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By John Stabinger
Posted on 30 March 2020 | 5:58 pm

2021 Board of Directors

Officers

Derrick L. Williams ’99

President

Columbia, SC
Committee: Chair, Executive Committee; Nominating Committee; ex officio member of all committees
AA Board Service: 2014 – present

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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; College of Charleston Foundation Board; John Belton O’Neall American Inn of Court; Past President, Riverbanks Zoo Society; South Carolina Board of Law Examiners; Richland County Bar Association Executive Committee Member; former member, College of Charleston Attorney Assistance Program; former cross country and track team captain.

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch ’79

President-Elect

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committee: Executive Committee; Nominating Committee; Chair, Strategic Plan Committee; ex officio member of all committees
AA Board Service: 2015 – present

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Bachelor of Arts – Art
Bachelor of Science – Business with Minor in Global Logistics and Transportation
Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters

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.

Michael R. Renault ’95

Past President

Charleston, SC
Committee: Chair, Nominating Committee; Chair, College of Charleston Alumni Association Past Presidents
AA Board Service: 2011 – present

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Mr. Renault is the owner of Image360, a locally-owned signs, graphics and displays company that is part of a North American franchise network. Previously he held various positions in the banking industry during his 21-year career including sales and management responsibilities in retail and commercial lending as well as commercial real estate and wealth management. 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 across South Carolina and parts of Georgia.

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

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

Randy E. Adkins ’98, ’04

Vice President

North Charleston, SC
Committee: Executive Committee; Chair, Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2016 – present

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

Rev. 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: Kira, 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.

Devon Wray Hanahan ’87

Vice President

Charleston, SC
Committee: Executive Committee; Chair, Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2016 – present

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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, Bishop England High School; Board of Visitors, Kanuga Conferences in NC, Supervisor for Casa Hispana; Chair, Faculty Compensation Committee; Basic Spanish Language Coordinator, Hispanic Studies Advisory Board.

Laurie Minges ’83

Vice President

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committee: Executive Committee; Chair, Strategic Area III (Give Back)
AA Board Service: 1997-2001, 2020-

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Bachelor of Arts – French

A long time member of the Charleston residential real estate community, Laurie Minges is a Broker for Dunes Properties. Over her 25+ years in the business, Ms. Minges was instrumental in the growth of Mt. Pleasant’s I’On neighborhood, and owned Places Real Estate from 2005-2016. She and her partners merged Places with Dunes Properties in 2016, and Ms. Minges continues to represent buyers and sellers in the Charleston area.

While at the College, Ms. Minges was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She worked in the Admissions and Alumni offices and served as a Student Alumni Ambassador. Ms. Minges has volunteered for the College in various roles over the years and remains eternally enthusiastic about her Alma Mater.

A native of Camden, Ms. Minges has lived in the Charleston area for nearly three decades. She currently resides in Mt. Pleasant with her daughter, Lucy.

Affiliations: Member and Past VP, CofC Alumni Board (1980’s and 1997-2001); Delta Delta Delta Charleston Alumni (Past President, House Corporation Board Member); Ashley Hall School; Grace Episcopal Cathedral; the Junior League of Charleston; Gibbes Museum of Art Women’s Council; The Carolina Assembly.

Brady Quirk-Garvan ’08

Vice President

North Charleston, SC
Committee: Executive Committee; Chair, Finance Committee
AA Board Service: 2016 – present

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Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

Mr. Quirk-Garvan is an owner of Money With a Mission, an impact investment firm. While headquartered in Charleston they serve clients across the country who want to align their values and financial life. 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; former Chairman of Charleston County Democrats.

Karen Burroughs Jones ’74

Executive Secretary

Mount Pleasant, SC
Committees: Executive Committee; Ex Officio Member of all committees
AA Board Service: 1997-present

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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 30 years, building lifelong relationships with the alumni community. She has two children.

Affiliations: Society of Alumni, Cougar Club, Chi Omega, Chi Omega House Corporation, Staff Advisory Committee to the President

Board Members

Lancie A. Affonso ’96, ’08

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Science—Business Administration
Master of Science—Computer Information Science
Master of International Business (MIBS) – University of South Carolina

Lancie Affonso is a senior instructor with a joint appointment in Computer Science and Management and Marketing at the College of Charleston. He serves as the Director of the Data Science B.S Program and as the Honors Faculty Fellow and director of the freshmen Honors Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community (ELLC). He has two children; Malaika and Amani.

