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Riley Institute announces new Upstate DLI Class

riley-institute-logoThe Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative has selected its 18th class of Fellows.

Forty-four leaders from the Upstate have been selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s DLI. They will join more than 1,300 Riley Fellows from across the state.

“Now in its 10th year, DLI and the Riley Fellows have matured into a potent force to help move the state forward,” said Don Gordon, Executive Director of the Riley Institute. “The members of this class, with their extremely varied professional and community interests, will be a strong addition to the body of Fellows.”

Class members meet over the course of five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants.

DLI is facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola Vice President.  “DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs,” Johnson said. In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents.”

As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects.

Chosen by nomination and application, participants reflect South Carolina’s demographics and represent corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors. “The frames of reference and skills that DLI graduates share provide a remarkable platform for working together to help South Carolina compete in the 21st century,” says Gordon.

The Riley Fellows for Upstate Class 18 are:

Dave Andrews

Chief Learning Officer

Michelin North America

Greenville

Scot Baddley

President/CEO

YMCA of Greenville

Greenville

 

Darian Blue

Senior Pastor/ Executive Director

Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church

Greenville

 

Thomas Bonn

Vice President, Information Management Americas

BMW Manufacturing

Greenville

 

Karen Burgess

College Campus President

Brown Mackie College

Greenville

 

Linda Butler

Section Manager, Recruiting

BMW Manufacturing

Greer

 

Frederick Cartwright

Executive Director

Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

Greenville

 

Scott Clark

Chief Financial Officer

Peace Center Foundation

Greenville

 

Charles Crite

Campus Director

Webster University Metro Campus

Greenville

 

Brooke Culclasure

Research Director

The Riley Institute

Greenville

 

Lee Davis

Graduate Coordinator

Clemson University

Greenville

 

Eric Englebardt

Managing Shareholder, Greenville Office

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA

Greenville

 

Delisa English

President/CEO

The Blood Connection

Piedmont

 

Frankie Felder

Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

Clemson

 

Brett Gaffney

Dean of Students

Greenville Technical College

Greenville

 

Troy Hanna

President and CEO

The Spartanburg County Foundation

Spartanburg

 

Charles Harris

Chairman; Owner

Greenville Human Relations Commission; First Domain Properties, LLC

Simpsonville

 

Michael Hildebrand

Special Assistant to the President and CEO

Greenville Health System

Greenville

 

Cauiss Holmes

Activity Manager

Michelin North America

Sandy Springs

 

Kate Kaup

James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science

Furman University

Greenville

 

Victoria Kirby

Director – Corporate and Professional Development

Furman University

Greenville

 

Victor Koelsch

COO

Michelin Americas Truck Tires

Greenville

 

Stephen Kovalcik

Fire Chief

City of Greenville

Greenville

 

Tracy Lamb

Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO

American Services, Inc.

Greenville

 

Reid Lehman

President/CEO

Miracle Hill Ministries

Greenville

 

Heather Lyndon

Department Manager

BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC

Spartanburg

 

Beverly McAdams

Vice President for Presidential Affairs

Anderson University

Anderson

 

Erica McCleskey

BOOST Director

United Way

Greenville

 

Asha McMillian

Staffing Supervisor

MAU Workforce Solutions

Greenville

 

Frank O’Brien

Wealth Market Leader

TD Bank

Greenville

 

Johnna Reed

Vice President, Population Health Management

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Greenville

 

Bobbie Rhodes

Organization Development Consultant-RN

Greenville Health System

Greenville

 

Tracy Richardson

Community Services Manager

Anderson Oconee Pickens Mental Health Center

Anderson

 

Kathy Rivers

Director of Community Development

Spartanburg County

Spartanburg

 

Matt Rollins

Associate Minister

First Baptist Greenville

Greenville

 

Carey Rothschild

Director, AccessHealth Spartanburg

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg

 

Ame Sanders

Director Consumer Experience

Michelin North America

Greenville

 

Christy Thompson

Vice President of Worldwide Marketing

ScanSource, Inc.

Greenville

 

Alonzo Thompson

Chief of Police

City of Spartanburg

Spartanburg

 

Neal Urch

Director of Jail Operations

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Spartanburg

 

Elizabeth Varga

Director of Research & Grants

Greenville Technical College

Greenville

 

Alicia White

Human Resources Manager

Cabela’s Inc.

Greenville

 

James White

Pastor

New Life of Excellence Church

Duncan

 

Dean Woods

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Anderson University

Anderson

 

For more information about the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leadership Initiative, visit this link. Or contact Megan Dodgens, Manager of Diversity Leadership Programs at (864) 294-3253, or megan.dodgens@furman.edu.

 

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Last updated August 5, 2022
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