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1950

The South Carolina North-South Football All-Star Game was dedicated to longtime Gaffney High School coach and athletics director Bob Prevatte. Prevatte, who in North Carolina coached Jerry Richardson ’59 during his high school football career, led the Gaffney Indians to five state championships. He also coached the North squad in the 1960 all-star game.


1960

Bill Belk and his wife, Edna, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 21, 2014. They live in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Rev. Zach Farmer and his wife, Lee, have moved to The Oaks (formerly known as Methodist Oaks) in Orangeburg, S.C.


1961

John Lawrence Sharpe III has written a book about James “Willie” York called “Growing Up With Raleigh.” The book is a memoir that takes readers through the basketball courts of the ACC during the late 1950s to the mayor’s office in the 1970s and beyond. Sharpe served as a curator of rare books at Duke University for 40 years.


1963

Henry M. Smith wrote that he spent a delightful time in France: Paris in June, then Tours in October while housesitting. He enjoyed old and new friends, frequenting open-air markets and biking. Smith continues to live in Durham, N.H.


1966

J. Hayne Culler Sr., class chair

Greater Columbia Business Monthly selected Weldon R. Johnson as one of the Midlands Legal Elite. The magazine selected the top Columbia-area attorneys in 20 practice areas. Johnson is the senior partner for Barnes Alford.


1969

Richard L. Myers, class chair

Living in Honolulu, Hawaii, Chris Hanson works as a solar consultant for Haleakala Solar Inc. in Aiea.

Harvey McLeod Williamson Jr. and his wife, Julie, recently joined Cruise Planners, an American Express travel representative, as an independently owned and operated franchise. They live in Orangeburg, S.C.


1973

Dr. Robert Powers, the program director for bioscience and clinical research at Gwinnett Technical College, has been recognized with the Georgia Bio Community Award. The award recognizes Powers’ work in championing life sciences in both educational and economic development circles.


1976

John W. Gandy, class chair

After 36 years in mortgage banking, Al Floyd has retired but now has joined Coldwell Banker United. He lives in Columbia, S.C.


1977

Alan Whitney Doty has retired and is living in Spring Hill, Fla.


1980

Paul D. Kountz Jr., class chair

In December the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians presented Dr. R. Mac Chapman with the chapter’s highest honor, the 2014 Laureate Award. Chapman, a physician in The Medical Group on the campus of Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, S.C., was recognized for his commitment to the community in which he practices as well as for his interest in the quality of medical care, education and research.


1981

Patrick Watson, class chair

Matt Bolton is president of Enhanced Systems Consulting, a direct and support software development company for client/server-web and mobile applications in Johnson City, Tenn.


1983

W. Scott Gantt, class chair

Russell Cook has been named a managing director of Comporium Ventures in Rock Hill, S.C. Comporium focuses on managing investments and identifying and recommending new opportunities to acquire or invest in innovative new businesses.

Living in Charlotte, N.C., John M. Fortson continues to sing bass opera roles on a national level. Recently he sang the role of Nourabad in Opera Southwest’s production of “The Pearl Fishers” and is planning a return to Opera Southwest in the role of the king in “Aida.”

Retired Col. Pratya “Lek” Siriwat lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is the chief of the mission integration division with the U.S. Army and is in charge of personnel services and operations support staff.


1984

Ken Kirkpatrick, class chair

Kim Adams Nelson, owner of Daisy Cakes, has written a cookbook that includes family stories. “Daisy Cakes: Share a Slice of Love” retails for $29.95 and is available for purchase at the Hub City Bookshop in downtown Spartanburg. Nelson developed the cookbook at the recommendation of Barbara Corcoran, one of the “sharks” from “The Shark Tank” television series that invested in Daisy Cakes. Corcoran says that Daisy Cakes has been her most successful investment since the show’s debut.


1986

Brand Stille, class chair

Just before Christmas, Dwayne Harris and his wife, Priscilla, adopted four children who were in Department of Social Services custody. Their story has been on Facebook, and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal wrote a story on the growing Harris family on Dec. 24. Harris serves as the assistant director of public safety at Wofford.

