Six Greenville-Spartanburg Area Residents 2020 graduates of Leadership South Carolina

Karen Albert/Amy Tinsley

Karen Albert/Amy Tinsley

Six residents of the Greenville-Spartanburg area are among the newest graduates of Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest and most-respected leadership development organization. The 44 members of the organization’s 40th anniversary class were honored at a Sept. 9 ceremony at The Lace House on the Governor’s Mansion complex. Graduation, usually held in April, was postponed when activities were suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Upstate graduates include Karen Albert, president of Practical Solutions for Public Safety, a Lyman-based company that public safety consulting for government agencies and the private sector; Amy Tinsley of Greenville, the executive director of the South Carolina Automotive Council which promotes continued growth of the state’s $27 billion automobile manufacturing industry and Linda Jameison, the assistant vice president for student support and engagement at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton. The other graduates include Kathryn Boucher, the executive director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Todd Horne, the vice president of business development for Clayton Construction, a Spartanburg firm that builds commercial structures throughout the Southeast and Jalitha Moore, the director of business engagement for OneSpartanburg, the local chamber of commerce.

For four decades Leadership South Carolina has inspired new generations of leaders in the only leadership program dealing with issues facing the entire state. Candidates demonstrating exceptional commitment to their communities are selected yearly from more than 300 applicants for the eight-month program. Participants attend three-day sessions throughout the state exploring issues including economic development, education, natural resources and social issues. They also attend the group’s annual legislative day each spring at the Statehouse. Leadership South Carolina’s almost 2,000 graduates include former governors and statewide and local elected officials as well as leaders in business, education and of non-profits. In recent years class projects have raised more than a half-million dollars for everything from drop-out prevention and senior care to fostering literacy and combating hunger.

The 2020 class project raised more than $11,000 to improve the dental health of underserved students in rural South Carolina. Kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and oral health brochures are being distributed to 10,000 students in 24 schools in Allendale, Hampton, Summerton, Dillon and Manning in the economically challenged area of the state known as the Corridor of Shame.

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