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Board Of Trustees

We touch the heart of the man. We see great opportunity to help fathers heal broken spirits, practice productive parenting and employment, and embrace healthy living. Diversity of our board, staff, programs, community partnerships, and fatherhood participants is essential to our success. Together, we offer respect and maximize talent, skills, perspectives, resources, energy, and financial supports to transform father's lives and contributions forever.


Arlene Andrews

Dr. Arlene Bowers Andrews, community psychologist and Professor of Social Work at the University of South Carolina, has extensive experience in community-based practice and research, program evaluation, and services systems for families affected by turbulence. At USC she was a founder and former director of the Institute for Families in Society, an interdisciplinary research center that conducts research to enhance families through community partnerships. Prior to her academic career, she was the founding executive director of Sistercare, a multi-county system of services to families affected by intimate partner violence, founding executive director of Prevent Child Abuse-South Carolina, and a board member of multiple community and regional organizations, including the Southern Regional Council. She served for eight years on the South Carolina Joint Legislative Committee on Children and families and is an active volunteer in faith-based youth development work. She has been an expert witness on matters of family history and human behavior in federal and several state courts. Dr. Andrews is co-editor of The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Implementing the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living (Praeger, 1999), co-author with Elizabeth Beck and Sarah Escholz of In the Shadow of Death: Families of Loved Ones Who Face the Death Penalty (Oxford University Press, 2006), and the author of Victimization and Survivor Services (Springer, 1992), Send Me! The Story of Salkehatchie Summer Service (Providence Publishing House, 2006), and several articles and book chapters regarding violence prevention and community systems development. Dr. Andrews is a graduate of Duke University and the University of South Carolina. She is married to Stuart Andrews.

Tim Arnold

Tim Arnold joined the Center for Fathers and Families Board of Trustees in 2012. Tim Arnold is Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer at Colonial Life. In this role he oversees the company’s main operations, risk and customer service areas, including Claims, Underwriting, Policyholder Services, Account Services and Customer Acquisition Services.

Arnold joined Colonial Life from affiliate company Unum US in July 2011, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Integrated Underwriting. During his 25-year career with Unum, he has held positions in Underwriting, Corporate Planning, Client Services, National Accounts Sales, and Benefits and has served in leadership roles in the Chattanooga, Tenn.; Worcester, Mass.; and Portland, Maine offices.

Arnold is a past chair of the Unum United Way Campaign in Portland and served on the Unum United Way Campaign board in Chattanooga. He also served on the boards of The First Tee of Chattanooga, First Things First, the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Inc. and Girls Incorporated. First Things First operates a Fatherhood Program.

Bill Bradshaw

Bill has been a serial entrepreneur , investor, and salesman during his 27 years in business.  His wide range of experience includes coaching college football, owning and operating a retail camera business and managing a chain of Ace Hardware and building supply stores.  In 1990, Bill Co- founded and was President of Professional Management Inc., a financial management and marketing firm for professional athletes.  In five short years, PMI had 55 clients in three different sports including football, baseball and golf.  Bill provided expertise in bringing in and negotiating endorsement contracts, conducting camps and special events, providing administration, financial services and real estate. In 1995 Bill sold his interest. Since then he has been the president of BTC, a sales, marketing and investment company, and is co-founder of FOS Development, a real estate development company.

He is a Graduate of the University of South Carolina where he was a starting quarterback and wide receiver.
 Bill lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife and three children, all of whom are collegiate golfers.  He is an active member of his Church and his community serving on the boards of Palmetto Health Richland, Gray Military Academy, SC Center for Fathers and Families, and Kingdom Building Ministries.

Chrissy Dingeldine

Chrissy Dingeldine has served on the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families since 2004.

Mrs. Dingledine serves as Principal Consultant for Policy Studies, Inc. focusing on improvements and identification of process and system innovations by full service child support offices in service delivery.  Through the evaluation of existing standard operating procedures, as well as limitations inherent in state automated systems, she assists in creating operational efficiencies through the development of complementary technologies.  Mrs. Dingeldine also works to foster community partnerships and enhance outreach by integrating her organization's workforce development experience with child support operations.

From 2001 - 2003, Mrs. Dingeldine assisted in the successful planning, development and implementation of a federally certified child support system for the state of Michigan, where she directed a 240 member division.  She also served as project manager for the Policy and Procedures Assessment of Organizational Assessment Tasks for PSI's evaluation of the State of Connecticut's child support program.  

Prior to joining PSI in 1999, Mrs. Dingeldine served as assistant director for the South Carolina Child Support Enforcement Division where she directly managed new hire reporting, license revocation and program evaluation functions.  In addition to serving on the Board of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, she served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association (ERICSA) from 1996 - 2006, and was awarded the Association's Felix Infausto Award in 2007.  The award is presented annually to an ERICSA member who demonstrated the highest level of outstanding leadership and contribution to the child support community.

