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June 2017

Joan Cribb
recently stepped down as the athletic director at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island. She had served in that role since 2002.

Jonna Dougherty
is the assistant principle for Loris Middle School. She was previously the Response to Intervention/Title One Coordinator at Bristow Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky.

Tyler Hughes
has retired from playing soccer after spending the last eight seasons with Cowichan LMG in Lake Cowichan, British Columbia. His future plans include renewing the Cowichan club’s U21 program.

Brooke Cox
was recently named as associate vice president of ambulatory operations for Tidelands Heath. She previously held the position of senior director for Tidelands Health group. In 2015 she was named statewide administrator of the year by the South Carolina Medical Group Management Association.
Ryan McGraw has been ranked by as one of the top 25 high school baseball players from the state of Michigan during the last 25 years. While at CCU, the Saginaw Nouvel High School graduate set a national record with a 63-stolen base season and earned All-American honors. He also set Big South Conference career marks with 160 steals and 179 walks before being drafted by the San Diego Padres.

Kim Rothberg
was announced as a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has been a fifth-grade teacher at Carolina Forest Elementary School her entire 10-year career.

Joe Harris,
former CCU men’s basketball standout, is a sheriff’s patrol deputy with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department.
Matt Moody married Martha Riviere Propst in May in Greenville. He is employed by Enterprise Holdings in Charleston.

Chris Hennecy
is the new marketing and communications manager for the U.S. market for Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions. He previously served as the director of marketing and communications for the BMW Car Club of America.
Marianne Long is an education director at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a nonprofit organization supporting scientific research, educating the community and improving public safety.

Andrew Emil Berks
married Marian Bryce in May in Irmo. He is employed with State Farm in Fort Mill.

Joscelyn Smalls
married Jon Ford in May in Charleston. She is employed as a financial consultant.

Derek Fenstermacher
opened the Indoor Golf & Training Center in York. The center will include instruction on all aspects of the game, equipment and apparel sales, and a golf simulator.
Nick McKinney is the curator of the Scarborough-Hamer collection at the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum in Seneca.
Justin Sullivan announced his engagement to Meagan Merryman with plans to wed in November. He is a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.

Bailey Cocca
will compete in the Fuccillo Kia Classic of New York, a Symetra Tour event at Capital Hills in June. She is a professional golf assistant at Normanside.
Tom Saguto opened SagutoGolf at the International Club in Murrells Inlet, where he gives golf instruction and personal swing analysis.

May 2017

Tim Hardee
, president of the South Carolina Technical College System, will be the commencement speaker for spring graduates at both Aiken Technical College and Orange-Calhoun Technical College. Hardee has more than 30 years of experience in education throughout South Carolina as a teacher, coach, counselor and principal. A CCU Alumnus of the Year, he previously served as the president of Central Carolina Technical College.

Tim Carlisle
is the new president and CEO of Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union. Since joining Carolina Trust in 2010, he has served as 21st Avenue Myrtle Beach branch manager, vice president of lending and branch operations, and senior vice president/chief operations officer.

Mike Skipper
is in his ninth season as coach of Conway High School’s varsity girls’ softball team. He has led the team to five consecutive trips to the state playoffs.

Tara (Sparks) Alford
was named controller at Tradd Management, where she oversees financial activity, procedures and quality control for the properties under management. 

Seth Smith
has been promoted by AmeriServ Bank to serve as area executive and senior vice president for Centre and Blair counties in Pennsylvania. He previously served as the vice president and commercial relationship manager in the bank’s Altoona lending office.
Brooke Weisbrod will be inducted in the Big South Conference Hall of Fame in June. She led CCU to two of its three Big South women’s basketball championship game appearances. A college basketball analyst for ESPN, she was inducted into the CCU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. 

Laura Keane
has joined SAGE Eldercare as the new director of Spend-A-Day, an adult day health care program. A resident of Succasunna, N.J., she is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator. Keane most recently served as the executive director of Sunrise Senior Living of Madison.
Catherine McFaddin and Lee Mahoney were married April 8, 2017. She is a physical education teacher and coach for the Clarendon School District Two in Manning, S.C. 

