Capstone Conference Center Staff

Cynthia Steele Assistant Director

Cynthia Steele has been in the conferences and event field for over three decades.  Previously with Housing, she returned “Home” in August 2013.  Cynthia is a certified meeting planner as well as a certified wedding planner.  She has received national and international awards for her work in the conference and marketing field from ACUHO-I, ACCED-I and Sodexo.

Cynthia continues to be an advocate for the homeless.  In 2012, she was one of five that received the international title of “Heroes of EveryDay Life” for her work with the homeless here in Columbia and the University of South Carolina.  All reward monies from this award were donated to help start the Food Pantry at USC.

Ms. Steele enjoys good times with friends and the three catateers that allow her to reside with them in her home in Forest Acres  If she is not at work, check out somewhere sunny with water for her bucket list includes visiting every Caribbean and Central American country.

Sarah Corbett Conferences Events Coordinator

Sarah Corbett has been employed at the University since October 2013. Even though having a short career with University Housing, she has been at the University since 2006, receiving her Bachelor and Master s degrees. At the Capstone Conference Center, Sarah works with clients to ensure they have an enjoyable experience here on campus whether during the school year with events or over the summer with conferences and events.

Sarah resides in Columbia, SC where she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing on a kickball team for the City of Columbia Kickball League.  She is a fan of all sports, but will always love her Gamecocks.

Ryan Baker

Ryan is a student employee from Charleston, SC. Born in Hawaii to a military family, he has spent time in a variety of places along the Eastern Coast. He is currently a sophomore Exercise Science major with a minor in Spanish. Ryan first started working for the Conference Center in the Fall of 2014 as part of the Student Event Setup Crew, and took the position of Student Event Manager in the Fall of 2015. He enjoys playing sports, watching movies, and hiking.

Savannah Billingham-Hemminger

Savannah is a student worker from right next door in Charlotte, NC.  She had her start here at Carolina when she entered as a student into the Fall 2013 freshman class.  As a freshman, she lived and began working in Capstone, while also being a full time student and exploring extracurriculars.  Now a senior at the Darla Moore School of Business, Savannah has decided on being an International Business and Entrepreneurship major.  With a love for languages, she is also taking on minors in Spanish and German.  At the Capstone Conference Center, Savannah works with not only clients, but also the business operations which helps her towards her dream job of owning her own company one day.
         On campus, Savannah is President of Changing Carolina Peer Leaders, a University 101 Peer Leader, and is also involved in Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity.  In her free time she likes to workout, read, watch Netflix, paint, bike, and learn languages.

River Dixon

River Dixon joined the Capstone Conference Center Team as a Summer Conference Assistant in the summer of 2016 and is now expanding her involvement by serving as a Student Event Manager.  She is a Junior pursuing a degree in Marine Science with an emphasis in Biological Oceanography.  She has a special interest in deep sea ecology, and hopes to go on to a career in ocean exploration and research.  River prides herself in her involvement within the Carolina community.  Currently, she serves as the President of SCUBA Club, a mentor to underclassmen through the Capstone Connectors Program, and a member of the Women’s Mentor Network, Students Engaged in Aquatic Science, and PROGRESS Women in Geoscience.  When she isn’t working or in class, you can find her in the lab, reading, SCUBA diving, or hiking.  River is very excited to bring the Carolina spirit to clients and guests through her role as a Student Event Manager this year. 

Taylor Flanders

Taylor Flanders is a senior Chemistry major from nearby West Columbia, SC. She has been a Student Event Manager since Spring of 2016 and also serves as a Resident Mentor in Women's Quad since Fall of 2014. Taylor is pursuing her Chemistry degree in hopes to teach Chemistry at a higher level. She loves helping and interacting with all different types of people across the Carolina campus.
Aside from work and school, Taylor enjoys reading, running/hiking, drinking coffee and spending time with her family. She is also a member of the sorority Pi Beta Phi here at USC as well as the Women In Science Community.

Charles Grant

Charles Grant joined Capstone Conference Center this summer as a Conference Assistant and now he heads into the school year as a Capstone Event Manager and Set Up Crew member. Charles will also be a Resident Mentor at McBryde.  A sophomore in the Darla Moore School of Business with a double major in finance and economics, Charles enjoys working as a member of a team to provide excellent customer service to Capstone guests.  When he is not working or studying, Charles plays baseball and golf and to satisfy his adventurous nature he enjoys taste testing new cuisines.  Of course it is more fun when his friends join him in his culinary adventures.   

Olivia Morris

Olivia was born and raised in North Augusta, SC. She is a junior majoring in International Studies, minoring in Islamic World Studies. She is currently doing research on the portrayal of fictional woman-presidents in American film (of which there are very few!) She joined the Capstone family her very first semester at USC, and has stayed with them ever since. Olivia is dedicate to her clients, coworkers, and to getting the job done!

Olivia is a also writer for JASPER, Columbia's arts and culture magazine. In her free time, she likes to volunteer on political campaigns, and is currently an intern for Arik Bjorn's congressional run. She loves angsty books, grainy pictures, and super sweet coffee.

Hannah Perry

Hannah Perry is coming from the-middle-of-nowhere South Carolina (otherwise known as Hartsville, SC) Hannah is working on completing her junior year here at Carolina.  She is majoring in English for Secondary Education, and hopes to teach 11th and 12th grade.  She serves the Honors community as a Senior Resident Mentor, and has plenty of stories to tell from her time there. When she isn't in class, hanging out with her residents and friends, or working for the Capstone Conference Center, she enjoys running, hiking, taking pictures, reading, and writing.

Logan Rice

Logan is a senior Sport and Entertainment Management Major from Easley, South Carolina. He started working at the Capstone Conference Center this past summer as a Conference Manager and is excited about working for the CCC during the school year.
Born and raised in the state, Logan is a die-hard Gamecock fan and loves attending sporting events whenever he gets the change. He also enjoys writing and playing music. 

Stephen Reaves

Stephen Reaves is a Junior Computer Science Major with a Minor in Business. This will be his second year as part of the Setup Crew.  The main reason Stephen joined the Conference Center was because of their outstanding customer service which is something that he tries to embody himself.  This year Stephen will also be a Senior Resident Mentor in the Capstone House.  There’s nothing that could really upset Stephen and it’s quite rare to see him when he’s not singing or dancing to the music in his head.

Stephen has also worked diligently on perfecting his personal website, stephenreaves.com.

Becca Rivera

Growing up in Columbia, Becca didn’t travel far to make Carolina her home. She joined the Capstone Conference Center as a Summer Conference Liaison Manager and later transitioned into the role of Event Manager. Majoring in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources in the Darla Moore School of Business, Becca is using this opportunity to cultivate her management skills for her future endeavors. When she isn’t cheering on her beloved Gamecocks, Becca likes to play with her two dogs, travel, and cook.

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Sam Smyth

Samantha Smyth is a junior Public Health major here at the University of South Carolina. Sam has been involved with USC's Housing department since her sophomore year working as a Resident Mentor, but has been a part of the Capstone Conference Center family since the summer of 2015. After graduation, Sam plans on pursuing a Master's Degree in Health Administration here at the Arnold School of Public Health at USC. Some of her interests and passions outside of work and academics include cooking, reading, and traveling.