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Dean's Council

The Deans Council provides advocacy, professional expertise, community leadership and financial support to assist Dean Hale in accomplishing the stated mission of the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Council members are alumni, community members and prominent professionals who value written expression and collaborative research in a liberal arts and sciences setting.

Our current members include:

Dr. Shanelle Fields, '02


After completing high school, Dr. Shanelle Fields matriculated to the College of Charleston and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Secondary English Education. Her first job was teaching in Charleston County School District and she has been educating students for 15 years.  Continuing her love of knowledge, she furthered her education at the Citadel Military College of SC and earned a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education. It is at this point that she found her calling of helping others find solutions to their problems. After her Master’s Degree was completed, she began working as a Professional School Counselor and found her niche.

Even with a busy three-year old, Dr. Fields found the time to complete a lifelong dream, and on March 15th, 2014, she completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Studies from Capella University. Presently, Dr. Fields is working on her LPC to practice counseling outside of the school. She attributes this accomplishment to God, her family, and a host of many others who encouraged her along the way.

Dr. Fields truly believes in the impact that education can make.

Daniel Barry, '88


Daniel has more than 25 years of experience in the Executive Benefits business and has specific expertise in the design, implementation, and administration of Benefit Restoration Plans, 409A (Nonqualified Deferred Compensation) Plans and alternative benefit strategies to assist companies in their efforts to recruit, reward, retain, and retire executive talent. Daniel also has significant experience in developing and implementing strategies to assist closely held businesses with succession and transition planning. Daniel is a frequent contributor and platform speaker on the topic of Executive Benefits. His thought leadership is nationally recognized and respected throughout the industry.

Daniel has served his industry and clients in a number of roles through industry associations. Daniel lent his expertise in the Executive Benefits to the Association of Advanced Life Underwriting, serving on their National Board of Directors. In addition, Daniel served on a number of committees including: Governmental Affairs, Regulatory Reform, Fiduciary Standards Taskforce, and Best Practices Committee. Daniel is a consistent voice in Washington, D.C., working with legislators, rule makers and regulators protecting the interests of our clients and industry.

Daniel served as Mayor Protem for the Town of Weddington. In 2012 Daniel resigned from the AALU board to run for the US House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 9th District. Daniel is routinely sought for testimony and expertise in the area of federal regulatory reform and taxation regarding, Income Tax, Entitlement Reform, Regulatory Reform in the investment and insurance arena. Daniel has presented market place data to the SEC and FINRA regarding market conduct issues, utilization of nonqualified plans, and federal overreach limiting consumer choice.

Daniel majored in political science at the College of Charleston with minors in international economics and international studies.

Tanisia V. Charles, '07


Tanisia specializes in recruiting, event planning and management, human logistics, and organizational management.  She joined Jones Day as the Recruiting Coordinator in March 2015, after nearly one year with global management consulting firm Kurt Salmon.  Tanisia had previously been with K & L Gates LLP since 2011 as Legal Recruitment and Professional Development Coordinator, where she coordinated entry level recruitment and summer associate programs in the three North Carolina offices, as well as the Charleston, South Carolina office.   Earlier positions include U.S. Training Coordinator at Triple P America and Recruiting Assistant at Jones Day. 

Tanisia earned her bachelor’s degree from College of Charleston in communication.  As a student, she was the senior class vice president and member of SGA and Charleston 40.  A former member of the Alumni Association Board, she also served as president of the Charleston Charlotte Alumni Chapter. 

Tanisia is fluent in Spanish and resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a CofC Chapter Leader and member of the Atlanta Legal Recruiting Association.

Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Felder, '04


Stephanie is a United States Public Health Services Commissioned Corp Officer stationed in the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She serves as a program management officer in the FEMA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program and provides technical assistance and guidance to communities recovering from the challenging effects of presidentially declared natural and man-made disasters.  She joined SAMHSA after serving as the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program Coordinator at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

While working for the HCHV Program, Stephanie became a national spokesperson and advocate for homeless veterans, juveniles at risk, and the mentally ill.  She appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, the LA Times and NPR, to speak about the Veteran's Administration's plans to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. 

