Our Staff


We’re here to keep you informed, engaged and connected to the university that you love. Let us help you!

Student for a short time. Gamecock for a lifetime.


Jack W. Claypoole, '87 BA, Life Member

Executive Director
jclaypoole@mycarolina.org
(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.






Jessica Y. Allison, '10 BA

Administrative Assistant
jallison@mycarolina.org
(803) 777-4111

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.






James Bentley Armstrong III, '14 BA, '15 MLIS, Annual Member

Programs and Membership Assistant
jarmstrong@mycarolina.org

James is a full-time graduate student and works at My Carolina part time, assisting with the Student Network's social media presence, membership services and chapter programs. When he's not in the office, he's cheering on the Gamecocks on all playing surfaces or working towards his master's degree in library and information science. In the office, James is a team player, filling in with ideas, service or manpower wherever he is needed.






Lynn G. Bradley, '84 BA, Life Member

Assistant Executive Director of Alumni Engagement
lbradley@mycarolina.org
(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.






Selena Chavis, Life Member

Administrative Assistant for Alumni Engagement
schavis@mycarolina.org
(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.






Mary Ruffin Weaver Childs, '80 BS, Life Member

Assistant Executive Director of Membership, Marketing & Communications
mchilds@mycarolina.org
(803) 777-0971

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
pclark@mycarolina.org
(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.






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

Director of Integrated Marketing Communications
mfakas@mycarolina.org
(803) 576-5582

Meredith manages MyCarolina.org, oversees promotional projects and market research, and serves as a copywriter and editor for the association. An eight-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
cgarrettjr@mycarolina.org  
(803) 777-1413

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.






Lindsey Griffin

Director of Development
lgriffin@mycarolina.org
(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!






Leigh-Ann Hansell

Director of Membership Processing
lhansell@mycarolina.org
(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.






Vanessa R. Hill, '88 BS, Life Member

Assistant Executive Director for Operations
vhill@mycarolina.org
(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.”






Meredith A. Jaggard, Life Member

Director of Membership Marketing
mjaggard@mycarolina.org  
(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.






Rosiland James

Accounting Manager
rjames@mycarolina.org
(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.






Jonathan Jones, Life Member

Senior Director of Membership
jjones@mycarolina.org
(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.






Hunter Looper, '08 BS, Annual Member

Director of Alumni Programs
hlooper@mycarolina.org
(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.






Vicky Montgomery, '85 MMC, Life Member

Secretary to the Board of Governors
vickym@mycarolina.org

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.






Elizabeth Muth, '05 BA, Life Member

Assistant Executive Director for Strategy and Business Development
emuth@mycarolina.org
(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.






Sarah O. Sipes, '07 BS, Annual Member

Director of Regional Alumni Engagement
ssipes@mycarolina.org
(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.






Alexa Sonderman, '14 BS, Annual Member

Director of Student Programs
asonderman@mycarolina.org
(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."