Alumni Leaders

 

Geoff Arens’86 is the founding partner of Dendera Capital LP, a New York based hedge fund.  Prior to founding Dendera, he spent 15 years in New York and London running proprietary investing at ING, a Dutch financial services firm.  Geoff has extensive experience serving as a director of numerous private and public companies, the most recent being California Coastal Communities, a Nasdaq-listed real estate company.  In addition to his undergraduate degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, Geoff received an MBA in finance from Columbia University.  He resides in New York City with his wife and two children. He is a member of the board of directors of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund.

Bill Carmody ’88 is a partner in the law firm Purrington Moody Weil LLP, where he has been practicing since 2007 in the areas of private equity, M&A and corporate finance.  Prior to joining PMW, Bill was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he had practiced commercial real estate since 1994.  Bill has wide-ranging experience in both US-based and international commercial transactions, and has a clientele that includes private equity firms, FORTUNE 500 companies, start-ups and real estate developers.  He currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Pam (Commerce ’88) and his two kids.  Bill is a member of the board of directors of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund.

Richard Clay ’77 practices law solo in Danville, Kentucky, following the tradition of his brothers, father, and grandfather.  He serves on the board of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund.  He lives in Danville with his wife, Eleanor, and youngest daughter.

Leigh Curry ’86 is the president of Curry Conduit Services, an exceptional provider of marketing, consulting and industry representation services for companies in the multifamily marketplace. Prior to founding Curry Conduit Services, Leigh spent five years as the director of marketing and conference services for MGI Publications, former publisher of Multifamily Executive magazine and producer of the Multifamily Executive Educational Conference and the Multifamily Leadership Summit. Leigh graduated from UVA in 1985 with a B.A. in Spanish and Foreign Affairs and was a president of the house ’84 – ’85. Leigh and his wife Jane (Arch ’86, M.Arch ’89) have two girls. He is president of Eta Alumni, Inc., and is active all aspects of the alumni effort.

Mark A.H. Davis ’90 is the president of ISIS Financial, Inc., a wealth coaching and asset management firm in Richmond Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Anthropology in 1990 from the University and followed with his Master of Business Administration from The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary in 1992. Serving individuals, families and small businesses, Mark integrates his analytical skills with a strong commitment to his clients’ best interests to help to develop realistic wealth accumulation, utilization, and transfer strategies so clients can truly have security and confidence in their finances. Mark also serves on the Virginia State Council for Ducks Unlimited and was Chapter Chairman for Chesterfield Ducks Unlimited from 1997-2000 and 2009-10. His love for the outdoors is only second to his love for his wife Michelle (Col ’90) and two children. Mark is the vice president of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund.

Brian Katzenberg ’07 is an associate at the law firm of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A. in Baltimore, Maryland. He practices in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury, and criminal law and works alongside his father Alex Katzenberg (COL ’73). Brian attended the University of Maryland School of Law after earning his BA at the University of Virginia. While at the University of Virginia, Brian majored in American Studies with a concentration in History. He served as President of the house and helped change the annual Lot Party into a philanthropic event to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Brian is currently the secretary for the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund, where he creates and maintains official records, and also advises the board on strategy, politics, and procedure.

Don King ’62 studied finance and played lacrosse while an undergraduate at the University.  After graduation, he served as a junior Naval Officer in Vietnam and London, and then returned to school to earn a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1970. Today, he is semi-retired and living in Charlottesville.  He now keeps busy on all fronts, including teaching as Adjunct Professor of Commerce for a real estate course at the McIntire School and serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He is a member of the Management Committee of Height Analytics, a Washington D.C.- based securities research firm and the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Emerging Beachfront Property Fund, a Hong Kong based firm operating in South East Asia. Until retiring from the business world in 2007, he was Vice Chairman of Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche Bank, AG), having served as Global Head of Real Estate at that firm which managed property assets for its clients totaling $44 Billion. He is married and has three children, two of whom graduated from UVA but sadly were brothers at Delta Upsilon.  Don is chairman of the board of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund and has engaged the many generations of our brotherhood.

