Our Board of Trustees is a rich and diverse group of leaders. From various backgrounds and professions, they share a commitment to our mission of reducing poverty in South Carolina through action, advocacy and leadership. Their strategic decision-making guides our organization.

Officers

Lisa Bernardin, Chair

Former Juvenile Justice attorney with the Children’s Law Center and Deputy Solicitor for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Lexington, SC 

  • Board member since 2015
  • Governance Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Ex-officio on all board committees

Mitch Watson, Vice Chair

Chief Operating Officer of the Carolina’s for Keenan & Suggs/Hub International

  • Board member since 2015
  • Grants Committee, Chair
  • Executive Committee

John Anderson (Andy) Folsom, Treasurer

AVP, Strategic Investments and M&A at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (BCBSSC), and also serves as President of Companion Capital Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BCBSSC

  • Board member since 2014
  • Finance Committee, Chair
  • Executive Committee

Brian Murrell, Secretary

Creative Director and Partner at ADCO

  • Board member since 2014
  • Policy Communications & Research (PCR), Chair
  • Executive Committee

Board

Pam Bryant

The Legislative Ombudsman/Director of the Office of Constituent Services for the SC Department of Social Services

  • Board member since 2016
  • Policy, Communications & Research Committee

Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHE

Congressional Leader, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

  • Board member since 2019
  • Grants Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Executive Committee

Dr. Reshma Khan

Founder and Executive Director of the Shifa Free Clinic, a program of the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA

  • Board member since 2017
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Tiffany Knowlin-Boykin

AVP, Strategic Investments and M&A at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (BCBSSC), and also serves as President of Companion Capital Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BCBSSC

  • Board member since 2020
  • Grants Committee

Susanna H. Krey, Ex Officio

President of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

  • Joined the board as ex-officio in 1997
  • Governance Committee
  • Executive Committee

Mike McCabe

Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

  • Board member since 2015
  • Finance Committee

Rick Mendoza

Member of Nexsen Pruet, LLC and practices in the areas of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law

  • Board member since 2010, re-elected in 2020
  • Finance Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Patricia Moore-Pastides

Former First Lady of the University of South Carolina and an accomplished cook, writer and public-health professional

  • Board member since 2016
  • Policy, Communications & Research Committee

Dr. Lee Pearson

Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Operations and Accreditation

  • Board member since 2020
  • Policy, Communications & Research Committee

Dr. Ronald Pitner

Faculty of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. He is also Associate Dean for Curriculum, director of the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice, and affiliate faculty for the Research Consortium on Children and Families.

  • Board member since 2017
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Chair

Karen Smith

Midlands and Piedmont Regional Vice President for TD Bank

  • Board member since 2014
  • Grants Committee

Maria G. Smoak

Owner of MGSmoak and Associates, a company that provides translations, training and consulting services

  • Board member since 2016
  • Policy, Communications & Research Committee

Thomas Otis, Past Board Chair

Executive Vice President of JDA Frontline, Inc., a public affairs and communications firm with offices in Charleston, SC and Washington, DC. He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Mira Winery of Napa, CA and is a Partner and Board Member of Palmetto Infusion Services, LLC.

  • Board member since 2016
  • Governance Committee, Chair

Thomas C. Keith, Ex-officio

President of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

  • Ex-officio on all board committees