Class Notes August 2021

By Darren
Posted on 3 August 2021 | 7:16 pm

Class Notes

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Check out our August 2021 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 August edition.

August 2021


Russell Sullivan is retired and living in Philadelphia with his wife, Myriam. Rev. Dr. Sullivan earned his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1986 and his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in 1997.


Alex Baumann is the Owner of Alexelerator Consulting. Dr. Baumann earned his PhD in French from City University of New York in 1994. He resides in La Seyne-sur-mer, France.


Elizabeth Mitchell Galliani is an ESL Teacher for District 65 Schools in Illinois. Ms. Galliani earned her MEd in counseling from The Citadel in 1992 and her MA in teaching from Loyola University, Chicago, in 1996. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Evanston, IL, with their three daughters.


Mark Snow is the Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing & Insights, for CTAM based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Snow earned his MBA from Emory University in 2001. He and his wife, Elizabeth Wallace Snow ’93, are loyal and generous donors to their alma mater every year, supporting the CofC Fund and the School of Business. They reside in Chapel Hill, NC, with their son.


Joe Haselden is the Director, Learning and Development, for Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Mr. Haselden earned his MA in business education from New York University in 2004. He resides in North Charleston, SC.


Tripp Guin is the Owner of TRIPP Commercial, LLC, in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Guin earned his MBA from the University of South Carolina in 2015. He is the Chair for the University Relations/Young Leaders for the Carolina Chapter of Corenet Global. Mr. Guin was also reappointed to the Board of Entrepreneurs Organization as the Member Integration Co-Chair. He and his wife, Caroline Wilson Guin ’95, reside in Matthews, NC.


Andrea McAlister Pinkston is the Vice President, Southeast U.S., for ManaMed. Ms. Pinkston is studying at The Citadel with plans to graduate with her MBA in 2022. She married Shawn T. Pinkston in 2019 and the couple has two children, Mary and Eli. The Pinkston family resides on Daniel Island, SC.


Jim Burkart is the Vice President, Growth and Business Development, for VPD Government Solutions. Mr. Burkart earned his MBA from George Mason University. He resides in Alexandria, VA.


Karis Clarke (MAT) is an Associate Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership, at Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Clarke earned her EdS in 2008 and her EdD in 2010 from South Carolina State University. She resides in Atlanta.

Dickie Dyas is the Director, Federal Sales Operations, for Comcast. Mr. Dyas married Candace Ripley Dyas ’14 in September 2017, and the couple welcomed their daughter, Brooke, in August 2019. The Dyas family resides in Leesburg, VA.

Marc McCain is the President and CEO of Peter Elish Investments Securities in Fort Worth, TX. He is a generous donor to the College, most recently supporting the Student Emergency Fund. Mr. McCain and his wife, Kayla, welcomed their son, Declan Locke McCain, in March 2020.


Amy Farley is the Operations Manager for Pulse Labs and resides in Kaysville, UT.

Brianne Steiner is an Assistant Public Defender for the 2nd Circuit Public Defender’s Office. She is a loyal donor to the College, having given to the CofC Fund every year since graduation. Ms. Steiner earned her JD from the Charleston School of Law in 2010. She married Chris Libby in July and the couple resides in Aiken, SC.


Annamaria Gorman married Matthew Brummett in August 2020. The couple resides in North Charleston, SC.


Molly Coates McCall is the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for Symrise. Ms. McCall earned her MS in health and exercise science from The Citadel in 2013. She and her husband, John, welcomed their second child, Lila, in June. Lila joins older brother, Grayson, and the family resides in Ladson, SC.

Chris Mellon earned his MA in Middle East studies from American University of Beirut in 2015 and his MA in international affairs from George Washington University in 2021. Mr. Mellon resides in Irmo, SC.

Erin Wendel Player and her husband, Alexander, welcomed their second child, Etta Elizabeth Player, in May. Etta joins older brother, Ascher Alexander. She has supported her alma mater with gifts to the School of Business and the CofC Fund. The Player family resides in Liberty Township, OH.


Shannon Vaughn Hodges is a Wedding Planner and Designer for Hill & Co. Creative. Ms. Hodges and her husband, Coleman Hodges ’09, welcomed their son, Benton Coleman Hodges, in April. Benton joins his older sister, Anne. The Hodges have been generous donors to the CofC Fund. The family resides in Hanahan, SC.

Liz Adams Williams is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Ms. Williams and her husband, Robert, welcomed their son, Liam, in February. The Williams family resides in Charleston, SC.


Laura Beigel is working for Olympic Broadcast Services on the production team in Japan that is creating the television broadcast of the Olympic Sailing events this week. Ms. Beigel is the CEO of Beigel Sailing Media. She resides in North Charleston, SC.

Madison Nix married Chase Davis in January and the couple resides in Little Rock, AR.

Tara Edgens is the Clinical Coordinator for Verbal Beginnings. Ms. Edgens earned her MS in applied behavior analysis from Regis College in 2017. She resides in Bethesda, MD.


