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Check out the May edition of Class Notes below! 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

May 2019


Linda Swain Crabbe represented the College in April at the investiture of the president of Morris College in Sumter, SC. The College was second in the delegate procession following Harvard. Dr. Crabbe is a Pediatrician in Sumter and serves on the CofC Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Ron Cooper is a Senior Professor of Humanities and Philosphy and Director of the Honors Institute at the College of Central Florida. His new novel, All My Sins Remembered, was awarded the silver medal in the general fiction category by the Florida Book Awards. Ron and his wife, Sandra, live in Ocala, FL.


Bentley Powell Hornack and Robert Hornack's daughter, Elizabeth Bentley Hornak, will be attending the College beginning in Fall 2020. The Hornak family lives in Birmingham, AL.


Ericka Burroughs-Fournier is the Action Learning Coach for National Network of Public Health Institutes. She earned an MA from the University of South Florida in 1996, and an MPH from the University of South Carolina in 2003. She and Frank Fournier were married on March 24, 2019, and live in Deltona, FL.

Bill Welch was promoted to Principal Infrastructure Architect for where he leads design and documentation of infrastructure for their applications. He and his wife, Monica, were married on November 4, 2017, and live in Jacksonville, FL.


Eric Fogel received the Alumni Award for Achievement from the School of the Arts during Spring Alumni Weekend. For nearly 20 years, Eric performed in New York City as a concert dancer, and as a musical theatre performer in the city and on national tours of several productions before transitioning to work as a choreographer. He is currently in his ninth season at the Glimmerglass Festival in New York City as the Head of Stage Movement and Choreography.

Beth Reines Wheeler (pen name Beth Carsen) and her daughter, Grace, recently wrote a compilation of prose, poetry, and photography. Living with Grace: It's Not All Puppies and Rainbows speaks to interpersonal relationships and touches every cycle of a woman's life from love and life to death and reflection. It contains original artwork and photography from the Charleston/Lowcountry region but also from around the world. Beth lives in Clayton, MO, with Grace and her son, Carson.


Katie Miner is the General Manager for the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, the Southeast's destination for all things design. Katie and her husband, William Hakes, live in Marietta, GA.


Tameka Pooser-Baker earned an MA in Human Resource Management in 2008 from Webster University and is the Program Manager (HRIS) for the State of South Carolina, Department of Administration. Tameka has two children, Kalissa and Johnathan, and lives in West Columbia, SC.

JohnPaul Schutz received the Alumni Award for Service from the School of the Arts during Spring Alumni Weekend. He is a Foreign Service Specialist with the U.S. Department of State; mainly focused on VIP visit logistics and event management. He has served in four different countries overseas and is currently posted in Mexico City, Mexico. Additionally, he has completed short-term temporary duty assignments to London, England, and Lima, Peru. In 2016, JohnPaul collaborated on the creation of an event management course curriculum for the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Falls Church, VA. This fall, after more than ten years abroad, he will return to the U.S. to be a training instructor at FSI.


Donte' Shannon is the CEO of the Association for Equipment Management Professionals and resides in North Ridge, CA.


Michael Ann Mullikin Wilson received the Alumni Award for Achievment from the College's School of the Arts for her committment to supporting her community and serving others. Prior to her current position with Deloitte as Manager of Administrative Services for the company's Seattle, Portland and Boise offices, she served as Pacific Northwest Ballet's Director of Company Operations and Touring, and also worked with the Kennedy Center as Manager of Dance Programming. She is a board member for Seattle's Accelerator YMCA branch that provides holistic support to young people and their families who have experienced trauma.


Ginger Vallen received the Young Alumni Award from the School of the Arts at the College during Spring Alumni Weekend. Ginger is the Director of Special Events at Carnegie Hall, where she oversees the planning, production, and execution of approximately forty annual fundrasising, stewardship, and membership events. Money raised from these events is used to fund Carnegie Hall's artistic, education, and social imapct programs on a local, national, and international scale.