Affiliations: Honors College, International Club, Association of Computing Machinery

Morgan L. Best ’12

Board Member

Charlotte, NC
Committee: Strategic Area III (Give Back)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Science – Psychology
Master of Business Administration—The Citadel Military College
Master of Health Administration—The Medical University of South Carolina

Ms. Best currently resides in Uptown Charlotte, NC where she serves as the Founder and Managing Consultant of M.L. Best Consulting. M.L. Best Consulting is a 100% minority, woman-owned and operated executive to mid-level leadership search and career development firm with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion being at the core of its values.

She spent many years prior to delivering top talent through seamless, client-focused service to companies within the Healthcare, Government, CPG, Technology, and Private Equity spaces. Prior to starting her own firm, she served as the Healthcare practice leader responsible for client development and full-cycle recruiting within an Executive Search firm, and led recruitment and retention for a large health system.

She has a proven track record of building meaningful, long-lasting relationships with both candidates and clients by delivering high-quality service in an efficient manner to support her clients’ organizational strategy, mission, and vision.

She is also the proud owner of IIXC Clothing Boutique which provides chic clothing and accessories for women.

Affiliations: NAHSE (National Association of Health Service Executives); ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives). While at the College of Charleston, Morgan was a member of groups that promoted recruitment, retention, and engagement of diverse students on campus.

Liz Boyer Caldwell ’85

Board Member

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2021– present

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration

Over the course of a multi-decade career that has generated more than $1 billion in sales, Liz Caldwell has amply earned her reputation as a top-tier real estate professional, leading voice in the industry for South Florida. Ms. Caldwell currently works at Compass Florida, LLC. Formerly with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, she was the top sales agent in the Weston office for four years, was named a member of the Presidential Advisory Council, was honored with Coldwell Banker’s Premier. During her tenure with Esslinger, Wooten Maxwell, a foremost Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate, Ms. Caldwell was acknowledged as the top Broward County agent for 10 consecutive years, claimed her as #2 the company for 2008. Starting in 2014, she received annual recognition as a Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist. She was recruited in 2015 by Premier Estate Properties, a Christie’s International affiliate that only sells properties with values exceeding $1 million. Ms. Caldwell is also a founding member of the Master Brokers Forum, serving on the Advisory Board as Membership Chair, since 2010 has hosted a local ABC 10 real estate news show about the South Florida market.

Affiliations: Delta Delta Delta; Resident Assistant, Broward County chapter of the American Red Cross Board, Broward County’s Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross (co-chair), Junior League of Greater Ft. Lauderdale (sustaining member), Junior Welfare Society, Jack Jill Friends Board, St. Thomas Aquinas High School Foundation Board, Executives Association of Fort Lauderdale, Parent Association Board of the University of San Diego.

Linda Swain Crabbe ’78

Board Member

Sumter, SC
Committee: Strategic Area III (Give Back)
AA Board Service: 2018 – present

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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 Tandem Health. 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 Prisma Health Tuomey. They love living in a small town and have enjoyed raising their four daughters and spending time with their seven 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.

Lydia Pruitt Davidson ’75

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area III (Give Back)
AA Board Service: 2019 – present

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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 partners, Lydia P Brooks (her daughter) and Leonard Krawcheck.

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

Catherine Sandlin Dority ’99

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2019 – present

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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.

Bryan H. Eastman ’99

Board Member

Atlanta, GA
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Science—Business Administration

Mr. Eastman is a founding partner and President of Stokesman Luxury Homes, a custom home building company in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr Eastman was previously with IBM, also in Atlanta, where he lives with his family which includes one son, Gavyn.

Mr. Eastman is a Volunteer Pilot for Angel Flight Soars, Inc., where he invests his own pilot time and plane to provide transportation for patients in need of medical treatment far from home.

Affiliations: Sigma Phi Epsilon; Atlanta CofC Club past president.

Otis E. Engelman Jr. ’69

Board Member

Summerville, SC
Committee: Finance Committee
AA Board Service: 2021–present

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Bachelor of Science—Chemistry
Medical University of South Carolina—Doctor of Medicine
Family Medicine Residency—U.S. Naval Hospital—Pensacola, FL

Dr. Engelman lives in Summerville, SC, with his wife, Debbie, where they raised their two children after leaving active duty in the Navy. He practiced Family Medicine for thirty-six years and was a founder of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians. He now practices with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Affiliations: Pi Kappa Phi, The Cistern Society, Sculpture in the South.

