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 Every Day 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 caterers 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 senior 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.

CJ Correia

Hi, my name is CJ Correia. I'm a sophomore here at USC. My major is Public Health with a possible minor in Business Administration. I hope to stay in South Carolina for medical school and move to the coast after graduation. I worked for the Capstone Conference Center during this past summer so I'm excited to see how different the school year is. In my free time, I love to hang out with friends and attend all USC sporting events!! 

Devin Callahan

Devin Callahan is a rising Junior from Bluffton, South Carolina.  He is a double major in Global Studies and Psychology planning to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology.  This is his first year being a Student Event Manager and is eager to see what the job brings to him.  Outside of school and work, he loves watching and playing sports, listening to music and hanging out with friends. 

River Dixon

River Dixon has been working with the Capstone Conference Center Team since the summer of 2016.  She is a Senior pursuing a degree in Marine Science with an emphasis in Biological Oceanography and Leadership Distinction in Research.  She has a special interest in deep sea ecology, and plans to attend graduate school and go on to a career in ocean exploration and research.  River is an active member of the SCUBA Club, 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 working on her research project, 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 first year graduate student from nearby West Columbia, SC.  She just finished her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and is now pursuing her Master of Teaching. She has been a Student Event Manager since the Spring of 2016. Taylor is pursuing her Masters to be able to teach high school chemistry. 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. 

Charles Grant

Charles Grant is a junior, majoring in Finance and Economics with a concentration in Data Analytics. Currently, he works for the Capstone Conference Center as a Business Manager due to his interests and skills in handling finances. In the future, Charles hopes to pursue Investment Banking with a private firm after graduation. Outside of work, Charles enjoys spending time building computers, reading about current economic issues and exploring Columbia to find great food.

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.

Lisa Spengler

Lisa Spengler is a senior from La Grange, NC.  She is a Hospitality Management major and is hoping to soon begin a career in corporate event planning.  She worked with the Capstone Conference Center over the summer as the Concierge and is excited to continue her work with them as a Student Event Manager this year.  She has experience running events through internships with country clubs and wedding venues.  She just recently got back from studying abroad in Aruba and is excited to share what she learned through her experiences there.

Jared Stephens

Jared Stephens is a junior from New Ellenton, SC. He is working on his Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Jared has been a Student Event Manager since the Spring of 2017. Jared loves the University of South Carolina and everything it offers to the people here. Apart from work and school, Jared loves to read, play basketball, consume Chick-Fil-A.

Elizabeth Tedder

Elizabeth Tedder is an incoming first-year student majoring in Sociology from Chapin, South Carolina. After graduating from USC she intends to go to Law School to become an attorney. When she's not working or hitting the books you can find her boxing, hiking waterfalls, or watching her favorite movie, Grease. Elizabeth can not wait to experience her first Carolina football game as a student! Go cocks!