Karen has been the steady force behind the school’s success from the start. A history major at the University of South Carolina, she first impressed Reid Buckley as his children’s high school teacher. He persuaded her to help him launch the school. She’s recruited and trained the school’s faculty, led the Executive Seminar, and designed and facilitated workshops for corporate clients. Early in her career, she naively accepted an assignment in Central America, discovering when she arrived that she’d been hired to provide public speaking training for a dictator. All she’s willing to say about the experience is that she’s happy to have survived it, and since, has been up for any challenge--including becoming The Buckley School's co-director in 2014.
Jenny joined The Buckley School faculty in 2000. In addition to leading public speaking training at company sites around the world, she teaches writing and media workshops, presents at national conferences, and provides presentation skills coaching for executives. She has a long career in writing and producing, with projects that have ranged from field producing TV coverage of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign to writing for The Food Network’s Good Eats. She is a former NBC affiliate marketing director and was editor of skirt! magazine for eight years. Recently, she’s scripted an Emmy-nominated series on World War Two heroes for public television. In 2014, she took on additional responsibilities with The Buckley School and serves with Karen Kalutz as the school’s co-director.
An award-winning speaker, Chakisse is a consultant whose diverse clients include everyone from non-profits and small businesses to global firms like Microsoft and Walmart. She specializes in strategy, sales, and communications and is an in-demand speaker at national conferences. In 2018, Chakisse won her first run for public office and was elected to Richland County Council.
Elise has wide-ranging, in-the-trenches experience in public speaking, facing the media, and managing crisis communication. She is mayor of the South Carolina town of Cayce, a position she’s held since 2008. She’s eager to recruit others to run for office and was asked to give a TED Talk on the subject. A University of South Carolina adjunct faculty, she teaches in the School of Public Health and the Honors College.
Jana joined The Buckley School in 2000, after a career as an attorney and non-profit CEO, roles which developed her skills in public speaking and crisis communication. A former international board member for the Junior League, she’s a popular conference presenter on speech and media relations. She’s also a debate enthusiast and volunteers as a coach with youth debate teams.
Emily's work as an actor, speech coach, theater director and teacher makes her a perfect fit for The Buckley School. While teaching at Conder Arts Integrated School, she built a theater program from the ground up, then went on to coach high school students in writing and delivery for Inspire Speech. An Erskine College graduate, she has appeared on stage in many roles, including our favorite--playing Jo in Little Women.
A veteran television journalist, Jack was a senior reporter in one of the country's most respected newsrooms. He's covered major breaking stories, from hurricanes to political scandals. He's now a sought-after coach and consultant for media training.
A public relations expert, Reba has first-hand experience facing the media. She's been press secretary for a congressman and managed communications for a state association and a public television network.
Pam joined The Buckley School in 2006 and has worked here as a public speaking coach, copy editor for Reid Buckley, and as director of special projects. She has headed the school's Disciplined Thinking seminars and other advanced programs. Pam has also served in the U. S. Army Reserves. Our organizer extraordinaire, she coordinates Executive Seminars.
An award-winning journalist, Kara spent 15 years as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliates in Raleigh, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. Her work has been recognized with the Edward R. Murrow Award, an Emmy, and honors from the Associated Press and the S.C. Broadcasters Association. She specializes in public relations, marketing, crisis communication, and social media.
Though many people recognize her as host of the Food Network's Food Finds, Sandra's work as an award-winning television producer and journalist goes far beyond that single network series. She produced Oprah Winfrey's original talk show and anchored the evening news in Baltimore. The daughter of a diplomat, she's traveled extensively--and has added protocol training for corporate executives to her list of credits.
A writer, editor and publisher, Caroline has been teaching writing and public speaking at the school since 2005. The founder and publisher of the literary journal Short Story, she honed her editing skills, developed a knack for working with emerging writers, and gained experience as a panelist, speaker and moderator at national writing conferences.
An award-winning writer, newspaper editor, and publisher, Glenn developed the media training module for our Executive Seminar and frequently coaches company executives and corporate teams preparing to face the media. Glenn also finds himself answering reporters’ questions and knows what it takes to win over the media: He’s owner of an outdoor adventure company in Acadia, Maine, that has been featured in major newspapers and magazines.
A public affairs consultant based in Washington, D.C., Scott has directed communication for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, worked for the Republican National Committee press office, and managed accounts for a crisis communications firm. Scott has also reported for NPR and United Press International.