chapter program with over  130 chapters and clubs nationwide.  Debbie provides leadership to Student Programs including the Student Alumni Associates and Class System and also the Communications area (Printing, Publications and Public Relations).  She coordinates alumni programs and reunions and represents the Alumni Association on various university committees.

Since July 2008 Debbie has served as Director of the Office of Recovery and Support, the office created following the April 16 tragedy to provide direct support to the victim’s families and injured survivors.  She works with a dedicated and caring staff who provide for the needs of those most directly affected by the tragedy.

She remains committed to the development of students and in addition to working with Alumni Association student programs, she teaches a leadership class in the Residential Leadership Community and serves as an advisor to Pi Beta Phi fraternity.  She received a BA in Communications Studies in 1984 and an M.S. in Adult and Continuing Education in 1993 both from Virginia Tech.  Debbie resides in Blacksburg with her husband J.S. and three children, Tanley, Walker and Brad.

Karen Denny
Fiscal Technician

Karen Denny's responsibilities include processing accounts payable and receivables, gathering travel information and processing travel reimbursements, reconciling funds and special program accounts, processing hourly payroll, and staff leave. She has worked for Virginia Tech since 1985, joining the Alumni Association in July 1995. Karen lives in Christiansburg with her husband and son.

Greg Fansler
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Greg joined the Alumni Association in August of 2007. He is a 2002 graduate of Virginia Tech and received a Bachelor of Science in Management and Finance with a concentration in Financial Risk. He is currently enrolled in the Professional MBA program at Virginia Tech. He serves as the liaison to alumni chapters within the Southeast and is responsible for the royalty programs that fund the Alumni Association. Greg currently resides in Blacksburg and is a member of a proud Hokie family. His hobbies consist of training for triathlons and music. He is a Rotary member and serves on various committees throughout the University.

Shirley Fleet
Executive Secretary Senior

Shirley Fleet joined the Alumni Association in May of 2004. Her responsibilities include correspondence, scheduling meetings, maintaining the calendar for the Vice President of the Alumni Association, maintaining files, compiling class notes section for the VT Magazine, and sending letters to alumni who submit the information. Other duties include handling class ring requests, coordinating the invitation of alums to represent Virginia Tech President, and ordering academic apparel for such occasions. Shirley has worked for over 15 years in the role of Executive Secretary beginning with real estate to a consulting engineering firm. She has been married to a Blacksburg native for over 30 years and they have one daughter. Her hobbies include bowling, walking, sewing, singing, traveling, crafts, and spending time with her family.

Bonnie Gilbert
Director of Alumni Relations for the Pamplin College of Business

Bonnie received a Bachelor's degree from Bluefield College in Organizational Management in 1996 and an M.A. in Family & Child Development from Virginia Tech in 2000. She has worked with Virginia Tech in various capacities serving in academic and career advising positions with the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Communications, University Academic Advising Center and Building Construction. Bonnie is originally from Craig County and presently resides in Newport with her three children.

Kelly Lyn Griffin McCann
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Kelly graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Biology and joined the staff of the Office of Recovery and Support (ORS) shortly afterwards in 2008.  As the ORS transitions into Alumni Relations, Kelly continues with her work in family relations and chairs the university-wide Day of Remembrance ceremony.  Kelly also works with the alumni chapter program and assists with many other alumni programs.  Kelly has worked as a Virginia State Emergency Medical Technician and continues to receive training in emergency management and victim support.  

Gwen Harrington
Director of Alumni Relations for Travel and Young Alumni Programs

Gwen Harrington joined the Alumni Association in November of 2007. As an undergraduate at Virginia Tech she received a bachelor of science in psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s in Information Technology. Gwen has worked at Virginia Tech for several years, formerly with Multicultural Programs and Services. Her responsibilities with the Alumni Association include coordinating young alumni programs and reunions, senior transition programs, and creating and managing an alumni networking system. Gwen works as the advisor to the student group "Students Today Alumni Tomorrow". She also manages the Alumni Association’s Travel Program and a variety of other Alumni programs. Gwen’s interests include travel, music, darts, photography and web design.

Dave Hunt
Communications Director

Dave Hunt joined the Alumni Association in November 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and has fifteen years of experience in communications. Dave works on the development, content, and design of Alumni Association publications, including print, e-mail, and web. He maintains the Alumni Association’s website with the assistance of the Communications Coordinator, and plays a key role in the association’s branding efforts. Recent Midwestern transplants, Dave and his wife Jaime are enjoying discovering the beauty and charm (and milder winters) of the Blacksburg area.

