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Michael Renault

Michael R. Renault ’95

President

Charleston, SC
Committee: Chair, Executive Committee; Nominating Committee; ex officio member of all committees

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration
Graduate School of Banking - Louisiana State University

Mr. Renault is the owner of Image360, a national franchise focused on graphics, signage, and displays. Previously he held various positions in the banking industry during his 21 year career including retail loan manager, commercial real estate officer, residential construction/acquisition and development officer, wealth management relationship manager, commercial banking officer, and commercial banking manager.  Mr. Renault grew up on Hilton Head Island and has spent most of his life in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  His career has taken him to Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Hilton Head Island, SC as well as Augusta, GA. 

He and his wife, Courtney, have two sons and live in Charleston. 

Affiliations: College of Charleston Foundation Board; Pi Kappa Phi; United Way; Junior Achievement, Junior Leadership of Hilton Head/Bluffton, and the Chambers of Commerce in Hilton Head Island/Bluffton, Greenville, and Charleston Metro; past member, the School of Business Advisory Board at USC-Beaufort; 2002 graduate of Leadership Hilton Head/Bluffton. 

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Derrick L. Williams ’99

President-Elect

Columbia, SC
Committee:  Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Nominating Committee; Executive Committee; ex officio member of all committees

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Bachelor of Arts - English
Juris Doctor - University of South Carolina

Mr. Williams is a partner in the law firm of Mickle & Bass, LLC, where he focuses on representing injured workers throughout the state. He is also a certified mediator. Mr. Williams is a former Commissioner on the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission and was one of the youngest to ever serve in that capacity. He and his wife, Alana, live in Columbia, and they have two daughters, Regan and Deana.

Affiliations: College of Charleston Honors College Advisory Board; South Carolina Bar; Secretary, Injured Workers’ Advocates; Board member, Riverbanks Zoo Society; former member, College of Charleston Attorney Assistance Program; former cross country and track team captain.

Miler

D. Sherwood Miler III ’74

Past President

Summerville, SC
Committee: Chair, Nominating Committee; Executive Committee

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Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Mr. Miler is President of Sherwood Miler Real Estate, LLC. He and his wife, Julie, live in Summerville. They have two sons and two daughters. The three oldest are College of Charleston alumni.

Affiliations: Pi Kappa Phi; former board member, Cougar Club; former scholarship basketball player; President, Pine Forest Country Club Homeowner's Association. 

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Elizabeth Colbert-Busch ’79

Vice President

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committee:  Chair, Finance Committee; Executive Committee

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Bachelor of Arts – Art
Bachelor of Science – Business with Minor in Global Logistics and Transportation 

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is the Managing Partner of Colbert Busch LLC, a consulting firm that focuses on the nexus of academia and the business world. She is currently working for the SC Aeronautical Training Center at Trident Technical College. Mrs. Colbert-Busch previously served as the Executive Director of Business Development and Community Engagement for the Clemson University Office of Academic Affairs in the Charleston area. From 2008-16, she was Director of Business Development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), also in Charleston. In 2013, she took a leave of absence to run in the special election for the SC 1st Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives. Before her tenure with Clemson University, she spent a 20-year career with Orient Overseas Container Line (USA) Incorporated where she progressed from Customer Service Representative to North America Regional Sales Director.

She has served on more than a dozen boards and community organizations and has earned numerous awards and special recognitions throughout her career. Most recently, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the College of Charleston. Since running for Congress, Elizabeth has become a prolific public speaker, addressing audiences throughout the Palmetto State and around the US Southeast.

Affiliations: School of Arts Advisory Council; Chi Omega; Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board of Directors; Charleston School of Law Maritime Institute’s Board of Directors; Lowcountry STEM Collaborative Planning Group; Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors; DOE Southeast Regional Wind Resource Center; S.C. Regulatory Task Force Committee for Offshore Wind; Charleston Regional Development Alliance Stakeholder Committee; Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund’s Offshore Wind Awareness and Advocacy team; Past Chairman, S.C. Maritime Association; South Carolina International Trade Conference; College of Charleston’s Intermodal Transportation and Logistics Management Program Advisory Committee. 