Sarah L. Exell ’07

Board Member

Johns Island, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Science – International Business
Bachelor of Arts – French

Ms. Exell is a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Starting her financial services career in New York in 2007, Sarah has worked in different capacities within the industry including analytical and trading support roles as well as banking and financial advising. Ms. Exell is an active part of the local art community and lives on Johns Island with her husband, Eric.

Affiliations: Board member, CofC Student Affairs Board of Advocates; past President, Student Alumni Associates; Senior Class President ’07; past recipient ExCEL Student of the Year – School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs.

John L. Flack ’01

Board Member

Charlotte, NC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Science – Accounting

John Flack is a native of Rutherfordton, NC. After graduation, John remained in South Carolina in the Midlands and Grand Strand. After nearly 20 years in the automotive industry, John has recently moved to Charlotte, NC, and is the CFO for the Mills Automotive Group.

Affiliates: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Student Alumni Associates.

Ceth W. Land ’94

Board Member

Manning, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Arts—Political Science
Juris Doctor — University of South Carolina

Mr. Land has spent his career dedicated to law. After completing law school, he spent the early part of his career as the Law Clerk for Circuit Court Judge L. Henry McKellar. In 1998, he joined the law firm Land Parker Welch LLC as a partner where he currently practices. His primary areas of practice are personal injury, family court, and criminal court.

He and his wife Amy Anders Land, reside in Manning, SC, with their three children James Ceth Land, Carolina Elizabeth “Bitsy” Land ’20, and William Anders Land.

Affiliations: Pi Kappa Phi; Clarendon School District Two Board of Trustees 2004-Present (Board Chairman 2009-11, 2020-2021); Clarendon County Disabilities and Special Needs Foundation, Foundation Chairman 2009-Present; Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member 2016-Present; Clarendon County Community Development Corporation, Board Member 2009-Present; Congaree Land Trust, Board Member 2017-Present; Clarendon County School District Board of Trustees, 2021 (Board Chairman 2021).

Forest E. Mahan ’93

Board Member

Aiken, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Arts – History
Master of Arts – History — University of South Carolina
PhD – Higher Education Administration – University of South Carolina

Dr. Mahan is the President of Aiken Technical College. With 25 years in the South Carolina Technical College System, Dr. Mahan began as a history instructor at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and later became Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Northeastern Technical College before arriving in Aiken. Focused on the mission to provide affordable, accessible higher education to the greater Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), Dr. Mahan champions the development of a highly-skilled workforce to serve the industries in the region.

Affiliations: South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, Aiken County United Way, Savannah River Site – Community Reuse Organization, Rotary Club of Aiken, Aiken Performing Arts, and South Carolina Technical College Association.

Kirk E. Moore ’84

Board Member

Sewell, NJ
Committee: Finance Committee
AA Board Service: 2018 – present

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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;

Ashley B. Nance ’02

Board Member

Florence, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Science- Business Administration
Juris Doctor- Charleston School of Law

Mr. Nance is an Attorney in Florence, SC, and is a shareholder in the law firm, King, Love, Hupfer & Nance, LLC. The primary focus of his practice is on personal injury cases arising from motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents and premises liability matters. He also represents clients in criminal cases, family law matters and agricultural cases as well. He and his wife, Danielle Blaker Nance, have two children: Blaker and Eloise.

Mr. Nance is very active in the Florence community. He is a founding member of the Pee Dee Alumni Club for the College of Charleston and has served as President. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Florence County and is a Founding Member of the Circle of Excellence at McLeod Health. He’s a member of the Fellows in Education, Florence County School District, an Advisory Board Member at Signature Wealth, and is a Basketball Coach at Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School.

Affiliations: South Carolina Bar Association, Florence County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Act of 1964 Panel – United States District Court, District of South Carolina, Pee Dee Alumni Club, College of Charleston, Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Dil D. Patel ’11

Board Member

Savannah, GA
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2021–present

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Bachelor of Science- Business Administration
Doctor of Medicine- Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Patel is a Neuro Radiologist at Savannah Chatham Imaging in Savannah, GA. He recently completed his fellowship training in Neuro Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina, which was preceeded by residency training at Loyola University in Chicago, IL where he served as Chief Resident. After graduating from the College, Dr. Patel attended medical school at MUSC, where he remained involved in leadership and student government, serving as both his Class President for multiple years as well as Student Body President.