Jack Hutcheson
Director of National Capital Region Alumni Programs

As a third-generation alumnus and fourth-generation employee, Jack Hutcheson serves as Associate Director in charge of alumni chapters throughout the North Atlantic states. His previous work for Arthur Andersen & Co., E. F. Hutton, and as General Partner of his own firm, includes over 20 years of extensive management and administrative expertise. Since moving to Northern Virginia in 1980, Jack has been a leader in local volunteer organizations. He has held leadership positions in the Alexandria YMCA, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and Christ Church of Alexandria. He was a founding member of the Capital-area Alumni Association of a large national fraternity. His professional memberships include Beta Gamma Sigma, National Business Honor Fraternity, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Forbears and contemporaries graduating from Virginia Tech include Jack's grandfather, class of '07; father and mother, classes of '44 and '48, respectively, and various relatives. Four generations of Virginia Tech employees began with his great-grandfather, who joined the faculty in 1896, continuing through his grandfather, who held several positions including President from 1945-47, through his grandfather's nephew, and on, to Jack and his generation.

Katie Lafon
Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Science

Katie Lafon joined the Alumni Association team in April of 2015 as the Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Science. Katie’s responsibilities include planning, coordinating and executing events for the College of Science. As a member of the College of Science Advancement team, Katie works closely with others in her college to ensure that the needs of the alumni, donors, stakeholders, the college and the university are being met in the most strategic and fulfilling way possible.

Katie has been with the university for over eleven years. Previously, she has worked within the College of Agriculture of Life Sciences with Virginia Cooperative Extension where she was employed in various roles but most recently as a faculty member in the State 4-H Office. She also has experience with University Development serving in the Office of Special Events during the last Campaign. Katie earned two degrees from Virginia Tech; a bachelor’s degree in natural resource recreation with a minor in forestry (2002) and a master’s degree in education (2003). She also holds a certificate in Special Events Management from George Washington University. Her husband and three children reside on the family beef-cattle farm in Blacksburg.

Patience Larkin
Director of Corps Alumni

Colonel Patience Larkin, USAF (Ret.) is the Alumni Director for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.  Colonel Larkin served over 24 years as an intelligence officer with deployments to both Kuwait and Haiti.  She held a variety of intelligence positions at all levels, from intelligence officer for an F-15 fighter squadron to the Associate Director for Policy and Records at the National Security Agency.

Her military education includes Joint Forces Staff College and Air War College. Colonel Larkin received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and her masters degree in Counseling from Troy State.

During her years in the Corps, Col Larkin was a member of E-Frat 87, Gregory Guard, Scabbard and Blade, Arnold Air Society and served as the Second Battalion S1 her senior year.

Cathy Lally
Assistant to the Vice President

Cathy Lally has been with the Alumni staff since 1992. Her responsibilities as the Assistant to the Vice President include coordinating meetings and communications for the Alumni Board of Directors, coordinating all aspects of alumni awards, and student scholarships. Cathy also coordinates, plans and assists with class reunions and serves as the liaison for the New River Valley Alumni Chapter. She serves as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) Steering Committee.

Jamie Lucero
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Jamie joined the Alumni staff in January 2006. She provides leadership for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ (CALS) Alumni events, projects, and the CALS Alumni Organization. Some of her key responsibilities are coordinating and planning College Homecoming and tailgates, the annual scholarship banquet, the annual Alumni Awards program, and regional events, serving as the director of the CALS Student Ambassador Program, assisting the CALS Alumni Organization in carrying out their plan of work including board meetings and their annual golf tournament, and collaborating with the University Alumni Relations Office to position the CALS Alumni Organization as an integral part of University alumni functions and activities. She is also responsible for assisting with Alumni Relations events including reunions and other special programs A native of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, she received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from the University of Central Missouri and Kansas State University, respectively. Previously, Jamie was employed as a Research Associate by Revivicor, Inc., a biotechnology company in the VT Corporate Research Center, and then moved to the VT Economics Department to serve as the Graduate Program Administrator. Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband, Warren, and daughters, Emma and Madison.