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Cynthia Marcengill Legette ’93

Vice President

Johns Island, SC
Committee:  Chair, Strategic Area II (Get Involved); Executive Committee

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration
Masters of Business Administration - The Citadel 

Mrs. Legette is a Private Client Manager at U.S. Trust. She is responsible for the day-to-day needs of the client relationship as well as all credit and banking. She joined Bank of America in 1999 and has over 15 years' experience in the wealth management field. Prior to joining Bank of America, she was with the Bank of South Carolina as a Branch Manager. She has been involved with many community organizations such as the American Heart Association and Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. She is a past President and Board Member for the Charleston Animal Society. She has also served on the executive committee for the SC LEAD for Women group for the Bank. She currently serves as a Community Investment Review Team member for Trident United Way, part of the Bank of America Charleston Leadership Team. She and her husband, Jeff, live on Johns Island with their two children, Parker and Addie.

Affiliations: Past President and Board Member, Charleston Animal Society; Community Investment Review Team, Trident United Way; Bank of America, Charleston Leadership Team.

Mehra

Dr. Rahul N. Mehra ’83

Vice President

Tampa, FL
Committee:  Chair, Strategic Area I (Stay Informed); Executive Committee

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Bachelor of Science – Biology
Doctor of Medicine - Medical University of South Carolina 

Dr. Mehra is the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of MehraVista Health, LLC, a national, Florida-based healthcare organization specializing in  employee wellness, focusing specifically on the improvement of employee emotional health. Clients include large publically traded companies to small privately held not for profits. By background, Dr.Mehra is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. He is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry residency program. Dr.Mehra is the first resident to be selected to the Alumni Board and a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at USF. He is involved with numerous charitable organizations in the Tampa Bay area.

Affiliations: Kamla Kapur Mehra and Krishna Nandan Mehra Endowed Scholarship; Former Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry at University of South Florida; Past Recipient, C. Norwood Hastie Award; University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Alumni Board .

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Kathryn Edwards Sherrod ’93

Vice President

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committee:  Chair, Strategic Area III (Give Back); Executive Committee

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration

Mrs. Sherrod is director of advancement for Porter-Gaud School. Prior to this, she worked as the associate director of development and director of special events for the MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund. She and her husband, Will '93, live in Mt. Pleasant with their two daughters and chocolate lab.

Affiliations: Alpha Delta Pi, Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Association of Independent Schools, The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Cougar Club. 

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Karen Burroughs Jones ’74

Executive Secretary

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committees: Executive Committee; Ex Officio Member of all committees

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Bachelor of Science - Psychology

Ms. Jones is the director of alumni communications for the College of Charleston. She has worked for the College for more than 25 years, building lifelong relationships with the alumni community. She has two children.

Affiliations: Society of Alumni, Cougar Club, Chi Omega, Chi Omega House Corporation.

Board Members

Adkins

Rev. Randy E. Adkins ’98, ’04

Board Member

North Charleston, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Science—Computer Science
Master of Science—Computer Information Science

Reverend Adkins is a senior consultant at Modus21 in North Charleston, SC. He lives in North Charleston, SC with his wife, Sherlonda Talat Adkins '99, '03, and their three children: Krida, Dyran, and Kayla. 

Affiliations: Adjunct Faculty, Capella University; Vice President Membership, Dolphin Toastmasters; Assistant Pastor, Canaan Missionary Baptist Church; Former Treasurer and Board Member, Fetter Health Care Network; Association of Computing Machinery; Cougar Club Board Member.

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Ryan E. Beasley Sr. ’00

Board Member

New Orleans, LA
Committee:  Strategic Area II (Get Involved)

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Bachelor of Arts - Political Science
Juris Doctor - Tulane Law School

Mr. Beasley is an attorney in New Orleans, LA. He and his wife, Lauren Kenning Beasley have four children: Ellis, Oliver, Daphne and Scarlett. 

Affiliations: Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Student Alumni Associates, Louisiana State Bar Association: Young Lawyers Section (Barristers for Boards Committee Chair); Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee; Access to Justice Committee; Practice Assistance & Improvement Committee; GAP Assessment Subcommittee; Holy Name of Jesus Men's Club; Cub Scout Den Leader; U6 Carrollton Boosters Soccer Coach.

