Catherine Schumacher

President & CEO

Carol Beard

Program Associate

“I am in awe of the PEP team, Board and our many community partners and supporters. The way the PEP community collaborates and cooperates to elevate our students, schools and teachers is truly inspiring. "

Lindsey Jacobs

Policy & Advocacy Director

“Joining PEP represents a wonderful opportunity to continue to do the work I love as an educator. For me, this means collaborating with others to develop innovative ways to support the success of students and teachers in Greenville County.”

Qena Jennings

Program Director

“The most rewarding part of working with PEP is knowing that I am part of such a positive impact on our community.”

Patricia Robertson

Finance & Operations Director

“Definitely the quality of people on the staff and Board of Directors with whom I get to work and interact is the best part of my job. PEP has great people who are passionate about public education and Greenville County.”

Craig Stine

Senior Researcher

Shelby Cohen

Strategic Communications Director

Kristin Powers Garner

Director of Development


Dr. John Kaup

Dr. John Kaup

Furman University – PEP Board Chair

Dr Julie Smart

Dr. Julie Smart

Clemson University-Vice Chair

Greg Ingram

Greg Ingram

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. – PEP Board Treasurer

Dan Adams
"Education is one of the most important things we can provide our children. It provides knowledge and a basis for their growth in many areas including decision making, critical thinking, interpersonal skills and confidence."

Dan Adams

The Capital Corporation

Faith Adedokun

Sitel Corporation

Santora Bowling
“Everyone should have equal access and opportunity to a quality education. Education is essential to prepare our children to be productive members of society.”

Santora Bowling

Michelin North America, Inc.

Justin Cazel

Justin Cazel

South State Bank

Dr. Shaniece Cris
"I still stay in contact with my teachers from Greenville County because of their dedication, kindness, and commitment to academic rigor. Public education is powerful."

Dr. Shaniece Criss

Furman University

Sean Dogan

Sean Dogan

Long Branch Baptist Church

Joel Douglass

Joel Douglass


Helen Dowbak

Eliot Davis, LLC

Nathan Galbreath

Nelson & Galbreath

Ed Good

Ed Good

Hampton Development Company, Inc.

Angie Gossett

Angie Gossett

BlueCross BlueShield of SC

Neil Grayson

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Maurie Lawrence

Maurie Lawrence

Milliken & Company

Sara Montero-Buria

Hispanic Alliance

Ana Parra

Ana Parra

Hughes Agency

Susan Shi

Dr. Susan Shi

Community Volunteer

Sharda Jackson Smith

USC Upstate

Ex Officios

PEP Burke Royster
"Public education is the bedrock of our democracy, providing all children the opportunity to be inspired, supported and prepared for their futures."

W. Burke Royster, Ph.D.

Superintendent – Greenville County Schools