Community Foundation of Greenville adds new members to Board of Directors

GREENVILLE, S.C. | January 21, 2020 – The Community Foundation of Greenville is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors: John Castile, Rick Harris, Katie Howell and Joanie Martin. Each will serve a three-year term.

“John, Rick, Katie and Joanie each bring unique histories of service and knowledge to our board that reflect the diversity of our community,” said Community Foundation President Bob Morris. “We are grateful to have the leadership of our board members who volunteer their time to make lasting contributions to the future of Greenville. We could not do it without them.”

John Castile is the Executive Director for the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA). Castile is responsible for affordable housing efforts that build new homes, renovate old ones and help build infrastructure in concert with non-government advocates in the five municipalities and unincorporated areas of Greenville County. Prior to his position at GCRA, Castile retired from the City of Greenville after a 23-year career, including eight as City Manager. Castile graduated with a degree in political science from Furman University where he was also a four-year starter on the basketball team.

Rick Harris is the Owner of RL Enterprise & Associates, LLC. Launched in 2006, the company focuses on staffing, including direct hire, temporary/contract work, training and development, and career transition services, for clients at both the local and national level. Prior to launching his own company, Harris served for more than two decades in sales and marketing and general management roles for companies including American Home Products, SC Johnson and Michelin, where he was Vice President of Sales for North America. Harris holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s in Business Administration from the Ohio State University.

Katie Howell is a native of Greenville with a background in public relations and sales, specifically in the technology and hospitality worlds. A dedicated community volunteer and advocate, Howell has served multiple terms on the boards of Public Education Partners (PEP), The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, LiveWell Greenville and Artisphere. She has also served on advisory committees for Upstate Forever, PEP and LiveWell Greenville, in addition to eight years as both a trustee of The Daniel-Mickel Foundation and a member of the Community Foundation of Greenville’s Grants Review Committee. Howell is a graduate of Furman University.

Joanie Martin is the Chief Administrative Officer of Michelin North America, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company’s 20,000+ employees encompassing more than $9 billion in sales across Canada and the United States. Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Furman University and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the boards of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and TBC Corporation, a joint venture investment of the Michelin Group and Sumitomo. Martin is also a Riley Diversity Leadership Institute Fellow.

“Our Nominating Committee works strategically to maintain a board reflecting diverse skills and perspectives,” said Community Foundation of Greenville Board Chair Lesa Kastler. “We are indeed fortunate to welcome this year's incoming class of stellar leaders.”

Please visit for more information on the Community Foundation of Greenville and a complete list of its 2020 Board of Directors.

About the Community Foundation of Greenville
The Community Foundation of Greenville is a public charity established in 1956 by visionary donors who sought to create a way to give back to their community and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Greenville County. By connecting the passions of donors with the organizations that serve to make a difference, the Foundation exists as a bridge between philanthropy and purpose. For more than 60 years, many people, from all walks of life, have contributed to the Foundation’s vision to make Greenville County a thriving community where everyone can reach their full potential. Today, the Community Foundation of Greenville with its donors contributes more than $10 million annually, providing critical financial resources to charitable organizations while also assisting individuals, businesses and charitable organizations in making their giving simpler and more powerful. For more information, visit

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