Achievement Awards

In celebration of the college’s 125th anniversary, the Alumnae Association Board recognizes 125 outstanding alumnae who have demonstrated high levels of achievement and/or service in one or more of the Seven Core Values of Converse College – Excellence, Integrity, Exploration, Diversity, Respect, Community, and Progress.

The following recipients were honored on April 26, 2014 at 11am in Twichell Auditorium.  Join us in congratulating these outstanding alumnae. 

 

2014 Alumnae Association Award Recipients

 Scroll down or click on a name to learn more about each recipient. 

1946
Dicksie Brown Cribb
 
1947
Dr. Betty Jane Bramlett
1948
Betty Anne Welch Warren
 
1949
Marianne Ellison Bartram
1949
Betty Jo Putnam Carpenter
 
1950
Carolyn Duer Pennell
1951
Dr. Doris Marley Laird
 
1954
Margaret Jackson Bundy
1956
Marion Connor Norwood
 
1957
Martha Allen Armstrong
1957
Marguerite Gignilliat Old
 
1958
Jacquelyn Mapp Farlow
1959
Eliza Macaulay Carney
 
1959
Harriet Marshall Goode
1959
Margaret Campbell MacDonald
 
1959
Ruth Junker Mitchell
1960
Suzanne Butts Ferguson
 
1961
LaClaire Williams Laffitte
1962
Dr. Harriet Hair
 
1962
Doris Ridgeway Hotaling
1962
Marian McGowan Nisbet
 
1962
Ruthlee Phillips Orr
1963
Charlotte Savitz Ciraulo
 
1963
Anne Waters Green
1963
Elizabeth Moore Henderson
 
1963
Wallace Eppes Johnson
1964
Patricia Parsons Hickerson
 
1964
Dr. Carolyn Green Satterfield
1964
Ellen Bryant Voigt
 
1965
Elizabeth Burnett Fleming
1965
Susan Phifer Johnson
 
1966
Edith Hamilton Kuhnle
1967
Dr. Judy Gordon Collier
 
1968
Caroline Gordon Grimball
1968
Elisabeth Lucas Marchant
 
1969
Mary Rainey Belser
1969
Harriet Messer Goldsmith
 
1969
Melissa Daves Johnson
1970
Janice Mack
 
1971
Roberta Timmons Daniel
1971
Susanne Cole Wean
 
1971
Alanna Ivey Wildman
1972
Victoria Hunt Cox
 
1972
Elizabeth Crane Griffith
1972
Susan Wyatt Holmes
 
1972
Dr. Nancy Welcome Phifer
1973
Karen Pulliam Menge
 
1974
Grazier Connors Rhea
1975
Berryll Bate
 
1975
Jean Elise Warren
1976
The Reverend Delois Brown-Daniels
 
1976
Christian Holliday Douglas
1977
Joy Nanney Finch
 
1977
Nancy Hutcheson Harris
1977
Gail Rawls Jeter
 
1977
Jane Boatwright Schwab
1978
The Honorable Harriet Smith O'Neill
 
1978
Dr. Melanie J. Spence
1979
Nancy Bain Cote'
 
1979
Dr. Hannah Stewart-Gambino
1980
Gladys Tapp Hancock
 
1981
Sally Jeter Hammond
1981
Lan T. Nguyen 
 
1982
Phyllis Perrin Harris
1982
Holly Beach Hussey
 
1983
Marjorie L. Heggie
1984
Palmer Davison Ball
 
1984
Cara Lynn Desern Cannon
1984
Dr. Karen Abele DeVore
 
1985
Ellen Lanford Asherman
1985
The Honorable Deadra L. Jefferson
 
1985
Dr. Jayne Stewart Reuben
1985
Dr. Tara LeWynn Sturdivant
 
1986
Cheryl Litton Barber
1986
Martha Allison Hunnicutt
 
1986
Ann Lanier Jackson
1986
Angelia Kerhulas Stanland
 
1987
Beth Woods Sessums
1988
Kimilee Bryant
 
1988
Carissa Mosteller Burns
1988
Dr. Carrie Davis Cousar
 
1988
Linda Layman Redding
1989
Wallace Davison Prestwood
 
1990
Linda Strider Haynes
1990
Lynn Pettus
 
1991
Wanda Moore McDowell
1992
Carol Burton Hutchinson
 
1992
Nancy O'Dell Keim
1992
Brandon Davidson Shives
 
1993
Jane Manning Hyatt
1994
Dr. Kirsten Suzanne Kerr
 
1995
Dr. Melissa Stuart Dillmon
1995
Dr. Jamye Horres Hurteau
 
1996
Elizabeth Farmer Lancaster
1996
Jeanette Carol Williams
 
1997
Kimberly Varnadoe Kent
1998
Helen Walker Tolar
 
1999
Kathleen Chandler Woodward
2000
Dr. Dana Luttrell Garner
 
2000
Joy Danielle Stoney
2001
Dr. Nivedita Bagchi
 
2002
Dr. Katherine Strong Barnes
2002
Laura Causey-Philippovic
 
2002
Katherine Landon Fitch
2003
Kathryn Faris Butler
 
2004
Casey Leanne Addis
2004
Kelly Wilson Hall
 
2004
Laura Burgess Martin
2005
Tharanga S. A. Goonetilleke
 
2006
Brelan Riddle Montgomery
2006
Molly Stoehr Moyer
 
2006
Jennifer Wahl Settle
2007
Stinson Woodward Ferguson
 
2007
Bianca-Martina Rohner
2008
Anna Kathryn Haverty Backer
 
2008
Mary Elizabeth Martin
2008
Stephanie Ann Newton
 
2008
Andrea Laura Profili
2009
Megan Ann Madison
 
2010
Morgan Elizabeth Anderson
2010
Mary Alison English
 
2010
Kasie Starnes Auten
2010
Gwendolyn Eve Stembridge
 
2011
Sara Elizabeth Rossi
2012
Shannon Marie Gonzalez
 
 
 

 

 

 

Dicksie Brown Cribb   ---   Class of 1946  

   Spartanburg, SC 

 

  • Converse College, 1946, B.A. in Drama with minor in Voice; served on the Board of Trustees for 14 years; received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1973; co-founded the Friends of the Petrie School of Music and The Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series.
  • Received the Order of the Silver Crescent, the highest award for volunteerism in the State of South Carolina, from Governor Mark Sanford.
  • Received the Distinguished Service Award from Brevard Music Center; served on   Board of Trustees from 1965-2005; currently serves as Trustee Emeritus.  Supported and nurtured young artists across the United States through her service as a local, state and national official with the National Federation of Music Clubs.
  • Served in leadership roles in many local arts and civic groups including Spartanburg Junior League, Spartanburg Literacy Association, Speech and Hearing Clinic, Pine Street PTA, Girl Scout Association, among others.  Performed lead dramatic roles at Converse College and Spartanburg Little Theatre productions, including the role of Julie in the very first amateur production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

 

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 Dicksie Brown Cribb

 

Betty Jane Bramlett   ---   Class of 1947

   Spartanburg, SC                    

  
  • Recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award Of Outstanding Services To Art Education In Community And State (1989)
  • Recipient of Southeastern Regional Supervision Award Of The Year (1989)
  • Recipient of Converse College Alumnae Award For Career Achievement (1997)
  • Recipient of The Spartanburg District 7 Orchestra Program Award in recognition of 42 Years of Dedicated Service (1999)
  • Winning Bronze Award in the 35th Annual Exhibition of Southern Watercolor Society in Georgia (2012) $1,000.00
 

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 Betty Jane Bramlett

 

Betty Anne Welch Warren   ---   Class of 1948  

   Palm Beach, FL 

  • Husband, Dr. Donald E. Warren, was the co-founder of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1968 and Chairman of the Board for 40 years; during that time, worked very strenuously for the University; started the Women of Distinction in 1991 and each year two women were selected who made Palm Beach County better through their accomplishments; this program has been highly successful in both friend and fundraising.
  • After Converse, attended a seminary in Richmond, VA; learned more about the Bible and since that time have studied the Bible regularly; taught Bible classes at her church for 40 years going from four year olds to young married adults; taught the young married adults for approximately 20 years and also did a lot of marriage counseling.
  • After attending seminary, taught four year olds in a private school in Winston Salem, N.C.; after being observed during class for hours, was contacted by Duke University and offered a job teaching four year old children of Duke faculty; this is also where she met her husband, Dr. Donald E. Warren and we have been married 57 years with three children and nine grandchildren.
  • The first female chairman of a major committee in her church of 12,000 members; served as Chairman of the long range planning committee for six years.
  • In 2011, selected as an ambassador for the Centennial celebration of Palm Beach’s 100th birthday; she and her husband were one of three couples honored.

     

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Marianne Ellison Bartram   ---   Class of 1949

   
  • Died on November 25, 2013 in Spartanburg, SC.
  • 1949 graduate of Converse College majoring in mathematics.
  • Taught in schools at Columbia, Pendleton, and Lancaster, retiring from teaching at Greenville Technical College.
  • Former member of First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg, the Alumnae Board of Converse College, the Elizabeth Heath Book and Study Club, Book Barters Club, Azalea Garden Club, and Home and Garden Club.
  • Survived by her children, grandchildren, step-children and step-grandchildren

 

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 Marianne Ellison Bartram

 

Betty Jo Putnam Carpenter   ---   Class of 1949    

   Rutherfordton, NC

 

  • Sang her first solo when 3 years old; sang at her first wedding at 13, both at Zoar Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C.
  • Sang  Ave Maria in Latin for her interview at Converse in 1944; spent the next four years happily matriculating at Converse.
  • Married her high school sweetheart, the late Robert Edgar Carpenter, Jr., in 1950; have three children, 6 granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren.
  • Started the music department at Isothermal Community College in 1967; President of The Symphony of Rutherford County for 20 years and began a relationship between Converse’s student conductors and the symphony.
  • In 1999 was awarded the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs’ Distinguished Service Award for cultural, musical, and artistic life, and Converse College Alumnae Association Career Achievement Citation. 

 

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 Betty Jo Putnam Carpenter

 

Carolyn Duer Pennell   ---   Class of 1950    

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Graduated from St Catherine’s School in 1946 and Converse College in 1950
  • Mother of Susan Pennell Towson and Richard Hamer Pennell, Jr. and grandmother of three
  • Active member of Central United Methodist Church serving as  Past Alter Guild President (2 terms), Trustee,  past Chair of Worship Committee (2 terms),  Present Chair of History and Archives Committee, past President Sunday School, past Chairman Music Committee;
  • Past member of The Junior League; past  Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout leader; served six years on the Georgia Cleveland board (two years as President); past member of the Spartanburg Little Theatre board and voluntary Office Manager; served three different terms on the Ballet Spartanburg board (board President 1990-1992)
  • Past President of Alumnae Association at Converse College; past member of Board of Visitors at Converse College;  Chair of Two Inaugurations of Presidents of Converse College; Converse College Trustee for three years; Class Agent in 1996 and 1999; recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan award in 1997; hostess of the Converse College Alumnae House (1986-1988)

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 Carolyn Duer Pennell

 

Doris Marley Laird   ---   Class of 1951

   Tallahassee, FL

 

  • Raised three sons while writing her 1500 page Dissertation on Colin Morris: Modern Missionary for her Ph.D. in Humanities at Florida State University.
  • Biography is listed every year in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in the South and Southwest.
  • Married to husband for 50 years and grandmother of three grandchildren, two girls and one boy.
  • Assistant Professor of Humanities with Tenure at Florida A.& M. University for 26 years in Tallahassee, Florida
  • A Leading Soprano for five years with the South Carolina Opera Workshop directed by John Richards McCrae and sang with him in the opera company at Chautauqua, New York.  Presented two full length Boston recitals in Boston, Mass, and sang with the Plymouth Rock Center of Music and Drama, Duxbury, Mass. for three seasons.  Loved her four years at Converse in Music which inspired her to accomplish further goals of a Master of Music from Boston University and an Opera Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. 

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 Doris Marley Laird

 

Margaret Jackson Bundy   ---   Class of 1954    

   Lancaster, SC

 

  • B.A. from Converse College in 1954; Master of Education, Reading from Winthrop University in 1975; Master of Education, Secondary Guidance from Winthrop University in 1980
  • Teacher for Bibb County Schools, Macon, GA (1970-1971) and Lancaster County School District, Lancaster, SC; Reading Teacher/Guidance Counselor at Lancaster High School- Campus II (1973-1976); Guidance Counselor at Lancaster High School (1976-1990)
  • Member of Lancaster County Library Board (1983-1991) Chairman of Library Board (1984-1985); Trustee Section Representative – South Carolina Library Association; State Library Board – 1992-1996, appointed by Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.; State Library Board – 1996-2001, appointed by Governor David M. Beasley; Chairman- State Library Board (1994-1998);  State Library Board-2001-2006, appointed by Governor James H. Hodges
  • Former member and board member – Phi Delta Kappa, Education Fraternity; former member Lancaster County Historical Commission; Lancaster Council of the Arts- board member; The Lancaster Garden Club- President (1999-2001); Garden Clubs South Carolina- board member (2001-2003); Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs- President (2003-2004); Literary Review Club, Lancaster, SC – President (2011-2012); Lancaster Youth Endowment- board member; First United Methodist Church, Lancaster, SC-former trustee, vice chairman of the Church Council, former circle chairman, Vice Chairman church Council 2008-2009, Chairman church Council 2010 Church Trustee 2012; 2009-2013 Converse College Alumnae Board decade representative
  • One of the five living South Carolina honorees to the National Advocacy Honor Roll by the American Library Association and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates – July 7, 2000; Margaret Jackson Bundy Scholarship established by the South Carolina State Library and the South Carolina State Library Foundation at the University of South Carolina graduate program in Mass Communication and Information Studies to assist students who are interested in a career in public librarianship. January 2002.
  • Married to Charles A. Bundy, three sons and four grandchildren

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 Margaret Jackson Bundy

 

Marion Connor Norwood   ---   Class of 1956    

   Greenville, SC

 

  • Marion Mitchell Seabrook Connor- could never lose nickname – “Sunshine” - given at birth. (After Doctor who delivered me.) Blessed with 55 wonderful years of marriage to Ben K. Norwood, Jr. of Greenville, three perfect children and four grandchildren.
  • Converse Alumnae positions: President (1978-80); Recording Secretary; Chm. Records & Recognition Comm.;  Class Agent; President Greenville Chapter; Converse 100; 1996 Recipient- Mae Kilgo Converse Spirit Award. Loved working with Jeanne Harley, Alumnae Director.
  • Life-long passion- Opera, Art and History of all ages – nurtured by Liberal Arts at Converse. Thanks “Papa John”, Miss Gee, Dr. Cook & Dr. Willis.
  • Favorite Board service: The Charity Ball Board of Greenville as chairman of the Rose Ball in 1995 which raised over $ 112,000 for local charities.
  • Enjoys friends in several garden clubs, The Tuesday Study Club, Junior League sustainers, Christ Episcopal Church, McKissick Book Club, DAR, dance clubs, Greenville Women Giving etc. Also member of: The Huguenot Society; First Families of South Carolina; Christ Church School Board of Visitors.
  • Hobbies: needlepoint – 6 rugs, a screen, countless pillows; “sometime” artist; over 30 years of adventurous world-wide hiking with “Moose Mama” friends; travel to over 60 countries. 

