Daniel Raymond Alexander ’11, MBA ’12

Daniel Alexander, a member of the Barnwell County Council and director of operations for Anovotek, LLC, in Barnwell, graduated from Clemson in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in polymer and fiber chemistry. He earned his Clemson Master of Business Administration degree in 2012.

He joined Anovotek, a materials science-based company specializing in textiles and performance technologies, in 2013. He oversees the company’s revenues and expenditures, supervises production and lab personnel, leads expansion efforts into E-commerce on multiple sales platforms, and manages production to fulfill customer orders as well as lab trials for product development evaluation.

Daniel was elected to the Barnwell County Council in 2018, at the age of 29. He chairs the personnel committee and is a member of the finance committee. He is also a board member of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments and is an advocate for increasing broadband and quality of life opportunities in rural areas of South Carolina.

Along with his many community activities, Daniel works as a basketball official for the S.C. High School League and the S.C. Independent Schools Association, most recently working his third state championship game in Sumter, SC.

For Clemson, Daniel was instrumental as a graduate student in the creation of the Golf Paws program, which encourages and enables gifts and support for the men’s and women’s golf teams. He has remained active with Golf Paws as an alumnus and currently serves on its advisory board.

Daniel and his wife, Taylor, have two daughters: Mary Chilton, age 6, and Margaret, age 4.

Danielle Lester Arrington ’13

Danielle Lester Arrington of Westminster, director of talent acquisition for Clemson University, graduated from Clemson in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. In 2016, she earned a master’s degree in public administration from Arkansas State University.

After three years as recruitment and employment manager for the S.C. Department of Transportation in Columbia, Danielle returned to Clemson in 2017 to become academic advisor and recruiter for the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. In 2018, she moved to the University’s Office of Human Resources, where her primary responsibility is to recruit and hire top talent to Clemson

anielle is an active member of HEERN, the Higher Education Executive Recruitment Network, and has received numerous accolades for creativity and innovation in her profession. In 2019 alone, she was named a CUPA-HR Rockstar by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the #ClemsonWorks campaign that she developed garnered national recognition from Ragan Communication’s PR Daily news site, and her team was selected for Workforce Magazine’s Gold Optimas Award for Recruiting.

She serves as a professional mentor and works with various Clemson student organizations, such as the SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) student chapter, the football program’s P.A.W. (Passionate About Winning) Journey leadership initiative, and the Master of Business Administration program by participating in coaching and mock interview sessions, helping to prepare students for their entry into the business world. She also leads resume workshops and interview coaching sessions for spouses and partners of new university employees.

Danielle and her husband, Matt, recently became first-time parents, welcoming the birth to their daughter, Rosie.

Emily Martin Ewoldt ’13

Emily Martin Ewoldt, co-owner of Clemson Family Dentistry and membership chair of the Rotary Club of Clemson, graduated from Clemson in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in public health science. In 2018, she earned a doctorate in dental medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and became a partner in Clemson Family Dentistry, where she had interned as an undergraduate student.

She and her business partner, John McRoberts, are planning to expand their practice by opening an office in the Patrick Square community. Also, they are the official dentists for Clemson University athletic teams.

Emily’s community service activities range from donating toothbrushes for schools and mission trips to supporting organizations, such as Ripple of One and the Dream Center, that help individuals and families become healthy and self-sufficient. She is active in Fort Hill Presbyterian Church.

Through the Rotary Club, Emily works alongside other business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service to the local Clemson community and around the world. She is helping to establish a satellite club for Clemson University employees that will focus on their specific needs and issues while being connected to the Rotary Club of Clemson.

Emily is a member of the Tri-County Dental Society, which encompasses Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties, and of the Piedmont District Dental Society, a division of the S.C. Dental Association. She presents lectures to Clemson students interested in pursuing careers in dentistry and serves as a teacher and leader for the two health science students each year who intern with Clemson Family Dentistry, just as she did.

Emily’s three younger siblings – Ben, Abby and John Martin – all graduated from Clemson’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Her husband, Nathan, also practices dentistry at Clemson Family Dentistry and is pursuing his MBA from Clemson.

Christopher Matthew Harrington ’04, M ’19

Clemson University Police Captain Christopher M. Harrington of Pendleton has two Clemson degrees. He graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned a master’s degree in public administration in 2019. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.

Chris worked as a student patrolman when he was an undergraduate and began his professional career in 2005 as a University police officer. After serving as a sergeant and lieutenant, he was promoted to captain in 2021. His current responsibilities include leadership of the Investigative Support Services Bureau as its commander.

Among his many recognitions, Chris was named an Honorary Colonel of Army ROTC’s Fightin’ Tiger Battalion in 2015 and was the Division of Student Affairs Employee of the Year for 2018. He was honored for his life-saving actions in response to a mental health crisis is 2017.

