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Staff

Cathy Stevens
Cathy Stevens is the Program Director for the White-Riley-Peterson Afterschool Policy Fellowship, focused on improving policy in support of afterschool and summer learning across the country. She is also working on the development of a new teacher certification in project-based learning for South Carolina's teachers. Cathy assists in developing the overall strategic direction for the Center for Education Policy and Leadership. From 2005 to 2007, she helped direct the Riley Institute's Hewlett Foundation financed research project on public education, the most comprehensive systematic study of public education ever done in South Carolina. She has a B.A. from Furman and an M.Ed from Clemson University. 
864.294.3265 
Brooke Culclasure
Brooke Culclasure is the Center for Education Policy and Leadership's Research Director. Currently, Dr. Culclasure oversees the Center’s Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative and serves as the Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Public School Montessori study, the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program evaluation, and the South Carolina Project-Based Learning evaluation. She also currently serves as a lead evaluator for the United Way of Greenville County's OnTrack Greenville Initiative and served from 2012-2014 as an evaluator for the Florida Race to the Top federal grant. She completed her B.A. at the University of Richmond and earned masters degrees from the University of Virginia and University of South Carolina and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
864.294.3236
Donald L. Gordon
Donald L. Gordon has been the Executive Director of the Riley Institute since its inception in 1999. Dr. Gordon is a Professor of Political Science at Furman where he specializes in African and Middle Eastern Politics. Under his direction the Riley Institute has grown to include the Centers for Education Policy and Leadership, Diversity Strategies, and Crucial Issues all designed to address issues critical to  the future of South Carolina. On leave from Furman, he served as a Chief of Staff and Committee Counsel in the US House of Representatives. Dr. Gordon received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida.
864.294.3546
Jacki Martin
Jacki Martin is Associate Director of the Riley Institute at Furman University, where she assists the Executive Director in developing and funding the spectrum of the Institute’s programs and in supporting the staff who are managing them. Her background is primarily in policy and program management around community development issues, with an emphasis on management of large-scale, multi-county, multi-sector outreach initiatives. 
864.294.3578
Ron Fairchild
Ron Fairchild currently serves as the president and CEO of the Smarter Learning Group, a national education consulting firm. Ron helps cities and communities identify proven solutions and strategies to improve public education. Prior to starting the firm, Ron served as the founding CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. He was also executive director of its predecessor organization, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University from 2002 through 2009. Ron holds a B.A. in political science and history, and a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University. 
Terry Peterson
Terry Peterson develops strategies and partnerships for education reforms and expanded learning opportunities and partnerships across America and in developing countries (e.g., Argentina, Brazil and Mongolia).While holding federal and state executive education positions, Terry helped develop numerous education policies: federal level: 21st Century Community Learning Centers, E-rate, GEAR-UP; and teacher and technology quality grants; state level: early childhood education; teacher recruitment; performance pay programs; innovation funds; accountability systems; and the arts in the basic curriculum. Terry serves on ten different national, state and local education committees and organizations including chairing the National Afterschool Alliance board.