Tony LaCivita ’78 (Law ’82) is a Managing Director at Patomak Global Partners, a consulting firm that provides strategic regulatory, risk management and compliance services.     Prior to joining Patomak in 2012, Tony spent the last several years as a Director in Leveraged Finance and Global Credit at Credit Suisse in New York and London. Tony has over 30 years of experience in the securities and financial services industries, in a wide range of legal and business capacities.  Before Credit Suisse, Tony was a Managing Director in Capital Markets at GE Capital, a Director at Nomura Securities International, and an associate at the law firm of Brown & Wood (subsequently merged into Sidley & Austin).  Tony lives in Riverside, Connecticut with his wife of 30 years, Deborah (formerly Deborah Balch, Col ’80, Law ’83), and has three children – Emily and Robert, both of whom live in New York City, and a stepson, Josh Moser, in Sunnyvale, California.  While at U.Va. he was President of the Class of 1978, Chairman of the University Judiciary Committee and a Lawn Resident. He has been actively involved  as Chairman (or Co-Chairman) of the Class of 1978 Reunion Committees from 1983 through 2013. Tony is a member of the Board of Directors of Eta Alumni and is one of the leaders of the “Second Century” campaign.

Jim La Fleur ’91 (Grad ’94, ’03) is a history professor who teaches and writes about Africa in the era of the Atlantic slave trade.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and in Afro-American & African Studies, and after a brief interlude returned for a MA and PhD from UVa. He worked overseas in West Africa and at the Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands) for many years on a Fulbright and other major awards before returning to teach and advise students at UVa (2004-06; summers 2006-continuing) and at William & Mary (2006-continuing), where he serves on various faculty committees including Honor/Student Conduct appeals.  He is president of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund.  He lives close to Charlottesville with his wife Dena (Col ’93, Educ ’93) and four daughters.

William G. Lawrence, Jr. ’88 is a Green Cleaning expert helping building managers to reduce toxic chemical use while creating cleaner, safer working environments. Bill has been specializing in the areas of Pure Water cleaning and nosocomial infection reduction methods for hospitals. He majored in Philosophy and Anthropology while at UVa and still enjoys reading modern philosophy. Bill spent 15 years with the Tennant Company in Minneapolis MN and recently joined Unger Global as Vice Present of Sales. Bill lives in Charlottesville with Kelly (McGuire ’88), his wife of 21 years, and their two sons. He serves as Secretary of Eta Alumni.

Rick Maines ’85 is a Home Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.  After graduating from UVa with a degree in Rhetoric and Communications, he received his commission in the U.S. Army where he served as an executive officer at Ft. Dix in New Jersey.  After his honorable discharge in 1989, he pursued a career in the real estate industry as a realtor 1989-1994, and appraiser 1994-2001, and as Home Mortgage Consultant 2001 to present.  He lives in Bunker Hill, West Virginia with his wife, two sons and two daughters. Rick is a member of the board of directors of Eta Alumni.

Denis O’Sullivan ’86 is a Certified Financial Planner. At UVa, he majored in English Literature and International Relations, and was active with the Men’s Rugby team. He lives in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife Tamara and their three daughters, Cecelia, Anna and Evelyn. He is Treasurer of the 150 Preservation Fund and is active in fundraising strategy.

Paul Read ’86 (Med ’90, Grad ’00) is Professor of Radiation Oncology and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Vice Chairman of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at the University’s hospital. After completing his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University, he joined the faculty and simultaneously completed a PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics. His research interests include reducing toxicity and side effects from radiation therapy treatment and developing new strategies to make radiation therapy more effective and convenient. He is dedicated to teaching and is Director of the Radiation Oncology residence program. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife, and he serves as Vice President of Eta Alumni. When he’s not saving lives, he is killing weeds around 150 Madison Lane.

