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Class Notes July 2019

1995
Teresa Todd has been named the new principal at North Myrtle Beach High School. She worked the last seven years as the school’s assistant principal. She has spent her entire 24-year career working in Horry County Schools.

1996
Brent Ham is a regional sales manager for Hu-Friedy, aglobal leader in dental instrument manufacturing and infection prevention solutions.

Carolyn Prince-Holt recently retired after running the Jack and Jill Nursery School in Loris, S.C., for nearly 50 years.

1999
Mike Allen 
has named the regional subsurface utility engineering manager at the Dallas/Fort Worth office of McKim & Creed, an employee-owned engineering and surveying firm.

Treda (Smith) Grayson earned a Ph.D. in environmental science and policy from George Mason University on May 17, 2019.

2000
Ashley Smith has been named Conway’s new recreation director. He previously served on the Conway City Council, and worked as a teacher and coach at Conway High School.

2005
Elise Testone, a 2012 American Idol finalist, has released a new album, “This Is Love.”

2006
Chris Halkowitz has joined Suggs Johnson CPAs in Anderson, S.C., where he will lead the firm’s audit and assurance practice. He also earned an MBA from CCU in 2008.

2007
Patrick Flynn and his wife, Julia, are opening Anytime Fitness in Forestbrook Village off U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach. The gym will offer 24/7 access and small group workout sessions.

2008
Ashleigh Alcorn is the new executive director of the Dustin Johnson Foundation. She previously worked in athletic fundraising at CCU, Louisiana State University and Texas Tech University.

2009
Jason Wilkes, the head football coach at Cary High School in Cary, N.C., has been named the 2019 Cary Chamber of Commerce Coach of the Year.

2011
Brooke Donaldson and Candice Posey were married on June 8, 2019, in Hackettstown, N.J. All four of their dogs were included in the ceremony.

2012
Sarah (Ball) DiMilla has been named a realtor at ERA Key Realty Services’ Milford, Mass., office.

Lauren Haller and Nick Baldino ’14 plan to get married on Oct. 4, 2019. They met and fell in love during CCU’s annual Greek Week “Mock Rock” dance competition. Lauren was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and Nick was president of the Delta Chi fraternity.

Blair Wheeler has been named a sales manager at Action Sports, a new venture for Imperial Headwear. He previously served as s brand manager for Ocean & Earth USA.

2016
Garrett Bailey, Allix Greenwell, Kyle Massie and Nick Picha, all marine science graduates, have created the Ocean’s Heroes Project. The nonprofit helps to raise awareness of environmental concerns in relation to the ocean. It also raises money for undergraduate research in CCU’s marine science program. 

2018
Kaeli Day and Steven Haer, both of Columbia, S.C., were married May 18, 2019, on the Caribbean Princess in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

June 2019

1997
Tammy (Bazin) Tefft is the chief procurement officer and construction project manager for the City of Westfield, Mass.

2001
Dwight Williams is the Roger F. and Harriet G. Varney Assistant Professor of Chemistryat Kalamazoo College. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Course Hero have extended a 2019 Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching grant to him in recognition of his ability to build student confidence, encourage critical thinking and prepare students for lifelong learning.

2003
Tiffany (Turner) Hall has been named the principal at Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School in Graniteville, S.C. She has been the assistant principal at Jackson STEM Middle School.

2005
Renee Howard-Condon is a high school math teacher at Creekside High School in St. Johns County, Fla. She lives in St. Augustine with her husband and two children.

2006
Joey Schumann is a general practitioner in the Ascension Healthcare System in Appleton, Wisc. He also is a touring musician who plays the Irish uilleann bagpipes and tin whistle. He tours with the Tim Janis Ensemble, “The Way of the Rain” with Robert and Sibylle Redford, and The Lutheran Ceili Orchestra. Schumann has been a featured Celtic performer for seven years running at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He lives in Appleton with his wife and three kids.

