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Summer 2018 Wofford Today
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Now retired and living in Greenwood, S.C., Ernest W. Prewett Jr. writes that he enjoyed the Summer 2017 Wofford Today. Stories or notes that particularly touched him were mentions of Walterboro, his birthplace, and a class note about Dr. Riddick Ackerman III that mentioned Dr. Riddick Anderson Jr., who was his family doctor during childhood. Prewett, editor of the yearbook while at Wofford, particularly enjoyed the 1959 Bohemian photo credit in the story about Rosalind Sallenger Richardson, namesake of Wofford’s new center for the arts. Prewett writes, “I married one of those ‘Miss Bohemian beauties’ (Jane Younginer Prewett) ... and we remain together after 56 years!”


Morton G. “Salty” Forbes was recognized with the inaugural Distinguished Service Award at the 50th annual meeting of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA). The award, which was a surprise to Forbes, honors his meritorious and extended service to the mission and goals of the association. Forbes’s wife, Lee, even designed the first GDLA logo. A partner in the Forbes, Foster and Pool law firm, Forbes has practiced law in Savannah since 1967. 


Ernest Ray Allen recently was honored by the University of South Carolina Aiken for his service on the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education. He retired from the commission after 22 years of service, holding the position of chairman for the past three years. He was awarded the status of commissioner emeritus. Allen and his wife of 52 years, Anita, live in Aiken.

Russell D. Zimmerman III married Rose Bozard on Aug. 5, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Matthews, S.C. It was Zimmerman’s first marriage.

Jerry Calvert, class chair

Jim Laseter, previously CEO of Wray Ward, one of the largest marketing communications firms in the Southeast, now lives at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia with his wife, Carla. They have one daughter, Elizabeth, who is a writer for Time Inc. 

In March 2017, Bill Price was named the CEO of The YMCA of Columbia. After 13 years of association board work and serving as board president, Price is excited to lead the organization. He reports that after 14 months he and his wife, Ann, are back in their house that was destroyed by the October 2015 floods in Columbia. He thanks his many Wofford friends for their love and support during this trying time. The Prices are the proud grandparents of Louise (2), the daughter of Blanche Price Provence ’09. They also happily welcomed another Wofford Terrier into the fold when their daughter Anna married Andrew Anderson ’10 on June 3, 2017. Their daughter Jean Porter Price ’14 is starting her fourth year as director of communications at Sandhills School in Columbia.

Jack Moore, class chair

The University of South Carolina has hired former Carolina Panthers president Dr. Danny Morrison as a sports management professor in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management. He began his new position as a professor of practice on Aug. 16. 

Chris Pracht was inducted into the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame. Pracht lives in Anderson, S.C., and is the chief auctioneer and broker-incharge at Chris Pracht Auctioneers. 

John Gandy, class chair

The South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians has honored Dr. Troy B. Gamble of Kingstree, S.C., as the 2017-18 Family Physician of the Year. Gamble has served the community as a doctor, teacher, mentor and administrator in the field. 

In June, the United Way of the Piedmont welcomed Warren Hayslip as the new COO and vice president of finance and administration. He comes to the United Way after retiring briefly from Quality Industries as president and CEO.

Patrick Watson, class chair

In May, Pioneer Investments announced the appointment of Henry Orvin as senior vice president and head of business developments in the U.S. The company is based in Boston, Mass.

Tim Madden, class chair

Dr. Phillip H. Graham has become a partner in the Meadowlawn Animal Services veterinary clinics in Conway, Loris, and as of July, their new location in the Market Common in Myrtle Beach.

Michael Sullivan, class chair

Cynthia Jones has been named a senior program director for the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s existing industry program. 

Scott Cashion, class chair

Dr. Cindy Wesley is the associate dean of academics at the University of Northern Colorado. She oversees the academic policies and procedures of the graduate school and works with graduate student engagement and professional development.

