Class Notes

Emily Ward Rogers is a nursing graduate, and after 33 years of teaching Surgical Technology at Spartanburg Community College, she will be retiring in April.  She has also been nominated as her college’s nominee for the Governor’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award and she attended the awards luncheon in Columbia on November 1. 

Margaret “Peggy” Hope received her Associate in Nursing at USCS in 1977.  She went on to receive her BSN in 1988 and MN in 1997 both at USC Columbia.  She has 30+ years of a career in nursing mostly maternal-child.  She also serves on the Georgetown Co. Board of Disabilities and Special Needs and the Board of SC Prenatal Association.  She is also certified as Women’s Health NP and as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. 

Angela Shropshire was named Teacher of the Year at Boiling Springs High in Spartanburg School District 2.

Mark McKown, his wife Sonja and their children Zack and Kallie live in Utah.  Mark works for the Utah Jazz.

Daniel Dreisbach has published several works on American history/politics, and recently received the Teacher of the Year award for the School of Public Affairs, Justice, Law and Society at American University.

Joy Ballenger was named Teacher of the Year at Inman Elementary in Spartanburg School District 1.

James Lewis joined Grace Management Group as Distribution Manager.

CDR Patrick McLaughlin is a Commander in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. He has released his book “No Atheists in Foxholes-Prayers and Reflections From the Front” by Thomas Nelson Publishing.  The book is about his times as Chaplain to the President of the United States at Camp David and being deployed to Iraq for 20 months as a chaplain to surgical shock and trauma and mortuary affairs units during the war in Iraq.  News about the book can be found on his website at

Carolyn Dalton Redding is a freelance photographer.

Deborah Settle was named Teacher of the Year at Chesnee High in Spartanburg School District 2.

Annette Craig was named Teacher of the Year at Woodruff Primary School in Spartanburg School District 4.

Judy Rowland was named Teacher of the Year at Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary in Spartanburg School District 2.

Colleen “Melissa Wurst” Dixon is Commander in the Naval Reserve.  She also has her own freelance writing business, Shenandoah writing Services, as well as being a staff writer for Madison, the magazine for James Madison University.  

Lori Drum is Senior Project Manager with the managed data networking organization at Verizon Business.  She is also active in adult figure skating.

Olin Dean Ledford is Gable Middle Schools Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.

Kathy Gosnell McKinney was named Teacher of the Year at Mayo Elementary School in Spartanburg District 2.

Josef Lorenz is the 2006-2007 Teacher of the Year for West View Elementary School. 

Daniel Bartsch is an Income Manager at Belfast Health & Social Services Trust in North Ireland.

Timothy Pearson does finance management for Fluor.

John Robinson is a Realtor for Dunes Marketing Group in Hilton Head Island.  Visit his website at

Melissa Frost was named Teacher of the Year at Duncan Elementary in Spartanburg School District 5.

Eric Hunter, who lives in Easley, SC, began competing competitively in triathlons.  He recently competed in Ironman Cancun and qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, which was held in November in Clearwater, Florida.  Only 1500 athletes worldwide out of over 40,000+ competitors qualified for this event.  Eric also finished up the 2007 South Carolina Triathlon Series ranking 9th in his age group.  

Shancie Burnett was named Teacher of the Year at Byrnes High in Spartanburg School District 5.

M Lynn Crowe married Kevin Crowe, also an alum, on June 16, 1990.  The couple has two children; Jordan and Hannah. 

Sheryl Hilton, of Roebuck Elementary, received the Teacher of the Year 2006-2007 award.

Wayne Hyatt is Associate Pastor of Adults at Morningside Baptist Church.

Thomas Moore is a Financial Services Controller at Fluor.

Pam McArthur was named Teacher of the Year at Pacolet Elementary School in Spartanburg School District 3.

Cynthia Wyatt Rychlick and husband Jason have two children; Justin and Amber.  The couple has been married for over 10 years.

Mary Janice Hopkins Smith is the Magnet Coordinator at Greenville Hospital System.

Cathy Ward was named Teacher of the Year at Middle School of Pacolet in Spartanburg School District 3.

Darren McDuffie works for Lexis Nexis in Florida. 

Melissa Keith works for the Breakthrough Outreach Center and the Ellen Hines Smith Girls Home. 

