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Board of Directors
 

Executive Committee

 
 Board Chair

John Cariati

John Cariati is currently employed as the Operational Quality Manager for Assurant in
Florence, SC and Duluth, GA and has been with the company for eight years. Originally
from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John has served on the UWFC board for nine years. He
joined the board because he truly believes we are all one catastrophic event away from
the need of any of the United Way partner agencies. John is married to wife, Buffy, and
has four children. His hobbies include traveling with his family, DIY projects, motocross,
hunting, and watching Pittsburgh sports and his favorite TV show, the Walking Dead. His
ideal vacation would be on a beach in St. Maarten and his favorite quote is "You miss
100% of the shots you never take."

 
Campaign Chair
Kevin Russell

Kevin Russell is currently employed as the Product Quality Manager for GE Healthcare
and has been with the company for eighteen years. Originally from Melbourne, Florida,
Kevin received his undergraduate degree in Management from the University of Central
Florida and has lived in Florence for three years. Kevin joined the UWFC board to better
involve GE in the charitable community of Florence and has served as a board member
for 3 years. Kevin is married to wife, Cindy, and has three children, Kyle, Jordan, and
Jamie. Kevin's hobbies include golfing, swimming, and watching his favorite TV show,
The Voice. His ideal vacation would be anywhere warm with his family and his favorite
quote is "Get 'r' done."

Past Board Chair
Quincy Kennedy
Quincy A. Kennedy IV is currently employed as the CCO and Senior Wealth Advisor of
Signature Wealth Strategies and has over twenty years of experience in the field of
investments. Originally from Williston, South Carolina, Quincy received his B.S. in
Finance and his M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina and has been in Florence
for 32 years. He joined the UWFC board to be involved in the community in which he
lived and has served on the board for many years in positions such as CIC Chair and
Board Chair. Quincy's significant other is Cheryl and he has two children, Cordes and
William. His favorite hobbies include skydiving, flying, photography, hunting, and fishing.
Quincy's favorite TV shows include Big Bang Theory, Sons of Anarchy, and Game of
Thrones, his favorite movies include Unforgiven and The Hangover, and his favorite
book is Price of Tides. His ideal vacation would be somewhere he's never been before
and his favorite quote is "Get busy living or get busy dying."

 
 Treasurer
 
Dwayne Brockington

Dwayne Brockington is currently employed as the Vice President-Relationship Banker for
First Reliance Bank and has been with the company for 13 years. Originally from Mullins,
Brockington received his B.S. in Biology from Francis Marion College and is also a graduate
of the South Carolina School of Banking. Brockington joined the UWFC board eight years
ago and decided to serve on the board because the United Way is a well-known agency
that is committed to serving the Florence community by providing an array of services. He
is married to wife, Dara, and has two children, Kara and Nick. His hobbies include music
and playing the piano and his ideal vacation would be relaxing on a beach. His favorite
movies are Remember the Titans and the Blind Side and his favorite quote is "There's
light at the end of the tunnel".

 
 Secretary
 
Kay Andrews

Kay Andrews is currently employed as the Vice President, Operations for PGBA, LLC/Blue
Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and has been with the company for thirty years.
Originally from McBee, South Carolina, Kay received her Administrative Management
degree from Clemson University and has been in the Florence Area for thirty years. She
has served on the UWFC board for eight years and joined because she felt the UWFC
significantly impacts the residents of Florence County, providing the ability for partner
agencies to touch and improve lives of many of our neighbors each year. She also feels
that by partnering with these agencies, the UWFC is not limited to reaching a specific area
or age group. Instead, a multitude of programs that address critical community needs are
made available and reach all ages, from young babies to seniors. Kay is married to husband,
Charles, and has two children, Matthew and Claire. In her free time, she enjoys walking,
reading, cooking, and watching her favorite TV show, Grey's Anatomy. Her ideal vacation
would be a Caribbean cruise and her favorite quote is "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and learn not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make
your paths straight".


 Nominations Chair
 
Buddy Brand

Frank "Buddy" Brand, II is a seasoned sales and marketing professional in the financial
services area. With over 35 years of experience selling to both the private and public sector,
offering a unique understanding to the complex Florence marketplace. He has served the
majority of these years as Branch Manager for Interstate Johnson Lane, A.G. Edwards,
Wachovia Securities and Stifel. Through his experience and education, Buddy has developed
a keen sense of marketing and sales expertise. He has had the opportunity to participate in
a variety of sales training courses, workshops, and seminars that have allowed for a broad
resource base on which to build his career. Buddy was in the scouting program here in
Florence for a number of years attaining the rank of Life Scout with Troop #499 at All Saints
Episcopal Church. He was an assistant troop leader and volunteer for a number of years at
Camp Coker in Society Hill. Buddy is a graduate of The Citadel with a major in Business
Administration. He has been married for 27 years to Janet Brand and they four children;
John (31), Kendall (25), Carter (22), and Cameryn (15).
 
 CIC Chair
 Joseph Craig
Joseph Craig is currently employed as the Publisher of the Florence Morning News and
has been with the publication for just under two years. Joseph is originally from Sioux City,
Iowa and attended Briar Cliff College. This is Joseph's first year on the UWFC board and
he decided to join the board because he believes the United Way is a key provider of
assistance to those most in need. Joseph is married to his wife, Kathy, and has two sons,
Joe Jr. and Steve, and three grandchildren, Madison, Abbey, and Little Joe. In his free time,
Joseph enjoys golfing and watching his favorite TV show, NCIS. His ideal vacation would
be a trip to Cabo San Lucas and his favorite quote is "You may not always know the right
thing to do, but you always know what the wrong this is."

