Billy Boylston

Billy Boylston is vice president of government affairs for the Carolinas Credit Union League, the trade association for credit unions in the Carolinas. There are more than 150 credit unions in the two states serving about 4.7 million members. Billy oversees lobbying efforts in the Statehouse and works with South Carolina’s congressional delegation on federal issues of concern to the League.

Billy, who has a B.A. in political science from Clemson, has worked for the Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney for President campaign> He was also an advisor and regional director for U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan as well as serving on the staff of U.S. Rep. Ted Poe of Texas.

Billy is active in community organizations including the Red Cross, Light the Night, the United Way and raising money to fight cancer.

Jenny Boulware

Jenny Boulware is the manager of the Main Street South Carolina program of the South Carolina Municipal Association. In her role, she provides technical assistance for local leaders working on community development and downtown revitalization projects in towns and cities across the state.

She previously worked as associate coordinator of the Public History Program at West Virginia University, a design services consultant with the South Carolina Downtown Development Association and as executive director of Main Street Laurens.

Jenny has a B.A. in history from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s degree in public history from the University of South Carolina.

She has been active in professional and community groups including the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a graduate of Leadership Laurens.

Kathryn Boucher

Kathryn Boucher is the executive director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, a 65-member orchestra which has performed for more than 90 seasons and has roots dating to the late 19th Century. Kathryn works in all aspects of orchestra operations from fundraising to community relations and overseeing daily operations.

A native of Greenville, Kathryn has bachelor’s degrees in finance and art history from Wofford College and a master’s in Arts Administration from Winthrop University. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and was selected an Emerging Leader of the League of American Orchestras.

Kathryn previously was development officer for the Mint Museums of Art in Charlotte, N.C.

She is part-time director of the Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College and graduated from Leadership Spartanburg and the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative at the Riley Institute at Furman University. She is a fellow of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and active in the League of American Orchestras.

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.


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