||Name: Jeffery L. Beacham,
Title: Director of Environmental Research
Areas of Interest: Environmental sciences; ecology;
natural resources management and conservation
|Jeff earned a Bachelor and a Master
of Science in Zoology from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. in
Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at
Albany. He has served on the faculties of the Department of
Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at
Stony Brook, and the Biology Departments of Baruch College of
the City University of New York and the State University of
New York at Farmingdale. Prior to arriving at the Institute,
he served over 12 years as a senior scientist at two major environmental
consulting firms. In addition to his position as the Institute's
Director of the Environmental Research and Service, Dr. Beacham
is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological
Sciences at Clemson University.
Dr. Beacham has conducted basic and applied research in the
fields of ecology, environmental assessment and impact analysis,
natural resources management, and animal behavior. His extensive
work as an environmental consultant has included leading research
and development programs, leading development of service groups,
and providing technical and management leadership for environmental
assessment and impact analysis projects. His honors have included:
the American Consulting Engineers Council, North Carolina Grand
Conceptor Award and a National Recognition Award in 2001; the
New Jersey Environmental Exposition - Leaders in Environmental
Excellence Awards in1993; and a WMX Technologies President's
Award for Operational and Environmental Innovation in1993.
||Name: Anna Berger,
Title: Senior Research Associate
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Anna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Political Science from Columbia College and a Master of Public
Administration degree from the University of South Carolina.
Her primary responsibility with the Institute is to serve as
project director for the South Carolina Municipal Benchmarking
Project. She provides technical assistance for state and
local governments ranging from reengineering processes to strategic
planning. She also develops and conducts training programs
specifically designed for local government managers and supervisors
on performance appraisals, team building, group decision-making
tools, and employee discipline. Anna's areas of interest
are performance benchmarking and process improvement efforts
in local government organizations. Prior to joining the Institute
in 1997,she worked with the South Carolina State Budget and
Control Board's Office of Human Resources where she assisted
analysts in conducting organizational assessments.
||Name: Mark Bondo,
Title: Research Associate
E-mail Address: email@example.com
|Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Institute, Mark worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC. While at the GAO, Mark worked on numerous projects on environmental, infrastructure, and taxation issues. Mark’s main duties at the Institute include research, assistance on the indicators project, and providing technical assistance and training to South Carolina state and local governments. Mark’s professional interests are in environmental policy, public finance, and government organization.
||Name: Charles S. Bryan,
Title: Professor of Medicine, University
of South Carolina School of Medicine
Areas of Interest:
History of medicine; humanism in medicine especially as
exemplified by Sir William Osler; medical professionalism; ethics
and HIV disease/AIDS
||Name: Beth Hutchison
Title: Program Manager
earned her both her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and
her Master's in Public Administration from the
University of South Carolina. She has worked in higher
education for eighteen years. Beth joined the Institute
on a part-time basis in March 2000, working for Fred
Sheheen. She helped coordinate the research project,
"…And Miles to Go Before I Sleep," which examined the
status of African-Americans in South Carolina in
observation of the fifty-year anniversary of Brown
vs. Board of Education.
completing that project, she became the Program Manager
for the Washington Semester Program and the South
Carolina Semester Program. Additionally, she continues
to work on several public policy research projects which
are underway in the Institute.
interest in education extends to K-12 education, where
she served two terms on the school board for
Lexington-Richland District 5. She has served in an
advisory role to the South Carolina School Boards'
Association through group meetings with the S.C.
Education Oversight Committee and as a co-leader in
strategic planning for education advocacy for school
boards across the state. She was a presenter at the
December 2001 Legislative and Advocacy conference for
the South Carolina School Boards Association. Burn also
served as a Master Board Trainer for the School
||Name: Rebecca J.
Title: Associate Director
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Social Work Degree
from the University of South Carolina.
She is also a graduate of the Executive Institute.
She has served the administrations of Governors Robert
E. McNair, John C. West and Richard W. Riley.
In recent years she has served as a legislative aide to
the Republican Caucus as well as Republican leadership in The
General Assembly and to the late Terry Haskins, Speaker Pro
Tempore of the House of Representatives.
She was appointed Executive Director of
the South Carolina Commission on Women by Governor Jim Hodges
in January 1999. She
advised the Governor and legislators on matters related to the
needs of women in South Carolina.
The Commission was responsible for identifying
problems, defining issues and recommending policies and
procedures to change practices which prevent full
participation of women in society.
Becky has served on a
number of boards to include Palmetto Place Children’s
Shelter, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and
the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.
