|Your Together SC Team|
The Together SC team members represent and work in various locations across the state as one would imagine a statewide organization would in today's virtual world.
When reaching out to one of our team members, the preferred contact method is email because we can best respond to your inquires with the inclusion of hyperlinks and attachments. Our office phone numbers redirect to staff cell phones, for when Together SC members are in need of more immediate assistance. General inquiries should use our contact us page so we can best direct you to the appropriate staff member or section of the website.
Brandi Elkins handles membership infrastructure and development, technical assistance, and along with many other important daily Together SC activities. Brandi is a graduate from the College of Charleston where she earned her Bachelors degree in Arts Management. She is a Lowcountry native with over 14 years of successful experiences in running nonprofit organizations as an independent consultant, as a CFO, and even as an Executive Director. Brandi is an active advocate in the Lowcountry arts and theatre scene having served as Board Treasurer for the League of Charleston Theatres, a member of the Charleston Marathon’s YEA Grant Program Review Committee, and as a fiscal agent for the inaugural year of Engaging Creative Minds in the Charleston County School District. Brandi is known for being a positive & strong leader who is compassionate, unflappable, & fun.
Brandi resides in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Eric, daughter, Evelyn, and two German Shorthaired Pointers (Mosby and Ruger). She enjoys spoiling her family with home-cooked meals and is always looking for a new recipe to try. Brandi also enjoys spending time with family, laughing with friends, attending local farmers markets, and living life to its fullest.
Ben manages the day-to-day operations of the organization: finance, HR, vendor relationships, special projects, and supports the rest of the Together SC team. Are you a vendor or business partner who'd like to offer discounts on goods and services to Together SC's nonprofit members? Call Ben!
Ben graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012, earning his bachelor's degree, masters in social work and masters in public administration. He studied nonprofit organizations extensively and was excited to leave the ivory tower and gain real-world experience with SCANPO. He is a board member of Camp T.A.L.K. (Teaching Advocacy and Life-skills to Kids), a nonprofit a summer day-camp for children with autism, that he helped to incorporate and gain 501(c)(3) status. He is an active member at Reformation Lutheran Church, where he sings bass-baritone in choir. Ben lives in Columbia with his partner Jeremy.
Madeleine has served as president since January 2011, bringing her passion for South Carolina's nonprofit sector and all that it does. She works closely with Together SC's board of directors to advance services to members and the sector and is guided by Together SC's mission, vision and core values.
Like many of our members, she has run start-ups as well as established nonprofits. She cut her teeth in nonprofit management in Georgetown in the 1980s and later led the Coastal Community Foundation for 10 years. She's also worked for local and state government, provided consulting services, is a proficient fundraiser and knows the grantmaking side as well.
Madeleine received her bachelor degree and MBA from the University of Virginia. She’s helped build Habitat houses and is a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program. She is a SC Liberty Fellow, and served on Town Council for Sullivan’s Island where she continues to live with her husband, Bunky Wichmann, his three amazing children, a Boykin Spaniel named Beau and two cats.
As Together SC's chief "bottle washer," she's eager to hear your ideas and suggestions. Watch out, she'll want to get you involved.
Debbie assumed responsibility for Together SC’s Knowledge Network in 2015. In this consulting role she manages a variety of resources and learning experiences for Together SC’s membership. She coordinates Wednesday Webinars, develops new training offerings and resources, identifies and establishes training partnerships with funders, and collaborates with consultants and business partners.
Debbie is delighted to bring more than 30 years of professional experience and her understanding of nonprofits and their training needs to Together SC’s members. A 25-year resident of Greenville, South Carolina, Debbie is the president and founder of DNA Creative Communications, a woman-owned public relations and inspirational marketing firm for nonprofit organizations. Under Debbie’s leadership, in 2010 DNA founded Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums, an annual training program in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County, and the Hollingsworth Funds.
Debbie and her husband Fred have two grown sons, Chris who lives in Brooklyn, New York and Turner who lives in Charleston. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys walking the Sullivan’s Island beach with her boxers Lily and Gracie, knitting for family and friends, and reading to children at Overbrook Child Development Center.
Together SC's EXTENDED TEAM
Together SC is pleased to work with its business partners, whose help allows Together SC staff to focus on directly working with South Carolina's nonprofits.
Sharon Thomas with Clemmons Thomas Consulting, LLC, works with Together SC to support the Knowledge Network as a contract trainer.
Clay Grayson and his law firm, Grayson Thomas, serve as general counsel of Together SC, and provide on-going legal services in support of its mission and programs.
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