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Cheney to lead CCU alumni relations

Julie Cheney - Cheney to lead CCU alumni relations

Julie Cheney has been named executive director of alumni relations at Coastal Carolina University. She replaces Jean Ann Brakefield, who has accepted a fundraising position within CCU’s Office for Philanthropy and is responsible for the TEAL 1000 and faculty/staff giving initiatives. Cheney was previously the senior director of alumni relations at the University of Georgia.

“It is an honor to serve Coastal Carolina University as its executive director of alumni relations,” Cheney said. “This is a transformational time for CCU, and it’s clear this is an institution on the rise. I look forward to working with colleagues on campus, alumni here and across the country, and community partners to advance the Coastal mission.”

A native of Athens, Ga., Cheney attended the University of Georgia, where she earned both a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a Master of Education. She has also completed Ph.D. coursework in human resource and organizational development at Georgia.


Brenda Cordray Ziemba is seeking classmates from the Coastal Carolina nursing class of 1973. “We need a reunion!”

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Tim Hardee, president of the South Carolina Technical College System, was the commencement speaker for spring commencement ceremonies at both Aiken Technical College and Orange-Calhoun Technical College.


Tony Cox has been appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster to serve as an interim commissioner for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Cox is executive vice president at Burroughs & Chapin Company in Myrtle Beach. He previously served on the S.C. Real Estate Commission, Horry County Planning Commission and the Myrtle Beach Air Base Redevelopment Authority.

Joan Cribb has stepped down as the athletic director at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island. She had served in that position since 2002.

Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger has joined the staff of Georgetown Times and South Strand News. She also conducts Ghosts of Georgetown Lantern Tours and is the author of Ghosts of Georgetown, More Ghosts of Georgetown, Georgetown Mysteries and Legends and Waterline.


Tim Carlisle is the new president and CEO of Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union. Since joining Carolina Trust in 2010, he has served as 21st Avenue Myrtle Beach branch manager, vice president of lending and branch operations, and senior vice president/chief operations officer.


J.J. Foster is the new head boys’ basketball coach at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Tony Dunkin was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in May 2017. He is the only basketball player in NCAA history to be named conference player of the year four times. Dunkin finished his career as CCU’s all-time leading scorer.


Mike Skipper recently finished his ninth season as the coach of Conway High School’s varsity girls’ softball team. He led the team to five consecutive state playoffs berths. 


Jonna Dougherty is an assistant principal at Loris Middle School. She previously served as the response to intervention/Title I coordinator at Bristow Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky.

Jennifer Clack Hecht was recently featured by the Huffington Post as the founder of the Dating Advisory Board, an online service that helps singles learn dating techniques based on business strategies.

Catherine J. Monteiro, of Louisville, Ky., has been appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to serve on the Commonwealth of Kentucky Personnel Board.


Lauren Greico has worked for the past 17 years on Wall Street in New York. She started as a financial adviser at Smith Barney. When Smith Barney merged with Morgan Stanley, she was named vice president and national training manager. In 2015, she moved to Fidelity Investments as senior director and product and project strategist. She started a clothingline in 2016 called Worn and Branded NYC. Greico lives in Ossining, N.Y., and has a second home in Surfside Beach. She visits the CCU campus often with her 6-year-old daughter Sophia.

Tara Sparks Alford was recently named controller at Tradd Management in Myrtle Beach, where she oversees financial activity, procedures and quality control for the company’s properties.

Karen Strawser Sanders moved to the Washington, D.C., area and is attending the Defense Language Institute to learn the Thai language. After the one-year program, she and her husband plan to move to Thailand for his assignment with the U.S. Air Force.


Jimmy Bailey has been promoted to the position of assistant principal at Carolina Forest High School. He previously served as a math teacher at Socastee High School.

Maurice Cobb has been promoted to the position of principal at Kensington Elementary School in Georgetown, S.C.

Matt Daly has been named regional operations manager for the Founders Group International’s southern area golf courses, including Litchfield Country Club, Pawleys Plantation, River Club, Willbrook Plantation, TPC Myrtle Beach and Tradition Golf Club. He was previously the head professional at the golf clubs at Grande Dunes, Myrtlewood and Pine Lakes.

