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Charlie Hall

President

To see Charlie Hall’s Official UWS bio, click here.

Hometown: York, SC
School: United States Military Academy
Military Service: Service in the US Army and Marine Corps for the past 17 years
Deployments: Iraq from 2004 to 2005
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Working on a land surveying crew in high school, which helped me appreciate true hard work
Favorite movie: Hoosiers
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Sidewall Pizza
Guilty Pleasure: My wife’s chocolate chip cookies
Item on my bucket list: 18 holes at St. Andrews
Family: Wife (Elizabeth) and three kids
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? General “Mad Dog” Mattis

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Theresa Thompson

Deputy Director

Hometown: Twin Falls, ID
School: Boise State and Clemson University
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Police Officer (because it is a most honorable profession, and it was my duty to serve. I was proud to wear the badge every single day!
Favorite movie: Band of Brothers
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Mexican Food… anywhere.
Guilty pleasure: Strossner’s sugar cookies
Item on my bucket list: World War II Tour in Europe
Family: Husband (Howie)
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? George W. Bush

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Nate Moore

Director of Community Engagement

Hometown: Richmond, VA
School: Southern Wesleyan University (BSBA in 2015)
Military Service: Service in the US Marine Corps from 2005 to 2012
Deployments: Iraq in 2006 to 2007 and Afghanistan in 2010
Favorite movie: Defiance
Favorite Upstate restaurant: Willy Taco
Guilty pleasure: Pint of ice cream
Item on my bucket list: Sunday at the Masters
Family: Wife (Lindsay) and two sons
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Frank Beamer — Go Hokies!

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James Mulak

Director of Warrior Advocacy

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
School: Limestone College
Military Service: Service in the US Marine Corps from 2001 to 2009
Deployments: Iraq in 2003, 2004, and 2005
Most interesting job prior to UWS: ISMT Instructor, Parris Island, SC
Favorite movie: Goonies
Favorite upstate restaurant: Monsoon Noodle House
Guilty pleasure: Butter Fingers
Item on my bucket list: Skydiving
Family: Wife (Amber) and four children
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? My Father

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Jenna Grotler

Social Work/Family Support Lead

Hometown: Greenville, SC
School: Spartanburg Methodist College; University of North Carolina at Wilmington, BSW; University of Southern California, MSW
Military service: Husband (Jeremiah)
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Sonic Drive-in (because I was able to network and meet some interesting folks)
Favorite movie: The Blind Side
Favorite Upstate restaurant: Yardhouse
Guilty pleasure: Reece’s Pieces and a Coke
Item on my bucket list: Skydiving
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Mark Wahlberg

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Sam Wigley

Advocate

Hometown: Pickens, SC
School: Clemson University
Military service: Service in the US Marine Corps for four years
Deployments: Afghanistan in 2010
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Working as a mattress deliveryman in high school — interesting to see the state of some peoples’ homes.
Favorite movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite upstate restaurant: Sardis Den
Guilty pleasure: Pizza
Item on my bucket list: Skydiving
Family: Single
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Winston Churchill

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Janice Oliver

Advocate

Hometown: Greenville, SC
School: University of South Carolina, MSW; Limestone College, BSW
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Favorite movie: Just Wright
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Up on the Roof
Guilty pleasure: Shopping
Item on my bucket list: Skydiving
Family: A son and three grandkids
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Michelle Obama

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Chad Wooten

Advocate

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
School: The Woodlands High School
Military Service: Service in the USMC as an MOS 0331 Machine Gunner
Deployment(s): Platoon Sergeant Combined Anti Armor Team 3rd Battalion 6th Marines
Most interesting job prior to UWS:
Favorite Movie: Walk Hard
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Stax Omega
Guilty Pleasure: Adventure eating
Item on my Bucket List: Travel to Patagonia
Family: Father Carl, Mother Jonet, Sister Kaylee, Dog Rocky
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? James Mattis

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Thomas Wood

Advocate

Hometown: Liberty, SC
School: Greenville Technical College, Limestone College
Military Service: Service in the U.S. Army
Deployment(s): Desert Shield/Storm, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Army Instructor
Favorite Movie: A Knight’s Tale
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Logan’s Steak House
Guilty Pleasure: Wings and Ribs
Item on my Bucket List: Motorcycle ride across Australian Outback
Family: 1 Spouse, 5 Children, 2 Cats, 2 Dogs
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? John Wayne

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Lauren O’Dell

Advocate

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Favorite Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Miyako
Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream and anything peanut butter
Item on my Bucket List: Skydive
Family: Husband (Hunter), dog (Lucy)

