Robin Foster, M.D. (M.D.’89/M; H.S.’92/M), chair of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, received the Virginia Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution for Children. Foster has worked to shape current child abuse and neglect laws in Virginia. She also helped create the Child Protective Team at CHoR, which evaluates, diagnoses and treats children who have been sexually or physically abused or neglected.
Lauren Goodloe, RN, Ph.D. (B.S.’83/N; M.S.’88/N; Ph.D.’00/N), was elected secretary of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Board of Commissioners. Goodloe is the director of medical and geriatric nursing, administrative director of nursing research and assistant dean for clinical operations in the VCU School of Nursing. CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency dedicated to the improvement of the public’s health, which ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs and entry to practice nurse residency programs like the one at VCU Health.
Cade Martin (B.F.A.’90/A) completed a photography project for the New York Philharmonic’s 2016 Biennial Season “Let’s Play.” The image features French-hornist Leelane Sterrett as a pied-piper set in the forest charming a group of carousel horses toward her.
Alex Valadka, M.D. (H.S.’93/M), was appointed chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in the VCU School of Medicine in November 2015. He is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of neurosurgery and traumatic brain injury and returned to VCU to do even more meaningful research in neurosurgery.
Nancy W. Beasley (M.S.’00/MC) has had her book “The Little Lion” adapted for the stage. “The Little Lion,” set in Lithuania during World War II, chronicles the struggle of a Jewish Family to survive the Holocaust and the story of Laibale Gillman, a teenage boy known as the little lion, who never stopped fighting for freedom. The play will be performed at the Swift Creek Mill Playhouse in Chesterfield, Va., through March 5, 2016.
Scott Clark (B.M.’04/A) released “Bury My Heart,” featuring other VCU Jazz alumni, on Clean Feed Records. He performed a CD-release show in November 2015 at Balliceaux Restaurant in Richmond, Va.
Emily Edelman (M.S.’06/M) was honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the National Society for Genetics Counselors during its annual education conference in October 2015. She was nominated for her extensive experience developing educational programs for health care providers both inside and outside the genetic counseling field.
Gordon Haab III (B.M.’00/A) composed and orchestrated an original score for the video game “Star Wars: Battlefront,” which was recorded by the 100-member London Symphony Orchestra. Haab previously scored several other LucasArts video games as well as numerous TV shows and short films.
Darius Jones (B.M.’03/A) won funding from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation to tour with his quartet as part of the MAAF’s 2015-16 French-American Jazz Exchange Tours. The grants are awarded to mid-Atlantic-based groups that support venues in Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Leslie Knachel (M.P.H.’00/M) was elected director of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. She is also the executive director of the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine. AAVSB is a nonprofit organization that provides quality resources and accurate information for veterinary regulatory agencies and professionals.