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Class Notes

1977

Clark Bradley Parker, former president of the Coastal Carolina Alumni Association, has served on the Horry County Higher Education Commission and was chairman in 1993 when CCU became independent. He was a CCU trustee for 12 years and is now trustee emeritus. A CPA for more than 30 years, he is currently a partner in Parker Hunter Skipper CPAs. Parker is married to Marcia Wells. They have three sons, Bradley, Curtis and Stephen, and two granddaughters, Lily, 3, and Iris, who was born in 2013. 

 

1978

Gus A. Becker Jr. has recently retired and is now living in Texas.

 

1981

William Keith Andersen is a senior estimator with Palmetto Corp. of Conway. He is the former president and chairman of CCU’s Alumni Association and is currently serving on the Alumni Board of Directors.

Mark Singleton is an internationally recognized expert in counterterrorism and anti-terrorism, with seven years of experience in special operations. A DOD-certified sniper and sniper instructor, he has trained more than 2,500 law enforcement and other professional personnel. Singleton is currently serving on the CCU Alumni Association board of directors for a three-year term. A U.S. Marine officer for nearly 29 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2004, he has taught politics at Coastal Carolina University and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, teaching politics and U.S. history.

 

1993

Leslie Graves Moore worked with Hospice of Georgetown County (now Tidelands Hospice) after graduation, where she was the volunteer coordinator/development director. She then became executive director of Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County. Since 2004, she has been an editor for Strand Media Group. The company publishes Sasee, Charleston Gateway, Strand and several private publications, and manages the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. Her son is a senior at USC in Columbia, and her daughter is married and just had her first child.

 

1994

Sarah Loudin Thomas announces that her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, will be released in August 2014 by Bethany House. She and her husband, Jim Thomas, live in the mountains of western North Carolina. In addition to writing, she oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, N.C.

 

1996

Patricia Apone has been named to the position of Director of Airports in Horry County. Apone has been an employee of the Horry County Department of Airports since 1997 and has served as the deputy director of finance and administration and assistant director of airports. She earned a master’s degree in finance from Winthrop University, and she has received the designation Accredited Airport Executive from the American Association of Airport Executives.


1997

Stephanie M. Foot is now serving as the director of the new Master of Science in first-year studies at Kennesaw State University. She is also an associate professor of education in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies at KSU. She is married to fellow CCU alumnus Jason Plafcan.

Duane Carlton Lewis has been promoted to the position of chief financial officer at HTC Inc.  He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University in 2000, achieved his certification as a certified financial manager (CFM) in 2005 and as a certified management accountant (CMA) in 2008. He was honored as a senior fellow in Class II of the Waccamaw Community Foundation’s American Leadership Forum in 2011. He also serves on the advisory board for the Department of Finance at CCU. He and his wife Abigail have two children, Claire and Cade.

Rob Shelton graduated from the USC School of Law in 2000 and has been with the Bellamy Law Firm since 1998. Active in the CCU community, he has taught political science as an adjunct and serves as a board member for several organizations, including the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation and the Edwards College Board of Visitors. He said he’s enjoyed “watching the community/city of Conway grow to embrace the Coastal Carolina community.” Rob and his wife Tabby Shelton ’99 started the local nonprofit organization Fostering Hope, which provides clothing and school supplies to more than 100 children each month. 

 

1998

Leonard D. Henderson is attending online classes at Kaplan University to earn a master’s degree in environmental policy. He has a one-year-old granddaughter in Utah. He and his wife Liana live in Chester, S.C. 

Tabby Shelton (See Class of 1997)

 

2001

Diana Tata, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Daytona State College School of Biological and Physical Sciences in New Smryna Beach and Daytona Beach. She earned her doctorate in biology in 2009 from Florida Institute of Technology with a specialization in cell and molecular biology. 

 

2002

Brian Richardson has been promoted to sales manager at WFXB FOX TV in Florence.  He lives in Conway with his wife, Cayman. They welcomed their first child in November.

