Frank Hahn, D.C., Named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman College

Frank Hahn, D.C., Named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman CollegeFranklin Park, NJ, chiropractor Frank Hahn, D.C., has been named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic. The Chiropractor of the Year Award is an honor bestowed upon doctors who have, through their service, given extraordinary time and effort to advance Sherman College and the principled chiropractic profession.

Dr. Hahn is a successful and principled chiropractor who thrives on service – serving his patients and his community, serving Sherman College, and serving the profession. A 2003 Sherman College graduate, he is owner and director of a thriving practice, Chiropractic LifeCenter, in Franklin Park, NJ, and he also provides care through Chiropractic for Humanity for Elijah’s Promise, which helps connect individuals and families in need with social and health services.

He says his vision is for “every man, woman and child on the planet to become educated about the benefits of chiropractic.” Dr. Hahn created and appears regularly on IFCO-TV, an online television show he created for the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO). He is active with the IFCO, and he is a board member of the Garden State Chiropractic Society. He has written a book, 47 Reasons to Visit Your Chiropractor, available on Amazon.

Dr. Hahn serves Sherman College as a member of the Board of Regents, a group of individuals who provide for the advancement of the college with annual gifts. He is a longtime member of the college’s Reach Out and Recruit Program and is dedicated to building the profession by speaking at career fairs, local colleges and high schools, and by hosting career events for prospective students in his town. In fact, he referred a student who is currently enrolled at Sherman College, and several who have already graduated.

He is a sought-after speaker in the chiropractic profession, and has presented at the Berkshires Philosophy Seminar, New Beginnings, Schubel Vision Seminars, Chiropassion Seminars, Mile High Chiropractic, Garden State Chiropractic Society programs, Sherman College Lyceum, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and more. He has presented on the Sherman Connect conference call series as well.

Sherman College named its 2016 award recipients April 28-30 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.

 

Barbara and Jim Dubel, D.C., Presented with Sherman College’s Highest Service Award

Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award: Dr. Jim and Barbara Dubel

Middletown, NJ, chiropractor Jim Dubel, D.C., and his wife and chiropractic assistant, Barbara “Babs” Dubel, have been presented with the Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award by Sherman College of Chiropractic.

The Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award is presented at the discretion of the president and therefore not awarded every year. This award was created to honor the Gelardis (Sherman College’s founders) and also the recipients who are deemed to have the same qualities as the Gelardis. It is given to individuals to recognize their unselfish dedication, visionary leadership and pioneering spirit.

Jim Dubel is a Palmer graduate and opened Health in Hand Chiropractic in New Jersey with his wife, Babs, at his side in 1980. Ten years later they started the New Beginning for a New Future Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend, known best as New Beginnings. From its humble beginnings, the event has grown under their direction and guidance. It is now one of the premier chiropractic philosophy events in the nation, drawing hundreds of chiropractors as attendees and attracting the best of the best in chiropractic philosophy presenters. New Beginnings is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Like the Gelardis, the Dubels remain steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic principles and serve as an example for the rest of the profession. They have sacrificed much in their service to chiropractic. They are pioneers leading the way for future generations, and their visionary leadership is inspiring. The couple remains steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic profession and has raised their three children in the same principled lifestyle. One of their children, Stephanie, is currently a student at Sherman College.

Sherman College named its 2016 award recipients April 28-30 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.

Sherman College Names Chiropractor of the Year, Regent of the Year and Other Award Recipients 2016

Sherman College honored alumni, chiropractors, and supporters during its 43rd Lyceum, a homecoming and continuing education event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs. The college is proud to announce the following 2016 award recipients:

 

 

Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award: Dr. Jim and Barbara DubelThom and Betty Gelardi Service Award: Dr. Jim and Barbara Dubel

Middletown, NJ, chiropractor Jim Dubel, D.C., and his wife and chiropractic assistant, Barbara “Babs” Dubel, were presented with the Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award, an award presented at the discretion of the president and therefore not awarded every year. This award was created to honor the Gelardis (Sherman College’s founders) and also the recipients who are deemed to have the same qualities as the Gelardis. It is given to individuals to recognize their unselfish dedication, visionary leadership and pioneering spirit.

