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winter 2018
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The state of North Carolina recently honored Paul Ellison with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, the state’s highest honor, for the contributions he made to the health care field during his 40-year career.


The United Way of the Midlands has given Hayes Mizell a Live United Volunteer Award for his years of service to the organization. Also, as a part of the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina, Mizell was designated as a South Carolina Civil Rights Luminary. 


Hayne Culler, class chair

The University of South Carolina School of Law recently named recipients of the 2016 Compleat Lawyer Awards. John O. McDougall was a recipient of the Platinum Award. The Compleat Lawyer Award is the school’s highest recognition of professional development and civic leadership.


Lt. Col. Craig Cox has joined Leadership Management International as executive coach and facilitator. He served for 24 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife have three children and 10 grandchildren.


Buzz Rich, class chair

Sam Clawson Sr. has been named a “Super Lawyer” by the Thomson Reuters rating service. He has served as the managing member of Clawson and Staubes for 32 years and has been a Super Lawyer for eight straight years. 


Jerry Calvert, class chair

Bob Sylcox has left retirement to join Oak View National Bank in Virginia as a vice president and senior credit analyst. He and his wife, Catherine, live in Warrenton, Va.


John Moore, class chair

John F. Windley has been promoted to president and CEO of South State Bank, the largest bank headquartered in South Carolina. John and Nancy, his wife of 40 years, have two children.


John Gandy, class chair

Attorney Daryl G. Hawkins recently was re- elected to the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates. This is his fourth term.


Armando Llorente, class chair

In April, featured Ben R. Hines and Lynn Spencer in the Entrepreneur’s Corner. Their company, Spencer/Hines Properties, located in Spartanburg, is the largest full-service commercial real estate firm in the county.


Wade Ballard, class chair

Lawyers Weekly named John E. Cuttino of Gallivan, White and Boyd an honoree at its 2016 South Carolina Leadership in the Law event.

Coldwell Banker Caine recently announced that Spero Conits has joined its Greenville office as a residential sales agent. He and his wife, Rochelle, have five children and one granddaughter. 


Paul Kountz Jr., class chair

Jack Jackson recently was featured in for his support of revitalizing the Conway High School boys tennis team. When Jackson was in high school he competed on the Conway team that won the Class 4A state championship in 1975. Jackson also played tennis all four years at Wofford and was a member of the fencing team for one year.


Scott Gantt, class chair

President and COO of the American Transportation Research Institute Rebecca Brewster recently was featured by FleetOwner as one of 12 outstanding women in the trucking industry. Among her awards is the 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking Award, given by the Women in Trucking Association and Navistar. She is a nationally recognized expert in traffic incident management and currently serves as principal investigator for the U.S. DOT’s Integrated Corridor Management Opportunities initiative.


Ken Kirkpatrick, class chair

Steven Ford is a certified financial planner principal with Alliance Wealth Partners in Spartanburg. He and his wife, Clare, have three children.

Renee Bjorkman Meehan has opened I Teach, a specialized tutoring service. The business is located in Spartanburg.


Brand Stille, class chair

Bank of America recently named David Hulse Jr. market president for Tallahassee, Fla.

 In May Greenville Water welcomed Rebecca West as the organization’s chief operating officer. West has 28 years of water utility experience and in 2015 was recognized as a fellow of the Water Environment Federation.


Former pastor David Brannock has published a book for high school graduates titled “Choose: Fulfill Your Created Purpose.” His first book signing was in April in Greeneville, Tenn., where he lives with his wife and daughter.


Lane Glaze, class chair

A colonel with the U.S. Army, Reggie Bostic was selected as the deputy commander for Special Operations Command South in Homestead, Fla. SOCSOUTH plans, directs and executes special operations missions throughout Central America, South America and the Caribbean. His most recent assignment was as the special assistant to the assistant chairman of the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon.

James Merklinger has been named vice president and chief legal officer for the Association of Corporate Counsel in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and children.


Leslee Houck Page, class chair

Living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, David Junkin is a technical talent development manager at Texas Instruments. 


Sarah Sawicki, class chair 

Paul Jackson is manager of The Vitamin Shoppe in Florence, S.C.

Ray McGuire recently won the Nestle USA Chairman’s Operational Master Plan Award for Safety Excellence for the second consecutive year by achieving a 97 percent improvement in the faculty’s safety incident rate while working 3.3 million hours injury-free over 490 days. McGuire has been promoted to regional safety, health and environmental manager for the West Region of the Nestle Direct Store Delivery Division. He and his family have relocated to Phoenix from Kentucky to take on the new challenge.


Alicia Truesdail, class chair

J.P. Raflo is regional sales director for Swan Global Investments. He is responsible for broker/dealer relationships in the Mid-Atlantic area.


Brandie Yancey Lorenz, class chair

A paralegal at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C., Kimberly M. Johnson is the president of the Eagle Club, the college’s booster club. She is actively engaged in efforts to innovate and enhance education for non-traditional students.

