Hispanic Studies Advisory Board

Hispanic Studies Advisory Board By-Laws

Advisory Board Members


Sarah Lee Copeland Beck, Chair

Mrs. Beck earned her B.A. in Spanish from the College of Charleston, and she studied abroad in both Spain and Switzerland, where she also focused on language studies.  She fondly remembers her professors at the College of Charleston as fun, knowledgeable and supportive of students.  After graduation, she managed to use her language skills in both her professional career--former Import Export Specialist for Ciba-Geigy Corporation and broker at BecMen Trading, among other roles--and personal travels, and she is honored to give back to the College of Charleston as an inaugural member of the Hispanic Studies Advisory Board.


Louis Richard Doelling, Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Doelling is a graduate of The Citadel where he earned his B.A. in Spanish. During his undergraduate career, he participated in a summer study abroad program sponsored by The Citadel in Sucre, Bolivia and a semester study abroad program sponsored by the University of Virginia in Valencia, Spain. He also was the recipient of The Citadel's 2008 Star of the West scholarship, which assisted his travel to Mérida, Venezuela to study Chávez-era literature, culture and politics. While at The Citadel, he served as the student body representative to the International Studies Committee. After graduating from The Citadel, Mr. Doelling was granted a fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder to teach introductory/intermediate level Spanish classes at the university while obtaining an M.A. in Spanish literature. The primary areas of concentration of his master’s degree are 19th century Spanish literature and 20th century Latin American literature. Currently he is an attorney, working as General Counsel of a hotel management and development company.


Adelaida Uribe Bennett, Chair-Elect

Mrs. Bennett is a former art consultant and community volunteer whose parents came to the U.S. from Colombia. Maintaining her heritage while raising a family in the United States has been very important to her, and supporting Hispanic Studies at CofC is a way she sees as helping others do the same thing.

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Suzette Bussey, Treasurer

As an entrepreneur and businesswoman, Suzette Bussey has owned, operated and successfully sold several diverse businesses, including a wedding magazine and tradeshow, a Charleston event venue, and an import/export company. As the founder of the import/export company, she represented the company as it was selected for the National Export Initiative by the Brookings Institute. She also represented South Carolina commerce at the Trade Winds Conference in South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria.  She is a published author and founder of Norton and Hodges, which creates handbags, jewelry and accessories that focus on sustainability, promoting economic independence for women artisans and reconnecting clients to the wild. 

Suzette is an alumna of the study abroad program in Trujillo at the College of Charleston and credits it for her passion for international business. 

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Drew Fanning, LCWA Liaison

Mr. Fanning is a Cum Laude graduate of The Citadel where he earned his BA in History and Spanish. At The Citadel, he was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Delta Pi academic honors societies.  He twice participated in The Citadel's study abroad program, spending his summers studying in Madrid and El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain.

Mr. Fanning's first career was with the United States Marine Corps from 1993-2018.  While on active duty, Mr. Fanning was selected as an Olmsted Scholar.  The General George and Carol Olmsted Foundation Scholarship is awarded to the highest performing officers to develop language and cultural expertise with an understanding that the greatest leaders are educated broadly.  Mr. Fanning studied immersive Arabic at the Defense Language Institute (East) and attended graduate school at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. The focus of his research was the failure of Wilsonian Doctrine and the confluence of strategic communications and Just War theory in the prevailing Middle East conflict.

Mr. Fanning also led advisor teams in Afghanistan and in the United Arab Emirates, leveraging his language abilities and cultural expertise to help senior leaders create and implement strategy and develop operational proficiency for improved outcomes.

Mr. Fanning is the Founding Principal of Fanning & Company and is the Vice President of Business Development and Head of Government and Public Sector at Chooch Intelligence Technologies, a Visual Artificial Intelligence company.


Celina P. Anthony

Celina Anthony, a native of Peru, earned her Masters in Secondary School Administration at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and her South Carolina Teaching Certificate in Spanish, and South Carolina English as a Second Language teaching certificate through the College of Charleston. Mrs. Anthony has been working for the Charleston County School District (CCSD) since 1997.  She also worked as the ESOL bilingual coordinator for five years and currently works for the CCSD Department of Federal Programs as the Title I bilingual coordinator, where she continues to assist English language learners and families.  

Mrs. Anthony coordinates Abrazos, a family literacy program for Hispanic mothers; CCSD Migrant Education program; after school English classes for parents and enrichment classes for children; and Spanish for Educators, a professional development course for teacher re-certification credit. She also works with select Title I school principals to ensure compliance with federal guidelines. She has presented at different professional conferences about educating English language learners and the role parents play in their children’s education.  Her bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led Mrs. Anthony to play an important role in the Hispanic community in the Lowcountry through various organizations: president of the Círculo Hispanoamericano de Charleston; board member of Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), board member of the Eastern Girl Scouts of South Carolina, member of the MUSC Healthy Families America Advisory Board, and currently the Policy Council chair of the Charleston County First Steps Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership.

Mrs. Anthony has been collaborating with the Department of Hispanic Studies for many years, particularly with hosting Service Learning student interns in the programs she coordinates at CCSD.

