Midlands area people & achievements, May 4

May 4, 2014 

EDUCATION

Donna Weston, founder and CEO of Discovery Program of South Carolina, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Institute for Learning Development.

GOVERNMENT

Dino Teppara, director of legislative and public affairs at the S.C. Department of Education, has won the Jupiter Award for best use of social media in 2013 from the Public Relations Society of America, South Carolina chapter.

Richland County geographic information systems (GIS) manager Brenda Carter and GIS technician II Betty Etheredge received GIS Achievement Awards at the 2014 S.C. Geospatial Professionals conference.

Richland County sustainability manager Anna Lange has been certified as an accredited commercial energy manager.

LAW

William R. Johnson, an attorney in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Columbia office, has received a Compleat Lawyer Silver Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association.

NONPROFIT

Shonda N. Davis has joined Palmetto Health Foundation’s public relations team as administrative/volunteer assistant.

Brian Murrell, creative director and partner of ADCO in Columbia, has been elected to the Sisters of Charity Foundation 2014 board of trustees.

The following Midlands attorneys are among those recognized as 2014 South Carolina Super Lawyers: Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte attorneys Betsy Gray, Bobby Stepp, Becky Laffitte, Biff Sowell, Monty Todd and Cal Watson; Callison Tighe & Robinson attorneys Michael W. Tighe and M. Malissa Burnette; Adams and Reese attorneys John Beach, Earl Ellis, Ernie Lawhorne, Bill McElveen Jr., Tara Nauful and Bill Short; Turner Padget Graham & Laney attorneys Reginald W. Belcher, J. Kenneth Carter Jr., Catherine H. Kennedy, Lanneau W. Lambert Jr., Edward W. Laney IV, Steven W. Ouzts, Thomas C. Salane and Franklin G. Shuler Jr.; Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson attorneys Weldon R. Johnson, David G. Wolff and Robert T. Strickland; Gallivan, White & Boyd attorneys Gray T. Culbreath, John E. Cuttino, John T. Lay and Curtis L. Ott; Richardson Plowden & Robinson attorneys George C. Beighley, Emily R. Gifford, Eugene H. Matthews, William C. McDow, Marian W. Scalise and Franklin J. Smith Jr.; McKay, Cauthen, Settana & Stubley attorney Julius W. “Jay” McKay II; Moore Taylor Law Firm attorneys S. Jahue Moore, J. Mark Taylor, C. Vance Stricklin Jr., James Edward Bradley and Jane H. Downey; and Fisher & Phillips attorneys Cheryl L. Behymer, Michael D. Carrouth, G. Daniel Ellzey, Stephen C. Mitchell, Jonathan P. Pearson, J. Hagood Tighe and Karen L. Wingo.

Those named Rising Stars include: Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte attorneys Tina Cundari and Amy Hill; Callison Tighe & Robinson attorneys Ian McVey and Kathleen McDaniel; Adams and Reese attorney Lindsey Livingston; Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson attorney Matthew G. Gerrald; Gallivan, White & Boyd attorney Breon C.M. Walker; Richardson Plowden & Robinson attorneys Drew H. Butler, Jared H. Garraux, Michelle P. Kelley, Samia H. Nettles, Jocelyn T. Newman and Joseph E. Thoensen; Moore Taylor Law Firm attorneys William H. Edwards and Stanley L. Myers; and Fisher & Phillips attorney Edward Rawl.

REAL ESTATE

Johnathon Houdeshell has joined ERA Wilder Realty in Columbia as an agent.

Dave Mathews, senior brokerage associate with Colliers International in Columbia, has earned the specialist in office or industrial real estate (SIOR) designation from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

ETC.

FASTSIGNS of Columbia - Harbison received the Pinnacle Club Award, which recognizes top sales performers, at the FASTSIGNS 2014 Convention.

Gary Nye has been named November 2013 Technician of the Month at Pollock Company in West Columbia.

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