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Meet the Speakers 2013

Last year’s inaugural OneSouthCarolina® event brought together alumni from the Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry to examine how poverty, healthcare and education in the state figure into well-being and economic opportunity for all the people of South Carolina. OneSouthCarolina 2013, the second annual gathering of DLI alumni, built on that discussion with compelling information on how poverty impacts the state’s corrections system, its pocketbook, and South Carolina’s ability to compete in the increasingly complex global economy. 
 

Hosts

Richard W. Riley
Richard W. Riley
former South Carolina Governor and United States Secretary of Education

Often referred to as “one of the great statesmen of education in the century,” Riley has worked throughout his lifetime to bring significant, widespread change to education in South Carolina and the United States. More . . .

 
Juan Johnson
Juan Johnson
President, JDJ Consulting and DLI facilitator

Juan Johnson is president of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation, a firm he launched in 2006 after concluding an extraordinary 21-year career with Coca-Cola Company and is facilitator of the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative. More . . .


 

Moderator

Mark Quinn
Mark Quinn
Director of Public and Member Relations, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

Mark Quinn is director of Public and Member Relations at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and has had a long career as a professional journalist in South Carolina. More . . .


Speakers

Jerry B. Adger
Jerry B. Adger
Inspector General, South Carolina Department of Corrections

After serving twenty-three years with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Jerry B. Adger came to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in 1999 to direct the newly established Office of the Inspector General. In 2002, Adger became South Carolina’s first nationally certified inspector general (CIG).  He received his certification at the American University in Washington, D.C., through the Inspectors General Institute. More . . . 

William J. (Bill) Byars
William J. (Bill) Byars
Director, South Carolina Department of Corrections

Bill Byars has an extensive record of leadership around legal issues that touch children, families and communities in South Carolina. He is director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, where he has served since January of 2011 following an eight-year tenure as the director of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). More . . . 

Nathalie Dupree
Nathalie Dupree
Southern Chef and Author, Charleston

Nathalie is a best-selling author and James Beard Award winner. She has published 11 cookbooks and hosted more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and The Learning Channel. More . . . 

Don Gordon
Don Gordon
Executive Director, The Riley Institute at Furman

Don Gordon has been the Executive Director of the Riley Institute at Furman since 1999. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of Furman’s award-winning study away programs in East and Southern Africa. More. . .

Kaye Hearn
Kaye Hearn
Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court

Justice Kaye Hearn was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in May of 2009, becoming its second woman member in history.  Prior to her election to this state’s highest court, Justice Hearn was a member of the South Carolina Court of Appeals for fifteen years, serving as its Chief Judge for ten years. During her tenure as Chief Judge, Justice Hearn served as President of the Council of Chief Judges, a nationwide network of chief judges of the intermediate courts of appeal.  More. . .

Ken May
Ken May
Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission

A panelist, presenter, consultant, and facilitator for local, state, and national arts organizations, Ken May is executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, where he has served in several positions since 1985.  More. . .

Doug Pardue
Doug Pardue
Special Projects Reporter, The Post and Courier

Before joining the Charleston newspaper, Doug was investigations editor for USA Today, where his team handled the recount of the Florida presidential election with The Miami Herald and the crash of the space shuttle. The team also produced a multi-part series on what happened inside the South Tower of the World Trade Center between the time the first hijacked jetliner hit the North Tower and the collapse of the South Tower. More. . .

Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
A widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, incarcerated and condemned, Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. More . . .
Joseph Von Nessen
Joseph Von Nessen
Research Economist, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business
Dr. Joseph C. Von Nessen is a research economist in the Division of Research at the Darla Moore School of Business where he conducts a wide variety of economic impact analyses, survey research, and other applied work involving regional economic modeling. In addition, he is responsible for the preparation and presentation of the University of South Carolina's annual statewide economic forecast. More . . .