Maria A. Cordova

María Asunción Córdova

Originally from Chile, Dr. Córdova co-founded the Círculo Hispanoamericano de Charleston in 1978, and currently serves as its president since 2015.  A retired dentist in the Charleston area, she has served the local community in numerous leadership capacities to include Lowcountry Cultural Vice President of Partners of the Americas (1980-1993), SC and GA Area Coordinator of Amnesty International USA, board member of the South Carolina Humanities Council (1987-1989) and the Robert Ivey Ballet (1982-2000), and president of YWCA Charleston (2012-2015), among other activities. In 2017 she was recognized for her extensive service record and advocacy for the Hispanic community and culture by her appointment in 2017 as Honorary Consul of Chile, her native country.

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Mark P. Del Mastro

Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro is former chair of the College of Charleston’s Department of Hispanic Studies (2010-19), and since August 5, 2019 he serves as the Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration.  In 2017 he founded the Hispanic Studies Advisory Board and worked with members to establish the Hispanic Studies Trujillo Scholarship. On August 1, 2019 he was named inaugural life member of the Hispanic Studies Advisory Board for his related contributions.

Esther Ferguson

Esther B. Ferguson

Esther B. Ferguson is a native of Hartsville, SC, and a lifelong philanthropist and community leader who holds six honorary doctorate degrees, to include her most recent in 2016 from the College of Charleston.  Ms. Ferguson was the catalyst behind the decision to donate her and her late husband James Ferguson’s historic properties in Trujillo, Spain to the College of Charleston in 1996.  Over two decades later, these generous gifts serve as the hub of the College of Charleston’s vibrant study abroad programs in Trujillo, Spain, where each semester and summer the College’s students and faculty enjoy rich and unforgettable academic and cultural experiences.

Hallie Ritzu

Hallie Ritzu

Hallie Ritzu graduated from the Honors College at the College of Charleston with a double major in Spanish and Political Science. Ms. Ritzu participated in the College's Study Abroad Programs in Trujillo, Spain and Santiago de Chile.  She earned her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. At current, Ms. Ritzu is an attorney in Chicago, Illinois.


Teddy Turner

Mr. Robert Edward Turner IV (“Teddy”) has served in numerous business capacities including promotions manager at Turner Home Entertainment, as well as project manager at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. After spending two years at CNN‘s Moscow bureau as a cameraman and editor, Mr. Turner went on to develop and produce various programs involved in TBS’s Soviet Union relations, including the Goodwill Games, the international athletic competition event created by Ted Turner to ease tensions during the Cold War through friendly sports competition between nations. 

Between June 1989 and June 1993, he was president and skipper of Challenge America, Ltd., a campaign for the Whitbread “Around the World” sailboat race.  He then went on to spend 10 years developing and running Charleston Boatworks, a premiere yacht repair and yacht brokerage in South Carolina. He also taught high school economics at the Charleston Collegiate School in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mr. Turner has served on the boards of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, the Captain Planet foundation, Special Olympics, St John’s Riverkeeper, Charleston Community Sailing, the Nature Conservancy of Northeast Florida, and the Atlanta chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Currently he is on the board of the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the board of Ted’s Montana Grill, and the board of the School of Business at the Citadel. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation

Mr. Turner earned a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in 1985, and he currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife Blair and his three children.

Ex-Officio Members

Michael Gomez

Michael A. Gómez, Department Chair, Hispanic Studies

Michael Gómez is Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston. He received his doctoral degree from Boston University in 2002 and has since taught courses both in and outside of the department on a variety of topics, including the Generation of 1898, Federico García Lorca, Spanish Science Fiction, and Western Civilization.

Carmen Grace

Carmen M. Grace, Associate Chair, Hispanic Studies

Carmen María Grace is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston. She is a native of Spain and received her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in 2009. She is a specialist of Spanish sacred oratory in the 16th and 17th centuries. Grace teaches a variety of courses including Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature.  

Devon Hanahan

Devon Wray Hanahan, Coordinator, Basic Spanish Language Program

Devon Wray Hanahan has been teaching Spanish at the high school or college level for 30 years. She received her degree in Spanish and a secondary education certification from the College of Charleston in 1987, and an MA in Spanish from the University of South Carolina in 1995. She loves traveling to Spain with students and teaching all levels, from Spanish I for ninth graders to Advanced Listening Techniques for Masters in International Business students! She has taught at the College since 1995, and she is the Faculty Member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition to teaching full time and traveling, for six years she has been the coordinator of the Basic Spanish Language Program at the College of Charleston, where she also serves as the Faculty Marshal. She has presented several workshops on language pedagogy at SCOLT and AATSP in the past ten years, and she loves spending time with her husband Bill and two grown sons, Will and Thomas.

Tim Johnson

Timothy Johnson, Dean, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

Tim Johnson was appointed dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs in 2018 after serving as interim dean for two years.  Prior to this appointment, Johnson served as professor and chair of the Department of Classics, a position he held since coming to the College of Charleston in 2011.

Before joining the College, he was a member of the faculty at Truman State University, Baylor University and the University of Florida. He holds a doctoral degree in classical philology from the University of Illinois and also studied at the University of Kentucky and the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in Classical lyric poetry, his research is centered on the relationship between literature, politics and community.

Johnson’s teaching career covers a variety of courses dealing with Greek and Latin languages and cultures. He has studied internationally at the Vatican Library and lived in Rome. He has frequently led study abroad programs in Rome and southern Italy as well as Greece.