Alumni Board of Directors

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.


Matt Jett Matt Jett ’07, Chair
Major: Business Administration 

Employment: Senior Financial 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

Erik Little

Erik Little 12, Vice Chair     
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

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


Board Members

Kierra Brown

Kierra Brown ‘10
Major: Business Marketing Minor In Non-Profit Administration

Employment: Talent Sourcing Partner, Corporate Talent Acquisition, The Home Depot

Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: Upstate afforded me the opportunity to attend a University close to home and receive a great education from a highly recognized University. Attending Upstate also gave me the opportunity to take my first ever plane ride when I studied aboard in London. Other benefits included: being a Student Ambassador, member of the Opportunity Network and also joining an amazing Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.

Community Involvement: Volunteer with A.Bevy Inc. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jennifer Callaway Jennifer Calloway ‘95 
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Employment: Head Women's Volleyball Coach USC Upstate

Additional Information: A part of the USC Upstate community for more than a 20 years, Calloway stabilized a volleyball program that had seven coaches in a nine-year period when she took over at age 23 in 1996.

Matt Cash Matt Cash 06
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: USC Upstate Foundation Board of Directors, Hub City Hog Fest Board Member, 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.

Daphnie Glenn Daphnie Glenn ‘12 
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Employment: Assistant Director, Bridges to a Brighter Future, Furman University

Additional Information: Being a recent alumna I hope to take what I hear current students discussing as their pride in the University and see that they are able to cherish and wish to return and give back.

Rhonda Henderson Rhonda Henderson ‘86
Major: Secondary Education, English 

Employment: Realtor, Century 21 Blackwell, and Co.

Additional Information: Cultivating and maintaining USC Upstate’s reputation of excellence in our community and beyond is vital, and all organizations bearing the University’s name can add polish to its reputation. It is an honor to represent my alma mater as an Alumni Association board member and to give back to USC Upstate by serving in this capacity and putting a little elbow grease into making that golden dome shine just a little brighter.

Valandis Johnson Valandis Johnson ‘13
Major: Secondary Education, History

Employment: Property Manager, Kenney Realty Services

Additional Information: While in college I developed a commitment to and pride for USC Upstate. Becoming a member of the Alumni Board provides an opportunity to cultivate this passion; allowing me to be of service in any capacity to the USC Upstate community.

Tyler Luchey Tyler Luchey 11
Major: Business Administration 

Employment: Senior Project Manager at Wells Fargo

Benefits of graduating from USC Upstate: I was fortunate to attend a university where I was treated more like family then a student. Therefore I have a personal connection to the campus and want to be a part of helping it blossom. I have benefited greatly from the connections I've made at the University and want to help facilitate the connecting of those future Alum coming after me.

Community Involvement: YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Women’s Ministry

Stacey Mills

Stacey Mills 03 
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies 

Employment: Executive Director of the Greenville Campus at USC Upstate

Marcia Murff 89 
Major: English 

Employment: Titan Real Estate Investment Group

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

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.

Ryon Smalls Ryon Smalls ‘14
Major: Criminal Justice

Employment: 1LT Ryon Smalls, Esq. – U.S. Army Reserve National Guard

Additional Information: The University of South Carolina Upstate has given me so many resources and opportunities to grow professionally and personally, that I am honored to be a part of an organization that is about giving back to our institution. I care deeply about USC Upstate, and am excited to be involved in helping develop our alumni association into a highly desirable and well respected body of professionals in the Upstate community.

Shannel Smith Shannel Smith 07
Major: Early Childhood Education 

Employment: Service Supervisor, Member Support Center, First Florida Credit Union



Benita Hopkins, Ex-Officio member  
Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations


Joshua Jones, Ex-Officio member  
Director of Alumni Relations at USC Upstate