Twenty South Carolina leaders have been selected for Liberty Fellowship’s Class of 2023. Following the successful completion of five, multi-day seminars in the U.S. and abroad and individual leadership projects, the new class will join the community of more than 300 Liberty Fellows working collectively across South Carolina.

“Each leader in our new class has demonstrated the courage and ability to confront the big, systemic issues affecting the people in South Carolina now and into the future.” said Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of Liberty Fellowship and a Fellow from the Class of 2016. “By accepting our invitation to become Liberty Fellows, they are challenging themselves to dig even deeper and answer the question ‘How do I lead well and live justly in a good society?’”

Liberty Fellowship’s rigorous selection process takes place every two years. Each new Fellow was nominated, interviewed twice, and ultimately selected from a pool of more than 400 nominations.

“We are very intentional in selecting leaders with different perspectives, experiences and professional affiliations to facilitate challenging and meaningful values exploration and dialogue. We have found this to be the key to creating trust and lifelong bonds among leaders uniquely positioned to confront the status quo,” said Stieritz.

In addition to joining the Liberty Fellowship community, each new Fellow will also become a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a worldwide community of more than 3,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector in more than 50 countries.

The Liberty Fellowship Class of 2023 is:

Amy Barch

Founder and Executive Director, Turn90

Charleston

Amy founded Turn90 (formerly Turning Leaf) in 2011 as a volunteer. The organization now has 13 salaried staff and a budget of $1.1 million.

Gary Brewer

VP South Atlantic Area Construction Services, HDR, Inc.

Charleston

A Summerville native, Gary worked with family-owned Banks Construction through 2019 when he joined HDR Engineering- a global company with over 10,000 employees.

Chase Glenn

Director of LGBTQ+ Health Services and Enterprise Resources, Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston

In his role at MUSC, Chase is focused on closing the gap of disparity and making access and care more equitable, particularly to the LGBTQ+ community.

Teresa Goodman

Executive Director, Community Initiatives, Inc.

Greenwood

Teresa has a background in social services, prevention, and non-profit management.

John Gordon

President & CEO, Leroy Springs & Company, Inc.

Fort Mill

John is a native of Clover, SC and has deep roots in the region.

Shontavia Johnson

Associate VP for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Clemson University

Greenville

Shontavia has positioned herself as one of the nation’s foremost experts in intellectual property law, inclusive entrepreneurship, and digital brand building.

James Jordon

President, Jordon Construction Company and Jordon Development Company

Greenville

James is the founder of Jordon Construction Company (JCC) and Jordon Development Company.

Michael Lalich

President and Founder, Lowcountry Labor Company

Johns Island

Michael specializes in helping businesses attain guest workers through the H2A and H2B visa programs.

E. Smyth McKissick, IV

President & CEO, Alice Company

Greenville

Smyth is the President and CEO of Alice Company, a Greenville-based diversified investment firm.

Dominik Mjartan

President and CEO, Optus Bank

Columbia

Optus is a bank on a mission to ensure that all people can build wealth regardless of their circumstances.

Brooke Mueller

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs (VA, NC, SC), Walmart, Inc.

Spartanburg

Brooke Mueller joined Walmart Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2010.

Tiffany Pizarro

Market VP Clinic Operations, CenterWell Senior Primary Care

Greenville

Tiffany has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years and is now Vice President of Clinic Operations for CenterWell Senior Primary Care.

Aparna Polavarapu

Associate Professor, UofSC School of Law/Director and Founder, SC Restorative Justice Initiative

Columbia

Aparna has over a decade of experience working in human rights, especially focusing on how women’s rights can be promoted and inhibited by informal justice systems.

Zeb Portanova

CEO, GEM Funds

Aiken

Zeb is the Founder of GEM Funds, which grew from an initial Opportunity Zone fund to encompass a broad portfolio.

Tommy Preston, Jr.

Vice President, Ethics, The Boeing Company

Charleston

Tommy leads a team of global professionals responsible for proactively identifying and implementing strategies to ensure a culture of compliance and integrity across the Boeing enterprise.

Seema Shrivastava

President, Carolina Convenience Corporation

Columbia

Seema has spent her 20-year career in the convenience industry and is currently the president of her family’s business, Carolina Convenience Corporation (CCC).

Sarah Simmons

Founder and CEO, CITY GRIT Hospitality Group

Columbia

In 2010, Sarah was named “America’s Home Cook Superstar” by FOOD & WINE magazine as part of its search for the nation’s best home cook.

Megan Stifel

Chief Strategy Officer, Institute for Security and Technology

Mount Pleasant

In November 2021 Megan joined the Institute for Security and Technology as their Chief Strategy Officer.

Laura Ullrich

Senior Regional Economist, SC and NC Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Mount Pleasant

Laura conducts regional economic research and serves as an on-the-ground “check” on the high-level economic models that often inform public policy.

Rochelle Williams

Executive Director, SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation

Spartanburg

In her statewide role as Executive Director of the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation, Rochelle has a keen understanding of the philanthropic landscape in South Carolina and its challenges.

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