Gilda Machin-Scarpaci
Special Events Planner

Gilda joined the Alumni Association in August 2010 after serving in a number of positions with Virginia Tech, most recently with Pamplin College of Business. Her role includes organizing and creating interest and encouraging participation in class reunions and other alumni-focused special events. Gilda has a passion for photography, dancing, music, and world travel. She and her family have explored more than 20 countries together, which gives her a unique perspective for themes and presentations as a special event coordinator. Gilda is a member of the Hispanic Caucus at Virginia Tech, board member of Refugee and Immigration Board in Roanoke, and supports and gives counsel to a family foundation that supports breast cancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Jordan McCauley
Alumni Admissions/Chapter Liaison

Jordan McCauley was born and raised in Lynchburg Virginia, where he attended E.C. Glass High School and Central Virginia Community College before coming to Virginia Tech. He is a 2012 graduate of VPI Company in the Corps of Cadets and received his B.A. from CLAHS in Sociology, with a concentration in Crime and Deviance. As an undergrad, he was the vice president of VT Students for Concealed Carry and ended his college experience as the Executive Officer of Bravo Company.

After graduation, he is now working for the Virginia Tech Alumni Association as the Alumni Admissions Project Liaison, finding and training alumni volunteers to help with freshmen recruiting efforts. As of September 2012, he has also taken over the position as Alumni Director of CNRE and hopes to continue both his education and service with Virginia Tech.

Jordan currently lives in Blacksburg and spends most of his free time either lifting weights, shooting, or riding motorcycles. He is an avid fan of Hokie sports and member of the Pistol and Rifle Club of Virginia Tech. The son of his father, Greg and loving mother, Laurie, who passed away in 2008, he is the middle child in an amazing family of seven, including his step-mother, Rachel and four siblings, Lauren, Scott, Francis, and Isabelle.

Angela Mills
Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Angela Mills is serving the Virginia Tech Alumni Association as the Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. In this role she is focused on engaging over 56,000 alumni, faculty, and students of this college. From 2007 until September 2013, Angela served the University of Tennessee Alumni Association (UTAA) as the Senior Director of Alumni Chapters and Outreach.  She oversaw the UTAA chapter and clubs program of more than 100 chapters and clubs and worked directly with more than 35 chapters and clubs. From 2003-06 she was with the UT College of Law as the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Affairs and as the Assistant Director of Development for the UT College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Prior to going to UT in 2003, Angela worked with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. focusing on development for the National Symphony Orchestra.

Angela holds a BS (2001) from Mary Washington College of Fredericksburg, Va., in business administration with a concentration in marketing and theatre, and an MPA in Public Administration (2011) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is currently serving on the University of Mary Washington Alumni Board of Directors. She is serving as logistics co-chair of the 2016 District III Conference for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).  CASE District III appoints four co-chairs to lead more than 40 volunteers for the annual conference. The co-chairs are selected from among the 557 institutions that are part of CASE District III, which also includes 10,700 individual members.  She served as arrangements chair in 2015 and food and beverage chair in 2014, as well as co-chair of the Alumni Track in 2012. She has presented at CASE District III (2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010), CASE District VI (2011), and CASE Kentucky (2014, 2013) conferences.

Carol Rader
Reunions and Constituency Programs

Carol Green has been with the Alumni staff since January of 2001. Her responsibilities include event management for class reunions, college homecomings, and constituency events. Before joining the Alumni Association, Carol worked for eleven years in marketing and customer service for a software company in Blacksburg. She holds an associate’s degree from New River Community College and recently completed her bachelor’s in Management and Leadership from Bluefield College.

Virginia "Ginny" Ritenour
Chapter Program Administrative Coordinator

Ginny joined the Alumni Association in October 2008. Her responsibilities include serving on the chapter team and providing a point of contact for chapter related matters.  She assists with the maintenance of the chapter database and volunteer handbook, as well as planning the Chapter Officers Forum and chapter leadership training. Ginny moved to Blacksburg in 1989 to attend Virginia Tech and now lives in Newport, Virginia with her husband and son.  She has volunteered with Virginia Cooperative Extension as a Master Gardener since 2000 and loves photography and music.

Pamela Stanley
Alumni Records Manager

Pam has worked for Virginia Tech since 2003, joining the Alumni Association in March 2011. Pam’s responsibilities include managing the Alumni Data area. She is in charge of record and database management. She's responsible for report generating statistical data to constituencies, data coding, deceasing of alumni records, and updating biographical information. Pam collaborates with Alumni/Development Technical Team to continually develop, test, and improve Banner functionality.

John Vile
Technical Services Manager

John joined the Alumni Association in October of 2012. He provides direction and guidance for all Information Technology needs, ranging from desktop support to dynamic web programming. He also maintains the Online Alumni Directory. John moved to Blacksburg in March of 2000 and he has joyfully called it home ever since. A proud father of two and a more proud grandfather of one, John spends his free time listening to music, playing guitar, reading, and spending lazy days with his wife and their dog and cat.

