Member News | Oct. 11

Doug Berkel


The YMCA of Columbia Announces
New VP of Youth Development, Doug Berkel

The YMCA of Columbia welcomes Doug Berkel as its new Vice President of Youth Development.

Berkel will be the key leader and driver of the YMCA of Columbia’s Child Care Services programs, including Afterschool, Summer Camp, Preschool, Home School Swim & Gym, Leaders Club, Middle School Madness and Y Guides. The Y sees Berkel as an expert in the field with a proven track record of driving quality results in a dynamic and multi-faceted organization.

“I am very excited about joining the YMCA of Columbia family! The Y has provided me with so many amazing opportunities to grow personally and professionally and I am grateful for this new adventure,” says Berkel. “With so many great things already happening in the YMCA of Columbia, I can’t wait to begin serving the communities as we continue to set the standard in youth development making the Y the go-to place for youth to learn, grow and thrive.”

Berkel has been working with Ys in Texas and Kansas since 2000, holding employment positions such as Youth and Family Director, Youth Development Director and Senior Youth Development Director. He has also held volunteer positions working as a mentor and tutor to youth.

Berkel graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work with Honors.

About the YMCA of Columbia

Over the past century and a half, the YMCA of Columbia has been a community-transforming institution, not only in the Midlands, but in the entire United States. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Regardless of age, income or background – the Y works to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Please visit for more information.


2013 Wine and Food Graphic  FINALLake Carolina’s 11th Annual Wine & Food Festival

Experience the Culinary Culture of the South at Lake Carolina’s 11th Annual Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, October 19 from 2pm – 5pm.  Savor a variety of food & wine samplings from several local restaurants, markets & wineries as you linger across the Village Green listening to live Jazz and watching your favorite Football game at the Tailgate Tent.  Live chef demonstrations from Let’s Cook Culinary Studio, Charleston Cooks, K Shavo Nutrition & Columbia’s Cooking will take place throughout the day.  A Silent Auction will conclude the event with an opportunity to bid on special items such as travel accommodations, food, art and even a trip to the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament!

Come taste, sip & savor with your friends & family at one of Northeast Columbia’s premier events, the Lake Carolina Wine & Food Festival!

Proceeds from the 2013 Wine & Food Festival benefit Children’s Charities of the Midlands, a non-profit corporation formed specifically to raise funds and contributions primarily for the betterment and improvement of the health, welfare and education of children and youth in the South Carolina community.

Visit for tickets and information.


The Details:  $30 per ticket in advance, must be 21yrs. of age or older.  Includes parking, event entrance, wine tastings and food samplings.  $15 per child 12 years and under.

The Where:  Lake Carolina Village Green, 100 Lake Carolina Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29229

The When:  Saturday, October 19, 2013  2pm – 5pm

The How:  Buy Tickets at or at the Lake Carolina Sales Center.

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Local FASTSIGNS® Team Member Recognized with National Award 

Matt Harris, visual communications expert at FASTSIGNS® of Columbia – Harbison Blvd., was recognized with the Bronze Sales Award at the 2013 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit, recently held in Dallas.

“I’m so honored to receive this award,” said Harris. “I love creating partnerships with my clients from all industries, and helping them overcome their business challenges by providing the best quality of signs, graphics and marketing solutions to achieve their goals. Thanks to the repeat business and the referrals from my customers, I have been able to reach this exciting milestone.”

The Bronze Sales Award is presented to outside sales consultants who achieved a sales total between $200,000 and $399,000 from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. With more than 500 FASTSIGNS centers in the U.S. and Canada, only 47 outside sales consultants received this award.

“The outside sales consultants we have in our FASTSIGNS centers are extremely talented, driven and committed to providing comprehensive visual communications solutions,” said Mark Jameson, senior vice president of franchise support and development at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “Their dedication continues to make FASTSIGNS a great brand and a leader in the industry.”

FASTSIGNS® of Columbia – Haribson Blvd. is a sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes—across all industries—to help them meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility. To learn more, visit or call 803.781.2229.


Columbia Jewish Book Festival to be Hosted at Jewish Community Center

The Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center (306 Flora Drive, Columbia) is excited to once again host the Columbia Jewish Book Festival, which runs  from October 20-25. Award winning author Mary Glickman is this year’s featured presenter. The festival also features film screenings, workshops, and children’s activities. The festival is open to all and the book marketplace will be open during JCC operating hours.

The Festival kicks off Sunday, October 20 with a screening of Shalom Sesame’s “Mitzvah on the Street” as well as a craft and a snack for children at 2 pm. This will be followed by a showing of a film adaptation of Mitch Albom’s novel “Have a Little Faith” at 3 pm. Popcorn will be provided at no charge.