His leadership in arranging specialized training in force de-escalation, mental health crisis response and active bystandership skills has helped officers across the Upstate mitigate potential dangers to themselves and private citizens. He has been the principal investigator for more than $300,000 in funding from sources such as a Justice and Law Enforcement Mental Health Coordinating Grant and the COVID Emergency Supplemental Funding Program.

He is active with the Police Executive Research Forum and participated in its Senior Management Institute for Police in 2019. He also participated in a collaborative Racial Equity Institute sponsored by Clemson University and AnMed Health in 2019 and a year later was a panelist for AnMed Health’s Connect 2020 diversity and inclusion symposium.

He and his wife, Whitney, volunteer at NewSpring Church, where they attend with their two children.

Lauren Burdine Hood ’12, M ’21

Lauren Burdine Hood, York County 4-H youth development agent with the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service, graduated from Clemson in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental and natural resources and a minor in biological sciences. In 2021, she earned a Clemson master’s degree in agriculture with an emphasis in agricultural education, becoming the first graduate of that newly developed thesis-based program.

Before joining the South Carolina 4-H team in York County in 2017, Lauren worked in Extension-related roles in Georgia for four years. She began master’s degree work in agricultural and environmental education at the University of Georgia, then transferred to Clemson.

Under Lauren’s leadership, the York County 4-H Club has won numerous state honors, including 2020 awards for excellence in teamwork, agricultural literacy programming and animal science programming. She is president of the S.C. chapter of the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals.  She and her regional team received the National Association of County Agricultural Agents’ 2020 Learning Module Communication National Award.

Her many community activities include serving on the York County Fall Livestock Show Committee and the York County Agribusiness Council. She also is a member of the York County Cattlemen’s Association and the S.C. Cattlemen’s Association.

For Clemson, Lauren is the Upstate District representative on the Clemson Extensive Senate and a board member of the Women’s Alumni Council. Her work with council includes helping to plan and produce its annual Bring Your Daughter to Clemson event, which has a focus on agriculture and the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Lauren is a first-generation Clemson graduate, who was greatly supported by her parents Jimmy and Andrea Burdine. She and her husband, Tyler, began their relationship while students at Clemson, even getting engaged in the Carillon Bells of Tillman Hall.

Jennifer Spaniel Moore ’10, MBA ’17

Jennifer Spaniel Moore, chief operating officer of Greenville-based Graycliff Capital Partners, graduated from Clemson in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and completed her Clemson Master of Business Administration degree in 2017. She was a first-grade teacher at Augusta Circle Elementary School in Greenville before beginning her business career.

She joined Graycliff, a leading real estate development and investment company focused primarily on the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, in 2014 and quickly assumed increasingly responsible roles. She rose from a real estate coordinator to director of operations within just 10 months and, at the age of 30, was promoted to chief operating officer in 2017.

Among her many community activities, Jennifer is an avid volunteer for the local Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home away from home for families whose children are receiving medical care at Greenville-area hospitals, and she is a member of the Red Shoe Society, a philanthropic arm of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, headquartered in Greenville.

She spearheads Graycliff’s participation in events sponsored by Public Education Partners to support, strengthen and advance public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools.

Jennifer is an advocate and supporter of local initiatives and organizations that foster the development of young women in leadership, including PEARLS (Preparing Engaging and Respectful Lady Scholars). She mentors other local professionals who are young Clemson alumnae and was named one of Greenville Business Magazine’s 2020 “Best & Brightest 35 & Under.”

Colleen J. Thomas ’13

Colleen J. Thomas of Easley, author of “Beautiful Skin: A Children’s Book about Overcoming Racism,” graduated from Clemson in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

In 2014 she joined the non-profit Silicon Valley Education Foundation, which provides education in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for teachers and underserved students in Northern California. Now SVEF’s director of strategic impact, she has used her engineering skills to design systems and improve processes that have enabled the foundation to increase the number of students it serves annually from 900 in 2014 to more than 5,000 in 2021.

She published “Beautiful Skin,” an Amazon #1 New Release in 2020, to help parents and children of all races talk about and understand race, racism and diversity. She donates 20 percent of the proceeds from book sales to benefit local schools and programs that assist children.

Colleen’s husband, Brandon, is a former Clemson football player. Everywhere his career in the National Football League took them, she became involved in community service activities. Examples include helping to build a playground in San Francisco to volunteering at food pantries in Detroit and at a women’s shelter in Jacksonville. She also started her own initiative, #MomCoffeeMonday, to recognize deserving moms across the country with  coffee gift cards every Monday.

