The Herd: New hires, promotions & departures for 1.22.19

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P. Bradenham “Brad” Michelle IV has joined the immigration practice group at McCandlish Holton. He has degrees from Wake Forest University and the University of Richmond.

Sasha Bentley is the director of firm operations of Nixon Law Group. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.

Joining Whiteford Taylor & Preston:

Katja Hill and John Selbach are partners. Hill focuses her practice in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of commercial real estate properties, including multi-family apartment complexes, shopping centers and office buildings. Selbach focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, corporate governance, commercial real estate, public finance and general business counsel.

Jonathan Jones and Nicole Scott are associates.


Cindi Houtz has joined Burford Advertising as media director. She has degrees from Vanderbilt University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Joining Workshop Digital:

Trenton Reed is a content writer. He is a graduate of VCU.

Haley Nininger is a paid digital marketing analyst. She is a graduate of James Madison University.

Zak Smith is a senior paid digital marketing analyst. He had been with Clicks and Clients in Denver, Colorado.

Joining ndp:

Heather McCormack is a marketing analyst.

Brett Shiflett is an account executive.

Tracie Williams is a senior project manager.


John “Johnny” Jones is vice president, market executive with Touchstone Bank, Prince George branch.

Investment Banking

Joining Davenport & Co.:

Susan Ostazeski is municipal advisor.

Jack Trigg and Colin May are client services floaters.


Ashley McKnight has joined UDig as an executive assistant. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech and had been with Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen.

Financial Services

Trey Childers has joined Heritage Wealth Advisors as a research associate. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.


Jessica Tharpe Dyer and Nikki Powell have been elected to the board of governors for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. Dyer is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Powell is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University. Dyer and Powell co-chair the Band Together fundraiser.


Elena Edwards is general manager of Allianz Partners. She had been with Genworth and has degrees from Union College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Named to the 2019 board of the Womens Council of Realtors Richmond are: president, Heather Placer; president-elect, Amanda Hardesty; secretary, Ernie Rogers; treasurer, Sheri Butler; director of membership, Sandra Francisco; director of programs, Sandra Hayashi.

The 2019 board members for the Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia are: chairman, Owen Ricketts; president, Lisa Hatcher; treasurer and professional development/student affairs director, Joey Stemmle; president-elect, Tommy Blackburn; membership director, Jim Warns; programs director/next generation director, Ben Raikes; pro bono and public awareness director, Brian Welch; public relations director, Kelly Barnes; at-large director, Weslie Green; and chapter executive, Mila Spalding.

Directors for the American Institute of Architects Richmond Chapter are: president, Krystal Anderson; immediate past president, Rachel Shelton; first vice president, Nick Cooper; treasurer, Jaclyn Miller; secretary, Taylor Clark; directors, Mayda Colon, Sarah Stumpo, Emily Broadwell, Luis Huertas, Anca Lipan, Keith Murphy, Susan B. Reed; associate, Patrick Thompson; and allied director, Robert Vaughn.

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