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Council Members

James Lee Anderson

James Lee Anderson, Jr.

James Anderson earned his B.A. in political science from the University of South Carolina. He attended Carolina on the G.I. Bill after serving on active duty in the United States Air Force. During his time at Carolina, he was a member of the Air Force ROTC program, Euphradian Society and a mentor to student-athletes. Upon graduation, James was responsible for the creation of the My Carolina Veterans Alumni Council, an organization that unites and inspires USC’s veteran alumni to draw on their service-minded talents to make a meaningful impact on veteran causes and to their alma mater. He is currently an active duty Air Force Intelligence Officer.

Gerald Baxter

Gerald L. "Jerry" Baxter

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Jerry graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 1981 with a B.A. in history. He has since spent 26 years in consumer products sales, 24 of which were in the alcoholic beverage industry. In 1996, Jerry joined Ben Arnold Beverage Company and held positions that include Vice President of Sales- Wine Division, Corporate Director of Training and Development and Vice President of Sales- Diageo Division. Currently, he is Vice President of National Accounts for The Charmer Sunbelt Group.

Marty Belk

Marty Presler Belk

Marty Belk earned her B.S. in biology in 1969. Many doors opened for her during her 2 years as a chemist for Celanese Corporation, after which she moved on to medical research at Vanderbilt Hospital for 5 years. Eventually, her ongoing interest in real estate became her priority and career. She moved back to her hometown, Rock Hill, SC, where she met her husband, Don Belk, a realtor. Marty has continued her real estate career in Charleston and is involved in numerous community endeavors, including serving on the school board for East Cooper.

Jack Breazeale

W.H. Jack Breazeale

Jack Breazeale received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1966. He taught at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC from 1965 to 1970. In 1970, he was a founding faculty member of a new state college in Florence, SC, now Francis Marion University. From 1970 until his retirement in 1997, he was chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and Professor of Chemistry. Jack has been active in the American Chemical Society for over 40 years, and has held numerous offices in the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety.

Vasa Cate

Vasa Cate

Vasa Cate received his B.S. in biology from USC in 1964, and his M.D. from MUSC in 1970. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine and received training in gastroenterology at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia from 1970 to 1974. He went on to establish the Consultants in Internal Medicine (later Consultants in Gastroenterology) in 1977 next to the Lexington Medical Center. Vasa also served as Chief of Medicine while on the staff at Lexington Medical Center. He remained with Consultants in Gastroenterology until his retirement in 2004.

Marjorie Claytor

Marjorie Claytor

Marjorie Claytor completed her degrees in mathematics and biology at Carolina in 1950. Since then, she has served as a math consultant in the Office of Curriculum and Standards at the South Carolina state Department of Education. She is also the chairperson for the Missions/Outreach Ministry of the Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, which is responsible for empowering the congregation in ministries of personal, social healing and reconciliation in the communities in which Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church bears witness.

Daniel D'Alberto

Daniel D'Alberto

Mr. Daniel R. D'Alberto earned his B.A. in political science from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 1997, and an M.S. in higher education administration from Florida State University in 2000. In 2005, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is an associate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP with a wide variety of experience advising businesses in the areas of complex business, patent, pharmaceutical, and securities litigation.

Devaris Davis

Devaris Davis

Upon earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees in statistics in 1992 and 1999, respectively, Devaris Davis took on a variety of employment opportunities with the adhesive coating and printing industries. His primary areas of expertise have been data analysis, problem solving and process improvement. He currently works as Quality Manager for Avery Dennison in Clinton, SC. A Life Member of the Carolina Alumni Association, he has also served on the Alumni Association's Board of Governors, and he is a former president of the Black Alumni Council.