Additionally, Stephanie is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incoporated. Stephanie graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in psychology and received a master's degree in social work from the University of Central Florida. She then completed the requirements to be a licensed clinical social worker and received her substance abuse certification. Stephanie is currently a social work doctoral student at Catholic University of America. Her research focuses on female veterans experiencing homelessness and the effects of trauma. 

Dorothy Harrison


Dorothy Harrison joined Charleston Water System in 2001, and as CAO, is responsible for directing the functions of Human Resources, Customer Service, Auditing, Purchasing, and Public Relations.

Prior to joining Charleston Water, she spent 26 years in the banking industry and was among the first African American Commercial Loan Officers and Vice Presidents in the state. She was also one of the first bankers in South Carolina to serve a dual role in the industry as a licensed broker and commercial banker. Dorothy attended the University of South Carolina and George Mason University, and is a graduate of East Carolina School of Banking.

Dorothy is active in community and professional organizations and serves in a number of leadership roles. In recognition of her contributions in her professional and community involvements, she has received numerous awards. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Women Opening Doors Award in the Greater Columbia area, received the Key to the City of Columbia, was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Exceptional Service to the state of South Carolina, and was a 2011 South Carolina AT&T African American History Calendar Honoree. She is currently active with the following organizations: MUSC Board of Visitors; First Citizens Bank of SC local advisory board; City of Charleston Local Development Authority, Vice-Chair; Charleston Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors; P.A.S.T.O.R.S., Inc., Director; Charleston, SC Chapter of The Links, Inc., former President; and the College of Charleston President’s Community Advisory Board. 

Chris Jankowski, '93


Chris Jankowski is a leading Republican strategist in state elections, state policy issues, and state government. Following campaign field work in 1994 and after finishing law school, Chris served as an assistant attorney general in South Carolina. In 1998, Chris accepted an opportunity with Carroll A. Campbell III, the former governor of South Carolina who was serving as the President of the American Council of Life Insurers.  Chris served as the director of state political affairs for the ACLI, working closely with the financial services industry’s corporate leaders, conservative pro-business interest groups and elected officials from across the United States developing strategies to create a pro-business legal and regulatory environment in states across the country.  

In 2002, Jankowski founded and managed a consulting firm engaged in state government relations, issue management, and political consulting. For over eight years, Chris served as the managing principal for the firm which ran independent expenditure campaigns in over a dozen states, managed individual down ballot races, and grew a significant government relations practice in Virginia and on a multi-state basis. 

In 2010, Chris served as the Executive Director of the REDMAP Project at the RSLC- a strategic effort to win Republican control of state legislatures immediately prior to the decennial redistricting process for Congressional district lines. REDMAP focused resources on critical state legislative races in states projected to gain or lose congressional seats in reapportionment. Chris directed over $20 million in expenditures resulting in the Republican pick-up of twenty legislative chambers and a net gain in state legislative seats (over 700 seats)- setting a record for any political party in U.S. history. REDMAP is widely credited with providing a strategic advantage in the 2012 Congressional elections which resulted in a 33-seat Republican margin in the 113th Congress. Jankowski went on to serve as President of the Republican State Leadership Committee for three years in Washington, DC, returning to Richmond in 2014 where he runs a political consulting firm.

Chris has been quoted in numerous publications in his career, including the New York Times, Washington Post,  and the National Journal. In addition, he has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Charleston in 1993 and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law in 1996.

Linda Ketner


Linda Ketner is President of KSI, a firm specializing in strategic planning, leadership and management development.  Begun in 1980, KSI's client list includes:  General Foods, Rotary International, U.S. Department of Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Society for Fundraising Executives and over 300 other corporate, non - profit, education and government organizations. 

