Greenville Chamber and United Way of Greenville County graduate inaugural PROPEL GVL class

The Greenville Chamber and United Way of Greenville County recently held a graduation event for its first PROPEL GVL class, a five-week board training and executive leadership program designed to expose participants to the integral elements of board membership and effective board and committee service.

The first graduating class of the PROPEL GVL program are:

Megan Campbell, Greenville Chamber, Marketing and Communications Director
Mark Colby, Michelin NA, Purchasing Manager of Industrial Supplies
Emily Dymski, Greenville Theatre, Marketing and Development Director
Rebecca Edwards, City of Greenville, Community Development Financial Coordinator
Fatima Ghzala, Full Potential Development, Founder
Maria Johnson, Prisma Health – Upstate, Certified Medical Spanish Interpreter
Thomas Kuckhoff, ABB Motors, Research and Development Engineer
Holly Manuel, United Way of Greenville County, Senior Relationship Manager
Marilyn Neves, Foothills Family Resources, Director of Community Outreach
Virginia Rickett, Senior Helpers Anderson, Owner
Jonathan Roth, Jackson Lewis P.C., Attorney
Ame Sanders, State of Inclusion, Founder and President
Josh Tew, Flagship Properties, Vice President, Commercial Division
Jason Thomas, Total Human Resources, Inc., Director of Operations
Rob Vereen, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Financial Specialist
Alex Vitou, ABB Motors, Customer Order Engineering Manager
Janna Walkiewicz, Sustaining Way, Board Member
Sarah West, ITW Hartness, Human Resources Director
Vickie Zambrano, Human Technologies, Professional Division Marketing Coordinator

Upon completion of the program, participants will be guided to placements on local nonprofit boards and committees, such as organizations like Junior Achievement, Center for Developmental Services, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, to name a few.

“These leaders are committed to helping others, and making a positive difference in our community,” said Meghan Barp, president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County. “We know as PROPEL GVL graduates, they will lead by example as they move forward to serve as effective board members for worthy organizations across the Upstate.”

“We are proud of the foresight displayed by this group of community advocates as they take this step towards board leadership,” said Carlos Philips, President and CEO of the Greenville Chamber. “We are confident that they leave the program better equipped to be transformative leaders for our community.”

The PROPEL GVL program will offer another five-week session in 2020. Interested participants and benefitting nonprofit organizations can learn more at


The Greenville Chamber, now in its 130th year of operation, is the largest business organization in Upstate South Carolina, with over 2,100 investors supporting the vision of a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper. For more information, visit

United Way fights for the education, income and health of every person in Greenville County. As a funder, partner and convener, United Way works with the entire community to bring together resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships that create lasting solutions to our community’s most pressing problems. Join the fight at