Class Notes from Graduates of the 2010s

Damon Belser, ’10 ​started his own business, Shope Construction, LLC and Olive Branch Transportation, LLC.

Edward Cahill ‘10 and Orlando City Soccer Club executives received the Social Media Activation of the Year award for their #OrlandoUnited campaign after the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub.

Ian Duggan, ’10, Law has joined Callison Tighe as an associate

Atul Goel, ’10 Business has started a medical equipment sourcing company

Eve Goodstein, ’10 Political Science, has joined Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC as a new attorney in Columbia, S.C.

Sloka Iyengar, ’10, Biomedical Science has a started a new position at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC to teach neuroscience to educators. 

Jessie Knaak, ’10, Broadcast Journalism, was promoted to Producer for the Baltimore Ravens in-house production team (note submitted 8/17/18)

C. Bryan Mise, ’10, Finance, has affiliated his financial planning firm Compass Investment Advisors, LLC, with Independent Advisor Alliance (IAA) in Charlotte, N.C.

Tyler Perry, ’10, ’11 Ph.D. published the book, “Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual” (note submitted 5/28/20)

Ashley Sapp, ’10, English, released a new book, “Wild Becomes You”. It is a collection of poetry and prose that explores personal experiences with mental illness, trauma and grief. 

C.D. Rhodes, ’10, Law has been appointed as a new member at Pope Flynn, a Columbia-based law firm concentrating in public finance and governmental law (note submitted 3/6/20)

Erika Yost, ’10 Business, married alumnus Andre John Yost

C. Pari Fakhrzaeh, ’11 has joined Swift Currie’s Workers’ Compensation practice group as an associate in the firm’s Atlanta office. 

Aaron Kingrey, ’11 Economics, has joined Engineered Stock Trading as a senior trainer and trade analyst in Raleigh, N.C.

Colin McGrath, ’11 Political Science, has joined the law firm of Poyner Spruill as an associate in their Raleigh office. McGrath concentrates his legal practice on zoning and land use, and assists partners in representing land owners,developers, and local government in state and federal court. McGrath also represents clients in civil ligation involving complex business disputes.

Sam Wellborn, ’10 Public Administration has joined Sowell Gray Robinson as an associate.

David Anderson, ’11 MLIS, self published his book Dark Nights of the Soul: Reflections on Faith and the Depressed Brain that won the nonfiction category in Writer’s Digest‘s Self Published E-Book Awards (note submitted 12/16/20)

Leslie Firestone, ’11 Juris Doctor, has been selected as one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2020 Forty Under 40 honorees (note submitted 3/5/19)

Helen Knight, ’11 Business, was named to the 2020 Poets & Quants Best and Brightest (note submitted 4/23/20)

Melissa Laitner, ’11 Public Health was hired as Director of Science Policy for the Society of Women’s Health Research in Washington, D.C. (note submitted 9/30/19)

Sara Woltz, ’11, Exercise Science, obtained an associates in physical therapy and is now practicing physical therapist assistant in Dartmouth Massachusetts 

Jessica Heimbrook, ’12 Business, traveled to Tanzania to hike Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. 

Molly McDonald, ’12 English and Political Science, has joined Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC as a new attorney. Molly’s practice at Sowell Gray focuses on bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, business transactions and real estate law. 

Dr. Sara Lehtonen Mcfall, ’12, Pharmacy, gave birth to her son Nolan Ritter who was born August 7, 2015.

Heather S. Mims, ’12 Accounting, ’13 Master of Accountancy, McGregor & Company, LLP, has promoted Heather S. Mims to Senior Staff Accountant.

Dianne Turgeon Richardson, ’12, Arts & Sciences was named the Poet in Residence at First United Methodist Church of Orlando and is a member of Full Sail University’s Creative Writing Program Advisory Council. (submitted 5/13/19)

Jasmine D. Smith, ’12 Law, was appointed to the board of Sistercare, a local nonprofit that helps survivors of domestic abuse.

Rachel York, ’12, HRSM is coordinating the drug testing programs for the NFL from San Diego, C.A.

Cheslie Kryst, ’13 Marketing and Human Resources Management, will serve as the first Diversity Advisor at the North Carolina-based law firm Poyner Spruill.

Olusoga Akintunde, ’13 College of Arts and Sciences, published a new book: “Making Your Faith Worthwhile”. 

Benjamin Brummel, ’13 Engineering, is working on a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota

Lacey Filkins, ’13, Education is the Associate Director of New Student Programs at Kenyon College

Randall Stewart, ’13, Sports and Entertainment Management, has been hired as the Director of Athletic Communications for Newberry College.

Roshan Subudhi, ’13, Engineering has a new job with CapitalOne in Richmond, VA

Michael Wood, ’13, Business was promoted to Business Operations Manager at Boeing for the 787 Program

Jameson Broggi, ’14, Political Science has been named an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2018 Symposium Edition. (note submitted 10/29/18)

Mackenzie Caldwell, ’14, International Business, is an account manager at Loreal

Pedro Rubens De Abreu, ’14 Business Economics, has been named one of the finalist of the 2016 FORBES magazine 30 under 30 which recognizes the year’s brightest young entrepreneurs.

Meghan Elizabeth Conroy, ’14, Anthropology, has started a nonprofit organization based out of Washington, DC called Project Cyma which aims to provide assistance in the form of 3-G and WiFi-capable, solar-powered tablets to participants in a program called Peace Through Sports held in Nigeria. These tablets will provide access to apps , counter-extremist comic books with Nigerian characters, a mentoring program, job and internships postings, information on reproductive and maternal health, ways to connect with college counselors, and apps centered on conflict resolution and peace.

