Riley Institute announces new Diversity Leaders Initiative class

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Forty-three participants from the Midlands and surrounding areas will begin the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) this spring.

Selected for their leadership and community engagement, the participants join more than 1,700 Riley Fellows statewide. Each new class further extends and enriches the body of DLI alumni equipped to work together to make South Carolina a better place to live and work for all its residents.

“We are encouraged for the future of this state with the addition of each new class of Fellows because of their commitment to positive change and dedicated efforts to see it through,” said Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.

Class members meet over the course of five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants.

DLI is expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president. “DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs. In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead diverse workers, clients and constituents,” said Johnson.

As part of the program, leaders work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects. Participants, who reflect South Carolina’s demographics, and who represent the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors, are chosen by nomination and application.

“In a time of considerable division both nationally and locally, it is increasingly important to work together to find ways to foster a thriving economy and break down barriers that hinder progress,” Gordon said.

The Riley Fellows for Midlands Class 10 are:

Angela Bain

Superintendent

Chester County School District

Chester

Robin Berlinsky

Executive Director

Engaging Creative Minds

Charleston

Marti Bluestein

Attorney

Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC

Columbia

Laura Bordeaux

Manufacturing Department Manager

Michelin North America

Lexington

Steve Brook

Managing Editor

The State Newspaper

Columbia

Dean Byrd

Director of Education

SCETV

Columbia

Wilbur Cave

Director of Special Projects

Allendale County ALIVE Inc.

Columbia

Karen Coltrane

President and CEO

EdVenture

Columbia

Reggie Corley

Managing Attorney

Scott & Corley, P.A.

Columbia

Mike Couick

President and CEO

Electric Cooperatives of SC

Cayce

Terrence Culbreath

Mayor

Town of Johnston

Johnston

Baron Davis

Superintendent Elect

Richland County School District Two

Columbia

Greg Davis

Director of Minority and Small Business Affairs

SC Department of Transportation

Columbia

Luc Debaty

Plant Manager LXT

Michelin North America

Lexington

John Gettys

Attorney

Morton & Gettys, Attorneys at Law

Rock Hill

Gwen Hampton

Director of Leadership Development

South Carolina School Boards Association

Columbia

Karla Hawkins

Deputy Superintendent

SC Department of Education

Columbia

Marcy Hayden

Native American Affairs Coordinator

SC Commission for Minority Affairs

Columbia

Sarah Lynn Hayes

Director of Pre-K Programs at Central and Applied Technology Center

Rock Hill Schools

Rock Hill

Susan Heath

Coordinator of Bishops' Public Education Initiative

The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (for The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops)

Columbia

Andrea Heyward

Pregnancy Assistance Fund Project Coordinator

SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Columbia

April Heyward

Program Manager, SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program

SCRA

Columbia

Lenza Hoose

Public Policy Services Manager

United Way Association of South Carolina

Columbia

Rusty Infinger

Deputy Director of Operations/General Counsel

South Carolina Legal Services

Greenville

Joe Johnson

President and COO

Palmetto GBA, LLC

Columbia

Joel Lourie

President/CEO

Lourie Consulting

Columbia

Amanda Loveday

Senior Project Manager

NP Strategy

Columbia

Cory Manning

Attorney

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Columbia

Greg McGlohorn

General Manager – Construction, Operations, & Maintenance

SCE&G, Gas Operations

Cayce

Mandy Medlock

Executive Director

Justice 360

Columbia

Steve Mitchell

Regional Manager

Fisher Phillips LLP

Columbia

Leah Moody

Attorney

Law Office of Leah B. Moody, LLC

Rock Hill

Ron Rhames

President

Midlands Technical College

Columbia

Matthew Roberts

Member

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Columbia

Debbie Robertson

Chief Partnership Officer

SC First Steps

Columbia

Jeff Schilz

Consultant/Attorney

JS Management Group

Columbia

Michael Seezen

Shareholder/Attorney

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Columbia

Debbie Shurr

Director, HR Strategy

SCANA

Cayce

Rebecca Vance

City Manager

City of Cayce

Cayce

Tim Vaughn

President/COO

Bluechoice HealthPlan of SC

Columbia

Bunnie Ward

Director, Policy Development and Evaluation

SC Education Oversight Committee

Columbia

Craig Witherspoon

Superintendent

Richland County School District One

Columbia

Desé Zuberi

School Development Coach

NewTech Network

Napa

Learn more about the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. Or contact Megan Dodgens, Manager of Diversity Leadership Programs at (864) 294-3253, or megan.dodgens@furman.edu.