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Our Board of Directors



Nikki Lindler (Chair)

Nikki studied Elementary Education at Columbia College and loves working with children. She has worked with children of all ages for over five years and is the former Assistant Director of My Amigos. She and her husband are new parents to a baby boy who they hope to enroll in My Amigos when he is ready for preschool. Nikki is an active volunteer at My Amigos as well as her home church, St. David Lutheran where she teaches Sunday School and helps in the nursery.

Millie Schmitt (Treasurer)

Clay Jeffcoat (Secretary)

Clay is a graduate of USC with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA. He serves as the Access Technology and Project Magnify Coordinator in the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Vision Outreach Program. Clay’s administrative duties include the creation, revision and management of all contracts with outside entities for his department. He also currently consults with the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Braille Production Center located at Leath Correctional Facility in Greenwood. In his spare time, Clay enjoys antique radio restoration, helping others with computer related issues and spending time with family. Clay and his wife have a child who graduated from My Amigos. They value the education from My Amigos and other traits taught such as manners and appreciation of other cultures. As a result, their child is very outgoing and willing to associate with all individuals, no matter their ethnicity.

Advisory Committee/Non-Voting Members

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Rocio Zalba, Ph.D. (Former Chair)

Rocio is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Columbia College where she teaches Spanish language, Literature and Culture under the Division of Languages and Literatures. Throughout her career she has become an advocate for the Hispanic community and tirelessly works at promoting the diversity and richness of the Hispanic cultures, both in her classes and in the various cultural and educational events she has organized. A native from Argentina, she received her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Toronto, Canada. Many of her scholarly presentations and publications explore performance and theatre of the southern cone in the twentieth century. Last but not least, she is the proud mother of Tomas and Lucia, her three year old twins.

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