The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine has announced a new award for the highest-rated genetic counselor-authored abstract submission for the scientific program during the 2015 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting. The new ACMG Foundation Carolyn Mills Lovell Award is being given in honor of genetic counselor Carolyn Mills Lovell for her service to patients and their families as well as her work with medical students, residents and master of genetic counseling students at Medical College of Georgia.


1987

Cathy Click Wisham writes that she enjoyed being back on campus in May for her son Jon’s graduation. She especially enjoyed visiting former roommates Jeanne Azzara Woolever and Beth Cordray Capps. Wisham lives in Colorado Springs, Colo.


1989

Michael R. Sullivan, class chair

Richelle Allen is an instructor at Spartanburg Community College. She lives with her family in Pauline, S.C.

Elizabeth DeMars Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina with a master of library science in 2014. She is a media specialist with Spartanburg School District 6. She and her husband, Pepper Graham, have three children: Henry (16), Jack (13) and Julia (10).


1990

Scott Cashion, class chair

Mikell Leland Jr. is a financial adviser and vice president of investments for Raymond James in Mobile, Ala. He and his wife, Ashleigh, have three children, Thomas, Cooper and Sadie.

As co-owner of Turner Sports Management, Joel E. Turner, along with his brother and partner, Justin D. Turner, represented 41 clients on NFL contracts for the 2014 season. According to Turner, that’s the eighth most in the nation among all sports agencies. One of the players represented is Brenton Bersin ’12 of the Carolina Panthers.


1992

Nikki Palmieri Chunn, class chair

Living in Columbia, S.C., Erica Carter is a web developer/programmer for Seibels.

Matt Grayson is the vice president for business development for Palmetto Construction Co. in Charleston, S.C. He and his wife, Adrienne, live in Mount Pleasant with their three children.

Aimee Pearson Heard lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., with her husband, Jonathan David Heard, and their two children, Pearson (9) and Charlotte (6).

Beth Houck has been named the South Carolina Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Principal of the Year in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of exceptional children and youth. She serves as the principal of Saxe Gotha Elementary School in Lexington, S.C.

Tammy Horne Mosier is a special education teacher at Buford Middle School in Lancaster, S.C., where she lives with her husband and two children.

An attorney with Clawson & Staubes in Charleston, S.C., Chris Staubes was elected to the Charleston County School Board on Nov. 4, 2014. He lives in Mount Pleasant.


1993

Sarah Sawicki, class chair

Adams and Reese partner in charge of the firm’s Columbia, S.C., office, Rob Bethea, has been appointed to the South Carolina Venture Capital Authority. He will serve through July 2017.

Lakelands Parent magazine featured Dr. Amy Forrest in an article titled “Dr. Mom: Ob-Gyn strikes balance between being a mom and making moms.” She practices with Greenwood (S.C.) Ob-Gyn.


1994

Alicia Nunamaker Truesdail, class chair

Steve Leclerc is the executive director of Hope for North Port CDC in North Port, Fla., where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their son, James.

Rodrick V. Stover, an area vice president with Waffle House, is responsible for the company’s operations in upstate South Carolina. He and his wife, Chantel, live in Boiling Springs, S.C.


1995

Brandy Yancey Lorenz, class chair

Maj. W. Sterling Anderson II and his wife, Anne, live in Panama City, Fla., where he works as a legal adviser to the combat operations division of the 601st Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall Air Force Base.

Gainesville, Ga., attorney John G. Breakfield of Breakfield & Associates has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission reviews applications and interviews candidates for open judge positions in Georgia’s trial and appellate courts.


1996

Curt L. Nichols, class chair

James Sease Jr. is a team leader with Michelin Tire Corp. He lives in Lexington, S.C.


1997

Beth Mangham Guerrero, class chair

Andy Clark lives in Woodruff, S.C. He is vice president of finance for Spectrum Interiors of South Carolina Inc., located in Greenville.

Mike Goodwin is a senior professional health care representative with Pfizer. He and his family live in Savannah, Ga.


