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. 

Dr. Daisy Bourassa-Dowd

(B.A.in 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.

Mr. Travis Dalton

(MBA, Western Carolina University; MIS, UNC Greensboro) is an Instructor in the Integrated Information Technology department in the College of Engineering and Computing at The University of South Carolina.  He is pursuing a PhD in Informatics at The University of South Carolina.  Prior to arriving at USC, he taught business and computing courses at Columbia College while also serving as the Business and CIS department Chair.  He also is a facilitator for Code.org where he facilitates computer science curriculum.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and getting outdoors whenever possible.

Mrs. Robin Dantzler

(B.A. Biology and M. Ed., Francis Marion University)  Former REACH teacher from Florence One with 29 years of experience teaching science in grade levels from third to the technical college level.  Mrs. Dantzler enjoys painting and basket weaving in her free time.

Dr. António de Ridder-Vignone

(B.A., University of South Carolina Honors College; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Cornell University) is the French Instructor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics, co-director of the Bike to the Future project, and Chairman of the City of Hartsville’s Parks & Recreation Committee. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, hiking, paddling, old video games, and learning new languages through reading, writing, music, film, and conversation.

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 Engineer 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) 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.

Mrs. Brittany Smith

(BA in Art History and Masters in Teaching, Converse College) has been teaching gifted and talented education for 12 years and is currently a REACH teacher for Florence 1 Schools. Mrs. Smith has earned over $100,000 in grants for her students over the years-mainly in the areas of STEAM and arts integration. Outside of school, Mrs. Smith enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her busy toddler, and being creative in her She Shed!