Class Notes from Graduates of the 1990s

Daniel J. Ballou, ’91 Law, has joined Morton & Gettys as the new senior counsel in Rock Hill, S.C.

Wm. Bert Brannoan, ’91 Law has earned Lawyer of the Year honors in the 2019 edition of “Best Lawyers in America” (note submitted 9/6/18)

Lt. Andre Bauer, ’91 Professional Sciences has started his second year as a political correspondent for CNN in New York

Tjuan Dogan, ’91, ’98 M.Ed., was awarded the Staff Sustainability award from Emory University (note submitted 4/23/20)

Shaunya Mourzone-Murrill, ’91 has a new job position as Chief, Army Community Service, Installation Management Command, IMCOM Readiness, Fort Bragg, NC

Cynthia Keaton, ’91 Business, is the new vice president of human resources for Thorne Research

John T. Lay, ’91, Law was chosen as one of the 2018 Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation

Stephen Panus, ’91 was named President of TJC Media Ventures, Inc

Daniel Wallick, ’91, Finance, of Wallick Investments, a Registered Investment Advisory firm based out of Columbia, SC, has received national recognition for it’s performance as private money mangers from Morningstar, a leading provider of investment research in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

James W. Bannister, ’92, History, ’95, Law, Managing partner of Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC, was recently admitted as a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, an exclusive national legal honorary society for outstanding criminal trial attorneys.

Jennifer A. Dickson, ’92, Music, Jennifer A. Dickson has published Lucie Brandon and the Mystery of the Patchwork Dreams, a new work of juvenile fiction.Set in the Northwest Georgia mountains,it tells the story of Lucie’s search for missing family heirlooms, aide by mysterious dreams of her ancestors and her best friend, Andrea. Set in the Northwest Georgia mountains, it tells the story of Lucie’s search for missing family heirlooms.

Peter Koufopoulos, ’92 Marine Science, has been named Director of Seafood Safety at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. His office oversees domestic and foreign seafood safety initiatives, inspection standards for processing firms as well as compliance reviews of inspection results. Peter was recently appointed by the agency to the presidential task force on illegal fishing and seafood fraud. (note submitted 6/26/18)

LTC Renita L. Berry, ’93, Chemistry, assumed command of the 218th Leadership Regiment in a ceremony held August 1st, 2015, in Eastover, South Carolina. This assignment makes Berry the first African-American female to hold a brigade-level command in the South Carolina Army National Guard. 

Jennifer Jablonski, ’93, Journalism was appointed Assistant Dean for Enrollment for the University of South Carolina School of Music (note submitted 8/17/18)

Thomas J. Overton III, ’93 Retail, has been named The Hattiesburg American’s new general manager, a newspaper based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Michael Jones, ’94 Chemistry, was assigned to Shaw AFB, SC as the US Air Force Central Command Director of Logistics. 

Andy Bullard, ’95 College of Arts and Sciences has opened a dental practice: Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville in downtown Greenville. 

Shirley Kelly, ’95 MMA (Media Arts), will teach English/Journalism at West Johnston High School in Benson, NC, starting this coming August. Prior to this role, she worked in higher education at Claflin University and Shaw University, as well as in local television at WLTX-19. (note submitted 7/6/2021)

Stephen Brown, ’95 Journalism has been named president of Atlanta based Cookerly PR (submitted 4/24/19)

Mark Dinges, ’95 Master of Education, has been appointed as Assistant Director of Development for Washington State University’s College of Education.

Matthew Fifolt, ’95, Master of Education was awarded the 2018 Centennial Award for Excellence from the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Fifolt is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Jason Hultgren, ’95, International Studies, was appointed as senior vice president and mortgage production manager of State Bank and Trust Company 

Petlyn Job, ’95, Sociology, has been a New York City Police Officer for over 16 years. 

Dennis Pruitt, ’95, Education is the new President of Waldrop, Inc. 

Dr. William Malambri, Jr., ’95, Doctor of Conducting. Carowinds theme park has named their Festival of Music building after Dr. Malambri, Jr., who has served as the theme park’s consultant on the program for 38 years.