Claire Griffin Porter ’06

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2021–present

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Bachelor of Arts- Arts Management

Claire Porter owns and operates Lighthouse Real Estate alongside her husband Joe Porter ’06. Lighthouse Real Estate is an independent residential brokerage helping clients buy and sell properties throughout greater Charleston. Lighthouse also continuously works to address the need for quality affordable housing through the acquisition and management of homes throughout greater Charleston. With 55 units, they are boots on the ground advocates for the critical need for affordable housing in our region. Claire grew up in South Georgia but has now spent most of her life here in the Lowcountry. She and her husband have two daughters, June and Mary, and live in Charleston.

Mercedes Pinckney Reese ’07

Board Member

Goose Creek, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2019 – present

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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. Reese is the staff attorney for Charleston County School District. Ms. Reese joins CCSD from her role as Associate General Counsel at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to that, she was the General Counsel for South Carolina State University where she served as the Chief Legal Officer for the University. Her duties included reviewing contracts, evaluating risks, and advising its Board of Trustees, President, and senior administration. Ms. Reese 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 County Bar Association; member of the National Association of College University Attorneys.

Otis L. Robinson ’90

Board Member

Chapin, SC
Committee: Strategic Area III (Give Back)
AA Board Service: 2021 – present

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Bachelor of Science– Business Administration
Master of Business Administration– University of Virginia

Mr. Robinson has worked for Westvaco/MeadWestvaco, Alcoa, Reynolds Consumer & Packaging Products, and United Sporting Companies before starting his own consulting business which he currently operates from Chapin, SC. He is founder and Managing Principal of Robinson Business Consulting, LLC (RBC), a certified minority-owned business that provides business and supply chain process improvement services as well as coaching for supervisors, managers, and executives. With more than 25 years of experience in Supply Chain and Business Improvement practices progressing to executive and leadership levels, Otis formed RBC to help companies promote growth, reduce costs, increase profits, and increase service levels.

John D. Rutenberg ’92

Board Member

Myrtle Beach, SC
Committee: Finance Committee
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Art – Political Science; Minor in Communications
Juris Doctor – New York Law School
Masters Media Studies – New School University
Graduate School of Banking – ABA Stonier at The University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Rutenberg is the Senior Vice President/Market President at Truist Bank in Myrtle Beach, SC. Before joining Truist, Mr. Rutenberg was Regional Vice President for TD Bank, leading the commercial banking function of the bank for the greater Grand Strand, Pee Dee, and Cape Fear regions.  Prior to joining TD in 2011, Mr. Rutenberg held various commercial banking positions across his 17 years in banking, including roles in both management and sales.

Mr. Rutenberg grew up in Myrtle Beach. After graduating from the College in 1992, he moved to New York City where he lived for 13 years. While living in New York, Mr. Rutenberg worked as a Producer for CNN-New York and CNN-United Nations before attending law school. While in law school, Mr. Rutenberg worked for the New York City Law Department’s Medical Malpractice division. He moved back to Myrtle Beach in 2005.

He and his wife, Kim, have a daughter and son and live in Myrtle Beach.

Affiliations: Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors; Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce – Executive Committee Member; Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce – Chair / Financial Review Committee; Coastal Carolina University Athletic Foundation – Board of Directors; Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation Board Member; 2012 graduate of Leadership Grand Strand.

Ginger Dillard Selby ’86

Board Member

Daniel Island, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2021–present

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Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

Ms. Selby spent the first 26 years of her career in the upstate of South Carolina. She was president of Dillard Memorial Inc., her family business, which owned and operated two funeral homes and a crematory business in Pickens and Oconee Counties. She later served as National Director of Community Relations for Stewart Enterprises, Inc. She currently lives in Daniel Island, SC with her husband, Ed. She has two children; her son, Daniel Fahey, graduated from the College in 2015 and her daughter, Kathleen Fahey, graduated from the College in 2017. Mrs. Selby is currently a Director of Advance Planning at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc.

Affiliations: Former Advisory Board Member for Charleston Financial Services, Former Board Member of the College of Charleston Cougar Club, Former Member of the Board of Trustees of Cannon Memorial Hospital, Former Chairman of the Cannon Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Former Chairperson of Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Alpha Delta Pi, CofC women’s basketball and volleyball.

