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Charlie Hall

President

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

Degree: Bachelor of Science; Environmental Science
School: United States Military Academy at West Point
Military Service: U.S. Army 1996-2002, U.S. Marine Corps 2002-Present
Deployments: Iraq from 2004 to 2005
Other Experience: Harper Construction 2006-2009, USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment 2009-2014
Dream Dinner Guest: C.S. Lewis

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Theresa Thompson

Deputy Director

Degree: M.Ed. Community Agency Counseling
School:  Clemson University
Professional Affiliations: Commissioner-Greenville County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Leadership Greenville Class #44 Graduate

Licenses or Certifications: Nationally Certified Counselor #80400
First Responder Service: Police Officer- Greenville Police Department, 1997-2013
Favorite Quote: “In Valor there is hope.” – Tacitus

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Nate Moore

Director of Community Engagement

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
School: Southern Wesleyan University
Professional Affiliations: Upstate Veteran Business Network
Military Service: U.S. Marine Corps, 2005-2012
Deployments: Iraq and Afghanistan
Other Experience: Mission Continues Fellow, Leadership Simpsonville, Opportunity Greenville, Military Order of the Purple Heart
Dream Dinner Guest: My Granddad, WWII Army veteran

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James Mulak

Director of Warrior Advocacy

Degree: Bachelor of Social Work & Master of Social Work
School: Limestone University and Boise State University
Military Service: U.S. Marine Corps from 2001-09
Deployments: Iraq in 2003, 2004, and 2005
Other Experience: The Mission Continues Fellowship
Dream Dinner Guest:  My Father

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Lauren O’Dell

Spartanburg Warrior Advocate

Degree: Associates in Arts; Early Childhood Electives
School: Spartanburg Community College and USC Upstate
Professional Affiliations: Spartanburg Community Action Board, Homeless Taskforce, Behavioral Health Taskforce, Safety Net Member
Licenses or Certifications: Suicide Intervention/Prevention, Mental Health First Aid
Favorite Quote: “Thy will be done.”

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Scott Hicks

Greenville Warrior Advocate

Degree: Master in Social Work

School: University of South Carolina

Licenses or Certifications: Licensed Master in Social Work (LMSW)

Military Service: U.S. Army (Ret.) 10 years

Other Experience: Veterans Affairs Internship, 2 years; Hospital Case Management, 2 years

Favorite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Joshua Colburn

Anderson Warrior Advocate

Degree: Bachelor of Arts Arabic Language and Culture

School: California University of Pennsylvania

Military experience: U.S. Army, 1999-2022 | Infantryman in the special operations community

Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” –Henry Ford

Dream dinner guest: George Washington

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Brian Hendricks

Pickens and Oconee Advocate

Military Service: U.S. Navy, 1992-1996 | Avionics Electronics Technician

Other Experience: UWS Fellowship Graduate, 2022

Favorite Quote: “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking

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Shannon Sports

Warrior Employment Advocate

Professional Affiliations: Greenville Society for Human Resource Management (GSHRM)

Military Service: SC Army National Guard, 25 years

First Responder Service: Firefighter

Other Experience: UWS Fellowship Graduate, 2019

Dream Dinner Guest: Gary Sinise

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Zachary Goff

Justice-Involved Warrior Advocate

Degree: Bachelor of Arts; Psychology
School: Southern New Hampshire University
Licenses or Certifications: Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)
Military Service: U.S. Army, 9 years
Deployments: Iraq
Other Experience: Recovery Coach with Heritage Cares
Dream Dinner Guest: Simon Murray, Author of “Legionnaire”

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Sandra Drake

Office Manager/Human Resources & Volunteer Coordinator

Degree: Bachelor of Science; Business/Healthcare Management

School:  Brown Mackie & Penn Foster

Military Service: Spouse of Retired USMC (22yrs service)

Favorite Quote: “Let all you do be done with love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14 NKJV)

 

 

 

 

 

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Elisabeth Schatke

Development Program Manager

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Sustainability Sciences; Bachelor of Science, Urban Studies; Pursuing Master of Science, Nonprofit Administration
School: Furman University and Louisiana State University
Professional Affiliations: Member of The Rotary Club of Greenville; Member of Habitat for Humanity’s Greenville Young Professionals;
Board Member of Friends of the Reedy River
Other Experience: AmeriCorps VISTA with United Way of Greenville County
Favorite Quote: “You never fail until you stop trying.” – Albert Einstein

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Ted Hamm

Ministry Program Manager

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Master Divinity

School: Clemson University and Reformed Theological Seminary

Military Service: U.S. Army, 8 years, Chaplain

Other Experience: Pastor, Cornerstone of Lakewood Ranch Church, Sarasota Florida

Favorite Quote: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

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Lindsay Escher

RHVC Operations Manager & Fellowship Program Manager

Degree: Associates of Arts, Criminal Justice; Pursuing Project Management Certificate through Syracuse University Institute for Military and Veteran Families
School: CCAF & SUNY Buffalo State
Professional Affiliations: USAF Sergeants Association, Korn Ferry Leadership Course
Military Service: 20 years (Ret.) U.S. Air Force Security Forces
Deployments: Kyrgyzstan; Afghanistan; Al Dhafra
First Responder Service: 5 years, Law Enforcement Officer
Favorite Quote: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Catherine Pelicano

