Board of Trustees


Bailey, Ms. Cindee

Cindee Bailey attended Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, receiving a degree from USC’s School of Journalism. A resident of Columbia, Cindee also has taken industrial and technical continuing education courses. Currently, she works as Cheif Administrative Office for the Climatic Corporation. She is treasurer and a board member for Palmetto Lifeline, a board member for Wells Fargo and a board member for the American Red Cross. She formerly has served as a board member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the Capital City Club and on the board of Junior Achievement. She also served on the Advisory Board for USC’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.

Cindee is married to John Bailey. They have three children, John Bailey Jr., Gilly Bailey and Susan Bristow. Cindee grew up in an entrepreneurial family who had a business on Main Street in Newberry. She looks forward to helping bring the College and the downtown area together. 


Black, Dr. Laura N

Laura N. Black, of Central, South Carolina, graduated cum laude from Newberry College in 1971 with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education. Laura received both a Master’s Degree (1972) and a Ph.D. (1980) from the University of South Carolina.

A career educator, Black retired as a tenured full professor in 2006 and was named Professor Emerita at Southern Wesleyan University, where she has taught since 1980. Her experience in higher education also includes teaching at Limestone, Trident Technical College, Tri-County Technical College, and USC. During her career she also taught at Liberty, Lexington, and Summerville High Schools and at Dent Junior High School. Laura was the Teacher of the Year at Walhalla High in 2009-10, at Liberty High School in 1990-91. She was also a finalist for the Pickens County Teacher of the Year award in 1990. Additionally she was named “Faculty Member of the Year” three times at SWU. Since retiring from higher education in 2006, she has taught English and Latin at Walhalla High School, while teaching graduate courses at SWU and Anderson University as her schedule allows.

Career highlights include working as consultant, writer, and editor of the ADEPT Teacher Evaluation Instrument for the South Carolina Department of Education from 1993-94. She also served on the State Department of Education Teacher Education Evaluation Teams for Coker College, Erskine College and USC-Spartanburg. She has also chaired the Educational Programs and Faculty committees for SACS reviews. In 2006, she was NCATE Contextual Framework Editor and Writer for Southern Wesleyan University and she worked on the school’s NCTE Standards Report for NCATE Accreditation. She served as president of the South Carolina Departments of English in 2004-2005. Laura received the Presidential Citation for Service to Southern Wesleyan University (2006) and the Governor's Distinguished Professor Award (2000).

Laura is a charter member of the Newberry College President’s Club, a life member of the Women’s Auxiliary, and a member of the Newberry Athletic Club. A 1971 Bachman Honor Society member, Laura received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Newberry College in 1984 and has served on the Alumni Board of Managers and the Kappa Delta Alumnae Advisory Boards for Newberry and Clemson.

Laura is married to Ron Black, a retired high school administrator and social studies teacher. They have a son and a daughter and also enjoy their two grandsons.


Bridgers, Rev. Kirk P.

Kirk P. Bridgers currently serves as a Minister at Peachtree Road Lutheran Church in Atlanta, Ga., where he has served since 1984. Bridgers graduated Cum Laude from Newberry College in 1974 and received his Masters of Divinity in 1979, from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

While at Newberry College he served as Chapel Assistant to former Chaplain Harry Weber and Senior Class President. He received the Freedom Foundation Award for R.O.T.C. and was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Prior to his move to Atlanta, Ga. He served at Solomon Lutheran church in Greeneville, Tenn., (1979-1983); and worked as a Revenue Officer for the U.S. Treasury, (1974-1975).

Bridgers is actively involved within the community, some of his past and current affiliations include: Guidance Coordinator Professional Leadership Committee, (Southern Synod, ELCA); Interagency Youth Council, Board of Directors, (Greeneville, Tenn.); Chairman World Hunger Appeal of Southeastern Synod ELCA; Chaplain Greeneville Police Department, (Greene County, Tenn.); Lutheran Church of America Commissioner on Religion in Appalachia; Interfaith Association of North Atlanta, Founder board Member; Vice-Chair, Board of Directors Atlanta Host; Chair, Denominational Steering Committee of Quest Atlanta; Chair, Board of Directors Quest Atlanta, (1996); Chaplain, on-call F.B.I. Atlanta Division; Established and Founded Peachtree Road Lutheran Child Development Center, (1984); Georgia Salzburger society; ELCA Representation to Georgia Christian Council, Executive Board).