Nathan Craig Holloway
joined Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan PLLC as an attorney in its Knoxville, Tenn., office.
Chris Wellsand has joined Valpo Parks Golf as a teaching professional at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center in Valparaiso, Ind. He has worked in the golf industry since 2002, most recently as the general manager at Aberdeen Golf Club. 

Joseph Hurley
earned a master’s degree in athletic training from Seton Hall University. He lives in Texas.
Lisa (Anastasio) Keays was recently inducted into the Tracy High School Sports Hall of Fame. She was a three-sport athlete – volleyball, basketball and softball. Keays played softball for CCU and earned all Big South Conference honors. 

Julian Rhodes Dickerson III
is engaged to Macey Deanna Owens. He is a physical education teacher at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School in Florence, S.C., and the head coach for the South Florence Bruins junior varsity baseball program. Their wedding is planned for June 17, 2017
De’Angelo Henderson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of 2017 NFL Draft. He is CCU’s all-time leading rusher and scorer. 

Schuler Benson
’s fiction and poetry has appeared in The Idle Class, Kudzu Review, The Pinch, Little Fiction, Hobart and elsewhere. He has been nominated for a Best of the Net Award, a Million Writers Award, and three Pushcart Prizes, and he placed second in The Fallen Sky Review’s 2013 Speculative Fiction Launch Contest. His first book The Poor Man’s Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide was a 2015 finalist for the Luminaire Award for Best Prose. He earned a master’s degree in writing from CCU.
Jalacy Green volunteers as a throwing coach at her high school alma mater Colleton County (S.C.) High School. She was a three-time SCHSL AAAA state champion in the shot put and discus, and the ESPN Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2012. Green serves as a case manager for the Colleton County Department of Social Services Foster Care.
G.K. Young is a first baseman with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, a Class A Minor League Baseball team in Fort Wayne, Ind., affiliated with the San Diego Padres.

April 2017

Catherine J. Monteiro
 of Louisville has been appointed to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Personnel Board by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Tayfun Karadeniz 
presented at the Grand Strand Technology Council, where Grand Strand entrepreneurs shared their unique product pitches to the community. He has developed a way to put name brands into emojis on smart phone keyboards. 

Mike McGrath
 has been named the foodservice business development manager for the mid-Atlantic region of Handy Seafood, a family-owned seafood processing company in Salisbury, Md. He previously worked for Waypoint in Richmond, Va., where he gained experience showing and selling the Handy product line. 

Zack Byrd 
has qualified for the Sunshine Tour based in South Africa and will spend much of 2017 playing on the south end of the Africa continent. He ranked in the top 30 for the Qualifying Tournament at Randpark Golf Club in Randpark, South Africa. 

Cam Freeman 
married Erin Ward on April 8th. Cam recently accepted a role as a Vice President, Business Banker at PNC Bank.
Roslyn Sakowitz has been promoted from sales representative to group sales manager at Kingston Resorts, one of the largest resort complexes in Myrtle Beach. 

Nick Carolla
 was recently named project manager at Miron Construction Co. Inc. in Middleton, Wisc. He will provide direct management and oversight of construction projects.

Dylan Cordaro 
and Sara Adams ’15 are planning a July wedding in Chazy, N.Y. Both are pursuing master’s degrees at the University of Albany – Sarah in epidemiology and Dylan in social studies. 

Nicole Isaacs
, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. She completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

March 2017

Tony Dunkin
 will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame on May 15, 2017. He is the only basketball player in NCAA history to be named its conference player of the year four times. Tony finished his career as CCU’s all-time leading scorer. 

Rob Spino
 is the new director of the Coastal Carolina University Veterans Association. He teaches physical education in the Horry County Schools and is a teaching associate at CCU. Rob also serves his alma mater as a board member for both University College and the Alumni Association.

and Katie (’08) Harris own CrossFit Driving Formations in Myrtle Beach. Dwayne is also a fire lieutenant for the Myrtle Beach Fire Department and Katie is a licensed massage therapist. They have two girls, Reagan, 6, and Zoë, 3.

Brittney ’07, ’10
 and Tommy Pelfrey Jr. recently welcomed their second child, Grace Elizabeth Pelfrey. Tommy is the area car sales manager for Enterprise in Norfolk, Va., and Brittney is senior manager of business support for Blackbaud Inc. The family of four, including son Gavin, lives in Virginia Beach, Va.


