SPARTANBURG (July 23, 2020) - The Charles Lea Center Foundation welcomes Marisa Cecil as its new president. She assumed the position on July 1, 2020, following the retirement of former president Cyndi Beacham.
Cecil is a native of Spartanburg and received her bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina. She has spent more than a decade working for non-profits in the Spartanburg area, most recently as the Director of Development for the Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas. Prior to that she spent nine years in various roles at the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System including working as the Director of Philanthropy for the Spartanburg Regional Foundation.
A graduate of Leadership Spartanburg, Cecil was named the 2019 Young Professional of the Year by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We are so excited to have Marisa’s knowledge and talents at the Charles Lea Center Foundation,” said Cathy Bagwell, Chair of the Charles Lea Center Foundation Board of Trustees. “Marisa’s experience will be a huge asset as the foundation continues to grow and provide more services for people with intellectual disabilities.”
The mission of The Charles Lea Center Foundation is to raise awareness about the Charles Lea Center and to provide funds, primarily from the private sector, to assist the Charles Lea Center’s mission of improving the quality of life for those with disabilities and special needs in Spartanburg County.