Carter, Mr. Joel M.

Joel M. Carter graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, S.C., in 1978. He continued his education at Clemson University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Architecture in 1982; a Bachelor of Science degree in Building, Construction and Management in 1983; and an Overseas Study in Genoa, Italy through the College of Architecture in 1983.

Carter’s 23 years of architectural experience includes expertise in design, construction documents and job observation on all types of corporate, educational and church building facilities; as well as managing a staff of 16 architects, CAD technicians, designers and administrative personnel.

Carter has been a Registered Architect in the state of South Carolina since 1990, and a principal of Jumper Carter Sease Architects, formerly Drafts & Jumper Architects, since 1991.

His professional organizations include: American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, AIA SC Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005; and AIA/AGC Joint Cooperative Committee, 1998 – present; former chairman 1999 – 2003.

In the community, he has been involved with the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club, 1985 – present; Lexington Chamber of Commerce; Saint Stephen Lutheran Church - Church Council Member, 1997 – 2000; Speakers’ Bureau for 2004 Bond Referendum – Lexington School District One; Task Force for Facilities Nomenclature, 2003 - Lexington School District One; and Lexington County Board of Adjusters, 2005 - present.

Carter enjoys sailing, fishing, hunting and traveling. He is a dedicated Newberry College and Clemson football fan. He is married to Dee H. Carter, MD, formerly of Rock Hill, S.C. They have one son, Tyler, who is a graduate of Newberry College and the football equipment manager in the Athletic Department.


Castles III, Dr. Joe Blair "Trey"

Trey Castles is a 1994 graduate of Newberry College. He later earned a doctor of medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston, in 2000. He is currently a physician at Pediatric Associates. 

He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, SC Chapter, the South Carolina Medical Association, the Medical University of South Carolina Alumni Association, and the Newberry College Athletic Club and Letterman's Club. He has been awarded the Richard J. Davis, MD Award and  the Biadin Rolden Award in 2003 upon completion of his Residency. He was also awarded the Philip T. Kelly, Jr. Award (Newberry College Young Alumnus Award) in 1999.

His is currently on the Health and Welfare Committee at Shandon United Methodist Church and assists in church and community health education events. He is an executive member of the Bearcat Booster Club at Brookland Cayce High School where he coordinates fund-raising activites and sporting events.

He is married to Elizabeth Chitty Castles and they have two childern, Tradd and Sanders.


DiBiase, Mr. Larry S.

Larry DiBiase is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina, graduating from Winyah High School in 1965. He graduated from Newberry College in 1969 with a BA in History and Political Science and earned his M.A.T. Degree in Administration and Physical Education in 1974 from Winthrop University. While attending Newberry, he was a member of the Men's Basketball and Baseball teams, Student Sports Information Director, Dorm Councelor, Chairman of the State Student Legislature and Social Chairman of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

He was a successful high school basketball coach at Camden High School, reaching the State Playoffs all 4 years, an assistant basketball coach at the Baptist College, now Charleston Southern University and returned to his alma mater, becoming the head basketball coach in 1977, leading the indians to five 20+ win season in his six years as head coach. For the past 23 years, her has been a State Farm Agent in Camden, S.C. He's a member of State Farm's President's Club, Legion of Honor, Silver Scroll, Golden Triangle, Millionaire Club, Health Honor Club and RVP Council.

He is currently the President of the Newberry College Alumni Association and a member of the President's club, Athletic Club, and Letterman's Club. He's an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, worked with the hospital foundation and been active in the Recreation Department of Kershaw County.

He was married for 33 and a half years to the former Fran Hall DiBiase (deceased) and has three children, a daughter and twin sons, all born in Newberry, and three grandchildren: Carmen DiBiase Atkins, (Mac) and grandsons Tilden Elliott and Carter McMillian; son Angelo DiBiase, (Margaret) and granddaughter Pearson Sue; and son Gabriel Gene (Mallie).


Dukes, Mr. William B.

