Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering Services, & Software Development/IT
2021 Advisory Board
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 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 the 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 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 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 oversees 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 has 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
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 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 – 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 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 Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and currently splits her time between Charleston, SC, and Michigan.
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 Ph.D. 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 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
Anne Weston is currently the Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director of Ashley Hall, a Charleston-area independent school with a rich 110-year history of educating women. Anne has spent nearly 45 years in the independent school world in various positions as a biology and health teacher, Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students, Intermediate School Director, Upper School Director, Associate Head of School, and interim Head of School. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in science education from Duke University and a master of arts in teaching biology and a doctorate in public health from the University of South Carolina. Anne enjoys being out in nature, and most especially being out on our coastal rivers and harbor. She is privileged to sit on several boards that are related to serving our local educators.
Juliet White, Ph.D. – Beaufort County School District
Sharon Snyder – Berkeley County School District
Sharon Snyder is the Director of Professional Development and School Support for Berkeley County School District. She has served Berkeley County for over 35 years and has a passion for working with children and adult learners. Ms. Snyder received a Bachelor’s of Science from Kent State University, a Master’s Degree from The Citadel in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Charleston Southern University. She has served as a preschool; elementary; middle-level ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies teacher; varying school and district administrative roles; adjunct professor; and SC State Department Curriculum Specialist.
Ms. Snyder is energized by serving others and believes that positive relationship building makes all of the difference in the world. Journeying through life and making someone’s day a little better is her personal “why”.
Patrick Finneran – Charleston Catholic Diocese
Terri Nichols, Ph.D. – Charleston County School District
Barbara Stapleton – Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Barbara Stapleton is the Senior VP of Talent Advancement for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and joined the team in July 2021 after serving as the VP of Business Retention & Talent Initiatives for GO Topeka, a Greater Topeka Partnership organization, and leading the talent relocation program, Choose Topeka. She was previously on staff with the Kansas Board of Regents in Workforce Development as the Associate Director for Career & Technical Education.
Barbara has used her relationship management talents in a breadth of industries, including economic development, higher education, banking, legal, and even transportation & logistics; working for fortune 500 companies, non-profits, small businesses, and state government. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Management from Baker University.
Barbara is a past fellow with the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive’s (ACCE) Fellowship for Education and Talent Development. She also completed cohort IX of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s TPM Academy, part of the Talent Pipeline ManagementTM (TPM) initiative. She previously served as the vice-chair of Kansas’ Local Area II Workforce Development Board, as well as prior service on Washburn University’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board, Emporia State University’s Corporate Advisory Board, and the International Economic Development Council’s Higher Education Advisory Committee.
Jessica Williams – Colleton County School District
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.
Corey Prentiss – Dorchester County School District 4
Corey Prentiss is the Chief Academic Officer for Dorchester School District Four and has served the public schools of South Carolina since 2002. A true practitioner at heart, she passionately served as an elementary and middle school educator for 15 years. During her time in the classroom, she developed expertise as a math, science, and STEAM teacher where she worked to develop and implement high-quality learning experiences rooted in inquiry, discourse, and exploration. Her passion for mathematics instruction and equity for all math students led her to serve as the Math Coordinator for Berkeley County School District from 2017 to 2021. Prentiss leads with a vision for equity and excellence. She imagines a system where all students are empowered to pursue their passions in learning environments driven by curiosity and creativity.
David Ramey – Lowcountry STEM Collaborative
Dr. Spencer Jordan – S.C. Independent School Association (SCISA)
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!
Advisory Board Meeting Minutes
Advanced Manufacturing & IT
12 Aug. 2015
8 Sep. 2015
14 Dec. 2015
8 Feb. 2016
14 Nov. 2016
27 Feb. 2017
14 May 2018
12 Nov. 2018
9 Apr. 2019
1 Oct. 2019
3 Mar. 2020
19 Oct. 2020
19 Apr. 2021
20 Oct. 2021
Healthcare & Community Wellness
24 Feb. 2016
12 May 2016
29 Aug. 2016
2 Nov. 2016
7 Mar. 2017
20 Jun. 2017
15 May 2018
13 Nov. 2018
10 Sep. 2019
29 Jul. 2020
2 Nov. 2020
15 Apr. 2021
1 Sep. 2021