December 1, 2023
CSU Knights in the News

Knights in the News | November 2022

Rica Hamilton
Rica Hamilton was recently recognized as Naval Medical Readiness Logistics Command’s Civilian of the Year. She works as the assistant property manager and transportation officer. Hamilton is a U.S. Army veteran who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree while on active duty at CSU.

Marty Ferrell
The city of Marietta has approved Marty Ferrell as their new chief of police. He is a 32-year veteran of the police force. “Marietta is my home and I have deep roots in this community that I love. I look forward to partnering with our citizens to continually enhance our quality of life in Marietta through ongoing community policing efforts,” he said. Ferrell earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice at CSU.

Deidre Grim
Dr. Deidre Grim, PhD, MPA, MPP, MURP has been named executive director of Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, Georgia. “I am very excited about the opportunity to strengthen local food systems by working with farmers, the community, food outlets and local officials to address areas suffering food and health disparities,” she said. Dr. Grim earned a master’s degree in public administration at CSU.

Emily Fowler
The Danville Area Training Center has named Emily Fowler as its first assistant director. Fowler has served as a paramedic for nearly 11 years. She is a current CSU student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health care administration concentrating in EMS management.

Jonathan Williams
The Charlottesville Fire Department has promoted Jonathan Williams to Battalion Chief. He has served the department for 22 years. He is a current CSU Student earning his bachelor’s degree in fire administration concentrating in fire investigation.

Robert W. Robertson
Dr. Robert W. Robertson has been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Advanced Studies, Commonwealth Institute, University of London. Dr. Robertson was nominated for his research and publication record notably around the future of work and the skills gap. He will continue with his research interests in these areas during his Fellowship. Robertson is a member of the faculty at the Graduate Business School of Columbia Southern University.

Anthony Lombardo
Anthony Lombardo has been approved by the Penn Manor Board of School Directors to a seat on the board. He has served as a detective with the police department and as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Lombardo earned his associate and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at CSU.

Chris White
The city of Eden recently named Chris White as their new fire chief. “I look forward to serving the citizens of this city, working with the youth promoting public fire education and being available and accessible to the citizens of Eden. I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity,” he said. White earned his associate and bachelor’s degree in fire science at CSU.

Jason McPeak
Heartland Bank and Trust Co. has added Jason McPeak to their wealth management team. He has over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 2014, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSU.

Daniel Castanon
Daniel Castanon was recently featured in the Redstone Rocket for Hispanic Heritage Month. He joined the Navy in 1999 and joined the Army in 2006. “I’m a proud Puerto Rican serving in the Army. I just feel proud to be who I am, put on this uniform every day,” he said. He is a current CSU student pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

James Wheatley
James Wheatley will be Lebanon city’s next fire chief. He has been a captain and paramedic with the department since 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fire administration at CSU in 2016.

James Gagliardo
The city of Danbury confirmed the promotion of James Gagliardo to fire lieutenant. He has been with the department since 2007. He earned his associate degree at CSU and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in fire administration.