Meet the Water Resources Team

Jolie BrownJolie Brown

Water Resources Agent

Sumter County Extension Office
115 N. Harvin St., 5th Floor
Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: 803-773-5561
jolie2@clemson.edu

Jolie Brown is a Water Resources Extension Agent Assistant in Sumter County. Jolie focuses on public involvement and participation in stormwater related programs and activities in Sumter County and the City of Sumter. Jolie coordinates litter clean-ups, storm drain marking volunteers, along with other programs such as build your own rain barrel workshops. Brown also speaks to various garden clubs and works closely with the Sumter Master Gardeners on water related topics and projects. Jolie’s background is in natural resources, agriculture, and water quality.


Mary CaflischMary Caflisch

Water Resources Agent

Richland County Extension Office
900 Clemson Road
Columbia, SC 29229
803-865-1216 ext. 122
mnevins@clemson.edu

Mary Caflisch is a Water Resources Agent in Richland and Sumter Counties. Mary plans and implements education and outreach programs related to stormwater pollution prevention and watershed stewardship. Mary works with youth, homeowners, businesses, and professional audiences to promote positive behavior change. Mary’s areas of expertise include youth education, macroinvertebrates and promoting the use of Low Impact Development principles to developers and local leaders.


Alex ChowAlex Chow

Biogeochemistry & Environmental Quality Specialist

Clemson University – Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology & Forest Sciences
PO Box 596, Georgetown
SC 29442
843-546-1013 ext 232
achow@clemson.edu

Alex Chow, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University. He is an associate editor of Soil Science Society of America Journal and Journal of Environmental Quality. He also serves as Project Team Lead of Clemson Vanishing Firefly Project. His research interests include nutrients and dissolved organic matter dynamics in wetlands and forested watersheds, chemistry of drinking water treatment, and impacts of forest fire on water quality.


Kim CountsKim Counts

Water Resources Agent

Charleston County Extension Office
259 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-5940 ext 128
kcounts@clemson.edu

Kim Counts is a Water Resources Extension Agent in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties. Kim works to Co-Coordinate the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium providing watershed scale stormwater outreach, education and involvement opportunities in the Charleston Tri-County area. Kim's area of interest and expertise revolves around Low Impact Development with emphasis on rainwater harvesting, rain garden design and construction, environmentally friendly landscaping practices and gardening with native plants.


Cathy Reas FosterCathy Reas Foster

Water Resources Agent

Pickens County Extension Office
222 West Main Street
Pickens, SC 29671
Phone: 864-878-1394
creas@clemson.edu

Cathy Reas Foster is a natural resources and Carolina Clear agent for Pickens County
and coordinates the Pickens County Stormwater Partners. She develops and implements natural resource education and involvement programs throughout the county as well as coordinates environmental education events and activities. She works with neighboring universities and organizations on Adopt-a-Stream and What’s in our Waters programs, and has developed the Rain and Drains, “Litter”acy Campaign, and Barrels and Sheds water quality education programs for K-12 schools and the community. She participates on grant-writing teams and assists with 319-watershed plans and implementation. She also serves on numerous boards of directors for conservation organizations, and is on the President’s Commission for Sustainability for Clemson University.


Guinn GarrettGuinn Garrett

Water Resources Agent

Charleston County Extension Office
259 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-5940 ext 125
cggarre@clemson.edu

Guinn Garrett serves as a Water Resources Agent in the Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties and is a co-coordinator of the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium. Her work focuses on implementing diverse outreach programs that encourage adoption of best management practices for water quality protection in the Tri-County community. Guinn's areas of interest and expertise include stormwater management, erosion and sediment control best management practices, surface water and groundwater monitoring and water quality analysis.


Katie GiacaloneKatie Giacalone

Water Resources Specialist

Clemson University – Main Campus
230 Kappa Street
Clemson, SC 29634
864-656-0847
kgiacal@clemson.edu

Katie Giacalone focuses on involving a greater number of stakeholders in the
sustainable adoption of practices that protect and restore South Carolina water resources. These audiences include homeowners, community staff, elected and appointed officials, commercial audiences and others that have the potential to affect water quality and quantity. Her background includes monitoring, microbial source tracking, GIS, watershed restoration and protection plan development, shoreline restoration, stormwater outreach and program development, and curriculum development for youth on-the-water learning experiences. Katie also serves as the Assistant Program Team Leader for Water Resources.


