MEBA’s Speakers Guide is a listing of local business partners available to connect with educators and students sharing insight and information related to their career and professional experience. Organized by career clusters as well as presentation topics, the guide lists registered business partners, their availability and preferred contact information.

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Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

E. Yvonne Braught

Veterinary Medical Officer at USDA
788-1919
eloise.y.braught@aphis.usda.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Towana Pittman

Veterinarian at USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services
(803) 201-8978
towana.pittman@aphis.usda.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, and Job Shadowing

Architecture and Construction

Stan Beckley

Stock Building Supply
stan.beckley@stocksupply.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Hayley Bowers

Vice President at M. B. Kahn Construction Co. Inc.
803 227-5225
hbowers@mbkahn.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Floyd Bowles

Academic Program Coordinator at Midlands Technical College
691-3872
bowlesf@midlandstech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Thomas E. Brock

Vice President at Boykin Contracting, Inc.
463-1016
tombrock@boykinusa.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Co-ops

Ted Chalgren

Business Development at Cox and Dinkins, Inc.
254-0518
tchalgren@coxanddinkins.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Kristi Eidson

Personnel Development Manager at Total Comfort Solutions
803-772-4495
Kristi.Eidson@totalcomfortsolutions.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Billy Graham

AC/Heating Technician at Total Comfort / Comfort Services
803-772-4490

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Tim Kehoe

Certified Green Builder at Kehoe Constructors, LLC
803-951-0494
timkehoebuilds@gmail.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Greg Lee

Industrial Technology at Midlands Technical College
822-3629
leegc@midlandstech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, and Teacher Tours

Lasenta Lewis-Ellis

President CEO at LLE Construction Group, LLC
409-8100
llellis@lleconstruction.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Charlie Marra

Chapin Concrete Contractors, Inc.
803-345-9905
charlie@chapinconcrete.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Jim Reynolds

President at Total Comfort Solutions
772-4495
jim.reynolds@totalcomfortsolutions.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Job Shadowing, Co-ops, and Teacher Tours

Todd Wagstaff

Total Comfort / Comfort Services
772-4490
todd.wagstaff@comfortservices.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Apprenticeships, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, Co-ops, and Teacher Tours

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Will Bryan

VP of Marketing / Art Director at Genesis Studios
796-9666
will@gencreative.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Katie Fox

Director of Theatre Operations at Midlands Technical College – Harbison
407-5003
foxk@midlandstech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Larry McGuirt

Senior Producer at NAC, US Department of Justice
larry.mcguirt@usdoj.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Lee Snelgrove

Executive Director at One Columbia
803-254-5008
lee@onecolumbiasc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Business, Management and Administration

Melissa Anderson

803-609-2941
msandersonsc@gmail.com

Jordan Archer

Clarke and Company Benefits, LLC
704-957-7564
jarcher@clarkebenefits.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Robin Bowers

Executive Director at Lexington Interfaith Community Services
803-206-2401
executivedirector@licssc.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Apprenticeships, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Dionne Fleshman

Director, Human Resource and Community Affairs at DESA, Inc.
743-1134
dfleshman@desainc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Becky Garnett

Program Director at Midlands Technical College
803-732-5256
garnettb@midlandstech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Steven Hughes

Founder & Chief Financial Mentor at Know Money, Inc.
803-807-6915
steven@know-money.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Lynn Hutto

Community Relations Manager at Greater Columbia Community Relations Council
803-206-5215
lhutto@comrelations.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Trish Jones

Office of Career Management at University of South Carolina
777-8063
pjones@moore.sc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Larry Lucas

Larry Lucas Agency Inc. – State Farm
799-1998
larry@larrylucasagency.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, and Job Shadowing

Georgia Meeks

Spherion Staffing
803-772-4915 option 2
georgiameeks@spherion.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Lance Roper

Canteen Vending
786-2251
lancerobert.roper@compass-usa.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Ed Sherbert

President at Sherbert & Associates
864-963-2848
info@sherbertassociates.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Valerie Smith

Development Director at Rehani Consulting
803-917-8542
rehani@rehani.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Mike Smith

Regional Account Manager at We Know IT
799-7321 x 302
Mike.Smith@WeKnowITonline.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Trey Smoak

Vice President at Recruiting Solutions
806-8125
tsmoak@recruitingsolutionsonline.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Haidee Clark Stith

