Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering Services, and Software Development/IT

2015-2017 Advisory Board

Garth Cook BoeingGarth Cook is the Senior Manager of Education Relations for Boeing South Carolina. Developing this position in August 2010, he is responsible for leading the Education Relations team in South Carolina, to include partnering with National Strategy and Engagement; Global Corporate Citizenship; and BSC leadership in managing relationships with education and industry partners in support of strategic workforce planning and development. His 27-year career includes 20 years in the Puget Sound where he primarily worked in Quality Assurance before moving to South Carolina to be Quality Director for Mid-Body fuselage.  Garth holds a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.


Paul Gibson Blackbaud

Paul Gibson is a Distinguished Engineer at Blackbaud, a software company headquartered in Charleston, SC. As a member of Blackbaud’s Global Management Team and Product Architecture Council Paul is responsible for ensuring that the underlying architecture and technical implementation of Blackbaud’s software products, such as The Raiser’s Edge NXT and The Financial Edge NXT, are aligned with and support the business objectives of the company. In life outside of work, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and son who recently started 1st grade. Paul is a native of Charleston and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of Charleston.


Ashley Guinn IngevityAshley Guinn is currently a Corporate Recruiter for Ingevity (formally MWV Specialty Chemicals) and specializes in hiring for the Supply Chain team as well as the US Manufacturing facilities. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College. She really enjoys connecting with talented individuals, understanding their motivations and matching them with opportunities in Ingevity’s bold organization. Lastly, She loves doing anything outdoors from walking, running, biking, boating and live music events with family and friends.


Rich Hooks SPAWARRich Hooks serves as the Human Resources Director at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic leading the delivery of human resources programs and services to over 4000 employees at three major locations on the East Coast and in Europe. His diverse experiences include over 23 years serving in headquarters, field, overseas and regional HR environments leading numerous human capital initiatives. Mr. Hooks has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He served over eight years of active duty service in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and retired from the Naval Reserves. Rich and his wife Angie live in Mt. Pleasant, SC and have one daughter who is married and works as a nurse in Columbia, SC.


Heather Lake BenefitfocusHeather Lake is a Human Resources Operations Manager at Benefitfocus. She has been employed at Benefitfocus since 2011 and graduated from Sweet Briar College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business.



Chris Martin is a Human Resource Manager at IFA-Rotorion. He has worked at IFA-Rotorion for almost three years and is a graduate of the Master of Science in Human Resources Management and Personnel Administration at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.


Marcia Saari is a Human Resources Manager at SAIC. has over thirty years of experience in providing personal support for the Department of Defense (DOD) and commercial environments. She started her career as a Clerk Typist at the Charleston Naval Shipyard in 1982 and held several positions with increasing duties and responsibilities in the personal world. Marcia left civil service in July 1994 and continued her career in personnel for the past 20 years working for local Government Contractors. She is a native Charlestonian and attended Bishop England High School.

Melissa Simpson CumminsMelissa Simpson began working for Cummins Turbo Technologies as a Line Human Resources Generalist in 2014. In this role, Melissa is responsible for supporting human resource activities within the site while partnering with managers and employees to resolve issues and concerns. As a generalist, Melissa has implemented a new performance evaluation process for shop floor employees. One key improvement included improving the evaluation form to evaluate the actual work being performed. This project was the final project in Melissa’s Six Sigma Green Belt certification.


Bryan Stefani AerotekBryan Stefani is a Director of Business Operations for Aerotek, a privately held recruiting firm with more than 230 offices across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is responsible for managing the sales, operations, and strategies for the Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA markets. Currently, Aerotek supports more than 150 customers between the two operations and employs more than 800 contract employees every week. Aerotek focuses on the engineering, construction, manufacturing, professional services, and scientific industries and supports companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500’s. Bryan received his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Cortland with a focus in Sports Management. He recently moved from Fort Mill, SC to Mount Pleasant with his wife and two children.


Jim Thompson ConcentricJim Thompson is the President of Concentric Management Systems, Inc. A Management System expert specializing in automotive manufacturing process improvements, Jim has over 20 years of experience serving domestic and international organizations in their pursuit of excellence. He founded Concentric in 2003 in order to serve the training, consultation and assessment needs of his clients, specializing in ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 and AIAG core tool implementation. In 2008, Jim relocated his business operations to Charleston, SC. Jim is a RABQSA accredited QMS Lead Auditor.


Dick Tiano SCRADick Tiano is a Senior Program Manager at Advanced Technology International. Before joining ATI, Dick worked at SCRA and was responsible for the technical management of programs within the Maritime & Manufacturing Technologies Division related to manufacturing, supply chain solutions, technical data solutions, digital work instructions, and other miscellaneous engineering solutions. He has also taken on responsibilities within the Energy, Security & Software Solutions division working on the DoD Electronic Mall (EMALL) project in a technical capacity and the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) project as the Program Manager.


Healthcare Management and Community Wellness

2016-2018 Advisory Board

David Carroll – Palmetto Primary Care Physicians
Andrea Clements – Roper St. Francis
Rosalie Crouch – Medical University of South Carolina
Vickie Cummings – Trident Health (HCA)
Susan Gallo – Bishop Gadsden Planned Living Community
Taylor Lee – SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Rachel Levkowicz – Medtronic
Christina Muller – Walgreens
Jeff Sweet – Verizon Wireless
Paul Wieters – City of Charleston
Walt Williams – Russell Reynolds Associates (Retired)
Sonya Wyatt – Lowcountry Women’s Specialists
John Vena – Medical University of South Carolina
Katie Zimmerman – Coastal Conservation League

K4-12 Teacher Education and Administrative Leadership

2016-2018 Advisory Board

Darlene Anderson, EdD – Northwood Academy
Gwendolyn Bright, PhD – Dorchester County School District Four
Sandra Leatherwood – Charleston Catholic Diocese
Carmelina Livingston, MS – Lowcountry STEM Collaborative
Jeffrey Moss, PhD – Beaufort County School District

Terri Nichols, PhD – Charleston County School District
Suzi Raiford – Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Sharon Snyder – Berkeley County School District
Elliot Smalley – South Carolina Public Charter School District
Ann Weston, PhD – Ashley Hall
Juliet White, PhD – Colleton County School District
Kenneth Wilson, PhD – Dorchester County School District Two