Eric earned his B.A. in political science from USC in 1994 and his J.D. at the USC
School of Law in 1997. During his time at USC, he was involved in Student Government
and various university committees and organizations, serving as a Student Senator
and Student Body Treasurer. After graduation from law school, Eric served as a judicial
law clerk to the late Marc Westbrook. He has been active in politics for many years
and served as Chief of Staff to then State Senator Joe Wilson. He currently serves
as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Joe Wilson.
Steven Dillingham directs the Transportation Safety Institute for the U.S. Department
of Transportation, located in Oklahoma City. He received his M.P.A., Ph.D. and J.D.
from the University of South Carolina. He has held senior positions in more than a
dozen Federal offices and agencies, including the departments of Transportation, Justice
and Energy. He has served at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq and was on the faculty at Carolina.
In addition to working for Congress, Steven has also worked with both private companies
Jotaka L. Eaddy
Jotaka Eaddy is a 2001 graduate of Carolina with a dual degree in political science
and criminal justice. While at Carolina, she served as Student Body President of USC,
becoming the first African-American woman to serve in that position in the University's
200 year history. She formerly served as the domestic program coordinator at the National
Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, where she coordinated the office's Grassroots,
Education, and Mobilization project. She has been involved with the anti-death penalty
movement for over nine years.
Julian Malasi graduated from USC with a B.A. in International Studies and has a J.D.
from the Charleston School of Law and a Certificate in Legislative Affairs from Georgetown
University. During his time at USC, he worked for Senator Luke A. Rankin in the South
Carolina Senate. Julian is currently the Manager of Federal Affairs for AbbVie, a
global biopharmaceutical company in their Washington, DC office. Prior to joining
AbbVie, Julian worked at the American Chemistry Council where he was a Federal Policy
Issues Manager, for Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s
office in Charleston, SC as Communications Director.
Abbey Burdyl Roach
Abbey graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with a B.A. in international
studies. During her undergraduate studies, she lived abroad in Avignon, France where
she attended the Institute for American Universities. Abbey also holds a M.P.S. from
Georgetown University in public relations and corporate communications. After graduating
from USC, she moved to Washington, DC to pursue her career interests in international
and health organizations. She has held positions at WorldVison, Airbus Americas and
Inova Health System. She currently serves as the lead development officer for the
School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University. Abbey and her husband,
Brian, reside in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA, with their much-loved
Matthew T. Shannon
Matthew Shannon graduated magna cum laude from USC in 2012 with a B.A. degree in experimental
psychology before continuing his education with a M.S. degree in clinical psychology
from Loyola University Maryland. During his time at Carolina, Matthew worked as a
research assistant and lab coordinator in the Department of Psychology, winning first
place in the General Psychology category at Discovery Day 2011 and 2012. Also in 2011,
Matthew was honored as Outstanding Greek Member of the Year and USC Homecoming King.
Currently living in Washington, D.C., Matthew is a research analyst at CEB, the world’s
leading member-based advisory company, where he focuses on best practices in corporate
Kathryn Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in
2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. While at Carolina, she received the Honors
College Cooper Scholarship, the Mould/Sederberg Scholarship, and the J. Gordon Belser
Outstanding Junior Award in English. Upon returning from a semester of study abroad
in Seville, Spain, she served an internship in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S.
Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC), and after graduation, she interned in the Leadership
Office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). A native of Falls Church, Virginia,
Ms. Sullivan resides in Arlington, Virginia, and works at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce. She is an active member of Phi Beta
Michael Alexander Tongour
Michael Tongour completed his B.A. in political science in 1978 at Carolina and his
Juris Doctor in 1981 from the USC School of Law. In 1996 he founded TCH Group, LLC,
a full service government relations consulting firm that provides strategic guidance
and lobbying services to its select group of clients. Over the last 15 years, he has
compiled a successful record representing clients in a variety of areas and sectors
including energy and environmental policy, health care, tax, appropriations, education
policy, national security and federal legal policy.
Not pictured: Erika Lee Baum (Political Science, ‘91), Neil A. Baumgardner (Int’l Studies ‘98), Mr. Preston O. Bell (History ’11), Christopher F. Buki (Political Science ,’12), Andrew M. Frassetto (Science, ’04), Andrew T. Gaeckle (Int’l Studies, ‘09), Joan Goldenberg (Biology, ‘63 & ‘66), Marcia L. Hale, (Int’l Studies, ‘74; Public Admin, ‘76), Elizabeth Horning (Int’l Studies and Spanish, ‘15), Katharine M. Klein (Arts, ‘12), Allen G. Klump (Political Science, ‘08), John M. Lawson (Int’l Studies ’76 & ’84), Harriet G. McCombs (Psychology, '74), Anne Hale Miglarese (Geography, ’82 & ‘84), Erin I. Peck (Business Admin, ‘18), Lindsay N. Richardson (Business Admin, ’15; Law, '18), Clinton B. Riddle (Political Science, ‘12), Stuart M. Shalloway (Geography, ‘82), Steven K. Smith (Political Science, ‘77, ‘79, ‘83), Ebrahim “Ebbie” S. Yazdani (History, ‘11)