The College of Charleston family continues to grow with the addition of these new staff members. While not necessarily new to campus, these Cougars have found exciting new roles at the College, and we’re excited to get to know them! Please welcome the following employees (listed alphabetically below) to the family!
Endpoint Engineer, Division of Information Technology
Background: I am originally from North Charleston, South Carolina. Since then, I have lived in Arizona, Virginia and Washington, D.C. I went to The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where I studied computer science. Before working at the College of Charleston, I worked as a software developer in Washington, D.C., and for a moving company here in Charleston.
Interests: I enjoy surfing on the weekends out on Folly, as well as skateboarding here in downtown Charleston. I love playing the cello and am currently Diamond in League of Legends.
Looking Forward: I am looking forward to working with faculty and staff to create a conducive learning environment for the future leaders of America.
Kaylee Lass ’16
Director of Exhibitions, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Background: I grew up in Southampton County, Virginia, subconsciously absorbing an appreciation for contemporary art and historical objects from my grandparents’ treasure trove of a home. It was in this rural community that I began to learn the power of place and material culture to share stories. I carried this sensibility with me here to the College of Charleston to study arts management and historic preservation and community planning. As a Halsey Institute intern my senior year, I was enthralled by interactions with gallery visitors at the front desk and the new meaning our conversations could bring to the exhibitions. After graduation, I was hired as assistant to the director and chief curator and have worked in various roles at the Halsey Institute since, assisting with nearly 40 exhibitions by 100 artists. It has been such a joy to grow and give back to the place that has given so much to me.
Interests: When I’m not in the galleries, you can find me in the dance studio, enjoying art and music around town, taking walks at golden hour or chasing sunsets with friends.
Looking Forward: I am most looking forward to working more closely with the artists we bring to the Charleston community, helping their visions become reality in our space and witnessing the “aha!” moments of students and visitors as they walk through the galleries.
Data Files Coordinator, Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs
Background: I was born and raised in Conway, South Carolina. I used to work in hotels before attending CofC to complete my B.A. in art history.
Interests: I am an adventurer. I love going out and finding new places to eat and taking long road trips with my loved ones. I have a dog named Morgan who I raised from a puppy. I like to read a bit. I am also a massive nerd where I enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons every week with my friends.
Program Coordinator for Alternative Loans and Outside Scholarships, Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs
Background: I grew up about 45 minutes west of Charleston, just outside of Walterboro, South Carolina. I obtained my B.S. degree in integrated marketing communication with a minor in history from Winthrop University and earned my MBA from UofSC Aiken. I began working at a regional UofSC campus in 2014. After several years in admissions, I made the transition to financial aid and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve been heavily involved with SCASFAA (South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) since 2018 and have come to rely on my friends and colleagues across the state to help me stay abreast of federal regulations, as they often change.
Interests: I enjoy traveling, playing “auntie” to all my friends’ kids, swimming, hanging out with my cat, doing puzzles, listening to music, writing and catching the occasional Stingrays game … even when I have no idea what’s going on!
Academic Advisor, Academic Advising and Planning Center
Background: I’m originally from Mobile, Alabama, but grew up in Boise, Idaho, where I participated in competitive snow skiing. Before coming to the College of Charleston, I was working as the graduate assistant and school certifying official for the Office of Veteran Affairs at the University of South Alabama in Mobile while completing my master’s degree in educational leadership for higher education.
Interests: I’ve picked up a new hobby of learning more about the Charleston area by checking out local restaurants and exploring the area. I love exploring new places! I make it a goal every weekend to try at least one new place to eat or place to visit. I definitely have a preference to support local places rather than chains. I also love spending time with my family and friends whenever I can. On the weekends, I enjoy unwinding by reading a book, catching up on a binge-worthy show on Netflix, finding a sports game to watch and snow skiing in the winter.
Looking Forward: I’m excited to help students navigate their academic schedules and support them in their academic goals at the College of Charleston. I’m looking forward to working with my new team in the Academic Advising and Planning Center – it is great and so supportive. I couldn’t do it without their help and guidance! I’m also excited to go to some of the sporting events like basketball and soccer and looking forward to making connections with other faculty and staff on campus.
Talent Acquisition and Development Coordinator, Office of Human Resources
Background: I’m from Taylors, South Carolina. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in multimedia journalism and an M.Ed in higher education and student affairs. While I was in school, I worked as an academic coach and tutor for student-athletes.
Interests: I love to run, go to the movies, travel, spend time in nature and watch baseball. I’m passionate about protecting the environment and helping endangered species.
Looking Forward: I’m excited for a new challenge and to join a great team. Looking forward to bringing all that I can to the table for CofC!
Manager of Military Transfer Evaluation, Office of the Registrar
Background: I grew up just over the Cooper River in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. I began my career in higher education as an undergraduate work-study while at Charleston Southern University. I continued at CSU, working in admissions and financial aid for nearly a decade before moving to Bluffton to work in the registrar’s office at UofSC Beaufort. After five years away, I decided it was time to move back home, and begin my next chapter with CofC.
Interests: I love all the natural beauty that our Lowcountry has to offer. You’ll often find me hammocking between two trees with a book or listening to music and enjoying the scenery. I also enjoy a good walk on the beach or along the Pitt Street Bridge at sunset. I love a good road trip with friends, or simply being with family in the North Carolina mountains or the faraway country of Thailand! I love traveling to any and all tropical places!
Regan Wacker ’18
Access and Instruction Specialist, College of Charleston Libraries
Background: I grew up in Florida and graduated from CofC. I have lived here in Charleston since graduating in 2018.
Interests: I enjoy going on long walks, reading and cooking vegetarian food.
Looking Forward: I will enjoy the sense of community and working in a wonderful library.
Asia Willams ’22
Access and Instruction Specialist, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
Background: I am from Anderson, South Carolina! I am a recent 2022 graduate from the College, where I majored in history and worked as a peer academic advisor within the First Year IMPACT program.
Interests: In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, trying new foods, long walks around downtown and finding activities to do with friends and family!