hometown. Greenville, SC
school. Southern Wesleyan University
most interesting job prior to uws. Substitute teacher for Pickens County School District; I had the opportunity to be at school with my boys
favorite movie. Urban Cowboy
favorite upstate restaurant. Texas Roadhouse
guilty pleasure. Reece’s Peanutbutter Cups
an item on my bucket list. Vacation in Brazil
family. Husband: John; daughter-in-law: Taylor; children: Austin, Sean, Nathan
i’d love to have dinner with. Johnny Depp
hometown. Greenville, SC
schools. Spartanburg Methodist College, University of North Carolina at Wilimington, BSW. Currently pursueing MSW University of Southern California
military service. Husband is a Marine Veteran
most interesting job prior to uws. Sonic-Drive In because I was able to network and meet some very interesting folks.
favorite movie. The Blind Side
favorite upstate restaurant. Yard House
guilty pleasure. Reece’s Pieces and a Coke
an item on my bucket list. Skydiving
family. Husband, Jeremiah and daughter 2
i’d love to have dinner with. Mark Wahlberg
Charlie was born and raised in York, South Carolina, and served in the SC Army National Guard during high school. He attended the US Military Academy at West Point and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science in 2001. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army in June 2001 and then completed an inter-service transfer to the U.S. Marine Corps in November 2002. He then served as an active duty officer in the USMC until May 2006, deploying to Iraq in 2004 Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC. with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC.
Charlie transitioned home to the Upstate in May 2006 and began work in the civilian sector at Harper Corporation – General contractors and the USMC Reserves until August 2009. He then served on active duty as the District Injured Support Coordinator for the states of South Carolina and Georgia with the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment from 2009 – 2014, while volunteering with Upstate Warrior Solution in its formative years. In addition to being the President of Upstate Warrior Solution, Charlie continues to serve in the US Marine Corps Reserve.
He and his wife Elizabeth live in Travelers Rest and have three children. They are members of Downtown Presbyterian Church, and love living in the Upstate!
Nate was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school in October of 2005. Serving as a Combat engineer he deployed to Iraq in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2010, where he was injured in combat by multiple roadside bombs. Nate was medically retired in August of 2012 and now lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife and son.
After his retirement he became involved with an organization called The Mission Continues, which allows veterans to work in nonprofit organizations to find direction in the transition into the civilian world. After completing the internship he was hired on as the House Coordinator of the Peace House, a hospitality house for Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital with Greenville Health System. Nate is attending Southern Wesleyan University to complete his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He has been working with and mentoring Marines and veterans since his retirement.
James served in the US Marine Corps from 07/2001-04/2009. He originally began his career with UWS as a Intern for his Human Services degree from Greenville Tech and then a Mission Continues fellow while he was pursuing a bachelors degree from Limestone College. He excelled in his fellowship position and demonstrated an aptitude for case management, ultimately earning full-time status as the Greenville case-coordinator. He served in this position for 1 ½ years, working a large number of cases, also while continuing his education. James graduated from Limestone on December 15th with a Bachelors in Social Work. During his tenure in Greenville, James participated in the Greenville County Justice involved program which required detention center visits, Veteran Treatment Court participation, and case coordination specific to incarcerated and at-risk veterans. James was promoted to the Director of the Spartanburg Office in November 2017.
Jerry was born in Greenville and raised in Liberty where he and his wife still live. He retired in March, 2014 from Oconee Memorial Hospital as Director of Materials Management. His entire working career was in the supply chain/procurement field both in healthcare and industry.
Jerry served four years in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era as a Aircraft Control and Warning Operator. He and his team were responsible for air surveillance and flight identification. Jerry was assigned to squadrons in the Defense Early Warning System as part of the Air Defense Command, and also worked with NORAD.
Jerry earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Furman University. He and his wife are proud parents of a son and have a six-year-old granddaughter.
Derrick Popham was born and raised in Six Mile, South Carolina. He attended D.W. Daniel High School and upon graduation joined the United States Marine Corps. After attending boot camp at Parris Island, he was stationed with 4th Ammunition Supply Company in Greenville, South Carolina as reserve Ammunition Technician. After one year in the reserves, he transferred to active duty as a 0331 machine gunner and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Division. While serving with 3/2 he deployed to twice to Iraq from February 2005 to October 2005 and from June 2006 to February 2007. In September of 2007, he was assigned to the School of Infantry East, as a Combat Instructor and was later assigned as the Chief Instructor for the Advance Machine Gun Leaders Course of Advanced Infantry Training Battalion.
Derrick, his wife Michelle, and two boys Cole and Kaeden, moved back to Six Mile after he was medically retired in February of 2012, due to injuries received in Iraq. In addition to serving with Upstate Warrior Solution, Derrick is pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in crisis response from Liberty University.
Theresa was born and raised in Idaho where she graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Shortly after graduation she moved to South Carolina where she began a career in Law Enforcement, with the Greenville Police Department. Theresa served the City of Greenville from 1997 to 2013.
While working as a police officer she attended Clemson University where she earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance services and a National Certification in Counseling. During her tenure in Law Enforcement she held several positions which included; Patrol Supervisor, Criminal Investigations Lieutenant, Commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team, Coordinator of the Internal Peer Support Team, District 3 representative of the SC Crisis Negotiation Association, and she served as a member on the SC State Peer Support Team.
While commanding the CNT, Theresa and team, recognized that as first responders the likelihood of contacting veterans in crisis was imminent and the need for pre-emptive outreach and resource referral were deemed priorities.
Theresa and her husband Howie reside in Simpsonville.
hometown. Pickens, SC
school. Clemson University
military service. Four years in the US Marine Corps
deployments. 2010, Afghanistan
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
an item on my bucket list. Skydiving
i’d love to have dinner with. Winston Churchill