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Check out our June edition of Class Notes! Please submit your own Class Note via our online form. We’ll feature you in the next email edition, online, in College of Charleston Magazine, and possibly even on our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Here are just a few highlights from the June edition.

June 2017


Sam Stafford was a speaker and honorary degree recipient at one of the College's May commencement ceremonies. Sam is a dermatologist in Mount Pleasant, SC and is a past president of the Alumni Association and current Foundation Board member. He and his wife, Nancy Webb Stafford '70, were the recipients of a 2017 Anthony Aston Honor given by the Footlight Players in recognition of significant contributions to the arts or cultural life of Charleston.


Henrietta Golding has been named a South Carolina Super Lawyer. She is an employment and labor attorney with the McNair Law Firm in Myrtle Beach, SC. She also serves on the College of Charleston Board of Trustees.

Doc Norton is a warfighting information system specialist for the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. He has received four consecutive awards as San Diego's Author of the Year, and the General Deming Award for Military Historical Research and Writing. He has authored ten books on Marines and Marine Corps history with both Random House Inc., and Naval Institute Press.


Louester Smalls Robinson received the 2017 Legacy Award for Education from the Sister Summit Foundation in Charleston on May 12. She is the dean of the Palmer Campus for Trident Technical College.


Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, a former congressional candidate and current director of business development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston, addressed graduates of the College at one of the May commencement ceremonies. She also received an honorary degree from the College. Elizabeth serves on the College of Charleston Alumni Board of Directors.


Carol Parker George-Hieronymus, of Hixson, TN, is the market executive for Merrill Lynch, responsible for leading eight wealth management offices in Tennessee and Alabama. In the past, Carol has been in national leadership roles in areas of business, risk/compliance and service management.


Kitty Shertzer Robinson has announced her plans to retire as president and CEO of the Historic Charleston Foundation in December. She has led the foundation which advocates for preservation of the city's historic architecture and for sympathetic new construction for the past 17 years.


Steve Pstrak, of Gilbert, SC, was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent by the South Carolina Governor's Office. This is the second highest award given by the Governor for exemplary volunteer service. Steve continues to volunteer his time in support of establishing a new fight song for the College.


Jennifer Miller has been selected as Charleston County administrator, the first woman in county history to serve in this position. Jennifer was previously the deputy county administrator of human services and has been with the county since 1986.

John Tiller has been named in the 2017 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers. John is an attorney in the Charleston office of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd and specializes in personal injury.


Liz Buxton is the executive director for the Bluegrass Land Conservancy which protects land in the greater Bluegrass Region of Kentucky through permanent conservation easements for current and future generations.

Eric Frazier, of Charlotte, NC, is digital communications strategist for The Duke Endowment which assists people to strengthen communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds, and enriching spirits.


Steven Arsenault is an attorney with Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC, in Columbia, SC. Steven earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his LL.M. from the University of Florida. He specializes in taxation, business law, estate planning and tax credit transactions.


Roger Amrol has been promoted to President of BOSCH Tool Corporation North America in Mt. Prospect, IL. Roger has worked at BOSCH since 2009 as President of SKIL North America, and President of Accessories, North America.

Keith Farfone and Regan Hodges were married May 20, 2017. Keith is a sales manager for Trident Funding Corp. and is based in Charleston.

Nancy Terry Lucas has been promoted to digital media manager at E. Boineau and Company, a Charleston-based public relations, strategic marketing and crisis communications firm.


Gus Jahnke is the vice president of finance and controller at Tandem Hospital Partners, LLC. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and is also a C.P.A. Gus and his wife, Delores Hanson Jahnke '93, live in Houston with their daughter, Amanda.


Tracey King Bible was promoted to manager with Your Part-time Controller, LLC in the Washington, DC office.

Wendi Manuel-Scott, associate professor and George Mason University's director of African and African American Studies Program, is the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Alcalde Family Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.


John Bouvette has joined SouthCon Building Group, LLC, as a senior project manager. He has more than 30 years of commercial construction industry experience.

Scott Ruth is an owner of the newly-formed Richmond real estate brokerage firm: Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville, or SRMP.


John Alessi was one of the College's May commencement speakers and received an honorary degree at the ceremony. He is the chief financial officer for Whip It Inventions in Miami, FL.


Brad Middleton joined AgentOwned Realty as a Realtor in the Mount Pleasant, SC office. Brad has 18 years of sales and marketing experience.


Nicole Scoggins Donaghy is a Realtor for Re/Max Purpose Driven in Lexington, SC.

Angela Kouters has been hired as interim chief of staff for Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN. Angela was previously a director in the legislative affairs division of the United States Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.

Valerie Sitton Kowbeidu, of Mount Pleasant, SC, teaches at Trident Academy and was a finalist for the South Carolina Independent School Association's 2017 Lower School Teacher of the Year.


Alicia Thornhill Parsons is director of philanthropy at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.


Bradley Banias was recognized by the South Carolina Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in the field of immigration law. Bradley lives in Charleston and is an attorney with Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms LLC.

Jeffrey Bogdan was recognized by the South Carolina Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in business litigation. Jeff lives in Charleston and is an attorney with Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms LLC.

Ben Byrd has been included in the Virginia Super Lawyers as a Virginia Rising Star, placing him among the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Ben is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke. He earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.


