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Summer 2018 Wofford Today
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1958

This year when the Loris (S.C.) Civitans produced the Loris High School football program, they dedicated it to the Rev. Carl Harris. The program calls Harris a committed and dedicated leader and an inspiration to the entire area. Harris has served seven pastorates over a 44-year career. He’s been a supporter of local youth athletics as well.

 

1960

James A. Stuckey Jr., a Charleston, S.C., attorney, has retired and closed his law office. He was admitted to practice law in South Carolina in 1963 and in California in 1966. The State Bar of California gave him a commendation for 50 years of practice.

 

1963

Henry M. Smith spent three weeks in France during August and September 2016. There he took in a “remarkable” exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial: “Jewish Women of the Resistance” during the Nazi occupation of 1940-44. He also spent time with friends in Paris and Auvers-sur-Oise, just outside the Ville Lumiere, “where Van Gogh rests in peace.” Smith now resides in Newmarket, N.H.

 

1965

Lon Bouknight is a partner in Steptoe and Johnson LLP's Washington, D.C., office and a former chairman of the firm. He recently rejoined the firm after a five-year stint as executive vice president and general counsel of the Public Service Enterprise Group.

Dr. Byron Williams continues as medical director and owner of Coastal Occupational Medicine in Charleston, S.C. He and his wife, Furman Ivey Williams, live in North Charleston.

 

1971

Kenneth Smith, class chair

In November the New Orleans Advocate published a story on an upcoming presentation by Louisiana State University professor of history and author Dr. Gaines Foster. Foster spoke on “Memories of the Civil War: What Americans Think About the Civil War — and What They Should Think.” Foster’s classes at LSU focus on U.S. history, the new South, U.S. historiography and Southern identity in an age of diversity.

After a lifelong career in banking throughout South Carolina, Thomas Lyles has retired. Following the sale of Tidelands Bank in Mount Pleasant, Lyles stepped down as president, CEO and chairman of the board. Lyles and his wife, Debbi, have relocated to Greenville, S.C.

 

1972

Allen S. Guignard, class chair

Gov. Henry McMaster has appointed John White Jr. chairman of the Transportation Infrastructure Bank, the agency that borrows and awards money for large highway projects. White is a managing shareholder in the Harrison, White, Smith and Coggins PC law firm in Spartanburg.

 

1973

Founder and chairman of Cohn Construction, Richard Cohn Sr., was named to the 50 Most Influential People of 2016 list by Columbia (S.C.) Business Monthly. Cohn is also a member of the board of directors of the City Center Partnership.

 

1974

Marc White, who is president of the North Spartanburg Rotary Club, is a proud grandpa again. Andee Marie White was born on Nov. 4, 2016, and is the daughter of Manning and Hollie White.

 

1977

Dr. Barry Bodie and Mary Black Health System have opened a new urology office on the hospital campus in Spartanburg. 

 

1982

Madison Dye Jr., class chair

Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced that John W. Mills III has joined the firm’s litigation department as a partner in the Atlanta office. Mills comes from Barnes & Thornburg, where he served as a partner in the finance, insolvency and restructuring department and lending and structured finance group in Atlanta and Los Angeles.

 

1983

Scott Gantt, class chair

On Dec. 31, 2016, Allen Barbare retired from state employment and teaching at Piedmont Technical College. On Jan. 3, 2017, he started a second career as program director at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, S.C.

 

1985

Tim Madden, class chair

Sonoco has announced the promotion of Howard Coker to senior vice president of the rigid paper containers and paper/engineered carriers international division.

Phillip Graham is employed by Meadowlawn Animal Services, serving as an associate veterinarian in the Conway and Loris, S.C., offices.

 

1991

Leslie Houck Page, class chair 

On Jan. 1, Shane Williams became the eighth president and CEO of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The State newspaper featured his story and a question-and-answer section in October.

 

1993

Sarah Sawicki, class chair

Todd Avant, CEO of NAI Avant, was named one of Columbia (S.C.) Business Monthly’s 50 Most Influential People in 2016. NAI Avant just observed its 50th anniversary.

Hunt Wofford and his wife, Rebecca, have opened their own law firm, Wofford Law PLLC, in Charlotte, N.C. They will practice almost exclusively in the area of family law.

