Class Notes October 2020

By John Stabinger
Posted on 25 November 2020 | 2:39 pm

Class Notes

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Check out our February 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 January and February editions.

October 2020


Karen Collins is a Professor of Accounting at Horry Georgetown Technical College and resides in Myrtle Beach, SC. Ms. Collins earned her MPA from Clemson University.


Anne Quarles Campbell is a Teacher for Outschool and resides in Greer, SC, with her husband, Russell.


Paige McCormick is an RN at Palmetto Behavioral Health. Ms. McCormick earned her ADN from Trident Technical College this year. She lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband, Chuck McCormick ’95, and their three sons.


Bryan Fletcher is the President of Jilco Kitchen and Bath in Charleston, SC.


Melissa Ward Watson is running for Congress in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. Ms. Watson earned her MAT from The Citadel in 2001. She resides in Florence, SC, and has two children, Morgan and Douglas.


Spiros Ferderigos was sworn in as Family Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit on Friday, June 26, 2020. The Honorable Spiros S. Ferderigos earned his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2003. He resides in Charleston, SC, with his wife, and their three children.


Mary Jane Connor is the new Creative Director for Bizzy Bizzy in Madison, WI. Ms. Connor earned her MA in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2009. She married Corey Uselman in 2016. The couple resides in Madison, WI, with their son, Collins, and their puppy, Richard.


Stephen Collins is the new Vice President of Convergent Capital Partners in Tampa, FL.

Bob Flynn and his wife, Jacki, welcomed Juliana Grace Flynn in June 2020. The Flynn family resides in Holly Springs, NC.


Dheepa Varadarajan Johnston and her husband, Ben Johnston, announce the birth of their second child, Nash Benjamin Johnston in April 2020. Nash joins big sister Neena Lillian Johnston. The Johnston family resides in Matthews, NC.


Jessica Forman Norwood is an Inside Sales Manager: Strategic Business Development for BMC Software in Cary, NC. Ms. Norwood is also the Owner and Founder of Knotty Girl Publishing, LLC, where she is the author of the Your Hair is Magic line of books. She resides in Wake Forest, NC, with her husband, Brandon Norwood ’05, and their two children, Aston and Roman.

Michael Reid (MS) is a Credit Risk Analyst for State Street Bank in Boston. Mr. Reid and his wife, Lydia, reside in Methuen, MA, and welcomed their son, Mason Reid, in January 2020.


Will Breard was awarded the Permanent Staff Member Award from the College in June. Mr. Breard is the Circulation and Shelving Manager at Addlestone Library on campus.

Erin Kee McGovern is the Director of Programs, Center for Benefits Access, for the National Council on Aging in Arlington, VA. Ms. McGovern earned her JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2011, and her LLM in agriculture and food law from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2013. Ms. McGovern and her husband, Conor, welcomed their first child, Frances, in July 2019. The McGovern family resides in Cheverly, MD.

John Nail is an Associate at the Atlanta law firm Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Tax Controversy Section. Mr. Nail earned his JD from Wake Forest University in 2014.


Eric Helms is a Clinical Research Associate II for Rho, Inc. in Durham, NC. Mr. Helms’ abstract titled “Programmatically Harmonizing the Electronic Trial Master File and Investigator Site File Using SAS” was accepted at the 28th SOCRA Annual Conference in 2019.

Sara Perry (MPA) has served as the Executive Director of Respite Care Charleston for the last two years. Respite Care Charleston is a nonprofit that provides support and services to those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Ms. Perry resides in Charleston, SC.


Laura Grantham is a GIS Technician for the City of Palm Bay in Florida. Ms. Grantham earned her MS in GIS and her MA in Classics both from the University of Arizona. She resides in Palm Bay, FL.


Dil Patel is completing his Neuro Radiology Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. Dr. Patel earned his Doctor of Medicine from MUSC in 2015.

Lindsey Fisher (MS) is the new Chief Financial Officer of Peter Michael Winery in Calistoga, CA. Ms. Fisher married Chris Stowe in December 2019. The couple resides in Healdsburg, CA.

Charles Williams is a Portfolio Specialist for Fidelity Investments. Mr. Williams married Lauren Byrns in November 2017. The couple resides in Jacksonville, FL.


Melissa Colebank is a Customer Support Manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and lives in Denver, CO.

Holly Hair is a RN at Roper St Francis Healthcare in Summerville, SC. She earned her BSN from MUSC in 2013.

Rosalia Palomino is a Registered Nurse at Children’s National Medical Hospital and lives in Washington, D.C.


Tara Kay is a Physician Assistant at Delaware Cardiovascular Associates. Ms. Kay earned her MMS from Arcadia University in 2017. She resides in Dover, DE.

D. Sherwood Miler IV ’13 and Margaret Tanner Miler ’11 welcomed their first child, Daniel Sherwood Miler V, on September 19, 2020. Dr. Miler is a general practice dentist in Beaufort, SC, and Mrs. Miler is a certified physician assistant with Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group.

Catherine Tapia is the Assistant Manager, Madewell & JCrew Denim Pre-Production & Development/Raw Materials in New York City.

