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.

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. He is a graduate of the Modjeksa Simkins School.

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. Omari uses art a tool for social change, blending creativity and politics to further the concerns for the human rights agenda.

Co-Secretaries
Shannon Colley Herin was born and raised in East Tennessee, but chose to live most of her adult life in South Carolina. She is a retired educator from Lexington & Richland School District 5, and her credentials include a Master’s Degree in Literacy, National Board Teacher Certification, and serving as a USC Coaching Teacher. She is a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church and works as a volunteer with Lutheran Services Carolinas serving refugee families. Shannon is a 2017 graduate of the Modjeska Simkins School.

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. He is a graduate of the Modjeksa Simkins School.

Treasurer
Katie Schulz moved to South Carolina as an Americorps Volunteer in 2003. She has since worked for a number of health care nonprofits across the state, and currently serves as the Manager for Quality Improvement and Population Health for a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Upstate. She is a graduate of the Modjeska School.

Membership Liaison

Sarah Keeling grew up in West Virginia and North Augusta, SC. She holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina. Sarah is active in racial justice work, and formed the Columbia chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) in July 2016. She is a graduate of the 2017 Modjeska Simkins School. Sarah works with college students to pay her bills.

Project Coordinators

Immigrant Rights
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. She is a graduate of the Modjeksa Simkins School.

Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights
Graham Duncan is a archivist and historian at the South Caroliniana Museum and an editor at Auntie Bellum.

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.

Carol Singletary is a  Modjeska School graduate who is the facilitator of our Racial Profiling Project. Carol graduated from Claflin University and holds a Master’s degree in Human Behavior and Conflict Management from Columbia College. In 2003, after retiring as the Director of Youth Programs for SC Dept. of Social Services, Carol became the Senior Advisor for Outreach at the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Carol is the social action coordinator for the Francis Burns United Methodist Church.

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. She is a graduate of the Modjeksa Simkins School.

Treasurer
Open Seat presently being filled by Katie Shulz.

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. He is a graduate of the Modjeksa Simkins School.

Mary Bolden is a military veteran, longtime Network member, volunteer extraordinaire, and graduate of the Modjeska School.

Rock Hill
Mary Keenan is a longtime Network member and activist.

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

Government Relations Director
John Crangle worked with the SC Progressive Network for many years as a leader of Common Cause SC before joining our executive committee in 2017. The state’s leading authority on public corruption, Crangle wrote a book about Lost Trust, the scandal that embroiled the State House in the 1990s.

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. A champion of underdogs since childhood, she identifies as a feminist and animal rights activist. She is a graduate of the Modjeksa Simkins School.