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Check out our May 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 May edition.

May 2017


Neil Draisin has been elected to serve as the College of Charleston Foundation Board representative on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Neil is an optometrist and owns Draisin Vision in Charleston, SC.


Lenny Branch of Sullivan's Island, SC, retired in 2012, and has literally and figuratively been "living the dream", crisscrossing America on two-lane highways with friends and his wife, Sondra, in his 1956 Hudson Hornet Custom. He offers one piece of advice: Retire as soon as you can. Don't wait. Live your dream!


Otto German of Mount Pleasant, SC, was awarded the Special Presidential College of Charleston Impact Award at the College of Charleston's 2017 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards. Otto is the assistant athletic director for compliance in the College's athletic department and president of the College's Black Alumni Council. 


Karen Luhrs is retiring from the field of education as a French and English teacher, and most recently as a guidance director with the Charleston County School District. Karen is an adjunct professor in school counseling at The Citadel's Graduate College.

Julian Wiles is founder and producing artistic director of Charleston Stage, which has won the Best Local Theater Company award in the City Paper's Best of Charleston 2017 Awards. Their play, Mary Poppins, won Best Non-Piccolo or Spoleto Play.


David Parler has been named principal of Camp Road Middle School, a new joint middle school that will serve all of James Island, SC.


Phil Frandino works as an eco-tour captain and educator for Charleston Sailing Adventures and in the Charleston area, and is currently working on lining up musicians for the Tall Ships Charleston Festival in May 2017.

Suzanne Manseau Green moved her business, Millie Lewis Model & Talent Agency, to downtown Summerville, SC. The boutique-style agency is celebrating 38 years in the Lowcountry.

Greg Padgett was awarded The President Theodore Stern Visionary Award at the College of Charleston's 2017 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards. Greg is the past chair of the College's Board of Trustees and CFO of Fennell Holdings, Inc. in Charleston, SC.


Cheryll Novak Woods-Flowers (M.S. '99) is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker International in Mount Pleasant, SC, and was named a member of the Sterling Society for 2016 sales.


Liz Boyer Caldwell has been selected to receive the 2017 American Red Cross Humanitarian Award. The award is bestowed on those who embody the spirit of the American Red Cross through their contributions to the welfare and quality of life of South Florida residents. Liz is an Estate Agent with Premier Estate Properties in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Tammy Carroll Coghill was elected to the College of Charleston Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is manager of local government and economic development for SCANA in Charleston, SC.

Scott Ward was elected to the College of Charleston Alumni Board of Directors. He owns Merchants Gate, LLC, a real estate development company in Pendleton, SC, and serves as a councilman for the Town of Pendleton.


Bartina Lorick Edwards has been elected to the College of Charleston Alumni Association Board of Directors. Bartina is an attorney in Charlotte, NC and practices business law, fair wage and labor/employment law. She also does human resources consulting.

Rita Hammond has been elected to the College of Charleston Alumni Board of Directors. Rita is a CPA serving Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and greater Charleston.


Jelain Chubb was appointed to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board. Jelain is the director of the archives and information services division and Texas state archivist at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin, TX.

David Frederick is a professional actor, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and the America Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He is presently working on directing and editing Where's Stephanie, an Indie film shot in South Carolina.

John Moore is director of enterprise architecture at Ahold Delhaize in Greenville, SC. The company is headquartered in The Netherlands.


James Green (M.S. '92) has been named associate vice president for planning and accreditation at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC.

Steven Niketas recently transformed The Westendorff in Charleston, SC into the second location of Stella's, a Richmond restaurant beloved for its hearty and saucy Greek-American dishes.


Samuel Weatherford is a physician assistant with Premise Health, Inc. in Wallace, NC, practicing primary care and family medicine. He and his wife, Lee, welcomed a son, Henry Gideon, on October 6, 2016. He joins big sister, Hannah.


Darin Rice will start his new position in June as principal of Ninety Six High School in Ninety Six, SC. Darin previously was assistant principal at Westview Middle School.

Gretchen Price Sosenheimer joined Brock Grain Systems, a global provider of grain storage, handling, conditioning, and structural systems, as business support group manager. The company is based in Indiana.


Paul Day represented the College at the presidential investiture at Sonoma State University in April. Paul is an account director for The Bulleit Group in San Francisco.

April Porter was recently granted membership into the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, a group focused on resolving DUI cases successfully. She earned her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, and is also a certified family court mediator. She lives in Chester, SC.


Matthew Gibson has been appointed executive director for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, a national model for public humanities programming. He earned both his master's degree and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Jennifer Billingsly '94, live in Charlottesville with their two children, Frannie and Bennett.


