Class Notes from Graduates of the 2000s

Ashley Cunningham, ’00 Sociology, graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing in December 2017. She is now a nurse manager for Charlotte Gastro and Hepatology in Charlotte, N.C. 

Lynette Gibson, ’00​ College of Nursing, was promoted to full time professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate

Steve N. Jackson, ’00 Journalism, has recently published a new fantasy book series and additional information can be found on the website

Jennifer Steffen Kimble, ’00 is the Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Heather Looney, ’00 has been selected as a two-year Visiting Faculty Member (from the U.S. DOE/NNSA) at the National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs.

Lenny Mathis, ’00, Sport and Entertainment Management, was named assistant athletic director for marketing at Wake Forrest University.

Raymond Carter Shelton, ’00, Master of International Business Studies, Coca-Cola East Japan has appointed Raymond Shelton as it’s Chief Communications and Investor Relations Officer.

Finisha Bennett, ’01​, Business, was named by South Carolina Black pages as a recipient of the 2018 Top 20 under 40. (note submitted 7/19/18)

Stuart S. Brockington, ’01 Journalism, has been named as one of the “15 Young Innovators Who Will Change the Magazine Business” by ADWEEK. This honor adds to the list of awards which Stuart has received during his career including being recognized by Out Magazine as one of the “Out 100” in 2015, the “Impact Advertising Award” in 2006 from USA Today and “Salesperson of the Year” in 2014 via Here Media

Natasha Nicholas Early, ’01 and Ross Hill Early ’00 welcomed a baby boy, William Jennings Early, June 14 2017 (note submitted 7/19)

Henry Theil, ’01, History is the new head of upper school at The Episcopal School of Dallas

Matthew Truesdale, ’01, Journalism is in his 15th year of teaching. Truesdale was awarded the Anderson School District One Teacher of the Year for 2015-206 and the Wren Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015. He authored a book about his first year of teaching AP Language at Wren called, “The Class: A Teacher, His Students, Their Story”. 

Benjamin Daniel Johnson, ’02 Finance, ’02 Master Business Administration, has joined the South Carolina Department of Commerce as a research director.

David McNeice, ’02 Engineering was named Top 20 Under 40 by The State Newspaper

Michael Zini, ’02, International Studies is the Director of Grateful Patient Analytics at Stanford University Medical Center for Development (note submitted 8/17/18)

Elaine Arnold, ’03, Information and Communications is now the Senior Director of Development of the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina. 

Marecus Matthews, ’03, Sociology is the supervisory CBP Officer with US Customs and Border Protection

Christopher M. Sheaffer, ’03 Criminal Justice, has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s New York City office.

Beth Ganoe, ’04 Merchandising, has been promoted to Corporate Director of Marketing at the ECS Group of Companies. She previously served as the marketing executive for ECS Southeast, LLP, a subsidiary of ECS. (note submitted 01/06/2021)

Anindya Dasgupta, ’04, Ph.D. Chemistry, is the Director of Vector Development at Expression Therapeutics (Manufacturing) located in West Chester, Ohio. (note submitted 6/3/2021)

Jasmine Denise Smith, ’04 Psychology, ’07 Counseling Education, ’12 Juris Doctor, has joined Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC as an associate.Prior to joinng Sowell Gray, Jasmine served as a staff attorney and judicial law clerk for both the Honorable John D. Geathers and Honorable Jasper M. Cureton at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Jasmine has twice received the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter and was named an American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Scholar. Jasmine will focus her practice at Sowell Gray on workers’ compensation defense.

Jasmine is a recipient of the The South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division President’s Award. This award honors her service and leadership in the legal profession. Jasmine currently serves as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division Voices Against Violence Committee, where she received the “Outstanding Volunteer Group” Award for a shelter refurbishment project she helped to implement. She also serves as co-chair of the South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy Committee, chair of the Resource Assembly and Website Development committee for the South Carolina Bar Living Above the Bar Wellness Committee and is a member of the Young Lawyers Division Color of Justice Committee.

Ashlee Landreth, ’05 Electrical Engineering and ’13 MBA, was selected as the top Senior Scientific Technical Manager for the Naval Information Warfare Center-Atlantic’s Expeditionary Warfare Department. In this role, her technical decision authority will help guide the engineering and business operations of more than 600 employees working in support of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command. (note submitted 01/05/2021)

Michael LaForgia , ’05 English, reporter with the Tampa Bay Times , wins his second Pulitzer Prize in three years for his investigative reporting on the state of Pinellas County, FL schools.

