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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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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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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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Marc Shen

Fellowship Program Manager

hometown. Taipei Taiwan

school. University of Tampa / Clemson University

military service. Marine Corps (1993-2001)

deployments. Bahrain

most interesting job prior to UWS. Cat Herder/Wrangler

favorite movie. Dora the Explorer Goes to Washington DC

favorite upstate restaurant. Denny's

guilty pleasure. Churros

item on bucket list. Join the Navy

family. Gabriel (son)

if you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Navy Chiefs

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Jenna Grotler

Social Work / Intern Supervisor

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

Outdoor Adventure Program Manager

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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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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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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Kaitlan Morehouse

Communications 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, three family dogs as well as 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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Theresa Totherow

Fellow - PRISMA Health

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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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 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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Catherine Pelicano

AmeriCorps VISTA

hometown. Easley, SC

school. USC Upstate

military service. 14 family members served in all branches of the military

most interesting job prior to UWS. Kindergarten aide (the things kids say...)

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), 3 brothers, 4 sisters, 6 nieces and nephews (and one on the way!)

if you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? My family

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Nathan Detandt

Systems Administrator

Hometown: Taylors, SC
School: Strayer University
Military Service: U.S. Navy Information Systems Technician Chief Petty Officer
Deployment(s): European Theater
Most interesting job prior to UWS: Manufacturing at James C. White Company
Favorite Movie: Gone in 60 Seconds
Favorite Upstate Restaurant: Chiro’s Gaeta Italy
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 Grandpa

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Sharee Ashford

Fellow - Greenville

hometown. Decatur, GA

school. Fort Valley State University

military service. USAR 2014 to present

most interesting job prior to UWS. Community Outreach Specialist

favorite movie. Jurassic Park (All of them)

item on bucket list. Visit Australia

family. Son (2 years old)

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Sam Given

Fellow - Greenville

hometown. Greenville, SC

school. The Citadel

military service. U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer

deployments. OEF Twice

favorite upstate restaurant. The Pita House

family. Wife (Jennifer)

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Tonyelle Jamison

Fellow - Family Support

hometown. Greenville, SC

school. Grambling State University & Strayer University

military service. Army Retired - Spouse

deployments. Husband deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan

most interesting job prior to UWS. Monster.com Presentation Speaker

favorite movie. Tombstone

favorite upstate restaurant. Adam's Bistro

item on bucket list. Seychelles Archipelago via flight over Victoria Falls

family. Husband (Jamison), Children (D.J., Antwon, A.J., Bela, Regan, Cory), Dogs(Oreo, Cookie)

if you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? You

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David Gaffney

Fellow - Tri-County

hometown. Pendleton, SC

school. Clemson University

military service. Army - 19 years and 8 months

deployments. Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq

most interesting job prior to UWS. Full Time Student

favorite movie. Red Dawn (original)

favorite upstate restaurant. Mama Penn's

item on bucket list. Visit last 12 states in the U.S. before I turn 50

family. Duaghters (Brianna and Reagan)

if you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? My mom

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Brandon Mitchell

Fellow - North American Rescue

Matt Webley

Fellow - Tri-County

hometown. Six Mile

school. Limestone College

military service. Marine Corps

deployments. Southwest Asia

most interesting job prior to UWS. Mason

favorite movie. Casablanca

family. Son

if you could have a meal with anyone, who would you dine with? Thomas Jefferson

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Shannon Sports

Fellow - Spartanburg

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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