Sue Mills Campbell has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in North Charleston, SC as a Realtor.

David Zendzian is Chief Information Security Officer at New York Venture Bank in New York City.


William Applegate is in his 8th year of having his own law practice in Charleston, SC, Yarborough Applegate. LLC, with fellow graduate, David Yarborough '95. William owned the Dogpound restaurant on Meeting Street after his graduation from the College, and is now joining Michael Monen '96 in opening the 450 Pizza Joint on Sullivan's Island.

Rodney Conner has been elected to the College of Charleston Alumni Association Board of Directors. Rodney is the general manager of Sleep Inn hotel in Mount Pleasant, SC.


Quentin Baxter is a recipient of the 2017 Verner Award, a South Carolina Arts Commission honor representing outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. He also received The Eddie Ganaway Distinguished Alumni Award at the College of Charleston's 2017 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards.


Elizabeth Davis Nicodin has been named principal of Oakland Elementary School in Charleston. Elizabeth earned a M.Ed. in educational supervision from The Citadel.

Derrick Williams was elected vice president of the College of Charleston Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a partner with the law firm, Mickle & Bass LLC, in Columbia, SC.


Roberto Berrocal is the founding artistic director of the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series. He earned two master's degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in solo piano and vocal accompanying. He lives in Miami, FL.

Jeffrey Schilz has been appointed as interim president/ executive director of The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Jeff also serves as a member of the College of Charleston Board of Trustees. He lives in Greenville, SC.


Mike Smith is the president of the Florence, SC alumni chapter and has been elected to serve on the College of Charleston Alumni Association Board of Directors. Mike is a web developer and runs the website for The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M. He is also founder and CEO of, an online donation service for non-profits.


Evan Berry was awarded the Outstanding Staff of the Year for Excellence in Customer Service Award at the College of Charleston's 2017 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards. Evan works in the College's information technology department.

Peter DePasquale is director of government affairs for Nestlé Waters North America, in Stamford, CT.

Jessica Sawin Sage has been awarded the Charleston Women in International Trade Woman of the Year for 2017. Jessica is chief financial officer for Charleston's Rigging and Marine Hardware, Inc.

Craig Thornton was elected to the College of Charleston Board of Trustees by the South Carolina General Assembly in April. Craig works in risk management for Marsh and McLennan Agency, LLC as their non-profit practice leader. Craig and his wife, Lane Brown Thornton '02, live in Anderson, SC, and have two sons: Calloway and Davis.


Brad Banias presented at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Continuing Legal Education seminar titled: "Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in the Trump Era." Brad is an attorney with Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC in Charleston and has extensive experience in immigration litigation.

Sarah Jenkins was made a producing company member of Spirit Gum Theatre Company and is currently playing Vivienne in Temple Theatre's production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. She is also an administrative associate and acting teacher at The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem.

Amber Kamenicky works for U.S. Customs and Border Protection as branch chief, antidumping/ countervailing duty policy, in the Office of Trade. She lives in Arlington, VA.

Kristen Johnson Watson is the director of marketing for SageSure Insurance Managers, the largest independent residential property managing general underwriter in the country. She and husband, Charles, live with their two children in the Atlanta area.


Caroline Carpenter Bende has been elected to the College of Charleston Alumni Board of Directors. Caroline and her husband, Andras, live in Holly Hill, SC after spending a number of years in Europe. Caroline is a former cardiothoracic nurse and worked in the operating room at MUSC.

Graham Ervin was elected to the College of Charleston Alumni Association Board of Directors. Graham is director of sales at The Cedar Room at The Indigo Road Restaurant Group in Charleston.

Mark Groenheide is vice president and engineering lines underwriting manager at HDI Global Insurance Company in Chicago. He is responsible for the strategic growth of the company's portfolio and will lead all North American underwriting efforts.

Stacey Barber Hollings has been elected vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is a senior tax manager with Elliott Davis Decosimo in Charleston.

Kyle Strickland was awarded the Hubert J. Wolfe Award for Outstanding Original Research by the Endocrine Pathology Society at the United States College of American Pathologists annual meeting. He lives in the Boston area.


Grace Hubel was awarded Outstanding Faculty of the Year for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston's 2017 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards. Grace is an assistant professor in the psychology department at the College, and earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Michelle Mapp (M.P.A.) was awarded The Diversity Award at the College of Charleston's 2017 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards. Michelle is the CEO for the South Carolina Community Loan Fund.

Stephen Osborne and Grace Toland '11 were married on April 8, 2017. Grace is an assistant buyer at Celedon Home and Stephen is a sales executive at United Producer Group in Charleston.


