The Herd: New hires, promotions & departures for 2.23.21

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John Wack, Richmond’s director of finance, is leaving the department to become CFO for Henrico County Public Schools, effective in March. Sheila D. White has been named interim director of finance, effective Feb. 27.

Sarah Whiting, executive director of St. John’s Church Foundation, is leaving, effective March 4. She is joining The Valentine as director of operations and capital projects.


Alexandra Hamm and Jeremy Theisen have joined Byrne Legal Group. They will focus their practice on representing health care providers in medical malpractice litigation. Hamm has degrees from Mary Baldwin University and the University of Richmond. Theisen has degrees from the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary.

Kwabena Akowuah was promoted to partner at Ford Richardson.

Joining Nixon Gwilt Law:

Christy Peek is senior counsel.

Noori Ali is counsel.


Brian Brown is director of the health care division of Hourigan.

At Vertical Builders:

Shanat Faltz has been promoted to senior project coordinator.

Erin Hawkins is a project coordinator. She had been with The Greater Richmond Convention Center and is a graduate of William Peace University.

Real Estate

Andrew Broocker has joined Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate as a Realtor.

Michele Casper has joined Liz Moore & Associates.

Amanda James has joined Small & Associates Real Estate as an agent.

Yash Thawrani and Sonny Haynie have joined Exit First Realty as Realtors.

Joining Colliers International:

Sydney McPeters is a project management administrator.

Robbie Marks joins as a senior research analyst.

Adam Kiser is a lease administrator.

Cheryl Benally and Shanelle Livingston are day porters.

Shawn Konow and Forest McAtee are building engineers.

John Ynzunza is a maintenance technician.

Brittany Wolk is a senior property manager.

Joining Long & Foster Real Estate:

Rana Dean has joined the Grove office.

Mary Ellen Butler has joined the Strawberry Street office.


Dennis Song has joined Advisory Services Network and formed his own practice, Song Wealth Management. He had been with Heritage Wealth Advisors.

At Matrix Capital Markets Group:

David Corbett has joined the downstream energy and convenience retail investment banking group as a director. He has degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University.

Kyle Tipping has been promoted to associate in the downstream energy and convenience retail investment banking group.


At Meadows Urquhart Acree & Cook:

Renae Winship is an office coordinator.

Sarine Thomas is a staff accountant. She is a graduate of Longwood University.

Sarah Abell has been promoted to administrative assistant.


Brian Trader is president and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. He had had been with Delaware Botanic Gardens and has degrees from Virginia Tech.

Business Services

At Astyra Corp.:

Chris Bennet has been promoted to director of finance.

Carmen Zimmitt has been promoted to director of recruiting.


Ryan Copper, Enchi Fan and Andrew Kowalenko have joined Networking Technologies + Support at system administrators.

At SQL Data Partners:

Breann Worthy is an account manager.

Jason Jenkins joins is a technical analyst.


Maritza Mercado Pechin is deputy director in Richmond‘s planning and development review department and will manage the office of equitable development.


Jeremy Colb has joined Madison+Main as an account executive. He is a graduate of Christopher Newport University.


At 3North:

Becca Taveras has been promoted to director. She is a member of the interiors studio.

Daniel Strait and Will Burks have been promoted to associates. They are members of the commercial architecture studio.

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