Pamplin Future Fest

Meet some of the alumni set to participated in 2021's Future Fest event:

Assistant Director of Prospect Development, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • BA in English – Augusta State University
  • Masters of Library and Information Science – University of South Carolina

"I work within Advancement Services for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Development & Alumni Relations, which is the strategic operations side of the university's fundraising program. As a member of the Prospect Development team, I serve as a policy and procedure consultant for frontline fundraisers while also conducting data analysis that ensures our fundraisers are focusing on the right donors for the rights gifts at the right time." 

Visual Art Director, Jessye Norman School of the Arts

  • BFA in sculpture and ceramics – Augusta University

Stephanie “HAM” Willingham holds a BFA in sculpture and ceramics and is an accomplished Visual Artist and entrepreneur. She is a multi-talented visual artist who works with various materials such as wood, clay, power tools and whatever else she gets her hands on to use to create! Ham shares her knowledge of the arts and the use of various materials with her students. She is Called Mrs. Ham by her students and is known to challenge her students and cultivate their artistic talent. Her exceptional analytical, organizational and logical skills also contribute to the overall structure of JNSA. Along with JNSA, Ham is also the owner of her own small business, Hamz-Art. Ham has been a featured artist at the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. 

Executive Director, State Government

  • Master of Public Administration – Augusta State University

Executive Director of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency responsible for overseeing 1,150 employees and budget over $150 million. 

Advertising Coordinator, The Home Depot

  • BA in Communication – Augusta University 

Maintain project schedules for all assets from creative kickoff through final delivery. Proofread test sends to ensure accuracy and timely communication to all stakeholders if and when changes need to be made. Work seamlessly with strategy/merchandise marketing/design and other teams to meet milestone dates while proactively communicating and addressing any challenges that put a project at risk. Responsible for ensuring offers/promotions are relevant and represented accurately and are impactful in the digital space. Expertly manage all email strategy plans for our internal clients of merchants, to ensure all marketing and sales goals are met and exceeded. Attends strategy and kick off meetings to pitch new ideas, provide findings, and ensure YOY growth.

Innovation Program Coordinator, Augusta University/Georgia Cyber Center

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Augusta University
  • Working towards Master of Public Administration – Augusta University

Kaylee Snead serves as the Innovation Program Coordinator at the Georgia Cyber Center. In this role, she provides support and maintains relationships with resident partners across government, industry, and academia. Kaylee creates an ecosystem to foster collaboration across multiple disciplines. Most recently, Kaylee managed the creation of the Podcast studio and the Makerspace at the Georgia Cyber Center to provide state of the art resources to partners.  

Policy Analyst, Federal Emergency Management Agency

  • BA in Political Science – Georgia Regents University
  • MPA – George Washington University 

"I am currently a Policy Analyst in the Field Operations Directorate in FEMA. Our mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters, through public facing assistance programs and policies. I work with deployed, on the ground responders to ensure that state, local, tribal and territorial partners are receiving the assistance and the assets necessary to recover from disasters. Through policy, doctrine, and legislation my team works with government offices at the state and federal levels to ensure that the programs being offered to survivors meet their needs and help them recover from disasters."

Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education Coordinator, Coastal Carolina University Music Department

  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education – Augusta State University
  • Master of Music Education – University of Georgia
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music – University of Mississippi

Dr. Erica Kupinski currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood and elementary music education, as well as principles and methods of teaching music. She is the music department’s teacher education liaison with the Spadoni College of Education and is a university supervisor for elementary, general, choral, and instrumental music student interns. Dr. Kupinski is also the faculty advisor for the Coastal Carolina University Collegiate NAfME Chapter. She also serves on many department and college level committees. Dr. Kupinski's P-12 public and private school music teaching experiences include middle school chorus (6-8), elementary general music (PK-5) and adapted music education (P-12). In addition, she enjoys working with local music educators from all backgrounds and mentoring both preservice music and elementary education majors.

