Honors FYE Team

Faculty and Staff Leaders

Dr. Brooke Falk Permenter
Faculty Fellow and Director of Student Engagement


Welcome to the College of Charleston Honors College!  As an alumna, I can assure you of one thing: you made the right choice.  I received my B.A. in Art History from the College of Charleston Honors College in 2006, and then I completed my PhD at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. My research focuses primarily on late medieval religious conflict as it is represented in fifteenth-century manuscripts and printed books, but my true passion is using art history to teach students how to understand the world and its history through vision. I teach “Beyond George Street” with Professor Landis; Foundation, Colloquia, and Advanced Studies courses in the Honors College, and I also advise students and organize lots of events for our Honors community. The Honors College has been a hugely rewarding part of my life, and I think it is the perfect place to spend my days – working, learning, and growing with all of you!



Prof. Cristina Landis
Assistant Director of Student Success


This year marks the beginning of my 23rd year here at CofC…so as you surmise I really enjoy the opportunity to work with our fantastic students and witness their triumphs.   I received my undergraduate degree from St. Louis University in History, Art History and Theatre then completed my M.F.A. in Acting at The Ohio State University.   I am a professional actor, director and movement coach primarily working as a Core company member with PURE Theatre here in Charleston, sometimes making my college-aged daughter and my teen son help paint sets and build props for our upcoming productions.  My research focuses on Historical Dance and Etiquette from the late Middle Ages up to the 1930’s.  I teach Foundation, Colloquia and Advanced Topics classes in Honors and collaborate with Associate Dean Ganaway on Honors Academic Advising.   This Fall I’m privileged to be joining Professor Permenter in the “Beyond George Street” classes.



Prof. Sydney Conrad
Assistant Director of Student Engagement


I am excited to join the Honors FYE team! I am a community educator with a passion for serving others, and I’m looking forward to supporting you in your community engagement work this year! For the last 15 years I have worked with nonprofits in South Carolina, New York and Virginia to improve the health and wellness of individuals and our community.  

I have called Charleston home since 2014. I have two young daughters, Beatrice and Cleo, and an old but young-at-heart pup, Sherman. In my free time I enjoy running, soccer, yoga, painting and time at the beach with my family.




Ms. Payton Caldwell
Honors FYE Graduate Assistant and MA Candidate in English


Hi! My name is Payton Caldwell, and I am from Huntington, West Virginia. I recently graduated from Marshall University with two undergraduate degrees in History and English, and I am about to begin my first year as an English MA student at the College. During my time here I will also be working as a GA for the Honors College. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy playing/watching sports, working out, reading, spending time on the beach, and traveling.  I am so excited for this semester to start and to meet everyone!






Dr. Elizabeth Meyer-Bernstein
Dean of the Honors College, Interim Dean of the School of the Arts, and Associate Professor of Biology

I am the Dean of the Honors College, an Associate Professor in Biology, and a faculty member in the Neuroscience Program. I have been at the College of Charleston for 19 years as a faculty member in the Department of Biology and previously served as the Associate Dean of Honors and the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for six years. I am also a CofC parent as my daughter just graduated from the College in May 2023.  I enjoy outdoor pursuits such as boating, gardening and relaxing with my family.






Dr. Bryan Ganaway
Associate Dean and Director of Academic Advising for the Honors College, Director of the International Scholars Program

I received my Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Illinois in 2003.  I publish on Modern Germany and the world wars. I teach several colloquia in the Honors College and upper-level classes for History and International Studies. My two daughters keep me young and hopeful, but they seem to have the unfortunate side effect of making me go bald at an exponentially increasing rate.






Dr. Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich
Director of Nationally Competitive Awards and Instructor in English


I received my PhD in English from the University of Kentucky. My literary research focuses on race, gender and rights movements as depicted in nineteenth-century literature by women and Native Americans. I also dedicate a significant amount of time to researching and publishing on service learning and how to create courses that help students become effective writers and engaged citizens. At the College of Charleston, I put these research interests to work as an Honors Faculty Fellow and Senior Instructor in the English department as well as the Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. I teach Honors Academic Writing as well as a number of literature courses. I spend my free time training and riding my horse Olivia or enjoying the sun and sand at Folly Beach.





Professor Lancie Affonso

Director of the Honors Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community and Senior Instructor in the Department of Management and Marketing and Computer Science


Welcome to CofC!

I am passionate about mentoring and providing or promoting high impact experiential learning opportunities for students in my courses and in the Honors ELLC-STEAM Living Learning Community.  I have been teaching business and computer science at the College of Charleston since 2001. I am from Tanzania and completed my undergraduate and graduate studies at the CofC and now serve on our Alumni Association board to connect our students to internship opportunities with our graduates. For fun, I try to keep up with the activities of our two teenage daughters who will tell you that my hobbies include taking a siesta after cycling, hiking, camping, or trying to stay afloat in the ocean.




Peer Leaders

Peer Facilitators

Tuesdays at 9:25

Emma Saunders 

Hey y’all! My name is Emma Saunders, and I’m from Spartanburg, SC. I’m majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Neuroscience with the goal to become a pediatric surgeon. In my free time, I love going to the beach, weightlifting, and building legos. I spend a lot of time outside hiking, swimming in the ocean, and just enjoying nature. I’m thrilled to begin this semester, and I cannot wait to meet you!


Section 01 – Berry 104






Ally Evans

Hi! My name is Ally Evans, and I am a sophomore at CofC. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I plan to major in accounting. I love to go to the beach, exercise, swim, read, and listen to music. I am so excited to meet you all this year!

