United Way of Greenville County has hired Michelle Shain as interim executive director of OnTrack Greenville, a community initiative to ensure students stay on track toward high school graduation and post-secondary success.
In her new role with OnTrack Greenville, Shain will oversee the strategic direction and plan for the school-based dropout prevention program, which began in four Greenville County middle schools in 2013, with elements now scaled across the school district. The evidence-based program works to strengthen students and instill resilience with improved academic and behavioral achievement, create a positive culture change in schools, and be a model, driver and influencer of larger community evolution.
Prior to joining United Way, Shain served as interim president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. She continues to be a community volunteer there, and with the Junior League of Greenville as a sustaining advisor to the Community Impact Vice President. She is currently serving on the statewide board of The SC Arts Foundation, and also works as a consultant for Dorothy Shain Fine Art.
Previously, Shain worked for Greenville Health System, now Prisma Health, where she served as Director of Philanthropy for Neurology, Gerontology and Academics. She’s also operated as the Director of Community Relations for Furman University, Executive Director of Greenville County First Steps, and Vice President of the Greenville Community Foundation. She contributed as the Interim President of the Community Foundation of Greenville, as well as the Interim Executive Director of A Child’s Haven and the YWCA.
Shain served as an At-Large member of Greenville City Council from 1999-2007 where she served as the chair of Economic Development committee. She is the recipient of the Chamber’s Athena Leadership Award, Leadership Greenville Forum’s Platinum Award, and Sustainer of the Year award from the Junior League of Greenville. She’s also received the YWCA Jimmy McQueen Society President’s Award, the Order of the Jessamine Award, and the Church and Community Relations Award.
She is a past president of the Junior League of Greenville, Greenville First Steps, the YWCA, Success by Six, Greenville’s Child and Partnership for Families. Additionally, she has served on the boards of Greenville Women Giving, The Urban League of Greenville, and The Institute for Child Success. Michelle just finished serving on the board of The Conservation Voters of SC.
“Michelle has dedicated her career to working to improve the lives of others in Greenville County, especially children,” said Meghan Barp, president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County. “Her incredible wealth of experience, combined with her passion to see young people succeed, makes her an excellent choice to lead OnTrack’s charge into the future.”
Shain received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She is a Leadership Greenville Class 10 graduate and a member of the inaugural class of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Institute.
For more information about OnTrack Greenville, visit www.ontrackgreenville.org.