Chantel Aguirre

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.


Monica Branch 

Monica Branch is a senior English major with a concentration in Film and Digital Media Studies, African/African American Studies with a Business minor at Wofford College. She wishes to attend graduate school for business marketing, and possibly pursue a career as a social media strategist, or marketing coordinator. She is an Oakland California native, and captain of the Wofford women’s lacrosse team who is passionate about using her literary and visual skills to combat social adversity and provide a voice for those who don’t have one.

Ebonie Carwile

I was born and raised in Laurens, SC, a small rural town 45 minutes away from Spartanburg. I graduated from Laurens District High School in 2011. I went on to attend Greenville Technical College where I graduated with an Associates of Arts in 2015. A year later, I began attending USC Upstate to pursue a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I graduate in May 2018. After college, my goal is to find a marketing job that allows me to travel throughout the country. I enjoy anything that involves creativity such as creating painting, drawing, cooking and writing.


Jamesia Cooper

Greetings! I am Jamesia Cooper. I am 21 years old. I am from Greeleyville, South Carolina. I am a senior at the University of South Carolina Upstate, majoring in experimental psychology with a minor in health communications. Upon graduation in May 2018, I will attend graduate school for counseling with hopes of becoming a forensic counselor for the FBI. I am a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I am also a third-year co-captain for the Upstate Spartans Cheerleading team. When I am not cheerleading, my favorite things to do are eat, shop, travel, and volunteer work.


Gisella Fragoso

Gisella Fragoso is currently a junior at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her major is Psychology with a Spanish minor. She is originally from Bogota Colombia, moved to the United States when she was a baby, and has grown up in different states like Louisiana, Texas, and South Carolina. When she graduates from Upstate, she hopes to move to Florence South Carolina and find a position in human resources. Until then, she hopes to gain experience in the field of human resources through the Sharpen internship.


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.


Landan Baxlee Hydrick

Research Consultant Intern

Mental Fitness, Inc., Sharpen Minds

It is a great excursion to be an intern for Mental Fitness, Inc. and Sharpen Minds through Service Learning. My main focus is helping with the research of the mental health app; this is to help with my research skills and also to help launch the app. Not only do I get to help the community, but I also get to take with me into the world many necessary skills and much needed knowledge. I one day hope to get accepted into a clinical psychology PhD program at a graduate school and become a psychologist because I want to help those who suffer from mental illness. This company is perfect for me because I am being exposed to such unique and remarkable ways to prevent mental illness in the community through mindfulness and resiliency with the use of a smartphone app. I hope to take all of my skills and knowledge I learn through this service to graduate school and then to my residency, so that I may be a very well-rounded psychologist. Not only will I use this experience with my career, but I also will use it to further enhance my interactions with people and apply these skills to the real world.


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 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.




Eleni Ouzts

Eleni Ouzts currently attends Wofford College. She graduated from Rock Hill High school in 2017 with honors and an International Baccalaureate diploma. While she is now majoring in the Humanities, her passions expand far outside the classroom. She loves to create through visual art and writing. She also enjoys spending time outside and in the gym but realizes that fitness is more than physical strength. Eleni’s beliefs are rooted in finding holistic balance between mind, body and soul, for herself and for others.

Tony Pepper

I’m 21 years old from Greenville, South Carolina. I’m in my Junior year at the University of South Carolina Upstate. My major is psychology, with specific interests in the industrial and organizational field. It would be desirable to collaborate with a business and benefit each other by helping each other grow. I’m now an Intern under White Elephant Enterprises under the video production aspect. Some hobbies are working out, playing basketball, and traveling. Excited for the internship opportunity.


Destiny Ray

My name is Destiny Keyuanna Ray and I am from Simpsonville, South Carolina. I am a senior here at the University of South Carolina Upstate. I am an Experimental Psychology major, and I currently work for Rite Aide Pharmacy. I have been a Registered Pharmacy Technician for three years now. I am also a part of the women’s organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated here at Upstate. After college, I plan to move to Charlotte and receive my masters at the University of North Carolina




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.