Menu Down Arrows


Download Magazine

View or download the print version of the magazine. PDF icon   

winter 2018
class notes

Class Notes

Updates from Wofford alumni – click “Submit News” in the Quick Links menu to submit your news to be considered for the next issues of Wofford Today


Church Women United of Columbia, S.C., has awarded Hayes Mizell its 2017 Human Rights Certificate of Appreciation “for distinguished leadership, dedicated service and concerned citizen action.” 


Phillip Henry McGee has been named a lifetime achiever by Marquis Who’s Who. McGee is an educator, entrepreneur and innovator in the field of safety education and human resource development. 


Margaret Vevon Edgerton is a broker and realtor with Coldwell Banker King. She works with buyers and sellers in the Tryon, Hendersonville and Lake Lure areas of North Carolina.


Dr. David Harkins has joined the Lee University Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as a visiting assistant professor in chemistry. Lee University is located in Cleveland, Tenn.


John Phillip Liston, a guidance counselor from Taylors, S.C., has been appointed to represent S.C. House District Seat 10, 17 and 19 on the Greenville Health System Authority Board of Trustees.


Leah Bell-Bagwell is a member of the executive team with America’s Home Place in Greenville, S.C. She and her husband, Todd, live in Easley. 


John Bauknight has joined the NAI Earle Furman team in Spartanburg, S.C. He remains involved in Spartanburg’s entrepreneurial community, including helping launch Spartanburg Angel Network, a group that combines the entrepreneurial culture, investor expertise and mentoring talents of investors in Spartanburg with the larger Angel Network’s proven investment model.


Billy Keels has been an assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Lewisville High School for 16 years. His baseball team won the state championship in May, and his son, Trey (18), pitched a complete game in the championship final. This was Keels’ second state title. He and his wife, Angie, live in Chester, S.C. They also have a daughter, Allie (15).


Attorney Rob Bethea Jr. has been named mergers and acquisitions team leader for Adams and Reese in Columbia, S.C. Columbia Business Monthly also named him to its 2017 Legal Elite listing.

The International Association of Defense Counsel has elected Molly Hughes Cherry, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet in Charleston, S.C., to its board of directors for a three-year term. Her legal practice focuses on litigation, business disputes, employment and labor law, insurance coverage, lender liability and professional liability.

Ray McGuire was promoted in May to national safety, health and environmental manager for the Nestle Sales Organization, supporting the sales and distribution teams for all Nestle products across the U.S. The new job required his family to make their 16th move, this time from Phoenix, Ariz., to Cleveland, Ohio. McGuire says it was a hard move, but the position is a great opportunity.


SouthCrest Bank announces the appointment of 20-year financial services veteran Kristie Wierks McMahan as vice president and portfolio manager on its team. McMahan, who has held senior positions at four regional banks, a major investment house and two international industries, will be responsible for managing SouthCrest Bank’s commercial portfolio. 


Stonemont Financial Group, an Atlanta-based investment management firm, recently established an office in Charlotte, N.C., and added Matt McCoy, who will serve as president of the new Stonemont Income Fund. He was most recently managing director and group head of the corporate net lease capital markets group at Wells Fargo.


Christina Pitts Lynn moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to take a new position as the director of behavioral health with Grand Strand Hospital. She is in the process of opening a new behavioral health unit.

On July 17, 2017, Dr. Michael Mikota was named Central Carolina Technical College’s new president. Mikota lives in Sumter, S.C., with his wife, Camila, and two daughters, Cecilia and Penelope.


Jeff Plotner and Courtney Parades Plotner ’04 announce the birth of Barnes Lewis Plotner, born June 26, 2017. He joins big brother Judson Gibbons Plotner. They live in Charleston, S.C.

Anna Martin Tucker and her husband, Gibson, welcomed their daughter, Nancy “Harriet” Tucker, on Dec. 8, 2016. The family lives in Camden, S.C. 


Christie Kocisko Estes and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of twins, Josephine Marie and Sophia Eleni Estes, born Aug. 8, 2017. They live in Spartanburg, S.C. 


Palmer Straughn, director of admission at Christ School in Arden, N.C., married Sara Riggs ’10 on Sept. 30, 2017. Both previously worked in the Wofford College Office of Admission.