Jennifer Jefferies Brown has joined AgentOwned Realty as a Realtor in the Summerville office. Jennifer and her husband, Matthew, have two children, Christopher and Owen.

Laura Suitt Perkinson is a practice manager at Affluence Financial Group in Charleston.


Aaron Alger has been named the general manager of The Drury Inn and Suites in Fort Myers, FL. Aaron has been with Drury since 2013 and is a 15-year hotel industry veteran.

Gray McDowell earned his M.P.S. from Penn State University in 2012 in human resources and employee relations and is a human resources development officer for Hyundai MOBIS in Plymouth, MI.

Ashley Martin Wendt, of Charleston, is the maternal and child health director for March of Dimes South Carolina, an organization that strives to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.


Adam Haselkorn and Erin Corpening Haselkorn '07 are owners of Benny Palmetto's on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant and Benny Ravello's on King Street in downtown Charleston. Both restaurants are known for their giant 28-inch pizza and late night by-the-slice pizza options.


Kristen Munsey Beckham has joined the Leadership South Carolina board of directors. Kristen is external affairs director for Dominion Resources, one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. She and her husband, Chris Beckham '05, live in Columbia.

Elizabeth McGough Bowers and husband, Brandon, are proud parents of William Brooks Bowers, born on November 13, 2016. Elizabeth is a development and marketing manager for Leroy Springs & Company, Inc. in Fort Mill, SC.

Dan Lacey was named one of San Diego's best attorneys for 2017 by San Diego Metro. Dan is an associate attorney for Ferdinand IP and was awarded a Justice Anthony Kennedy Scholarship to attend California Western Law School.


Katie Heath and Ben Douglass were married in Charleston on May 26, 2017. Katie is the director of alumni relations and events at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston.

Miles Kimbrough is a consultant for NetImpact Strategies, LLC, in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Maria Fort, live in Fairfax, VA.

TJ Spears has been recognized by the Florida Black Pages as one of the Top 20 Under 40 Most Influential Young People in Jacksonville. TJ is a learning and development facilitator, and manager for Fidelity Investments.


Caroline Atkinson married John Nettles on May 6, 2017, in Mount Pleasant, SC. Caroline graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina's College of Nursing and works at the MUSC Children's Hospital.


Rachel Horn married Matt Haywood on April 1, 2017. Rachel is a marketing associate for Blake Real Estate, Inc. in Washington, DC


Julie Jones Perotti of Charleston, has joined Equiscript, LLC as corporate counsel. Julie has a law degree from the Charleston School of Law.


Chip Barnes is an account manager at Applied Data Technologies in Raleigh, NC.

Derek Fronabarger was selected for the fall 2015 White House Internship Program and worked in the East Wing under Michelle Obama on her initiative, Joining Forces. Derek is the deputy director of legislative affairs for The American Legion in Washington, DC.

Ross Kressel is a learning and development consultant for Bank of New York Mellon in Pittsburgh. In 2016, Ross earned his M.B.A. from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Daniel Winters, of Longmeadow, MA, earned his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine on May 5, 2017.


Matthew Moore has joined Twin Rivers Capital, LLC's brokerage division in Charleston. The company is a privately-held real estate investment, development, and brokerage company.


Amy Schlepphorst and Alex Cattran were married on April 15, 2017. The couple resides in Arlington, VA.

Michael Dahlman of Charleston started his own walking tour company, Calico Jack and Cree. Michael personifies an 18th-century pirate while giving walking tours three times a day.

Brian Kreutz, of Charleston, is traveling the world with Remote Year, a program designed to allow employees to work remotely and also travel. Brian will live in a new country each month for a year, spending time in Europe and Latin America.

Mimi Striplin of The Tiny Tassle, has partnered with Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender to bring a balloon and gift shop, Cannonborough Collective, to the Charleston peninsula. The shared space on St. Philip Street will allow local brands to rent space to sell their merchandise.

Brison Taylor works for the City of Clinton, SC, as assistant division manager for the city's water treatment plant.


Jennifer Fowlkes has been named sales manager of Liquid Catering in Greenville, SC. The company is a premier special event bartending company.

Jacqueline Hazlett graduated in May from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a master's degree in criminology.

Melissa Jacobs of Summerville, SC, graduated from Clemson University with an M.A. in communication, technology, and society in May.

Alayna Johnson is a legal assistant for the Washington State Attorney General in Seattle.

Sarah Mosteller was one of ten artists headlined at ArtFields in Lake City, SC, a festival featuring more than 400 works of art from twelve southeastern states. Sarah's inspiration comes from identity, balancing paradoxes, and cultural and artistic qualities. She combines her two passions of metal work and fiber arts.

Phillip Smith is working on his masters of architecture degree at the University of Notre Dame, and expects to graduate in May 2019.

Jenalyn Walton has joined the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston as development coordinator.

Chelsea Wright is the operations manager for Marriott International - Courtyard by Marriott in Jupiter, FL. Chelsea's hotel was recently named in the top percent of Courtyards in the United States.


Laura Akin (M.Ed.) is a teacher of exceptional children for the Charleston County School District.

Caroline Cordina and husband, Timothy Kirvin, are proud parents of Presley Grace Kirvin, born on January 10, 2017. The family lives in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Victoria Simpson will attend Hampton University for her doctorate in physical therapy. She has served on the Board of Directors for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as one of two undergraduate members-at-large.