Leadership

Board Members

Andrew Bond

New Orleans, LA
andrew@serpentinesociety.org

College of Arts & Sciences, 2003
Tulane University, MA 2009

 

Andrew lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, a place he never imagined calling home growing up in suburban Virginia. Massive potholes and life under sea level aside, he happily spends most days working as a teacher, advisor, and class dean at Isidore Newman School and evenings cavorting with family and friends. Each summer he serves as the Dean of Faculty for Breakthrough New Orleans, a non-profit focused on expanding educational and social opportunities for high potential and underserved middle school students from public and charter schools throughout the city. Prior to relocating to New Orleans following Katrina, he taught sixth grade at Tilden Middle School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and served as a member of the Student Life team at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois.

While at UVa, Andrew was an enthusiastic goalie of the club water polo team, member of “The Great Ones,” three time champion inner-tube water polo team, and also a proud and shoeless member of Resident Staff, eventually serving as Co-Chair of McCormick Road his fourth year.

Blakeley Calhoun

Blake CalhounCharlottesville, VA
Chair, Student Affairs Committee
blake@serpentinesociety.org

College of Arts & Sciences, 2015
Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, 2017

 

Blakeley Calhoun is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in Sociology; in the fall of 2015 she will attend the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy for a Master’s degree in Public Policy. As an undergraduate, she served as co-president of the Queer Student Union as well as chair of the Minority Right Coalition. She has extensive experience working with LGBTQ issues where they intersect with other minority identities. She used her knowledge of intersectionality to contribute to Student Council as a College Representative and as a moderator for Sustained Dialogue. These experiences culminated her fourth year when she taught a one-credit University course to sixteen undergraduate students – “Were we really born this way? – Performing Gender and Queer Sexuality.” For three years, in her spare time she volunteered at the LGBTQ Center in Newcomb Hall. This coming year, Blakeley will be a graduate intern in the University’s Office of Diversity and Equity.

Britton Davis

Britton DavisWashington, DC
britton@serpentinesociety.org

College of Arts & Sciences, 1999
Boston College Law School, 2011
Attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP

After nine years of living and working in DC (revenue management for Marriott, Int’l.), Britton decided to make a change in career and scenery and moved to Boston for law school (BC – ’11). He spent three long winters there and decided that place is for the birds and moved back to DC right after graduation. He works as an Antitrust attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP in DC and is in the process of moving into an apartment in Dupont.

Britton joined the Serpentine Society for many of the same reasons he was so actively engaged in LGBT groups/issues at BC Law. He thinks for so long living in DC, he took advantage of having little opposition to my sexual orientation. He saw being at a Catholic law school with many students in their early 20s as an opportunity to try to change peoples’ minds about LGBT issues and get them involved. He wanted to continue that after law school and couldn’t think of a better way than to try to do the same at UVa.

Chris Fisher

board_fisherNew York, NY
chris@serpentinesociety.org

College of Arts & Sciences, 2000
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, MA 2005
CUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D. 2007

Chris is a Virginian born and raised, who thoroughly enjoyed his time at the University, but felt he waited too long to come out. He was involved in Madison House and a few other clubs at the University, but he didn’t have much involvement since graduation, except for returning for Reunions in 2010. He moved to NYC to pursue graduate work and he has been there ever since. He married to a fellow Virginian, but not a Wahoo (He gets to root for UK basketball, so it was a win).

Lance Guthrie

lanceArlington, VA
lance@serpentinesociety.org

McIntire School of Commerce, 2014

 

Lance is a life-long Virginian who does strategy consulting at Capital One, working to improve customer experience with credit cards, bank accounts, and other financial services. He’s also an active tutor, traveler, and honey connoisseur. While at UVa, Lance studied Civil Engineering and business. He was President of the Transfer Student Peer Advisors, a Project Management teaching assistant who helped start the Commerce school’s Social Entrepreneurship program, and a frequent participant in consulting case competitions. Lance currently lives in Arlington with his best friends, all of whom he met first year at UVa.

J.B. Mayo, Jr

J.B. Mayo Jr.Saint Paul, MN
jb@serpentinesociety.org

Serpentine Society Co-Chair

College of Arts & Sciences/Curry School of Education, 1993
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 1995
PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, University of South Florida, 2005

 Associate Professor, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota

J.B. is a Triple Hoo, now teaching at the University of Minnesota. His research interests center on the inclusion of gender and LGBTQ issues and topics within the social studies and their intersections with multicultural education. He coordinates the M.Ed. program in social studies at the University of Minnesota and teaches an advanced methods course, a civic discourse class, and two courses on multicultural, global, and gender-fair issues, all within the context of secondary social studies. A former middle school teacher of six years – four of them in Charlottesville at Jackson P. Burley Middle School – J.B. is the past-Chair of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies, and the newest member of the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) Executive Council.

While at UVA, J.B. was very active within his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, serving as Service Chair and two terms as President, with Madison House, and with the Peer Advising Program. He spent his summers hanging out with gifted kids at the Summer Enrichment Program and proudly lived on the Lawn during his final year as an undergraduate. Most significantly, J.B. became a fitness advocate during his years at UVA and has since completed 6 marathons, 10 half marathons, 7 Charlottesville Ten-Milers, and a number of 10K and 5K races in cities across the United States. He is also a regular participant in the Red Ribbon Ride, a 4-day, 300-mile bike trek across Minnesota in support of HIV/AIDS research.

Sharon McGowan

Takoma Park, MD
sharon@serpentinesociety.org

College of Arts & Sciences, 1995
Harvard University Law School, 2000

 

A 1995 graduate of the University, Sharon currently works in Washington, DC as an attorney with the federal government. Sharon lives with her wife and daughter in Takoma Park, MD. Sharon was honored to receive the Society’s Bernard Mayes Award in 2014.

