Bios

Tim Farrell

An award-winning news producer and technology entrepreneur, Farrell has over 25 years of experience producing theatre, film and television. Tim was Senior Political Producer of the award-winning NY1 “Inside City Hall” live news show in New York City and covered both local and national political leaders. He blends creative vision, technical skills, and strategic insight and is passionate about engaging audiences in the political conversation by realizing stories with depth and integrity. His documentary film work explores socio-political issues and topics that require collaborative, community engagement. His work is featured in public health, mental health and medical education tools that are deployed nationally.  More …

Robyn Hussa Farrell

Co-Founder of whitelephant, Hussa is an award-winning NYC theatre producer and technology entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience producing theatre, events, health education programs and documentary style films that require deep community engagement and collaboration. Hussa received the 2017 Women of Distinction award for Girl Scouts Mainland to Midlands, the 2014 Peace Award from Converse College and 2010 Champion in Women’s Health award from First Lady of Wisconsin, Ms. Sue Ann Thompson. Hussa is a national speaker and presenter at arts, medical and educational conferences around the U.S. and is co-Founder of the award-winning Transport Group Theatre Company in New York City.  More …

Tim and Robyn are responsible for co-Directing the critically acclaimed “Highland Video Village” installation for Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Chapman Cultural Center, and are currently creating documentaries of the Northside Initiative and Way to Wellville projects in Spartanburg. We are responsible for creating and leading the “Innovation Village” projects in Spartanburg, as well as all projects for the Sharpen app – connecting evidence-based health tools to residents and veterans through mobile applications and sophisticated analytics.  We specialize in helping on-profit organizations tell their stories in compelling and engaging ways.  Other clients include, The Mary Black Foundation, Greenville Women’s Giving, VCOM, Angels Charge Ministries, Jasmine Road and many more.   For our work directing the above projects, we received the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the City of Spartanburg, the 2017 InnoVISION Award for Community Service and 2017 Community Impact award from the Upstate Warrior Solution, the 2017 Woman of Distinction Award from The Girl Scouts of South Carolina and were nominated for the 2017 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change. Our leadership were Invited Presenters and Entrepreneur Advisors for the 2017 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship for the Kauffman Foundation, Invited Panelist for the StartME – Spartanburg project for Purposebuilt Annual Conference, and Invited Presenter for the 2017 Southeastern Council for Foundations Annual Meeting in Florida, with Mary Black Foundation.  We are grateful to the more than 30 college interns who work with us to achieve our goals.  Current interns and partners are listed below.

Our Partners and Collaborators

Andy Cooper

Andrew Cooper is the coFounder of Hub City Bees, a robotics company in Spartanburg, SC. Andrew is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in English Writing and Music and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta. Andrew has been writing software since childhood and sold his first commercial program when he was twelve. He has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies in various technology roles.He has won the 'President's Award' from Sony Corp. of America. Andrew is also the former Executive Director of TRIPIL, a large non-profit Center for Independent Living, advocating for the civil rights for people with disabilities. He is a published poet, writer, editor and rescuer of exotic animals.

Brian Painter

Brian is the cofounder of Hub-ology, a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to helping rural problem solvers do more with computing in upstate South Carolina. Brian was born and raised in Spartanburg, and is passionate about ensuring that all youth in the upstate are exposed to computer science. In addition to Hub-ology, Brian volunteers his time teaching AP Computer Science at Oakbrook Prep and previously taught various programming classes at The Iron Yard in downtown Spartanburg. Brian is employed as a Software Engineer at Tindall Corporation, and lives in Spartanburg with his wife and two young daughters.

Hub-Ology

Hub-ology is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to helping rural problem solvers do more with computing. The primary goal of hub-ology is to get good problem solvers living in rural areas excited about computing and to continue developing computer science skills. For more information, please visit: https://hub-ology.org/

Hub City Bees

Hub City Bees is an Upstate robotics company specializing in the research and development of emerging intelligent technologies, including: aerial video acquisition, 3d modeling, live broadcast, search/rescue and other humanitarian machines. They currently specialize in directed and autonomous aircraft systems.

Spartanburg Art Museum

The Spartanburg Art Museum is a regional museum promoting contemporary visual arts by inspiring and engaging people of all ages through exhibitions and education. Executive director, Elizabeth Goddard. For more information, please visit www.spartanburgartmuseum.org/

Elizabeth Freeman, M. A.

Instructor, USC Upstate Owner & Co-founder of TOLD, LLC Specialist - Industrial Organizational Psychology Certification in Hogan Personality Assessment Systems MA Industrial Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University BA in Psychology Clemson University Ms. Freeman teaches courses in Industrial Organizational Psychology, Advanced Organization Behavior, Behavioral Statistics, Special Topics in Service Learning, and Applied Psychology. As a university Instructor, Ms. Freeman strives to increase students’ academic knowledge of psychological principles within the world of work. She provides students the opportunity apply their academic mastery within organizational settings through Service Learning engagements with Upstate SC businesses. Ms. Freeman also is the owner and co-founder of TOLD, LLC a human resource management consultancy. Through TOLD, LLC, Ms. Freeman offers organizations access to the full suite of Hogan Personality Assessments, as well as, the skills to provide customized assessments for organizational clients. Ms. Freeman believes that self-aware individuals build stronger, more resilient competitive businesses. Of particular interest to Ms. Freeman is the development of leadership and managerial skills for entrepreneurs. Ms. Freeman works with individuals at all stages of career development and assists organizations with vision and mission clarification. With experience facilitating positive change across industries, Ms. Freeman believes in continuous goal focused improvement. She strives to build adaptive leaders and managers who proactively respond to competitive organizational pressures.

Our Interns

Mary Holden

Chantel is Assistant Producer on the CONNECT Spartanburg project with White Elephant.  She is a junior at the Scholars Academy at USC Upstate, and plans to pursue a future with medicine. Born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she greatly enjoys working with the community, as she is involved in multiple tutoring programs, is the drum major at Spartanburg High School, and serves as a Youth Ambassador for Connect Spartanburg.

Mary Holden

Mary Margaret Holden is a Junior English major with a Film and Media Studies concentration and a Studio Art Minor at Wofford College. She plans to attend graduate school for Creative Film Producing once graduated in the Spring of 2018. She is a member of the Wofford Gospel Choir, the Chief Panhellenic officer of Kappa Alpha Theta, a Wofford Ambassador, and a member of Wofford Activities Council. She is from Charlottesville, Virginia where she grew up on a small farm riding horses.

Kyle Duane Juell

Kyle is a senior Marketing major at USC Upstate and a captain of the Upstate Men's Soccer Team. Passionate about all things business, he plans to one day run his own firm, with hopes of making a meaningful impact on peoples' lives, very much in line with White Elephant and its various projects and initiatives. Originally from the Charlotte area, he has also been actively involved on Upstate's campus, including working as an Orientation Leader and an intern in the athletics department. Kyle comes from a family of artists and understands in great depth the long-lasting impact the arts have on culture and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with White Elephant!

Elizabeth Leatherman

Elizabeth Leatherman is a freshman at Wofford College. She is pursuing a major in Economics with a minor in Film and Digital Media Studies. She is from Knoxville, TN. She is an aspiring photographer and prefers to use film above all else. She aims to go to law school after graduating from Wofford. She views film as a medium to bring important topics to a mainstream audience.

Steele Smith

Steele Smith is sophomore at Wofford College and White Elephant Enterprises intern. He is currently majoring in both English and French with a minor in Digital Media Arts and Film. He plans to attend graduate school for film directing in order to continue to pursue his passion for documentary film.