Jason Fort ’98
Jason E. Fort was born and raised in Greenville, S.C., and is the oldest of three brothers. He became involved in a small local church and went on to attend Erskine College, after which he pursued a brief career in education as a PE teacher. Along the way, he taught and coached basketball, baseball, and football. He also found his way into the fitness industry, and eventually the YMCA.
To earn more money for his family, Jason took a job as a bouncer in a local bar. After a five-year attempt at being the nicest bouncer in town, people began telling him he needed to go into law enforcement or security. He began working as a police officer in 2010 and continues in the job to this day.
Jason grew up with a flair for drawing and has since channeled that creative energy into storytelling. His stories are meant to enlighten readers by using real current events and speculating “What if?” with an emphasis on conservative values and Christian beliefs. His stories advance the theme that, no matter how bad things get, God can still shine a light through it all.
Anne Gainey ’72
I am a 1972 graduate of the greatest college on the planet. I was Ann Beckham then, but have married, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Life flies by us, doesn’t it?
After God, in His mercy, healed me in 2018 from a three-year health challenge, taking me to the main Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, He promptly told me to write a book about all the Truths of His Word that He taught me along the way.
“The God Chair” will make you laugh, probably tear up, and certainly be an encouragement to you or someone you know who is experiencing any tough time. And we all have tough times. I say often that “Life is tough, but God is tougher.”
I will be glad to mail you a premium, signed copy to your home address. Just mail me a check for $19.95, made payable to “Ann Gainey, Author” to 757 Oak Shire Court, Gainesville, GA 30501. And let me know what names(s) you want on the inside cover so that I can personalize it for you. I even mention good ole Erskine in the book!
To email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info. on “The God Chair,” go to my website: www.annbgaineyauthor.com
Go, Flying Fleet football!
Dr. Robert Lesslie ’74
I am a physician who lives and actively practices medicine at Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Board-certified in both emergency medicine and occupational medicine, I am the co-owner of two busy urgent care/occupational clinics.
For more than 25 years, I worked in and directed several of the busiest ERs in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. I have also served as medical director of the emergency department for almost fifteen years at Piedmont Medical Center. There, I taught and certified the hospital staff in basic and advanced life support.
During my tenure as medical director, I received the American Medical Association’s Continuing Education Award. I have also traveled around the country, giving lectures to the Emergency Nurses Association at their annual meetings in major cities including Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, and San Antonio.
I enjoy the fast-paced environment of the ER and the need to make rapid and accurate diagnoses. I view my medical career as an opportunity to go beyond simply diagnosing and treating individual patients. For me, it is a way to fulfill a higher calling by meeting the real physical and emotional needs of patients.
My wife Barbara and I have been married for 40 years. Together, we have raised four children and are now enjoying nine grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, golf, hunting, growing fruit and hops, and bagpiping.
Author of: Angels in the ER, Angels On Call, Angels and Heroes, Angels on the Night Shift, Notes from a Doctor’s Pocket, When You Need an Angel, Miracles in the ER, and 60 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol.
Davey Morgan ’07
Davey Morgan Illustration
I’m also available for illustrating board and card games, books, children’s room and nursery art, coloring books, family and pet portraits, music album art, save-the-date cards, and wedding invitations.
*WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2019
*WeddingWire Rated 2018-19
View my photography at www.daveymorgan.com.
Davey Morgan Photography
Davey and Marissa Morgan
One-hour family photo session gift card: $350
Includes the edited high resolution pictures, print release, and online gallery. Travel fees may apply for outside of Upstate South Carolina.
We also photograph weddings, engagements, bridals, headshots, maternity, seniors, bands, corporate events, real estate, and more. Please contact us for more information.
Vickie Napoli ’82
Dash Designs is named as a tribute to my late husband, Anthony. In his professional presentations on ethics, he would show a graphic of a tombstone with a birth and death date separated by a dash. The two dates on our tombstones tell only when our lives begin and end. His question was, “What will you do with your dash?” After 30 years as an educator, handcrafting sterling silver jewelry is the next portion of my dash.
I always sought a creative outlet – from needlework to scrapbooking to beading. But my creative spark grew into a flame when I learned to solder and set stones. I love taking sheet silver and cutting and forging it into a piece of jewelry. And using a torch to solder silver to silver is amazing. Adding a stone to the project brings it alive for me.
My education in silversmithing began with weekend workshops at Tryon Arts and Crafts School. I’ve taken weekly classes at TAC with Ruthie Cohen and David Alberts and also with Danielle Miller. I’ve completed weekend workshops with Kim St. Jean, Dan Haga, Molly Sharp, Victoria Lansford, and Patti Bullard.
Currently, my jewelry consists of pieces made entirely of sterling, stones set in sterling, and occasionally, beads strung with sterling components and a few copper pieces.
David Pendergrass ’12
We are a faith-driven, community-minded company, making wholly natural products — in small batches — with symphonic scents! We make conditioning oils, conditioning balms, full body/beard washes, shaving & styling products. Everything is sulfate, paraben, silicone, and fragrance oil free. Nothing is tested on animals, and everything is made via plant-based ingredients. Whether full bearded, looking to grow one, or like the clean-shaven look, the Blessed Beard has something for you. If you have any questions whatsoever about the products, please do not hesitate to reach out via the contact below, or visit the site, and hit up the chat box!
Matt Deegan ‘13; Katie Taylor Deegan ‘13; Katherine McGill Taylor ‘84; Jonathan Taylor and son, Owen Taylor
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