Robert is originally from Greenville, SC. After graduating from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, he attended Northeastern University School of Law. He then worked in Washington, DC and also obtained a Masters in Advocacy from Georgetown Law Center. In 2000, he moved to Columbia to specialize in death penalty cases. After almost 15 years of practicing law, Robert became a teacher at Dreher High School. At the same time, he co-founded Achieve Columbia, a non-profit group that builds long-lasting and deep relationships with middle school and high school students and their families through a unique combination of group and individualized mentoring, tutoring, resource coordination, and counseling to ensure that each has the opportunity to succeed.
After the 2016-2017 school year, he decided to take on the responsibilities of Achieve Columbia full time as its executive director. In 2018, Robert agreed to become Executive Director of RCPEP and Achieve Columbia became RCPEP’s flagship program.
Caitlin Matthews, Social Worker
Caitlin is a 2014 graduate of Presbyterian College with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She completed a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of South Carolina in 2016. Before working with RCPEP, Caitlin was the Student Services Coordinator for Achieve Columbia. In that role, Caitlin worked with all of our students as a case manager and resource coordinator. She was also responsible for communicating with mentors and teachers, coordinating volunteers, and working with parents to ensure the success of our students. As RCPEP’s full-time social worker, Caitlin’s primary focus will be with the Resiliency Team at Jackson Creek Elementary while she continues to work with our students at Dreher High School. In her free time, Caitlin spends time with her dog Millie and going to PC football games where her fiance, Roland, coaches.