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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:

DanaAustinSouth Carolina Department of Education
BrianaBatemanOffice of United States Senator Tim Scott
DeeBell-WilliamsDr. Dee Unlimited, LLC
FranBoydRenaissance Collegiate Academy
DanielBranhamW.O. Blackstone & Co., Inc.
PaigeBryantFoundry Commercial
PamelaBynoe-ReedThe COMET – Central Midlands Transit
ShawnCaraballoCity Year Columbia
NicCollinsWolseley Industrial Group
KenCorningThe Camp Cole Foundation
ColemanDavisCypress Commercial & Investment Real Estate
HelenDennisExperience Columbia SC
LaurenEckstromOliver Gospel Mission
Mary CothonneauEldridgeHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
AngelaEmersonCourtyard By Marriott – Cayce
KarlinFergusonMUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center
DonnieFetnerHood Construction Co., Inc.
KimFullerCentral Carolina REALTORS® Association
BenjaminGastonMidlands Technical College
MaureenGreweUofSC – Office of the Dean of Students
QuantinaHaggwoodRichland County School District One
ChadHardawayUofSC – Office of Economic Engagement
Jona’HodgesThe Law Firm of Carl B. Grant, P.A.
AprilJacksonPalmetto GBA
CarolineJacksonMcGriff Insurance
JimmyJarvisBlue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
AlexJohnsonCommercial Metals Company
ChandlerJordanSouth Carolina Council on Economic Education
EbonyKellyCity of Columbia
CaseyKemmererBlue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
AllenKendrickVivid Church
SarahLandholtTruist
CaseyLinkColonial Life
SherrylLinkousSouth Carolina Air National Guard
AdrianeMcGillisSSOE|Stevens & Wilkinson
TravisMcNealOliver Gospel Mission
KristinaPalmerColumbia Museum of Art
DavidPorthColonial Life
KirstenPrattSouth Carolina Technical College System
CrawfordPreziosoColliers International
AllisonRappFirst Citizens Bank
ShaylaRileyColdwell Banker Realty – Midtown Office
Bradford “Jack”RobinsonThompson Turner Construction
EricSchelbleUnited Community Bank
LindseyShealyCure Sanfilippo Foundation
KellySimmonsEmpowered To Win Consulting
RhondaSimsKELLER WILLIAMS
LincolnSkallaDiesel Laptops
WalkerSojournerColumbia Development Group, LLC
Richard “Blake”StancilThompson Turner Construction
IsabelSteenUnited Way of the Midlands
La’JessicaStringfellowRobinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
Meg SouthernSymsGarvin Design Group
EricTatumDominion Energy
Jonathon “David”ThompsonSouth Carolina Air National Guard
AdamVanceSound & Images, Inc.
AubreyWallSt. Peter’s Catholic School
CourtneyWatsonFoodShare SC
Lee AnnWatsonSouth Carolina Human Affairs Commission
CliffWeathermanOwen Steel Co.
SarahWestFind Great People
JamesWilliamsSullivan Management
EbonyYoungShifting Solutions Consulting LLC
LesterYoungPath2Redemption
MatthewZackonNelson 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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