Meet the Team

CATHERINE SCHUMACHER​

President & CEO

“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”

Dr. Yolanda Crittendon-Jones

COMMUNITY ADVOCACY & GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COORDINATOR

“As a former teacher and administrator, I have been in the space to advocate for students, teachers, and families within the walls of the school. After hearing about PEP’s mission and vision, I felt like it would give me a different platform from which to continued to work in advocacy and broaden my reach to communities.”

WAKESHA FOGLE

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

“I had the distinct honor to work alongside PEP and witness the positive impact the organization’s efforts had on the quality of the educational experience of both students and teachers. It is a pleasure to now be part of the PEP team and continue to use my passion for enhancing public education and increasing student achievement in Greenville County Schools.

Dr. MONICA HUGHEY

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

“As a former teacher, organizations like PEP have allowed me to serve as a voice for teachers and students in the classroom and in the communities that I served. I look forward to bringing my classroom experience to a team of individuals dedicated to serving Greenville County Schools.”

QENA JENNNINGS​

Senior Director of Educational Initiatives

“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.”

Patricia Robertson

FINANCE & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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

MADISON STEWART​

PROGRAMS & OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

“As a previous educator, joining PEP was the perfect marriage of still being in the public education space, but this time as an advocate for teachers, students and schools. It is an honor to be able to work with an organization that meant a lot to me when I was in the classroom and to give back to the people doing some of the most important work in the world – teachers!”

Craig Stine

SENIOR RESEARCHER

“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.”

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