Leslee Houck Page, class chair

Jonathan D. Crumly Sr. has joined the law firm of Taylor English Duma in Atlanta, Ga. He works as counsel in the construction practice.

Sarah Copeland Sawicki, class chair

Steven B. Martin recently was board certified in health care management as a fellow by the American College of Healthcare Executives. The society is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professionalism, education, leadership and ethical conduct. Martin lives in Charlotte, N.C., where he serves as vice president for accreditation services with Carolinas HealthCare System.

Alicia Truesdail, class chair

Jennifer Nodine Bell, associate athletics director for internal operations and compliance at Coker College, has been selected to participate in the NCAA Pathway Program. She is one of 25 senior-level college athletics administrators from Division I, II and III colleges and universities selected to participate in the yearlong program.

Anne Holmes Clark and her husband, Will, have moved their family to Santiago, Chile, for a year of travel, language immersion and adventure. Their sons, ages 14, 12 and 10, will be enrolled in an international school while Will works as a consultant for a large health system. They are hoping for lots of Wofford visitors to share their beautiful view of the Andes. 

Curt Nichols, class chair

Pearce Fleming, president of Health Management Solutions for StayWell, has collaborated on a new production brewery and tap house in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston, S.C. Fleming and his business partner, Hank Hanna, built a reputation with Octohops Homebrew and are excited about the possibilities that will open with Commonhouse Aleworks.

Jay Unger has joined The Cassina Group, a real estate firm in Charleston, S.C. He has worked in the field for more than 20 years.

Beth Mangham Guerrero, class chair

Marie Espiritu McGill and her husband, Robert, welcomed Frederick Charles McGill II on April 9, 2017. He joins big sisters Evelyn (6) and Ellie Anne (3). The family lives in Melrose, Mass.

Casey Moore, class chair

Returning for her second stint at Florida State University after being a part of the Seminole soccer program in 2006-07, Ileana Moschos has joined the staff as an assistant coach. For the past five years, she worked as an assistant coach with the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.

Zach Atkinson, class chair

Rebecca Raulerson Parrish is the new director of grants at Spartanburg Community College.

Anthony Hoefer Jr., class chair

Dr. Lindsey A. Freeman has published another book, “The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk.” Edited by Freeman and Shawn Chandler Bingham, the book was published in June 2017. For more information, visit html. Freeman is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.

Clint Hammond, branch manager with Mortgage Network Inc., has joined the Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals in the field. He was chosen for the network based on peer reviews and ratings, recognitions and career accomplishments. He lives in Columbia, S.C. 

Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, class chair 

David Dennis writes that he’s had an eventful few months. He was married in March and later in the spring graduated with his doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina. He continues to lives in Westminster, S.C., where he teaches and coaches football at West Oak High School. He writes, “I teach seniors and send my best to Wofford whenever I can.”

Reagan Howard Daly has joined the staff of Georgia Southern University as marketing manager of the division of continuing education.

Yorke Gerrald, class chair

Ryan Langley and his wife, Leigh Anne, announce the birth of Chamberlain Bell Langley, born June 2, 2017. The family lives in Spartanburg.

Maurice Maxie serves as chief of staff to the chief people officer at athenahealth, headquartered in Watertown, Mass. 

Tracy Howard, class chair

Meghan McGowan Shaw and Chad Shaw were married in DeBordieu, S.C., on Oct. 15, 2016. The couple lives in Atlanta, Ga.

Erin Miller Wallin graduated from Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Tenn., in May. She was second in her class and was a participant in the 2016 University of San Diego National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament. She and her partner won Best Petitioner’s Brief and placed fourth overall.

Fred Byers, class chair

Adam King and his wife, Katy, welcomed Eleanor Kathryn King on Feb. 17, 2017. The family, including big sister Amelia, is enjoying a happy, healthy baby at their new home in Durham, N.C. Adam accepted a position with Duke University’s Office of Research Support as the assistant director of international projects. His work involves coordinating pre- and post-award compliance standards for Duke’s international research projects. Katy is a speech language pathologist with Chapel Hill City Schools. She is based at Carrboro Elementary School.

