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Membership, Initiatives and Expectations

CFAB Expectations

The Clemson Family Ambassador Board (CFAB) is a group of dedicated parents who significantly assist the University as it strives to meet the educational and developmental needs of our students while also addressing parents' needs for involvement, information and support. CFAB makes every effort to be a well-informed resource, assist in academic recruiting and offer the parents' perspective to the University.

Board membership applications are submitted each October, after parents of graduating students have rotated off. If you have questions about CFAB or the application process, please contact the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement at 864-656-0515 or by emailing


CFAB Initiatives

Family Weekends — CFAB works with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement in the planning and implementation of this annual family event occurring in both Fall and Spring on campus. The committee also coordinates all volunteers needed for the weekend.

New Student Orientation — The Orientation chair works with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement to train, coordinate and solicit volunteers. These individuals distribute CFAB literature to parents, answer questions and welcome families to Clemson. All committee members are requested to volunteer in some capacity.

Move-In — CFAB works with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement to train, coordinate and solicit volunteers who welcome students and their families to campus each August.

Student Outreach — CFAB works with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement and Undergraduate Admissions to solicit volunteers to engage accepted students.


Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year

The Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year award is a special recognition given to a parent or family who has demonstrated dynamic leadership and service to Clemson throughout their student's time at the University.

Nominees for the Family of the Year award should take additional effort and time in pursuit of the following:

  • Providing consistent service and positive morale to new students and families of Clemson University;

  • Remaining actively involved in promoting Clemson University in their local communities; and

  • Supporting both students and families in meaningful ways.

Nominations for the award are accepted in late spring throughout the summer. The recipient is recognized at the Fall Family Weekend football game each year.

Previous Winners

• 2023: Doug and Caroline Davidson
• 2022: Henry and Jeanie Fischer
• 2021: Ed and Kelly Rose
• 2020: Not awarded (due to COVID-19 modified operations)
• 2019: Roger and Kathy Troutman
• 2018: Tom and Kathy Reed
• 2017: Charles and Susan Barker
• 2016: Shep and Cynthia Haw
• 2015: Jeff and Susan Busch
• 2014: John and Kathy Beaty
• 2013: Eddie and Cynthia Robinson
• 2012: Wade and Melissa Allen

CFAB Roster, 2023-24

Name(s) Hometown
Nomi and John Russi (Co-Chairs) North Charleston, South Carolina
Robin Stringer (Chair Elect) Anderson, South Carolina
Lisa Treadwell (Secretary) Castle Pines, Colorado
Lisa and Norris Brooks (Co-Chairs, Spring Family Weekend) Midlothian, Virginia
Sherrie Gasque (Chair, Fall Family Weekend) Marion, South Carolina
Shae Rozakos (Chair, Orientation) Anderson, South Carolina
Rebecca Smith (Chair, Move-In/Student Life) Lexington, South Carolina
Tanya Irby Tucker (Chair, Student Outreach) Rock Hill, South Carolina
Kathryn Arcari Pilesgrove, New Jersey
Mark Babin Newport Beach, California
Karen Becker Anderson, South Carolina
Audrey Bufkin Anderson, South Carolina
Suzanne Chastain Lexington, South Carolina
Kristin Cobb Morehead City, North Carolina
Charles Cooper Anderson, South Carolina
Barbara Corey Canton, Georgia
Marty Cotton Clover, South Carolina
Nicki Creech Greenville, South Carolina
Barbara Cullum Rock Hill, South Carolina
Tripp Davis Columbia, South Carolina
Bill Douglass Lemont, Illinois
Ayodele and Basil Dosunmu Greenville, South Carolina
Kim and Jay Dowd Bradley, South Carolina
Charles Dunn Linville, North Carolina
Jennifer Ealey Seneca, South Carolina
Kimberly Fly Spartanburg, South Carolina
Kristi and Jimmy Gibbs Columbia, South Carolina
Angela Hock Fort Mill, South Carolina
Kevin Hood Rock Hill, South Carolina
Kimberly Hudson Anderson, South Carolina
Mattie and Naresh Jain Pendleton, South Carolina
Lisa Kaplan Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Carrie Knight New Berlin, Wisconsin
Tania Liddy Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Charles Lynch Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Emily Ahnert-McCauley and Brian McCauley Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth and Patrick McGlynn Bethesda, Maryland
James McKinney Chapin, South Carolina
Doug Meyer Dacula, Georgia
Shawna and Troy Moore Columbia, South Carolina
Bryan Payne Columbia, South Carolina
Patricia Perez Irmo, South Carolina
Marlo Poole Seneca, South Carolina
John Rochford Chesterton, Indiana
Nathalie Smith Greenville, South Carolina
William Stephens Pelzer, South Carolina
Chi Swift Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Brandon Templeton Columbia, South Carolina
Monique Tuttle Clifton, Virginia
Chris Wehrle St. Louis, Missouri
Jared Wood Dunlap, Tennessee
Kim Younghans Camden, South Carolina
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