Architecture

Caty Cain has joined LS3P & Associates Ltd. as a marketing coordinator. She is based in the Charleston office. She has previous experience as a graphic designer, creative director, communications director and marketing coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications and art from Elizabethtown College

Cost management

Cady Everett has joined SIB Fixed Cost Reduction as a junior reporting analyst with the finance and validations unit. Previsouly she was with Deep Steep. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Cincinnati.

Education

Michelle Conner has been named principal of Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School in West Ashley. Previously, she was the assistant principal. She has a bachelor’s degree in language and international trade with an emphasis in Spanish and global marketing from Clemson University and master’s degrees in early childhood education and elementary educational administration from the College of Charleston and The Citadel, respectively.

Engineering

Laurie Herrington has been promoted to chief financial officer of The GEL Group Inc. She joined the company in 2008 as controller. She is a certified public accountant. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the College of Charleston.

Government

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Palazzini has been named commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Charleston District. Previously, he was deputy commander for the agency’s Sacramento District. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He succeeds Lt. Col. Matthew Luzzatto, who has been transferred to the U.S. Army War College.

Insurance

Dave Jachelski has joined the Steve Peper Allstate Insurance Agency in North Charleston as office sales manager. He has 6 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry. Previously, he was office manager and a producer for an Allstate agency in Maryland.

Law

J. Abraham Gutting has joined Buxton & Collie LLC as special counsel. He focuses his practice on tax and estate planning matters. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida, a law degree from the Charleston School of Law and a master's of law in taxation from the University of Florida.

Marketing

Richelle Prijic has joined the Brandon Agency as an account coordinator based in the Charleston office. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia College.

Nonprofit

Jen Nielson has joined the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s South Carolina chapter as executive director. She has 15 years of nonprofit industry experience in the health care field.

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Alexa Stephens has been named director of strategy and community insight at Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative. Previously, she was director of data management and analysis. She has a bachelor's degree in urban studies from the University of Washington and a master's degree in public policy and city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Real estate

Yvonne Hill, Dan Swift and Sherry Swift have joined AgentOwned Realty as agents. They are based in the Trolley Road office in Summerville.

Daniel Stokes has been promoted to director of lead management and sales manager of the Summerville office of Weichert Realtors Palmetto Coast. Previously, he was an assistant sales manager.

George Buell has joined Carolina One Real Estate as an agent based in the downtown Charleston office. He has more than 40 years of experience in the hotel, restaurant and resort industries. He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in business administration from Salve Regina University.

Jackie O’Rourke has joined Beresford Realty as an agent. She has more than 37 years of experience as a math educator. She has a bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock University and a master's degree in education from The Citadel.

Technology

Jeff Aysse has joined netGALAXY Studios as sales director. He has more than 35 years of business development and management experience. Previously, he was with Once Upon A Clutter LLC. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ball State University.