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Charlie Bradshaw celebrated his 80th birthday in July 2016, and the celebration continued on Aug. 4 when The First Tee of Spartanburg and Cherokee counties hosted Charlie’s Challenge, a junior adult golf tournament at the Country Club of Spartanburg. The event was funded through the Judy Bradshaw Children’s Foundation.


Ronald G. Bruce, class chair

Dr. Craig Burnette delivered the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. He is a U.S. Army veteran and has spent more than 28 years with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations recently named Bud Mingledorff to its board of trustees. Mingledorff is chairman of the board of Mingledorff Inc. and has served as president of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International, Peachtree Corners Rotary Club, Ansley Kiwanis Club and the Georgia Wholesalers Association. He lives in Bluffton. S.C., with his wife of 35 years, Shirley.


Allen S. Guignard, class chair

On June 26, Mike Ayers, Wofford head football coach, presented Dr. George Tyson with the Jerry Richardson ’59 Community MVP Award at the South Carolina Coaches for Charity annual fundraising event. Presented by the Fisher DeBerry Foundation (founded by Fisher DeBerry ’60), the event raises awareness and financial support for charitable organizations.


Jerry Calvert, class chair

Det Bowers has been named managing director over the statewide offices of the commercial real estate firm of Newmark Grubb Wilson. He lives in Columbia, S.C., with his wife, Polly.

The South Carolina Arts Commission has launched a new initiative, “The Art of Community: Rural S.C.,” as part of its work with the South Carolina Promise Zone. Bob Reeder has been named co-chairman of the advisory council that will champion this program. Reeder serves as a program director and field program manager for Rural LISC (the rural component of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.).


Paul Kountz Jr., class chair

The Delaware State University board of trustees unanimously approved Dr. Valencia “Lynn” Beaty as vice president for human resources.  She also serves as the college’s assistant vice president for civil rights and Title IX coordinator.

Todd Dorman is a professor and vice chair for the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also is associate dean for continuing medical education, the senior associate dean for education, and serves as the president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Patrick Watson, class chair

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce has named Steven Mungo as the 2016 Military Advocate of the Year. He was recognized during the organization’s 114th annual gala in September.


J. Madison Dye Jr., class chair

Richard Meehan Jr. recently published two new books, “The Janitor’s Closet,” a nonfiction account of how to open and stay successful in the cleaning business, and “Omega Station,” a shared-world sci-fi anthology. Meehan is vice president of Marko Inc., his family’s janitorial and cleaning supply business in Spartanburg.


Ken Kirkpatrick, class chair

Bonnie Ferguson Butler of Lorton, Va., graduated in May with a master’s degree from the University of Richmond. Her focus was on art in Western culture with an emphasis on 20th-century art movements outside of the mainstream.

Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recently ranked Cal Watson among the nation’s best in the area of general commercial litigation. Watson is a partner of the Sowell Gray law firm in Columbia, S.C.


Brand Stille, class chair

Rhonda Watt Tobias has joined Washburn and Co. as an accountant. She and her husband, Dean Tobias, live in Spartanburg. Dean works with Canal Insurance in Greenville, S.C.


Scott W. Cashion, class chair

Dawn Samuels Rockey is the coordinator of case management services with the University of West Florida. She lives in Pensacola with her two daughters.


Nikki Palmieri Chunn, class chair

The Huffington Post recently published an interview with Heather Onstott, CFO at Freight Farms Inc. The company manufactures the Leafy Green Machine, a shipping system used primarily by hydroponic farms. Onstott also is a venture partner at LaunchCapital’s Boston office and serves on the advisory board of The Capital Network. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.


Sarah C. Sawicki, class chair

Tripp Whitener has joined South State Bank as a senior commercial lender. He is responsible for growing the bank’s commercial and industrial portfolio, primarily in the central part of South Carolina with a focus on the Columbia and Lexington areas.


Alicia Truesdail, class chair

Assistant chief counsel James A. Jones represents the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement in administrative immigration hearings and related apprehension, detention and removal processes before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. He recently transferred to the Charlotte, N.C., office after nearly 20 years in Miami, Fla.


Brandie Yancey Lorenz, class chair

Rachel Hannah McCoy is the director of counselor relationship management for the College Board in the Atlanta area. She is responsible for initiatives that support the work of school counselors in the state of Georgia.


