The Herd: New hires, promotions and departures for 9.25.18


Stuart Valentine has retired from Liberty Mortgage Corp. He had been a business partner and will remain a consultant. Michael Casasnovas is the new owner. He had been a senior broker.


Gary Wallace will become managing partner for Keiter, effective Jan. 1. He is the tax department leader.

L. Michael Gracik Jr., current managing partner, will become director.


Douglas Stopkey joined Davenport & Co. as senior vice president – investments.

Dennis Song is an advisor with Heritage Wealth Advisors. He has degrees from Southern Methodist University and Northwestern University.

Real Estate

Tony Rolando has been promoted to commercial leasing and sales manager with Pollard & Bagby Inc. He had been commercial property manager and is an associate broker.

At Divaris Real Estate:

Peter Vick and Harrison Hall have been promoted to senior vice presidents. Vick is a graduate of the University of Richmond. Hall is a graduate of James Madison University.

Cheryle Toy was promoted to vice president. She has degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Construction Services

PermitZIP reports the following promotions:

Mary Harris is marketing director.

Phil Brock is operations director.


Lindsay Lane Robinson is director of development for Northstar Academy. She had been with Richmond Ballet and has degrees from Clemson University and Radford University.

At the University of Richmond:

William “Chip” Bryan is the assistant vice president and director of financial aid.

Carthene Bazemore-Walker is the assistant dean in the School of Arts and Sciences for diversity, inclusivity and thriving.

Ken Ruscio will be joining the Jepson School of Leadership Studies as a senior distinguished lecturer.


Brandie O’Neill has joined Kinsale Insurance Co. as a claims examiner. She is a graduate of Longwood University.


James Shewey was promoted to commercial client service team leader and education practice leader.

Kevin Price is healthcare client service team leader.

Christina Johnson is an administrative assistant.


Lynne Hughes has returned to the Comfort Zone Camp as chief executive officer. She founded the camp in 1998.

Joining the Children’s Home Society of Virginia:

Cassie Cunningham is a policy and research analyst. She has degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.

Anna Yates is a post-adoption social worker. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sarah Peters is officer manager. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Charlton Calender is a transportation assistant.


At Data Blueprint:

Maddie Wood is a digital marketing consultant. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Angela Henry has joined SQL Data Partners as vice president of reporting and analytics.

Melissa Silver has been promoted to vice president of operations with Astyra Corp.

Business Services

Nathan Martin has joined Ad Vice Studios as an outside sales representative. He had been with Baker Roofing Co.

Business Development

Cynthia Williams has joined Virginia Community Development Corp. as chief financial officer.


Melvin Strine is director with Matrix Consulting Services Group. He had been with Wills Group in La Plata, Md.


Barbara Mellema has joined Kahler Slater as a project leader – healthcare. She had been with GBBN Architects in Cincinnati.


Vicki Tucker has been named chair of the business law section with the American Bar Association. She is with Hunton Andrews Kurth.


Sarah Schneider has joined Workshop Digital as marketing manager. She had been with Allianz Partners and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

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