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 Marion Sunshine Connor Norwood

 

Martha Jean Allen Armstrong   ---   Class of 1957    

   Ann Arbor, MI

 

  • Studied art under August Cook and later at the Heatherly School of Art in London
  • Designed the Converse ring, the design still used today
  • Accomplished artist and photographer and has exhibited in Texas, West Virginia, California, New York, Maine, and England
  • Art work is part of the Smithsonian’s collection and various corporate collections in the US and abroad

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 Martha Allen Armstrong

 

Marguerite Gignilliat Old   ---   Class of 1957    

   Lexington, VA

 

  • Worked 10 years for Colonial Williamsburg, primarily as staff writer in public relations and previously company newspaper editor
  • History major and former Conversationalist editor developed interests in historic preservation and continued to volunteer publicity for local and state groups including The Garden Club of Virginia
  • Having lived in Lexington, VA for 45 years, have held part-time jobs for the VMI Foundation, the George C. Marshall Foundation, and the Sigma Nu National Fraternity Headquarters
  • Travels include many trips to the United Kingdom and 25 or more US Road Scholar Program trips 

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 Marguerite Gignilliat Old

 

Jacquelyn Mapp Farlow   ---   Class of 1958   

    Greensboro, NC

 

  • Founding board member of the Greensboro Opera Company and Greensboro Junior Assembly; Past Co-President of the Greensboro Opera Company; Past President of the Greensboro Day School Parents Council; Past Chair of the Weatherspoon Art Gallery Art on Paper; Past Chair of the Lay Ministry Committee and Outreach Committee of First Presbyterian Church; First Presbyterian Church Rotated Elder; Past Chair of the Landscape Committee of the Fountain Manor Association Board; currently on the Trustee Board of the Greensboro Opera Company, as Chair of Playbill Ads, and the Companions Guild Board, with arrangements and does altar flowers once a month for the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church.
  • Doting wife, mother, and grandmother of 5 (2 girls and 3 boys); additional family members include a precious little Pomeranian dog, that she walks every day, named Mozart, and a beautiful little cat, that matches her dog, named Coco Chanel.
  • Owner of Classic Interiors & Landscapes

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 Jackie Mapp Farlow

 

Eliza Macaulay Carney   ---   Class of 1959    

    Fort Collins, CO

 

  • Participating in and promoting approaches and projects which enable individuals and groups to recognize their gifts of experience, skills and insights, and use them to improve their own life and the life of their communities.  Examples of these projects, some of which are on-going, are the Self-Employment Loan Fund in Phoenix, the annual Arizona Hunger Conference, the National Community Building Network, the Advocacy Institute, the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World (reader), the Larimer County Community Building Network, and Co-Operate Colorado.
  •  Supporting political candidates who share her values and are courageous and effective in promoting and enacting policies which embody them.  She has been active in politics all her adult life, supporting candidates and initiatives, and helping organize campaigns which reach out to, motivate, and energize not only other political activists, but the people who are most affected by the issues of the campaign, who may not have previously been involved. This activity has been on the national, state and local level, and she has never regretted supporting any of the candidates or causes.  Some of the most rewarding experiences have been in the presidential campaigns of George McGovern and Jimmy Carter; lobbying for clean and open government and for food security in the Arizona Legislature, and for health care reform in the Colorado Legislature; and numerous other campaigns on the local and state level.
  • Providing support and encouragement in many forms (words of appreciation, a hug, public recognition) to friends, colleagues, even strangers who are doing good things.  Trying to be open to new people, different perspectives and approaches to problem areas; trying to be a good listener. Bringing together people who share interests and concerns in conferences, seminars, and meetings, and encouraging collaboration; and also just introducing individuals to other individuals who seem to share their interests and passions. When asked what her hobby is, she often answers “collecting people,” which has brought me some wonderful adventures, friends, joys, challenges, and just enriched her life more than she could ever say.

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 Eliza Macaulay Carney

 

Harriet Marshall Goode   ---   Class of 1959     

   Rock Hill, SC

  

  • Career Achievement Citation presented by Converse College in 1999
  • Keeper of the Culture Award presented by the Culture and Heritage Commission of York County in 2002
  • Medal of Honor in the Arts presented by the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Winthrop University in 2005
  • BFA-Honorary presented by Winthrop University on the occasion of her 70th birthday coinciding with a 50-year retrospective of her art in 2007
  • Awards in regional and national painting competitions since 1985

 

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 Harriet Marshall Goode

 

Margaret Campbell MacDonald   ---   Class of 1959    

   Charleston, SC

 

  • Taught and administered in five girls’ schools during a 45 year career
  • Served Converse College as a trustee during a major reset just prior to Betsy Fleming’s arrival 
  • Established major learning center as head of Ashley Hall in Charleston – Early Childhood, Arts, Sport Complex
  • Presided over the Restoration and Rededication of the historic home on Ashley Hall’s campus- the McBee House 

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 Margaret Campbell MacDonald

 

Ruth Junker Mitchell   ---   Class of 1959    

    La Quinta, CA 

 

  • Received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and taught piano in the Pre-College Department.  In 1977, appointed the Director of Alumnae Development for the College where she created a national fundraising program
  • In 1983, served on the five member steering committee with Carlos Moseley, Henry Janiec, John McCrae, and Dixie Cribb to establish the Friends of the School of Music (now known as The Carlos Moseley Series), to attract internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles.  Served on executive board of National and South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, South Carolina Music Teachers Association, Spartanburg Music Foundation, Woman’s Music Club and Spartanburg Little Theatre. 
  • In 1984, became Director of Institutional Advancement at Cushing Academy in MA.  This role included building an integrated development program, participating on the Headmaster’s strategic planning team and creating a comprehensive marketing program.   During her twenty- year tenure, she achieved record fundraising, designed and implemented special events globally, fostered relationships with families and their children with extensive travel across Central and South America, Europe, Pacific Rim and the Middle East.  She was a founding trustee of the first Native American and Independent School collaboration of its kind.  Experienced in building networks across multi-national, multi-cultural and socio-economic differences.
  • Since 2011, she has served as Chair of Special Events and Development for Classics for Kids Foundation.  Events feature Condoleezza Rice, pianist and The Muir String Quartet and are held at locations throughout the United States, most recently at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston, MA; the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, MT; and in homes in Beverly Hills, CA, Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Las Vegas, NV.  All funds raised at these events provide matching grants for quality string instruments for inner-city children. This year, she has been involved in creating and implementing music education programs at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in Boston, MA and The Davis Community Center in Cathedral City, CA for inner-city children, ages six to twelve, to learn to play a string instrument.
  • In 2012, she moved to La Quinta, Ca.

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 Ruth Junker Mitchell

 

Suzanne Butts Ferguson   ---   Class of 1960    

   Fort Myers, FL

 

  • Earned Masters of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University with a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship won at Converse and earned a PhD in English and American modernist literature from Stanford University
  • Successful career in teaching and administration in national research universities including Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara 1966-1971, Associate Professor and Director of the M.A. Program at Ohio State University 1971-1983; Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Wayne State University in Detroit from 1983-1989; Case Western Reserve University: Dean of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences 1989-1993; Professor of English and Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities 1993-2000; Knight Professor Emerita; English Department Chair 1995-2000; Chair of the Faculty Senate 1998-1999
  • Author and Editor of Scholarship and Literary Criticism including author of The Poetry of Randall Jarrell and numerous articles and book chapters on Jarrell, 20th –century American poetry and painting, the history and theory of short story, recent Native American Fiction
  • Consultant Evaluator for the North Central Association of College and Schools, 1991-2000
  • Participant in Early Music as a performer and promoter (as a result of Music History minor at Converse, study with Professor Edward Reilly); officer of the Viola da Gamba Society of America 2000-2012 (President 2004-2008); co-author with Jean Seiler of Pastime with Good Company II: the Continuing History of the Viola Da Gamba Society, 2013; found Board President of Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra in 1991
  • Cooks for and leads Sierra Club National Service Outings, 1995-present
  • Widow of James H. Ferguson, who was an Assistant Professor of English at Converse 1958-60; mother of Cynthia Duncan and grandmother of Terrence O’Connor

 

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LaClaire Williams Laffitte   ---   Class of 1961     

   Hampton, SC

 

  • Received Outstanding Citizen of the Year from Hampton Rotary Club twice.  Received   Person of the Year from the Hampton County Chamber of Commerce in 1998.
  • Served on the Hampton County Library Board for over 30 years in the position of chairman, treasurer, and secretary.  Inaugurated the Annual Book Sale.  The Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Board, served two terms as chairman.  Hampton Count Historical Society, President and co-chair for programs, overseer and promoter of the Hampton County Museum’s Jail Renovation project (sponsored by Hampton County Historical Society).  Membership has more than doubled in the last two years and an expansion of programs has been instigated.
  • Active member of All Saints Episcopal Church since 1963, serving in every capacity including Senior Warden and Junior Warden. Also served on Diocesan Episcopal Church Women’s Board for 3 terms and York Place Episcopal Church Home for Children’s Board for 6 years.
  • Victim’s Advocate:  Developed and directed the Solicitor’s Victims Assistance Program for the 14th Judicial Circuit.  Served as a Victim’s Advocate in five counties.  Opened her eyes to the devastation of crime on individuals, families, and communities while admiring the strength and faith of so many in the face of adversity.  Co-Chaired the Race Relations Committee for PRO-Hampton County which was a healthy community initiative, Cub Scout den-mother, Friends of Palmetto Hospice Board member
  • Educator, over a period of 23 years in the school system taught English, French, and Reading.  Coordinator of the School District’s Federal Reading program.  Continue to volunteer at schools of grandchildren.
  • Her most important accomplishment remains her family: married to Charlie for 53 years;    3 children, 6 grandchildren, plus a daughter and son in-law that mean the world to her.

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 LaClaire Williams Laffitte

 

Harriet Hair   ---   Class of 1962    

   Hilton Head, SC

 

  • Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA; has been the Southern division representative to the Music Education Research Council (MENC), Chair of Music Education Research Council, and has served on the Editorial committee of the Journal of Research in Music Education; has presented her research at GMEA, SMENC, MENC, and ISME conferences; research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Update, Psychomusicology, and the Canadian Music Educator.
  • Graduated from Mount Holyoke College (BA1957), Harvard Graduate School of Education  (MAT 1958), Converse College (MM 1962), and Teachers College, Columbia University (EDD 1971); studied music theory with Mlle. Nadia Boulanger (1955-56);  taught elementary school music in Waltham and Weston, MA (1958-1961), music education at Converse College (1961-69) and the University of Georgia (1971-2000); at Georgia, was a Senior Teaching Fellow (1991-92), General Sandy Beaver Teaching Professor ( l988-91), and Chair of Music Education, (1993-2000).
  • Research focused on children’s responses to music stimuli: verbal/non-verbal, aural/visual modes and is found in national and international journals, and in the chapter she wrote in Applications of Research in Music Behavior, (edited by Madsen and Prickett (1987); presented research papers at MENC conferences, six Research Commissions of the International Society for Music Education (1986-2000) and twelve National Symposiums on Research in Music Behavior (1978-2001).
  • Held the following offices in the Music Educators National Conference:  Chair of the Society for Research in Music Education (1994-96), National Chair of the Council of Student Members (1982-84), Member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education,(1990-96), and Editorial Committee of the Journal of Research in Music Education,(1982-88).

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 Harriet Hair

 

Doris Ridgeway Hotaling   ---   Class of 1962     

   Maitland, FL

 

  • Selected” Teacher of the Year” at the school level 4 times, was district finalist in 1986 and was elected the “Florida Music Educator of the Year” in 1989 by FMEA. 
  • In 1985 was recognized for “Outstanding Contributions to the Greater Orlando Arts Community “by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce.
  • Received “Innovative Award for Classroom Practices” by Walt Disney World in 1990.
  • Have presented numerous workshops throughout the United States for elementary teachers, string teachers, and for Silver Burdett and Ginn Music Company. For many years teaching as an adjunct professor in Music Education at the University of Central Florida, where she received her Masters of Music Ed. (1977).
  • Especially proud of the large (150+) Suzuki violin program developed in her elementary school (public), where parents attended classes twice a week with their children. We went on a concert tour every spring throughout the southeast for 12 years, including a concert in Twichell Auditorium in 1983.
  • Made two European concert tours, performing in Rome, Salzburg, Vienna, Venice, Paris and London; has a small private studio, teaching violin, cello and piano mostly to children of her former students (her “grand students”)

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 Doris Ridgeway Hotaling

 

Marian McGowan Nisbet   ---   Class of 1962    

   Charlotte, NC

 

 

  • A very interesting 48 years in Interior Design
  • Lifetime of volunteering through Church, Converse, Davidson College, WDAV Radio, Spoleto Festival USA, and NC Dance Theatre
  • Most pleased with the success of the Nisbet Honors Program at Converse and the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Davidson and especially the 16 years on the Board at Converse where I've made lifetime friends.