1998

Casey Moore, class chair

Terence Crouch is the bilingual staff assistant, supporting the ambassador and deputy chief in various projects, press releases, communications, event planning and budgets, in the embassy of the Principality of Monaco.

Tim Rayborn is a regional cost manager with NVR-Ryan Homes in Charlotte, N.C. He lives in Fort Mill, S.C., with his wife, Michelle Ballard Rayborn, and their five children, Taylor (18), Tucker (14), Tanner (13), Trevor (9) and Turner (born July 11, 2014).


1999

Zach Atkinson, class chair

Karla Otroszko Daniel and her husband, Judson, announce the birth of Lila Jane Daniel, born on Dec. 11, 2014. The family lives in Atlanta, Ga.

Rex Maynard Jr. is the vice president of Maynard’s Home Furnishings in Belton, S.C. He and his wife, Kathleen, have two children, Boyd (7) and Brice (6).

A special education and advanced placement psychology teacher, Elizabeth Wilson Ireton was named Union County High School 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. She holds a master’s degree in special education from Converse College and national board certification.

Dr. Allyson Varn Monferdini is the owner of Wateree Family Dentistry in Lugoff, S.C. She and her husband have a 3-year-old son, Josh.

A scientist with Argos Therapeutics in Durham, N.C., Elizabeth Wansley married Kevin Grogan on Nov. 15, 2014. They live in Raleigh.

Brenda Wichmann is the new Haw River Trail coordinator in Alamance County, N.C. She most recently worked with the Carolina Vegetation Survey, cataloging the plants and natural communities along the Appalachian Trail.


2000

Anthony D. Hoefer Jr., class chair

The Rev. Thomas C. Byrd is serving as the youth minister for Davidsonville United Methodist Church in the Baltimore Washington Conference. He lives in Davidsonville, Md.

After joining Spartanburg Water in 2012 as a senior procurement specialist, Remsen Parrish has been promoted to purchasing manager.


2001

Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, class chair

Dana Bruce is the market president of Beam & Hinge, a website design and development firm in Columbia, S.C. She and her husband, Scott Fulmer, have a daughter, Lela Gwinn Fulmer (18 months).

Katharine Robinson Corona is the human resources manager of PeopleMatter in Charleston, S.C. She and her husband, Marco, have one child, Grace.

An assistant public defender for the Beaufort County Public Defender’s Office, Helen Rose Roper Dovell was named a South Carolina Bar Foundation Ambassador. In this new role Dovell will work with other statewide ambassadors to promote awareness for the Bar Foundation’s mission and programs.

Mac Leaphart’s new album, “Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth,” was released on Feb. 17. He invites Wofford friends to pick up a copy at any of his shows or on iTunes. Macleaphart.com also has a few songs available for free download.

Maurice G. Nassar joined the Siegfried Group’s Houston Market as a director. He remains involved as a member of the board of the Houston chapter of Financial Executives International.

Rosemary DeAntonio Yarwood and her husband, Craig Marsh Yarwood, celebrated their first wedding anniversary on March 1, 2015. They live in Atlanta, Ga.


2002

Yorke Gerrald, class chair

Dottie’s Toffee, Nick Belmont’s sweet business, now has a presence in downtown Spartanburg. Belmont renovated a vacant building at 155 W. Main St. that now includes demonstration space as well as a larger retail area.

Blake Derrick lives in Cary, N.C., with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Harper Mercy Derrick, born July 20, 2013. Derrick works with Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics.

Bennett Gore Jr. is an attorney with Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado LLC in Columbia, S.C.

An associate with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Keating Lowery was named the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) Memphis Chapter. Her platform theme for her presidency is “leveraging our voice: fostering communication to promote networking and mentoring opportunities for women in the Shelby County legal community and beyond.”

Virginia Amanda Clark McJunkin and her husband, Ernest, welcomed twins—Weldon Henry and Etta Margaret—born May 13, 2014.


2003

Tracy A. Howard, class chair

Travis McDowell has been named the director of admissions at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. McDowell has worked in Limestone’s admissions office in various roles for the past 11 years, most recently as associate director.

