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Fourth CU Grow cohort announced; program features expanded curriculum, new partnership 


Now in its fourth year, CU Grow is preparing for its largest class to date. Thirty-two members from more than 25 departments across campus will participate in Clemson’s premier staff development program, which includes experiential learning, workshops, skill development and volunteer service. 

“CU Grow fuels a continuous growth culture for Clemson staff, where shared experiences and customized training propel career progression to greater heights,” said program founder Jaz Hamilton-Allen. 

This year’s program features an enhanced curriculum, a supervisor portal and a new partnership with the Rutland Institute for Ethics. Through activities included in the CU Grow curriculum, participants can graduate from CU Grow with an ethics Concentration. 

“The partnership of the Rutland Institute for Ethics and CU Grow exemplifies the commitment of Clemson University to the holistic well-being of its staff,” said Bill McCoy, director of the Rutland Center. “By infusing the concepts of ethical decision-making and ethical leadership into an already carefully planned curriculum, this partnership takes staff development to a whole new thought-provoking level.” 

The newly created supervisor portal will allow supervisors of cohort members to access valuable tools and resources to aid in their staff’s growth and development. 

“By increasing supervisor involvement, we hope to foster candid conversations to help employees set goals that align with their strengths, aspirations, and the vision for their departments/divisions,” said Kristen Finley, talent and organizational development specialist. 

2024 Cohort Members 

Ryan Best, Police Officer II and K9 Handler – Clemson University Police Department 

Penni Douglas, Accountant/Fiscal Analyst II – Office of Global Engagement 

Mallory Mitcham, Benefits Navigator – Office of Human Resources 

Shawna Fowler, Data Visualization Engineer – CCIT 

Shay Vinson, Student Services Coordinator II – School of Architecture 

Michael Alphonso, Software Development Architect – CCIT 

Denise Sanders, Support Specialist II – Facilities 

Jacob Miller, Senior Programmer IV – CCIT – ESA 

Kristy Dickinson, Administrative Coordinator – VIPR-GS 

Theodore Zee, Sr., Nursery Operations Coordinator – Plant Industry 

Candace Weisner, Officer Manager – School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Mary Erin Morrissey, Director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives & Engagement – Finance and Operations 

Anthony Herrera, Woodland Cemetery Superintendent – Land and Capital Asset Stewardship 

Jake Grove, Senior Writer – Marketing and Communications 

Angela Gambrell, Compliance Analyst – University Compliance and Ethics 

Rachel Anderson, Associate Director – Peer Learning Support Programs – Academic Success Center 

John Davis, Special Projects Coordinator – Facilities Landscape Services 

Jill Williams, Student Services Coordinator II – College of Business Academic Advising Center 

Sarah Edison, Associate Director of the Brooks Center – Performing Arts 

Gabrielle Compton, Recruitment Marketing Coordinator – Marketing and Communications 

Kathy Breffle, Manager of Financial Operations – Advancement: Finance and Administration 

Jason Combs, Director, Emerging Scholars – College Preparation and Outreach 

Stephanie Vitalis, Human Resources Service Manager – Office of Human Resources 

Rooksana Noorai, Assistant Director of Bioinformatics – Biological Sciences 

Rebecca Hedden, Reporting and Staff Development Coordinator – Cooperative Extension Services 

Khristy Glover, Assistant Director of Operations and Strategic Development – Regulatory Services 

Shaw Hipsher, Communications Coordinator – Advancement Marketing, Communications and Events 

Lisa Robinson, Associate Director – Center for Career and Professional Development 

Caren Kelley-Hall, Associate Director – Center for Career and Professional Development 

Jodi Cox, Associate Director of the Visitors Center – Undergraduate Admissions 

Melissa Webb, Assistant Supervisor – Facilities – Custodial 

Aly Friend, Director of Engagement – Alumni Association