The Non-Profit Leadership Institute brings together the best instructors to provide participants with the latest thinking in the field of non-profits. Click on the names of the instructors noted in the list to access a brief biography for each individual.

Alfreda Barringer

Alfreda Barringer works as Director of Operations for Grassroots Leadership in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she formerly served as Director of Training and Education, to conduct a community leadership and education program. She is a graduate of the Gallup Leadership Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska, and has a certificate in Community Economic Development from St. Augustine College and the North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is licensed as a CPA by the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners. Alfreda Barringer was previously employed with Lancaster Martin in Charlotte, North Carolina, as Director of Operations for LMC Tax Service and also performed audits for nonprofit organizations. Formerly, she was laboratories manager in the chemistry department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 Alfreda Barringer is a Kellogg National Fellow, Group XV. She is a founding member and board coordinator of Hidden Valley Community Development Corporation, treasurer of Youth Leadership Institute for Applied Learning (St. Louis), and also serves as a city council appointee to Charlotte Mecklenburg Development Corporations board of directors. She is a past member of Just Economics (based in Berkeley, CA), a collective of women who work to identify economics roots of social problems. She received the Windcall Residents Program Award and was named an Alumni Scholar of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Alfreda Barringer is also an experienced trainer, community organizer, meeting facilitator, speaker, poet and writer. She chairs the performing arts department for the Charlotte District congregations for her national church. Alfreda Barringer has a son, daughter, and grandchildren.

Her international travels include Ghana, West Africa; South Africa; Tanzania, East Africa; Mexico; Belize and Costa Rico in Central America; and Scotland and Hungary in Europe.

Morris Blachman

Instructor and Clinical Professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Development in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine

 Dr. Morris J. Blachman has been a Management Consultant for over thirty years. He brings an unusual perspective to the management consultant field. As a trained political scientist, he understands the pervasiveness of power and politics in all organizations. He helps his clients use their power productively to resolve major organizational, policy and personnel issues.

 Dr. Blachman has extensive experience assisting clients in their strategic management and planning efforts. He helps them assess their strengths and weaknesses, and design solutions to their problems. He has designed and conducted numerous workshops and training programs on management, leadership development and on competing effectively in the market place. He also provides consulting services on policy and business strategy and has given numerous talks on the impact of political and economic trends on American business and politics.

 Dr. Blachman has served as Acting Coordinator for Executive Development at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, was Co-Director of the Leadership South Carolina Program and designed the Executive Leadership Institute for the USC School of Medicine. Dr. Blachman was a principal participant in developing and conducting the nation's first Minority Professional Development Program. He appreciates America’s cultural diversity and understands how to deal with those issues diversity gives rise to in our organizations and workplace. He assists his clients in generating consensus development; in building coalitions among diverse groups; and in the design of appropriate sensitivity training.

 Dr. Blachman has developed considerable expertise in strategic planning and management; board development; conflict resolution; organizational development; and in how to deal effectively with politics in the workplace. He has worked on these and other issues with a wide range of clients in the not-for-profit, for-profit and governmental sectors. He was the principal consultant for the S.C. State Health Improvement Plan’s strategic planning process and with the PACE Project (Promoting Accountability - Committed to Effectiveness), working with S.C. health and human service agencies. In addition, he has been the principal consultant in forging several major public-private partnerships and alliances in South Carolina.

 Dr. Blachman's clients have included: Catholic Relief Services; Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Electric Cooperatives of SC; FOMENTO, Office of Economic Development of Puerto Rico; National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; United Way of S.C.; SC Hospital Association; Duke Endowment; Municipal Association of S.C.; USC School of Medicine; Richland Memorial Hospital; Graduate Medical Education Program of Richland Memorial Hospital; Kershaw County Medical Center; Department of Family and Preventive Medicine of Richland Memorial Hospital and the USC School of Medicine; Richland Memorial and Palmetto Health Foundations; Palmetto Health Board of Directors; South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; Bryan Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center; Carolina Health Choice Network; Richland-Lexington Airport Commission; Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates; Messerman & Messerman Co., L.P.A.; Cleveland Bar Association; Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC; Lourie's, Inc.; Wholesale Electronics; Baker & Baker; L. B. Wannamaker Seed Co.; Southern Bell; Bob Capes Realty; Daniel Management Center, USC; GHK International; Handpicked; Alliance for South Carolina’s Children; Children’s Chance; Acercamiento Hispano; LRADAC; 301 Behavioral Health Systems; Springwood Lake Family Practice; Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agency; Palmetto MobileNet; SCANPO, Chester Telephone Company; Midlands Business Leadership Group; Business Carolina, Inc.; Community Bankshares, Inc.; City Council of Columbia, S.C.; West Carolina Telephone Cooperative; SPIRIT Telecom; GTS Associates, Inc.; USC Moore School of Business, Camden First Community Development Corporation; and Trinity Housing Corporation.