Madeleine Westerhout published her first book, Off the Record, on August 11. The book is an account of her time working as President Donald Trump’s executive assistant in the White House. Ms. Westerhout resides in Washington, D.C.


Meredith Looney Dantzler married Zach Dantzler in December 2018. Ms. Dantzler is the Assistant Principal for Anderson School District 3 in Iva, SC. She earned her MEd from Anderson University in 2016 and her EdS in administration and supervision from Clemson University in 2019. Ms. Dantzler was selected as the Starr Elementary Teacher of the Year 2019-2020 and the Anderson Distrcit Three Distrcit Teacher of the Year 2019-2020. She and her husband reside in Anderson, SC.

Amy Johnson Gerhardt was awarded first place in Women’s Portraits and second place in Men’s Portraits for state level competition through the South Carolina Professional Photographers Association. Ms. Gerhardt is the Owner and Lead Photographer for Pink Chair Photography, LLC, in Goose Creek, SC. She and her husband, Jerry, have two children and one grandchild.

Blake Ross is studying dentistry at the Dental College of Georgia with plans to graduate in 2022. He resides in Evans, GA.


Jillian Barry is a Travel Recruitment Manager for VetIQ Staffing. Ms. Barry is a committee member of the Carolina’s Charlotte chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has been recognized for her fundraising efforts for the past two years. She resides in Charlotte, NC.

Whitney Hood Creech is the Practice Administrator for Kristin Saville, DDS. Ms. Creech earned her MS in healthcare administration from Liberty University in 2018. She and her husband, Kyle, reside in Charleston, SC.

Adam Eldin is the Head of Public Relations for ADH Creations, LLC, in Morganton, NC. Mr. Eldin is studying nonproliferation and terrorism studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies with plans to graduate in August 2021. He is also specializing in financial crime management and Arabic.

Mary Gryska is an Account Executive for KUT and KUTX Public Radio and resides in Austin, TX.

Emily Knopf is a Talent Acquisition Partner for OneTrust in Atlanta, GA.


Charlie Hayden is an AO, Senior Associate for AllianceBernstein in New York City.

Parker Lintz is an Aeronautical Analyst for Garmin in St. Louis, MO. In his free time, Mr. Lintz is a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor.

Kesha Rainey works in the Global Trade Leadership Development Program at Raytheon Technologies. Ms. Rainey earned her MBA from West Texas A&M University in December 2019. Upon graduating, she launched her retail business, Simply Charmed Greek, which was established to nurture the bonds shared between sorority sisters across all Greek communities. Ms. Rainey resides in Rembert, SC.

Brooke Roman is a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid Works in Fredericksburg, VA. She earned her JD from William & Mary Law School in 2019.

Benjamin Volk is an Assistant Consultant for Red Queen Group, LLC. Mr. Volk earned both his MBA in sustainable business and his MS in environmental policy from Bard College in 2019. He lives in Charleston, SC.


Sara Maria Coleman was awarded the Temporary Staff Member Award from CofC in June. Ms. Coleman is the Group Fitness and Personal Training Director with the Campus Recreation Department. She resides in Goose Creek, SC.

Patrick Cornely is the Director of Business Development for HCA Healthcare in Nashville, TN. He is working towards his MBA at Liberty University with plans to graduate in 2022.

Hannah Star is a Recruiter, Talent Acquisition for IPG Mediabrands in New York City.

Suzi Vallez is a Kindergarten Teacher at Mount Pleasant Academy and resides in Charleston, SC.


Erin Day is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Ms. Day received the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship which will fund her position for the next three years as she continues her bioinspired polymer research. She is currently studying to earn her PhD in chemistry with plans to graduate from UNC in 2023. Ms. Day resides in Carrboro, NC.

Maret Williamson is a Media Buyer for Motivated Marketing in Charleston, SC. Ms. Williamson joined Motivated Marketing in June 2019 as a Junior Media Buyer. She resides in Mount Pleasant, SC.


Samantha Anyim is the Founder of ANEW-CORE, a spiritual and life coaching company that focuses on the LGBTQ+ and indigent communities. Ms. Anyim is working towards her MAT at the Relay Graduate School of Education with plans to graduate in 2022. She has recently been accepted as an educator within the Teach for America school system. Ms. Anyim resides in Fort Worth, TX.

Leah Bancheri is an Assistant Space Planner Analyst for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and resides in Arlington, VA.

Yann Cloître is an Operational Excellence Manager for Amaris Consulting Group (Mantu Group) based in Geneva, Switzerland. This year, Mr. Cloître earned his master’s in international business from the EM Strasbourg Business School, spending his last year of the program studying at CofC. Mr. Cloître resides in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hannah Hunter is an Events Associate for Reagan Events in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Taylor-Ann Vega is a Manager at Planet Fitness and an Independent Consultant for Arbonne. She resides in Goose Creek, SC.

Rebecca Welch is a Receptionist and Social Media Assistant for Bulldog Tours in Charleston, SC.


Zach Elmer is a Web Developer for Logisticus Group in Greenville, SC.

Jasmine Shabazz is a National Youth Advisory Council Member for PERIOD based in Portland, OR. Ms. Shabazz is an MS candidate at Furman University studying community engaged medicine with plans to graduate in 2021. She resides in Greenwood, SC.