Michael GriffinMichael Griffin

Course Coordinator, Center for Watershed Excellence

Clemson University Restoration Institute
1250 Supply Street, Building 255
North Charleston, SC 29405
843-730-5104
mpg@clemson.edu

Through the Center for Watershed Excellence, Michael coordinates a series of hybrid
and distance-learning courses for professional development on stormwater and water-resource issues. His responsibilities include assisting course teams in authoring of eLearning content, choosing and configuring learning-platform applications, providing support for instructors and course participants, and marketing and coordinating logistics of courses.


Chuck Jarman Chuck Jarman

Extension Water Resources Engineer

Clemson University Restoration Institute
1250 Supply Street, Building 255
North Charleston, SC 29405
cjarman@clemson.edu 

Charles (Chuck) Jarman, PE is the Extension Water Resources Engineer located in Charleston.  Chuck’s areas of interest are preservation and protection of our natural water resources through effective and innovative stormwater management.  He has worked in the stormwater management field for 30 + years and with professional experience including program management, design, construction, maintenance, permitting, regulatory development and compliance.  Chuck has been an active member of both regional and state stormwater associations in various capacities (President, Board of Directors, and Committee Chairman).


Anand JayakaranAnand Jayakaran

Water Resources Engineer

Clemson University- Baruch Institute
130 Heriot Rd
Georgetown, SC 29440
8436552737
ajayaka@clemson.edu

Anand (Ani) Jayakaran, PhD PE, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Agricultural Forest and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University. He has a 75% research and 25% extension appointment. His research focuses on extending our understanding of how the two big stressors on coastal hydrologic processes – population increase and climate change, affect the movement of water and sediment from landscape to ocean. He studies these by synthesizing information on rainfall, stream flow, sediment transport, groundwater levels, stream management, and stormwater management practices. Ultimately, through his research and extension efforts, he seeks to promote resilient stormwater management stategies that meet both human and ecosystem needs. Strategies that will improve on current water management techniques and ensure the safety and well-being of coastal South Carolina’s citizens.


Sara PachotaSara Pachota

Consumer Horticulture Agent, Water Resources Program Team (Secondary)

Clemson University Restoration Institute
1250 Supply Street
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
843-730-5067
gpachot@clemson.edu

Sara Pachota is a Consumer Horticulture Agent for the Clemson Extension Service. She has a background of landscape architecture and environmental studies and enjoys working with the interface that exists between the built and natural environment. Through the principles of the Carolina Yards program, she helps give South Carolinians the tools they need to have low environmental footprints and become stewards of our land and water. Sara also works with the South Carolina Master Gardener program. Sara has her secondary Program Team affiliation with Water Resources.


Cal SawyerCal Sawyer

Water Quality Specialist

Clemson University – Main Campus
243 McAdams Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
864-656-4072
calvins@clemson.edu

Calvin B. Sawyer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest
and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University and the Associate Director of Clemson’s Center for Watershed Excellence. He serves as Extension Program Team Lead for Water Resources and coordinates development and implementation of numerous Extension projects, including South Carolina's Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector program. Sawyer routinely provides water quality and stormwater-related information to various clientele groups, including homeowners, community and government officials, public works and planning staffs, engineers, landscape architects, developers, contractors, and other professional decision-makers. His applied research interests include sediment-bacteria dynamics, turbidity reduction, low impact development and watershed management.


Amy ScaroniAmy Scaroni

Extension Associate

Clemson University Restoration Institute
1250 Supply Street
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
843-730-5103
ascaron@clemson.edu

Amy Scaroni, Ph.D. is an Extension Associate and the Associate Coordinator of the Carolina Clear program. Amy comes to Carolina Clear with a background in research, extension, and environmental education. She has experience in coastal natural resource management, watershed restoration, and a particular interest in engaging communities in managing local water quality.


Terasa LottTerasa Young

Water Resources Agent

Florence County Extension Office
2685 South Irby Street, Suite K
Florence, SC 29505
(843) 661-4800 x 113
terasa@clemson.edu

Terasa Lott is a Water Resources Agent in Florence and Darlington Counties. She serves as coordinator of the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium, a regional collaborative of Clemson’s Carolina Clear program. In this role, she is responsible for providing Pee Dee residents with public education and involvement opportunities that focus on water resource stewardship. Her area of expertise is science education. Terasa is a regular on the SCETV program Making It Grow.