 

1994

Alicia Truesdail, class chair

David Lin Harrell and Maureen Eugenia Singer were married on Oct. 29, 2016, at the Yale Club of New York. Harrell is a vice president for transaction management at Cresa New York. 

Dr. Nicholas Papadea of Pawleys Island, S.C., received the Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship Award, presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality dental care by remaining current in their profession. To earn this prestigious honor, Papadea completed 500 hours of dental continuing education, passed a comprehensive written exam and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD. Papadea and his wife, Dr. Meredith Papadea, a pediatric dentist in Pawleys Island, have two children, EllaMarina and Nicholas.

Living in Spartanburg, S.C., Craig Richard is a financial services professional with New
York Life.

Dr. Holisa Wharton has been named the new dean of the William Preston Turner School of Nursing at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. Wharton brings with her 20 years of nursing and leadership experience.

 

1995

Brandie Yancey Lorenz, class chair

John Breakfield was sworn in as judge for the State Court of Hall County Georgia on Dec. 16, 2016. Breakfield won a countywide contested election by nearly 20 percentage points. Breakfield and his wife, Astrid, have two sons, Jack and Gage, and live in Flowery Branch.

Living in Nashville, Tenn., Derek Brown has been promoted to executive director of development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kimberly M. Johnson wrote two blog entries for the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division. The entries are “Making a Lasting Impression” and “Giving Back Because It Is the Right Thing to Do.” Johnson is a paralegal at Wake Technical Community College in the Office of General Counsel. 

 

1997

Beth Mangham Guerrero, class chair

NorthBridge Partners has named Ashley Kilmartin director of investor relations. She will assist in marketing and investor relations for the firm’s real estate private partnerships. She and her husband, Matthew Kilmartin, live in Concord, Mass.

Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte announced Gibbs Leaphart Jr. has become the firm’s newest member. 

 

1998

Casey Moore, class chair

Cayce McIntosh Granger and her husband, Hugh, announce the birth of their daughter, Frances Catherine, born March 21, 2016. She joins big brothers Hugh (8) and Brett (6).

Living in Decatur, Ga., Maureen Bell Sweatman serves as director of career management on the Atlanta campus of Mercer University. 

 

1999

Zach Atkinson, class chair

Charles Clementson and Dr. Blair Wetmore Clementson ’02 announce the birth of their son, Charles William “Charlie” Clementson. The family lives in Spartanburg.

Karla Otroszko Daniel and her husband announce the birth of Wells Rivers Daniel, born Feb. 5, 2017. He joins big sister Lila Jane Daniel (2). The family lives is Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Jan Ruth Streater Mayheu and Tim Mayheu welcomed baby boy John Outlaw Mayhew on Sept. 30, 2016. He joins siblings Mary Clare and Thomas.

Dr. Elizabeth Steele has been named Educator of the Year by the Alabama Optometric Association. Steele joined the University of Alabama Birmingham faculty in 2004 and serves as the associate dean of clinical affairs. She lectures locally and nationally in the areas of ocular and systemic disease.

 

2000

Anthony D. Hoefer Jr., class chair

South State Bank announced that Montague Laffitte III has been named executive vice president. He lives in Columbia, S.C., and has worked with South State Bank since 2002.

Will Ponder has joined Phillips Edison & Co. as vice president of acquisitions. He lives in Asheville, N.C.

 

2001

Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, class chair

Dana Bruce and her husband, Scott Fulmer, welcomed a baby girl, Ramsey Claire Fulmer, born June 7, 2016. She joins big sister Lela Gwinn. Bruce recently accepted a job in Washington, D.C., as the director of strategic partnerships at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. She and her family live in Alexandria, Va.

Congratulations to Craig Melvin and his wife, Lindsay Czarniak, on the birth of their second child, Sybil Ann “Sibby” Melvin, born Nov. 5, 2016. She joins big brother Delano (2). Melvin serves on the Wofford Board of Trustees and is an anchor and reporter for NBC. Czarniak is an anchor for ESPN SportsCenter.

The Hon. Mindy Westbrook Zimmerman has been appointed by the South Carolina General Assembly to the 8th Judicial Circuit Family Court Bench in Newberry, S.C. 

