South Carolina - Midlands C.A.R.E. Conference 2017

  • 11 Mar 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • River Bluff High School 320 Corley Mill Road, Lexington SC 29072


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Keynote Speakers

Morning Session​ -​ ​VAMSHI RUDRAPATI 

Vamshi Rudrapati (affectionately known as Mr. V) serves as Director of Federal Programs for the South Carolina Public Charter School District. Mr. V has also held other positions within the SCPCSD, including managing curriculum, special education, PowerSchool, instructional technology and other leadership responsibilities. Prior to working at the District, he served as a special education coordinator in the Lee County School District. He is currently serving as a board member of the SC Association of Title I Administrators (SCATA). Mr. V’s relentless quest to improve the quality of education for all students has always motivated his work. He has championed the improvement of educational outcomes for low-income students, students with disabilities, students facing homelessness, and English learners throughout his personal and professional career. Mr. V holds Bachelors of Commerce and a Special Education degree. He also received his MBA while living in India. ​ ​(​​)

Afternoon Session​ -​ ​TAMMY BESHERSE 

Ms. Besherse graduated from Ohio Northern University College of Law. For her first four years as a lawyer, she was a public defender. While working as a public defender Tammy represented numerous Latino (Hispanic) clients. While representing them she encountered many of the issues that immigrants face about health care, public benefits, and their rights in general. Tammy currently works for SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center to improve immigrants’ rights in the areas of public benefits, housing, domestic violence, and health care, through policy efforts and legal trainings. She also works with SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the SC Immigrant Victim Network and the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force to assist immigrant crime victims. Tammy routinely conducts trainings for agencies on immigration laws and policies. She co-authored “Ten Biggest Myths About Immigrants and the Law in South Carolina”, which was published in The South Carolina Lawyer November/December 2005. She also co-authored “South Carolina Court Interpreters and the Rules of Professional Conduct”. This article was published in the July 2007 edition of The South Carolina Lawyer. An article she wrote titled “The DREAMers: America’s Undocumented Youth” was published in the Fall edition of the American Bar Association’s Children’s Rights Section. On April 17, 2008, she received the Excellence in Legal Services Award for the Southeast Region by the Mexican American Legal Education and Defense Fund. In March of 2011, she received the Award of Excellence from the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for her advocacy for better domestic violence laws in the state. In May 2012, she received the Outstanding Service to Underserved Victims award from the SC Victim Assistance Network for her role in ensuring better and more comprehensive anti- human trafficking legislation.

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