 

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 Marian McGowan Nisbet

 

Ruthlee Phillips Orr   ---   Class of 1962     

   Winston Salem, NC

 

  • Sustainer member of the Junior League of Winston Salem, NC and an active volunteer in the Winston Salem community, and an active member of Centenary Methodist Church
  • Served two terms on the NC Museum of History Board, served one term on the UNC Lineberger Cancer Board, and served two terms as a member of the Converse Board of Trustees
  • Carlisle Consultant for 17 years and Manager for six of those years
  • Proudest accomplishment is her family:  married for 52 years to L. Glenn Orr, Jr.; mother to Mollie Orr Britton, Laney Glenn Orr, III, and Jenny Orr ’98; grandmother to Wood Britton, Ruthlee Britton, Sarah Phillips Orr, Laney Orr, and Elizabeth Orr
  • Hobbies include golf, bridge, travel, vacationing at Figure 8 and Blowing Rock, NC

 

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 Ruthlee Phillips Orr

 

Charlotte Savitz Ciraulo   ---   Class of 1963     

   Los Angeles, CA

 

  • After Converse, went to New York City where she became a network television producer, and ultimately won 2 Emmy (Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) awards.
  • Happily married to Michael Durrell, a professional actor, for 40 years; proud parents of a wonderful daughter and a grandson.
  • Now a licensed spiritual counselor; also teach, write curriculum and enjoy a private counseling practice in Los Angeles.

 

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 Charlotte Savitz Ciraulo

 

Anne Waters Green   ---   Class of 1963    

   Hendersonville, NC

 

  • Law Student ~ one of only two female graduates in the University of South Carolina School of Law Class of 1966.
  • Attorney and Judge ~ worked over 25 years as a Trial Attorney for the US Army Corps of Engineers and over six years as an Administrative Judge on the Department of Agriculture Board of Contract Appeals (now part of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals).
  • Mother & Grandmother:  two daughters, four grandsons, one granddaughter.
  • Perpetual Student/Aspiring Writer ~ Pursuing writing as an avocation in retirement; studying poetry through the Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) of the University of North Carolina-Asheville under former NC Poet Laureate, Cathy Smith Bowers and others; published poetry in the Great Smokies Review, on-line publication of GSWP, an article in Western North Carolina Woman, and an article in the Journal of Southern Legal History. 
  • Volunteer ~  Active in church and community in Savannah, Georgia including Junior League of Savannah, Savannah Children’s Theatre, Savannah Symphony Guild, Independent Presbyterian Church; and in Hendersonville North Carolina including Joseph McDowell Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Coffin Starbuck Chapter, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Providence Baptist Church,, including three terms as Moderator of the Congregation.

 

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 Anne Waters Green

 

Elizabeth Moore Henderson   ---   Class of 1963     

   Houston, TX

  

  • 1959- Being awarded a full scholarship to Converse.
  • 1963-64- Receiving a Fulbright grant to study in Strasbourg, France.
  • 1971-present – Raising two well-educated and accomplished daughters; now helping to raise her four young grandchildren.
  • 1993-present – Developing the Houston Audubon Docent Guild into a thriving nature education organization as its first Guild Coordinator (1993-2007); continuing to teach at the Guild’s summer nature camps (2007-2014).
  •  2013- Working with Emily Kerr Stay to promote and coordinate the Class of 1963’s Golden 50th Reunion.

 

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 Elizabeth Moore Henderson

 

Wallace Eppes Johnson   ---   Class of 1963  

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Attended Mary Baldwin College and graduated from Converse College with a BA in Sociology and Deaf Education; was First Vice President of Junior Class
  • Worked for  The Maryland State School for The Deaf in  Frederick, MD (1963-1964), The South Carolina State School for The Deaf in Spartanburg, SC (1964-1967), Clothing Consultant for Carlisle (1980-1983), Business Manager for “The Friends of the Arts” in Spartanburg (1985-1990),  Records Research for Blockbuster Corporation in Spartanburg (1990-2003),  Volunteer Coordinator for the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg (2007-2009)
  • Recipient of many honors and awards including The Henry Janiec Award from  The Spartanburg Music Guild (1997), Mary Mildred Sullivan Award from Converse College (1998), Community Service Award from the  Converse College Alumnae Association (2003), The Wallace Eppes Johnson Principle Viola Chair with the  Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Established in 2002, 2002 Achievement Award from Spartanburg Technical College, The Wallace Eppes Johnson Curriculum Enhancement Fund at the  Spartanburg Community College Established in 2002, The David Reid Award for Excellence in the Arts from  The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg 2003
  • Has served her community on fourteen different boards and three foundations while holding office in six organizations, as Treasurer of four boards and President of two boards; graduate of Leadership Spartanburg in 1990; Hospice volunteer
  • A life time member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent where she is a former member of the Altar Guild, former Treasurer of the Episcopal Church Women, former Bazaar Publicity Chair, former member of the Choir, and former Vestry member.
  • Served Converse in many capacities over many years including the Alumnae House Committee, Centennial Reunion Committee, Chair of the Annual Fund National Campaign, Alumnae Board Development Committee

 

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 Wallace Eppes Johnson

 

Patricia Parsons Hickerson   ---   Class of 1964     

   Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

  

  • Completed requirement for Master of Music from Converse 15 months after graduation in 64
  • Joined the Army in 1968 (after teaching school for 3 years) and served until 2001.
  • Retired from the Army as a Major General (2 stars) and the senior woman in the Army
  • Worked for CH2M HILL (engineering company) from 2001-2011.
  • Retired to Florida—still serve on boards to include Converse Trustees and VMI BOV
  • Married 39 years to Dennis Fogarty
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Public Service on Converse's 100th anniversary

 

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 Patricia Parsons Hickerson

 

Carolyn Green Satterfield   ---   Class of 1964     

   Birmingham, AL

 

  • BA, Converse, 1964; MA, U. of AL, 1966; Ph. D., U. of GA, 1974, all in history.
  • Former Samford University professor for 30 years, she has authored 8 books dealing with centennial and local histories.
  • Active in national lineage groups, she received the 2011 Women in American History Award from the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.  She is the Alabama Patriotic Services chair for the Daughters of the American Colonists. 
  • The Alabama Governor's School, which she founded, served as its first director, and now as AGS Council Chair and Leadership Chair, is in its 26th year bringing academically excellent rising high School seniors in to a learning and service summer program at Samford University.  
  • In her church she serves on the Church Council, has been a Circle President, a President of the Highlands United Methodist Women, and is on the Board of Trustees. 

 

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 Carolyn Green Satterfield

 

Ellen Bryant Voigt   ---   Class of 1964    

   Marshfield, VT

 

  • Ellen Bryant Voigt grew up in Virginia, lives in Vermont, and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.
  • She has published eight volumes of poetry, including Kyrie (W.W. Norton, 1995), a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Shadow of Heaven (W.W. Norton, 2002), a National Book Award finalist; Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (W.W.Norton, 2007), winner of The Poets’ Prize and a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer. Her new collection of poems, Headwaters, appeared in October 2013, and her essays on craft have been published as The Flexible Lyric (University of Georgia Press, 1999) and The Art of Syntax (Graywolf, 2009). 
  • A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and a former Vermont State Poet, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the O.B. Hardison, Jr. Prize, for poetry and teaching, from the Folger Shakespeare Library; and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, where she was subsequently elected a Chancellor. 
  • Ellen designed and founded the first low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing in the U.S.  The current Converse MFA is one of about 30 or so “children” of that model.

 

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 Ellen Bryant Voigt

 

Elizabeth Burnett Fleming   ---   Class of 1965     

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Elected to City Council in Spartanburg in 1994 and served until 2004
  • Elected to the position of Public Service Commissioner for the Fourth Congressional District of South Carolina by the General Assembly of South Carolina in 2004 and continues to serve in this position today
  • Served as Chair of Critical Infrastructure for the National Association of Regulatory  Utilities Commissioners (NARUC) and been named one of five Commissioners from across the United States to serve on a White House Smart Grid Working Committee
  • Married for 48 years to the late Harold E. Fleming, MD, and together reared four amazing children, including current Converse College President Betsy Fleming
  • Recipient of numerous awards including the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award for Outstanding Citizenship by Converse College (1999), USC Upstate’s Founder’s Day Distinguished Service Award (2009), and Converse College Distinguished Alumna Award for 2010, The Spartanburg Conservation Endowment (SPACE) Volunteer of the Year (1997); The Urban League of the Upstate, Inc.’s Humanitarian Award (2005); and Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Spartanburg’s Woman of Distinction Award (2009). 

 

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 Elizabeth Burnett Fleming

 

Susan Phifer Johnson   ---   Class of 1965     

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Co-Founder of Meeting Street Academy – Spartanburg
  • Past Chair of Converse College Board of Trustees.  Currently a Life Trustee
  • Elected to Spartanburg City Council for District 2
  • Campaign Chair and Board Chair of the United Way of the Piedmont
  • Girl Scout Women of Distinction Award in 2013
  • Board of Spartanburg Academic Movement
  • Served on Boards of Brookgreen Gardens and Spoleto Festival USA
  • Co-Founder The Johnson Collection.

 

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 Susan Phifer Johnson

 

Edith Hamilton Kuhnle   ---   Class of 1966     

   Washington, DC

 

  • As an artist, received her B.A. from Converse College in 1966, her M. A. from Vanderbilt University in 1968, her M.F.A. from the American University in 1979, and a certificate from the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France; also studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.
  • Granted awards such as the Purchase Award from the DC Commission of the Arts in 1999 and the Kreeger Purchase Award from American University in 1979.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Gallery in the Park, Washington, DC, 1990-1992, a member of the WPA/Corcoran Advisory Board of the Corcoran Gallery of Art 1996-200, and a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Protocol and External Affairs, DC, 1999-2002.
  • Participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including “Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the Twenty-First Century” which traveled from DC to Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and Singapore. 
  • Worked in numerous public and private collections including the Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, The American Chancery in London, England, The American Embassy in Bogota, Columbia and Lima, Peru, Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, MA, Philip Morris Collection in New York, NY, and Continental Bank in Chicago, IL.
  • She and husband John have been married for 45 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren (the biggest joy in life).  

 

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 Edith Hamilton Kuhnle

 

Judy Gordon Collier   ---   Class of 1967    

   Birmingham, AL

 

  • Equipped with a strong liberal arts education and supportive faculty at Converse, received a Fulbright Grant for study in Spain following graduation and later completed a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at Emory University
  • Over a 40 year span in education, taught in Georgia, Alabama and Maryland at both the college and secondary levels, serving as head of Spanish programs and in last position also as Dean of Faculty
  • A strong advocate of second language learning and proponent of study abroad, organized and lead student programs to Spain, Mexico and Central America and advised numerous individual students on short & long-term immersion programs for language and cultural education abroad
  • Recipient of the R. Hugh Daniel Endowed Teaching Chair and the Board of Trustees Leadership Award at The Altamont School (Birmingham, AL) and on retirement was conferred the title of Dean of Faculty and Spanish Teacher Emerita
  • Active in various community and religious groups including:  Board Chair of a child development center,  President of a large public high school Parent-Teacher-Student Association, recipient of Project Recognition Award from Baltimore County Children & Youth Council for volunteer work, and service on Board of Deacons at churches in both Georgia and Alabama

 

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 Judy Gordon Collier

 

Caroline Gordon Grimball   ---   Class of 1968    

    Columbia, SC

 

  • Converse Class of 1968 Class Representative/ Class Fund Co-Chairman
  • Licensed Agent and Benefits Counselor with Colonial Life and Accident Insurance
  • A former Retail Manager at Riverbank Zoo and Garden and Belk Stores in Columbia, SC
  • Lay Reader and Kitchen Volunteer at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC
  • Member of Women in Philanthropy/ United Way of the Midlands
  • Sustaining member of the Junior League of Columbia, SC  

 

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 Caroline Gordon Grimball

 

Elisabeth Lucas Marchant   ---   Class of 1968    

   Atlanta, GA

 

  • Professional: Atlanta media veteran, Elisabeth Marchant, launched her first entrepreneurial endeavor with b3 Magazine, a national technology publication for C-level executives. With growing recognition in the industry, Marchant became publisher of Business to Business magazine at The Leader Publishing Group where she, again exercised her entrepreneurial spirit by founding Atlanta Woman magazine. Recognizing her commitment to excellence and forward thinking, The Leader Publishing Group later named Marchant president and CEO. In this role, Marchant directed four titles, 12 custom publications and 45 annual events.
  • Professional: In 2009 Marchant founded Womenetics as an outgrowth of her lifelong passion to see women advance in the workplace, a passion built on an education that fostered independent thinking women. With 2014 marking the fifth anniversary of Womenetics, Marchant has many milestones to look back on, including being named to the Forbes list of Top 100 Websites for Women. Marchant has led Womenetics to be a globally recognized destination for topics pertaining to women’s leadership and gender diversity, with a global reach that spans across more than 200 countries. 
  • Community: Actively involved and giving back to the Atlanta community, Marchant delivers inspiring and uplifting conversations to female leaders through Womenetics.com and the company’s live events. She also donates her time, having served on the boards of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Henry W. Grady Hospital Foundation and currently the board of governors of The Buckhead Club. Marchant has been recognized by her peers through numerous community honors, including the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 10 Women in Business. She is also a member of the 2004 class of Leadership Atlanta.
  • Volunteer: Marchant is passionate about opportunities to work with and inspire young aspiring female leaders. She spends her spare time speaking to student groups and women early in their careers. 

