Mark Kelly, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
Kelly joined Furman in 2010 and brings over 25 years of experience in market research, strategic planning, and integrated communications management to his position. A native of Baltimore, Md., he previously served at Sewanee: The University of the South, Loyola University Maryland, and the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Prior to his career in higher education, he was a newspaper reporter in Augusta, Ga., and Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 with a B.A. degree in English, and earned a M.S. degree in Communications Management from The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Kelly is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Rotary International, and has served on the boards of numerous civic and professional organizations.
 
   
   
Marie Newman-Rogers, Administrative Assistant
Marie is from Wilmington, North Carolina and moved to Greenville in 2005. She joined Marketing and Public Relations in February 2007. She is currently enrolled at Furman, and plans to complete her degree in English. Her goal is to graduate before she turns ninety. 
 


Creative Services


Elizabeth Geer, Creative Services Director
Elizabeth joined Furman in the fall of 2012 and brings with her almost two decades of experience in advertising, brand strategy, creative development, broadcast and print production, and client management. A graduate of Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism, she holds a BSJ with a concentration in advertising. The highlights of her career include working six years as Senior Director of Advertising and Brand Communications with Denny's Restaurants, where she was instrumental in the Grand Slam giveaway and the critically acclaimed Super Bowl commercials that launched the program. She has also worked on other national brands such as Wendy’s (Dave Thomas campaign), McDonalds, MoonPie and Tabasco brand Pepper Sauce.

Elizabeth currently serves as Chair of the Friends of the Greenville Zoo and is actively on the Zoo Master Planning Committee. She and her husband have two boys, three dogs, and a chinchilla.
 
 
Lindsay Niedringhaus, Assistant Director for Marketing
Attending Furman was a family tradition for Lindsay, whose grandparents and parents were all Furman students. After graduating with a B.A. in English in 2007, Lindsay moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where she worked as assistant editor and production manager of Columbia Metropolitan, the city’s luxury lifestyle magazine. (This job actually came about after a Furman Advantage internship the summer of her junior year.) After three years of writing, editing, managing advertising clients, organizing photo shoots, and planning events, all the while working on an M.A. in English from Clemson, Lindsay and her Gamecock husband, Steven, moved to Greenville where Lindsay accepted the position of Furman Admission’s marketing manager. In July 2012, Lindsay joined the creative team in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations as the Assistant Director for Marketing to serve as a writer, account executive, and general Organizer Extraordinaire.

Outside of the work world, Lindsay enjoys running, having completed two marathons with Team in Training and as many half-marathons as her schedule and feet allow. Her chocolate lab, Molly, trains for the marathons alongside her, while her husky-mix, Sawyer, prefers belly rubs and sleeping. She also enjoys cooking, cycling, reading, painting, and hiking with her husband.
 
   
Roxanne Chase, Graphic Designer
During my fine art/architecture studies at the Cooper Union I took a summer job as assistant to the production manager and art director at a New York publishing firm. About a month into the job, the art director quit unexpectedly ... an act which catapulted me into a high-end commercial art career at age twenty. To survive crushing deadlines and my own ignorance, I enlisted the aid of New York’s finest illustrators, designers, photographers and copywriters. Four of these heroes adopted me, ferrying me to the shores of enlightenment through apprenticeships.

After our first child was born, my husband and I hopped a freighter for Greece where we summered in Santorini and wintered in Thessaloniki. I studied various painting techniques, eventually becoming a reverse-glass painter, as well as a partner in a creative workshop.

I came to the US in 1984 for the opening of an exhibit of my paintings at the Midtown Gallery in Washington, D.C. and settled in South Carolina where my parents and brother had recently relocated. Here I worked as a staff designer/illustrator for a local newspaper and founded a graphic design studio, Art á la Carte. Furman, a client, offered me a staff position in 2001.
 
   
   
Brian Faulkenberry,  Graphic Designer
Brian received his first degree (a BS in biology from Erskine College), ventured into the world of secondary education and, very, VERY shortly thereafter migrated to Charleston to try his hand at bridge building. In what he prefers to think of as a passion for education rather than a stunning lack of direction with his first attempt at college, Brian returned to school at the University of South Carolina where he earned a BFA in studio arts. 

Brian comes to Furman from the freelance design world where he worked with clients as varied as the makers of a 1000 hp supercar and a manufacturer of hair care products for swimmers. Brian splits his time with USC, where he is an adjunct professor of design. He lives in Taylors with his wife, Amy, two exceedingly energetic dogs (Lilly and Charlie), and a 1700 pound, 80-year-old letterpress that seems determined to separate Brian from one or more of his fingers. And while he is pigeon-toed, he is surprisingly nimble.
 
   
   
Katherine Irvin, Graphic Designer
Atlanta native Katherine Irvin graduated from Georgia State University with a BFA in Graphic Design and minor in Art History. Straight out of school, Katherine jumped into her career in design and marketing at The Jones Group, working in Atlanta for clients like Coca-Cola, Georgia-Pacific, and Mohawk Industries. In her years in the design world, Katherine has managed and designed the gamut of print and web communications, from annual reports and corporate environmenal graphics to specialty invitations and identity work and branding. In 2007 Katherine uprooted and moved with her husband to Saint Louis where she joined the world of public relations in Fleishman Hillard's interactive department. At FH she worked predominantly on the design and development of AT&T internal and extranal websites and microsites. In 2008 she moved back to the sweet south and worked contract and freelance projects until joining Furman's Marketing and PR department in July of 2009. Katherine lives with her husband Owen, toddler Grey, and two cats in downtown Greenville.
 
