Dr. Andrews is a community psychologist and professor of social work at the University of South Carolina. She was a founder and former director of USC’s Institute for Families in Society, founding executive director of Sistercare and founding executive director of Prevent Child Abuse-South Carolina. She is the author of several books and co-editor of The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Implementing the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living. She served for eight years on the S.C. Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families and is an active volunteer in faith-based youth development work.
Ms. Bailey is communications director for the S.C. Council on Competitiveness. She previously worked in the aviation industry as a public information specialist for the airport of Austin, Texas; as a marketing consultant for Oregon-based Sixel Consulting Group; and as public relations and government affairs manager for Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Kaela has been recognized as one of Airport Business Magazine's “40 Under 40,” The State’s "20 Under 40" and the S.C. Black Pages’ "40 Under 40.” She is author of a children’s book, Zoey’s First Plane Ride.
Mr. Bolton is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Camden, a public outreach strategist at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and vice president of Bolton Counseling & Consulting, LLC. He spent 32 years as a journalist, starting as a reporter in 1986 with the Columbia Record before moving to The State in 1988. In May 1997, he joined The State’s editorial board, becoming its first African-American member and in January 2000, he was promoted to associate editor, another first for an African-American. In 2011, Bolton published his first book, God Is Grace: Lessons to a Father from a Son.
Gettys is a former college fishing national champion from the University of South Carolina, a two-time College Fishing All-American and FLW Cup Qualifier. his work has been featured in numerous outdoors publications.
Since that time, he has worked with McAlister Communications serving as the Communications Coordinator for the Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society (B.A.S.S.). and serves as communications and policy advisor for Senate President Peeler.
Gettys received his B.A. in Mass Communications with a focus in Advertising and Visual Communications from the University of South Carolina in 2016. He currently serves on the Youth Corps SC board, a nonprofit in Columbia focused on leadership development and with the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board.
Mr. Clayton is Assistant Vice President at Legal & General America where he leads customer and administration services. In 2018, he was named one of “Columbia’s Best & Brightest Under 35” by Columbia Business Monthly. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a Master’s in Organizational Psychology, and previously obtained his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from The College of Charleston.
Mr. Hite is a professional bass fisherman, one of only five anglers to have won both the Bassmaster Classic and the Forrest Wood Cup. He is a two-time B.A.S.S Angler of the Year. Retired from elite competition, he works as a color commentator for Bassmaster on ESPN. Mr. Hite served fulltime in the National Guard for 10 years before becoming a professional angler. In 2019, he was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
Mr. Keith has been president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina since March 1996. He is a founding member and former chair of the S.C. Grantmakers Network and served on the board of the Southeastern Council of Foundations from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Keith was appointed to the S.C. Access to Justice Commission in 2007 for a six-year term. He also serves on the Columbia College board of trustees and the Columbia Free Medical Clinic board. He is a recipient of Clemson University’s Institute for Family and Neighborhood Life Leadership Award.
Susanna H. Krey
Prior to her career in hospital and health care administration, Ms. Krey was a nationally recognized nutrition expert working in clinical research. She has published numerous articles and co-edited two textbooks on nutritional health. Since 1997, Ms. Krey has served on the boards of the Sisters of Charity Foundations of Canton, Cleveland and South Carolina. She also serves on other advisory boards associated with nonprofit work.
Mr. Martin is head coach for the University of South Carolina men's basketball team. Before coming to Columbia in 2012, he was head coach at Kansas State University and a high school math teacher and coach prior to beginning his college coaching career. He has served USA basketball as assistant coach for the Men's U18 National Team training camp and U.S. Men's World University Games team, and head coach of the team representing the U.S. at the Tallinn Cup in Estonia. Active in the community and a sought-after speaker, he’s delivered messages at several Fathers and Families events.
Mr. Mendoza is an attorney with Nexsen Pruet, where he specializes in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law. He is a certified bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law specialist in the state of South Carolina, has received the William E.S. Robinson Public Service Award of the S.C. Bankruptcy Law Association and was selected for The Best Lawyers in America for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Mr. Ozmint is an attorney and consultant. He is former director of the S.C. Department of Corrections and has also served as deputy attorney general and chief prosecutor of the State Grand Jury, general counsel for the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, an assistant solicitor and Naval officer. He has chaired committees for the American Correctional Association and the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He’s been a member the S.C. Sentencing Reform Commission, the Oliver Gospel Mission board and the Columbia police chief search committee.
Mr. Shain is The Post and Courier's Columbia bureau chief where he oversees a reporting team and heads expansion of South Carolina's largest newspaper into Columbia and Myrtle Beach. He has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte and Columbia covering a range of beats including the military, sports, consumer news and politics. Mr. Shain started a weekend backpack food program at his daughter’s school and he volunteers at the Washington Street United Methodist Church soup kitchen.
Walt A. Tobin
Dr. Tobin is president of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Prior to leading that institution, he was interim president and chief executive officer at Denmark Technical College and served as vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. He has also worked as a math instructor, assistant principal, principal and middle school director in public schools throughout the state of South Carolina.
Lori is the Vice President of Corporate Controller and Assistant Treasurer for BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina. Lori is responsible for overseeing the corporate finance, treasury, and tax functions for BlueCross and its subsidiary companies and has served BlueCross for fourteen years. Prior to joining BlueCross, Lori held positions with RBMG Mortgage Bank and Deloitte, LLP. Lori earned a Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Cum Laude, from the University of South Carolina.
Robert is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Charleston, S.C. For more than thirty years with the firm, Robert has represented corporate, institutional, and individual clients in a wide range of litigation matters. A former Editor in Chief of the South Carolina Law Review and clerk to a United States District Court Judge, he has taught Trial Advocacy at two different law schools in South Carolina, founded the firm’s Legal Project Management Task Force, is co-chair of the Consumer and Mechanical Products Liability and Class Action Practice Group as well as the Private Wealth Services Group.
Mr. Harvey is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Global Core Strategies and Consulting (GCSC), LLC. Ron has excelled at influencing organizations strategically, operationally, and tactically and his experience spans academic institutions, training organizations, and communities. Ron also serves on the Executive Committee for the Columbia Chamber and is a board member of several organizations across the Midlands including Midlands Technical College Verteran Board of Advisors and Communities in Schools.
Previous Board Members
Chrissy Dingeldine 2004-2015
Chris Myers 2006-2014
Harold Green 2010-2016
Bill Bradshaw 2012-2016
Omar Shalabi 2012-2014
Judge Bill Byars 2011-2013
Sister Nancy Hendershot, CSA: 2002 - 2011
Clarence Red Hermann: 2005 -2011
Dr. Karry Guillory: 2003-2010
Dr. Andrew Billingsley: 2008 - 2010
Nick LeGrand: 2008 - 2010
Roy Tucker: 2008 -2010
John Boudreaux: 2006 - 2007
Rick Wade: 2002-2006
John Durst: 2013-2018