She is also a board member of the National Advisory
Council of the University of South Carolina College of Social Work.
||Name: Belinda Pearson
Title: Business Manager
Areas of Interest: Customer
Service Practices, Training and Event Coordination
|Belinda earned her Bachelors Degree
in Business Management and Administration from the University
of South Carolina in 1983.Before joining the Institute for Public
Service and Policy Research in May 2000,she was administrative
assistant to the director of Mental Retardation at the South
Carolina Department of Disabilities in Special Needs for three
years. At the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs,
Belinda responsibilities included administrative functions for
the director of Mental Retardation, the Office of Standard Compliance
and State Level Forensics. She coordinated meetings, travel,
schedules, forensic evaluations and event coordination for the
Mental Retardation Division. She acted as the liaison
for the Division of Mental Retardation, which included five
offices within the division.
Prior to that, she was the office manager for the Department
of Student Media at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
She supervised all administrative functions in the Office of
Student Media for the director of Student Media, the Gamecock
Newspaper, WUSC-FM, and Garnet and Black Magazine (GBQ). She
also coordinated with the business manager on daily accounting
and cash control issues. Belinda has over eleven years
experience in customer service. She was customer service supervisor
at the University of South Carolina Russell House Bookstore
for four years, where she received an Award of Excellence in
Customer Service in 1991.Previously she worked at Macys Department
store as a sales/customer service associate, where she received
the Macys 10-Year Recognition Award for Excellence in Sales
and Customer Service.
||Name: Dr. George Khushf
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina
Areas of Interest: Moral philosophy and general
bioethics; organizational ethics; philosophy of medicine; theological
dimensions of ethics; ethics of nanotechnology
C. (Jack) Kresslein
Title: Senior Research Associate and Director, South
Carolina Indicators Project
John C. (Jack) Kresslein is a Senior
Research Associate and the Director of the South Carolina
Indicators Project. Jack earned a Bachelor’s Degree in
Political Science from Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia
, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the
University of South Carolina. He comes to the Institute after
more than fifteen years on the staff of the South Carolina
General Assembly, including six with the South Carolina
Senate. From 1989
to 1998, he served as Project Coordinator and Compliance
Review Manager for the State Reorganization Commission.
There, he undertook and led post-audit reviews of state
agencies and programs. In 1991, he was a staff analyst for the South Carolina
Commission on Government Restructuring.
While at the Reorganization Commission, he authored
numerous manuscripts on such topics as the inspector general
concept, privatization, ethics, and government reorganization.
Jack has published numerous articles,
papers and technical reports on public finance, human
resources management and information resources management.
Jack held teaching appointments at the University of
Southern Mississippi and Georgia State University.
Since returning to South Carolina in 1989, Jack has
continued as an adjunct instructor, teaching courses in
American government and public policy. He has also been an
independent consultant, completing a comprehensive study of
high school reform and advising on management improvement
strategies and approaches to communicating with elected
In addition to managing the Indicators
Project, Jack joins the Institute’s Governmental Research
and Service Unit in organizing and conducting workshops for
state and local officials. He also contributes to the Institute’s overall research
effort, conducting research on current and emerging issues of
vital concern to South Carolina. His primary research
interests include education policy, public finance, government
restructuring, and management reform.
||Name: Dennis Lambries
Title: Public Service Associate
E-mail Address: email@example.com
|Dennis holds a Master of Arts in
Public Policy and Public Administration from the University
of South Carolina. He has over 25 years experience in
performance management, curriculum design, long range, and strategic
planning at the federal, state, and local level.
Dennis has taught courses in public administration, public policy,
and American government at the University of South Carolina.
He has designed and delivered training programs and seminars
on topics which include: staffing standards, process reengineering,
leadership, motivation, interpersonal communication, ethics
and ethical decision making, building effective working relationships,
local government planning, and the roles and responsibilities
of members of boards and commissions. Audiences have included
county and municipal elected
and appointed officials, state agencies, and both regional and
Dennis has also served as facilitator for numerous strategic
and long-range planning retreats for county councils, municipal
councils, state agencies, and not-for-profit boards. He
is certified to teach Edward de Bono's “Lateral Thinking ” skills
for innovation and creativity.. Dennis is also editor of “A
Handbook for County Clerks to Council in South Carolina.”
Title: Administrative Assistant
E-mail Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
|Freda has extensive experience with
office management. She graduated from the Albuquerque
Technical-Vocational Institute in Albuquerque, NM, with a secretarial
degree. Her experience entails two years of banking and
seven years with a public utility. She has been with survey
research services since October 1992. She maintains database
lists and client billings, and assists with graphic design for
survey research services' reports.
||Name: Robert Oldendick,
Title: Executive Director, Institute
for Public Service and Policy Research; Professor, Department
of Government and International Studies
E-mail Address: email@example.com
|Before coming to USC in 1989,Bob
was the assistant director of the Institute for Policy Research
at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Oldendick has over
30 years experience in the field of public policy research.
