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Steve Eargle was recently named associate pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in Lexington, S.C. A graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, he has served as pastor of several churches in South Carolina and was the executive director of Cherished Children International Adoption Agency.

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Norm Evans has moved from Abingdon, Md., to Conway, S.C.

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Brad Cunningham was recently appointed to a two-year term on the International Municipal Lawyers Association board of directors. He has been the municipal attorney for Lexington, S.C., for 18 years.

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Sarah Loudin Thomas’ seventh full-length novel, The Finder of Forgotten Things, will be released in December. Her previous novels have won the INSPY Award and the Selah Book of the Year Award, and have been nominated for the Christy Award, Carol Award, and the Christian Book of the Year.

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Brian Mitchell is the Myrtle Beach Fire Department battalion chief, where he manages all aspects of the water rescue program. He was recently recognized as a Community Champion by WMBF-TV.

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Brent Ham is a regional sales manager for Dentsply Sirona.

Sandy (Mishoe) Shute

(See Class of 1997)

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Lucy Aplan is a research technologist II at Penn State University’s Genomic Core Facility, where she performs Sanger sequencing.

Molly (Brown) and Christman Howard ’98 are coauthors in the anthology The Experts Cure: How Entrepreneurs are Changing the World. In it, they share about God’s goodness through struggles and how He led their family to create Scripture Socks to offer encouragement in a hurting world.

Capt. Greg Shute and his wife, Sandy (Mishoe ’96), own iFishMD, a charter fishing business on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

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Christman Howard

(See Class of 1997)

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Betsy Farasey Develle is a child trauma therapist. She lives with her husband and children in South Riding, Va.

Benjamin D. Hill, Ph.D., was promoted to full professor at the University of South Alabama. He serves on the board of directors of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the executive committee of the Alabama Psychological Association. He also is the editor of the Journal of Sport Behavior, consulting editor for The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and on the editorial boards of Applied Neuropsychology: Adult and Journal of Attention Disorders.

Janelle Vanacker was inducted into the Geneseo (Ill.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 4, 2021. A 2020 honoree, she graduated from the school in 1995 and was a four-year starter in volleyball, basketball, and softball. At CCU, she was a four-year letterwinner in women’s basketball. During the 1997-98 season, she led the Chanticleers in scoring (12.3 ppg) and tied for the top spot in rebounding (4.8 rpg), and was named to the Big South Conference All-Academic Team.

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Mandy (Stalvey) Carrigan is a paralegal in the Charlotte, N.C., office of Cranfill Sumner LLP.

Laura Weaver is the owner of Glass Bottom Kayak Tours in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Dwight Williams has been awarded tenure at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, where he is the Roger F. and Harriet G. Varney Associate Professor of Chemistry. In 2019, he was awarded a Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching grant from The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Course Hero. Dwight earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 while researching immunosensor design.

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Capt. Michael Campbell has been promoted to captain with the Belmar (N.J.) Police Department, where he began as a patrolman in 2003. He is a graduate of the Burlington County Police Academy.

Ryan Milling is the new principal at H. E. McCracken Middle School in Bluffton, S.C.

Dana Webb is the vice president of finance at LandSouth Construction in Jacksonville, Fla. She manages the operations of the accounting department, and is responsible for payroll, daily cash management, budgeting, and financial reporting.

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Tifani Moore is the new development director at the LRADAC Foundation. LRADAC is the designated alcohol and drug abuse authority for South Carolina’s Lexington and Richland counties. She previously served as the director of development for South Carolina with the American Diabetes Association.

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Brandon Sessions is the vice president of commercial cybersecurity services at Gray Analytics, a full-service cyber solutions firm based in Huntsville, Ala.

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Jessica Edwards Ackerman lives with her husband in Morganton, N.C., where they own Sidetracked Brewing Company. Her grandmother, Ester Edwards, worked at CCU from 1977 to 1992.

Jason Cox is the Horry County Schools district athletic director. He previously served as AD at both Conway and Green Sea Floyds high schools.