Principal at OnPoint Services, LLC
834-0410
hstith@opservices.us

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Gary Washington

Carolina Encouragement Center
931-8881
gawcpi@att.net

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Valencia Westray

HR – Workforce Staffing Consultant at Morgaret Business Solutions, LLC
788-5600
valencwestr@aol.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, and Job Shadowing

Gayel Wigfall

BlueCross BlueShield of SC
264-5932
gayel.wigfall@bcbssc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Maranda Williams

Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology
776-9100
gfadmissions@kennethshuler.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, and Teacher Tours

Tia Williams

Publisher at Midlands Anchor
803-513-8921
tia@midlandsanchor.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Susan Wilson

Director of Human Resources at Palmetto Utility Protection Service, Inc.
939-1117
susan.wilson@sc1pups.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Job Shadowing

Education and Training

Tamara Chapman

Capella University
704-779-1506
tchapman9@capellauniversity.com or tamarachapman31@yahoo.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Kristie Flynn

Paul Mitchell The School Columbia
772-2232
kristief@pmtscolumbiasc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Nick Foong

Campus President at Virginia College
803-509-7100
nick.foong@vc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Vida Jennings

Manager, PHR at BlueCross BlueShield of SC
264-1253
vida.jennings@bcbssc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Trish Jones

Office of Career Management at University of South Carolina
777-8063
pjones@moore.sc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Steven Langer

Workforce Consultant / Job Developer at SC DSS Lexington Office
803-785-2899
steven.langer@dss.sc.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Tom Ledbetter

Associate Vice President, Center for Entrepreneurial Success at Midlands Technical College
691-3885
ledbettert@midlandstech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, Co-ops, and Teacher Tours

Lamont Moore

Director of Gifted, Talented programs at SC Dept of Education
803-370-2871
lamontlmoore@yahoo.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Jim Robinson

Chief Executive Officer at AimHigh Education
803-788-6894
info@aimhigheducationsc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

LaQuinta Scott

Centura College
803-754-7544
corccol@centura.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Vincent J. Stovall

Webster University
803-738-0603
stovallv@webster.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Theresa Tobin

Regional Director at The Quest Zone
803-295-7993
ttobin@thequestzone.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Gayel Wigfall

BlueCross BlueShield of SC
264-5932
gayel.wigfall@bcbssc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Maranda Williams

Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology
776-9100
gfadmissions@kennethshuler.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student tours, and Teacher Tours

Sha’Kelah Wilson

Assoc. Admissions Rep at Fortis College
803-678-4800
swilson@edaff.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, and Teacher Tours

Finance

Melissa Anderson

803-609-2941
msandersonsc@gmail.com

Gina Cotton

Financial Services Specialist at Regions Bank Forest Drive
803-738-1303
gina.moak@regions.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Steven Hughes

Founder & Chief Financial Mentor at Know Money, Inc.
803-807-6915
steven@know-money.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Larry Lucas

Larry Lucas Agency Inc. – State Farm
799-1998
larry@larrylucasagency.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, and Job Shadowing

Robert Mendenall

President at The College Funding Center of SC, LLC
803-798-0390
rob@collegefundingcentersc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Job Shadowing

Joe Sicilio

Midlands Educator Insurance at The Horace Mann Companies
739-0555
joe.sicilio@horacemann.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Erin Timmons

Membership Development Officer at Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
360-5756
etimmons@pcemail.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Robert Underwood, Jr.

CFO at FB Johnson Group
786-7910
bunderwood@fbjohnston.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Apprenticeships, and Co-ops

Todd Wagstaff

Total Comfort / Comfort Services
772-4490
todd.wagstaff@comfortservices.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Apprenticeships, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, Co-ops, and Teacher Tours

Government and Public Administration

Carolyn Andrews

Transitional Services Manager at Fort Jackson
751-1723
carolyn.andrews@us.army.mil

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Shannon Banks

Employment Advisor at SC National Guard
803-299-2911
shannon.banks2.ctr@mail.mil

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Catherine Kellahan

Scheduling Office at The Governor’s Office
734-2100
ckellah@gov.sc.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Job Shadowing

Anthony McMann

United States Army
803-732-3373
anthony.r.mcmann.mil@mail.mil

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Cary McSwain

County Administrator at Richland County
576-2054
carymcswain@richlandonline.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Tiaa Rutherford

