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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.
Tim Perkins has retired from coaching after working 33 years as an assistant football coach at Marion High School. His background includes serving as the athletic director for Marion School District One. He also serves as the Marion County School District transportation supervisor.
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.
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.
Blake Kline has opened Atlantic Coast Pain Specialists in Florence, S.C., 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.
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.
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.
Jim R. Rogers’ one-act play, Geriatric Monologues, was selected for the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, S.C. The performances are scheduled for May 25 and 26, and June 1 and 2 at the Threshold Repertory Theatre. The play is based on Rogers’ books of poetry, Starts and Stops Along the Way and Looking Around.
Chris Thomas is a psychology instructor at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Hartsville, S.C.
Steve Childers was recently promoted to assistant principal at Sedgefield Middle School in Goose Creek, S.C. He and his wife, Nikki are expecting a baby in June.
Mike Chambers has been promoted to executive vice president chief banking officer at Partners Bank of California. A founding employee and investor of Partners Bank, he has worked there for 11 years, most recently as senior vice president.
Greg Ackerman has been named a senior manager at Webster Rogers 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.
James Smith is the system director of financial aid reporting and reconciliation at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas.
Benjamin Hill, an associate professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of South Alabama, is a fellow at the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), where he was elected to the board of directors. In 2017, he earned the NAN’s Early Career Award, which is given to individuals who make substantial scholarly contributions to the field of neuropsychology within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree. Hill earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University in 2008.
Eric Bennett is an analyst with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in the Underground Storage Tank/Leaking Underground Storage Tank program. He previously was the acting minerals administrator for the U.S. Forest Service at Boise National Forest working out of the Idaho City Ranger District.
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.
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 re-elected to the CCU Alumni Association board of directors.
Christopher St. John recently earned a Ph.D. in financial and retirement planning from the American College of Financial Services. He also earned an MBA from CCU and a master’s degree in financial services from the American College. In addition, he has earned more than nine key financial designations including: Certified Financial Planner™, Chartered Financial Consultant®, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, Chartered Advisor for Senior Living™, Chartered Life Underwriter®, Certified Fraud Examiner, Accredited Estate Planner®, and Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy. He also serves on the Coastal Educational Foundation board of directors, Wall College of Business board of visitors, Chanticleer Athletic Foundation board of directors, and the Department of Finance and Economics advisory board.
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 insurance and financial services to educators in Horry County for the last 18 years.
Meredith Sherman Delcamp has been named a partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout Florida. She works in the business litigation practice group in its Tampa office. Delcamp earned a certificate in environmental law from Tulane University Law School, where she also earned a juris doctor degree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anne-Marie D’Onofrio is an associate technical editor/report administrator for the Integrated Air Services team of Weston Solutions Inc., based in West Chester, Pa. Weston provides environmental and infrastructure support services to federal, state and local government, and industrial, utility and commercial clients.
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 the Charlotte area. His daughter was born in March 2018.
Staff Sgt. Claudia Witte McNally represented Fort Bragg when she ran in the 2018 Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C. The psychological operations specialist was recently accepted in the Army’s Officer Candidate School.
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 reports, the class members use their talents and energy to excel in their professions and to push the Midlands to greater heights.
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 Greenwood, S.C. She most recently served as a senior vice president of public finance with Stephens Inc., an independent financial services firm.
Derrick Wise is the founder of the Wise Education Foundation, based in Columbia, S.C. Named for Wise’s parents, Rev. Dr. Patrick and Mablean Evans Wise, the foundation offers scholarships to help deserving individuals pursue higher education. Justin Pichey is the foundation’s director of public relations. Harry Titus ’16 serves on the organization’s board of directors. Since the foundation started in 2014, it has awarded 20 scholarships. For more information, visit www.wisescholarship.org.
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.
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.
Catherine Frederick earned a Ph.D. in marine bio-resources from the University of Maine in December 2018. She lives in Bangor, Maine.
Ciera Young has published her first book, Cheers to Him, which recounts the journey of a 29-year-old woman who spent years of getting relationships wrong and dealing with the consequences. Young also is the owner of fanCEE, a photography and visual content business.
