Our Bios

  • Gale Hussman Arnold '58

    Gale H. Arnold is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (Sociology), and has an M.A. in English Literature from George Washington University. She transferred from the University of Arkansas to William & Mary and attended one semester during her senior year. Arnold is a former corporate secretary and Washington correspondent for the Palmer Media Group. Ms. Arnold also served as the program chairman of Senator Fulbright’s primary campaign. She is a trustee of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home and previously served on the W&M Libraries Board of Directors. Originally from Texarkana, AR, she moved to Washington, DC, in the mid-1970s and currently divides her time between Georgetown and Nantucket. Gale established the Gale H. Arnold Special Collections Endowment for British Literature at Swem Library in 2010. Her grandson Saxon Hart is currently a sophomore at William & Mary.

  • Gary A. Barranger '73, JD '76

    Gary Barranger received his B.A. in History and his J.D. in Law at William & May. He lives in Virginia and is president of his family’s wholesale construction materials business, Barranger & Co. Inc. He and his wife, Christi, are both licensed attorneys. Gary served on his 25th reunion committee, as well as being a class agent. The Barrangers collect rare books, stamps, coins, and art and are very supportive of Swem’s Special Collections Research Center.

  • David Culver '09

    David Culver is an international correspondent for CNN. He is responsible for covering major news stories from the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining CNN, Culver was an anchor and reporter for NBC Washington, covering crime, politics and education. He also produced a 30-minute Emmy award winning documentary, "Rediscovering Cuba: A Journey Home", which chronicles his mother and grandmother's return to their native Cuba, more than 50 years after they fled the island-nation. Before NBC Washington, Culver was an anchor and reporter for WAVY-TV in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Culver graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Hispanic Studies from William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He minored in Middle Eastern Studies and studied Arabic.

  • Gilbert (Gil) Elston HON '13

    Gilbert (Gil) Elston received his B.B.A. from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1973 and an MBA from Golden Gate University in 1980. Gil retired in 2008 following a career that included the US Navy Computer Sciences Corporation. Gil and his wife, Sheri ’74, moved to Williamsburg in 2006 and have two children who attended William & Mary. Since retiring Gil has devoted his time to numerous volunteer efforts including the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Historic Jamestowne, Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg Symphonia League and William & Mary. Gil has volunteered in Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center since 2011 transcribing Civil War-era documents. Recently, he has been working with library staff in the transition to a new transcription system. Gil also portrays Lord Botetourt at the annual Lord Botetourt Affair and appears at various library functions. In 2013 Gil received an honorary degree from the university, and was recognized for his volunteer work with Swem Library and with the W&M Athletics Department, serving as co-host of all home soccer matches and working the will call booth for many home football games.

  • Brian Focarino '11, JD '15

    Brian Focarino is an associate at Cooley LLP in Boston, MA. From Northern Virginia, he graduated from William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Government in 2011 and a law degree in 2015. He received his MSc from the University of Edinburgh in 2012. While in law school, Brian served as a trademark and digital media law intern at Google; a trademark, copyright and Internet law intern at Verizon; and a judicial intern for The Honorable Randall R. Rader, former Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As a student, he was a member of William & Mary's Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic, named Warnement Scholar in intellectual property law, served as president of the Student Intellectual Property Society and was executive editor of the Business Law Review. Brian is passionate about diversity and inclusion at Cooley and in the wider legal profession, and is the firm-wide co-chair for Cooley's minority associates' group. His practice focuses on trademark and copyright litigation, enforcement, clearance and strategy.

  • Sydney L. Fuhrig '21

    Sydney Fuhrig is a junior at William & Mary and double majoring in History and Environmental Science, with a particular interest in environmental history. She is a James Monroe Scholar and a student researcher in William & Mary’s GeoLab, which provides open source data for researchers worldwide. In addition to her academic pursuits, Sydney is passionate about improving the community at William & Mary, particularly through participation in Campus Cursive as co-president and as a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She is also an active member of the W&M Libraries Student Ambassadors group.

