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Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) Announces 2011 Board

Feb 2, 2011

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COR 2011 Board of Directors Represents the Region’s First True Intergenerational Board

COLUMBIA, SC - January 2011 - Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) announces its 2011 Board of Directors, which represents Columbia’s first true intergenerational board, with Chakisse Newton serving as chair. The Board is a diverse and strong collaborative of two dozen individuals dedicated to enhancing and impacting positive change in the greater Columbia region.
The board announcement is one product of COR’s recent evolution to become a premier community organization which provides young and emerging professionals information, resources and programs to catalyze their success.
COR’s Board of Directors is a unique partnership that brings together younger and more established leaders to advance the organization’s mission to engage and connect a new generation of Columbians to their community. Representatives include 15 young professional directors, who serve alongside 10 “Wisdom Council” directors.
“Realizing Columbia’s potential requires a true partnership between up and coming leaders and the more experienced leaders who form the bedrock of Columbia,” said COR’s newly-elected Chair Chakisse Newton (pictured left). “By bringing together talented young professionals with the Wisdom Council, we’re positioned to provide the skills and resources for young people to advance their role in the community.”
“COR is walking the walk by marrying the energy and aspiration of emerging professionals with the wisdom, experience and resources of established executives for a dynamic leadership structure that will drive the organization and its mission forward,” said COR Executive Director Katherine Swartz.
Increasingly focused on collaboration and cooperation, many of COR’s directors also serve as liaisons to organizations with which COR maintains partnerships, including sister non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education and strategic partners like the City of Columbia, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Navigating from Good to Great Foundation, EngenuitySC and Post No Bills.
“COR realized creating a Columbia where young professionals not only live, but also thrive and have an impact, requires more than lip service,” said COR’s Immediate Past Chair Greg Hilton. “It requires active engagement with those experienced business and community leaders who are able to mentor young people into positions of leadership. The new Board will empower COR to fuel significant economic impact and play a critical role in Columbia’s efforts to attract, retain and engage talent.”
COR will hold its annual meeting and “Give 11 in 2011” kickoff celebration Thursday, Feb. 10, beginning at 6:11 p.m. at EdVenture. The public is invited. Speakers include Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, State Representative Bakari Sellars, Doreen Sullivan with Post No Bills and Chakisse Newton.

2011 COR Board Directors

  • Chakisse Newton, Chair, Cardinal Consulting
  • Greg Hilton, Immediate Past Chair, EngenuitySC
  • Beth Baldauf, United Way of the Midlands
  • Charles Bierbauer, University of South Carolina College of Mass Communications and Information Studies (Wisdom Council)
  • Barbara Blau, DP Professionals (Wisdom Council)
  • Cliff Bourke, Southeastern Freight Lines
  • Emily Brady, Chernoff Newman
  • Stefanie Caraviello, Collins & Lacy, PC
  • Bob Coble, Nexsen Pruet (Wisdom Council)
  • Mark Cox, Computer Sales & Service
  • Anita Floyd, United Way of the Midlands (Wisdom Council)
  • Belinda Gergel, Columbia City Council  (Wisdom Council)
  • Sam Johnson, Office of the Mayor of the City of Columbia
  • Alana Jordan, Post No Bills
  • David Laird, The Children’s Trust of South Carolina
  • Tom Ledbetter, Midlands Technical College Enterprise Campus (Wisdom Council)
  • Jim Reynolds, Total Comfort/Comfort Services (Wisdom Council)
  • Katherine Robinson, Sagacious Partners
  • Linda Salane, The Leadership Institute at Columbia College (Wisdom Council)
  • Lindsey Spires, Presbyterian College
  • Khush Tata, South Carolina Technical College System
  • JoAnn Turnquist, Central Carolina Community Foundation (Wisdom Council)
  • Anna Katherine Ward, PhD Candidate, University of South Carolina Moore School of Business


About COR
COR is an innovative volunteer-based community development non-profit organization focused on engaging and connecting a new generation of Columbians to make our region a better place to live, learn, work, play and prosper.  To learn more, please visit www.ourcor.org.