Michael and Ann Hayes of Camden are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Mary Melissa Hayes to Mr. Brian Lee Gaines of Anderson, South Carolina.
Melissa is the granddaughter of the late Caston (Bud) and Ellen Strak Davis and the late Charles Everett and Ophelia Dixon Hayes.
Melissa is a 2007 graduate of Wofford College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Certification in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She holds a 2010 Master of Science in Microbiology and a 2013 Doctorate of Philosophy in Microbiology from Clemson University.
Melissa is currently employed by Clemson University as a Postdoctoral Researcher.
Brian is the son of Henry and Mae Isom and Joel Gaines. He is the grandson of Francis and Sally Gaines and of the late James and Mary Mitchell of Anderson, SC. He is a 1999 graduate of Anderson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Graphic Design and holds a 2014 Master of Arts in Professional Communication with a concentration in User Experience Design from Clemson University. He served six years in the United States Navy.
He is employed by Tri-County Technical College as a Multimedia Artist/Web Architect/User Experience Designer.
A fall wedding is planned.