Lashauna Nesmith, ’14, HRTM, has joined Sodexo as a multi-franchise unit manager (note submitted 8/30/18)

Derek Fronabarger, ’15 MBA, is the current Director of Government Affairs at Wounded Warrior Project and has testified in front a Congress multiple times regarding a host of veteran issues and legislative bills. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 2015 to work at the White House under the Joining Forces Initiative in the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama and graduated from UofSC’s MBA program while working there. Using his military background and knowledge of federal-level veteran policy learned from his time at Joining Force, he continued advocating for veterans at the national level.

Briggs Tucker, ’15, Law has joined Baker, Ravenel & Bender as an associate.

Nancy Caroline Cann, ’15, Broadcast Journalism, lands dream job in the NFL as the digital media and sideline reporter for the Indianapolis Colts.

Jay Crowder, ’15, Chester, SC native Jay Crowder, a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina currently studying Environmental Law at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont, has been elected editor-in-chief of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law for the 2017-18 term. He will also be teaching legal writing to first-year law students while serving as a Dean’s Fellow. Vermont Law School is the top-ranked environmental law school in the country. As editor-in-chief, Crowder will be responsible for leading the full staff of Volume 19 of the environmental law journal. He previously served as a staff editor during 2016-17. Crowder who will graduate from the Vermont Law School in May 2018 earned a BS degree in Environmental Science and a Minor in Economics from the University of South Carolina.

Molly McDonald, ’15, College of Arts and Sciences, has joined Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC as a new attorney

Steven Rubin Millner, ’15 Marine Science, participated in Cooper Medical School of Rowan University’s (CMSRU) annual White Coat Ceremony for the school’s new class of 2020.

Ryan Molten, ’15, Biomedical Engineering, is the Quality Engineer for DePuy Synthese Spine

Katie Shelgren, ’15, Public Relations, and her husband Will Boggs ’13, International Business Administration, have formed an anti-trafficking organization called Raise A Voice after completing a yearlong service and research endeavor around the world learning about the global injustice of human trafficking and are currently writing a book on the subject.

Rachel Tripp, ’15, Journalism will be performing at this year’s Nashville House festival at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. 

Madison Bailey Barnhill, ’16, History and International Studies, has joined Turner Padget’s Wealth & Estate Planning Practice in Columbia. (note submitted 1/6/22)

Meg O’Malley, ’16, Public Relations, started her own chocolate company in January 2020 and opened the store in September 2020 (note submitted 6/3/2021)

Emily Eckert, ’16, Public Relations, has joined NP Strategy as a Project Coordinator and will help serve clients in North and South Carolina. NP Strategy is a strategic Communications firm helping clients navigate the business and public domains while shaping and controlling their message.

Paige Iapalucci, ’16, Business has joined RNDC as a financial analyst

Gabrielle Kozub, ’16, Business is a software consultant at Manhattan Associates

Fedora Nwachukwu, ’16, Engineering is working with AREVA on the MOX project at SRS in Aiken as a civil/structural engineer.

Abbey O’Brien, ’16 Broadcast Journalism, stated a new position as the morning traffic anchor at Live 5 News (WCSC) in Charleston, S.C. (note submitted 7/19)

Nate Pierce, ’16, Law, has joined Morton & Gettys as an associate. His practice focuses on civil cases.

Cameron Rentschler, ’16 Political Science, has joined Huie Fernambucq & Stewart as an associate attorney. 

Betty Wilson, ’16, Master of Social Work, has founded a community-based cancer initiative in Denmark, SC called Live 2 Win Fighters Initiative.She is also working on forming a community empowerment program for Denmark residents that will provide various outreach services

Claude Close, ’17, Law has joined Morton & Gettys as an associate

Lindsay Cuadra, ’17 Accounting has a new position as Tax Associate for Price Water House Coopers

Kathrina Edwards, ’17 Business has joined the Entrepreneurs’ Organizations as a Global Learning Coordinator. 

Julianne Leduc, ’17, Exercise and Sport Science, has been accepted into a cardiovascular technology program

Marvin Lowery, ’17 transferred to USC Columbia

Margaret Morgan, ’17, Business is a realtor with Disharoon Homes located in Northeast Columbia

Ryan Odom, ’17 Engineering, has started a career as a Trans Sales Engineer

Michelle Sprague, ’17, College of Information and Mass Communications began a position as Adult Services Library Assistant with the Goffstown Public LIbrary in Goffstown, HH

Michael Trask, ’17 Law, has joined Baker, Ravenel & Bender as an associate.

Brooke Troxwell, ’17 Biology, is working as a part-time Guest Engagement Ambassador at Riverbanks Zoo and a part-time Education Assistant at the South Carolina State Museum. 

Sean Bloos ’18 received his Master of Public Health Degree from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Epidemiology on May 8, 2020. His thesis project investigated timeliness in emergency health care for heart attack patients by age and he completed his practicum with the Nashville Fire Department. (note submitted 7/15/2020)

Jordan Kinard, ’18 Business, founded a brand and website design firm, J. Ashley Innovations, to help small businesses. (note submitted 5/8/20)

Christine Valentine ’19 Accounting, has joined the accounting staff at McGrego & Company, LLP in Columbia, S.C. (submitted 7/18/19)

Jason Friedman, ’19 Business, established a charity to support nurses. All proceeds will go directly to helping nurses through the American Nurses Foundation (note submitted 4/23/20)

Jentry Ward, ’19 BSBA, was awarded the Conway Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year award. (note submitted 1/6/22)