2012 Speakers - Coastal Carolina University
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Second Annual Women's Leadership Conference Speakers


Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour
Known simply as “FlyGirl,” Vernice Armour is the U.S. Marine Corps’ first African-American female combat pilot. She served two tours of duty in Iraq flying attack helicopters in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon leaving the military, Armour applied the techniques she learned and launched VAI Consulting and Training LLC, and helps organizations and individuals understand the passion and leadership required to excel. Armour has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, NPR, and other news outlets and has summarized her winning formula in the book, Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that MatterShe was also the first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department's motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton's annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women's professional football team.

Jennet Robinson Alterman
Jennet Alterman
is the executive director of the Center for Women in Charleston, South Carolina, which has received numerous honors including recognition by Oprah Winfrey. She has an extensive background in international development, television broadcasting and government relations. In 2011 Alterman was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Molly Barker
A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, Molly Barker founded Girls on the Run in Charlotte in 1996. Her background is in social work, counseling and teaching, and research on adolescent issues. There are Girls on the Run councils in over 190 cities across North America that serve more than 150,000 girls and women.

Kristin Bohan
Kristin Bohan
, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. She has more than a decade of experience helping girls and women of all ages with eating disorders, body-image issues anxiety and depression. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, completed an internship at Duke University and received postdoctoral fellowship training at the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. In 2010 she founded myTERMS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls discover and invest in their true potential.

Bree Boyce
Miss South Carolina 2011 Bree Boyce isn’t your typical titleholder. Most beauty queens would not advertise that they once weighed 234 pounds, but her weight loss journey became her platform.

Cheri Britton
Cheri Britton
is a speaker, author, coach and trainer who has been helping individuals and organizations effectively, through her BOOM (Break Out of Old Mindsets) Thinking, for over two decades. She earned a master's degree in education at UNC-Charlotte and founded Whetstone Consultations, a consulting business that works specifically with health-care agencies.

Gina Trimarco Cligrow
Gina Trimarco Cligrow
is the founder and president of Carolina Improv Company and Uptown Theater, located in Myrtle Beach. She has 20 years of marketing and operations experience in the entertainment, hospitality and tourism industries. Originally from Chicago, she earned a bachelor's degree in communications from DePaul University.


Naomi Dantzler
Naomi Dantzler
is a sophomore at Coastal Carolina University majoring in accounting and management and a Wall Fellow.

Dr. Mitchell L. Devlin
Active at Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community hospitals, Dr. Mitchell Devlin specializes in cardiology. A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at Delaware Valley Medical Center, and completed fellowships at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and the American College of Cardiology.

Anne Drozda
Anne Drozda
, senior marketing strategist for Edward Jones in the marketing division, has 15 years of experience in a variety of industries, including health care and Fortune 500 consumer product companies. She has an MBA from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton.

Theresa Earnheart
Sharing the famous name of the legendary racing family, Theresa Earnheart founded Track Chic, a social club, shopping, charity and racing news source for female race fans. Her international business career includes experience in business development, marketing, e-commerce, and in the finance, hospitality and leisure industries. She has lived and worked in Prague, Czech Republic, France and Dubai.

Suzanne Evans
Suzanne Evans is owner and founder of SuzanneEvans.org, which provides support, consult, and business development skills to the more than 30,000 women enrolled in her wealth and business building programs. She also launched Global Impact Project, a not-for-profit serving women worldwide in education, entrepreneurship and equality.

Patricia Harris
As the global chief diversity officer, Patricia "Pat" Harris is responsible for the development and implementation of diversity strategies throughout the McDonald’s Corporation including the company's 31,489 restaurants in 118 countries. Under her leadership, McDonald's was named a Fortune magazine "Top 50 Places for Minorities to Work."

Pat Hatler
Pat Hatler is executive vice president and chief legal and governance officer for the Nationwide Mutual Insurance organization. She previously served as general counsel and corporate secretary for Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia and was an attorney in the Philadelphia office of the Dechert law firm. She earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive psychology from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

Charlotte Lane
Charlotte Lane is former commissioner on the United States International Trade Commission. Her long legal career inlcudes practice in federal and state courts in West Virginia. She also served as interim United Stated Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. She practices law in Charleston, West Virginia.

Dr. Lisa Maselli
Dr. Lisa Maselli specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and is an active physician at both Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community hospitals. She is a graduate of Marshall University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tori Murden McClure
Explorer, humanitarian and educator, Tori Murden McClure is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo and unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean. She recounts her journey across the Atlantic in her memoir, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean (HarperCollins). She has worked as chaplain of Boston City Hospital, as policy assistant to the Mayor of Louisville, director of a shelter for homeless women, and with the boxer and humanitarian Muhammad Ali. She is president of Spalding College. She earned an A.B. from Smith College, a master's in divinity from Harvard University, a juris doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law, and a master's in writing from Spalding University.

Stella Mercado
Stella Mercado co-founded the Mercom Corporation with her brother Larry in 2000. As president and CEO, she is responsible for finance, corporate treasury, corporate revenue, corporate investments, accounting, internal audit and tax policy, as well as regulatory reporting and supervision. As president, she oversees human resources, government and commercial contracts, legal matters as well as corporate and strategic planning. Mercado received a bachelor's degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia in 1995. 

Sharon Milligan
Sharon Milligan is a 30-year financial services veteran who joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2006 and led the development of the first firm-wide coaching platform designed to equip advisers to better serve, manage and allocate resources. Also at Wells Fargo, she created The Women's Business Summit and The Women's Business Exchange.