Neighborhood Planner at Richland County Government
576-2166
rutherfordt@rcgov.us

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Haidee Clark Stith

Principal at OnPoint Services, LLC
834-0410
hstith@opservices.us

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Health Science

Terry Blair

Job Developer Program Coordinator II at SC Department of Social Services
803- 898-1744
terry.blair@dss.sc.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Erica Davis

Health Careers Coordinator at Mid-Carolina AHEC
286-4121
ericadavis@comporium.net

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Andrew Hartsoe

BOOST Recruiter at Midlands Technical College
822-3407
hartsoea@midlandstech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Nancy S. Hudson

Nursing Instructor at Midlands Technical College
822-6758
hudsonn@midlandstech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Krysten Hyduke

HR Manager at SC Healthy Connections
803-898-2775
hyduke@scdhhs.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Steven Langer

Workforce Consultant / Job Developer at SC DSS Lexington Office
803-785-2899
steven.langer@dss.sc.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Betty Miller

HR Coordinator at SC Dept of Mental Health
803-737-5797
bsm89@scdmh.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Elizabeth “Betty” Regan

Associate Professor & Program Director at USC – Integrated Information Technology
777-2286
earegan@mailbox.sc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Val Richardson

Workforce Development Manager at Palmetto Health
296-5306
valerie.richardson@palmettohealth.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Nancy Smith

HR Manager at Comfort Keepers
739-4442
nancysmith@comfortkeepers.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Hospitality and Tourism

Walter Caudle

Consultant at Music & More To Go
730-8815
wfcaudle@aol.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Jackie R. Driggers

Human Resources Director at Fowler Hospilitality, LLC
865-7102 x 25
jackie.driggers@fowlerhospitality.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Human Services

Tamara Chapman

Capella University
704-779-1506
tchapman9@capellauniversity.com or tamarachapman31@yahoo.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Anita Garrett

Director, Project E.A.R.N. at United Way Association of SC
803-608-8843
anita.garrett@uwasc.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Cynthia Goldin

Administrator at Winnsboro Active Day Center
803-712-6820
cgoldin@activeservices.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Latoya Jeeter

Career Coach at Columbia College
803-786-3862
ljeeter@columbiasc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Betty Miller

HR Coordinator at SC Dept of Mental Health
803-737-5797
bsm89@scdmh.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Alli B. Smalls

Career Specialist at C A Johnson High School
253-7058
alcyon.smalls@richlandone.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Information Technology

James Anthos

Asst. Professor & IT Program Director at South University – Columbia
935-4325
janthos@southuniversity.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Bob Brookshire

Program Director, Integrated Information Technology at University of South Carolina
777-6570
rbrook@mailbox.sc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Duncan Buell

Professor and Chair at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
777-7848
buell@cse.sc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Natalie Cobb

Business Development Manager at DP Professionals
803-738-0066
natalie@dppit.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Phyllis Coleman

Greater Columbia BDPA
414-2461
pacoleman2001@yahoo.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Keith Costley

SCANA
217-2871
kcostley@scana.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

John Denise

President & CEO at ACC
726-4909
JohnD@AACsc.net

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Trey Gordner

CEO at Koios
910-987-4207
trey@koios.co

Kristine Hooker

Finance Director at IT-oLogy
354-5732
Kristine.Hooker@IT-oLogy.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Apprenticeships, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, Co-ops, and Teacher Tours

Matt Luther

General Manager at TPM Columbia
803-917-5624
mattluther@tpm.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Jill Menhart

Human Resources Director at VC3
733-7333
jill.menhart@VC3.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Stephen Miano

President at That Computer Store
462-4199
smiano@mianovision.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Michelle Moshinskie

Director of Marketing & Communications at A3 Communications, Inc.
744-5029
michelle.moshinskie@a3communications.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Elizabeth “Betty” Regan

Associate Professor & Program Director at USC – Integrated Information Technology
777-2286
earegan@mailbox.sc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Mike Smith

Regional Account Manager at We Know IT
799-7321 x 302
Mike.Smith@WeKnowITonline.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Michael Williamson

BlueCross BlueShield of SC
730-9358
michael.williamson@bcbssc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Law, Public Safety and Security

