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Name:  Jeffery L. Beacham, Ph.D.
Title:  Director of Environmental Research & Service
Phone:  (803)777-5522
E-mail Address:  jeffbeacham@bellsouth.net
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.
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Name:  Anna Berger, M.P.A.
Title:  Senior Research Associate
Phone:  (803)777-3455
E-mail Address:  bergerab@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

Name:  Mark Bondo, M.P.A.
Title:  Research Associate
Phone:  (803)777-7764
E-mail Address:  bondo@sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

Name:  Charles S. Bryan, M.D.
Title:  Professor of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Phone:  (803)540-1000
E-mail Address:  cbryan@richmed.medpark.sc.edu
Areas of Interest:  History of medicine; humanism in medicine especially as exemplified by Sir William Osler; medical professionalism; ethics and HIV disease/AIDS
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Name:  Beth Hutchison Burn, B.A., M.P.A.
Title:  Program Manager
Phone:  (803)777-1180
E-mail Address:  burn@gwm.sc.edu

Beth 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.

After 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.

Her 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 Boards' Association.   

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Name:  Rebecca J. Collier, MSW
Title:  Associate Director
Phone:  (803)777-3299
E-mail Address:  rcollier@gwm.sc.edu

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. Return to Staff List

Name:  Belinda Pearson Irby
Title:  Business Manager
Phone:  (803)777-8156
E-mail Address:  irbyb@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

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Name:  Dr. George Khushf
Title:  Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina
Phone:  (803)777-7371
E-mail Address:  khushfg@gwm.sc.edu
Areas of Interest:  Moral philosophy and general bioethics; organizational ethics; philosophy of medicine; theological dimensions of ethics; ethics of nanotechnology
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Name:   John C. (Jack) Kresslein
Title:  Senior Research Associate and Director, South Carolina Indicators Project
Phone:  (803)777-8918
E-mail Address:  jkressle@gwm.sc.edu


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 officials. 

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.


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Name:  Dennis Lambries
Title:  Public Service Associate
Phone:  (803)777-0351
E-mail Address:  lambrie@gwm.sc.edu
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 national organizations.

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.” Return to Staff List

Name:  Freda A. McCray
Title:  Administrative Assistant
Phone:  (803)777-9596
E-mail Address :  fmccray@gwm.sc.edu
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.
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Name:  Robert Oldendick, Ph.D.
Title:  Executive Director, Institute for Public Service and Policy Research; Professor, Department of Government and International Studies
Phone:  (803)777-4566
E-mail Address:  roldendi@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List He also serves as an Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly.

Name:  Jon B. Pierce, Ph.D.
Title:  Associate Director, Governmental Research and Service
Phone:  (803)777-4564
E-mail Address:  jbpierce@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

Name:  John B. Rate, B.S.
Title:  Computer Support Manager
Phone:  (803)777-0347
E-mail Address:  ratej@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

Name:  Amanda Reich, MPH
Title:  Public Service Associate
Phone:  (803)777-2617
E-mail Address:  reicha@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

Name: Sheala W. Riley
Title: Administrative Specialist II
Phone: (803) 777-1543
E-mail Address: sriley@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

Name: Judi Rose
Title: Field Director
Phone: (803) 777-7714
E-mail Address: jqrose@gwm.sc.edu
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 control. Return to Staff List

  Name: Dr. Korey R. Rothman
Title: Academic Director, Washington Semester Program
Phone: (301) 277-0818
Fax: (301) 277-3528
E-mail Address: rothman@gwm.sc.edu

Korey holds her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland.  She earned an M.A. degree in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Maryland and a M.Ed. degree in Secondary English Education and a B.A. degree in English from the University of Florida.

Korey has taught classes in Communications, Public Speaking, and Theatre History at the University of Florida, the University of Maryland, and American University.  She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre History at the University of Maryland.


Korey has been associated with the Washington Semester Program since 2003, teaching the Theatre Appreciation class.  In the summer of 2005, she was named the academic director of the Washington Semester Program.  Korey has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for the past nine years and has extensive knowledge of the numerous opportunities for enrichment that await the

students participating in the Washington Semester Program.

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Name: Dr. Donald E. Saunders, Jr.
Title: Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Phone: (803) 540-1000
E-mail Address: dsaunders@richmed.medpark.sc.edu
Areas of Interest: General bioethics; humanities and humanism in medicine; medical professionalism
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Name: Ronald W. Shealy
Title: Research Associate
Phone: (803) 777-8860
E-mail Address: rwshealy@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

Name: Fred R. Sheheen
Title: Senior Consultant, Institute for Public Service and Policy Research
Phone: (803) 777-1298
E-mail Address: fsheheen@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

Name: Eric H. Snider
Title: Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies
Phone: (404) 705-9500
E-mail Address: esnider@geosyntec.com
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. Return to Staff List

Name: Edwin C. Thomas
Title: Director, Governmental Research and Service
Phone: (803) 777-8156
E-mail Address: ed-thomas@sc.edu
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’ School. Return to Staff List

Name: William E. Tomes
Title: Senior Public Service Associate
Phone: (803) 777-9788
E-mail Address: wetomes0@gwm.sc.edu
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 programs. Return to Staff List

Name: Barrie Tompkins
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (803) 777-9199
E-mail Address: btompkin@gwm.sc.edu
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. Return to Staff List

  Name: Richard D. Young
Title: Director of Governmental Research 
Phone: (803) 777-0453
E-mail Address: young-richard@sc.edu

Richard 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/ ).


Mr. 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 Louisville.  Return to Staff List