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Mr. 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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Mr. 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.

Mr. D. Sherwood Miler III ’74

Past President

Summerville, SC
Committee: Chair, Nominating 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. 

Ms. Stacey Barber Hollings ’05

Vice President

Charleston, SC
Committee:  Chair, Finance; Executive Committee 

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Bachelor of Science - Accounting

Master of Science - Accounting

Mrs. Hollings is the controller for Groundswell Capital in Charleston and has several years in public accounting.  She is currently the treasurer of The Footlight Players and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Charleston – Breakfast and the Charleston Tax Roundtable.   She and her husband, Robbie, reside in Charleston and have two children.

Affiliations: Treasurer, The Footlight Players; Rotary Club of Charleston; Center for Women; Charleston Young Professionals; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accounts; Kappa Delta. 

Mrs. Cynthia Marcengill Legette ’93

Vice President

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

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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.

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 . MehraVista Health is 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 1983 alumnus of the College of Charleston where he received the C. Norwood Hastie Award at graduation. 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 Mandan 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 .

Mrs. Kathryn Edwards Sherrod ’93

Vice President

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

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration

Kathryn 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. 

Ms. 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

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.

Mr. 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.

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. Elizabeth Colbert-Busch ’79

Board Member

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Arts – Art 

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

Mrs. Colbert-Busch is the Director of Business Development for Clemson University Office of Economic Development. She is responsible for Clemson University Restoration Institute’s (CURI) private-public strategic planning for business and economic development. CURI’s projects and programs, totaling approximately a quarter of a billion dollars, include the U.S. Department of Energy’s $49M grant to build the state-of-the-art SCE&G Energy Innovation Center. CURI is home of the Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility, the Duke Energy Electric Grid Research, Innovation and Development Center (eGrid), the Warren Lasch Conservation Center and the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center, opening the fall of 2016.

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. 

Mr. 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.

Dr. Linda Swain Crabbe ’78

Board Member

Charleston, SC and Sumter, SC
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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 over 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.

Mrs. 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

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.

Ms. Bartina Lorick Edwards ’87

Board Member

Charlotte, NC
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. 

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. 

Mr. Robert (Bob) Flynn ’04

Board Member

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

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Bachelor of Science—Business Administration

Affiliations: College of Charleston Rowing; Raleigh Alumni Chapter Vice President.

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’ of accounting experience in the Charleston area. She is a partner in the local and regional accounting and tax consultant serving high net worth individuals and businesses with less than $100 million in assets. Extensive experience with; IRS Compliance, IRS Defense, GAAP Compliance, and small business accounting, Quickbooks certified pro-advisor: Quickbooks for Mac, Quickbooks for Windows, Quickbooks Enterprise Solutions and Quickbooks Online.

Affiliations: ADPi, CofC Parent

Mrs. 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—Spanish at 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.

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 5 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 earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, in 1997. As a former college basketball player, he pursued a career as a professional basketball player and began his career playing in Europe. Throughout his 8 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 and three children: Simone, Grace, and Aaron.

Affiliations: College of Charleston Basketball; Former Student Athlete;

Mr. Mitchell Leverette ’85

Board Member

Manassas, VA
Committee:  Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Science – Geology 

Master of Science in Geology/Geochemistry - Sul Ross State University 

Mr. Leverette currently serves as the Chief of the Solid Minerals Division of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Prior to this position, Mr. Leverette served as Deputy Division Chief for Solid Minerals Division.  The Bureau of Land Management is the nation’s largest federal land management agency, managing over 245 million acres of surface estate and over 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate. Mr. Leverette works in the BLM's national headquarters in Washington, DC. and manages a staff of approximately 16 senior professionals including mining engineers, geologists, leasing specialists, several analysis, and an economist.

Mr. Leverette and his wife, Sylvia, have two sons, Mitchell Chase and Matthew Hayden. The Leverette family lives in Manassas, VA. 

Affiliations: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; VP, Geology Club; President, SC Black Student Association; S.U.M.A (Student Union for Minority Affairs); Recipient of CofC Distinguished Alumni Award, (Eddie Ganaway Award); Alumni Association Mentor Program; Collaboration with CofC faculty on Selection of Dept. of Interior Sustainable Development Award Winners; Keynote Speaker, Alumni Black Caucus Annual Conference; CofC Career Fair, Northern Virginia; Washington DC Alumni Association; Volunteer, Pennington Traditional School; Recipient, Department of Interior Superior Service Award; Jack and Jill of America; Boys and Girls Club.

