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Our Board of Directors
The Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center is pleased to announce the names of the Board of Directors who held their initial meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Each Board member enthusiastically accepted the challenge of converting the former Lakeview/Northside School into an enrichment complex for families and children in our community. Your financial support and prayers have been much appreciated, and are needed for us to continue our assignment from God. Make your checks payable to BLEC. If you are interested in a tour of the Empowerment Center, you may call Ms.Veronica Hemmingway at 796-8990.
Brookland Lakeview Empowerment Center Board Candidates Profile
Charles B. Jackson, Sr. – a native of West Columbia, South Carolina attended the public schools of Lexington County School District #2, the former Lakeview Elementary School and Brookland-Cayce High School, where he graduated in 1970 with honors. For 40 years he has served as pastor of his home church, Brookland Baptist Church.
Rosemounda “Peggy” Butler – a native of West Columbia, South Carolina, attended the public schools of Lexington County School District #2, the former Lakeview Elementary School, and Brookland Cayce High School. She attended Midlands Technical College and received an associate degree in nursing. She served as the first African American elected to the West Columbia City Council and was the first female Mayor Pro Temp of the City. She is a disabled army veteran and currently served as the State Commander for the Women’s Veteran’s of America. She is a past board member of the National League the para-transit committee for Central Midlands. She serves on the advisory board of the Lutheran Family Services of the Carolinas. Classification: Physically Challenged/Disabled
S. Allison Baker – resides in Columbia. He is the Senior Assistant City Manager for the City of Columbia. He has a Bachelor Arts degree Recreation and a Master’s degree Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and previously served as a pastor. Classification: City Manager
Virginia Newman – resides in Columbia. Newman has been employed at the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission for over 20 years. She was one of the key persons under the administration of Congressman James E. Clyburn during his tenure as Commissioner. She is a member of Brookland Baptist Church. Classification: At-Large
Lemuel Stephens – Resides in Elgin, South Carolina; Retired Educator: Former principal of Western Albemarle High School – Crozet VA; Winnsboro High; Fairfield Central High; Orangeburg-Wilkinson High Former Director – Office of Monitoring, Division of Curriculum – SC Department of Education; Founder; and 1st President – South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE); Executive Director – 1998-2005; Founder and 1st President – The STATE Club, South Carolina State University official athletics booster organization; Deacon – Brookland Baptist Church; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc; Former member – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools State Committee (SACS); Inaugural Member – SC State Charter Schools Committee; President – LC Stephens, Inc. Educational Consulting Contract Consultant, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) – Rexford, NY; Contract Consultant – Haley Responsive Education Corp – Pearland, TX. Classification: At-Large
Reverend S. Allison Baker