Office of the Vice President

Joseph Bass


Phone (office): 803-777-5065

Office Hours:
Monday: noon-2 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Friday: noon-4 p.m.

Student Body Vice President Staff

Chief of Staff
Caroline Spadaro

My name is Caroline Spadaro and I am a junior political science and psychology major from Rockville Centre, New York. I ended up all the way in Columbia, South Carolina after following my older brother down here and I’ve never looked back. I’m a member of Pi Beta Phi, where I previously served on executive council, and I am a member of the Carolina Clemson Blood Battle Board as well as Dance Marathon staff. This year, I’ll be serving as the chief of staff to the Office of the Vice President. I got involved in student government at the end of my freshman year serving as historian under Michael Parks. When Dani asked me to get involved in her campaign, I completely believed in her, Ross, and Merritt’s mission and I believe their ideas will do amazing things for the Carolina community. I’m so excited to work with all of senate and the rest of Student Government to make this the best administration yet.

The chief of staff’s primary role is to supervise the Office of the Vice President staff and is the main point of contact for the vice president. Main duties also include oversight of all legislative processes to include the senate calendar and journal for each senate session. For any questions regarding the Office of the Vice President and the Student Senate, please contact

Deputy Chief of Staff
Harrison Lapin

My name is Harrison Lapin and I am a junior pre-med exercise science student whose ultimate goal is to become a pediatric oncologist. Originally born in Atlanta, Georgia, I moved to Columbia, SC when I was two years old and have grown up bleeding garnet and black. This is my first year on Student Government and I am excited to represent the student body and better our community as a whole. In addition to Student Government, I serve on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the Norman Arnold School of Public Health, and am also a part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever have any questions on how to get involved.

The deputy chief of staff is responsible to assist the chief of staff in the completion of weekly tasks in preparation for senate sessions, and manages communication between the student body vice president and senators. The deputy chief of staff actively communicates with senators and committee chairmen through managing weekly committee meeting reports. For questions regarding the Office of the Student Body Vice President and the Student Senate, please contact

Chief Advisor
Mark Bonnoitt

My name is Mark Bonnoitt; I am from Florence, South Carolina. I am currently a sophomore majoring in political science. I am currently serving as president of Kappa Alpha Order. Previously, I served as the historian for my fraternity and handled alumni relations. I am a member of Greek Impact, which serves as a bible study for students in Greek life. I am also a member of USC College Republicans. I have had a love for this university like no other throughout my lifetime. I am the third in my family to attend the University of South Carolina, and I have been exposed to its many opportunities since I was young. I am a devoted fan of South Carolina athletics; there is nothing I enjoy more than being in Williams-Brice Stadium in the fall or sitting on the Bi-Lo Berm at Founders Park on a spring afternoon. I look forward to serving this university that I love so much and working with other leaders to make the University of South Carolina the best college it can be.

The chief advisor oversees the external initiatives and programs of the Office of the Vice President, and maintains active communication between colleges, departments throughout the university, and the Office of the Vice President. The chief advisor manages the direction and progress of the director of external initiatives, director of external affairs, and the director of diversity and inclusion. For questions regarding the Office of the Student Body Vice President and programming, please contact

Press Secretary
Rachel Stein

My name is Rachel Stein and I am a sophomore public relations major with a minor in political science. I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and am a devoted Pittsburgh sports fan. I am very involved with USC Dance Marathon having served on both the morale committee and executive staff. I have previously worked as a runner for the CNN 2016 South Carolina Primary Town Halls and also worked on Jaime Harrison’s campaign for DNC Chair. I am excited to be joining Dani’s Team as press secretary to utilize communication to get more students involved in student government initiatives. I can usually be found on campus with a cup of coffee and a bag full of snacks.

The press secretary is responsible to execute effective communication between the Office of the Vice President, the Student Senate, and the study body through collaboration with Student Government’s Communications Team. The press secretary live-streams senate sessions, assists the Rules Committee in editing legislation, and maintaining complete transparency. For questions regarding communications within the Office of the Vice President and the Student Senate, please contact

Senate Clerk
Madison Stewart

My name is Madison Stewart and I am a senior pre-med student studying public health. I am from a small town called Easley in upstate South Carolina, and my whole family are die-hard Gamecock fans. After graduation, I will attend the USC School of Medicine Greenville and pursue my dream of becoming a doctor! I started serving on Student Government my sophomore year in the 108th Senate as a senator for the College of Public Health and the chair of the academics committee. I loved it so much that I decided to apply to be on the Vice President’s staff after my senate term was over! Now I am honored to be the senate clerk, and I am looking forward to a wonderful term!

The senate clerk is responsible for maintaining attendance, voting records, quorum, and role call votes during senate sessions. The senate clerk is also responsible for transmitting referred legislation and appointments to the appropriate committee, and maintaining status forms of legislation. Please contact the senate clerk with attendance questions or the status of legislation at

Scott Salters

Hey Gamecocks! My name is Scott Salters, and I am an exercise science pre-med major. I am from Greenville SC, so I am not too far from home. If I am not in class, you can catch me at Russell, T-Coop, or somewhere on campus. I was a member of the Freshman Council Multicultural Committee, and really enjoyed being involved on campus and working towards wonderful initiatives.  I am honored to serve as the sergeant-at-arms for the 109th Student Body Senate. Nothing is better than getting to work with the awesome senators in the Senate Chambers. I am super excited to exercise my passion for leadership, and student government this year!