Kevin Bane and
Caroline Suitch were recently engaged. The couple lives in Philadelphia and plan to exchange vows in October in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Carson Baker 
is the owner of Baker American Cyclesin Fayetteville, N.C. He earned a 2016 Platinum Dealer Award from Indian Motorcycles.

Shane Norris 
and Jess Dennison ’10 recently got engaged in front of Coastal’s bronze statue of Chauncey at the entrance to the TD Sports Complex.

Daniela Corona
and Justin Priddy were recently engaged in Charleston, S.C. She works as an admissions counselor for Coastal Carolina University.


February 2017

Karen (Strawser) Sanders
moved to the Washington, D.C. area, with her husband and is attending the Defense Language Institute to learn Thai. After the one-year program, they will move to Thailand for her husband’s assignment with the U.S. Air Force.  

Shannon Cook
is the new cultural arts program assistant for the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University. She assists with research and arranges travel accommodations for artists performing at CCU. Cook previously worked with WMBF-TV. 

McKenzie Cochran has been promoted to residential mortgage originator for SRP Federal Credit Union. He has been working at the company for more than five years, with the majority of that time in the mortgage division serving as the secondary marketing coordinator. Cochran is a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. 

Alex Ross
 was signed as a quarterback by the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent and attended training camp with the club last season. He finished his career at Coastal in 2015 as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (9,918), attempts (1,174), completions (760) and touchdowns (72).

Danielle Lafreniere
recently started a job as a guest services representative at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, located in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Caitlin Raynor married Caleb Henley on Oct. 22, 2016, in China Grove, N.C. The couple lives in China Grove. She is an animal caretaker-zookeeper at Tiger World Endangered Wildlife Preserve.

January 2017

Brian Batten
, Ph.D., has been promoted to an associate at Dewberry’s office in Richmond, Va. He is a senior coastal scientist and project manager with the firm’s resilience solutions group and leads the sea level rise (SLR) practice. Batten has more than 20 years of experience in coastal marine sciences and is an expert in coastal hazards, including coastal flooding, coastal erosion and SLR. He earned a doctorate in coastal oceanography and a master’s in marine environmental science from Stony Brook University.

Stu Riddle
has been named head coach of the men’s soccer program at Northern Kentucky University. He previously served for four years as the head men’s soccer coach at the University at Buffalo. Riddle also was the head coach at Western Michigan University for four years. He holds a master’s degree in public service administration from Evansville.

Michelle Ruthenberg
studied traditional ecological knowledge of the Makushi and the potential of local wisdom to guide conservation initiatives in Guyana as part of a master’s degree course in Miami University’s Global Field Program. She is director of dive safety and special projects at Ripley’s Aquarium and lives in Myrtle Beach.

Dale Ketola
has been named the director of instruction and club fitting at The Golf Performance Center at Grande Dunes. He also is the director of the Myrtle Beach Chapter of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Hootie & the Blowfish Chapter Series.

Chris Sessions
has been appointed associate director of sales at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. He previously was the associate director of sales at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Jack Leasure
is the head boys’ basketball coach at his alma mater McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y. The Knights played in the 2016 Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach in December. As a member of the Chanticleer men’s basketball program, Leasure finished his career with 411 3-pointers, which is still good for 10th on the NCAA’s all-time list.

Susan Scarce
has been named development officer for the Conway Medical Center Foundation. She previously served as marketing and social media manager for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. Scarce also is a member of the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation board of directors.

Mary Cathryn Eberly
is engaged to Brad Bundrick. A March wedding is planned in Farmville, S.C. She is a fiscal analyst with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
Kayla Martin is engaged to Evan Carillo. An April wedding is planned in Austin, Texas. She earned a master’s degree from in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015.
Blair Wheeler has been hired as the outdoor marketing specialist at Sweeney, a full service marketing and public relations agency headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. He will support outdoor retail and consumer industry accounts in multiple areas and will work out of the agency’s Wilmington, N.C., office. He previous served as Hurley Surf Club’s global marketing manager.

Darbie Kelley
is an inside sales consultant for the Charlotte Hornets.
Shelby Manekin is a member of the San Diego Chargers Dance Team.
Symphony Thompson orchestrated a drive to feed the homeless in the Myrtle Beach area during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She received help from CCU students and alumni.