Stephen B. Smith ’83

Board Member

Greenville, SC
Committee: Finance Committee
AA Board Service: 2019 – present

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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

Susan Frederick Stewart ’80

Board Member

Columbia, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2021 – present

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Bachelor of Arts– Political Science
Juris Doctor – University of South Carolina

Susan F. Stewart is Vice President/ Underwriting Counsel for Commonwealth Land Title and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. She received her B.A. degree from the College of Charleston in 1980 and her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1984. She was engaged in the private practice of law through 1995 then began work as a South Carolina underwriting counsel. She is a Past President of the Palmetto Land Title Association, has served on the board of the Mortgage Bankers of Greater Columbia, is the 2014-15 recipient of the Property Records Industry Association Ernst Award for contributions to the recording industry, a recipient of the MBGC Associate Member of the Year Award, 2004 Better Business Bureau Arbitrator of the Year and taught paralegal studies at Columbia Junior College Professional Center. Susan is trained as an Arbitrator and Mediator, has served as Eucharist Minister for Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and Secretary and Board Director of Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina. Ms. Stewart serves on the Board of Directors of Marshwinds Homeowners Association of Folly Beach, SC, is a charter member of the SC Women Lawyers Association, former Secretary of Association of Corporate Counsel SC and is a Governor-appointed member of the Electronic Recording Committee. Susan is a member of the South Carolina Bar, wherein she has served as 2009-2010 Chair of the Real Estate Section and 2020-2022 as a member, 2011-2012 Section Delegate and on the Task Force on Professional Potential. She is also admitted to the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Court and U.S. Supreme Court. She has spoken on various real estate law and title insurance topics through the South Carolina Bar, Palmetto Land Title Association, and other private educational companies.

Miwako “Mimi” A. Striplin ’14

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2018 – present

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Bachelor of Arts – Communication; Concentration in Corporate Communication

Miss Striplin is the owner of The Tiny Tassel, based in Charleston, SC. 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 10 years.

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

Suzette Jeffries Timme ’84

Board Member

Arlington, VA
Committee: Strategic Area III (Give Back)
AA Board Service: 2020–

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Bachelor of Professional Studies – Organizational Leadership and Management

Ms. Timme is President/CEO of Indigo Asset Services, an advisory firm for commercial real estate partnerships and family offices. With over 25 years of industry experience, she acts as an Owner’s Representative, overseeing the financial performance of real estate portfolios. Prior to launching Indigo in 2017, Suzette was President of Weissberg Corp. overseeing real estate investment activity for its retail, office, multi-family, and industrial assets. She was previously Vice President of Asset Management and Leasing for Spectrum Partners and spent over 15 years in mall management including with Simon Property Group as General Manager of Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.

Throughout her career, Ms. Timme has served on numerous industry-related, civic, and non-profit boards. She has participated in several mentoring programs and holds four professional designations. She is a former Commissioner for Arlington County Economic Development and past President of Women in Retail Real Estate. She currently serves as a Board Member of Rosslyn Business Improvement District. She is a certified ski instructor and was President for Wintergreen Adaptive Sports.

A native South Carolinian who now resides in Arlington, Virginia, she is married to Rear Admiral William G. Timme (USN, ret.), and they have two daughters.

Affiliations: Rosslyn Business Improvement District, Board Member; Arlington County Economic Development, former Commissioner and Retail Task Force chair; Women in Retail Real Estate, Past President; Capital Speakers Club of Washington, DC; Urban Land Institute; Women’s Leadership Initiative of ULI; International Council of Shopping Centers; Building Owners and Managers International; Leadership Loudoun; Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, Past President, Board Member and Volunteer Ski Instructor; Professional Ski Instructors of America; and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Ryan M. Velasco ’02

Board Member

Washington, D.C.
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2021–present

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Bachelor of Arts – Historic Preservation & Community Planning

Ryan Velasco is Vice President at Laurel Strategies, a CEO advisory and strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C., where he oversees a portfolio supporting corporate executives across the biopharmaceutical, tech and private equity space. Ryan has more than 17 years of experience in strategic planning and communications, advising a range of clients in crisis messaging and brand reputation management, government relations, and public-private partnerships.

Prior to joining Laurel Strategies, Ryan was Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations where he advised the Federal Emergency Management Agency on engagement with key stakeholders to encourage increased investment in disaster resilience and hazard mitigation. During the Obama Administration, he served at the White House Council on Environmental Quality as a Deputy Associate Director, leading a key initiative of the President’s Climate Action Plan.

Ryan is passionate about historic preservation and environmental conservation. A native of Loudoun County, Virginia, he maintains close ties to South Carolina and returns often. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband, David McKnight.