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Kristen Munsey Beckham ’07

Board Member

Columbia, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Science—Business Administration
Master of Business Administration—University of Georgia Terry School of Business

Kristen Beckham is the external affairs representative for South Carolina for Dominion Resources, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. She helps lead the company’s external affairs initiatives in South Carolina and Georgia. She and her husband, Christopher, who is also a College of Charleston graduate, reside in Columbia, South Carolina. Beckham is passionate about serving her community and sits on the American Red Cross Biomedical Services Advisory Board and is an active member of Rotary International and the Junior League of Columbia.

Affiliations: Kappa Alpha Theta; Board of Directors for the American Red Cross in South Carolina; Board member for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital; Rotary International; Junior League of Columbia; Leadership South Carolina, Board of Directors.

Tammy L. Carroll Coghill ’85

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee:  Finance

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Bachelor of Science - Special Education
Master of Public Administration - University of South Carolina

Mrs. Coghill began her career in special education and non-profits then moved to community and economic development where she has worked in both the public and private sector for the past 20 years. She currently serves as Manager, Economic Development & Local Government for the SCANA Corporation. Mrs. Coghill stays engaged in the non-profit and education sectors through various volunteer and board participation. She and her husband, Tim, recently moved back to Charleston and enjoy all the natural spaces the region offers via bicycling, paddling, photography, or just sitting on a bench somewhere.

Affiliations: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board, Trident Technical College Foundation Board, Rotary Club of Charleston Board, Coastal Community Foundation grants committees volunteer.

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Rodney Conner ’97

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)  

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Bachelor of Science - Business Administration

Mr. Conner has been employed with Solara Hospitality for 12 years, and is currently the General Manager of the Sleep Inn Hotel in Mount Pleasant, SC. He lives in Charleston, SC.

Affiliations: Former Cougar Club board member; Current board member of the Charleston Area Hospitality Association; Former men's basketball player.

Crabbe

Linda Swain Crabbe ’78

Board Member

 Sumter, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area III (Give Back) 

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Bachelor of Science - Biology
Doctor of Medicine - Medical University of South Carolina
Pediatric Residency - USAF Keesler Medical Center, MS
Developmental Pediatric Fellowship- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, OH

Dr. Crabbe has lived in Sumter, SC, for more than 25 years and currently practices medicine at Sumter Family Health Center. Her patients are children with special needs, developmental disabilities, learning and behavioral problems. Her husband, Mark, a 1977 graduate of The Citadel, practices surgery at the Sumter Family Center. They love living in a small town and have enjoyed raising their four daughters and spending time with their six grandchildren.

Affiliations: 1770 Society, Chi Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sumter Clarendon and Lee Medical Society, Sumter Junior Welfare League, YMCA Board, Covenant Place Board, High School Track Coach and past recipient of the DHEC Physician of the Year Award.

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Lydia Pruitt Davidson ’75

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area III (Give Back)

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Bachelor of Arts – History
Juris Doctor – University of South Carolina

Ms. Davidson is a senior partner at the law firm Krawcheck & Davidson, LLC. She has practiced law in the areas of residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, community association formation, administration, and other related areas of business law since graduating law school. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Davidson taught 5th and 6th grade English and history at Miss Mason’s School, now known as Mason Preparatory School. Ms. Davidson practices law with her daughter, Lydia P. Brooks, and lives in Charleston with her golden retriever, Maggie.

