Black Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Overcoming Black Burnout

Friday, June 4, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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On June 4, the Black Nonprofit Leaders Group will host a virtual symposium on “Overcoming Black Burnout”.

Join Black Nonprofit Leaders from across the state to talk about burnout and stress management. While we will have a keynote speaker discussing burnout, this won’t be your standard burnout discussion. Using breakout rooms, we will learn more about a few foundational nonprofit skills that can help us beat burnout. Our breakout sessions will focus on grant writing, volunteer management, and storytelling.

Are you interested in learning more about volunteer recruitment and management?

Do you want to better understand what grant writers in your organization need to increase the funds supporting your work?

Do you want to learn how to better tell the story of the work you do?

Register for this *free* event to learn how to increase your well-being at work! 


Meredith Talford

Meredith Talford is an award-winning health educator, trainer and grant manager. With a career spanning over 20 years, Meredith has made service and philanthropy the center of her life's work. She has been a champion for some of our most vulnerable citizens - youth in foster care, adolescent sex offenders, and individuals living with HIV. Meredith is a native of Chester, South Carolina and a graduate of Bennett College for Women and Mercer University School of Medicine. She currently serves on the board of directors for Girls Rock Columbia and is a member of Women in Philanthropy, the Association of Talent Development and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is the current Innovation Manager at  a non-profit based in South Carolina, whose focus is the advancement of reproductive health. 

Heather Singleton

Heather Singleton was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from the University of South Carolina in 2010. After graduating, Heather worked in public service, corporate and nonprofit sectors, with focuses on training, facilitation, and fundraising. She is the CEO of Strategic Public Relations Consulting, a consultancy that serves businesses and nonprofits with needs surrounding public relations and corporate training. Heather also works as a Resource Development Division Director with United Way of the Midlands, where she has been a member of their development team for over six years. In her spare time, she serves on the board of directors with the Midlands chapter of the American Advertising Federation and volunteers with her church. Heather finds purpose in helping others improve their professional skills to become the success stories that they were born to be.  

Jamesha Shackerford 

Jamesha currently serves as a Program Officer at Central Carolina Community Foundation. A Columbia College graduate, her love of philanthropy and civic engagement led her into a career assisting donors and nonprofits with their philanthropic goals. In her role, she manages a portfolio of competitive grants for nonprofits, government entities, and educational institutions. She also manages the Foundation’s scholarship program including serving as the point of contact for donors, students, parents, and volunteers. As the staff liaison for the Foundation’s African American Philanthropy Committee, she works with community members to promote, increase, and support philanthropy in Black communities throughout the Midlands.

In the community, Jamesha serves as an executive board member for the Columbia College Alumnae Association, is a current member of Leadership Columbia Class of 2021 and was recognized as a 2018 Best & Brightest 35 and Under from Columbia Business Monthly.

D.Jermaine Husser

Jermaine is currently the VP of Mission Services for Palmetto Goodwill and Executive Director of Palmetto Warrior Connection (PWC), a community integration project to assist returning veterans/warriors and their families transition back into community. Prior to Goodwill/PWC he served as the State Director for StudentsFirstSC in Columbia, SC, where he developed a five-year state plan, executed an outreach strategy for members, parents, teachers, and elected officials, and lobbied for progressive education reform throughout the state. 

Jermaine has a significant and longstanding history in professional and community organizations throughout the lowcountry. In one of his most recent roles, he was the co-chair of United Way’s African American Leadership Council, an initiative to harness the charitable goals of African American philanthropists. He also served as the vice chair of the South Carolina Food Bank Association and was a member of the National Action Committee of Feeding America. One position of note, Husser is a past president and the first African American president of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Trident Technical College Foundation and the City Papers advisory council.

