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Office for Philanthropy welcomes new leaders
Bryan Steros has been named interim vice president for philanthropy, overseeing all academic fundraising as well as the Office of Alumni Relations and Women in Philanthropy and Leadership. He is also spearheading I’M IN 2 – The Endowment Campaign for Coastal Carolina University. He joined the philanthropy office seven years ago, and his fundraising background includes working at the Seton Hall Law School, Fordham University, New York Medical College, Ramapo College of New Jersey and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. A native of East Brunswick, N.J., Steros earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an MBA from Fordham University with a concentration in management.
Diane Fabiano Sanders ’05
Diane Fabiano Sanders ’05 was named executive director of alumni relations in October 2018. She joined the CCU staff 11 years ago, and has held positions in the Office of Admissions and Merit Awards, Office of Alumni Relations and the Office for Philanthropy. During her tenure in philanthropy, Sanders was in charge of the the faculty and staff giving campaign, which she led to a record high of 74 percent participation. In her most recent role as director for philanthropy, Sanders was charged with fundraising for the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, retired employees, and campus life and student engagement.
Carey Green is in his 20th year as the head women’s basketball coach at Liberty University, which won the 2017-2018 Big South Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Chip Smith and his business partners have purchased the Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort in Calabash, N.C.
Johnny Gardner has been elected chair of the Horry County Council. He also serves as the principal attorney of his law group in Conway.
Connie Roberts is the new principal at Townsend Elementary School in Townsend, Tenn. She previously served as assistant principal at Carpenters Elementary School in Maryville, Tenn.
Cindy Parker retired after a 29-year career teaching mathematics at Alice Drive Middle School in Sumter, S.C. She is now serving as the executive director for the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Nancy Opalko has retired as children’s librarian at the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library in Oxford, Miss. She worked at the library for 25 years.
William Royce reports that his daughter, Devyn Royce, recently completed her freshman year at CCU. “Only three more years until she becomes an alumna,” he says. “I am glad she decided to attend CCU.”
Cedric King is the manager for community relations at Pinova Inc. in Brunswick, Ga.
Shane Hubbard is serving a four-year term on the Conway City Council. His wife, Becky Bradham Hubbard ’89, ’96, is chair of the early care and education department at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Jody Jenerette is the head football coach at West Florence High School. He recently served as head football coach at Aynor High School.
Brian Batten has been promoted to senior associate with Dewberry Inc. He is a senior coastal scientist and works primarily in leadership and technical roles on diverse coastal-sector consulting projects. He earned a doctorate degree in coastal oceanography in 2003 and a master’s degree in marine environmental science in 1999, both from Stony Brook University. Batten is an appointed member of the of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Technical Mapping Advisory Council. He is also leading a comprehensive flood resilience study for the City of Virginia Beach.
Tom Gwyer, a 25-year veteran of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, was named the department’s new fire chief in July 2018. He had served as deputy fire chief since April 2016.
Chadwick Hardee is president of APDC Cleaning Services in Kissimmee, Fla. Hardee is a former executive for hotel chains Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, Wyndham and Hyatt.
Jordan Roberts Teich is a civil litigation lawyer who focuses on maritime, environmental and commercial matters. She recently moved from New Orleans, La., back to Charleston, S.C., with her husband, David, and son, Sam.
Amy Hall is the president of The Barber Shop Marketing & Promotions, a full-service marketing and advertising agency based near Dallas, Texas.
Tyler McCart is a regional manager at Haskell, a furniture manufacturing company. His territory includes Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He most recently served as a vertical business development manager at Office Depot.
Shanda Poston is the new principal at Scranton Elementary STEAM (Service, Teamwork, Effort, Achievement and Mastery) Academy in Florence County. She previously served as assistant principal at Scranton Elementary.
Tonya Prentice was presented the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation at the White House on June 25. This is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She is a fifth-grade teacher at Woodstock Elementary School in Bryant Pond, Maine.
Kelley Weiss is the new principal at Alpine Crest Elementary School, which is part of Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, Tenn. She previously served as the assistant superintendent in Enfield, Maine, as well as a principal and assistant principal for more than seven years.
Matt Daly has been promoted to director of golf operations at Founders Group International, which owns 22 Grand Strand golf courses. Daly, the 2017 Carolinas PGA Merchandiser of the Year, was promoted in 2017 to regional operations manager for FGI’s south end courses. He has been head golf professional at FGI courses TPC Myrtle Beach, the Grande Dunes Resort Course, Myrtlewood Golf Club and Pine Lakes Country Club.
Dale Long was named Conway police chief in April 2018. He has more than 27 years of law enforcement experience and has been with the Conway Police Department since 2010, most recently serving as detective sergeant.
