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Tracy A. Meyer ('92)

tracy"UNC was an indispensable building block that helped me construct my life and my career as an attorney. The Political Science program and the faculty in the department made my undergraduate experience truly exceptional -- inspiring me to think analytically and independently -- to take information and think about it in the abstract, to formulate and evaluate theories and arguments, and to link those theories and arguments back to the world of empirical data. The critical thinking skills that were fostered in my Political Science courses at UNC easily carried over into later experiences in my life, the least of which include law school and the transfer of those skills into my chosen career as a trial lawyer."

Tracy is a partner with the law firm of Bean, Kinney & Korman in Arlington, Virginia. With more than 17 years of experience as a trial lawyer in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, she is a specialist in all aspects of divorce and family law with a concentration in litigation.

A Colorado native, Tracy grew up on a small farm in rural Bennett, Colorado. She earned a volleyball scholarship to UNC, but when a knee injury ended her career early in her Freshman year, she focused her areas of study on Political Science and Journalism, graduating magna cum laude from the University Honors Program in 1992.

After graduation, Tracy attended law school at American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Out of law school, she began her career as a trial attorney, first joining a solo practitioner in Arlington where she gained valuable courtroom experience early in her career. Gaining a reputation for reliability and competence, Tracy later joined a downtown DC firm where she further developed her poise and fundamental courtroom skills before joining the 39-lawyer firm of Bean, Kinney & Korman. Tracy was named a partner with Bean, Kinney & Korman in 2005.

Tracy is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Family Law and as one of Virginia’s Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. She was also recognized as one of the “Top Divorce Lawyers” in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. in February 2009 by Washingtonian magazine.

Tracy currently serves as a Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia.

She is admitted to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is the former chair of the Family Law Section of the Arlington County Bar Association and former chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Arlington County Bar Association. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, the Fairfax County Bar Association Family Law Section, and the District of Columbia Bar.

In 2008, Tracy wed orthopedic surgeon John T. Biddulph. They live in Fredericksburg, Virginia with their 18 month old twins, Matthew and Sarah, and their newborn daughter, Emily. Tracy and her husband enjoy boating and the outdoors.

 

Andy Boian ('94)

Andy Boian

 

"The experience I had at UNC was nothing short of amazing. Not only did I learn the fundamentals, but the faculty in the department encouraged me to think critically and to use what I learned in the classroom for practical use in the policy arena. I feel so fortunate to have had those experiences to help shape and guide my professional career so far."

 

A Denver native, Andy is passionate about the integration of business and community. In 2005 he founded Dovetail Solutions, a company that maximizes its clients’ branding, public relations and marketing efforts by bringing together the public, private, political and community sectors. Andy is a natural “connector,” a term coined in The Tipping Point by author Malcolm Gladwell. Andy has effectively parlayed this skill into his professional life.

Early on, Andy learned the fundamentals of success — hard work, determination and fortitude — and he has maintained these values throughout his career. When he was 25, he was named the senior vice president of business development for a large telecommunications firm based in Denver and was responsible for marketing and community investment in 11 nationwide locations. His team grew revenue significantly for four consecutive years. Later, he was instrumental in several companies exceeding their community involvement goals, and he assisted numerous senior-level executives to become well integrated into the communities in which they lived, worked and served.

Andy is actively involved in politics at both the local and national level, working on both sides of the aisle as a senior campaign advisor and speechwriter. In these capacities he has worked on numerous mayoral, gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, Congressional and presidential campaigns for more than 20 years. He served on the transition teams for a United States interior secretary, as well as the nation’s forty-second president. Andy is a part-time professor of political science at Metropolitan State College and was honored to receive Metro State’s “Favorite Professor” award in 2003 and 2006. He is also an adjunct professor of international studies at the University of Denver and has taught at the University of Colorado. In 2011, Andy was recognized by his alma mater as an alumnus of distinction in 2011, the first in political science in the history of the university.

In 2007, Andy was the recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award and the Colorado Statesman’s “Fifty For The Future.”

Making a Difference

Andy is remarkably active in the Denver community. He is the founder of ExecConnect, chairman of the Kempe Center Foundation, vice chairman of the Denver Botanic Gardens board, chairman of the Downtown Denver Partnership membership committee, a member of Colorado Succeeds board of advisors, a corporate committee member of The Children’s Hospital, a member of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Board of Governors, member of CXO, a part of the 2011 DMCLF National Philanthropy Day selection committee, a member of numerous committees at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and a part of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He speaks regularly to various groups on corporate, community and political topics, and how specifically they can better integrate with each other.

In addition, Andy has contributed Dovetail Solutions’ resources to the community. The company sponsors several nonprofits with professional services gratis and actively participates in the Denver Public Schools Foundation’s School Partners Program at Columbian Elementary School in northwest Denver.