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January 2017


Sylvia Craver Harvey has been elected chair of the Charleston School of Law Foundation. Sibby is a Board of Trustees emerita of the College of Charleston and a past president of the College of Charleston Alumni Association.


Neil Draisin was recently awarded the prestigious Clarence L. McEachern Hall of Fame Award by the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA).  This award is presented to an optometrist who has a long and distinguished career of service and dedication to the profession and the advancement of its causes.  In the 100 year history of the organization, he is the 21st physician to receive this acknowledgement.  Neil owns Draisin Vision in Charleston and also currently serves on the College of Charleston Foundation Board.


Dan Moore recently published a book entitled, Promise Lost: Stephen Joyner, the Marine Corps, and the Vietnam War. A friend and fellow Marine officer, Lt. Joyner embodied all that was good about America. He fell in battle in Vietnam in 1968. The book is available through Amazon and a Kindle version has recently been released.


Vic Rawl has been elected chairman of Charleston County Council. Vic has served as an assistant solicitor, legislator and circuit court judge. He is beginning his third four-year term on City Council.


Bubba Taylor, owner of Fat Cat Productions, was one of the music professionals included in the first Lowcountry Hall of Fame induction ceremony this winter.  The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor the legacy of the biggest contributors to Lowcountry music.


Randell Stoney has been appointed managing member at Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC.  Randell has been with the Charleston law firm since 2006, and focuses his practice on premises and product liability, construction law and general liability litigation.  He is also a South Carolina Supreme Court certified mediator and arbitrator.


Michael Covington is managing director of Speedwell Group LLC, a government relations firm in Columbia. Michael lobbies the SC General Assembly, specializing in transportation, conservation, and renewable energy.


Chris Cochran has joined Redan Construction LLC  as director of project management and business development in Charleston.

Larry Gale is a senior systems engineer and data architect for the Medical University of South Carolina.


Ian Hamilton is president and CEO of the Hamilton Port Authority in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Ian first became interested in transportation and logistics while studying international business at the College. For the past eight years, he has served as vice president of business development and real estate for Hamilton Port Authority.


Alicia Seay works for the Elizabeth Spencer Winery in Rutherford, CA as the Eastern United States sales manager.


Jonathan Gray, a veteran musician best known in Charleston as the bassist and co-founding member of the rock band, Jump, Little Children, was one of many presenters for the "Pecha Kucha XXV: All Things Musical" arts festival in November.

Clay Grayson is a partner in the Charleston law firm, Grayson Thomas LLC, and an expert in intellectual property law. He recently participated in a roundtable discussion in the Charleston Regional Business Journal on business and the digital world.  Clay earned his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law, his master's in international business from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina anfd his LLM from  New York University School of Law.

Jason Hustedt represented the College of Charleston at the presidential inauguration at the University of Delaware in December.  Jason is an associate professor in human development and family studies at the University of Delaware.


Beth Pierce Meredith is director of technical solutions for cyber security and health IT for KBRwyle, who offers specialized engineering and scientific technology to the U.S Department of Defense, NASA, and a variety of other federal agencies.  Beth and her husband, Rob, live in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Vivianne Henrick Smiler is senior manager of communications at Deloitte in Atlanta, GA.  She and her husband, John, have one son.


Carter McCoy married Heather Moffat on November 12, 2016. Carter also earned his M.Ed. in Montessori integrative learning from Endicott College in March 2015.


Aaron Berger recently was featured in the Jewish Times for his work at the Breman Museum in Atlanta. Aaron celebrated his fifth anniversary as the museum's executive director in December.

Matt Lynch is executive director at Venue Inc. in London.  He and his wife, Keisha, have two sons: Liam and Noah.


Alicia Garcia De La Rosa is the co-vice president of recruitment at Achievement First, a growing network of non-profit, high-performing, college-preparatory, K to 12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children, regardless of race or economic status.


