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Our Board of Directors
Standing from left to right: Deacon Lemeul Stephens, Russell K. Riley, Robert Davis, Attorney Tiffany Richardson, Rev. S. Allison Baker, Trina Lomax, Rev. Joseph English, Pastor Charles B. Jackson, Sr. and Butch Wallace. Sitting from left to right: Dr. Tamhra Jackson, Virginia R. Newman, Dr. Tanya Reid, Rosemounda "Peggy" Butler, Eloise Black, and Sandra Jagan. Not Pictured: Valeria B. Farr, and Malissa McNairy. Photo by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine.
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. Angela Taylor at 744-7908.
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.
Eloise Black – a native of West Columbia, South Carolina attended the public schools of Lexington County School District #2 and graduated from the former Lakeview High School. She is a life long resident of the West Columbia community and the Brookland Baptist Church when she has served as a Sunday School teacher and member of the Senior Musical Choir. She was owner of the Blacks Home Daycare until her retirement.
Classification: Senior Citizen
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
Robert Davis – resides in Columbia. He is Senior Vice President of Primerica Financial Systems. He has extensive experience in insurance and investing. He serves on the African American Leadership Council for Primerica. Prior to joining Primerica he was a teacher and coach. He is also a choral director. Classification: Investment/Business
Joseph English – a native of Lexington County and resides in Columbia. He received his early education in the public schools of Lexington County. In 1962, he received his high school diploma from Lakeview High School in West Columbia, S.C. His education was continued at Benedict College, Columbia, S.C. where he received a B.S. Degree in Chemistry in 1965. In 1975, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. His teaching experience began in August 1996 at Lakeview High School. He taught there for nine years. During this time the school’s name was changed from Lakeview to Northside Middle School. In 1975, be became the Assistant Principal at Northside Middle School, and Principal of Northside in April, 1981. In 1988 he was transferred to Busbee Middle School where he served as principal for six years. He retired in June 1995 with 30 years of service to the district. He served as Pastor of Zion Chapel Baptist Church II in Columbia, S.C. from 1992-1999. August of 1999, God led him to found a church and gave him the name: Kingdom Builders Ministries. In the five and a half years of leadership under Pastor English the church has experienced tremendous growth in many areas Classification: Lakeview Alumni Association
Valerie Farr – resides in Columbia. Ms. Farr is currently employed by the Internal Revenue Service as a Revenue Agent. Prior to her employment with the IRS she held the position of Vice President of Fiscal Affairs at Allen University from 2005-2008 and the Director of Internal Audit for Claflin University from 2003-2005. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts Degree in accounting from South Carolina State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of Brookland Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Classification: Accountant
Sandra Jagan – a licensed master social worker in the state of South Carolina. She is a social work case manager for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Special Care Center, formerly the Medically Fragile Children’s Program. She has been employed with Palmetto Health for 6 years. She is the facilitator of two community support groups, Sistercare; and a weekly support group at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional for incarcerated battered women. She facilitates a weekly support group for Latina/Hispanic victims of domestic violence in Lexington County. She attended Columbia College for her undergraduate degree and the University of South Carolina for her graduate degree.
Tambra O. Jackson, PhD., - a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana; resides in Columbia. She is employed by the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor of instruction and teacher education. She has a B.S. in elementary education from Miami University, a Masters in Education from the Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy from Michigan State University. She has experience in grants writing. She is a member of Brookland Baptist Church. Classification: Teaching/Instruction and Grants
Trina Lomax – a native of Greenwood, S.C. Trina obtained her B.S. degree in Business Administration/Management from the University of South Carolina. She has a Masters of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University. She is employed with the Human Resource Department at Lexington County. She is a active member of Richland County Alumni chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she is involved in community service. She is a member of Brookland Baptist Church and and serves on various ministries. Classification: Human Resources
Malissa McNairy – a native of Columbia and currently resides in Camden. She attended Lakeview elementary and high school. She has a certificate of nursing from Midlands Technical College, and Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and General Studies from Central Texas College. She has varied employment experiencing ranging from a career in the US Army to Daycare Management. Classification: Community
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
Tanya Reid, MD – resides in Columbia. She is physician trained in allergy and immunology and pediatrics. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her MD degree at Meharry Medical College. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She went on to obtain a fellowship in allergy and immunology also at Baylor. She is the past Director of the Children’s Immunology Center at the University School of Medicine here in Columbia. She is also past Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University School of Medicine. She has been in private practice for 10 years. Currently she participates in locum tenum assignments. Tanya community service involves serving on the Bethel Hanberry Elementary School Improvement Council and on the Top Elementary School Health Advisory Committee. Tanya Reid, MD is a member of Brookland Baptist Church. Classification: Physician or Hospital Administrator
Tiffany Richardson – a native of Summerville, South Carolina, and currently resides in Columbia. She is an attorney employed at the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court. Ms. Richardson received her B.S. Degree in Finance and Real Estate and her JD degree from the University of South Carolina. She will graduate with her MBA in May of 2011 and will continue working on her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policies with an emphasis in higher education. Ms. Richardson is a member of the South Carolina Women’s Lawyer’s Association and the S.C. Young Lawyers Division of the S.C. Bar. She volunteers with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, Lexington Medical Center, and Richland County Public Library. She is a member of Brookland Baptist Church. Classification: Attorney
Russell Riley – a native of West Columbia, South Carolina and attended the public schools of Lexington County School District #2, where he graduated from Brookland Cayce High School. He is the owner and certified Prosthetist at the Center for Prosthetics, a thriving full-service prosthetics clinic based in West Columbia. Riley attended Benedict College on a baseball scholarship, and later earned a Bachelor degree in Management of Human Resources from Southern Wesleyan University. Afterwards, he went on to earn a certificate in Prosthetics from California State Dominquez Hills University. Today, Riley serves on the Board of Directors for the International African American Prosthetics and Orthotics Coalition, and is also a member of the American Board for Certification.
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
Butch Wallace – resides in Springdale, South Carolina. He is a State Farm Insurance Agent. He attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He is the past President of both the West Metro and Cayce/West Columbia Rotary Clubs. He is past Chairman of the Lexington County Republican Party.