Beth Mangham Guerrero, class chair

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently named Lauren Mattox Curry the deputy director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Curry was previously the chief of staff for the Georgia Emergency Management/Homeland Security Agency. She and her husband, Eugene Curry ’94, live in Marietta, Ga.


Casey B. Moore, class chair

Colleen Cunningham Ammidown and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of Mackenzie Judith Ammidown, April 3, 2015. She joins big sister Olivia, age 4.

Wynne Kerby Davis is a senior rail and transit specialist in the Washington, D.C., office of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff. She and her husband live in Alexandria, Va.

Christina Pitts Lynn welcomed a baby boy, Joshua Redmond Lynn, on May 8, 2016. He joins big brother David. The family lives in Columbia, S.C.


Zach Atkinson, class chair

Amy Carpenter Dodson recently was selected as San Diego area manager for Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit organization empowering U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. She lives in San Diego, Calif., with her husband and two children.

John Warren Floyd and his wife, Nealie, announce the birth of Thomas Willard Floyd, born July 8, 2016. He joins big brother Benjamin. The family lives in Spartanburg, S.C.


Anthony D. Hoefer Jr., class chair

The United Nations Agency for Relief and Works for Palestine Refugees in the Near East has appointed Meghan Audette-Nikolic deputy director for programs for the West Bank Office.

Bradley S. Talbert has been named chief executive officer of Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons.


Yorke Gerrald, class chair

Will Johnson, a shareholder in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Columbia, S.C., office, has received the 2016 American Bar Association “On the Rise — Top 40 Young Lawyers Award.” He also has been named one of six ABA Young Lawyers Division 2016 “Stars of the Year.”

Spartanburg attorney Ryan Langley and his wife, Leigh Anne, have launched JB’s Pr%f, a company that manufactures alcoholic ice cream based on an old family recipe. They offer about a dozen flavors, all manufactured at their facility in Columbia, S.C.


Tracy Howard, class chair

Attorney Michael Montgomery has been recognized as a Rising Star in the 2016 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers, an annual publication for attorneys and law schools. Montgomery is an attorney with Sowell Gray in Columbia, S.C. His practice focuses on premises liability, automobile and trucking torts, insurance coverage and product liability.

Sarah Woodard Thornton and husband Mitchell welcomed baby girl Anna Clarke Thornton on Nov. 6, 2015. The family lives in Charleston, S.C., where Thornton is a law clerk for the Hon. Stephanie P. McDonald.


Fred Byers, class chair

Elizabeth Rhem Cavenaugh and her husband, Matthew, welcomed a son, John Dudley Cavenaugh, born Dec. 22, 2015. The family lives in Houston, Texas.


Ryan Waller, class chair

It’s a girl for Andy Halligan and his wife, Katherine. Their daughter, Margaret Stuart “Molly” Halligan, was born July 17, 2016. The family lives in Spartanburg.

Home Furnishing Business magazine recently named Joey Ray to their “Forty under 40” class of 2016. He is vice president of Garden City Furniture in Garden City, S.C., and is a third-generation member of the family business.

Catherine Powell Regan and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of a daughter, Grace Marion Regan, born July 30, 2015. She joins big sisters Caroline and Madeleine.

Caroline “Carrie” Marie Schultz and Brian Peck were married April 9, 2016, in York, S.C. The Rev. Dr. P. William Greeley III ’75 officiated the ceremony. The couple lives in Pittsburgh, Pa., where Carrie is employed by TD Bank and Brian by Carnegie Mellon University.


Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair

Carlyle Cromer has joined the Charleston, S.C., office of Turner Padget Graham and Laney. He is a member of the firm’s business transactions practice group. Cromer transferred from the firm’s Myrtle Beach office, where he practiced primarily in the area of commercial litigation.

Clark Teaster Dawson has joined the law firm of Rogers Townsend & Thomas in Columbia, S.C. She is with the firm’s transactional law department and focuses on residential real estate and title matters.

Melissa Fried is an associate attorney with Nexsen Pruet. She is with the firm’s labor and employment law practice group in Charleston, S.C.