William Dukes is the current owner of Blue Marlin Restaurant, and Blue Marlin Signature Catering located in Columbia, S.C. He is also the Co-Founder of Longhorn Steakhouse. Dukes graduated from The University of South Carolina in 1964 with a B.S in Business. His spouse is JoAnn and they have two children.

His community involvement includes: Newberry College Board of Trustees (2002-2010); Commissioner, Columbia Airport Commission (2002- 2011); Advisor Lt. Governors Office of Aging (2000-2010); Delegate to White House Conference of Aging (2001). Dukes honors include: Entrepreneur of the Year, Charlotte- 1992; Columbia Chamber Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award- 1998 for USC Arena and Regional Convention Center Project.


Hart, Mr. R. Jonathan "Shot"

R. Jonathan "Shot" Hart has been associated with the law firm of Lee and Clark, P.C. since 1976. In 1982 he became a partner with the firm, and in 1989 he became managing partner of Lee, Black, Hart & Rouse, P.C. His specialized field of practice includes diverse areas of civil litigation on behalf of business and institutional clients, and representation of clients in commercial conflict resolution; workers compensation; employment discrimination law, Title VII; sexual harassment; class actions; products liability; ERISA claims; insurance defense litigation (including common carriers); commercial contract litigation; and land use planning matters. His criminal law representation is limited to representation required by order of the Federal District Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hart has also served as the Recorders Court Judge pro tem - Rincon, Ga.; Recorders Court Judge pro tem - Port Wentworth, Ga.; Georgia Special Assistant Attorney General (Georgia Ports Authority); attorney for Savannah/Chatham County Board of Education; and attorney for Chatham County Hospital Authority (1996-1999). Currently, he is the attorney for Chatham County, Ga. (1999 to present).

His professional memberships include: American Bar Association, Savannah Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, South Carolina Bar Association, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association Section on Judicial Administration Division, American Bar Association Division of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association Section on Litigation, Georgia Bar Association Section on Environmental Law, Labor and Employment Law Section and Workers' Compensation Law Section, and Pro Bono work for Lawyers Referral Service.

Hart graduated from Newberry College in 1973, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1976. During his time at USC, he was a Research Assistant to Walter A. Reiser, Law Professor; assisted in the preparation of text materials and civil procedure involving South Carolina Code pleadings; and a research assistant for the compilation of cases to be used for publication of Wigmore on Evidence (1974-1976). At Newberry College, he was a recipient of a four-year full athletic scholarship and lettered three years as a member of the varsity football; a member of Blue Key Honor Fraternity; Senior Class President; Student Senate Representative; President of Fellowship Christian Athletes; Student Representative to the Arts and Lecture Committee Curriculum and Faculty Evaluation Committee; and President of the Student Advisory Committee.

In the community, he is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, council person for Messiah Lutheran Church, former member of the Board of Newberry College Foundation, former member of YMCA Family Center Board, active participant for over 13 years in YMCA and other youth-related sports programs, active participant in the United Cerebral Palsy Association, and a member of the Civitan Club.


James II, Mr. Robert (Bob) Franklin

Robert “Bob” Franklin James, II, graduated from Newberry College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Before coming to Newberry, James attended and graduated from Camden Military Academy located in Camden, S.C., in 1975. He currently serves as Owner and President of Thermaflo Engineering Company Inc., a manufacturer of steam fired specialty equipment in Charlotte, N.C. From 1979-1982 he was a Sales Representative for Mec-tric Controls Company, President of Spirax Sarco Inco, Representative Association from 1996-1998, and Owner and President of The R. F. James Company, from 1983-1999.

At Newberry College James served as President of Tau kappa Epsilon Fraternity, President of the Newberry College Golf Association and was a member of the Golf Team, Interfraternity Counsel, and Students for Political Action.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Omicron Theta Tau Kappa Alumni Association and served as President of the TKE Alumni Association.

James and his wife Verice Williams of Georgetown, S.C., live in Marvin, N.C., with their children Shaw and Sara.


Johnston II, Mr. Fred B.

Fred B. Johnston, II, is from White Rock, S.C. Johnston attended Cornell University for two years, studying engineering as well as liberal arts. He transferred to Northwestern and graduated with a degree in business in 1961. He is retired from F. B. Johnston Graphics.

