July 1, 2006
July 12, 2006, Greenville, SC – Liberty Fellowship, the statewide leadership initiative sponsored by Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and the Aspen Institute, today announced the 20 emerging South Carolina leaders who will comprise its Class of 2008.
Hayne Hipp, founder of Liberty Fellowship, says, “With this third class, we now have 60 Fellows in varying stages of the program, and each one is testimony to the superlative caliber of young people throughout South Carolina. It’s not just that they’re talented and accomplished beyond their years. What’s astonishing is the heart and soul they bring to every challenge, relationship or cause they pursue. We are simultaneously inspired by them and proud to have attracted them.”
The class was chosen from more than 100 nominees throughout the state from the business, government and the non-profit sectors, all with the highest of recommendations. “Once again, this year’s nominees are exceptional as individuals, and it’s clear that as a group they will be transcendent,” said Jennie Johnson, executive director of Liberty Fellowship.” All 20 will emerge from Liberty Fellowship with both common and unique experiences that together create a true understanding of real leadership.”
The Class of 2008 includes:
David P. Agnew is Founder and President of Civic Square LLC, a real estate development and consulting firm that specializes in creating innovative public-private partnerships. Previously, Agnew served as Executive Assistant to Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and as a senior management consultant at Price Waterhouse. Agnew now serves as Chair of the Trust for Public Land South Carolina Advisory Council. He graduated in 1990 from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Masters Degree in Public Policy, and in 1988 earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Erskine College. He also attended Oxford University as a Visiting Student and is a 1986 Truman Scholar.
Franklin G. Daniels is the Chief Legal and Strategic Planning Officer of the Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc. in Myrtle Beach. He previously was employed by Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a corporate and tax attorney, the South Carolina Supreme Court as a law clerk intern and Bank of America as a financial analyst for over five years. Daniels is presently on the Board of Trustees of Brookgreen Gardens, the President of the Friends of Brookgreen Gardens and the Treasurer of the Coastal Carolina University, College of Humanities & Fine Arts Board. Daniels is a graduate of Wofford College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance while on academic and athletic scholarships; a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor; and New York University where he received his LL.M. in Taxation.
Timothy Drummond is the Founder of Pindrum Staffing Services, Inc. in Greenville. He sits on the board of The Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as Vice-Chair of Diverse Owned Businesses, and is also a Board member for The Carolina Piedmont Foundation of USC-Upstate, and The Greenville Cultural Exchange Center. Drummond is the Chair for the Carolina High Academy Mentoring Program. He received his MBA from Webster University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Deepal Eliatamby, PE is President of Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc., a Civil Engineering firm in Columbia. He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of SC. Eliatamby is a recipient of the prestigious Edmund Friedman Young Civil Engineer of the Year National Award from the American Society of Engineers, the Young Engineer of the Year award from the SC Society of Professional Engineers, and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the USC’s College of Engineering. Eliatamby currently serves as President of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association, is the Secretary of the USC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors, and serves on the Boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Midlands Technical College Foundation, Columbia’s Opportunity Resource, and Board of Trustees of Engenuity SC.
John C. Few has been a Circuit Court Judge since 2000. He previously worked in private practice in Greenville, and was a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., United States District Judge. Few is a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College, in Reno, NV. In 1996, he received the Edward R. Finch Award for First Place in the American Bar Association’s National Law Day speech contest. He earned a B.A. from Duke University, and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as an Editor on the South Carolina Law Review.
Karen Kanes Floyd is Chief Executive Officer of The Palladian Group, which serves the marketing, development and technology of clients worldwide. She has served as Chair of the Spartanburg County Council, and worked for Flagstar Corporation in several executive positions. From 1992 through 1994 she was Chief Magistrate of the Magistrate Court in Spartanburg County. Prior to that she was a Partner in the law firm of King, Hray and Kanes. Floyd is a Board Member of the Arts Partnership and the Department of Natural Resources, and has served as a Board Member of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Spartanburg Development Council. She earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College.
Laurie Slade Funderburk practices law in Camden. A Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Funderburk is also a Board Member of the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, the SC Food Policy Council, the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic, and the Carolina Cup Racing Association. She has also served as Commissioner for the City of Camden Planning and Zoning Commission. Prior to becoming a sole practitioner, Funderburk was a Partner in the firm of Butcher and Funderburk, PA. While in law school, she served as a Law Clerk for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina Honors College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Frederick D. Gibbs is President and CEO of Banc Capital & Financial Services, Inc., a financial intermediary company that provides commercial real estate loans through a number of bank and non-bank lenders. Prior to launching Banc Capital, Gibbs spent nine years at First South Bank, and became President of First South Financial Services. He currently serves as President Elect of the Wofford College National Alumni Association, as Board Chair for Upstate Workforce Investment and the City of Spartanburg Investment Oversight Committee, and as a Trustee for Wofford College, and the Mary Black Foundation. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics from Wofford College.
Dwayne M. Green is a partner with the law firm of Hampton Green, L.L.C. in Charleston, where he maintains a litigation and business practice. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1995, and his Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University in 1991. He currently serves as the Chair for the State Board of Parole, Probation and Pardons. He also serves as Chair of the Cannon Street YMCA Board and is a member of the Porter-Gaud School and the Historic Charleston Foundation Board of Trustees.
