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COLUMBIA 909 Shull Street West Columbia, SC 29169 Phone: (803) 386-4377


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Afternoons, Saturday and Sundays by appointment only!


LowCountry Advisory Board Members


James Alton Cannon, Jr

James Alton Cannon, Jr., is the elected Sheriff of Charleston County. He was first elected Sheriff in February 1988.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state of South Carolina, employing over 900 people. Sheriff Cannon is responsible for oversight of a budget of over $55 million.
Sheriff Cannon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Charleston, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar.
In 2012, Sheriff Cannon celebrated his 30th Anniversary of admission to the South Carolina Bar.

 Mark Fallaw

Mark Fallaw currently serves as Chief of Police for the Town of North in Orangeburg County, SC. His 26-year governmental public service record includes various capacities for municipal, regional and county law enforcement agencies. He has over twenty years in supervisory, management and leadership positions and more than eighteen years of law enforcement teaching experience. For the past fifteen years, he has focused on risk management and liability assessment for law enforcement executives and has reviewed policies and procedures for other agencies, including liability review for civil actions.
A native of South Carolina, Chief Fallaw holds an Associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, where he was a College Ambassador, President of Phi Theta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs with a minor in Political Science from Columbia College, where he graduated with a GPA of 3.9. He and his wife, Lynne, have four daughters

 Gordon B. Smith

Gordon B. Smith is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Director of the Rule of Law Collaborative (ROLC) at the University of South Carolina. ROLC seeks to promote innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to building sustainable justice and rule of law in transitional and fragile states. He is the author or editor of ten books and more than 50 articles and book chapters on Russian politics and law. His most recent book is Russia and its Constitution: Promise and Political Reality (Leiden, The Netherlands: 2008). Professor Smith frequently travels to Russia, Mongolia, Central Asia and the Caucasus to assist in legal reform efforts. He has been a fellow of the Harvard University Davis Russian Research Center, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, and Russian Studies centers in England and Japan. He has received research support from the Fulbright, IREX, National Council for Soviet and East European Research, and the Earhart, Ford, Mellon and Toyota foundations. Interviews with Dr. Smith and his commentaries on Russian domestic political, legal and foreign policy matters have appeared in numerous media outlets, including Time, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Christian Science Monitor.


Upstate Advisory Board Members



Kim Wells

Kim Wells resides in Boiling Springs SC where she teaches English at Boiling Springs Middle School. After 20 years in finance and insurance sales, Kim changed careers when her children entered middle school. She earned her BA degree in 2002, Gifted and Talented Endorsement, and M.Ed from
Converse College in 2006, served as teacher-leader for Spartanburg Writing Project, participated in curriculum revision groups multiple years, including 2012 as SC ELA standards transitioned from skills based design, and served as Jr. Beta Club sponsor for 13 years. She has presented at Spartanburg Writing Project’s Fall Renewal symposium and SC CERRA Symposium in 2016. Kim was selected as SC Jr. Beta Club sponsor of the year in 2010, and nominated for BSMS teacher of the year 2013 and 2015. In 2014, Kim and two of her English students traveled to Turkey as winners of the SC Dialogue Foundation writing contest. As a result of this trip, Kim has committed to sharing perspectives and cultures with her students, seeking opportunities to teach and incorporate global understanding.



Rula Shalabi

Rula Shalabi was born and raised here in the Upstate of SC. She attended Furman University for her undergraduate degree and then graduated from dental school at MUSC. Her love for dentistry and children led her to Los Angeles, CA where she received her pediatric dental training at the University of Southern California. She currently practices as a pediatric dentist in the upstate and has a sincere passion of integrating diversity into every bit of her life. The beautiful goals of Atlantic institute have also been the same goals she was raised with. "Bringing diversity to the upstate, not just in its people, but creating diversity of the mind and in our dialogue is the only way we can better ourselves for this culturally rich world"


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Rev. Sean Dogan, Pastor

Sean Dogan is the Pastor of Long Branch Baptist Church, Greenville, SC . He has been the Pastor since 1997. He is married to Satreva Dogan and they have a daughter Ramiah Dogan. He has spearheaded several Global Missions including works in Haiti, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. He loves Servicing and Volunteering in the Community.


Dr. Peter Cohen

Dr. Peter Cohen received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in Humanities and Religion, his M.A. from Florida State University in Biblical Studies and his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Springfield College. His dissertation was entitled "A Motif Index of the Angel of Death in Early Rabbinic Literature." Dr. Cohen came to Clemson in 1995 after teaching at Appalachian State University, Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College. His teaching interests revolve around looking at the common traits shared by the religious traditions of the world, rather than looking for their differences. Dr. Cohen can often be found teaching adult education in area churches on Sunday mornings or as an instructor in the University's Osher Life Long Learning Institute for retired people from the community. Presently, he is teaching the general education courses in Religion for the department.  



