Employee Bios

Les McCall

 

Executive Director

Les@lakehartwellcountry.com

An Oconee County native, Les McCall has a lifelong passion for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties SC. A graduate of Clemson University, he has travelled a bit of the world but found no place more beautiful than Lake Hartwell Country. "The ancient mountains, the wild rivers, historic towns and of course, deep, clearwater lakes...what more could you want?" An outdoorsman at heart, a weekend well spent for Les is outside with the family, hiking, kayaking, or fishing one of the many trout streams in the region. He lives with his wife, children and two dogs in the mountains of Long Creek SC.

Nikki Saylors

Marketing Director/Public Relations Manager

Nikki@lakehartwellcountry.com

Nikki Saylors is the Marketing Director and PR Manager at Lake Hartwell Country. She graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Growing up on a hobby farm in Georgia, her love of the outdoors and animals has stayed with her throughout her life. When not at work, you can probably find her with her animals or out on the water kayaking or boating. Nikki currently resides in Belton with her husband, Kris, and her three Australian Shepherds, Tusox, Pooh Bear and Bailee. She also has eight (very spoiled) chickens that giver her “farm fresh” eggs daily.

Anna Chastain

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Anna@lakehartwellcountry.com

Anna Chastain is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Lake Hartwell Country. She is a Pickens, SC native and loves anything and everything related to the mountains. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 2018 and a Master's degree in PRTM with an emphasis in tourism and public lands in May 2020. Anna loves Clemson football and is a proud Tiger Band alum. When she's not working, you can most likely find her hiking somewhere in the southern Appalachians. Her life long goal is to one day “thru hike” the Appalachian Trail.

Mary-Kate Tilley

Museum Manager & Archivist

mktilley@bgamsc.org

Mary-Kate Tilley is the Museum Manager at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina, a non-profit organization under the umbrella of Lake Hartwell Country. She is a Charleston native and a 2017 Clemson University graduate. Her degree in Public History and a minor in Education fit her career passions perfectly – education and history! Her favorite thing to do is to discover a new waterfall while hiking with her Corgi, Arthur. One big life goal of hers is to visit every museum on the east coast – so far, she has visited half of them.

Jordan Bannister

Spring Jubilee Coordinator

Jordan@crownofthecarolinas.org

Jordan is the Spring Jubilee Coordinator for Lake Hartwell Country, the Director of the Pendleton Historic Foundation, and a tour guide with Clemson University's Historic Properties Department. Originally from Georgia, Jordan has moved all over the country to pursue a career in Museum Administration. She is focused on becoming a community leader in Pendleton and hopes to be a positive example for young women through education and volunteerism.