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Three minute SNAPSHOT Presenters

SNAPSHOT Presenters

Working together to fulfill the promise of education

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Russell Booker, Ph.D. (June 14)
Superintendent, Spartanburg School District Seven

An innovative new curriculum and public school model at Cleveland Academy is one part of the realization of the vision of Spartanburg’s Northside Initiative.  This year-round school is one of the many examples of how Superintendent Booker frequently collaborates with civic, non-profit and faith-based organizations in innovative and productive partnerships. Named the 2015 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, Booker earned a B.S. in education from Wingate University in North Carolina, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of South Carolina.

Pam Davis (June 21)
Director, Bridges to a Brighter Future

Furman University’s Bridges to a Brighter Future program is a nationally awarded comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County high school and college students whose potential outdistances their circumstances. Bridges is designed to not only expose students to college, but to address and eliminate the personal, social and cultural barriers that often prevent low-income and first-generation students from achieving college graduation. Having worked in student affairs at Converse College, Furman University and Clemson University, Bridges Program Director Pam Davis joined Furman after a five-year career with the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department. 

Julio Hernandez (June 21)
Campus Director, Greenville Technical College Northwest Campus

Julio Hernandez serves as a campus director for Greenville Technical College Northwest campus. As a community leader, Julio serves to build relationships within the target populations such as adult learners, veterans, internationals, unemployed, high school & transfer college students, and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students in Greenville County. In addition, Julio works towards educating, guiding, and empowering underserved families on where to go for educational resources. Julio collaborates with local businesses, schools, non-profits, and other community partners, in order that those underserved have an opportunity to obtain an education.

Tobi Kinsell (June 14)
Director, OnTrack Greenville, United Way

As director of United Way’s OnTrack Greenville Middle Grades Success Initiative, Tobi Kinsell leads a community-wide effort funded by the Social Innovation Fund, community partners, and funders to ensure all middle school youth stay on track toward high school graduation. Utilizing collective impact principles, she works collaboratively with community stakeholders and facilitates public/private partnerships to implement initiatives and programs resulting in transformative change and outcomes.


Jacki Martin (June 14)
Director of Operations

Jacki Martin is Director of Operations at 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. Jacki also serves as the leader of the Riley Institute’s Center for Education Policy and Leadership. 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. She has an undergraduate degree in communications from the University of South Carolina.

Jamie Moon (June 7)
President, Institute for Child Success

Launched in 2010, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) is a private, nonpartisan research and policy organization that works to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children. Rather than being a direct service provider, the Institute's approach focuses on helping those who help young children succeed by working with stakeholders to seek holistic solutions to complex early childhood challenges.  ICS President Jamie Moon is active throughout the community and state, serving on the education committee of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the development council of the GHS Children's Hospital, the community advisory panel of the Junior League of Greenville, and the advisory Council for the Spartanburg Quality Counts initiative.

Michael Murphy, Ph.D. (June 21)
Former Community College President

A lifelong educator, Mike Murphy was a community college president for over 25 years. At a university early in his career, he started a degree program within the walls of a prison in Maryland. Later, as president of Lee Community College in Texas, he was  involved with a similar program. He is exploring interest in South Carolina for similar ‘Within the Walls” college degree programs.  Mike holds graduate degrees from Indiana University and Loyola University of Maryland, and a certificate from Harvard University.


Robin Reed (June 7)
Executive Director, KNOW(2) Cherokee County

Robin’s background is in mortgage banking, from which she retired after 33 years. Since that time, she first volunteered, then served as assistant director, and is now director of KNOW(2), an organization attempting to break cycles of poverty by helping individuals first to succeed in education and from there to prosper in today’s knowledge and technology economy.  One intervention supported by KNOW (@) is Talk to Me, an early literacy effort in Cherokee County to close learning gaps which keep children from being successful in school.


Brenda Thames, Ed.D. (June 21)
Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs, Greenville Health System

Dr. Thames is responsible for providing academic strategic direction and leadership for initiatives designed to advance patient care through education and research. She also works with local colleges and universities to develop collaborative relationships that are focused on health care. Prior to joining GHS, Dr. Thames served as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Health, Education and Human Development at Clemson University. She serves on numerous boards and committees representing the voice of health care particularly from the education and workforce perspectives.

Kristy Way (June 7)
Development Officer, Greenville Tech Foundation

Kristy is a past president of the Junior League of Greenville where she still serves as a representative on the Governance Committee for the Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative (NCFC). NCFC aims to create a community-based, two-generation community center with wrap-around services in a high-needs area of Greenville known as Nicholtown.  NCFC was established to provide services for the children and families of Nicholtown to improve child outcomes; provide parent training, education, and employment; and build lasting community infrastructure. Kristy also serves on several other boards and committees in the community that better the lives of children and families in Greenville. 

Carla Whitlock (June 14)
Senior Apprenticeship Consultant, SC Technical Colleges’ Apprenticeship Carolina ™

Carla has statewide responsibilities for the development of registered apprenticeship programs for companies across all industries throughout South Carolina.  Her professional background includes public accounting, government relations, marketing and economic development consulting.  Throughout her career, she has worked with a number of industries including manufacturing, energy, health care, transportation, distribution and logistics.  Carla is a SC Certified Economic Developer and is a graduate of the UNC Basic Economic Developers program.


Donald (Chip) Wiper, III, M.D. (June 14)
Professor and Chair, Department of OBGYN and Medical Director, Women’s Hospital, Greenville Health System, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

A graduate of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, Chip Wiper works with his capstone project group, Dream Connectors, to provide seventh grade students, primarily those from less advantaged backgrounds, with the opportunity to learn about diverse career opportunities available in the Upstate. The project consists of pilot programs that connect students at the Hughes Academy of Science and Technology and Lakeview Middle School with Upstate businesses, namely BMW, Greenville Health System and Michelin.