 Rabbi Marc H. Wilson

Rabbi Marc H. Wilson has served as a congregational rabbi for three decades, holding pulpits in Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte and Greenville.

A summa cum laude graduate of DePaul University, Marc was ordained by the Hebrew Theological College, from which he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hebrew Literature and Hebrew principal’s certificates. He has also been a Graduate Fellow at the Chicago Institute of Pastoral Care. Marc has published a number of essays in Reader’s Digest, the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Charlotte Observer, San Francisco Examiner, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Greenville News, and Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

His speaking engagements have brought him to diverse venues including church and synagogue scholar's programs, addresses at Clemson University, Furman University, and the South Carolina United Methodist Church Convention.

Wilson is the founder of two synagogue-based homeless shelters and has served in a variety of organizations, including Charlotte Area Clergy Association, Urban Training Organization of Atlanta, Mayor’s Religious Advisory Committee, Metrolina AIDS Consortium, Bioethics Resource Group, a hospital Clinical Review Committee, and an adviser to two Clinical Pastoral Education programs.

He was named Atlanta's Community Servant of the Year, 50 Most Influential Leaders in Greenville, and Forty Things I Love about the Palmetto State by Southern Living.

He was the founder of Greenville Faith Communities United, now known as the Interfaith Forum. He introduced and chairs the annual St. Baldrick's celebration, raising funds for children's cancer research.

His most recent undertaking is developing the Year of Altruism with a community-wide coalition of over 60 organizations.

Marc and his wife, Linda, are exceptionally proud of their blended family of ten children and children-in-law, with eleven grandchildren and two more on the way. Beside his children and grandchildren, Wilson considers his greatest accomplishment having put his career on hold to care for his homebound parents. . . and making kickin’ kosher gumbo and jambalaya.

 Steve Morgan - Board Chair

Steve Morgan is the Senior Pastor and has been serving Saint Mark since June of 2001. He entered the ministry of the United Methodist Church in 1974 and is an ordained elder in the South Carolina Conference. His appointments in South Carolina have included churches in Newberry, Greeleyville, Gaffney, Spartanburg, Lancaster, and Florence. He also served as Assistant Pastor of the Glasgow Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland. He has a B.A. from Wofford College, a Master of Divinity from Duke DivinitySchool, and a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University's Candler School of Theology. He and his wife, Phyllis, have three sons.

 Jens Holley

Jens Holley received his BA in History from Furman University and his MSLS from the University of North Carolina. He's served the state of South Carolina for 31 years as a librarian, recently retiring from his position of Library Faculty Chair at Clemson University. He still serves as the faculty advisor for Clemson's Intercultural Dialogue Club and as the secretary of the Clemson chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He also serves as the Lay Leader at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Seneca. As befits a librarian, his interests are wide-ranging, from intercultural and interfaith dialogue to environmental history to Atlantic Coast Conference sports. He and his wife, Mary, have 2 daughters

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Senior Minister Johnna Camp

Rev. Johnna Camp has a wide variety of experience in ministry. Before coming to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Greenville, she was Director of Education for Ministry: a lay theological education program in the Episcopal Church. Her other experiences include, chaplain of Hospice and Palliative Care of Louisville KY, pastor of the Shawnee Christian Church of Louisville and consultant for Educational Design to Trinity Church Wall Street in Manhattan. She has degrees from Lexington Theological Seminary and the University of Kentucky.

Johnna, her husband Bryant, daughter Noa and sons, Malachi and Ethan look forward to meeting you.

 Dr. M.B. Ulmer

Dr. M.B. Ulmer is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina Upstate. During his 37 years at USC Upstate, he served at various times as professor, chair of mathematics and computer science, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He maintains a website to assist teachers in project-based learning in math for the liberal arts. In retirement, he teaches occasional courses in statistics at Wofford College where he continues to benefit from the interaction with bright students and colleagues.

He and his wife, Lewanna Caldwell, have many interests including gardening, ballroom dance, and outdoor activities. They especially enjoy traveling and dialogue with people of various faiths, cultures and languages


Previous Board Members

Dr. Cecil Huey

Dr. Cecil Huey is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. He received his PhD from Clemson in 1973 and returned there to teach in 1975. Since that time, he has worked and taught in the area of mechanisms and machine design. Along the way he received a number of awards for his teaching and research, including the Class of '39 Faculty Award for Excellence and the Student Government Excellence in Teaching Award. For many years, Dr. Huey was The Clemson University Faculty Athletics Representative and in that role served two terms as President of the Atlantic Coast Conference and held several positions within the NCAA organization. He recently retired from the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Engineers and Surveyors.