We like to give kudos to our team members who have received special recognition or accomplished a personal goal. Please check back for further updates on our team members. The most current recognition is listed first.
- Tara Talerico (C&C #280) received the Hospitality Manager of the Year Award for Montgomery County from the Tourism Department. Tara is the Hampton Inn Christiansburg/Blacksburg Hotel Manager. Congratulations Tara!
- Kelsey Harrington (C&C #505) was voted Best Bike Mechanic in the 2020 Best of the Blue Ridge Awards! Kelsey is General Manager and Mechanic at Downshift – Hand Crafted Bikes & Brews in Roanoke, Virginia! Congratulations Kelsey!!
- J. Andrew Holbrook (C&C #430) finished with the highest % to quota in the country within the Stryker Company. Each sales rep has a quota to achieve and Andrew surpassed his by a larger % than anyone in 2019. Andrew was also named “Rookie of the Year” as well as the MVP of the East (1/2 of the country). Way to go Andrew!!
- Liz Ackley (C&C #653) Brian H. Thornhill Associate Professor of Health & Human Performance, Roanoke College, is a member of the Class of 2020 for 40 under 40: Setting the Stage for the Next Generation. For more information on Liz check out the story at The Roanoker.
- Julia Boas (C&C #788) Event Director, Roanoke Outside Foundation is a member of the Class of 2020 for 40 under 40: Setting the Stage for the Next Generation. For more information check out the bio on Julia at The Roanoker.
- Marion D. Childress, Jr. (C&C #1) was named by the Roanoke City Council as the 2019 Citizen of the Year for the City of Roanoke. In recognition of this honor, Mayor Sherman P. Lea presented him with a Key to the City and a resolution commending his service to the community at the November 18, 2019 City Council meeting. Congratulations Marion, a honor well deserved. For complete story check out the Roanoke Times.
- Sunni Purviance (C&C #708) Senior Veterans Service Representative at the Roanoke Regional Benefits Office, was named as the 2019 Neighborhood All-Star for the City of Roanoke, Virginia. Check out the complete story at Roanoke Times.
- Diana Christopulos (C&C #645) was the winner of the 2019 National Cox Conserves Hero award. Diana chose the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to receive the $60K grant. More information available at the The Roanoke Times.
- Jenni Nolen (C&C #608) Jenni broke the USPA National and VA state record for her deadlift division (275.6#/125k).
- Kristin Hunt (C&C #571) was named the Blue Ridge District Female Outdoor Coach of the Year.
- Donna Deadrick, RN (C&C #775) has become a leader in the effort to improve immunization rates for the youngest children in Roanoke. For her commitment to improving vaccination rates in her Carilion Pediatric Clinic, Donna is Virginia’s 2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.
- Nancy Hans (C&C #151) is the executive director for The Prevention Council of Roanoke. Check out the short video of Nancy speaking on Opi’s which was founded by the Urgent Love Initiative, a program by The Prevention Council of Roanoke County. Check out the website of Opi’s Baby.
- Tracy VanHise (C&C #79) received the 2019 Communicator of the Year from the City of Roanoke E-911 Center. Tracy also assisted at ground zero after 9-11.
- Alfredo Huerta (C&C #244 ) is one of 14 runners who has completed all 10 of the Blue Ridge Marathon. This race (2019) also marks the first time he crossed the line as an American citizen.
- Kathy Munsey (C&C #681) and Ken Munsey (C&C #694): Kathy and Ken ave been volunteering weekly at the Roanoke Valley SPCA in various capacities to help with the shelter. They are also assisting with the planning and promoting the Tail Chaser 5k & 1 Mile Walk.
- Dr. Michael “Mike” Powell (C&C #307): Dr. Powell successfully defended his dissertation. His dissertation title was “Insights into the Regulatory Requirements for T Follicular Helper Cell Development.”
- Dr. Greg Skinner (C&C #23): Dr. Skinner is a member of the board for Just Have Faith International (JHFI). Dr. Skinner has been on multiple mission trips to Haiti as well as to Panama to service in his field of Dentistry. He has 4 daughters, 3 of which are also C&C team members Maria (C&C #45), Lilly (C&C #45) and Adela (C&C #526). For more information on the JHFI site.
- Jasmine Herritt (C&C #173): Jasmine is making a difference as the Fall 2018 Girls on the Run Coach for Burlington Elementary. For a more complete story check out the blog, Strong Women Sunday: Coach Jasmine Herritt. She also received Teacher of the Year in 2015.