Seth Smith has been promoted by AmeriServ Bank to serve as area executive and senior vice president for Centre and Blair counties in Pennsylvania. He previously served as the vice president and commercial relationship manager in the bank’s Altoona lending office.

Rob Spino is the new director of the Coastal Carolina University Veterans Association. He teaches physical education for Horry County Schools and is a teaching associate at CCU. Spino also serves his alma mater as a board member for the University College board of visitors and the CCU alumni association.

Brooke Weisbrod was inducted into the Big South Conference Hall of Fame in June 2017. She led CCU to two of its three Big South women’s basketball championship game appearances. A college basketball analyst for ESPN, she was inducted into the CCU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.


Brad Crumling has been named regional manager for the Founders Group International’s central Grand Strand golf courses, including Burning Ridge, Myrtlewood, World Tour Golf Links, Myrtle Beach National, Wild Wing and Indian Wells. He was previously head golf professional at Myrtle Beach National.

Tayfun Karadeniz recently made a presentation to the Grand Strand Technology Council in which he joined other entrepreneurs in sharing their products. He is the founder of EmojiXpress, a mobile emoji app.

Larry Roberts was recently named the 2017 Subway Standout Coach. He started a basketball league three years ago for middle school students, who compete in tournaments around Myrtle Beach.


Tyler Hughes has retired from playing soccer after spending the last eight seasons with the Cowichan LMG soccer program in Lake Cowichan, British Columbia. His future plans include renewing the Cowichan club’s U21 program.

Leslie DeLong Yurocko has been named director of learning and development at RevLocal in Granville, Ohio. She earned a master’s degree in information science from Drexel University.


Ashley Cameron has been promoted to the position of principal at Waccamaw Elementary School in Georgetown.

Dwayne and Katie Harris ’08 own CrossFit Driving Formations in Myrtle Beach. Dwayne is also a lieutenant for the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, and Katie is a licensed massage therapist. They have two daughters, Reagan, 6, and Zoë, 3.

Ryan McGraw has been ranked by as one of the top 25 high school baseball players from the state of Michigan during the last 25 years. While at CCU, the Saginaw Nouvel High School graduate set a national record with a 63-stolen base season and earned All-American honors. He also set Big South Conference career marks with 160 steals and 179 walks before being drafted by the San Diego Padres.


Kelly Moore earned a master’s degree in sports leadership from James Madison University and has been promoted to director of development for the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation office at Coastal Carolina University.


Kim Rothberg was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has been a fifth-grade teacher at Carolina Forest Elementary School for the past 10 years.

Jason Schipper recently married Lilli Stevens in Hallandale Beach, Fla. He is a high school teacher in Boca Raton, Fla.


Shannon Cook is the new cultural arts program assistant for CCU’s Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. She assists with research and arranges travel accommodations for artists performing at the University. Cook previously worked with WMBF-TV.

Brittney ’07, ’10 and Tommy Pelfrey Jr. recently welcomed their second child, Grace Elizabeth Pelfrey. Tommy is the area car sales manager for Enterprise in Norfolk, Va., and Brittney is senior manager of business support for Blackbaud Inc. The family of four, including son Gavin, lives in Virginia Beach, Va.

Nick Pincolini recently relocated to Washington, D.C., and has accepted a position in development planning and feasibility with Marriott International’s corporate headquarters.


Katie Harris (See Class of 2004)

Mike McGrath has been named the foodservice business development manager for the mid-Atlantic region of Handy Seafood, a family-owned seafood processing company in Salisbury, Md. He previously worked for Waypoint Analytical in Richmond, Va., where he gained experience showing and selling the Handy product line.

Caroline P. Smith is the University editor at Coastal Carolina University. She previously worked at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach for seven years. She has one daughter, Lilly, 6, and is a member at Palmetto Pointe Church in Myrtle Beach.


Carson Baker is the owner of Baker American Cycles in Fayetteville, N.C. He earned a 2016 Platinum Dealer Award from Indian Motorcycles.