Patrick Ridinger is with the law office of Troutman Sanders in Charlotte, N.C. He is in the firm’s commercial real estate division.


Curt Nichols, class chair

Charleston Southern University Associate Professor David Cross published papers in the MIFLC Review and The Latin Americanist. He also presented a paper at the 65th annual meeting of MIFLC in October 2015. Cross teaches Spanish and Arabic and is continuing work on a master’s in teaching Arabic as a foreign language at the Middlebury College Arabic School.

Recently returned to South Carolina from Washington, D.C., where he served as the chief of war plans policy for the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Lt. Col. Carl Young now serves the South Carolina Army National Guard as the commander of the 151st Signal Battalion in Spartanburg and as the director of strategy for the adjutant general. He lives with his family in West Columbia, S.C.



Casey B. Moore, class chair

Ginger Groce Monroe lives in Southern Pines, N.C., with her husband, Dr. Edward C. Monroe, and their three children, Janie (8) and Hunter and Charlie (4). A graduate of the Art Institute of Charlotte, she enjoys life as a mom and interior designer. 

Amanda Perkins is a research associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Washington, D.C.

Maureen Sweatman has launched Joyful Living Coaching, a new business that provides career and personal development coaching in the metro Atlanta, Ga., area. 

Brooke Wagen has been admitted to the inaugural class of Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. The entering class of 50 was chosen from among 4,500 applicants.


Zach Atkinson, class chair

Josh Roberts and his wife, Katherine, welcomed baby boy Hayes Luck Roberts on Oct. 29, 2015. He joins big sister Berkeley (3).

Chris Shealy is principal and chief operating officer of e3, an employee benefits firm in Lexington, S.C., where he and his wife, Loryn, live with their two children.

Dr. Valerie Yaniszewski has a dental practice in Indian Land, S.C. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband, Scott, and three sons, Tucker (7), Austin (5) and Bryson (3). 


Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, class chair

Rachel Harvey is the sustainability program manager for student housing at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology in 2011. She and her husband, Joshua Toney, have one child, Julian Joshua Toney. 


Yorke Gerrald, class chair 

The Rev. Rebekah McLeod Hutto has published a children’s book, “The Day When God Made Church.” She is a pastor with the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, where she lives with her husband, the Rev. B.J. Hutto, and daughter. 

Lisa Cameron McMillan became director of human resources for Greenwood Mills in September 2015. Lucas McMillan was appointed chair of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Lander University in June 2015. The McMillans live in Greenwood and have two sons, Will (7) and Henry (4).

William Rhodes recently was granted membership into the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. He is a partner in the Spartanburg law firm of Burts Turner & Rhodes. 

Jeni Imfeld Strain and her husband, Butler Strain ’03, welcomed a second daughter, Catherine Anne Sanders Strain, on Jan. 7, 2016. She joins big sister May.


Tracy Howard, class chair

The University of South Carolina School of Law announced that Robert F. Goings is a 2016 Compleat Lawyer Silver Award recipient. He is the founder of the Goings Law Firm in Columbia, S.C., where he lives with his wife, Rebecca, and their daughters, Madeleine, Grace and Grayson Middletown. 

Kyle James has joined SmartBug Media, an inbound marketing and web design agency based in Newport Beach, Calif., as interactive manager. He lives in upstate South Carolina with his wife and two beagles.

Edward Moseley and his wife, Alison, announced the birth of a son, Charles Marshall Moseley, born Feb. 23, 2016. They live in Wesley Chapel, Fla.


Fred Byers, class chair

It’s a boy for Liz Rhem Cavenaugh and husband Matthew. They welcomed a son, John Dudley, on Dec. 22, 2015. Liz works in development at St. Thomas’ Episcopal School, and Matthew is an attorney in Houston. 

Attorney Hayes Stanton recently received advanced-level training from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. He is a member of the Bellamy Law Firm in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and lives with his wife and son in Murrells Inlet.

HBO featured Capt. Joseph Walker III in a documentary on the Iraq war. The film debuted in March, just after the 13th anniversary of the Iraq invasion.


Ryan Waller, class chair

Timmons Hipp Hendricks and Dr. Blair Freeman Hendricks ’06 welcomed a son, William “Gage” Hendricks, on March 8, 2016. He joins sibling Ellis.

Joshua S. Whitley of Smyth Whitley, a Charleston law firm, was named an honoree by Lawyers Weekly at their 2016 South Carolina Leadership in Law event held in Columbia in March.


Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair

Chris Cook and Mary Jane Kimbrough Cook ’07 welcomed their second child, Martha Elizabeth “Martha Beth” Cook, on Dec. 22, 2015. She joins big sister, Susan, who was born in 2012.

In August 2015, Melissa Fried joined the law firm of Nexsen Pruet in Charleston, S.C. She is an associate in the employment and labor law practice group. She also has been elected vice president of the board of directors for Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. 

