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Katarina Fjording is a senior executive and an automotive veteran with more than 30 years of global industrial operations experience from Europe, Asia and America. A mechanical engineer, Katarina has held several senior positions with Volvo Cars including Vice President Manufacturing Asia. In her most recent assignment, as Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing Americas, she led the establishment of Volvo Car’s first industrial footprint in America and oversaw the build-up of Volvo Car’s production facility in South Carolina.
Katarina is a former Board Member of Sunfleet Car Sharing and of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China and she previously served as an Executive Board Member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the Clemson University President’s Advisory Board, on the College of Charleston School of Business Board of Governors, the Cradle to Career Board, the Gibbes museum Board, she is a Palmetto Leader at the Joint Military Base Charleston and also mentors and teaches students. Katarina is an Honorary Doctor of Science with Claflin University, a Manufacturing Institute 2019 STEP Ahead Award Honoree and a Founder’s Award Honoree with the Trident Literacy Association. Katarina loves the outdoors, is passionate about sustainability, the ocean and marine biology and has vacationed on expedition ships in the Arctic and Antarctica.
Eric is the founder and managing director of Death Valley Ventures (DVV), a venture advisory firm and holding company. As a venture advisor, he acts as a consultant connecting early-stage startup companies with capital. Through DVV, he is part owner of Barre3 Charleston and formerly acquired the folding kayak company, Folbot, and launched GameDayBlazers.com. Additionally, he serves as the Director of VentureSouth Charleston, an angel investing group focused on early-stage, high-growth ventures in the Southeast.
Eric received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He serves as co-convener of the Charleston Shared Future Project, chairs the Investment Committee for Social Venture Partners Charleston, and is a board member of the American Red Cross of the Lowcountry, InnoVision SC, and the advisory board for Clemson Honors College.
Eric and his wife, Eloise, live in Charleston, SC with their daughters, Anna (11), Landon (9) and Virginia (2).
Gary is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with a successful career in high technology companies ranging from startups through Fortune 50 companies and including two startup exits.
Prior to Xenter, Baldwin led R&D, Engineering and Product teams for multiple organizations. As VP of Engineering for Cisco Systems, his team was responsible for delivering the ONS 15454 Internet data networking platform to nearly all carriers, bringing massive improvements in network performance to most of the world’s metropolitan areas for which they were awarded the Cisco Product of the Year. Gary led Software Engineering at Cerent which was acquired by Cisco Systems for $6.6B and at Telematics, Inc which was acquired by ECI Telecom. Gary was previously at ECI Telecom, Raytheon/E-Systems, Zipit Wireless and Dynepic where he and his teams delivered multiple HIPAA-compliant medical devices, cloud based AI systems, DOD SigInt systems, and IoT clouds and devices for AT&T and Verizon’s commercial and consumer sectors. Gary holds multiple patents in software and device technology.
Said Baldwin: “From my experience, I think Xenter is ideally positioned in both technology and IP, and in its ability to manage global expansion in a way that can make its new technologies pervasive very quickly. I look forward to growing the technology team and leading the technology and infrastructure developments for these new endeavors.”
Ann served as the Vice President, provider Network and Partnerships, BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. In her role, she was responsible for all value-based programs. Her primary responsibility was focused on the ongoing development of new payment methods and negotiations with integrated delivery systems as well as the independent practices throughout South Carolina.
Ambassador Tom Carter
Ambassador Carter has had the honor to serve at the very highest levels of the US government including the White House, US Senate and Departments of Defense (DOD) and State (DOS). His career began in the US Air Force as an Instructor/Evaluator Pilot and included high priority worldwide airlift and special operations missions.
Separating from active duty after 10+ years, he staffed Senate Leader Bob Dole as a National Security Advisor and subsequently performed duties at DOD as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Further subsequent government service included the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq. Throughout these years and between tours of federal service, he successfully led two separate government relations firms for over five years each.
Later in his career, Tom also flew for US Airways as a B737 Captain. This experience combined with his continued Air Force Reserve service resulted in achieving 10,000 flight hours. He retired from the Reserve after 34+ years at the rank of Major General.
In 2017, he was confirmed by the Senate as the US Representative to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with the rank of Ambassador. In this capacity he represented the United States on all international aviation issues within the United Nations from 2017-2020.