Jim Dubel is a Palmer graduate and opened Health in Hand Chiropractic in New Jersey with his wife, Babs, at his side in 1980. Ten years later they started the New Beginning for a New Future Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend, known best as New Beginnings. From its humble beginnings, the event has grown under their direction and guidance. It is now one of the premier chiropractic philosophy events in the nation, drawing hundreds of chiropractors as attendees and attracting the best of the best in chiropractic philosophy presenters. New Beginnings is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Like the Gelardis, the Dubels remain steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic principles and serve as an example for the rest of the profession. They have sacrificed much in their service to chiropractic. They are pioneers leading the way for future generations, and their visionary leadership is inspiring. The couple remains steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic profession and has raised their three children in the same principled lifestyle. One of their children, Stephanie, is currently a student at Sherman College.

 

Chiropractor of the Year: Dr. Frank HahnChiropractor of the Year: Dr. Frank Hahn

Franklin Park, NJ, chiropractor Frank Hahn, D.C., was named Chiropractor of the Year, an honor bestowed upon doctors who have, through their service, given extraordinary time and effort to advance Sherman College and the principled chiropractic profession.

Dr. Hahn is a successful and principled chiropractor who thrives on service – serving his patients and his community, serving Sherman College, and serving the profession. A 2003 Sherman College graduate, he is owner and director of a thriving practice, Chiropractic LifeCenter, in Franklin Park, NJ, and he also provides care through Chiropractic for Humanity for Elijah’s Promise, which helps connect individuals and families in need with social and health services.

He says his vision is for “every man, woman and child on the planet to become educated about the benefits of chiropractic.” Dr. Hahn created and appears regularly on IFCO-TV, an online television show he created for the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO). He is active with the IFCO, and he is a board member of the Garden State Chiropractic Society. He has written a book, 47 Reasons to Visit Your Chiropractor. He is a sought-after speaker in the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Hahn serves Sherman College as a member of the Board of Regents, is a longtime member of the college’s Reach Out and Recruit Program and is dedicated to building the profession by speaking at career fairs, local colleges and high schools, and by hosting career events for prospective students in his town. In fact, he referred a student who is currently enrolled at Sherman College, and several who have already graduated.

 

Regent of the Year: Dr. Catherine Silver-RiddellRegent of the Year: Dr. Catherine Silver-Riddell

Inwood, WV, chiropractor Catherine Silver-Riddell, D.C., was named Regent of the Year, an award presented in recognition of her outstanding and continuous advancement of Sherman College through participation on the college’s Board of Regents, a group dedicated to supporting quality chiropractic education through financial donations and leadership.

Regents give visibility and stature to Sherman College through speaking engagements, legislative roles, student referrals, and financial support. Though she has only been a Sherman College Regent for seven years, Dr. Silver-Riddell’s contributions have been significant and noteworthy. She is a member of the President’s Circle, the highest commitment level group in the Regent Program.

Dr. Riddell has been a pioneer in the chiropractic profession for 40 years, beginning with her inclusion as part of the first graduating class of Sherman College. She has participated in hundreds of postgraduate professional seminars such including Sherman College’s annual Lyceum, and she has brought restorative health and wellness to more than 8,000 patients thus far in her career. She is still serving patients of all ages at her practice in Inwood, WV. She resides with her husband, Roland, in Winchester, VA, and is an active member of her church, choir and community.

The Rubicon Group Funds $20,000 for Research on the Effects of Chiropractic Care on Stroke Patients

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The Rubicon Group (TRG) has announced a funding commitment of $20,000 (NZD) to the Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand, in support of a randomized clinical trial entitled “The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Functional Outcomes, Somatosensory Processing and Motor Control in Patients Who Have Suffered from a Stroke.”

