January 25, 2015

Executive Committee and Staff

SC Progressive Network Education Fund Executive Committee –  2017

Cochairs
Marjorie Hammock holds an MSW degree from Howard University and has completed course work for the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work Degree at USC. She has 55 years of experience in a wide range of social work and social justice advocacy. She recently retired as a professor at Benedict College and lives in Columbia. MarjBHamm@aol.com

Kyle Criminger is from Lancaster and holds a B.A. from USC and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate.  A nationally certified health care interpreter, he is a graduate of the inaugural iteration of The Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights, and has aided in the development of the Network’s Democracy 101, Racial Justice, and New Legacy Projects.  Kyle also serves as the Network’s “Membership Liason” welcoming new friends and members since 2014. kyle@scpronet.com

Chair Emeritus: Rev. Joseph Neal is Baptist minister and a leader of the Legislative Black Caucus.  Neal has served 18 years as a member of the State Legislature and served previously as the Network cochair from 1995-2002 and 2005-2011. He has been the principle sponsor of Network policy legislation. jhneal@scstatehouse.net

Vice Chairs
Omari Fox grew up in Brooklyn New York and moved to Orangeburg, SC as a young adult before being attending SC State and finishing his teaching degree at Benedict College. Mr. Fox currently serves as a high school art teacher at Swansea primary and high school in Swansea. Fox is a cultural worker and community organizer with the Southern Movement Assembly and chapter lead for Columbia based Simple Justice an official chapter of the National Black Lives Matter Movement. Omari uses art a tool for social change, blending creativity and politics to further the concerns for the human rights agenda. omarifox@outlook.com

Hoyt Wheeler is a nationally respected labor/management arbitrator and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University SC School of Business, an attorney and a distinguished member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Hoyt lends a rare weight to our ongoing struggle to defend and promote workers’ rights.  <hwheeler@sc.rr.com>

Co-Secretaries
Nathaniel Simmons-Thorne, a Modjeska School graduate, is an emerging activist as well as an upperclassmen at the University of South Carolina where he studies mathematics, philosophy, and history. Movements and activism pertaining to economic justice are of his particular concern. nsimmons9427@gmail.com

Wayne Borders is a founder of the New Legacy Project, the Network’s young leaders organizing project, and is the Director of Columbia NORML. Wayne’s day job is with an HIV education and advocacy nonprofit. waynerbord@gmail.com

Treasurer
Gareth Fenley is a social worker and community organizer based in North Columbia. She sees “one theme in everything I’ve done: a radical insistence on the integrity of the self. I proclaim the right to be oneself without shame, respected as a human being among equal human beings.” Gareth and her partner Judy are joined in one of the first same-sex marriages recognized by the state of South Carolina. Gareth is a graduate of the Modjeska School. fenleyg@gmail.com

Membership Liaison
Kyle Criminger is a long time Network member and current Cochair of the Network. Kyle works in Columbia as a Spanish language translator and has been representing the Network at immigrant rights meetings.  Kyle is seeking a replacement for this important position. kyle@scpronet.com

Project Coordinators

Immigrant Rights Project
Laura Cahue was born in Chicago and raised in Mexico. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University and is a certified court and hospital Spanish language translator. She is the Director of Somos Unos a statewide immigrant rights organizing project. immigrantrights@scpronet.com

Modjeska School Faculty
Graham Duncan is a archivist and historian at the South Caroliniana Museum and an editor at Auntie Bellum. duncang@mailbox.sc.edu
Meeghan Kane is a professor of history at Benedict College in Columbia and Editor-in-Chief of the feminist publication Auntie Bellum. meeghankane@yahoo.com

South Carolina Progressive Network Executive Committee Officers 2017
Representing the individual members of the Network

Co-Chairs

Omari Fox grew up in Brooklyn New York and moved to Orangeburg, SC as a young adult before being attending SC State and finishing his teaching degree at Benedict College. Mr. Fox currently serves as a high school art teacher at Swansea primary and high school in Swansea. Fox is a cultural worker and community organizer with the Southern Movement Assembly and chapter lead for Columbia based Simple Justice an official chapter of the National Black Lives Matter Movement. Omari uses art a tool for social change, blending creativity and politics to further the concerns for the human rights agenda. omarifox@outlook.com

Hoyt Wheeler is a nationally respected labor/management arbitrator and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University SC School of Business, an attorney and a distinguished member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Hoyt lends a rare weight to our ongoing struggle to defend and promote workers’ rights. hwheeler@sc.rr.com

Secretary
SaBrina O. Jeffcoat is a graduate of the College of Charleston where she studied  Studio Art and Biology. Following graduation she worked in the university sector in Exhibition Design and is currently working with the Columbia Museum of Art in Education and Community Outreach. SaBrina aims to use her love of the arts to make social justice issues more approachable to the masses. sojeffcoat@yahoo.com

Treasurer
Open Seat presently being filled by staff and past treasurer

At Large
Open seat currently being temporarily filled by Kyle Ciminger. Serves as membership Liaison greeting new members, representing their interest before the Education Fund Board and  serving as individual membership ombudsman.

Network Regional and Chapter Coordinators

Midlands
Daniel Deweese is a founder of New Legacy Project, lead organizer with SAFE, and is one of the Network’s most active members. daniel@scpronet.com
Mary Bolden is a longtime Network member.

Staff

Director
Brett Bursey
has been director of the Natural Guard, an environmental and social justice resource organization, since 1978. The Natural Guard was the primary organizing force behind the creation and development of the South Carolina Progressive Network in 1994. Bursey has been doing grassroots organizing in South Carolina since he was the state traveler for the Southern Student Organizing Committee in 1968 and 1969. network@scpronet.com

Communications Director
Becci Robbins
is a writer and graphic designer living in the woods in Lexington. She completed course work for her Masters in mass communications at the University of South Carolina. scpoint@mindspring.com