Casey Martin left New Orleans and his successful business, Martin Mental Health, in the summer of 2017 to pursue a career in technology sales with Status:Go in Denver, CO. The gamble has paid off, and he is earning a professional M.B.A. at the University of Denver - Daniels College of Business.

Cameron Neal will open The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery in May on upper King Street in Charleston, SC. The cafe will offer coffee, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, as well as salads and sandwiches for lunch and a happy hour menu. Cameron previously worked as a commercial advisor for the Embassy of Brazil in Washington.


Keena Jordan serves as an American Heart Association basic life support instructor in Denver, CO. She has a son, Jordy Jackson Hunt, born February 2, 2015.


Ernest Brevard was awarded the Demetria N. Clemons Distinguished Mentor Award at the College of Charleston's 2017 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards. Ernest is the special assistant to the vice president for enrollment management and student success at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.

Stephanie Haney and Ian Joyce '08 were married March 25, 2016 and live in Chicago. Stephanie is a vice president at JP Morgan Chase and is president of the board of directors of Learn Scuba Chicago, a nonprofit SCUBA shop offering diving experiences for veterans, the disabled, and disadvantaged youth. Ian is an associate in global technology with JP Morgan Chase.

Annie Chambers Myott is the owner of Crafted Escapes, a boutique travel agency which creates luxurious, customized itineraries for special occasions around the world, specializing in honeymoons, family travel, anniversaries, and group trips. She and her husband, Nicholas, live in California.

David Rosansky earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from Drexel University in 2012, and works for SC HomeCare in Columbia, SC, as a home health registered nurse.

Katie Kozar Thompson and husband, Joseph, are proud parents of Madeline Elizabeth Thompson born on April 18, 2017. They live in Eutawville, SC.


Holly Cian and Stephan Amann '12 were married on December 16, 2016. They live in Asheville, NC.

Shannon Stuart married Matt Bystock on March 11, 2017 in the Caribbean. Shannon received an award in February for outstanding contributions to her employer, PTC, and is on the executive committee for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation Young Professionals Group. They live in Needham, MA.

Lacey Stallard is an onboarding specialist at BoomTown in Charleston, SC.


Jimmy Ettari works at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C. as the development coordinator for annual giving and communications.

Lindsay Frost was recognized for going above and beyond her core coverage area for Agenda, a Financial Times publication focused on corporate boardrooms, and also recently participated in a Harvard Business School Club of New York event with Vox media President, Marty Moe. She lives in the New York City area.

Benjamin Genn earned his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in May 2015, and is an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Claire Long earned her Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2015, and is the program coordinator for the Arts Management program at the College of Charleston.

Kristen McCutcheon and Andrew Mauldin '08 were married on October 29, 2016. Kristen is a physician assistant at Charleston Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy.

Sarge Pepper and Emily Anne Scott were married March 25, 2017, and live in Northeast Harbor, ME. Sarge is a boat captain and fly fishing guide for Island Cruises on Mount Desert Island. Emily Anne is beginning the accelerated nursing program at Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health in Boston.

Dani Wisch and Thomas Schocklin were married March 18, 2017, and live in Charlotte, NC.


Chris Bailey (M.P.A. '15, M.A. '15) has been elected to serve as the Graduate School's representative on the College of Charleston Alumni Board of Directors. Chris is the associate director for recruitment and marketing in the Honors College.

Diedra Weber is studying in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University for her master of science in health sciences, and expects to graduate in 2019.


April Adams (M.P.A. '17) has been promoted to marketing and public relations coordinator for the Town of Mount Pleasant, SC. She was also selected to be on the Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council as a community representative.

Ross Poletti is a sales director at Great Wave in San Francisco, a salesforce consulting company.

Mollie Saunders married Thomas Oswald on May 30, 2015. Mollie is the guest relations manager at Duck Bottom Plantation in Rembert, SC.

Alex Pappas is the engagement coordinator for Lowcountry Local First, an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization made up of more than 500 local businesses and community leaders working to transform and model a sustainable local economy in the Charleston area. Alex will work to increase membership diversity, lead sponsorship recruitment, coordinate events, and support the community of local businesses.


Billy Glik is an inside sales representative at BOARD International in Boston, MA.

Kaitlin Moorer Guffey was presented the Dean's List award for outstanding grade point average after her first year at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Basseterre, Saint Kitts.


Hammed Sirleaf is earning his M.S. in educational leadership studies at Oklahoma State University, and expects to graduate in May 2018.

Margaux Williams of Towson, MD, is a featured artist in a Baltimore art show hosted in several private homes in the area. Her art includes several pieces from her studies in Paris.