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Columbia Museum of Art’s board of trustees adds five new members

From left: Charles L. Aiken, Alicia Barnes, Steven A. McKelvey, Seema Shrivastava-Patel, and C. Philip Toussaint.

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces five new members elected to serve on its board of trustees for the 2020 – 2021 term: Mr. Charles L. Aiken, Mrs. Alicia Barnes, Mr. Steven A. McKelvey, Mrs. Seema Shrivastava-Patel, and Dr. C. Philip Toussaint.

Aiken is a Columbia native and University of South Carolina graduate. Along with his wife Valerie, he owns Health Force, LLC, a post-acute care management company operating in 24 states across the country; Aiken serves as director of business development and recruitment. Before his career in health care, Aiken worked in television news, excelling in such roles as reporter, anchor, and producer for local news affiliates WLTX, WIS, and the nationally syndicated series PM Magazine.

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, and residing in Columbia, Barnes is an evening anchor and reporter for WIS News 10 and host of the program WIS Community Builders. She is a graduate of Clemson University as well as Wayne State University, where she earned her MBA. Prior to joining the WIS News team last year, Barnes served as the primary anchor at ABC Columbia from 2008 to 2018.

McKelvey, also a Columbia native, graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the South Carolina Law Review. A partner at local law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, he has practiced exclusively in the automotive industry for nearly three decades. McKelvey is a member of his firm’s Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Shrivastava-Patel is a Columbia native, Lexington resident, and UofSC graduate with a 20-year career in the convenience industry. She is president of the Carolina Convenience Corporation, which owns and operates S-mart convenience stores, is a fuel distributor in South Carolina, and is a franchisee of Hardee’s. Shrivastava-Patel is also president of the South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores and serves on the boards of several organizations including the South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Born in Clinton, SC, and residing in Columbia, Toussaint is a neurosurgeon practicing at Lexington Medical Center. After graduating from College of Charleston, he earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Toussaint is a major in the United States Army Reserve and a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

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About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop. Overall, more than 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit

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