Partner News | October 31

Scott Shearouse Named Sales Manager for EDTS

Scott Shearouse Joins EDTSSoutheastern sales executive Scott Shearouse has joined EDTS, a regional IT services company specializing in managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure for Southeastern businesses, as Outside Sales Manager for the rapidly growing technology firm.

A native of Savannah, Georgia and long-time Augusta resident, Mr. Shearouse has over 20 years of business-to-business experience encompassing sales management and customer service and support roles with Lanier Worldwide and Ricoh USA serving customers in a broad cross-section of industries.

In his new capacity with EDTS, Mr. Shearouse will direct all outside sales and client development activities for EDTS across the organization’s growing Southeastern footprint, while contributing to the EDTS management team in customer service, marketing and strategic planning capacities.

A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a B.B.A degree, he and his wife have two children.  He is active with several chambers of commerce as well as other business and civic organizations.

“Scott brings tremendous service and sales credentials to the EDTS organization, and is a dynamic and customer-focused professional,” said Charles Johnson, EDTS CEO.  “We are committed to identifying and hiring the best talent available, and Scott is another key in the implementation of that strategy.  We welcome him to the EDTS family.”

Founded in 1999, EDTS has over 50 professionals serving clients 24/7/365 across the Southeast from offices in Augusta, GA and Columbia and Greenville, SC.  A full service technology consulting firm, EDTS specializes in networking, security and managed IT services for business.  The firm helps customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology.  EDTS has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for five consecutive years, and honored among the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina on multiple lists.  Learn more at


Senator Nikki Setzler Recognized as Legislator of the Year by the YMCA

Vance Bettis - Nikki SetzlerLeaders from the YMCA of the USA and Ys across the state of South Carolina gathered in Columbia, S.C. on Oct. 21, 2014 for the 6th annual SC Alliance of YMCAs Leaders Conference and Public Policy Awards Dinner, where Senator Nikki Setzler was recognized with the Legislator of the Year Award.

This award is given annually to a member of the South Carolina Legislature who embodies the core values of the YMCA – caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith – and who exhibits untiring dedication and support of the YMCA mission, through their words, actions and attitude toward others.

Senator Setzler has been a longtime member of the YMCA of Columbia Board of Directors, and a member of the YMCA of Columbia for even longer.

“The YMCA of Columbia proudly nominated Senator Setzler for the Legislator of the Year Award,” said Vance Bettis, President of the YMCA of Columbia Board of Directors. “He has been instrumental in supporting the Y in countless ways, including helping us navigate the sometimes difficult task of managing a full-service camp.”

The Senator has helped raise funds for the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which provides scholarships and financial assistance to those in our community who need it most. The Annual Campaign makes it possible for the YMCA to live by its mission never to turn anyone away due to inability to pay. He also served on the capital campaign steering committee to expand the Y’s presence in Northeast Columbia with the construction of the Jeep Rogers Family YMCA at Lake Carolina in 2007.

Senator Setzler has served in the South Carolina Senate since 1977. Since that time, he has been recognized by more than 40 organizations honoring his service and dedication to South Carolina – primarily in the field of education. He was a strong supporter of the Student Health and Fitness Act of 2005, legislation that set the groundwork for healthy eating and physical education for grades K-5.

Previous winners of the YMCA’s Legislator of the Year Award include Senator Wes Hayes, Representative Jenny Horne, Representative Phil Owens and Senator Gerald Malloy.

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.

The South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs represents the interests and concerns of 21 independent YMCA Associations throughout the Palmetto State. As a grassroots-driven and governed organization, SCYMCAs advocates and educates on behalf of the Y and its mission to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs works to foster statewide communication and cooperation among all 50 Ys, thus increasing reach and impact. Please visit for more information.


“Family Forum Live!” Has Returned

CaptureThis event will occur Tuesday, November 18 from 6-8 PM in the chapel of Palmer Memorial Chapel, located at 1200 Fontaine Place in Columbia, SC. This event is free to the public.

Topic is “Impacting Domestic Violence through Policy and Legislation.” The panel will include SC State Representative from House District 79 Mia McLeod Butler, Dr. Karen Johnson, Richland County’s Sheriff Lott’s representative Nina Mauldin, and Attorney James Shadd. Majorie Hammock will be the moderator.


Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Promotes Tamara Peterson to Program Director

sisters-of-charity-foundation-cleveland-logoThe Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently announced the development of a Kinship Care Initiative in South Carolina and released a Research Mini-Brief to the public during the month of September, 2014. Research has shown that kinship care is a better alternative than placing youth in foster care and yields higher rates of permanency. Due to this growing population within our state the Foundation is announcing the promotion of Tamara Peterson to the position of Program Director to oversee the development and implementation of the Kinship Care Initiative.

Peterson received both a bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in administration and community organization from the University of South Carolina. She has experience in research and evaluation at the University of South Carolina and The Center for Child and Family Studies. Peterson joined the Foundation in 2011 and as part of leading the new initiative around Kinship Care, will staff the newly appointed Advisory Council as well as oversee the other important aspects of the program.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.


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