Mark Dutton

Mark Dutton

Mark Dutton completed his B.S. degree (1977) in biology education and M.S. degree (1981) in biological sciences at USC. He served as State Parks Naturalist for the SC State Park Service for several years before beginning work for the Department of the Army as a biologist. He has managed natural and cultural resources for the United States Army Training Center and Fort Jackson since 1991. Mark founded a hiking club for families in 1995 called Families Understanding Nature and has been active with SC Habitat for Humanity for many years.

Samuel Finklea

Samuel Finklea

Samuel L. Finklea, III, received his M.S. and Ph.D. (1975) in physics and J.D. (1984) from USC. He practiced environmental law in the Office of the General Counsel, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. In 2005, he joined DHEC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and is detailed to the SC Information and Intelligence Center, South Carolina's homeland security fusion center. He is active in the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, the National Guard Association of South Carolina and the SC Chapter of the Air Force Association.

Cheryl Fisher

Cheryl Fisher

Cheryl Fisher received a Master of Mathematics from Carolina in 1974 and a J.D. from the USC School of Law in 1990. She is an attorney with Rogers Townsend & Thomas, where she concentrates her practice on default and contested foreclosures, resolution of title issues, mobile home issues, loss mitigation issues and Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy issues. Her previous experience was as a large systems marketing representative in the manufacturing and distribution sector for IBM.

Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson

A graduate of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, Joel Johnson completed his B.S. in biology from Carolina in 1978 and then went on to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He has been practicing dentistry in Columbia for the past 27 years. He is on the Board of Trustees for Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital and just recently rotated off the Children's Hospital Board for Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. For the past 17 years he has also served as the Team Dentist for The University of South Carolina Athletic teams.

Richard Litwin

Richard Litwin

Richard Litwin received a B.A. in economics from USC in 1984 and a J.D. from Emory University in 1987. He has over 20 years of experience practicing law in the state of Georgia. Richard started his legal career at the State of Georgia Attorney General's office and subsequently went into private practice in Atlanta. He now owns The Litwin Law Firm, P.C. of Atlanta where he specializes in local and state tax disputes. He has earned many accolades, including being named one of Georgia's Super Lawyers in the area of tax law for the past 4 years in a row.

John Logue

John Logue

John Logue received his B.S. in biology in 1964 and M.S. in 1966 from the University of South Carolina. After further studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught at USC Sumter until his retirement in 2007. He served as Chair of the Division of Science, Mathematics and Engineering from 1994 to 2002. At retirement he held the rank of full professor and was appointed Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences.

Jared Mobley

Jared D. Mobley

Jared Mobley completed his B.S. in mathematics at Carolina in 1995 and his J.D. at the USC School of Law in 1998. He is a lawyer with K&L Gates, LLP in the Charlotte office and focuses his practice on complex aspects of federal, state and local taxation, including creating and implementing tax-efficient structures for the firm's clients. His practice covers many facets of tax law that are intertwined with the business activities of the firm's clients, including: advising clients on the tax aspects of private equity, venture capital and M&A transactions.

Ellen Leigh Murray

Ellen Leigh Murray

After graduating from USC with a B.A. in Theater, Ellen (who goes by Leigh professionally) moved to New York City where she entered the professional world as a member of Circle Repertory Company and acted in the daytime dramas “Loving” and “The Guiding Light,” and starred in many national commercials. In Los Angeles, she moved into producing-directing and produced the acclaimed CBS television movies, “The Outside Woman” starring Sharon Gless and Scott Glenn, as well as “Stolen Women, Captured Hearts” starring Janine Turner and Dennis Weaver. She is also on the board and jury of the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. Ellen is a native Charlestonian who followed in her father's footsteps in real estate and is the Broker-Owner of Charleston Premier Properties. In her spare time she can be found playing the piano at the Charleston Symphony League's Designer Show House and the French Huguenot Church, or directing a play at the historic Footlight Player's Theater.