 

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 Elisabeth Lucas Marchant

 

Mary Rainey Belser   ---   Class of 1969     

   Columbia, SC

 

  • Married to Duncan Clinch Heyward Belser, Jr. for 41 years and has 3 children and 4 grandsons
  • Following her graduation in 1969 with a BA in piano performance, Mary has continued to be active at Converse serving in many capacities including: member of the Converse Board of Trustees (1995-2013); Chairman, Development Committee (1996-2009); Co-Chairman, Capital Campaign (2001-2003); Co-Chairman, Johnson Challenge Campaign (1998-1999); Converse Board of Trustees chairman (2001-2003)
  • Received the Community Service Award from the Converse College Alumnae Association in 1994 and received the Dexter Edgar Converse Award from Converse College in 2005; was the 1998 recipient of the SC Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities Foundation Arts Patron of the Year; received the Devanny Service Award from Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in 1994; 1992 award recipient from the Junior League of Columbia, Inc. for contributions to the Arts; 2008 recipient of the Verne Smith Leadership Award  (2008); 2004 Arts Patron of the Year from the Cultural Council 0f Richland & Lexington Counties.
  • Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Board member (1984-1990 and currently) and Board Chairman (1990-1994);  SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Board (1994-2012); co-chairman of the $22 million capital campaign to build the residential year-round school in Greenville;  Member of the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation Board (1998-2001), serving as chairman of the Foundation (2001-2004); Columbia Museum of Art Board (1976-81, 1989-1994, and 2006-12), the SC State Museum Foundation (1988-91), SC Independent Colleges & Universities Board, City Year (1993-96), SC ETV Foundation (2001-07), Jr. Achievement of Central SC (2003-06), SC Historical Society Board of Managers (2004-07). She served as a member of the Board of the SC Orchestra Assn. (1980-1993) and as President of the Symphony League (1980-82).
  • Member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral;  served on the Vestry (1996-99, 2003-06); served as Jr. Warden (2009) and Sr. Warden (2010). She was a commissioner of the Trinity Foundation  (2000-09, 2011-14) and President (2007-09), serving also as chairman of the Bicentennial Restoration of Trinity Cathedral and Parish House Campaign (2007-12), receiving the Order of the Palmetto for her work at the Cathedral as Sr. Warden.

 

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 Mary Rainey Belser

 

Harriet Messer Goldsmith   ---   Class of 1969     

    Greenville, SC

 

  • Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend, Community Volunteer, Proud Converse
    Graduate
  • Married to Andy Goldsmith (Wofford '68)-celebrating 45 years! Three
    married sons, Six wonderful grandchildren
  • Community:  Florida native who loves Greenville!  Past Pres. JLG,
    Co-Founder of Greenville Women Giving, Community Foundation of Greenville-
    Board Chair
  • Fun times:  Family Friends at Lake Summit, Bicycle trips with Andy and
    friends

 

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 Harriet Messer Goldsmith

 

Melissa Daves Johnson   ---   Class of 1969     

    Spartanburg, SC

  

  • Retired secondary mathematics teacher, Converse Director of Alumnae 2000-2006,  A Thousand Thanks Donor Gala Coordinator
  • Vestry member and chair of the Welcome Committee at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2009 Mae Elizabeth Kilgo Spirit of Converse Award winner
  • Current passions:  Quality time with family and friends, Bible study, gardening, reading, cooking, walking

 

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 Melissa Daves Johnson

 

Janice Mack   ---   Class of 1970      

   Greensboro, NC

 

  • Received a fellowship to attend the University of Virginia graduate school and earned an M.Ed.
  • Serves as Converse class rep and done so for 25 years; while Director of Alumnae Development at Converse, started the “It’s a Class Act” reunion giving program.
  • Elected and served as a Deacon and then Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.
  • Served for 20 years as the Lunch Crew Coordinator at church for local branch of Habitat for Humanity organizing and serving lunches to Saturday volunteer home builders.
  • Earned professional National Board Certification as a teacher of special education.

 

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 Janice Mack

 

Roberta Timmons Daniel   ---   Class of 1971      

   Winston Salem, NC

 

  • BA Converse College, 1971; MLIS University of South Carolina, 1989
  • Mother of Katie Clarkson Robertson; Grandmother of Chase and Gracie Robertson
  • Converse College Alumnae Information Coordinator 1996-2007
  • Converse College Director of Donor Relations 2007-2011
  • Volunteer Episcopal Church of the Advent and St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic, Spartanburg, SC
  • Received The Spirit of Converse Award in 2007 presented by the administration, faculty, and staff of Converse College

 

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 Roberta Timmons Daniel

 

Susanne Cole Wean   ---   Class of 1971              

   Pittsburgh, PA 

 

  • Interest in education: spent 2 years studying Anthropology at University of Pittsburgh in a post-baccalaureate program, then spent 3 years getting a Masters of Public Management degree from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, Chaired the Board of the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD for 3 years and now an Emerita Board member, an Emerita Board member of Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA and currently, serving on the Converse Board.
  • Interest in women's issues and public policy: 40 years of volunteer work with Planned Parenthood where she chaired and served on several Boards- local, state and national; served and chaired the Pittsburgh Susan G. Komen for the Cure Board; advocated on these issues, and was a delegate to the 1996 Republican Convention.
  • Interest in the outdoors: work with her husband and two children to support environmental education through their family foundation- her interest started as a Bio major and a speaker at "Probe"; interest in sports: as a spectator and a participant in paddle tennis, tennis, swimming, skiing, hiking and biking. 

 

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 Susanne Cole Wean

 

Alanna Ivey Wildman   ---   Class of 1971      

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • President, Appraisals, Inc.- Personal Property Appraiser
  • Adjunct Professor of Art History, USC/Columbia 1972-1974 and Wofford College 1980-1991
  • Distinguished Service Citation, Converse College, 1984
  • Sustainer/Board of Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
  • South Carolina State Library Board

 

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 Alanna Ivey Wildman

 

Victoria Hunt Cox   ---   Class of 1972         

   Falls Church, VA

 

  • Converse experience contributed to the confidence necessary to take on leadership roles when opportunities arose
  • Work in the federal sector provided the opportunity to contribute to projects that add value to the nation
    • Led space environment preparations  for the Hubble Space Telescope
    • Developed cutting edge technologies in support of Ballistic Missile Defense
    • Established international collaborative efforts in science & technology
    • Planned and managed the modernization of the nation’s air transportation system
  • International work assignments, including four years living abroad, brought an appreciation of common themes and differences across cultures and the importance of working together to achieve global objectives
  • Supported success of women in science and technology through mentoring and hiring -  as a senior leader at the Federal Aviation Administration demonstrated the importance of diversity to innovation and facilitated the entry of talented young engineers and scientists into the federal workforce 

 

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 Victoria Hunt Cox

 

Elizabeth Crane Griffith   ---   Class of 1972          

   Princeton, NJ

 

  • Retired from Morgan Stanley in New York in 2006 after 30 years; worked with Women in Leadership within the company
  • Vice-President of the Garden Club of Princeton; Co-Chair of Morven Museum and Gardens; active with the Delaware and Rarian Greenway; member of the Trinity Episcopal Church altar guild; former Co-Chair of the Princeton Day School Angel’s Theater Event and member of the Development Committee
  • Immediate Past-Chair of the Converse College Board of Trustees; former member of the Converse College Board of Visitors
  • Married to John Griffith, Jr. and mother of two sons, John, 34, and Hunt, 20

 

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 Elizabeth Crane Griffith

 

Susan Wyatt Holmes   ---   Class of 1972               

   Columbia, SC

 

 

  • Retired with a 25 year career as a fund raising consultant and Founding Board Member and Past President of Central Carolina AFP and Founding Board Member and Past Treasurer of the SC Planned Giving Council 
  • Former Development Officer and Director of Public Relations at Converse, past chair of the development committee of the alumnae board, past chair of the development committee of the Converse board of trustees, and past President of the Alumnae Association
  • Past President of the Columbia Stage Society/Town Theatre in Columbia
  • Member of the board of the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic in Cashiers, NC which serves low income at risk people in need

 

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 Sue Wyatt Holmes

 

Nancy Welcome Phifer    ---   Class of 1972             

   Chapel Hill, NC

 

  • Graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Served as Clinical Professor of Medicine for UNC and as mentor to many women medical students and residents
  • Residency Program Director for Cone Health Internal Medicine Teaching Program with emphasis on meeting community needs for General Internal Medicine and Primary Care
  • Published in the Geriatric Medicine literature concerning end of life care and cancer issues
  • Currently working in the new field of Palliative Medicine helping to meet the needs of patients with life-limiting illnesses and patients nearing the end of life

 

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 Nancy Welcome Phifer

 

Karen Pulliam Menge   --   Class of 1973              

   Columbia, SC

 

  • Recently celebrated her 40th year at Pulliam Morris
  • Firm has been in business since 1962 and has 5 designers and a staff of 14
  • Married to Rocky Menge and have 3 grown daughters and 2 grandchildren
  • Member of the Women’s Presidents Organization; have served on the board at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia

 

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 Karen Pulliam Menge

 

Grazier Connors Rhea   ---   Class of 1974         

   Rock Hill, SC

 

  • Married to James C. (Toy) Rhea, III, two grown children (Evelyn Knight and Copeland Rhea) and one grandson (McClain Knight)
  • Employment : Community Development Director – Catawba Regional Council of Governments
  • Converse College: Alumnae Association Board Member – 2002-2012; Alumnae Association Board President 2009-2011; Board of Trustees – 2008-2012
  • South Carolina Community Development Association: Current Board Vice-President; President – 1994-1995
  •  Historic Rock Hill: Founding Member; Board Member – 1986-2010; President – 1986-1990 and 2006-2008; Treasurer – 2004-2006
  • Member of Episcopal Church of Our Saviour (1978-present)

 

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 Grazier Connors Rhea

 

Berryll Bate   ---   Class of 1975         

   Asheville, NC

 

  • Founder of Asheville Ironworks, Inc., Asheville, NC 1980-1995
  • Owner of business Sculpture by Berry Bate, Asheville, NC 1995-current
  • Over 33 years experience with ironwork; consultant for the Statue of Liberty; work includes, but not limited to, sculptures, railings, fencing, gates; works can be found at Converse College, Biltmore Estate, Grove Park Inn, Brookgreen Gardens, downtown Hendersonville, NC, and Chimney Rock, NC
  • Past Alumnae Board Member of Converse College
  • Past Board Member of Helpmate 

 

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 Berry Bate

 

Jean Elise Warren   ---   Class of 1975        

   Birmingham, AL

 

  • Mary Mildred Sullivan award winner in 1975
  • Served on the Alumnae board from 1991-2008, currently on Board of Visitors
  • President of the National Alumnae Association 2000-2003
  • A deacon and an elder at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Owner of Technical Knock Out, an electronics recycling company

 

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 Jean Elise Warren

 

Delois Brown-Daniels   ---   Class of 1976          

   Chicago, IL

 

  • After earning her BA in 1976 from Converse, earned her Master of Divinity from Yale University in New Haven, CT, in May 1980 and her Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in May 2013; ordained to the Christian Ministry, 1980, Connecticut Missionary Baptist Association (currently, American Baptist Churches); became a Fellow of the College of Chaplains, American Protestant Hospital Association in 1985 (now Association of Professional Chaplains, Board Certified Chaplain).
  • Work includes:  Vice President of  Mission and Spiritual Care and Community Relations, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, 2000-present; VP, Community Ministry, Advocate Health Care,1997-2000; VP, Advocate Trinity Hospital, Chicago,1994-1997; Certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (1989-present).
  • Volunteer endeavors include: Board Chair, 1996, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, North Central Region, Board of Directors (member, 1990-1998, 2013-present); Board President, Community Renewal Society, Chicago, IL (2006 – 2008); Yale University Divinity School, Alumnae Board (2003-2007); Hispanocare, Inc., Board of Director, Chicago, IL (2006-present); Lakeview Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2010 to present); Council for Health and Human Service Ministry (United Church of Christ), Board of Directors (1998-2001)
  • Recognized with the Converse College Alumnae Career Achievement Award in 2011, the Julius Varwig Award from the Council for Health and Human Service Ministry, United Church of Christ, in 2007, the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2005, the Alumni Award for Distinction in Service to the Community from the Yale University Divinity School in  2002, the Clergy Leader of the Year from Lakeview Clergy Association-Chicago in 2005, and the Downs Award of Yale University in1979.
  • Married to Rev. Dr. David D. Daniels, III and is the mother of David D. Daniels IV and DeAndrea Daniels 

 

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 Delois Brown-Daniels

 

Christian Holliday Douglas   ---   Class of 1976            

   Galivants Ferry, SC

 

  • Active Member of the Greenville Junior League, including being Community Vice President, where we received a National Junior League award for a public relations PSA encouraging diversity in memberships within the organization; also honored as volunteer of the year for Camp Opportunity, an organization aimed at supporting abused and neglected children in the Piedmont region of South Carolina.
  • Co-owner and operator of a five generational family business, Holliday Associates, in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina; one of their endeavors is the continuation of one of the last remaining political stumps meetings in the United States; the biannual Galivants Ferry Stump Speaking is more than 130 years old and still sponsored by the Holliday families; have had speakers such as Joe Biden, Strom Thurmond, Fritz Hollings, and Jim Clyburn just to name a few; this historical event is also listed in the Library of Congress.
  • Started a track team at Pee Dee Academy in Mullins, South Carolina, with the goal of allowing all interested students to partake in a team sport; there were so many kids who wanted to play afterschool sports, but they kept getting cut from other team tryouts; served as head track coach for boys and girls in 9th-12th grades, and did not turn away any child; several of the kids ended up competing in the State Track Meet, and winning; all they needed was someone to believe in them.
  • Participated in three mission trips to the Amazon through the First Presbyterian Church in Florence, South Carolina; she and her husband will be part of the upcoming mission returning to the Amazon in June 2015.
  • A writer and photographer; currently in the process of finishing a book titled The South I Knew: Love Letters to my Children;  it is comprised of memories, interviews, history, and photography all focused on the changing lifestyles witnessed growing up in South Carolina; it is primarily a gift to her family.