Keisha Boyd Hawes is spokeswoman for the Go Red for Women campaign in the Lowcountry, which supports heart problem survivors, pushes for heart-healthy legislation, and assists in fundraising for the American Heart Association. Keisha was featured as a Health Care Hero in the Charleston Regional Business Journal in December.

Jay Karen (MA) and Carrie Lyndrup (MPA '04) were recently featured in The Daniel Island News. Jay is CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association, and Carrie is an independent college counselor and managing partner of Carnahan Lyndrup.  They have two children: Marley and Jonah.

Margaret Anne Florence Siachos and her husband, Peter, welcomed their first child, Quinton Terry Siachos, on October 25, 2016. The Siachos family lives in Hoboken, NJ.  Proud grandmother is Hope Morris Florence '70.


Jamie Self and Seth Gadsden '03 welcomed twins, Holt Currence Gadsden and Seta Ard Gadsden, on November 1, 2016.  The twins'grandparents are Frank Gadsden '80 and Lisa Alexander Gadsden '78.


Fabiana Claure and William Villaverde have moved to Corinth, TX. Fabiana finished her DMA at Miami University, and is now on the faculty at the University of North Texas, where she is the director of career development and entrepreneurship in music. William Villaverde also has his doctorate and continues to run remotely their Superior Academy of Music in Miami.

Michelle Quaranto Kramer is a project specialist for security with Palmetto GBA, based in Columbia, SC. She and her husband, Glen, have two sons and live in Mount Pleasant. Michelle was awarded senatorship from the Jaycees (JCI) last November, having served as president of the Charleston Junior Chamber Jaycees since 2013. She also became an aunt in June 2016.

Kelly Smith works as the music editor for the weekly Charleston City Paper. She was one of several presenters for the "Pecha Kucha XXV: All Things Musical" arts festival in November.


Michael Kalista joined St. Jude Farms in Green Pond, SC, as an operations assistant.


Kome Oboh married Timothy Edward Jaeger on July 1, 2016.

Jennifer Shannon Pyne was named one of Central Pennsylvania Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" for 2016. Jen is a general dentist and managing partner for Locust Lane Dental Group in Harrisburg, PA.


Dan McCurry is a musician, songwriter, indie label executive for Hearts and Plugs, and veteran music scenester. He was one of several presenters for the "Pecha Kucha XXV: All Things Musical" arts festival in November.

Erin Glaze Nathanson and Justin Nathanson and their business, The Southern Gallery, were featured in The Post and Courier newspaper. The Charleston art gallery hosted the "99 Problems" art show and exhibit in December, which featured 100 submitted pieces from all levels of artists.


Katie Davis was awarded the Optometric Horizon Award by the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA). The recipient must have exhibited initiative and involvement in SCOPA and the community within five years of graduation from optometry school. Katie is an associate optometrist and director of vision therapy at Draisin Vision in Charleston.

Justin Gadsden and his wife, Alexandra, welcomed their second child, Collette Arnett, on August 19, 2014. Collette joins big sister, Hadley. Proud grandparents are Frank Gadsden '80 and Lisa Alexander Gadsden '78.

Henry Riggs was curator of the comedic series, Rip City CHS, an unfiltered variety show featuring original sketches and characters, live music and art. The series was designed to celebrate the 14 years the Redux Contemporary Art Center has been cultivating local art at its St. Philip Street location. Henry is also one-half of the comedy duo, Nameless Numberhead.

Kathryn Rogers is retail operations manager for Anthropologie brand at Urban Outfitters Europe and Asia. She resides in London.

Cole Spradling is a senior pricing analyst with KBRwyle in North Charleston. He has started a new business, STRYKE LURES, which specializes in designing and selling offshore fishing tackle to sporting good retailers across the country.


Meghann Stubel Batchelor has been named director of station relations at WFAE, Charlotte's NPR News Station.  Meghann has been with the station since 2013.

Audrey Witt McCalley and Matthew McCalley (M.S. '12) are the proud parents of Nadine Aria McCalley, born December 4, 2016.

