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The Board of Regents and its committees are responsible for the policies and procedures of Leadership Grand Strand. The program is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand area.
For more information about Leadership Grand Strand, contact Diana Greene, LGS executive director, by emailing LGS@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or call 843-916-7222.
James David Anderson III (Jimmy) is the Director of Technical Services at Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC). He is a lifetime native of Horry County. In his 19 years at HTC, Jimmy has helped develop and grow HTC's world-class data, voice, and video networks that deliver services to Horry and Georgetown Counties. In addition, Jimmy focuses on strategic planning, team development, and drives innovation within the technical areas of HTC. He graduated from CCU with a B.S. in Biology and from Winthrop University with a Master of Business Administration, and is recently a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXIX.
In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys family, boating, golfing, traveling, coaching, and various other outdoor activities.
Jimmy resides in Loris, South Carolina, with his wife Cassandra, children Jameson (14) and Josie (11), dogs (Chubbs) and (Cash), and cat (TJ).
Rachel is currently the Marketing & Brand Manager for SkyWheel Attractions and has been with the company since August 2014. Rachel is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in Communications, with a minor study in Graphic Design. She is also a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXIII. Over the past few years, she has served on the board of Regents for Leadership Grand Strand and is currently the Chairwoman. Rachel and her husband recently opened Beach Cove Realty, a real estate company focused on helping families find their dream home! Beckerman is married to her husband Michael and has two sons, a five-year-old and a 2-year-old.
April is the Director of CHANT411, an information service at Coastal Carolina University. She loves working in Higher Education and says working with college students is the key to staying young, yet it somehow makes you feel really old at the same time! She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Higher Education. Before working at CCU, she worked at University of South Florida, Florida Southern College and University of Alabama. April is from Tampa, Florida, where she met the love of her life and husband, David. They recently had a son named Cooper who they affectionately tell people is their little #SonOfABetsch. April is honored to be on the board and looks forward to meeting LGS Class XXXIX.
Darren P. Gore
I am 49 years old, born here in Conway and live in Myrtle Beach. I am married to my incredible and gorgeous wife, Kimberly (LGS Class 19) for 27 years and we have three children. Cole is 23 years old and married to our daughter-in-law, Brenna. He just recently graduated from Wofford College and is attending law school at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Our daughter, Caroline is 21 and a junior at the University of South Carolina, majoring in Finance. Our youngest, Cade is 16 years old and a sophomore at Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach. I received my MBA in accounting from Winthrop University in 2001 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Accounting from the University of South Carolina - Coastal in 1992. I own Palmetto Business Strategies, LLC, an accounting and consulting firm. I provide mobile CFO services and business consulting to my clients. I have been the CFO for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Finance Director for Richland and Horry Counties and coached high school basketball for 10 years at Christian Academy, where we won 5 state championships during that time. I enjoy golfing, reading and serving at my church.
I was born in Texas in 1984, but I don’t consider myself a millennial. I moved to South Carolina in 1999 – the day high school started. I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007, summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Business Administration and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010, cum laude, with a Juris Doctor. I worked briefly for the S.C. Attorney General in the securities fraud division, then clerked for a Circuit Court judge, and finally moved to Myrtle Beach in 2012 to work for the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor. I am a violent crimes prosecutor here in Horry County. In addition to prosecuting defendants charged with murder, armed robbery, burglary, etc., I supervise a team of prosecutors and I work with the Horry County Drug Court. I enjoy golfing, going to concerts, relaxing on the beach, reading, and volunteering with high school and middle school mock trial.
Daniel W. Hoppe
Daniel W. Hoppe, Jr. is the Director of the Distance Learning Institute (DLi) at Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC). He has spent the last 20 years dedicated to higher education and nonprofit management. Dan has focused his efforts on distance/online education, professional development/ training, strategic planning, change management, alumni development, marketing and fundraising. Dan holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management and Strategic Planning from Spring Arbor University and is currently completing a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies at Bowling Green State University (ABD). He is also a proud graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXIX.
In our community, Dan serves as the Vice President of the St. James High School Choir Boosters, President of the Gates II HOA and the Assistant Director of the Carolina Hitmen and Carolina Sharpshooters Lacrosse Programs. He has been a youth baseball coach with the Surfside Beach Youth Sports Association and a lacrosse coach for both The Hitmen and Sharpshooters. When Dan is not working or volunteering, he is a Disney fanatic, planning Disney vacations for friends and families or visiting the Disney parks or cruises with his family.
Dan resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife Heather and children Danny (16), Hannah (13) and Sam (9).
Myia Elizabeth Joiner is a Customer Relations Supervisor with Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC). Myia is not a native of the Grand Stand she has been in the area for over 20 years by way of Springfield Massachusetts. Myia is a graduate of Coastal Carolina with a B.A in Communications and a Minor in Sociology. Chants Up!! Her professional career started in High-End Retail Sales right out of high school and continues today in the field of Telecommunication Sales. Myia's favorite past time hobbies and passions include traveling, interior design, volunteering, and anything fashion related. One of the greatest treasures in Myia's life is her grandmother, Pearl, who has taught and guided her throughout her 33 years of life.
Santana LeRoy, native of Myrtle Beach, is the owner and master event planner of EVENTS BY SANTANA, EBS. She has been in the event industry in the Grand Strand for over 7 years and continues to expand in the field. EBS offers a wide range of services to flawlessly execute full event production, festivals, weddings, fashion shows and more. She has worked with clients such as the Market Common, Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Domino's Pizza Corporate, and Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.
