Talking Together with Philanthropic Partners: Update with Dept of Education

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM (EDT)

United Way Association of SC, SC Grantmakers Network and Together SC are joining together to host weekly calls for our philanthropic colleagues.

Our goal is to share what's happening across the state and to lift up and inspire philanthropic partnerships, locally and statewide.

Weekly calls will happen each Wednesday from 9:00 am to 9:45 am.

April 22nd:

The SC Department of Education will discuss and provide us with updates on feeding and e-learning efforts in our state's schools.

Thank you to our guest speakers!

Ron Jones (Director of Health and Nutrition)

Ron holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Foodservice Management Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. Ron currently serves as Director of the Office of Health and Nutrition at the South Carolina Department of Education.  Previously, Ron was the Culinary Specialist and Procurement Specialist for Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services. Ron also held the title of Director of Foodservice for Spartanburg District Seven Schools and Director of Foodservice for the Monroe County Florida Schools in the sunny Florida Keys. Ron also has extensive experience in culinary education having formerly taught culinary arts at the high school level. Ron served as Director of Operations and Education for the Atlantic Culinary Academy, a le Cordon Bleu program offering Associate degrees in Culinary Arts.

Stephanie DiStasio (Director of Personalized Learning)

Stephanie DiStasio is Director of the Office of Personalized Learning for the South Carolina Department of Education. Throughout her career at the elementary, middle and high school level, Stephanie has focused on meeting the needs of all learners through a student centered approach.  She draws on her varied experiences as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and principal, and parent as she leads a team dedicated to challenging the status quo in teaching and learning.  She now has the privilege of supporting educators across South Carolina implementing personalized, competency based education. 

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April 22
Benchmarks & Weekly Dashboard
Update on funds raised
9:10 AM TOPIC 1
Update from SC First Steps
SC Department of Education will discuss feeding updates and e-learning
Advocacy Update and call with Representative Clyburn
Stay strong and adjourn

Attendees (54)

Cassie Barber

Early Childhood Advisory Council Program Manager

South Carolina First Steps

Mac Bennett

Nonprofit Sector Consultant

Capital Development Services

Bree Bess

Program Officer

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation

Kendall Biga

Program & Operations Manager

Charleston Hope

Tara L. Burgess

Director, Finance & Grants

Children's Attention Home

Julie M Capaldi


United Way of Pickens County

Chris Collins

Associate Director Health Care

The Duke Endowment

Debbie Cooper

Director of Community Impact

Community Foundation of Greenville

DeLana Dameron

Founder / Chief Strategist

Red Olive Creative Consulting

Kimberly Davis

Senior Community Relations Consultant

Wells Fargo

Amanda Dow

Duke Energy Foundation Manager- SC

Duke Energy Foundation

Sally Ehrenfried

Principal, Government Relations


Mary Finklea

Board Chair

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation

Winn Fitzgerald

Executive Vice President

Lions Vision Services

Rachael Fulmer

SC Business Developer

Lutheran Services Carolinas

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Suzanne Gardner

Chief of Staff

United Way of Greenville County

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Erika Kirby

Executive Director

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation

Michele Lineberger

Executive Director

The Springs Close Foundation

Marisel Losa

President & CEO

United Way of Greenwood & Abbeville Counties

Tory Mackey

Executive Director

Chapin Foundation

Jeff McCormack

Executive Director

SC Physicians Care Charity

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Karen Oliver

ECAC Program Manager

United Way of the Midlands

Donna V.S. Ortega

Community Investment Officer

J. Marion Sims Foundation

Chynna A. Phillips

Senior Director of Policy and Research

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

David Platts

South Carolina Arts Commission

Sharman Poplava

Executive Director

TEACH Foundation

Mindy Popovich


United Way of Sumter, Clarendon & Lee Counties

Catherine Puckett

Program Director

Nonprofit Alliance

Caroline Rakar

Steering Committee


Blakely Roof

President & CEO


Jamesha Shackerford

Program Officer

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Pam Temple

Program Director

J. Marion Sims Foundation

17 Other Registered Attendees


Weekly Calls Hosted by:


Chris Steed,

Fullerton Foundation, Executive Director

SC Grantmakers Network, Chair


Naomi Lett,

United Way Association of SC, President & CEO



Madeleine McGee,

 Together SC, President


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