A long-time ECCO volunteer, supporter, and former Board member, Stephanie Kelley has more than twenty years of experience working in higher education, demonstrated success in organizational leadership, a strong portfolio of consulting projects, and a lifelong dedication to community service. Kelley joined the ECCO staff on March 6, 2017.
She holds a master’s degree in counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. Raised in Pennsylvania just outside Harrisburg, Stephanie Kelley is the oldest of three children. Her career in higher education began at Ursinus College where she specialized in student life. Kelley later worked at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, until she was called back to Ursinus as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life. In 2003, Kelley moved to South Carolina to work for Columbia College in a similar capacity, and shortly thereafter was promoted to Dean of Students, a position she held for six years.
After moving to the Charleston area in 2011, Kelley was eager to start giving back in her new community and immediately joined ECCO as a volunteer. She was first involved with the women’s empowerment series at ECCO and worked with Getting Ahead program participants and graduates. Kelley then served on the Development Committee and has since remained an active fundraising force and community advocate for the organization. In her role as ECCO’s Executive Director, she is most excited about building and developing relationships with all of the organization’s stakeholders – the staff, the volunteers, the clients, the donors and various community partners – who make it possible for ECCO to make a difference in so many lives.
Stephanie is a member of Christ Our King Catholic Church and lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Hoyt. They enjoy traveling, attending baseball games, and spending time on the water.