Mr. John Christopher (Chris) Mattox ’02

Board Member

Fort Mill, SC
Committee:  Strategic Area III (Give Back)

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Bachelor of Science – International Business 

Master of Business Administration - Georgia State University 

Mr. Mattox is the President of Carolina Recycling & Consulting LLC in Matthews, NC. He and his wife, Michele, live in Fort Mill, SC with their two sons, Nolan and Graham.

Affiliations: Elevation Church; Lead with Character; Bethany Christian Services; College of Charleston Mattox Family Scholarship.

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, also a 1984 CofC graduate, for 32 years. They have three daughters and an son. Their oldest daughter, Caitlin, graduated from the College in 2010 and their second daughter, Allison, graduated in 2016.

Affiliations: 1770 Society;

Mr. 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. Pierce is the director of marketing for BoomTown, a real estate sales & marketing software company in Charleston. He and his wife, Leigh Ann Pearce '03, live on Isle of Palms with their children; Ella and Samuel Rivers Pearce, Jr. 

Affiliations: CofC TV; CofC Radio; Honors College

Mr. 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.

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

Mrs. Carmen Sessions Scott ’96

Board Member

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committee:  Stragetic Area I (Stay Informed)

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Bachelor of Arts - Political Science 

Juris Doctor - University of South Carolina 

Mrs. Scott is a lawyer with plaintiffs’ firm, Motley Rice. She helps lead the firm’s mass tort pharmaceutical litigation by managing complex personal injury and economic recovery damages cases on behalf of victims of medical negligence, harmful medical drugs and devices and corporate misconduct.  With a focus on women's products, Carmen has been on the forefront of national contraceptive litigation. 

Carmen and her husband, James, live in Mt. Pleasant with their two children. 

Affiliations: Board Member of the South Carolina chapter of Make-A-Wish; American Association for Justice, Exchange Advisory Committee member and Co-Chair, AAJ Mirena®IUD Litigation Group; American Bar Association; SC Association for Justice; SC Women Lawyers Association; 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyer; 2013 Charleston Regional Business Journal Forty Under 40; former Charleston County Friends of the Library board member.

Miss 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 Association ‘13-’14, 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 Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, Leadership CofC, Charleston Visitors Bureau, The Rising Tide Society Summerville co-leader 

Ms. Debra Turner ’78

Board Member

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committee:  Finance

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Bachelor of Science - Business Administration 

Certified Public Accountant 

Ms. Turner is a certified public accountant, and currently serves as Partner in Charge of the Charleston office of WebsterRogers LLP.  Debra resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC. 

Affiliations: Trident CEO Council; Former Center for Women and Coastal Community Foundation Development Board; Past President, SC Association of CPAs; SC Board of Accountancy; SC Women in Leadership. Recent honors include the Service to the Accounting Profession Award (SCACPA), Influential Women in Business (Charleston Regional Business Journal), and Women to Watch (Experienced Leader Category) (AICPA).

Mr. John D. Wakefield ’94

Board Member

Tampa, FL
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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 SC

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.

Neysa N. Burkes Williams ’95

Board Member

Charleston, 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, Columbia, South Carolina

Ms. Williams recently retired after 22 years of service from the U.S. Army. Her last position was as the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Director of Public Affairs and Media/ Community Relations at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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.

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

Miss 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 Alumni Chapter; 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

Mr. 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. 

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. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Biology, and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. While a CofC student, Neil was a member of the men's tennis team. He is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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.

Amanda M. Guido ’19

Student Alumni Associates Representative

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

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Bachelor of Science: Business Administration
Bachelor of Science: Hospitality and Tourism Management

Ms. Guido is a rising senior at the College of Charleston. She works for a career management firm as an administrative and marketing coordinator. Ms. Guido is a founding member of Sigma Kappa at the College of Charleston, and served on the first executive board. She is now using her current position in Sigma Kappa to plan events to encourage Alumni involvement with the sorority and with College of Charleston.

Affiliations: Student Alumni Associates, President; Sigma Kappa, Vice President of Alumni Relations; Leadership CofC; Order of Omega.

Mr. Anthony (Tony) Meyer '49

Executive Secretary Emeritus

Charleston, SC


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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, S.C. at the College 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.