The proposed stroke study will be the first of its kind, and ground-breaking, particularly if it’s possible to show that chiropractic care improves brain function and neuromuscular control in people who have suffered from a stroke. The clinical trial will involve scientists from Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark, Riphah International University, Pakistan, and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

The Rubicon Group is a collaborative effort of Sherman College of Chiropractic, Life University, Life Chiropractic College West, McTimoney College of Chiropractic, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, McTimoney Chiropractic Association, the Scottish Chiropractic Association and the United Chiropractic Association.

Participants in this study must have had a stroke at least six weeks prior to their involvement in the study and have ongoing neurological deficits due to the stroke. A crossover design will be used, and participants will act as their own controls. The study will compare the effects of a single session of chiropractic care addressing vertebral subluxations to a passive movement control intervention on outcome measures that assess sensorimotor function.

The outcome measures for the trial will assess whether a single session of chiropractic care improves performance in the Timed Up and Go Test (TUG) and whether it increases muscle power, strength, and cortical drive and reduces fatigue in stroke survivors who have muscle weakness. The TUG and measures of strength and fatigue are clinically relevant outcome measures in the assessment of stroke rehabilitation.

The H reflex, m waves, strength, fatigue and v waves are clinical and neurophysiological measures that have previously been shown to change following chiropractic care and are also important indicators of changes in central nervous system function that are important for motor recovery following a stroke.

This trial will also assess motor unit recruitment pattern changes after chiropractic care. This will be achieved with multi-array EMG electrodes (subject to the ability of the participant to move their own muscles). Other outcome measures will assess how the brain and target muscles communicate (EEG-EMG coherence) and will also assess which brain regions are involved with any changes that are observed in somatosensory processing following the chiropractic care session.

Identifying the relevant brain regions involved will be assessed using somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and a cap that has 62 EEG recording electrodes. In several past studies utilizing SEPs it has been shown that adjusting vertebral subluxations can alter the way the brain processes and responds to sensory information from the upper limb. It was recently demonstrated, in an award winning international collaboration, that the brain changes that occur after a single session of chiropractic care take place in the prefrontal cortex.

The Rubicon Group joins the United Chiropractic Association (UK), the Australian Spinal Research Foundation and the chiropractic profession in New Zealand in supporting this study.

 

 

Miss America Organization and Sherman College Partner to Offer Potential of $5.6 Million in Scholarship Funds

 

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Miss American and Sherman College of Chiropractic

Sherman College of Chiropractic and The Miss America Organization have announced the addition of a full chiropractic scholarship available to all 52 contestants who will compete in the 2017 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City.

Sherman College has opened the door to the chiropractic profession for young women by annually donating a full-tuition scholarship to each of the 52 national contestants in the Miss America Organization. This award is available to any state competition winners within the Miss America Organization who advance to compete in the 2017 Miss America Competition.

The scholarship award consists of a full in-kind tuition waiver, a total value of more than $100,000 per student ($7,766 per quarter for the 14-quarter program). If utilized by all 52 national contestants, the total scholarship offering from Sherman College would equal $5.6 million.

“We are eager to reach more young leaders and share with them a health care career that embraces their commitment to serving others,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., of the college’s partnership with the Miss America Organization. “I think it is especially fitting to join forces with an organization which shares our focus on service and our desire to make a positive global impact.”

The scholarship introduction was spearheaded by former Miss New Hampshire, Stephanie Mills, D.C., who attended chiropractic school herself through a scholarship she was awarded while competing at Miss America.

“We are incredibly grateful to Sherman College of Chiropractic for their generous support of women’s education,” said Josh Randle, MAO’s Chief Operating Officer. “In a time where student debt plagues our country, this scholarship opportunity will enable future state titleholders like Dr. Mills to pursue a quality education and advance their careers in the chiropractic field.”

The Miss America Organization is proud to continue expanding the scholarship opportunities awarded to its contestants each year and is pleased to partner with Sherman College of Chiropractic to provide quality education to the incredible young women who participate in the Miss America Organization.

