Two Local Women to be honored as Women of Distinction by Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands

Spartanburg, SC –Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will honor two Spartanburg-area women at its annual Boots and Pearls Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Drayton Mills, 1800 Drayton Road, in Spartanburg beginning at 6:00 p.m. The evening pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism.

This year’s honorees are: Hope Blackley-Logan, District Director of Congressman William Timmons’ Office; Elaine Smith, Chief Human Resource Business Partner of Contect, Incorporate.

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Hope Blackley

Hope Blackley-Logan began her professional career with the United Way of the Piedmont, Village Partnership as a preschool teacher. From there, she joined the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office as a child victim advocate where she assisted and prepared children for criminal court working under the direction of former solicitor, Trey Gowdy. In 2004, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford appointed her as the Crime Victims’ Ombudsman for the state where she investigated complaints of crime victims against criminal and juvenile justice organizations. She also directed the Governor’s Office of Victim Services Education & Certification (OVSEC) where she helped write legislation creating this office. She has also created and implemented training for those who served crime victims through OVSEC in South Carolina. In 2010, she was appointed Spartanburg County Clerk of Court, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the courthouse and court system, as well as the supervision of 50 employees. In 2019, she joined the congressman’s office. In this capacity, she oversees the administrative duties of the Spartanburg and Greenville district offices and staff.

She has served on numerous boards, some of which include: the United Way of the Piedmont, Converse College Board of Visitors, South Carolina Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Spartanburg Regional’s Women’s Advisory Council, the University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation Board, and the 2016/2017 President of the South Carolina Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds Association. She was the recipient of the Urban League of the Upstate 2014 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Humanitarian Award, the Spartanburg Chapter of Business and Professional Women of South Carolina 2017 Career Woman of the Year, and a 2019 ETV Women Vision SC Honoree. Currently, she serves on the Mary Black Foundation Board of Trustees and is a 2019 Liberty Fellow.

One of her personal joys is giving back to her community. While serving as the Spartanburg County Clerk of Court, She offered internships for any girl interested in learning about her role and how she got involved with politics and the community.

In 2016, as a response to tragedies across the country, she envisioned and created the Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation. Now known as the Institute for Youth Justice, this four-month leadership training program introduces Spartanburg County 11th-12th graders to the criminal justice system to help them gain a deeper understanding of the inner-workings of the system, eliminate misconceptions, build long-lasting partnerships between youth and criminal justice officials, and empower Spartanburg County youth to become positive contributors and leaders in our community.

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Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith is the Chief Human Resource Business partner for Contec, Incorporated, the leading manufacturer of contamination control products for mission-critical cleaning in manufacturing environments worldwide. Elaine began her career with Contec in 1990 when she joined her husband, Jim Smith, and their friend, Jack McBride, shortly after the start of their company. During her tenure with Contec, it has grown from a company of 5 employees to nearly 800 employees worldwide. Her proudest accomplishment at Contec has been creating a culture of health and wellness for their associates and achieving a gold-level recognition from the American Heart Association.

Elaine is a native of the Finger Lakes region of New York. While growing up there, she enjoyed participating in Girl Scouts programs up through the Cadette level. Her fondest memories of the Girl Scouts were her camping experiences. Once when she was learning to make a campfire stew, she mistakenly put a bar a soap into the pot thinking it was a potato. Her cooking skills have since improved, largely due to the patience and efforts of her Girl Scout troop leaders.

Elaine moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina after graduating from Virginia Tech in 1979 and considers Spartanburg her home. She has served on the boards of Carolina Counseling, the Charles Lea Center Foundation, the United Way of the Piedmont, Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, The South Carolina Business Coalition on Health, and the formation board for Consumers’ Choice Health Plan South Carolina. She also recently served as a committee co-chair for Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville national challenge. She currently serves as a volunteer on the Community Impact Committee for the United Way of the Piedmont and is on the advisory board for Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg.

Elaine has been married to Jim Smith for 37 years and has two children, one granddaughter, and one very goofy but loveable Labrador Retriever. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time on Lake Murray, sewing, reading, and being with family and friends.

Kimberely Brown, Anchor and Reporter for WSPA 7 News will emcee the celebration.

For ticket and/or sponsorship information on this annual fundraising event, please contact Alyssa McKenzie at amckenzie@gssc-mm.org, call 1-800-849-GIRL (4475), or visit gssc-mm.org.