The Herd: New hires, promotions & departures for 1.18.22

Law firms add partners, universities name deans, plus new faces and promotions in real estate, accounting, finance, construction, nonprofits and more.

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Law

Christopher Thumma has been promoted to partner with Peake Law Group.

Sean Breit-Rupe has joined ThompsonMcMullan as an associate with the litigation team. He had been an attorney for Henrico County.

Nicholas Kaligan and Olivia Seksinsky have joined the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. Kaligan had served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Seksinsky had been a legal fellow with Legal Aid Justice Center.

At Breit Biniazan:

Kevin Biniazan is managing partner.

Justin Sheldon and Lee Floyd are partners. Floyd had been with Butler Snow.

Real Estate

Allie Spurrier joined Providence Hill Real Estate as a Realtor.

Jennifer Kienel has joined Highwoods Properties as director of property management.

Kat Medaries joined the Village of Midlothian office of Long & Foster Real Estate.

Education

Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh will become dean of the University of Richmond’s School of Arts & Sciences, effective July 1. She is the dean of the faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Dr. Lyndon F. Cooper has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, effective April 18. He is associate dean for research and head of the Department of Oral Biology at University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry.

Accounting

Subhash Jaini joins Keiter CPAs as managing director of the of Innovative Data Solutions group. He is the founder of Precizion Solutions.

Finance

Bridget Minner has joined Village Bank as an assistant vice president, digital marketing manager. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary.

Bailee Severt and Thomas Watson have joined Davenport & Co. as client support representatives.

Engineering

Les S. Jeter has been named structural division manager for Draper Aden Associates. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Nonprofits

Laura Wooton has been named vice president of talent management for LifeSpire of Virginia, effective Jan. 31. She had been with Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen and has degrees from Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Robert Brigeman is CEO for Senior Living Partners of Virginia. He had been with Functional Pathways and is a graduate of Ohio University.

The 2022 board of directors for James River Writers: chair, DaNika Neblett Robinson of Virginia Commonwealth University; vice chair, Ran Walker of Hampton University; treasurer, Mike Christos; and secretary, Alethea McCollin. Members: Rosa Castellano; Terry Menefee Gau of VPM; Dae Newman with Virginia Commonwealth University; Mark Slauter of Colombia Entertainment Group; and Robert Toms.

Product Design

Philip O’Connor joined the ownership of SPARK Product Development LLC.

Consulting

Kate Hight has joined Thought Logic Consulting as managing director. She had been with OC Tanner and is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Laura Bowser has been named managing director and leader of Fahrenheit Advisors’ Human Capital Consulting Practice. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jennifer Meals has joined Warren Whitney as a fractional chief financial offier/controller for both the nonprofit and private sectors.

Technology

Sean Casey has been promoted to president of Apex Systems.

Marketing/Advertising/PR

Joining circle S studio:

Michael Couchman is a graphic designer. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alie McArdle is a digital content producer. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Construction

Cody Freels is project engineer with EDC. He is a graduate of East Carolina University.

At ColonialWebb:

Tyler Sinsabaugh has promoted to vice president, talent.

Nathan Wethington has been promoted to vice president, mission critical.

At The Old Dominion Group:

Keith Edelstein has joined Old Dominion Abatement & Demolition as project manager.

Dustin Hurd has joined Integrated Scaffolding Concepts as assistant sales and project manager.

Clint Yingling has joined Integrated Scaffolding Concepts as sales and project manager.

Jinneth Rauseo as joined Old Dominion Insulation as project manager.

Jason Adcock has joined Old Dominion Insulation as an estimator.

Transportation

Sam Sink joined GRTC as director of planning and scheduling.

Associations

The 2022 board of directors for Institute of Real Estate Management: president, Wendy Walton Smith with Capital Square 1031; president elect, Chris Croft with Square Foot Property Group; immediate past president, Zac Price with Capital Square 1031; treasurer/secretary, Justin Lucy with Keystone Waterproofing & Restoration; vice president of education, Adam Holbrook with Thalhimer; co-vice presidents of programs, Laura Freeman with The RMR Group and Olivia Garber with Thalhimer; vice president of admissions, Augie Sneed with Highwoods Properties; vice president of member services, Lindsay Shaw with Westdale Real Estate Investment & Management; vice president public relations, Kristen Klein with Colliers International; vice president of legislative, Jaime Varon with Dodson Commercial; community service liaison, Katie McKenna with Colliers International; industry partner liaison, Shanikka Melcherts with The RMR Group; diversity coordinator, Matt Sugg with The RMR Group.

Government

Joining the Town of Ashland:

Nicole Preisner is the business development coordinator. She had been with the Irrigation Association and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Spencer Norman is planner II in the planning and community development department. He has degrees from the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Martha J. Miller is community engagement manager. She has degrees from James Madison University and Johns Hopkins University.

Emmy Houck is parks and recreation coordinator. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and the University of Florida.