Amy Haggard is the new assistant director of alumni and student engagement for the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House at Florida State University.
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.
Tyler Parker is a senior manager of premium partnerships for the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center.
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 Lifestyles magazine. 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.
Matthew Tremaine is the new installation manager at IZON Golf, a leader in GPS technology for the golf industry. Before joining IZON Golf, he was a project manager at Clear Channel Outdoor. Tremaine lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is pursuing a master’s degree in software engineering at Arizona State University.
Eric Heiken is the digital marketing manager at Condo-World Resort Properties in North Myrtle Beach.
Gloria Kleich is an accounts payable accountant at The Brandon Agency, a leading brand strategist agency based in Myrtle Beach.
Josh Brown has been named teacher of the year at Midland Elementary School in Galivants Ferry, S.C., where he teaches fifth-grade social studies and math.
Kevin Colyer and Kristen Vanneman were married at Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet on July 13, 2018. Their reception was held at The Hall at St. John’s. They live in The Market Common in Myrtle Beach.
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.
Sebastian Soderberg, professional golfer, will be playing on the European Tour in 2019. He finished fifth on the European Challenge Tour’s order of merit, to be one of 15 players to graduate to Europe’s top circuit. Soderberg is No. 309 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Sadie Giza and John Paribello ’13 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.
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.
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.
Kara Metzner and Nicholas Ciaston ’16 were married in CCU’s Lackey Chapel on Oct. 27, 2018. Kara, who also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from CCU in 2016, is a first-grade teacher at Carolina Forest Elementary School, and Nicholas is an engineer at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. They live in Conway.
Alex Palumbo is a photographer and cinematographer in Long Island, N.Y. Learn more at alexpalumbo.us.
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.
Lauren Allen graduated 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.
Megan Gooch works for First Command Financial Services in Highland Falls, N.Y.
De’Angelo Henderson is a running back with the NFL’s New York Jets. He previously played with the Denver Broncos, who drafted him in the sixth round of 2017 NFL Draft.
Ali Rogers Huggins has been named teacher of the year at East Elementary School in Dillon, S.C.
Tonisha Lee is pursuing a master’s degree at Winthrop University.
Nicholas Ciaston and Kara Metzner ’14 were married in CCU’s Lackey Chapel on Oct. 27, 2018. Kara, who also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from CCU in 2016, is a first-grade teacher at Carolina Forest Elementary School, and Nicholas is an engineer at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. They live in Conway.
Ryan Faust and Emilye Rybarczyk, who were engaged March 29, 2019, plan to get married in May 2020 in Greenville, S.C. They met during their sophomore year at CCU.
Samantha McKenzie is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of South Carolina. She is doing her field placement in the crisis unit at Three Rivers Behavioral Health.
Dana Radford and Eric Bennett were married Sept. 1, 2018, in Marion, S.C. She is a health and fitness coordinator at Verizon in Wilmington, N.C., where the couple lives. She also is pursuing a master’s degree from New York Chiropractic College, and previously served in the U.S. Army from 2005 through 2012.
Erica Robles is a senior registered behavior technician at SOS Health Care, where she works with special needs children.
Marquay Byrd is a Navy cryptologic warfare officer with Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66 in Fort Meade, Md.
Theresa Calabrese has been hired as a graphic designer at Jack Porter, a multidisciplinary design group in Greenville, S.C. She previously worked at T2H Advertising in Myrtle Beach.
Jonathan Krause has been named a customer service representative at CresCom Bank. He works at the Meeting Street branch in Charleston, S.C.
Casey Schroeder has opened Clean Eatz Café in Columbus, Ohio. He is also is a catcher for the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Brandon Brown is the marketing director for his family-run NASCAR Xfinity Series operation, Brandonbilt Motorsports.
Lucas Byrd is a part-time fitness specialist and a certified personal trainer at the McLeod Health & Fitness Center in Florence, S.C. He earned his personal training certification from the American College of Sports Medicine in August 2018.
Matthew Perdue is an economics teacher at Carolina Forest High School in Myrtle Beach.
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.