Hall Booth Smith, a law firm in Charleston, S.C., has named Derek Newberry as a new associate.

Sarah Smith is internal communications manager for the national Arthritis Foundation’s home office. She lives in Atlanta, Ga.


Hunter Miller, class chair

Charleston, S.C., was the setting for the wedding of Cameron Widman and Justin Leyh on Feb. 27, 2016. Cameron is a property manager with Ravenel Associates, and Justin works with Charleston County Parks.


Nathan Madigan, class chair

LEAD Public Schools in Nashville, Tenn., has announced that Nathan Madigan is their new chief operating officer. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Kelly.

Dr. Mary-Catherine McClain Riner is a clinical psychologist and owner of Riner Counseling in Macon, Ga. She and her husband, Michael Ashley Riner, were married April 16, 2016.

Andrew Joseph Stubbs and Laura Lynn Williams Stubbs welcomed a son, Walker James Stubbs, on Nov. 6, 2015. He joins big sister Anna Kate. The family lives in Rock Hill, S.C.


Peyton Hray, class chair

Scott Lee Collins earned his M.Ed. in independent school leadership in August 2015 from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He is now the assistant director of admissions for the University School of Nashville. 

Madison Felder has joined the newly opened Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein office in Greenville, S.C. He transferred from the firm’s Columbia office. 

Samantha Hall and Michael Thornton were married on April 2, 2016. They held the wedding in Main Building on Wofford’s campus. Samantha works in corporate procurement as a commodity manager for Electrolux Major Appliances in Charlotte, N.C. They live in Fort Mill, S.C.

Kenzie Rakes has joined the Raleigh law firm of Meynardie & Nanney as an associate attorney. Rakes received her J.D. and graduated with honors in 2013 from Campbell University School of Law. 


Kari Harris, class chair

In March Matt Abee, an attorney with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, argued his first case before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. As an intermediate appellate court, the Fourth Circuit is only one court shy of the United States Supreme Court. The international child abduction case, under the Hague Convention, was heard by a three-judge panel including the Hon. Henry Floyd ’70. Abee credits his ability to argue the case to the instruction he received from the Hon. Dennis Shedd ’75 while Abee was in law school at the University of South Carolina.

Katie Brown is an associate attorney in the Greenville office of the Willson Jones Carter & Baxley law firm.

As corporate development manager for Capital One in the Washington, D.C., metro area, Ryan Phillips works with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Columbia, S.C. was the setting for the wedding of Vivian Sox and Robert Warner on Jan. 16, 2015. They are both employed by the U.S. Department of State and reside in Reykjavik, Iceland.


Nam Pham, class chair

Caroline Kirk Burton and Randolph Tucker Griffith were married on April 9, 2016. Caroline is employed with RJS Properties in Charlotte, N.C.

Chris Cummings and Ellie Cornick ’12 were married on April 9, 2016. They enjoyed having lots of great friends and alumni in attendance.

Sarah Katherine Johnson and James Wilson Douglas Jr. were married Oct. 3, 2015, at The Yacht Club in Figure Eight Island, N.C. They live in Charlotte.

After receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry from Miami University in 2015, Kelli Rush Galloway is working as a postdoctoral researcher for the University of Ottawa in Canada. She is conducting research on how students learn in organic chemistry.

Pearce Tapp and Jon Jackson were married July 11, 2015, in Durham, N.C.

On May 6, Charlotte Van Hale graduated from the USC School of Medicine Greenville during the school’s inaugural commencement exercise. She has been accepted into Georgetown University’s internal medicine residency program.


Hallie Willm, class chair

Joseph Bailey is an upper school math teacher at Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. He and his wife, Kaitlin, live in Baltimore.

Amber Lynell Bundrick and Bradley Hunter Ferrell were married Aug. 15, 2015, at Pepper Plantation in Awendaw, S.C. She has been pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Queens University of Charlotte, N.C.

Marie Hewes and Robert Patterson were married on Oct. 15, 2015.

Sydney Conyers Kline and Joshua Christopher Turner were married on April 9, 2016, at Wavering Place Plantation in Eastover, S.C. The couple resides in Spartanburg.

Banae Ritter II is living in Santa Barbara, Calif., and is working as an assistant branch manager with Wells Fargo.

Hannah Wheeler and William Randolph Futrell III were married on May 7, 2016. Hannah is employed with Fairview Investment Services in Raleigh, N.C. 


Morgan Victoria Amick, class chair

Jessica Harner, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, has been promoted to executive officer for the 289th Military Police Company providing law enforcement and protection to the Old Guard and the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and Fort McNair military communities in Washington, D.C.


Shri Selvakumar, class chair

Rob Greene has accepted a defensive graduate assistant job with the University of Pittsburgh. He says his dream always has been to coach college football, so he’s excited about the opportunity.


Maggie Stroud, class chair

Elizabeth Marshall Bishop is a customer service specialist with Unum in Columbia, S.C. She lives in Cayce.

Summer 2016