Ryan Waller, class chair

Robert Lack has joined the law firm of Bray and Long in Charlotte, N.C. Lack’s practice focuses on tax consultation and planning, estate planning, trusts, estates and corporate law.

Janet Rhodes has joined the new Columbia, S.C., law firm of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, located in the Vista District. She practices primarily in employment law.

The Rev. Jordan Sims Thrasher completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in biblical interpretation and proclamation in May from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is an associate pastor at Creekside United Methodist Church in Cumming, Ga.

Ryan Switzer recently received an MBA from North Greenville University.

Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair

Richard L. Cox is a sales executive for The Reserve at Lake Keowee. He lives in Greenville, S.C.

Josh Kerr is a senior analytical chemist with Optima Chemical Group in Douglas, Ga.

Lewis White and Lauren Crosby White ’07 announce the birth of Mary Crosby White and William Lewis White III, born Feb. 12, 2017.

Hunter Miller, class chair

Living in Greenville, S.C., Beth Holler Jacobs is a financial planner with Family Legacy Inc. Her husband, Dr. David Jacobs, just finished his general surgery residency with Greenville Health System and started in August as a general surgery partner at Easley Baptist Hospital. They have a son, Cal, who will celebrate his first birthday in December.

Josh Thompson and his wife, Beth, announce the birth of their second son, Tate, born May 1, 2017. He joins big brother Caleb. Josh is a shareholder with the Holcombe Bomar law firm, focusing on health care litigation. Beth is the director of collaborative action networks for Spartanburg Academic Movement. The family lives in Spartanburg. 

Nathan Madigan, class chair

Emily Collins Brown has become a partner in the Barnes Alford law firm in Columbia, S.C. She joined the firm as an associate in 2012. Her practice focuses on hospital and medical malpractice defense.

Megan Marie Early and Philipp Koya Soppa celebrated their first wedding anniversary on May 28, 2017. They were married at The Chicory in New Orleans, La., and now live in Greenville, S.C., where she is a partner in the Haley-Early Law Group.

Augusta University selected Drew Gibson as assistant coach for the Jaguars men’s basketball team. Gibson joins a program that went 24-8 this past season, including a trip to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Steve Richards and Caroline Smith Richards are the proud parents of Smith Andrew Richards, born March 15, 2017. The family lives in Spartanburg.

Dr. Mackie Steadman Talley and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first son, Matthew George Talley, on June 10, 2017. The family lives in Cherry Hill, N.J. Talley is a physician with Jefferson Family Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa.

Kari Harris, class chair

Meredith M. Dark was ordained a full elder in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 5, 2017, during the annual conference. She will be appointed this year as the chaplain at The Methodist Oaks in Orangeburg, S.C.

Dr. Meredith Calcina Davitte and Stev Davitte Jr. announce the birth of Steven “Sullivan” Davitte, born March 2, 2017. The family lives in Charlotte, N.C., where Meredith is a pediatrician and Stev is a CPA.

The Atlanta Silverbacks Football Club has signed keeper Thomas Hunter for the 2017 NPSL season. 

Kate Hendricks Laffitte has been selected as a member of Leadership Greenville (S.C.) Class 44. She is an attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood.

Andrew Pickens Anderson married Anna Flowers Price on June 3, 2017. The couple lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Andrew is pursuing a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina.

Nam Pham, class chair

Craig Calhoun has joined Frampton Construction Co. as senior finance manager. Working out of the Charleston, S.C., office, Calhoun, a CPA, will team with the finance department to provide financial leadership and strategy.  

Clark Witzleben has joined Morris Animal Foundation in Denver, Colo., as senior development officer.

Hallie Willm, class chair

The Rev. Patrick Craig graduated in May 2017 with a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. On July 1, he joined the staff of First United Methodist Church of Opelika (Ala.) as an associate pastor.

