Board of Directors


Chairman: Tige Howie
(CD-3; Elected by Board, 11/06/14; Term expires 11/06/17)
Thomas Dry Howie, III (“Tige”) is Executive Director of Sales for Cromer’s P-Nuts. In this role he is responsible for acquisition and ongoing service of large accounts as well as oversight of all other sales channels. Originally from Abbeville, SC, Tige moved to Columbia in 1992 to attend the University of South Carolina where he earned a BA in Journalism. Tige also attended Hull University in Hull United Kingdom where he played American Football. Tige is an active member of the Central SC Alliance, Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Shandon United Methodist Church and enjoys time with his family, playing golf and Gamecock Athletics.
Email: tigehowie@yahoo.com

Chairman: Shawn D. Eubanks
(CD-1; Elected by Board, 11/06/14; Term expires 11/06/17
Shawn D. Eubanks is a partner at Boykin & Davis, LLC, where he currently practices in the areas of education law, employment law, and litigation. Shawn has been active in his community since he returned to Columbia in 2010. He has volunteered as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, served as Chair of the South Carolina Bar’s Education Law Committee, and has been a member of the Nickelodeon and the Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries. He is a proud alumnus of the University of South Carolina and enjoys attending Gamecock sporting events whenever he can.
Email: seubanks@boykinlawsc.com

Secretary: Perrin Hall Brunson
(CD-1; Elected by Board to 2nd term, 11/17/15; Term expires 12/31/18)
Perrin Brunson is an online marketing professional who has worked with clients all over the country in a broad range of industries. She is also an Independent Director with Tupperware. When not working, she enjoys volunteering with the Logan Elementary School PTO and is the Chair of the Communications Committee for the Earlewood Community Citizens Organization. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing on her porch with her husband Tyler, family, friends and neighbors in the beautiful Earlewood Neighborhood. She is the proud mother to two adorable daughters, Maggie and Sylvia.
Email: perrinhall@gmail.com

Treasurer: Virginia L. Bedford
(CD-1; Elected by Board to 2nd term, 03/17/12; Term expires 03/17/18)
Virginia Bedford is a retired attorney who lives in the Earlewood Neighborhood. As Chair of the Parks Committee for Earlewood she has worked closely with the Department of Parks and Recreation over the past 10 years. She had a leadership role in forming the NOMA Bark Park and the NOMA Nature Trail at Earlewood Park as well as the Community Garden on River Drive.
Email: vabedford@aol.com

Maudra Brown
(Outside City Limits; Appt. by City Council, 12/06/16; Term expires 12/06/2019)
Maudra Brown is a Public Health Expert, specializing in Maternal and Child Health both in the United States and Internationally for 10 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health and Human Performance from the College of Charleston, and her Masters of Public Health in International Health and Development from Tulane University. She has been a Certified and Credentialed Nationally as a Health Educator for over eight years. Maudra has a heart for the parks system, and has worked serving the community through parks and personally worked to create unique partnerships within that field as a Community Educator while living in Charleston through its Parks and Recreation Commission. Maudra has lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of several programs and initiatives in both the government, and private sectors. Currently, Maudra leads Women’s Health Policy for the SC Department of Health and Human Services including the management of its SBIRT clinical skills initiative for substance misuse and abuse. Maudra’s married and has three amazing children, two of which are under the age of two! They keep her busy, and so does her first baby, her family’s Boxer, Ali.
Email:maudra.brown@gmail.com

Aimee Edwards
(CD-2; Appt. by City Council, 12/06/16; Term expires 12/06/2019)
Aimée Edwards is the founder and owner of Rosie Girl Bakery, specializing in classic custom cakes and retail baked goods from Rosie Girl’s “Mobile Bakery” food truck. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing-Graphic Arts from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, Aimée returned to her hometown of Columbia and began connecting with and learning from Columbia business owners before launching Rosie Girl Bakery, formally, in 2015. Aimée is an active member of the Soda City market community and Riverside Community Church.

