Parent & Family Council

Family involvement bolsters Furman student success and is a powerful part of the Paladin community. Parent & Family Council members support Furman University through gifts of time, service, and philanthropic resources to help ensure excellence for all students. They serve as ambassadors for the university and meet twice a year to deepen their connections to Furman. To inquire about joining Parent & Family Council, contact Krista Redding, Director of Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, via email at or by phone at 864.247.2533.

2021-22 Academic Year


George and Mary Buchanan – BirminghamAnn
Jackie and Menza Dudley – Phenix City
John and Mary Carson LaRussa – Mountain Brook
Perrie and Christopher Tomlin – Mountain Brook


Nellis Smith – Emerald Hills


Dana and Chip Wilson – Castle Rock


Nicole and Chip Fortson – Ridgefield
Bonnie and Alan Wunsch – Danbury


Jennifer and Jon Gilby – Saint Petersburg
Kris and John Palmer – Naples
Margaret ’93 and Chris ’94 Rinker – Tampa
Julia and John Soapes – Longwood
Jennifer and Chriss Spires – Ponte Vedra Beach


Jim Baker – Atlanta
Sally and Erik Belenky – Atlanta
Chanda and Murry Bell – Snellville
Alice Benton – Atlanta
Carolyn and Zach Holcomb – Sandy Springs
Robin ’97 and Robby ’96 Kerr – Buford
Robin and Raymond King – Atlanta
Penny and Cary Newman – Thomasville
Terri Rosen and Aaron Sampson – Atlanta
Anisa and Bob Threlkeld – Atlanta
Paula and Paul Valentine – Atlanta


Elizabeth and Tim Dugan – Chicago
Kecia and Kenneth Hodge – Lansing
Anne and Todd Jensen – Long Grove


Becky ’89 and Tom Becherer – Louisville


Sandy and Paul Stasko – Lutherville Timonium, MD


Carla and Howard Leeder – Natick

New York

Deirdre and Jim Glascott – Pound Ridge

North Carolina

Monique and Dallas Allen – Matthews
Emily and Hardt Bing – Winston-Salem
Christi ’91 and Will Byron – Charlotte
Sarah ’95 and Ted ’95 Danser – Charlotte
Kristi Davies ’89 and Gary Davies ’90 – Charlotte
Harmony and Brian Garges – Durham ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Lina Zacharatou and Enrique Lopez-Ibanez – Charlotte; Neo Psychiko, Greece
Julie and Griffis Shuler – Winston-Salem
Lora and Ron Smith – Chapel Hill


Mary and Ken ’87 Clemens – Harrisburg

South Carolina

Karen Baker – Greenville
Elizabeth ’92 and Jim Bloodworth – Greenville
Haley Floyd – Columbia
Michelle and Jeff Kennedy – Greenville
Suzanne ’94 and Todd ’95  Malo – Greenville
Amy and Vincent Sheheen – Camden
Jim and Mary Simkins – Greenville


Helen and Stephen ’94 Arnold – Knoxville
Kathryn and Kevin Phillips – Brentwood
Beth Singer – Nashville


Alice and Scott Carruth – Tavenna
Melissa and Douglas Fordyce – Houston
Michelle and William Holloway – Fort Worth
Jean and Joshua Jones – Houston


Mary and Tom Kennedy – Oakton
Wendy and Matt Martens – Vienna
Traci ’89 and Mett Miller – Alex
Alison and Hunt Shipman – Falls Church

Washington, DC

Cynthia and Noel Francisco – Washington, DC

West Virginia

Krista Edwards and John Cline – Arlington

For more information on Parent & Family Council, contact Krista Redding, Director of Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, via email at or by phone at 864.247.2533.