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Class Notes 2019

May 2019

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.



April 2019

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.

March 2019

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

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.

February 2019 

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.

January 2019 

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.