FREE VISIT at Sherman College’s Chiropractic Health Center for our Valentines 2016

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What:Free visits on Sweetheart Day at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center
(Appointments are recommended.)
Who:All current Health Center patients will receive a free visit
Current patients only; x-rays not included.
{New patients are always our sweethearts; the first visit to our HC is free.}
When:Monday, February 15, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Why:We love and appreciate our patients!
Where:Sherman College of Chiropractic Health Center
2020 Springfield Road, Spartanburg, SC 29316
Contact:Shirlene Burnsed or Tammy Windham
sburnsed@sherman.edu or twindham@sherman.edu
864-578-8777
Online:Go to www.sherman.edu/hc.

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Chiropractic Practice Management: Advice for Future Entrepreneurs

Sherman's partnership with TLC4Superteams trains students so they can start their own practices after graduation

Sherman’s partnership with TLC4Superteams trains students so they can start their own practices after graduation

Thinking back to when he first began his chiropractic career, Dr. Edwin Cordero, president of Sherman College, recalls: “One of the main things I realized when I entered the profession is that when I graduated, I didn’t have the necessary skills to open a practice. That made it very challenging.”

While he rose to the challenge and managed a successful practice for 19 years, those first years were a difficult adjustment.

Now, as the fifth president of Sherman College, Dr. Cordero is working hard to ensure that future graduates can make a smoother transition into the world of practice management.

His goal is “to offer our students the opportunity to develop that business acumen that I had lacked, to acquire the entrepreneurial skills they need to run their own businesses, because a practice is truly a business.”

How is he achieving that goal? Read on to find out how Sherman College’s newest initiative helps prepare chiropractic students for practice management success.

Sherman Partners with TLC4Superteams to Help Students Learn Practice Management

To help students graduate with a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of managing a practice, Sherman has partnered with the chiropractic coaching company TLC4Superteams.

Together, they have developed an innovative new Practice Success Program. After five years of careful planning and piloting exchanges, the first formal sessions are now being integrated into Sherman’s curriculum.

Sessions take place during the first two days of each academic quarter. The classes bring in top industry professionals and each one focuses on different aspects of starting, maintaining, and building a successful chiropractic business practice – from what type of practice to open to what steps to take during the 12 weeks prior to opening that new clinic.

Sherman students will complete the program with a clear understanding of how to market their skills as entrepreneurs, and successfully launch their brand new practice.

Students Use Visualization & Self-Reflection to Map Professional Goals

During their first session with TLC4Superteams, students learn the steps of planning a successful chiropractic practice.

They begin by creating a personal storyboard in order to visualize their greatest joys as prospective chiropractors, future goals for their practice, and their own individual paths to success.

The storyboard helps students articulate their professional goals and create a roadmap to success

The storyboard helps students articulate their professional goals and create a roadmap to success

The session, aptly named “The Practice of Your Dreams, Part 1: Your Toolboxes to Growth,” guides students through the construction of a practise success portfolio, and a self-assessment to determine strengths and weaknesses, and which type of practice would suit them best.

Students Learn to Budget for Practise Management Success

After building their success “toolbox,” students move on to the next phase their chiropractic practice management success program.

The second session, “Budgeting to Success,” is led by a TD Bank professional who teaches students the ins and outs of careful financial planning. Among other things, students learn how to manage their loans while still in chiropractic college, so that by the time they graduate, they are well positioned to launch their own practice.

Sherman students learn the ins and outs of building good credit and other essential practise management skills

Sherman students learn the ins and outs of building good credit and other essential practise management skills

Equipped with best practices in patient care AND a fundamental understanding of business management, Sherman students are well on their way to launching chiropractic practices build for long-term success!
Wondering what other skills doctor of chiropractic students build in the practice management sessions?

Visit Sherman College for full details, and to learn more about admission!