 Dr. Blachman earned his BA from Brandeis University, his MA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, and his PHD in Political Science from New York University. Dr. Blachman currently holds the positions of Clinical Professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Development in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For twenty-three years Dr. Blachman taught in the University of South Carolina's Department of Government and International Studies, specializing in Latin America and United States foreign policy. He was Senior Research Associate of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies of the Graduate School of the City University of New York, and has also taught at New York University, the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, and the Instituto Universitario de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 Dr. Blachman’s publications include academic articles and books as well as numerous Op-Ed pieces in major American newspapers. His most recent book was Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial. In addition, he has appeared on more than 150 television and radio interview shows. Dr. Blachman served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

 Dr. Blachman is deeply involved in community service and activities. He serves on the Columbia Area Mental Health Center Board; led the effort to address homelessness in the Midlands of South Carolina which resulted in a community-wide, broadly endorsed, 10 year plan: “Blueprint to Address Homelessness”; and works with a number of other community NPOs. Dr. Blachman’s service has been recognized within the University and in the community. He was the recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award,” Columbia Jewish Federation (2000); the “Dean’s Distinguished Service Award,” USC School of Medicine (2003); and in 2008, he was the recipient of the “Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award,” the United Way of the Midlands most prestigious award for long-term service to the organization and community.

Honorable Jim Hodges

Jim Hodges received undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He served as Lancaster County Attorney for three years and in private law practice for eight years. He later served as General Counsel and Secretary to The Springs Company, one of South Carolina's largest private companies with interests in real estate, railroads and insurance.

Hodges was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1986 and served for eleven years before his election as Governor of South Carolina in 1998.   He served as Governor of South Carolina from 1999-2003. During that period, South Carolina initiated a state lottery for education, a landmark early childhood education program, and led the nation in SAT improvement. Governor Hodges was also instrumental in passing legislation to make South Carolina a favored domicile for captive insurance companies.

Governor Hodges is Senior Counsel to the McGuireWoods law firm and a Senior Advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting. He is also Executive Director to the National Alliance of Life Companies, a coalition of small and mid-sized life and health insurance companies.

Hodges and his wife, Rachel, live in Columbia with their two sons, Luke and Sam.

Kaye Koonce

Kaye Lingle Koonce recently retired as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina where she has also served as Trident’s Dean of the Public Service Division and as a Department Chair in the Business Division. Prior to her tenure at TTC, she was a special prosecutor for child rape cases in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, U.S. 4th District Court Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

 Former Governor Jim Hodges appointed Ms. Koonce Chairman of the S.C. Human Affairs Commission in November of 1999. She served as Chair until her resignation in January of 2003. She also served on the Education Committee of Governor Hodges’ Transition Team.

 Ms. Koonce has also served on the National Association of College and University Attorneys Board of Directors and she has been active in NACUA for over 20 years. She is an Alumnus of the South Carolina Executive Institute and she served for several years on the Institute’s faculty. She currently serves on the Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation Board. Her prior community service includes membership on the Charleston City Election Commission, the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Charleston Civic Ballet and the South Carolina Counsel of Conflict Resolution Board of Directors.

 Ms. Koonce received an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri. She served as a state Public Relations and Field Director for the March of Dimes prior to attending law school. Her law degree is from the University of South Carolina. She frequently speaks on higher education law and other topics including sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and governance issues for non-profit boards and commissions. She serves as a pro bono mediator through the South Carolina Budget and Control Board.

 Ms. Koonce began working with boards and commissions in South Carolina in 1982 under a Kellogg foundation grant designed to improve boardmanship and community service. Her focus has been governance models, standards of practice, and legal liability issues. Since 1998, Ms. Koonce has served as a consultant, trainer and facilitator for several colleges and non-profit boards and for the American Community College Trustees at regional and national conferences and workshops. Ms. Koonce has served on the faculty for NPLI since it’s inception.