Kimberly Griffith Lippmann is now coaching volleyball at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT.

Lewis Terry was chosen as an assistant coach for the Special Olympics World Games held in Shaghai, China this past October. 

Dana McKinney Henson married Dexter Henson on October 26, 1981.  They have two children; Jessica and Andrew. 

Jennifer Johnson was named Teacher of the Year at Landrum High in Spartanburg School District 1.

Audrey Lewis Marshall works for Suwannee County Schools. 

Debra Talley Robinson received her MBA at Webster University in 2007. 

Charles Stancil works for Beaufort County Schools. 

Karen Valentine was named Teacher of the Year at New Prospect Elementary in Spartanburg School District 1.

David Bright works for Fluor.

Shannon Montgomery Grady is currently applying for the Doctorate program in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.

Philip Schaus is Commodity Manager of Strategic Purchasing for Siemens.

Karen Frady has been hired as a student accounts supervisor for Spartanburg Community College’s business office.

Belinda Habiger has been working as a technical specialist (software developer) for Reuters financial services since 1999. 

Thomas Longino finished his masters of divinity in 2004, and he is currently working as a case manager for Catholic Charities CYO in San Francisco, CA.

Ana Balderrama Ruhl is a Blog Author as well as a writer for Joanne Leyland’s magazine.  Her blog is called “Ana Maria’s Royal Perspective,” visit it at 

Brian Bourke completed a PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama in May 2007.  He is now a visiting Assistant Professor in Higher Education at the University of Alabama. 

Shawna Murray was named Teacher of the Year at Boiling Springs High Ninth Grade Campus in Spartanburg School District 2.

Erika Dean Rodgers currently works at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources.

Staci Howard was named Teacher of the Year at Woodruff Middle School in Spartanburg School District 4.

Sharon King is the box office manager at The Peace Center.  She is also happy to announce her engagement to Emmet Austin.  Emmet works at Sealed Air in Duncan, SC and is an alumnus of Furman University. 

Teresa Patterson received the 2006-2007 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award.  She is a kindergarten teacher at Lone Oak Elementary.

Donald Peake is the Assistant Principal at Whitlock Jr High School in Spartanburg District 7.

Cecile Wagner was named Teacher of the Year at Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary in Spartanburg School District 6.

Roxanne Walker-Cordonier has taken a new job at The Beat, writing her column and some features, selling advertising and co-hosting Radio Beat on 103.3FM Monday-Thursdays from 6-7pm. Pick up The Beat or go online at and read her story about Salee Alawi the little Iraqi girl being treated at Shriners Hospital for war injuries.

Genia Webb teaches at Lexington Middle School, and recently received the Milken Educator Award.  She was selected from K-12 teachers across the country as one of 75 to receive the outstanding recognition. 

Tonya Blythe Beaty was named Teacher of the Year for Houston Elementary and Spartanburg District 7. 

Jonathan Bell is in the United States Air Force.

Mary Ketterman attended MUSC and received an MS in Rehab Science, Physical Therapy and has since been working as a physical therapist in the Upstate area.  Over the last year, while working in her current position at Dosher Physical Therapy Associates in Easley, SC, she has also worked toward an advanced degree in physical therapy through a program offered by MUSC.  On May 16, 2008 she graduated from MUSC and received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Robert Matheny works for Fluor.

Jennifer Townsend Robinson works for Blackbaud, Inc.

Farrell Thomas works for Piedmont Christian Sports Association, Inc.  He and his wife, Natalie, have one child, Fillip Nehemiah.

Taryn Walker married Aaron Ziehm on June 11, 2004.  They have one child, Alli Morgan Ziehm, and one on the way with an expected delivery date of March 23. 

Patricia McCuen works for Fluor.

Alison Brannon Meeks is Spartanburg District 2 Teacher of the Year 2007-2008. She is married to Craig Meeks, and they have two children; Drew and Mikayla.

Carol Schenkel works for Fluor.

Etenesh Adderley is employed at Princess Margaret Hospital in Mauldin, SC.

Shelley Vincent Dixon works for the Lancaster Police Department. 

Angela Price Fowler is a teacher at T. L. Hanna High School.

