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2014 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
Stephanie Lawson HeadshotStephanie Lawson `06, Vice Chair   
Major: Information Management & Systems
Employment: Fluor Corporation 
Benefits of Graduating from Upstate: USC Upstate provided Stephanie with an opportunity to receive a quality education at an institution with relatively low tuition. She became gainfully employed in the Upstate in her field of study soon after graduation.

Community Involvement: YWCA of Greenville Junior 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

Not pictured: Katie Allen '08, Vice Chair 

2014 Board Members

Erik Little Headshot
Erik Little `12

Major: Accounting
Employment: TD Bank
Shannel Smith Headshot
Shannel Smith `07
Major: Early Childhood Education
Employment: Owner of Motherly Care 864, a Boiling Springs In-Home daycare
Community Involvement: USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors
Carolyn Farr Shanesy HeadshotCarolyn Farr Shanesy `95
Major: Communications with a concentration in journalism
Employment: Public relations specialist in the office 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, Easley Business and Professional Women, USC Upstate Alumni Association Board of Directors

Not pictured: Carlos Bryson '97, Jessica Riddle '06, Reverend Stacey Mills '03


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:
Delta Zeta Alumnae and Chapter Association Coordinator, March of Dimes, St. Johns Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s UMC Preschool Parent Advisory Board

Julia Wiener HeadshotJulia Blandin Wiener '06, Past Chair
Major: B.S. Business Administration
Employment: Fluor Corporation
Benefits of Graduating from USC Upstate: One of the many benefits of graduating from Upstate was the solid business education that she obtained. Julia enjoyed her studies in Business so much, she went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration. She enjoyed her time as a student athlete and developed strong bonds with her coaches, teammates and staff members in the athletic department. Many of her teammates remain some of her closes friends, today. 

Community Involvement: President of YWCA of Greenville Junior Board, Emerging Leaders Steering Committee at Fluor, Volunteer for Fluor Cares, Greenville PULSE Young Professionals Group 

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.

If you are interested in serving as a Board Member, please email Charlianne Nestlen for an application. Applications are due by October 31, 2014.

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