Krystin (Mementowski) Dean is the communications specialist at Georgia Family Connection Partnership, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that works toward better outcomes for children, families, and communities. She previously served the organization as a communications consultant for four years.

Brian Waldron is a board member at Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth County, N.J. He is a senior manager at HFA Certified Public Accountants and Advisors in Lakewood, N.J. Brian and his wife, Alyson, live in Tinton Falls, N.J.

Josh Williams is the associate media director for MediaOne North America, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

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Zack Byrd is an assistant women’s golf coach at the University of Mississippi, where he helped lead the Rebels to the 2021 NCAA Division I women’s golf title.

Samantha Hicks was promoted to director of financial aid and scholarships at Coastal Carolina University in January 2021. She earned an Ed.D. in February.

Harold Johnson is the new assistant principal at Round Top Elementary School in Blythewood, S.C. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.

Paul Puccinelli and his wife, Lauren, celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in August.

Jason Wilkes was named head football coach at Willow Spring High School in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. He previously served as head football coach at Cary (N.C.) High School and was named 2019 Cary Chamber of Commerce Coach of the Year.

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Tyler and Kimberlee (Ward ’13) Anthony welcomed their second daughter, Adlee Mae, on Dec. 3, 2019.

Eugene Bellamy Jr. was recently promoted to digital platform coordinator at the Jasper County School District in Ridgeland, S.C. He previously served as principal of Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School. In 2019, Eugene and his wife, Raven, welcomed twins, Micah and Malachi, expanding to a family of five.

Amanda Elliott Ferrario works in the visitor services division at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

ShaNika (Bess) Graham is the author of I Hate HER: Healing. Evolving. Rebirth., which is about a woman’s journey of self-discovery and healing. She and her husband, Lonnie, live in Florence, S.C.

Tanner Massey is an assistant basketball coach for the Fraser Valley Bandits of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

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Amanda Loach Bishop is a learning specialist in the Office of Athletic Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia. She previously worked as a student-athlete mentor in the department. Her background also includes teaching social studies in the Aiken County (S.C.) Public School District, and working as a student-athlete tutor and mentor while completing her MAT at CCU in 2013.

Amanda Elliott Ferrario works in the visitor services division at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Amy Haggard was promoted to associate director of alumni and student engagement for the division of undergraduate studies at Florida State University. She is in her second year of the higher education Ph.D. program at FSU.

Carmen Ketron is an urban horticulture agent for Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, where she serves Darlington and Florence counties. She earned a master’s degree in environmental science and a Master of Public Administration from the College of Charleston.

Shannon Klotsko is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences/Center for Marine Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Brittany LeClair Palmerino joined Andrew Abu Relators in Northborough, Mass., where she now lives. She and her husband are expecting their first child in January.

Heather (Peck) and Adam Tyner welcomed their first child, Owen James Tyner, on Nov. 3, 2019, in Louisville, Colo.

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Lauren Haller and Nick Baldino ’14 were married 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, and

Nick was president of Delta Chi. They live in Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

Anthony Raffa has been promoted to head boys’ basketball coach at Wildwood Catholic Academy in North Wildwood, N.J. He ranks as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,893 points. An All-Big South Conference performer for the Chanticleers, he played professionally in Italy, France, Bulgaria, and Iran.

Jacob Scheuer, a physical education and Teacher Cadet teacher at St. James High School, was named Horry County Schools’ 2022 Teacher of the Year. He also is the head coach for boys’ track and field and an assistant football coach.

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Karen Altman has been promoted to marketing director for the ERG Family of Companies, including ERG Payroll & HR, Guhroo, and Grow!

Kimberlee (Ward) Anthony

(See Class of 2010)

Alexander Campbell is the senior vice president of transformation at Bank of New York Mellon in Pittsburgh, Penn. He and his wife, Hannah, welcomed their second child, Tommie Joseph (T.J.), on July 6, 2020.

Drew Clayton is the assistant golf professional at The Summit Club in Armonk, N.Y. He lives in Stamford, Conn.