Tom is a graduate of both the University of Memphis (BS) and Georgetown University (MA). He is married to Mary Graham and lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Dr. Patrick J. Cawley
Dr. Patrick J. Cawley is the CEO of MUSC Health and Vice President for Health Affairs of the Medical University of South Carolina. In this role, he oversees all clinical matters as they relate to MUSC. During his leadership, MUSC has significantly expanded its clinical enterprise with a new Children’s Hospital, multiple ambulatory sites, development of additional clinical affiliates, and numerous novel joint ventures. Additionally, MUSC has become a national leader in telehealth and has continued as South Carolina’s #1 hospital/health system.
Under Dr. Cawley’s leadership, MUSC continues to receive a number of quality awards across all domains of quality: safety, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, timeliness, and patient centeredness. Pat earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts, his MD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and his BS in biology and business from the University of Scranton. He lives in Mt. Pleasant. He is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Mark Cowan draws on more than 35 years’ experience working on complex domestic and international public policy issues as counsel for a broad range of clients. He advises corporations, government entities, and foreign sovereigns on a wide array of business, regulatory, and trade issues.
His career is expansive and varied, having served among others, in the US Air Force, in the administrations of US Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, on the Trump Transition Team, and with the CIA.
Cowan, a lawyer, has headed three companies of his own, been a senior partner at Patton Boggs, LLP, an AM Law 100 firm, wherein he both created and directed the firm’s Business Development Department and effort for over 500 lawyers. Having founded The Jefferson Group in 1987, Mr. Cowan grew that public affairs firm to become the second largest in its class in just six years. Thereafter, he was Vice Chairman of Cassidy & Associates, Washington’s largest public affairs company, C.E.O. of the Columbus Group, C.E.O. of Newmyer Associates and a Senior Vice President at Hill and Knowlton, one of the world’s largest public relations firms, where he counseled numerous domestic and international clients.
Cowan currently serves on the boards of the Phi Sigma Kappa Foundation as Vice President for Development, DC Scores, an inner-city soccer and literacy program based in Washington, DC, and the Lowcountry, South Carolina, chapter of the Red Cross.
David Dunlap led Roper St. Francis from 2003 until his recent retirement. He was previously CEO of Memorial Medical Center, a two-hospital system in New Orleans. He also served as CEO of Presbyterian Hospital, which merged with University Medical Center in Oklahoma City in the late 1990s.
During his tenure, Roper St. Francis expanded its reach, growing from two hospitals to now preparing to build its fourth. Approval for the new hospital in fast-growing Berkeley County was a seven-year battle that reached the South Carolina Supreme Court. The facility is expected to open within three years.
Dunlap has been outspoken in his support of Medicaid expansion in South Carolina. With a high uninsured rate and high prevalence of chronic disease such as diabetes, “it's a travesty that our state has elected not to expand Medicaid,” he said. Even though the state has made economic gains, Dunlap said poverty is still a problem. “To have those people wake up every day without health insurance, I can't imagine what that's like.”
Colonel Marc E. Greene
Colonel Marc E. Greene served as the Commander of the 628th Air Base Wing and Joint Base Charleston. As host to over 60 DoD and Federal agencies, the Wing provides installation support to a total force of over 70,000 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, dependents, and retirees across four installations including Charleston AFB and Naval Weapons Station Charleston. In addition, the Wing provides mission-ready expeditionary Airmen to Combatant Commanders in support of Joint and Combined operations worldwide. As the commander, he is responsible for $7.5 billion in base property and capital assets and controls an annual budget exceeding $172 million.
Paula Heinauer is a member of the Lowcountry Red Cross Board of Directors, where she chairs the Development Committee that is tasked with growing the board. Paula is also leading Woman in Philanthropy through her membership in our Tiffany Circle. Paula and her husband Paul are the founders of Glasspro, Inc. The Heinauers have been longtime supporters of the Red Cross in so many ways. They both are avid blood donors and are passionate about all of our lines of service.
Paula and Paul raised their daughter, Lauren Heinauer Barber to lead with compassion and give back to the community. Paula is truly leaving a legacy in philanthropy for the next generation, with Lauren now being a national leader and member of our Tiffany Circle as well.
Paula resides in Sullivan's Island with her husband Paul and loves to spend time with her three grandchildren.