Samuel “Gary” Holtzclaw graduated from MUSC with a DMD in May 2007.  He started his own dental practice, Simpsonville Family Dentistry in October 2007 and got engaged to fellow alum Elizabeth Janik (class of 2001) in March of 2008.  The couple is scheduled to get married on December 13, 2008.

Kate Johnson was named Teacher of the Year at River Ridge Elementary in Spartanburg School District 5.

Louis Jones works for Fluor.

Christopher Pack works for Rockdale County Schools in Georgia.

Joseph Willimon is working for Greenville Hospital in the patient accounts department.

Brandon Beatty works for the SC Department of Juvenile Justice. 

Jennifer Bowling was awarded the 2006-2007 Teacher of the Year for Lone Oak Elementary School.

Daniel Collins is Director of Corporate Security at Fluor.

Matthew Fowler is working on his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Clemson University.

Bradley Godfrey is working Vice Unit for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Lorin Hair is working for Tollison Law Firm as a Legal Assistant.

Rebecca Miller was named Teacher of the Year at Fairforest Middle in Spartanburg School District 6. 

Joshua Spencer graduated from USC School of Law in 2006 and joined the law firm of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA in Greenville, SC in August 2006 where his practice focuses upon commercial and construction litigation. 

Erin Jordan West works for Denny’s Inc.

Tessa Crites Zimmer was recently hired with the county to investigate child abuse.

Richard Allen has been admitted to the South Carolina Bar as an attorney, and he is currently employed as a judicial law clerk in Greenville, SC. 

Matthew Bailey is the owner of 20/20 Auto Glass.

Lee Ann Ballew works for Fluor.

Lisa Barbare is employed at Drivers Choice Insurance. 

Angela Barnes was hired at Interim Healthcare as a hospice nurse in the Spartanburg office. 

Deniela Sherard Collington works for Greenville County Schools.

Jamie Fuller works for Mary Black Memorial Hospital.  She has three children; Markesha, Jamarcus and Victoria. 

Ronald Garner serves in the United States Army.

Eileen Janeski Huckabay is employed at Milliken and Company.

Tanya Hylton joined the law firm of Roetzel & Andress as a summer associate. 

Jeffrey Jerome works at Clarion-Goldfield High School in Iowa. 

Heather Panther was hired at Interim Healthcare as the hospice clinical care manager in the Spartanburg office. 

Season Stepp was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  She also interned for six months at the Food Network.  She has recently graduated from the culinary school and works part-time at Epicurean Caterers of the Oakland House in Spartanburg.  She is helping to design a menu and working to create her own cooking style.  Her goal is to establish a catering business or become a personal chef. 

Deidre Kellett Arnold works for Fluor. 

Lauren Barnett was promoted to Director of Community Relations at Senior Solutions in January 2008. 

Michael Gibbs graduated from Gardner-Webb Graduate School of Business with a Master’s of Accountancy with an emphasis in Taxation.  He began teaching this past fall at Spartanburg Methodist College and Spartanburg Community College.

Lacy Greenway was hired at Hendrix Elementary to teach first grade, after graduating in December.  She also plans to marry TJ Hines on June 7, 2008.

Joshua Henderson began his job with the City of Spartanburg Planning Department in December of 2006. 

Ed and April Hetzel left their jobs to become part of a Christian mission for college students in Kentucky.

Monique Smalls-Wilson married Jason Wilson.  She works for Kemet Electronics as CDF Representative. 

Deborah Young works for the Greenville Disability Board.

Angela Blythe Barker is employed with QS/1 Data Systems. 

Jorge Beltran works for Michelin North America. 

Julia Blandin works for Fluor Corporation.

Wayne Brewster works for Milliken.

Joseph Bush works for Tamassee DAR School and he believes that he has found a job that feels like home, and feels like a calling. 

Ashley Nickcole Campbell works for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Union County.  She is involved with the new program Girls United.  In the program she meets monthly with girls ages 13-16 to discuss important social and developmental issues like birth control, drugs, the right choices and careers. 

Calixto Garcia is working for Winston Salem Housing Authority.

Crystal Caudill Garcia has been working as a reporter for North Augusta Today, an Augusta Chronicle publication, since January 2007.

Jessica Stover Jaworski is an Administrative Specialist at the SC Department of Transportation.

