United Way welcomes seven new members to Board of Directors
Seven community leaders have been elected to serve three-year terms on United Way of Greenville County’s Board of Directors.
The newest directors on the 39-member nonprofit board are Jamie Adair, Adair Strategy & Communications; Justin Benfield, Prisma Health Laurens County; Dr. Caroline Caldwell, New Mind Health and Care; Blaine Hart, CBRE; Julio Hernandez, Clemson University; Ray Lattimore, Marketplace Professional Staffing, Inc.; and Amy Linsin, Prisma Health.
“We’re excited to welcome our new directors to an already strong group of thoughtful and committed community leaders,” said United Way of Greenville County President and CEO Meghan Barp. “With their leadership and fresh insights, we will be in an even better position to pursue our mission of improving lives, strengthening the community, and advancing equity for the benefit of all.”
The new year also brings an updated slate of directors to serve on its Executive Committee, led by longtime United Way volunteer Carl Sobocinski as Chair. Sobocinski, founder and president of Table 301 Restaurant Group, will be joined on the executive committee by Dr. Saria Saccocio (Vice Chair), Fox Rothschild’s Tami McKnew (Treasurer), Dr. Karen Baynes-Dunning (Secretary), Long Branch Baptist Church’s Pastor Sean Dogan (Community Impact Committee Chair) and Truist’s Calvin Calhoun III (Past Chair).
Jamie Adair is a strategist, a communicator and a community activist with 35 years of experience in marketing and communications. She is currently CEO and President of Adair Strategy & Communications. Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in communications and has completed master’s studies in mass communications. Jamie has served on and led boards for the Chamber of Commerce, MUSC School of Nursing, LC Community Theatre, LC Arts Council, Laurens County Trails Association, Presbyterian College Board of Visitors, Clinton Community Garden and United Way of Laurens County. She has received the Carolinas Healthcare PR & Marketing Society (CHPRMS) for North and South Carolina’s John Thomason Award and was named South Carolina’s recipient by the American Hospital Association for the AHA Grassroots Champion Award.
Justin Benfield is CEO of Prisma Health’s Laurens County Hospital. He is also lead executive for Prisma Health’s Heart and Vascular Service Line. Before becoming CEO, he served for seven years as Operations Director for Greenville Health System’s medical group. During this time, he was also the administrative leader for the group’s Clinical Operations Committee. Benfield holds an associate degree with an emphasis in cardiovascular technology from Georgia Heart Institute School of Cardiovascular Technology, and a bachelor’s degree with a major in healthcare management from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Wesleyan University. Benfield also serves as a board member of the Laurens County Future Scholarship and the Piedmont Technical College Foundation.
Dr. Caroline Caldwell
Caroline Caldwell, Ph.D. (ABD) is the founder and director of New Mind Health and Care, providing free specialized behavioral modification services to individuals, families, and children affected by incarceration or criminal histories. Caroline is also the sole proprietor of the consulting firm ReFlight LLC. She has over 20 years of experience as a clinical mental health therapist and a decade of experience as a Federal Officer. Caroline is a certified life coach and an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Ministries. She sits on the current boards of Upstate Pride SC, 864 PRIDE, Upstate SC LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Infinite Possibilities, Olive Branch Project, Greenville Reentry Coalition, USC LGBTQ+ Advisory Council, Greenville Black Lives Matter and Warehouse Theater.
Blaine Hart is Senior Vice President with CBRE’s Office Services. He is a licensed broker and a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors (GGAR) and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Blaine has served as a Loaned Executive at United Way of Greenville County, where he has also chaired the Young Leaders Society Council. In 2012, Blaine was recognized as one of Greenville Business Magazine’s Best and Brighter 35 and under. Blaine holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Furman University, where he was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and a four-year letterman in baseball. He is active as an advisory council member for Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s PULSE program.
Julio Hernandez serves as the Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach in the Division of Inclusion & Equity at Clemson University. Julio serves as one of the co-chairs for Clemson University’s Men of Color National Summit, and he’s a member of Clemson’s Brother-to-Brother Advisory Board, Clemson University Diversity & Inclusion Council, the President’s Social Justice & Equity Task Force, and the Clemson University Commission for Latino Affairs. He also serves on a number of local and state-wide boards and committees. Julio is a first-generation high school and college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in international business with a minor in pre-law from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s degree in management and leadership, with a minor in human resource development from Webster University in Greenville. Julio is currently pursuing his doctorate in executive leadership at Clemson University. Julio is a graduate of the Clemson University’s President Leadership Institute, Furman University’s Riley Institute for Diversity Leaders Initiative program and Leadership Greenville.
Ray Lattimore is the founder and president of Marketplace Professional Staffing, Inc. Marketplace services enterprises such as Procter & Gamble, Michelin Tires North America, Verizon Wireless, MCI, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Embassy Suites and Perrigo, the Greenville City Zoo, the Southern Connector, the Greenville Hospital System, and the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Lattimore holds a B.A. in business administration from Southern Wesleyan University, where he has also received an honorary doctorate degree of commerce science. Lattimore currently serves on the boards of Southern First Bank, the Phillis Wheatley Community Center, Greenville Technical College Area Commisssion, Bon Secours St. Francis, Greenville County School System Foundation, and more.
Amy Linsin is the Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer for Prisma Health, and a member of the company’s executive management team. Prior to joining Prisma Health, she served in HR leadership positions with investor-owned healthcare systems, including Community Health Systems, Health Management Associates, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation. She currently serves on the Greenville Racial Equity + Economic Mobility (REEM) Commission, a joint effort by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greenville County, and Urban League of the Upstate. Linsin holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill.; a Master of Arts degree in TESOL/Linguistics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.; and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla.
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