An Exceptional Faculty

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Karen Edwards Kalutz

Karen has been the steady force behind the school’s success from the start. A history major at the University of South Carolina, she first impressed Reid Buckley as his children’s high school teacher. He persuaded her to help him launch the school. She’s recruited and trained the school’s faculty, led the Executive Seminar, and designed and facilitated workshops for corporate clients. 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--including becoming The Buckley School's co-director in 2014.

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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, with projects that have ranged from field producing TV coverage of George W. Bush’s presidential 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. In 2014, she took on additional responsibilities with The Buckley School and serves with Karen Kalutz as the school’s co-director.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Elise Partin

Elise has wide-ranging, in-the-trenches experience in public speaking, facing the media, and managing crisis communication. She is mayor of the South Carolina town of Cayce, a position she’s held since 2008. She’s eager to recruit others to run for office and was asked to give a TED Talk on the subject. A University of South Carolina adjunct faculty, she teaches in the School of Public Health and the Honors College.

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Emily 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 has appeared on stage in many roles, including our favorite--playing Jo in Little Women.

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Glenn Tucker

An award-winning writer, newspaper editor, and publisher, Glenn developed the media training module for our Executive Seminar and frequently coaches company executives and corporate teams preparing to face the media. Glenn also finds himself answering reporters’ questions and knows what it takes to win over the media: He’s owner of an outdoor adventure company in Acadia, Maine, that has been featured in major newspapers and magazines.

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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.

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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.

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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 has 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.

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Otis Taylor

A veteran newspaper writer and editor, Otis is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He originally took his talents west to Silicon Valley to work with 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.

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Katherine Lemay Brown

Katherine was director of protocol for four four-star generals and a member of President Bill Clinton's transition 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

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Emmalee Robbins

An actor, theater director, university instructor, choreographer and dancer, Emmalee has been bringing her experience to students at The Buckley School since 1998. She provides private voice training and teaches a voice and movement session during our Executive Seminars. Emmalee is also the author of All Aboard: The Lighthouse Learning Express, a series of children's stories that teach character.

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Caroline Lord

A writer, editor and publisher, Caroline has been teaching writing and public speaking at the school since 2005. The founder and publisher of the literary journal Short Story, she honed her editing skills, developed a knack for working with emerging writers, and gained experience as a panelist, speaker and moderator at national writing conferences. 

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Pam Schreiner

Pam joined The Buckley School in 2006 and has worked here as a public speaking coach, copy editor for Reid Buckley, and as director of special projects. She has headed the school's Disciplined Thinking seminars and other advanced programs. Pam has also served in the U. S. Army Reserves. Our organizer extraordinaire, she coordinates Executive Seminars.