Affiliations: Former Assistant Charleston County Attorney; Former Board Member for Junior Achievement of Coastal South Carolina, Inc.; Former Board Member American Heart Association for Lowcountry, Inc. (Member - Heart Ball Wine and Art Auction Committee; Co-Chair – Heart Ball Wine and Art Auction Committee); Former Board Member Mason Preparatory School; Former Board Member Dockside Owner’s Association, Inc.; The Garden Club of Charleston (Member – Preservation Gala Committee); Charleston Horticultural Society; South Carolina Community Association Institute; South Carolina Bar Association; American Bar Association; Charleston County Bar Association; First Scots Presbyterian Church; Delta Delta Delta Sorority

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Sylleste Helms Davis ’83

Board Member

Moncks Corner, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area I (Stay Informed) 

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Bachelor of Science—Mathematics
Master of Arts in Computer and Information Technology Management— Webster University

Representative Davis worked for Santee Cooper, a South Carolina electric and water utility, for 31 years holding various positions in information technology, wholesale markets, nuclear contract administration, and management. She currently serves in the South Carolina House of Representatives for District 100 representing a portion of Berkeley County.

A longtime resident of Moncks Corner, she is married to Michael Davis and together they have four sons and two grandchildren.

Affiliations: Member, South Carolina House of Representatives; Alpha Delta Pi; Cheerleading; Panhellenic Council ; Young Republicans; Pi Mu Epsilon; Phi Kappa Phi; Jr. Achievement Classroom Educator; past participant in Google’s CS First program; past participant in Santee Cooper’s “Read with a Child” program; Berkeley Middle School PTO past president.

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Catherine Sandlin Dority ’99

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Arts – Communication
Masters of Tourism Management – Temple University

Ms. Dority is the Director of Marketing for Explore Charleston, also known as the Charleston Area CVB, where she has worked for more than twenty years. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of their advertising and marketing plan to attract leisure and group businesses to the Charleston area. Ms. Dority and her husband, Roland Dority ’91, reside in Charleston with their daughter, Simmons. The Dority family are members of Grace Church Cathedral in downtown Charleston.

Affiliations: Member of Board of Directors for the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association; member of the National Board of Trustees of the Institute for Organizational Management of the US Chamber of Commerce; member of SC Association of Tourism Regions; member of the SC Travel and Tourism Coalition; member of the Southeast Tourism Society; former board member of the College of Charleston Cougar Club; former member of Governor Sanford’s Budget Task Force; Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Edward Duffy

Dr. Edward W. Duffy Jr. ’83

Board Member

Sumter, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area III (Give Back)

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Bachelor of Arts – Chemistry
Doctor of Medicine – Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Duffy is a shareholder in Palmetto Radiation Oncology and practices at the Tuomey Cancer Treatment Center. He and his wife, Whitney, reside in Sumter, SC, and have four children. 

Affiliations: Member of the Prisma Health Board of Directors; member of the Prisma Health Midlands Affiliate Board of Directors; member of the Prisma Health Tuomey Foundation Board of Directors; member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology; member of the American College of Radiology; member of the South Carolina Oncology Society; member and past President of the Sumter-Clarendon-Lee Medical Society; member of the Hibernian Society of Charleston; Board of Trustees member, Wilson Hall School; and confirmation director/instructor for the Catholic Community of Sumter.

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Bartina Lorick Edwards ’87

Board Member

Lake Wylie, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area III (Give Back)

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration
Juris Doctor – North Carolina Central University School of Law

Ms. Edwards lives in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, just across the state line from Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is an employment and business lawyer. Her practice handles business law, which includes entity formations, HR consulting, and advising clients on equal employment opportunities and compliance. Ms. Edwards owns two other companies and speaks, writes, and volunteers to serve her community in meaningful ways.

Affiliations: College of Charleston Graduate School Advisory Board; 1770 Society; GOLD Society. 

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Graham L. Ervin ’05

Board Member

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area III (Give Back)

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Bachelor of Arts – Communication
Masters in Journalism – University of Georgia

Graham Ervin serves as director of private event sales for The Cedar Room in the Cigar Factory and The Riley Park Club at the Riverdogs Ballpark. Graham has been with The Indigo Road Restaurant Group since November 2015. On occasion, she teaches as an adjunct professor in the College of Charleston’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In her free time, Graham enjoys training and competing as a NPC Figure Athlete (bodybuilder). Her current goal is to become the SC State Figure Champion.

Affiliations: College of Charleston Graduate School Advisory Board; 1770 Society; GOLD Society. 