Hilary Riley graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine on May 5, 2017. She has begun a pediatrics residency at Palmetto Health in Columbia.

A 2017 graduate of Georgia State University College of Law, Baxter Russell is now an associate attorney with the zoning and land use practice of Pursley Friese Torgrimson. He represents property owners, builders and developers across Georgia and lives in Atlanta.

Haley Henderson Sims works with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System as a financial analyst. Her work supports three hospitals, two long-term care facilities and the Medical Group of the Carolinas. After living in Jacksonville, Fla., for a few years, she is excited to return to Upstate South Carolina.

Luke Wingo is a law clerk for the Hon. Frank Addy of the 8th Circuit Court. Wingo finished law school at the University of Tennessee in 2016 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in June 2017. He lives in Greenwood, S.C.

Victoria Amick, class chair

Carolina Tracy Culbertson, Columbia branch manager at Recruiting Solutions, graduated this summer as a member of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2017. She is an active member of several other organizations in the Columbia, S.C., area, including the Young Leaders Society for United Way and Junior League of Columbia.

Coldwell Banker Caine recently welcomed Charlotte Maitland Horney as a residential sales agent in its Spartanburg office. She is also an avid volunteer for the Spartanburg Humane Society.

Laura Douglass Marion is a project archivist for the University of Florida. She lives in St. Augustine, where her current work involves leading the processing and preservation of historic archival material that documents the history of St. Augustine.

Brian McCracken and Andrea Kelsey were married May 13, 2017. They live in Anderson, S.C.

Caitlin Danielle Smith recently earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Shri Selvakumar, class chair

Living in Richmond, Va., Maria Davenport is a clinical research coordinator for the University of Virginia. She manages clinical trials related to lung cancer. Davenport was invited to be a member of one of the institutional review boards on campus. She now is responsible for evaluating the scientific integrity and feasibility of all cancer- related research trials at the university. 

A recent graduate of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Heather Rossi joined WeARE Advocates for Reproductive Education for eight weeks this past summer as a volunteer. She helped WeARE achieve its vision for a well-trained clinic volunteer staff in preparation for the clinic’s opening in October.

Maggie Stroud, class chair

Hank Davis lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a client relations associate for DDC Public Affairs.

Jillian Cothran Heard is a student at Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C. James Heard ’16 is serving as a pastoral intern at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Clover, S.C., while attending Reformed Theological Seminary. The two were married Feb. 11, 2017. Living in Savannah, Ga.,

Hunter McGahee is an account executive with UPS. He works in business development and sales in Savannah and the surrounding areas. 

Marianna Conrad, class chair

Jacob Balmer and Lauren Lewitt were married on May 27, 2017, in Spartanburg. They live in Charleston, S.C., where Jacob is a student at the Medical University of South Carolina and Lauren works as a customer experience manager with Q4Launch.

Luke Benson and Jessica LeGrand were married July 15, 2017, at Rock Bottom Pond in Ridgeway, S.C. They live in Columbia, S.C., where Jessica is pursuing a degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law. She also works as a law clerk at Baxley, Pratt and Wells in Lugoff. Luke, a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army Reserve, is in graduate school studying information technology and security while working at Verizon Wireless in tech support. Other Wofford alumni in the wedding included Kaiti Shealy.

Angela Heinrich is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Spartanburg. She completed several internships during her time at Wofford and used those as stepping stones for her career in wealth management

Patrick Longest, class chair

Wofford right-handed pitcher Spencer Kulman has signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres. Kulman was tied for second in the SoCon last season with eight wins.

Andrew Novak was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The honor is the second consecutive for Novak. He ended his senior year with a 71.40 stroke average, the best in the Southern Conference. He also was named SoCon Golfer of the Year, the college’s first golfer to win the award. Novak has turned professional and is playing on the MacKenzie Tour in Canada.

Alex Pruitt has joined the Capitala Group investment team as an analyst. The company, based in Charlotte, N.C., provides capital to lower and traditional middle-market companies.