July 20, 2021

Meet our newest affinity council members

By: Chardonnay Ismail

A new fiscal year means adding new faces to our affinity councils! We're excited to announce the newest members of our Black, Veterans and Young Alumni Councils.



Elmer Pickett, '90 B.S.

Elmer Pickett is a native of Evans, Georgia. Elmer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 from UofSC and an MBA in 1995 from Emory University. Elmer currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Augusta Women’s Health and Wellness Center. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) – Mechanical in South Carolina and Georgia. Along with Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) with the Association of Energy Engineer. Elmer is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 



Brooks Herring, '18 B.S.

Brooks Herring is a 2018 graduate with a B.S. in Exercise Science and will serve as a Midlands representative of the council. Brooks is in his third year as a candidate of Doctor of Physical Therapy, with an expected graduation of August. Brooks is currently self-employed in the Midlands area. He has also served on the Student Veteran Advisory Committee. Brooks also served in the U.S. Navy serving as a Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class.


Jerry Leake, '67 B.S.

Jerry Leake is a 1967 graduate with a B.S. in Management and will serve as a National At-Large member. Jerry was also selected as the Young Man of the Year, recognized by Lancaster, S.C. Jaycees, and an Olympic Torch Bearer in 1996, based on community involvement. Jerry also served in the U.S. Army National Guard.



Hazel A. Bridges, '15 B.A., '18 MPA and J.D.

Hazel A. Bridges, Esq. is a three-time alumna with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2015, master’s in public administration in 2018, and Juris Doctor in 2018. She will serve as the Atlanta representative. Hazel currently serves as an Attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Education in Atlanta, GA. As a South Carolina Honors College alumna, Hazel served as a panelist in the inaugural “HERstory” alumni panel. During her time at UofSC, she was named an Outstanding Senior and Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities and Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellow in 2018.


Vincent Coe, '07 B.S.

Vincent Coe is a 2007 graduate with a B.S. in Finance and Insurance and Risk Management and B.A. in Political Science. He will serve as a National At-Large member. He earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He works with corporate and public sectors, providing risk advisory and operational support. During his time at UofSC, Vincent worked in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. 


Matt Orr, '13 B.S.

Matt Orr is a 2013 graduate with a B.A. in Political Science and will serve as a Midlands representative. Matt was just promoted to Vice President of Public Affairs at First Tuesday Strategies in Columbia, S.C., where he previously served as Director of Public Affairs. Matt is a proud South Carolinian and third generation Gamecock. Over the past decade, Matt has worked for policymakers and organizations that have a direct impact on both the state and university. He is a member of Phi Kappa Sigma - Alpha Eta Alumni Association.


Dionne Simmons, '12 B.A.

Dionne Simmons is a 2012 graduate with a B.A. in Experimental Psychology and will serve as a Midlands representative. Dionne currently serves as the Academic Program Director at Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) in S.C. In 2019, Dionne was awarded the E.C. “Red” Kneece Teaching Excellence Award at CCTC. Professionally, he has increased local business pharmacy affiliation agreement and attained maximum American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) program reaccreditation. He received his Master of Education in Learning and Technology from Western Governors University in 2018.


Bradley Sisson, '18 B.S.

Bradley Sisson is a 2018 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Bradley is a Structural Engineer with Finfrock in Orlando, FL. During his time at UofSC, Bradley was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter, College of Engineering and Computing Ambassador, Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity and Carolina Alliance for Technology Mentor.

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