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Robert (Bob) Flynn ’04

Board Member

Holly Springs, NC
Committee:  Strategic Area II (Get Involved)

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration

Bob Flynn is an Enterprise Account Manager at Cisco in the Raleigh-Durham area and has been with Cisco since 2014. He received his MBA in marketing and services management and consulting from North Carolina State University –Poole College of Management in 2012, and was president of the MBA Student Association. He and his wife, Jacki, live in Holly Springs, NC.

Affiliations: Captain, College of Charleston Crew Team; President, Pi Kappa Alpha

Hammond

Rita Hammond ’87

Board Member

Daniel Island, SC
Committee: Finance 

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Bachelor of Science—Business Administration
Masters in Business Administration — The Citadel

A South Carolina native with more than 25 years accounting experience in the Charleston area. She is an accounting and tax consultant serving high net worth individuals and businesses with less than $100 million in assets. Ms. Hammond has extensive experience with: IRS Compliance, IRS Defense, GAAP Compliance, and small business accounting.  She is a Quickbooks-certified pro-advisor for the following programs: Quickbooks for Mac, Quickbooks for Windows, Quickbooks Enterprise Solutions and Quickbooks Online.

Affiliations: ADPi

Hanahan

Devon Wray Hanahan ’87

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area II (Get Involved)

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Bachelor of Arts – Spanish
Master of Arts in Spanish – University of South Carolina 

Mrs. Hanahan teaches Spanish at the College of Charleston, and lives in Charleston with her husband, Bill. They have two sons, William and Thomas. 

Affiliations: Faculty Marshal; Past vestry member, Grace Church;  past board member, BETTS; Board of Visitors, Kanuga Conferences in NC, Faculty Advisor for Kappa Alpha.

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Stacy L. Harris ’97

Board Member

Atlanta, GA
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)

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Bachelor of Science - Business Administration
Master of Human Resources - Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Stacy Harris is a Strategic Client Executive for UnitedHealthcare’s National Accounts. He has been a part of the National Accounts team for five years. He earned his Master’s degree in HR from the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. He has a wide-range of experiences in the functional areas of staffing, recruiting, benefits, compensation, wellness, vendor relations, project management, and benefit plan design. He is a licensed HR professional (PHR) who is passionate and enthusiastic about health and wellness.

Stacy played on the basketball team while at the College, and upon graduation, he pursued a career as a professional basketball player and began his career playing in Europe. Throughout his eight-year career he had the opportunity to travel and experience diverse cultures in various parts of the world. He is a native of Alexandria, VA and now resides in Atlanta with his wife, Tonya Squirewell Harris '98, and three children: Simone, Grace, and Aaron.

Affiliations: College of Charleston Basketball; Former Student Athlete;

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Kirk E. Moore ’84

Board Member

Sewell, NJ
Committee:  Finance Committee

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration 

Mr. Moore is President and Chief Executive Officer of TW Metals, Inc., a global full-line specialty metals distributor, headquartered in Exton, PA. He has held the positions of Vice President, Finance and Administration; and Chief Financial Officer at the company since joining them in 2002. He began his career in public accounting and transitioned to Manager of Financial Reporting for both MEDIQ and PCI. He became corporate controller for Owosso Corporation in 1997.

He has been married to Patty Fralinger '84 for 32 years. They have three daughters and a son. Their oldest daughter, Caitlin, graduated from the College in 2010 and their second daughter, Allison, graduated in 2016.

Affiliations: 1770 Society;

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Samuel (Rivers) Pearce ’01

Board Member

Isle of Palms, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy

Mr. Pearce is Chief Operating Officer at STASH Storage in Charleston, SC. He has more than 12 years experience in the online marketing and advertising space, working with numerous Fortune 500 companies across the e-commerce, travel, and real estate verticals. He has two children; Ella and Samuel Rivers Pearce, Jr. 

Affiliations: CofC TV; CofC Radio; Honors College

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Mercedes Pinckney ’07

Board Member

Columbia, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)

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Bachelor of Arts – Political Science
Juris Doctor – North Carolina Central University Law School
Masters of Laws – St. Thomas University School of Law

Ms. Pinckney is the General Counsel for South Carolina State University where she serves as the Chief Legal Officer for the University. Her duties include reviewing contracts, evaluating risks, and advising its Board of Trustees, President, and senior administration. Ms. Pinckney is a former Assistant General Counsel for the College of Charleston.

