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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).
Immediate Past Chair
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.
Ryan Graham is the Director of Outside Plant Engineer, with Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) and has been with the company for 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, Honors College, and he has held a Professional Engineering Certification since 2004. Ryan is an active member of HGTC’s Electronics Engineering Technology Advisory Committee and a former board member and President of the Aynor Area Athletic Association.
Ryan’s leadership resume includes being a Senior Fellow in Class III (2013) of the Waccamaw Community Foundation’s American Leadership Forum in 2013 and a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class XL (2020).
Ryan is a native of Horry County having graduated from Aynor High School, and currently resides in Aynor with his wife Brandy, 2 sons, and a daughter. The family enjoys serving on the mission field with trips to India, Germany, Israel, Haiti, and other world outreach locations. They also enjoy camping and watching their children compete in multiple sports.
Dr. Jessica Y. Greene, LPC
Dr. Jessica Y. Greene is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a private practice practitioner in the Grand Strand area and is a native of Sumter, SC. She is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling, Northcentral University with a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in General Psychology, and Leadership Grand Strand Class 40.
Dr. Greene is a private practice practitioner and works with people of all ages and specializes in mental health, anxiety, depression, trauma and grief. She previously was a professional counselor and mental health counselor in a school setting. She tailors her approach to meet the needs of each client ranging from cognitive behavioral techniques to faith-based counseling. Her goal is to help improve her client’s quality of live and mental health.
Dr. Greene has been involved in several volunteer roles with organizations since moving to the Grand Strand such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Myrtle Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, Horry County Schools, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, and Junior League of the Grand Strand. When Dr. Greene is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, golfing, reading, and traveling.
Matt Harris, a native of the Midwest, relocated to Myrtle Beach in 1998 to be involved with the launch and inaugural season of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and opening of Pelicans Ballpark then aptly named Coastal Federal Field.
He served a term on the Board of Directors for the Grand Strand Miracle League during its early years, is a graduate of the Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy and a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class XXIII.
Today Matt is a full-time licensed real estate agent with RE/MAX First Choice, is an active member of F3 Grand Strand, a men’s group, which is focused on fitness and leadership as well as serving as Chapel Leader for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a position he has held since 2005.
He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he was a founding member of the Iowa Theta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Matt and his wife, Carrie, are parents to Elizabeth (15) and Ethan (12) and four-legged rescue pooch “Kinnick.”
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).
Donald C. Hovis Jr.
Donald C. Hovis Jr. is the owner of Tides Eye Photography in Myrtle Beach. Specializing in Real Estate Phototgraphy, Event Photography, Aerial Drone Photography, Family Portraits and Matterport 3D 360 Virtual Tours. Donald has lived in the Myrtle Beach area for over 25 years and has over 16 years of Management Experience in the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Industry. Donald is a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class 33
In his spare time, Donald enjoys giving back through volunteer community service with several local nonprofits and playing golf at Pine Lakes Country Club. Donald is also an avid sports fan and loves attending professional sporting events in both the NFL and MLB.
Donald resides in Myrtle Beach
Santana Pennauchi, 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 husband, Bill, and dog, Sunday.
Misty D. Polston
Misty D. Polston is a dermatology Nurse Practitioner at Waccamaw Dermatology, LLC since 2017. She is a native of Bennettsville, South Carolina, and she earned her Bachelor Science of Nursing degree from Francis Marion University. Misty worked as a Registered Nurse for 11 years including four years for a major cruise line. She then attended South University to become a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Misty, found her passion in the dermatology field and looks forward to assisting the Grand Strand area with all of there skin care needs.
Misty is a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand (LGS) class XL. She enjoys scuba diving, traveling, live music and snuggles with her Great Dane “Sawyer.”
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.
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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