Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering Services, & Software Development/IT

2021 Advisory Board

Dick Tiano, Advanced Technology International

Dick Tiano – Advanced Technology International (ATI)
Dick Tiano is a Senior Program Manager with Advanced Technology International (ATI) in Summerville, SC. Mr. Tiano has over five decades of manufacturing experience in numerous industry disciplines. For the past 30 years he has been actively involved with many DoD industrial base projects related to the use of technical data as it is evolves from 2D to 3D. Most recently his project involvement has been related to working with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as they prepare for integrated use of the newer technical data formats such as 3D PDF, JT and HTML5 that will be provided by the various DoD services for use in the cataloging, provisioning and sustainment processes. Mr. Tiano also provides technical input for many Office of Naval Research –Manufacturing Technology Program (Navy ManTech) projects executed by the Naval Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Center (NSAM) program, managed by ATI.

Paul Gibson, Blackbaud

Paul Gibson – Blackbaud
Paul is an engineering leader at Blackbaud with over 25 years of experience creating solutions for the Ecosystem of Good. He is a member of the Lead Architecture Team in the RDO division. Paul has worked on every version of Raiser’s Edge from RE 5.0 DOS to Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT. He previously led the engineering team that delivered the Infinity Platform that powers Blackbaud CRM, Blackbaud Altru, ResearchPoint, and portions of our payments solution. Paul is part of the team of architects that is driving Blackbaud SKY to deliver innovative new solutions.

Cindy Bezanson, Boeing

Cindy Bezanson – Boeing
Cindy Bezanson was named IT&DA site leader for Boeing South Carolina in February 2018, in addition to her role as the Director, IT Business Partners for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In her site leader role, Bezanson is responsible for all aspects of IT delivery to Boeing South Carolina and oversight of all local IT resources and facilities. A native of the Puget Sound area, Bezanson moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 2011 with her husband, Brett, and daughter, Katherine. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems with a Minor in Mathematics, in addition to a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree. Bezanson serves as the Boeing Executive Focal to the College of Charleston, building a relationship between The Boeing Company and the college’s faculty, students and the Charleston community.

Jim Thompson – Concentric
James over 25 years of experience serving domestic and international organizations in their pursuit of organizational excellence. James also specializes in leadership development and advanced manufacturing techniques.

In 2003, James founded Concentric in order to advise customers in organizational improvement, process optimization and integrated (concentric) management techniques. Jim has led hundreds of projects in Lean, ISO 9001, Automotive Quality (i.e. IATF & ISO/TS 16949), AIAG Core Tools, AS9100, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 and other organizational excellence (OE) implementation projects. In 2008, Jim relocated the business to Charleston, SC due to demand in cost reduction efforts, particularly in the automotive & aerospace manufacturing sectors. Jim is an Exemplar Global accredited QMS Lead Auditor.

Melissa Simpson – Cummins

Ashley Greaver – Ingevity

Brian Kuney – SCMEP

Rich Hooks – SPAWAR

Victoria Cox – SPAWAR

Ray Bradley – Scientific Research Corps.


Healthcare Management and Community Wellness

2021 Advisory Board

Liz Lohr – BenefitFocus

Sharon Goss – Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments

Janet Lay – Bishop Gadsden Planned Living Community

Katie Zimmerman – Charleston Moves

Paul Wieters – City of Charleston

Betsy La Force, Coastal Conservation League

Betsy La Force – Coastal Conservation League
Betsy is a graduate of the College of Charleston where she earned her B.A in French Language and International Studies. Prior to joining The League, Betsy worked in the composting industry helping to encourage and educate local businesses and institutions on the importance of waste reduction and nutrient recycling. Through her role as an environmental advocate at the Coastal Conservation League, Betsy works to raise awareness around local projects and issues that impact the natural environment and quality of life for South Carolinians. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys cooking, gardening, riding her bike, reading and spending time in nature.

Taylor Lee – DHEC Lowcountry Region

Suzanne Thomas, MUSC

Suzanne Thomas – Medical University of South Carolina
Suzanne Thomas directs MUSC’s continuous quality improvement strategies for its academic mission and champions stewardship and accountability for MUSC as an institute of higher education. The Offices of Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management (including University Admissions, University Financial Aid, and the Registrar) report to her. Together, this team helps the university as a whole and its constituent units make data-informed decisions, develop targeted improvement plans, demonstrate accountability, and determine how to allocate resources to the university’s best advantage.

Rachel Levkowicz, Medtronic

Rachel Levkowicz – Medtronic
Rachel Levkowicz has spent her entire career in healthcare, starting in Health Education in the not-for-profit sector at the National Association For Continence. She then spent over ten years in medical device sales for Medtronic, and has since transitioned to corporate roles at Medtronic in marketing and strategic customer engagement. Rachel is a New Orleans native, has a Bachelors Degree in Biology from College of Charleston in South Carolina, and currently splits her time between Charleston, SC and Michigan.

David Carroll – Palmetto Primary Care Physicians

Kimberly Butler Willis, Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Kimberly Butler Willis – Roper St. Francis
Kimberly Butler Willis is the Director of Community Health at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science; Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior; and a PhD in Public Health all from the University of South Carolina – Columbia. As the Director of Community Health, Kimberly works with a multidisciplinary team of 50+ healthcare professionals to ensure health equity for some of the Charleston’s most vulnerable adults with priority given to rural, uninsured and communities of color. Outside of work, Kimberly remains active in community service initiatives and groups that support health and education. Her professional and academic achievements were recognized by SC Black Pages 20 Under 40 in 2018.

Vickie Cummings – Trident Health (HCA)

Marissa Beck – Walgreens


K4-12 Teacher Education and Administrative Leadership

2021 Advisory Board

Ann Weston, Ph.D. – Ashley Hall

Juliet White, Ph.D. – Beaufort County School District

Sharon Snyder – Berkeley County School District

Patrick Finneran – Charleston Catholic Diocese

Terri Nichols, Ph.D. – Charleston County School District

Tina Wirth – Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Williams – Colleton County School District

Kenneth Wilson, Dorchester School District 2

Kenneth Wilson, Ph.D. – Dorchester County School District 2
Dr. Kenneth Wilson is the Director of Staff Development & Teacher Evaluation for Dorchester School District Two. He has 31 years of educational experience and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics Education, Masters of Education in Administration, Specialist in Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. He has served as an elementary, middle, and high school math teacher, assistant headmaster, preschool director, assistant principal, principal, student placement officer, district test coordinator, and high school director.

Shelissa Bowman – Dorchester County School District 4

David Ramey – Lowcountry STEM Collaborative

Darlene Anderson, Ed.D. – Northwood Academy

Carmelina Livingston, S2TEM Centers SC

Carmelina Livingston – S2TEM Centers SC
Carmelina Livingston joined the S²TEM Centers SC in Charleston, SC in 2013 and is currently a Lead Education Specialist in partnership with the South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS). She serves as an action team leader for the South Carolina Grand Challenges in STEM and is the curator of STEMLinx. She has served as Associate Director for the Lowcountry STEM Collaborative and Director of the Charleston STEM Festival. Carmelina is thrilled to work closely with schools, districts, and business and industry communities in various stages of developing STEM professional learning workshops, and community partner programs and events. Carmelina’s joys in life include her family, friends, and her interest and fascination with cognitive learning, her love for the ocean and the environment, and her disposition to have fun in life!