 

2003

Michelle De Souza-Hydrick earned an MBA from The Citadel. She has joined SouthCon Building Group as the accounting and administrative manager. Previously, she was senior accountant at Carolina Eastern Inc.

CPT Jason J. Madey, M.D., completed his neurology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2013. He is currently an Army neurologist at Fort Belvoir, Va.  

Tina N. Gerrald married Benjamin McCrackin on Nov. 2, 2013.  

Mark A. McPartland has been appointed vice president of corporate development and communications at Stellar Biotechnologies in Port Hueneme, Calif. He will lead Stellar’s corporate development and investor-related programs, including management of stakeholder relationships, commercial collaborating, capital markets strategy, external communications, media relations and public affairs.

 

2005

Amanda L. Belt is quality assurance manager at Richmond Corrugated Box Company in Richmond, Va.

Woody Ford served as chair of the 2014 American Heart Association’s (AHA) Myrtle Beach Heart Ball. The event raises money with the mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. As chair of this event, Ford led the event’s executive leadership team (ELT).

Lisa Sharpe is a biotechnology professional who has worked at DSM NeoResins as a manufacturing chemist. She previously worked at Purdue University. Sharpe now lives in Rossville, Ind., with her daughter Hannah, a senior in high school. After a serious illness forced her to rethink life’s possibilities, she now serves as an advocate for others facing similar life-altering circumstances.

 

2006

Allanah Dobson completed her master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2009. She lives in her hometown of Hampton, S.C., and is the head athletic trainer for Wade Hampton High School. She is the founder of Absolute Wisdom of Empowerment, through which she tutors and mentors young people.

 

2007

Dominick Duggan is engaged to Kim Marie Clark ‘10. Duggan is a medical device sales representative for Stryker, and Clark is a second-grade teacher at Lowell Elementary School in Phoenix, Ariz. They live in Arizona and will be married in June 2014 in Connecticut. 

Nathan Ernest was named Carolina Forest High School Teacher of the Year. This is the first level of a three-level extensive interview process to be considered for South Carolina Teacher of the Year overall.

Ebony T. Hills has taken a position at the Florida Air National Guard and was recently promoted to the rank of e5/staff sergeant in Jacksonville, Fla.

Michael Rullo is living in New York and is engaged to be married. The wedding is set for July 2014. He recently accepted a job with Ernst & Young as an account support associate in the firm’s Times Square office in New York City.

 

2008

Sean M. Bishop and Amanda Loach ’11 are engaged to be married. 

Melissa B. Oliver joined the Graduate Biomedical Sciences Microbiology Graduate Theme program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After publishing two papers, she was the first theme student to graduate with a Ph.D. in microbiology. She will begin a postdoctoral research fellowship position at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C., studying polymicrobial infections in the context of otitis media. She and James Ryan Coker recently celebrated their eighth anniversary. 

Caitlyn Pollock appeared on last season’s The Sing-Off on NBC. She performed with her all-female a cappella group Element. She lives in New York City and was recently engaged to be married. 

Brandi J. Sturdevant is enrolled in the PACE program and teaches at Longleaf Middle School in Richland County School District. She has been teaching eighth-grade science since August.

 

2009

Todd A. Harwell is living in Peru and is serving as an environmental volunteer in the Peace Corps.  He lives in a coastal community called Paracas about four hours south of Lima. He also works with local marine protected islands to help manage ecotourism and conserve the biodiversity of sea lions, Humboldt penguins and marine birds. He will serve in the Peace Corps through November 2014.   

Ashton Hilderand is a real estate agent with Watermark Real Estate Group.  

Ralph Jones and Kaitlin Wilkes ‘10 are engaged to be married. They live in Raleigh, N.C., where Jones is a senior consultant in the international tax practice at Deloitte Tax LLP, and Wilkes is a senior associate in the assurance practice at BDO USA LLP. They will be married in July 2014 in Charleston.  