- Violeta Heister (C&C #426): Violeta received recognition as the 2018 Inspiring People of the Year. Check out her amazing story.
- Joseph Mott (C&C #835): Joseph, Assistant U.S. Attorney, is on a 12-month detail as a Senior Rule of Law Adviser in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- Amy Stone (C&C #658): Amy was presented with the CARE award, being one of three individuals to receive it in 2018 from just under 2000 employees. She is a medical office coordinator for Avenue to Wellness. Thanks Amy for making a difference!
- Yuriko Renardy (C&C #477): Yuriko has been conferred the title of Class of 1950 Professor Emerita of Mathematics by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. She is a professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. Check out the complete article released by Virginia Tech.
- Lisa Davis (C&C #747): Received a Guinness World Records Certificate which read, “The fastest time to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents by a female is 7 days 30 min 27 sec and was achieved by Shalisa Davis (USA) from 24 to 31 January 2017.”
- Jason Church (C&C #478): Became an Ultra Runner after crossing the finish line of the High Bridge Ultra 50K as the clock read 8:52:23. Check out a great story published by Michael Stowe about Jason. Congratulations Jason!
- Tony Mullen (C&C #546): At the 2018 Star City Half, Tony, ran his 100th half marathon. He is now a member of the 100 Half Marathon Finisher.
- Tammy Wiley (C&C Runner #145): Valerie Archual, a blog writer, shared a story about Tammy which will warm your heart as we approach the annual Drumstick Dash. What a difference Tammy has made at The Rescue Mission forming The Rescue Mission Running Group and several runners have joined C&C Runners in the past under her leadership. Check out this must read article called, Running for Recovery. Thanks Tammy for making a difference!
- Chuck Engle (C&C Runner #900): He has ran over 428 marathons with 208 wins with an average time under 2 hours and 50 minutes. Three time All-American. He was the first person to win a marathon in ALL 50 states with an average time of 2:38. Fastest average for a marathon in ALL 50 states. Almost to 400 Sub 3’s. (as of 11-15-2018)
- Bart Yasso (C&C Runner #415): at the age 43, won his first marathon at the Smoky Mountain Marathon. Bart is a legend in the running community. Yasso, born in 1958, has served as the Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World since 2007, traveling the world to inspire and educate runners of all levels. Yasso joined Runner’s World in 1987 to develop the groundbreaking Runner’s World Race Sponsorship Program, creating a vehicle for Runner’s World to work with over 7,000 races representing 4 million runners per year. In his career, he’s run with two presidents, competed in races on all seven continents, completed the 146-mile Badwater Ultramarathon (before the course was shortened to 135 miles), published a memoir titled My Life on the Run. He has appeared at over 1800 races, along with the RRCA Convention, as a featured speaker. He has been dubbed “the Mayor of Running,” and is credited with inventing the Yasso 800s, a widely-used marathon training workout. Yasso has competed in more than 1,200 races during his 30+ career at Runner’s World and 40 years he’s been involved with the sport. He has successfully finished the 56-mile Comrades Marathon and the Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon and has run races on all seven continents. In 1987 we was the winner of the 1987 U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship. He has cycled twice across the country by himself with no support. Yasso was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions and now the RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame. At the conclusion of 2017, Yasso retired from his position at Runner’s World, but he still plans to attend events. For more information go to
- Tyler O’Brien (C&C Runner #106 ) broke the course record at the 2018 Salem 8K. In 2017, he broke the course record for the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon and held that title for a year.
- Cyclist Kenny Wingfield (C&C Runner #660) featured on WDBJ7 in a story called “Cyclist Kenny Wingfield is now sharing his struggles with MS in a new book.”
- Mary Beth Boyes (C&C Runner #100) made a difference by delivering 35 boxes of food to community based seniors from Feeding America Southwest Virginia. This endeavor was organized by the Local Office on Aging.
- Jasmine Herritt (C&C Runner #173): Highlighted by Girls on the Run Roanoke Valley, September 16, 2018.
- Lori Joseph (C&C Runner #63): featured in the Sunday, August 16, 2018 edition of SWVA Living (pp28-29).
- Cary Wilkes (C&C Runner #853): Ranked #1 freshman in Virginia (2018).
- Lisa Davis (C&C Runner #747): Guinness World Record – fastest time to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents by a female in 7 days 30 minutes 27 seconds (Jan 24-31, 2017).