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Virginia Barnes

Family Support Coordinator and Advocate

Hometown: Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
School: Johnson and Wales University
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Corporate Legal Executive
Favorite Movie: Pelican Brief and Erin Brockovich
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Safran Indian Cuisine
Guilty Pleasure: Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte (stirred not shaken)
Item on my Bucket List: Fly in an Apache helicopter
Family: Tim; Brandi, a Catahaula Leopard Hound; and two cats, Ziva and DiNozzo
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Alice Paul

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Tyler Warren

Employment Program Manager

Hometown: Kingsport, TN
School: Clemson University
Military Service: Service in the US Army as an infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg
Deployment(s): Afghanistan twice
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Medical Device Sales
Favorite Movie: Gladiator
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Halls Chophouse
Guilty Pleasure: My Momma’s red velvet cake
Item on my Bucket List: Scuba diving in the South Pacific
Family: Wife (Rachel) and son (Charlie)
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Jerry Nalley

Intake Specialist

Hometown: Liberty, SC
School: Furman University
Military Service: Service in the US Air Force from 1967 to 1971
Deployments: Goose Bay AFB Labrador from 1967 to 1971
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Purchasing Agent for American Enka Co. My portfolio was made up of a variety of different categories, and it allowed me to learn about these products
Favorite movie: Tora, Tora, Tora
Favorite Upstate restaurant: Outback Steakhouse
Guilty pleasure: My Mother’s banana pudding
Item on my bucket list: Tour the American West
Family: Wife (Martha) and one son, as well as a daughter-in-law, one granddaughter, and two step granddaughters
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Ronald Reagan

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Elisabeth Schatke

Community Development Associate

Hometown: Marietta, GA
School: Furman University
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Farm Manager
Favorite Movie: Big Fish
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Jianna’s
Guilty Pleasure: Watching ‘The Bachelor’
Item on my Bucket List: Visit New Zealand
Family: Dog named Daisy
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Lucille Ball

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Nathan Detandt

Systems Administrator

Hometown: Taylors, SC
School: Bob Jones Academy
Military Service: Service in the US Navy
Deployment(s): USS Mount Whitney
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Metal Fabricator
Favorite Movie: Gone in 60 Seconds
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Chiro’s
Item on my Bucket List: Visit the Great Wall of China
Family: Wife (Joanna), son (Landon), daughter (Kaitlyn), and son (Gavin)
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? My Wife

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Matt Edson

AmeriCorps VISTA

Hometown: Greenville, SC
School: Clemson University
Military Service: Service in the USAF from 2007 to 2015
Deployment(s): Middle East in 2009 to 2010 and 2012 to 2013
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Package Handler at UPS
Favorite Movie: The Bourne Identity
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Tropical Grille
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate
Item on my Bucket List: Travel across Canada by train
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Elon Musk

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Kaitlan Morehouse

Communications VISTA

Hometown: Lake Toxaway, NC
School: Appalachian State University, BA, Cum Laude
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Sales Associate at the “Coolest Toy Store on the Planet”, O.P. Taylor’s
Favorite Movie: Ella Enchanted, Enchanted, The Proposal, You’ve Got Mail
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Tupelo Honey
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate
Item on my Bucket List: Watch the NYE ball drop, live in NYC
Family: Mom, Dad, Brother, three dogs, a cat, and a horse
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Daniel Tammet from Born on a Blue Day

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Sid Eargle

Outdoor Adventure Fellow

Hometown: Orangeburg, SC
Military Service: Service in the USMC as an M1A1 Tank Driver
Deployment(s): Iraq in 2003
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Punk Rock Musician
Favorite Movie: The Video Dead
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Papas N Beer
Guilty Pleasure: “Try not to laugh” videos on YouTube
Item on my Bucket List: Lead a group of veterans through the Grand Canyon
Family: Wife and two kids
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? My Family

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Theresa Totherow

PRISMA Health Fellow

Hometown: Linwood, New Jersey
School: NSU, JIU, CTU
Military Service: Service in the US Army, SSG, from 2002 to 2010
Deployment(s): Afghanistan in 2004 and Iraq in 2005
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Advocating for the state of SC
Favorite Movie: Instant Family
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Olive Garden
Guilty Pleasure: Anything chocolate, peanut butter, and caffeine
Item on my Bucket List: Adopting a child or children
Family: Three kids: 10-year-old boy, 6-year-old boy, and a 2-year-old girl
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? All of my family who live throughout the USA

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Henry Vega

Fellow

Hometown: Bronx, NY
School: James Monroe School of Business and Law
Military Service: Service in the US Navy for 10.5 years
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Executive Chef for World Outreach Church
Favorite Movie: Pet Cemetery
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: American Grocery
Guilty Pleasure: Reece’s Big Fat Juice Burger
Item on my Bucket List: Skydiving
Family: Wife (Eva), Daughter (Liana), and Son (Alex)
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? My Wife

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