Margot Parrott

Margot Parrott

Margot Parrott earned her B.A. degree in Theatre & Speech from the University of South Carolina in 1985 and has spent 23 years working professionally in theatre education/administration. She has held a variety of positions for The Children's Theatre of Charlotte (ImaginOn) and is currently responsible for negotiating all royalty contracts for the theatre. In addition, she serves as the performance coordinator for their touring company, the Tarradiddle Players. Originally from Lexington, SC, Margot is the daughter of another council member, Hugh Rogers.

Francis Person

Francis Person

Francis John Person received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of South Carolina in 2005. He attended Carolina on a full athletic scholarship, and was a four year varsity football letter winner. He played under the tutelage of legendary coaches Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier. He is currently the Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden. He began working for then-Senator Biden (DE) in Washington, DC, upon graduating from Carolina.

Tommy Preston Jr.

Tommy Preston, Jr.

Tommy Preston graduated cum laude from USC with a degree in political science. During his time at USC, he was involved in Student Government, various university committees and organizations, served as a Resident Advisor, interned for a U.S. Senator, volunteered in the community, and served as the Student Representative on the University's Board of Trustees. As USC Student Body President, Tommy was responsible for the creation of Cocky's Reading Express, a statewide literacy initiative and the USC Student Congressional Advisory Board.

David Rembert

David Rembert

David Rembert completed his B.S. (1959) and M.S. (1964) degrees in biological sciences at USC. He received his Ph.D. in biological sciences at the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1967. He has taught at Converse College in Spartanburg, at the University of Kentucky, and at the University of South Carolina from 1967 until his retirement in July 1998. During his tenure at the University, he was promoted through the academic ranks to full professor and at his retirement, he was appointed Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences.

Hugh Rogers

Hugh Rogers

Hugh Rogers completed his Bachelors degree in English at the University of South Carlina in 1951 and his Juris Doctor at the USC School of Law in 1954. Since 1966 he has practiced law in the town of Lexington, South Carolina, where he also formerly served as mayor. He is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, having served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps with distinction, a past president of the Greater USC Alumni Association, and a member of the USC Guardian Society.

Keith Sanders

Keith Sanders

Keith Sanders is a 1978 graduate of USC in history with over 27 years experience in the fields of construction and architecture. He is currently a Project Architect with CDA Architects in Columbia, SC, who focuses on Historic Preservation / Restoration and Sustainable Design / Development Projects. He is a current member of the Board of Directors serving as Chair of the Advocacy Committee, and past President of the U.S. Green Building Council SC Chapter. He also serves as Chair of the American Institute of Architects SC Committee on the Environment.

Shawncee Sapp

Shawncee Sapp

Shawncee Sapp earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina in 1998 and went on to successfully complete South Carolina Banker’s School. Currently, she works for J. E. Wilson Advisors, LLC, where she serves as Director of Client Services assisting customers achieve their financial goals. Shawncee has served on the Township Auditorium Board of Trustees, Township Auditorium Foundation, and as Treasurer on Columbia Parks and Recreation Foundation. Shawncee is a member of the Junior League of Columbia and the recipient of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011.

Claud N. Sapp, IV

Claud N. Sapp, IV

Claud N. Sapp, IV earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences and chemistry in 2002 from the University of South Carolina. Claud works for Medtronic, Inc. Cardiac and Vascular Group, where he serves as Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Senior Clinical Specialist. As an alumnus of the University of South Carolina, he aims to contribute and give back to the university and the College of Arts and Sciences by sharing his technical knowledge base and real world job experience.

Thomas Sayetta

Thomas Sayetta

Thomas Sayetta completed his Ph.D. in physics at the University of South Carolina in 1964, after receiving his undergraduate degree in physics in 1959. He is an associate professor emeritus with East Carolina University. With a research focus on magnetic resonance, Thomas has authored articles for academic journals such as the American Journal of Phyics, and numerous physics laboratory manuals. Since his retirement in 1995 he has continued to teach physics part time. He also enjoys staying active as a part-time tennis player.