 

2002

Yorke Gerrald, class chair

Dr. Lucas McMillan, associate professor of political science and current chair of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., was chosen dean of the university’s new College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, which will consist of four current academic departments: history and philosophy, political and social sciences, psychological science and military science/Army ROTC.

 

2003

Tracy Howard, class chair

Marlana Brown Edwards and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Hastings Palmer Edwards, in July. They also have a 4-year-old son. The family lives in Fairfax, Va., near her husband’s work as director of athletics at George Mason University.

Former Wofford defensive coordinator Nate Fuqua joined the Georgia State University staff in the same position. He had been on the Wofford coaching staff for the past 12 seasons.

Alison Caviness Gibson and her husband, Richard, welcomed a son, Andrew Hughes Gibson, born July 4, 2016. He joins big sister Charlotte. The family lives in Wheaton, Ill.

The Health Services District of Kershaw County has named Sallie Cheek Harrell executive director. She took the position in December 2016.

 

2004

Fred Byers, class chair

Dr. Mary Egbuniwe Ojo-Carons and her husband, Akin, announce the birth of Samuel Ojo-Carons, born May 6, 2016. He joins big sister Lily.

Executive director of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Courtney Parades Plotner lives in Charleston, S.C., with her husband, Jeff ’01, and son, Judson, almost 2 years old. 

Rachel Sheridan married John Cole on Sept. 3, 2016. This past summer Sheridan began a new business, Smooth Sailing Event Coordinating and Consulting Services. She works primarily with nonprofit organizations on fundraisers.

 

2006

Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair

Attorney Joseph Bias works in insurance defense with McAngus Goudelock and Courie in Columbia, S.C.

Virginia Crumpler Fox and her husband, Bart, welcomed baby girl Marilyn Spencer Fox, born Oct. 22, 2016. 

Founding program director of the physician assistant program at Charleston Southern University, Gabby Linder Poole lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C., with her husband, Anthony, and their two children, Emmy (2) and Will (1).

Living in Greer, S.C., with her husband, Nick, Laura Green Schomisch is a LEA business systems analyst for MetLife in Greenville.

 

2007

Hunter Miller, class chair

Dr. Andrew Barnes is a radiology resident at University of North Carolina Health Care. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Holly, and their three children, McKenna Ann, Adelaide and Lincoln.

William Cochran and Jessie Sahms ’10 were married on Nov. 19, 2016. They live in Greer, S.C. William is a mortgage loan processor for BB&T. Jessie is a career services coordinator at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Living in Seattle, Wash., Matt Giles is the associate producing director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. He is integral to the planning and production of the company’s eight-show season as well as producing artistic partnership programming.

Cameron Corbin Harris and her husband, Travis, announce the birth of a son, Ames Wilson Harris, born Oct. 30, 2016. The family lives in Spartanburg, where Cameron is an occupational therapist at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Loren Hyatt lives and works in Jordan managing relief and development projects that assist Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians. The services she provides focus on health and nutrition, food security and protection as well as cash and voucher projects. Hyatt holds a master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University with a concentration in international development and a certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies.

Dr. Jessica McGarity and Dr. Brian Ford were married on Nov. 5, 2016. The couple lives in Columbia, S.C.

Capt. Roshonda Rogers Thomas stays busy as a project manager and process engineer with Michelin; as the owner of Fortitudine Studio, a gym in Anderson, S.C.; as an Army Reserves logistics captain; and as a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Upstate chapter. She’s also the mother of two, Julianna (4) and Alezsandra (2), with another on the way.

A physician assistant with the Southeastern Spine Institute, Lane Stuber Tuggle lives in North Charleston, S.C., with her husband, Jonathan, and their daughter, Olivia Grace Tuggle, who celebrated her first birthday on Dec. 27, 2016.

 

2008

Nathan Madigan, class chair

Living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tyler Crahan is an assistant vice president with Fifth Third Bank.

Stephanie Fontenot and Richard Andrew Marrs were married on April 30, 2016. The couple lives in northern Virginia and works in Washington D.C.

As associate attorney with Wes Hayes Law in Rock Hill, S.C., Creighton Hayes handles criminal, family and personal injury cases in York County and the surrounding areas.

Living in Milton, Fla., Michael Hobbs is a private banker with Summit Bank.

