Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Interagency Dispute Resolution Advisory Council – D. Alan Rudlin, partner, litigation, intellectual property and antitrust, Hunton & Williams; VCU Health System Board of Directors – Katherine E. Busser, executive vice president, Capital One; PonJola Coney, MD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, VCU Health System; and Thomas E. Gottwald, CEO, New Market Corporation; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees – Steven A. Markel, vice chairman, Markel Corporation; Ranjit Kumar Sen, chief advisor, Stefanini IT Solutions; and Dr. Shantaram K. Talegaonkar, ophthalmologist, Virginia Eye Institute; and Hemophilia Advisory Board – Jan Fiorelli, volunteer nurse, Henrico County Medical Reserve Corps and Crossover Ministry.
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Kenn Kochi, of Richmond, was recently elected as a junior senator for the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) by his peers at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. ASWC provides advocacy for student issues, diverse involvement opportunities and financial support for student initiatives. Kochi is a 2009 graduate of Trinity Episcopal School and is the son of Terry and Arata Kochi. He is a philosophy major and enjoys rock climbing and ballet.
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Larry P. Pitts, Jr., of Henrico, recently graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. Pitts received a bachelor of science degree in Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources Management.
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Senior Connections recently announced the winners of its Eighth Annual Empty Plate awards: 2011 Eva Teig Hardy Award for Corporate Service – Cora Dickerson and Joe Doetzer; MaryEllen Cox Memorial Award for Advocacy – Dr. Patricia Joy Johnson Brown; Richard Hogan Memorial Award for Volunteer Service – Franklin W. Taylor, III; E. Harris Spindle Award for Service to Seniors – The Area Planning and Services Committee on Aging with Lifelong Developmental Disabilities (APSC), led by Dr. Edward Ansello at the Virginia Center on Aging at VCU; and Mary C. Payne Leadership Award – Joani Latimer, director of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. The recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Oct. 12 at the Science Museum of Virginia.
On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
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