Tony McDade

Executive Director

Tony McDade joined the United Ministries staff as executive director in July 2016. Formerly the executive director at Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN, 2003-2016), McDade has much experience in social ministry enterprises in both Carolinas. GAIHN, a shelter-to-housing ministry with homeless families, joined with United Ministries in mid-2016 as a premier example of how the synergy and capacity of collective impact can benefit participants, agencies, and the community at large.

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A native of Union, SC, Tony is a graduate of Furman University (B.A. in history, 1979), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1982), and Columbia Theological Seminary (PCUSA, Doctor of Ministry, 2001). An ordained Baptist minister, Tony has served as an educator and administrator in several congregations, including First Baptist Church, Statesville, NC (1996-2003) and First Baptist Church, Clemson, SC (1987-1996).

Tony’s wife, Cam, is retired after 36 years as a special education teacher, most recently at Fork Shoals Elementary School.  Their daughter, Jennifer Murphy, is a teacher at Robert E. Cashion Elementary; her husband, Jeremy, is an administrator at Sterling School; and their daughter, Ainsley (age 5), will be in the Furman Class of 2034! Son Andrew is case manager and operations director at Triune Mercy Center in Greenville. His wife, Ashley, is employed by Greenville Mental Health Center.

Tony provides strategic leadership for a superb team of thirty social work professionals whose endeavors distinguish United Ministries locally and across our state. He enjoys hiking, tennis, historical literature, and is an accomplished Geocacher.

Ethan Friddle

Director of Programs & Operations

Ethan Friddle first came to United Ministries in 1998 as a college intern participating in a vocational exploration program at Furman University. During this formative experience, he was mentored by Reverend Beth Templeton, who educated him on the dynamics of poverty in Greenville, and by Reverend Steve McDonald, who taught him the finer points of being a rascal.

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After graduating with a B.A. in Religion in 2000, Ethan married his college sweetheart Christa, and together they attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where their course of study included poverty immersion experiences in Trenton, New Jersey, and the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington.

Upon graduating with Master of Divinity degrees in 2004, they returned to Greenville in order for Ethan to join the staff of United Ministries as an Academic Counselor in the Adult Education Program. Ethan particularly valued the opportunities that this work afforded him to work one-on-one with persons seeking not only academic and employment achievement, but more importantly, improved well-being. Seeking to be a more capable facilitator in these efforts, Ethan returned to school to earn a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health from Clemson University in 2012, and is now a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Succeeding years in various positions at United Ministries have provided him many opportunities to hone these relational skills, as well as to develop more effective programming and establish new agency partnerships in the community.

From 2014-2016, Ethan was honored to serve as Interim Executive Director while one of these agency partnerships matured, resulting in the joining together of United Ministries and GAIHN in the shared effort to address poverty in Greenville.

Mission Advancement
Place of Hope
Emergency Assistance
Integrated Services Support
Adult Education
Employment Readiness
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

Mission Advancement

Jade Fountain, MPA, CFRE

Director of Mission Advancement

Rev. Dr. Baxter Wynn

Assistant Director of Mission Advancement

Janna H. Lusk

Community Resource Manager

Emily Kodat, MBA

Mission Advancement Coordinator

Brian Sutherland


Claire Winkler

Volunteer Coordinator (vol.)

Johanne Puckett

Food Donation Coordinator (vol.)

Helen Lahoda

AmeriCorps VISTA member
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Place of Hope

Nick Bush

Program Manager

Kathy Sharp

Case Manager

Emergency Assistance

Davida Bryant

Program Manager

La-Shun Martin

Program Associate

Amelia Miles

AmeriCorps Member
Benefit Bank Coordinator
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Integrated Services Support

Amanda Warren

Associate Director of Integrated Services

Michelle Lyons

Financial Services Coordinator

Susan Boykin, ACSW, LISW-CP (S)

Mental Health Counselor

Adult Education

Dr. Lisa Hall

Program Manager

Hannah Ennis

Student Resource Specialist

Janey House

Academic Counselor

Michelle McClendon

Academic Counselor

Mary Allen Murphy

Academic Counselor

Employment Readiness

Leigh Barton

Program Manager

Stephen Shelato

Employment Counselor

James Lindsey

Employment Counselor

Wendy West, LPCA, NCC

Employment Counselor

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

Katie Preuss, LISW-CP

Program co-Manager

Nicole Zeiset

Program co-Manager

Jeffery Kitchen

Case Manager

Jay Dunlap

Logistics Coordinator

Alex Rueda

AmeriCorps Member
Intake Specialist
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Our Current Board of Directors

Frances Poe, President  — Director of Asset Management, Hughes Commercial Properties

Jim Akerhielm, Vice President — Retired CEO, Community Volunteer

Debbie Cooper, Treasurer — Director of Donor Services, Community Foundation of Greenville

Betsy Boaze, LMSW, Secretary — Community Volunteer

Matthew Covington — Co-Founder, Broadstreet Partners

Katherine Smoak Davis — Founder, Smoak Public Relations

Bob Dillon — Retired CEO, Community Volunteer

Tom Evelyn —Vice President for University Communications, Furman University

Dixon Harrill — Upstate Region Market Executive, Synovus

Scott Henderson — Professor of Education; Director of Program National & International Scholarships, Furman University

Gerald Huskamp — Sales & Marketing Consultant, CRH Properties LLC

Herb Johnson —Retired Executive, Community Volunteer

Paul Johnson — Community Volunteer

Susan Jones — VP of Human Resources, Greenville Technical College

Deb Long – Director of Healthy Community Initiatives, Bon Secours Health System

Alan Marshall — Principal, Dority & Manning, P.A.

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

Lee Palms — Commercial Insurance Advisor, Keenan Suggs | Hub International

Sima Patel — Senior Corporate Counsel, Michelin

LeTonya Phillips — Clinical Applications Specialist/Customer Training, AGFA Healthcare

Thomas Self — Principal, Elliott Davis

Leigh Stuckey — Associate Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Trey Suggs — Partner, Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, P.A.