CAPS Staff

Gary Vance, Dean

Gary Vance earned his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, a master of business administration  from Winthrop University and a master of science in mechanical systems engineering om Kettering University. Gary's 25-year career has been predominantly in operations management with such companies as Toyota, Rockwell International, Peterbilt and HON. Gary has served in many technical, management and executive roles including manufacturing engineer, quality engineer, production manager, materials manager, operations manager, plant manager, general manager, vice president of production and lean deployment director. Gary has developed a high level of expertise in the fields of Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma. 

Office: Library Lower Level, 38 

Phone: 843-863-7300
Fax: 843-863-7786

Rex Nestor, Assistant Dean
Rex joined the College of Adult and Professional Studies in June 2012 after serving in several positions at Charleston Southern over a course of 25 years, including Director of Admissions Operations, University Registrar and Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to Charleston Southern, Rex managed a branch office for a division of Citizens and Southern Bank (now Bank of America) that offered mortgages and lending services. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from UNC at Chapel Hill and a master of business administration from Charleston Southern. Contact him regarding academic advising and registration.

Office: Library Lower Level, 39 
Phone: 843-863-8007

Fax: 843-863-7786

Katie DePoppe, Program Development Manager

Katie, a native of Charleston, earned a bachelor of arts degree in english and religion from Charleston Southern, and joined the CAPS team in February 2012 after serving on campus as Assistant to the President since 2010. She currently serves as the Program Development Manager, the liaison between Pearson Learning Solutions and Charleston Southern. Her areas of expertise include online development, curriculum development management, publishing, public relations, social media management, writing and editing. Primarily a point-person for faculty, Katie still welcomes student interaction, especially regarding Charleston Southern's online social media.

Office: Library Lower Level, 35 
Phone: 843-863-7767
Fax: 843-863-7786

Tina Stell, Operations Coordinator
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working for the Department of Defense and holding diverse positions throughout the business world, she joined Charleston Southern University in April 2008 and currently serves as the Operations Coordinator for the College of Adult and Professional Studies. Tina holds a bachelor of management arts from Charleston Southern and is currently pursuing a master of arts degree  from Liberty University. She is responsible for daily operations regarding the eCollege platform, CAPS faculty and CAPS departmental operations. 

Office: Library Lower Level, 40 
Phone: 843-863-7065
Fax: 843-863-7786


Rachel Wallace, Recruiting/Admissions Coordinator
Rachel, a native of Charleston, began working for Charleston Southern in 2007. Since 2008, she has held several positions within the College of Adult and Professional Studies and currently serves as the Recruitment/Admissions Coordinator. She earned a bachelor of management arts and a master of business administration from Charleston Southern. Rachel oversees all areas of the undergraduate and graduate admissions process. She is the first line of contact for all new students and many returning students who have worked with her throughout their time here. She teaches Student Success in Online Learning and Christian Worldview, a course that all new BSOM students must take within their first semester. She also serves as the eCollege trainer for adjunct faculty. Contact Rachel if you are a new student who needs assistance with the admission's process or a business/community college interested in having Charleston Southern online at your next wellness or education fair.

Office: Library Lower Level
Phone: 843-863-7785

Fax: 843-863-7786

Tyler McSwain, Recruiter
Tyler, a native of Charleston, earned his degree in Religion/Youth Ministry from Charleston Southern and graduated with Cum Laude Honors. He joined the CAPS team in July 2013  as a Recruitment Counselor after working 4 years in the corporate world. Tyler serves as part of the first line of contact for all potential and new students, guiding them through the admissions process. He works directly with Rachel Wallace to ensure students an easy, pleasurable experience as they become a part of the Charleston Southern family. He loves to develop long-term relationships with students in order to encourage them to seek their life-long dreams and passions through our educational foundation. Do not hesitate to contact Tyler for any questions regarding the CAPS online program. He loves talking to students!

Library Lower Level

Phone: 843-863-7822
Fax: 843-863-7786

Mindy Burns, Financial Aid Counselor
Mindy, originally from Columbus, Ohio, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She joined the Financial Aid team in January 2014 as a Financial Aid Counselor after serving as Admissions Coordinator in Huntersville, North Carolina, for SouthLake Christian Academy. She assists in awarding institutional, state and federal aid to the students of the College of Adult and Professional Studies.

Hunter Reception Center

Phone: 843-863-7050 or 1-800-947-7474
Fax: 843-863-7070