Thomas C. Tillar Jr.
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 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.
John joined the Alumni Association in June 2005. He has a BA in History and MA in Library Science from Rosary College, and has worked in the printing and copying business for over 20 years. He lives in Yellow Sulphur Springs with wife Peggy, dogs Erwin and Lucy and cat PigPig. They have one son living in Elliston and one son serving in the United States Army. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering at the Lyric Theatre, playing music, fixing and riding motorcycles, and is active with Collie Rescue of the Carolinas.
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).
Josh graduated from Virginia Tech in 2008 with a degree in Personal Financial Planning and joined the Alumni Association staff shortly thereafter. He advises and provides administrative support to alumni chapters in Southwest Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and North Carolina. He is also responsible for coordinating Alumni Association community service programs and individual chapter programs. Josh has a long history of volunteerism dating back to high school where he became a volunteer Firefighter/EMT at the age of 16 and is currently a member of the Blacksburg Fire Department. Throughout his collegiate career Josh held leadership positions with numerous clubs and organizations, including his long history with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life where he served as Director in 2008 when Virginia Tech was ranked second in the nation among colleges, raising over $294,000. Josh continues to help advise the Relay For Life committee at Virginia Tech and has presented at multiple national and regional American Cancer Society events. Josh is now a local Rotarian and enjoys anything outdoors, including whitewater kayaking and living up to the Virginia Tech motto “Ut Prosim.”
Sharon Croy’s responsibilities include updating biographical information, managing and responding to incoming e-mail messages and inquiries addressed to email@example.com, 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
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'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 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 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.
Patricia Bartos Foutz
In her role as alumni chapter programs coordinator, Patricia Bartos Foutz serves the alumni chapters in the western part of the country as well as Alaska, Hawaii and Northeast Ohio and works from Blacksburg and Las Vegas. Patty received her BS in Mathematics from The Ohio State University (OSU). She attended OSU graduate school in Mathematics and in Mathematical Statistics and earned an M.S. in Mathematical Statistics. She completed all but her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics. In 1976 after a brief career in state government and banking, she came to Virginia Tech as a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and in beginning in 1981 served as the Assistant Department Head in Computer Science. In 1988 she became the Director of VT's Cooperative Education Program. In 1995 she returned to teaching as a faculty member in VT's Department of Statistics. In 1997 she assumed the Director position of VT's Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SWVHEC) Extended Campus in Abingdon and began her affiliation with the Alumni Association. She took early retirement in January 2003 and again in January 2009. She continues her professional career as a part time professional faculty member for the Alumni Association.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Betty Lee's duties in the Virginia Tech Richmond office include oversight of alumni chapters throughout Virginia….Eastern Shore to Roanoke (east to west) Fredericksburg to Southside/Danville (north to south) and Texas chapters: Austin/San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston. She is currently the liaison to 29 chapters. She works with the Legislative Advocacy Committee in planning Hokie Day at the General Assembly. She served as chair of America's Promise in Roanoke and is currently Board Chairman of Virginia Amateur Sports (VAS is the organizer and presenter of Commonwealth Games of Virginia.) Betty holds three degrees from Virginia Tech: M.A., CAGS and Ph.D. Prior to joining the Alumni staff, she was the principal of Patrick Henry High School. Betty joined the staff in July 2000.
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 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 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.
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
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.
Denise Royal 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. Her responsibilities with the Alumni Association include assisting the Communications Director with public relations, print, HTML email, and web. She works with the development and design of Alumni Association publications, including chapter, reunions, and other event mailings. She also works with the Communications Director to maintain the Alumni Association’s website. Denise’s interests outside of the office include spending time with her friends, family, and her shih-tzu (Gizmo) and lab (Allie). She is also a licensed cosmetologist.
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.
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 an even prouder grandfather of one, John spends his free time listening to music, playing guitar, reading, and spending lazy days with his wife and their two dogs and cat.
Latanya is 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.
Donna Wardell joined the alumni staff in January 2013 as the director of alumni relations in the College of Science.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Donna was the director of communications for the Rutgers School of Social Work in New Jersey. Her primary focus was on alumni relations and management of the communications operations for the school. In addition, Ms. Wardell was a member of the social work faculty, and taught social work classes at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Ms. Wardell's professional background also includes management roles in nonprofit organizations.
Donna received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a Master of Science in Social Work, Administration and Planning Concentration, from the University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys running, reading and spending time with her husband, David and daughters Silvia and Cara.
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. Laura advises the Student Alumni Associates (SAA), a student group that supports Alumni Association and university events; serves on the Gobblerfest, Campus Programming, Hokie Hi, Hokie Camp, and Commencement committees; and enjoys the rich history of Virginia Tech, especially the class ring tradition. She is a long-time volunteer for Historic Smithfield, enjoys archaeology, and hiking and backpacking the trails of southwest Virginia. A Native Texan, she has resided in Blacksburg since 1982 and has two sons - the oldest is an '08 Hokie!
Kellie joined the Alumni Association team in August 2004 as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Her responsibilities include planning and coordinating various events including hospitality tents at athletic events, college Homecoming and departmental reunions, Alumni Committee meetings, alumni open houses, and regional events. She is also responsible for assisting with Alumni Relations programs including class reunions and other special programs. Prior to coming to Tech she worked as a development officer for her alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Kellie earned a BA in Public Relations there in ’99. Kellie enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremy and daughter Caitlin and going to Hokie athletic events!
Jan Wilson joined our staff in April of 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also has an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Prior to assuming her current position with the Alumni Association, Jan worked for The Salt Lake and Torino Organizing Committees for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, The United States Olympic Committee, The Center for Culinary Development, Disabled Sports USA, and Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance Company. She owned and operated two fine art galleries in Sun Valley, Idaho, is a trained and certified appraiser of fine art, and occasionally caters private parties and special events. In her younger days, Jan was an accomplished athlete, competing in regional, national and international swimming events. She has 12 Paralympic swimming medals and won 3 of them consecutively in the Paralympic Games. She also held 5 national and 3 world records throughout her many years of competitive swimming. Jan loves equestrian dressage, rowing, alpine skiing, visual arts, music and travel.
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 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.