Meet the Team: South Carolina

Stephen Black

Stephen Black, President and Founder

Stephen Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, grew up in New Mexico after most of his family left the state in the 1950's and 60's following his grandfather's role in controversial Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Read More >

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Sarah Louise Smith

Sarah Louise Smith, Executive Director

Sarah Louise Smith, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, graduated cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in June 2006 with a B.A. in political economy. She received an MBA from The University of Alabama in May 2012. Read More >

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Sarah Jane Umsted

Sarah Jane Umsted, South Carolina State Director

In 2016, Sarah Jane Umsted graduated from The University of North Carolina Asheville with a major in political science and double minors in economics and Africana studies. Read More >

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Tiffany Bannister

Tiffany Bannister, Program Manager

Tiffany Bannister, a native of Santee, SC, graduated cum laude from Claflin University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. Read More >

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Atieno Adongo

Atieno Adongo, AmeriCorps VISTA

FocusFirst Coordinator

Atieno Adongo, a native of South Carolina, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in medicine, health, and society. She then graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016 with a Master of Public Health in health promotion, education, and behavior. Read More >

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Brianna Bryan

Brianna Bryan, AmeriCorps VISTA

FocusFirst Scheduling Coordinator

Brianna Bryan, a native of Raleigh, NC, graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a minor in biology. Read More >

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Tori Colby

Tori Colby, Corps Member

Tori Colby, born and raised in Memphis, TN, graduated magna cum laude with University Honors from The University of Alabama in May 2016. Read More >

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Nick Holt

Nick Holt, Corps Member

Born into an Air Force family, Nick Holt grew up all over the United States and graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he majored in physics. Read More >

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Queen Nguyen

Queen Nguyen, AmeriCorps VISTA

FocusFirst Scheduling Coordinator

Queen Nguyen, originally from Columbia, South Carolina, graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston with majors in psychology and public health. Read More >

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Savannah Robinson

Savannah Robinson, AmeriCorps VISTA

Savannah Robinson, a native of Hartsville, SC graduated from Wofford College, where she majored in philosophy and minored in business. Read More >

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Impact America, an AmeriCorps Program, is housed and supported by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.  Additional office space is provided by UAB and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.