John Durst

As President and CEO of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, John Durst brings a wide range of knowledge, experience and expertise to guiding the Association. As a former director of the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Durst headed the cabinet level agency that is widely recognized for its leadership role in promoting and supporting the tourism industry throughout South Carolina.

A graduate of Furman University, Durst is dedicated and passionate about the industry. He has been selected as the recipient of several honors and awards including the Order of the Palmetto, Key to the City of Columbia, Woodrow Wilson Award for Regional Cooperation by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the International Ambassador of the Year by the Central SC Alliance. The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau presented him with the Golden Pineapple Award for his role in leading the rebound of our state’s tourism industry in the aftermath of 9/11.

Durst has a strong network through his involvement in several community organizations. He has served as Chairman of the Board for the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism, a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Executive Committee for the South Carolina Golf Association and as President of the Rotary Club of Columbia.

His wife, Martha, is a retired educator and mother of two grown sons. They have two grandchildren whom they enjoy spoiling at every opportunity, along with spending time relaxing at Edisto Beach.

Harold Green

Harold Green, Jr., joined the Center Board in 2010. He is a Columbia businessman, currently residing in Blythewood with his wife, Andrea, and three daughters. No stranger to community involvement, Mr. Green has participated in various local and national charities.  He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Children's Home and a member of the National Retail Advisory Board at the University of South Carolina's Department of Retailing. Mr. Green served for four years as the career development coordinator for the University of South Carolina Athletics Department, Student Academic Enrichment Center.  Currently, he is a business partner for Pro-Bowl Automotive Group, LLC.

Mr. Green attended the University of South Carolina, where he starred as a running back for the football team.   After college, he played nine NFL seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons.

Kaela Harmon

Kaela Harmon is the Public Relations and Government Affairs Manager for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Kaela graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, with a degree is Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications.  She has 10 years of experience in marketing, public relations and broadcast media.  She specializes in brand management and creative messaging with a focus on helping build relationships between the public, the media and business leaders.  Before joining the airport staff she was the Advancement Coordinator for the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  In that role she was the first African-American to have a leadership position in the organization, as well as the youngest.  From 2007 to 2010 she hosted a talk radio program on WGCV 620am; an opportunity that afforded her the chance to interview the likes of Senators Obama and Clinton during the 2008 campaign season.   She has also served as a contributor to MyMetroTV on WACH Fox 57. She has volunteered for the United Way of the Midlands and the Midlands Reading Consortium for several years.  She also serves as the Service Chair for the Washington and Lee Alumni Association. Kaela is a graduate of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Columbia Program and has been recognized as a Woman of Influence by both the Columbia Regional Business Report and by Southeastern Business Magazine. She has been listed among The State newspaper's "20 Under 40" and the SC Black Pages' list of "40 Under 40."

Thomas C. Keith

Tom Keith is the president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, a position he has held since March of 1996. The Sisters of Charity Foundation, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, has awarded more than $42 million through over 1,400 grants across South Carolina since its inception.

Mr. Keith serves on Winthrop University Foundation and South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families Boards of Trustees. He is a member of Grantmakers in Health and has been an active member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations since 2002, including serving on the board from 2004 to 2010. He is a founding member and former chairman of the South Carolina Grantmakers Network, a group of 40 grantmaking foundations from across the state. Currently, Mr. Keith also serves as an adjunct instructor on leadership and ethics at Winthrop University School of Business.

In 2007, Mr. Keith was appointed to serve on the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. He was inducted into the Winthrop University College of Business Pinnacle Society in 2008 and earned the Clemson University Institute for Family and Neighborhood Life Leadership Award in 2009. In 2004 he received the Healthy Learners "In All Things Charity" award.

With over 30 years experience in non-profit management in five states, Mr. Keith's credentials include a BA in Communications from Marshall University and a MBA from Winthrop University.

Susanna H. Krey

Prior to building an impressive career in hospital and health care administration, Ms. Krey was a nationally recognized nutritional expert working in clinical research and administration in Cleveland and in her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts.  She has published numerous articles and co-edited two textbooks on nutritional health.

Since 1997, Ms. Krey has served on the Boards of the Sisters of Charity Foundations of Canton, Cleveland and South Carolina.  She also serves on several other advisory boards associated with nonprofit work.

A summa cum laude graduate of Simmons College, Ms. Krey holds a master's from Tufts University.  She has completed post-graduate studies in health care, marketing and planning at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, the Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania and Baldwin-Wallace College.

Frank Martin

Frank Martin is the head coach for the University of South Carolina men's basketball team. Martin was previously head coach at Kansas State University for five seasons. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at the collegiate level, and head basketball coach at three high schools in Miami. Martin was named the Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in 2010. Martin owns a 145-92 (.611) overall record as a head coach, entering his eighth season overall, and third season at South Carolina. Since his appointment as head coach of the Gamecocks in March 2012, Martin, 48, has become a fixture in the community. He has spoken at numerous events, including Gamecock Club Fan Fests, Rotary Clubs, coaching clinics, and the Fathers and Families Decades of Dads event, among others. He was also selected as a Court Coach for USA Basketball in June 2012, assisting Florida head coach Billy Donovan with the Men's U18 National Team training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The camp was used to determine the 12-member roster that represented the USA at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in late June. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's World University Games team in 2013. He was head coach of USA East Coast during the summer of 2014, which represented the United States at the Tallinn Cup in Estonia. A native of Miami, Fla., Martin earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Florida International in 1993. He and his wife, Anya, have three children, Brandon, Amalia and Christian.