2007
Jeff Giovannone, a physical education teacher at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Col., has been named the school’s head girls’ basketball coach. He and Brittany Hugill were married July 21, 2018, in Manitou Springs, Col.

2009
Madison Lucas is a vocalist and instrumentalist with Modern Moxie, which recently released its debut album, “Claw Your Way Out.”

2011
Shannon Klotsko has been named an assistant professor Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences/Center for Marine Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Michelle Schmalfeldt has been named a paralegal in the City of Myrtle Beach’s Public Defender’s Office.

2016
Nicholas Clark, a former member of CCU’s football program, is one of eight winners of the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Each recipient receives a $10,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Clarks plans to pursue a degree in sports administration at Georgia State University.

2018
Devann (Donovan) Gardner has been named the children’s art educator at the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach. She and Tyler Gardner were married on April 27, 2019, in Conway.

Chanice La Touche has been named a staff accountant in the Charleston office of Moore Beauston & Woodham LLP, a full-service accounting and consulting firm. A member of the S.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants, she earned a Master of Accountancy degree from CCU.

May 2019

1994
Sarah Loudin Thomas’ fifth full-length novel, When Silence Sings, will be released Nov. 5, 2019. Previous novels have won the 2015 INSPY Award and have been nominated for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award and the Christian Book of the Year.

2006
Patrick Niland has been appointed the assistant county manager for Union County, N.C. He previously served as town manager of Wingate, N.C.

2007
Danny Richie is the head golf pro at Willow Brook Golf Course in Catasauqua, Penn.

Josh Williams is the new chief digital officer for Golf Tourism Solutions based in Myrtle Beach.

2008
Will Richardson has been named the new head football coach at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C. A native of Sumter, S.C., he was the Chanticleers’ starting quarterback in 2007.

2009
Samantha Kite Hicks has been promoted to associate director of client services and scholarships in CCU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

2011
Bárbara Astrini won a 2019 Daytime Emmy Award for her work on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. Color Song: RED in the category of Outstanding Short Format Children’s Program.

2012
Michael Dorman has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2019-20 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He will be teaching English in Belarus and assisting working adults to improve their English skills and enhance their economic opportunity. Dorman earned a master’s degree in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin in Eastern European and Russian area studies. 

Matthew Lunden has been named a real estate agent at RE/MAX Realty Group Rehoboth in Rehoboth Beach, Del. He specializes in golf and vacation properties. He most recently served as the head golf professional at Pinehurst Resort No. 8 in Pinehurst, N.C.

2014
Suzy Nazimek recently moved to New York City, where she works as a research analyst at W20 Group. She earned a master’s in marketing analytics from Texas A&M University in 2018.

2015
Sarah Bowler is the admissions director at PruittHealth Conway at the Conway Medical Center.

Hailey Olson is the manager of registration at AnMed Health in Anderson, S.C. She also earned an MBA from CCU in December 2018.

2016
Camrynn Gonzales became a first-time home buyer on April 1. She is an admissions counselor at CCU.

2017
Jessica Hughes is a student accounts specialist in CCU’s Office of Student Accounts.

Serena Solomon is a materials planner at Ingersoll Rand in Buffalo, N.Y.

2019
Vanessa Dease has been named a math teacher at Georgetown Middle School.

Patrick Dempsey has been named a sales and trading analyst at Citi in New York City.

Adrian Smith has been named the assistant curator at the Florence County Museum in Florence, S.C.

April 2019

2003
Amanda Phillips has been promoted to vice president at CresCom Bank in Litchfield, S.C. She originates mortgage loans in Litchfield/Pawleys Island and surrounding areas.

2007
Jason Cox has been named the new athletics director at Conway High School in Conway, S.C. He worked the last 10 years at Green Sea Floyds Middle and High School, including five years as its athletics director.

Benjamin Staples is included in The State’s 20 under 40 class for 2019. He is an assistant vice president at Ameris Bank. According to the paper, the class members use their talents and energy to excel in their professions and to push the Midlands to greater heights.

