Our History

Chris Emerling, Secretary

Aiken County Public Schools

Our Mission

Diana Floyd, Chair

Southside Pediatrics

Board of Directors

Andrea Haltiwanger, Treasurer

Security Federal Bank

Dr. Judy Beck

School of Education, USC-Aiken

Lee Dane
American Association of University Women

Candice Dermody

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Josue Garcia

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Ellen Hansmann

Savannah River Remediation

Wendy Hirsch

Aiken Symphony Orchestra

Susan Pennock

Community Volunteer

Chip Retson

Managing Mediator ADRbiz LLC

Will Williams

Economic Development Partnership

Ex-officio Members

Levi Greene

ACPSD School Board Chair

Dr. Sean Alford

ACPSD Superintendent

Our Vision

Our Board

PEP is led by a volunteer Board of Directors.   The members are drawn from the community, provide diverse representation, and share a deep commitment to public education.
To focus the resources of our community for high quality public education.
To actively engage all segments of the community to positively impact our students and school system.

Our Guiding Principles

To demonstrate ethical, fiscal stewardship in order to 
  • Mobilize community support
  • Build mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Impact student success while valuing our diverse population
  • Value the goals of the school district as well as the needs of the community

Nikasha Dicks

Aiken Technical College

Elizabeth Supan

Aiken County Public Schools

Public Education Partners (PEP) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by business leaders who recognized that Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD) could not address the needs of students without community support.  Since its inception, PEP has  mobilized community resources through partnerships to support K-12 programming in literacy, math and science, arts and humanities, and workforce preparation. 


Rosalyn Greene
Past ACPSD Teacher of the Year

Linda Strogan

Retired ACPSD Educator

Machela Knox
SRP Credit Union

Allison Brinkley, Vice-Chair

Aiken Regional Hospital, Aurora Pavilion