Paul is an electric distribution manager with Dominion Energy SC whose headquarters is in Richmond, Virginia. Dominion Energy is an energy provider that is dedicated to delivering reliable, affordable, clean energy to all customers and communities it serves. He also services on the Regional Development Corporation BOD in the role of secretary/treasurer. This board is part of the Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester Council of Governments. Paul also is a Paul Allen Ten Star Rotarian with over 26 years of service. He is currently a director in the Rotary Club of North Charleston Breakfast and past president of the Club.
Paul has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University. Other previous board appointments were with Trident Literacy Association, Charleston NAACP, past chairman ARC Carolina Lowcountry Chapter, and past president and current member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy South Carolina Chapter.
Paul and his wife, Lillie, live in North Charleston, SC. They have two children: daughter, Courtney and son, Avery.
As an advancement professional with more than 20 years’ experience, Dr. Piccolo has extensive experience in both Canada and the United States. Focusing her energies in the higher education sector, Dr. Piccolo has provided leadership and support as Foundation Executive Director, Chief Advancement Officer, and Vice President of Development/Advancement & External Relations for colleges in Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina and Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Piccolo spent the early years of her career in Ontario within the social service sector, as a Young Offender Probation Officer and Provincial Director with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She moved to Evansville, IN in 1994 where she began her focus on philanthropic giving.
While living in Evansville, Dr. Piccolo was very involved in her community and worked as an active board member on behalf of several agencies including United Way, Junior Achievement and Holly’s House. She was also an adjunct instructor in the Sociology Department at the University of Evansville. Once returning to her hometown of Toronto in September 2010, Dr. Piccolo continued her commitment to community service as an active board member of the Oakville United Way and the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. Before joining Trident Technical College, Dr. Piccolo held the position of Vice President, Advancement and External Relations at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON.
Dr. Piccolo joined Trident Technical College in January, 2018 as the Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Trident Technical College Foundation. As an engaged member of the President’s Cabinet, Dr. Piccolo oversees all aspects of philanthropic giving in support of Trident Technical College.
Dr. Piccolo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, a Master of Public Administration degree from Indiana State University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University.
With more than 20 years of experience in information technology and information security Matt Powell is the Vice President of Information Security for South Carolina Federal Credit Union. In this role he is responsible for securing the critical technology infrastructure and the data of the member’s that the financial institution serves. As a native of the low country he earned his BS in Business Administration from The Citadel and his MS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology."
After graduating from Trident Tech and then College of Charleston ’02, Jessica took a chance with an overly eager cover letter with limited credentials and applied to a Scale Up biotechnology lab position. Thank goodness her international employer took the chance on her too. Together they scaled up an in vitro pipeline of genetically engineered pine and eucalyptus research to a full scale production system that was eventually patented. Jessica then changed gears all to together and partnered with her brother to bootstrap their parent’s business, Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware Inc DBA Carolina’s Rigging. Fast forward to 2016, they moved their Carolina’s Rigging location to a purpose built Columbia facility off I-77 and the Charleston’s Rigging to the Navy Yard, North Charleston in 2018.
Their other partnership, Stella Kala LLC, also expanded with more commercial rental properties in NC and SC. She has represented CWIT Charleston Women in International Trade as “Woman of the Year” and has also served as Chairman of the Maritime Association of SC. Jessica proudly began serving as on the Lowcountry Red Cross Board in 2021. She lives in Mt Pleasant with her husband Peter.
A CNN Analyst and former U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General, Mary Schiavo seeks accountability and industry change from corporations, institutions and the government so that they may meet their obligation to protect the safety and security of the traveling public.
With years of experience in transportation litigation, Mary represents victims and their families suffering from negligence of airline, automotive, commercial trucking, motorcoach and rail companies.
A leader of the firm's aviation team, Mary has represented passengers and crew of most major U.S. air crashes, as well as pilots and passengers on private or charter planes. She represents passengers, pilots, flight attendants and select owners and operators. Her experience with major, complex aviation litigation includes more than 50 cases on behalf of the family members of the passengers and crew of all the planes hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001.
Mary has held numerous government appointments under three U.S. Presidents, including that of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1990 to 1996. Under Mary's direction, the agency investigated air safety, crimes and disasters; secured more than 1,000 criminal convictions; and exposed billions of dollars of fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer money. She testified before Congress multiple times on transportation safety, security, budgeting and infrastructure. In recognition of her work combating the use of bogus aircraft parts worldwide, Mary was honored by Aviation Week with its Aviation Laurel Award in 1992 and 1995 and was inducted into the Aviation Laurel Hall of Fame in 1997.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney early in her career, Mary litigated civil cases and prosecuted federal white-collar crimes, bank and securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking and counterfeiting. During her appointment, she also served on the U.S. Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force, prosecuting high-profile criminal cases of bank and securities fraud and related mail and wire fraud, including a large investigation of a bank and securities fraud scheme that resulted in the federal takeover of banks, savings and loans throughout the Midwest.
