David Cote, Chair
Vice President Human Resources
BlueCross BlueShield SC
Chris Verenes, Chair Emeritus
Security Federal Bank
Patrick M. White, Treasurer
Vice President, Supply Chain
Audrey Lane, Secretary
Founder and Principal Consultant for Lane Equity Enterprises
Executive Director Royal Foundation
President & CEO
Darkness to Light
Jon E. Pedersen
Dean, College of Education
University of South Carolina
Vice President of Sales and Account Management
Delta Dental SC
Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics
USC Office of Economic Engagement
Director of Corporate and Community Affairs
Interim 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.