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.
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 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 companyâs 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.
Warren Bolton is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Black River Road in Camden.
Bolton, who accepted his call into the ministry in 2004, spent nearly 30 years as a journalist at The State newspaper in Columbia. He began his career in 1986 as a reporter with the Columbia Record. In 1988, he joined The State and covered county government for six years. In more than nine years as a reporter, he covered education, police, courts and the Legislature. He served as assistant night news editor as well as an assistant assigning editor over sports, government and community life reporting teams. He became an assigning editor in 1996, supervising reporters covering the environment, health, housing and food.
In April of 1997, he became education editor. A month later, he joined The Stateâs Editorial Board, becoming its first ever African-American member. In January of 2000, he was promoted to Associate Editor, another first for an African-American. In May of 2015, he left The State after 29 1/2 years of service.
Bolton worked as a writer with FEMA as the federal agency assisted South Carolina in recovering from the historic rains and flooding that ravaged the state in October 2015. He now is a Public Outreach Strategist at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. He also serves as vice president of Bolton Counseling & Consulting, LLC, a full-service counseling and consulting firm headed by his wife, Tanya.
Bolton amassed numerous professional and community awards over his career. In 1998, he received the Columbia Urban Leagueâs Lincoln C. Jenkins Jr. award for community service and the Community Service Award from the Midlands Association of Black Journalists. In 2000, 2013 and 2014, he received the top column writing award from the S.C. Press Association. Also in 2000, he received the Ambrose E. Gonzales Award for excellence in journalism, given by The State newspaper. He is the 2008 recipient of the Press Associationâs E.A. Ramsaur Award, given to the top editorial writer in South Carolina. He was selected as one of 12 honorees to be included in the 2010 AT&T South Carolina African American History Calendar.
In 2011, Bolton published his first book, âGod Is Grace: Lessons to a Father from a Son.â
Bolton is the founder and lead teacher of Destiny Bible Study in Columbia, which he established under God's guidance in June of 2014. He and his wife Tanya have led Married Couples Ministries and retreats and helped establish other Couples Ministries in various churches for 15 years. He has volunteered at the Department of Juvenile Justice, the United Way and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. He currently serves on the boards of the S.C. Center for Fathers and Families and the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council. He regularly volunteers as a reader and speaker at schools across the Midlands.
Bolton, a Columbia native and University of South Carolina graduate, is the youngest of 11 children. The Boltons are proud parents of two sons, 11-year-old Alexander and 8-year-old Christopher.
Eric Warren Davis
Bishop Davis is founder and pastor of Word of God Church International in Columbia, SC. He is also leads Word of God ministries in Baltimore, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Mexico. Davis has developed outreach outreach programs and urban ministries to reach troubled youth and address societal ills including drug addiction and gang involvement.
He is the author of âCalled or Carried,â a developmental book for workers and leaders in Christ.
Bishop Davis is a native of Columbia and a graduate of South Carolina State University where he obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He is married to Vanessa L. Davis and the father of three sons, Ezra, Elias, and Emmanuel.
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 stateâs 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.
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."
Davy Hite has spent his career as a successful and popular professional Bass Fisherman. He is one of five anglers to have won both the Bassmaster Classic and the Forrest Wood Cup. He is also a two-time B.A.S.S Angler of the Year. He recently announced his retirement from competing in the Elite Series and instead will join the web-based Bassmaster LIVE as well as the Bassmasters television show which airs on ESPN2 as the color commentator. Upon retirement, he will retain his sponsors which include: Phoenix Boats, Evinrude, Gopher Industrial, Costa, Bass Pro Shops, Hummingbird, Rapala, Storm Lures, Minn Kota, Advance Land and Timber, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, VMC and Buckeye Lures.
Davy resides in Ninety Six, South Carolina with his wife Natalie Smith Hite and their two sons, Peyton and Parker.
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 $64 million through over 2100 grants across South Carolina since its inception. Its current assets exceed $105 million.
Mr. Keith serves on Columbia College Board of Trustees and South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families Board. He 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 45 grantmaking foundations from across the state. He is also a member of the Board of the Columbia Free Medical Clinic.
In 2007, Mr. Keith was appointed to serve on the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission and served for 6 years. 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. In 2016, he received a palmetto state fatherhood award.
With over 40 yearsâ 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 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 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.
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 ASCAâs 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 stateâs 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.
Andy Shain is The Post and Courier's Columbia Bureau Chief where he oversees a four-person Statehouse reporting team from the paper's office on Main Street. He also heads the expansion of South Carolina's largest newspaper into Columbia and Myrtle Beach.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Andy worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte and Columbia where he covered a range of beats including the military, sports, consumer news and politics.
Andy started a weekend backpack food program at his daughterâs elementary school, Meadowfield, that has grown over the years, and he volunteers at the Washington Street United Methodist Church soup cellar.
He lives in Columbia with his wife, Chrysti, who is working with the S.C. Department of Social Services' foster care program, and their daughter, Anna Grace.
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.
Walt A. Tobin
Dr. Tobin is the President of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. He was educated in the public schools of Richland County in South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University with a bachelorâs degree in math teaching and subsequently attained the M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina in Education Administration. He completed post-doctoral study at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.
Prior to accepting the presidency, he served as interim president/chief executive officer at Denmark Technical College and vice president for academic affairs/chief academic officer at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. His previous work experiences included math instructor, assistant principal, principal and middle school director in public schools throughout the state of South Carolina. His career path has reflected his commitment to the advancement of students and faculty in the various educational settings where he served. As an administrator, he stresses improving student achievement, enhancing educational programs and inspiring change in those around him.
He is married to Kim Kim Foster-Tobin and they are the parents of twins, Jack and Bishop.
Previous Board Members
Chrissy Dingeldine 2004-2015
Chris Myers 2006-2014
Harold Green 2016-2016
Bill Bradshaw 2012-2016
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