Matt Paco

New York, NY
matt@serpentinesociety.org

College of Arts & Sciences, 1995

 

As one of the co-founders of the Serpentine Society, Matt Paco is a very active UVa alumnus. He’s currently on the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, and he is the co-chair of the Harriman Cup, which hosts the annual UVa vs. Yale alumni polo match that benefits the undergraduate polo programs at Yale and Virginia. He is a former president of the UVa Club of New York and was a member of the Young Alumni Council. In 2012, he co-produced the Julian Bond Gala in NYC, which raised over $1.5M for the Julian Bond Professorship in Civil Rights. Professionally, Matt is the Executive Producer/Principal of Pacorazzi Productions and is a producer at various networks such as Fuse and Viacom. Matt used to oversee MTV’s You Hear It First, which gave American TV audiences a first look at up-and-coming artists such as Kanye West, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Paramore, and others. Matt was awarded a Beacon Award for MTV News: At War In Iraq, and his “In the Life: Changing the Game” documentary about LGBT collegiate athletes was featured in the Pride of the Ocean, Cine Slam, and Mumbai LGBT film festivals. During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Matt was a State Delegate for New York.

Jasmine Hall Ratliff

jasminePrinceton, NJ
jasmine@serpentinesociety.org

College of Arts & Sciences, 1999

Jasmine N. Hall Ratliff is a Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Committed to building healthy and equitable communities where all children can grow to live their best lives, her work includes funding advocacy and pilots that increase access to healthy affordable food for children and families, improving school nutrition and working collaboratively with other national foundations. Prior to joining RWJF she was a Program Officer at the Missouri Foundation for Health in St. Louis, MO where her responsibilities included the
Healthy & Active Communities initiative and leading the Women’s Health team. Jasmine is active in both state and national philanthropy groups, along with volunteering with the Girl Scouts and various nonprofits.  She is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

A proud CLAS ’99 graduate in Religious Studies, while at UVa Jasmine was a Peer Advisor and active in Madison House programs. Jasmine also received her Master’s in Health Administration from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health. Jasmine is a Virginia native and is married with a young daughter. She enjoys reading, going to the movies and spending time outside being active with her family.

Julie Weed

julieCharlottesville, VA
julie@serpentinesociety.org

Curry School of Education, 2000

 

 

Julie was born and raised on a farm in Central Virginia, and attended high school in Charlottesville. She attended college in New England and came out there, only to return to the closet when she attended UVA as a graduate student. She did not have any idea that there were resources for LGBTQ folks at UVA, though she did find some of her tribe in club sports. Since coming out of the closet for good, Julie been involved with many LGBTQ community projects in Charlottesville.  She led the organization of the successful Q-munity Fairs in 2006 and 2007, showcasing over 40 services and businesses that support the LGBTQ community.  In 2012, Julie helped to organize the Cville Pride Festival, which grew into the non-profit organization Cville Pride
Community Network. Julie is still very active in this organization.

Julie is a middle-school teacher who provides support at school to her queer and questioning students by being open and proud, and by being involved in anti-bullying initiatives. She is a certified Olweus trainer and Safe Space trainer and has been a leader in the anti-bullying education within her school for over 8 years. In 2010, Julie became a volunteer facilitator for ROSMY Blue Ridge, which is a support group in Charlottesville for LGBTQ youth, and was 2011-12’s volunteer of the year.  Julie lives near Charlottesville with her wife and daughter.

Ryan Whitney

ryan1San Francisco, CA
ryan@serpentinesociety.org

Serpentine Society Secretary

McIntire School of Commerce, 2014

Before graduating from the University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a dual concentration in Information Technology and Management, Ryan had the distinct pleasure of serving as President of the McIntire Commerce Council. As an active member of the McIntire community, he also served as a Transfer Student Mentor, McIntire Ambassador, and a member of the student run long/short equity fund, the McIntire Investment Institute. After graduation, Ryan moved to San Francisco where he worked for JP Morgan Private Bank as an analyst on their Venture Capital Principals team. Currently, Ryan is a Co-Chair of the Impact Committee on the McIntire Young Alumni Council, which leads initiatives to connect alumni to current students and keep them engaged in the University Community.

Kimball B. Winn

Kimball B. WinnFalls Church, VA
kim@serpentinesociety.org

Serpentine Society Treasurer

College of Arts & Sciences, 1978
Graduate Engineering, 1980

 

Kim recently retired as the Assistant Sergeant at Arms and CIO of the United States Senate. Kim and his partner live in Falls Church, Virginia.

Brendan Maupin Wynn

Charlottesville, VA
brendan@serpentinesociety.org

Serpentine Society Co-Chair

College of Arts & Sciences, 2014

Brendan is a graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences and currently works in U.Va’s Office for Diversity and Equity. He previously worked for Standard & Poor’s, where he analyzed U.S. and international higher education endowments and other tax-exempt and tax-deferred investment assets for S&P’s market-analytics division. As an undergraduate, Brendan served as programs coordinator for the University’s LGBTQ Center, during which time he planned and executed several major events and helped develop new popular events in the Center’s programming, like LGBTQ on the Lawn.

This year, Brendan returned to the University as a graduate student at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he will focus on education policy and organizational behavior. He is also an active member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. He is the Society’s chairperson for the 53rd Annual Restoration Ball, a yearly black-tie event benefiting the Rotunda repair and the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative.

Brendan remains active in the Charlottesville community, where he sits on several government agency and nonprofit boards.