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Check out our December 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 December edition.

December 2018


Patty Ricketts Scarafile was chosen as the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award by the College of Charleston Alumni Association. She is the CEO and President of Carolina One Real Estate in Charleston and has been actively involved in the creation of the Collegiate Recovery Program at the College.


Skip Baker will be retiring December 31, 2018, from Generation Contracting and Emergency Services, Inc., located in Poway, CA.


Kenny Johnson is Vice President of Soil Consultants, Inc., in Charleston, SC. He was the 12th person in the world to be certified as a Concrete Quality Technical Manager by the American Concrete Institute.


Chris Peralta Thompson is Director for the Division of Remediation with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation in Nashville, TN.


Sharon Brock Kingman received the 2018 Howard F. Rudd Jr. Business Person of the Year Award from the School of Business in November. She is a Technology and Marketing Consultant, past Chair of the College of Charleston Foundation Board, and currently serves on the School of Business Board of Governors. She and her husband, Rus, live in Clemson, SC.

Jorge Squier is Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain for GTM International. He earned his MBA in international business from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in 1981. He and his wife, Anne, live in Houston, TX.


Gary Thomas received the 2018 Pre-Medical Society's Outstanding Service Award in Medicine in November. He is an Oncologist on Hilton Head Island, and the immediate Past President of the South Carolina Oncology Society.


Liz Boyer Caldwell was elected to the Broward County American Red Cross Board and also received Christie's International Real Estate Luxury Specialist 2018. Liz is an Estate Agent with Premier Estate Properties in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Karen Moore is a Senior Registered Client Service Representative for UBS Financial Services in New York City.


Heidi VanDerveer received the 2018 Alumna of the Year Award from the College of Charleston Alumni Association in November. She is the Head Women's Basketball Coach for the University of California San Diego. She was recently named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year. She also was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II District 8 Coach of the Year.


Sally Davis Schneider (MPA '92) is a Paraprofessional Autism Specialist with the Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, VA. She and her husband, Bill, have two daughters, and the oldest is a freshman at the College of Charleston.


Betsy Barrineau has returned to Charleston and is working as a Paralegal for fellow CofC graduate, Natalie Parker Bluestein '87, at Bluestein & Douglas, LLC, a family law practice in Mount Pleasant.


Marty Viser is a Project Manager with Snyder's-Lance in Charlotte, NC. She recently joined the Charlotte CofC Alumni Club as Communications Chair and attended the Club Leaders Conference in Charleston during Fall Alumni Weekend.


Johnnie and Michelle Baxley were honored with the Alumni of Honor from the College of Charleston Alumni Association in November. The Baxleys have remained engaged in all aspects of the College through financial support of programs and scholarships and passionate support of student athletes and student organizations. Through their leadership, the student philanthropy group, Commited to Charleston (C2C), was founded.


Elizabeth Gore Meny earned her Juris Doctorate from City University of New York School of Law in May 2016 and has returned to the College of Charleston as the Associate Director of Admissions for Jewish Studies.


Molly Dennis Hamilton is the Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications for the College of Charleston Alumni Affairs Office. Molly and her husband, Trey, have two sons and live in Charleston, SC.


Caraline Young McClellan works at Danone North America in Broomfield, CO, as a Senior Manager, New Business Development. She and her husband, Bryan, have two sons.


Candice Hunt Acanfora has joined the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce as Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator for the CEO. She was previously the Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO at Roper St. Francis Healthcare.


Latarsha Grant Asby earned her credentials as a Licensed Independent Social Worker in October 2017, and is a Social Work Program Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Charleston, SC.

Mac Mitchell is Founder and Owner of Mac Mitchell Wine Co. in Santiago, Chile.


Rivers Pearce has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of STASH Storage, a company whose mission is to provide a better way for people to organize their lives through storage. He also serves on the College of Charleston Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Kathryn Bridge married Steven Angelo on June 16, 2018, and lives in Denver, CO.

Staci Dillard Koonce earned her MS in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University in August 2018. She received the Graduate Student Excellence Award and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Staci is an Academic Advisor with the College of Education at Clemson University.


Jeffrey Bogdan is an attorney with the Charleston, SC law firm Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC. He was named to the 2018 "Legal Elite" list published by Charleston Business Magazine for his work with tax and estate matters.


Dave Trausneck is now Vice President of Social Media with Stansberry Research in Baltimore, MD.


Karis Clarke (MAT) is Head of Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. She earned both her Ed.S. and Ed.D from South Carolina State University.

Melissa Palubiak Loy has joined Carolina One Real Estate and will be based in the Long Point Road office in Mount Pleasant.


Tanisia Charles, of Atlanta, GA, has joined Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP as the Attorney Recruiting Manager for their offices in Atlanta, Dallas, and Austin, TX. She will oversee entry-level and lateral hires for the firm in these locations.


Will Breard is the Circulation and Shelving Manager with the College of Charleston Libraries.

