Our Staff

Our team is here to serve you.

Meet the Kroc Center staff.

Major Kent Davis, Area Commander & Kroc Senior Officer

Major Kent Davis is from Wilson, North Carolina. He was commissioned and ordained from The Salvation Army College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988. He and his wife, Major Melody Davis, have served as officers for 27 years, with appointments in Texas, Georgia (Divisional Headquarters), North Carolina (Divisional Headquarters) and South Carolina. Major Davis is dedicated to the cause of Christ and The Salvation Army mission and ministry. He is a dedicated family man, friend, pastor, and leader. He and his wife Melody have two grown children and enjoy traveling.

Lt. Jeremy Mockabee, Kroc Center Officer for Congregational Life / Pastor

Lieutenant Jeremy M. Mockabee is from Baltimore, Maryland. He was commissioned and ordained by the Salvation Army in 2013. Prior to entering into the ministry, Lt. Mockabee was an airline pilot for Delta Airlines for 6 years. This is Lt. Mockabee’s first appointment as a Salvation Army Officer. Lieutenant Mockabee is passionate about Jesus Christ, and is eager to spread the Gospel to as many as he can. He and his wife Kristina have two young children: Morgan, who is 7, and Aubrey, who is 5. They are expecting a third child in November of 2015.

Kris Mockabee, Kroc Center Officer for Congregational Life / Pastor

Bio coming soon

Steve Cook, Kroc Director

Steve Cook has been an integral part of The Salvation Army Kroc Center since its conception. He served on the executive committee that proposed the Kroc Tennis Center as a venue of the overall project. Upon the opening in 2011, Cook was named Director of Tennis of the 16 court facility. During his five years at the tennis center, Cook brought the tennis center numerous accolades including SC-­‐‑USTA Member Facility of the Year and USTA National Facility of the year. The tennis 
 center has 700 members, hosts over 200 USTA league teams annually and is 
 operated by a staff of 20; eight of which are teaching pros. Formerly, Cook owned an independent real estate brokerage firm in Greenville. Earlier in his career he was a national sales manager for a publicly traded mortgage company. He has served as a teaching pro, high school coach, NCAA college coach and also a Director of Tennis at resorts and country clubs in Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and West Virginia. Cook holds a marketing degree from The University of West Florida.

Katie Penland, Senior Program Director

Katie Penland was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from J.L. Mann Academy in 2005. She then attended college at the University of South Carolina-Upstate where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Nonprofit Administration. Through college, Katie worked in a number of different nonprofit areas of focus, including drug and alcohol prevention and awareness, homelessness, domestic violence, and health and wellness. She spent almost 6 years working with the YMCA of Greenville, primarily in the Membership department, but also served as the Small Groups Coordinator to help build a strong community among the members. Upon graduating USC Upstate, Katie worked at Safe Harbor in Greenville, as the Transitional Housing Program Case Manager. Katie was hired by The Salvation Army Kroc Center in May of 2011 and served as the Membership Director for 5 years. She now serves as the Senior Program Director for The Salvation Army Kroc Center, leading programs in the area of Fitness, Sports, Aquatics, and Membership. Katie also serves as the Southern Territory Kroc Center Representative for the National CCMS Development Committee.

Anibal Braga, Head Tennis Professional

Anibal Braga has been the Head Tennis Professional at the Kroc Center since its opening in July of 2011. He played varsity tennis for Auburn University Montgomery, where he earned a marketing degree and an MBA. His teams won two National NAIA titles in 1995 and 1996. He served as Assistant Tennis Coach at Auburn Montgomery (1996-1997), and at Clemson (1998-2001). For the next nine years, he was the Director of Tennis at Green Valley Country Club in Greenville, SC. Anibal is a PTR Professional and a Senior Tennis Instructor at the Clemson Tennis Camp. He is also a Certified Yoga Instructor, having completed the 9 month/230 hour training at the Asheville Yoga Center in May of 2013.

Patty Lauritzen, Kroc Tennis House Manager

Patty was born and raised in Lafayette Hill, PA, and earned a BS Secondary Education/BS Psychology from West Chester State University. She managed and originated construction and residential lending for major bankers in South Florida from 1984-2000. Patty has been the Kroc Tennis House Manager since our inception in July 2011. Patty is “married to the best guy in the world,” and their two children are now studying at USC.

Lauren Good, Conference Center Director

Lauren is a Greenville native, graduating from Greenville High School in 2000. She then attended college at Clemson University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, with a double minor in French and Graphic Design. She then moved to Charleston, SC, where she worked for a catering and event planning company. She discovered a passion for planning, and learned from some of the best wedding and event planners in the industry. Lauren brought her skills and love of events back to Greenville in 2011, and began working full-time for The Kroc Center in downtown Greenville as the Events Manager. Lauren was then promoted to Conference Center Director, where she now manages 8 staff members, including a catering chef and event staff. Lauren has been a member of PULSE Young Professionals since 2012, serving on the Marketing Committee for 2 years. Lauren is also the recipient of Greenville’s 2014 “Best and Brightest 35 and Under.”

Mike Burdine, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

Mike Burdine has been employed by The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club for 26 years. He is a product of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. After graduating from the SC Criminal Justice Academy and serving as a uniform patrolman for Greenville City Police Department, he realized that his calling was working with the youth of Greenville County. Mike has received several awards over the years for his work with Youth, Schools, Churches and Law Enforcement. Mike has served as both Vice President/President of the School Improvement Committee, was on the board for four years at Greenville Technical Charter High School, served on the Release Time Board and is a previous president of the PTA at Blythe Academy.

Kimberly Meadows, Program Director for the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

Kimberly Meadows graduated from Winthrop University with a B.A. in Dance Education, and found her calling teaching in the classroom and in the studio, allowing all students to express their own individuality through expressed movement. As the Program Manager for the Boys and Girls Club, Kimberly strives daily to ensure all club members reach their full potential academically, physically, mentally, and spiritually in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.

Bryan Hayes, Athletic Director

Bryan Hayes graduated from SWU, where he played soccer and golf, and served a role as student body president. Later, Bryan came back to SWU as a recruiter, and then as head coach of the men’s and women’s cross-country teams for 4 years. Bryan also worked at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Greenville for 14 years, and served as Athletic Director for 11 years and Program Director for three years. Bryan has a passion to reach children and make a difference in their lives. Bryan now serves as Sports Manager at the Kroc Center.

Amy Boswell, Aquatics Director

Amy Boswell is the Aquatics Director for the Kroc Center. Originally from North Carolina, she moved to Greenville in May of 2011 to join the Kroc Center leadership team. She has been involved in the aquatics industry for 10+ years. Her family was involved in the aquatics industry while she was growing up, which sparked her interest in the aquatics industry. She attended Western Carolina University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. While working for the Kroc Center she attended NC State online for her Masters in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Currently she is a certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator.

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