Leadership Columbia (LC), a program for emerging and existing leaders sponsored by the Columbia Chamber, is pleased to announce the Leadership Columbia Class of 2014-2015. This group of 59 will be the 42nd class of the LC program.
They will engage in a 10-month curriculum including monthly class day sessions, a class retreat, a class project and other enrichment activities. Since its inception in 1973, Leadership Columbia has celebrated more than 1,700 graduates.
Leadership Columbia Class of 2014-2015 includes:
Jana Ackerman | URS
Michael Adams | Colonial Life
Eugenia Aldinger | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Zack Alford | Companion Property and Casualty
Lauren Angelo | United Way of the Midlands
DeAnna Bookert | Greater Columbia Community Relations Council
Allie Boykin | InterMedical Hospital of SC, Inc.
Maudra Brown | SC Department of Health and Human Services
Marcurius Bryd | United Way of the Midlands
Annie Caggiano | Richland County Christopher Church | USC School of Law
Patrick Cleary | Bowman and Brooke LLP
Melissa Constante | Colonial Life
Ryal Curtis | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Michael Dover | CertusBank
Christina Emerson | Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC
Emily Farr | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Becky Fowler | South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
Morgan Harrell | SCANA
Janice Holmes | Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
Nikki Hutchison | SC Economics
Tiffany James | The COMET
Adam Jones | Jones McAden & Associates
Justine Jones | Richland County
Brandon Jones | McKay, Cauthen, Settana & Stubley, P.A.
Leah Kosoki | USC – Board of Trustees
Erica Lake | USC – Career Center
Janie Langdale | Collins & Lacy, P.C.
Allison Lee | Advanced Automation Consulting (AAC)
Emilie Lewis | Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
Lasenta Lewis-Ellis | LLE Construction Group, LLC
Brenda Littleton | Intel
Staci Lovelace | South State Bank
Emily Luther | Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Kayla Mallett | Girl Scouts of SC – Mountains to Midlands
Steven Mallett | Total Comfort Solutions
Walton McLeod | Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC
Ashton Mundy | First Palmetto Bank
Joseph Neary | USC – College of Arts & Sciences
Harrison Penn | McCarthy Law Firm, LLC
Maurice Phillips | Wentworth Printing Corporation Shanna Poston | Autism Academy of South Carolina
Kara Powell | The Saluda River Club Brent Reese | JD Shirley LLC
Angela Rewis | Answer Carolina
William Roach | South State Bank
John Roberts | Willhoughby & Hoefer, P.A.
Aaron Roe | Russell & Jeffcoat
Naomi Sargent | Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR)
Sam Scheib | The COMET
Kara Simmons | The Cooperative Ministry
Lana Sims | Adams and Reese LLP
Andrea Smith | Howden North America Necole Stinson | Providence Hospital
Alexis Taylor | Alzheimer’s Association
Sallie Thomas | Midlands Technical College Marcus Tomlinson | Elliott Davis, LLC
Kelly Truesdale | USC – Tminus6 Accelerator Renee Williamson | Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism
Applications were reviewed and rated by a panel of Leadership Columbia alumni; applicants where then interviewed by a separate alumni panel. The class was chosen from the combined scores of the application review and interview. The selection criteria included civic involvement, leadership potential, diversity of perspective and commitment to the leadership program and the community.
Leadership Columbia Announces 2014-2015 Advisory Board
Nick Haigler to Chair Leadership Columbia Advisory Board
Leadership Columbia, a program created and managed by the Columbia Chamber, has announced its 2014-2015 Leadership Columbia Advisory Board. As graduates of the Leadership Columbia program, these select members will serve for a 15-month term.
The Advisory Board will work alongside the Columbia Chamber to provide emerging and existing local leaders with opportunities to enhance their civic knowledge and network while developing the skills necessary to assume leadership roles.
Leadership Columbia 2014-2015 Advisory Board members include:
Chair Nick Haigler I Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
Chair Elect Monique McDaniels I Richland County Council
Advisory Board Members:
Brooke Bailey | SC Department of Health and Human Services Nancye Bailey I Carolina Event Consultants Jenna Bridgers | Above Grade Level
Stephen Creech | BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Nicole Curtis | Bank of America
Dalia Dinkins | American Red Cross
Josh Elliott | LifeHME
Kevin Grindstaff | LRADAC Jason Langdale | First Community Bank Cory Lorick | Nationwide Insurance – The Pitts Team Amanda Loveday | Congressman Jim Clyburn Courtney Melendez | Riggs Partners
Jamie Muldrow Matt Nichols | On Point Strategy Rachel Popkowski | Livingston Insurance Agency, Inc. Scott Powers | Columbia Regional Sports Council Derek Raper I Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Callison Richardson | SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Brazand Robinson-Thomas | Palmetto Health
To learn more about the Leadership Columbia program, visit columbiachamber.com.
About Leadership Columbia Leadership Columbia is an educational program offered through the Columbia Chamber. The 10 month program provides emerging and existing leaders in the Midlands area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For over 40 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders. For more information on Leadership Columbia, visit www.columbiachamber.com or contact Anissa Floyd at 803.733.1123.
About Columbia Chamber
The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its members and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.
To become a member or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.