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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 Resources and Development from Clemson University. Before becoming the PEER/WISE director in August 2015, Serita Acker was the Director of the Women in Science and Engineering program. Additionally, she has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, student support services, mentoring, and DEI programs. She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and Life Coach. Serita Acker sees the PEER/WISE's 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 is also a Qualified Administrator (QA) for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence, and National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Facilitator.

She has won several State and National Awards: the 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 and the WEPAN University Change-Agent Award in 2022.

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 received the 2018 and 2021 Inspiring Program in STEM Awards under her leadership from Insight into Diversity Magazine. 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 sat 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 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 education culture 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.

While here at Clemson University, Lisa has been engaged in other Educational Leadership Programs. She was a participant in the 2021 cohort LEAD Forward Leadership for Faculty and Staff, CU Grow Leadership/Talent Acquisition Cohort 2022, Qualified Administrator for Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and currently pursuing her Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)at Clemson University through the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center. She is also a Co-PI and Career Readiness Coach for the GE Next Engineers Program.

Lisa recently received the MLK Excellence and Service Award for 2023 and has been selected into the 2023 Cohort –Riley Institute for Diversity Leadership Institute.

Lisa was a finalist for the WYFF Remarkable Woman finalist in 2022. 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 serves as the Associate Director for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences at Clemson University. Since the program’s establishment in 1995, the WISE program has helped thousands of women successfully gain employment in male-dominated industries. This award-winning program pairs first year, woman-identifying students with upper-level woman-identifying students to guide young women in their college experience. While teaching essential skills alongside academics, Johnson helps educate and prepare women to pursue and secure successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) fields through outreach, recruitment, and college support.

Johnson was recently named the 2022 winner of the WEPAN Women in Engineering Champion Award for her volunteer contributions to STEM education at the primary, secondary, and collegiate levels for her work at Clemson. The WISE program was named winner of the Women in Engineering Program Award for an outstanding woman in an engineering program that serves as a model for other institutions.

Johnson’s path to STEM equity work is a fascinating one. With undergraduate degrees in English and the performing arts, she completed her graduate research as a leisure scientist in parks, recreation, and tourism management at Clemson University. “You can tell who’s equitable and free by who can pursue leisure, so I started with a social justice mindset. It was interesting to see that the statistics for woman-identifying athletes in male-dominated sports are like those for first-year incoming engineering and computer science students.”

In addition to her role at Clemson, Johnson serves as the president of WEPAN. She is honored to serve the WEPAN community alongside the executive leadership team. Together they will ensure WEPAN continues growing, and create a strategic plan, mapping out goals and objectives for three, five, and ten years into the future. Johnson is also a Qualified Administrator (QA) for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence, as both a member of her institution and a private consultant.

Johnson is a writer, adventurer, and family woman outside of work. Together with her partner, Adam, they raise two children and their old cat, Bubb. They spend their days rock climbing, eating good food, and continuously seeking joy as a family.


Luke Franco, Office Manager PEER/WISE

Luke Franco, Office Manager

156D Freeman Hall
(864) 656-2668
franco2@clemson.edu

Luke Franco received his Bachelor of General Studies from Columbia College and his Master of Science in Education from California Baptist University. Prior to his work with PEER & WISE, he worked in the California public school system as a high school math teacher and served in the US Navy as a musician. Luke is responsible for managing personnel, payroll, procurement, and accounting activities. He also manages the office support staff and assists professional staff members in meeting departmental objectives. Luke enjoys making music and soaking up time with his family when not at work.


Maegan Hinson, Outreach

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 to 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 handles 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. 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 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.

Brittany sings along to Disney classics with her husband and daughter in her free time.