Liberty Fellowship Announces 8th Class of Fellows

23 Leaders Chosen from throughout South Carolina

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (June 15, 2011) – There is a difference between success and significance. Liberty Fellowship’s newest class of Fellows, announced today, share a commitment to move beyond their individual successes. On the cusp of significance, they are poised to take meaningful action to make South Carolina a stronger state through heightened leadership.

Selected from over 300 nominations, the 23 Fellows cross a broad spectrum of careers, expertise and personal passions.

“Our eighth class is enormously impressive, reminding us of the quality of leadership we have percolating in South Carolina,” commented Hayne Hipp, Liberty Fellowship Founder. “While they span a wide range of thought and diversity of perspectives, these Fellows share a desire to take action to make South Carolina better.”

The Fellows will attend four rigorous seminars over a two-year period where they will reflect on what they think makes a just society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face. One of these seminars is the Aspen Institute Globalization Seminar where they will interact with other Fellows from around the world in locations such as South Africa, Costa Rica and India. Additionally, each Liberty Fellow commits to a personal project that will have a positive impact at the state level.

“South Carolinians care deeply about this state,” commented Executive Director Jennie Johnson. “We saw that in the number and quality of our Fellow nominations this year, in the interest we have had in our Forums and most markedly in the participation by 700 people at our Summit in Columbia last fall. Our newest class brings even more momentum to these efforts to move South Carolina forward.”

These are the Fellows for the Class of 2013:

Forrest Alton, CEO, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Columbia

Cameron Blazer, Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of SC; Owner, Cottage Industrialist, Johns Island

Patrick Cawley, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, MUSC; Hospital Consultant and Entrepreneur, Charleston

Scott Clark, Executive Vice President and COO, Michelin North America, Greenville

Scott Cochran, Dean of the Center for Professional Excellence, Wofford College, Spartanburg

Andrea Cooper, Community Activist, Sullivan’s Island

David Cote, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, BCBS of SC, Columbia

Tameika Isaac Devine, Founding Partner, Jabber & Isaac; Columbia/At-Large Councilwoman, City of Columbia

Jermaine Husser, Executive Director, Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston

Daniel Johnson, Solicitor, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Richland & Kershaw Counties, Columbia

Craig Kinley, CEO and Principal, WiProwess, Anderson

William Logan, Jr. M.D., Medical Director, Clinical Integration for Geriatrics, Palmetto Health, Columbia

Brian McSharry, COO and Founder, SAGE Automotive Interiors, Inc., Greenville

Amy Picklesimer, M.D., Medical Director, GHS Obstetric Center and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Greer

Jason Premo, CEO and Co-owner, ADEX Machining Technologies, Greenville

Sue-Ann (Susie) Gerald Shannon, Director of Research, Palmetto Institute; Attorney, McNair Law Firm, Columbia

Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, Associate Professor, Dept. of Public Health Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson

James Simmons, M.D., President and Owner, All Children’s Pediatrics, Beaufort

Tiffany Spann-Wilder, Sole Proprietor, Spann-Wilder Law Firm LLC, North Charleston

Benjamin Wall, Managing Partner, President and Co-founder, WJ Partners LLC, Spartanburg

Walt Wilkins, Solicitor, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Greenville and Pickens Counties, Greenville

Vicki Young, Ph.D., Department Head for Clinical Quality Improvement, SC Primary Care Association, Columbia

Mindelle Ziff, Founder and President, Kaleidoscope Marketing Group, Charleston

While Liberty Fellowship accepts nominations year-round, February 1 is the deadline for nominations for the next class. For more information, to nominate someone or to join a Forum, go to

About Liberty Fellowship

Liberty Fellowship is a statewide leadership initiative founded by Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and The Aspen Institute. Through the Fellow program, Liberty Fellowship seeks to inspire outstanding leadership in South Carolina, empowering the state’s leaders to realize their full potential. Fostering a values-based approach, Liberty Fellowship exposes rising leaders, ages 30-45, to diverse perspectives, critical thinking, and intellectual and personal development. Liberty Fellowship Forums are open to all South Carolinians and focus on these issues critical to the state: Economic Development, Public Policy, Education, Health and Environment. For more information:

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