Jerry Casselano was the recipient of the 2018 Young Alumnus Award from the College of Charleston Alumni Association. He is the Vice President of Corporate Hospitality at ProVentures in Washington, D.C.

Elliotte Quinn has joined Steinberg Law Firm as an Associate Attorney based in the Summerville, SC office. He earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law.

Toni Rossi has recently been promoted to Manager at Mount Pleasant-based Moody & O'Neal CPAs. She has a master's degree in accountancy from Wake Forest University.

Trey Vereen is a Dentist in Aiken, SC, and owns a family and cosmetic dentistry practice.


Anjuri Jain lives in San Francisco, CA and is the Manager, Financial Reporting for Walmart, Inc. She is completing her MBA through Northeastern University, and is president of the North California CofC Alumni Club.

Ali Landers Lataille and her husband, Paul, welcomed their new daughter, Emma Kathryn, on October 10, 2018. Ali is an anesthesiology resident at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Mary Catherine Campbell and James Grant McCarty III were married on July 8, 2018, and live on Johns Island, SC. Mary is a Tax Auditor for the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

Sara Perry (MPA) has joined Respite Care of Charleston as Executive Director. She has more than 16 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors.


Michael Branch, of Anderson, SC, is a Solar Sales and Sustainabilty Consultant with Southern Current LLC, headquartered in Charleston, SC.

Thomas Mathewes has joined Parker's as a Real Estate Project Manager for the Charleston area.

Jennifer Arnold Maxwell was awarded Director of Sales of the Year for Hilton Garden Inn in 2017. She is the Charleston Area Director of Sales with Raines Hospitality in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Kate McGrath received her PhD in Human Paleobiology from The George Washington University in August 2018. She is now a EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Fellow at Universite de Bordeaux, France.


Erica Adamson is working at Montage Music in Los Angeles, CA, as Operations Manager.

Lainey O'Donnell recently joined Germain Dermatology as a Certified Physician Assistant. She earned her degree in physician assistant studies from South College in Knoxville, TN.

Carlee Reynolds Reyvas is Organizational and Project Manager with Island Touch in Toronto.


Karen Davison has joined the Charleston Regional Development Alliance as Global Business Development Manager.

Jessica AsheLynne Jordan, of Charleston, SC, married Christopher K. Fulghum on October 20, 2018.

Maria Jackson, of Watkinsville, GA, works as a Writer with Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, a community of changemakers contributing to a world of insight, connection, and purpose.


Jeff Aschieris has joined the wealth management and investment firm, Whittier Trust in South Pasadena, CA, as Client Advisory Associate.

Dyanne A. Vaught received her MA in Economics from the University of Michigan in May 2018.


Ty Robinson earned his Juris Doctorate at Charleston School of Law in May 2018 and is now an Attorney at Mark C. Tanenbaum, P.A. Law Firm in Mount Pleasant, SC.

McDavid Stoddard is the Director of Merchant Partnerships & Strategy at BorderX Lab in Sunnyvale, CA.


Jake Alexander is Project Coordinator at JLL Capital Markets Group in Charlotte, NC.

Master Bines has joined ERA Wilder Realty as a Real Estate Consultant. He was also appointed as a new member of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Youth Leadership Council.

Caroline Kenny earned her MS in Journalism at Northwestern University in 2016, and works at CNN as DC Producer forThe Lead with Jake Tapper and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

Miranda Whiting Lank recently moved to the Denver, CO, area and is employed with Fluor Federal Services as Reference Library Technician.

Madeline Pearse works as a Research Analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in San Francisco, CA. She earned her master's degree in public health from Boston University in 2017.

William Price completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Connecticut School of Law in May 2018. He passed the State Bar Exam and works as an Attorney at Silver Golub & Teitell LLP in Stamford, CT.

Nick Royal is the Rooms Coordinator at The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon, CO.


Jake Reynolds is a Project Manager with Silvergate Development, LLC, in San Diego, CA.

Bri Sabacinski has joined the College of Charleston Alumni Affairs Office as Alumni Research Assistant.

Madeline Jane Welch returned home this summer after a nine-month Fulbright Grant teaching English in New Delhi, India. In October, she started a new job as a Research Assistant at edCount, LLC, an education consulting firm in Alexandria, VA.


Jillian Barbaro is enrolled in a two-year program pursuing her Masters in Health Administration at Johns Hopkins University.

Joseph Fontana is working as a Financial Systems Analyst with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C.

Courtney Pourciaux has joined the Institutional Advancement team at the College of Charleston as the Planned Giving Associate.

Allyson Smith works at Surteco North America in Myrtle Beach, SC, as a Quality Control Chemist.


Ashlei King is a Marketing Assistant with Charming Inns of Charleston.

Hannah Manzi, of Mount Pleasant, SC, has been accepted through early decision at the Medical University of South Carolina. She will begin medical school in the fall of 2019.

Tyler Owens has joined CBRE Inc. as a Valuation Associate in the Charleston office.