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DLI Staff

Juan Johnson
Juan Johnson is a Senior Distinguished Fellow in Diversity Leadership with the Riley Institute as well as the facilitator for the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiatives. After an illustrious career of 21 years with Coca-Cola, Inc., where he served as the company's first ever Vice President for Diversity Strategy, Johnson is President of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation.   
Donald L. Gordon
Donald L. Gordon has been the Executive Director of the Riley Institute since its inception in 1999. Dr. Gordon is a Professor of Political Science at Furman where he specializes in African and Middle Eastern Politics. Under his direction the Riley Institute has grown to include the Centers for Education Policy and Leadership, Diversity Strategies, and Critical Issues all designed to address issues critical to  the future of South Carolina. On leave from Furman, he served as a Chief of Staff and Committee Counsel in the US House of Representatives. Dr. Gordon received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida.
Jacki Martin
Jacki Martin is Deputy Director at the Riley Institute at Furman University, where she assists the Executive Director in developing and funding the spectrum of the Institute’s programs and in supporting the staff who are managing them. Jacki also serves as the leader of the Riley Institute’s Center for Education Policy and Leadership. Her background is primarily in policy and program management around community development issues, with an emphasis on management of large-scale, multi-county, multi-sector outreach initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina.
Megan Dodgens
Megan Dodgens, who joined the Riley Institute in 2011, is the Director, Diversity Leadership Strategies. Megan oversees a variety of diversity programs at the Riley Institute, including the Diversity Leaders Initiative and the annual Diversity Awards Dinner. She earned her B.A. in English from Clemson University in 2005. 
Calder Ehrmann
Calder Ehrmann (1940 - 2015) joined the Riley Institute in 2005 as a Senior Associate in the Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative. After 30 years with Michelin North America, Inc., he retired as the Vice President of Diversity, during which time he was responsible for launching Michelin's Corporate Diversity function.
Read more about Calder Ehrmann. If you would like to DONATE to the Calder D. Ehrmann Diversity Leaders Fund, click here.
Courtenay Laughlin Nantz
Courtenay Laughlin Nantz is a Senior Associate with the Riley Institute’s Center for Diversity Strategies, where she works across the state to craft Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) classes and to strengthen ties among the 2,000 DLI alumni. She joined the Riley Institute in 2008 as Project Director for the Center for Education Policy and Leadership. In 2012, she began leadership of an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant project, undertaken with KnowledgeWorks Foundation and funded by the US Department of Education, which brought the transformative New Tech Network model to high poverty, historically low-performing schools in South Carolina. A former teacher and school administrator in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, she is a 1989 Furman graduate and earned her M.A. in School Leadership and Administration at Furman in 2003.
Benny Walker
Benny Walker is a Senior Associate with the Riley Institute. He is a 1971 Furman graduate and earned his MBA from the Clemson/Furman program in 1975. Formerly a Vice President at Furman, Benny is responsible for strategic planning and diversity leadership program development.