Kyle Munley has accepted a full-time position as a Marketing Assistant with Random House Publishers in New York City.

Aaron Pickens is working for Spartanburg School District 7 as a Substitute Teacher.

Shawna Reid works at Fluor.

JoKeitha Seabrook works for the City of Spartanburg as the Administrative Assistant for the Community Relations Department.

Robbie Septon is an Assistant Branch Manager for Professional Financial Services in Asheville, NC.  He will also be getting married on March 15, to Lauren Fore, who is a graduate of USC Columbia. 

Ariel Sanders Simpson majored in IMS-Healthcare.  She is employed with Meineke, Inc. as a Software Support Representative, and is also responsible for Training and Sales Coordination. At the time of graduation, she was overwhelmed by the number of job opportunities.  Her suggestion to all up and coming graduates, “Start looking early.  If you graduate in August or December and you have not started looking…you are way behind.  Get started now, and do not be intimidated by others with tons of experience or those that come from large, more popular universities.  You can do it too!”

Pamela “Pam” Torlina thanks Dr. Gillian Newberry for helping her to secure a full-time, salaried position with the Pacolet Area Conservancy in Tryon, NC.  She works as the Land Protection Specialist.

Cayce Wampole is a teacher at Chapman High School.

Stephen Wofford is a 2L student at the University Of South Carolina School Of Law.

Tommie Anthony has taken a job in the Critical Care Unit of St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

Michael Berry is currently enrolled as a 1L, seeking a J.D. from the Charleston School of Law.  He and fellow alum Tara Girard plan to wed on August 9, 2008.

Lontisha Blanding is working for the Department of Social Services. 

Shafiq Arif Chaudhary has been accepted into the Peace Corps.  He departed for Lesotho on November 7, 2007 to begin pre-service training as a secondary education Peace Corps Volunteer. 

Lunita Corley works for Verizon Wireless.

Phil Crosby was hired as a Project Business Analyst at Fluor.

Tameka Davis is a Registered Nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

William Davis works for Accurate Inventory. 

Sarah Fisher works for Fluor.

Daniel Geddes works for QS/1 Data Systems.

James Gillanders was hired as a Project Business Analyst for Fluor. 

April Grant is currently attending USC School of Medicine.  She would like to thank everyone at USC Upstate for helping her achieve her dream.   

Calvin Hames works for Provident Community Bank. 

Erin Hamilton is employed at Fluor as a Marketing Specialist.

Erin Horn is a 2nd Lieutenant as well as a nurse in the United States Air Force.

Maria Horn is a 2nd Lieutenant as well as a nurse in the United States Air Force.

Donna Jenkins works for The Haven Homeless Shelter.  After she graduated Magna cum Laude in December 2007, she was proud to watch her son graduate in May of 2008 Magna cum Laude.  

Shelley Jetton is a manager for Superior Pool Products.

Brandi Jones works at McCormick Elementary School.

Thasheena Jones has a job with Verizon Wireless.  

Daljit Kalsi accepted an offer from WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida.  He began work as a news photographer there on September 24th.  He received four offers from stations in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Macon, GA, and Fort Myers, FL.  He previously interned at The Spartanburg Hearld-Journal as a free-lancer, received a CURS grant to finish a horror movie feature “Fatal Gitch,” and worked part-time at the news department WSPA, Channel 7. 

Donna Knight interned with Staff Masters. 

Kehinde Laaro works for Duke University Hospital in Neurological ICU.

Derrick Lewis has a job with a CPA Firm in Albany, NY.

Aleksandr Moroz is employed at Spartan Realty.

Allison Muise works at Duke University Medical Center as a Registered Nurse.

Nathan Pressley is a Physical Education Teacher for Lexington County School District 5.

Julie Runyan works at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System as a Registered Nurse. 

Roy Smalls is the owner of Snack Time Vending Services. 

Lakisha Spears is the Development/Marketing assistant for the Girl Scouts of SC Mountains to Midlands. She is also pursuing her masters in Public Administration.

Kevin Taylor was hired as a Project Business Analyst at Fluor.

Diane Savatisensei Temple is an Accountant/Data Analyst for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate.

Christian Tutt works for the County of Greenville Procurement Division as a Buyer.

