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Student for a short time. Gamecock for a lifetime.
Jack W. Claypoole, '87 BA, Life Member
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.
Jessica Y. Allison, '10 BA
Jessica enjoys interacting with past, present and future Gamecocks who love the University of South Carolina. Whether she's managing the Horseshoe Brick Restoration Project or serving as the liaison for the Black Alumni Council, Jessica wears many hats. Getting the chance to work for her alma mater every day has been a dream come true.
Lynn G. Bradley, '84 BA, Life Member
Assistant Executive Director of Alumni Engagement
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.
Selena Chavis, Life Member
Administrative Coordinator for Alumni Engagement
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.
Mary Ruffin Weaver Childs, '80 BS, Life Member
Assistant Executive Director of Membership, Marketing & Communications
Mary Ruffin is a Gamecock through and through, loyal and devoted to her alma mater. In her role, Mary Ruffin is responsible for bringing in corporate partners that are a strong fit for our wonderful alumni.
She leads all membership recruitment and appreciation efforts and also directs communications and marketing for the alumni association. Her love for Carolina is unwavering, and staff members are thankful for her enthusiasm and heart.
Phil Clark, Life Member
Senior Advisor to the Executive Director
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.
Meredith L. Fakas, '01 BA, '08 MMC, Life Member
Director of Integrated Marketing Communications
Meredith manages MyCarolina.org, oversees promotional projects and market research, and serves as a copywriter and editor for the association. A nine-year veteran of My Carolina, Meredith thrives in highly detailed endeavors and considers herself one grateful Gamecock to have this opportunity.
“Carolina is well known for providing an exceptional student experience, and we are fortunate to play a role in strengthening those personal memories as your relationship with your alma mater grows. Forever to thee!”
Charlie A. Garrett Jr., '05 BS, Life Member
Information Technology Manager
Charlie ensures that the My Carolina Alumni Association staff is able to perform their daily duties with great technology.
He focuses on business operations and is My Carolina’s IT go-to employee. When he’s not serving My Carolina members and university friends, you can find Charlie watching Gamecock football on a hot Saturday while cooking on the grill
and hanging out with friends.
Director of Development
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!
Senior Director of Operations
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.
Director of Membership Processing
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.
Vanessa R. Hill, '88 BS, Life Member
Assistant Executive Director for Operations
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.”
Meredith A. Jaggard, Life Member
Director of Membership Marketing
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.
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.
Jonathan Jones, Life Member
Senior Director of Membership
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.
Kelsey Jones, Student Member
Graduate Assistant, Student Programs
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 offer—
everything 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.
Hunter Looper, '08 BS, Annual Member
Director of Alumni Programs
Hunter has given her heart and soul to growing My Carolina Student Network
and is now transitioning into another significant role at the alumni association—
planning 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.
Vicky Montgomery, '85 MMC, Life Member
Secretary to the Board of Governors
Vicky Montgomery likes to look forward—
to 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.
Elizabeth Muth, '05 BA, Life Member
Assistant Executive Director for Strategy and Business Development
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.
Celesia F. Patterson, '11 BA, '15 MMC, Annual Member
Integrated Marketing Communications and Membership Graduate Assistant
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 community—forever to thee
Sarah O. Sipes, '07 BS, Annual Member
Director of Regional Alumni Engagement
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.
Alexa Sonderman, '14 BS, Annual Member
Director of Student Programs
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."