Sarah Hite Kennedy and Joseph Whitner Kennedy III celebrated the second birthday of their son, Joseph Whitner “Jay” Kennedy IV, on Jan. 21, 2017. Sarah is a special education teacher at Dunbar Child Development Center. The family lives in Greenville, S.C.

Richard Eugene Marsh III and Anna Barber Marsh ’11 welcomed baby girl Caroline Dill Marsh, born Sept. 14, 2016.

Penelope James Madigan was born on Jan. 26, 2017, to proud parents Kelly and Nathan Madigan.

Mark Reynolds manages the Mexico inventory management team as a market group manager for Delta Air Lines Inc. He and his wife, Leland Hollowell Reynolds ’10, live in Mableton, Ga.

Jack and Amanda Kilbourne Richardson of Spartanburg announce the birth of Elizabeth Jane Richardson, born Sept. 23, 2016.

Dr. Caitlin Clifford Robinson is an obstetrician and gynecologist with Chesapeake Health Care. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Salisbury, Md.

Dawson Smith was named chief financial officer of JEAR Logistics based in Charleston, S.C. Smith lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife, Catie.

Alex Sturgis lives in Columbia, S.C., with his wife, Melanie, and their children, Elliot Louise (2) and Eleanor Graham, born Oct. 6, 2016. Sturgis graduated from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business with an M.B.A. in 2016.

Dr. Lindsey Lane Verlander is working as an associate veterinarian and director of emergency services for Eastside Animal Medical Center, a 24-hour small animal emergency veterinary hospital in Grayson, Ga. She’s also the founder of Homeless Pet Initiative Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides free veterinary care to pets of homeless people in the Atlanta area.

 

2009

Peyton Hray, class chair

In September John Robert Barth took a position as business specialist III for Colonial Life Insurance. He organizes trainings, awards presentations and trips for Colonial Life agents. Barth and Kevin N. White have been married since 2014. They live in Columbia, S.C.

Stacey Turner McDonald and her husband, Michael, live in Durham, N.C., where she is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy. While working toward her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Duke University, she is designing and synthesizing drugs for the treatment of tuberculosis.

Living in Arlington, Va., Josh Shumaker is a legislative associate with the National Association of Development Organizations in Washington, D.C.

 

2010

Kari Harris, class chair

Nancy Halligan Ellison lives in Savannah, Ga., with her husband, Randal. She is a physician assistant with the Center for Digestive and Liver Health.

Jessica Holcomb is the deputy director of the Spartanburg Housing Authority. Her responsibilities include the administration of SHA’s asset management, assisted housing, risk management and safety programs. She also is enrolled in the Rutgers University Executive Housing Management Certification Program.

Jenny Thiessen Stewart is an advanced tax analyst with Milliken & Co. She and her husband, Bradley, live in Greer, S.C.

Erica and Jared Tetrick welcomed baby boy Mason William Tetrick on Oct. 10, 2016. The family lives in Johnson City, Tenn.

 

2011

Nam Pham, class chair

Living in Greensboro, N.C., Haley Baird is a clinical pharmacist with Moses Cone Hospital. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2015.

Drew Crowell is in his first year as the head boys basketball coach at St. John’s Christian Academy in Moncks Corner, S.C. He played professionally in Denmark before deciding to return to the United States where he could give back to youth and the game through coaching.

Allison Marie Taylor and Aaron Kyle Duffie were married on Oct. 22, 2016. They live in Charlotte, N.C., where they both work as certified public accountants with CohnReznick LLP.

Paul Gores Jr. is working as a reimbursement analyst with the Medical University of South Carolina while earning a master’s degree in health administration, also from MUSC. He is scheduled to graduate in 2018.

Jill Thrasher Hauserman is an associate attorney with Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger and Pereira in Atlanta, Ga. Her work primarily entails defending local governments and schools in civil litigation and workers compensation matters. She earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2015.

Megan Young lives in Greenville, S.C. She works as an operations analyst for Anderson County Public Works managing budget and financials, analyzing performance and recommending efficiency measures. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Clemson University in 2016.

 

2012

Hallie Willm, class chair

James Ballard and Amy Horton were married on July 30, 2016. They live in Austin, Texas, where James is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Texas. He recently completed a master of arts in religion from Yale Divinity School. Amy is teaching sixth- and seventh-grade social studies at Sci-Tech Preparatory School.