Jacque Shurburtt Burkhead and her husband, Jason, live in Davidson, N.C., with their two children, Evelyn (2) and Anderson, born June 13, 2017. In September, Burkhead also began a new job as a territory commercial controller with Ingersoll-Rand Co.

Rachel Hutchens has joined Sowell Gray Robinson as an associate in its Columbia, S.C., office. She focuses her practice on litigation involving premises liability, automobile torts and insurance coverage as well as personal injury defense. 


An intensive care nurse, Mary Patton Parks Anderson has been accepted into the master of nurse anesthesia program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Columbia. She begins in January 2018. She and her husband of six years live in Greenwood, S.C.

Trey Antley and Natalia Nunez Antley welcomed daughter Catlina Sofia Antley on March 15, 2017. The family lives in Columbia, S.C.

Employed with Stevens Towing Co. Inc. in Yonges Island, S.C., Ross Thomas Miller married Mary Ruth Tribble on Aug. 12, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. They live in Charleston.


Lane Eisenburg is pursuing an MBA in organizational management at Emory University in Atlanta. She expects to graduate in 2019.

Dr. Tyler Perry joined the dental practice of Dr. David Moss and Dr. Brian Sang at Palmetto Smiles of Florence, S.C. Perry will practice family dental care and provide cosmetic, restorative and preventive treatment.

The wedding announcement in The New York Times began: “He promised her the moon and stars. They married on eclipse day. Kelly Turek and Chris Dutton, a pair of stargazers and self-described ‘science fiction nerds,’” were married in Georgetown, S.C., on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. “They spent the first few minutes of a bright future together in total darkness.” The couple now lives in Florida, where Dutton is stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, “considered one of the best stargazing destinations in the country.”


Sarah Hannah Newman is an associate in the Atlanta office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. She is a member of the litigation department and concentrates her practice on complex commercial and insurance coverage litigation. 


Taylor Baker and Pari Barr Baker celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Oct. 1, 2017. They live in Hot Springs, Va., with their dog, Warren. Taylor owns his own law practice, and Pari is a licensed clinical social worker in the local hospital.

Harrison Hood married Morgan Allison Morrisette on Sept. 30, 2017, on Figure Eight Island, N.C. The groom is employed by Glen Raven-Custom Fabrics, the bride with Morrisette Paper Co. They live in Greensboro, N.C.

Jonathan P. Roof, who has been serving in the U.S. Army since graduation, was accepted last year into the special operations community. He serves as a logistics operational planner for the only special operations sustainment brigade in the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C. He completed his MBA in August and won honors as a team member in the best capstone project for Auburn University’s culminating MBA class. He soon will be released from active duty to pursue a career in the corporate world while continuing his service in the U.S. Army Reserve.


Tyler Finney is the director for the southern region at RiverFront Investment Group in Richmond, Va. He had been regional sales consultant for the southern region. 

David P. Jordan and his wife, Ginger, welcomed daughter Hollis Grace Jordan, born July 24, 2017. She joins big brothers David Paul and Patrick. Jordan also started a new job in the spring as deputy county attorney for Horry County in South Carolina.

Brandon Robinson, a CPA, was promoted to tax manager on Aug. 1, 2017. He works with Cherry Bekaert in Greenville, S.C.


Claiborne Fletcher graduated from Lynchburg College’s doctor of physical therapy program in May 2017. She is a pediatric physical therapist in Newport News, Va.


Jen Harlan and Kyle Yelton ’15 were married on May 27, 2017. Harlan is a career and internship advisor with Kennesaw State University. They live in the Atlanta, Ga., area.


Lauren Kirby Bove has been hired as a learning specialist within the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes at Louisiana State University. She joined LSU from the University of Arkansas, where she worked as a graduate learning assistant for two years in the Office of Student-Athlete Success.

Courtney Parsons graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Georgia State University in May 2017. She since has been working as the development coordinator at Kate’s Club, an Atlanta-area nonprofit that provides resources and support for children who have lost a parent or a sibling.


Kathryn Dearie Brown married Corbin Wilmer Arnette on April 8, 2017, in Dillon, S.C., where they now reside.

Kentra Washington signed a professional contract to play in the European Women’s Basketball League. She will play for ZKK Bor in Bor, Serbia.