Latanya Walker
Director of Alumni Relations for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

Latanya coordinates on and off-campus activities to promote diverse alumni involvement. This includes planning and partnering with both university and community members for reunions, university programming events, student organizational events, and varied on- and off-campus alumni chapter happenings. In addition, she works to promote and support the activities and successes of Virginia Tech’s diverse constituency, which includes writing articles and providing opportunities for networking, community engagement, and mentoring.

Definitely a local, Latanya moved to her mom’s hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia when she was ten years old. Following her graduation from Blacksburg High School, Latanya earned her B.S. in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech. After several years of teaching pre-school and working with the Shawsville Head Start, she began graduate school at Radford University and completed her M.S. in Counseling and Human Development, with a focus in school counseling.  For two years, she advised undergraduates in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and then went on to serve as counselor and assistant director of the VT Upward Bound Program for 13 years.

Laura Wedin
Student Programs Director

Laura earned her Master of Fine Arts degree (Theatre Arts) from Virginia Tech in 1984 and joined the Alumni staff in 1994. As Student Programs Director, she serves as advisor to Class Programs which includes leadership teams and committees for each class and Ring Design/Premiere/Dance events. She oversees the Class ring program which includes the current student Class ring accounts as well as the alumni ring customer service  and the Hokie Gold Legacy Program  Laura advises the Student Alumni Associates (SAA)  a student group that supports Alumni Association and university events; serves on the Campus Programming, Parent Roundtable, and Commencement committees; and enjoys the rich history of Virginia Tech, especially the class ring tradition. In her 21 years with Alumni Relations, she has worked on or been a part of just about every kind of program the Alumni Association has hosted.  She is a long-time volunteer for Historic Smithfield,  enjoys archaeology, and hiking and backpacking the trails of southwest Virginia. She is a member of the Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group (SWVaMRG), an affiliated search and rescue group with the Blacksburg Rescue Squad, and is currently working on her C-CERT certification with Virginia Tech. A Native Texan, she has resided in Blacksburg since 1982 and has two sons - the oldest is an '08 Hokie/'15 graduate Buckeye and the youngest son chefs for Virginia Tech's number one-rated dining services.

Jay Whitlow
Event Coordinator/Building Manager

Jay Whitlow is the Event Coordinator/Building Manager at the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. He oversees the planning of various alumni events throughout the year, including the Drillfield Series and class reunions in the fall.

A native of Richmond, VA, Jay has lived in Blacksburg since he began attending Virginia Tech in the winter of 1997. Over the years, Jay held a variety of roles at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center and The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, including Banquet Chef and Banquet Manager before joining the staff of the Alumni Association in early 2014. A huge sports fan, Jay loves watching football (especially the Hokies!), soccer, baseball, and is an avid fantasy baseball participant. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, listening to music, and adding new albums to his vinyl collection.

Sandra M. Worley

Sandie Worley has been with the Alumni Association since June 2011 and loves this new adventure! She is a 1978 Virginia Tech graduate with a BA in Communications and was a past SAA (Student Alumni Associates) member. For the previous 20 years, she worked in pre and elementary education in Montgomery County while raising her four children, two of whom are VT graduates.

Sandie is married to Gary ('78, '94, '99) who works in Information Technology at the university. Her father, James P. Milliken was in the class of 1955. Sandie enjoys spending time with her family and pets, home decorating, gardening, and walking through our beautiful campus to her receptionist post at the Holtzman Alumni Center.

Lynn Young
Director of Alumni Relations for the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Lynn began her career at Virginia Tech in 1984. She has worked with the Alumni Association for 15 years, 10 of which have been as director of alumni relations with the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She travels regionally and nationally to plan alumni receptions in conjunction with VMRCVM meetings and conferences.  She is also responsible for the VMRCVM Alumni Society Board of Directors which was created in 2000. She has been the VMRCVM director of student affairs since 2004. In this capacity, she oversees the annual VMRCVM Open House and Prospective Student Weekend, which draws hundreds of participants, VMRCVM orientation, VMRCVM Parents’ Weekend, tours and the student recruitment program.  She is chair of the Hill’s Feeding Program and also assists the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association with the mentee/mentor program. In 2007, Lynn received the prestigious Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Friend of the College Award and most recently Virginia Tech’s 2010 President’s Award for Excellence. Lynn received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech. She resides in Christiansburg with her son, Nick, and daughter, Hannah.