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VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP

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: cuolliboa@gmail.com.

Richard Cowan
Past President

Richard Cowan is relatively new to OLLI. He has lived in South Carolina for 24 years and is retired from Clemson. At home, Richard is slave to two cats.

"Joining OLLI is one of the smartest things I have done. I enjoy meeting new friends, learning new things and seeing new places."

Sheryl Donovan
Vice President

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

Jon Becker
At-Large

Living in the Lake Keowee / Clemson area has exceeded Jon's expectations for retirement. OLLI has greatly added to his experience through community and fulfilling his desire to expand his horizons. He also enjoys many other activities, including boating, traveling and family visits.

Woody Hilscher
At-Large

"When Susan, my wife, I moved to Lake Keowee in 2007 from Atlanta, we were both still working. I retired in 2009. We enjoyed family and friends visiting us on the lake. When we retired we moved to Historic Downtown Clemson and got involved in OLLI. At first, it was just a few activities, now OLLI has become a bigger part of our retirement. We enjoy history, current affairs, gardening and developing, new friends, and activities. "

Chip Stapleton
President

"After settling in the Upstate several years ago, and confronting an overwhelming array of activities to pursue in the area, I made my choice to support Clemson OLLI by participating in its rewarding educational programs, social interaction, and finally, by providing some input to the OLLI Board of Advisors."

Carol Helander
Secretary

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

Donna Findley
At-Large

"I joined OLLI in 2005, and it has continuously offered me an environment which expands my knowledge, abilities, and horizons."

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." 

Audrey Burghardt
At-Large
Shawna Cass
CU Department Liasion 

"Upon moving to the “upstate” area of South Carolina I wanted to learn about this section of the country and meet new people. OLLI at Clemson provided me with an opportunity to meet these desires. The ability to take local excursions with small groups was also very appealing. I have always been interested in learning at all stages of life, and with this group I have found that place. OLLI at Clemson is a jewel in the Life Long Learning crown."

Shawna's served a wide variety of organizations, including post-secondary institutions, the Government of Alberta in Canada, a municipal school board and non-profit organizations, managing everything from major national issues to small events. She also ran her own business for several years, providing website auditing, management and writing services to clients. Shawna is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and is the 2014 recipient of the association's Rae Hamlin Award, which recognizes exemplary service in advocating the Global Standard of the Communications Profession.