Dan Rinehart ’99 received a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He joined the Danaher Water Quality Group Business Development team in July 2012. Previously, he was a Director of Strategic Marketing for Honeywell, in their commercial security business, where he led strategic planning, pricing and strategic initiatives for his division. He served as Vice President at Brazos Private Equity Partners, a firm focus on mid-market transactions, where he led commercial diligence on potential acquisitions and supported growth strategy for existing portfolio companies. Before Brazos, Mr. Rinehart was a Case Team leader at Bain & Company where he supported several clients across the consumer products, media, and transportation industries through performance improvement, merger integration, and growth strategy development. Earlier, he was a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and a Consultant with IBM, providing information technology and supply chain strategy services to public sector entities. He lives in Colorado with his wife and three children. Dan donates his skills as treasurer of Eta Alumni and does dog’s duty of receiving tax bills for the property at 150 Mad Lane, notices from the City of Charlottesville about the condition of the property, and more.

Steven von Storch ’78 (M.Arch ’83) is an architect and Principal of Stoneking/von Storch in Charlottesville. Following completion of graduate study at the University, he practiced architecture with recognized firms in Washington DC and Philadelphia. After returning to Charlottesville in 1986, he established his own practice where he developed an understanding of the local building environments. He has served on the building committee for the Jefferson Board of Aging and on the steering committee for Albemarle County’s Development Area Initiatives. He also supports the local youth soccer community (organized as SOCA) with extensive pro-bono permitting, master plan, and design service for an extensive planned expansion. Steve lives just outside Charlottesville with his wife Cathy (Educ ’93); they have three children. Steve is our lead architect, but lends all manner of professional talents and personal smarts to our efforts.

Danny McCrystal ’84 is president of Generation Energy, Inc., a privately held renewable energy company focused on developing, building and managing utility scale wind energy projects throughout the United States. He is responsible for the company’s vision, growth strategy, and the execution of all projects. His strong level of commitment to Generation Energy finds him interacting with a wide breadth of key stake-holders in projects from landowners to financial institutions to legislative leaders. Prior to transitioning into the renewable energy field, Danny had a diverse career where he has excelled in leadership, business management and technology roles. As an entrepreneur, he owned and operated his own company as an independent producer in the music industry. Most recently he spent eleven years at America Online, where he built a reputation for constant innovation, and good management of teams in the technologies, creative and marketing departments. While at America Online, he was named as an inventor on a patent. Danny holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Virginia, and is married with three children. He is a member of the board of Eta Alumni.

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena ’89 is the Managing Shareholder of the Delaware Office of Elliott Greenleaf, a full service law firm with offices throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.  He is a corporate and commercial litigator who also specializes in corporate restructuring and distressed mergers and acquisitions.  He has been the lead Delaware lawyer in multiple Creditor’s Committee representations and represented several of the largest Debtors in U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings, including the successful reorganizations of United Artist’s Theatres and Orleans Homebuilders.  He has also served as special litigation counsel to both Committees and Debtors, notably for the Debtors in the Washington Mutual bankruptcy, which is the largest bank holding company insolvency in the history of the United States.  He also represents various individual creditors nationally, including many Fortune 500 and Inc. 100 companies, most recently in the Second, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and in the influential districts of Delaware and the Southern District of New York.  He has also represented many large foreign corporation as creditors in U.S. bankruptcies and Debtors in several cross border bankruptcies, most recently in the sale of a large Canadian wood products corporation to one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, paper, pulp, and building products and served as counsel to the island nation of Nevis in the Caribbean.  He earned his law degree at Delaware Law (Widener) School and holds an LL.M in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University School of Law, where he was a Senior Writing Fellow.  Prior to returning to practice he was a tenure track professor at Chapman University School of Law where he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Law.  He is a frequent speaker and writer and has been widely published.  He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Hispanic National Bar Association and has held multiple leadership positions in the American Bankruptcy Institute and the American Bar Association. Most recently, he served as a Business Law Ambassador to the Business Law Section of the ABA.  He lives in Centreville, Delaware with his wife, son and daughter. He is a board member for both Eta Alumni, Inc., and the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund, where he serves as General Counsel.