 

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 Christian Holliday Douglas

 

Joy Nanney Finch   ---   Class of 1977        

   Inman, SC

 

  • Professor/Department Head, at Greenville Technical College in the Corporate and Career Development Division responsible for managing and teaching  environmental, occupational health, and safety training classes for more than 5,000 professionals each year
  • Nationally recognized as an environmental trainer and speaker, serving on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Information Association, as the Education Committee Chair for the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), and the Curriculum Committee Chair for the National Center for Healthy Housing
  • Recent awards include 2013 Outstanding Continuing Education Professional, South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education; 2012 Education/Training Award Environmental Information Association; 2011-2012 Innovation of the Year, League for Innovation in the Community College;  2011-2012 President’s Innovation Award for Institutional Impact, Greenville Technical College; and 2010 Outstanding Continuing Education Program, South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education
  • Keyboardist/Composer/Musical Director with a passion for musical theatre, performing annually with the Spartanburg Little Theatre and the USC-Upstate Shoestring Players for more than twenty years, teaching piano at Lawson Academy at Converse College, and tickling the ivories whenever the opportunity arises

 

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 Joy Nanney Finch

 

Nancy Hutcheson Harris   ---   Class of 1977      

   Tampa, FL

        

  • Founding Partner of Harris and Hunt, P.A., focusing on complex family law matters
  • Authored a chapter on Collaborative Divorce in West Publishing Corporation’s Florida Family Law (Florida Practice Series)
  • Completing Everest Base Camp Trek March 2014; Completed Tour of Mont Blanc, France June 2011; Summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania September 2010
  • Served on the Board of Academy Prep Center of Tampa - urban middle school which prepares hundreds of economically disadvantaged students to achieve academic success and become community leaders
  • Participates in the Lawyers for Literacy Program - helping at-risk third grade students pass the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test)

 

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 Nancy Hutcheson Harris

 

Gail Rawls Jeter   ---   Class of 1977        

   Columbia, SC

 

  • Raised by loving parents who were very supportive of her  attending Converse;
  • Married to Russell Jeter, an attorney in Columbia, with whom she has two sons, Russell, 28, and William, 24
  • Retired from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control with 30½ years of service, the last 13 serving as the brownfields coordinator for the State for which she earned the Order of the Palmetto – continuing brownfields work with Cardno, Inc., an environmental engineering firm
  • Sustaining member of the Junior League of Columbia, having served on its Board for three years, Former President of the Columbia Garden Club, Current Board Member of the Garden Club of South Carolina and contributing writer for The South Carolina Gardener
  • Graduate of Leadership South Carolina and the Urban Land Institute of South Carolina’s Sustainable Leadership Institute.

 

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 Gail Rawls Jeter

 

Jane Boatwright Schwab   ---   Class of 1977         

   Charlotte, NC 

 

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 Jane Boatwright Schwab

 

Harriet Smith O'Neill   ---   Class of 1978            

   Austin, TX

 

  • Judicial Credentials: Justice, Supreme Court of Texas - Elected 1998; re-elected 2004; retired 2010; served as one of nine Justices on this court of last resort for civil matters. The Court hears cases across a broad range of topics, interests and industries. As head of the judicial branch, the Court supervises statewide court operations, exercises administrative control over the State Bar, licenses attorneys, oversees the professional disciplinary system, and promulgates rules and standards. Justice, 14th District Court of Appeals - Appointed 1995; elected to full term 1996. This intermediate appellate court decides appeals from district courts in a fourteen-county area.  Judge, 152nd District Court - Elected 1992; the highest level of trial court in the state, this court adjudicates a wide array of non-family civil cases.
  • Private Practice:  Law Office of Harriet O’Neill, A Professional Corporation – 2010 to present; Law Office of Harriet O’Neill - 1986-1992; Morris & Campbell - 1984-1986; Porter & Clements - 1982-1984; Civil trial practice with emphasis on business and commercial litigation. Cases included cash out of minority shareholders, theft of trade secrets, expert valuation of long term energy-supply contract, patent infringement, product defect, federal energy regulation, offshore drilling platform explosion, take-or-pay litigation, contract and lease disputes, bankruptcy related litigation, personal injury and racial discrimination. Mediator in multi-party disputes with very high settlement rate, including in the areas of antitrust, RICO, product liability, and sexual harassment.
  • DISTINCTIONS:  named to Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012 by Governor’s Commission for Women, for leadership; • 2012 Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award – awarded annually by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics to one judge and one attorney “who personify the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in the field of law” presented at annual Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner by Chief Justice;  Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award;  2012 Founders Award, Texans Cares for Children;  Recipient of Texas Appleseed Good Apple Award 2011 – the organization’s highest award honoring an individual who has worked for greater justice National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award, 2011 – one of the highest national recognitions bestowed for making a significant contribution to the judicial field; Houston Bar Foundation, James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award, 2011; Travis County Women Attorneys Association Pathfinder Award, 2011; Anti-Defamation League Trailblazer Award, Children’s Commission, 2011;  American Bar Association Friend of the Family Award, 2010; National Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, 2010; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Award, 2009; Champion of Children Award, Dallas CASA, 2009; U.S. Attorney General appointment to National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, 2006; Distinguished Alumnae Award, University of South Carolina, 2002;  First Prize, American Bar Association National Law Day Speech Awards, 2001; Honorary Doctorate Degree, Converse College, 2001
  • Member, Converse College, Board of Trustees; Chair Emeritus, Supreme Court Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth & Families
  • Married; three children – 30 (Colorado), 26 (New York) and 23 (Austin).

 

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 Harriet ONeill Smith

 

Melanie Jean Spence   ---   Class of 1978        

   Plano, TX

 

  • Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Professor of Psychology, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Current research program examines young infants’ ability to distinguish communicative messages in speech and faces, using visual attention and eye-tracking experimental procedures
  • Scientific publications include studies of prenatal and newborn voice perception, infant speech and face processing, and preschool children’s memory skills
  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, awarded to members who have made outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in research and teaching

 

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 Melanie J. Spence

 

Nancy Bain Cote'   ---   Class of 1979          

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Past Employment:  Converse Admissions Counselor and Assistant Director of Alumnae Affairs, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Aerobics Instructor
  • Converse Volunteer Activities: Alumnae Board member for many years (Chaired R & R, Nominating, Bylaws, and served as Alumnae Association President; assorted focus groups)
  • First Presbyterian Church:  Current-Bible Study Small Group Facilitator, Sanctuary Guild Flower Team; Former-Sunday School Teacher 
  • Former Volunteer Activities:  Junior League of Spartanburg (Chaired several committees, President), Spartanburg Day School (Room Mother several years, chaired assorted committees, Parents Club President)
  • Current Activities: Mobile Meals Board, Mobile Meals Driver (25+ years!), Charles Lea Center Foundation Board, Junior League Sustainer, Thursday Study Club

 

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 Nancy Bain Cote

 

Hannah Stewart-Gambino   ---   Class of 1979                  

   Bethlehem, PA

 

  • Married Giacomo Gambino, who is a Professor at Muhlenberg College; daughters – Elena Caroline and Madeline Patricia.  Elena is currently a doctoral student in political theory at University of Minnesota.  Madeline is a senior at Lafayette College  planning to go to graduate school and continue her creative writing
  • PhD – Duke University – Political Science; Professor of International Affairs and Government and Law.   Author or editor of 4 books and number of peer-reviewed articles.
  • Several administrative positions, including Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University and Dean of the College, Lafayette College, 2007-13

 

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 Hannah Stewart-Gambino

 

Gladys Tapp Hancock   ---   Class of 1980      

   Bakersfield, CA

 

  • December 5, 2000: Awarded a United States Patent # 6,155,836 titled a
    "System For Teaching Mathematics"
  • 2004-2005 California State Winner for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics; 2001-2002 Recognition by Senator Dianne Feinstein for "Outstanding Teacher of the year in Mathematics"; 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 Bakersfield Math Council Award for "Outstanding  Teacher of the Year"; 2003- Selected to be in "Who's Who in America 57th Edition" for human achievement since 1898; August 16, 2004- Recognition by Arnold Schwarzenegger for "Devoted Service in Education"; 2004-2005 California Math Council Award .... A state award entitled "Everyday Hero Award"; October 13, 2006 Award given by Barbara Boxer for "Commitment in Education and Model Teacher Across the Nation"; 2006-2007 Awarded "The Strathmore's Who's Who Award" in leadership, dedication and integrity; 2004-2005 Awarded a California Resolution from the Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Assembly Republican Leader of California; 2005-2006 Awarded a California Resolution from the Honorable Roy Ashburn, 18th Senatorial District in California; 1999-2000 Fulbright Scholarship Award, a national program since 1946 that nominates  highly qualified teachers to teach abroad for one year; 2008-2012 grant writer for over $37,000.00 in math and science projects for Bakersfield City School District; 2011-2014 member and server Habitat for Humanity
  • 2006-2007 United States Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • April 24, 2010 Converse College Alumnae Association Career Achievement Award 
  • Daughter of Lillie Tapp Latta Hancock, Class of 1957

 

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 Gladys Tapp Hancock

 

Sally Jeter Hammond   ---   Class of 1981                  

   Spartanburg, SC 

 

  • Currently serves Converse as Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing. In a career that has included positions in television news, public relations and marketing and political campaign consulting, her move to higher education, she says, provided the perfect opportunity to meld her experience in communications to help grow the visibility and reputation of the College. For more than 14 years, Sally has been at the helm of instigating new ideas for Converse occasions such as Thousand Thanks, Hat’s Off and the now popular “Purple Fridays.” Her passion for her alma mater, she says comes from the privilege of advancing the lives of women. “We are an amazing organization. We launch the lives of women who go on to do sensational things– women who give of themselves to make the world a better place to live in. We are in the business of advancing families and professions and societies – because of the women we educate.”
  • Sally is the mother of three adult children, Sara Katherine, Matthew and Wil Hammond.
  • Sally is involved in the Spartanburg community, serving on the board of Partners for Active Living and a relative newcomer to the world of cycling. Sally will attempt to complete her first sprint triathlon in August.

 

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 Sally Jeter Hammond

 

Lan T. Nguyen   ---   Class of 1981        

   Spring, TX

 

  • Graduated early in 1981 with a B.A. from Converse and went on to earn her Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Houston; Practices law in the Houston firm of Shortt & Nguyen, P.C.
  • 2011 recipient of the Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Award; 2010 recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Awards from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service; 2008 recipient of the Certificate of Merits Award for the State of Texas;  in 2007 was honored  for Outstanding Contribution to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program by an Individual; in 2006 was honored by the Houston Bar Association with Longevity of Exemplary Service to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumna award from the Converse College Alumnae Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors/Legal Advisor of Vietnamese Public Television THVN (1989-1992); Member of the Board of Directors/Legal Advisor of Vietnamese Sports Association (1984-1992); Host of monthly radio show (1995-2010) of Vietnamese Radio Talk Show VOVN; volunteer lawyer with the Houston Lawyer Volunteers Program (1984-);
  • Married to Bruce Shortt and has three sons: Hugh, Owen, and Ian

 

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 Lan Nguyen Shortt
 

 

Phyllis Perrin Harris   ---   Class of 1982  

     Rogers, AR

 

  • Received J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin School of Law in 1985.  Established Minority Environmental Law Fellowship in 2011.
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Walmart Stores, Inc., US.  #1 Global Fortune Company
  • Worked at US EPA for 20 years and served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance; 2001 Recipient  of the Meritorious Executive Rank Award by President George W. Bush
  • Two Term Trustee of Converse College; Board of Directors of Northwest Arkansas HeadStart
  • Wife of Raymond Todd Harris and Mother to Lauryn , Cameron and Josh Harris

 

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 Phyllis Perrin Harris

 

Holly Beach Hussey   ---   Class of 1982               

   Roswell, GA

 

  • Married for 30 years to high school sweetheart and Wofford graduate, Chip Hussey, and mother to Caroline, 24, and Richard, 21
  • Converse class of ’82 representative from 2007 - 2012
  • Volunteer for ‘Loving Meals’, at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church- a ministry that provides home cooked meals to those in need
  • Mentor to at-risk youth
  • Professional of the Year at Northwood Elementary, 2013, Roswell, Georgia

 

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 Holly Beach Hussey

 

Marjorie L. Heggie   ---   Class of 1983                                

   Columbia, SC 

 

  • Loving mother of a 10 year old son, David Shand Estefano, wife of David Estefano, sister of mentally handicapped sister, Janie Heggie and owner of Maggie and Ace, gorgeous and entertaining labs.
  • Currently Chief Operating Officer of SC Medical Association for 7 years; former financial advisor and operations manager Morgan Stanley Smith Barney seven years and vice president, SC Chamber of Commerce 13 years.
  • Numerous leadership positions in the Junior League of Columbia and Five Points Rotary Club including president of both; secretary or Rotary District 7770 and founding member of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy.
  • Served on the boards of the SC Philharmonic Orchestra (officer), SC Captives’ Insurance Association, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Daughters of the Holy Cross (officer) and national professional organizations IAMME (officer), NAMD, CACCE and Leadership Columbia.
  • Graduate of Converse College (’83) and Hammond Academy (’79), Leadership SC, Leadership Columbia, Institute for Organizational Management and holds series 7, 9, 10, 63 and 65 securities  and insurance licenses.

 

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 Majorie L. Heggie

 

Palmer Davison Ball   ---   Class of 1984           

   Spartanburg, SC

  • married to Michael - daughters Anne Dobson (12 years old - future Red Devil) and Taylor (11 years old - future Pink Panther)
  • Converse, 1984 (BA - Biology); Vanderbilt University, 1986 (MBA - Accounting)
  • worked at Converse for 7 years, serving as Vice President for Business and Finance (first alumna VP and first female VP for Finance); since 1995, Business Manager at Spartanburg Day School 
  • endowed the Dean Joe Ann Lever Biology Award at Converse
  • Converse "honors" - climbed the tower and painted the bell; 2 time member of the 100 Shot Club

 

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 Palmer Davison Ball

 

Cara Lynn Desern Cannon   ---   Class of 1984          

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Immediate Past president of Women Giving for Spartanburg, an organization of women who have granted over 2 million into the Spartanburg community in the past 5 years.
  • Past Chair of Seven Reads, a district wide Literacy initiative in Spartanburg School District Seven
  • One of the 6 members of the FUNraisers, a group of friends who created and put on fund raisers for various nonprofits.  Included in these events are Tinis and Tapas for The Hope Center for Children, and Dancing with the Spartanburg Stars for the Cancer Association of Spartanburg.

