Cavalier Corner

February 2020

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26 CAVALIER CORNER & VAF news notables Your donation to the Virginia Athletics Foundation, no matter how big or small, is significant to the Virginia Athletics program. To make your pledge or donation, visit or call (800) 626-8723. 11/10/2019 — James Madison The Carr Family — Mount Sidney, VA 11/16/2019 — Columbia Amy Buchanan — Dillsboro, NC 11/19/2019 — Vermont Josh Nowocin — Roanoke, VA 11/27/2019 — Maine Bryan Carter — Yorktown, VA 12/8/2019 — UNC Michele Fry — Woodbridge, VA 12/18/2019 — Stony Brook Raymond Clark — Waynesboro, VA 12/22/2019 — South Carolina Craig & Michelle Vachris — Cranbury, NJ 12/29/2019 — Navy Allen Chipley — Lynchburg, VA 1/4/2020 — Virginia Tech Tommy & Hannah Bishop — Blacksburg, VA 1/11/2020 — Syracuse David Rathburn — Keswick, VA 1/20/2020 — NC State Tim Beeghly — Charlottesville, VA 1/28/2020 — Florida State Tom & Mary Edwards — Norfolk, VA Members of the Game — Men's Basketball 2019-2020 VAF Staff Update Lesley Hicks joined the Vir- ginia Athletics Foundation in January 2020. She serves as a receptionist and is a member of the administrative support team, working with the front office staff. Lesley's responsi - bilities include assisting with donor database management and administering the Car Dealer program. Lesley graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the College of Arts & Sciences. While a student at UVA, she was a member of the women's club la - crosse team and the Chi Omega Fraternity. She began her professional career at WorldStrides as an account manager. Lesley then spent 14+ years in the insurance industry. She worked at State Farm as an auto claims representative, claims training in- structor, and claims training analyst. Lesley is married to Joseph Hicks. The couple has one daughter, Sophie. RALEIGH ANNE GRAY (CLAS '07) leads original content for Athlete Exchange (AX), a Wasserman company. In her role, she supports the digital growth of nearly 2,000 athletes who span the globe and sports. She is also the founder of Must Love Sports, an organization that empowers industry professionals to embrace change by connecting and col - laborating at various events across the sports calendar. Prior to the above, Gray served as the Senior Director of Business Development and Partnerships at The Players' Tribune in New York City, and spent five years at Twit- ter in San Francisco where she ended her tenure at the company as the Director of Live Content. She started her career in digital and brand marketing at ESPN, also in New York City. When she is not attending sporting events or traveling to tell her athletes stories, Gray enjoys hosting friends in the home she's made with her husband, John Gray, since she relocated to Charlotte in the Fall of 2018. In addition to serving as a trustee of the Virginia Athletics Foundation, she is a mem - ber of the Jefferson Trust at the University of Virginia as well as the National Advisory Council for Harpeth Hall, her college preparatory school in Nashville, Tennessee. Addi- tionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Sports Biz Camps, a non-profit with the mission of translating education about the sports industry into opportunity for high school students across the United States. While an undergraduate, Gray was the Chair of the University Judiciary Committee (UJC), a guide in the University Guide Service (UGS), a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and an active participant in class giving as well as Madison House. Gray also holds an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HARRISON began his career at The C.A. Harrison Companies, LLC in 1998 while still playing professional football in the NFL. He began a full- time real estate development career in 2000 after retir- ing from the NFL. Since then, he has provided develop- ment oversight and overall leadership for more than 30 projects over the past 20 years. Mr. Harrison's planning, development, financial man- agement and implementation expertise has guided the C.A. Harrison Companies through one of the toughest real estate markets in modern history. His focus on his- torical and adaptive reused projects has allowed him to carve out a niche market in the highly competitive com- mercial real estate industry. Mr. Harrison participates in numerous charitable and community activities. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Military Bowl played annually in Annapolis, MD. He is the former Chairman of the Board for the James Farrior Foundation. In addi- tion, he provides Pro Bono Development Services to Washington, DC, tenant associa- tions who are looking to acquire the buildings they currently occupy. Mr. Harrison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Master of Education from The University of Virginia. He and his wife Tenisha have two children, daughters McKenzie and Blake. VAF Welcomes New 2020 Board Members

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