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There are four levels of exhibitor/sponsor opportunities available to our partners. They are: 1) Exhibitor - $750; 2) Gold Sponsor - $3,500; 3) Red Sponsor - $7,500; 4) Blue Sponsor - $15,000. Click HERE  for a list of advantages for each commitment level.

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2017 Summit Speakers*

James Adams James Adams is the Alternative Program Director for Pickens County. He has also served as the district level Discipline Intervention Specialist the last two years. Before that he was a secondary English teacher for 7 years.

 

Yolande Anderson, SC Department of Education, Office of Family and Community Engagement

 

Erin Beacham

Erin Beacham is the Education Director in the Southeast Region of the Anti-Defamation League.  In this position Erin develops, manages and implements the ADL’s education programs. These education programs include: A World of Difference Institute® the premiere anti-bias trainings for students, counselors, teachers, law enforcement and the community, No Place for Hate® the year-long anti-bullying campaign, as well as Holocaust education.

Erin has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and African American Studies from Guilford College and a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

 

Sue Berkowitz, Appleseed Legal Justice

 

Derek Black, USC School of Law

 

Rabbi Jonathan Case, Beth Shalom

 

Dr. Christine Cristle, University of South Carolina

  

Justus Cox Justus Cox is a 4th grade teacher at Monaview Elementary School in Greenville. While a student in the Education Department at Anderson University he was a part of the Call Me Mister Program. He was one of the leaders of the Call Me Mister summer camp with the group - Silent Victims of Crime - children whose parents are incarcerated.

Justus helped create a panel discussion at Anderson University regarding the recent cases of police brutality against African Americans. He is very proactive when conflict or problems arise in the community - seeking a peaceful and effective solution that works for all involved.

 Justus was homeless at one point in his life, but he has not ever let that be an obstacle for him. Instead, he knows first-hand how tough life can be at times and he works tirelessly to equip children with the qualities needed to accomplish things in life. He sees the good in everyone and just being around him makes others want to be a better person. He is kind and thoughtful, he never commits to anything that he can’t finish.

 He was awarded The Outstanding College Student Award in 2016, the 2016 Upstate Diversity Leadership Award and more recently he received the Emerging Leader Community Award from the United Way of Anderson County African American Leadership Society.

  

Lynn Dingle  Lynn Dingleis the Vice President of Makerting and Communications for United Way of Anderson County. A lifelong resident of Anderson, SC, she graduated from Westside High School then ventured to Columbia, SC to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Benedict College. She is currently the Director of the African American Leadership Council of United Way and serves on the AnMed Health Patient Education Material Committee and the AnMed Health Patient and Family Advisory Council.  She is a graduate of The Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative, Leadership Anderson and the SC State University 1890 Leadership Institute, United Way of Anderson, African American Leadership Society

 

Tom Dobbins

 

Susan Dunn, Legal Director, ACLU of SC

 

Karen Hampton, Asst Principal for Instruction, LexRich5

 

Nelly Jolley, Latino Communications

 

Marc Himes, Center for Fathers and Families

 

Devon Hughes, SC Criminal Justice Academy

 

Tom Hudson, Exec. Director, SC School Improvement Council

  

Sara Kearns  An educator for 35 years, Sara Kearns is Coordinator of Academic Assistance and Professional Development in School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties.  She works with teachers and administrators to create change through professional growth and development.

 

The Very Rev. Gary Linsky, St. Peter' Catholic Church, Columbia, SC

 

Craig Martin, Asst. Superintendent, Reading School District, Reading, MA

  

Gary McFadden

A thirty-five-year veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Garry McFadden is one of the most decorated law enforcement officers in the history of CMPD.  Mr. McFadden spent thirty years as a detective and twenty years in the homicide unit.  Gary has received may accolade and awards including:  Medal of Valor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, the National Society of The Sons of The American Revolution; 2011 Detective of the Year, Optimist International/Queen City Optimist Club; Charlotte Observer, Community Relations Award and recognition; NAACP Ashanti Award – Unsung Hero; 2011 Chief of Police Outstanding Service Award, Distinguished Service Award for Homicide Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1996 and 2011;  Citizen of the Year, City of Charlotte, 2015.