Sowell Gray Stepp & Lafitte attorney Michael Montgomery has become the firm’s newest member. Montgomery’s practice focuses on premises liability, products liability, automobile accident defense and appellate law. He serves on the safety, health and security committee of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Faith Stewart married Steven Jay Richardson on Sept. 21, 2014. Faith is a dermatologist in Dallas, Texas.


2004

Fred Byers, class chair

Maj. Jonathan Cheek is attending the master of public administration program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a strategic plans and policy officer with the U.S. Army.

Jarvis Jones and his wife, Sarah, announce the birth of Magnolia Gale “Maggie” Jones, born Sept. 13, 2014. The family lives in Spartanburg, S.C.

Living in Columbia, S.C., Emma Louise Manning and John Brett Campolong were married on Jan. 10, 2015. She is employed by Crosslink Medical.


2005

Ryan Waller, class chair

Bobby Strickland is an attorney with the Lam Law Firm in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he lives with his wife, Christine Nicole Strickland, and their 2-year-old son, Robert B. Strickland V.

Josh Whitley has been sworn in as the new District 2 representative on Berkeley County Council. Administering Whitley’s oath of office was friend, mentor and fellow Wofford graduate, the Hon. Dennis Shedd ’75, U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit judge. Whitley is an attorney and the former Berkeley County Republican Party chairman. On Jan. 11, Whitley, his wife, Cowles Gilchrist Whitley ’05, and daughter, Sara Cannon, welcomed twins, Evans and Paul.


2006

Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair

Jesse Cole is the new owner of the Gastonia Grizzlies, a collegiate summer baseball team located in Gastonia, N.C. Cole went to work with the Grizzlies right out of college, working his way up to managing partner before becoming owner in October. Cole was named the league’s 2014 Executive of the Year.

William Anderson Burris and Elizabeth Kathleen Gunn ’07 were married Aug. 23, 2014. They live in Charleston, S.C., where she is employed with K&L Gates law firm, and he works with PURE Insurance.

Living in Raleigh, N.C., Hallie Moore Sessoms and Griffin Kennedy were married on Oct. 25, 2014.

Julius Roy Richardson II married Sairy Sanchez on Nov. 1, 2014.

Living in Lexington, S.C., Mallori McAllister VanSyckel is a QA/QC constituency services and media relations liaison with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). She and her husband, Judan Nathanael VanSyckel, celebrated their first wedding anniversary on April 5.

Dr. Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Mississippi in 2014. She holds a postdoctoral fellowship at North Dakota State University.

Suzanne Webb is a women’s health nurse practitioner for Weight Loss MD in Atlanta, Ga. She supervises patient weight loss through medical interventions and monitors hormone replacement therapy programs.


2007

Hunter Miller, class chair

As associate athletics director for compliance at Rice University, Bryan Blair serves as the administrator for seven of the department’s 16 sports. He also directs all aspects of compliance. Blair lives in Missouri City, Texas.

Brian Fast was named vice president and market executive for First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. in and around Florence, S.C.

A 2013 Ph.D. graduate in microbiology from Clemson University, Dr. Mary Melissa Hayes married Brian Lee Gaines on Oct. 4, 2014.

Living in Alexandria, Va., Lianne Moore Parr is a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. She supports program management of federal government assistance awards and contracts research and development through on-site support.

Paige Matthews Wolfe is serving as the young adult minister for Mauldin United Methodist Church. Her work involves reaching out to college students and young adults in the greater Greenville, S.C., area. She also is working with Wofford’s Wesley Fellowship.


2008

Nathan Madigan, class chair

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner named Laine Evans as his director of advance. Evans previously served as director of advance to the lieutenant governor. In 2012 she served as lead press advance on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Evans received her master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.

A registered nurse in the intensive care unit at the Medical University of South Carolina, Natalie Stevens Ferrara married Ryan Patrick Hurley on Nov. 1, 2014. They live in Charleston, S.C.

Living in Rock Hill, S.C., Creighton Hayes is an assistant public defender with the York County Public Defender’s Office (16th Judicial Circuit). He and Meghan Leslie Keogh were married on Jan. 3, 2015. She is pursuing a master’s degree in speech language pathology.

