Class Notes 2019
Class Notes September 2019
Brad Cunningham is the municipal attorney for the town of Lexington, S.C. He has received the 2011 South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Award and the 2014 Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association.
Ben Neeves has been hired as a sign shop technician at CCU.
Amy Hall is the executive producer of Segfault, a full-length feature film. She held a screening of the film at the Coastal Theater in the Lib Jackson Student Union on Aug. 29. Hall is the owner/president of The Barber Shop Marketing in Addison, Texas.
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Kimberly Daniel-Brister visited retired CCU English professor Randall Wells and his wife, Marjory, in Virginia in August. She is the senior director of communications at the Forum for Theological Exploration in Decatur, Ga.
Paul Puccinelli and Lauren Overmeyer got engaged in June 2019. They are planning a Spring 2020 wedding.
Kisha (Lilly) Roberts is has been promoted to CFO at Horry Electric Cooperative in Conway, S.C. She has worked at the cooperative for 15 years.
Megan McNeill has been promoted to accounting supervisor at Horry Electric Cooperative in Conway, S.C. She has worked at the cooperative for 13 years.
Alex Wetherell, who has worked at CresCom Bank since April 2017, has been promoted to commercial lending officer in the Charleston market. He previously served the bank as a credit analyst.
Ryan Wilson has been named the athletic superintendent at Fort Mill Parks and Recreation in Fort Mill, S.C.
Francisca Argueta has been promoted to payroll accountant at Horry Electric Cooperative in Conway, S.C. She has worked at the cooperative for four years.
Daniel Baker studied Maasai communities and sustainable approaches to human/wildlife coexistence in Kenya this summer. He is a graduate student in Miami University’s Global Field Program, and is a biology teacher at Thomas McKean High School in Wilmington, Del.
Connor Romito studied lowland rain forest and montane cloud forests while investigating the biotic, physical, and cultural forces that affect tropical biodiversity in Costa Rica this summer. He is a graduate student in Miami University’s Global Field Program, and an associate animal trainer at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Fla.
Sara Nolan, a former Chanticleer lacrosse player, has returned to CCU as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach. She previously served as an assistant coach at both St. Bonaventure University and Westminster College.
Lindsey Hanks has been named an academic adviser in CCU’s Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Andrew Roy, a former Chanticleer golfer, has rejoined CCU’s men’s golf program as an assistant coach.
Class Notes August 2019
Craig Stone has been named the new principal at Georgetown High School (GHS) in Georgetown, S.C. He previously served as the director of the Georgetown County School District’s career center at GHS.
Jessica Greene is a licensed professional counselor at Next Level Behavioral Health and Wellness in Myrtle Beach.
Julia Greene Long is the assistant principal at Palmetto Bays Elementary School in Myrtle Beach.
Sharon McGhee has joined the board of directors of the YWCA Greater Charleston. She is the minority and women small business administration coordinator for the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
Brandon Sessions has been the vice president of operations and corporate strategy at PC Matic. He previously worked at SecureWorks and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation. He earned an MBA from CCU in 2011.
Amos Lee has opened Dance Loud Dance Studio in Florence, S.C. In addition to recreational classes for dancers of all ages, she is forming a competitive dance company called Dance Loud Moving Company.
Austin Fleet and Calli Martorana ’14 were married on March 10, 2018. They reside in Phoenix, Ariz., where Austin is a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch and Calli is a special education teacher.
Courtney Simmons Kowalske works in business development with The Precisionists Inc., a global administrative services and information technology company dedicated to employing 10,000 people with disabilities by the year 2025. She and her husband, Justin, live in Nashville, Tenn.
Justina Adorno plays the character Yoli in the new ABC TV series Grand Hotel.
Rebecca Shaver Clark has been named director of the honors program at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, S.C. She has been a member of the college’s English faculty since 2016.
Jamiah Aguabella has accepted a marketing position with The North Face and recently moved to Denver, Colo. She previously held marketing positions with Virgin Atlantic and Uber, where she helped to launch the Uber Eats app.
Kristen Scolari and Lucas Williams were married at the Hobcaw House at Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown, S.C., on Saturday, May 25. She is a divisional accountant at Interfor in Georgetown. They live in Andrews. Kristen earned an MBA from CCU in 2016.
Sherell Winns and Tristan Wilson plan to get married on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Charlotte, N.C. They are both U.S. Army veterans and employed by the federal government.
De’Angelo Henderson has been signed by the Minnesota Vikings. He previously played running back with the New York Jets and Denver Broncos.
Jessamin Straub has been named a finalist for the 2020 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, which is a year-long program for graduate students who are interested in national policy issues affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. She recently earned a master’s degree in marine sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Josh Todd is the new principal at Daisy Elementary School in Loris, S.C. He began his teaching career in 2010 and most recently served as the assistant principal at Kingston Elementary School in Conway.
Tonja Johnson has been named the new principal at Maryville Elementary School in Georgetown, S.C. She previously served as assistant principal at McDonald Elementary School.
Class Notes July 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elise Testone, a 2012 American Idol finalist, has released a new album, “This Is Love.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kaeli Day and Steven Haer, both of Columbia, S.C., were married May 18, 2019, on the Caribbean Princess in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Tammy (Bazin) Tefft is the chief procurement officer and construction project manager for the City of Westfield, Mass.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Madison Lucas is a vocalist and instrumentalist with Modern Moxie, which recently released its debut album, “Claw Your Way Out.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick Niland has been appointed the assistant county manager for Union County, N.C. He previously served as town manager of Wingate, N.C.
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.
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.
Samantha Kite Hicks has been promoted to associate director of client services and scholarships in CCU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Camrynn Gonzales became a first-time home buyer on April 1. She is an admissions counselor at CCU.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catherine Frederick earned a Ph.D. in marine bio-resources from the University of Maine in December 2018. She lives in Bangor, Maine.
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.
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.
Jonathan Krause has been named a customer service representative at CresCom Bank. He works at the Meeting Street branch in Charleston, S.C.
Brandon Brown is the marketing director for his family-run NASCAR Xfinity Series operation, Brandonbilt Motorsports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marquay Byrd is a Navy cryptologic warfare officer with Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66 in Fort Meade, Md.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Haggard is the new assistant director of alumni and student engagement for the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House at Florida State University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
James Smith is the system director of financial aid reporting and reconciliation at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eric Heiken is the digital marketing manager at Condo-World Resort Properties in North Myrtle Beach.
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.