Please call me "Jeff "
Last name is pronounced simply - "See-la".
My roots in South Carolina go back to 1963, when my father moved our family of five to the Rock Hill area from Wisconsin. Dad transferred to Bowater Paper Mill in Catawba as a foreman. Our family grew to eight members adding three more children born in South Carolina during the next few years. From there Dad transferred to Frazier Paper in Maine and eventually back to Wisconsin.
After graduation high school in 1977, I joined the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer as a Hospital Corpsman and later accepting a commission as a Naval Officer. In 1987 my wife Debra, also a Chief Petty Officer, and I were stationed in South Carolina; she was assigned to the Charleston Naval Hospital and myself a medical programs recruiter in Columbia. We settled in Santee, a perfect fit halfway between Charleston and Columbia, having the small town appeal we both love. Debra and I have three grown children; our oldest daughter was born in Naples, Italy and over the next four years in Santee we added her brother and younger sister to the family; both born at the Charleston Naval Hospital.
My education thus far includes a Masters in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois - Chicago 2012 and two degrees from the University of South Carolina - Columbia; a B.S. Information Management 2002 and a B.A. in 1990. That first degree was through the Navy's Enlisted Commissioning Program leading to my commission as an Ensign (Aviation Intelligence Officer) upon graduation. In 1999 I retired from my naval career as a Lieutenant after 22 years of service.
For seven years I worked for Lexington Medical Center as a Clinical Business Intelligence Analyst, retiring to private life in 2020. Prior to that I worked for 15 years at the USC School of Medicine as a Systems/Network Manager, and two years teaching high school at Orangeburg Christian Academy after retiring from the U.S. Navy.
Most of my non-work time is dominated by faith and family; keeping up with my grown children, grandchildren, friends. This summer I accepted a pastoral assignment with the United Methodist Church in Smoaks (Walterboro District). Prior to that Jerusalem United Methodist Church of Santee was our spiritual home. I served as the Chairperson of the Church Council/Administrative Board, taught Adult Sunday School, and President of United Methodist Men. In earlier years I've served as Treasurer, Certified Lays Speaker, Lay Leader, Coordinator of Methodist Youth Fellowship, and still drive the church bus.
Hobbies, when I can carve out the time, include cooking/grilling, motorcycle riding (cruiser), camping, fishing, hunting, and golf. As far as music, my favorites are the older country and bluegrass artists, classic rock from from 1960 to the 1990s, blues, jazz, and a small catalog of current popular music, very small...