Member News | June 25

Healthy Learners Announces New Board of Trustee Members

healthy learnersHealthy Learners announces the addition of Sharon Reynolds Earle, Ed.D., Taranda M. Frost, MBA, James L. Gallieshaw, and Lite Nartey, Ph.D. to the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees.

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 of Trustees is pleased with the new members who bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion to the organization,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, executive director of Healthy Learners.  “Their contributions will add to our efforts to further the mission and vision of Healthy Learners.  We are blessed to have these new members join our governing Board.”

Sharon Earle (image001)Dr. Sharon Reynolds Earle has over twenty-two years of experience in education, with sixteen years of district level administration in early childhood education and parent and family services.  She holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Lander University, master of education in guidance/counseling and personnel services from Clemson University and an Ed.D. in education leadership from South Carolina State University.  Earle is currently the owner of SIR Consultant Group based in Columbia, South Carolina and owner and senior national sales director partner with Primerica Financial Services.

Earle’s past and present community and professional involvement include serving on the Boards of Trustees of the Central Carolina Community Foundation, Brookland Academy Child Development Center and EdVenture Children’s Museum.  She has involvement with several committees, to include the March of Dimes Committee, African American Achievement Award Committee and the South Carolina Department of Education Family and Community Involvement Committee.  Earle also has affiliation with the South Carolina Parent Involvement Task Force and the African American Student Achievement Task Force.  Additionally, her affiliations include Primerica Financial Services Field Cabinet, Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., Moles, Inc., Jack and Jill of America and the National Smart Set.

Earle and her husband, Ivan are the parents of four children, Ivan II (22), Andrew (18), Bryson (13) and Arrington (7).

Taranda FrostTaranda M. Frost is a certified, experienced human resources professional, specifically with health and welfare plans, defined contribution (401k), and defined benefit (retirement/pension) plans.  Frost holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of South Carolina, master of arts degree in human resources management from Webster University, as well as a master of business administration, also from Webster University.  She has been employed at SCANA since 2005 and is supervisor of Benefits Administration & Compliance.

Frost has held the offices of President and Vice-President of the South Carolina Compensation & Benefit Professionals Board (a division of WorldatWork) and has held the offices of Vice-President of Education and Secretary of Toastmasters International.  She also has past affiliation with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and WorldatWork.

James GallieshawJames L. Gallieshaw has a 25 year Human Resources career, distinguished by commendable performance and proven results.  Gallieshaw has a master of arts in human resources management from Troy State University. His professional experience includes working as a human resources director at Babcock Center, Inc., a director of employee relations & recruitment at Palmetto Health (Richland Campus), as well as an investigator at the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission.  Gallieshaw has served on the United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors and the Columbia Junior College Board of Directors.

BA FACULTY AND STAFF MUGSDr. Lite Nartey is an Assistant Professor in the Sonoco International Business Department at the Darla Moore School of Business.  Nartey is from Ghana and she joined the Moore School in 2011.  Nartey holds a bachelor of science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi Ghana, a master of public administration from New York University, a master of science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D., also from the University of Pennsylvania.   In her current work, Professor Nartey draws from network theory to outline innovative strategies firms can use to improve relations with stakeholders and thus build stakeholder support.

Nartey’s work has been recognized for several awards, to include the Douglas Nigh Memorial Best Paper Award 2011, the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education 2010 Proposal Award, and Best Paper at the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) 2010, Ph.D. Sustainability Academy.  Her conceptual paper on the theory portion of her dissertation was nominated for the Haynes Prize for the Most Promising Scholar 2010 at the Academy of International Business.

The current Healthy Learners Board of Trustees are:  Chairman, John Heydel; Vice-Chairman, Cleo Richardson, Ed.D; Secretary, Debbie Locklair, McLeod Medical Center Dillon; Treasurer, Rich Williams, Colonial Life; Sister Rosemarie Carfagna, Sisters of Charity Health System; Tina Emerson, Rogers Townsend &Thomas; Sister Nancy Hendershot, CSA, Representative of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine SC Ministries; Philip Wesley Jackson, II, Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC; Edward Menzie, Nexsen Pruet, LLC; Matthew Roberts, Nexsen Pruet, LLC; Matthew Shaffer, BlueCross BlueShield of SC, Major Group Division; Teri Stomski, First American Title Insurance Company; Jack Godbold, Keenan & Suggs, Inc.; Jenny Sarvis Isgett, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company; and Margaret Bennett Stover.

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 of 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


NAI Avant’s Dail Longaker Completes Investment Property Sale

LongakerDail Longaker, Senior Investment Broker with NAI Avant, recently completed another significant investment property sale. Longaker represented Randolph Freezer, LLC, and Red Sled Properties, LLC, in their acquisition of the Ocean Bay Market shopping center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The ±58,000 square foot Lowe’s Grocery anchored retail center was recently developed by Carolina Forest Investment Group, LLC, a partnership formed by Red Rock Developments, LLC.  The sales price was $14,079,000.

NAI Avant Welcomes Lee Bussell, Jr. to Market Leading Brokerage Group in Columbia, SC

BussellNAI Avant is pleased to announce the addition of Lee Bussell, Jr., to its market leading Brokerage Group.  Bussell will focus on the sale and leasing of office and industrial properties.  Prior to joining NAI Avant, Bussell worked with Wray Volkswagen Mazda where he was among the top producers in automotive sales. “As our commercial real estate business continues to expand we are excited to be able to add Lee to our team.  Lee has proven himself in the sales arena and has extensive relationships throughout the Columbia market,” stated Bruce Harper, President and Broker-in-Charge at NAI Avant.  Lee graduated from Presbyterian College in 2010 with a degree in Political Science.

NAI Avant Represents Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc., In Expansion at 1201 Main Street

HartleyPaul Hartley, SIOR, Senior Office Broker with NAI Avant, LLC, recently represented Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm with offices in Columbia, Bluffton, Charlotte and Greenville, in the expansion and long term lease extension of its current corporate headquarters located at 1201 Main Street in Columbia, SC.  The 5,148 square foot expansion increases the firm’s corporate footprint to almost an entire floor in Capitol Center Tower, making them one of the top ten largest tenants in the 25 story building.  According to Hartley, “Alliance’s growth has been phenomenal over the last ten years and there is no reason to believe that the firm will be slowing its growth anytime soon.”

“Our commitment to the Midlands and South Carolina is further strengthened as we continue to grow to serve our clients and be the largest locally owned civil and environmental engineering company based in the region,” said Deepal Eliatamby, President of Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc.  Celebrating its tenth year in business, Alliance has grown to over 75 professionals.  “As we look to the next ten years, we will continue to expand our footprint to better serve our clients,” Eliatamby said.

About NAI Avant
NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms and is a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital partners.  NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


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