My Carolina staff members at Homecoming

Our Staff

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Student for a short time. Gamecock for a lifetime.

Jack W. Claypoole, '87 BA, Life Member

Executive Director
(803) 777-4113

Motivated by the energy and passion of today’s student, Jack enjoys bringing that spirit to former Gamecocks to help them reconnect with our university and her alumni. A lifelong Gamecock, Carolina is truly home for Jack.  It’s where he met his wife and is now home to his son, a freshman living in Preston.

Jack Claypoole

Lynn G. Bradley, '84 BA, Life Member

Assistant Executive Director of Alumni Engagement
(803) 777-3989

Lynn, a My Carolina staff member for many years, is known for her high level of professionalism and ability to calmly find solutions. Lynn has the pleasure of planning and executing the fabulous events for those closest to us at Carolina, fostering pride in our university and celebrating its accomplishments. She is so proud to work with staff members who have taken the highly regarded student membership program to new heights. Lynn takes joy in connecting the alumni she has met over the years and continues to welcome at our events to the university they love.

Cocky with Life Membership card

Selena Chavis, Life Member

Administrative Coordinator for Alumni Engagement
(803) 777-1280

Selena works with alumni on a daily basis, whether they are celebrating a new bundle of joy or a fiftieth reunion. This position requires attention to detail and also a level of customer service that makes everyone feel valued. Selena’s dedication to the University of South Carolina stems from growing up a Gamecock. Her commitment is unparallelled, and her coworkers appreciate her tireless work ethic.

Selena Chavis

Phil Clark, Life Member

Senior Advisor to the Executive Director
(803) 777-3991

Phil spends his day making sure My Carolina is providing the best possible opportunities for our alumni to engage with and support today’s students. Phil is a proud Life Member and sees My Carolina as the gateway to foster the rich heritage of the University of South Carolina between yesterday’s student and today’s undergraduate.

Phil Clark

Meredith L. Fakas, '01 BA, '08 MMC, Life Member

Director of Integrated Marketing Communications
(803) 576-5582

Meredith, a nine-year veteran of the membership, marketing and communications department of My Carolina, has dedicated herself to a high standard of excellence in all endeavors in the career she has cherished at the university she loves. She considers it a privilege to help strengthen the personal memories of alumni from their time as University of South Carolina students. Forever to thee!
Meredith Fakas

Lindsey Griffin

Director of Development
(803) 777-4112

Lindsey works every day to connect alumni and friends to the legacy opportunities within our new alumni home, fulfilling her passion for Carolina. My Carolina's development program provides the resources necessary to promote the interests and welfare of the university and our alumni body, allowing Lindsey to tie a graduate’s love for the university to a meaningful opportunity that will strengthen our institution. Lindsey says that it is a privilege to serve a great university with a reputation of academic leadership, connect with fellow proud Gamecocks and see our alumni’s impact on Carolina's past, present and future. Go Cocks!

Lindsey Griffin

Kevin Grindstaff

Senior Director of Operations
(803) 777-1271

Kevin brings with him a commitment to the university to take the vision of alumni for a new home and turn it into a pinnacle of existence. He uses his talents to see a vacant piece of land and lines on paper become the new home for all Gamecock alumni. In addition to overseeing the construction of the new Alumni Center, Kevin will see to it that the state-of-the-art technology is functioning and providing the best customer experience possible. When he is not on the construction site or in the office, you can find him with his family in the outdoors or watching Gamecock sports. 

Kevin Grindstaff

Leigh-Ann Hansell

Director of Membership Processing
(803) 777-6754

Leigh-Ann directs membership processing at My Carolina and is always happy to help alumni, students and friends of the university with their membership questions. She enjoys talking with students and alumni who share their Carolina experiences with her and tell her how their love for the university is displayed in their daily lives through event attendance, camaraderie and even apparel. She is an alumna of the university’s Beaufort campus and loves all things Garnet and Black.

Leigh-Ann Hansell

Vanessa R. Hill, '88 BS, Life Member

Assistant Executive Director for Operations
(803) 777-6196

Vanessa is involved in many aspects of the changes that are required in the day-to-day operations of the alumni association, while at the same time engaging in the planning and operation required for the new Alumni Center. “I truly enjoy coming to work and being involved in this challenging growth phase of the association. To be able to provide our alumni with a state-of-the-art facility and to offer quality services and programs is a dream come true.”