Affiliations: Member of the North Carolina State Bar; member of South Carolina State Bar; member of the Charleston Country Bar Association; member of the National Association of College University Attorneys.

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Brady Quirk-Garvan ’08

Board Member

North Charleston, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area III (Give Back)

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Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

Mr. Quirk-Garvan is employed as a business development associate at Money With a Mission. He and his wife, Angela, live in Charleston with their daughter, Mae.

Affiliations: South Carolina Student Legislature; Cistern Media (radio and newspaper); College Democrats; Leadership CofC; Board of Directors at Palmetto Project, The Charleston Forum, and Emerge SC; Treasurer of Charleston Surfrider Association; former Chairman of Charleston County Democrats.

Stephen Steve Smith

Stephen Smith ’83

Board Member

Greenville, SC
Committee:  Finance Committee

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration

Mr. Smith is the Managing Director of CBRE’s South Carolina office, where he has executive oversight over all operations in the Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville-Spartanburg offices including the Advisory and Transaction Services and Capital Markets teams. With more than thirty years of experience in commercial real estate, Mr. Smith has a passion for connecting the right people and the right skills on every opportunity. Mr. Smith focuses on integrating CBRE’s diverse service lines, including property leasing, management, project management and investment sales to provide comprehensive and creative solutions to clients across the state. Mr. Smith’s first nine years after graduation were spent in Charleston, where he specialized in commercial sales and leasing.

Affiliations: SIOR Designation; Greater Greenville Association of Realtors Member; Board of Governors for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce; March of Dimes Real Estate Committee; Member of the Greenville YMCA Board of Directors; past President for Carolina’s Chapter of SIOR; Past Regional Director and Board of Directors member for SIOR

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Miwako "Mimi" A. Striplin ’14

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Arts - Communication; Concentration in Corporate Communication  

Miss Striplin is the co-owner of Cannonborough Collective and also owner of The Tiny Tassel. She is a former president of the Student Alumni Associates ‘13-’14, and former vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa ‘13-’14. Mimi is originally from Spartanburg, SC and has lived in Charleston for the past 8 years.

Affiliations: Student Alumni Associates, Omicron Delta Kappa, Leadership CofC, Charleston Visitors Bureau, The Rising Tide Society Summerville co-leader 

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John D. Wakefield ’94

Board Member

Tampa, FL
Committee: Finance Committee

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Bachelor of Arts - English  

Mr. Wakefield is a Founding Principal of VW Multifamily, a private equity investment sponsor and asset manager that specializes in generating long-term wealth and current income for its investment partners through multifamily real estate assets. His company is headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, SC with an office in Tampa, FL. Mr. Wakefield began his career in banking where he held various positions in corporate and investment banking. During the eight years prior to forming VW Multifamily in 2014, Mr. Wakefield served as VP of Corporate Business Development and Strategy for a longstanding Florida family business called Lykes Bros where he lead numerous growth initiatives. Mr. Wakefield lives in Tampa, FL with his three daughters.

Affiliations: Gasparilla Music Foundation, Founding Board Member and Past President; Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Former Board Member, Development Committee; Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Founding Chair, Startup Scholars Committee; Downtown Tampa Partnership, Growth and Commerce Committee.

Anthony (Scott) Ward ’85

Board Member 

Pendleton, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area III (Give Back)

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Bachelor of Science – Mathematics
Masters of Business Administration, Finance Emphasis - University of South Carolina

Mr. Ward owns Merchants Gate, LLC, a real estate development company, specializing in infill and historic rehabilitation/development located in Pendleton, SC. He returned to upstate SC in 2004 to pursue a second career in real estate. Previously, he retired from Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith based in New York City. His last assignment with ML was as CFO of Equity Linked Derivative Trading. He spent 10 years abroad with ML residing in London, Hong Kong, and Toronto.

