Patricia Cannon: President of HIS International
Area Director, Columbia, SC
Patricia better known as Pat Cannon has been at HIS since the beginning in 1992. As stated in the History, she was instrumental with her late husband, Pete, in founding HIS International. They met while attending Georgetown University where they had the privilege of attending classes with internationals from various cultures and being invited to embassy parties. Some of the students they knew, upon graduation, went on to become leaders after returning to their home countries.
Pat has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years and is passionate about nursing because she loves people and wants their best. She graduated Georgetown with honors and a member of Sigma Theta Tau an organization known for global nursing excellence. She earned a Master’s degree after deciding to become a nursing instructor. She has practiced and been in leadership in many fields of nursing from New Jersey to Florida. She started in hospital nursing, but quickly went into Public Health where she managed 150 families. Her next longest practice area was Labor and Delivery. Before going on to become a nursing instructor she was in Home Health and Hospice for many years. Her last nursing job was a nursing instructor where she was able to teach leadership and encourage the next generation of nurses as well as pass on her passion for nursing. Since she has lost some significant members of her family to medical errors Pat is an advocate for safe patient care. She has been an instructor at both University of South Carolina and South University.
Pat has been very active in leadership in the community. She was instrumental in helping husbands in America to be with their wives in the delivery room and enjoy the birth of their babies together. She led an environmental group that advocated for clean air in South Carolina. Pat also has a love for the homeless or those who have had a difficult life. She has found many ways to serve them and encourages others to do so. She has helped start and served in a free medical clinic and it was her joy to take her students to join her in serving this population. She has brought international students to minister to those less fortunate. Pat is currently a volunteer Faith Community Nurse, helping others to deal with chronic illness or dying. Pat continues to do educational seminars in things like stress, caregiving and chronic illness. Along with helping internationals with leadership she enjoys helping them understand health and wellness topics. She assists internationals to learn about our health care system and how to stay well while going to school here.
Pat in the last six years has found mentors and become a mentor to internationals on leadership topics. She has had round table discussions on ethics and values and helps the campus leadership group (Global Leadership Network) to suggest and see things they believe are important come to fruition. She is passionate about internationals achieving their career goals. She enjoys finding topics that they would like to have a better understanding of outside the classroom. Some of their top choices have been interviewing, writing a resume or CVs, networking, nonprofit work, public speaking, mentorship, and much more. It is her delight to ask community leaders to come and give their expertise to those studying at the University of South Carolina, Benedict, Allen, Midlands Tech, and CIU.
Pat believes that building friendships with other cultures is of paramount importance in breaking down walls and learning from each other. Besides all the formal things HIS International does Pat makes sure there are parties and joins other community groups in their hospitality events. Many groups do trips and retreats and Pat helps oversee a database that you can sign up for on this site to get the information about all that is available. Pat is the Director of all the activities in Columbia and stays in close communication with the work in Charlotte by the Andersons.
Randy and Wendy Anderson: Area Directors, Charlotte, NC
Randy and Wendy Anderson with their four children joined the HIS team in 1999 serving international students and visiting scholars in Columbia, SC at the University of South Carolina. In the Fall of 2005, they left Columbia to begin another HIS International team in the Charlotte, NC area at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).
Working with our student leaders at Global Leadership Network, we offer Global Leadership Forums (GLFs) on Leadership Development. This provides a great opportunity for international students and scholars to interact with a variety of workplace leaders. From GLFs, small groups, trip adventures, there are many networking and mentoring opportunites.
We look forward to great and growing relationships with international students/scholars and workplace leaders and the local community.
Lillie Smith: Staff, Columbia, SC
Lillie Smith has been a part of HIS International since 2009. She earned both her bachelor’s andVmaster’s degrees in Spanish Education from the University of South Carolina. She also livedVand studied in Madrid, Spain, receiving a diploma in Spanish Studies from the Universidad Complutense. She taught for ten years at Spring Valley High School before choosing to stay at home to rear and teach her children. She has since taught and tutored private Spanish classes to all ages and in many different settings, including as an instructor at Principia and Excelsior Resource Centers. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new places and people, and has traveled for vacations, student trips and mission trips to various parts of the Spanish-speaking world as well as many European countries and North Africa. She and her husband, Randy, have two adult children and one amazing granddaughter. They enjoy spending time in the outdoors with their family and their golden retriever. Lillie has a special love for her relationships with international students and scholars.
Marshal (Rock) and Pat Stone: Staff, Columbia, SC
Born in Alabama where he grew up, Rock joined the U.S. Air Force in 1965. During his 20 years of military service he was in Florida, Hawaii, Colorado, and Thailand. When back to civilian life Rock worked as a hospital consultant, assisted in developing a trauma system for South Carolina, was employed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and sold cars, used and new.
Taking early retirement, he began working with HIS International. With considerable skill in the kitchen Rock oversaw the meal preparation at the Hospitality House on Pendleton Street. Day trips for students to the beach, factories, historic sites, and famous restaurants have been a major way Rock has ministered within His International.
Margaret, Rock’s wife of 29 years and the mother of his two children, died of cancer, and in 2006 he married Pat. She is extremely talented in stained glass, fused glass and mosaics and has created glass art for 20 years. She owns her own business in West Columbia SC where she teaches all three forms of glass art. She participates in the HIS International and international student activities as time permits.
Just about every Sunday they open their home to between 9-18 guests for lunch. The Stones blend their children and grandchildren with international students and their families as schedules permit. Students from 15 countries have been able to join them for lunch over the years.