Her research interests include elementary general and choral music education, the history of music education, music teacher education, improvisation, social justice in music classrooms, world music, and musician health and wellness. She has completed Orff Levels I and II at Florida State University and Level III at Arizona State University. Dr. Kupinski has presented research on music teaching and learning at national and state music education conferences in Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Florida. Her most recent Book Review: May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem was published online, Jan. 15, 2020, in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.

Dr. Kupinski is a member of the South Carolina Music Education Association (SCMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA). She is a former member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), where she served as the District 1 College Representative. Dr. Kupinski has been named to membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda, and holds a lifetime membership in the Tri-M music honor society.

Episcopal Campus Missioner, The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia

  • Integrated Studies – Augusta University

As the Episcopal Missioner, I am called by the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia with the local support of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church and our other Episcopal churches within the Augusta Convocation to provide pastoral care to the students of Augusta University and to nurture our campus community's life through ministry. I do this by supporting our student-led organization, The Canterbury Club, and by being a consistent and caring presence on AU's campuses.  

Librarian for the Black Cultural Center, Purdue University Black Cultural Center 

  • BA in English – Augusta State University
  • MA in English and MLIS – University of South Carolina

I run the Black Cultural Center Library at Purdue University. This includes a 25 percent  appointment to Purdue University Libraries, which means I spend a portion of my time focusing on Library Instruction.

Technical Director, Department of Defense

  • BA, Integrated Studies – Augusta University
  • MA, Intelligence and Security Studies – Augusta University

As an office technical director, I'm responsible for the technical health of my workforce. This includes alignment with strategic plans, leveraging operational resources, and assessing analytic needs and capabilities.

Regina BrejdaOwner, 4P Studios

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – Augusta State University

Regina Brejda is the owner of 4P Studios in Martinez, Ga. 4P Studios is a gallery, custom frame shop, working artist studio, and art education facility where private and group classes in a variety of mediums are taught – from painting, photography, pottery, and printmaking – among many others. As owner of 4P Studios, Regina manages 4P Studios network of local artists by booking shows and coordinating with several locations around the Augusta area for monthly, quarterly, and yearly rotations of local art for exhibition and sale. She also oversees the day to day operations of the gallery and coordinates with 4P Studios Direction of Education, Studio Managers, and Gallery Representatives. Regina has previously served as the President of Columbia County Arts, Inc. for a five-year term and is currently the Alumni Liaison for the Department of Art. She graduated from Augusta State University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Art.  

Dr. Lorraine EvansExecutive Director of the Academic Success Center, Augusta University

  • BA, Sociology – Augusta State University
  • MA, Sociology – University of Georgia
  • Ph.D., Sociology – University of Georgia

"My current role requires innovative thinking, the ability to translate ideas into action, initiative, expert data analysis abilities, cultural competency and strong communication skills. The tasks that make up my work are centered on one goal, improving the academic success of students. This means a lot of meetings to brainstorm ideas and develop plans; data analysis to both identify where the gaps are and assess our progress, and; the ability to react quickly to changing circumstances.  Ultimately, my role is very satisfying because every day I try to have a positive impact and improve the lives of others. "

Brian KillipsAssistant Principal/Registrar, Evans High School

  • BA History, Minor in Secondary Education – Augusta State University
  • Masters degree in Educationand Tier I Education Leadership – National University and Augusta University

“As the registrar, I am responsible for the master schedule for Evans High School. I also serve as the AP Coordinator in charge of our AP program.” 

Adam MestresCounty Manager, Morgan County, Georgia

  • Bachelors in Political Science – Augusta University
  • Master of Public Administration – Augusta University

Serve as the Chief Appointed Official of the county, which oversees a team of approximately 200 FTE's and a total budget of over $25 million. The county manager is charged with ensuring that the day-to-day operation of government services remains functional for all residents and visitors. 

Carmen MosesDirector of Performing Arts, Jessye Norman School of the Arts

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – Augusta University

“I oversee performing arts classes, teach drama, art, and photography to homeschool students and the community, and handle administrative duties for our afterschool program.”