Vanessa Hill

Meredith A. Jaggard, Life Member

Senior Director of Membership, Marketing and Social Media  
(803) 576-5655

Meredith has been a Gamecock supporter for as long as she can remember. She loves not only Gamecock athletics, but the classroom, as well, serving as an instructor to Carolina students. When she's not at the stadium cheering on the Gamecocks, Meredith works as our "social media guru," making sure the alumni association’s story is told through pictures and pride. She also oversees our marketing and membership efforts. If you can’t find her in the office, she is out sipping, seeing and traveling the world.

Meredith Jaggard

Rosiland James

Accounting Manager
(803) 777-6970

Rosiland plays a major role on the operations and finance team and is excited to be part of the Gamecock Nation. Rosiland enjoys watching and cheering on the Gamecocks in football and basketball.

Rosiland James

Jonathan Jones, Life Member

Senior Director of Membership
(803) 576-5583

Jonathan serves two main roles at My Carolina: first, as senior director of membership, in which he’s responsible for managing the My Carolina membership program and assisting members; and second, as the “data dude,” in which he oversees all of My Carolina’s data management. While he greatly enjoys crunching data, Jonathan says that membership in My Carolina is key and is a great way for alumni and friends of the university to show their commitment.

Jonathan Jones

Kelsey Jones, Student Member

Graduate Assistant, Student Programs
(803) 777-6975

Kelsey is a first-year graduate student in the higher education and student affairs (HESA) program, having completed her undergraduate degree in business marketing at Mercer University. Kelsey enjoys exploring all that Columbia has to offereverything from her first experience with SEC football to her first visit to the Soda City Farmer's Market. To Kelsey, My Carolina means the excitement of a new place to call home, the warm embrace of her HESA family and all the fun she has with Garnet Circle.

Kelsey Jones

Hunter Looper, '08 BS, Annual Member

Director of Alumni Programs
(803) 777-1971

Hunter has given her heart and soul to growing My Carolina Student Network and is now transitioning into another significant role at the alumni associationplanning reunions and serving as the liaison to the local Midlands alumni chapter. Hunter's energy and commitment to seeing projects through are strong assets to the organization.

Hunter Looper

Vicky Montgomery, '85 MMC, Life Member

Secretary to the Board of Governors

Vicky Montgomery likes to look forwardto Gamecock brides in the Alumni Center and new programs for members residing around the globe. When she's not busy dreaming big for My Carolina, she serves in the communications, marketing and membership area. Vicky is also a huge proponent of Gamecock Olympic sports.

Vicky Montgomery

Elizabeth Muth, '05 BA, Life Member

Assistant Executive Director for Strategy and Business Development
(803) 777-2924

The University of South Carolina holds a special place in Elizabeth's heart
not only is it her alma mater, but she met her husband at Williams-Brice and got married at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe. It's also the place that allows her to work with alumni, students and staff who share her passion for the Garnet and Black. In her role at My Carolina, Elizabeth works to create and strengthen relationships with campus partners and develop and implement the alumni association's strategic plan.

Cocky with Life Membership card

Celesia F. Patterson, '11 BA, '15 MMC, Annual Member

Integrated Marketing Communications and Membership Graduate Assistant
(803) 777-0495

Celesia is excited about the grand opening of the new Alumni Center and is looking forward to Homecoming 2015. As an alumna and current graduate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, she serves as a practicum intern, working on integrated marketing communications and membership. Her focus at My Carolina is in public relations: connecting and building relationships amongst her fellow alumni. As a Gamecock, Celesia exudes great passion in serving the Carolina communityforever to thee.

Celesia Patterson

Sarah O. Sipes, '07 BS, Annual Member

Director of Regional Alumni Engagement
(803) 777-3986

Sarah works with our alumni chapters nationwide, connecting them with each other and the university through game-viewing parties, community-service projects and networking events. Sarah was born and bred a Gamecock and loves to talk to anyone who shares that passion for the University of South Carolina. She truly believes that though you are a student for a short time, you are a Gamecock for a lifetime.

Sarah Sipes

Alexa Sonderman, '14 BS, Annual Member

Director of Student Programs
(803) 777-6266

Alexa is excited to bring new ideas and perspectives to My Carolina. As a recent Carolina graduate, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the place that has given her so much. Alexa works directly with all of our student programs, making sure our students feel connected to and involved in their university. She says, "Big things are on the horizon here, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else."
Alexa Sonderman