Board Members


 
James Aikens
ADP Tax Credit Services

Bio coming soon.

Lovith Anderson
Lake City Mayor

Bio coming soon.
 
Dr. Randy Bridges
FSD1

Dr. Randy Bridges is currently employed as the Superintendent for Florence School District One and has been with the district for 19 months. Originally from Shelby, North Carolina, Dr. Bridges received his undergraduate degree and Master's from UNC and his Doctorate from Fayetteville State University. He has served on the UWFC board for a little over a year and joined because the United Way provided assistance to his best friend's family when they were growing up. Dr. Bridges enjoys golfing and watching his favorite TV show, Law & Order. His ideal vacation would be a trip to the Grand Canyon and his favorite quote is "We should model the behavior expected of others."
Dr. Annie Brown

AnnBro International Training
& Consulting

Bio coming soon.

Mathew Langston
BB&T

Mathew Langston is currently employed as the Market President/Senior Vice President of BB&T and has been with the company for 13 years. Mathew is originally from Florence and received his undergraduate degree in Business Finance and Management and his M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. Langston has been on the UWFC board for 3 years and joined to be a part of an organization that supports the Florence community and the many individuals who live here. He is married to wife, Heather, and has two children, Maddox and Noah. In his free time, Langston enjoys tennis, golf, hunting, and "living the dream". His favorite TV show is Sports Center and his favorite movie is Remember the Titans. Langston's ideal vacation would be an all-inclusive stay in the Caribbean and his favorite quote is "Losers quit when they're tired, winners quit when they've won."

Jill Lewis
Florence Darlington Technical College

Jill Lewis is currently employed as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Florence-Darlington Technical College and has been with the college for eight years. Jill is a New York City native and received her B.S. in Education from Penn State University. She has served on the UWFC board for thirty years and chose to serve because she truly believes in the organization and the number of really excellent agencies that the UWFC assists. Jill also feels that the UWFC reaches many, many people with a variety of needs and emergencies and the organization does the homework to ensure that your money reaches the most critical needs. Jill is married to husband, Dr. Joseph Lewis, and has three children, Adam, Christopher, and Nicole. Her hobbies include running, the beach, and enjoying time spent with her husband, children, and grandchildren, Her favorite TV shows are the news and the Voice, her ideal vacation would be traveling through history or island hopping, and her favorite quotes are "It is what is" and "Live, Love, and Laugh."

Chuck Pope
City of Florence

Chuck Pope is currently employed as the Public Works Director for the City of Florence and has been with the city for twenty-five years. Chuck is originally from Clinton, North Carolina and received his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from N.C. State University/East Carolina University. He has been a member of the UWFC board for three years and he chose to serve on the board because he wanted to assist with meeting the diverse range of needs in order to strengthen our community and improve the lives of people in our region. Chuck is married to wife, Amanda, and has three children, Kyle, Kendall, and Jessica. In his free time, Chuck enjoys fishing and golfing and his ideal vacation would be anywhere near salt water.

Loren Rials

Carolinas Hospital System


Loren Rials is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Carolinas Hospital System and has been with the hospital for two years. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Loren received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and later received his Master of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. Loren has been a member of the UWFC board for two years and joined the board because he believes the United Way is an organization that puts other not-for-profit organizations before itself. As a group/agency, United Way is able to raise funds and support organizations that would not be able to stay open if not for the United Way. The organizations are touching people's lives, but the United Way is the avenue whereby they are able to do so. Loren is married to wife, Melissa, and has two children, Michael and Jennifer. His hobbies include playing golf and his ideal vacation would be to play golf in Ireland. His favorite movie is anything with Clint Eastwood or John Wayne in it and his favorite quote is "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible by Jesus Christ - Matthew 19:26."


Aaron Robinson

Honda of South Carolina, Mfg

Aaron Robinson is currently employed as the Manager of Associate Services for Honda of South Carolina and has been with the company for 13 years. Aaron is originally from Borbonnais, Illinois and served in the U.S. Marines before getting his M.B.A from Phoenix University. One of the newest UWFC board members for 2016-2017, Aaron chose to join the board because it was so great that one foundation supports so many other needed foundations to the community. He is married to wife, Shannon, and has six children, Anna, Reid, Ryan, Luke, Joss, and Jett. In his free time, Aaron enjoys playing with the family's Great Dane, Bohdi, and watching old 70's/80's Kung Fu movies. His ideal vacation would be at the mountains in the winter with his family and his favorite quote is "It's not who is right, but what is right."

Irby Wilson

Orr Company
Irby Wilson is currently employed as the Director of Operations for the Orr Company and has been with the company for thirty years. Irby is originally from Timmonsville, South Carolina and has received his undergraduate degree in Electronics from Florence-Darlington Technical College. He joined the UWFC board six years ago because he has always been a believer in the UWFC. Irby is married to wife, Alvenia, and has two children, Kierston and Sharon. His hobbies include traveling, computers, and watching western movies. Irby's favorite quote is "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
 
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