Executive Committee

  • Executive Team

    • Danielle

      Boysen

      Vice Chair

      803-237-7887

      Danielle.boysen@baml.com

      Danielle Boysen is a Credit Products Officer in the Carolinas Region of the Business Banking. Based in Columbia, SC she evaluates risk and manages an industry portfolio of various clients across the State of South Carolina in the general industries and not for profit space. She manages and is held accountable for all transaction risk, including but not limited to reputation, operation, market and credit risks and on-going portfolio monitoring of complex and standard credit deals. She is the primary credit resource on client/deal teams for transactions and also monitors credit risk Commercial clients. Danielle joined Bank of America’s predecessor bank, NationsBank, in 1998. In her 19 years with the bank, she has held several positions in the Commercial Bank. Danielle graduated from University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance in 1998. Active in the community, Danielle is currently serving on the advisory boards of City Year Columbia and the Executive Committee for Women In Philanthropy, as well as, the Co-Chair for Bank of America’s South Carolina LEAD for Women Chapter (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development). Throughout her career, Danielle has served on councils and committees including Southern Association of Financial Empowerment, Young Professional Society, Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Lexington Medical Foundation and Bank of America Community Volunteer South Carolina Chapter. Danielle continues to be an active volunteer in her community with organizations including Senior Resources, Habitat Humanity, Harvest Hope, and Boys and Girls Club.

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    • Cindy

      Cox

      Secretary

      803-553-8064

      cindy.cox@bellsouth.com

      Cindy Cox is AT&T’s Assistant Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs. After an extensive work career with BellSouth (now AT&T) that began in 1984, Cindy moved to Columbia, South Carolina in July 2003 and assumed her current role. Cindy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Midlands and of the Richland Library Foundation. Other community service includes Midlands Reading Consortium, Cooperative Ministries VITA program and Habitat for Humanity. She has previously served on the Midlands Housing Trust Fund Board of Directors, the South Carolina Telecommunications Association Board of Directors (Past President), the Columbia Urban League Board of Directors (Past Chairman), the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors (Past President) and the EdVenture Board of Directors. Cindy is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina, and has earned a Certificate in Leadership from the Leadership in the New South at Columbia College. Cindy was recognized by the Columbia Urban League in 2011 with its David Wallace Award and by the Columbia Urban League Guild with its Tower Award in 2015. Cindy was active in the A.C. Moore Elementary School PTO, the Hand Middle School Education Foundation and the Dreher High School Education Foundation. Cindy and her husband, Randall Gaston are parents of a son, Cole and dog, Chance. Cindy Cox graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1981 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Quantitative Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984.

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    • Sarah

      Brennecke

      Director of Women in Philanthropy

      803-733-5107

      SBrennecke@uway.org

      Sarah Brennecke serves as the Women in Philanthropy Coordinator at United Way of the Midlands. Sarah began working at United Way as the Stewardship and Prospect Research Manager in January 2016, and became a Leadership Giving Associate and WIP Coordinator in May. Before joining the United Way team, Sarah served as Program Director at Tutor Eau Claire, a local non-profit Literacy Outreach Organization specializing in children with learning differences. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of the Junior League of Columbia, where she serves on the Touch-A-Truck Committee. She and her husband Taylor attend First Presbyterian Church and have four dogs.

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    • Charlotte

      Berry

      Founding Member Liaison

      Community Volunteer Charlotte Lunsford Berry has dedicated much of her life to philanthropy and community innovation. A recipient of numerous local and national awards, Charlotte spent years traveling the world as National Chairman of the American Red Cross, supervising and planning for over one million volunteers. In anticipation of dramatic changes for the volunteer world within the next century, her interest during the 1990s focused on the motivation and education of boards/groups to provide more broad and meaningful involvement of volunteers. Charlotte has served in voluntary leadership roles at the Historic Columbia Foundation, YWCA, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, South Carolina Independent College and Universities, Columbia Museum of Art, Palmetto Health Foundation, Girl Scouts of the Congaree Area, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the Nurturing Center, to name a few. Charlotte currently serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina and Youth Corps, Co-Chair of the SC Philharmonic Capital Campaign, Co-Chair of the SC State Museum Foundation, Advisory Board for Sexual Trauma of the Midlands and Benedict Collect, the President’s Advisory Council for Wofford College, Board of Directors for the Babcock Center Foundation, City Year Columbia, and Board of Trustees for Columbia College. Over the past 13 years, Charlotte Berry has received 15 prestigious community awards, including The Cooperative Ministry Outstanding Community Service Award, Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, Key to the City of Columbia, Association of Fundraising Professional Award, Daughter of American Revolution Award, and SC Business Women of Influence Award, and many others. Currently, she continues to sustain rigorous local volunteerism and national leadership. Charlotte demonstrates the philosophy of looking at problems and opportunities, not obstacles.

