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Amanda Moss

Amanda Moss didn’t grow up around the funeral service business. But she has found that it's the career that she was meant to have.

Moss graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, but the field of pathology had always been interesting to her. She considered a pre-med major with plans to go into forensic pathology, but said her fear of medical school put her on a different path.

Ricky Fernandez

When you first meet Ricky Fernandez, he comes across as a soft-spoken, respectful Southern gentleman. But, that gentle first impression hides a few secrets.

Fernandez spends his days teaching elementary students in Cherokee County and his evenings as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

While in high school, Fernandez had an interest in funeral service. Upon graduating from Jonesville High School, he researched programs and, at that time, the only option available to him was to attend Gupton-Jones in Atlanta.

Sharon Calliham

Sharon Calliham has found her passion in helping people. As a registered respiratory therapist working in home health, she gets to fuel that passion each day.

“I love the personal interaction with the patients,” she said. “They become part of my family.”

Calliham came to Piedmont Tech following a long career in textiles. As the jobs started to go, she knew she needed to find a new profession. She decided she needed to go back to school.

Darren Jones

Darren Jones is on his way to fulfilling a dream that began as a sixth grade student researching career options. The Greenwood native has been recruited to work as the operations manager for Terry Funeral Home in Philadelphia.

Jones graduated from Piedmont Technical College in August 2010 with his associate degree in funeral service education. He knew from a young age that it was what he wanted to do.

Eddie Brown

“I opened the catalog, not sure what I was looking for, and it opened to respiratory care,” Brown said. “I wasn’t sure what respiratory was, but I felt that it had found me.”

Brown excelled at the program, serving as a Presidential Ambassador, president of the Respiratory Care Club and earning a place on the Dean’s List multiple times. He graduated in 2007 and became a registered respiratory therapist at Newberry Hospital.

Kevin Jenkins

As a first-generation mortician, Kevin Jenkins gets a lot of questions about his chosen profession. He responds that this is something he feels he has to do.

“I look at this as a career and I have a passion for it,” Jenkins said.

A licensed hair stylist in Saint Matthews, Jenkins worked with local funeral homes in helping with the preparations of the deceased. He began to get interested in the funeral home business, but he didn’t want to compete with the established businesses in his home town. So he contacted Franklin Dash, owner of Dash’s Funeral Home.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott feels that she has a calling to help people. While working as a licensed insurance agent, she felt she was helping, but she wanted to be more hands-on.

“I was at that point in my life that I was ready to make a life change,” she said.

Scott came to Piedmont Tech and met with a counselor, not knowing what she wanted to do, but looking for a program that was a fit. She was directed to the massage therapy program and met with Michelle Liggett, program coordinator.

Melissa Waters

Melissa Waters has discovered that sometimes you need to follow your heart to discover your passion. She came to Piedmont Technical College for the radiologic technology program, but has found her calling with the veterinary technology program.

“I started out at Piedmont Tech in the radiology program, but I found the veterinary technology [1] program was a better fit for me,” said Waters.

Jamie Cline-Bowman

Jamie Cline-Bowman was always interested in mortuary science and anatomy. But, thanks to an encounter with an internationally known museum exhibit called “Body Worlds,” her interest has taken her down a different path called plastination.

“I saw my first Body Worlds exhibit in 2007 and wanted to know how to do it,” she said.


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