Dr. Miriam Hahn married Quincy Thomas on May 21, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. Miriam teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University, and Quincy is a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University.

Erin Leigh Higgenbotham graduated in May 2016 from West Virginia University with a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. She is working as a staff therapist at the Talley Center for Counseling Services at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Hadley Green Inabinet and John Hollis Inabinet ’07 are the proud parents of Mary Lewis Agness Inabinet, born July 30, 2016. The family lives in Spartanburg.

The Rev. Kris Roof is the pastor at Peace Tree United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tenn. He is a church planter in the Memphis Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Roof and his wife, Alyssa, are new parents; Harrison Bennett Roof was born March 5, 2016.

South State Bank announced that Chris Shugart has been named senior vice president. He and his wife, Anna, live in Mount Pleasant, S.C., with their two children.

Lewis White Jr. and his wife, Lauren Crosby White ’07, live in Augusta, Ga. White is a commercial real estate representative at Hull Property Group. Lauren completed otolaryngology head and neck surgery residency in June 2016 and will join Augusta ENT.


Hunter Miller, class chair

Brittany Ann Lewis has completed graduate school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and now is working as a nurse practitioner in Charlotte, N.C.

Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., has named Philip Winslow Vann to the school’s advisory council. He is a brokerage associate with Colliers International and lives in Columbia, S.C.


Nathan Madigan, class chair

Jason Andrew DeKoster and his wife, Leslie, of Baltimore, Md., are the proud parents of baby boy Andrew Garrett DeKoster, born June 13, 2016.

Allison Elizabeth Merrill and Brandon O’neal Vanhook were married on April 9, 2016, in Greenville, S.C.  They live in Charlotte, N.C., where Allison is employed by QuintEvents and Brandon works for Select Physical Therapy.

Lash Springs and Mary Loyal Laffitte Springs ’09 announce the birth of their daughter, Margaret Edens Springs, born April 12, 2016. The family lives in Charleston, S.C.


Peyton Hray, class chair

Dr. Troy Christopher Beavers is a family medicine resident at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. He graduated from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and lives in Abingdon with his wife, Nicole, and their daughter, Claire.

Alexandra Marie Blumenthal is a pediatric nurse practitioner in endocrinology with Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.

Spartanburg Magazine recently featured Erica Brown in an article on young leaders. Brown is a patient navigator for the Healthy Outcomes Program at St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic. She also is a member of the Spartanburg City Council, representing District 6.

Angelyn Dionysatos served as an alternate from Georgia’s 6th Congressional District at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. She works in public relations in Atlanta and serves as president of the Atlanta Young Republicans.

Blair Waddell Mard has joined the Herman Walldorf Commercial Team as an affiliate broker after six years as a retail recruiter for the River City Co., downtown Chattanooga’s economic development engine. She will work in the retail, office, industrial and investment sectors of the southeast Tennessee and north Georgia real estate markets.

Michelle Boykin Matthews has joined the law firm of Gaffney Lewis & Edwards in Columbia, S.C., as an associate attorney.


Kari Harris, class chair

Caitlin Ashlie Buxton, a May 2016 graduate of the University of South Oklahoma College of Law, married Joseph Walter Otto on May 28, 2016. They live in Colfax, Iowa.

Lauren Holland Carter received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University on Aug. 6, 2016. She is a postdoctoral fellow in bio-behavioral medicine in the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Psychiatry. She and her husband, Kit, were married in Kiawah Island on Oct. 17, 2015.

Mark Dale Chappell Jr. and Laura Lane Hoover were married July 16, 2016, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. Lane is a first-grade teacher, and Mark is an attorney with Chappell, Smith and Arden. The couple lives in Columbia.

Matt Vick is the chief operating officer of FreedomCare in Las Vegas, Nev. His primary responsibility is to oversee all operation functions and collaborate with the executive team regarding best practices. He and his wife, Aubrey Thomson Vick, live in Las Vegas with their two children.


Nam Pham, class chair

William Dwyer James and Sloan Alexandra Rogers were married July 16, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. They celebrated with family and friends, including alumni representing Wofford classes between 1967 and 2016. Alex graduated from the Mercer University physician’s assistant program in May 2016 and is now a physician’s assistant at an orthopedic urgent care clinic in Savannah, Ga. William is a financial analyst at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion.

