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The OLLI Program is member-led. We encourage members to participate in the program's planning, operation and evaluation. We are run by a dedicated Board of Volunteer Advisors. Board of Advisors meetings are open to all members!

Have a question for the Board? Send them an email:

David Potts

David Potts has found OLLI a very important part of his retirement and wants to work to make all aware of the great opportunity OLLI offers. He will strive to increase the offerings within the program and to help more in our community become aware of this great resource. David is a medical doctor specializing in Infectious Diseases and HIV with a special interest in quality and safety within the medical profession. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he made stops in the US Air Force, Panama, Cincinnati, San Antonio, and Northern California before finding his way to the Upstate in 1980. David worked in Greenville for 20 years and has spent the last 20 years working in Anderson. David currently provides HIV care one day a week under the auspices of AID Upstate. He is married to a remarkable woman. They have, between them, seven children and 5.7 grandchildren. David plans to stay in the Upstate as long as the Upstate will have him.

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Dave Sabo
Vice Chair 

When asked to describe who he is Dave Sabo responds, “I am OLLI for life.” His passion, excitement, wisdom, and experience are what drive his commitment to fostering community and promoting lifelong learning here at OLLI. He is eager to continue to develop a stronger sense of family and community within Clemson University and in the surrounding Tri-County area. He looks forward to taking on a more influential role where his experience and background can aid the growth of this organization. Dave has been a member of OLLI at Clemson since 2015, participating in a wide variety of classes, excursions, and outdoor adventures. His work at The Carter Center and Presidential Library has given him crucial insight that would benefit him in the vice-chair position. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors for three residential communities, dedicating over ten years of his time and talents to various positions. He is married to his wife of 56 years, Shirley, and they have resided in the Lake Hartwell area ever since retiring in 2015.

Sheryl Donovan
Past Chair

"OLLI at Clemson has been an integral part of my life since I retired. If, as Past Chair, I can give the organization a fraction of what I have received since joining, I will be more than pleased."

Carol Helander

Not only does Carol hold a Board position, she works with our volunteer instructors and has worked in the OLLI administrative offices nearly every Thursday morning.   

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Nancy Dunn

"After completing degrees at the University of Connecticut and Aquinas College in Michigan, my “love for learning” continues. My career managing areas within regional banking included financial reporting, audit and my
favorite, state, and federal bank compliance, especially the Bank Secrecy Act. Learning and sharing my expertise through corporate lessons were always sprinkled with humor, challenges, and idea-sharing. Once I retired, it
seemed natural to join and volunteer at OLLI at Aquinas where I led an effort to establish their membership and registration system. I tell everyone we moved to Seneca because of Covid and the OLLI members I met over
Zoom during the summer of 2020. I look forward to helping with the growth of OLLI and its ability to provide a safe environment for sharing our intellectual curiosity."

Amy Pickens

I am a graduate of Clemson with a BS in nursing. I worked for 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline. My husband & I retired to Clemson 6 years ago & discovered OLLI in our own neighborhood! I hope to bring Patrick Square perspective to the board & help with fundraising.   


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Clyde Burghardt

Born in Lafayette, In. owned a large auto dismantling yard for 30 years. Retired from Purdue University where I was in charge of Asset Management and responsible for the sale and disposal of University Assets that were reportable to the State Board Of Accounts. I have always been involved in sales and Management at some level. Retired from Purdue University and moved here 9 years ago and immediately became involved in OLLI and support it by volunteering when needed, I have handled the OLLI booth at Newcomers for quite awhile and enjoy spreading the OLLI news. I enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking and golf as well as spending time on Lake Keowee and welcoming friends and family to this beautiful part of the Upstate. Married to my wife Audrey and have three children, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren and enjoy their visits

Kim Warne

Kim Warne is a strong supporter of OLLI and its contribution to residents in the area. OLLI provides opportunities for members to strengthen their knowledge and experiences in a wide variety of academic, recreational and travel pursuits. Kim is passionate about keeping members engaged and expanding the awareness of OLLI in the community. Kim is the recent Past President of the Newcomer Club of the Foothills. She is an active volunteer with the Oconee County Library and its “Friends of the Library” Program. Kim recently supported Clemson University’s Career Services office as an “Executive in Residence” coach where she spent 8 semesters coaching students on resume preparation and interview skills. Kim’s experience includes over 20 years as a Corporate Human Resources professional, where her last role was as a Talent Acquisition Executive Leader at General Electric. Before her career transition into Human Resources, Kim was a Captain in the US Air Force, where she served as a Civil Engineer in assignments in the US and abroad.

Ann Smith
CU Foundation Liaison

"I am a 1982 and 1985 graduate of Clemson. I am in my 34th year of working there. I am currently the Senior Director of Annual Giving for Clemson University." 

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