City Year Columbia board
Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places where all students can thrive.
Danielle Boysen works in the Southeast Region for Comerica’s Middle Market Commercial Banking business. Based in Columbia, SC she evaluates risk and manages an industry portfolio of various clients across the States of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida in various industries. She manages and is held accountable for all transaction risk, including but not limited to reputation, operation, market and credit risks and on-going portfolio management of complex client relationships. She is the primary credit resource on client/deal teams for transactions and additional services for Commercial clients.
Danielle joined Comerica Bank in 2022. Previously, she was with Bank of America for 24 years and held several positions within the Commercial Bank.
Danielle graduated from the Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance in 1998.
Active in the community, Danielle is currently serving on the Advisory Board of City Year Columbia, Member of Community Impact Committee at United Way of the Midlands, and the Vice Chair of Communications & Engagement on the Executive Council for Women in Philanthropy / Women United. Throughout her career, Danielle has served on various councils and committees including Southern Association of Financial Empowerment, Young Professional Society, Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Lexington Medical Foundation, Communities in Schools and bank employee networks and volunteer activities. Danielle continues to be an active volunteer in her community with such organizations including Harvest Hope, Habitat Humanity, Senior Resources, Transitions, and Brennen Elementary.
Danielle is a proud wife and mother of eleven-year-old Anabelle, eight-year-old Bobby and the four-year-old dog Gus (our super active fur baby).
Iris Griffin is vice president–Power Generation for Dominion Energy South Carolina. She is responsible for the power generating fleet serving more than 760,000 customer accounts principally in South Carolina’s Midlands and Lowcountry. Griffin previously served as vice president–Financial Management and Integration for Dominion Energy South Carolina, in which she was responsible for the organization’s finance functions. She assumed her current role in February 2021. Prior to the merger with Dominion Energy, Griffin served as chief financial officer and treasurer for SCANA Corporation. During her time with SCANA, she also was vice president of finance and held leadership roles in Audit Services, Privacy, Corporate Compliance, Investor Relations, and Rate and Regulatory Affairs. Before joining SCANA, she worked at Scott McElveen in Columbia, South Carolina, and Ernst & Young in Raleigh, North Carolina. Griffin serves the community as a member of the board for Transitions/Midlands Housing Authority, chair of the City Year Advisory Board, treasurer and finance committee chair for the University of South Carolina Business Partnership Foundation. She previously served in leadership roles for the boards of Central SC Habitat for Humanity, Columbia Museum of Art, Senior Resources and Columbia City Ballet. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina. She is a certified public accountant in South Carolina.
William (Bill) Bieser is Vice President OEM/Automotive Partnerships, responsible for developing partnerships with traditional automotive, new entries into the EV space and heavy truck OEM's, including interoperability testing, certification, plus supporting facility and infrastructure development programs.
Bill has over 30 years of automotive experience including 10 years in automotive retail, and 20+ years of developing partnerships with OEMs providing data driven customer and industry solutions in technology (software and hardware) supporting their dealer network and improving consumer experiences.
Prior to GenZ, he held positions as VP of OEM Partnerships with Reynolds and Reynolds and held multiple director and vice president positions within the automotive industry for organizations including R.L. Polk (IHS), Experian Automotive, Maritz Research, Ally Bank, CallSource. He has a background in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University.
Married 31 years to Dawn, with two boys, Matthew (21) and Luke (17). During their childhood, Bill volunteered in his community, serving as board member and coach for baseball, football and basketball organizations as well as being active with community development programs in his hometown of Lake Orion MI. In 2016, Bill was recognized by his hometown of Lake Orion by being inducted into the Orion Chargers Baseball organization Hall of Fame.
He currently serves as a board member for City Year in Columbia SC, “CYSC”. CYSC supports AmeriCorps programs in grades K through 9 in Columbia SC, providing children in less-than-ideal situations with the support they need to make it through school. They see a 2x increase in reading proficiency and 3x increase in math proficiency. City Year is in 29 cities today supporting over 350 schools in 51 districts.