 

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 Cara Lynn Desern Cannon

 

Karen Abele DeVore   ---   Class of 1984               

    Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Education: Converse College  BA in Chemistry with honors 1984 (Graduated top of class); Medical College of Georgia:  Medical Doctor 1988; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Internship in Internal Medicine  1988-89; Residency in Dermatology 1989-92; Chief Resident 1991-92
  • Professional Honors/Community Involvement:  Spartanburg County Medical Society President 1996; South Carolina Dermatologic Association, Treasurer 2001-02; Spartanburg County Business Woman of the Year 2003; Piedmont Dermatology Society President 1995-97; Spartanburg Day School Board; First Presbyterian Church; United Way Board; Converse College Board of Visitors; Converse College STAR award
  • Employment:  Spartanburg Dermatology and Skin Surgery  1992-2001; DeVore Dermatology  2002-present
  • Personal:  Married to William George DeVore, MD; Children :  Amy, Ashley, Andrew, Ansley

 

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 Karen Abele DeVore

 

Ellen Lanford Asherman   ---   Class of 1985        

   The Woodlands, TX 

 

  • After earning her BA in finance from Converse in 1985, Ellen began her career as a one of the first female stock brokers with E.F. Hutton in Atlanta. (one of two female stockbrokers  in a 50 man office)   A few years later, she returned to Spartanburg and worked for Flagstar Corporation, responsible for site selection of new franchises throughout the U.S. until '1996.
  • Actively involved in fundraising for breast cancer research and awareness and currently serves on the Converse College Board of Trustees.  Ellen and her husband Philip, in tribute to the positive influence Converse has had in Ellen’s life, issued a challenge gift in 2009 to inspire others to support the Converse Annual Fund. 
  • Ellen and Philip were married in Spartanburg in 1994 and lived in the U.S., Chile, and Singapore before settling near Houston, TX in 2001

 

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 Ellen Lanford Asherman

 

Deadra L. Jefferson   ---   Class of 1985         

   Charleston, SC

  • Judge Deadra L. Jefferson is a lifelong resident of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Converse College where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Politics in 1985.
  • She received her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and was admitted to practice law in South Carolina in that same year. She is also admitted to practice before the Federal Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Judge Jefferson was elected Family Court Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit on February 14, 1996.  She is the first African-American female elected to the Ninth Circuit, the second African-American female jurist elected by the state legislature to the Family Court. She was elected Circuit Court Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit for the Circuit Courts of South Carolina on May 30, 2001. She has served continuously in this office since that time. She is the first woman elected to serve as a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She is the first African-American female elected to the Ninth Judicial Circuit, the second African-American female jurist elected by the State Legislature to the Circuit Court. She is a member of many professional associations and commissions.
  • She is active in her community. She is a member of the Charleston S.C. Chapter of The Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Converse College and on the Advisory Board of the Charleston School of Law. She is a member of the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2009.
  • She has received numerous community and professional honors. She is also a faithful member of The Life Center Cathedral of Charleston.

 

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 Deadra L. Jefferson

 

Jayne Stewart Reuben   ---   Class of 1985          

   Greenville, SC

 

  • Clinical Associate Professor and Founding Faculty, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
  • Nominee, 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, National Science Foundation
  • National Advisory Board Member, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Maximizing Access to Research Careers, 2005-present.
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Converse College, 2012-2016

 

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 Jayne Stewart Reuben

 

Tara LeWynn Sturdivant   ---   Class of 1985            

   Knoxville, TN

 

  • Married to E. Jerome Melson and they are the proud parents of a smart, strong, five year old named Lila Grace. 
  • Serves the Tennessee Department of Health as Medical Director and Health Officer for the East Region, and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.  Tara was elected as the second female President of the Knoxville Medical Society and has served on the Tennessee Medical Association Board of Trustees.
  • Enjoys teaching Godly Play, gardening, cross country skiing, yoga, and ballroom dancing.  As a student of Amit Sood, believes “Life begins and ends in relationships.”

 

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 Tara LeWynn Sturdivant

 

Cheryl Litton Barber   ---   Class of 1986           

   Rabun Gap, GA

 

  • Married 27 Years to a Presbyterian Minister and '86 Wofford alum; 3 Daughters; graduating from UCLA in the spring with a Masters in Counseling
  • 2008-2012: Co-hosted family entertainment TV show called GoodNews with Don and Cheryl; Emmy Nominated for On Air Talent 2009
  • Director of College Counseling at NE GA Boarding School 2009-present; includes travel throughout the US and Asia to meet with colleges/universities and visit with families of International and Boarding students
  • Community Involvement includes:  Board member of Rhapsody in Rabun: An organization that raises over 90,000 a year, through a gala in the fall, to support various programs in Rabun County -Volunteers Bi Weekly at the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church Food Distribution distributing over 150, 000 lbs. of food each distribution; member of the Presbyterian Women's
  • Spreads her time between Atlanta and Rabun Gap in the mountains, where she and her husband enjoy being empty nesters and golfing. 

 

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 Cheryl Litton Barber

 

Martha Allison Hunnicutt   ---   Class of 1986          

   Montgomery, AL

 

  • Joined Beasley Allen in January 2014; practices in the firm’s Mass Torts section and is assigned to the Actos Litigation pending in federal court in Louisiana. Actos (piglitazone) manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Distributed by Eli Lilly and Company, has been under FDA review since September 2010.  In June 2011, the FDA issued a warning for Actos after it was linked to an increased risk for the development of bladder cancer.
  • Received her law degree in 1989 from The Emory University School of Law.  Prior to law school, she attended Converse College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Business Administration.
  • From Destin, FL, and has been a trial lawyer for more than 20 years. Her practice areas have included Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Insurance Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Employment Law and Workers Compensation.
  • Named one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite, as well as a Jacksonville “Top Lawyer” by 904 Magazine.  Allison has been named a Florida Super Lawyer every year since 2007.  Ms. Hunnicutt is rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Member of the Texas Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, The American Inns of Court, and the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.
  • Engaged to Jeffrey A. Williams of Deatsville, AL.  They attend Morningview Baptist Church of Montgomery.  They enjoy traveling and spending time with their nieces and nephews.

 

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 Allison Hunnicutt

 

Ann Lanier Jackson   ---   Class of 1986         

   Jacksonville, FL

 

  • 1986 graduate with a Double Major in History and Studio Art and a related field in French.  Since graduating, Ann has enjoyed continuing her education, working in the design field, volunteering in her community and at Converse.
  • She and her husband Brian have three sons and live in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Volunteers in the library at her sons' school and is a parishioner of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer where she served on the vestry and as the Director of Christian Formation.
  • Volunteered at Converse through the years as Class Representative, Class Fund Chair, Club Co-chair for Jacksonville, Alumnae Board, Board of Visitors, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees.
  • Enjoys photography, quilting, and knitting

 

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 Ann Lanier Jackson

 

Angelia Kerhulas Stanland   ---   Class of 1986           

   Kansas City, MO 

 

  • Vice President of Associate Services and Recruiting for Kansas City, MO-based Cerner Corporation.  Cerner (Fortune 1000 and S&P 500) is a health information technology company delivering innovative technology solutions to health care organizations across the globe. The company employs over 14,000 individuals worldwide.
  • Responsible for Cerner’s global recruiting efforts, Stanland oversees the integration of best practices into recruitment efforts for emerging or growing Cerner business markets, foreign and domestic.  In addition to recruiting, operations under Stanland’s direction include corporate travel, corporate meetings and events, Cerner’s associate child careprogram administrative corporate food and office services as well as the Human Resource organization of Cerner’s Bangalore Center office, Bangalore, India.
  • Active in the Kansas City community, Stanland serves on the Board of Directors at the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association, as well as the American Royal. In December 2013, she was awarded the Hospitality Leadership Award by the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Kansas City. This honor is presented annually to one distinguished member of the KC metro community for their significant contributions to the hospitality industry.  Angie serves on the Vestry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and devotes her volunteer time to the planning committee for Downtown Outreach, a hunger relief organization managed by St. Mary’s.
  • Married to Cy Stanland.  They call Kansas City home and both list “travel” as their hobby and passion.

 

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 Angelia Kerhulas Stanland

 

Beth Woods Sessums   ---   Class of 1987             

   Tampa, FL

 

  • Elementary Education teacher for 26 years
  • Teacher of the Year at Anderson Elementary
  • Head of the Class Award from ABC Action News
  • Married to Richard Sessums (Wofford graduate)

 

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 Beth Woods Sessums

 

Kimilee Bryant   ---   Class of 1988          

   New York, NY

 

  • Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and Miss America Talent Winner representing South Carolina within 2 years of graduating Converse.
  • Broadway Debut as "Christine" in The Phantom of the Opera within 5 years of graduating Converse, a role she played on Broadway, the Swiss Premiere of the show ( in German), to critical acclaim on the US National Tour and in the final year of the Toronto Production opposite  "Kiss" music legend, Paul Stanley.  She later returned to show playing all three leading female roles: Christine, Carlotta and Madame Giry, the only former "Christine" to do so on Broadway or worldwide. Also Original cast of The Pirate Queen on Broadway.
  • Metropolitan Opera Auditions winner and performed leading operatic and operetta roles throughout the North America. Worldwide Concert Performer. Numerous roles in theatre and musical theatre, throughout the US.
  • Producer of Rubylee Productions, a company that produces new works ( including the new musical in development, Miracolo which recently had a performance at the National Arts Club, NYC), Broadway Revues/Classical/POP starring actual Broadway Stars and stars from the International operatic stage for various venues, special events etc. Kimilee and her artists provide Master Classes in colleges and universities across the US and teach privately as well.
  • Biggest Production to date in March of 2014, giving birth to her first child! She continues working with many charitable organizations including: Broadway Cares, Broadway Green Alliance, SAG Bookpals, Homework Help (Church of SPSA), Broadway Barks and other Pet Rescues, and numerous children's and health organizations through concert benefits.  

 

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 Kimilee Bryant

 

Carissa Mosteller Burns   ---   Class of 1988        

   Belmont, NC

 

  • 1986 Harry S. Truman Scholar for North Carolina.  Carissa was a Milliken Scholar and graduated summa cum laude in 1988 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics.
  • Sales Director for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast for Reval.com, Inc., a private equity funded technology firm based in New York that specializes in cloud-based technology for global corporate treasury cash, liquidity and risk management.  Prior to Reval, she spent 17 years with Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), with most of that time spent in the Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) marketing Interest Rate and FX risk management products to the bank’s corporate clients.  Progressing from AVP to Managing Director.  She also served as a member of the Diversity Council for the Corporate and Investment Bank and a member of the CIB Senior Leader Group.  Her first position after graduation was as an Analyst with Investment Banking firm Bowles, Hollowell Conner & Co. in Charlotte, NC (subsequently acquired by Wachovia).  BHC specialized in mergers and acquisitions for the middle market.   
  • Married 18 years to Brian Burns with two children; Sean age 14 and Ashleigh age 9
  • Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, NC – serving a three year term on the Session and as Assistant Treasurer, First Presbyterian Church and Vice-Chair of the Commitment & Finance Committee, with specific responsibility for overseeing the financials for the Church’s five star Weekday School program with $1mm operating budget.

 

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 Carissa Mosteller Burns

 

Carrie Davis Cousar   ---   Class of 1988          

   Anderson, SC

 

  • President of the Student Government at Converse 
  • MD from MUSC; President of the Medical Student Alumni Council at MUSC; Chairman of the Annual Charity Ball at MUSC 
  • Completed residency in Radiology at Emory University; Completed fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Emory University
  • Current Chief of the Radiology Department at AnMed Health Center, Anderson SC
  • Married to Michael Cousar for 20 years; four children:  Davis (16), Anne Douglas (14), Caroline (9) and Ella Cate (6)
  • Volunteer work:  Serving one year as Miss South Carolina and speaking to over 300 schools in SC encouraging students to make healthy choices/served on Board for Calvary Home for Children/Medical Executive Committee/Sunday School teacher at New Covenant Church/Team Mom for children's sports teams.

 

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 Carrie Davis Cousar

 

Linda Layman Redding   ---   Class of 1988        

   Charlotte, NC

 

  • Married with one daughter (Kate, age 16)
  • 25+ year career in banking; currently a National Sales Manager for Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, one of the largest bank-owned equipment finance companies in the US
  • 2008 Recipient of Converse’s Career Achievement Award
  • Active in the community, including past board-level roles with the Junior League of Charlotte and the Girl Scouts of America (Hornet’s Nest Council); served on Converse’s Board of Visitors
  • Avid horseman; competes regularly at regional and national level horse shows

 

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 Linda Layman Redding

 

Wallace Davison Prestwood   ---   Class of 1989          

   Charlotte, NC 

 

  • Converse - Board of Visitors and Alumnae Board
  • Bank of America – Senior Vice President, Human Resources Pay Service Delivery
  • Community Volunteer - Lunch Buddy, Basketball Coach, Junior League of Charlotte, Dove’s Nest, Habitat for Humanity
  • Presbyterian Church - Deacon, Elder, Youth and Adult Mission trips, Youth Leader, Bible Study Leader
  • Wife and fun Aunt Wallace to 6 wonderful nieces and nephews

 

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 Wallace Davison Prestwood

 

Linda Strider Haynes   ---   Class of 1990                 

   Tryon, NC

 

  • Graduated summa cum laude from Converse College in 1990 as a Converse II student, receiving the Elford C. Morgan Award for Highest Academic Achievement in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Taught Middle School science at the Spartanburg Day School and a variety of subjects at Carolina Classical School; currently employed as a paralegal/office manager in the law office of R. Anderson Haynes, Esq.
  • Served on the Board of UNCTV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network, from 1990-2000, serving as Chair from 1998-2000, and continuing as Chair of the UNCTV Foundation Board until 2005
  • Together with the Pastor and Associate Pastor, designed and continue to implement a discipleship curriculum for confirmation students at the Congregational Church of Tryon, NC
  • Currently serving as Treasurer of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills

 

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 Linda Strider Haynes

 

Lynn Pettus   ---   Class of 1990            

   Charlotte, NC 

 

  •  Tax Partner at Ernst & Young, located in Charlotte, North Carolina; serves as the National Director for the Employee Financial Services practice and relationship partner for the Southeast and Southwest regions and Financial Services Organizations; her time is concentrated on serving large private and public sector employers in the strategic development of financial education and counseling programs focused on employee benefit plans.  
  • Has spoken at The Conference Board’s Pensions & Retirement Conferences and has presented at The Wharton School, Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research.  She is co-author of articles for Benefits Quarterly, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Pension Research Council.  Lynn has spoken in numerous other forums and has been quoted in the general media (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal), and trade publications (e.g. Employee Benefit News, Employee Benefit Advisor, National Health & Underwriter), as well as other media.
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Converse. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist (AICPA Designation), Certified Investment Management Analyst, and Registered Investment Advisor. Additionally, she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Investment Management Consultants Association, and the National Association of Securities Dealers (Series 65 Examination).  
  • Actively supports women’s initiatives through her involvement with Ernst & Young’s Inclusiveness Advisory Council, National Tax Inclusiveness Steering Committee, and Professional Women’s Network and through her community work with the Junior League of Charlotte.  She has served on the boards of local charitable organizations including Carolina Voices and the Carolina Raptor Center.  Lynn has also acted as coordinator for the Arts & Science Council Fund Drive and supports the United Way.  As a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church, Lynn services as a teacher and coach for the Trailblazers class for students with special needs.
  • Avid runner, Lynn has completed numerous marathons including Boston, Chicago, Marine Corps and most recently New York.  She served as a coach for 'Girls on the Run' and has raised monies for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through 'Team in Training' and the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation by participating in a 115 mile staged run through the Colorado Rockies.
  • While at Converse College and earning her minor in music performance, played oboe with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra; after graduation, she continued to perform with the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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 Lynn Pettus

