Maj. David Baxley

Maj. David Baxley is the deputy chief of staff for the South Carolina Army National Guard. In his position, he assists in the daily operations of 1,200 full-time staff members statewide as well as budget operations. He also manages the offices of the state Adjutant General and his deputy as well as the Guard chief of staff, chief command warrant officer and state command sergeant major.

Previously David worked as state training officer for the National Guard, managing budgeting, planning and training areas and resources for all guard units in South Carolina.

A native of Lake View, David has an associate’s degree from Horry-Georgetown Technical College and a bachelor’s in business administration from Columbia Southern University.

Dare Bailey

Dare Bailey is counsel for litigation at the South Carolina Department of Revenue. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in political science, Dare, a native of Johnsonville, received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Previously she served as a senior consultant and policy director for Maximus working with governments and contractors on issues dealing with the federal Affordable Care Act. She also worked as a staff attorney for the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the state’s second-highest court.

She is active in the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and has served on the South Carolina Bar Ethics Advisory, Judicial Qualifications, and Professional Responsibility committees. She is a graduate of the Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program and is active with the EdVenture Museum in Columbia, the Columbia Museum of Art and neighborhood associations.

Juwan Ayers

Juwan Ayers is a field credit analyst at Synovus Bank in Columbia where he analyzes credit data for commercial loans. He is a graduate of South Carolina State University where he earned a B.A. in accounting. There he served as the president of the Student Government Association and as such sat as the student representative on the university Board of Trustees.

Juwan has long been involved in community service and most recently was named to the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs representing the state 6th Congressional District.

He is also a member of the Columbia Urban League Young Professionals leadership program and has worked in the past with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation and Junior Achievement.

Juwan also serves as a volunteer basketball coach at Westwood High School.

Brent Arant

Brent Arant is a personal injury attorney practicing with the Joye Law Firm in North Charleston arguing criminal, civil and appellate cases. A native of Bowman, S.C., and a fourth-generation farmer, Brent was a successful walk-on football player at Presbyterian College where he received his undergraduate degree. He received his law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Previously Brent worked in Columbia both as an assistant state solicitor prosecuting violent offenses and as a special assistant United States Attorney. He also participated in the South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy which provides upcoming attorneys professional training and helps increase community awareness.

He has worked with the United Way in the Midlands Reading Consortium which helps school children learn to read at grade level. He also participates in youth charities in the Lowcountry.

Karen Albert

Karen Albert is the president of Practical Solutions for Public Safety. Based in Upstate, South Carolina, the company provides public safety consulting services to government agencies and the private sector. Karen also provides technical resources and serves as an instructor for the National Institute of Corrections in the areas of jail administration and resource management.

She previously worked as a juvenile court counselor in Wayne County, N.C., and served as Director of Administration for the Arlington County, Va., Sheriff’s Office. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University, a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management, and a doctorate in Education – Organizational Leadership.

She is a graduate of Lead Virginia, Leadership Greer, Leadership Arlington and served on the boards supporting animals and leadership programs. She is also a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at East Carolina University. She recently organized the effort to place a World War I Memorial in Greer, dedicated on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

Brooke Bailey

Brooke Bailey is the deputy communications director at the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She has over 15 years’ experience developing and implementing marketing and public relations strategies for both for profit and nonprofit organizations.

She is actively involved in her community and has served on several boards and committees including The Cooperative Ministry board, First Tee Columbia, Healthy Learners Marketing/PR Committee, COR board and Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce board.

She chaired the Leadership Columbia advisory board, serves as second vice president on the University of South Carolina Richland/Lexington Alumni board and is a member of Junior League of Columbia. Brooke is the 2005 Wild Dunes Resort Associate of the Year, 2007 Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow, a graduate of the 2009-10 class of Leadership Columbia and a 2016 Leadership South Carolina graduate.

Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University. Before joining SCDHHS, she served as senior director of communications at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Charles Saylors

“Chuck Saylors is currently Vice President of the Construction Management Division of M.B. Kahn Construction Company in Columbia. He is also currently serving in his 16th year as a member of the Board of Trustees for the School District of Greenville County and is serving a 5th year as Board Chairman.

Married to the former Teresa Cunningham, the couple have four children and 2 grandchildren. A lifelong resident of Greenville county, Saylors has served in a number of professional and volunteer capacities and is a Fellow for SC-EPFP as well as the Riley Institute DLI program. Currently the Vice President of SCSBA, in 2009 Saylors was installed as National President for the National PTA, the association’s first male National President.”

 

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