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2015-16

(l-r) OneSC 2016: moderator Linda O'Bryon, Jimmie Williamson, Mike Riordan, Elizabeth Davis and Werner Eikenbusch

The Riley Institute Distinguished Speakers and Panelists 2015-16

  • Andrew Abrams, dean, Charleston School of Law
  • Karl Alexander, sociologist and co-author of The Long Shadow
  • Susan Alford, state director, South Carolina Department of Social Services
  • Ernest Andrade, executive director, Charleston Digital Corridor
  • Stuart Andrews, partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Norman Anseman, partner, Jones Walker LLP
  • Mac Arnold and A Plate Full O’ Blues, blues band
  • Amy Barch, Turning Leaf Project
  • Bill Barnet, III, CEO, Barnet Development Corporation
  • Sean Bennett, South Carolina Senate
  • Kenny Bingham, South Carolina House of Representatives
  • Jerry Blassingame, executive director, Soteria Community Development Corporation
  • Paton Blough, community advocate for mental health reform
  • Darian Blue, pastor of Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church
  • Laura Bogardus, Greenville Society for Human Resource Management
  • Russell Booker, superintendent, Spartanburg County District 7
  • Jeri Burdick, professional visual artist
  • Gilda Cobb-Hunter, South Carolina House of Representatives
  • Ashley Cooper, partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
  • Elizabeth Davis, president, Furman University
  • Hamilton Davis, energy and climate director, Coastal Conservation League
  • Pam Davis, director, Bridges to a Brighter Future, Furman University
  • Christopher DeScherer, managing attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Chandra Dillard, SC State Representative and Director of Community Relations at Furman
  • Lydia Dobyns, president and CEO, New Tech Network
  • Vernita Dore, deputy under secretary, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Werner Eikenbusch, chief talent manager, BMW in the Americas
  • Jack Ellenberg, senior vice president, South Carolina Ports Authority
  • Tim Ervolina, president and CEO, United Way of South Carolina
  • Bruce Forbes, Community Economic Development Division of SHARE
  • Don Gatlin, vice president of Nuclear Operations, SCANA
  • Stephen Goldfinch, South Carolina House of Representatives
  • Sara June Goldstein, SC Arts Commission Senior Coordinator for Statewide
    Partnerships
  • Harriett Green, SC Arts Commission Visual Arts Director
  • Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina
  • Peter Hart, public opinion analyst, "NBC News" and The Wall Street Journal
  • Catherine Heigel, agency director, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Brucie Hendricks, US District Judge for the District of South Carolina
  • Julio Hernandez, campus director, Greenville Technical College, NW campus
  • Arianne King Comer, indigo and textile artist and teacher
  • Tobi Kinsell, director, United Way OnTrack Greenville Middle Grades Success Initiative
  • Jason Knight, bladesmith
  • Matt and Ted Lee, food journalists, authors of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
  • Kyle Longest, associate professor of sociology, Furman University
  • Leon Lott, sheriff of Richland County, South Carolina
  • Clinton Magill, Charleston Law Review
  • Gerald Malloy, South Carolina Senate
  • Ken May, executive director, South Carolina Arts Commission
  • Ross McClain, Furman art department chair and associate professor
  • Mike McGirr, co-founder and executive director, FEED & SEED
  • GP McLeer, administrator of the City of Mauldin’s Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Adela Mendoza, executive director of the Hispanic Alliance of South Carolina
  • Brent Metcalf, U.S. probation office, Greenville Federal Drug Court Program
  • Victoria Middleton, executive director of the South Carolina ACLU
  • Harold Mitchell, Jr., South Carolina House of Representatives
  • Kirby Mitchell, senior litigation attorney, South Carolina Legal Services
  • Jamie Moon, president, Institute for Child Success
  • Greg Mullen, Charleston Chief of Police
  • Charles Munns, vice admiral, United States Navy (Retired)
  • Michael Murphy, educator and former Community College president
  • Carol Naughton, president, Purpose Built Communities
  • Katherine Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor, University of Massachusetts
  • Linda O’Bryon, president and CEO, South Carolina ETV
  • Stephen Owen, woodworker
  • Jennifer Peck, executive director, Partnership for Children and Youth
  • Terry Peterson, director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network
  • Tommy Pope, speaker pro tempore, SC House of Representatives
  • Donald Raber II (“Don”), provost and professor of political science, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
  • Robin Reed, executive director, KNOW(2) Cherokee County
  • Ed Rendell, co-chair, Building America’s Future
  • Dick Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Joe Riley, former mayor of Charleston
  • Jennifer Rinehart, vice president, Policy and Research, The Afterschool Alliance
  • Mike Riordan, president and CEO, Greenville Health System
  • Chuck Rosenberg, administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Sara Ryder, M.D., University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Wyatt Sassman, associate attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Pete Selleck, chairman and president, Michelin North America, Inc.
  • Jessica Sharp, diversity coordinator at Greenville Health System
  • John Simpkins, general counsel, United States Agency for International Development
  • Glenn Smith, public service editor for The Post and Courier
  • Molly Spearman, SC State Superintendent of Education
  • Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO, SC Council on Competitiveness
  • Jessica Taylor, NPR political reporter
  • Brenda Thames, vice president of academic and faculty affairs, Greenville Health System
  • Heather Thompson, professor of history, University of Michigan
  • Michael Usdan, president emeritus and senior fellow, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Joseph Von Nessen, research economist, Darla Moore School of Business
  • Kristy Way, Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative
  • Zelda Waymer, executive director, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance
  • Carla Whitlock, senior apprenticeship consultant, SC Technical Colleges
  • David Wilkins, former US ambassador to Canada, former Speaker of the SC House of Representatives
  • Jimmie Williamson, system president, SC Technical College System
  • Chip Wiper, professor and chair, Dept. of OBGYN, Women’s Hospital, GHS
  • Dan Wuori, deputy director, South Carolina First Steps