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2015 Alumni Board

USC Upstate Alumni Board of Directors

2015 Officers

Matt Cash HeadshotMatt Cash `06, Chair
Major: Political Science
Employment: Coordinator of Recruitment, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate offers its students a close-knit learning environment where faculty and staff quickly develop into mentors and friends, while also offering students experiences that can often only be found at larger research universities. Matt is proud to have served on the Board of Directors since 2008. He enjoys giving back to his alma mater as it has provided him with so many enduring friendships and opportunities.
Community Involvement: Vice Chair – Spartanburg Young Professionals,
Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers – South Carolina Planning Committee, Chapter Advisor for University Relations – Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity of USC Upstate, Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors
Dione Williams Headshot
Dione Y. Williams `03, Secretary

Major: Elementary Education
Employment: 6th grade teacher, Spartanburg District 7
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Dione received many opportunities to connect with educators throughout the Spartanburg community who have had a lifelong effect on her educational success. The growth and development she received at USC Upstate made her a better candidate in the job market.
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors, Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and United Way: Young Leaders Society


2015 Board Members

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Todd Horne ‘05

Major: Communications
Employment: Vice President of Business Development at Clayton Construction
Community Involvement: Chairman of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors


Matt Jett
Matt Jett ‘07

Major: Business Administration
Employment: Product Analyst at QS1
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I have a love for the university and an appreciation for the education and experience it provided. I believe this would be a meaningful way to serve and contribute to the alumni community.
Community Involvement:
 Spartanburg Young Professionals

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Erik Little `12

Major: Accounting
Employment: Hubbell Lighting 

Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate is more than just a four year institution; it’s an incubator for success. Innovative methods and ideas combined with faculty engagement created the best possible college mentor experience for all students. Erik believes graduates from the university hold the skills necessary to accomplish every goal set for themselves. Erik is passionate about the University's alumni becoming a tight network, pushing each other to take the next step in the professional environment.   

No image availableTyler Luchey ‘11
Major: Business Administration
Employment: Assistant Vice President; Technology Project Solutions Consultant at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: As a graduate of USC Upstate, I have a personal connection to the campus and I want to be a part of  helping it blossom. I have benefited greatly from the connections made while attending the University and want to help facilitate the connecting of those individual coming after me. I can assist in attempting to connect with those graduates that are in the Charlotte area.
Community Involvement:
 YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Women’s Ministry


Stacey Mills
Stacey Mills ‘96 

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Employment: Executive Director of the Greenville Campus at USC Upstate 


Marcia Murff ‘89 
Employment: Director of PR and Development at Spartanburg Parks
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate:
I believe in USC Upstate and would be more than willing to serve in any capacity to the mission of this institution
Community Involvement: Chair of Junior Leadership Spartanburg, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Regents

Tony Nelson 

Tony Nelson ‘13
Major: Criminal Justice
Employment: Juris Doctor Candidate at Charlotte School of Law
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I believe I have invaluable knowledge that I would love to share with the Upstate Community. I also want to stay connected to my university and learn the nuances of being a member of our Alumni Association. 


Dr. Princess Porter-Fowler
Dr. Princess Porter-Fowler ‘98

Major: Biology 
Employment: Doctor of Chiropractic at Porter Chiropractic
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: I believe in the importance of Upstate to the growth and economic stability of Spartanburg. I’ve had the opportunity to watch the city grow and change along with this University, and I am committed to the growth and development of Spartanburg.
Community Involvement: Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta


Gina Rhode
Gina Rhode ‘11

Major: Secondary Education
Employment: 8th Grade Teacher, Spartanburg District 7
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: USC Upstate built a foundation for my transition into adulthood and opened doors for opportunity. I want to continue to be a part of the University by creating a positive atmosphere during and post college.

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Shannel Smith `07
Major: Early Childhood Education
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors
Carolyn Farr Shanesy HeadshotCarolyn Farr Shanesy `95
Major: Communications with a concentration in Journalism
Employment: Director of University Communications at USC Upstate
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Like many students, Carolyn was already an Upstate resident before attending USC Upstate. After graduation, she was able to use her community contacts both from living in the area and from her tenure at USC Upstate to get ahead in her field. Carolyn is proud to be a part of USC Upstate’s rich history and promising tomorrow.
Community involvement: Media Women of South Carolina, USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors, Secretary of the PTA at West Cliffe Elementary School


Charlianne Wyatt Nestlen Headshot
Charlianne Wyatt Nestlen ’03, ex-officio member

Major: Communications with a concentration in Journalism
Employment: Director of Alumni Relations at USC Upstate 
Benefits of graduating from USC Upstate: As a first generation college student, the smaller campus atmosphere and strong mentors allowed Charlianne to succeed. As an alumna, she became involved with the Alumni Board and was eventually hired as the Director Alumni Relations. She is very passionate about USC Upstate.
Community Involvement:
 South Carolina Association of Alumni Directors, Spartanburg Young Professionals, Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association, Delta Zeta Alumnae and Chapter Association Coordinator, St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s UMC Preschool Parent Advisory Board

Emily Painter headshotEmily Painter `09, Past Chair
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis in Communications and Business
Employment: CMT Inc., Marketing Associate
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: She has been a USC Upstate Alumni Board member since 2010 and has assisted in planning and volunteering at many events for the university. She has a passion for education and wants to give back to her alma mater in any way that she can.



The mission of the University of South Carolina Alumni Board of Directors is to be an advisory board to the institution and to other alumni. The primary purpose of the Board is to serve as a body by which all who have attended USC Upstate can maintain some connection with the University. Those appointed as Board members shall exhibit these qualifications: leadership ability, commitment to USC Upstate, involvement in Association activities, a willingness to serve the Board and a history of financial support of the institution. Executive Council members shall have served a minimum of one term on the Board prior to election or appointment to this committee.

The Alumni Board of Directors is the governing body of our Alumni Association and makes decisions for our Alumni Association scholarship recipients and Distinguished Alumni Award. 

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