PEP Welcomes Five New Board Members

January 21, 2022

Public Education Partners (PEP), Greenville County’s only nonprofit focused solely on improving K-12 public education, recently welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors. They are: Dr. Scott Henderson, Professor of Education at Furman University; Jennifer Olmert, Executive Director of Upstate Mediation Center; Dr. Kerry Sease,  Medical Director for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health; Dr. Gail Wilson Awan, President & CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate; and Mark Joseph, Program Coordinator of Clemson University’s Call Me MiSTER Program.

Director Bios

Dr. Scott Henderson is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Education at Furman University. He has served on the Board for Greenville’s United Ministries and as President of the South Carolina chapter of the American Association of University Professors. At Furman, he is currently the Director of Community of Scholars program, as well as the Director of National and International Scholarships.

Jennifer Olmert is the Executive Director of Upstate Mediation Center, a Greenville non-profit organization offering free and reduced-fee mediation services.  Jennifer is a certified family mediator and is responsible for the day-to day operations of the UMC.  Before joining the UMC team, Jennifer worked as an attorney at Lawrence, Lonon & Rudasill in Spartanburg.

Dr. Kerry Sease currently serves as the Medical Director for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy and as the Medical Director for Accountable Communities.   In this role, she oversees the work of Community Health which includes mobile health and school health, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, resource navigation and medical neighborhoods

Dr. Gail Wilson Awan joined the Urban League of the Upstate as its new President & CEO in September 2021. Dr. Wilson Awan previously served as Executive Director and Vice President of City Year in Columbia, SC. Prior to her time at City Year, Dr. Wilson Awan has led nonprofit organizations, including early childhood, mental and behavioral health, domestic violence prevention, and programs supporting student academic success.

Mark Joseph is a Program Coordinator of Clemson University’s Call Me MiSTER Program, a leadership program that emphasizes the reality of servant-leadership as educators with a focus on building a sustainable pipeline for Black male educator leaders. Mark has also served as an Assistant Professor of Education and Campus Site Coordinator at Anderson University.

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