Board and Staff

Board of Directors   

      

David Cote,  Chair 
Vice President Human Resources
BlueCross BlueShield SC

Chris Verenes, Chair Emeritus
President
Security Federal Bank

Patrick M. White, Treasurer
Vice President, Supply Chain
Comporium

Audrey Lane, Secretary
Founder and Principal Consultant for Lane Equity Enterprises
Executive Director Royal Foundation                                                                          

Katelyn Brewer
President & CEO
Darkness to Light

Jon E. Pedersen
Dean, College of Education
University of South Carolina

Spann Laffitte
Vice President of Sales and Account Management
Delta Dental SC

Jim Stritzinger
Director
Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics
USC Office of Economic Engagement

Ken Reynolds
Director of Corporate and Community Affairs
Bojangles’

Christopher Jaros
Partner
K&L Gates


Staff

Debbie Jones  
Executive Director  

Debbie’s advocacy journey for public education started twenty years ago when her children walked through the doors of Carver Elementary in Florence, SC. Since then she has been honored to work with teachers, principals, superintendents, community leaders and now a Board of Directors that are all dedicated and invested in the success of students across our great state. SCFM is uniquely positioned to continue as the state-wide voice for education in South Carolina and she couldn’t be more thrilled to lead the organization into the next chapter.

After volunteering with The School Foundation in Florence, SC, Debbie began working with SC Future Minds in 2009, then a new organization created to serve as a “resource development office” for South Carolina’s public schools.

Debbie has served in a wide-array of leadership roles at local and state levels, including the SC PTA, School Improvement Council, YMCA Florence, and Emerging Leaders Florence. She is a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University and currently sits on the board of First Steps of Florence.