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2015 Alumni Board

USC Upstate Alumni Board of Directors

2016 Officers

Matt JettMatt Jett ’07, President
Major: Business Administration
Employment: Product Analyst at QS1
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I have a love for the university and an appreciation for the education and experience it provided. I believe this would be a meaningful way to serve and contribute to the alumni community.
Community Involvement:

Erik LittleErik Little 12, Vice President      
Major: Accounting
Employment: Hubbell Lighting 

Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate is more than just a four year institution; it’s an incubator for success. Innovative methods and ideas combined with faculty engagement created the best possible college mentor experience for all students. Erik believes graduates from the university

Dione Williams HeadshotDione Y. Williams 03, Secretary
Major: Elementary Education
Employment: 6th grade teacher, Spartanburg District 7
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Dione received many opportunities to connect with educators throughout the Spartanburg community who have had a lifelong effect on her educational success. The growth and development she received at USC Upstate made her a better candidate in the job market.
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors, Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and United Way: Young Leaders Society


2016 Board Members

Jeremey Brown

Jeremy Brown ‘14
Major: Criminal Justice
Employment: SC Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services

Kierra BrownKierra Brown ‘10
Major: Business Marketing Minor In NonProfit Administration

Employment:  Technical  Recruiter  with  TEKsystem
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Upstate afforded me the opportunity to attend a University close to home and receive a great education from a highly recognized University. Attending Upstate also gave me the opportunity to take my first ever plane ride when I studied aboard in London. Other benefits included: being a Student Ambassador, member of the Opportunity Network and also joining an amazing Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.
Community Involvement: Volunteer with A.Bevy Inc. Charlotte, NC.

Jennifer CallawayJennifer Callaway ‘95
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Employment: Head Womens Volleyball Coach USC Upstate
Additional Information: A part of the USC Upstate community for more than a 20 years, Calloway stabilized a volleyball program that had seven coaches in a nine-year period when she took over at age 23 in 1996.

Daphnie GlennDaphnie Glenn ‘12 
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Employment: Assistant Director of Housing and Resident Life, USC Upstate
Additional Information: Being a recent alumna I hope to take what I hear current students discussing as their pride in the University and see that they are able to cherish and wish to return and give back.

Rhonda HendersonRhonda Henderson ‘86
Major: Secondary Education, English Employment: Retired, Director Public Relations, Spartanburg School District 2 – entering Real Estate
Additional Information: Cultivating and maintaining USC Upstate’s reputation of excellence in our community and beyond is vital, and all organizations bearing the University’s name can add polish to its reputation. It is an honor to represent my alma mater as an Alumni Association board member and to give back to USC Upstate by serving in this capacity and putting a little elbow grease into making that golden dome shine just a little brighter.

Todd HorneTodd Horne 05
Major: Communications
Employment: Vice President of Business Development at Clayton Construction
Community Involvement: Chairman of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Valandis  Johnson

Valandis Johnson ‘13
Major: Secondary Education, History
Employment: Property Manager, Kenney Realty Services
Additional Information: While in college I developed a commitment to and pride for USC Upstate. Becoming a member of the Alumni Board provides an opportunity to cultivate this passion; allowing me to be of service in any capacity to the USC Upstate community.

Tyler LucheyTyler Luchey 11
Major: Business Administration
Employment: Assistant Vice President; Technology Project Solutions Consultant at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC
Benefits of graduating from USC Upstate: I was fortunate to attend a university where I was treated more like family then a student. Therefore I have a personal connection to the campus and want to be a part of helping it blossom. I have benefited greatly from the connections I've made at the University and want to help facilitate the connecting of those future Alum coming after me
Community Involvement:
YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Women’s Ministry

Stacey MillsStacey Mills 96 

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Employment: Executive Director of the Greenville Campus at USC Upstate 

Marcia Murff

Marcia Murff 89 
Major: English
Employment: Director of PR and Development at Spartanburg Parks
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate:
I believe in USC Upstate and would be more than willing to serve in any capacity to the mission of this institution
Community Involvement: Chair of Junior Leadership Spartanburg, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Regents

Tony Nelson

Tony Nelson 13
Major: Criminal Justice
Employment: Juris Doctor Candidate at Charlotte School of Law
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I believe I have invaluable knowledge that I would love to share with the Upstate Community. I also want to stay connected to my university and learn the nuances of being a member of our Alumni Association. 