Section 02 – Berry 103






Tuesdays at 10:50

Lily Tyler

Hi everyone! My name is Lily Tyler, and I’m from Raleigh, NC. I’m majoring in English with a concentration in Literature and Film and minoring in Arts Management. Outside of class, I am involved with the Alliance for Planet Earth, because I’m passionate about our environment and sustainability. In my free time, I love reading, going to the beach, doing something crafty or watching Marvel movies! I’m very excited to meet you all and can’t wait for a great semester!

Section 06 – Berry 103






Ben Moore

Hi! My name is Ben Moore, and I’m from Fort Mill, SC. I’m a sophomore studying Secondary Education and English with a minor in History. After graduation, I plan on earning my master’s degree in education and teaching high school English. I’m a part of the CofC Film Club and the Chrestomathic Literary Society and plan on working with Miscellany this year. Outside of school, I love going to concerts and listening to music. I also love exploring Charleston and eating seafood. I’m very excited for this upcoming semester!


Section 05 – Berry 104






Tuesdays at 12:15

Emma Langan 

Hi everyone! My name is Emma Langan and I am from Fort Mill, South Carolina. I am a senior at the College majoring in public health with a minor in medical humanities! My goal is to get my master’s degree in speech language pathology after graduation. Aside from being a peer facilitator, I am a preschool teacher and a summer camp counselor at my local YMCA! I’ve also worked on a few research projects at the College dealing with park policy, quality, and equity. When I’m not in class, I love to go to the beach, work out with my friends, and read a good book! I’m looking forward to having a great time with y’all!


Section 9 – Berry 104





Ashley Grant

Hello everyone! I am Ashley and I am a sophomore majoring in Geology and minoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies in the Honors College. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, and generally just spending time outdoors. I am excited to be a part of the Honors FYE team and to meet all the BGS students on campus this fall.


Section 10 – Berry 103




Tuesdays at 1:40


Maggie Harkins 

Hi! My name is Maggie Harkins, and I’m from Salisbury, Maryland. I’m a junior majoring in public health and minoring in sociology. On campus, I’m involved with Friends of MSF, Charleston Miracle, and Alpha Chi Sigma, and I work in the Career Center. I also assist with women’s health research at MUSC. In my free time, I love reading, cooking, and listening to Taylor Swift. I can’t wait to meet all of you!






Molly Rodman

Hi! My name is Molly Rodman, and I am from Natick, MA. I am a sophomore here at the College of Charleston and am majoring in elementary education. I love going to the beach, listening to music, and spending time with friends. I am looking forward to spending the fall semester with you in Beyond George Street and cannot wait to meet you all!






Thursdays at 9:25

Beck Smith 

Hi! My name is Beck Smith, and I’m a senior this year at College of Charleston majoring in Religious
Studies and minoring in Classics. I spend most of my spare time surfing, gardening, baking, and
reading. This will be my third year being a PF, and I’m beyond excited to meet you all this semester!


Section 03 – Berry 104






Maggie Armes

My name is Maggie Armes, and I’m from Beaufort, South Carolina. I’m a sophomore majoring in chemistry and minoring in music. After getting my bachelors degree, I’d like to continue onto pharmacy school and specialize in nuclear pharmacy. I’m treasurer of the AXΣ fraternity and also in our school’s fencing club. Some of my hobbies include drawing, reading, horseback riding, and surfing. I’m super excited for my first semester as an Honors college employee!


Section 04 – Berry 103





Thursdays at 10:50

Amelia Kitchens

Hi y’all!  My name is Amelia Kitchens, and I’m a sophomore from Charleston, SC. I am majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Geology. I love riding my bike, playing guitar, and listening to Harry Styles. I never pass up a chance to dress up crazy and make a fool of myself. I cannot wait to meet all of y’all, and I hope that we can have a fantastic semester together!


Section 07 – Berry 104






Kerryann Krueger

Hey everyone! My name is Kerryann Krueger, and I’m from Cape Cod, MA. I am a sophomore here at the College, and I am majoring in public health with a minor in healthcare and medical services management. In my free time I like going to the beach, finding new coffee shops, and walking around the city! I am so excited to be a part of the honors team and can’t wait to meet you guys!


Section 08 – Berry 103





Thursdays at 12:15

Tita Curtin

Howdy! My name is Tita Curtin and I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m a Senior majoring in public health and minoring in biology. I’m also on the Equestrian Team!! When I’m not in class or on a horse, you might find me at Folly surfing (or at least trying to), camped out at a coffee shop, researching chemical exposure in bottlenose dolphins, or taking hot girl walks around the peninsula. I can’t wait to get to know you all!


Section 11 – Berry 104






Thursdays at 1:40

Abby Ryan

Hi! My name is Abby Ryan, and I’m from Chantilly, Virginia. I am a junior pre-MD student double majoring in biochemistry and Spanish. Outside of class, I conduct research and volunteer at MUSC and am a member of Friends of MSF, Alpha Chi Sigma, and the Spanish Club. In my free time I love to be either outdoors, running in Hampton park, or in the kitchen trying new recipes. I’m excited to meet you all and am looking forward to a great semester!


Section 14 – Berry 104







McKenna Ronchetto

Hey! I’m McKenna Ronchetto, and I’m a sophomore at CofC. I’m double majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management and International Business with a minor in Spanish. I currently work as a Reservations Agent at The Charleston Place in addition to being a Peer Facilitator! I love to play guitar and sing at my church on weekends. I’m a huge Harry Styles fan, addicted to traveling, and watch way too many TikToks and Reels. Looking forward to a great semester!


Section 15 – Berry 103





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