BY COLLEEN HUBER
On Friday Oct. 18, the Virginia Governor’s office announced the appointment of three new members of the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors (BOV). Tabitha Geary, Kenneth Lopez and Lisa Taylor will all serve four year terms, which will end on June 30, 2017.
The three new members will take over the positions currently held by Daniel K. Steen, Mary J. Berry and the Honorable Pamela J. White, whose terms ended.
White, who was the rector of the BOV, was grateful for being given the chance to serve her Alma Mater.
“I am particularly proud to have played a role in naming and supporting Rick Hurley as UMW’s ninth president,” said White in a university press release.
Holly Cuellar, who was elected vice rector of the BOV in July 2012 for a two-year term, will take over the position as acting rector until a new rector is elected in the next BOV meeting, which will take place Nov. 14-16.
“Per our bylaws, with the vacancy of the Rector, I now perform the duties and functions of Rector until the next meeting of the BOV, where an election will take place to establish the leadership,” said Cuellar.
Cuellar graduated from UMW in 1989 and is a Membership Coordinator for North America at The IABM, an international association that represents the broadcast and media technology supply industry.
“To serve on the BOV at my Alma Mater is an honor which affords me the opportunity to give back to UMW,” said Cuellar. “I look forward to advancing UMW and continuing the tradition of excellence in being a premier public liberal arts and science institution.”
Cuellar said she looks forward to working with the new appointees.
“I have not met the new appointees, but I look forward to meeting them soon and to serving with them on the Board,” said Cuellar. “I am pleased that all three of them are Mary Washington alumni.”
Geary is a 1992 graduate of UMW and is the vice president of marketing strategy and analytics for SapientNitro, a marketing and technology services firm based in Washington, D.C. Geary is also the CEO of Tabitha Geary Co., a memory archiving business and was previously featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Martha Stewart Living, according to the press release.
Geary also served time on the board of directors of Comfort Zone Camp, the largest nonprofit bereavement camp for children between the ages of seven and 17 who have lost an immediate family member, according to the press release.
Lopez is also a 1992 graduate of UMW and is the founder and CEO of A2L Consulting, a provider of jury consulting, litigation graphics and courtroom support for the nation’s largest law firms. Lopez received his law degree from Widener University School of Law and founded A2L Consulting in 1995.
Lopez serves on the advisory board of UMW’s College of Business and on the Dean’s National Advisory Council at Widener. He is also a frequent guest speaker for classes and student organizations and was UMW’s Junior Executive-in-Residence in 2008.
Taylor is a 1985 graduate of UMW and director of contracts for integrated intelligence systems at Northrop Grumman Information Systems. Taylor received the Northrop Grumman Corporate Contracts and Pricing Award in 2010, according to the press release. Taylor is an instructor at a Jazzercise franchise that she has operated since 2006.