Class notes from graduates of the 1980s

Bart Daniel, ’80 Juris Doctor,  was elected president of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys.Daniel served as United States Attorney from 1989 to 1992. While U.S. attorney, Daniel was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.He also directed the investigation and prosecution of Operation Lost Trust, one of the nation’s largest and most successful public corruption prosecutions.In 1991, Daniel was awarded the Attorney General’s Flag Award- the highest award given to a U.S. attorney.Daniel will serve a three-year term as president of the NAFUSA.

Michael DeSantis, ’80 History, retired from the NYC Department of Education and is currently teaching political science at NVCC in Connecticut. He has also spent 10 years as a high school baseball umpire and football official. He is enjoying is grandchildren as they continue to grow. (note submitted 9/2/21)

Melissa Klopfer, ’80 Education is serving as a Guardian Ad Litem for Lexington County. 

Randy W. Williams, ‘80 Political Science, Randy Williams has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2016, a list that reflects only the top five percent of lawyers in Texas, by Thompson Reuters.

Glenn Yesner, ’80 B.S., joined Owen Steel Company in Columbia, S.C. as CFO in September 2019. (note submitted 10/8/21)

Thorp Minister, ’81 School of Journalism and Mass Communications has published a new book called 101 Life Lessons According to Dad

Willem Selen, ’82 Business, retired in 2017 after an international career in academics

Joel Haywood Smith III, ’81 Law, has been re-elected as managing partner at Bowman and Brooke, LLP’s Columbia, SC office.

Richard H. Willis, ’81 Law, has been re-elected as Co-managing partner at Bowman and Brooke, LLP’s Columbia, SC office.

Garry Baum, ’82 Journalism and Mass Communications, is now the Director of Faculty Support and Scholarship at the University of South Carolina School of Law

Tom Mulkin, 82, ’86 Law, was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman, Feb. 27, 2020. Congressman Norman praised Mullikin for his work as chairman of the S.C. Floodwater Commission (note submitted 4/24/20)

Reginald “Reggie” Hall, ’82 Interdisciplinary Studies, ’93 Master of Media Arts, South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation (SCFB) Promotion and Education Division Director, was presented the “Reuben Brigham Award” by the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) in Charleston, SC.  The award recognizes an individual outside of ACE who has made a major contribution in the field of agriculture, natural resources, or life and human sciences at the regional, national or international level.

Jeannie Ralston ’82, co-founder of, the digital magazine for women age 45-plus, who are “aging boldly” was honored with a 2019 Folio: Top Women in Media award in the entrepreneurship category on June 7 in New York City. After an accomplished journalism career, Ralston launched NextTribe as a professional reinvention for her next chapter.”Lots of women at this age are taking new career paths and having life adventures that stem from their years of experience and hard-won wisdom,'” she says. Ralston recently led the SXS panel, How Midlife Women Work TheirEntrepreneurial Mojo. (submitted 6/25/19)

W. Smith Jr. ,’82 History, received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest award presented by the State of South Carolina on January 22, 2019. A former U.S. Marine infantry leader and counterterrorism instructor, Smith is today a writer, a New York Times bestselling editor and a military technical consultant (note submitted 4/24/20)

Vermelle Walls, ’83 Computer Science, retired from Abbeville County School district in June 2021, where she previously served as a teacher and most recently as Assistant Principal since 2013. Prior to a career in education she worked as a Computer Programmer Analyst with SC Dept. of Health and Human Services and Dennis and Associates in Columbia, SC. (note submitted 7/6/2021)

Gerald Bratcher, ’83 Business retired (Dec. 31, 2017) from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Supervisor of Education) with 28 years of service.

Harris Cox, ’83 Social Sciences, retired from the South Carolina Department of Social Sciences

Dr. Lee Ann J. Clements, ’83 Master of Science, ’88 Doctor of Philosophy, was recently appointed Associate Provost for Assessment and Academic Operations at Jacksonville University.

James Hailstock, ’83 Business, graduated from Gardner-Webb, Boiling Springs, NC with a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Dr. Jose Lezcano, ’83 Master of Guitar, recently debuted a solo performance of his Double concerto for flute, guitar and strings at the Identidades International Festival, as well as performing with cellist Rebecca Hartka at the Boston Guitar Society Ensembles Festival in the Boston premiere of his Sonata for Cello and Guitar, and attending the New York premiere of his “Postcards” for flute and piano at the Spectrum NYC Composers Now Festival.

