Our Lantern Specialists

Jan Clouse, President Carolina LanternsJan Clouse - President


Jan is a hands on business owner who is involved in every aspect of her business, from buying to the daily operations and sales.

Formerly VP of sales for International Shipping Lines, and a Regional Sales Manager.

Education: Licensed Realtor

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, boating, walking, running. working out, and the beach

Group and Associations: HBA Charleston Board, EAGC board, Red Cross, BOD, Mt. Pleasant Home and Garden, CRAN

Honors and Awards: Presidents award HBA 2004, 2005, Associate of the year HBA 2006, 2008, Associate VP HBA 2011/2012, Coastal Living Idea House 2004,2005,2007 Southern Living Idea House 2006, Completed Dale Carnegie Course Sales Advantage

Jennifer Crider — Office Manager, ALA CertifiedJennifer Crider — Office Manager, ALA Certified

Human Resources, AP/AC, and personal assistant to Jan Clouse.

Formerly customer service representative for International Shipping Lines.

Awards: Employee of the Year 2006 Carolina Lanterns, Dale Carnegie Course and Leadership Training for Managers 2006

Hobbies: Fishing, boating,  cooking, working out, and gardening

Jamey NelsonJamey Nelson — VP Sales, ALA Lighting Associate

Jamey Nelson joined Carolina Lanterns after a 15 year career in the surfacing business in the lowcountry. He heads up our Builder Sales Division. Jamey is ALA Certified, has a BS from Lander University and an MBA from The Citadel. He lives on James Island with his wife and two girls. He enjoys spending time with his family, triathlon and boating.

Richard Merola, Warehouse ManagerRichard Merola

Warehouse Manager
Richard came to the US on May 1995 (12 years old) from Olongapo Philippines. He was enlisted in the US Navy from February, 2006 through December, 2013. He loves to play and watch all types of sports, especially baseball and softball. He is a big Lakers, Dodgers, and Raiders fan. Basically all California teams since it's where he grew up. Richard is happily married to a beautiful Filipina and they have a beautiful daughter named Nina Marie.
"Remember to always be humble! Life is way too short to be mad all the time!"

Pippa MalonePippa Malone

Senior Sales

Joining Carolina Lanterns and Lighting in 2014, Pippa brings a unique brand of enthusiasm embracing a new career in Lighting Design. Possessing a keen eye for detail and excellent customer assessment skills, she is able to transform clients’ electrical requirements into illuminating, functional design solutions.

With an Interior Design and Studio Arts background, Pippa has worked in Showroom Sales and Project Management, specializing in kitchen & bath design since arriving in Charleston in 1990. She has also been a freelance decorative painter and architectural illustrator. She enjoys practicing calligraphy, photography, reading and travel.                                                       

Shannan Payne PrestonShannan Payne Preston

Builder Sales Associate

Shannan is an ALA Certified Lighting Specialist focusing on residential and commercial electrical layout & design, product specifications for recessed, task, and accent lighting, and home lighting controls. She holds a BS in Public Relations from West Virginia University and resides in Mount Pleasant with her husband and son.

Tricia HansonPatricia Hanson

Builder Sales Associate

She minored in Advertising.  She has worked at Carolina Lanterns since May 2010.  Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, she has lived in the Old Village of Mt Pleasant since 2006

Education:Graduated from Clemson University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies.

Kimberly NesbittKimberly Nesbitt

Builder Sales Associate

Teri Edwards Teri Edwards

Inside Sales

After graduating with a BS in Political Science from Rollins College, Teri decided to make a change and  enter the design world. After gaining experience with Acquisitions and Domain Interiors and Design, Teri made a full-time commitment to design and started with Carolina Lanterns. Teri moved to the Charleston area three years ago and enjoys partaking in the exquisite cuisine, beaches and all the other outdoor festivities that the low country has to offer.

Lisa FranzLisa Franz

Lighting Associate / Inside Sales

Lisa Franz is originally from Muncie, Indiana. She has lived in Charleston for the past 12 years. Lisa joined the Carolina Lanterns & Lighting team in August of 2017. She’s ALA certified and has an eye for interior design. She enjoys boating, golfing and spending time with her adorable Morkie puppy, Griffin. She came to Carolina Lanterns from the fashion Industry having worked at Nancy's and is ready for her new journey!

