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Kudos! Dec. 2023

December 7, 2023
By W&M Alumni Magazine

Congratulations to William & Mary alumni who are making moves in the world! This is where we celebrate awards, job changes, promotions, recognition and other career and civic engagement news we collected between Sept. 1 and Nov. 29. For more updates from your classmates, check out the Class Notes at and in the print edition of the W&M Alumni Magazine!

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Awards and Recognition


At the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut’s Annual Awards Dinner in September, Andy Corea ’92 received the Trailblazer Award and Amandeep Sidhu ’00 received the Distinguished Legal Professional of the Year award. Amandeep also delivered the keynote address. 

Jill Ellis ’88, L.H.D. ’16, P ’27 will be added to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Ellis led the Women’s National Soccer Team to victory in 2015 and 2019 and now serves as the president of the San Diego Wave FC. The induction ceremony will be held in the Richmond area April 19-20, 2024.

Brian Jenkins ’16, executive director of the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP), was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30. He was recognized for his social impact with ASAP, which aims to combat isolation among veterans and improve their well-being through free classes and performances across an array of art forms.

Job Changes and Promotions 


Leena Al-Souki ’14 is now an associate attorney with the McCleskey Law Firm, where she had served as a law clerk. 

Leila Dominick Carney ’01 was promoted to member of the firm at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C. She first joined the firm in 2004 and has been practicing in the tax disputes and tax litigation group.

Catherine Anderson Gregory ’09 has been appointed as head of content and communications at the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent think tank working to ensure that artificial intelligence and data work for people and society. Based in London, Catherine is tasked with developing and leading Ada’s strategic communications and content priorities, raising the institute’s profile and enhancing the impact of its work.

Charles H. King J.D. ’23 joined Shumaker, a legal services provider in Florida, as an associate in the firm’s corporate, tax and transactions service line. Prior to joining Shumaker, he worked as a paralegal at a Washington, D.C.-area law firm, where he researched, compiled data and arranged depositions and meetings regarding civil litigation, labor and antitrust matters. 

Brian Malloy M.B.A. ’99 has been appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer of Carpenter Technology Corp., which develops, manufactures and distributes stainless steels and corrosion-resistant alloys. In his new role, Brian oversees the Specialty Alloys Operations (SAO) and Performance Engineered Products (PEP) business segments.

Stephen J. Marietta ’11 joined Gibbons P.C. in Newark, New Jersey, as an associate. He focuses his practice on civil and criminal litigation and government investigations, with a concentration on trial- and appellate-litigation strategy, as well as pro bono matters.

Jennifer Modell O’Connell ’03 has joined the Argent Trust Co. as a trust officer. O’Connell serves Argent’s clients by assisting with trust and estate planning. She is responsible for administering client trust, estate and investment accounts for individuals, private foundations and endowments. 

Grant Phelan ’89 has been named co-chair of the litigation department at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP. In the past five years, Grant has been lead counsel in 33 different states. Clients praise him for his steady and discerning counsel, citing his calm and insightful guidance to allow them to achieve successful outcomes in their business and legal dealings.

John C. Thomas HON J.D. ’16, HON ’18 has been announced as one of the newest board members of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees. He has also served multiple terms on William & Mary’s Board of Visitors. 

Tiffany M. Webb J.D. ’11 is now commonwealth’s attorney in King William County, Virginia. She was appointed to fill the position by King William Circuit Judge Elliot Bondurant this past spring and won election to a four-year term in November.