Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Elects 2015 Officers and adds three members to its board of trustees.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announces its 2015 board of trustees’ officers: Rick Mendoza, Chair; Thomas Otis, Vice-Chair; Barbara Clark, Secretary and Andy Folsom, Treasurer.
Rick Mendoza joined the Foundation Board in 2010. Mr. Mendoza earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University Of South Carolina School Of Business and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he later served as an adjunct professor. Mr. Mendoza is a member of Nexsen Pruet, LLC and practices in the areas of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law. He is a certified Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialist in the State of South Carolina, and currently serves as Chair of the Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialization Advisory Board for the State of South Carolina.
Mr. Mendoza has received the William E.S. Robinson Public Service Award of the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association and has been selected for, The Best Lawyers in America for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law.
Thomas Otis joined the Foundation Board in 2007 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Finance for JDA Frontline in Charleston, S.C. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Otis has served as past president of the Palmetto Chapter of the W&L Alumni Association, Salvation Army of the Midlands Advisory Board member and on the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Finance Committee. He is married with two children and is an active member of St. Philips Episcopal Church. In his free time he enjoys golf, tennis, music, reading and boating.
Barbara Gourdine Clark joined the Foundation Board in 2011. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Xavier University of Louisiana. In addition, she received a Master of Early Childhood Education and a degree in Masters Supervision and District Administration from State University College at Buffalo. A retired educator, her interests have always been helping children and families develop a quality of life that leads to education, work ethics, and service and contributions to ones’ community. A founding member of the Office of Black Ministries, now Office of Cultural Diversity, in the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, she served as a delegate to the papal visit in New Orleans and also attended workshops and conventions of the National Black Catholic Congress in leadership, liturgy, and music. Before joining the Sisters of Charity Foundation board, Ms. Clark served on the Foundation’s grants committee as a non-member in 2012. She is currently a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Charleston, South Carolina and sings in the choir.
John Anderson (Andy) Folsom joined the Foundation Board in 2014. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University Of South Carolina School of Law. He is an Assistant General Counsel at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina in Columbia. Prior to joining the Law Department at BlueCross BlueShield, he worked as a corporate attorney for Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta. Mr. Folsom participates in numerous community and civic activities. Currently, he is the President and a Board Member of Salute from the Shore which was organized to pay tribute to the men and women of the military on the 4th of July. He also serves on the Advisory Board of HomeWorks, chairs the Attorney Campaign for the United Way of the Midlands and will join the Board of the United Way in July of 2013. He is also very involved with Washington and Lee, serving as the Co-Chair of the Alumni Admissions Program for the Midlands and as a Class Agent. He is a member of Shandon United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Lucy, have one son, Anderson. He enjoys Gamecock sports, golf, travel and spending time with family and friends.
The Foundation has also added three new board members to its 2015 board of trustees.
Elizabeth “Beth” Dinndorf is the 18th president of Columbia College. An attorney and business executive with 17 years of leadership experience with a private women’s liberal arts college in her home state of Minnesota, Dinndorf assumed office on July 1, 2012. She resides in Columbia with her husband Ted O’Connell.
Under her leadership, Columbia College has embarked on a bold new direction to more fully integrate real-world experiences and career preparation with a liberal arts education. The Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence provides each student with a comprehensive four-year program to support their academic and career success. Dinndorf has also introduced the new Momentum Scholarship, designed for engaged high school seniors whose personal determination to succeed may outshine their standardized test scores.
She is a member of the Columbia Rotary Club and the Midlands Business Leadership Group in Columbia, SC. She also serves on the Navigating From Good to Great Foundation Board of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Women in Philanthropy.
Lisa Garnett Bernardin is a former Juvenile Justice attorney with the Children’s Law Center in the role of Supervision of Juvenile Justice section, including statewide support and training for juvenile justice professionals.
Previously an assistant and then Deputy Solicitor in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Lexington, South Carolina, Lisa was responsible for the Family Court Division and prosecution and disposition of juvenile cases, including evaluation of charges, research of legal issues, and referrals to diversion programs; assignment of cases; coordination of cases with law enforcement, related agency personnel, victims, and witnesses; court document and docket preparation. She supervised attorneys, investigators and support staff – including interviewing, training, and evaluating personnel and had regular appearances in Eleventh Circuit Family Court and Lexington County Juvenile Drug Court – meetings and case reviews with family court judges, defense attorneys and agency personnel.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law/Graduate School, Lisa is involved with the Lexington County Youth Arbitration Program volunteer, Richland County Youth Arbitration Program volunteer, and Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center board member. She is married to John A. (Andy) Bernardin, Jr. and has two children, Elizabeth and Christopher.
Mike McCabe first joined the Foundation Board in 2005. He completed a full three terms, for a total of nine years, before ending in 2013. He served as Chairman of the Governance Committee, Chairman of the Investment Committee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Though he left the board, McCabe continued to serve the Sisters of Charity Health System by serving on the board as Chairman of External Affairs and a member of the executive committee. He is now returning to the Foundation Board to chair the Governance Committee and sit on the Finance Committee.
He is currently a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
Mr. McCabe earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He then went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree. Mr. McCabe is Senior Vice President-Financial Advisor of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.