Toya Hampton Green is a partner with the law firm of Hampton Green, L.L.C. in Charleston, which she formed in 2001. Prior to that she was an associate at Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, L.L.C. For the past three years she has served as the Chair of the Charleston Board of Architectural Review. She sits on the Boards of Directors of Trident United Way and Atlantic Bank and Trust. Green received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington.
Jo Watson Hackl is an attorney with Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, P.A., in Greenville. Prior to joining the Wyche firm, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Vance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Hackl has served as a board member of The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, The Community Foundation of Greenville, The Emrys Foundation, and The Legal Services Agency of Western Carolina. She is past president of the Greenville County Bar Association. Hackl received her Juris Doctorate from Yale University Law School, where she was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and her Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College.
D. Garrison (“Gary”) Hill is a resident Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Circuit, which covers Greenville and Pickens counties. Before becoming a Judge, Hill practiced law, first with Hill, Wyatt & Bannister, and later with Hill & Hill L.L.C. Prior to practicing, he was a law clerk to Judge Billy Wilkins, now Chief Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Hill served in the House of Delegates of the South Carolina Bar, and has served on the Boards of the Greenville Literacy Association and the Greenville Mental Health Association. Hill received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College.
Ann Kulze, M.D. worked as a family physician for 14 years before establishing the wellness consulting firm, Just Wellness in Charleston. A nationally recognized expert in her field, she is also a corporate wellness trainer, has been the national spokesperson for Ruby Tuesday’s highly acclaimed SMART EATING Initiative, and is the current nutrition spokesperson for the Healthy South Carolina Challenge. She serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Wellness Councils of America, the Board of Directors for the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, and the Board of Directors for the Center for Women. Kulze holds a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University, and an M. D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Ray Lattimore is the Founder and President and CEO of Marketplace Staffing Services, Inc., in Greenville. Prior to founding Marketplace, he served as a professor and adjunct professor at Greenville Technical College, and also spent 15 years as a business analyst at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He has been a member of the Boards of Directors of Southern Wesleyan University, the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Bon Secures St. Francis Health System and the Alliance for Quality Education. He is Chair of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, and has served as Chair of the Chamber’s Minority Business Development Committee, and as the Chair of the United Negro College Fund Upstate SC Campaign. Lattimore received his A. A. in liberal arts from Spartanburg Methodist College, and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Wesleyan University.
W. Leighton Lord III is an attorney in Columbia and Chair of the Board for Nexsen Pruet. Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, he clerked for the Delaware Chancery Court, and served for three years as staff counsel to the U. S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Lord is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, and served on the South Carolina Venture Capital Authority. He received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University, and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware.
Darryl F. Owings is Superintendent of Spartanburg County School District Six. Prior to becoming Superintendent, he served as a Principal at Dorman High School and Gable Middle School and also taught at Spartanburg High School. Owings sits on the Boards of the Spartanburg County Higher Education Commission, the Spartanburg Regional Board of Visitors, and is past Chair of the Spartanburg County Boys Home. Owings received Doctorate and Masters Degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Newberry College.
Chad Prosser is the Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. After graduating from Rhodes College and earning a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Prosser was appointed to the Presidential Management Intern Program during the administration of President George H. W. Bush. He has also worked for the Atlantic Council of the United States, the U. S. Arms Control & Disarmament Agency, and the U. S. Department of State, both in Washington DC and abroad. Prosser is a Trustee of the Verizon Heritage PGA Golf Tournament, Chair of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness Travel and Tourism Working Group, and a Board Member of the South Carolina Conservation Land Bank and of the Travel Industry Association of America. He is President and CEO of Prosser Realty Company, Inc.
Vincent A. Sheheen is an attorney with Savage, Royall and Sheheen LLP in Camden. Currently a State Senator, he has also served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Sheheen has also been an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Prosecutor for the City of Camden, and a Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. for the U. S. District Court of South Carolina. A member of the Kershaw County Educational Technology Foundation Board and the South Carolina Law School Alumni Board, Sheheen received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University.
Steven B. Singleton is a sports medicine specialist with expertise in shoulder, elbow, knee and foot/ankle reconstructive surgery. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Singleton served his fellowship with the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in 1997. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Dr. Singleton practiced in Fort Worth, TX, where he served as a team physician for several professional organizations, including the Texas Rangers and the U. S. Ski and Snowboard Team.
Darrin Todd Thomas is Vice President of Thomas-McCants Media, Inc., the largest publisher of Black Pages directories in the United States. He currently serves on the Board of the Columbia Boy Scouts of America, Coker College Board of Trustees, Allen University Presidential Advisory Board, SCANA Corporation Advisory Board, and the USC School of Business Partnership Board of Advisors. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Business.
Liberty Fellowship now accepts nominations year-round, with an annual deadline of March 31. “This allows nominators to act immediately should they encounter young leaders with the potential to become significant, principled contributors to South Carolina – which is Liberty Fellowship’s mission,” said Johnson.
For more information, please visit www.libertyfellowshipsc.org.