Monday, October 21 features keynote speaker Mary Glickman speaking about her books at 8 pm. Mary is a South Carolina resident and her first novel, Home in the Morning, is in development for film by Jim Kohlberg, director of The Music Never Stopped (Sundance 2011). Her second novel, One More River, was a Finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction. She will be available to sign books after her talk. A workshop about writing and publishing children’s books will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 22. This workshop will be led by Elaine Schiller August and Ronit Elk, both published children’s authors. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and any manuscripts on which they may be working. The festival marketplace will feature a wide selection of Jewish themed books for both children and adults. The marketplace is sponsored by And Thou Shalt Read out of Atlanta, Georgia. The marketplace and all events will be held at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, located at 306 Flora Drive, Columbia, SC.

All events are free for JCC members; a donation of $5 is requested of non-members. The book marketplace is open to all. The Columbia Jewish book festival is supported by The Columbia Jewish Federation, The Jewish Cultural Arts Committee, The Kligman Fund for the Jewish Cultural Arts, the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, and And Thou Shalt Read.

The mission of the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center is to enhance quality of life by providing comprehensive programs based on Jewish values, traditions, heritage and culture. The Center aims to promote unity through these social, recreational, athletic, educational and cultural programs. We also strive to meet individual and communal needs in a way that promotes Jewish values and in turn nurtures, strengthens, enriches and unites the Jewish community and our community as a whole.


Shelby Shealy’s JDRF Chili Cook-Off Benefit

Schooners of Irmo and Team Diva~Betic will be joining forces to raise funding and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The event will include musical entertainment from local musicians, tasty chili, fun children’s activities, silent auction items and raffles all in the name of finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

When: Sunday, October 13, 2013, 1 – 5 PM

Where: Schooner’s Bar and Grille, 6226 Old Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212

Call Melissa Reck @ 1-414-897-4523 for questions/registration for the Chili Cook-Off


Rich Williams


Healthy Learners Announces New appointments to Board of trustees
New Members Enhance Strong Leadership Foundation

Healthy Learners announces the appointment of two members to its Board of Trustees.  The new appointments are Philip Wesley Jackson, II of Rogers, Lewis, Jackson, Mann & Quinn, LLC and Rich Williams of Colonial Life.

Healthy Learners is a faith-based non-profit that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school.  The organization addresses poverty at its root, so that future generations can lift themselves, and their communities, to a better life.

 “The Healthy Learners Board members are responsible for governing and acting in the best interest of the organization,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, executive director of Healthy Learners.  “The Board is made up of individuals who have the talents, skills, experiences and passion to carry out the mission and vision of the organization, and we are blessed to have these new members join us as servant leaders.”

Philip Wesley Jackson, II is a partner at Rogers, Lewis, Jackson, Mann & Quinn, LLC.  He represents clients on regulatory and statutory compliance with federal and state healthcare laws in all levels of transactions and acquisitions including provider joint ventures, nursing home acquisitions, development and structure of new joint ventures (ambulatory surgery centers and integrated provider networks). 

Jackson’s previous areas of responsibility include principal at Kerr & Company, Inc, general counsel at Agape Senior, Inc. and Health Care Team attorney at Nexsen Pruet, LLC.  His published paper, “Compliance and the Rise in Uncompensated Care” appeared in the April 2008 Edition of Compliance Today, a national magazine published by the Health Care Compliance Association.

Jackson holds a bachelor of science degree from Clemson University, a master of health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina and a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina  School of Law.  He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Health Lawyers Association, North Carolina Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar Association.

Rich Williams is vice president of Specialty Markets for Colonial Life. He leads the company’s brokerage market nationally and oversees end-to-end sales and support for the large account and public sector markets. He also oversees marketing programs and services that support each of these market segments.

Williams has a broad background in the voluntary benefits industry with roles in sales, client management, strategic growth, operations, finance and corporate development. He first joined Colonial Life in 1999 leading product development and pricing. His previous experience includes roles as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Strategic Resource Company, an Aetna subsidiary, and in retirement consulting actuarial practice for Mercer.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College, a master’s degree from Wake Forest University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

The 2012-2013 Healthy Learners Board of Trustees are:  Chairman, Matthew Shaffer of BlueCross BlueShield of SC, Major Group Division; Vice-Chairman, Teri Stomski of First American Title Insurance Company; Secretary, Cleo Richardson, EdD; Linda Bell, MD of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control; Sister Rosemarie Carfagna of the Sisters of Charity Health System; Tina Emerson of Rogers Townsend & Thomas; John Heydel; Debbie Locklair of McLeod Medical Center Dillon; Edward Menzie of Nexsen Pruet, LLC; and Matthew Roberts of Nexsen Pruet, LLC.

About Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy.  A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners has five programs that serve 145 schools across nine South Carolina school districts.  The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland.  For more information, see


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