Our Bios

Gary Barranger '73

Gary 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.

Mark T. Beck

Mark is currently a partner at 379 Associates, LLC, a boutique consulting firm specializing in helping firms fund alternative investments and specialized credit structures. As part of his work he serves as president and board member for Luxembourg Securities Holdings, LLC. Prior to that he spent five years as Head of Origination at Caldwell Life Strategies, an asset management firm focused on investment in structured insurance products. Additionally, Mark has over 20 years of Wall Street experience working for firms such as Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and UBS in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Tokyo, and London in various finance, sales, trading, and management roles. His wife, Leslie, is a graduate of the College, Class of 1980. Mark has a BA in Finance from Elmhurst College and is an amateur cellist. Mark joined the W&M Libraries Board in the fall of 2013.

Virginia Rose Cherry

Virginia served for 19 years at Richard Bland College of the College of William & Mary as a Librarian, Director of Media Services, and was appointed Director of the Library in 2005. In addition to her duties as Director, Virginia has been actively involved in the Richmond Academic Library Association (RALC) and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) professional organizations and has presented at the American Library Association and the Virginia Library Association meetings. She began her professional career as a law librarian at Ohio State University School of Law and the University of Miami (Florida) School of Law. She was the first law librarian of the Chesterfield County Public Law Library, and worked at the University of West Georgia as head of the Teaching Materials Center and Test Center for seven years. Virginia is a member of the American Library Association, the Virginia Library Association, the American Business Women's Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Virginia Women in History Project sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Women, the past president of Ex Libris at Swem Library, and many others. Although retired, Virginia has remained active in the community as president of the Rotary Club of Petersburg, a member of the Excellence in Organizational Management Committee of the Cameron Foundation, a Board member of the Fund Development Committee to raise $12 million for the new Petersburg Public Library which will open in January 2014, the president of the Sussex County Historical Society, and historian of the Petersburg Garden Club. She received her BA in Philosophy from the College in 1966, her MLS from Emory University in 1969, and PhD in 1999 from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been married to Bob Cherry, a retired oral surgeon, for 41 years and they live on their family farm in Sussex County, VA with their four rescued dogs. Virginia joined the W&M Libraries Board in the fall of 2013.

David Culver '09

David Culver graduated from William & Mary as a Hispanic Studies major and Middle Eastern Studies minor. As an undergraduate he pursued several journalism opportunities, including interning at NBC in Washington and News4 and writing a blog for NBCWashington.com. He was also an intern for NBC News’ Investigative Unit in Washington. After graduation David became a reporter and producer for WAVY-TV, the NBC station in Norfolk. He is now a reporter with News4’s Northern Virginia Bureau and anchors the Saturday edition of News4 Today. David grew up in Fairfax County with deep Northern Virginia roots and now resides in Arlington. News4 featured David in the special “Rediscovering Cuba: A Journey Home.” For the first time in 54 years, David, his mother and grandmother returned to their native Cuba, sharing their emotional journey.

Virginia Stuart Dopp

Stuart's career in education included stints teaching GI's in Germany, consulting for an alcoholism agency, writing curriculum for the Kennedy Center, and representing a textbook company. For the long term, she taught high school English and Speech, also serving as department chair and peer coach, in Fairfax County, VA. Stuart managed an active forensics and debate team, and supervised the county's student TV program. Also within the larger system, she was liaison to George Mason University, teacher representative to the School Board's long-range planning committee, and an observer for the merit pay protocol. Her Master's degree and subsequent graduate work were through GMU and other universities in the DC area. After retirement, she was adjunct faculty at George Washington University before moving to Charlottesville. Stuart served as president of the English Teachers' Association of Northern VA and of several Alumnae Associations of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In various capacities, she has been active in her church and on the boards of the VA Association of Language Arts Teachers, the Charlottesville Shelter for Help in Emergency, Rivanna Garden Club, the Charlottesville and Northern VA W&M chapters, and the Muscarelle Museum at William & Mary. She and her husband, Dan, were classmates at W&M, and have remained close to the College, serving as chairs of their 50th reunion. Stuart also co-chaired the 50th and several other reunion gift committees. While they seldom miss a football game, she and Dan are most interested in the academic life of the College. They value its integrity and appreciate the fact that (to quote Tim Sullivan), W&M "educates hearts as well as minds." Stuart joined the W&M Libraries Board in the fall of 2014.

Brian Focarino '11 and J.D. '15

Brian Focarino is an associate at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto, CA. 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 Palo Alto office representative for Cooley's minority associates' group. His practice focuses on trademark and copyright litigation, enforcement, clearance and strategy.