Kathy Murphy
Kathy Murphy is a counselor and life coach, and author of the book, Your Possible Life. She has a Ph.D. in counselor education. 

Betsy Myers
Betsy Meyers is the author of the book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inpsire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, released in 2011. She was a senior adviser to President Obama's campaign and served as the executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Darley Newman is a travel expert and the three time Emmy nominated host, writer, creator and producer of the Emmy-winning PBS lifestyle travel TV series Equitrekking, which takes viewers around the world with local people to discover history

Darly Newman
Darley Newman is a travel expert and the three-time Emmy nominated host, writer, creator and producer of the Emmy-winning PBS lifestyle travel TV series Equitrekking, which takes viewers around the world with local people to discover history, culture and eco-friendly adventures. Equitrekking broadcasts across the United States and on international networks in more than 65 countries.

Roxanna Saberi
Roxanna Saberi is an Iranian-American journalist caught in the middle of a dramatic political struggle between Iran and the United States. She was held as a political prisoner falsely accused of spying for the United States and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Her book, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran describes her personal journey to freedom. 

Margaret Seidler
Margaret Seidler is a nationally recognized organizational development consultant and author based in Charleston, South Carolina. Her first book, Power Surge: A Conduit for Enlighted Leadership, was published in 2008. She is an adjunct faculty member of Notre Dame University's Executive Education Center of the Mendoza College of Business.

Anita Singleton-Prather
As the creator of Aunt Pearlie Sue, a character based on her grandmother, Anita Singleton Prather is a storyteller, educator, singer, actress and historian. She has performed at many festivals, including the Spoleto USA international arts festival in Charleston, has appeared in the film Forrest Gump and on the ABC's Good Morning America. Her one-woman show, Tales from the Land of Gullah, has been broadcast on PBS.

Shari Stauch
Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 33 years. She is the co-creator of Pool & Billiard Magazine, the sport's oldest monthly magazine. She is the CEO of Shark Marketing Company and author of four non-fiction books.

Hollee Schwartz Temple
Holle Schwartz Temple is a former journalist, who is a professor ar West Virginia College of Law. She is the co-author of the book, Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood.


Lauren Templeton
Lauren Templeton is the founder and president of Lauren Templeton Capital Management LLC in Chattanooga and Southeastern Hedge Fund Association Inc., based in Atlanta.

Inez Moore Tenenbaum
Inez Tenenbaum served as the ninth chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission from 2009 to 2013. She was elected South Carolina's State Superintendent of Education in 1998 and completed her second term in 2007.

Donna Tyson
Donna Tyson is an motivational speaker and author

Marie Wilson
Marie Wilson is the founder and president emerita of both The White House Project and the Ms. Foundation for Women, and is co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. She is the author of the book, Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World.


Dr. N. Craig Brackett
Active at Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community hospitals, Brackett specializes in breast surgery. He received his medical education at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics in Augusta, Georgia.


Michael Corp
Michael Corp is a business opportunity specialist with the South Carolina Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Christy Cox
Christy Cox is a senior adviser to Ambassador David Wilkins at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, in public policy and pnternational paw.


Carrie Eberly
Carrie Eberly is a Coastal Carolina University student.


Mary Ewen
Mary Ewen is a Coastal Carolina University student.


Meredith Gratton
Meredith Gratton is a Coastal Carolina University student.


Hatton Gravely 
Hatton Gravely is the marketing manager at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Marsha Griffin
Marsha Griffin is principal of Marsha Griffin & Associates. A native of eastern North Carolina, she has lived and worked in Horry County for more than 35 years.


Dr. Chrisadel Heath
Dr. Chrisadel Heath specializes in family medicine and is an active physician at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She graduated from Louisiana College and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where she also completed her residency. 


Sherree Hills
Sherree Hills is a 2011 graduate of both Horry County Early College High School and Horry Georgetown Technical College.


Kaci Horonzy
Kaci Horonzy is a realtor with Prudential Myrtle Beach Real Estate. She is a graduate of Furman University.


Eileen Kim
Eileen Kim was a financial advisor at Edward Jones in Myrtle Beach was vice president of marketing at Pioneer Investments in Boston. She has been working in the financial industry since 1987.


Jean King
Jean King is broker in charge of King One Properties, a real estate firm in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Lisa Kinon
Since 1995, Lisa Kinon has been the Family Court Judge for the 15th Judicial Circuit in South Carolina. She earned her law degree at the University of South Carolina and practiced law in Horry County with Hearn, Brittain and Martin, PA.


Chelsea Leander
Chelsea Leander is a Coastal Carolina University student.


Ly Pham
Ly Pham is a Coastal Carolina University student.


Brandolyn Pinkston
Brandolyn Pinbkston is the former administrator for the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.


Amanda Kinseth Rogers
Amanda Rogers is the co-host of the TV show Carolina & Company Live with Cecil Chandler on WPDE-TV.


Mary Jo Rogers
Mary Jo Rogers is a senior vice president and commercial team leader with South Atlantic Bank in Myrtle Beach.


Robin Edwards-Russell
Robin Edwards-Russell is an associate professor of theatre at Coastal Carolina University, and the host of the University's televison program Coastal Today.


Florence Shelley
Florence Shelley is a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Surfisde Beach; in 2010 she became a limited partner with the firm.


Brenda Varnum
Brenda Varnum is a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Murrells Inlet and the founder of Coastal "Power" Women, a professional organization for women to encourage referrals.


Derek Willis
Derek Willis is the senior program manager at SC Launch, a collaboration that provides entrepreneurs with key tools to build success with technology startups, jobs and equity.