Johnston has served as Chairman and CEO of F.B. Johnston Graphics, Chairman of the Screen Printing Technical Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, Chairman of Saluda Shoals Foundation and Founding Member and Chairman of Digital Graphics Group/International. He also serves a member of the Board of Directors for both the Midland Technical College Foundation and the Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association. Johnston is a recipient of the Parmalee Award, which is the highest recognition given in his industry.

He is married to Derlie Johnston and they have three children, Fred B. Johnston, III, Scott G. Johnston and Allison Henry.


McDowell, Dr. Betsy M.

Dr. McDowell received her B.S. in Nursing degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, her M.S. in Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Her master’s work focused on pediatric acute care nursing and her doctoral dissertation was a longitudinal study exploring family responses to having an infant on a home apnea monitor at 3 different time points.

Prior to joining the Newberry College faculty in 2007, McDowell taught nursing at Lander University for 36 years, where she was director of the RN/BSN Completion program (online) and was most recently chair of the Department of Nursing. She has 40 years experience in various pediatric and critical care areas, including general pediatrics, Burn ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, general ICU/CCU, ER, PICU, and NICU. McDowell is licensed as a registered nurse in South Carolina. She was nationally certified as a critical care nurse for 33 years, most recently as a pediatric critical care nurse from 1992-2010. McDowell currently is certified nationally as an academic nurse educator through the National League for Nursing. She also is a trustee of the Neuman Systems Model, which serves as the basis for the nursing curriculum at Newberry College.

Presently McDowell teaches:
History and Trends of Nursing (NUR 301)
Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice (NUR 320)
Special Topics in Nursing Practice (NUR 401)
Professional Development in Nursing (NUR 420)


Nichols, Dr. Julian Wade

A native of Newberry, S.C., Julian Wade Nichols received his Bachelor of Science degree from Newberry College in 1972. He and his wife, Paula, have two children.

After graduation he attended the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine in Charleston, S.C., where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1975. In 1980, he received his Certificate in Endodontics from the Medical University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry in Richmond, Va.

Licensed in South Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee, Dr. Nichols has practiced and consulted throughout the Palmetto State. He has served on staff at Grandstand General Hospital in Myrtle Beach, S.C., since 1982. At the hospital he researched, formulated and authored the emergency room protocol.

His professional affiliations include: South Carolina Association of Endodontists, Charleston Dental Society, Grandstand Dental Society, Pee Dee Dental Society, American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association, and Greater Columbia Dental Association. 


Pearce, Mr. Hugo A. "Hap"

Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce has been a member of the of the law firm Burris, MacMillan, Pearce and Burris, PLLC in Charlotte, N.C., since 1995. He represents small businesses and individuals in North Carolina and South Carolina in all aspects of their business operations, including the acquisition and sale of properties, mergers, and civil litigation. He has been involved in the sale, acquisition, and financing of more than 250 hotels, commercial properties, and other businesses.

Hap was born in Charleston, S.C. In 1967, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Newberry College. While at Newberry, he was president of Kappa Alpha Order, member of State Student Legislature, and representative for Men’s Council. His honors include membership in the Blue Key Honor society and Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

After graduating from Newberry, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, S.C., where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1973.

He and his wife, Janice Davis Pearce, currently reside in Charlotte, N.C. They have three children and four grandchildren.


Pearson, Mr. L. Wayne

L. Wayne Pearson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lowcountry Savings Bank in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., from 1986 until it was acquired by Carolina First Bank in 1997. In addition to these duties, he was Vice Chairman of the Lowcountry Board of Directors. Prior to that time, Pearson was Vice President for the Savings Division of Cooper River Federal Savings and Loan Association, in North Charleston, S.C.

Pearson has been a resident of the East Cooper Area of Charleston for 35 years. He is a 1970 graduate of Newberry College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

He is currently serving his second four-year term as a Board Member of the State Board of Financial Institutions. He was appointed to this Board in 1990. From 1990 to 1998, he served as an Advisory Board member of the Community Financial Institutions of South Carolina. He is also serving his third term on the Newberry College Board of Alumni Managers.

