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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 University and Clemson University
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Police Officer (because it is a most honorable profession and 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: Stroessner’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 University and Boise State University
Military Service: US Marine Corps from 2001-09
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

Lead Advocate

Hometown: Greenville, SC
School: University of South Carolina, MSW; Limestone University, 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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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), son (Hudson), dog (Lucy)

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Scott Hicks

Pickens and Oconee Advocate

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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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: Daughter (Olivia)
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with?: Lou Gehrig

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Lindsay Escher

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 and Liberty 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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Shannon Sports

Employment Coordinator

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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Kelly Burgess

Spartanburg Health System Program Manager

Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC 
School: DeSales University, Southern New Hampshire University, Liberty University. 
Military Service: Marine Corps 
Deployments: Afghanistan – 2010 
Favorite movie: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood 
Favorite Upstate restaurant: Tokyo Cafe 
Guilty pleasure: Online Shopping 
Item on my bucket list: Hiking the Camino De Santiago 
Family: Husband (Jonathan), four children 
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with?  Bea Arthur 

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Josh Agripino

Outdoor Recreation Fellow

Hometown: Yakima, WA
School: Currently attending SNHU
Military Service: USMC Deployments: Afghanistan
Favorite movie: Allied
Favorite Upstate restaurant: Trattoria Giorgio
Guilty pleasure: Jameson
Item on my bucket list: Snowboard in Norway
Family: Lives out West
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Ron Burgundy

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Shade Beck

Spartanburg Fellow

Hometown:  Houston, Texas
School: Greenville Tech
Military Service: Army
Deployments: Iraq and Afghanistan
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Full-time mom
Favorite movie:  Apocalypto
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Adams Bistro
Guilty Pleasure: Butter pecan ice cream/ key lime pie
Item on my bucket list: Travel through Europe, Asia, and Africa
Family: Three phenomenal children. One sister and two brothers.
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Morrie Schwartz

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Zachary Goff

Pickens/Oconee Fellow

Hometown: Greenville, SC
School: Southern New Hampshire University
Military Service: U.S. Army, 2008-2017
Deployments: 2x OIF
Favorite movie: Legends of the Fall
Favorite Upstate restaurant: Tropical Grille
Guilty pleasure: Smoothies
Item on my bucket list: Hike the Continental Divide Trail
Family: Wife, 3 sons
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Simon Murray

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Alice Yatsenyuk

Operation Deep Dive Community Coordinator
Hometown: Easley, S.C.
School: Carson-Newman College, Tennessee
Military Service: Father, U.S. Army Vietnam Vet
Deployments:
Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting and Rudy
Favorite Upstate restaurant: Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill
Guilty pleasure: Sea Salted Cashews
Item on my bucket list: Scotland
Family: Mother of One!
If you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with?  Enoch, from the Old Testament

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