Cheryl J. Dye; Ph.D.

Professor of Public Health Sciences
Director of the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging


In addition to being a Professor and Director of the CU Institute for Engaged Aging, Dr. Dye has provided state and university leadership for several gerontology initiatives. She has served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the South Carolina Center for Gerontology and helped establish the South Carolina Aging Research Network. She also worked with USC, GHS, and Palmetto Health to submit a proposal to establish a Center of Economic Excellence called SeniorSMART, which was approved by the Commission on Higher Education in 2007. Most of Dr. Dye’s research of older adults has focused on promoting quality of life, chronic disease self-management skills by community-based, peer health coaching, and on promoting health and quality of life of those with dementia and their family caregivers.

Amanda Dilday

Author and Herbalist

Alchemilla's: Blending Herbs & Earth

Amanda is a wife, mother, herbalist, and a writer. She offers herbal classes and consultations to her community--and tries to get lost in the woods as often as possible.  She is the author of Flowers for a Girl:  Plant Medicine and Sexual Trauma.  She is happiest with her nose in a book and her hands in the dirt--just not at the same time.

Lu Shi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences

Clemson University

Lu Shi is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Clemson University. His research interests include simulation and modeling, empirical methods, health economics, and complementary and alternative medicine, with a focus on mindfulness science.

Annette J. Compton; PT, DPT

Physical Therapy Specialist

Roger C. Peace at Clemson/Patrick Square

Annette received her Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the University of Evansville, where she went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has nine years of experience working in neurological rehab and global health and four years of experience with the Greenville Health System. With specialty areas of practice in neurological rehab and vestibular/balance rehab, Annette is passionate about exploration and adventure, things that too often become less accessible as people age due to physical limitations and/or fear of falling. “I want the people with whom I work to be able to adventure again and to engage with family, friends, and the natural world safely and efficiently to the best of their ability.”

Brandi Crowe; Ph.D., LRTCTRS

Assistant Professor in Recreational Therapy

Clemson University

Brandi M. Crowe, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS is an assistant professor in the Recreational Therapy program in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University. Her research interests include the role of leisure within stress/coping processes, adaptive sports, and the use of complementary and alternative medicine as treatment for individuals with disabling conditions.

Jessi Rivera; DNP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner

Clemson Primary Care

Jessi Rivera, DNP, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Clemson Primary Care located in Patrick Square. She grew up in Clemson, is a proud Clemson University alum, and completed her graduate work at the Medical University of South Carolina. Jessi has worked with Baptist Easley Hospital for several years, and she is excited to now be seeing patients in her hometown. Jessi has a passion for preventive healthcare and patient education.

Bess Park; MFA

Artistic/Executive Director and Owner at Wild Hare Productions

Owner of Institute for Creative and Healing Arts; Greenwood, SC

Bess Park is a lifelong learner, currently pursuing her PhD in Depth Psychology and Somatic Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She works professionally in theatre and dance, and is the artistic/executive director of WILD HARE PRODUCTIONS, a performance group committed to staging provocative theatre and dance works as well as original material in non-traditional settings. Bess dances with several dance companies/groups and is an independent dance artist. She is a freelance theatre scenic and lighting designer who also directs and/or choreographs theatre and dance works. She is a body worker, teaches yoga classes, body mind movement techniques, and MELT method workshops (based on the work of Sue Hitzmann). Bess is a registered Somatic Movement Educator and has a private studio in uptown Greenwood, SC.



Emily Boyter; M.A.

English Instructor

Tri-County Technical College

Emily Boyter received her Masters in English from Clemson University in 2016, where she taught writing courses and was a research assistant to Rhondda Thomas. She currently teaches college writing at Tri-County Technical College. Teaching and writing are two of Emily's greatest passions, and she has facilitated many writing workshops in a variety of settings for writers of various experience.

Jeanne Malmgren; M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CCTP

Licensed Professional Counselor

Seneca, SC

Jeanne is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Upstate. A former journalist, yoga teacher and massage therapist, she has pursued a lifelong interest in the body/mind connection. In her fifties, she went back to school to earn a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. She enjoys helping adults learn mindfulness and other practices to create vibrant mental and emotional health.

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