Interns Join Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College Winter 2016

New Interns at Sherman Clinic Winter 2016 quarter

Twenty-three interns celebrated the entrance of the final phase of their chiropractic education on January 8 during a pinning ceremony at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center. The Chiropractic Health Center, located at 2020 Springfield Road in Boiling Springs, is a teaching clinic for chiropractic students in their final stage of internship prior to graduation from the doctor of chiropractic program.

The teaching environment, coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, allows interns to practice chiropractic under close supervision and constant consultation. Because the clinic is open to the public, residents in Upstate South Carolina experience excellent chiropractic care at affordable prices through 30,000 patient visits per year.

During the ceremony, Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., administered the Pledge of Professionalism. A charge was given by Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C., and the interns’ nametags were officially presented them to be pinned onto their blue clinic jackets.

“Sherman students transitioning into their clinical internship at the Health Center are well prepared to deliver quality and effective care to our friends and neighbors in the greater Spartanburg area,” said Dean of Clinic Operations and Outreach Dwayne Hoskins, D.C. “These students are the future of the chiropractic profession. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Sherman College Health Center, we are proud and excited to welcome the newest class of chiropractic interns.”

In the clinical phase of the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College, interns practice every aspect of patient care, including case histories, physical and spinal examinations, x-ray, diagnosis, report of findings, chiropractic adjustments and case management. Interns are encouraged to work with the research department to advance the profession with evidence based study; they also complete remaining clinical and business courses.

The chiropractic internship also gives these senior students the opportunity to participate in community events, both in the Health Center and off campus – including spinal screenings, health fairs, school visits, and lunch-and-learn programs – to help them build communication, leadership and community relations skills so they are well prepared for practice following graduation.

The Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visits are $15; visits for students, military members and seniors are $10; special rates are available for families. Walk-ins are accepted, but it is best to call 864-578-8777 for a set appointment with any of our interns, including these who have joined the Health Center:

 

Courtney BrosiousShanna Jackson
Caroline Byrd  Mage Lee
Jeremy Chada  Kayleigh McCormick
Alfonso ChieKaren McCurley
Sarah CohenMonty Trea Miller
Rocco CrapisMaudeline Ogoo
Nicholas FrigiolaAnton Pyatetsky
Kara GingrasLaurel Sams
Justin GriffinBreanna Smith
Katie GuidaKruti Vora
Sean HickmanMarcus Woodburn
Eric Ihle

International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) 2016 Call for Submissions

IRAPS logo(International Research and Philosophy Symposium)

Conference Theme: Subluxation Correction: Essential to Patient-Centered Care

April 1, 2016: Deadline for submissions
April 15, 2016: Notification to authors
April 22, 2016: Author confirmation to present

Conference Location: Spartanburg, SC, at the Spartanburg Marriott (downtown Spartanburg)
Conference Dates: October 1-2, 2016
Conference Link: www.sherman.edu/iraps

On October 1-2, 2016, Sherman College of Chiropractic will host the 13th annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), a peer-reviewed chiropractic conference that addresses vertebral subluxation research and the philosophy of chiropractic.

The theme for 2016 is Subluxation Correction: Essential to Patient-Centered Care. Much has been written and discussed on the topic of patient-centered care (PCC) in recent years. A working definition of patient-centered care that may be helpful in constructing an IRAPS submission is: “Relationship-based primary care that meets the individual patient and family’s needs, preferences, and priorities” (from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).

How does the location, analysis, correction of vertebral subluxation (LACVS) fit into patient- centered care? This question and others similar to it will be addressed at the conference, which will include:

a) A keynote speaker offering a vision for chiropractic’s future in research and context of the theme.
b) Presentation of abstracts (podium or poster)
c) An interactive panel discussion>

The goal of IRAPS 2016 is to bring together leaders in philosophy and research as well as practitioners who are centered on the vertebral subluxation practice, to build a stronger academic community worldwide regarding the subluxation model of chiropractic. Our intent is to foster a view that the chiropractic profession is centered on vertebral subluxation, based on vitalism, dedicated to research and developing a discipline of philosophy.