Santana was a member of Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXVIII (38) where she held positions such as chair of YLA, Youth Leadership Academy, and co-chair of her Ann DeBock group.
Santana resides in Myrtle Beach with her fiance, Bill Pennauchi, and dog, Sunday.
I retired after 30+ years as an executive with Burroughs & Chapin Co. l have been married for 51 happy years to Lineta. We have two grown and married children and two teenage grandsons. I Began LGS 38 classes ago and served as program director until I could turn the job over to Anne DeBock after she graduated with the first class. I have served the Myrtle Beach community in many capacities through the years: Chamber Chair, first chair of the CAB, founder of the Grand Strand Soccer League which morphed into the YMCA program, first chair of the MB Bike & Pedestrian Committee, current chair of the MB Planning Commission.
I have especially enjoyed watching the success of the LGS program, the success of the graduates and their impacts in our community. The longevity has amazed me which I largely attribute to the leadership of the graduates who serve the program on the BOR and the leadership of Directors like Diana.
F. Jerome Randall
F. Jerome Randall was born and raised in North Myrtle Beach /Little River, SC. He is a graduate of North Myrtle Beach High School. He attended SC State University where he obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice, He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling from Webster University, and a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand class 31. He has been employed by Horry County Public Defender’s office for over 25 years, and is currently the Chief Investigator. He’s also a licensed Real Estate Agent, the owner of FJR Construction LLC.
Jerome is married to Wanda Austin-Randall and is the proud father of two boys Austin and Adam Randall current students at Myrtle Beach high school. Founder of the Randall Foundation, Inc. Currently a Planning and Zoning Commissioner of Horry County.
He continues to serve as clerk for Myrtle Beach Coastal Lane one voting Precinct. He has volunteered with Fellowship of Christian athletes at Myrtle Beach Middle school, He has also been a volunteer football, baseball, and basketball coach with the city of North Myrtle Beach, Horry County Parks and Recreational Center and is currently a volunteer football and basketball coach with the City of Myrtle Beach & Myrtle Beach High School Football team. GO SEAHAWKS!!!
Immediate Past Chairman
Ashley is an Executive Biopharmaceutical Sales Representative for Amgen in the Charleston and Myrtle Beach territories with promotion responsibilities to specialties of Rheumatology and Dermatology. She has been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 18 years. She has a B.A. degree in Economics and minor in Creative Writing from Elon College where she played on the Varsity Women's Tennis Team. In addition to serving as Chair for the LGS Board of Regents, she is also a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach.Ashley met husband, Todd (LGS Class XXXIII) in Myrtle Beach and they have two sons, Gray (9) and Lane (7). Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, going to see live music, travel and being on the water.
Charlie is a Wealth Management Advisor and First Vice President at Merrill Lynch leading the Soto Sawyer Wealth Management Group. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with dual concentrations in financial services and marketing along with a minor in economics.
Charlie has been involved in several volunteer roles with organizations since moving to the Grand Strand in 2004. He has a passion for mentoring and coaching student athletes and has spent many hours with the Socastee High School Wrestling Team as a volunteer assistant coach since 2011, attending practices and often traveling with the team for competitions. Charlie’s enthusiasm for fitness and getting out of his comfort zone has also landed him in a leadership position for the local F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith) men’s group, encouraging others to devote time to taking care of their overall health, freeing them to lead in other aspects of their lives. He is a proud graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXIX and is excited to give back to the program through his position on the board of regents.
Charlie and his wife, Tracy, live in Myrtle Beach with their three children ages 2, 8 and 12. They enjoy spending time together riding bikes, running or exploring new things to do along the Grand Strand and around the local area.
Erin Walters is the current Director of Operations for Habitat for Humanity of Horry County. Before joining Habitat in January 2016, Erin was a Retail Store Manager for 18 years with top brands like Starbucks, Ann Taylor, Kohl’s, Banana Republic and The North Face.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Erin was the Volunteer Coordinator for the March of Dimes from 2012-2017, Secretary of Grand Strand Running Club 2013-2018, and is currently a Board Member of Highland Ridge HOA. She is also a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand (LGS) Class 38.
She has lived in Myrtle Beach since 2002 and is married since 2004 to Tim, a Captain with Myrtle Beach Fire Dept. They have two daughters, Alison (12) and Megan (11) attending Ten Oaks Middle School.
I was born in Inglewood, California, and am a proud alumni of USC (that’s Southern Cal, not South Carolina). At the tender age of 18 months, my family uprooted me to the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where I was “raised” and attended NIU for a B.A. in Art History. Since leaving school, I have worked in the airline, insurance, stainless steel and plastic injection molding industries. Finally, I found a home in the hotel business and moved around the country to Myrtle Beach, Toledo, Birmingham (MI), and back to Myrtle Beach. I met my husband while living in Myrtle Beach the first time and he persuaded me to move back. Over the years I have become a “professional volunteer” working with Walk to End Alzheimer’s, MBAHA Events Committee, and together with my husband, Jeffrey, we run several golf tournaments - Shiver for the Shelter supports the Humane Society of NMB and Slimbo’s Swingin’ Swelter supports the Alzheimer’s Association of SC and LGS. I currently work for FSA-Full Steam Ahead and am a proud member of both the Citizen’s Police Academy – Class 27 and LGS 35.
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