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    • Jennifer

      Berryman

      Member at Large

      jberrymansc@yahoo.com

      Jennifer Berryman is a highly recognized and passionate volunteer committed to giving back to her community, whether at home or in the work place. Because Jennifer feels so deeply about the causes for which she works, public involvement comes naturally to her. Active for over 20 years in Buffalo and recently in South Carolina, Jennifer understands the nuances of volunteerism and of the needs in the areas in which she lives and works. At Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Jennifer is a Senior Administrative Associate to VP and AVP’s in the company. The skills she hones —marketing, communications, negotiating, and persuading as well as leadership and presentation—are those from which Jennifer routinely draws on in her myriad civic duties. Jennifer’s passion to make a difference in South Carolina lead her to working with Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Executives on the United Way of the Midlands corporate giving program and joined the Executive Committee as Communications Chair with Women in Philanthropy. She is currently a member of the Junior League of Columbia. While living in Buffalo she worked with the University at Buffalo’s United Way Executive Committee and was asked to share a testimonial for the campaign based on her experience of rescuing her Golden Retriever, Linus. She also acted as a site coordinator for the last 4 years in UB’s annual Day of Caring Campaign where she managed a team of approximately 25 volunteers, coordinated job duties and communications. Passionate for animals, Jennifer served, and has also held, a number of positions in advocacy organizations. Her titles included Volunteer, Volunteer Captain and Coordinator for the SPCA of Erie County. She has chaired the Dog Days of Kenmore event held in the Village of Kenmore and secured over $10,000 in event sponsorships with breaking attendance and vendor participation. Jennifer was awarded the 2012 Woman of Distinction Award from the Tonawanda News to recognize her achievement with Dog Days of Kenmore and the Erie County SPCA. She served on the Board of Directors for GRROWLS (Golden Retriever Rescue Operating With Love Statewide) for 3 years. She managed communication activities and performed GRROWLS home visits and fostered surrendered dogs as part of the exhaustive screening process for Golden Retriever placement. Seven years in a row, Jennifer raised the highest individual amount (over $23,000) at the SPCA’s Paws in the Park event with her Golden Retrievers, Lucy and Linus, and received naming rights for a kennel for those years, choosing “Berryman Hostel” in her family’s honor. Jennifer and her husband William currently reside in Columbia.

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    • Lauren

      Wilkie

      Nominating Chair, Women in Philanthropy

      803-724-1079

      lwilkie@transitionssc.org

      With an educational background in Business Management and Psychology and a Master’s in Macro Social Work, Lauren has focused her training on program development and evaluation in non-profits in Columbia since 2006. Lauren currently works with Transitions as the Director of Programs, overseeing a 260-bed homeless shelter servicing adults, a day center that serves over 70 clients a day, and a winter shelter with a 240-bed capacity. She has also taught as an adjunct professor with the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina since 2014. For fun, Lauren enjoys traveling with her husband Don around the world as much as they can before they have children!

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    • Becky

      Wych

      Director of Major Gifts and Leadership Programs

      803-733-5419

      bwych@uway.org

  • Communications Subcommittee

    • Elizabeth

      Cardell

      Chair

      803-233-2459

      Liz.Cardell@chernoffnewman.com

      Elizabeth Cardell is a PR Specialist at Chernoff Newman, an integrated marketing communications firm with offices in Columbia, Charleston, Charlotte and Orlando. In her role, Elizabeth works closely with clients across the southeast through media relations, branding, social media strategy and implementation, crisis communication and messaging, strategic public relations and special events. Prior to joining Chernoff Newman, Elizabeth served as the Director of Communications and Leadership Columbia for the Columbia Chamber. Elizabeth earned two B.S. degrees in Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management from the College of Charleston before receiving her Master in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. In addition to her role on the Women in Philanthropy Executive Committee, Elizabeth serves on the Young Leaders Society (YLS) Steering Committee, the Junior League of Columbia Communications Committee and is a 2017 graduate of the Blueprint for Leadership program.

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  • Community Engagement Subcommittee

  • Events Subcommittee

  • Grants Subcommittee

    • Amy

      Larkin

      Chair

      803-237-7887

      AmyELarkin@aol.com

      After years in retail management for an internationally recognized company, Amy Larkin turned her curiosity and desire for operations improvement into another career as a CPA, practicing as a public auditor for healthcare, not-for-profits, manufacturing, transportation, governmental and contract compliance clients. When an opportunity arose to become more focused in her community service here in Columbia, Amy gladly became a financial analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and began volunteering with United Way’s YLS. She is grateful for the opportunity to volunteer in a wide array of capacities with United Way, which continues to deepen her understanding of community needs and services. United Way was her “gateway” community service that has led Amy to join Junior League of Columbia and coordinate volunteers for Junior Achievement and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. She has headed her division’s United Way campaign with a resulting increase in funding for community impact. Joining numerous committees with some of the many amazing United Way partner agencies provided Amy with opportunities to work to bring these agencies together for collaboration and effective impact. Experiences have included boots on the ground organizational efforts, such as the St. Patty’s Day 5K and 10K races volunteers, to governance and oversight implementation efforts, to fundraising and grass roots collaborative efforts to provide more efficient and effective services in the surrounding community; Amy Larkin is energized by the inspirational community members, volunteers, and United Way staff! Her operations management focus and fiscally responsible analytical nature drive her to constantly seek ways to better serve the needs in our community, and she is humbled by true servant leadership she witnesses in her adventures and exploration of the community she proudly calls, "Home."

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  • Member Investor Subcommittee

WIP Signature Sponsor

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