Linda holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;  M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and worked toward her unfinished Ph.D. at both Duke (where she received an Angier B. Duke Fellowship) and Emory Universities.

Prior to co-founding KSI, Ketner was Director of Organization Development for Food Lion Stores, responsible for New Product Design with the Center for Creative Leadership and Manager of Organization Development for Smith Kline Corporation.  Ms. Ketner ran for the United States Congress in 2008 and narrowly lost against a four term incumbent with over 48% of the vote.  She has been adjunct professor at UNC-G and the College of Charleston.

Active in her community, she has served as President of The Coastal Community Foundation, President of Charleston Crisis Ministry (180 Place), Chair and Founder of the Mayor's Council On Homelessness and Affordable Housing, President and Founder of Alliance for Full Acceptance, Chair of the S.C. Housing Trust Fund, Chair and Founder of South Carolina Citizens For Housing, Chair of South Carolina Equality Coalition, Chair for Hugo Relief Fund Allocations.  She is serving, or has served, on the boards of Hollings Cancer Center, Health Sciences Foundation, Riley Institute of Public Policy, College of Charleston‘s Women and Gender Studies as well as the President’s Diversity Review Committee, SC Palmetto Project and the YWCA of the USA.  Having established the Women’s Fund, Ketner Fund and Fund for Social Justice, she oversees grants to community organizations working for solutions to community problems.

Ms. Ketner is a Renaissance Weekend Participant, Leadership America graduate and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Columbia College.  She has been honored with the following Awards:  national Salute to Citizenship, South Carolina Woman of Valor, South Carolina Housing Achievement, the Coastal Community Foundation Malcolm D. Haven Award for Community Service,  S.C.H.A. Woman of the Year,  Palmetto Project and Victory Fund  Leadership Award, Girl Scout Woman of Distinction , YWCA Lifetime Achievement, Center for Women  Foundation Award,  the Urban League Arthur J. Clement Award For Race Relations and the NAACP, J. Arthur Brown Award for Outstanding Service and also Friend of Distinction.

Captain Victor M. Ott, '85


Starting as a Surface Warfare Officer in San Diego, Vic’s nearly 30 year career in the Navy has in addition to San Diego led him to Tampa, Pensacola, Corpus Christi, Newport, Vicenza, Italy and Washington D.C.  In June, the Captain left his post as Deputy Director for Intelligence, Plans and Resource Integration at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and assumed the position of Associate Professor at the National War College in the Strategy and Policy Department.  Vic specializes in Foreign Policy, International Relations, International Engagement Strategy and Foreign Defense Trade.  

A U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, he has managed aviation assets worldwide for U.S Special Operations Command.  Vic followed his father’s footsteps in joining the Navy and has since earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal,Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal. Vic transferred to College of Charleston after one year at Clemson. As a student, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and lived in the fraternity house.  Despite being a School of Business graduate, Vic credits his history classes as instrumental in preparing him for his future with the Navy.  In addition to graduating from College of Charleston, Vic earned an M.A. in National Affairs and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College.

Mary H. Pinckney, '90


Mary is a Senior Project Management Consultant for Satori Consulting, where she serves as Business Development leader and consultant at American Express.  Her previous management experience includes consulting at the US Dept of the Treasury, Goldman Sachs, The State of California, General Motors and other government and corporate entities.

A South Carolina native, Mary has lived and worked in multiple states and countries and currently divides her time between New York City and South Carolina.  She has been an active volunteer with Darkness to Light, Developments in Literacy and numerous other organizations.  

Jeremiah Pope, '03


Jeremiah is the Founder and President of J Pope Consulting, a national fundraising and political consulting firm located in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.

Jeremiah has over a decade of experience in local, state, and federal politics; raising several millions of dollars over the course of his career. In 2008, he led the successful landmark $1.4 million dollar finance operation of Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, historically the first African American Congresswoman from the State of Maryland. He also has various other notable campaign achievements including finance directing for the current Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, the first African-American and the first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

While attending the College of Charleston he became a member of the Tau Eta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Amongst many other community activities, Jeremiah is an appointed board member of the Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board. Jeremiah currently resides in the Washington D.C. suburbs with his family.