During this time he has served as principal investigator or
project manager on more than two hundred projects. He
is also the author of numerous articles on research methodology,
including procedures for sample selection in telephone surveys,
methods of respondent selection within households, and the effects
of question wording and format on responses to survey questions
that have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Official
Statistics ,Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Methodology
.The third edition of his book, Public Opinion: Measuring the
American Mind (co-authored with Dr. Barbara Bardes) was recently
released by Thomas Wadsworth Publishing.
He also serves as an Associate Editor of Public Opinion
||Name: Jon B. Pierce,
Title: Associate Director, Governmental
Research and Service
|Jon holds the Ph.D. in Political
Science with a concentration in public administration and management
from the University of Tennessee and Master of Arts and Bachelor
of Arts degrees in Political Science from Appalachian State
University. He has worked with local, state, regional
and federal government agencies for 24 years as a university-based
trainer, facilitator, and consultant. Dr. Pierce has assisted
a large number of local governments and state agencies in the
design and conduct of strategic planning, goal setting, performance
measurement, benchmarking, reengineering and reinvention efforts.
Further, he regularly teaches courses in the Master of Public
Administration program at the University.
Prior to joining the faculty of the Institute for Public Service
and Policy Research, he served as director of the Governmental
Services Institute and the Office of Professional Development
and Community Education of Northern Kentucky University and
as executive director of the Appalachian Regional Bureau of
Government at Appalachian State University.
||Name: John B. Rate,
Title: Computer Support Manager
Areas of Interest: Information Technology (IT) from PDAs
to mainframes; voice and data networks; management and application
of IT; the art of customer service.
|John earned his Bachelor of Science
in Biology from The Citadel and Associate in Business in Computer
Programming from Midlands Technical College. He has served
two tours of active duty in the Air Force in strategic air defense
and is a retired reserve officer. John began his state
service in 1976 with the South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control in the Bureau of Laboratories.
His IT career with the state started in 1978 as a computer programmer
and he has held positions in customer support, technical support
and management. John started with the Institute in November
2001 after spending over five years as the IT director of a
local phone company.
||Name: Amanda Reich,
Title: Public Service Associate
|Amanda earned a Bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a Master of Public Health from Emory University. Her primary responsibility at the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research is to provide training and research services for state and local government. This includes development of targeted training, team building, and analysis and presentation of relevant data. Prior to joining the Institute, Amanda worked with Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve and develop program evaluations. She has also worked in South Carolina state government, and provided evaluation expertise locally in South Carolina on a Department of Education grant. Her research interests focus on health and environmental policy.
Title: Administrative Specialist II
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Sheala was employed at the University
of South Carolina in 1998 in the department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering. There she worked in two different areas
all in dealing with administrative assistance. She then moved
to a permanent position as a floater and was able to get the
opportunity to help the Institute for Public Service and Policy
Research. She floated at the Institute for one year and then
accepted a full-time position here and is going on one year
as a permanent employee of the Institute. At the Institute for
Public Service and Policy Research she provides administrative
support to the Executive Director, Associate Directors, and
to all the centers and programs of the Institute. Sheala is
currently working on degrees in Business Management and Accounting.
||Name: Judi Rose
Phone: (803) 777-7714
|Judi Rose is the Field Director for
the Institute's survey research services, a position she has
held since 1994. Before becoming Field Director, she worked
in the Institute as an interviewer and interviewing supervisor.
In her current position, she is responsible for the operations
of the Institute's survey data collection efforts, including
recruitment and training of staff, scheduling, monitoring and
evaluating interviewer performance, and maintaining quality
Dr. Korey R. Rothman
Academic Director, Washington Semester Program
Fax: (301) 277-3528
holds her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the
earned an M.A. degree in Theatre History and Criticism
the University of Maryland and a M.Ed. degree in Secondary
and a B.A. degree in English from the University of Florida.
has taught classes in Communications, Public Speaking, and
at the University of Florida, the University of Maryland, and
is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of
History at the University of Maryland.
has been associated with the Washington Semester Program since
the Theatre Appreciation class.
In the summer of 2005, she was
the academic director of the Washington Semester Program. Korey has
in the Washington, D.C. area for the past nine years and has
of the numerous opportunities for enrichment that await the
participating in the Washington Semester Program.
||Name: Dr. Donald E. Saunders, Jr.