Zack Byrd has qualified for the Sunshine Tour based in South Africa and has spent much of 2017 playing on the south end of the African continent. He ranked in the top 30 for the qualifying tournament at Randpark Golf Club in Randpark, South Africa.

Joe Harris, former CCU men’s basketball standout, is a patrol deputy with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department.

Laura Keane has joined SAGE Eldercare as the new director of Spend-A-Day, an adult day health care program. A resident of Succasunna, N.J., she is a certified assisted living administrator. Keane most recently served as the executive director of Sunrise Senior Living of Madison, N.J.

Catherine McFaddin and Lee Mahoney were married April 8, 2017. She is a physical education teacher and coach for the Clarendon School District 2 in Manning, S.C.

Matt Moody married Martha Riviere Propst in May 2017 in Greenville, S.C. He is employed by Enterprise Holdings in Charleston.


Tyler Anthony and Kimberlee Ward ’13 married on June 2, 2017.

Jess Dennison (See Class of 2012)

Chris Hennecy is the new marketing and communications manager for the U.S. market for Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions. He previously served as the director of marketing and communications for the BMW Car Club of America.

Nathan Craig Holloway joined Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan PLLC as an attorney in its Knoxville, Tenn., office.

Marianne Long is an education director at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a nonprofit organization in North Chatham, Mass., that supports scientific research and promotes public safety.

Krisztina E. Szabo is a staff attorney at Whitman-Walker Health, a medical-legal partnership in Washington, D.C., that specializes in LGBTQ and HIV health care. She helps clients on a variety of legal issues, including access to health care/public benefits, employment discrimination and immigration relief. Szabo was recognized as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. She earned her juris doctor degree from the Charleston School of Law and a Master of Laws from American University Washington College of Law.‌‌‌

Chris Wellsand has joined Valpo Parks Golf as a teaching professional at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center in Valparaiso, Ind. He has worked in the golf industry since 2002, most recently as the general manager at Aberdeen Golf Club in Longs, S.C.

Alex Wetherell has joined CresCom Bank of West Ashley in Charleston, S.C., as a credit analyst and bank officer. He previously served as the vice president and client development officer at Paragon Commercial Bank in Charlotte, N.C.


Chris Adrian has been promoted to the position of manager of the Lib Jackson Student Union at Coastal Carolina University.

Andrew Emil Berks married Marian Bryce in May 2017 in Irmo, S.C. He is employed with State Farm in Fort Mill, S.C.

Amy Haggard recently earned a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University. She works at CCU’s Office of Alumni Relations.

Shannon Klotsko earned a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego in April 2017. She has received a Delta Science Fellowship for postdoctoral research from California Sea Grant at San Diego State University.

Zachary Loberger works as a commercial project manager in Houston, Texas. He and his wife Ashley welcomed their first child, Ian Loberger, in November 2016.

Roslyn Sakowitz has been promoted from sales representative to group sales manager at Kingston Resorts in Myrtle Beach.

Jake Webster is the certified athletic trainer for Darlington High School in Darlington, S.C. He also serves as an athletic training coordinator and has been a member of the McLeod sports medicine team since 2014.


Nick Carolla was recently named project manager at Miron Construction Co. Inc. in Middleton, Wis. He provides direct management and oversight of construction projects.

Kira Carter has been named an assistant coach with the women’s basketball program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She previously coached at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Carter earned a master’s degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University in August 2015.

McKenzie Cochran has been promoted to residential mortgage originator for SRP Federal Credit Union in Evans, Ga. He has been working at the company for more than five years, mostly in the mortgage division serving as the secondary marketing coordinator. Cochran is a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Sean Gilroy is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps currently serving with 2d Battalion, 6th Marines out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. He and his wife Amber Martin Gilroy ’13 recently welcomed a son, Cullen.

Joseph Hurley earned a master’s degree in athletic training from Seton Hall University. He lives in Texas.

