Greenville, S.C. (August 29, 2019) – The Barbara Stone Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting visionary and creative programs and initiatives for individuals with disabilities in Greenville County, elected a chairman of the board and announces its Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Jimmy Kimbell was elected Board Chair of the Barbara Stone Foundation, and Matthew Collins and Paige Maxwell were elected as new board members who will serve a three-year term beginning this summer.
The Barbara Stone Foundation 2019-2020 Board of Directors includes:
President - Jimmy Kimbell, Coastal Community National Bank (CCNB) Vice President – Michele Reeves, Key Real Estate
Treasurer - Marion Elliot, Retired from The Greenville News
Matthew Collins, Keller Williams
Henry Gallivan, Smith Moore Leatherwood
Amy Hallasy, Greenville County School District
Karen Krulac, Hope For Families Recovery Center
Paige Maxwell, Able SC
Anne Moore, YMCA of Greenville, RECESS Elizabeth Piper, The Washington Center
Brandi Tucker, Greenville County Schools
In 2018, Mike Teachey was appointed as Barbara Stone Foundation’s first Executive Director to help lead the organization that has for over 28 years influenced community systems, policies, and culture to create more equitable opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In 2013, the Barbara Stone Foundation provided funding to help the YMCA of Greenville start the RECESS program where young individuals with disabilities can learn about nutrition, fitness, social responsibility, community outreach and independent living skills. The Barbara Stone Foundation has also supported many other organizations in Greenville County who are committed to helping individuals with disabilities thrive through innovative programming.
“We’ve started our new fiscal year with solid, strategic goals, a clearly defined vision, the right leadership and dedicated board members to help us create a community where all individuals with disabilities flourish,” said Jimmy Kimbell, Board Chair of the Barbara Stone Foundation. “The board is committed to serving as their champion by supporting programming that helps people with disabilities achieve equitable opportunities and increase awareness about the benefits of an inclusive community.”
Under Teachey’s leadership and vision, the Barbara Stone Foundation also directs and supports Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network), which is a network of self-advocates, service providers, families, caregivers and professionals working to reduce barriers to employment, increasing recreational opportunities and improving accessibility for individuals with disabilities. The Barbara Stone Foundation provided the first grant to Greenville CAN in 2013 after a needs assessment was conducted to identify opportunities to strengthen systems of support for the disability community.
To help the Barbara Stone Foundation sustain and grow programs like Greenville CAN, it’s launching a capital campaign next month to raise capital to continue their work in Greenville County. To learn more about the Barbara Stone Foundation or make a donation, visit www.barbarastonefoundation.org.
About Barbara Stone Foundation
Since 1991, the Barbara Stone Foundation has provided funds to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. The mission of the Barbara Stone Foundation is to raise funds to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Greenville County with developmental disabilities, head and spinal cord injuries, and autism. For more information, visit. To learn more, visit www.barbarastonefoundation.org or find the organization on Facebook and Instagram.
About Grenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network)
Greenville CAN was started in 2013 as a network of self-advocates, service providers, families and community stakeholders working collaboratively to take actions that will strengthen Greenville, SC and make it a better place to live and work for individuals with disabilities. The network addresses community needs by linking organizations together, leveraging available resources to expand capacity and advocating for system and policy change. Greenville CAN believes the best way to increase services, programs, access, opportunities, and resources in our community for individuals with disabilities is through collaboration and partnership. To learn more, visit www.GreenvilleCAN.org or find Greenville CAN on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.