Phillip Mullinnix has joined the Charleston, S.C., office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as an associate attorney. He practices in the area of health care in regulatory, operational and licensing matters.

Kelsi Koenig Pack and her husband, William, announce the birth of Nathanael Tyler Pack, born Sept. 4, 2014. The family lives in Inman, S.C.

An attorney with the Parise Law Firm, Kristina Teresa Parise married Zachary Thomas Noë on Oct. 18, 2014. They live in Columbia, S.C.

After meeting at Charleston School of Law, McKenzie Perry and Wesley Cornelius Sullivan were married on Oct. 12, 2014. McKenzie is a project manager at Bennington Design Management, and Wesley is a music educator. They live in Massachusetts.


2009

Peyton Hray, class chair

A 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School, John Lanford is an associate with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Columbia, S.C. He focuses in the areas of corporate law, commercial real estate, real estate financing, commercial transactions and economic development.

Meagan Amanda Lankford and Hampton Wade Collins IV ’10 were married on Sept. 6, 2014. They live in Columbia, S.C.

Emily Margaret O’Hanlan and Christopher Andrew Lee Jr. were married Oct. 4, 2014. They live in Charleston, S.C.


2010

Kari Harris, class chair

Ashton Jordan earned her J.D. from Florida State University in 2014. She and Charlie Rogers were married on Nov. 8, 2014. They live in Matthews, N.C.

In May 2014 Morgan Neuhoff received her J.D. from Ohio Northern University, where she and her husband, Jared Underberg, met. They were married on Nov. 1, 2014. They live in Bethesda, Md.


2011

Nam Pham, class chair

Robert J. Donaldson IV has joined the Donaldson Law Firm in Mount Pleasant, S.C., as an associate attorney. He received his J.D. from the Charleston School of Law.

On assignment in Berlin, Germany, Onyx Henry is a Fulbright scholar. She will be in Berlin until at least June.

Bob Streisel has joined the Charleston, S.C., office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as an associate attorney. He practices in the area of general litigation.

Kensey Wheeler and Joshua Edwards were married on Sept. 27, 2014. They live in Norfolk, Va.


2012

Hallie Willm, class chair

After two years in state government, Cameron Stowe Rhyne was offered a position with Nuray Digital in Bluffton, S.C. The company preserves and restores vintage film and video content.

Jennifer Lane Coggins is a records services archivist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her master of library science from UNC in 2014.

Living in Boston, Mass., Stuart Robertson and Lara Cottrell ’13 were married Dec. 20, 2014.

Kirby Stone has joined Allen Tate Realtors in the Woodruff Road office in Greenville, S.C. Prior to getting her real estate license, she was in the management training program for First Citizens Bank.


2013

Morgan Amick, class chair

Steven Christian Bearden works in sales for R. S. Hughes in Raleigh, N.C.

Living in Charleston, S.C., Thomas Brehmer is a master in health administration student at the Medical University of South Carolina. He anticipates completion of his degree in May 2016.

Second Lt. Jessica Harner was recognized as the distinguished honor graduate in her class after completing the 30-day Law Enforcement Training Seminar and Air Assault School at the 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, Ky., in July. Harner has served as a platoon leader in the 516th MP Battalion for the past nine months.

Sarah Guinn Garcia and Derek Alexander Boyce were married on April 26, 2014, surrounded by Wofford friends, coaches and professors. The Boyces now live in Knoxville, Tenn., where Guinn is the director of sales for Bari Life Bariatric Supplements.

Living on Johns Island, S.C., Kristyn Schwartz is employed with Kiawah Partners.


2014

Shri Selvakumar, class chair

Greg Lautner is a commercial real estate underwriter with BBVA Compass in Denver, Colo.

Elizabeth Margaret Miller lives in Atlanta, Ga., and works as an account executive in direct sales with Birch Communications. She sells Internet, phone and cloud-based services to small and mid-size businesses.

Living in Atlanta, Ga., Chris Novak is a business analyst with Deloitte Consulting.