In South Carolina we create.
We are known globally for our ability to build, innovate, and produce. We are a leader in manufacturing and in advanced materials research among other great industry contributions. It comes as no surprise that our region is also home to great companies like BMW, Michelin North America, Fluor, Bosch, GE, and ScanSource. On top of being a great place to work, the Upstate is great place to live. Our region has a sense of community that is hard to explain unless you experience it first hand.
My Road to the Upstate
My roots are in northeast Ohio. I grew up cheering on Cleveland sports (go Cavs!) and battling the winter snow storms. After finishing my degree at Ohio University, I had hunger to experience something new and to never shovel snow off my Jeep again. I was one of seven to dive into a new STEAM graduate program at Clemson University and joined the inaugural co-hort of the MACTS program. I worked at a local public relations firm in Greenville and served as the research assistant for the Social Media Listening Center at Clemson during graduate school. After countless late nights in the grad office, early mornings in the library, and an impossibly long thesis I am honored to have graduated with the first MACTS co-hort.
Our class and faculty created a new model for studying communications and digital analytics – this took true collaboration. After graduation, I stayed in South Carolina to continue my career in public relations with a major focus on digital communications.
I am so pleased to call South Carolina home today. The Upstate is home to breathtaking lakes, mountains,trails, and parks. There always seems to be a concert, art show, robot build, athletic event, tech talk, or… street festival on my calendar.
The Upstate Community
Many of you who know me know that I find a great deal of gratification in community outreach. My spare time is spent volunteering or serving on community boards. You get out of life what you put in.
I am fortunate to have had a constant stream of tremendous mentors throughout my career. In true South Carolina spirit, these mentors have all encouraged me to create something new, have integrity, and be critical of the status quo. Taking the director role of the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative is not something that I take lightly. Nan Dempsey, my predecessor made great contributions to STEM education and our community developemnt. I am forever grateful for her advisement over the past two years while working on the iMAGINE Upstate program.
I intend to contribute to our region and help create STEAM education resources that South Carolina can put to work. The Collaborative has already made great progress and I look forward to helping write our next chapter.
Thank you for welcoming me into this wonderful community and for giving me the opportunity to be part of our regional economic momentum through STEAM education.