May • 2011 
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  Joyce Bigio.

Joyce Bigio ’76, in 2010, was identified by Bocconi University and the Professional Women’s Association among the top 300 women in Italy qualified to serve on boards of directors. Joyce is the Managing Partner in accounting firm International Accounting Solutions, based in Milan, Italy, and has strategic alliances with Deloitte.


  Christopher Pile.

Christopher W. Pile M.D. ’88 joined Hospice of the Piedmont as Chief Medical Officer. Before joining Hospice of the Piedmont, Dr. Pile was a member of the medical staff at Carilion Clinic – Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va. In that position, he was the first Section Chief for Palliative Medicine, the founding Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, and Medical Director of Carilion Clinic Hospice. During the past year, Dr. Pile has also been an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke. In 2005, Dr. Pile achieved Faculty Scholar recognition from The Program in Palliative Care Education & Practice at Harvard Medical School in Boston. An accomplished speaker, Dr. Pile provides educational presentations on a wide variety of topics related to palliative care and end-of-life issues to professional and community-based audiences. He lives in Nelson County, Va., with his wife and two teenage children.

Glen Kacher ’93 started Light Street Capital Management in Menlo Park, Calif., after 13 years at Integral Capital Partners. Glen lives in Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife, Amy, and their three children.

Lanier Coles ’96 and her husband, Charlton Yu ’96, welcomed their third baby, Walter Clement Yu, into the world Feb. 28, 2011, in San Francisco.

Adam Healey ’97 (Darden ’05), Co-Founder and CEO of Charlottesville, Va.-based hotel search engine hotelicopter, announces that the company has completed a $1.5 million offering, raising the amount from seven investors. The infusion adds to $3.5 million raised in earlier rounds for the company, which said it would use the new capital to continue investing in and growing adoption of its hotel distribution technology platform. Other hotelicopter principals include Non-Executive Chairman Norwood Davis (Darden ’94) and Co-Founder and President Charles Seilheimer (Darden ’95). Before co-founding hotelicopter in 2006, Healey was the Founder and CEO of Samba Digital Media, a 40-employee e-services consulting firm based in Prague. At Samba, he oversaw the company’s international expansion; raised $2.4 million of venture capital; and helped secure an impressive multinational blue chip clientele, including ING Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Czech Telecom, and Budvar. (Read more.)

  Jessica McBride Wilson with her husband, Kent, and their children, Jack and Bobby.

Jessica McBride Wilson ’99 and her husband, Kent, are pleased to welcome their second child, Robert “Bobby,” to their family. Bobby joins his big brother, Jack, as the next generation of McIntire hopefuls. (Says Wilson, “The Kennedy naming convention is purely coincidental!”) The family currently resides in Northern Virginia, where Jessica works for Optimity Advisors, specializing in health care consulting; Kent works for Symantec, specializing in global cyber-security; and Jack and Bobby “specialize in drinking milk and growing strong.”

Brett Gibson ’02, a member of the Harvard Business School M.B.A. Class of 2011, has been named a winner of the school’s prestigious Dean’s Award. Gibson, along with three other award recipients, was recognized at the school’s commencement ceremonies May 26, 2011. The annual award celebrates the extraordinary achievements of graduating students who have made a positive impact on Harvard, Harvard Business School, and/or broader communities. True to the M.B.A. program's mission, they have also contributed to the well-being of society through exceptional acts of leadership. At Harvard, Gibson served as co-president of the Harvard Business School Student Association and, after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, helped organize a student trip to offer a helping hand to the people on the devastated island. (Read more.)

Susan Gerock (M.S. in MIT ’04) opened Zoe Boutique, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique, in Old Town Alexandria, Va., in April 2011. Says Gerock, “It sounds like a far cry from my M.S. in MIT degree, but I give a lot of credit to the Mod 4 exercise of developing a business plan to enable me to do something like this. Plus, all that project management expertise comes in handy for starting something like this from nothing!”

Carrie Davis ’06 (M.S. in Accounting ’07) has been recognized by Virginia Business magazine as an outstanding “Young CPA.” Davis has been with Hantzmon Wiebel LLP since receiving her M.S. in Accounting from the McIntire School. In addition to the CPA credential, she is accredited in Business Valuations and certified in Financial Forensics. (Read more.)

  Elizabeth Dubin and Alexander Pugatch. (Photo by Fred Marcus Photography.)

Alexander Pugatch ’06 and Elizabeth Dubin (A&S ’06) were married April 9, 2011, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City. The couple resides in New York City, where Alex is studying for an M.B.A. at Columbia Business School and Liz is an Associate Account Executive for a fundraising and event planning company.


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