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Meet the Advisers



Karen Arnie joined CCU and the Wall College of Business during the summer of 2013.  She brings more than 15 years of higher education experience in teaching, advising, internship services and career development, but her first “real” job out of college was writing news stories for a local daily and weekly paper.

A Maryland native who relocated from Charlotte, N.C. to Myrtle Beach, Karen is thrilled to be back in a coastal region. Her experience in both private and public four-year and two-year colleges has taught her that when students have focus and persistence, amazing things are possible. 



Penny Bell has been employed with CCU since August 1998, and 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 meeting and working with students from all over the world. Having grown up in a small town, Penny enjoys hearing about the different areas her students are from and their life experiences.


Penny also understands how important advancing your education 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’s best advice to students is to get involved, be responsible for your actions, and to go out and show the world you can make a difference.








Abbey Kruse has been working with college students for more than five years. She earned her Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina University in the fall of 2014, Abbey worked in a variety of four-year colleges and universities specializing in undergraduate and graduate admissions, advising and student development. 

Originally from Green Bay, Wis., Abbey is excited to be in the warm South helping students achieve their educational and career goals. Abbey’s best advice to students is for them to set goals at every step of their education and to get involved by seeking opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, and to utilize all of the fantastic resources that are available on campus to make college a rewarding experience! 


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.



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.