College of Health, Education and Human Development

HEHD Staff Spotlight: Melinda Fischer & Jean McKendry

We are highlighting two staff members as part of this installment of the Staff Spotlight, due to their close working relationship in the Center of Research and Collaborative Activities (CRCA). Read on to learn more about Melinda and Jean!

Melinda Fischer  Name: Melinda Fischer    
Title: Grants Coordinator II
Department/Unit: Center for Research and Collaborative Activities
Hometown: Asheville, N.C.

What is your role within HEHD? I am part of the Pre-Award Grant team for HEHD.

What do you like best about your job? I really enjoy the opportunity to work with so many different people from so many different disciplines. This position is all about collaboration: with faculty members who want to submit a proposal, grant coordinators in other colleges, departmental and collegiate chairs, and especially with my CRCA coworkers. Each proposal truly is a team effort!

What does it mean to you to be a part of the HEHD family? I feel fortunate to have landed in such a nurturing environment with such supportive co-workers.

Tell us about your family. I have been happily married to my husband, Mark, for 22 years. We have three daughters (21, 19 and 13) and a son (11). Our two oldest daughters both attend Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. We also have 15 cats, (don’t laugh — we live on a farm in the middle of the Sumter National Forest!), one hound dog, and a puppy. Life is never boring!

Please list your favorite(s).

  • Hobby: kayaking, hiking, gardening and canning
  • Book: Pride and Prejudice, John Adams, Jitterbug Perfume
  • Movie: “An Ideal Husband,” “Much Ado About Nothing”
  • Electronic gadget: Kindle Fire
  • Vacation destination: Costa Rica
  • Music or musical genre: World Music
  • Influential person: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Jean McKendryName: Jean McKendry
Title: Coordinator of Grant Development and Interdisciplinary Collaborations
Department/Unit: Center for Research and Collaborative Activities
Hometown: Plaistow, N.H.

What is your role within HEHD? My role is to work with faculty and staff throughout HEHD to help expand externally-funded research and program development projects and develop collaborative research teams.

What do you like best about your job? Meeting with faculty and learning about the wide-ranging research activities underway in the college.

What does it mean to you to be a part of the HEHD family? Being new to Clemson and South Carolina, I’m grateful for the warm welcome from HEHD faculty and staff and for the opportunity to collaborate with supportive colleagues in HEHD who work hard with gracious humor.

Tell us about your family. I’m the fourth of five children (two brothers and two sisters) and “auntie” to 10 nieces and nephews. Three siblings still live in or within five miles of my hometown, and the youngest has determinedly held onto the same phone number we had growing up.

Please list your favorite(s).

  • Hobby: Kayaking
  • Book: Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon
  • Movie: “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (first full-length Star Trek movie, the first time I saw it)
  • Electronic gadget: Garage door opener
  • Vacation destination: Puerto Rico
  • Music or musical genera: Acoustic/folk
  • Influential person: Not one, but many over the years
  • Advice received: “Don’t look back.” – Bob Dylan
  • Advice to give: “Wisdom springs from kindness.”