Husser is a graduate of Trident Technical College with an Associate in Business degree and additional coursework at Charleston Southern University in Organizational Management.  He is a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy and Leadership Charleston.  In 2004 he was named to the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty. Husser was named to Liberty Fellowship “Class of 2015”, and most recently joined TEDx Charleston as a speaker’s coach. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

A native of Goose Creek, SC, he is the proud father of a 13-year- old daughter, London Jade and 6-year- old son, Jaxon Donovan. He enjoys mentoring emerging leaders, golfing, playing basketball, reading novels, writing poetry, and traveling. Husser’s life goal is to impact ONE Million people before he dies. 

Attendees (87)

Adia Daniels

Education and Outreach manager

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Alecia Brewster

Program Director

Sustaining Way

Allison Carraway


The Terrence F Carraway Foundation

Andrea Tucker


Children's Trust of SC

Angela Johnson

Executive DIrector

Drawing Near to God

Angelina Williams

AmeriCorps Program Director

Trident United Way

Ashley Thomas

Executive Director

The Hive Community Circle

Barbara Black


Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Bonita Clemons

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Britney Mazyck

Operations Manager

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

Bryant Davis

Assistant Director of Government & Community Serv

Richland County Government and Community Services

Carmeisha White

Operations Manager

Northside Development Group


Finance Director

Catawba Area Agency on Aging

Charlene McKnight

Executive Director

Four Giving Hearts

Constance Martin-Witter

Board Vice Chair

Jasper County First Steps

Crystal Denise Davis

Parenting Program Director

Charleston County First Steps

Deborah Parks

Executive Director

Beyond Abuse

Demetria Mosley

Communications Coordinator

South Carolina Community Loan Fund

Donna Mack

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Dorothea Bernique

Executive Director

Increasing H.O.P.E Financial Training Center

Duchett Polite Hylton

Executive Director

Jasper County First Steps

Elizabeth Fulford

Legal Advocate

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Greta Young

Executive Director

The Parenting Place

Hardil Thomas


The Divorce Connection

Ida Breazeale

Founder and President

Columbus and Edith Rogers Mansell

Jamesha Shackerford

Program Officer

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Jessica Sharp

Nonprofit Consultant with Sharp Brain Consulting

Sharp Brain Consulting

Joyce Ford

Executive Director

The Naomi Project

Kathryn Harvey


Neue South Collective

Keona Prude

Director of Operations & Communications

Pride Link

Kevin Flarisee

Coordinator for Executive, Program & Dept Support

South Carolina Arts Commission

Lakita Watson

Executive Director

Richland County Recreation Foundation

LaShauna Harrison

Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Oconee County

Latorrie Geer

Chief Executive Officer

CommunityWorks Carolina

Maurice Lawyer

Chief of Operations

The Legacy Foundation of SC

Meredith Talford

Dir. of Strategy, Innovation, and Communication

Fact Forward

Nick Phillip

Neue South Collective

Nicole Echols

Director of External Affairs

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Paul Black

Mobilization and Data Manager

Conservation Voters of SC Education Fund

Rena Dixon

Director of Health Services

Fact Forward

Rodney White, Jr

Social Work Intern

Together SC

Ronda Boyd


Passion 2 Pay Project

Samantha Scott

Corporate Relations Manager

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Selena Anderson

Director, Human Resources

Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands

Shawn Edwards

Chief Diversity Officer

The Citadel

Sherrie Snipes-Williams


Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Stephanie McGuire

Chief Marketing & Training Officer

SC Thrive

Tabitha James

Strategic Developer

Rural Area Leadership Initiative-Dillon County

Tamara Herring

Executive Director

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Toni Freeman

Program Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry

Travis Sellers


Dare 2 Be Fit

Travis Wharton

Dir. of Education and Economic Mobility

United Way of Greenville County

Travis Williams

Founder & Executive Director

African American Prosperity Network

Trimease Carter

Program Officer

Eat Smart Move More SC

Yolanda McCray

President & CEO

Black River United Way

31 Other Registered Attendees

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Rodney White, Jr

Rodney White, Jr

Social Work Intern