While raising three children, I returned to school to complete my education
with an MPA from the University of Georgia. An internship with the City
of Greenville OMB led to a position as
research associate with the Institute for Public Policy and
Administration at the University of Charleston. In that capacity, I
evaluated and acted as a consultant to federally funded social welfare
programs in Greenville and other areas of SC and worked with
inner-city neighborhoods to bring resources into their communities.
During my final 18 months in that position, I was interim director of
Within Reach, a community partnership under the City of Greenville. For a
few years after coming to Furman in 1998, I continued
to work with program evaluation, most notably the evaluation of South
Carolina's welfare reform under TANF performed by the Urban Institute.