Claire Reddeck Bowman, ’03, M‘08

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Claire Reddeck Bowman of Charleston, SC as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Bowman is an associate for McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, where her focus areas are higher education and senior living. At McMillan Pazdan Smith, Bowman was selected to participate in the Leadership MPS program, which introduces young leaders to all aspects of the firm in order to prepare them for additional leadership roles in both projects and the operations of the firm.

While previously living in Greenville, Bowman served as president of the board of directors for the Pendleton Place children’s shelter and provided design assistance for the renovation of an adjacent property into offices and meeting spaces for family engagement. She also served on the board of directors for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Greenville chapter and regularly attended and organized mentoring sessions and events with the Clemson AIA-Student Chapter.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

Tyrone Oliver Gayle ‘10

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Tyrone Oliver Gayle of Washington, DC as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Gayle is the Press Secretary for United States Senator Kamala Harris. He moved to Washington, D.C., after graduation and began his career on the Press and Communications team at the Center for American Progress. Gayle joined the Kaine for Virginia campaign in 2011, during which he developed a close relationship with now Virginia Senator, Tim Kaine.

In 2015, Gayle moved to New York, where he served as a key member of the Hillary for America’s Communications team. He was named a ‘Rising Star’ by Campaign and Elections Magazine and after the 2016 presidential election, Tyrone joined Senator Kamala Harris’ office in his current role. Gayle has spent the last few years mentoring young people of color in politics.

In 2016, Tyrone was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer, which required an invasive surgery and 21 days of recovery in the hospital. As he continues to receive chemotherapy, he is often comforted by his D.C. Clemson community.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

Noelle Cabato Holdsworth ’11

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Noelle Cabato Holdsworth of Atlanta, GA as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Holdsworth is employed by T-Mobile as an Employer Brand Manager focused on Culture & Brand and has received numerous internal accolades. She was recently selected to serve on the Talent Brand Alliance Board, an organization for Employer Brand and Recruitment Marketing professionals.

From 2014 to 2016, Holdsworth served as an Executive Board Member for T-Mobile’s Diversity & Inclusion Multigenerational Network. She has continued her work with Diversity & Inclusion focused efforts by helping establish the Atlanta Chapter and serving on the Chapter’s Executive Board since 2017.

As Co-Chair of the Clemson Alumni Association’s Atlanta Clemson Club Community Service Committee, Noelle has organized partnerships with Covenant House, a non-profit that supports homeless youth, and Wellspring Living, an organization that serves survivors and those at risk of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation, including sex trafficking victims.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

France L. Jackson ’11, M. ’13, Ph.D. ’18, Human-Centered Computing (University of Florida)

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized France L. Jackson of Hillsboro, OR as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Jackson is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship which allowed her the opportunity to earn her Bachelor’s and Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering degrees from Clemson University. She is one of only two African-American women to be the first to obtain a Ph.D. in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida.

Jackson is employed by Intel supporting global projects that affect how we experience technology daily by creating and testing innovative software experiences that are optimized for Intel Architecture. She has served on projects such as Hands 2 Love, utilizing her knowledge and skills to help children with congenital upper limb differences participate in sports that are drone-powered. As a STEM advocate, France participates with several organizations that help expose girls and underrepresented minorities to STEM careers.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

Aliza Darnell McGuire ’12, M ’18, Social Work (Brown School at Washington University) Communication Studies

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Aliza Darnell McGuire of St. Louis, MO as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

McGuire began her career at Erwin Penland (now known as EP + Co.) in Greenville, SC, as a public relations account assistant and quickly rose to the position of Senior Content Manager, where she worked with national clients, such as Verizon, Disney XD and Chick-fil-A. She currently works as the Prevention Services Coordinator at Epworth Children and Family Services, one of the largest social service agencies in St. Louis.  