Dr. Princess Porter-FowlerDr. Princess Porter-Fowler 98

Major: Biology 
Employment: Doctor of Chiropractic at Porter Chiropractic
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I believe in the importance of Upstate to the growth and economic stability of Spartanburg. I’ve had the opportunity to watch the city grow and change along with this University, and I am committed to the growth and development of Spartanburg.
Community Involvement: Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

Gina RhodeGina Rhode 11

Major: Secondary Education
Employment: 8th Grade Teacher, Spartanburg District 7
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate built a foundation for my transition into adulthood and opened doors for opportunity. I want to continue to be a part of the University by creating a positive atmosphere during and post college.

Ryon Smalls

Ryon Smalls ‘10
Major: Criminal Justice
Employment: Law Student, Charlotte School of Law / Second Lieutenant – U.S. Army Reserve NG
Additional Information: The University of South Carolina Upstate has given me so many resources and opportunities to grow professionally and personally, that I am honored to be a part of an organization that is about giving back to our institution. I care deeply about USC Upstate, and am excited to be involved in helping develop our alumni association into a highly desirable and well respected body of professionals in the Upstate community.

Shannel SmithShannel Smith 07
Major: Early Childhood Education
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors
Carolyn Farr ShanesyCarolyn Farr Shanesy 95
Major: Communications with a concentration in Journalism
Employment: Director of University Communications at USC Upstate
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Like many students, Carolyn was already an Upstate resident before attending USC Upstate. After graduation, she was able to use her community contacts both from living in the area and from her tenure at USC Upstate to get ahead in her field. Carolyn is proud to be a part of USC Upstate’s rich history and promising tomorrow.
Community involvement: Media Women of South Carolina, USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors, Secretary of the PTA at West Cliffe Elementary School


Joshua Jones
Joshua Jones, Ex-Officio member  

Major: Sport Management, Hampton University
Employment: Director of Alumni Relations at USC Upstate

Joshua recently moved to Spartanburg from Roanoke, Virginia. He enjoys cooking, CrossFit and helping others through charitable organizations. Joshua and his wife Arlesia Jones introduced their first child, Lennox Averie to the world, July 24, 2016, and couldn’t be more in love. 

Matt Cash
Matt Cash 06, Ex-Officio Member

Major: Political Science
Employment: Coordinator of Recruitment, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate offers its students a close-knit learning environment where faculty and staff quickly develop into mentors and friends, while also offering students experiences that can often only be found at larger research universities. Matt is proud to have served on the Board of Directors since 2008. He enjoys giving back to his alma mater as it has provided him with so many enduring friendships and opportunities.
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Foundation Board of Directors, Hub City Hog Fest Board Member, Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers – South Carolina Planning Committee, Chapter Advisor for University Relations – Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity of USC Upstate, Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors   


The mission of the University of South Carolina Alumni Board of Directors is to be an advisory board to the institution and to other alumni. The primary purpose of the Board is to serve as a body by which all who have attended USC Upstate can maintain some connection with the University. Those appointed as Board members shall exhibit these qualifications: leadership ability, commitment to USC Upstate, involvement in Association activities, a willingness to serve the Board and a history of financial support of the institution. Executive Council members shall have served a minimum of one term on the Board prior to election or appointment to this committee.

The Alumni Board of Directors is the governing body of our Alumni Association and makes decisions for our Alumni Association scholarship recipients and Distinguished Alumni Award. 

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