Karen Edwards KalutzKaren

Karen has been with The Buckley School since it opened in 1988, conducting presentation skills workshops and helping political candidates, professionals, and business leaders write speeches and fine-tune delivery. Karen designs industry-specific seminars and on-site workshops for corporate clients around the United States and abroad. Early in her career, she naively accepted an assignment in Central America, discovering when she arrived that she’d been hired to provide public speaking training for a dictator.  All she’s willing to say about the experience is that she’s happy to have survived it–and since, has been up for any challenge.

Jenny Maxwell

Jenny joined The Buckley School faculty in 2000. In addition to leading public speaking training at company sites around the world, she teaches writing and media workshops, presents at national conferences, and provides presentation skills coaching for executives. She has a long career in writing and producing media, with projects that have ranged from field producing coverage of George W. Bush’s campaign to writing for The Food Network’s Good Eats. She is a former NBC affiliate marketing director and was editor of skirt! magazine for eight years. Recently, she’s scripted an Emmy-nominated series on World War Two heroes for public television.

Glenn Tucker

A newspaper publisher who started his career as a feisty reporter, Glenn developed the media training module for our Executive Seminar, where he teaches conferees to withstand tough questions. Glenn also finds himself answering reporters’ questions; he’s owner of an outdoor adventure company in Acadia, Maine, that has been featured in major newspapers and magazines.

David Stanton

David is regarded as an expert on televised debates and election coverage and has moderated presidential debates for NBC. For more than 20 years, he was a news anchor, reporter, and producer for WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C. He earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina and has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow award for his work as a journalist.

Katie Pope

Katie is a professional development expert who facilitates managerial and leadership programs throughout the Southeast. She brings considerable experience in sales, management, customer service, and communications training to The Buckley School faculty. Along with teaching public speaking, Katie leads our programs for refining interview skills.

Sandra Pinckney

Though many people recognize her as host of the Food Network’s Food Finds, Sandra’s work as an award-winning television producer and journalist goes far beyond that single network series. She produced Oprah Winfrey’s original talk show and anchored the evening news in Baltimore. The daughter of a diplomat, she’s traveled extensively–and has added protocol training for corporate executives to her list of credits.

 Kara Gormley

An award-winning journalist, Kara spent 15 years as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliates in Raleigh, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. Her work’s been recognized with the Edward R. Murrow Award, an Emmy, and honors from the Associated Press and the S.C. Broadcasters Association. She specializes in public relations, marketing, crisis communication, and social media.

Jana Daley

Jana joined The Buckley School in 2000, after a career as an attorney and non-profit CEO, roles which developed her skills in public speaking and crisis communication. A former international board member for the Junior League, she’s a popular conference presenter on speech and media relations. She’s also a debate enthusiast and volunteers as a coach with youth debate teams.


Katherine Lemay Brown

Katherine was director of protocol for four four-star generals and a member of President Bill Clinton’s transitional team. A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, she’s been responsible for conducting visits by the President and Vice President of the United States, the Queen of England, senior military officers of foreign nations and members of the U.S. Congress.

Scott Hogenson

A public affairs consultant based in Washington, D.C., Scott has directed communication for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, worked for the Republican National Committee press office, andmanaged accounts for a crisis communications firm. Scott’s also reported for NPR and United Press International.

Otis Taylor

A veteran newspaper writer and editor, Otis took his talents west to Silicon Valley. He now works with both startups and Fortune 500 companies to launch new products, helping innovators pitch their ideas and market their businesses. He’s popular as a moderator and panel host, where his reporter’s smarts and his fun-loving personality shine.

Alejandro García Lemos

Originally from Bogotá, Alejandro holds a BA in Graphic Design from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a focus in Political Science from Florida International University. He was creative director for Machado and Associates, a leading corporate communications agency in Colombia, then worked for British Petroleum in internal communications. He founded Comunicar Spanish Language Services and is a certified judicial and medical interpreter in Spanish and English.

EmilyEmily Padgett

Emily’s work as an actor, speech coach, theater director and teacher makes her a perfect fit for The Buckley School. While teaching at Conder Arts Integrated School, she built a theater program from the ground up, then went on to coach high school students in writing and delivery for Inspire Speech. An Erskine College graduate, she’s appeared on stage in many roles, including our favorite–playing Jo in Little Women.