Proven Leaders Chosen to Mentor Liberty Fellowship’s 13th Class

July 17, 2017

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (July 17, 2017) – Twenty-one creative thinkers with deep connections to their communities are mentoring the Fellows in Liberty Fellowship’s class of 2018. Like the Fellows with whom they are paired, these mentors are diverse in thought and experience and are ready to work with the Fellows to help them realize their full leadership potential.

“These are established leaders who themselves have invested in South Carolina in various capacities,” commented Luanne Runge, Liberty Fellowship President & CEO. “They will be excellent guides as the Fellows move through the program and crystallize their plans to take action to benefit South Carolina.” 

Being paired with a mentor is one part of the Class of 2018’s Fellowship experience, which also includes attending five seminars over 18 months. One seminar – the Aspen Institute Globalization Seminar – places them with Fellows from similar programs in cities around the world. Mentors also provide guidance to the Fellows on their personal projects, the final component of the program. 

“Great mentors build up other leaders, encouraging their success and helping shape their path from success to significance,” added Hayne Hipp, who co-founded Liberty Fellowship with his wife, Anna Kate. “We’re grateful to these mentors for this commitment, which ultimately impacts South Carolina through heightened leadership.”

These are the mentors for the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2018:

Tim Arnold, CEO & President at Colonial Life – mentoring Matt Moore
Brad Braddock*, Chairman/Founder of AlumniSync – mentoring Matthew Alexander
Craig Brown, President & Owner of the Greenville Drive Baseball Team and CEO of Keelers Ridge Associates – mentoring Ansel Sanders
Elizabeth Davis, Furman University President – mentoring Cheryl Grant
Joe DeGroff, Partner (retired) with Ice Miller, LLP Law Firm – mentoring Molly Hughes Cherry
Scott Garvin, President of Garvin Design Group – mentoring Spann Laffitte
Kaye Hearn, South Carolina Supreme Court Justice – mentoring Michelle Logan-Owens
Anna Kate Hipp, Liberty Fellowship Co-founder, Philanthropist and Community Volunteer – mentoring Kacey Eichelberger
Wilbur Johnson, Managing Partner at Young Clement Rivers, LLP – mentoring Darrin Goss, Sr.
Lou Kennedy, President, CEO & Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals – mentoring David Cutler
Ann Kulze*, Founder & CEO of Dr. Ann & Just Wellness, LLC – mentoring Catherine LaCour
Julie Medich*, Shareholder & Attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd – mentoring Tyler Easterling
David Pankau, President and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina – mentoring John Martin
Robbin Phillips, Courageous President of Brains on Fire – mentoring Kippie Brown
Chad Prosser*, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder of Blue Sentry, Inc. – mentoring Thomas McElveen
Barbara Rackes, President of TheRackesGroup – mentoring Teresa Wilson
Katharine Robinson, President & CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation – mentoring Shawan Gillians
Amy Salzhauer, a Founder & Managing Partner at Good Growth Capital – mentoring Kerri Forrest
Brenda Thames, Executive Vice President & Provost for the Health Sciences Center at Greenville Health System – mentoring Cara Cornelius
Dwayne Wilson, Board Member for Ingredion Incorporated and AK Steel Holding Corporation – mentoring Rob Howell
David Zalesne, President of Owen Steel Company – mentoring J. Strom Thurmond 
*Liberty Fellow

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