Fred Quick is the Associate Director for Admissions at the College. He recently made a generous gift to the College’s 1967 Legacy Program. In May, Mr. Quick earned his MS in leadership from The Citadel. He resides in Goose Creek, SC.

Rebecca Szer is an Internal Medicine Senior Resident at Garnet Regional Medicine Center. She is a generous donor to her alma mater, making gifts to the Student Emergency Fund and the Alumni Fund. Dr. Szer earned her MA in health advocacy from Sarah Lawrence (2016) and her DO in osteopathic medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (2020). She resides in Fort Mill, SC.

Shelley Wise is an Athletic Trainer for White Knoll High School in Lexington School District One. Ms. Wise earned her MS in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She married Davis Taylor in March 2018 and the couple resides in Leesville, SC.


Savannah Cassidy is a Product Manager for Sony Music Entertainment and resides in New York City.

Meagan Conley is the Senior Director of Development for the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and resides in Charlotte, NC.

Kelly Doyle (MA) is the Open Knowledge Coordinator for the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Ms. Doyle and her husband, Augee Kim, welcomed their daughter, Sibyl, in October 2020.

Kayla Bogad Esan was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Global. She is a Development and Donor Relations Manager at North Carolina State University. Ms. Esan is a loyal donor to the College, supporting Jewish Studies and the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. She and her husband reside in Raleigh, NC.


Will Davis is an Account Manager for Ethox Chemicals and resides in Greenville, SC. He is a consistent and generous donor to his alma mater, supporting the CofC Fund and the School of Business since graduation.

Mary Eaton is the Beverage Operations Lead and Tasting Society Coordinator for Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group. Ms. Eaton reside in Petaluma, CA.

Tavaris Jones is an Accountant for Vaniam Group. Mr. Jones is studying at Grand Canyon University with plans to graduate with his MBA in 2022. He resides in Houston.

Ciara O’Brien is a Travel Partnerships Manager for The Telegraph and resides in London, England.

Leo Pate and Kayla Rose Pate welcomed their first son, Quentin William Pate, in May 2020. The Pate family resides in Simpsonville, SC.


Madison Chaney is an Insurance Agent for Mutual of Omaha where she received the Bronze Starter Award for hitting new advisor productivity goals. Ms. Chaney earned her MA in English from the College in December. She resides in North Charleston, SC.

Joseph Fontana is a Financial Systems Analyst for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and has been promoted to the next grade level within his title. Mr. Fontana resides in Silver Spring, MD.

Wilson Jones is an Investment Sales Analyst for CBRE and resides in Charleston, SC.


Logan Johnson is studying environmental science with a focus in urban sustainability and resilience at the University of Colorado, Boulder, with plans to graduate in 2023.

Bailey McFaden is studying international arts management at Southern Methodist University with plans to graduate with her Master of Management in December. Ms. McFaden resides in Boulder, CO.

Randi Smith is an Administrator at Pineville United Methodist in Pineville, NC. Ms. Smith was recently accepted to Duke University’s Master of Divinity program and is seeking ordination to become a pastor in the United Methodist Church. She is a generous donor to the College’s Alumni Fund and resides in Charlotte, NC.


Aden Ferillo (M.A. ’21) is an Assistant Planner for RRM Design Group and resides in Pismo Beach, CA. She has loyally supported the CofC Fund with a donation.

Eden McKoy is a Leasing Associate for SouthCoast and resides on Johns Island, SC.

Marcus Parris is a Contract Processing Specialist for Blackbaud in Charleston, SC. He generously donated to the College’s Student Emergency Fund through Swipe Away Student Hunger.


Anna Frederick is a Second Grade Techer at Cedar Hill Elementary School in Lawrenceville, GA. She is a loyal donor to the College, starting as a student giving back to the Student Emergency Fund and as an alumna to the Alumni Fund. Ms. Frederick resides in Atlanta.

Sam Gooding is a Financial Analyst for Infinity Real Estate Advisors, LLC, and resides in Atlanta. He is a generous donor to the College, starting as a student to the Student Emergency Fund and as an alumnus to the Anthony J. Meyer ’49 Scholarship Fund.

Liam Moore is a Production Analyst for Freddie Mac and resides in Arlington, VA. He is a loyal donor to the Alumni Fund at the College.


Maddie Heid is the Assistant Communication Director for Grace Episcopal Church and is a freelance Journalist for Island Eye News. Ms. Heid resides in Healdsburg, CA. She generously made a gift to the Student Emergency Fund this year.

Catalina Medici is a Counselor at Lake Isle Country Club and resides in Eastchester, NY.

Lindsey Ramsey is an Assistant Manager at LAKE Pajamas in Charleston, SC. As a student, she supported the Student Emergency Fund with donations and has given to the Alumni Fund since graduation.

Bianca Warfield (MA) is working towards earning her MA in secondary education with initial certification at the University of Kentucky with plans to graduate in 2022. Ms. Warfield resides in Moses Lake, WA.