Lisa Anastasio Keays was recently inducted into the Tracy High School Sports Hall of Fame in Tracy, Calif. She was a three-sport athlete: volleyball, basketball and softball. Keays played softball for CCU and earned All Big-South Conference honors.

Shane Norris and Jess Dennison ’10 got engaged in front of the bronze statue of Chauncey at the entrance to the TD Sports Complex. 


Michael Giangregorio and Ben Harris ’14 recently launched a startup company, Nickel & Dime Supplement Club, an online provider of dietary supplements.

Amber Martin Gilroy (See Class of 2012)

Joscelyn Smalls married Jon Ford in May 2017 in Charleston, S.C. She is employed as a financial consultant.

Kimberlee Ward and Tyler Anthony ’10 married on June 2, 2017.


Daniela Corona and Justin Priddy were recently engaged in Charleston, S.C. She works as an admissions counselor for Coastal Carolina University.

Ben Harris (See Class of 2013)


Dylan Cordaro and Sara Adams were married July 1, 2017, in Chazy, N.Y. Both are pursuing master’s degrees at the University of Albany, Sarah in epidemiology and Dylan in social studies.

Julian ‘Rhodes’ Dickerson III and Macey Owens were married June 17, 2017, in Hemingway, S.C. He is a physical education teacher at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School in Florence and the head coach for the South Florence Bruins junior varsity baseball program.

Derek Fenstermacher opened the Indoor Golf & Training Center in York, S.C. The center offers instruction on all aspects of the game, equipment and apparel sales, and a golf simulator.

De’Angelo Henderson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of 2017 NFL Draft. He is CCU’s all-time leading rusher and scorer.

Shane Kilduff is an account administrator at New Day Underwriting Managers in Hamilton, N.J. He previously worked at MB Associates and as a financial professional associate at Prudential Financial Group.

Nick McKinney is the curator of the Scarborough-Hamer collection at the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum in Seneca, S.C.

Alex Ross is a quarterback for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent and attended training camp with the club last season. He finished his career at CCU in 2015 as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns.

Carolyn Skews recently joined CresCom Bank of Myrtle Beach as a teller. She previously worked for Bay Naturals and Rooms to Go.


Schuler Benson’s fiction and poetry has appeared in The Idle Class, Kudzu Review, The Pinch, Little Fiction, Hobart and elsewhere. He has been nominated for a Best of the Net Award, a Million Writers Award and three Pushcart Prizes, and he placed second in The Fallen Sky Review’s 2013 Speculative Fiction Launch Contest. His first book, The Poor Man’s Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide, was a 2015 finalist for the Luminaire Award for Best Prose.

Bailey Cocca competed in the Fuccillo Kia Classic of New York, a Symetra Tour event at Capital Hills in June 2017. She is a professional golf assistant at Normanside Country Club in Delmar, N.Y.

Alex Cunningham was selected by the San Diego Padres in the ninth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. He was 25-7 in 57 career games (46 starts) with a 3.06 ERA.

Jalacy Green volunteers as a throwing coach at her alma mater, Colleton County High School in Walterboro, S.C. She was a three-time SCHSL AAAA state champion in the shot put and discus, and the ESPN Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2012. Green serves as a case manager for the Colleton County Department of Social Services Foster Care.

Nicole Isaacs, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. She completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Danielle Lafreniere is the guest services representative at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Shay Myers works for a defense arms company that is contracted with the U.S. government. After four months as a service desk analyst, he was promoted to IT asset manager analyst, dealing with software licensing and compliance.

Caitlin Raynor married Caleb Henley on Oct. 22, 2016, in China Grove, N.C. She is an animal caretaker-zookeeper at Tiger World Endangered Wildlife Preserve near China Grove.

Tom Saguto opened SagutoGolf at the International Club in Murrells Inlet, where he offers golf instruction and personal swing analysis.

Pvt. 1st Class Michael Sperduto graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on Aug. 18, 2017. He is pursuing an infantry career.

G.K. Young is a first baseman with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) TinCaps, a Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.


Evan Broderick earned his real estate license and is now an agent for Reality Real Estate in New Jersey. He is a member of the Coastal Carolina University alumni association.