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Serita Acker, Executive Director of PEER & WISE

158A Freeman Hall
(864) 656-7472
wserita@clemson.edu

Serita earned her bachelor’s degree from Lander University and a Master of Education in Human Resource and Development from Clemson University. Before becoming the PEER/WISE director in August 2015, Serita Acker was Director of the Women in Science and Engineering program. Additionally, she has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, both in student support services, mentoring, and DEI programs. She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and Life Coach. Serita Acker sees the PEER/WISE primary role as providing student success programs and services that can equip students with the resources they need to excel at Clemson University and achieve their educational goals to prepare for success after graduation.

Serita is also a graduate of the Riley Institute for Diversity Leaders and Upstate Class of 2011 and an Intercultural Development and National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Facilitator.

She has won several State and National Awards: Thomas Green Clemson Award, Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Mountains to Midlands, the James E. Bostic Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award in 2017 as a diversity champion at Clemson University, Clemson University Woman of the Year, Martin Luther King Jr. Award, Clemson University Board of Trustees Award, Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network Distinguished Service Award, Career Communications Magazine College-Level Promotion of Education Award, National Association of Multicultural Engineering Advocates Award, Upstate Diversity Award, Calder D. Elhmann Outstanding, Individual. In December 2021, she received the College of Engineering and Computing and Applied Sciences Exceptional Staff Award.

One of the highlights of her career was graduating from the Presidents Leadership Institute at Clemson University in 2020.

Mrs. Acker was also featured on the cover of Insight into Diversity, a National magazine, September edition, for her work at Clemson University.

PEER and WISE receive the 2018 and 2021 Inspiring Program in STEM Award from Insight into Diversity Magazine under her leadership. According to the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the program marked a victory in 2018 when Clemson became the nation’s 13th highest producer of African-American undergraduates receiving baccalaureate degrees. When historically black colleges and universities are excluded, Clemson ranked eighth among predominantly white institutions.

The ranking is a key benchmark because African-Americans remain underrepresented in engineering, an in-demand field with high earning potential. While African-Americans make up 13 percent of the population, they hold about 4 percent of engineering degrees, according to the National Society of Black Engineers.

She also served as MentorLinks Consultant for the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington DC and sits on many state and national boards to help promote STEM. She serves as the National Society of Black Engineers Student Chapter and CU Black Graduate Student Association campus adviser at Clemson University. She also serves as the campus Principal Investigator for the Louis Stokes (LSCAMP) funding to encourage more underserved students to pursue Ph.D.’s in STEM.

Recently, under Serita’s Leadership, PEER and WISE are now Implementation Partners for GE’s Next Engineers Program, a $5 million investment to diversify the Engineering pipeline in Greenville and Upstate.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling and family. Her greatest joy is promoting education and inspiring people to reach their goals.


Lisa Jackson, PEER Coordinator

Lisa Jackson, Associate Director of PEER

156C Freeman Hall
(864) 656-6109
ljacks6@clemson.edu

Lisa Jackson earned her MBA from Clemson University in 2021. This had always been a goal of hers since graduating from Benedict College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics/Accounting. She saw the MBA program as an opportunity to immerse herself in the culture of education here at Clemson. It also gave her a unique perspective, working with undergraduate students striving to earn their degrees. Prior to becoming the Associate Director of PEER, Lisa worked for the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce as a Career Development Specialist. Lisa is a Global Career Development Facilitator and an Advance Academic Coach. As the Associate Director of PEER, Lisa oversees the first-year student  PEER mentoring program and manages several other outreach, recruitment and retention programs. When not working, Lisa enjoys reading, shopping and enjoying time with family and friends.


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Beth Anne Johnson, Associate Director of WISE

156A Freeman Hall
(864) 656-1089
elamar@clemson.edu

Beth Anne Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in performing arts music and English literature and her Master of Science degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management from Clemson University. Prior to becoming the Associate Director of WISE, Beth Anne worked in both fundraising and student services. As the Associate Director of WISE, Beth Anne oversees the first-year student  WISE mentoring program and facilitates various outreach, recruitment, and retention programs that encourage women to pursue STEM fields. You will find Beth Anne riding her bike, climbing a rock, or voraciously reading outside of work.


Francene Thomas, Office Manager PEER/WISE

Francene Thomas, Office Manager

156D Freeman Hall
(864) 656-2668
francet@clemson.edu

Ms. Thomas received her Bachelor of Science degree in Technology & Human Resources Development from Clemson University. She began working in PEER & WISE in 2014. She is responsible for managing activities related to personnel, payroll, procurement, and accounting. She manages the office support staff and assists professional staff members in meeting departmental objectives. Francene enjoys being involved in programs that support student success.


Sue Lasser, Academic Enhancement Conselor PEER/WISE

Sue Lasser, Academic Enhancement Counselor

156A Freeman Hall
(864) 656-5541
slasser@clemson.edu

Sue Lasser founded PEER in 1987 and served as its director for 28 years.  She stepped down in July of 2015 but continues to serve PEER and WISE on a part-time basis as a personal counselor and study coach.  In 1996, Sue was among the first winners of the national Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring; in 2005, Clemson honored her with the Martin Luther King Service Award.  Sue is a National Certified Counselor.  She also currently serves as co-Faculty-in-Residence with her husband, William Lasser, in the Clemson Honors Residential College.


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Maegan Hinson, Outreach Coordinator

106 Holtzendorff Hall
(864) 656-9930
adamsh@clemson.edu

Maegan Hinson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and her Master of Arts in Teaching in mathematics from Clemson University. Prior to her work with PEER & WISE, Maegan worked in the public school system, teaching math and science for middle and high school students. As the outreach coordinator, she plans and promotes programs such as SEE Clemson and STEM day. Her goal is to show prospective students the value of a degree from Clemson University in the STEM fields.


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Jodi Redlinger, Accountant

151 Rich Lab
(864) 656-1978
jodir@clemson.edu

Jodi Redlinger earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Clemson University. She began working with PEER & WISE in 2013. She is responsible for handling the accounting for PEER and WISE’s state and foundation accounts. Jodi enjoys reading, watching Clemson sporting events, and volunteering with the Oconee Humane Society in her free time.


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Brittany Sanders, Program Manager of Next Engineers Greenville

156A Freeman Hall
(864) 656-5541
bfsande@clemson.edu

Brittany is a proud alumna of Clemson University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering accompanied by a minor in mathematical sciences. Currently, Brittany is pursuing a Master of Science in industrial engineering with a concentration in operations research (OR). Her research interests focus on understanding and addressing widened racial and socioeconomic inequities in academia through OR models and optimization.

Before becoming the Program Manager of Next Engineers Greenville, Mrs. Sanders has held various positions within PEER & WISE: Undergraduate Mentee, Undergraduate Mentor, Principle Graduate Administrative Assistant, and Graduate Academic Enrichment Coordinator. As the Program Manager for Next Engineers Greenville, Brittany oversees three core programs sponsored by the GE Foundation with a $5 million grant: Engineering Discovery, Engineering Camp, and Engineering Academy. Through these programs, Brittany is charged with providing students in grades eight to twelve with hands-on exposure to engineering concepts and career opportunities.

You will find Brittany singing along to Disney classics with her husband and daughter in her free time.