Julie Hamer-Garrison owns Busydaydreams, where she creates a diverse range of work, from ceramics and jewelry to whimsical miniatures. She also teaches classes at the Greenville (S.C.) Center for Creative Arts.

Keith Smith was sworn in as a new police officer with the Barnegat (N.J.) Police Department on Sept. 8, 2021. He most recently served for six years as a Galloway Twp. (N.J.) police officer.

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Nick Baldino

(See Class of 2012)

Kaci Bassett and Maj. Jacob Novick were married on June 24, 2021, in Hood River, Ore. They live in Gig Harbor, Wash., and she works at Central Kitsap Middle School in Silverdale, Wash.

Mackenzie Hadley-Theobald earned a master’s degree in counseling and development from Winthrop University in 2018 and is a national board-certified counselor. She is a school counselor at St. James Intermediate in Myrtle Beach.

Shaquille Hilton is the head football coach at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, S.C. He previously served as the linebackers coach and head wrestling coach at West Ashley High School.

Stephen Rodgers is an assistant men’s basketball coach at Newberry College in South Carolina. He most recently was a graduate assistant at Florida State University.

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Emilye (Rybarczyk) and Ryan Faust ’16 welcomed their first son, Nolan, on Feb. 13, 2021.

Kiana Quolas is an assistant softball coach at East Carolina University. She most recently served as an assistant coach for three years at George Washington University. A former two-time Big South Conference Pitcher of the Year, Kiana earned a master’s degree in gerontology from Youngstown State University in 2017.

Jordan Ratti has been promoted to senior coordinator for video production in the athletic department at Tennessee Tech University. She previously served as a video production coordinator for five years. As a student at CCU, Jordan worked as a production assistant for the Chanticleer athletic video department, where she created content for ChantVision and

Nick Vogel is the executive chef at The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, N.Y.

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Ryan Faust

(See Class of 2015)

Camrynn Gonzales was recently named an academic coaching specialist in the Coastal Student Success Center at CCU. She joined the University’s Office of Admissions and Merit Awards in 2017.

Beverly Greene was promoted to assistant principal at South Florence High School. She previously served as an interventionist at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School.

Kristen Kibblehouse is the community engagement manager for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in Chatham, Mass.

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Michaela Broyles is a marketing and communications associate at JSSA, a nonprofit based in the Washington metropolitan area. She previously worked in communications at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and as a news reporter for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

James C. Gatley passed the Certified Quality Auditor examination of the American Society for Quality.

Karlie Larrimore is the Johnsonville, S.C., branch manager of Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union.

Theresa (Calabrese) Marchi is the director of marketing for Sperry CGA – Griffin Partners in Greenville, S.C., which offers professional commercial and investment real estate services.

Jennifer Sheprow has been promoted to senior accountant in the Charleston, S.C., office of Moore Beauston & Woodham LLP. She earned a master’s degree in accountancy from CCU in 2018.

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Mickey Beach is a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. He spent the last five years at CCU working as a graduate assistant and student manager with the Chanticleer baseball program.

Shannon Johnsen started her own health insurance company, Shannon’s Simple Health Insurance Solutions.

Kris Kodys is the head golf professional at The Country Club of Hilton Head. He and Jordan Kent were married June 26 at The Cooper House in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Taylor McLamb is a marketing associate at STORY, a Greenville-based digital marketing company serving the Southeast. She previously worked as a teacher at Florence One Schools and owned her own small business, The Organized Co. LLC. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree from Francis Marion University.

Thomas Scheffler recently received a U.S. patent for his advances in the development of augmented reality (AR) devices. His new patent is a dynamic image marker that can be used with AR. It is designed for image target tracking, where a program is continuously looking for an image it recognizes to trigger

an AR experience. His invention allows a single image target to become multiple image targets within a single device. Thomas lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with his wife and two sons.

Camren Schildt is the head baseball coach at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island, S.C. He previously was the junior varsity head coach for two years and the varsity hitting coach for one year.