  • Jennifer L. Hagfors '01

    Jenn Hagfors received her B.A. in finance from William & Mary in 2001. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and their two sons. Jenn recently held the role of senior analyst of energy risk management at Con Edison, and previously worked in banking. She is currently enjoying spending time with her family and actively volunteering at her sons’ school and for other causes around NYC. Jenn served the NYC Alumni Chapter as treasurer for four years and remains an active member of the chapter by sponsoring and attending regional events, including W&M Weekend in New York City 2017.

  • John D. Johnson '92

    John is Chief Compliance Counsel and Associate General Counsel at Amundi Pioneer, a Boston-based asset manager which is part of the global Amundi asset management group. Prior to joining Amundi Pioneer, John served as the head of general corporate and governance attorney for Federated Investors, Inc., a publicly traded asset manager. He has also worked in private practice at the law firms of Reed Smith LLP, K&L Gates, and McGuire Woods LLP. John received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995 where he served on the Articles Review Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and History, cum laude, from William & Mary in 1992, where he was awarded the William Hogan Award for Excellence in Classical Studies. He also currently assists the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program on a part-time basis with the admissions review process. John lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and five sons. He is active in youth sports, having coached both football and hockey, and currently is a youth hockey coach for high school age players. He also plays ice hockey, and enjoys reading history and historical fiction. John joined the W&M Libraries Board in the fall of 2014.

  • Rowan Lockwood

    Rowan Lockwood is chair of geology at the William & Mary, where she joined the faculty in 2001. Lockwood is an internationally recognized paleobiologist who uses data from the fossil record to predict how modern marine animals will respond to future environmental changes, including global warming. She has published in numerous leading journals including Science and Nature. Recently, Lockwood became a pioneer in the burgeoning field of conservation paleobiology, using information on fossil organisms to restore endangered ecosystems. In 2013, Princeton Review named her one of the top 300 professors in the United States, out of 42,000 total. Her dedication in the classroom has been recognized with multiple teaching awards, including the Thomas Jefferson Award (2009), the Advisor of the Year Award (2005) and a Plumeri Award (2015).

  • Dennis Manos

    Dennis Manos is vice provost for research and graduate/professional studies at William & Mary. He holds an endowed chair as a professor in the Physics and Applied Science Departments. He is also the director of William & Mary's campus-wide Materials Processing Research Program and serves as director of the W&M Applied Research Center in Newport News, a facility that operates 27 fully-equipped laboratories located adjacent to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Dennis has served as the administrative representative for the W&M Libraries Board of Directors since 2017.

  • Elizabeth (Gail) McClenney '83

    Elizabeth (Gail) McClenney served as the Director of Fintel Library at Roanoke College since July 2015. Prior to her arrival at Roanoke College, Gail served as Deputy Director of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta. She has also held positions at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Virginia State University, Old Dominion University, Georgia State University, and William & Mary. Gail was elected to the LYRASIS Board of Trustees, a non-profit member organization for archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities. She is completing her second term as chair of the Board. She is also a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries and several of its sections.  Gail received an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Spanish from William & Mary.

  • Tracy Melton '85

    Tracy Melton graduated from William & Mary in 1985. During his senior year, Tracy met his wife Pam and became engaged on Crim Dell Bridge and married in Wren Chapel. He pursued his graduate degree in History at the University of Maryland at College Park. He also completed all requirements for a Ph.D., except the dissertation, which was eventually overtaken by the joys and workload of being a stay-at-home father for his three kids. He has written two books including Hanging Henry Gambrill: The Violent Career of Baltimore’s Plug Uglies, 1854-1860, and numerous articles, primarily on Baltimore in the nineteenth century. He is currently working on a couple of fun stories about the same place and time. Tracy and his family now reside in Williamsburg as their youngest daughter has transferred to William & Mary.

  • Scott Osmun '99

    Scott Osmun grew up in Kalamazoo, MI but also lived in Brussels, Belgium for three years. He attended William & Mary and majored in Biology. Scott returned home after his first semester when he was diagnosed with cancer. After finishing his treatments in Michigan, he returned for his sophomore year and was able to graduate on time with his class. During his time at William & Mary, Scott served as a student representative on the library board. After graduation, he was accepted to Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. In 2003, Scott moved to Washington, DC for his Ob/Gyn residency. He has recently started a new Ob/Gyn practice called Bloom Ob/Gyn and has spent the past few years building the practice. 

