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New Leadership for SC Campaign Board

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dr. Melisa Holmes of Simpsonville, SC has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign).

Dr. Holmes is a founding member of Girlology, an organization that educates and inspires girls and the people who care about them to build accurate knowledge, improve communication, grow in confidence, and choose healthy behaviors. She is the former Associate Professor of Ob-Gyn and Pediatrics at MUSC and has worked extensively on issues of teen pregnancy prevention, comprehensive care of the adolescent patient, sexuality education and girls' health. Dr. Holmes has also published multiple books to help adolescent girls navigate a healthy adolescence.

Dr. Holmes is enthused about the opportunities that lie ahead as Chairman. “It is an honor to serve on the Board of an organization that I greatly respect and is in line with my personal and professional values and mission.”

The SC Campaign also has two new Board members for 2012-2013, Mr. J.R. Green and Mr. Kevin Butler.

Mr. Green is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with the Chesterfield County School District. He served as principal of the Palmetto Gold Award winning Central High School in Pageland, SC from 2004-2008. About his appointment, Mr. Green said, “As someone who has spent his career working in public education, I understand the importance of equipping youth with the information necessary to make good decisions. I have seen firsthand the impact that an unexpected pregnancy can have on the life of a promising teenage student.”

Mr. Butler is Vice President of Business Banking for Bank of America in Columbia, SC. He has over 15 years of banking and financial services experience and has also held leadership roles in Consumer Banking and with Bank of America Diversity & Inclusion Employee Network. Upon his selection as a SC Campaign Board Member, Mr. Butler said, “The cases (of teen births) that I am familiar with cross economic, cultural, and ethnic diversities, proving that no adolescent or family is exempt. I believe consistent education, research and advocacy is needed to bring awareness to the issue and am happy to join the SC Campaign who I believe does an exceptional job at this.”

Other members of the Board elected to the Executive Committee include: Sue Rex of Winnsboro, SC (Vice Chair) and Annie Geddings of Sumter, SC (Treasurer).