Influential individuals with a great passion for strengthening South Carolina families comprise our esteemed volunteer board of directors.
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.
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. 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. Cooke has 20 years of managerial experience in account management, market research, and production environments. He’s a graduate of Benedict College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in Management, and Executive Leadership from Stanford University School of Business. He currently serves as the Director of Account Management for Colonial Life as well as a college business instructor at Midlands Technical College for the last 18 years. One of the highlights of his teaching career was being named the 2017 Midlands Technical College Faculty of the Year award. Before his eventful managerial and teaching career started, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps with the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Combat Engineer, where his primary responsibility was receiving and transmitting Intelligence Battalion. Mr. Cooke is a native of Columbia SC. He has been married for 21 years and has raised 4 boys and a girl. His philosophy on fatherhood is based on God, Self, Family and Education. He says, “If you keep those in order as a father you can take care of others, once you take care of yourself.” He loves to spend time with his family, and bonds with them over football.
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.
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.
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.
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. Ratterree is a senior banking executive with more than 30 years of experience. He earned a degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University as well as a BS Degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of South Carolina. In 2021 he relocated to his hometown of Columbia and joined United Bank as senior vice president. The father to two young men, Jay emphasizes being involved and open communication with his children. He believes that “investing in people equals infinite returns” and feels the philosophy helped his sons be successful in their lives and careers. An avid sports fan, Jay coached many of his son’s teams and served as the PA announcer for Furman baseball and women’s basketball.”
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.
Dr. Sumter is double board certified in Family Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree in 2012, completed a Family Medicine residency at USC-Palmetto Health Richland in 2015, and completed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the University of Michigan in 2016. Dr. Sumter is a single father who resides in Columbia, SC. He enjoys exploring nature and parks with his daughter. Dr. Sumter enjoys guiding his daughter through exploring her environment, self-discovery, and learning by doing. His parenting philosophy is that “parenting is similar to gardening; we must always nurture and occasionally prune.” He also loves to cook, particularly seafood. He often hosts dinner parties at his home for his extended family.
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.
Donna Waites is the president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, whose mission is to reduce poverty in South Carolina through action, advocacy, and leadership. Donna began working in the nonprofit sector with the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in 2000 as the first fund development staff person for Healthy Learners. Later, she helped build the Providence Hospitals Development Foundation and served as their Director of Philanthropy. She joined Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina in early 2015. Donna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and her master's degree in Organizational Change Leadership from Columbia College. Donna earned her Certificate in Finance Essentials through Duke University, is a current Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Change Leadership in Philanthropy Fellow, a member of the Blue Ridge Institute for nonprofit leaders, and serves as an elected elder of Downtown Church in Columbia, SC.
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
Tom Keith, 2002-2022