Ms. Kris Amatuli 

(B.S., University of North Carolina Wilmington; M.S., University of North Florida) joined the faculty of the University of North Florida in 2012. She teaches anatomy & physiology, general biology, zoology, ecology and plant biology. She has been a CrossFit trainer for the past nine years and loves spending time with her dog. Her primary research interests are biomechanics, endocrine physiology and herpetology. 

Mr. Mark Bailey

(B.S. & Certificate of Technical Translation (Russian), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) is a Sr. Engineer with Scientific Research Corporation.  He has over 30 years experience working with intelligence and information systems as a developer and user.  He is currently developing cloud database solutions for various Dept. of Defense customers focused on connecting commercial solutions with military requirements.

Dr. Daisy Bourassa-Dowd

( Biochemistry from Simmons College; PhD in Chemistry from Georgia Tech) recently joined the chemistry department at Newberry College.  Before Newberry College she taught organic chemistry, biochemistry, and gender equity in STEM courses at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. In graduate school, Dr. Bourassa-Dowd used novel zinc and copper fluorescent probes to investigate metal distribution during cell division and development of zebrafish embryos. In her spare time, Dr. Bourassa-Dowd enjoys practicing yoga and being outside with her partner Matt and their three dogs Maggie, Moxley and Bayley.

Ms. Allaire Doussan

(B.S. in biomedical engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham; currently in the Ph.D. Innovation Program at Dartmouth College) is studying biomedical/electrical engineering. Allaire has been teaching STEM programs since 2015 mainly focusing on hands-on engineering activities such as soldering, electronics, robotics, programming, computer aided design, and 3D printing. Her current research focuses on developing an electrical impedance tomography probe for use in robotic surgery. In her free time she enjoys getting outdoors, especially if it involves rock climbing!

Ms. Sharon Gumina

(B.A. & M.S. Information Systems, George Washington University, Ph.D. Student in Informatics at the University of South Carolina) joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina as a full-time Instructor in 2018.  She has over 30 years of experience as a computer analyst and educator and specializes in relational databases, programming, networking, and cybersecurity.  Ms. Gumina enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy and loves spending time with her family and pets.

Mr. Charles Jeffcoat

(B.F.A., University of South Alabama; M.F.A., University of Memphis) has been an professor of visual art at Francis Marion University since 2006. His applied professional research includes practical design solutions for clients including museums, breweries, universities and many more. Along with applied professional design practice, his current research questions the influence of hypertextual environments on the two-dimensional printed book. His free time is spent with his family and friends doing something in the great outdoors.

Ms. Charlotte Lomnicki

(B.S., University of Wisconsin-Superior; J.D. Georgia State University) is currently the Supervising Assistant District Attorney for the Cobb County Juvenile Court located in Marietta, Georgia. She prosecutes juveniles charged with delinquent offenses and status offenses such as truancy, runaway, and ungovernable. She is also assigned as the prosecutor for the RISING program, which provides additional supervision to court involved youth who are at an increased risk for gang involvement. Prior to being an Assistant District Attorney, she worked as a defense attorney at the Cobb County Juvenile Court representing juveniles in delinquency matters and parents and children in dependency matters. She also worked as the defense attorney for the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court and the Family Treatment Court. She is a 1992 graduate of the Governor's School.

Dr. Dimitra Michalaka

(B.S., National Technical University of Athens; M.S., Citadel; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Florida) is an Associate Professor at the department of civil and environmental engineering at The Citadel. Her research is primarily focused on traffic operations, congestion pricing, traffic simulation, and engineering education. Dr. Michalaka is a registered Professional Engineering in the state of South Carolina and just added a M.S. in Project Management from The Citadel to her credentials.

Mrs. Julie Mixon

(B.F.A., Barton College; M.F.A., East Carolina University) has taught as an Associate Professor of Photography at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, since 2012. Prior to teaching at FMU, Julie taught as an Art Instructor at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, North Carolina, for eight years. Julie specializes in alternative photographic processes and explores the combination of analog and digital photographic processes. She has exhibited her work regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Kiley Molinari

(B.A. Franklin Pierce University; M.A. University of Idaho; Ph.D. University of Oklahoma) Dr. Kiley Molinari is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Francis Marion University.  Her research focuses on topics such as material culture studies, Indigenous new media, language and cultural revitalization and retention, digital cultural heritage, and collaborative research in Native North America.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and trying new restaurants with her husband and dog.

Dr. Shayna A. Wrighten

(B.S., Furman University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina School of Medicine) joined the faculty of Francis Marion University in January 2012.  Dr. Wrighten is currently an Associate Professor of Biology and Coordinator for the African and African American Studies Program.  At Francis Marion, Dr. Wrighten primarily teaches Human Physiology and Introduction to Neuroscience.  Her research interests revolve around understanding the behavioral and nervous system processes that underlie social interactions.  In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, running, traveling, visiting beaches and spending time with family and friends.