Kelly Dewes Mooney has accepted a position as human resources assistant at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.


Annie DuPre is a consultant to the Institute for Security Studies and earned a master's in global policy studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in Africa's development and conflict and was recently published by the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa. She co-authored an article entitled: Cooperation between African States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Caroline Eubanks is a content creator in Atlanta and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Recent clips and bylines include: Google Trips, The Knot, BBC Travel, AAA, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Joshua McFadden and Kalyn Cogswell '12 were married on September 30, 2016, at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Kalyn is an occupational therapist at the Medical University of South Carolina and Joshua is manager of SK8 Charleston for the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. The newly designed skatepark will be one of the premier skateparks in the country.  Josh and Kalyn met while competing on the College of Charleston swimming and diving team.

Sophia Lee Sineath is the creator of Sophia's Schoolhouse, a learning tool for the Georgia Historical Society's website. The website has hundreds of primary resources, lesson plans, and classroom activities to aid teachers in educating students in Georgia's history.


Brooks Bostick is founder of On Sight, a full service eCommerce consulting firm that builds websites and helps small businesses sell their products online. Brooks splits his time between Boulder, CO, and Charleston.

Charles Carmody, director of the Charleston Music Hall and Parliament Charleston board member, worked closely with local artists in organizing "Pecha Kucha XXV: All Things Musical", a music festival that featured eight locally based presenters.


Chris Bailey (MPA '15, MS '15) won the 39th Kiawah Island Golf Resort Half Marathon with a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 19 seconds.  Chris is the associate director of recruitment and marketing for the College of Charleston Honors College.

Liam Duffy, an associate with Rosen Hagood, was recently named one of the Stars of the Quarter for the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Liam was recognized for his involvement as co-chair of the Courthouse Keys Committee.  Liam practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation.

Sarah Miller is owner of Canvas Charleston, a company which provides personalized  art gallery tours, She is also the 2017-2019 president of the Charleston Gallery Association.

Jessica Schwartz became program manager at Harvard Yard Child Care Center in Cambridge, MA.  She earned her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia in 2014.

Elyse Chubb Welch is a brokerage associate with the retail services group in Colliers International's Charleston office.  She has been elected sponsorship chair of the local chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.


Kayla Brown is the operations and development associate at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin. Kayla is also a dance company member with Chaddick Dance Theater.

Marion Lake earned her master's in social work from the University of South Carolina in May 2016. Marion works for the Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs as a health science specialist, crisis line responder.

Madeleine Westerhout has been working for the Republican National Committee for over three years and  is the assistant for the RNC's chief of staff. Since the presidential election, she has been assigned the role of gatekeeper for dignitaries meeting with Donald Trump in New York City.


Sarah Baumgarten participated in Miami University's Earth Expeditions global field course in Hawaii in the summer. Sarah took the graduate course in pursuit of her master's degree from Miami University's Global Field Program.

Erin Byrum married Matthew Riley on October 29, 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. Erin is a tax associate at Dixon Hughes Goodman in Charleston.


Anna Dean was named a Health Care Hero in the Charleston Regional Business Journal for rescuing a child who was trapped in a tire sinking in a retention pond. Anna works in a doctor's office and is also an athletic trainer and mentor for student-athletes at R.B. Stall High School in North Charleston.

Erin Francisco is assistant executive housekeeper and provides support for the front office at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville.


Katherine Gibbons is working at the accounting firm, Ernst and Young, in scenic Providence, RI. She spends her spare time studying for the Certified Public Accounting exam.

Becca Starkes is a content marketing specialist in the Charlotte, NC office of Blue Corona, an internet marketing company.

Warren Steele is currently working as an intern at Seed Global Health, a not-for-profit which strives to strengthen health education and delivery in places facing a dire shortage of health professionals by working with partner countries to meet their long-term health care needs. Warren is also working on a master's degree in public health from Boston University, focusing on health policy and law.