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Gary Awkerman Gary Awkerman is a retired school superintendent from the Charleston County School District and a former adjunct professor at several state colleges. He has worked at most levels of education from K-1 to higher education at both the instructor and administrative levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree (chemistry), two master’s and a Doctorate degree. He is also a Certified Wine Specialist through the Society of Wine Educators.

Diana Barth Facilitator: Diana Barth is a retired attorney who practiced law in Maine and MA. She began exploring the history of the Middle East through the stories of women such as Gertrude Bell and Freya Stark.

John Barth Facilitator John Barth is a former US Air Force aircraft maintenance officer who spent his later career in defense contracting program management. He has always been interested in World War I and aviation.

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Brian Brown Brian Brown is a Financial Advisor for Commonwealth Financial Group, headquartered in Charleston, SC. However, Brian spends the majority of his time in Commonwealth's Myrtle Beach office location. Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of South Carolina. He then obtained his Juris Doctor degree from The Charleston School of Law and is currently a member of the South Carolina Bar. Brian holds FINRA series 7 and 66 registrations as well as life, accident and health insurance licenses. He teaches the Retirement Planning Today Class at HGTC and CofC and lectures on various financial topics at MUSC.

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Chris Cousins A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Chris entered the digital marketing space in 2011. Gravitating toward the data driven side of digital, he found himself immersed in paid media and web analytics. Chris now manages a team of search engine marketing professionals and over $13M in annual ad spend.

Jodi Davidson

Holly Fisher Holly A. Fisher is the owner of communications firm H.A.F. Creative. A former newspaper journalist, Holly freelances for several publications along with providing copywriting, blogging and editing services for businesses. She also works with local nonprofits and small businesses on public relations, social media and email marketing. Holly has a degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master of mass communication from the University of South Carolina. She is the current president of the Charleston AMA chapter.

Britt Gilbert

Zack Hanebrink

Ray James

Judy LaRocque Judy Larocque holds a biology degree from the University of Wisconsin and is a Clemson master gardener. She is one of the volunteers who conducts the Beyond the Fields tour at Middleton Plantation. Her travels in the American Southwest sparked her interest in the area’s sophisticated past civilizations.

Nicholas Pavia Nick Pavia is a Financial Advisor for Commonwealth Financial Group in Charleston, SC. He specializes in helping individuals and families reach their specific financial goals. Nick received a BS from The College of Charleston and holds FINRA series 7, 6, 63, 65 registrations and life, accident, and health insurance licenses. Nick teaches the Retirement Planning Today Class at HGTC and CofC and also speaks at MUSC, USC School of Medicine, and Palmetto Health on various financial topics. Nick enjoys giving back to the community by participating in programs such as Palmetto Medical Initiative and Commonwealth Cares.

Rivers Pearce Rivers Pearce is the Director of Digital Strategy for BoomTown, an online real estate marketing and sales platform, based in Charleston, SC. He has over 8 years experience in the online marketing and advertising space, working with numerous Fortune 500 companies across the e-commerce, travel and real estate verticals. Rivers has deep expertise in paid search, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, digital lead generation, holistic digital strategy, and marketing/advertising technology.

Todd Turner

Ellerie Walker

Larry Wineland Larry and Nancy Wineland are seasoned European travelers. Larry retired after 34 years as a secondary teacher of French and Theater and then as an adjunct professor of French at Messiah College and Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Nancy has done graduate work in French and has family in Sicily who keep Italian on the tip of her tongue.

Tony Young Tony Young is a blogger, storyteller, artist, traveler, and avid video maker. He has created over 150 videos for his YouTube channel. Several the videos include travel in the USA, Europe and Asia. Some are instructional, including topics such as cooking, painting or repairing a garden ornament. Some of his favorites were created by editing archival WWII film.