Our Team

Board of Directors

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Alexandra Whitehill-Smith | Secretary
South Carolina Department of Agriculture, Rapid Response Team Coordinator
Involved with GRC since 2016
Musician who rocks: Lizzo
Astrological sign: Gemini Sun, Sagittarius Moon, Cancer Rising
Favorite food: Ice cream (the fancy kind)

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Betty Benns
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Instructor
Involved with GRC since 2016
Musician who rocks: Coathangers
Astrological sign: Aquarius
Favorite food: Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Bri Farber | Co-Vice President
University of South Carolina, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Involved with GRC since 2017
Musician who rocks: Patty Griffin
Astrological sign: Virgo Sun, Libra Moon, Leo Rising
Favorite food: Cheese

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Deborah Oluwafemi Adedokun
The Nickelodeon, Theater Manager
Involved with GRC since 2013
Musicians who rock: Lizzo, Jay Som and Valerie June
Astrological sign: Aries
Favorite food: Pizza/Spaghetti & Meatballs with lotsa parm

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Desirée Richardson
South Carolina Philharmonic, Audience Services Coordinator
Involved with GRC since 2013
Musicians who rock: Björk & Beyoncé
Astrological sign: Capricorn Sun, Taurus Moon, Taurus Rising
Favorite food: Chipz!!

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Erica Thomas | President
Columbia Museum of Art, Visitor Experience and Communications Coordinator
Involved with GRC since 2014
Musician who rocks: Kim Gordon
Astrological sign: Virgo
Favorite food: Pretzels

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Georgia Coleman
Richland Library, Chief Customer Officer
Involved with GRC since 2015
Astrological sign: Scorpio

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Hartley Middleton
Crave Market
Involved with GRC since 2016
Musician who rocks: Janelle Monae
Astrological sign: Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon
Favorite food: Strawberries

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Jennifer Thompson
Richland Library, Studio Librarian
Involved with GRC since 2018
Musician who rocks: Betty Davis
Astrological sign: Taurus

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Kemi Ogunji | Treasurer
USC Press, Marketing and Design Coordinator
Involved with GRC since 2015
Musician who rocks: SZA
Astrological sign: Libra
Favorite food: Rice

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Kristin Morris | Founding Member
South Carolina Philharmonic, Marketing Director
Involved with GRC since 2013
Musician who rocks: Mirah
Astrological sign: Gemini Sun, Scorpio Moon
Favorite food: Popcorn with Peanut M&Ms

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Mary Reaves
Beginnings SC, Director of Programs
Involved with GRC since 2015
Musician who rocks: Patty Griffin
Astrological sign: Libra
Favorite food: All things salty!

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Mila Burgess-Conway, LPC | Co-Vice President
Family Connection of South Carolina, Volunteer and Development Coordinator
Involved with GRC since 2013
Musician who rocks: Lizzo
Astrological sign: Aquarian Sun, Libra Moon
Favorite food: Anything involving cheese

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Nyomi Guzman | Immediate Past President
WREN, Development Associate
Involved with GRC since 2017
Musicians who rock: Rihanna and Lianne La Havas
Astrological sign: Taurus
Favorite food: Nachos