SAM Staff

John Stockwell, Ph.D.

Executive Director

From 1994 through 2011, John served as chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate located in Spartanburg County; following service in other higher education positions in California, Indiana, New York, and Wisconsin.  He has served in numerous volunteer civic capacities in the County including the founding board chair of the Spartanburg Chapter of the Urban League of the Upstate; board member and chair of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Children’s Services Alliances, and the College Hub; and is currently a trustee of the Spartanburg County Foundation.

Sheryl Booker

Support specialist

Sheryl Booker is an enthusiastic supporter for the growth and betterment of the Spartanburg community.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from Wofford College and both a Masters and Education Specialist Degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina.  She formerly held positions as a Professional & Executive Banker at Bank of America and school counselor at Paul M. Dorman High School in Spartanburg School District Six. Currently, Sheryl serves on the board of directors for the First Tee of Spartanburg and the Glenn Springs Academy for Boys. She is also a member of the community advisory board for Nurse-Family Partnership and serves on the Executive Committee of Women Giving For Spartanburg.

Glen carson

data Manager

Glen Carson serves as the Data Manager for the Spartanburg Academic Movement. During his 37 years as a professional educator, Glen has taught mathematics, sciences and research at the middle school, high school and university levels. In addition, Glen has served as an administrator at USC Upstate and in Spartanburg School Districts Four and Seven. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a Master’s degree from Furman University and a Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Glen has two sons, two daughters, and a daughter-in-law.

Lindsay Moore

Communications & Marketing Manager

A lifelong citizen of the Spartanburg, Lindsay is proud to call this community her home. She returned to Spartanburg after receiving a BA in Marketing from University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business and has been working on education and healthy living related projects in the community since 2009. Lindsay previously served as the Program Associate at The Spartanburg County Foundation and College Hub of Spartanburg County. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA.  

Beth Thompson

Director of Collaborative Action Networks

Beth Thompson serves as the Director of Collaborative Action Networks.  Previously Beth served as the Executive Director of Union County First Steps to School Success.  Prior to that, she was employed with the Upstate Workforce Investment Board where she was able to gain experience in facilitating meetings and interacting with many partners in the workforce investment system.  She truly understands the Cradle-to-Career continuum we work with to improve student success. She also has experience in working with other nonprofit organizations in Spartanburg including the Carolina Piedmont Foundation and The Arts Partnership.  Ms. Thompson has an Associate in Science degree from USC Union and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from USC Upstate. Ms. Thompson is also a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Training Certificate program the Sisters of Charity Foundation and Columbia College.

Beth moved to Spartanburg approximately 5 years ago with her husband, Josh, and their son Caleb.

Ida Thompson

Program & Network Manager

Ida Thompson served as Director of the Spartanburg Regional Child Development Program from 1991 to 2009. Prior to becoming director, she was Head Teacher of the Infant and Toddler Program from 1976 to 2009.   In 2004, Spartanburg Regional renamed the center as the “Ida Thompson Child Development Program”, in her honor.  Ms. Thompson earned a BA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University, a MEd Degree in Education from Converse College and an EdS in Marriage and Family Therapy.