Michael Sponhour

Michael Sponhour has been the Director of Public Affairs for the South Carolina Budget and Control Board since 1999. In this position, he manages media relations, strategic communications and marketing for the 1,000 employee agency whose duties include operation of the state retirement system, the public employee health plan, and coordination of state budgetary matters.

 Before joining the Board, Sponhour was a reporter for The State, where he worked for 10 years in positions that included covering state government and politics, statewide education issues, and local government.

Sponhour earned a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University, and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina. He holds the Accredited Business Communicator certification from the International Association Business Communicators and is the former present of IABC’s South Carolina chapter.

Brian Buzby

Brian Buzby is Executive Director of the North Carolina Conservation Network. Since joining the NC Conservation Network as the initial staff person in 1999, he has directed the organization’s growth to include ten full-time staff working to bring together a network of over 100 North Carolina environmental, community, and environmental justice organizations as well as over 20,000 citizens to protect North Carolina’s air, water, and quality of life. He sits on the Board of Directors of the NC Center for Public Policy Research. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the State Environmental Leadership Program, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and numerous nonprofits. Brian received his BA in Environmental Policy from Ithaca College and a certificate degree in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He was also a 2006 American Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his children and playing music.

Bill Tomes

Bill Tomes is the Director of Governmental Research and Service at the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research at USC.  Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Human Resources.  Over the past 25 years,Bill has worked as a human resources consultant specializing in both the private and public sectors in the United States and Canada.  He has conducted training programs and written book chapters and articles on various human resource and governance topics

Linda Pearce Edwards

Gignilliat Savitz & Bettis LLP

Specialist in Labor & Employment Law

For over twenty-five years, Linda has represented employers in employment matters. A certified specialist in labor and employment law, Linda has focused on day-to-day employment matters including wrongful discharge issues, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and review of employee handbooks. Her clients include many health care institutions, cities, and counties, as well as private-sector employers.
Linda has reviewed countless handbooks and employment policies. She has responded to hundreds of discrimination charges on behalf of employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission. And she has litigated dozens of cases covering almost all aspects of employment law in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, including precedent-setting court decisions involving overtime law. This broad range of experience allows Linda to assist employers to discover practical solutions to their legal problems.
Valuable Business Experience

Prior to attending law school at the University of South Carolina, Linda earned an undergraduate degree in business administration, as well as a master’s in business administration from U.S.C. She worked for five years in the area of human resources, which gives her a personal perspective on the issues human resources staff face.
Linda is a regular presenter on employment law matters, making some 20 presentations per year to supervisors and human resource personnel on topics such as the legal issues of supervision, preventing harassment and avoiding harassment lawsuits, complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other personnel-related topics. Since 1997, she has been a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Linda was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and enjoys cooking, hiking, and fly-fishing.

Arthur E. Justice, Jr.

Art Justice has been a trial lawyer with Turner Padget his entire career, which spans more than 30 years. As the Turner Padget lawyer with the longest tenure in the Florence office, he has experience in a number of diverse, yet interrelated, areas of practice. Art handles matters from both the Florence and Myrtle Beach offices. Art has a large employment practice that includes both employment counseling, and when necessary, defense of his clients’ employment practices in the courtroom. He defends professional liability suits against attorneys, accountants, health providers, insurance agents and brokers, and other professionals. His practice includes a risk management component where Art helps the clients “do it right the first time” and avoid expensive lawsuits on the back end.  Art also assists the firm’s clients in other litigation matters, including intellectual property litigation and closely held company disputes. In addition to his litigation and employment counseling, Art has been the lead attorney on a number of economic development projects, providing analysis, negotiation and implementation of tax and other incentives for expanding or new business locations. Art is the Practice Group Leader for the firm's employment and professional liability practice groups. Art also serves as the firm's employment counsel and risk manager/ethics counsel.
Art has tried over 100 cases to verdict. Much of his trial practice has been in federal court, including the defense of Title VII claims, suits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the defense of wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Art provides an understanding but aggressive defense to attorneys, accountants, and other professionals who have been accused of negligence in their profession. Many times in closely held corporations, disputes that arise can create a “bet the company” case, which is when Art’s courtroom experience, coupled with his astute business counsel, can make the difference.  Art is also a certified mediator.

Involvement in the community is important, and Art has served as chairman of the board of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Florence County Progress, and chairman of the board of the Florence United Way. Art is currently leading a ministry at his church that provides beds to school children who do not have a bed to sleep in.

Jim Bush

Vice President, Managing Consultant Winkler Group





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