David Whitten has been promoted at Southcoast Community Bank and Karen King has joined the Mount Pleasant-based bank.

Whitten is office manager at the West Ashley branch on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. Previously, he was assistant office manager at the bankís Park West location in Mount Pleasant. He has a bachelorís degree from James Madison University.

King is a credit analyst in loan administration. She has six years of banking industry experience. She has a bachelorís degree in accounting from Erskine College.


Joe Paolucci has joined OíBrien & Gereís Charleston office as a senior mechanical engineer to support federal and industrial design projects. He has more than 32 years of experience in project management. He has a bachelorís degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.

Health care

Dr. Karen Kriza has been named emergency medicine director at Trident Health, succeeding Dr. Baird Oldfield, who retired. Kriza has been a part of Trident Emergency Physicians since 2001. She has a medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed a residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.


Scott Howell has been named manager of the main house at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. He has a bachelorís degree in English and with a minor in accounting from Elon College,


Richard A. ďRickĒ Brisbin hasjoined Haynsworth Sinkler Boydís Charleston office as an attorney in the firmís intellectual property and government procurement practices. Previously, he was a patent lawyer in the Washington, D.C., area, and also was a vice president at L-3 Communications Inc. He has bachelor degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech University and in physics from the State University of New York. He has a law degree from George Washington University.


Geoffrey Reid has joined The Sustainability Institute as manager of the Green Cities Program. He has more than nine years of experience. He has a bachelorís degree in political science from the University of Georgia and a masterís degree in project management from The Citadel.

Adam Pomerantz and Cheryle Hollis have been promoted at Charleston-based WINGS for kids.

Pomerantz is chief financial officer. Previously, he was director of finance and administration.

Hollis is senior program director. Previously, she was the groupís program director at James Simons Elementary School.


Halley Black has joined the S.C. State Ports Authority as a financial analyst. She has a bachelorís degree from the College of Charleston where she concentrated on global logistics and transportation. Previously, she was an account manager at The Cargo Hold Inc.

Real estate

Kaitlyn Mills has been promoted at NAI Avant to marketing coordinator and project manager in the firmís Charleston office. Previously, she was a marketing associate in the Columbia office. She has a bachelorís in marketing and management from the University of South Carolina.

Jan Miller has been named broker-in-charge at ERA Tides Realty on James Island. She had been a broker associate with the company since 2004.