Avril T. Lail, alumni representative and AmeriCorps member support, brings more than 20 years of experience working with children and students of all ages in a variety of settings, including multiple locations and leadership roles within Boys & Girls Clubs of the Crescent Region. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in South Carolina currently serving as practicum placement manager in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Avril joined USC in 2020 as a health care social worker in Student Health Services as part of a multi-disciplined and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to case management experience, Avril is skilled in program development, data management, staff and volunteer coordination, accreditation procedures, communications, and grant writing and reporting.
Avril earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Columbia College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. Avril’s experiences as a corps member at John P. Thomas Elementary School and directing Camp City Year were what motivated her to pursue her social work degrees.
Bryanta “Bre” Booker-Maxwell was recently appointed to serve in the Biden-Harris Administration as an Advance Coordinator with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a former Senior Associate at Mosaic Communications, a digital communications, and media buying consulting firm based in Washington, DC. She has most recently been Principal and CEO of Indigo Consulting, an advocacy, consulting, and community relations firm. Bre was Political Director for Jaime Harrison’s U.S. Senate campaign and has worked for Majority Whip, Congressman James E. Clyburn. She is the Vice President of Political and Outreach for 46 Hope Rd, a local organization in South Carolina working to engage the disengaged and to help people of color become registered voters; is a Democratic National Committeewoman from South Carolina; and serves on the Board of Richland County Sheriff Office Citizen Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and has been honored by Columbia Business Monthly as a “Best and Brightest 35 and under,” South Carolina Black Pages “Top 20 Under 40,” and 2016 South Carolina Democratic Party “Young Democrat of the Year.” Bre is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Bre is a sought-after political commentator and regularly appears on various networks such as FOX News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera TV, the Former Black News Channel, and NewsMax. Committed to making change in South Carolina’s political process, Bre co-founded Taking Root, an organization focused on the political and educational enhancement of young girls in South Carolina. She also served on the Democratic National Committee Youth Council, fighting for the issues critical to young voters. Growing up in rural South Carolina, Bre learned from her mother the importance of voting in elections to create change in the community. That lesson stayed with her as she began her studies at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. She led numerous voter registration drives within the community and participated in Student Government. Upon graduation, Bre went on to volunteer on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Bre holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a pre-law concentration from South Carolina State University and a Master of Public Administration from Walden University. She is widely known for her practical, commonsense approach to political strategy, issue advocacy, and civic engagement. As a southern girl with a competitive spirit, Bre has an unwavering commitment to creating positive change in the political process.
Jimmy Valentine is a Director of Product and Market Development at Colonial Life. In his current role, he works on the development and upkeep of Colonial Life Products by partnering with departments across the enterprise.
Prior to his current role, Jimmy was a Professional Development Program Associate with three rotations. His three rotations were Enrollment Strategy Manager at Colonial Life, Claims Supervisor at Starmount (Baton Rouge, LA), and Disability Benefits Specialist at Unum IDI (Worcester, MA).
Outside of work, due to growing up in Florida and attending the University of Florida, Jimmy is an avid Florida Gator basketball and football fan. He also likes to workout at the gym, read, spend time with his wife, play video games, and explore all the local restaurants wherever he is living.
After retiring from the LPGA tour, Chris Brady Wolfe began a career in the energy industry with roles in design engineering, operations and corporate planning. Recently she joined the Nephron Pharmaceuticals team as vice president of quality engineering.
Chris holds both an engineering and economics degree from Vanderbilt University. In addition to serving as board chair for City Year Columbia, Chris chairs the advisory board for The First Tee of Columbia, an institution that has grown to 350 participants, teaching children life skills through the game of golf. She serves as the state leader for Million Women Mentors South Carolina, which focuses on increasing mentorship of girls and young women interested in STEM. This year, Chris and her mother started a scholarship to be awarded to a young woman from South Carolina who plans to pursue a STEM degree. Chris was honored to be included in Columbia Business Monthly's Best & Brightest 35 and Under.
Chris lives in Columbia with her husband and their two “Wolfe cubs” and enjoys the opportunities that Columbia has to apply to her passion for education, golf and community service.