Architecture/Design

Derek McCalla has joined ENV. He had been with Moseley Architects and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Law firms add partners, universities name deans, plus new faces and promotions in real estate, accounting, finance, construction, nonprofits and more.

Email submissions to [email protected]

Law

Christopher Thumma has been promoted to partner with Peake Law Group.

Sean Breit-Rupe has joined ThompsonMcMullan as an associate with the litigation team. He had been an attorney for Henrico County.

Nicholas Kaligan and Olivia Seksinsky have joined the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. Kaligan had served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Seksinsky had been a legal fellow with Legal Aid Justice Center.

At Breit Biniazan:

Kevin Biniazan is managing partner.

Justin Sheldon and Lee Floyd are partners. Floyd had been with Butler Snow.

Real Estate

Allie Spurrier joined Providence Hill Real Estate as a Realtor.

Jennifer Kienel has joined Highwoods Properties as director of property management.

Kat Medaries joined the Village of Midlothian office of Long & Foster Real Estate.

Education

Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh will become dean of the University of Richmond’s School of Arts & Sciences, effective July 1. She is the dean of the faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Dr. Lyndon F. Cooper has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, effective April 18. He is associate dean for research and head of the Department of Oral Biology at University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry.

Accounting

Subhash Jaini joins Keiter CPAs as managing director of the of Innovative Data Solutions group. He is the founder of Precizion Solutions.

Finance

Bridget Minner has joined Village Bank as an assistant vice president, digital marketing manager. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary.

Bailee Severt and Thomas Watson have joined Davenport & Co. as client support representatives.

Engineering

Les S. Jeter has been named structural division manager for Draper Aden Associates. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Nonprofits

Laura Wooton has been named vice president of talent management for LifeSpire of Virginia, effective Jan. 31. She had been with Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen and has degrees from Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Robert Brigeman is CEO for Senior Living Partners of Virginia. He had been with Functional Pathways and is a graduate of Ohio University.

The 2022 board of directors for James River Writers: chair, DaNika Neblett Robinson of Virginia Commonwealth University; vice chair, Ran Walker of Hampton University; treasurer, Mike Christos; and secretary, Alethea McCollin. Members: Rosa Castellano; Terry Menefee Gau of VPM; Dae Newman with Virginia Commonwealth University; Mark Slauter of Colombia Entertainment Group; and Robert Toms.

Product Design

Philip O’Connor joined the ownership of SPARK Product Development LLC.

Consulting

Kate Hight has joined Thought Logic Consulting as managing director. She had been with OC Tanner and is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Laura Bowser has been named managing director and leader of Fahrenheit Advisors’ Human Capital Consulting Practice. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jennifer Meals has joined Warren Whitney as a fractional chief financial offier/controller for both the nonprofit and private sectors.

Technology

Sean Casey has been promoted to president of Apex Systems.

Marketing/Advertising/PR

Joining circle S studio:

Michael Couchman is a graphic designer. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alie McArdle is a digital content producer. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Construction

Cody Freels is project engineer with EDC. He is a graduate of East Carolina University.

At ColonialWebb:

Tyler Sinsabaugh has promoted to vice president, talent.

Nathan Wethington has been promoted to vice president, mission critical.

At The Old Dominion Group:

Keith Edelstein has joined Old Dominion Abatement & Demolition as project manager.

Dustin Hurd has joined Integrated Scaffolding Concepts as assistant sales and project manager.

Clint Yingling has joined Integrated Scaffolding Concepts as sales and project manager.

Jinneth Rauseo as joined Old Dominion Insulation as project manager.

Jason Adcock has joined Old Dominion Insulation as an estimator.

Transportation

Sam Sink joined GRTC as director of planning and scheduling.

Associations

The 2022 board of directors for Institute of Real Estate Management: president, Wendy Walton Smith with Capital Square 1031; president elect, Chris Croft with Square Foot Property Group; immediate past president, Zac Price with Capital Square 1031; treasurer/secretary, Justin Lucy with Keystone Waterproofing & Restoration; vice president of education, Adam Holbrook with Thalhimer; co-vice presidents of programs, Laura Freeman with The RMR Group and Olivia Garber with Thalhimer; vice president of admissions, Augie Sneed with Highwoods Properties; vice president of member services, Lindsay Shaw with Westdale Real Estate Investment & Management; vice president public relations, Kristen Klein with Colliers International; vice president of legislative, Jaime Varon with Dodson Commercial; community service liaison, Katie McKenna with Colliers International; industry partner liaison, Shanikka Melcherts with The RMR Group; diversity coordinator, Matt Sugg with The RMR Group.

Government

Joining the Town of Ashland:

Nicole Preisner is the business development coordinator. She had been with the Irrigation Association and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Spencer Norman is planner II in the planning and community development department. He has degrees from the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Martha J. Miller is community engagement manager. She has degrees from James Madison University and Johns Hopkins University.

Emmy Houck is parks and recreation coordinator. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and the University of Florida.

Architecture/Design

Derek McCalla has joined ENV. He had been with Moseley Architects and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

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