 

Wanda Moore McDowell   ---   Class of 1991                

   Inman, SC

 

  • Southeast Regional Director for Super Bakery, Inc.
  • Top Sales Regional Director 3 years running.
  • Child Nutrition Industry Board Member for the states of SC, MS & TN.
  • Church Youth Director
  • Community Hallelujah Night Coordinator (Halloween alternative)
  • SC Industry Member of the Year Award Winner

 

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 Wanda Moore McDowell

 

Carol Burton Hutchinson   ---   Class of 1992        

   Columbia, SC 

 

  • Began In home Design with her business partner in 2004.  As a designer it is her goal to listen to the clients’ desires and create a beautiful retreat from this busy world where a family can relax and entertain friends or to update a law office to new professional trends or a dental office to be a serene place where the patients feel comfortable.  Several design projects have been featured in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.
  • As a creative outlet from Interior Design she began oil painting in 2004 with great encouragement form a close Converse friend Susannah Gramling Hubbell '92, who many may know her talents in oil painting; has studied under many NC and SC artist to develop color theory and composition to develop her skills as an emerging artist with very bold colors and brush strokes. Her art has been in Charleston Style and Design Magazine.
  • In 2005 The Junior League of Columbia bestowed on her the Presidents Award for dedication to the renovation of the Headquarters Building
  • Just returned from Paris where she was able to attend Maison Furniture show and the European Wallpaper and fabric Spring Introductions.  While at Converse she did her design internship with LGB Interiors.  To this day she has maintained a great working relationship with Linda Burnside and has enjoyed traveling with her.  Travel is a vital part of Cami's life.  Her creativity is inspired by experiencing the many cultures and landscapes around the world.
  • Lives in Columbia with her husband and 6 year son; in her free time you will find her walking her dogs on the beach or engrossed in a great novel.

 

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 Carol Burton Hutchinson

 

Nancy O'Dell Keim   ---   Class of 1992           

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • As a professional artist (earning a BFA from Converse College in 1992, MFA from Clemson University in 1995), participated in numerous juried shows and invitational exhibitions, including M/A/M/A at The Clemson Arts Center; Foundations, a solo exhibit at the SC Residential Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities; Upstate Artist Invitational, the Greenville County Museum of Art; Faculty Exhibition at Converse College and Reflections: National PTA Visual Award Exhibition at the Chicago Art Museum.  As she noted in Artists Among Us: 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg, “Much of my work speaks primarily of hope, faith, and survival.  It speaks of the courage to embrace, to create, and without losing one’s faith when confronted by a harsh and unpredictable world.”
  • Taught gifted students during a one-year faculty position at the SC Residential Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.  Served as Visiting Artist ad Milliken Gallery Director for Converse College.  Adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb University.  Founder and primary instructor for the Green Door Art Studio, a professional art studio where classes were offered to children.
  • Employed by and volunteered for various non-profits: served as Exhibits Coordinator and Art School Director for Spartanburg Museum of Art, treasurer for Spartanburg Artists’ Guild. Active and founding member of the West Main Artist Co-op, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing studio and exhibition space for Upstate arts while providing free exhibitions to the public, educational outreach, and other community services.

 

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 Nancy ODell Keim

 

Brandon Davidson Shives   ---   Class of 1992           

   Columbia, SC 

 

  • Resident of Columbia since age five
  • Graduated from Converse in 1992 with a BFA in Interior Design.
  • In 1999, after working for a local group for six years, she founded Brandon Davidson Interiors, LLC, and a full-service residential and commercial interior design firm, which has been named Columbia’s “Best” on several occasions by the readers of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.
  • Married to E. Randolph Shives, III and they have two children, Chalmers Alexander Shives and Eliza Madison Shives.
  • Brandon and her family are members of The First Presbyterian Church and she volunteers with The Junior League of Columbia as well as their children’s elementary school.

 

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 Brandon Davidson Shives

 

Jane Manning Hyatt   ---   Class of 1993        

   San Francisco, CA

 

  • Former Admissions Counselor, VP of Alumnae Board, and Class Representative for Converse
  • VP of Higher Education at Teachscape
  • Deacon at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco
  • B.A. and M.Ed. from Converse 

 

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 Jane Manning Hyatt

 

Kirsten Suzanne Kerr   ---   Class of 1994            

   Hickory, NC

 

  • Attended Converse on Milliken Scholarship and was a member of Crescent, Mortar Board, served as Honor Board Secretary then as Chair.
  • Currently, is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician and part of Cornerstone Health Care
  • Served as President of her Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow; serves on the Board of Outright Youth which focuses on stopping bullying

 

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 Kirsten Suzanne Kerr

 

Melissa Stuart Dillmon   ---   Class of 1995         

   Rome, GA

 

  • Graduated from Converse College with a degree in Political Science and Biology. 
  • Received her doctorate at Wake Forest University School of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, and then completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham where she was elected outstanding senior resident. 
  • Has been in practice with Harbin Clinic, the largest multi-specialty group in Georgia, since 2004 where she serves on the Executive Board of Directors, the first female ever elected to this board.  She is the Department Chair of Oncology at the Tony E. Warren Cancer Center and serves on the executive board of directors for GASCO (state oncology society) as Vice President. 
  • Recently completed the ASCO Leadership Development Program and Leadership Georgia, a leadership program supported by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.  She is the proud mother of three daughters and serves her community as the Chair of the executive board for Rome-Floyd County United Way and as a mentor for Berry College’s Center for Integrity in Leadership.

 

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 Melissa Stuart Dillmon

 

Jamye Horres Hurteau   ---   Class of 1995        

   Charleston, SC

 

  • Married to James Stannard Hurteau Jr.; Daughter: Caroline Taylor Hurteau,9; Son: James Stannard Hurteau III, 5
  • Graduated from MUSC College of Dental Medicine 2000
  • Private practice in Charleston
  • Currently serving as past President of Ashley Hall's Alumnae Board Chair- Converse Club of Charleston

 

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 Jamye Horres Hurteau

 

Elizabeth Farmer Lancaster   ---   Class of 1996           

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Director of Media Relations for Converse College with a 15-year tenure serving the College, including 11 years at Director of Communications
  • Community and professional highlights include Leadership Spartanburg, Media Women of South Carolina (past president), Mobile Meals of Spartanburg Board of Directors, First Presbyterian Church (Deacon), and Junior League of Spartanburg
  • 2003 South Carolina Communicator of Achievement Award

 

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 Elizabeth Farmer Lancaster

 

Jeanette Carol Williams   ---   Class of 1996         

   Spartanburg, SC

 

  • Earned BA and MEd from Converse and PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina
  • Chair, Department of Humanities and Languages, Spartanburg Community College
  • Has served on the Converse College Alumnae Association Board, Spartanburg Art Museum Board of Directors, Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve Board of Trustees
  • Co-authored "Our First 50 Years: The History of Spartanburg Community College"

 

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 Jeanette Carol Williams

 

Kimberly Varnadoe Kent   ---   Class of 1997          

   Greenville, SC

 

  • Converse Class of 1997, Politics and English; USC School of Law, Class of 2000
  • Principal, Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, a state governmental relations firm serving clients needs in the legislative, regulatory and public policy arenas. In this business almost 15 years, Kim and her firm represent a wide variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, statewide trade associations and small businesses.
  • General Counsel, KENTWOOL, a fifth generation family textile company headquartered in Greenville, SC with its manufacturing facility located in Pickens, SC. Kim works closely with her husband, Mark, in the family business serving as in-house corporate legal counsel for all divisions of the company and she also serves as a member of the corporation's Board of Directors.
  • Active and serving in various capacities with numerous organizations including Converse College, the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross, and most recently Communities in Schools of South Carolina.
  • Married and living in Greenville, SC with her husband and their 5 year old twins, Amelia and Henry, and their dog, Georgia.

 

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 Kimberly Varnadoe Kent

 

Helen Walker Tolar   --   Class of 1998         

   Washington, DC

 

  • Served nine of the last 13 years as an attorney-advisor on Capitol Hill, now as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator John Boozman (AR), after having served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
  • A 113th Congress Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership Congressional Staff Fellow.  http://www.stennis.gov/stennis-fellows/rosters/416-113th-congress-stennis-fellows
  • Profiled in 2011 in National Journal's "14 Powerful Women on the Hill"  http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/women-power-14-powerful-women-on-the-hill-20110629
  • Inaugural recipient of Converse's Young Alumnae Award, and currently serving on the college's Board of Visitors
  • Reside in Chevy Chase DC; married to LtCol John McIntyre "Mac" Tolar (USMC-Ret), a former USC Law classmate; together we have Walker Vivienne (age 4), Mary McIntyre (age 2), and Oliver Mills (age 2) (we have one shot at a Pink Panther, and one shot at a Red Devil!)

 

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 Helen Walker Tolar

 

Kathleen Chandler Woodward   ---   Class of 1999        

   Columbia, SC

 

  • After graduating from Converse in 1999 with a BS in Chemistry, worked for Milliken & Co for 7 years in their Chemical Division, spending the majority of her career with Milliken in the area of Environmental Compliance, specifically implementing and maintaining compliance with air permitting regulations.  While working for Milliken, Kathy was an active member of the Spartanburg Junior League, participating in and supporting philanthropic activities throughout the community.
  • In 2006, started her career as a Forensic Scientist with the SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED), working in the Trace Evidence Laboratory on criminal cases involving arson, gunshot residue, paint, fibers, glass and explosives; has since accepted a position in the Toxicology Laboratory analyzing biological and non-biological fluids, tissues and other materials for the presence of alcohol, prescription and/or illicit drugs and other poisons in driving under the influence cases and death investigations.
  • Has been honored to be invited back to Converse to participate in the inauguration of past president, Nancy Gray, the Lambert Lecture series, as well as to speak to faculty about career service development and students about her career.
  • Hobbies include baking and cake decorating; making cakes for birthdays, showers, weddings and non-profit events, it is an activity that not only serves as an outlet but is incredibly rewarding.
  • In an effort to stay fit, Kathy has been involved in Zumba and Crossfit and has participated in many Zumba activities throughout the community including the Guinness Book of World Records Zumba dance in 2011, the “flash mob” on the steps of the State House in February 2013 and 2014 for domestic violence awareness, and numerous fundraising Zumbathons and demos.  Kathy started Crossfit training about a year ago and hopes to be able to participate in a competition in the upcoming year.

 

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 Kathleen Chandler Woodward

 

Dana Luttrell Garner   ---   Class of 2000           

   Elliston, VA

 

  • Upon completion of her accounting degree at Converse, Dana became a CPA while working at a regional CPA firm in the Upstate.
  • Earned a Master's of Accountancy degree from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Accounting from Virginia Tech.
  • Taught accounting and auditing courses to undergraduate and master’s level students at the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University and currently teaches on-line courses in the Charleston Southern MBA program.
  • Volunteered her accounting knowledge to assist several churches in the set up and continuing operations of their accounting systems.
  • Recently moved to Blacksburg, VA with her husband Chuck and son Logan to start Refuge Church.

 

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 Dana Luttrell Garner

 

Joy Danielle Stoney   ---   Class of 2000             

   Ladson, SC 

 

  • Owner and President of The Stoney Law Firm, LLC
  • Immediate Past President of the Trident Area Agency on Aging
  • Chief Church Administrator for L.R.P. Ministries
  • "Innovator Under 35 Award Recipient- National Council of Negro Women
  • Former SC Bar Young Lawyer's Division 9th Circuit Representative 

 

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 Joy Danielle Stoney

 

Nivedita Bagchi   ---   Class of 2001          

   Lititz, PA 

 

  • Earned her Masters and her PhD in Political Theory from the University of Virginia in 2008.
  • Tenured professor at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA. 
  • Published book chapters and articles on various topics including Casablanca and Political Theory, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, civil rights, and federalism.
  • Guest lecturer at numerous institutions including Franklin and Marshall College in PA, and Loreto College in India.
  • Have three children under four years of age.

 

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 Nivedita Bagchi

 

Katherine Strong Barnes   ---   Class of 2002          

    

  • Katherine died on January 21, 2014, in North Carolina.
  • Received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia
  • Worked in research and development for Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.
  • Was a member of the Mecklenburg Hounds, Inc. Fox Hunting Club
  • Was married to Shaun Barnes of Marvin, NC.

 

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 Katherine Strong Barnes

 

Laura Causey-Philippovic   ---   Class of 2002            

   Metairie, LA

 

  • Currently President and CEO of Crescent City Fundraising, the fundraising distribution company for World's Finest Chocolate
  • Married this past April, 2013
  • serve on the boards of the New Orleans Symphony Chorus, New Orleans Junior League, ROOTS music foundation, volunteers with a bi-monthly reading program with the New Orleans charter school, Lafayette Academy and is an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church
  • Shares time between New Orleans, Louisiana and Houston, Texas with her husband and two, bonus children, Emily, 13, and Greyson, 12

 

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 Laura Causey-Philippovic

 

Katherine Landon Fitch   ---   Class of 2002          

   Knoxville, TN

 

  • Director of Development at the YWCA Knoxville, a social service agency committed to bringing safety and dignity to women and families. In this role, she oversees all fundraising, external relations and communications operations.
  • Member of the board of directors for the Junior League of Knoxville and several local nonprofit organizations. She is also a member of the Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council and an officer in her local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • This year is a participant in the University of Tennessee’s College of Business’s Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness, a program that strengthens social mission organizations and those who lead them.
  • This summer, Katie is relocating to Midland, TX, where her husband, Brad Fitch will serve as a Vice President with Prosperity Bank.

