Columbia Opportunity Resource elects new officers to Board of Directors

June 26, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – June 26, 2009 – Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) has elected Khush Tata, Ashley Sherry, and Eric Roberts to its board of directors.

Sherry, of First Citizens Bank, will serve as the Public Relations Director.

src=img/KTata150.jpgTata, of the SC Technical College System, will serve as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Development Initiative.







src=img/EricRobertsR-150.jpgRoberts, of the United Way of the Midlands, will serve as the Chair of the Community Involvement Initiative.






“We are delighted to have such talented professionals serve on our board,” said Katherine Swartz, COR Board Chairman. “Their industry expertise, knowledge of the area, and involvement in Columbia will be an asset to the organization and will contribute to the goal of making our region a better place to live, work, learn and play.”

Tata, Sherry, and Roberts join 10 other members and five executive advisors on board.

Current board members and advisors include:
Katherine Swartz – South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
Greg Hilton – Sagacious Partners, LLC
Neil Jones – Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A.
Katie Wilmesherr – Columbia Regional Sports Council
Mandi Engram – Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism
Ashley Sherry – First Citizens Bank
Courtney Herring – Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Eric Roberts – United Way of the Midlands
John Stackhouse – National Bank of South Carolina
Khush Tata – SC Technical College System
Lindsey Spires – Presbyterian College
Katherine Robinson – Sagacious Partners
Keely Saye – Immediate Past Chair, COR
Belinda Gergel – City of Columbia Councilwoman
Tom Ledbetter – Midlands Technical College
John Mikula – Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Good to Great Foundation
Anita Floyd – United Way of the Midlands
Linda Salane – Columbia College Leadership Institute

About Columbia Opportunity Resource

Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) is the Midlands’ leading young and emerging leaders membership organization, representing Columbia’s Creative Class. COR is dedicated to fostering a greater sense of civic and community involvement in the Midlands through social, political and cultural education, communication, development and action. COR inspires and empowers a new generation of Columbians to make our city a better place. Through a long list of ongoing projects, events and campaigns, the members of COR foster a new level of social, political, and cultural engagement among this new generation of Columbia’s leaders. COR is a registered 501©3 non-profit organization.

For more information about COR, visit