Dee Silverthorn

Dee Silverthorn

Dee Silverthorn received a B.S. with Honors in biology from Tulane University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in marine science from USC's Baruch Institute in 1973. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches physiology. Her bench research focuses on epithelial transport. Dee is an active member of the American Physiological Society and the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, and is a member of the Education Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences.

Davontae Singleton

Davontae Singleton

Davontae Singleton, a native of Charleston, SC graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English. He is a current graduate student at USC and plans to pursue a career in education. He would like to teach either middle or high school English. During his time at USC, he held numerous leadership positions including Executive Director of the Waverly Afterschool Program and President of Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry, served as a University 101 Peer Leader, interned with the Office of the Provost, volunteered and later worked in the community with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, and served as an ambassador for the Honors College and the College of Arts & Sciences. Some of his most notable achievements include: National finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Inductee, 2015 recipient of "Outstanding Senior Award", as well as recipient of "Who's Who Among American Colleges and University" Award.

James Stevens

James Stevens

James Stevens received degrees in Physics and Math from Wofford College prior to his Ph.D. in Physics from USC in 1975. He served as a research associate at Savannah River Laboratory and Case Western Reserve University before teaching at North Georgia College. He worked with Philips Electronics/BCC in Columbia, SC, in various positions ending with Manager of Product Development. He later served as technology consultant to several electronic firms in the Southeast and is now semi-retired with occasional consulting and teaching assignments.

Laura Bauld Turner

Laura Bauld Turner

Laura Bauld Turner graduated from Carolina cum laude with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish Language. Upon graduation, she became employed as a Legislative Assistant in the Office of United States Senator Lindsey Graham in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in education, labor, welfare, and agriculture policy for seven years. Laura currently serves as the Senator's Upstate Director in Greenville, where she manages his Greenville Office and oversees community outreach and constituent service activities in the Upstate region.

Mary Baskin Waters

Mary Baskin Waters

Mary earned her undergraduate degree in art studio in 1985, her master's in art education in 1987, and her Ph.D. in higher educational leadership and policies in 2002, all from USC. She is Founder and CEO of Albion Research Associates, LLC, a grant writing and grants development firm. She is also currently affiliate faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and teaches "Women in Society: A Service Learning Approach." Additionally, she is affiliate faculty in the MPA Program in the Department of Political Science, where she teaches Grants Administration.

Lois Whitaker

Ms. Lois Duke Whitaker

After earning her Ph.D. in political science in 1986, at the University of South Carolina, Lois Duke Whitaker enjoyed an impressive academic career teaching at Auburn University, the University of Alabama, and Clemson, where she was the first female full professor in her department. She is now a full professor and former department chair at Georgia Southern University. Lois is a past president of the Women's Caucus for Political Science: South; a past president of the SC Political Science Association and Georgia Political Science Association; and vice-president for the League of Women Voters, South Carolina.

Not Pictured: Mr. James M. Albergotti III (Biology, ‘68), Mrs. Ellen Craig Bagby (History, ‘73, ‘75), Mrs. Ann Cameron (Arts and Sciences External Relations), Mr. Andrew Michael Cameron (Geography & Marine Science, ‘98), Ms. Lois E. Carlisle (Art History), Dr. John L. Edwards (Chemistry, ‘73), Mr. Heyward Harvin, (Political Science and International Studies, ’09), Mrs. Jonaka Hunter-Young (Biology, ‘96), Mr. Nicholas Levi Jones (Statistics, ‘86), Mrs. Kimberly D. Leighton (Theater, ‘99; Ed. ‘01), Mr. Robert Scott Moore (Physics, ’82, ‘86), Dr. Albert B. Pittman (Biology, ‘78), Dr. Ira J. Radin (Biology, ‘68), Ms. Lindsay Richardson (Political Sciences ’15), Mr. Derrell Alver Shipes (Biology, ‘75), Mrs. Robin Smith Stephens (Biology, ‘92), Krystal W. Thames (History '04)