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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.

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Danielle Holliday Boysen, Board Chair
Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager Comerica Bank

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).

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Bill Bieser
Vice President of OEM Partnerships GenZ EV Charging Solutions

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.

Marc Brown
Managing Attorney Marc Brown Law Firm

Marc Brown, Esq. is a native so Sumter, South Carolina and is the managing attorney with the Marc Brown Law Firm, a personal injury law firm that serves clients throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Marc attended undergrad at the University of South Carolina, and then went on to attend Emory University School of Law, where he graduated with honors.

Marc’s mother worked as an elementary school teacher for more that 35 years. His mother’s passion to help enrich the lives of young children passed down to Marc, and he now devotes his time and efforts to help children across South Carolina. One of his key goals is to raise visibility and awareness of child abuse prevention in ways that can impact fundraising and advance policies to better protect children in South Carolina. In doing this, Marc also serves as a board member of Children’s Trust of South Carolina.

Marc is married to Dr. Kiera Brown and has a son, Emmanuel—a motivated young man who is attending the University of Texas, studying biomedical engineering. As a family, Marc, Kiera, and Emmanuel enjoy spending time in the gym, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

Patricia Davis-Ford
Retired - Program/Project Manager AT&T

Patricia Davis Ford is retired from AT&T with over four decades of leadership and project management (PMP) experience. She previously served as AT&T South Carolina State Government Program/Project Manager. Also, she served as an adjunct professor (online & and on-campus), the Lead Faculty Area Chair for the School of Business Management at the University of Phoenix, and an adjunct professor at South University. She enjoys mentoring students toward their educational goals and working with adults as they strive to continue their education and meet lifelong goals.

Patricia is a graduate of Benedict College. She holds a dual master’s degree in computer research information systems management and management from Webster University and an Education Specialist degree (EdS) from Northcentral University (Global Training & Development). She attained two national certifications in Project Management Professional (PMP) and International TEFL/TESOL (Teach English as second language). Also, she is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and United Way Blueprint for Leadership.
Patricia has served on various boards including Harvest Hope, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, SC Small Business, and volunteer activities. She actively participates in community services through organizations like Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina, James R Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation, Vince Ford Foundation, United Way Women in Philanthropy, and more. She is a member of Brookland Baptist Church. She is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and a life member of the NAACP. Also, she is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education, and Project Management Institute (National and SC Midlands chapter). She received the Columbia Urban League Guild Tower Leadership Award, the National Council of Negro Women Living the Legacy Award, and several AT&T Pinnacle Awards.

Patricia was married to the late Henry “Vince” Vincent Ford for 42 years. They have one son, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Patricia is a believer in taking personal responsibility for continuing your education. She knows it does not take long for skills and knowledge to get outdated in a fast-changing world. Lifelong learning is how to remain healthy and competitive in the workplace. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, enjoying her family, and music. She believes that it is important to do good and share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

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Iris Griffin
Vice President, Financial Management and Integration Dominion Energy

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.

Tommy Johnson
Vice President Colliers International

Tommy Johnson is Vice President of Colliers International | South Carolina. He has been with Colliers since 2003 with a primary focus on office properties. His principal concentration is representing landlords of multi-tenant office buildings. He also consults with and represents clients requiring assistance with the buying, leasing and selling of office properties.

Tommy is a Lifetime Member of the Central Carolina REALTORS® Association’s Circle of Excellence recognition program. In 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 he was recognized by Colliers | South Carolina for superior achievement in the office specialty group and received the 2011 Colliers | South Carolina Transaction of the Year Award. He has been recognized annually amongst the market’s brokerage community with the CoStar Power Broker Award for high transactional volume. In 2018, he became a shareholder of Colliers International in South Carolina. In 2018, he received the Colliers | South Carolina Production Award for being a Top 10 Producer.
Past involvements include his local neighborhood association and serving as the facilities committee chair for St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Columbia, SC. He is a past president for the Midlands Chapter of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and graduated from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia program in 2008. He is very inspired by people helping others enjoy success in life through service.

Tommy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. During his educational career he accomplished higher education goals with the receipt of MBA and MEERM master degrees from the University of South Carolina.

Avril Lail
Practicum Placement Manager University of South Carolina College of Social Work

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.

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Bryanta "Bre" Booker-Maxwell
Advance Coordinator U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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.

Heather Singleton
Principal Consultant Strategic Public Relations Consulting

Heather Singleton has worked with public and private nonprofit organizations for over 15 years. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, she graduated with a political science degree from USC, in 2010 and has since called the Midlands home.

Heather has worked in public service and corporate sectors, with focuses on brand strategy, facilitation, and fund development. She is currently the Principal Consultant of Strategic Public Relations Consulting, a consultancy that supports businesses, nonprofits, and political organizations with internal and external communications needs.

Heather is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She also serves as a board member of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council and the Midlands chapter of the American Advertising Federation, a member of the Central Carolina Community Foundation Scholarship Committee, and volunteers with her church. Heather enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Michael Stover
Associate Nelson Mullins

Michael Stover is a member of the SC Commercial, Appellate, Consumer, and Employment Litigation Team at Nelson Mullins. He focuses his practice in the areas of appellate practice and strategy, general business litigation, consumer financial services litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

Michael served 1999-2017 with the United State Marine Corps Reserve, Logistics & Supply Chain Management. He led and managed logistics operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as well as multinational exercises in Australia, Latvia, Morocco, Senegal, and Germany. He served as logistics chief and foreign military advisor for three deployments to the Republic of Georgia.

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Jimmy Valentine
Director of Product and Market Development Colonial Life

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.

Chris Brady Wolfe
CEO and Principal RWC, Inc.

Chris has been a member of the City Year advisory board since 2016, serving as the Ripples of Hope Gala chair in 2017 and 2018, spearheading the inaugural Red Jacket Society in 2017 while during the same year the Columbia site received the National Award for “Best of City Year”. She served as the advisory board chair from 2019 to 2020.

Chris recently retired from her executive role at the Central Electric Power Cooperative where she transformed over 2,000 MW of the energy portfolio through diversification and prioritizing a clean energy transition for the long-term future of the South Carolina Electric Cooperatives. Chris now leads RWC, an energy and leadership consulting firm that serves clients globally through strategic advisory and leadership support services. Her career background includes design engineering, construction and operation of Power Plants, utility resource planning, contracts and audit, mergers and acquisitions as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing and engineering. She holds degrees from Vanderbilt University in Civil Engineering and Economics while earning All-American honors as the captain of the Vanderbilt Women’s golf team and eventually going on to play on the LPGA tour and compete on the Golf Channel’s Big Break. Her career accolades include 2022 SC Women in Business Award, 2019 Columbia Regional Business Report’s Woman of Influence and the State’s 20 under 40. Chris splits time between Blythewood, SC and NYC with her husband, Jason and two Wolfe cubs.

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