Foundation Announces Inaugural Leadership Strategies Course Class

August 18, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – August 18, 2009 – A group of 12 South Carolina nonprofit leaders were selected for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s first nonprofit leadership graduate course. The course, a collaborative effort with Columbia College, is an expansion of the Foundation’s Learning Academy which offers free daylong workshops and training to staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations addressing poverty across the state.

Pictured: The Fall 2009 Leadership Strategies class poses for a group photo during orientation on August 12, 2009; (back row, left to right) Cecilia Meggs, Janet Smith, Arthur Hodge, Dorothy Priester, Mamie Nicholson, David Kunz, Jane Tuttle, Preston Winkler; (sitting, from left to right) Vanessa Frazier, Lila Anna Sauls, Betsy Marlow and Beck Sullivan.

Leadership Strategies, the graduate course, will challenge leaders to extend their learning of executive leadership and id designed around patterns of thought and practices of effective leadership. Class members meet once a month for two consecutive days for five months and themes range from ethics and strategic leadership to politics and policy for social impact.

Members of the Leadership Strategies Fall 2009 class are:

Vanessa Frazier, Christ Teens
Arthur Hodge, Goodwill Industries of Upstate
David Kunz, The Cooperative Ministry
Betsy Marlow, Miss Ruby’s Kids
Cecilia Meggs, Lighthouse Ministries
Mamie Nicholson, The Self Family Foundation
Dorothy Priester, Cherokee County First Steps
Lila Anna Sauls, St. Lawrence Place
Janet Smith, The Children’s Center
Beck Sullivan, Municipal Association of South Carolina
Jane Tuttle, House of Hope of the Pee Dee
Preston Winkler, Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

This is a college course and, upon completion, participants will receive three accredited college hours to be used towards a graduate degree. Columbia College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Through capacity-building grants, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina pays tuition, accommodations and off-campus meals.

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties by addressing the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.

About Columbia College
Columbia College is a private liberal arts women’s college related to the United Methodist Church with a legacy of developing women leaders with the courage, commitment, confidence and competence to build a better world. In addition to the Women’s College, coeducational evening and graduate programs are also offered. Enrollment is 1500 students from 23 states and 20 countries. Columbia College is also home to the Leadership Institute and the Alliance for Women, a network of colleges, universities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and individuals dedicated to working together to bring about positive changes that will improve the lives of all citizens of the State. For more information about Columbia College visit