Our faculty and staff provide the expertise and care at the foundation of CarolinaLIFE.
Anthony Plotner, CRC, Ph.D.
CarolinaLIFE Program Director
Dr. Plotner's career of extensive research and publication has focused on the community inclusion of individuals with significant disabilities — specifically the transition to college, supported employment and the collaboration across systems to promote positive student outcomes.
Patrick "Mike" Kelly, Ph.D.
CarolinaLIFE Assistant Director
Dr. Kelly teaches graduate and undergraduate students, primarily from the College of Education. His teaching load includes introductory courses in special education as well as specialized courses in learning disabilities. He served over 30 years in public education settings as a school psychologist and special education administrator. He also has specialized training and experience working with children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, their families, and teachers.
Abigail received an MAT in Special Education from the USC College of Education. She was a Special Education teacher for students with intellectual disabilities at a middle school setting. Abigail is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Special Education program at USC. As project coordinator for CarolinaLIFE, she provides support and training to staff- especially to academic coaches and CarolinaLIFE course instructors. She also serves as a liaison for students, parents, faculty and staff, and works alongside them to ensure the program continues to offer high-quality experiences to students.