Meet the Advisers
Penny Bell has been employed at CCU for fifteen years. She has worked with both students and faculty from her start in the registrar’s office to moving to the Wall College of Business in 2000. Since 2006, Penny has been involved in advising. She loves getting to meet and work with her advisees from all over the world. Being a small town girl and a complete homebody, she enjoys hearing about the different areas her advisees are from and their life experiences. Bell also understands how important advancing your education really is. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from CCU, with a focus in management, in 2009. She strongly believes where there is a will, you will find a way to achieve your goals and make your dreams come true. Penny has been married for 16 years to Ed Bell and they have two children, Lee and Lindsay. Whenever she gets the chance, she loves to go to the beach and sit by the ocean.
Jaime Davis started her career at Coastal Carolina University as a student in Fall 1998. Originally from Sparta, N.J., she always knew she belonged in the South and CCU was her first choice. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, she was not quite ready to leave CCU. She accepted a position as an admissions counselor and began traveling the east coast recruiting students. She enjoyed meeting with students and their parents and sharing all the great opportunities CCU has to offer. After three travel seasons, Jaime decided to move on to new opportunities that kept her closer to home.
After leaving CCU, Jaime began working as associate advertising director for GS Magazine in Myrtle Beach. While working for the magazine, Jaime sold advertising and worked collaboratively with the publisher/editor and art director on all aspects of the magazine. After a few years of working in sales, she realized she missed working with students and that Coastal Carolina University is where she felt most at home. Currently, Jaime is working as an academic adviser in the Wall College of Business.
Manager of Advising and Recruitment
Frances Richmond has been working with CCU students in the academic advising capacity for over 10 years. Although much of her time has been spent with students in the Wall College of Business, she has also advised incoming freshmen in all academic colleges. She enjoys meeting the students in each new incoming class and watching as they face and conquer challenges throughout the years leading up to graduation. Richmond was recipient of the university's Professional Staff Excellence Award for 2004-05. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Business Administration. Prior to coming to CCU, she gained experience in business that included banking, management, accounting and medical billing.
Richmond’s best advice to her students is to be their own advocate. Seek help when needed instead of struggling alone. Using resources such as professors, advisers and the University Academic Center is crucial to success in college.
Manager of Student Development and Retention
Cara (Lopresti) Scheuer has served as an academic adviser at Coastal Carolina University for the past three years. Prior to Coastal, Mrs. Scheuer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Sport Business Management from the University of Central Florida. Scheuer also played field hockey in college and as part of the U.S. National field hockey team. Her experience as a student athlete taught her how to balance and prioritize her responsibilities, which is something that has helped her in many other areas of her life. She is also a very active member of the Coastal community, and you will often see her participating in various events, committees or service activities around the university.
Cara is always looking for unique learning and development opportunities for her students, which is something she actively promotes through the Wall Center for Excellence. Her best advice for students is to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available through the university and community. She encourages students to step outside of their comfort zone, make new friends, interact with their faculty, spend a summer abroad, join an organization, volunteer, etc. When students integrate these practical experiences with the knowledge obtained in the classroom, it will result in a much more fulfilling and successful college experience.