Anna Mazzone, ’83, Business was elected to the Board of the Open Data Institute, an international organizations that works with industry to develop data standards for digital markets. 

Benjamin McDade, ’83 Journalism, was named vice president of the Gainesville, Georgia University’s Office of Marketing and Communications (note submitted 7/19)

Dwight C. Watson, ’83 Elementary Education, ’85 Master of Education, Doctorate of Education from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, has been name Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.  

Michael Heath, ’84 Accounting, launched the sequel to Garlic Bread for Eugene titled: Lemonade for Eugene on April 15th, 2015.

Holly Latty-Mann, ’84, Psychology, was named top thought leader in trust and trustworthy business 2007-2014 by Trust Across America.

Richard Litwin, ’84, was named 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Metro Atlanta in the category of Litigation and Controversy — Tax, U.S. News Best Lawyers® and in the 2021 Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers. In 2019, he was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (note submitted 6/3/2021)

J. Tracy Power, ’84, ’93, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History and College Archivist at Newberry College and was named 2019-20 Professor of the Year by the Newberry College Student Government Association (note submitted 6/16/20)

Dr. M. Suzanne (Susie) Paul, ’85, has published a book of poems, “The Whited Air: Mary Paul in Winter.” (note submitted 6/30/2021)

Marguerite O’Brien, ’85, ’98 MSW, has been elected as the Region 1 Representative on the board of the American College Health Association (ACHA). She has also achieved designation as a Certified Health and Wellness Professional (CHWP) through the ACHA. (note submitted 7/1/2021)

John Fort, ’85 Physical Education was promoted to Major in the South Carolina State Guard

Anthony Wrifford, ’85, Social Work opened her first private practice in counseling in Columbia, S.C.

Carolyn Goodwine, ’86, Business was promoted to casualty claim manager for Nationwide insurance company.

Leisha DeHart-Davis, ’86 published a book “Creative Effective Rules in Public Sector Organizations” with Georgetown Press

Bill Medich, ’86, Business has been elected Chairman of Spoleto Festival USA Board of Directors

Claire B. Pollard, ’86 Journalism, Claire Boney Pollard hosted a fundraiser , Putting On The Dog 2016, on July 23rd, 2016, on behalf of FURS, the animal rescue service that was founded by Ms. Boney Pollard. The fundraiser has so far raised $12,000 for the charity.

Bill Medich, ’86, Business, has been elected Chairman of Spoleto Festival USA’s Board of Directors. In September 2021, he was named president of South Carolina for SouthState Corporation.

Amy Coward, ’87, Journalism has been elected as the Southeast Director for the PRSA National Board of Directors. She will serve as liaison to the PRSA Foundation Board and will serve a two-year term. 

Suzanne Kamata, ’87, English, published two books: “The Mermaids of Lake Michigan” and a nonfiction travelogue “A Girl’s Guide to the Islands”. Since then, she’s published more books: her debut middle grade novel, “Pop Flies, Robo-Pets and Other Disasters” in spring 2020, and her third novel for adults “The Baseball Widow” this October. (note updated 7/6/2021)

Paul McCullough, ’87, HRSM is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Gray T. Cullbreath, ’88, Law was named one of the 2018 Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation. 

Suzanne Shelley, ’88, Geography, has authored a book entitled “Careers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering” (note submitted 9/6/18)

Wynetka Ann Shutt, ’88 Advertising, ’95 Law, received a South Carolina Leadership in Law Award from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly which is given yearly to attorneys who contribute to society, achieve professional success and make an impact on the legal industry. 

John Brunelli, ’89 Journalism, has been named Communications Manager at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Dental Medicine (note submitted 10/9/19)

Brad Cunningham, ’89 B.S., ’00 J.D., was appointed to the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association Board of Directors. (note submitted 11/2/21)

Alan House, ’89 Journalism, is the Film and Television Liaison for the University of Southern California. He manages professional film/tv/commercial productions that occur on USC’s campuses and properties. His projects have included “How To Get Away with Murder,” “Scandal,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Carpool Karaoke”. (note submitted 7/23)

Betina Entzminger (Yarnall), ’89 English and South Carolina Honors College, has published the book The Beak in the Hart: True Tales of Misfit Southern Women. (note submitted 10/27/21)