The sergeant-at-arms prepares the Senate Chambers and maintains order during senate sessions. Please contact the sergeant-at-arms with questions regarding parliamentary procedure and conduct of senate sessions at

Directors of External Affairs
Kathleen Ramey

Hello, everyone, my name is Kathleen Ramey! I am an early childhood education major from Los Angeles, California and I am so excited to be the co-director of external affairs for the Office of the Vice President! My role in Student Government this year is to make sure that Student Government and all student organizations have a healthy, working relationship to ensure everyone feels represented. When I’m not in class or the Student Government office, you can find me FaceTiming my dogs. I’m so excited to see what this year has in store! 

Raquelle Bourgeois

I am Raquelle Bourgeois, a chemistry major and biology minor from Bloomington, Minnesota. I am an Alpha Delta Pi here at USC and am in the honors college. Outside of Student Government I am involved in Hall Government, Pre-Dental Club, Circle of Sisterhood, WUSC, am a junior new member coordinator for Alpha Delta Pi as well as a pride leader. I volunteer at both the Ronald McDonald House and Palmetto Place. I am passionate about Student Government at the University of South Carolina because I know this organization will shape me into the person I want to become: responsible, eager, and invested in positive change. Being a director of external affairs is incredibly exciting because of the opportunity it gives me to work closely with influential leaders across our campus. 

The directors of external affairs strives to maintain active communication and programming between the Office of the Vice President and student organizations by scheduling visits with organization leadership and communicating initiatives within the Office of the Vice President. Please contact the directors of external affairs with any questions or comments about organization visits or programming collaboration at or

Director of External Initiatives
Taylor Thomas

Hi! My name is Taylor Thomas, and I’m a freshman from the city of Goose Creek, SC. I am a member of the South Carolina Honors College studying finance with a double minor in health promotion, education and behavior, as well as hospitality retail and tourism management. I am involved with Colleges Against Cancer where I am on the Recruitment Committee, encouraging students and community member to attend Relay for Life and find a cure for cancer. I am also part of Alpha Delta Pi where I have held many leadership and committee positions including the recording secretary. I am passionate about service and education at the University of South Carolina, and I strive to help student government have an impact of the campus like it has on me!

The director of external initiatives is responsible for implementing the external initiatives and programs of the Office of the Student Body Vice President by collaborating with university colleges and departments. Please contact the director of external initiatives with any questions about programming at

Directors of Diversity and Inclusion
Emily Babb

Hi! My name is Emily Babb, and I am a sophomore environmental science major.  I’m from Clover, SC, which is a small town near Charlotte.  I am involved with Green Room Productions, having both acted and done stage work for various performances.  This past year, I served on the Multicultural Affairs committee of Freshman Council. This ignited my passion for Student Government, as I saw the impact I could have on the current study body and the classes to come.  This year, I am serving as the director of diversity and inclusion, a position that will allow me to advocate for different minority groups on campus including racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ students, and student vets. I am excited to serve, as I believe Student Government is an important platform to implement change on campus!

Lyric Swinton

Hello! My name is Lyric Swinton and I am excited to serve as the 2017-2018 Co-Director of Diversity and Inclusion! I am a sophomore Sport & Entertainment Management major with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. I have aspirations of working in marketing and production with a major sporting organization. I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina so this city is my home in every possible way and I love it! I am new to Student Government and was honored when Dani asked me to join her staff. I share her visions and I am devoted to creating and aiding initiatives to celebrate and support minorities and multicultural organizations and populations on campus and in the Columbia area. I am a first-generation college student and a part of the Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP) here at USC. I also serve as an OSP mentor, a Multicultural Assistance Peer Program (M.A.P.P) mentor, as well as a Gamecock Club Athletic Hospitality Ambassador. I look forward to serving you all this school year. Go Cocks!

The directors of diversity and inclusion are responsible for representing minority demographic and special populations on campus, as well as effectively communicating with multicultural and special population university departments. The directors of diversity and inclusion communicate on a regular basis with the executive cabinet, Multicultural Affairs Senate Committee, and student organizations. For questions about diversity and inclusion, please contact and

Director of Programming
Cantey Heath

My name is Cantey Heath. I am a junior, double-majoring in finance and real estate in the Darla Moore School of Business. Born and raised here in Columbia, I come from a long line of Gamecocks. This is my first year in student government and I am excited to be a part of Dani’s team. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Order where I serve as the Historian, handling alumni relations. I am also a proud student member of the My Carolina Alumni Association and the Gamecock Club. I work part-time as co-manager of student assistants in the Office of Alumni Engagement at the Moore School. I am passionate about serving this great University!

The director of programming’s primary role is to supervise the implementation of all programs and initiatives spearheaded through the Office of the Vice President. For any questions regarding the implementation of programs, please contact