  • Barbara P. Roberts '71

    Barbara P. Roberts received her B.A. in Fine Arts from William & Mary in 1971. She lives in White Stone, VA and has one son. She is retired from banking and has worked at her local public library and has had a strong connection with libraries throughout her life. Barbara has a scholarship for business in memory of her husband, Austin.

  • J. Goodenow (Goody) Tyler III HON '11

    Goody Tyler graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S.N. and later a M.S.N. in Nurse Anesthesia.  He formerly served as a nurse in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, serving a 90 day tour at a Forward Operating Base hospital in Afghanistan. He also worked as a nurse anesthetist in Greenville, NC, and the Bon Secours Hospital System in Norfolk. Goody previously served on the Campaign Cabinet and is a current member of the Campaign Steering Committee (2020) of the For the Bold campaign. Tyler volunteers at the local zoo in Norfolk as a trail host and serves as an at-large director on the Road Runners Club of America board. He has also volunteered in the past for the American Red Cross and the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  His wife Elizabeth “Bee” McLeod was both an alumna of William & Mary and an emerita of the W&M Libraries Board of Directors. Goody was named an honorary William & Mary alumnus in 2011.

  • Shannon L. Watson '89

    Shannon Watson received her B.A. in Government from William & Mary in 1989 and went on to earn her M.A. in Public Policy from Georgetown in 1995. She lives in Virginia and serves as the senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Transportation; previously, she worked in legislative affairs and served as the legislative correspondent for Senator John Glenn for ten years. Shannon is a former president of the W&M DC/Northern Virginia Alumni Chapter, and has served on her 20th and 25th reunion gift committees.

William & Mary Libraries Staff

  • Tami Back , Director of Communications & Strategic Planning

    Tami comes to W&M Libraries with a background in public relations and journalism. She served as communications coordinator for the City of Hampton, VA where she managed the city’s media relations and crisis communications. As part of the city’s marketing team, she served as lead content manager for all city communications including publications, web and social media. Prior to her work with local government, she was a reporter for the Daily Press, covering education and community life. Tami has a bachelor’s degree in English from Christopher Newport University and a master’s degree in English from Old Dominion University. Joining W&M Libraries allowed Tami to combine two of her passions: writing and libraries. As director of communications and strategic planning, she manages media relations, communications and events for the university’s libraries. She enjoys capturing the library’s stories and sharing them with the public. Tami recently moved to Williamsburg with her husband David and their two children. She enjoys reading, writing, playing with her children, spending time with family and visiting with friends.

  • Carrie L. Cooper , Dean of University Libraries

    Carrie Cooper

    Carrie was appointed Dean of University Libraries at William & Mary in August 2011. Her first five years have been focused on strategic planning, staff development, donor engagement, library space and faculty collaboration. Prior to coming to W&M, Carrie served as Dean of Libraries at Eastern Kentucky University. She previously served as the library's coordinator of research and instruction, managing reference, library instruction, university archives, government documents, the Learning Resources Center and distance education. A native of Florida, Carrie received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Florida State University and her master's degree in library and information services from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining EKU, she worked as an elementary school teacher and a high school librarian. Carrie is the mother of twin boys. She enjoys spending time with them and their labradoodle, Ginger.

  • John M. Hunter , Director of Development

    John joined the William & Mary Libraries leadership team in the spring of 2018.  Prior to coming on board, John worked in advancement at William & Mary for five years and most recently served as Associate Director of Regional Advancement on the Virginia team.  In that role he worked with alumni, parents, and friends of William & Mary in Central Virginia to raise support for all areas of the university. At the Libraries, John is focused on efforts to further the growing culture of engagement and philanthropy. In addition to his experience in development at William & Mary, John’s professional background includes work as a relationship manager in banking and as a history teacher at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, VA. He holds a B.A. in history from Washington & Lee University and an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College.   He lives in Richmond with his wife Lisa and their three sons.  Beyond work and family, John enjoys fitness, reading, and music.