After receiving his political science degree from the College of Charleston, Jeremiah went on to obtain his master’s degree in public policy from New England College.

Julius D. "Danny" Rowe, Jr., '94


Danny has served as Vice President of On-Premise Sales and Services at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated (CCBCC), the nation's largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products, since 2009.  In 2013, he also assumed the position of Vice President, Market Unit Sales, making him responsible for managing more than $1 billion in revenue and a team of 500. Danny started his career with CCBCC in 1995 as an account manager. Originally from High Point, North Carolina, Danny attended Louisburg College before coming to the College of Charleston. 

Margaret Seidler


Margaret is a nationally-recognized Organization Development consultant, master trainer, and author based in Charleston, SC. Her practice focuses on creating higher performance in both organization and community systems. Central to her work is Polarity Thinking®, a set of principles and method to help people see, map and tap the power of “both/and” thinking for better, more sustainable results. Her interest in helping other professionals become more effective leaders began in the early 1990s, when she recognized the need to improve her own leadership skills. Her areas of expertise include managing complex opportunities and challenges, increasing leaders’ self-awareness/self-management, teambuilding, resolving conflict and interpersonal communications skills.

Earlier as a consultant with The Atlanta Consulting Group, she served on a 53-member consulting team for United Parcel Service (UPS) Worldwide in a business improvement and work culture transformation. Prior to external consulting, she devoted five years to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and eight years to South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. Her work there culminated in an internal consultant’s position to lead change in the face of possible electric de-regulation – the genesis of her career in Organization Development.

Today Margaret’s community involvement includes five years of service on the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In July 2015, Margaret was elected to a four-year term on the Charleston County Aviation Authority Board for the Charleston International Airport. Her broad education includes a BA in Psychology and Master in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, as well as graduate course work in Organization Development at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. In 2009, she became one of only eighteen certified Polarity Management Masters in North America. She has served as adjunct faculty in Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business as well as the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Andy Smythe, '01


Andy is the Director of Business Development for Impetus Consulting Group, a US-based technology consulting firm for Enterprise Performance Management.  Their clients include Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies.

Prior to his current role, Andy worked at Blackbaud, a Charleston-based software company that exclusively services the non-profit sector.  There, he held roles in sales and project management leading projects at large US non-profits (e.g., The Nature Conservancy and World Vision).

Before working at Blackbaud, Andy also held consulting and sales roles at CHEP pallets, Recall Information Management and Global Trade Information Systems.  His work included international trade data analysis, global go-to-market project management and supply chain analysis.

After graduating the College of Charleston in 2001 with degrees in German and Philosophy, Andy worked in high-end restaurants in the U.S. and Germany. In 2003, he was a participant in the U.S. Congress working for the German Bundestag youth exchange program in Germany. He completed his international MBA at the Darla Moore School of Business (Univ. of So. Carolina) in 2007.

Geoffrey W. Yost, '12


Geoff Yost is a consultant in Charleston, S.C. He uses design thinking to help small businesses, individuals, and non-profits develop new ideas and solve consequential problems.

Previously, he was partner and creative director at Annex Studio, a digital branding studio he founded in 2013, where he led projects for the City of Charleston, College of Charleston, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston County Public Library, Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, The Citadel Foundation, and WDAV Classical Public Radio, among others.

Geoff also regularly works on high-profile media events as a producer and strategic communications consultant. He was a White House Advance Associate in the Obama administration’s second term, producing events for the Office of the Vice President. Additionally, he’s produced events for Hillary for America, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Obama for America, and the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Geoff graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Political Science. He is an active member of the Lowcountry community and serves on various boards in volunteer capacities. He joined the College of Charleston School of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council in 2016. In 2017, he was a judge for ArtPop Street Gallery Charleston.