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2024 Leadership Salkehatchie class announced

The University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Leadership Institute has announced the 19 participants of its 2024 Leadership Salkehatchie class. This prestigious, regional leadership development program is offered by USC Salkehatchie and sponsored by SouthernCarolina Alliance. Alumni of the program serve as leaders in business, healthcare, education, government, and non-profits across the Salkehatchie region.

The 2024 cohort, as well as graduates from the 2022 and 2023 classes, were recognized at a kick-off event at USC Salkehatchie’s Allendale campus.

“Congratulations to those of you who have participated in and have recently been selected to participate in this prestigious program,” Dean April Cone said.  “The Leadership Institute and SouthernCarolina Alliance have a 20+ year history of developing strong leaders in the Salkehatchie region. Your commitment to participate in this program speaks volumes about your investment in yourself and the economic development of our region. It also speaks volumes about your employer’s investment, not only in the economic development of our region, but also in you.”

Cone also introduced one of Salkehatchie’s newest team members, Shelby Broomfield, who was recently named director of USC Salkehatchie’s Leadership Institute and is also a 2019 Leadership Salkehatchie alumnus.

"I look forward to working with the 2024 cohort of Leadership Salkehatchie. During their orientation, the group entered excited and ready to embark on this part of their leadership journey. I am excited to engage with the group over the next few months as they dive into different leadership topics," Broomfield said.  "I would like to congratulate the Leadership Salkehatchie Class of 2022 and 2023 on the major accomplishment of completing this program. I look forward to seeing the impact and change that both classes make in the Salkehatchie region."

Danny Black, President and CEO of SouthernCarolina Alliance says that this program helps promote the region's greatest asset - its people.

“SouthernCarolina Alliance is proud to once again partner with USC Salkehatchie in sponsoring this important leadership program.  As the regional economic development organization recruiting industries to our seven counties, SCA understands more than most that our people are our region’s greatest asset," Black said. "We need to foster strong partners who understand the importance of economic development in improving the quality of life for our rural communities, and these are the future and current leaders who will be shaping our communities for decades to come.  We are pleased to welcome them to this prestigious program and count them among the transformational leaders in our part of South Carolina.”  

The year-long program will include workshops designed to empower participants with the economic development knowledge and the skills needed to cultivate progress within our region. The program highlights the strengths of the Salkehatchie region and explores the obstacles facing small-town America. Program topics include economic development, education, the judicial system, local government, legislative advocacy, leadership skills, and diversity.

2024 Leadership Salkehatchie Class


Name Employer County
Jennifer Bryant Gehl Foods Southeast  Colleton
Shanda  Crawford Dreams Imagination & Gift Development Program  Barnwell
Tricia  Gordon Barnwell County First Steps Barnwell
Victoria Gunnells SRP Federal Credit Union  Barnwell
Nancy Gutierrez City of Hardeeville Jasper
Jodi  Kearse Allendale County E911 Allendale & Hampton
Enterick  Lee Southern Palmetto Regional Chamber of Commerce Barnwell
Stewart McAdoo Colleton County Chamber of Commerce Colleton
Alisha Moore Bamberg County Bamberg
Tammy Rimes Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Barnwell
Victoria Rizer Enterprise Bank of SC  Colleton & Bamberg
Keelie  Robinson SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission  Colleton, Jasper, Beaufort, & Hampton
Lish  Sabb Allendale County Rescue Squad Allendale
Monique  Smalls Barnwell County Consolidated School District  Barnwell
Meagan  Stoner HCA Healthcare Colleton
Karen  Terry Hampton County Regional Medical Center Hampton
Josh Urwick Souther Carolina Alliance Regional Development Alliance  Barnwell, Bamberg, & Allendale
Melanie Wooten Hampton County Regional Medical Center Hampton
Meredith  Wright Barnwell County Barnwell 


2023 Leadership Salkehatchie Class

Name Employer County
Noah  Alexander Hampton County Hampton
Erinn McGuire Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office Beaufort
Christie Slocum Colleton Museum & Farmers Market Collenton
Steven  Baker K. Hovnanian Homes Collenton
Jack Hutto Hampton County School District Hampton
Donna  Lamb Colleton County Economic Alliance Colleton
Ryan  Coleman Town of Bluffton Beaufort
James "Will" Kearse Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Barnwell
Haley  Rowe University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Colleton
Graci Hiers Southern Carolina Alliance Hampton
Lawrence Wiggins Allendale Police Department Allendale
Lawanda  Patterson Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Allendale
Jessica Brabham-James Barnwell School District 45 Barnwell
Bob  Snead Southern Palmetto Regional Chamber of Commerce Barnwell
Sunil Tadamatla Eat Street Multi-Cuisine Restaurant Barnwell
Neil  Parsons City of Hardeeville Jasper
Matthew  Davis City of Hardeeville Jasper
Kathy  Rhoad Southern Carolina Alliance Hampton

2022 Leadership Salkehatchie Class

Name Employer County
Michelle Altman Clemson Extension, Rural Health Agent  Hampton
Alicia  Davis Davis Tax Consulting & Financial Services/City of Barnwell Barnwell
Austrai Bradley Williston School District 29 Barnwell
Marilyn  Myrdal MyrTec Allendale
Natalia Johnson Savannah River Nuclear Solutions  Barnwell
Dawn  Stuckey Clemson University Extension Hampton
Kevin  Smalls Colleton County Sheriff's Office Colleton
Maryann Blake Maryann Blake Attorney at Law Colleton
Elizabeth  Wooten Savannah River Nuclear Solutions  Hampton
Nathan  Catoe Enterprise Bank of South Carolina Barnwell