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Mistress of Ceremonies
Tabitha Enoch grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1999 to assume the role of Assistant Dean in Residence Life here at UVA. In 2002, her area of responsibility shifted from Residence Life to Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP) where her team works to build an inclusive and welcoming experience for new undergraduates with a wonderful squad of student leaders. The orientation program provides incoming students with services that enable them to transition smoothly into their new roles at the University. The following annual programs reflect some of the other work that ONSP does: Summer Orientation, Wahoo Welcome, Opening Convocation and Honor Induction, Grounds for Discussion (a peer-theater production), Transfer Student Programming, and Family Weekend. In 2019, she began serving as an Associate Dean of Students, in the Office of the Dean of Students, and in addition to Orientation & New Student Programs, she helped to shape the diversity and inclusion efforts of the Student Affairs Division and provide support to UVA’s first generation and low-income students, and undergraduate student veterans. Finally, she has also donned herself The University Hype Girl and Final Exercises DJ, where her Twitter handle is actually @UVADJTAB.
Chris was born and raised in New England before relocating to Virginia to attend VCU. After receiving his degree in Music Education, Chris spent the next 30 years in the state. He taught at the middle school level in the public schools where his Orchestras and Guitar Ensembles routinely received Superior ratings at assessments. In fact, his was the inaugural guitar program at the middle school level in Chesterfield County. After retiring, Chris moved back to colder climates and is now a full-time Hillbilly musician.
Isabelle Demesmay was born in Besançon, France, which is one of Charlottesville’s sister cities. She moved to the US when she was 19 and has lived in several states since. This includes Virginia, where she taught English as a Second Language for 14 years. She believes in embracing the places and people where she lives and is particularly interested in the ecology around her. Now retired, she resides in the Northern Adirondacks, New York, which are her inspiration for writing her first fables.
Latifa B. Kropf
Latifa is thrilled to share some stories from the Jewish tradition. For many years as a teacher of small children, she had the opportunity to share stories, and now as a leader of a Jewish community, she still finds many opportunities to share a wider array of stories with an ever-expanding audience.
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