Partner News | February 6

Abacus Planning Group Welcomes William R. Jeter to the Investment Team.

william_jeter_053Mr. Jeter received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Auburn University in 2012. Mr.Jeter is an analyst for Abacus’s investment team. He is currently a Chartered Financial Analyst Level III Candidate.

Abacus is a comprehensive, fee-only financial planning and investment counsel firm managing over $850 million on behalf of its 190 clients. Abacus consists of a team of multi-disciplinary experts who work collaboratively to serve its clients in making smart financial decisions. Visit Abacus’s website:   www.abacusplanninggroup.com.

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Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P., Welcomes Mark D. Moore, Jared M. Kane and William Gleason.

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Mark D. Moore has joined the tax and business consulting practice as a Staff Accountant in the firm’s Charleston office. Mark received his Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting from Charleston Southern University and his Bachelor of Science in Practical Theology with N.T. Greek from Southeastern University and is a CPA candidate.   Mark is a member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.Jared Kane

Jared M. Kane, an accounting major at Bob Jones University is participating in the Greenville office’s Internship

Bill GleasonThe Hartsville office has expanded their audit and attestation practice with the addition of William (Bill) Gleason, II, CPA, CGMA.  Bill is a Senior Manager with over sixteen years of public accounting experience.  He received a Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting from Marshall University.  Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P. is a full service accounting and consulting firm with offices in West Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and Hartsville, South Carolina Program for 2015. 

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More “Care Kits” Made Possible Through Local Toiletries Drive

Take Time Take Care 2Members of eleven Columbia businesses and nonprofits collected bags of hotel-sized toiletries this holiday season, with the goal of helping parents whose kids have been unexpectedly hospitalized. Their donations will be made into “Care Kits” and distributed to families of children in the pediatric intensive care and pediatric intermediate intensive care units at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital—families who have often rushed to the hospital without the essential personal care items they need.

The idea for Care Kits came from local woman Christy Sears, who recognized the need for them after her own newborn spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit in 2011. Since then, her friends, family, and a group of Columbia businesses and nonprofits have joined her in efforts to collect items for the kits, enabling her to donate more than 345 Care Kits to Columbia-area families. For more information about Care Kits and Christy’s mission, visit her non-profit website at http://taketimetakecare.com/.

Participants in the drive included ProLogistix, S&ME, Inc., Power Engineering, GWA, Inc. Electrical Engineers, Center for Behavioral Health, FBI Citizens Academy Association, South Carolina High School League, Columbia Conference Center, Research Associates, The Evaluation Group, and DuBose Web Group. The organizations are located in the Westpark office park in northwest Columbia, SC.

In January and February 2015, the community service coalition will collect gently used coats and new school supplies for local children in need. If your organization would like to participate in the drive, please call Columbia Conference Center at 803-772-9811 or email kim@columbiameetings.com.

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Stephanie Cooper-Lewter Selected For Riley Institute at Furman Diversity Leaders Initiative’s 8th Class

sisters-of-charity-foundation-cleveland-logoDr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is one of 38 leaders from across the Midlands and surrounding areas selected to participate in the 8th Midlands class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). Participants reflecting South Carolina’s demographics and representing the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors are chosen by nomination and application. “We are very proud Stephanie was selected to participate, she is a gifted leader recognized by colleagues across the State,” stated Tom Keith, Foundation President.

Poised to join more than 1400 Riley Fellows from across the state, Cooper-Lewter will meet with class members over the course of five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants. As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects. “DLI and the Riley Fellows have matured into a potent force to help move South Carolina forward,” said Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “The members of this class will add considerably to the conversations and lasting partnerships that form among Riley fellows and it is the strength of these bonds that truly produces progress across the state.”  DLI is expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola Vice President. “The frames of reference and skills that DLI graduates share provide a remarkable platform for working together to help South Carolina compete in the 21st century,” Gordon said.

At the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Cooper-Lewter researches issues faced by families experiencing poverty in South Carolina and engages statewide audiences through Listening Sessions. She leads the Immigrant Families Initiative and Kinship Care Initiative, two new Foundation Initiatives launched in 2014. A prior nonprofit President and CEO, she also coaches grantees. She is active with the South Carolina Grantmakers Network, the Southeastern Council of Foundations and serves on the national board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. With twenty years of social work experience in nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Cooper-Lewter holds a doctorate from the University of South Carolina as a Council on Social Work Fellow and masters from the University of Minnesota as a Child Welfare Scholar.

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 under-served in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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