In 1987, Mary was selected as a White House Fellow and assigned to the U.S. Attorney General, where she worked as the Special Assistant for Criminal Affairs. In this role, she reviewed high security prosecutions, prepared Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Requests, attended foreign legal summits with the Attorney General and worked on international prisoner and evidence exchanges. During this time, she also taught trial technique at the U.S. Attorney General's Advocacy Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy. Her work earned her an appointment as the Assistant U.S.
Secretary of Labor in 1989, where she led the Office of Labor Management Standards, supervising union elections and investigations on election and financial irregularities.
A frequent on-air contributor or consultant for several networks, Mary has appeared on ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, NBC, BBC, the History Channel and Discovery Channel. Named by Glamour magazine as a 1997 Woman of the Year, 1987 Working Woman of the Year and a Top Ten College Student in 1975, she has spoken about aviation safety on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Nancy Grace, Nightline, Oprah, The O'Reilly Factor, Today, and Your World with Neil Cavuto, among others. Mary is the author of Flying Blind, Flying Safe, a New York Times bestseller, and was featured in Time magazine for exposing the poor safety and security practices of the airlines and the failures of the federal government to properly regulate the aviation industry. She contributed to Aviation Security Management (Volume One, 2008) and Supply Chain Security (Volumes One and Two, 2010).
Mary received her pilot's license soon after her driver's license, and later completed private and commercial flight training at The Ohio State University. She returned to The Ohio State University as the McConnell Aviation Chair and professor from 1998-2002 and as the Enarson Professor of Public Policy from 1997-1998. She has also served as a practitioner in residence at the New York University School of Law, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Lowcountry SC chapter of the American Red Cross.
Pamela and her husband, Paul West Ph.D., own AFMWorkshop, a nanotechnology company based in Hilton Head. Pamela’s career includes 35 years of major gifts fundraising, marketing and non-profit leadership within grassroots, national, and international organizations. Pamela served as Senior Philanthropy Officer for the Southern California Region of the American Red Cross, and has been certified in CPR and First Aid, as an Emergency Response Vehicle driver, and Communications volunteer. Pamela also serves on the Grants Committee of Women in Philanthropy, a fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.
Captaining her sailboat and other boats up and down the North and Central American coastlines, Pamela’s passionate about the sea. She also loves working with people around the world; extensive global travel includes communities within “Least Developed Countries (LDCs)” as defined by the UN. Pamela’s Bachelors degree in Human Ecology is from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Christy Whitlock is a licensed REALTOR®, Certified CHRISTIE’S International Real Estate Luxury Specialist, a licensed pharmacist, and a yoga instructor.
She attended Coker College for 2 years on a Volleyball scholarship studying pre-pharmacy, and later graduated with her B.S. in Pharmacy from MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina. An active pharmacist, she and her husband, David, now own three senior living pharmacies servicing approximately 8000 patients in nursing homes and assisted living centers within North and South Carolina.
Real Estate became a passion for Christy at the untimely passing of her beloved mentor and Dad, Charles Cooper. Involvement in and managing of the family real estate assets led Christy to get her Real Estate license. In 2018, she and her siblings purchased The Lachicotte Company, a staple in Lowcountry Real Estate, where she accepted the role of CEO. The company successfully merged with the largest, long standing company in the area, The Litchfield Company in 2020, allowing Christy to share her deep knowledge of local real estate with buyers and sellers alike.
Her childhood on Pawleys gave Christy a true appreciation for the Lowcountry lifestyle. Originally from Andrews, South Carolina, Christy and her family spent their summers on Pawleys Island. She fondly remembers playing with her sister and brothers all day, then being called back to the beach house by the smell of the Shrimp Pileau her grandmother was cooking for supper.
Today, Christy can be seen before daybreak, driving over to Pawleys beach with her two Golden Doodles rushing to meet the sunrise. She and David are the proud parents of their three beautiful children and enjoy their time working and living on the Waccamaw Neck – they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.