Class Notes

Bill Cobb, CEO of JM Smith and president of QS/1, recently received the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

Phillip Case is vice president of finance at JPS Composite Materials in Anderson, S.C. 

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Ned Wilder works for Fluor Enterprises as an accountant finance manager.

Milton “Chip” Smith Jr., president/owner of Blue Ridge Log Cabins, received the Small Business Person of the Year at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

Cecelia Greenberg-English was recently named superintendent of the Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District in Coalinga, CA. The district covers 1,100 square miles in Monterey, Fresno, and San Benito Counties. While at USC Upstate, Cecelia was president of the senior class of 1980 and editor of the yearbook.

Dennis Lancaster works for 3M Dyneon as an account executive.

Gina Mabe Smith has been promoted to assistant vice president and accounting manager at Carolina Alliance Bank.

C. Dan Adams, president and CEO of The Capital Corporation, was named as USC Upstate’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Randy Foster is employed with First National Bank as a commercial banking officer. 

Lauri Mitro is a teacher at E. P. Todd Elementary School in Spartanburg, S.C.

Chris Hawkins recently celebrated his 500th win as USC Upstate’s softball coach against Furman in March 2009. 

Marcia Murff, assistant director of development at Spartanburg Day School, was named a Chamber Volunteer of hehethe Year at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

Lynn Crowe is a teaching assistant at First Baptist Church, Lyman Child Development Center.  

Crista Agnew is a proud mother of three.

David Collins is an attorney for Sinclair & Collins, LLC. 

Linda Dudley-Graham is a judge for Anderson County. 

Shelly Stavely Butterfield is a Certified Public Accountant. She specializes in clients who own small to mid-sized privately owned business, as well as individuals with complex tax situations. 

Amity Mascitelli is a dedicated transportation analyst for Michelin North America. 

Stephanie Cauthen was promoted to research director at Media General, Inc.-WSPA-TV7.

Joyce Ann Copeland Fowler is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Christopher Clark is an indirect account manager for Alltel Wireless.

Thomas Longino works for San Francisco Night Ministry, which is a non-profit company, as an associate night minister.

Terri Reyburn is the grand coordinator at Boise State University. 

Ana Ruhl is a blog author for Ana Maria’s Royal Perspective.

Eric Youmans works at CompX as an IT specialist. 

Christie Hyde is a national spokesperson for AAA and is frequently quoted by major media outlets such as ABC News, New York Times, Associated Press and CNN.  She is based at AAA’s national office in Heathrow, FL.

Monica Cothran, campaign director for United Way, was named a Chamber Volunteer of the Year at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

Sophie “Shelly” Lancaster works for Greenville Spartanburg International Airport as an aircraft rescue fire fighter. 

Nancy Layton works for Spartanburg Water System.

Ray Scott has a new job as a real estate broker for Cobden Properties, Inc. in Spartanburg, S.C.

Shelly Smith has been married to fellow ’99 Alumni Michael Balding for almost eight years and just welcomed their second daughter, Ava Blair Balding on August 12, 2008. She joins her sister Emily Caroline Balding, 4 ½ years old.

Michelle Evans Jarrell is currently teaching music at USC-Lancaster.

Vanessa Rudder works for ArvinMeritor in North Carolina as a plant accountant.

Tiffany Santagati was recently promoted to assistant vice president at BB&T.

Earl Alexander is the director of appraisal and reassessment for the Spartanburg County Assessor’s Office.

Meredith Lyn Camby married Brian Joseph Norton on May 9, 2008.

Heidi Hawkins works for the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. 

Lynne Waite Nelson received her Mater’s + 30 in February 2006 from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She also has her National Board certification, and is the second grade chair at Alice Drive Elementary in Sumter, S.C.

Paul Bever works for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina as a system analyst I.

Heatherly Carraway works for Surgery Center at Pelham, S.C. 

Jeremy Cothran is the owner of an entertainment business in Rome, GA under CCF Productions, LLC.

Mia Waymer Davoll is an assistant nurse manager at Palmetto Health Alliance-Richland Campus.

Rebecca Murry recently started a new job as an academic advisor at the University of Texas-Dallas.

Felicia Reid works for Dystech Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, S.C as an education advisor. 

Scott Shull is a Vertical Extrusion Operator for Zeus Industrial Products. 

Brandon Beatty works for the SC Department of Juvenile Justice as a data placement specialist I.

Dan Collins is the director of corporate security for Fluor Corporation in Greenville, and a member of ASIS. He recently presented a scholarship to two Upstate Criminal Justice students for The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) – Chapter 97.

Dana Newman DeLavan is a second grade teacher at Alice Drive Elementary in Sumter, S.C.

Atrez Flemings is a probation agent for the South Carolina Department of Probation Parole & Pardon Services (SCDPPPS).

Natalie Hurd works at the Spartanburg Children Shelter, Inc. as an Anchor House Director.