Shaundra Cunnigham, ’05, Business, received an Honorary Doctor Degree of Divinity from Ursinus College

Kathryn Santilli, ’05 Journalism and Mass Communications is now the Assistant Director for Prospect Management at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL

Tara Greene, ’06 is a college instructor at Greenville Technical College and Central Carolina Technical College

Katherine Mary ’06, MA gave birth to her daughter, Mary Adeline Jelen on November 18 in Chapel Hill, N.C. 

Michael Montgomery, ’06 Law has been invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel. Montgomery is a member of Sowell Gray Robinson.

Katrina Stoneking, ’06, owner of Bitsy Stoneking, partnered with Delray’s Beach Amanda Perna of Project Runway to design a collaborative fashion collection (note submitted 9/17/20).

Valerie Cochran, ’07 Law is the Assistant Professor in the University of Georgia’s Criminal Justice department

Julie Ivanova, ’07 Business, welcomed a son, Ivaylo Ivanov

Will Jordan, ’07 Law is one of the newest members of Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte. 

Dorothy Kirkland, ’07, Journalism is the new Director of International Education at Northwood University

Kathleen McDaniel, ’07 Law has received a Leadership Law Award from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly

Ana Maria Otamendi, ’07, Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Louisiana State University, starting fall of 2017. Otamendi also launched the Collaborative Piano Institute in June 2017, the only program of its kind in the US. She serves as Artistic Director of the Institute.

Sarah Monteith Rama, ’07 Marketing, owner of Duck Duck Goose, an online children’s retailer, will open the doors of her brick-and-mortor shop. 

Beth Richardson, ’07 Law is one of the newest members of Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Katherine Thigpen, ’07, Music, joined the US Army as a member of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C.

Alison Thigpen, ’07, Music, is the Director of Game Day Operations at the University of Notre Dame

Anna Kate Twitty, ’07 Advertising and Public Relations, ’10, Urban Public Affairs, historic Columbia has announced the hiring of Anna Kate Twitty as their new Director of Marketing and Communications. Twitty comes to Historic Columbia from Cyberwoven, a full service digital and web development agency, where she was an Account Manager.

Nick Annan, ’08 Business, accepted a position at Elliott Davis as a senior manager and department leader for accounting advisory

Brannon J. Arnold, ’08 Law, is one of five attorneys that has been named partner at Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC.

Joy Wilkerson Callaway, ’08 Master of Mass Communications, is releasing her debut book, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, on May 31st of 2016. The novel is a story of secrets, love and history, but mainly it is about the bond between strong women that is based on her great-great grandmother and her siblings.

Brenda Davenport, ’08 Accounting, has joined the law firm Poyner Spruill LLP as an associate in the Charlotte office. She focuses her legal practice on employee benefits and business law. She represents clients in the design, implementation, and administration of retirement, welfare, fringe, and executive compensation plans. In business law, she advises corporate clients and nonprofit entities in a broad range of corporate transactional issues.

Anthony Harris, ’08 Business, is the Senior Performance Manager at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in Washington, D.C. He led the agency’s comprehensive Supply Chain Management Transformation Program, resulting in an estimated $200M in operating cost savings (note submitted 7/28/20).

Mary Modayil, ’08 Epidemeology, moved back to Canada and is working for a provincial health care agency to improve primary health care.

Broderick Little, ’08 Business, is the Senior Analyst and Advisor to the Executive Management Team for a Switzerland-based Procurement Technology firm named Palette Softwareon. In this role, he works on broad range of critical operational and financial decisions to deliver products that enable customers to regulate, automate and streamline their procurement practices; thus, enabling more financially secure and efficient Supply Chains (note submitted 7/28/20).

Mary Helen Beard, ’09 English, CPSM, has joined Sowell Gray Robinson as Marketing Manager. As Marketing Manager for Sowell Gray Robinson, she will help to develop the firm’s marketing program and strategize new initiatives to focus the marketing efforts.

Alesha Brow, ’09 Law has joined the CSH Law Charlotte Office as an associate where she will practice civil litigation

Shonda Thorne, ’08 HRSM is the Property Coordinator at Comfort Suites University Research Park

Harris J. Darver, ’09 has been promoted to Senior Manager of McGregor & Company, LLC.

Rachel M. Hutchens, ’09, Law, has joined Sowell Gray Robinson as an associate. 

Catherine Anitha Manohar, ’09 Doctor of Philosophy, has been appointed assistant teaching professor of finance in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University  

Troy Allen Moore, ’09 Religious Studies, was elected as the Senior Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Ridgeway, SC (note submitted 1/23/20)

Jeffrey Morris, ’09 Law, was elected as a partner for Parker Poe Law firm (note submitted 1/23/20)

Michael E. Woods, ’09 History, published Arguing Until Doomsday a book following Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis and the Struggle for American Democracy (note submitted 1/23/20)