Michelle Berry

Admin Specialist – HR at Federal Bureau of Investigation
214-5671
michelle.berry@ic.fbi.gov

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

George Rice

Deputy Director at Richland County ESD
748-4663
georgerice@richlandonline.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Rob Tyson

Attorney at Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
929-1400
rtyson@sowell.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Manufacturing

Scott Adams

Partner at TrioIP Group, LLC
312-1870
scottadamslaw@yahoo.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Lisa Brownlee

President at Leader’s Imago, LLC
803-261-4035
lisa@leadersimago.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Randy Crutfield

Lexington Site Hiring Manager at Michelin Tire US5
951-5602
randy.crutfield@us.michelin.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Jason DuBose

HR Manager at FPL Food, LLC
706 922 3901
jason.dubose@fplfood.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Tonya Hendley

Executive Search Consultant at FGP International
803-719-5542
thendley@fgp.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Eileen Ladyko

Career Services Specialist at ITT Technical Institute
216-6045
eladyko@itt-tech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Tom Ledbetter

Associate Vice President, Center for Entrepreneurial Success at Midlands Technical College
691-3885
ledbettert@midlandstech.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, Co-ops, and Teacher Tours

Karen Owens

President at Karen Owens Communications
413-6789
karen@kocommunications.com

Available for: Teacher Tours

David Prigge

Program Consultant at Richland District One
735-3332
david.prigge@richlandone.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

James Richter

SC Manufacturers Alliance
803-799-9695
richter@myscma.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Robert M. Steele

Automotive and Welding Instructor at Heyward Career and Technology Center
735-3343
rsteele@richlandone.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Brent Whitesides

Regional Manager at Ford Motor Company
313-805-2384 (cell)
bwhites1@ford.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Marketing, Sales and Service

Robin Bowers

Executive Director at Lexington Interfaith Community Services
803-206-2401
executivedirector@licssc.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Apprenticeships, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Lamont Deter

Accounting Manager – Finance at The State Newspaper
771-8317
ldeter@thestate.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Edwin Gerace

Realtor at Russell and Jeffcoat Realty
957-5566
egerace@sc.rr.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, and Job Shadowing

Rhonda Rawl

Blue Avenue, LLC
361-7295
rhonda@goblueavenue.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Scott Adams

Partner at TrioIP Group, LLC
312-1870
scottadamslaw@yahoo.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Duncan Buell

Professor and Chair at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
777-7848
buell@cse.sc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Ted Chalgren

Business Development at Cox and Dinkins, Inc.
254-0518
tchalgren@coxanddinkins.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Teacher Tours

Northan F. Golden

Retired Air Force Officer at Express Employment Professionals
803-788-8721
northan.golden@expresspros.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Matt Luther

General Manager at TPM Columbia
803-917-5624
mattluther@tpm.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Sharon G. Lynn

Account Manager at SCE&G
217-7341
slynn@scana.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Kathryn McPhail

Director of Communications & Marketing at College of Engineering & Computing – USC
777-2576
mcphailk@cec.sc.edu

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Karen Owens

President at Karen Owens Communications
413-6789
karen@kocommunications.com

Available for: Teacher Tours

David Prigge

Program Consultant at Richland District One
735-3332
david.prigge@richlandone.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

James Richter

SC Manufacturers Alliance
803-799-9695
richter@myscma.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Robert M. Steele

Automotive and Welding Instructor at Heyward Career and Technology Center
735-3343
rsteele@richlandone.org

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Brent Whitesides

Regional Manager at Ford Motor Company
313-805-2384 (cell)
bwhites1@ford.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Christopher Williams

Tekk Solutions
803-556-1533
chris@tekksolution.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Chappelle Broome

Human Resource Manager at Columbia Metropolitan Airport
822-5012
c.broome@columbiaairport.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Internships, Student Tours, Job Shadowing, and Teacher Tours

Nekita Joyner

HR Representative at UPS
822-6290
njoyner@ups.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Student Tours, and Teacher Tours

Patrick Moore

SC Ports Authority
843-577-8175
MTomsic@SCSPA.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom and Student Tours

Scott Rhodes

General Manager at Galeana Chrysler-Jeep
461-7731
srhodes@galeanasc.com

Available for: Speaking in Classroom, Apprenticeships, Student Tours, and Teacher Tours

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