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Meet Our Professional Office Staff


Serita Acker, Executive Director of PEER & WISE

158A Freeman Hall
(864) 656-7472

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 the areas of student support services, mentoring, and diversity programs. She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and Life Coach. Serita Acker sees the PEER/WISE main 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 so that they are prepared for success after graduation.

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.

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

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 currently serves as the National Society of Black Engineers Student Chapter campus advisor at Clemson University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling.

Lisa Jackson, PEER Coordinator

Lisa Jackson, Associate Director of PEER

156C Freeman Hall
(864) 656-6109

Lisa Jackson obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics/Accounting from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to becoming the PEER Coordinator, 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 PEER Coordinator, Lisa oversees the freshman PEER mentoring program and manages several other outreach, recruitment and retention programs. When not working Lisa enjoys reading, shopping and enjoying family and friends.


Beth Anne Johnson, Associate Director of WISE

156A Freeman Hall
(864) 656-1089

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 freshman WISE mentoring program and facilitates other various outreach, recruitment and retention programs that encourage women to pursue STEM fields. Outside of work, you will find Beth Anne riding her bike, climbing a rock or voraciously reading.

Francene Thomas, Office Manager PEER/WISE

Francene Thomas, Office Manager

156D Freeman Hall
(864) 656-2668

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

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, she was honored by Clemson 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, Dr. William Lasser, in the Clemson Honors Residential College.


Maegan Hinson, Outreach Coordinator

106 Holtzendorff Hall
(864) 656-9930

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 works to plan and promote 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.


Jodi Redlinger, Accountant

151 Rich Lab
(864) 656-1978

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. In her free time Jodi enjoys reading, watching Clemson sporting events, and volunteering with the Oconee Humane Society.