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Liberty Fellowship Announces 10th Class of Fellows

23 South Carolina Leaders Chosen from over 400 Nominations

Source: Liberty Fellowship

Jul 11 2013

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (July 11, 2013) – Sitting on the sidelines is not an option for members of the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2015. The 23 new Fellows announced today are action-oriented leaders with ambitious goals for a stronger South Carolina. Representing varied backgrounds and expertise, the Fellows were selected from more than 400 nominations from all regions of the state.

“Individually, the new Fellows are enormously impressive, and they join 185 other Liberty Fellows who are deeply rooted in South Carolina with the passion and the expertise to make an impact here,” commented Hayne Hipp, who co-founded Liberty Fellowship with his wife, Anna Kate. 

For the lifelong program, Liberty Fellowship recruits diverse, proven leaders and immerses them in four seminars over a two-year period. Fellows reflect on what makes a just society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face in this state. During the Globalization Seminar, Fellows interact with Fellows from the Aspen Global Leadership Network in locations such as South Africa, Jordan, India and China. Additionally, during the first two years of the program, each Liberty Fellow is paired with a mentor and commits to a personal leadership project focused on South Carolina. 

“Each class is carefully crafted so that the Fellow differences complement one another,” added Executive Director Jennie Johnson. “It is through this class mosaic that Fellows build trust with those of different perspectives and, ultimately, are accountable to one another to engage in leadership that will move South Carolina forward.”

These are the Liberty Fellows for the Class of 2015:

Emily Perlman Abedon, Writer; Sullivan’s Island

Amy Armstrong, Executive Director – SC Environmental Law Project; Pawleys Island

Peter Barth, CTO – SinglePoint; Managing Director – The Iron Yard; Greenville

DeAndrea Gist Benjamin, Circuit Court Judge, 5th Judicial Circuit; Columbia

Beth Bernstein, Attorney/Partner – Bernstein & Bernstein LLC; SC House Representative; Columbia

Andrew Coburn, Member – Wyche, P.A.; Greenville

Vanessa Diaz, Asso. Chair for Clinical Services and Asso. Professor – MUSC; Charleston

Ashley Holbrook, Director, State & Local Govt. Operations – The Boeing Co.; Charleston

Scott Huffmon, Prof. of Political Science/Dir. of the Social & Behavioral Research Lab – Winthrop University; Rock Hill

D. Jermaine Husser, State Director – StudentsFirst South Carolina; Columbia

K.J. Jacobs, Principal – McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture; Greenville

Anna Locke, President & Owner, A.T. LOCKE, PC; Greenville

Michelle Mapp, Executive Director – Lowcountry Housing Trust; North Charleston

Joanie Martin, Financial Director/Passenger & Light Truck Tire Div. – Michelin North America; Greenville

Clay Middleton, Congressional Affairs Liaison – U.S. Dept. of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration; Charleston

Chakisse Newton, Principal – Cardinal Consulting; Columbia

Weston Newton, Attorney – Jones, Simpson & Newton; SC House Representative; Bluffton

Mel Pennington, Hartsville Mayor and VP – Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home; Hartsville

Todd Rutherford, Owner – The Rutherford Law Firm and House Minority Leader, SC House of Representatives; Columbia

Kerry Sease, Program Dir. /Pediatrics Residency – Children’s Hospital of GHS; Greenville

Ben Wallace, VP – Azalea Capital; Greenville

Gage Weekes, SVP/Strategic Initiatives – Hollingsworth Funds, Inc.; Greenville

Geoff Wilson, VP – Corporate Strategy & Development, Milliken & Company; Spartanburg

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About Liberty Fellowship

Liberty Fellowship is a statewide leadership initiative founded by Anna Kate and Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and The Aspen Institute. Through the Fellow program, Liberty Fellowship seeks to inspire outstanding leadership in South Carolina, empowering the state’s leaders to realize their full potential. Fostering a values-based approach, Liberty Fellowship exposes rising leaders to diverse perspectives, critical thinking, and intellectual and personal development. For more information:  


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