Community Relations Manager

Degree: Bachelor of Science; Mass Communications

School: Greenville Technical College & USC Upstate

Professional Affiliations: Rotary Club of Greenville

Special Training or Experience: AmeriCorps VISTA, 2019-2020

Favorite Quote: “Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

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Jerry Nalley

Warrior Intake Specialist

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
School: Furman University
Professional Affiliations: Materials Management Society of the American Hospital Association
Military Service: U.S. Air Force 1967-1971
Deployments: Goose Bay AFB, Labrador, 1967-1971
Other Experience: Supply Chain Management and Procurement in Industry and Healthcare
Favorite Quote: “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

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Donnie Ng

Employment Program Coordinator

Licenses or certifications: SLED Security

Military/ First Responder experience: US Army: 1990 – 1994 | Greenville Police Department: 1995 – 2020

Dream Dinner Guests: Data, Chunk, and Sloth

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Jack Sterling

Veteran Entrepreneur Program Coordinator

Degree: BA History, MBA Analytics

School: Rhodes College (2008) & Clemson University (2020)

Professional affiliations: PNC, SEAL Future Foundation

Licenses or certifications: Master Training Specialist, service dog handler

Military experience: U.S. Navy, 2009-2017 | Enlisted SEAL

Special training or experience: Security awareness training practitioner, business technology consultant

Favorite quote: “When you pray, move your feet”; “The only easy day was yesterday.”

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Mike Libbrecht

Outdoor Recreation Coordinator

Licenses or Certifications: Peer Support Specialist, High Performance Leadership (Cornell University), Fly Fishing Guide
Military Service: U.S. Army, 2004-2011 | Airborne Infantry Sergeant
Other Experience: Wounded Warrior Project Peer Leader
Favorite Quote: “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” -Ernest Hemingway

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Virginia Barnes

Family Services Event Coordinator

Degree: Bachelor of Science; Sales and Meeting Management
School: Johnson and Wales University
Professional Affiliations: Walt’s Waltz Board Member, NAMI, Elks Lodge Member #858 Greenville, Mentor with JUMPSTART (Transforming the lives of prisoners from the inside out).
Licenses & Certifications: VSP (Victims Survivor Course) SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Licensure in Progress; NAMI Teacher Certification Family to Family; Justice for Vets Training Certificate; Mental Health First Aid Certification; Certificates in Home Inspection, OSHA and English as a Second Language
Other Experience: Started with UWS as a Volunteer in 2018, Case Management in Corporate Law
Favorite Quote: “It’s the notion of being part of something bigger than yourself and of making the people around you better,” she said. “In our daily struggles to advance within an organization, we sometimes forget that it’s actually more about the organization and the people that are around us.  And to make them better makes the organization better.” – General Lori Robinson, a Servant Leader

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Vera Petronis

Executive & Administrative Assistant

Degree: Bachelor of Arts; Theatre/Literature

School: Point Loma Nazarene University

Licenses or Certifications: California secondary level teaching credential and ESL certification

Military Service: Wife of a U.S. Navy veteran

Other Experience: Church youth group leader, teacher, administrator and movie reviewer

Dream Dinner Guest: G.K. Chesterton

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Robert Reveles

Justice Involved Veteran Outreach Fellow

Degree: General Technology, Gunsmithing, A.A.S.

School: Piedmont Technical College

Military/ First Responder experience: US Army | Infantryman, 10th MNT DIV

Favorite quote: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

 

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Serge McAvoy

Greenville Fellow

Degree: Bachelors in Psychology

School: Columbia College

Military/First Responder experience: U.S. Army, 1998-2019 | Five combat deployments in GWOT Campaign

Other relevant internships, fellowships, or work experience: Substitute teacher for Greenville County School District

Dream dinner guest: Gary Sinise or George W. Bush

 

 

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Kathy Pool

AmeriCorps VISTA

Degree: Pursuing Bachelor of Social Work

School: Limestone University

Professional Affiliations: NASW Board Member 2021-22, Spartanburg County Foundation GLAA,  Blue Star Mothers of Spartanburg 2010-11

Licenses or Certifications: SC RPhT, Mental Health First Aid certified

Military Service: Daughter of U.S. Air Force veteran, Wife of U.S. Army Reserves veteran and Mother of U.S. Army Reserves veteran

Other Experience: Operations Manager for SC Test Prep 2015-2020, AmeriCorps Member, AmeriCorps VISTA

Favorite Quote: “The darkness may not dissipate all at once, but surely as night always gives way to dawn, the light will come.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 

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Kelly Burgess

UWS/Phoenix Center Liaison

School: DeSales University, Southern New Hampshire University, Liberty University. 
Military Service: Marine Corps 
Deployments: Afghanistan – 2010 
Dream Dinner Guest: Bea Arthur 

 

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Hope Blackley

Community & Government Relations Advisor

Degree: B.S. in Child Development

School: South Carolina State University

Professional experience: Hope Consulting, LLC | CEO & President

Professional affiliations: Past board service: United Way of the Piedmont, South Carolina Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Spartanburg Regional’s Women’s Advisory Council, Carolina Pregnancy Center, Spartanburg Village Network, Circle of Friends for Mobile Meals, the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind’s Walker Foundation Board, the 2016/2017 President of the South Carolina Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds Association, Tri- chair member of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce’s Community & Economic Strategy Steering Committee. Current service: Mary Black Foundation Board of Trustee, Hub City Writers’ Project, and the South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission.

Dream dinner guests: Frederick Douglass or Shirley Chisholm

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