#1 (orig) Lauren CrushingLauren Crushing

Lighting Associate / Inside Sales

Lauren joins our team with ten years of lighting experience. Working mostly in the commercial field she is ready to work more on the design side of Lighting. She moved to the Charleston area with her husband in 2014. She and her husband have one daughter and are exciting to grow their family here in the Low Country.

Abbigail Hartwell, Internal SalesAbbigail Hartwell

Sales Assistant
Abbigail moved from Pennsylvania to Charleston in 2010 and is happy to call it home. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts focused in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Charleston in 2013. Design has always had a special place in her heart after learning to read blueprints at an early age with her grandfather, a general contractor. She enjoys spending her free time working on new DIY projects, spending time with friends, and walking around historic Charleston.

Beverly Shoemaker, Internal SalesBeverly Shoemaker

Internal Sales
Beverly is an ALA Certified lighting specialist who just moved to Charleston in June of 2016 from Dallas, Texas. Beginning as a receptionist at a lighting showroom and working her way up to outside builder sales, she has total of 17 years experience in the lighting world. Her experience ranges in everything from small residential projects to multi-million dollar custom lighting projects! Beverly was on the Board of Directors for the NARI (National Association of Re-modelers) Dallas, TX. She also served as their chapter secretary for two years and was on the Board of Directors, Education Board, and Associates Counsil for the Homebuilders Association of Greater Dallas. When she's off work she can be found enjoying the Charleston beaches, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Shavonne ClaytonShavonne Clayton

Sales Assistant

Has been working in retail for several years. She graduated from Francis Marion University with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts in 2006. Looking for a change of pace, she joined the Army National Guard in 2011 where she embarked on an exciting new career and welcomed a world of opportunity.

She joined the Carolina Lanterns team in July 2013, and was hired permanently in November 2013.

She enjoys working hard and spending time with her son.

Marlie Ahola, Office Administrative AssistantMarlie Ahola

Office Administration

Marlie has been with the Carolina Lanterns team since June of 2017. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but has lived in Charleston since 2016. She graduated from John Carroll University with a B.A. in Communications and Marketing. She has always loved to interact with customers and find the right solutions to any problems they may have. On her days off, you will find Marlie at a dog park, eating sushi and drinking ice coffee!

"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things!" 

Scott Kinney, Clearance Center Administrative AssistantScott Kinney

Clearance Center Administrative Assistant

Scott comes to us after a year and a half working as the Volunteer Coordinator at a local non-profit. Prior to that he was the Children's Pastor for a local church and served in full time ministry for over 14 years.

Scott has been married to his wife, Meghan since 1999 and has four children; Tradd, Cooper, Coleman and Drayton. Orginially from Pennsylvania, Scott has been living in Charleston since 1994 and calls this his home. He's excited about his new position here at Carolina Lanterns and Lighting and looks forward to serving you.

Hanna Reed, Warehouse Managerial AssistantHanna Reed

Warehouse Managerial Assistant
Hanna joined our team after a 10 year career with a local Non-Profit. She has a background in Sales and Construction. Originally from Chicago she has been in Mount Pleasant for 16 years and now calls this home. She has a BS from Southeast Missouri State University.

John Rieselsberger, Warehouse AssistantJohn Rieselsberger

Warehouse Assistant

John joined the Carolina Lanterns team in June of 2017. He is originally from Cincinatti, Ohio but has lived in Charleston for 15 years, so considers himself a native of the area. John enjoys the varied nature of his work, fishing, and being in the great outdoors.

Kristie SellersKristie Sellers


A local to the Charleston area, Kristie has used her accounting skills in many different fields from hospitality to DOD contracts, and is looking forward to helping you with your lighting requirements. On her time off, Kristie enjoys socializing with her family and friends, anything water related, sports and gardening. She and her husband are also the very proud parents of two young men.

"Keep Life Simple"


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