Sara Diane Johnson graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Ph.D. in cancer immunology in 2016. She lives in Johns Island, S.C.

The law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel in Chattanooga, Tenn., announced that Logan Chase Threadgill has joined the firm as an associate attorney. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law.

Emily Knight Shier is a clinical instructor at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. She works primarily in the forensic psychiatry program assisting with forensic court evaluations.

Caitlin Elizabeth Walsh is a technical editor with Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany.


Hallie Willm, class chair

Aften Blackwell and John Beeler were married on Nov. 7, 2015, in Baltimore, Md. Aften is employed by Catholic Relief Services and acts as a coordinator on a USAID-funded project that aims to improve the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS.

An account executive with DWA Healthcare Communications Group in Carmel, Ind., Caroline Capshaw Burdette married Robert William Martin IV on July 2, 2016. Bob is the director of membership and assimilation as well as the single ministries coordinator at College Park Church in Indianapolis.

Colleton Prep Academy in Walterboro, S.C., has named Rob Gorrell athletics director. He served as the head football and golf coach during the 2015-16 school year.

Caroline Rose Franks is a clinical nurse in the Carolina’s Healthcare System’s new nurse residency at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. She works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Levine Children’s Hospital.

Henry Lucius Lafitte III has joined the law firm of Buyck, Sanders & Simmons as an associate attorney. He lives in Charleston, S.C.

Anne Griffin Patterson and Thomas Edward Tafel were married in Orangeburg, S.C., on June 4, 2016. Anne is a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Palmetto Health Richland, and Thomas is employed at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. The couple lives in Columbia, S.C.

Paolo Miguel Arce and Emily Ann Shaw ’13 were married on May 28, 2016, at Cleveland Park Event Center in Spartanburg. Paolo is a pediatric resident at Greenville Memorial Children’s Hospital, and Emily is a perfumer with Grace Management Group.

Dr. Whitney Lane Walker and Brandon Jay Linville were married on June 11, 2016, in New Iberia, La. The couple lives in New Orleans.


Morgan Victoria Amick, class chair

Spartanburg-based company Atlas Organics has opened a new composting facility near Honea Path, S.C. The company was formed when Atlas Organics merged with Junk Matters, a commercial recycling business owned by Joseph McMillin. McMillin, who founded Junk Matters as a student at Wofford, is the CEO of Atlas Organics, based in Spartanburg.


Shri Selvakumar, class chair

Maria Byrd Davenport is a clinical research coordinator with the University of Virginia. She manages clinical trials in the hematology/oncology division, focusing on trials related to thoracic oncology. She lives in Charlottesville.

James Randall Detter is an administrator with Sava Senior Care in Lexington, N.C. He leads the overall financial and regulatory operations of the 106-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.

Erin Nicole Frost returned to the Upstate this summer after teaching English in Australia.


Maggie Stroud, class chair

Natalie Erin Clark has joined Vera Lloyd as a development associate in the Little Rock office. She is responsible for assisting in all aspects of fundraising activities for the nonprofit organization.

Fess Higgins is a computer program analyst with the Boeing Co. in Charleston, S.C.

The Greenville, S.C., office of Colliers Inter-national has named Brannan Hudson as a brokerage associate. He had been working as an assistant golf coach at Wofford.

Ashlee Moody is an education programs associate with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Lindsey Grace Perret recently began working as a population health specialist in health equity at the South Carolina Hospital Association. She lives in West Columbia.

Hank Davis has accepted a position as government affairs associate at Witt Global Partners, a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.


Marianna Conrad, class chair

Susannah Bryant, a recent English and environmental studies major from Clinton, S.C., is a young adult volunteer serving with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., in Zambia. For three years, Bryant co-moderated Spartanburg UKirk, the Presbyterian college student organization.

Luke Taylor Leftwich, a pitcher with the Lakewood, N.J., BlueClaws, tied a career high with 11 strikeouts on June 13. also chose him as the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. The Lakewood BlueClaws is a Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies drafted Leftwich in 2015 as a seventh-round pick. Other Wofford baseball players recently drafted include Matt Milburn, who was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 29th round, and Will Stillman, who was selected by the San Diego Padres in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Fall 2016