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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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Sandra Drake

Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator

Hometown: Arlington, WA

School: Everett CC, Brown Mackie & Penn Foster

Military Service: Spouse of Retired USMC (22yrs service0

Most interesting job prior to UWS: Compliance Director/Corporate Liaison

Favorite Movie: Wizard of Oz

Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Mellow Mushroom

Item on bucket list: Visit Tuscany & Northern Italy

Family: Husband (Craig), Son (Tyler)

If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Sam Elliot

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Janice Oliver

Greenville 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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Ashley Johnson

Oconee/Pickens Advocate

Hometown: Addison, NY
School: Clemson University, BS in psychology; the University of South Carolina, pursuing an MSW
Military Service: Service in the U. S. Navy
Deployments: Persian Gulf 2014-15 aboard the USS Carl Vinson
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Dog daycare play yard supervisor
Favorite movie: Under the Tuscan Sun
Guilty Pleasure: Binging movies while crocheting
Item on my bucket list:  Visit Italy and Greece
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Eleanor Roosevelt

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Lauren O’Dell

Spartanburg 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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Elizabeth Hiott

Anderson Advocate

Hometown. Gastonia, NC
School. Anderson University and Liberty University
Military Service. NC Army National Guard, 7 years, NCNG
Deployments. Once to Iraq (2010-11) and twice to Afghanistan (2012-13 and 2013-14)
Most interesting job prior to UWS. Service cashier at a car dealership
Favorite Movie. Grease
Favorite Upstate Restaurant. Texas Roadhouse
Bucket list. Go to Italy
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Maya Angelou and Robert Frost

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Virginia Barnes

Family Services 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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Sam Wigley

JIVO Team Lead

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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Brigham Berthold

Employment Program Manager

Hometown: Orem, UT
School: Utah Valley University
Military service: Retired Army Intelligence
Deployments: Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2015
Most interesting job prior to UWS: I worked for a delinquent youth care facility. It was a last-chance, halfway house moving boys (ages 8-18) into either the foster program or to a full-security detention facility. Part guidance counselor, part life coach and camp counselor, part runaway tracker, part baseball coach, part big brother.
Item on the bucket list: Attend a World Series game.
Family: My wife (Tiffani), and daughter (Olivia)
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with?: Lou Gehrig

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Lindsay

Fellowship Program Manager

Hometown: East Aurora (Buffalo), NY Go Bills
School: Buffalo State College
Military Service: USAF Security Forces 1999-2019
Deployments: 3x OEF, SWA
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Police Officer
Favorite Movie: Schindler’s List
Item on bucket list: Section hike the AT
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Nose Dive
Family: One amazing son

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Elisabeth Schatke

Development Program Manager

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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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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Catherine Pelicano

Community Engagement Coordinator

Hometown: Easley, SC

School: USC Upstate

Military Service: Family members have served in all branches

Most interesting job prior to UWS: Kindergarten aide

Favorite Movie: Ike: Countdown to D-Day

Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Chipotle

Guilty Pleasure: Cocoa/Date Truffles

Item on Bucket List: Visit Normandy Beach

Family: Parents (Chris and Sharon), 7 siblings

If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Tom Selleck

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Kaitlan Morehouse

AmeriCorps VISTA

Hometown: Lake Toxaway, NC
School: Appalachian State University
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Sales Associate at the “Coolest Toy Store on the Planet”, O.P. Taylor’s
Favorite Movie: The Proposal
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
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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Ali Casey

Behavioral Health AmeriCorps VISTA

Hometown: River Falls, WI
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Military Service: Grandfather served in the Air Force
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Greenhouse/farm
Favorite movie: Home Alone
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Tipsy Taco
Guilty Pleasure: Nachos
Item on my bucket list: Travel all around the world
Family: Mom (Melissa), dad (Bill), older sister (Erin)
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? John F. Kennedy

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Shannon Sports

Employment Fellow

Hometown: Greer, SC

School: Limestone College

Military service: Army – 25 Years

Deployments: Afghanistan

Most interesting job prior to UWS: Firefighter

Item on bucket list: Tour the US

Family: Wife 4 sons 1 stepdaughter

If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Gary Sinese

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Elijah Gregg

Anderson Fellow

Hometown:  Greenville, SC
School: Utah State University
Military Service: Army Active Duty
Deployments: Iraq 2007
Most interesting job prior to UWS:  High School Ag teacher
Favorite movie: Blues Brothers
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Mike and Jeffs BBQ
Guilty Pleasure: Monster Hydro
Item on my bucket list: Travel the world and see pre-history sites
Family: Wife Adriana, Daughter Saranna, Son Gideon, Daughter Harriet
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Ezra Taft Benson

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Anthony Williams

Greenville Fellow
Hometown. Safford, Arizona
School. Safford High School
Deployments. Iraq x2, Afghanistan
Most interesting job prior to UWS. ISMT Instructor, Parris Island, SC
Favorite Movie. Interstellar
Favorite Upstate Restaurant. A Taste of Home
Guilty Pleasure. YouTube
Bucket list. Visit the Great Pyramid of Giza
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? President Donald J. Trump

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Jorge Lagunas

Spartanburg Fellow

Hometown. Homestead, FL
School. Limestone University
Military Service. US Army
Deployments. Iraq 2003
Most interesting job prior to UWS. Contracting in Iraq twice and Afghanistan three times.
Favorite Movie. There are too many
Favorite Upstate Restaurant. Anything Thai
Guilty Pleasure. Large Hot Coffee, Cream and Sugar
Bucket list. Visit Norway
Family. Fiancée, 3 daughters, 2 sons
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Family, George Washington and Abraham Woodhull

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