Other activities associated with Newberry College:

President Club
Athletic Club
Alumni Chairman of the Annual Fund Giving
Alumni Board of Managers
Parents Association
Founding member of Newberry College Alumni and Parents Association (NCAPAN)

Pearson is married to Patricia Brehmer Pearson, 1969 USC - BA; 1972 USC Law (Patricia is one of the first 100 women admitted to the SC Bar Association). They have two children, Lewis Wayne, Jr. and Patrick Carter. They are members of All Saints Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 


Prince, Mr. Marshall

Marshall Prince is the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina. He has served in this role since 1991. Prior to his position with the U.S. Attorney's Office, he served as the Assistant Attorney General for South Carolina; Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, U.S. District Judge for S.C.; Staff Attorney for the S.C. Department of Social Services; as well as Assistant Solicitor for the Third Judicial Circuit in Sumter, S.C.

He is a member of the City Council Judicial Screening Committee, Leadership Columbia Advisory Committee, Board of Midlands Marine Institute, Columbia Lawyers Association, Columbia Kiwanis Club, and the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Prince is also a member of Brookland Baptist Church and serves as Treasurer of the Brookland Foundation.

Prince served as chair of the Newberry College Nickname Committee.


Smith, Mrs. Barbara H.

Barbara Smith graduated from Newberry College in 1965 with a B.S in Biology. Her other education includes the Citadel, Charleston, S.C - M.A.T. - Area of concentration- Mathematics (1972-1973) and Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut  in pursuit of Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration (1989).

Smith’s professional experiences include Head of School at King Low-Heywood Thomas School, Stamford, CT (retired 2002) where she also served as Director of Admissions, Head of Upper School, Head of Middle School, teacher of mathematics and science and coach from 1980-1998.  As Head of School she served on all standing committees of the Board of Trustees. In 1986-1989 she took a leave of absence to teach mathematics and chair the Math/ Science department at the Saudi Arabian International School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

 From 1965-1980 her experience included teaching middle and high school mathematics and science in Florida, South Carolina and Delaware.  She also served as Budget Director for the Charleston County Public Schools (1969-70). Smith has served on and/or chaired accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and European Council of Independent Schools (ECIS).  She has also served on the Board of Directors for CAIS and the National Council for Community and Justice.  During her tenure at King Low-Heywood Thomas School she attended the Independent School Management Institute Middle School Heads and the National Association of Independent Schools Summer Institute for Heads of School. 

Since returning to South Carolina in August of 2009 she has become active in the Pelion community where she serves on the Pelion Town Council, is president of the Ruritan Club, volunteers at the Pelion High School and acts as a substitute organist for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she if a member. Smith also serves on the Newberry College Foundation Board of Visitors.


Snyder, Mr. Frank S.

Frank S. Snyder is a 1970 graduate of Newberry College, where he earned a BS in Business Administration and was a member of the Newberry College basketball team. He earned his M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina in 1974. He is the Vice President of Human Resources at Caraustar Industrial & Consumer Products Group in Rock Hill, S.C. He received the honors of "Young Man of the Year," Rock Hill, S.C. (1978) and "Executive of the Year," Rock Hill, S.C., (1993). Snyder is a member of the Palmetto Club and United Way of Greater Rock Hill. He was a Deacon and now serves as an adult Sunday school teacher at Oakland Baptist Church. In 1992, he earned national certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society for Human Resources Management.

Snyder is a member of Newberry College Board of Trustees and Chairman of Newberry College Foundation Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Lynn, reside in Rock Hill, S.C. They have two grown children and one grandchild.


Surles, Mr. John Michael "Mike" 

A professional in the field, Surles has served as a director and president of the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS, director and twice president of the Charleston MLS Service, and as a GRI Instructor. In addition, he was named REALTOR of the Year in 1987 by the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS. In 2012, Surles was named REALTOR Emiratas by the National Association of REALTORS.

Active in his community, Surles is a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, a past member and Chairman of the Mount Pleasant Board of Adjustment, past chairman of the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission, and past member of the Charleston County Election Commission and the Charleston County Parks of Recreation Commission.

At Newberry College, Surles served for five years on the Foundation Board and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006.

Surles has two children (Mark and Mat), and four grandchildren (Reid, Katie, Lillie, and David).


Trainor III, Joseph A.