Connor Glendinning '19

Connor Glendinning is the student member of the Libraries’ Board of Directors. He is a junior and a marketing and history double major. His hometown is Ocean Ridge, Florida. Connor serves the libraries in many ways. In addition to his role on the board, he serves on the University Library Committee, a group of faculty and students who serve as a communications link between the campus community and library administration, and is the vice president of the W&M Libraries Student Ambassadors, a volunteer group of students who provide a student perspective to library administration and in turn spread awareness about the libraries to the student body. 

Jenn 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.

John Hugill '89

John received his B.A. in economics from William & Mary in 1989, and met his wife Kiki during their senior year at the university. They live in Florida with their two children. John works at Deloitte as the lead client service principal for Florida, and previously held posts in Boston and London.

Arthur Knight

Arthur just celebrated the 20th anniversary of his arrival at William & Mary to teach in the American Studies program and the English department, and to help found the Literary and Cultural Studies and Film Studies programs. He came from Chicago where he completed all his degrees in English at the University of Chicago (AB 83, MA 85, PhD 98). Arthur's research and his undergraduate honors thesis focuses on film and performance. His book publications are Disintegrating the Musical: Black Musical Performance and American Musical Film (Duke 2002) and Soundtrack Available: Essays on Popular Film and Music (Duke 2002; co-edited with Pamela Wojcik). He has published many scholarly essays and reviews, most focusing on African Americans and film, though he's currently working on a talk about Glenn Close (in conjunction with the Muscarelle Museum's fall 2013 exhibit) and an article on "crowdfunding" and changing ideas of "independent" film. Arthur is also researching and writing a book, provisionally titled "Black Star: A Cultural History of African American Fame." Some of the regular courses he teaches are Introduction to Film Studies, Contemporary Literature, Cinema and the Modernization of the U.S. Culture, and The Williamsburg Documentary Project, which engages students in collecting and interpreting Williamsburg's 20th and event 21st century history. Arthur and his partner, Martha Howard, have two daughters, one a sophomore at Bard College, the other a senior in high school. When not spending time with his family, watching movies, listening to music, or reading, he is either running or playing Brazilian music on his guitar. Arthur joined the W&M Libraries Board in the fall of 2013.   

Cathy LaMon '77

After graduating from William & Mary in 1977 with a BA in English, Cathy LaMon earned an MBA at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1982. She went into sales with IBM and held a variety of marketing and sales positions during her time there. After 15 years, Cathy left the corporate world and went into residential real estate in Atlanta, where she currently lives and works. Cathy has two daughters, Ginny and Leigh. In her free time, Cathy enjoys traveling, playing golf, and entertaining in her home. Cathy joined the W&M Libraries Board of Directors in the fall of 2013, and was named chair of the board in 2017.

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 William & Mary Applied Research Center in Newport News, a facility that operates 27 fully-equipped laboratories located adjacent to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Caryn Wagner

Caryn served as Undersecretary of Intelligence and Analysis in the Department of Homeland Security from February 2010 until December 2012. As such, she acted as the senior intelligence advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, the Department's Chief Intelligence Officer and Chair of the Homeland Security Intelligence Council, and the Information Sharing Executive for the Department. Prior to serving in the Department of Homeland Security, Caryn worked on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as the Budget Director and Cyber Security Coordinator, in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as the first Chief Financial Officer of the National Intelligence Program, and at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as the Deputy Director for Analysis and Production and as the Senior DIA Representative to Europe and NATO. Caryn received a BA in English and History from the College in 1979, and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1987. She and her husband, Carlyle Lash, live in Arlington, VA. Caryn joined the W&M Libraries Board in the fall of 2013.

Shannon Watson '89

Shannon 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

Carrie L. Cooper, Dean of University Libraries

Carrie was appointed Dean of University Libraries at the College of 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.

Tami C. 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 College’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, Conner and Everly. She enjoys reading, writing, playing with her children, spending time with family and visiting with friends.

Barbara Boyer, Assistant to the Dean of University Libraries

Barbara comes to W&M Libraries with both a library and a W&M background. She earned her bachelor's degree in English at Christopher Newport University before working as the assistant to the director of the Hampton Public Library for many years. After a brief stint working for the director of the Hampton Arts Commission and the Hampton History Museum, she moved to Williamsburg and began working as the office manager for the Mathematics Department at W&M. That position led to three years as office manager of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy. She could not let the opportunity pass to return to her first love, libraries, when she attained the position of assistant to the Dean of University Libraries. Barbara was born in West Virginia but due to her father's career, the family moved all over the east coast during her school years. She settled in Virginia upon graduating from high school many years ago and considers herself an almost-native Virginian. She is a certified Master Naturalist, volunteers many hours with the Virginia Living Museum, and if she had the time, money, and space, would raise and train Search and Rescue German Shepherds. Instead, she has one rescued hound/labrador mix, and is constantly on the lookout for another German Shepherd who needs a good home.