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Shannon (Morgan) Burroughs is the owner of Shannon’s Craft Barn, where she produces pillows, seat cushions, cornhole bags, and other items.

Malik Greene is an artist in Columbia, S.C. His exhibit, Baby Boy: Paintings by Malik Greene, was showcased at the city’s Stormwater Studios in July.

Jeremy McDonald is an assistant baseball coach at Florence-Darlington Technical College. A native of Chicago, Ill., he works with the Stingers’ pitching staff. His coaching background includes serving as an analytics assistant with the Chanticleer baseball program, where he developed and managed several databases to help organize statistics. He also created video packages for the coaching staff and players. Jeremy and his wife, Erin, have two children.

Tyler O’Dell is an assistant softball coach at Gardner-Webb University. He previously coached at Independence Community College in Kansas and Appalachian State University in N.C. While attending CCU, he was a student manager of the Chanticleer softball program for two years.

Victoria Smith lives in Charleston, S.C., where she is a realtor at Handsome Properties Inc. She serves downtown Charleston and surrounding areas.

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Eden Alon is pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication, Technology, and Society at Clemson University. His research interests include semiotics, feminism, and rhetoric.

Dylan Kernehan has self-published Seasons of the St. Lawrence, a poetry and photography book about the St. Lawrence River.

Michelle Rashid is the multimedia specialist at the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business.

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Bryce Ross is pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication, Technology, and Society at Clemson University. His research interests include critical theory, gender theory, and communication activism.

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Alumni Profile

Angelica Mourges ’16 – Helping Haiti

by Kristyn Winch

A post-grad mission trip to Haiti the week after earning her diploma from Coastal Carolina University turned into a full-time position for Angelica Mourges ’16.

A Connecticut native who studied early childhood education at CCU, Mourges began sponsoring a child from the country during her sophomore year at the University. 2021 marks year six of sponsoring Robensley (Benz for short), who lives in Port au Prince at a children’s home. 

“Following graduation, I went on a mission trip to meet Benz,” Mourges said. “While I was there, I felt a strong calling in my heart, from God, to return to Haiti. I returned later that year to assist with the start-up of a school in an orphanage. This led me to a full-time teaching position at an English Christian school in Port au Prince. My responsibilities there included teaching, coaching volleyball, coordinating activities, and community outreach.”

Mourges recently accepted a new position in a rural community in Haiti called Cap Rouge, working as the education/communications director with a nonprofit organization called Life Ansanm (“Together” in Creole). The organization partners with Cap Rouge to assist with the needs of the church, education, job creation/community development, and family care. Her responsibilities have included updating curriculum, recruiting teachers, hosting teacher trainings, and starting an after-school program.

According to Mourges, there are approximately 5,785 people living in Cap Rouge. The most common way people provide for their families is through farming and agriculture.

“The average Haitian has less than five years of primary schooling,” Mourges said. “Most Haitian schools are private, and families cannot afford the expensive monthly tuition to keep their children enrolled in secondary schooling. Therefore, almost half of the adult population is illiterate.”

Life Ansanm has made education more accessible for families in the country.

“By providing a quality education that families can afford, we are allowing all children to attend school and learn to read,” Mourges said. “At Acadèmie Brezou, we make sure all children can attend, regardless of how many children a family has or what their financial situation is like. Investing in these children not only gives them the opportunity to get a job and provide for their families in the future but makes sure they have dreams and helps them to achieve them.” 

Mourges said her CCU education has allowed her to focus on “helping the whole child learn instead of just advancing them in academics, ensuring that every need of the child is taken care of ... and that goes beyond academically.”

Mourges said her favorite part of her job is seeing her students experience joy at school.

“Watching them get to enjoy being kids for a few hours a day, smiling and laughing with friends, makes my heart full. These kids do not have easy lives; they go home and help take care of the house needs and little siblings. They carry a lot of responsibility in the house because it takes everyone working together to survive. 