Michael Whiteford is a graphic designer for Kirkland’s, Inc. in Nashville, TN.

Jonathan Walker has been named branch manager of Carolina Alliance Banks’ headquarters, as well as being named an officer. 

Jennifer Hamilton works for Palmetto Health Richland as a neonatal intensive care nurse. 

Justin Martin works for ITT Technical Institute in NC as a system support technician.

Chiquila Suber has a new job as a teacher at Virginia College.

Joshua Thomas now works for Iron Mountain – Records Management in Boston, MA as an implementation manager.

Lilia White is employed at Creform Corporation, a manufacturing company, as a finance and collection specialist. 

Twanja Windley has a new book, Led by the Word, presented by Publish America.

Jonathan Brasfield is a teacher for Greenville County Schools. 

Andrew Crow is an IT analyst-III for Caterpillar, Inc. in Indiana.

April Dove is employed at the University of South Carolina as a graduate teacher/research assistant. 

Nina Kennedy works as a chiropractor with the Enhance Living Chiropractic Company.

Shaunta Manigault was recently hired in the production department at WCIV-News 4 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 

Rhysa Ratti works at the Charles Lea Center in Spartanburg, S.C as a social worker.

Lee Gandy has been selected as the Alumni Teacher of the Year for 2008.

Julia Blandin has a new job as a marketing specialist at Fluor Corporation in Greenville, S.C.

Heather Channell works for human resources at SEW-Eurodrive, Inc.

Sasha Cotton works for the Piedmont Wilderness Institute as a behavior modification specialist.

Scott Hughes is a network architect at IBM.

Marilyn Jones has been married to husband, Gary for over 15 years. They have two teenagers, Gary Jr. and Kendall. 

Lamesha Smith has been employed with the Child Protective Services Division of the South Carolina Department of Social Services since November 2006.

Ashley Stewart is the production coordinator for the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department.

Joseph Dunn is a member of the board of directors at the Greater Spartanburg YMCA.  He and his wife Shamekia have three children.

Brandie Montgomery Gillian works as a charge nurse for Wallace Thomson Hospital.  

Courtney Goodman works as a nurse at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, S.C.

Daljit Kalsi began work at WHNS Fox Carolina in September 2008 as a cinematographer

Lauren Kennedy is working at the Medical University of South Carolina as a registered nurse in the pediatric emergency room.

Angel Moore recently married Derrick Michael Covington II, and she now works for North Greenville University as a transcript analyst.  

Christian Tutt is employed as a buyer for the County of Greenville Governmental Offices. 

Melissa Williams is teaching this year in Charlotte through the Teach for America program.  She has been nominated for the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award. 

Parveen Bining was recently hired at McAbee, Talbert, Halliday & Co.

Christine Carlin is a fifth grade science/math teacher at Monarch Elementary.

Lucosi Fuller and wife, Melody, have been married since June 2003 and they have one child, Javan Fuller. 

Todd Long is a case manager in Spartanburg, S.C.

Michael Nickel is a securities analyst for Northern Trust in Chicago, IL.

Jacob Radcliffe is now a 09S Commissioned Officer Candidate in the U.S. Army.

Elicia Bryant recently had a condensed version of her senior seminar thesis, Cracking the Case of Chekhov’s Ambiguity, published in the online magazine Miller-McCune

Deanna Collier is a handler for Federal Express.

Susana Hernandez works in accounts payable at Advance America.

Kimberly Johnson had her third interview with the Social Security Administration.

Elizabeth Lowndes has been accepted into the MACC program at USC. 

Lamar Marsh is an IT Technician for Lear Corporation and is married to Jessica Marsh.

Lacey Ridings is a Certified Public Accountant at McAbee Talbert Halliday & Company. 

Chad Robinson has a management position with UPS.

Andrew Snipes is a photographer for Snipes Photography.

Sarah Watson is the director of the After School Program at Life’s Resource Center in Spartanburg, S.C.

Tiarra Wilkes is a registered nurse at Spartanburg Regional Hospital



Madora Holder married retired UMC Minister Clarence Pittman on November 9, 2008 at Bethel UMC. 

Danny Lee Scruggs married Darla Ann Cudd on February 21, 2007.

Christopher Carrion recently married Connie Marie Cushing.

Melissa Padgett married Ben Smith on October 3, 2008. 

Naomi McKenzie married Thomas Gregory Marler on November 26, 2004.


Brandie Montgomery married Robert Gillian on November 3, 2007. 

Allison Muise married Robert E. Carman (2004) on June 7, 2008. 



Wesley Godwin married Ashley Durant on June 22, 2007.

Kelly Gillespie Tam and her husband, Tony (1997), announced the birth of their second child, Aaden Carter Tam, on October 17, 2008.  They also have a daughter, Abby.    



John Elford Gwinn passed away on July 11, 2008.

Deborah Horton Edwards passed away on June 24, 2008.

Andy Farmer passed away on August, 2005.




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