While in her master’s program, McGuire continued to volunteer, serving with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program. She served as the Clemson Young Alumni Council’s President-Elect for the last three years and is currently serving as the Clemson Alumni Association’s St. Louis Clemson Club Secretary.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

Susan Ridgeway Nunamaker ’01, M. ’03 (College of Charleston), ’09, Ed.D. ’17 (University of South Carolina)

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Susan Ridgeway Nunamaker of Seneca, SC as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

A former accountant, Nunamaker is a second-career educator who is dedicated to enlightening the community about the importance of education. In 2014, Susan joined the Central Elementary School transformation team as the instructional coach and helped the school to become a top-performing school in the district while increasing 132 positions in state rankings over the course of only one year (2014-2015).

She joined the faculty at Clemson in 2017 as the program coordinator for the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning and has coordinated numerous partnerships between Clemson and local schools to encourage exposure to higher education. Nunamaker was honored as the 2018 University Supervisor of the Year for Early Childhood Education due to her dedication to mentoring and guiding future teachers to improve the craft of teaching for the benefit of students across the State of South Carolina and beyond.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

Allison Marshall Puechl ’09, M.D. ’13 (University of South Carolina School of Medicine) Biological Sciences

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Allison Marshall Puechl of Raleigh, NC as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Puechl is a Gynecologic Oncology Fellow with Duke University Medical Center. While a resident at Duke University, she was selected as Administrative Chief Resident, and in this role, was responsible for the scheduling of 32 residents. Puechl is a three-time recipient of the Charles B. Hammond Research Grant and has used the grant award to research various cancer treatments.

Puechl is involved in the medical community, serving on the Society of Gynecology Oncology Education Committee, Duke Department of Ob/Gyn Wellness Committee, and Duke Graduate Medical Education Council. She also spends a great deal of time mentoring students regarding their career paths. After joining the group in 2015, Allison has served on the executive board of the Clemson Alumni Association’s Clemson Women’s Alumni Council as the secretary.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

Don Allen Sharpe, Jr. M ’17

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Don Allen Sharpe, Jr. of Swansea, SC as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Sharpe is currently employed as the Student Services Program Coordinator at Midlands Technical College, where he advocates for quality access to education, strong mentoring to both traditional and non-traditional students, as well as a commitment to overall quality within the higher education setting.

Sharpe served as his division’s representative on Staff Council and eventually was elected by the entire college staff to serve as Chair of Staff Council. He regularly volunteers at the Lexington Recreation and Aging Commission Senior Citizens Center and tutors students in Lexington School District Four in the humanities.

In 2018, he was selected to join Leadership Lexington County, and his cohort has already raised significant funds for an educational outreach charity. Sharpe recently completed his term as a Board Member of the Clemson Alumni Association’s LGBTQ+ Alumni Club and participates in Clemson Alumni’s Second Century Society.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

Dan “McKee” McKeithan Thomason, Jr. ’13

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Dan “McKee” McKeithan Thomason, Jr. of Charlottesville, VA as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Thomason is currently enrolled as a student at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Prior to attending Darden, he was the Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending at Congressional Bank. He began his career at BB&T as a 2014 graduate of their Leadership Development Program and later worked as a Portfolio Manager on BB&T’s Commercial Real Estate team in Washington, D.C.

Thomason volunteers with Junior Achievement as a member of their Associate Leadership Council and was responsible for organizing BB&T’s Bowl-A-Thon event benefitting JA, which raised over $35 thousand each year. He is involved with JA Finance Parks and also volunteers in classrooms to teach financial literacy and work readiness.

Thomason works regularly with the Clemson Alumni Association’s Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Clemson Club and has earned a position on the Regional Board of Directors and Young Alumni Committee. He successfully organized a new event, the Young Alumni Sunset Cruise, for the DC Club which drew over 50 attendees each of the last two years.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.

John B. Wright, Jr. ’10

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized John B. Wright, Jr. of Anderson, SC as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Upon graduation in 2010, Wright worked in the financial services industry before joining his family’s business in 2012. Since then, he has personally brokered or developed more than $40 million of commercial real estate, many projects that have been well publicized and helped grow the local economy.

Wright is the youngest-ever chairman of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has been recognized by the SC School Boards Association for his commitment to public education. He is a member of the Anderson University Board of Visitors, an active Rotarian, a graduate of Leadership Anderson, and an active member of Newspring Church.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.