2010
Catherine Frederick earned a Ph.D. in marine bio-resources from the University of Maine in December 2018. She lives in Bangor, Maine.

2015
Lauren Allen will graduate from the American University Washington College of Law in May 2019. She has accepted an associate position at Diaz Reus & Targ in Miami, Fla., following completion of the bar exam in July 2019.

2016
Ryan Faust and Emilye Rybarczyk, who were engaged March 29, 2019, plan to get married in May 2020 in Greenville, S.C. They met sophomore year at CCU.

2017
Jonathan Krause has been named a customer service representative at CresCom Bank. He works at the Meeting Street branch in Charleston, S.C.

2018
Brandon Brown is the marketing director for his family-run NASCAR Xfinity Series operation, Brandonbilt Motorsports.

March 2019

1992
Kirk Kirkland has been named a real estate broker at Charleston Metro Homes Real Estate. His background includes more than 25 years in the yacht brokerage business.

1997
Greg Ackerman has been named a senior manager at WebsterRogers LLP, an accounting and consulting firm. Based in Myrtle Beach, he specializes in performing financial audits and reviews of various types of companies and organizations across multiple industry lines. Ackerman also is a member of CCU’s HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies board of visitors. 

2000
Pattie Dyson Carmichael 
has been named the teacher of the year at Aynor Elementary School in Aynor, S.C. She has been teaching in the school’s child development area for 21 years.

2001
Ryan White and his wife, Tracy, welcomed their first child, Harrelson Elizabeth White, on Jan. 27, 2019. He owns Ryan White Agency, which offers products from the Horace Mann Insurance Company. Based in Conway, he has been providing educators in Horry County insurance and financial services for the last 18 years.

2011
Rob Shields, the owner of NautiFish Rum Bar at the Lake of the Ozarks, has been recognized as a Rising Star under the age of 40 by Lake Lifestylesmagazine. In addition, he recently opened Missouri Grown ReLeaF and is striving to become the largest vertically-integrated medical/recreational marijuana company in Missouri. The company’s goal is to help people in need, decrease opioid abuse and educate the community on the health benefits of cannabis.

2013
Josh Brown has been named teacher of the year at Midland Elementary School in Galivants Ferry, where he teaches fifth-grade social studies and math.

2014
Lauren Gross is engaged to John McCants Jr. They plan to get married Nov. 16 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet. She is a second-grade teacher at Seaside Elementary School in Murrells Inlet.

Alex Palumbo is a photographer and cinematographer in Long Island, N.Y. Learn more at alexpalumbo.us.

2017
Marquay Byrd is a Navy cryptologic warfare officer with Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66 in Fort Meade, Md.

2018
Connor Wrightson was recently named an associate of sales and leasing at Avison Young, a full-service commercial real estate services firm. He specializes in office/flex space leasing. His responsibilities include both tenant and landlord representation services for corporate and private organizations throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area.

February 2019 

1980
Tony Cox has been named vice chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. He is an executive vice president of real estate at Burroughs & Chapin in Myrtle Beach.

1986
Pam (Goecke) Kemp has opened All Suds, a soap-making and retail shop in Fayetteville, Ga. She specializes in artisan soaps, lotions and bath products.

1990
Blake Kline has opened Atlantic Coast Pain Specialists in Florence, which is a branch of his Conway office. His background includes working at Florence Neurosurgery and Spine, and as chief of anesthesiology at Carolinas Hospital System.

1995
Steve Childers was recently promoted to assistant principal at Sedgefield Middle School in Goose Creek. He and his wife, Nikki, and are expecting a baby in June.

2002
Brian Lowe
is senior promoter for Live Nation Clubs & Theaters Midwest. His 17-year career within House of Blues Entertainment/Live Nation Clubs & Theaters began in January 2002 with an internship during his senior year at CCU. He lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with his wife, Britny, and 2-year-old son, Archie.