Rick Mendoza

Rick Mendoza joined the Center for Fathers and Families Board of Trustees in 2010. Mr. Mendoza earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he later served as an adjunct professor.

Mr. Mendoza is a member of Nexsen Pruet LLC law firm specializing in the areas of creditors' rights and bankruptcy law. He is a certified Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialist in the state of South Carolina.  Mr. Mendoza received the William E.S. Robinson Public Service Award of the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association and was selected for The Best Lawyers in America for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law.

Chris Myers

Chris Myers has served on the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families Board since 2002.

Mrs. Myers is a native of Columbia, SC, and is the youngest of Lilla and Herbert "Pete" Hoefer's five children.  After graduating from Sweet Briar College, she embarked on a career in public broadcasting with the South Carolina Educational Television Network.  Fifteen years later, Mrs. Myers changed career direction transitioning into higher education as a development officer.  Today, she is the Senior Director of Development for Principal Gifts for the University of South Carolina.

Mrs. Myers also serves as a Trustee on the Buckley Board of Public Speaking. She is a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church where she is a lector and has served on Parish Council, the 50th Anniversary Campaign, Parish Choir and St. Joseph School Board.  Mrs. Myers is a Lady Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a Catholic Order of Knighthood under the protection of the Holy See.  In 2008, Mrs. Myers was honored by Pope Benedict XVI with the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.

She is married to Dr. James T. Myers, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina and founder of the Center for Asian Studies.  They have four children and reside in Columbia, South Carolina.

Jon Ozmint

Jon Ozmint is an attorney and consultant in private practice focusing on governmental and regulatory affairs, business development, consulting and crisis management at the federal, state and local levels. Jon's practice also includes representation before governmental agencies, professional liability, professional/occupational licensing representation, white collar criminal defense, employment - related issues, and representation before the Board of Parole and Pardons.

Jon is the former director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), former Deputy Attorney General and Chief Prosecutor of the State Grand Jury, former General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, former assistant solicitor and former active duty Naval Officer.

Jon retired as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, after serving as Reserve Legislative Counsel, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Readiness and Logistics. He has served as chairman of the Staff Safety Committee for the American Correctional Association and as Chair of the Legal, Legislative and Policy Committee of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). He led ASCA’s national fight for cell phone interdiction technology and was instrumental in representing ASCA in negotiations on, and public and policy responses to, the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Jon has testified numerous times in the South Carolina State House, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., and in other states across the nation. He has served on various boards and commissions, including the South Carolina Sentencing Reform Commission, the South Carolina Sentencing Reform Oversight Commission, the Oliver Gospel Mission, and the Columbia Police Chief Search Committee. Jon is licensed to practice in South Carolina and Alabama and in federal courts at every level.

In 2011, Jon received the state’s highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, which recognized his achievements and contributions to the state of South Carolina.  Jon teaches an adult Sunday school class at Shandon Baptist Church. He and Luanne have four children.

John C.B. Smith

John C.B. Smith, Jr., is the owner of John C.B. Smith Real Estate and Of Counsel for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. Mr. Smith earned a BA in Mathematics from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA.  And, he received a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1970. From 1970-1974 Mr. Smith served in the United States Army as a Captain of the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Mr. Smith is a former managing partner of Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard Law Firm. He is a former Chairman of the Board for The South Financial Group (TSFG), a 14.4 billion dollar financial services company that owned banks in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. A former Executive Committee member and Chairman of Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Mr. Smith's five years of service as Chairman of the South Carolina Lottery Commission was recognized by the South Carolina House and Senate through passage of a joint resolution. Currently, Mr. Smith serves as Chairman of the University of South Carolina School of Law Partnership Board and is President Emeritus of the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation.

The South Carolina Fatherhood Initiative began and flourished under Mr. Smith's leadership as a member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sisters of Charity Foundation.  Having also having served as chairman of the Board's Program Committee, Mr. Smith championed direct oversight for the Foundation's 1997 launch and implementation of the "Reducing Poverty through Father Engagement" initiative.


 

Previous Board Members

 

Omar Shalabi 2012-2014

Judge Bill Byars 2011-2013

Sister Nancy Hendershot, CSA: 2002 - 2011

Clarence Red Hermann: 2005 -2011

Dr. Karry Guillory: 2003-2010

Dr. Andrew Billingsley: 2008 - 2010

Nick LeGrand: 2008 - 2010

Roy Tucker: 2008 -2010

John Boudreaux: 2006 - 2007

Rick Wade: 2002-2006