Charleston native, CTM Alumni parent and current chairperson, Mr. Futch has been a member of the transportation industry for over 35 years. His experience includes operations in the Southeast and Eastern seaboard. He has successfully managed transportation and intermodal companies and operated his own agency. Mr. Futch has an extensive background in operations, safety, personnel management, and finance. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he attended the Citadel and the University of Maryland. Mr. Futch has served on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Motor Carriers Association which donates thousands of dollars annually to students interested in pursuing careers in transportation.
Morgan and wife Cindi live in Hanahan, SC with daughter Mary-Margaret ( a CTM alumnus) and foreign exchange student, Maria, from Spain. Both girls currently attend Palmetto Scholars Academy. His desire to serve on the board of CTM is founded in his commitment to Montessori education as an investment in our children and in continuing to build the excellent reputation enjoyed by CTM.
Mr. Ward is a product developer that designs innovative products in a variety of industries. He has licensed his products to companies all over the world. After opening several restaurants in Quito, Ecuador in the early 90’s, and setting up solid management, he was able to pursue the career of of his dreams—invention and product development. He loves outdoor activities, particularly with his wife and children.
Mr. Ward has two children that are currently in the elementary program. Both have been enrolled at Charles Towne Montessori since a young age.
Mr. Gasperson, CTM Board of Trustees member since 2011, is a 14 year CTM Alumni Parent of two students. Both Children enrolled as 11 month old toddlers and youngest completed the CTM program in June of 2013. He is the Owner/Clinician of Adaptive Limb & Brace, a private practice providing Orthotic and Prosthetic Care for the Charleston Area patients and Clinical Prosthetic and Orthotic Consultant for Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina, Sumter. He received a Bachelors of Specialized Studies from Ohio University, cum laude and two Graduate Certificates from Northwestern University Medical School for Orthotic clinical management & Prosthetic clinical management.
Mr. Gasperson is the Assistant Director for Anchors Away which plans and hosts water related events such as water skiing for Paraplegics, Quadriplegics, and amputees. Mr. Gasperson is a member of the Palmetto Scholars Academy (PSA) Charter school planning Committee and has served on the Board of Directors for PSA since its opening in August 2010. Mr. Gasperson has consulted and served as a clinical liaison with the DOD and VA in Washington DC to evaluate and recommend grant funding and participated in a queri to stimulate collaboration between researchers and clinicians to advance the prosthetic care for active duty military personnel and veterans. Enjoys helping and watching his two children perform Irish dance for the community and competing at a national level. Mr. Gasperson competed in collegiate level water skiing in Slalom, Trick and Jump events and was the Founding President of the Water Ski Team at The Ohio State University. Still an avid water skier, he has taught his wife and two children to water ski, as well, his two children can wakeboard and barefoot water ski.
Born and raised in West Ashley, Charleston, SC. Mrs. Maynard is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a BS in Physical Education and Sports Medicine. Owner and practician at Prime Chiropractic, she focuses on family wellness, and has developed a group for parents called Pathways Connect. Mrs. Maynard has been involved with a number of charitable organizations and non-profit businesses through her Chiropractic practice.
Ms Klein is a native Iowan who relocated to Charleston nine years ago after a short stint in New York City. She currently serves as Director of Marketing at The Citadel, a college best-known for its classic military education and leadership development model. The Citadel also offers graduate and online programs for working professionals, active duty military and veterans. As Director of Marketing, Kara is deeply rooted in enrollment management, while overseeing advertising, market research, brand identity, and website management college-wide.
Kara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Graphic Design from Coe College, and a Graduate Certificate in Technical Project Management from The Citadel School of Engineering. She earned her PMP® certification in 2014, and was named one of Charleston’s “Forty Under 40” in 2017.
During her time in Charleston, Kara has been involved with several local startups and charitable organizations. She enjoys playing in several West Ashley tennis leagues, running charitable 5Ks, supporting local art and business, and traveling as often as possible.
Mr Fanning is a nationally recognized master facilitator, consultant, and entrepreneur. He built his company to help organizations develop leaders, boost revenue, and reduce the cost of turnover. He is the #1 bestselling author of, “The QUIT Alternative®: The Blueprint for Creating the Job You Love…Without Quitting”. His books have sold in over 39 countries, and received praise from corporate leaders at DHL, The Sports Authority, Kraft, Carefusion, and Universal Hospital Systems. As a leading columnist at INC. Magazine, he has also been featured in Forbes, Yahoo! Business, and Business Insider. He has published numerous other works including “The Leader’s Guide to Employee Motivation – How to Quickly and Effectively Motivate Your Team”.
He draws from his unique blend of experience with 20 years in Fortune 1000 organizations (including Honeywell and Russell Corporation) as well as an executive coach. He has trained and facilitated sessions with leaders at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism, Bridgestone, Dollar General, Princess Cruise Lines, Brookdale, Charleston Wine and Food Festival, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and Dell.
Mr Fanning holds a MBA from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama. He is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation with an additional coaching certification from Newfield Network. He is an active volunteer in the Charleston, South Carolina community having served on the Vestry at Grace Church Episcopal Cathedral, chaired the Philanthropy Committee for the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, and coached Charleston Recreation Youth Sports for six seasons. His child has attended the school since a very young age.
Mrs. Gramling is a science educator with a B.S. degree in Biology from Clemson University and a M.S. degree in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her last year of graduate school, Mrs. Gramling became a lateral entry teacher through the NC Teach program and spent a year teaching Earth Science at Hillside High School in Durham, NC. After her husband Joel completed graduate school, they relocated to Charleston in 2006.
Mrs. Gramling’s first teaching position in Charleston was as a high school science teacher at Garrett Academy of Technology. While there, she became Department Chair and was honored to become one of the Top 5 Teachers of the Year for CCSD in 2008-2009. After having her son in 2011, Mrs. Gramling worked part time as an adjunct Biology professor at both Trident Tech and The Citadel. In the fall of 2015, she was hired as an Instructor of Biology at the Citadel where she currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology and General Biology. Mrs. Gramling’s son is a current CTM student.