Lowcountry leaders become Riley Fellows

Forty leaders from the Lowcountry and surrounding area have completed the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI).

DLI class members are identified through a rigorous process including a nomination, application and interview. Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and communities.

Over the past five months, participants have examined sensitive issues related to diversity and inclusion, explored “blind spots,” and discussed how to suspend assumptions. Each class is expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president.

As part of the program, participants have worked in small, cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through service projects. The projects from this class focus on topics such as teaching water safety to children; inspiring goals in kindergartners from low income neighborhoods through a college tour; providing a “Porch Party Trailer” full of resources to encourage interaction among Charleston neighborhoods; launching a mentoring program between members of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra and students from a Title 1 elementary school; and showcasing future career opportunities to middle school students through forums and onsite field trips.

“We are extremely proud of this class, their work to improve their organizations and communities, and the relationships they have formed from their honest conversations this semester,” said Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.

DLI graduates become Riley Fellows, members of a powerful, cross-sector, statewide leadership network that includes CEOs of corporations, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, non-profit heads, chamber of commerce directors and community leaders.

In addition to the Lowcountry, DLI classes are selected annually in the Upstate and Midlands.

Each class is crafted to reflect the diverse demographics in South Carolina.

The full roster of Riley Fellows is available online at riley.furman.edu. The Riley Fellows of the 13th Lowcountry DLI class are:

Nancy Appel
Director of Development
Coastal Conservation League

Tony Bartelme
Senior Projects Reporter
The Post and Courier

Keith Benjamin
Director, Department of Traffic and Transportation
City of Charleston

David Bennett
Executive Director
Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

Walker Brock
Canongate Capital

Stacy Brown
Director of Operations
Metanoia Community Development Corporation
North Charleston

Chris Bryant
Associate Attorney
Yarborough Applegate

Greg Bulanow
Fire Chief
North Charleston Fire Department
North Charleston

Amy Chase
Vice President, Professional Services

Angelica Colwell
Special Counsel
Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Bill Craver
Shareholder- President/ Manager
Craver Law Firm PA/Crystal Enterprises, LLC

Kate Darby
Chair; Director of Administration
Charleston County School Board; J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Chapels and Crematory

Lee Deas
Grand Imaginator
Obviouslee Marketing

Sara DeWolf
Board Chair
Charleston Hope
Daniel Island

Clifford Fulmore
Board Member; House Call Educator/Consultant
Engaging Creative Minds; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Lucinda Dale Gardner
Mount Pleasant

Chase Glenn
Executive Director
Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA)

Kecia Greenho
Executive Director
Reading Partners South Carolina
North Charleston

Adrian Grimes
External Affairs Manager
Medical University of South Carolina

Natalie Ham
Charleston County School District

Melinda Hamilton
President, League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area

Craig Harris
Lieutenant of Internal Affairs
Mount Pleasant Police Department
Mt. Pleasant

Angel Johnson-Brebner
Executive Vice President
Coastal Community Foundation

Hope Lanier Freeman
Director, Communication & External Affairs
BP America

Ted Legasey
Community Volunteer
CPN, TCCC, Gaillard Performance Center

Glenda Levine
Chief Diversity Officer
Berkeley County School District
Moncks Corner

Ken Lott
Vice President, Human Resource Management
Santee Cooper
Moncks Corner

Lorraine Lutton
President and CEO
Roper St. Francis (Carolinas Healthcare System)

Catherine Main
Executive Director
East Cooper Land Trust
Mount Pleasant

Marc Marchant
Vice President, Principal

Edward McKeIvey
SVP CRA Officer
South State Bank
North Charleston

Jonathan Rauh
Director of Evaluation and Public Policy
Trident United Way
North Charleston

Jennifer Ross
Director of Development
Gibbes Museum of Art

Gable Stubbs
SGA Architecture

Peter Tecklenburg
County Auditor
Charleston County

Mary Tinkler
County Treasurer
Charleston County Government

Sean Tracey
Vice President of Local Area Programs
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
North Charleston

Adrienne Troy-Frazier
Executive Director
Berkeley County First Steps

Thornton White
Logistics Technologies

Jordi Yarborough
SVP, External Affairs
SC Ports Authority

For more information about the Riley Institute and its programs, visit riley.furman.edu. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2PFVRPO.

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