Emma McCain, ’95, Education divorced from Mr. Lee; retired from school and mental health system; still national and state licensed professional counselor

Andre Stanley, ’95 Public Health, was elected to the Executive Board of the American Health Association

Candace Waters, ’95 Nursing, is a family nursepractitioner providing primary and occupational health care with Aiken Professional Association, LLC in Granitesville and Aiken (note submitted 7/19/18)

Jill Adams, ’98 is the new School Improvement Coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools. 

L. Scott Barringer, ’96, Master of Accountancy, has joined the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Lovoy, Summerville, & Shelton, LLC.

Erin Galloway Hall, ’96 Journalism and Mass Communications, has joined Hopeful Horizons as the Chief Development Officer. The organization is a children’s advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center that works to create safer communities by changing the culture of violence and offering a path to healing (note submitted 12/9/19).

Molly (Koon) Kellog-Schmauch, ’96 Journalism, has become a founding partner of Privy Public Relations & Marketing (note submitted 7/19)

Kimm Mack, ’96 Interdisciplinary Studies, was named the 2021-2022 Jackson School Teacher of the Year in the Kershaw County School District. (note submitted 12/15/21)

Allan Watson, ’96, Interdisciplinary Studies, was appointed senior pastor at Bethlehem UMC downtown Bishopville, SC

Steven Hisker, ’97, ’00 J.D., is featured on the hit A&E series, “The Accused.” Hisker has been practicing Criminal Defense Law for more than 20 years in which he represents the wrongfully accused and provides them with outstanding trial and legal defense (note submitted 5/5/20)

Sonia Wagle, ’97, International Business is the Director of Global Trade Marketing for Silversea Cruises

Maria DeChellis ’97, ’99 M.Ed has been selected for the 6th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of established leaders brought together to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. (note submitted 2/7/20)

Neil Baumgardner, ’98,International Studies, was recently promoted to Principal at Dynamis, Inc. Neil leads Dynamis’ wargaming activities in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Director of the Office of Net Assessment. He is President of the National Capital Regional Gamecock Club and a former Vice President of the UofSC Alumni Club of Washington, DC. (note submitted 1/8/20)

Anne McGinness Kearse, ’98 Law, has been recognized by Best Lawyers as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, S.C., for her work on behalf of plaintiffs in mass tort litigation/class actions.

Dr. Mark William Lee, ’98 Master of Education, has retired from the U.S. Army after more than 30 years of distinguished service to our great Nation.

Dawn Darby, ’98,  Co-founder and executive director for 8 years of local nonprofit The Therapy Place in Forest Acres serving nearly 200 local children with special needs

Kim Salem-Jackson, ’98, B.A. Journalism and Mass Comm (Public Relations) will become the new CMO of Akamai, the world’s leading content delivery network. Kim is currently Akamai’s senior vice president, global marketing and corporate communications. (note submitted 2/22/21)

Faith Vavra, ’98 Master of Criminal Justice, recently accepted a position as the Chief of Staff for the City of Ithaca, New York. She is the first woman chief of staff for the city. She was honored in 2021 by winning the Watrous Bowl from the Junior League of Binghamton for her lifetime of service to the community and honored as a Woman of Achievement by the Status of Women Council. (note submitted 12/3/21)

Dr. David Cross, ’99 MAT, ’13 Ph.D., is an associate professor at Charleston Southern University where he teaches Spanish and Arabic languages.  In 2021, he also worked as an Arabic expert content selector for the National Foreign Language Center of the University of Maryland and as a copy editor of e-textbooks for diacriTech e-publishing company of Boston.  He also taught Arabic courses online for City University of Seattle, the Concordia Language Villages of Concordia College, and the STARTTALK Arabic Academy of Pennsylvania State University. (note submitted 12/19/21)

Rosalyn Durnat ’99 was recently named Senior Vice President, Operations for Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Waterparks for the Walt Disney World Resort (note submitted 2/7/20)

Cami Best-Jones, ’99 Advertising and Public Relations, has recently been promoted to Director of Development for Chesapeake Bay Academy, an independent school serving K-12 students with learning difficulties in the Hampton Roads area.

Eric Robson, ’99, Business, has been appointed Ambassador of Madagascar to the United States

James Sanderson ’99, Broadcasting has been promoted to Production Manager at Agru America – Plant #1 in Andrews, South Carolina