Scott McPherson, the 6th grade student support specialist, is a native of Conway, Arkansas, and a 2005 graduate of Furman University (History, Political Science). He also graduated in 2009 with a Master of Arts from the University of Florida (African History). Scott is a Fulbright-Hays Scholar (Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), and his experiences includes poverty awareness and alleviation, student leadership, and community service. Scott joined the Communities In Schools workforce in 2017 so that he can help make sure every student has the opportunity to succeed.
Rushawnda Olden has been with Communities In Schools of Greenville since August 2015. She started as a student support specialist at Lakeview Middle School and now serves as the program coordinator. A native of South Carolina, Rushawnda believes that her purpose in life is to be a catalyst of change in her community. Inspired at a summer camp led by Upstate Circle of Friends of Greenville, she developed a strong sense of devotion to the nonprofit sector and youth working as a student mentor nearly 12 years ago. Her passion for youth and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles here in Greenville. Rushawnda holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from South Carolina State University, and a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the University of Nebraska Omaha.
José Moralez-Martinez is the 8th grade student support specialist at Lakeview Middle School. Born in México City, México, he moved to Greenville, SC at a young age and calls Greenville his home. José’s drive for service and giving back started young as he helped Hispanic families translate materials and conversations. His passion for service has followed him through his time at J.L Mann High School and Furman University, being involved with Key Club, Habitat for Humanity, Furman FUEL the Community, and Bridges to a Brighter Future. José graduated from Furman University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences where he focused on all aspects of health and wellness: physical, nutritional, social, mental, and life behaviors. He is excited to join the Communities In Schools team and looks forward to motivating students to achieve their goals as his mentors did for him.