   
   
Carol Anne Winchester, Editor
Carol Anne is the editor of Engage magazine, Con Brio magazine, and a variety of other strategic print and web communications. She has been a member of Furman's marketing team since 2000. Prior to coming to Furman, she worked in several local advertising agencies in roles ranging from public relations manager to media planner and buyer. 
Carol Anne received a BA from Furman and recently completed an MA in English Literature from Clemson University.

Now that her extended grad school stint is over, she has rediscovered the pleasure of reading only what she wants to.  Other times, she enjoys cycling, cooking, watching the FOOD network, and thinking about the novel she would write—if she could just stop procrastinating.
 


Community Relations



Chandra E. Dillard, Director of Community Relations
Chandra Dillard has been Furman’s Director of Community Relations since May 2004. A Business Administration graduate of Winthrop University, she also holds a Masters of Public Administration from Walden University. She is a graduate of the Richard W. Riley Diversity Leadership Academy of Furman University 2004, Leadership Greenville Class XXVI and Leadership SC 2007. A public servant at heart, Chandra was elected to Greenville City Council in 1999 where she served until her election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in November 2008. In the House, Chandra serves on the Environmental Affairs subcommittee of the Agriculture committee and is a Commissioner for the South Carolina Housing Commission.

In Greenville, Chandra keeps her pulse on the community by serving on several boards and committees such as The Greenville Housing Trust Fund, United Way of Greenville County, Genesis Homes, and Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors- just to name a few. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and John Wesley United Methodist Church. Chandra’s efforts to improve our community have not gone unnoticed but have been recognized by the following awards and honors: YWCA Women of Achievement Dream Achiever 2006, Chamber of Commerce Athena Award 2006, Greenville Magazine 50 Most Influential Leaders 2007, Women Making History Award 2008 and Deloris H.Oliver Service to Mankind Award 2007 & 2009.
 
   
   
Gayle Warth, Special Events Coordinator
Gayle has been at Furman for 39 years in the public relations office (not that she’ll admit to it). In 1972, she was a secretary and later office manager to the director of University Relations. In 1998, she became special events coordinator. She has coordinated over 300 events at Furman. She holds an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science specializing in engineering. She is now working towards a B.A. in Business Administration through the Undergraduate Evening Studies program. Gayle is married to Robert Warth (’90), who is a computer analyst at Milliken, and has a son, Brian (‘05), and a daughter, Kellie, who is now a senior at Furman.
 


Communications


John Roberts, Director of Communications
John Roberts graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in political science in 1990. He worked as a reporter for The Augusta Chronicle and The Greenville News before joining Furman in 1996 where he currently serves as director of internal and electronic communications. In addition to writing and editing Inside Furman (the university's internal newsletter) and News@FU (the electronic newsletter), he helped create and launch FUnet, an internal homepage for the university, in 2004. He currently serves as editor of the Furman News and Events Page. Outside the office, John serves as the head coach for the Furman men's rugby team, an organization he helped found in 1998. John is married to Brandi Timmons Roberts (a 1991 Furman graduate) and their blended family consists of five children: Zachary, 17, Maggie, 15, Alley, 14, Julianna, 13, and Max, 11.
 
   
   
Vince Moore, Director of News and Media Relations
Vince has been director of News and Media Relations at Furman since 1982. He holds a B.A. degree in English from Georgetown (Ky.) College and a Masters of Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to Furman, he worked as a sportswriter at The Greenville News and Anderson Independent-Mail, where he wrote about everything from college football to golf. He has served both on the board and as president of the College News Association of the Carolinas, an organization of higher education public relations professionals from North and South Carolina. He is married to the Rev. Deb Richardson-Moore, and they have three children -- Dustin (25), Taylor (22) and Madison (17).
 
   
   
Jim Stewart, Director of Periodicals
Jim earned his B.A. degree from Furman in 1976. He came to Furman in 1986, serving initially as a writer/editor and publications assistant. He was named editor of Furman Reports, a quarterly alumni tabloid, in 1996 and became editor of Furman Magazine when it merged with Reports in the spring of 1999. Aside from his work at Furman, he has served as a newspaper reporter for the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier and as an editor for the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal.
 


Web Marketing



Ryan Fisher, Director of Web Marketing
Ryan is a native of Charleston, SC and a graduate of Clemson University's Marketing program. Upon graduating, Ryan joined the workforce for BI-LO, LLC. as the $4 billion grocery retailer's webmaster. In 2001 he transitioned into higher education as Furman's Director of Web Development, and in 2007 he successfully refocused his position on web strategy and became the Director of Web Marketing for the university.
 
   
   

 
   
   
Damien Pierce, Web Content Strategist
Pierce joined Furman in 2011 to develop, monitor and assess content strategies to strengthen the university's web presence. He previously oversaw Rice University's web and social media content as its senior web editor. Before pursuing a career in higher education, he was a sports journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Rockets.com, the official site of the NBA's Houston Rockets.

A native of Houston, Texas, Pierce received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He now lives in Greenville with his wife.
 
   
   

 

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