When not in the kitchen or out with the Mobile Bakery, Aimée can be found relaxing in her Columbia home with friends, family, and her rescue pup or enjoying a cocktail with her husband at one of their favorite Columbia restaurants.
Email: rosiegirlbakery@gmail.com

Robert Flagler
(CD-3; Elected by Board, 11/06/14; Term expires 11/06/17)
Email: rflagler91@gmail.com

MaryLiz Grigg
(CD-2; Appt. by City Council, 12/06/16; Term expires 12/06/2019)
MaryLiz Grigg is a public relations executive with more than 15 years of experience providing B2B communications counsel to a wide range of companies. As a Senior Vice President at DiGennaro Communications, based in New York City, she oversees the firm’s creative and technology practices.

Previously, she served at Sapient Corporation as the global director of corporate communications overseeing the company’s external communications. Additionally, MaryLiz spent time at Yahoo!, where she managed B2B communications, successfully launched key advertiser programs and raised the profile of Yahoo!’s sales leadership team.

She began her career in the Corporate Communications department at the global advertising agency, Young and Rubicam. MaryLiz serves on the Advisory Board of USC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and on the Board of Directors of the City of Columbia’s Parks & Recreation Foundation. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from St. John’s University.
Email: maryliz.grigg@gmail.com

Mary K. Kessler
(CD-3; Elected by Board, 09/09/2014; Term expires 09/09/2017)
Mary Kessler is the Senior Partner of Strategy Partners, a consulting firm specializing in helping non-profits succeed through fundraising, board training, operational reviews and strategic planning. Previously, Mary was employed as the Executive Director of the Lourie Center where she was responsible for the management of the staff, all operations and programs. Mary lives in the University Hill neighborhood and is active in a variety of civic organizations.
Email: maryzenskessler@gmail.com

Sue Erwin Harper
(CD-4; Appt. by City Council, 12/06/16; Term expires 12/06/2019)
Email: corkey.harper@nelsonmullins.com

Mammie C. Price
(Continuing Member, until replacement is named)
Mammie Price grew up in an army family, the 7th of 11 siblings. She came to Columbia to attend college, and after earning several degrees has been a small business owner, a real estate agent and a manager at SCANA. She enjoys traveling, golf, reading and bowling. Mammie has been at SCANA for over 30 years, and is currently the Manager of Supplier Strategy. She has two daughters and, in the past few years, celebrated the birth of her first granddaughter.

Mammie received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Limestone College, and Master of Arts in Management from Webster University. She also serves on the following boards: Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. located in Charlotte, NC (CVMSDC), Midlands RAC/LowCountry Regional Chair for CVMSDC, Edison Electric Institute Business Diversity Committee located in Washington, DC, SCANA’s Women Leadership Organization, American Association of Blacks in Energy
Email: mprice@scana.com

Derek M. Raper
(CD-4; Elected by Board, 09/09/2014; Term expires 09/09/2017)
Derek Raper is a Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. In this role Derek is responsible for managing his existing customers experience with Wells Fargo as well as new customer acquisition. Derek attended Lander University, was a 2-year baseball letterman and received a B.S. in Business Administration. Derek also attended Clemson University and received a Masters in Business Administration. Derek was a member of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2008 and in his spare time, Derek enjoys classic cars, sports, music, and time with family.
Email: derek.raper@wellsfargo.com

Keith Terry
(CD-3; Appt. by City Council, 12/06/16; Term expires 12/06/2019)
Email: keith.terry@richlandone.org

Justin Waites
(CD-3; Appt. by City Council, 12/06/16; Term expires 12/06/2019)
Email: justin.waites44@gmail.com

Travis C. Wheeler
(CD-3; Elected by Board, 03/13/12; Term expires 03/12/15)
Former Chairman (2012-2013)

Travis Wheeler is an antitrust lawyer with Nexsen Pruet. He received a B.A. in Government from Wofford College, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his law degree from Duke University School of Law, with high honors. Since 2012, he has served as an adjunct professor at USC Law School, where he teaches Antitrust Law and Law & Economics. He has been a member of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Foundation’s Board since 2008. He served as Vice Chairperson until 2012, when he was elected Chairperson. In addition to his work with the Columbia Parks and Recreation Foundation, he has served as President of the Rosewood Community Council and as Vice President of the Central Rosewood Neighborhood Association. He was elected to The State Media Company’s Ninth Annual “20 Under 40″ List in March 2012.
Email: twheer@nexsenpruet.com

Staff Assistant: Lee Allyson Thompson
(COC Dept. of Parks and Recreation)
Email: lathompson@columbiasc.net

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