 

Dr. Christina Melton, Chief Instructional Officer, Lexington-Richland School District 5

 

Claire Murray, SC Department of Education, Office of Instructor Effectiveness

 

Joey Nimmer, Administrator, Anderson County Board of Education

 

Dr. Tony Parks, S. C. Baptist E M & C Christian Education

 

Dr. Tammy Pawloski

Tammy Pawloski grew up in the impoverished areas of rural Horry and Allendale counties of South Carolina, and, after earning an undergraduate degree in early childhood education from USC-Aiken, she returned to the region to teach kindergarten, first, fourth and fifth grades. Pawloski earned the Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1988. She currently holds a dual appointment of Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University.  Prior to joining the faculty of FMU in 2000, she served in a similar capacity on the Columbia, Aiken, Salkehatchie, and Beaufort campuses of USC, and at Ventura College and Pepperdine University in Southern California.  In addition to her work with under-resourced students, Dr. Pawloski's research interests include family, school, and community partnerships and best practices in early childhood education.

 

Dr. Sandra Ray, The South Carolina Education Association

 

Chad Raynor  Chad Raynor is currently an assistant principal at Dutch Fork Middle School, as well as the Secondary PBIS Lead for School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties.  He works with teachers and administrators throughout the district to find ways to improve student behavior and minimize suspensions.

 

Alan Richard

Alan Richard is a national education writer and native South Carolinian. Formerly of Education Week, The State newspaper, and the Southern Regional Education Board--and a current contributor to the Hechinger Report--he has chronicled South Carolina's efforts to improve education for 23 years. More than a decade ago, he began a book project on the state's important role in the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and is now returning to that work. A two-time first prize winner of the National Awards for Education Reporting, he also serves as the board chair of the nonprofit Rural School and Community Trust. A Greenville native who grew up in rural Anderson County and graduated from the University of South Carolina, he currently lives in Alexandria, Va.

 

Chaudhry Sadiq Chandry is the President of the Peace and Integration Council of North America (PICNA). Mr. Sadiq, an international businessman by profession, migrated to the US from Middle East over 15 years ago. He headed SC Chapter of one of the largest Islamic organizations, CAIR - Council on American-Islamic Relations for six years and established PICNA - Peace and Integration Council of North America in 2011.  Chaudhry has been a Board Member of Carolina Peace and is an active component of IPSC - Interfaith Partners of SC. He is also President of a large local mosque "Masjid Noor Ul Huda". Chaudhry, whose PASSION is PEACE, has been frequently interviewed by leading media outlets. 

Chaudhry Sadiq writes poetry in his native language focusing on spiritual and human values and two of his books entitled "A Prayer Call in the Desert" and " I am an Ocean" have been published.

 

Ann Marie Taylor

Ann Marie Taylor began her college education studying Criminal Justice at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.  Once she began working with juvenile offenders she realized that many of her young charges were struggling with special education needs. Ann Marie decided to get her master’s degree in special education at Francis Marion University in South Carolina.  She began teaching in 2000 at McLaurin Elementary School in Florence and while she was working at Pine Tree Hill Elementary in Camden she earned the title of 2008 South Carolina Teacher of the Year – the first special educator to ever receive this honor.   

In 2008, Ann Marie became Nationally Board Certified and she also received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of America.  In 2009, she was awarded the Educator Leadership Award from Francis Marion University.  Currently, Ann Marie serves as the Director of Exceptional Children in Edgefield County.  Ann Marie lives in Ridge Spring with her 13-year old son, Levi, her 6 year old daughter, Lucy Mae, and her husband, Kevin.  You only have to be in Ann Marie’s presence for a few minutes to discover that she is exuberant about life, passionate about teaching, and devoted to special education students. 

 

Mark Weist, Profession, USC Department of Psychology

 

Sara Wheeler  Sara Wheeler has over 40 years of experience in the field of education and is employed by School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties in Irmo, South Carolina. Ms. Wheeler has held a variety of positions throughout her career; classroom teacher, magnet school teacher, magnet school administrator, Smaller Learning Communities Site Coordinator and Project Director for three Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) funded grants. 

Julie White  Julie White is currently the Math Coach at Leaphart Elementary School in School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties. She has served on the math district leadership team for six years, was a LeaD5 district facilitator for the past two years, and presented at the SCCTM conference this past fall. She will be receiving her Masters in Educational Administration from The University of South Carolina in August. 

Bishop Herman Yoos, S. C. Lutheran Synod

*Partial List

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