Colleen shares her Clemson experience with students who participate in SVEF college readiness events in Northern California and when she is invited to speak at her high school alma mater in Rhode Island. She also shares Clemson through the illustrations in her children’s book. A Tiger Paw is hidden on every page.

Her three children were inspirations for the book. Mary Kate (5), Leila (2) and RJ (1) resemble characters in the story.

Daniel Ross Thompson, PhD ’12

Daniel Ross Thompson of Pickens, laboratory manager in Clemson University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, graduated from Clemson in 2012 with a Ph.D. in physics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Wofford College in 2006.

After five years as an engineer with General Motors, during which he produced multiple publications, inventions and patents, Daniel returned to Clemson in 2017 in order to work with students and give back to the University.

He supervises graduate teaching assistants, provides lecture demonstrations, conducts science outreach programs and serves as building security coordinator. He has championed laboratory updates that increased the availability of labs so that students could graduate on time. He also provides free physics tutoring to undergraduates and mentors graduate students engaged in teaching, preparing for jobs and planning careers in science.

Daniel was honored by the College of Science Student Advisory Board with its 2019 Student Advocate Award, and he received the college’s Outstanding Team Award in 2021 for exemplary service to the University during the COVID pandemic. His work during the pandemic included developing custom videos and take-home kits for students that allowed them to gain the full benefit of laboratory exercises while remaining safely online.

Daniel’s community service activities include supporting his son’s Boy Scout Troop 51 in Pickens and volunteering as a local science fair judge. He leads science outreach efforts that reach thousands of people each year, such as events for regional pre-K to 12th grade schools, the Roper Mountain Science Center, iMAGINE Upstate, Women in Physics and Denver Downs farm.

He is especially thankful for the support of his wife, Heather, and their children, Micah and Naomi.

Kathleen Mourning Turner ’11

Kathleen “Katie” Mourning Turner of Greenville graduated from Clemson in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic communications. She owns Invited Grace Co., an interior design firm that designs beautifully curated and functional residential spaces for clients in the Upstate and Charlotte and along the Carolina coast.

Before returning to Greenville in 2019 and opening her own company, she worked in Charleston as a corporate coordinator for the LS3P architectural firm, in which she rose to an associate level. She then became an interior designer and business developer with the JLV Creative team.

In Charleston, her community service activities included chairing the 2016 Trident United Way Day of Giving, which raised more than $30,000 in intraoffice gifts. With the help of Thompson Turner Construction and other volunteers, she organized, managed and executed an entire playground renovation and landscaping overhaul for St. Stephen Elementary School in rural Berkeley County. She also collected and donated Christmas gifts for each child at that school and ensured that a new student and his family, who lacked housing and other essentials, had the support, supplies and gifts they needed to enjoy the holiday.

Katie is an active member of First Presbyterian Church and its Radiance Greenville ministry, which conducts Christmas fundraising and gift donations to benefit Hollis Academy students. She also has volunteered with Spirit of Greenville, which helps build a better Greenville by supporting public projects that incorporate local artists and enhance the quality of life in the community. She has organized markets and music events to raise funds to further the non-profit’s work.

She is a member and past president of the Clemson Young Alumni Council and since 2017 has helped to organize CYAC’s annual Fall Band Party in Greenville. The 2018 event raised more than $6,000 for Hurricane Florence victims. In other years the proceeds have been used to endow scholarships at Clemson.

Katie and her husband, Harold (Clemson Class of 2011), are the parents of two future Tigers: Sutton and Scout.

Frances Timmons Yarbrough ’13

Frances Timmons Yarbrough, civil engineering team leader in the Charlotte office of the SeamonWhiteside landscape architecture, planning and civil engineering services firm, graduated from Clemson in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

She began her career with SeamonWhiteside in Mount Pleasant. After six years there, she was one of five employees asked to lead the opening of the company’s Charlotte location.

A licensed professional engineer, Frances has worked on projects ranging from mixed-use developments and retail expansions to roadway and utilities infrastructure improvements. In May 2021, she was featured in an interview with Authority Magazine about ways to close the gender gap in traditionally male-dominated industries.

In Charleston, Frances participated in Leadership Charleston and was a member of the Charleston Young Professionals group, a division of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. She was president of the Charitable Society of Charleston in 2016-2017 and was honored as its “Outstanding Member of the Year” for 2015-2016.

In Charlotte, she is a member of the Urban Land Institute and volunteers in various community service activities. These include the Crisis Assistance Ministry and Roof Above, both of which provide individuals with emergency shelter, meals, income and housing assistance, and the Carolinas Brain Tumor Race, which raises awareness and funds to support brain tumor patients and their families.

Frances is a former member of the Clemson Young Alumni Council and served a year as its marketing chair. She frequently attends career fairs at Clemson to encourage more women to explore engineering as a profession.