Jabrina Berry is an assistant property manager with Colliers International’s Real Estate Management Services division in Columbia, S.C. She has 11 years of property management experience in South Carolina.
Paige Bird, a licensed broker and realtor with RE/MAX Southern Shores in Myrtle Beach, ranks No. 76 nationally on RE/MAX’s latest Top 100 list for residential real estate sales during January-April. She has been named South Carolina’s No. 1 RE/MAX agent five times.
Stephen Bismarck received the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award for the 2017-2018 academic year. He also was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the School of Education.
Kristin Kerns has been named teacher of the year at Cyber Academy of South Carolina, where she teaches fifth-grade English language arts. She is one of eight finalists from across South Carolina for the Charter Institute at Erskine’s teacher of the year award.
Tom Griffin is a special education teacher and acting varsity baseball coach at Conway High School. He also serves as director of the annual Griffstrong Golf Tournament, which raises funds for families affected by cancer.
Tyler Hasbrouck is the vice president of e-services at Credit Union 1 in Alaska. He has worked at the credit union for more than 14 years.
M.J. Huggins III has served as Carolina Financial Corp’s executive vice president since 2010. Prior to joining the company and assisting with the founding of Crescent Bank, he served as area executive and senior vice president of Carolina First Bank. He attended the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
Jake Foutz is the owner of Fitness Xperts, which was recently voted the No. 1 personal training gym in Orlando, Fla., by the Orlando A-List.
Debbie Wright Wingfield was promoted to manager for the Manatee Protection Program and Marine Mammal Stranding Team of Volusia County, Fla.
Michael Hitch and Meredith Johnson were married in Hartsville on June 16, 2018. He teaches at Belton Middle School in Anderson School District Two.
Josh Spivey is the athletic director at Aynor High School. He began teaching at the school in 2006.
Travis Dannelly is the president and chief operating officer of the United Way of Horry County. He previously worked in the banking industry.
Ashleigh Branham Dixon has been promoted to DNA serologist with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, S.C.
Joseph Farry has been promoted to manager of parcel transportation at DSW Inc. in Columbus, Ohio.
Bryan Bender is a fourth-generation farmer with Bender Potatoes in Chambersburg, Pa.
Kotie Kimble is an assistant men’s basketball coach with the Charlotte 49ers.
Jessica Lowery, a teaching associate in CCU’s public health department, has opened The Power of Elderberries.
Michael Abraham, PGA head golf professional at Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem, Va., has earned PGA Master Professional status, the highest educational designation that can be obtained by a PGA member. He previously worked in Myrtle Beach as PGA head golf professional at Pine Lakes Country Club and as the assistant PGA professional at the Members Club at Grande Dunes.
Greg Johnson is the athletic director at West Florence High School. He previously served as assistant principal at Darlington High School.
Kelly Jenack Leasure and Jack Leasure celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary on July 20, 2018. They live in Canandaigua, N.Y., with their three boys: Oscar, Arlo and Beauden.
Joanna Vrancart and Sean O’Mara welcomed their first child, Rylee Morgan Vrancart O’Mara, on March 23, 2018.
Zack Byrd is the new assistant women’s golf coach at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Highlights of his professional playing career include reaching the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament and playing in the 2011 U.S. Open.
Kim Wysong is a sixth-grade teacher at North Myrtle Beach Middle School. She most recently worked as an instructional technology facilitator in the Durham and Chapel Hill schools in North Carolina.
Caroline Boineau and James Thomas were married in Brookgreen Gardens on June 2, 2018. She is a realtor with Tradd Residential.
Tegan Hinaman served as an athletic trainer at the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, an all-star high school football game between New Hampshire and Vermont held Aug. 4, 2018. She is an assistant athletic trainer at Castleton University in Vermont.
Maranie Rae Staab recently exhibited her photography at Penn State New Kensington. Her work has been published in Esquire, Huffington Post, Mashable and on CNN.
Roosevelt Board is the franchise owner of the new Chick-fil-A in the recently renovated food district in Staten Island Mall in New York. He has worked with the company for more than seven years, including serving as general manager of the Chick-fil-A in Murrells Inlet and as the grand opening supervisor for restaurants across the country.
Paige Cribb has been elected the first female president of the PGA Carolinas Section. She is the director of student support for CCU’s PGA Golf Management program.
Kristen Lang recently relocated from Chicago back to her hometown of Baltimore, Md., where she is working for M&T Bank’s mid-Atlantic headquarters as a marketing project analyst.
Zachary Loberger recently accepted a position as a commercial project manager for Siemens Building Technologies in Atlanta, Ga.