Timeka Green, of Goose Creek, SC, received her MBA with a focus on business and HR management from Webster University. She is an HR Generalist for Sharing Hope SC and has a daughter, Q'nashia. In 2015, Timeka received the National SHRM Scholarship from the SHRM Foundation, a values-based charity organization that champions workforce and workplace transformation.


Josh Cockrell and his wife, Brooke, announce the birth of their second daughter, Reagan Nicole, on March 10, 2019. The Cockrell family lives in Jacksonville, FL.

Kristen Bennett Hua was featured in the March 25th issue of the College's Faces to Know publication. She has worked for CofC for 17 years and is the Assistant Registrar for Registration and Course/Academic Events Scheduling. She lives in North Charleston with her husband, Manh, and their two daughters, Raina and Malia.

Casey Martin earned an MBA from the University of Denver in November of 2018, and was recently promoted to Account Executive at Marketo, an Adobe Company in Denver.

Michael Swink is a Certified Public Accountant and Investment Operations Manager for Virginia529. He earned his Master of Accountancy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009, and lives in Midlothian, VA, with his wife, Erica.


Whitney Hinds Coble represented the College in April at the Agnes Scott College presidential inauguration in Decatur, GA. She lives in Atlanta where she is an Associate Attorney with the Corporate Technology Group at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. She earned a JD from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.


Kelly Rakus received an MPA from Rutgers University in 2017, and is a Grants Management Specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia, PA. She recently returned from Mogadishu, Somalia where she served her second deployment with the U.S. Army Reserves.


Cecil Beeland recently earned an MS in Software Engineering from DePaul University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He and Jessica Vinesse were married on October 8, 2016, and welcomed their daughter, Evelyn, on April 5, 2019.


Lauren Frances Moore Evans received the Young Alumni Award from the School of the Arts at the College during Spring Alumni Weekend. She currently lives and works in Birmingham, AL, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Samford University. In 2014, Evans was a recipient of the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and worked as the Visual Arts Coordinator for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She earned an MFA from the University of Maryland.

Sarah Cawood earned a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and practices as an Associate Attorney for Bratt & Bratt on Hilton Head Island, SC. She and Carson Southerland were married on March 23, 2019.

Patrick Wilson has accepted a position as Associate Attorney with the law firm, Ogletree Deakins, in Washington, D.C. He graduates in May from Wake Forest University School of Law.


Chrystal Chapman Grant is an Administrative Specialist II for the Department of English at the College. Chrystal married Maurice Grant on May 8, 2004, and they have five children; Christopher, Chyna, Christian, Chaya, and Cameron.

Kelsey Johanson Huggins and husband, Colby, welcomed their first child, Mary Egan Huggins, on February 12, 2019. The Huggins family lives in Tega Cay, SC.

Claire DeBuys married David Nackashi at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Atlanta on March 16, 2019.


Corey Clayton is the Assistant Superintendent for Brownstone Group, a full-service management, architecture, and engineering firm in Charleston, SC.


Anne Sorrell is finishing an MA in Clinical Psychology at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She has been accepted to the PhD program at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, to study Clinical Health Psychology with special focus in clinical neuropsychology, and will begin in Fall 2019.


Rachel Shaw married Stephen Markowitz '13 on March 30, 2019, at the Dewberry Hotel in Charleston, SC.

Ricky Patterson is a Career Counselor at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He earned an MA in college student development with a concentration in student affairs from Appalachian State University in May 2018.

Giovanna Quattrone received the Young Alumni Award from the School of the Arts at CofC during Spring Alumni Weekend. Giovanna, who recently moved from New York City to Savannah, GA, is working as an independent Fine Art Consultant. She graduated with honors from Sotheby's Institute of Art in 2017 with a Masters in Art Business, and previously worked at Athena Art Finance as an Analyst on the art valuation and research team.


Ashley De Peri is the Administrative Coordinator for the office of the Provost and Dean at The Julliard School in New York City.

Lauren Tomes married Daniel France on April 18, 2019, in Greer, SC. The couple lives in Spartanburg, SC.


Madeline Hammond married Madison Jordan on March 23, 2019, on the Mansion Mall of the Governor's Mansion in Columbia, SC. The couple resides in Dillon, SC.