Published on August 14th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Columbia Chamber Announces 43rd Class of Leadership Columbia Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Leadership Columbia, a Columbia Chamber program for emerging and existing leaders, is pleased to announce the Leadership Columbia Class of 2015-2016. These 59 individuals will be the 43rd graduating class.

“The Class of 2016 will follow in the footsteps of past graduates who have gone on to make noteworthy contributions to our region,” says Carl Blackstone, President and CEO of the Columbia Chamber, “These individuals were selected based on their desire to make a positive and lasting impact in our community, and Leadership Columbia gives them the tools to accomplish that goal.”

This group will engage in a 10-month curriculum including monthly class day sessions, a retreat, a class project and a variety of enrichment activities around the area. Since its inception in 1973, Leadership Columbia has celebrated more than 1,800 graduates.

Leadership Columbia Class of 2015-2016 includes:

Kevin Allen | Performance Payroll, LLC
Sara Anders | Chernoff Newman
Paul Bryant | Exit Real Estate Consultants
Jessica Cabrera | SC Farm Bureau Federation
Arica Carter | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Melissa Chavis | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Jon Chilton | BB&T
Murray Coleman | United Way of the Midlands
Laura Corder | USC Office of Economic Engagement
Matthew Culler | Bobbitt Design Build
Lucy Dinkins | Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC
Robyn Fisher | Quackenbush Architects + Planners
Bridget Fisher | Sun Solutions
Brian Ford | SC Education Lottery Commission
Susan Forrest | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Kelly Garrick | Special Olympics SC
Garrett Givens | South State Bank
Kevin Glass | First Citizens Bank
Morgan Harrell | SCANA Corporation
Lisa Henry | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Brandon Hulko | Palmetto Health
Joshelyn James | SC Department of Health and Human Services
Ashley Jenkins | City of Columbia
LaKisha Johnson | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Ken Johnson | Colonial Life
Leah Johnson | South Carolina Bar
Claire Jones | SC Education Lottery Commission
Patricia Junqueira | First Community Bank
John Katz | Columbia Professional Baseball
Kristin Lavender | Palmetto Health Foundation
Bonnie Levkoff | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
April Lewis | Community Integrated Management Services, LLC (CIMS)
Clayton Lovelace | Shealy Electrical Wholesalers, Inc.
Brandon Madden | Richland County Government
Jeremy Martin | LRADAC
Tracy McDowell | Verizon Wireless
Paul McGill | BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Verne McGough | McGough Law Firm, P.A.
Kerry McIver | University of South Carolina
John McMillan | TD Bank
Andrea Mensink | Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism
Kristin Morris | Nickelodeon Theatre
Ross Oakley | Thomas and Hutton Engineering
Megan Old | SC Department of Health and Human Services
David Palkovitz | JHS Capital Advisors
David Polen | Colonial Life
Matthew Pollard | First Citizens Bank
Ashley Powell | Richland County Government
Daniel Reynolds | McCarthy Law Firm, LLC
Chloe Rodgers | Flock and Rally
Jessica Sage | Charleston’s Rigging and Marine Hardware Inc DBA Carolina’s Rigging
Laura Self | Elliott Davis Decosimo
Ross Shealy | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Henry Simons | Palmetto Health
Mills Snell | Pendleton Street Advisors
Joshua Speed | Newmark Grubb Wilson Kibler
Joshua Standridge | Chicago Bridge & Iron
William Umbach | Adams and Reese LLP
Melody Williams | BlueCross BlueShield of SC

“The Leadership Columbia Class of 2016 is a profound group of trailblazers; they are an eclectic assembly of diversity, drive, ambition and change. I am elated to have these amazing individuals join the ranks of a legacy,” said Monique McDaniels, Chair of Leadership Columbia Advisory Board, “This year’s class will become a new generation of community change agents.”

The class was chosen from combined application and interview scores, each marked by separate groups of Leadership Columbia Alumni. The selection criteria included civic involvement, leadership potential, diversity of perspective and commitment to the leadership program and the community.

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 Elizabeth Cardell at 803.733.1152.

About the Columbia Chamber
The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, partner-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 partners 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 partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.


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