 

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 Katie Landon Fitch

 

Kathryn Faris Butler   ---   Class of 2003         

   Alhambra, CA

 

  • Wife and mother; this is her greatest accomplishment, with the help of God!
  • Director of Business for the Connective Leadership Institute; formerly an Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force (2006-2010); conducted analysis of all-source air and air defense intelligence threats in the US Central Command and was officer in charge of around 75 Intelligence analysts; from May 2003 to June 2004, was an English teacher in Fez, Morocco
  • Received Air Force Achievement Medal in 2010; US Air Force Central Command Intelligence Company Grade Office of the Month (3 times)
  • Volunteer in Columbia, SC with Streetside Ministry – an outreach to the homeless community (2008-2010); served on Missions & Outreach Committee for Church of the Apostles (2009-2010)
  • Converse Admissions Counselor (2004-2005); Office Assistant to the President (2005-2006) at Converse; Head Delegate for Model League of Arab States Debate Team; 4-year starting point guard for basketball team and two-time recipient of the Coach’s Award; member of Converse Wind Ensemble and Converse Symphony Orchestra

 

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 Kathryn Faris Butler

 

Casey Leanne Addis   ---   Class of 2004             

   Washington, DC 

 

  • American Diplomat and a career Foreign Service Officer.  
  • Served at the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2011-2013 where she was the primary Middle East Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council. During her time in Geneva, she also worked on a range of human rights issues and led U.S. efforts at the U.N. to promote the rights of LGBT persons.  Prior to Geneva, Casey served as the Regional Economic Officer in the Office of Egypt and Levant Affairs in Washington.
  • In May 2014, Casey will begin a year-long consular assignment in Baghdad, Iraq before moving on to serve as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Prior to joining the State Department, Casey worked as a Middle East Analyst at the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC.  
  • 2004 graduate of Converse College; received a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin (2008). She speaks Arabic and French.

 

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 Casey Leanne Addis

 

Kelly Wilson Hall   ---   Class of 2004          

   Columbia, SC 

 

  • Married to Michael W. Hall (Wofford '02); expecting their first baby on 4/27/14 (so hopefully we'll make it to the reunion celebration)
  • Graduated from USC School of Law in May, 2009 and have been prosecuting special victims’ cases for the SC Attorney General since that time.  Her work began in criminal domestic violence and sexual assault, and has started working on child abuse cases and human trafficking cases, as well.
  • Served as co-chair of the Healthy Start committee for the Junior League of Columbia, which provides dental supplies, school supplies, grocery gift-cards, etc. to lower-income schools in Richland School District 1.
  • Directed the 4K-5K children's choir at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, where she also serves on the hospitality and evangelism committee and heads up a women's bible study.

 

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 Kelly Wilson Hall

 

Laura Burgess Martin   ---   Class of 2004          

   Woodstock, GA

 

  • Received her Master of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Georgia in 2012.
  • Taught middle school and high school chorus for five years. In 2011, her 8th grade chorus was selected to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service conference.
  • Volunteers with the March of Dimes as a team captain for Team Joseph and Campbell and her family also served as the ambassador family for the West Metro (Atlanta) March of Dimes. In four years, her team has raised over $12,000 in support of research for prematurity.
  • Currently the NICU Ambassador Director at Graham’s Foundation – a non-profit organization that offers practical and emotional support to parents of premature infants.
  • Resides in Woodstock, GA with her husband, Scott, and children, Joseph and Emily

 

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 Laura Burgess Martin

 

Tharanga S. A. Goonetilleke   ---   Class of 2005            

   Jersey City, NJ

  

  • Her singing career has taken her all over the world including the UK, France, Canada, India, Italy and Korea apart from her home country Sri Lanka and the USA, where she currently is a permanent resident.
  • The first woman from Sri Lanka to enter the Juilliard School in NYC, where she was a recipient of several awards from the Juilliard including The Bori grant for language study abroad, Makiko Narumi Memorial prize, Steve Novick grant and the Sing for hope grant.
  • Her singing career has given her the opportunity to perform on stage alongside legendary artists such as dame Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Denyce Graves. She has also performed under the baton of Lorin Maazel, George Manahan, Ari Pelto, Anne Manson and more of the finest conductors of today.
  • Performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center in New York City.
  • Has given master classes in voice and diction at several occasions. She feels most honored to have been invited to do so both at Converse and in the Colombo University in Sri Lanka.
  • Tharanga and her husband Aditya were blessed with a baby girl last summer. 

 

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 Tharanga Goonetilleke

 

Brelan Riddle Montgomery   ---   Class of 2006           

   Spartanburg, SC

  • Received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Applied from Converse College in 2006  and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of South Carolina-Upstate in 2008
  • Employed with Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in the Cardio-Vascular Recovery Unit
  • Member of First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC
  • Married to Will and mother to sons William and Beau

 

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Brelan Riddle Montgomery 

 

Molly Stoehr Moyer   ---   Class of 2006

      Spartanburg, SC             

   

  • Served as Student Government President leading the student administration who celebrated the opening of a renovated Montgomery Student Center, radically changed policies surrounding visitation, and welcomed President Fleming to Converse.
  • As a member of the Converse Admission Team, co-presented at one regional and one national conference sharing the success surrounding Converse’s revamped Campus Visit.
  • As a career mom of two girls (one future Pink Panther and one future Red Devil), Molly treasured her years on the Admission Team and now finds herself lucky enough to celebrate the good of the Spartanburg community everyday as the Senior Director of Volunteerism & Advocacy with United Way of the Piedmont.

 

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 Molly Stoehr Moyer

 

Jennifer Wahl Settle   ---   Class of 2006

     Inman, SC             

  • Graduated from the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate in December 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing 
  • Currently works at Spartanburg Regional as a Registered Nurse on 3 Montgomery Tower 
  • Serves as an Converse Alumnae Mentor 

 

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 Jennifer Wahl Settle

 

Stinson Woodward Ferguson   ---   Class of 2007

    Greenville, SC        

    

  • Received law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in May 2010; Took and passed S.C. Bar Exam in 2010
  • Awarded public interest fellowship by UGA Law to work at the S.C. Environmental Law Project in Pawley’s Island
  • Post-fellowship, obtained clerkship with state circuit court judge in Charleston and Berkeley, SC, for a year and a half
  • Earned Masters in Environmental Law with a focus in Energy Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in 2013
  • Joined Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., a civil defense firm based in Greenville, SC in 2012 as an associate attorney;  focuses on financial services, commercial and environmental litigation
  • Published in the Seattle Environmental Law Journal, the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Law and Policy, and the Upstate (South Carolina) Business Journal
  • Loves animals, traveling, Rotary Club, live music, and all things Converse College

 

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 Stinson Woodward Ferguson

 

Bianca-Martina Rohner   ---   Class of 2007

    San Francisco, CA            

     

  • After graduation from Converse in 2007, pursued a dual Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Public Affairs at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and at Sciences Po Paris.
  • Upon graduation in 2009, joined Goldman Sachs in Singapore and worked in Asian Equities Sales for the following 4 years.
  • In the middle of 2013, transferred to Goldman Sachs's San Francisco office to join the Principal Investment Area (PIA); part of a team of investment professionals that makes growth equity investments into technology and tech-enabled service companies globally.
  • Getting married in August 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

 

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 Bianca-Martina Rohner

 

Anna Kathryn Haverty Backer   ---   Class of 2008

    Cincinnati, OH          

 

  • Earned Double Master’s Degree in Arts Administration and Business. (May 2012)
  • Established the Cincinnati School of Music LLC, co-owned and operated by her and her husband, Joe. (September 2012)
  • Expanded their school into a larger facilities to keep up with growing demand (July 2013)
  • Welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Lena Marie Backer, into the world. (September 2013)
  • Currently working hard and loving it being a mom, teaching 25 piano students, and overseeing the management, operations, and finances of the Cincinnati School of Music, which now has an excellent teaching faculty of 20 music instructors, providing over 12,700 lessons per year in the Cincinnati community. 

 

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 Anna Kathryn Haverty Backer

 

Mary Elizabeth Martin   ---   Class of 2008

    Spartanburg, SC             

    

  • Earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy and Psychology in 2008 and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010
  • Became Executive Director of West Gate Family Therapy Institute
  • Became a fully licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Became a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg
  • Received a Post-Degree certificate from West Gate Family Therapy Institute

 

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 Mary Elizabeth Martin

 

Stephanie Ann Newton   ---   Class of 2008

     Orlando, FL       

  

  • Graduated in 2008 summa cum laude with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry
  • Camped at the Grand Canyon for three months studying migrating birds of prey
  • Cared for and trained giraffes, penguins, sharks, bison, snakes and more as a zookeeper
  • Worked as a conservation educator at Disney World and SeaWorld
  • Works as a Personal VIP Concierge for Suntastic Tours International, Inc. 

 

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 Stephanie Ann Newton

 

Andrea Laura Profili   ---   Class of 2008

    New York, NY                         

    

  • Co-Director and co-founder of WHIN (Washington Heights-Inwood) Music Project
  • Completed the El Sistema Fellowship at New England Conservatory
  • Currently a teaching artist with Orchestra of St. Luke's and Upbeat NYC
  • Conductor of WHIN Children's and Youth Orchestras

 

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 Andrea Laura Profili

 

Megan Ann Madison   ---   Class of 2009

     Chester, VA                     

    

  • 2009 Fulbright ETA grantee to Amman, Jordan where she developed the curriculum for and taught communication skills and public speaking to over 250 students at The Jubilee School.
  • Founder of the Amman Conversation Exchange, a forum in which language learners from different countries and backgrounds may practice their conversation skills with native speakers while participating in social events that promote intercultural exchange.
  • Co-founder of Dar Al Yasmin, a volunteer-led organization that focuses on addressing the growing needs of Syrian refugees living in host communities and the needs of the host community as well. She acts as the Habaybi Program Manager, planning and implementing activity days and donation drives for Syrian and Jordanian children living in Zaatari village.
  • Principal flutist in the Amman Symphony Orchestra and is currently teaching piano, flute, and theory at the preparatory and collegiate level for the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan. 

 

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 Megan Ann Madison

 

Morgan Elizabeth Anderson   ---   Class of 2010

    Atlanta, GA                      

   

  • AmeriCorps*VISTA, Campus Compact--Director of Community Service at Columbia College, 2010-2011
  • City Year Miami Corps Member--Tutor/Mentor at Miami Southridge Senior High School, 2011-2012
  • Teach for America Metro Atlanta Corps Member--Spanish I teacher at Mount Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia, 2012-2014

 

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 Morgan Elizabeth Anderson

 

Mary Alison English   ---   Class of 2010

     Charlotte, NC                    

    

  • Graduated from Converse with an individualized major that she created: Nonprofit Management with a Specialization in the Philanthropy towards Women; with thanks to Dr. Delapp, Dr. Young, and Dr. West for their guidance and support to have accomplished this.
  • After graduation, served a year in AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) throughout the Southwest region. AmeriCorps programs are national service programs throughout the US that emphasize community, environment, education, health, and disaster services. Traveled to 4 different states during that 10 month time frame and spent 6 weeks serving the Tuscaloosa, AL community affected by the tornadoes in 2011.
  • Served as an AmeriCorps National Direct member with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County in Raleigh, NC; spent a year working in construction, leading volunteers, and learning about the mission of Habitat under the guidance of her supervisor, Ed Rogers It was that year that she decided to pursue a career with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Served  her last AmeriCorps term as a VISTA member at Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte, recruiting and orienting applicants to the Home Buyer and Home Repair programs; this position led her into a full-time employee role as the new Home Buyer Education Coordinator and Financial Counseling Support person in their office.
  • The last 6 months have been a roller coaster ride as she has taken on a new role at work and purchased her first home with her boyfriend, Chris Tri; they are so happy to be making their new home together in Charlotte, NC.

 

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 Mary Alison English

 

Kasie Starnes Auten   ---   Class of 2010

      Charleston, SC          

    

  • Trained in Dance at Broadway Dance Center, Ailey, Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance, American Dance Festival, and held an intern position at Steps on Broadway while living in New York City
  • Low- Country Regional Representative and festival coordinator for the South Carolina Dance Association
  • Dancer for The Charleston Dance Project Professional Performance Company as well as choreographer and adult instructor for Dancefx Charleston and director, choreographer, and instructor at DanceCarolina in Charleston, SC

 

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 Kasie Starnes Auten

 

Gwendolyn Eve Stembridge   ---   Class of 2010

    Lakewood, OH         

      

  • Completed a year of AmeriCorps VISTA at the University of Findlay and two years with the Episcopal Service Corps in Cleveland, OH.
  • Most recently joined the team at Hands-on Northeast Ohio where she recruits, trains, manages and retains volunteers for organizations serving Northeast Ohio. 
  • In her third season with Near West Theatre, a group striving to practice justice and love through transformational theatre experiences.
  • Biggest accomplishment yet: surviving 4 Ohio winters!

 

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 Gwendolyn Eve Stembridge

 

Sara Elizabeth Rossi   ---   Class of 2011

      Euclid, OH          

     

  • Received her Master of Music from Yale University in May, 2013; received a full scholarship and fellowship while studying at Yale.
  • Presently working toward her doctorate at Rutgers University, and studying with Choong-Jin Chang, the principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; recipient of a full scholarship and fellowship.
  • In December, 2010, participated in the New York String Orchestra, directed by Jaime Laredo; performed in Carnegie Hall on Christmas Eve to a sold-out audience.

 

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 Sara Elizabeth Rossi

 

Shannon Marie Gonzalez   ---   Class of 2012

     Lexington, SC           

    

  • Currently working in Lexington School District 2, teaching Trainable Mentally Disabled children (moderate to severe intellectual disabilities); the only TMD teacher at her level in her district and currently in her second year. 
  • Volunteered and raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Multiple Sclerosis Society. 
  • Worked with some high school and college girls in her area with mental health issues, the Big Sis/Little Sis program at Converse was her main inspiration for getting involved with this! 
  • Has and will continue to serve on educational policy committees focused on the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in SC and specifically how they will impact the Special Education classroom.  (All thanks goes to Dr. Ansley Boggs for her special education passion!) 

 

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 Shannon Marie Gonzalez