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Columbia Chamber Announces Leadership Columbia 2014-2015 Class & Advisory Board

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:

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 ServicesNancye 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.

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