Affiliations: Councilman, Town of Pendleton; Board of Regents, Leadership Pendleton; Financial Advisor, Pendleton Historic Foundation; Treasurer and Smart Growth Chair, Pendleton Pride in Motion; Community Council, Anderson District Four Schools; Omicron Delta Kappa; Pi Kappa Phi.

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Major Neysa N. Burkes Williams ’95

Board Member

Columbia, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Science- Sociology
Masters of Arts- Business Administration and Human Resources, Webster University

Ms. Williams currently serves as the Public Affairs Specialist for Moncrief Army Health Clinic at Fort Jackson training base in Columbia, SC. Her current career began after she retired from the U.S. Army in April 2018 after 22 years of service. Her last position was as the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Director of Public Affairs and Media/ Community Relations at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Ms. Williams lives in Columbia, SC.

Affiliations: Member, Hardin County Rotary Club, Elizabethtown, KY; The Palmetto Chapter of the Association of U.S. Army; Shaw AFB; SC The Boys and Girls Club of America; Veterans Across America; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

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Jeanmarie Tankersley ’09

Alumni Clubs Representative

Greenville, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)

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Bachelor of Arts – History; minor in Psychology and Political Science
Juris Doctor - University of Georgia

Ms. Tankersley is an attorney with Clawson and Staubes, LLC. She practices in their Greenville office where she focuses on civil defense litigation.

Affiliations: President, Upstate CofC Club; GOLD Society; former member, Student Alumni Associates; Phi Sigma Pi; Golden Key Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi; Psi Chi; Phi Alpha Theta; National Society of Colligate Scholars; Phi Eta Sigma; South Carolina Bar; Georgia Bar; Junior League of Greenville; United Way Young Professionals; Defense Research Institute; South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association; South Carolina Women Lawyers Association

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John D. Douglass ’99

Cougar Club Representative

Charleston, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area II (Get Involved)

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration

Mr. Douglass is a Senior Credit Officer with ServisFirst Bank in Charleston. He resides in Charleston with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, John and James.

Affiliations: Board Member, Cougar Club; Board Member, Risk Management Association of Charleston. 

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Dr. Neil Draisin ’65

Foundation Board Representative

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area III (Give Back) 

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Bachelor of Science - Biology
Doctor of Optometry – Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Dr. Draisin has been a practicing behavioral optometrist for more than 40 years, having founded his practice, Draisin Vision Group, in 1972. While a CofC student, Neil was a member of the men's tennis team. He is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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Christian (Chris) R. Bailey ’12, ’15

Graduate School Representative

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed) 

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Bachelor of Arts – Spanish
Bachelor of Science – International Business
Master of Public Administration — University of Charleston, SC
Master of Science – Environmental Studies — University of Charleston, SC

Mr. Bailey is the Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing for the College of Charleston Honors College. He is also the director and head coach for Without Limits Charleston, a team for endurance athletes.

Affiliations: GOLD Society; Men’s Cross Country; Honors College; William Aiken Fellows Society; Schottland Scholars.

Sam Gooding

Samuel J. Gooding ’20

Student Alumni Associates Representative

Greenville, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved) 

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Bachelor of Science: Finance 

A native of Greenville, SC, Mr. Gooding is a senior at the College of Charleston. He currently works for a regional lending and real estate firm as a project manager where he oversees various components of the operations. When he’s not busy with work and academics, you can find him on a nearby golf course or exploring the Lowcountry.

Affiliations: Charleston 40 Tour Guide; President of the Student Alumni Associates

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Anthony (Tony) Meyer '49

Executive Secretary Emeritus

Charleston, SC

Bachelor of Science - English and History
Master of Counseling - Appalachian State University
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – College of Charleston
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters - University of Charleston

A living icon of the College, Tony is executive director emeritus of the Alumni Association and an honorary Past President of the Alumni Association, and has remained very much involved on campus. From providing complete coverage of College athletics to helping record the history of the College, Tony is a delightful source of knowledge for all things College of Charleston! His office is in the Blacklock House at 18 Bull Street, and he loves hearing from alumni – past, present and future! The Alumni Association awards the Tony Meyer Scholarship to children of alumni.