Aaron Ludgatis and Kara Buffington were married at Creek Club at I’On in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on April 7, 2018. He is a regional sales manager at Magic Tilt Inc. of Clearwater, Fla. The couple lives in Charleston.
Michael Midgette, a PGA-certified teaching and coaching golf professional, recently played in a golf marathon at the Boca Raton (Fla.) Municipal Golf Course from sunrise to sunset to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Derek Murphy is the director of development and stewardship for the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation in Lexington, Ky. He regularly participates in Out of the Darkness community walks in memory of his friend and CCU alumnus Patrick Ziegler.
Nina Oates and her family own The Hideout on 47, a restaurant in Parkersburg, W.Va., that has become a noted venue for nationally known stand-up comics.
Jessica Cinardo is the executive producer at WMBF News in Myrtle Beach. She began working at the station as a news content specialist after graduating from CCU.
Kyle Finnerson is a certified personal trainer and has opened Studio Fitness in Rutland, Vt.
Sydney Hough and Aaron Fann were married in Granite Falls, N.C., on July 21, 2018. She is a drama teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School in Rock Hill, S.C.
Matthew McCoy is the founder and artistic director of Bay Area Musicals in San Francisco. He previously served as the casting director and associate artistic director at Berkeley Playhouse, where he still works as a guest director, choreographer and teaching artist.
John Johnson is the assistant equipment manager for the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers, the first-ever No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament history.
Daniel Baker participated in Miami University’s earth expeditions global field course in Belize. He studied coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars and other wildlife while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them in Belize. A graduate student in Miami’s global field program, Baker is a zookeeper at Houston Zoo. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Brantay Cohens was recently named the teacher of the year at Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Bay Middle School, where he teaches eighth-grade mathematics. He also was a top 10 semifinalist for Horry County Schools’ teacher of the year.
Joe and Ashley Baker Griswold ’15 celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on July 15, 2018.
Alison McQuarrie has graduated with honors from the Master of Health Administration program at the University of Scranton.
Alex Ross plays with the Winnipeg Bombers. He previously played quarterback with the British Columbia Lions.
Maeve Snyder is the new coastal training program coordinator at the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Georgetown, S.C. She recently earned a master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of South Carolina.
Andrew Wyeth and Allison Guinta were married this past May in Charleston, S.C. They reside in Conway with their twin sons, Easton and William. Andrew works with hybrid production management and sales for Gale Contractor Services.
Felicia Butler has been named the teacher of the year at Coastal Leadership Academy, where she teaches social studies and math. She is one of eight finalists from across South Carolina for the Charter Institute at Erskine’s teacher of the year award.
Christina Davis is the new area coordinator with the housing and residence life team at Emory & Henry College in Virginia. She earned a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Missouri State University.
Andrew Dorn competed in the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament in June 2018, finishing in a tie for 62nd place in a field of 120 players.
Ruby Durham is a member of the NBC Charlotte News team. She previously worked in Myrtle Beach at WMBF and WBTW.
Brittany Hoffnagle is an environmental scientist and GIS specialist with Woods Hole Group, an international environmental, scientific and engineering consulting organization in Falmouth, Mass. She graduated with a master’s degree in coastal marine and wetland studies from CCU.
Connor Romito participated in Miami University’s earth expeditions global field course in Belize. He studied coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars and other wildlife while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them in Belize. Romito, an associate animal trainer at Discovery Cove, lives in Orlando, Fla., and is a graduate student in Miami’s global field program.
Brandan Albee has been promoted to second assistant manager at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Kelsey Dominik was selected in the third round of the inaugural American Softball Association Draft in June 2018.
Hailey Gilbert has joined Frampton Construction Co. as an administrative assistant based in its Charleston office.
Brianna Tramutolo is an environmental scientist intern at EWMA, an employee-owned environmental consulting and remediation firm in New Jersey.
Tyler Wyeth earned a master’s degree in international political economy, with a specialization in international development, from the Brussels School of International Studies - University of Kent. His master’s thesis was on “The Potential of Renewable Energy for Southern Mexico in a NAFTA Facilitated ERA.” He served as president of the Graduate Student Union during his studies.
Nathaniel Marshall was named chief personnel officer for Florence School District One.
Martin Melchor is the new head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Jacksonville College in Texas.
Jeremy Razook is a digital marketing strategist at Fuel Travel Marketing. He previously served as an intern at Fuel and MyrtleBeach.com.
Benjamin Rutherford is an admissions and community outreach coordinator at CCU.
Jake Freedman is a public relations associate at the Brandon Agency in Myrtle Beach. He previously served as an intern at the agency.
Nikko Austen Smith plays Asha on the television series Queen Sugar, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network