September 16, 2021

Leadership Columbia Class of 2022 Announcement

Leadership Columbia, a Columbia Chamber program, presented by BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina, for emerging and existing leaders in the Midlands, is pleased to announce the Leadership Columbia Class of 2022. The 65 individuals will be the 49th graduating class since the program was founded in 1972.

“This year marks our largest Leadership Columbia class to date,” says Columbia Chamber President and CEO, Carl Blackstone. “Champions of their communities, this class is comprised of some of the brightest talent in the Midlands,” continued Blackstone.

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, Leadership Columbia has celebrated more than 2,000 graduates.

Leadership Columbia Class of 2021-2022 Class Roster:

Dana Austin South Carolina Department of Education
Briana Bateman Office of United States Senator Tim Scott
Dee Bell-Williams Dr. Dee Unlimited, LLC
Fran Boyd Renaissance Collegiate Academy
Daniel Branham W.O. Blackstone & Co., Inc.
Paige Bryant Foundry Commercial
Pamela Bynoe-Reed The COMET – Central Midlands Transit
Shawn Caraballo City Year Columbia
Nic Collins Wolseley Industrial Group
Ken Corning The Camp Cole Foundation
Coleman Davis Cypress Commercial & Investment Real Estate
Helen Dennis Experience Columbia SC
Lauren Eckstrom Oliver Gospel Mission
Mary Cothonneau Eldridge Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Angela Emerson Courtyard By Marriott – Cayce
Karlin Ferguson MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center
Donnie Fetner Hood Construction Co., Inc.
Kim Fuller Central Carolina REALTORS® Association
Benjamin Gaston Midlands Technical College
Maureen Grewe UofSC – Office of the Dean of Students
Quantina Haggwood Richland County School District One
Chad Hardaway UofSC – Office of Economic Engagement
Jona’ Hodges The Law Firm of Carl B. Grant, P.A.
April Jackson Palmetto GBA
Caroline Jackson McGriff Insurance
Jimmy Jarvis Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
Alex Johnson Commercial Metals Company
Chandler Jordan South Carolina Council on Economic Education
Ebony Kelly City of Columbia
Casey Kemmerer Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
Allen Kendrick Vivid Church
Sarah Landholt Truist
Casey Link Colonial Life
Sherryl Linkous South Carolina Air National Guard
Adriane McGillis SSOE|Stevens & Wilkinson
Travis McNeal Oliver Gospel Mission
Kristina Palmer Columbia Museum of Art
David Porth Colonial Life
Kirsten Pratt South Carolina Technical College System
Crawford Prezioso Colliers International
Allison Rapp First Citizens Bank
Shayla Riley Coldwell Banker Realty – Midtown Office
Bradford “Jack” Robinson Thompson Turner Construction
Eric Schelble United Community Bank
Lindsey Shealy Cure Sanfilippo Foundation
Kelly Simmons Empowered To Win Consulting
Lincoln Skalla Diesel Laptops
Walker Sojourner Columbia Development Group, LLC
Richard “Blake” Stancil Thompson Turner Construction
Isabel Steen United Way of the Midlands
La’Jessica Stringfellow Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
Meg Southern Syms Garvin Design Group
Eric Tatum Dominion Energy
Jonathon “David” Thompson South Carolina Air National Guard
Adam Vance Sound & Images, Inc.
Aubrey Wall St. Peter’s Catholic School
Courtney Watson FoodShare SC
Lee Ann Watson South Carolina Human Affairs Commission
Cliff Weatherman Owen Steel Co.
Sarah West Find Great People
James Williams Sullivan Management
Ebony Young Shifting Solutions Consulting LLC
Lester Young Path2Redemption
Matthew Zackon Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

“We are extremely excited to introduce the Leadership Columbia Class of 2022,” said Shayla Merritt, Senior Marketing Coordinator at SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson and Leadership Columbia Advisory Board (LCAB) chair. “This year’s class represents a diverse mix of professionals from across the Midlands who are some of the fiercest advocates of our community. We look forward to seeing how each and every member of the class will continue to contribute to the overall growth of the region.”

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 45 years, Leadership Columbia has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with the region’s current and future leaders.

Learn More About Leadership Columbia

Meet the LC Class of 2022

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