Team

Carol Beard

Program Associate
carol@pepgc.org
864-255-5333

Shelby Cohen

Strategic Communications Director
shelby@pepgc.org
864-414-7726

Kristin Power Garner

Director of Development
kristin@pepgc.org
404-242-5013

“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
lindsey@pepgc.org
864-365-0079

“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
qena@pepgc.org
864-255-5333

History proves positive change is created by diverse coalitions with unbreakable solidarity, and there’s no better place to organize people than around public education. The PEP community is constantly building and empowering our neighbors in ways that inspire me daily.

Farris Steele Johnson

Community Organizer
farris@pepgc.org
803-269-6903

“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
pat@pepgc.org
864-233-4137

"As a product of public schools and a parent, my passion for public education is both personal and professional. It is such a joy to lead an extraordinary team that shares my commitment to ensuring that our schools can better serve students and families by centering equity, empathy, and creativity."

Catherine Schumacher

President & CEO
catherine@pepgc.org
864-255-9535

“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
craig@pepgc.org
864-233-4137

Board

Dr. John Kaup

Dr. John Kaup

Furman University – PEP Immediate Past President

Dr Julie Smart

Dr. Julie Smart

Clemson University – PEP Board Chair

Greg Ingram

Greg Ingram

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. – PEP Board Treasurer

Dan Adams

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

ScanSource

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

Partners