YouthBASE Welcomes Four New Board Members

Greenville, S.C. - YouthBASE, a local nonprofit providing educational intervention programs for young at-risk children, is excited to introduce four new members of its board of directors: Jennifer Murphy, Corderiette Calhoun, Karen Mawhinney, and Hamilton Parks.

Jennifer Murphy currently serves as the Literacy Specialist at Robert E. Cashion Elementary School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Education from Furman University. Murphy is a highly certified educator with credentials in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy, and a Read to Succeed Literacy Coach Endorsement. With over a decade of teaching experience, Jennifer previously served as a reading interventionist and has also taught third and fourth grades in Greenville County Schools.

Corderiette Calhoun, long-time resident of Easley, South Carolina, is currently the Director of Human Resources at DiscoverFresh Foods. Calhoun was Director of Marketing & Physician Services with Pain Management Associates before joining DiscoverFresh Foods as a Human Resource Generalist, which led to his appointment as Director of Human Resources in 2021. His educational journey includes attending the United States Air Force Academy where he studied chemical engineering and achieving an A.S. degree in Nursing from Greenville Technical College.

Over the past 25 years, Karen Mawhinney, has built an impressive career in the advertising industry. Presently, she holds the executive-level position of Chief Talent Officer for two distinguished advertising agencies: Greenville-based EP+Co and Boston-based Hill Holliday Network of agencies. She began her career as an Account Executive with BBDO South and progressed to roles such as Account Supervisor at Scharbo & Company and Senior Account Supervisor at Henderson Advertising before rising through the ranks at EP+Co. Over her 17 career at EP+Co, Mawhinney served as Management Supervisor and Account Director and later became a Managing Director before being promoted to Head of Talent Innovation in 2020 and assumed her current role as Chief Talent Officer in 2022.

Hamilton Parks is Head of Middle School at Christ Church Episcopal School and has been an integral part of the school’s faculty since 2019. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University, as well as Master of Education degrees in both Education and Administration from Southern Wesleyan University. Parks's career spans fourteen years within the Greenville County School System, where he fulfilled various roles, including teacher, math coach, instructional coach, administrator. He has also served as Vice President of the South Carolina Conference of Teachers of Mathematics.

About YouthBASE

Established as a local nonprofit in 2006, YouthBASE is dedicated to providing educational intervention for at-risk children through after-school and summer programs. The organization's mission is to equip students in K5 through 2nd grades with the behavioral, academic, social, and emotional skills they need in order to succeed at school, at home, and within the community. To learn more, please visit or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn

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