Living in Columbia, S.C., with her husband, Danny, Hannah Leirmoe Buckner is a teacher and counselor with the Sandhills School. She teaches high school writing, public speaking and theatre as well as middle school language arts. She also started the school’s first college counseling program.

Attending Mercer University School of Medicine, Calvin Cantrell and Laurel DuVall Cantrell were married on July 9, 2016. They are both scheduled to finish their M.D. degrees in 2018.

On June 18, 2016, Becka Dunbar and Jonathan Clayton were married in Greenville, S.C.

Konstantine Diamaduros has joined Nexsen Pruet’s business litigation group in Greenville, S.C., after clerking for the Hon. Joseph F. Anderson in the U.S. District Court. Diamaduros graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2015.

A year ago Tyler Finney accepted a position as regional sales consultant for the Southeastern region for RiverFront Investment Group in Richmond, Va. 

Shelby Hardee works as a preconstruction coordinator with Thompson Turner Construction in Sumter, S.C. 

An account executive with Vertical Strategies, a digital marketing consulting firm in Washington, D.C., Courtney Green Knittle lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband, Scott, a legislative assistant to Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-04). They were married on Aug. 27, 2016.

United Way of the Piedmont announced that Alex Moore has joined the staff as director of marketing and communications. 

Gus White and Niki Klansic ’13 were married on Nov. 12, 2016. They live in Charlotte, N.C., where Niki runs her own fitness business, SugarySixPack.com, and Gus is an account manager with Omni Cable.

 

2013

Morgan Victoria Amick, class chair

Rachel Arling and Matthew David Samson were married on July 22, 2016. Rachel is an actor in College Park, Md. Her husband is pursuing his doctorate in composition at the University of Maryland School of Music.

Cole Brown lives in Greenville, S.C., and works as an administrator of a skilled nursing facility with the Greenville Health System. He earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2015.

Emily Conrad is in the Master of Chinese Studies program at Peking University, Yenching Academy in Beijing. Her focus of study is on international relations. She anticipates graduating in 2017.

Nexsen Pruet recently welcomed Emily Dobson as an attorney in the business litigation group in the firm’s Columbia, S.C., office. She has been a part of the Nexsen Pruet family since 2013 as a summer associate during law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law. 

Jennings Johnstone and Richard Edward Davis were married on Sept. 17, 2016. They live in Greenville, S.C., where Jennings is a counselor with Synergy Psych.

Ryann Kroske McCall has been promoted to director of marketing and communications for the Office of Advancement at Wofford College.

Thomas Simmons and Julia Lynn Williams were married on Dec. 10, 2016. Both hold master’s degrees in accounting. They live in Greer, S.C.

 

2014

Shri Selvakumar, class chair

Tara Gough is completing her J.D. degree at Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas. She graduates in May.

 

2015

Maggie Stroud, class chair

Kaitlyn Cockcroft is a tax associate with Dixon Hughes Goodman in Greenville, S.C. She earned her master of professional accounting degree from Clemson University in 2016.

Brannan Hudson is a brokerage associate for Colliers International. He specializes in the sale and lease of Flex Industrial Buildings. Hudson lives in Greenville, S.C.

Emily Schlagowsky Pohlheber is an operations manager with Silva Financial Group. She lives in Fort Mill, S.C., with her husband and their son, Samson, born Sept. 9, 2016.

Living in Winston Salem, N.C., Cameron Smith is a portfolio risk officer with BB&T. 

Lucy Britt Stadler is the chief of staff for The Advisory Board in Washington, D.C.

 

2016

Marianna Conrad, class chair

John Dam is a sales and operations manager for Dellfrio LLC in Spartanburg. His work involves developing new and current sales accounts and improving company efficiency.

Angela Ditolla works with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as a diversity outreach specialist. She helps coordinate the DNR’s diversity outreach efforts. She lives in West Columbia.

In August Meg Lacy accepted a position as an associate for Grant Thornton. She lives in Atlanta, Ga.

A financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, Angela Leigh Heinrich lives in Sugarland, Texas.

Morris Porter is a financial analyst with Huguenot Fuels. He lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Living in Rock Hill, S.C., Daija Rogers is working in information technology for Chester Middle School. 

Chandler Stokes works as a banker with South State Bank in Columbia, S.C.