Jeffrey Renchen and Gabrielle Renchen were married in 2010. Both have earned master’s degrees in marine and environmental science from the University of the Virgin Islands. They are working as marine biologists for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the Florida Keys.

 

2010

Kim Marie Clark (See Class of 2007) 

Amanda Elliott received a master’s degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is currently an education specialist at the College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Md.  

Jesse R. Ford earned his M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina in May 2012. He serves as the assistant director of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Miami.  

Emma Fortune was engaged to Ross Brackett in January 2014. They live in Greenville, where Emma is a kindergarten teacher at Grove Elementary. She is working toward her Master of Education in Language and Literacy degree at the University of South Carolina.  

Alicia Grier and Presont Moorehead became engaged this past December at Brookgreen Gardens during the Nights of a Thousand Candles. Grier serves on the board of directors of the CCU Alumni Association.  

Rachel Kohn has graduated from the University of Western States College of Chiropractic and is now a Doctor of Chiropractic with an additional bachelor’s degree in human biology.  Dr. Kohn is living in West Linn, Ore., with her dog, Lochie, and cat, Butternut. 

Jeffery Lucas is employed with the Irvin Law Firm in Myrtle Beach and works directly with James Irvin Jr. as a law clerk. He works on criminal cases, civil and personal injury law. He is currently waiting on the results of the bar exam.

Brett Robertson and Amanda 

Rotella were married in March 2014. They met at CCU during a summer job at the beach before their senior year.  

Kaitlin Wilkes  (See Class of 2009)

 

2011

Jennifer Dawson is teaching third grade at Green Sea Floyds Elementary School. She and David Page are planning to be married in May 2014 in Galivants Ferry.

Colin A. Keane is the lacrosse operations manager for Major League Lacrosse in Boston. He oversees on-field operations, event logistics, scheduling and compensation of players. 

Emily Keener has been named New Teacher of the Year by the Rotary Club of Lowcountry, S.C. She has been employed by Beaufort Middle School as a Spanish teacher since August 2012.

Amanda Loach teaches economics, government, psychology and sociology at North Augusta High School. She and Sean Madison Bishop ’08 were engaged in September 2013.

Christian Mendez moved from New York to Washington, D.C., and is now working for the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) as a contract specialist.

Jamie Page married Dominick Bezmen on Nov. 14, 2013. 

Elainna S. Rubensteinhas been living in Connecticut since graduation. She is currently working at ESPN on the assignment desk covering Major League Baseball and golf. She also assists with coverage of all NCAA sports, NBA and NHL.  

 

2012

Ryan Borawski has begun a new position with Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Angela M. Devincentis is the sales manager at WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach. She is engaged, with a wedding date set for September 2014.

Matthew Endicott is the spring training operations coordinator for the San Francisco Giants.

Robert M. Evans is currently the head of I.T. operations for Skutchi Designs, where he began as a web developer. He completed his first full marathon this past January. 

Valerie A. Gilbert co-presented a poster at the American Psychological Association conference in August, titled “Centrality of Religion and Spiritual Growth Following Trauma.” She is beginning her second semester of graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Saquoia Riley has completed her first semester of graduate school at Texas A&M University at Galveston. She is pursuing a master’s degree in marine resource management.

 

2013

Stephanie Boglioli earned a Master of Accountancy degree and is working with Elliott Davis in Charlotte, N.C., as a tax staff accountant. She is also working toward the completion of her CPA license.

Theresa Crouse is the owner of Crouse’s Cafe in Indiana, Pa. Her family has been in the restaurant industry since 1976. 

Toni Georgiana is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Smith College.  In addition to classes on campus in Northampton, Mass., the program includes field training in Durham, N.C. 

Timothy J. Gianelli is a client support specialist at Building Engines, a provider of web and mobile property management software for the commercial real estate industry. The company is based in Waltham, Mass.

 

IN MEMORIAM

Gary Dean