Title: Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of
South Carolina School of Medicine
Phone: (803) 540-1000
Areas of Interest:
General bioethics; humanities and humanism in medicine; medical
||Name: Ronald W. Shealy
Title: Research Associate
Phone: (803) 777-8860
Areas of Interest: Research
data collection; computer-aided telephone interviewing (CATI)
system programming; communications
|Ron has a B.A. in Journalism from
the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in Mass Communications
from the University of Denver. As part of the Institute’s survey
research services, he trains, supervises and evaluates telephone
interviewers; manages sample; programs the CATI system; and
codes open-ended responses. He serves as co-chairman of the
Institute’s Communications Committee. Ron has worked in several
other capacities at the Institute since joining the staff in
1994, including managing the collection of data for a drug and
alcohol abuse survey of 1000 detainees in county detention centers
throughout South Carolina. From 1968 to 1993, he served in the
U.S. Air Force as a public affairs officer.
||Name: Fred R. Sheheen
Title: Senior Consultant, Institute for Public Service
and Policy Research
Phone: (803) 777-1298
|In his role as a Senior Consultant,
Fred Sheheen oversees a program of internships in Columbia and
Washington. He teaches a course in South Carolina State Government
in connection with the Columbia program. He also develops policy
papers on public issues. He is a Senior Consultant to the Executive
Institute of the State Budget and Control Board, and Director
of the Institute for Non-Profit Leadership at Francis Marion
University. Previously, Mr. Sheheen served as Commissioner and
Executive Director of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education
for ten years. He has experience as a journalist and publisher,
and was News Secretary to Donald Russell in his service as Governor
and Senator. He is a graduate of Duke University and the Institute
for Education Management at Harvard University. He holds honorary
degrees from Lander University, Claflin University and the Technical
College of the Low Country.
||Name: Eric H. Snider
Title: Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Environmental
Phone: (404) 705-9500
Areas of Interest: Pollution prevention and environmental
technologies evaluation and application
|Eric earned an undergraduate degree
in chemistry and masters and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering,
all from Clemson University. He has served as a faculty member
at the University of Tulsa, where he directed the university’s
environmental research programs, and at Clemson, where he served
as Director of Continuing Engineering Education. He has worked
in consulting engineering for environmental engineering firms
in various full-time and special consulting roles since 1971;
currently he is Director of Process Engineering for GeoSyntec
Consultants in Atlanta, and serves on the adjunct faculty at
USC (School of the Environment) and Clemson (Environmental Science
and Engineering). He has served as editor in chief of E2SC,
Environmental Excellence in South Carolina, and its predecessor,
P2SC- Pollution Prevention in South Carolina, since 1993. He
maintains research interests in application of pollution prevention
technologies to industrial and military base applications and
in wastewater treatment applications.
||Name: Edwin C. Thomas
Title: Director, Governmental Research and Service
Phone: (803) 777-8156
Areas of Interest: Leadership;
public management; strategic planning; and ethics.
|Ed has been with the University of
South Carolina since September, 1986. In addition to his administrative
duties in the Institute, he serves as a trainer, facilitator,
and management consultant to state and local government.
Prior to joining the Institute, Ed served 13 years with the
South Carolina Commission for the Blind as a rehabilitation
counselor and administrator.
A former local elected official, he served as a member of the
Irmo Town Council. Ed has also served as a member and chairman
of the Irmo Planning Commission.
Ed has a Bachelor of Science in psychology, a Master of Education
in rehabilitation counseling, and a Master of Public Administration,
all from the University of South Carolina. He is a 1993 graduate
of Leadership South Carolina, a 1995 graduate of the SC Executive
Institute, and a 2000 graduate of the SC Economic Developers’
||Name: William E. Tomes
Title: Senior Public Service Associate
Areas of Interest: Employee
recruitment and selection; measuring human performance; personality
and work performance
|Bill earned his B.S. in Psychology
from Florida State University and a Masters in Human Resources
from the University of South Carolina. He worked as a human
resources professional in both the Florida and South Carolina
State governments for ten years, before working at the Institute
of Public Affairs from 1986 to 1989. Bill rejoined the Center
for Governance in 1998 after working as a human resources consultant
in both the private and public sectors in the United States
and Canada. He has conducted training programs and written book
chapters and articles on various human resource topics. At the
Center, he manages the professional certification programs for
the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina
and the Institute for Departmental Management. He also directs
technical assistance projects for the Center and serves as a
faculty member for the Center's various professional development
||Name: Barrie Tompkins
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (803) 777-9199
|Barrie has been with the Institute
since 1994 and worked as an administrative assistant in the
Environmental and Governance areas. She coordinates business
and financial operations within the Environmental division at
present. She graduated from the University of South Carolina
in 1975 with a BA in Art Studio.
||Name: Richard D. Young
Title: Director of Governmental Research
D. Young is the Director of Governmental Research for the
Institute. He conducts research on a myriad of public policy
and administration topics relating to state and local
governments. Since coming to the Institute in 1998, Mr. Young
has authored several papers, articles, reports, and books. Mr.
Young is additionally editor of the e-journal Public Policy
& Practice (see http://www.ipspr.sc.edu/ejournal/
Young previously worked with the South Carolina General
Assembly in various positions of research and administration.
Prior to this, Mr. Young taught at the University of
Louisville, Hanover College, Indiana University Southeast, and
the University of Kentucky Campus in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr.
Young has a B.A.(1973) and M.A. (1975) from the University of