Joseph A. Trainor, III is the owner of Stokes-Trainor Chevrolet-Pontiac-Cadillac-Buick-GMC in Newberry, S.C.  He has 27 years of experience in the automotive industry including sales professional, business manager, general sales manager, general manager and owner. 

Active in his community, Trainor is a member of Colony Lutheran Church and serves on the Church council.  He is currently a member of the Newberry Business Alliance Board, Newberry County Memorial Hospital Board (Vice Chairman) and Newberry County YMCA Board.  He has served on the Newberry Chamber of Commerce/Development Board, Newberry County Airport Commission and Newberry County Hospital Foundation.  Joe is also a member of the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee. 

Joe and his wife, Carla, live in Prosperity, S.C. and have two sons, John Wesley and Samuel Christian.


Vorpagel, Mr. David L.

David L. Vorpagel started his career with the Aid Association for Lutherans in April of 1964, as a District Representative in the Orlando, Fla., area. He was appointed Management Assistant in the Florida Agency in 1979 and Assistant General Agent in Memphis, Tenn., in 1982. Vorpagel was appointed General Agent of the Florida Agency in 1983.

He has been the recipient of National Sales Achievement Awards and national quality Awards both as a District Representative and during his management career. Vorpagel was recognized by the Aid Association for Lutherans with the Agency Builder award in 1991 and 1992. He has served as a leader on congregational and district levels as well as professional organizations.

Vorpagel and his wife, Ruth, live in Pickens, S.C. They have two daughters, Lisa and Sarah. Lisa is an alumna of Newberry College. He has retired from AAL and enjoys time with his children and grandchildren on their farm.

David is currently serving on the Newberry College Foundation Board of Visitors.


Wells, Mr. Eric

Eric Wells graduated from Newberry College in 1987. At Newberry he is chairman of the Athletic Club Board of Advisors.

Wells is cofounder and co-owner of Southeastern Insurance Consultants. He has worked in all facets of the employee benefits industry since getting his start as service representative for Jefferson Pilot in 1989. He has gone on to successfully manage territories for both Jefferson Pilot and Mid-South Insurance Company, before getting into the broker side in 1999. Since then, Wells has gone on to assist many clients with their health, life and dental plans.


Wilhelm, Rev. Mark

The Rev. Mark Wilhelm is the associate executive director for educational partnerships with ELCA Vocation and Education.


Yoos III, The. Rev. Dr. Herman R.

Born in Concord, N.C., The Rev. Dr. Herman R. Yoos III graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Southern, in Columbia. He studied at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and earned a doctorate in ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.

Yoos was ordained in 1979 and served as pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Charlotte, N.C., and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Charleston, S.C., before Good Shepherd Lutheran Church called him to Columbia in 1996.

He and his wife Cindy are parents of three adult children.


Yu, Mr. Eugene Chin

Eugene Chin Yu, of Evans, Ga., is the former President, CEO and Owner of Continental Military Services Inc. (CM Services), Augusta, Ga. The company refurbishes military vehicles, currently satisfying $7.5 million contracts with Israeli military. Also since May 2006, he has been the Marketing/Sales Consultant for Korea and Egypt for General Purpose Vehicles (GPV) in Detroit, Mich., where he markets and sells wheeled armored vehicles to Korean and Egyptian military.

In 1996, Yu completed course study related to Strategic Business Management in Executive Continuing Education Program in Harvard's Executive Business Program, at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

His past business experiences include Far East Marketing Manager for the Southeastern Equipment Company, Augusta, Ga., (1985-1990); Far East Marketing Director for the Cummins Military System (Subsidiary of Cummins Engine Co. who purchased SECO), Augusta, Ga., (1991-1993); and Vice- President and COO, Co-Owner for Commercial & Military Systems, Augusta, Ga., (1994-2006).

Some of his Civil and Social activities include being a member of the National Unification Advisory Council for the Republic of Korea; President and CEO of the Korean Association for the Southeastern United States representing Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama (Association of approximately 350,000 members); served in US Army as well as a Deputy Sheriff in Richmond County, Ga; funded, built, and organized the Korean War Veterans Monument in downtown Augusta, Ga; and is an active member of Sage Valley Golf Club and Goshen Country Club.