Steven Shapiro is Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Prior to being appointed to this position in 2005, he had been the Chairman of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff at Roper Hospital. Steve attended undergraduate college at Rutgers College, where he also received a Master’s of Science degree in Genetics. He then earned his DMD at the College of Dental Medicine.
After a clinical fellowship in Medical Genetics, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. After four years, he returned to Charleston and enrolled in MUSC’s College of Medicine and received his M.D. degree. He continued his training in Pediatrics at MUSC and became an Assistant Professor in the school’s Medical Genetic Division in the Department of Pediatrics. In 1992, he left MUSC to form Low Country Genetics in Charleston, a private practice dedicated to Medical Genetics.
Attorney Tiffany Spann-Wilder has a passion for working with people. In law school, she earned the G.G. Dowling Student Award, which is an award presented by the law school’s faculty to the student who possessed scholarship, integrity, commitment, and concern for the general welfare of colleagues. After completing law school from the University of South Carolina, Spann-Wilder served as a law clerk to the late, Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr., Senior United States District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina, and then she worked as an Honors Staff Attorney in the United States Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons Division.
In August 2000, Spann-Wilder returned to the Lowcountry and entered private practice. In March 2006, she opened her own law firm, Spann Wilder Law, LLC, which handles matters of personal injury, auto and trucking accidents, workers’ compensation and social security disability.
Spann-Wilder also served as an officer in the United States Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General’s Corp. (JAG) and was honorably discharged in October 2006 at the rank of Capitan. She served as an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of North Charleston from October 2001 – October 2005. In addition, she carried out her judicial role as a local TV host of “The Judge T Show.”
She is a native of North Charleston, SC and continues to reside in the community. She attended Academic Magnet High School, earned a BA in Psychology from Winthrop University Honors College, and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina Law School. In addition to her multiple professional affiliations, Spann-Wilder is involved in her church (St. Matthew Baptist Church), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack & Jill of America, The Charleston (SC) Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Ladies Enriching the Community, Inc. where she serves on the board.
Ben Brownlee is Vice President of Customer Support at Blackbaud, a Charleston-based software company that has served the worldwide philanthropic community for more than 30 years. Blackbaud combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions.
At Blackbaud, Brownlee and his teams work almost exclusively with enterprise-level organizations, including many higher-education institutions, by providing technical account management, software support and developer-level expertise for their online fundraising solutions and relationship management systems. Brownlee has been with Blackbaud since 2002.
Prior to joining Blackbaud, Brownlee worked in the IT field in a variety of support, project management and leadership capacities, giving him 20+ years of IT/Support experience supporting software and hardware systems.
Brownlee is a deeply proud alumnus of the College of Charleston, where he earned his communications degree.
Steve C. Warner
Steve C. Warner is a senior strategist for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), a non-profit economic development organization. Warner leads the CRDA’s global marketing team, using his experience in corporate brand management to integrate the organization’s competitive research, business development and marketing communications programs.
His career includes more than 25 years in the marketing communications field, where he provided brand planning services for such global brands as Ritz-Carlton, Dow Corning, CNN and Coca-Cola. Immediately prior to joining the CRDA team, he was partner in the Atlanta marketing firm Sawyer Riley Compton.
Warner acts as CRDA’s staff advisor to Charleston’s Creative Parliament, an all-volunteer adhocracy of professionals dedicated to helping Charleston realize its full potential as a creative community. He also serves on the Board of Directors of PURE Theatre, Charleston’s contemporary theater ensemble.
Warner is a College of Charleston graduate with a degree in business administration.
J. Brent Gibadlo
J. Brent Gibadlo is Director of Real Estate Development, for MWV Community Development and Land Management. In this role, he is responsible for the development of the Nexton master planned community in Summerville, South Carolina.
Before joining MWV, Brent was a Vice President with DPS Development Company, a developer of conservation-based communities, including the Ford Plantation, Greenbrier Sporting Club, Turks and Caicos Sporting Club and the Snake River Sporting Club.
Upon graduating from the College of Charleston with degrees in Political Science and History, Brent went to work on Capitol Hill. During his time in Washington, D.C., Brent worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, covering Joint Taxation and International Relations Committee assignments.
He then continued his studies at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business earning a Master in Business Administration.
Dr. Sue Sommer-Kresse has spent her entire career in higher education administration and teaching. She worked at the University of Minnesota and then at the University of Wisconsin as Associate Dean of Students and Director of a Statewide Extended Degree Program.
Sommer-Kresse accepted the position as Dean of Continuing Education and Professional Services at the College of Charleston in 1980. Additional positions she has held at the College of Charleston include Dean of the Graduate School, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She retired in 2012 and currently serves as a higher education consultant.