Abstract formats
Abstracts are to take the form of short papers having approximately 300 words. References are expected. Use 12 point font size throughout abstract.

Topic examples for this year’s abstracts may include:

• How LACVS fits into the patient-centered model of health care.
• Does patient-centered care include concepts contained in chiropractic philosophy such as vitalism?

Panel discussion
The panel topic for this year’s IRAPS is “The Relationship Between Subluxation-Centered Care and Patient-Centered Care.” As with abstract submissions, panelists will be selected using a peer-review process. Potential panelists will submit the following information in a Word document, explaining why they should be selected, based on his or her: a) level of interest in the topic, b) why there is an interest, and c) qualifications relative to the topic.

Each submission undergoes a peer-reviewed process. Preference will be given to submissions that relate to the theme. If accepted, abstracts will be approved for either a podium, poster, or panelist presentation. Email the submission as a word document to Dr. John Hart at jhart@sherman.edu. Include CVs for all authors in your email. The brief CV should include author’s educational background and other scholarly accomplishments.

Registration is open and up to 11 hours of continuing education credit will be available; for additional information about the symposium, go to www.sherman.edu/iraps. View the full Call for Submissions at http://www.sherman.edu/intranet/continuing-education/IRAPS2016abstracts.pdf.

Sherman Names Faculty, Staff Member of the Year for 2015

Dr. Kevin Power and Monte Guffey were recently honored by Sherman College of Chiropractic in appreciation of their contributions, time and commitment to the college.

Kevin Power is named Faculty Member of the year 2015 by Sherman CollegeAn assistant professor of clinical sciences and assistant case doctor at the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center, Dr. Power was named Faculty Member of the Year, an honor he also received in 2010. “Dr. Power has a long history with Sherman College, from a student to an esteemed faculty member,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs / Provost Robert Irwin, D.C. “He has always been willing to step up for new and sometimes challenging assignments, and he has proven to be an innovator when it comes to student learning. His service in the classroom and the health center are greatly appreciated.”

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Joe Donofrio, D.C., A.C.P., adds that “Dr. Power has really found his place at Sherman College, and the students love him. He has a special way of communicating, especially in the practical teaching environment; he is kind and patient and very experienced.”

A 1981 Sherman graduate, Power has 34 years of private practice experience, practicing for five years in his home state of Victoria, Australia, and then in Spartanburg. He joined the college faculty in 2002 and teaches and assists in technique classes as well as serving as a faculty doctor in the student clinic.
He is an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church, where he leads a Sunday School class. He plays bass guitar, golf and racquetball, and he plays bass in a men’s country/bluegrass gospel group. Power is the youngest of five brothers, all doctors of chiropractic. He and his wife, Christine, have four children, Summer, Joe, Matt and Holly, and three grandchildren; their eldest son, Joe, graduated from Sherman College in 2013.

Monte Guffey is named Staff Member of 2015 by Sherman College Guffey, the college’s maintenance supervisor, was named Staff Member of the Year. “Monte has taken on new responsibilities as a supervisor head-on and demonstrated that great followers become great leaders,” says Vice President for Business and Finance Karen Canup, C.P.A., of Guffey’s growth at the college. “He is a phenomenally hard worker who takes pride in doing things the right way. He is not satisfied to simply complete a task or project; he is driven to give every assignment his best effort.”

This is Guffey’s second time being named Staff Member of the Year; he was first honored in 2009. He joined the college in 2006 as groundskeeper, moved on to grounds supervisor and was promoted to maintenance supervisor this year.

An Inman, SC, native, Guffey is an ordained minister and previously served as youth pastor at Northgate Free Will Baptist Church in Lyman for five years and as pastor at Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Spartanburg for four years. He and his wife, Michelle, are currently members at North Spartanburg Free Will Baptist Church, where their new ministry (Fill in the Gap Ministries) is thriving.

For the past two years, the couple have been helping other churches, by filling the pulpit when their pastor can’t be in the service. Guffey’s hobbies include preaching, teaching and studying the Bible; his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and their three puppies.