Emily Ledford Wood is a Rite Aid Pharmacy Technician.

Halley Warble is enjoying her first year teaching 4 year old kindergartners at Clifdale Elementary in Spartanburg District 3. 

Rachel Watkins is a Staff Nurse at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.


Shannon Mariani married Emily Hulburt on October 14, 2007.

Shannon Montgomery married Matthew Grady on May 15, 2005. 

Erika Dean married Nathaniel Rodgers on April 3, 2004.

Princess Porter married Ralph Fowler, Jr. on March 8, 2008.

Jon Stubbs married Heather Carroll on March 31, 2007.

Angela Price married Jonathan Fowler on May 28, 2005.

Joseph Willimon married Oana on July 14, 2004.

Tessa Crites married Jason Zimmer on September 1, 2007. 

Erin Jordan married Joshua West on October, 17 2005. 

Peggy Ramsey married Michael Ballenger on July 5, 2007.

Richard Earl married Casey Lester on April 28, 2007. 

Leslie Hardin married Zachary Crickenberger on June 3, 2007. 

Eileen Janeski and Zach Huckabay married on June 10, 2006.

Jeffrey Jerome married Lacy Helm in March of 2005.

Deniela Sherard married another school of education student from USC Upstate, Corey Collington.  The two were married on June 30, 2007.

Daniel Workman married Lauren Guyton on March 31, 2007.   

Matthew Crawford married Emily Gerisch on March 25, 2007.

Meagan Downs married Marion Pope on April 21, 2007.

Andrew Finkle married Diana Robinson on November 4, 2006. 

Crystal Garren married Brandon Powell on August 19, 2006.

Rebecca Spencer married Brandon Gibson on December 30, 2006.

Brandi Van Newhouse married Ramon Hayes on March 31, 2007.

Jorge Beltran married Amy Julieth on November 7, 2003.

Crystal Caudill married Roberto Garcia on May 13, 2006.

Haley Ellenburg married Hal Chafey on March 25, 2007.

Cory Rice married William Foster on May 5, 2007.

Ariel Sanders married James Simpson on February 10, 2007.

Jessica Stover married Eric Jaworski on May 19, 2006.

Lacey Arrowood married John Lindsey on May 12, 2007. 

Bridge Keane married Arvind Nagarajan on August 11, 2007 in a traditional Catholic service in Chicago, IL, and again on August 24-26 for the Hindu Ceremony in Chennai, India.

Emily Ledford married Guy Clifford Wood, Jr. on April 26, 2008.

Diane Savatisensei married Nathaniel Temple on July 28, 2007. 

Matthew Wilson married Jessica Shields on July 20, 2007. 


Shannon Mariani and his wife Emily welcomed new son Brooklyn Paul Mariani to their family on February 7, 2007.

Shannon Montgomery Grady gave birth to her first child on the 28 of August 2007.  His name is Sean Seth Edward Grady and he was 10lbs, 5oz, and 21 inches. 

Kerry Melton Hill and her husband Jonathan Hill welcomed a new member to their family, Garrett Hill, in July of 2007.  The couple also has an older child, Durham Hill, born in June of 2005. 

Krystal Upchurch Hill and husband Christopher welcomed Andrew Jess Hill on February 16, 2007.  They also have an older daughter, Peyton Elizabeth Hill, born March 26, 2004. 

Christina LaGreca Davidson, and husband Paul, welcomed Stephen Paul into the world on October 3, 2007.

Erin Jordan West gave birth to Adeline Elizabeth on March 12, 2006.

Tessa Crites Zimmer gave birth to Destiny Zimmer on February 6, 2007.

Jeffrey Jerome and his wife Lacy welcomed Jaden Jerome into the world on February 27, 2006.


Marjorie Garner Burnett passed away on May 3, 2008. 

Carmen Huskamp passed away December 27, 2007.

Janice Thompson passed away on February 2, 2008.

Jewel Scism Kimbrell passed away on May 18, 2008.

Ronald Richardson passed away July 7, 2007. 

Pamela Watson passed away on October 1, 2007.

Jeffery Owens passed away on December 28, 2006.

Craig Giegerich passed away August 28, 2007. 


Fleming Jenkins Means, Sr. passed away on December 28, 2006.




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