Leadership

Lizzie Bebber

Executive Director

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fortenberry Bebber brings both nonprofit and leadership experience to United Ministries, encompassing fundraising, communications, board engagement, partnership development, and organizational planning.

Between 2008 and 2020, she worked for Christ House in Washington, DC (most recently as executive director), a medical respite organization that provides dignifying healthcare to sick and homeless persons. Lizzie delights in working for a more loving, just, and equitable world, and finds this work realized through communities and partnerships who are committed to hope, healing, and radical hospitality.

Over the last decade, Lizzie and her family have had the privilege of living in an intentional community alongside a group of formerly homeless men. Life there has truly shaped her call to work diligently for racial equality and reconciliation. Additionally, it has illuminated for her the guiding truth that no one is ever beyond the reach of healing and transformation.

Born and raised in Clinton, Mississippi, Lizzie is an ordained Baptist minister. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University and was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

A lover of people, making connections, and preparing and enjoying beautiful meals around the table, Lizzie is most alive when people come together to find common purpose, share together around life’s joys and sorrows, and find spaces of connection which remind us that we’re never meant to live this life alone.

She is the proud mother to Eli (8) and Annette (4), and lucky partner on life’s journey with her husband, Eric.

Robin Longino

Director of Mission Advancement

Robin Longino has 20 years of non-profit experience. For nearly 10 years, Robin had the
honor of serving as the Development Director for the Julie Valentine Center,
the rape crisis and child abuse recovery center serving Greenville and Pickens
Counties. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Robin worked in social work
and victim advocacy. Through her work and volunteering, serving the
community has been an integral part of her life since high school. Robin earned
her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from The University of South Carolina
at Spartanburg. Robin is a proud graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 35.

Gary Leatherwood

Director of Finance and Administration

Gary Leatherwood joined the staff of United Ministries in July 2022. He has over 15 years of corporate accounting experience both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Most recently, Gary was the Controller for the YMCA of Greenville, where he handled system updates and streamlined financial processes for the entire association.  Gary has also served as Treasurer for the Upstate Pride SC Board of Directors since 2018.

Gary grew up in Travelers Rest, SC, and has resided in Greenville County all his life. He has a passion for people, and believes everyone deserves to be seen and heard.

Jamika Nedwards

Director of Mission Impact

Jamika Nedwards joined United Ministries’ staff in July 2022. Jamika worked at the non-profit Julie Valentine Center for 10 years, where she most recently served as the Crisis and Education Program Director. Jamika is also an Adjunct Professor at Greenville Tech and Southern Wesleyan University, where she teaches Race & Ethnic Relations, Intro to Human Services, and Diversity Issues. She is Vice-Chair of the Greenville County Human Relations Committee, and serves as Chair of their Strategic Planning Committee.

Administration

Brian Sutherland

Accountant

Angela Kates

Facilities Coordinator

Departments & Programs

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Jennifer Harrill

Mission Advancement Project Manager

Kelley Batson Addison

Mission Advancement Coordinator

Susan Midgett

Volunteer Manager

Nick Bush

Program Manager

Kathy Sharp

Case Manager

Davida Bryant

Program Manager

La-Shun Martin

Program Associate

Johanne Puckett

Food Donation Coordinator (volunteer)

Mary Allen Murphy

Program Manager for Adult Education

Hannah Ennis

Student Resource Specialist

Janey House

Academic Counselor

Michelle McClendon

Academic Counselor

Leigh Barton

Program Manager

Lee McCaskill

Economic Mobility Partner

Jason Makis

Economic Mobility Partner

Tiffany Gibson Cox, MDiv

Economic Mobility Partner

Isabel Martinez

Economic Mobility Partner

Madelyn Moser

Housing Program Manager

Jeffery Kitchen

Housing Coordinator & Emergency Shelter Partner

Misha Shew

Housing Economic Mobility Partner

Joasia Karwatka

Emergency Shelter Partner

Joel Koontz, MA, LPC

Mental Health Counselor

Amy Bell

Program Support Specialist

Board of Directors  2022-2023

Myra Morant, Chair — Human Resources Systems and Processes Manager, Greenville County Schools

Isaiah Dunlap, Secretary — Owner, Design Edge, LLC

Dixon Harrill, Vice-Chair — Market Executive, Synovus Bank

LaTonya Phillips, Mission Advancement Committee Chair — Clinical Applications Specialist, AGFA Healthcare

Matt Puckett – Area President-SC, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Linda Twilley – Director of Administration, Jordan Construction Company

Stephen (Steve) Eye — Vice President of Private Wealth Management, Robert W. Baird

Paul Johnson — Retired VP & COO, Community Volunteer

Kevin Shinn — Senior Manager, Finance Accounting Advisory Services

Julia Watkins — Associate Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church

P. McCrady Gwinn, Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair — Instructor of Finance at USC Upstate

Sima Patel, Governance Committee Chair — Senior Corporate Council, Michelin

Sean Dogan, Human Resources Committee Chair — Director of Community Health, Bon Secours St. Francis

Tom Evelyn — Vice President of University Communications, Furman University

Anthony (AJ) Gladney — Partner, New York Life

Suzanne Sanders — Attorney, Community Volunteer

Michael (Mike) Shain Financial Advisor, UBS Financial

Jim Akerhielm – Entrepreneur, Community Volunteer

TJ Angone – Senior Vice President, Truist

Roselle Bonnoitt – Director of Assurance Services, Cherry Bekaert

Dorothy Dowe – Vice Mayor Pro Tem/At-Large Rep, Greenville City Council