2004
Patricia (Collins) Frady
is a senior manager at Heath, Fania and Co. PC in Surfside Beach. She is a certified public accountant and a master analyst in financial forensics.

2007
Anne-Marie D’Onofrio is an associate technical editor/report administrator for the Integrated Air Services team of Weston Solutions Inc., which is based in West Chester, Pa. Weston provides environmental and infrastructure support services to federal, state and local government, and industrial, utility and commercial clients.

2009
Zack Byrd has been named an assistant women’s golf coach at the University of Mississippi. He previously held a similar position at Colorado State University. 

Alexis (Skelley) Elliott is therapist/owner of Diabetes and Obesity Treatment Strategies in Myrtle Beach. She also is a behavioral health coach at The Diabetes Wellness Council. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified diabetes educator and a health education specialist. Elliott earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

2011
Amy Haggard
is the new assistant director of alumni and student engagement for the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House at Florida State University.

2013
John Paribello
and Sadie Giza ’14 were engaged in New York City. Their wedding date is Oct. 12, 2019. While at CCU, she was a founding member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Nathan Rood is the new SEO digital marketing manager with InterCoastal Net Designs in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

2014
T’ara Smith is the project manager for Beyond Type 2, a resource website for those impacted by Type 2 diabetes. She earned a master’s degree in nutrition education from American University in Washington, D.C.

2018
Lucas Byrd
is a part-time fitness specialist and a certified personal trainer at the McLeod Health & Fitness Center in Florence. He earned his personal training certification from the American College of Sports Medicine in August 2018.

January 2019 

1987
Jay Kirby has been promoted to vice president of public affairs at Santee Cooper Cooperative in Kingstree, S.C.

Andy Rosenbaum was recognized as the employee of the quarter for the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel. He is a civilian paralegal managing the command’s Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act programs at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in North Charleston, S.C.

1994
Mandy Gardill Dunlap recently celebrated her 20th anniversary at RE/MAX Southern Shores. During her career, she has been a Top 10 RE/MAX agent in the Carolinas, RE/MAX Southern Shores No. 1 sales agent for multiple years, inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, and honored with the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement award.

1997
James Smith
is the system director of financial aid reporting and reconciliation at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas.

2000
Rob Spino has been named teacher of the year at Forestbrook Elementary School in Myrtle Beach, where he has taught for nine years. He teaches physical education. Spino also is a teaching associate at CCU.

2001
Kevin Cox has been promoted to sales supervisor for HTC’s Business Services Department. He also was reelected to the CCU Alumni Association board of directors.

2007
Jae Hatchett is vice president of business development and operations manager at Oneliance Corporation in Charlotte, N.C. He also owns three Two Scoops Homemade Creamery locations in Charlotte area. His daughter was born in March 2018.

2008
Ryan Belcastro and Kamee Locke were married on Dec. 1 in Larned, Kan. He is the warehouse manager of Pumps and Controls in Denver, Colo.

Stacie Bowie has been named vice president of finance and administration at Lander University in Greendwood, S.C. She most recently served as a senior vice president of public finance with Stephens Inc., an independent financial services firm. 

2009
Ashley Moore Hinch has been named teacher of the year at Conway High School in Conway. She teaches AP environmental Science to juniors and seniors, and biology to college prep and honors sophomores. 

2011
Lauren Moore
is a real estate attorney at Harvey & Vallini, LLC. She earned a juris doctor degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. Moore lives in Murrells Inlet, S.C. 

Tyler Parker is a senior manager of premium partnerships for the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center.

2012
Eric Heiken is the digital marketing manager at Condo-World Resort Properties in North Myrtle Beach.

2014
Megan Harmon has been named teacher of the year at Kingston Elementary School in Conway. 

Abby Merrell, an art teacher at Conway Middle School, has been named the school’s teacher of the year.