Affiliations: The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership – Cohort IV of the D.C. Neighborhood College; Former Washington, D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and Commission Chair of the Committee on Planning, Zoning and the Environment; Former Co-Chair for the Disaster Preparedness Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Georgetown Ministry Center Winter Shelter volunteer; Editor of Design, The Miscellany, 2000 edition.

Ebony T. Venson ’18 ’20

Graduate School Representative

Committee: Finance Committee
AA Board Service: 2021–present

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Bachelor of Arts – Political Science
Master of Public Administration

Ebony Venson is a recent MPA graduate with a passion for politics, community planning, and women’s representation in government. Originally from Hartsville, S.C., Ebony received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Charleston in 2018 and dedicated her time on campus to helping recruit, retain, and empower students of color. Fueled by her desire to learn more about public leadership and policy, she enrolled in the University of Charleston’s Master of Public Administration program. As an MPA student, Ms. Venson centered her studies around strategic planning, city and county management, and nonprofit development. After graduating from the MPA program, she worked as a Lead for America fellow with the City of Chattanooga, helping expand economic mobility opportunities in communities of color.

Ebony currently works as a Program Associate with Smart Growth America, a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on creating safe, healthy and resilient communities.

Affiliations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omicron Delta Kappa, Black Student Union, Student Ambassadors.

Neysa N. Williams ’95

Board Member

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area I (Stay Informed)
AA Board Service: 2018 – present

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

Ms. Williams currently serves as the Community Engagement Director for Joint Base Charleston in Charleston, 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 Public Affairs Specialist for Moncrief Army Health Clinic at Fort Jackson training base in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, she worked at the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, as the Director of Public Affairs and Media/ Community Relations at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Ms. Williams lives in Charleston, 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.

Ryan J. Eleuteri ’02

CofC Athletic Fund Representative

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area II (Get Involved)
AA Board Service: 2020 –

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Bachelor of Science – Political Science

Mr. Eleuteri is the founder and owner of Charleston Beverage Company, a locally owned company that sells and produces Charleston Mix Bloody Mary nationally. Founded in the Lowcountry and still made locally, Charleston Mix is the #1 selling craft mix in the nation, and #5 overall. Born and raised outside Philadelphia, Mr. Eleuteri moved to Charleston in 1998 to attend the College of Charleston.

A 2002 graduate of the College, with a degree in Political Science, he resides in downtown Charleston with his lab Tyson.

Affiliation: College of Charleston Athletic Fund Board, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Alumni Associates Past President, 1770 Society; GOLD Society.

Kenneth S. “Gus” Gustafson, Sr. ’75

CofC Foundation Board Representative

Charleston, SC
Committee: Strategic Area III (Give Back)
AA Board Service: 2021 – present

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Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

As a student, Gus starred on the CofC men’s basketball team. He ranks second all-time in career scoring as his 36-year-old record was surpassed by Andrew Goudelock in 2011.

After a successful professional basketball career in France, he returned to Charleston and entered the insurance business working for CofC alumnus Robbie Heffron ’39. After retiring from Wachovia in 2007, he founded Great Underwriting Solutions, a consulting firm for small businesses on employee benefits and providing individual insurance services.

Gus served as the first president of the Cougar Club Board and was also past chair of the College of Charleston Foundation Board during his first tenure from 1992-2014. Gus served on the Alumni Board from 1988-1994, having served as President-elect from 1991-1992; President from 1992-1993 and Past President from 1993-1994. He is a member of the CofC Athletics Hall of Fame and was the 2013 Alumni Award of Honor recipient. In 2019, Gus was elected to serve again on the College of Charleston Foundation Board of Directors.

The New York native married Trisha Sullivan Gustafson ’72, shortly after graduating from CofC. The couple has one son and two grandchildren.

Affiliations: Pi Kappa Phi;CofC men’s basketball; Cougar Club Board; College of Charleston Foundation Board; Alumni Board (Past President); CofC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Keaton L. Penney ’22

Student Alumni Associates Representative

West Chester, PA
Committee: Finance Committee
AA Board Service: 2021– Present

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Bachelor of Science: Accounting; Minor in Global Logistics/Transportation

A native of West Chester, PA, Mr. Penney is a senior at the College of Charleston. When he is not busy with academics or work, you can find him walking around Charleston or at the beach with his dog.

Affiliations: President of the Student Alumni Association; Director of Alumni Relations for Phi Chi Theta.