“Haiti is a beautiful country with beautiful people. It has mountains beyond mountains, and the ocean is crystal clear Caribbean blue. The people are caring and have a deep love for Jesus. Unfortunately, that is often not shown on the news. Working and living in Haiti has its challenges, and there are days where the needs of the people become overwhelming. I try to focus on my calling for being in Haiti.”

In the wake of the assassination of the Haitian president and devastating earthquakes, resources have been scarcer in Mourges’ community. These tragic events had a personal impact on the educator.

“The school I previously worked at in Port au Prince is actually where the president’s two children attended,” Mourges said. “It hit home knowing those kids are without a father now. Despite what he did or didn’t do as the president for the country, he was a great father and husband, and now they have to go on living without him.”

 Angelica Mourges

Angelica Mourges ’16 has been working with some of her English class students, writing for the online magazine KidSpirit.

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Alumni Profile

W. L. Davis ’21 – Fulfilling a dream

by Jerry Rashid

Chasing a dream is not always easy. Just ask W.L. Davis ’21.

He grew up in York, S.C., where he was raised by his mother and great-grandparents. His great-grandfather, who lived to be 95-years-old, had an enormous influence on his life. A descendent of slaves without much formal education, he strongly believed that education was key to a better life.

“He would tell me that ‘an education will not remove the hurdles in your life, but it does have the ability to lower them,’” Davis said. “In the ’60s, when the state would not provide a bus for rural Black children to carry them to school, he purchased a bus and paid for a driver and gas.” 

Davis first attended Coastal Carolina University in 1988, when the school was much smaller and the majority of the students lived off-campus in nearby apartments. He recalls that tuition was approximately $800 a semester, and the close-knit community of students had to rely on one another to get back and forth to campus.

“In 1988, for someone who was attempting to pay for school and pay for an apartment, that was a tremendous financial burden,” Davis said. “So, after a year-and-a-half, I ran out of money and decided to join the military in hopes of being able to return to Coastal to complete my degree.”

He joined the North Carolina Air National Guard, where he was a member of an air medical evacuation unit that transported wounded soldiers to medical facilities around the world. Following a successful military career, Davis married Liz Henderson, the daughter of Jim and Linda Henderson – former longtime CCU faculty members, began a family, and opened W.L. Davis and Associates, a real estate appraisal business in Charlotte, N.C.

With the responsibilities of helping to raise five children and running his own company, returning to college was not an immediate priority for Davis. He says, “The desire to complete my education never went away, no matter how much success I had in the business world. There was always something tugging on me to complete that journey.”

His daughter, Taylor, graduated from CCU in 2017. While attending her commencement ceremony, the proud father, reflecting on his great-grandfather’s words, vowed to finish the journey of earning his college degree. With the help of a military program that supports disabled veterans, he returned to CCU in Fall 2019. Once a week, he’d drive three hours to Myrtle Beach and stay in a hotel for two nights so he could attend classes in person.

“Coastal had grown tremendously, and I felt very uncomfortable the first few weeks sitting in a class with young people. And, I was older than my professors. One of the things that stuck out to me about returning to school was the tremendous advancement in technology. The ability to have all of your textbooks in electronic form was amazing, but I’m kind of old-school and needed a book in hand. I took notes on a legal pad, whereas some of my classmates took notes on a laptop, and that just blew me away.”

Davis is quick to give credit to the University’s professors and support staff, which he says are truly committed to providing a high-quality education to all students – young and old.

“In the military, you are trained to adapt to constantly changing situations and still perform at a high level,” Davis said. “Due to COVID-19, I believe the entire Coastal Carolina faculty displayed that same performance with having to revamp their entire system and still performed at a high level.”

Thirty-three years after the journey began, Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from CCU in May 2021.

“I always knew that I would one day graduate, even if I was 80 years old,” Davis said. “I was determined to complete this task. I hope my journey will inspire someone else and show that they, too, can complete the journey. I am very grateful to Coastal Carolina University. I plan to stay connected with the school and give back to the institution that has given me so much.”

The Davis’ son, Lathan, is a freshman at CCU.

Lathan and  W.L. Davis ’21

Lathan and W.L. Davis ’21

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