William A. Bridges
Current Board Treasurer
BA in Economics and Business Administration - Furman University
Masters in Business Administration - Clemson University.
Work Experience - Retired managing trustee, Chief Investment Officer for The Graham Foundation Bank of America - Retired as Senior Vice President, Wealth Management and Trust. He also served as a Business Development and Senior Relationship Manager, Senior Commercial Loan Officer and Credit Analyst and Commercial Loan Officer
Mr. Bridges is passionate about community involvement having served the Community Foundation, Upcountry History Museum and Furman just to name a few.
Harriet Aiken Cunningham
Born and raised in Abbeville, SC, Harriet Aiken Cunningham is a graduate of Clemson University where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She has more than twenty-five years of increasingly responsible positions in sales, marketing, communications and public relations. She is a recipient of the President's Award from a Fortune 500 telecommunications company, where she managed teams responsible for servicing corporate accounts and third party vendors. This Tiger also completed the Gamecock Grant Administration program and coordinated multi-million dollar National Institutes of Health grant at USC.
Cunningham hails from a family rich with a tradition of service to family and community. She has served her community on the following boards; United Way of Greenville, Better Business Bureau, Alliance for Quality Education and the Minority Supplier Development Council. She was an active participant in the Greenville Chamber Forum and Greenville Hospital Advisory Committee. The mother of two, Candice and Tre' (Bennie) Cunningham, she was a Junior Achievement volunteer and the PTA president during their school years. Parental involvement at their schools gave her a clear view of challenges a student will face when the education foundation is not solid enough to build upon, they rarely catch up and inappropriate behavior is a cloak for inability to perform. It was that involvement in her community at various levels that allowed her to contribute a valuable perspective as a member of the team of five who worked for more than a year to make Quest Leadership Academy a reality. In 2014 the SC Public Charter School District authorized the school. For a year she piloted a program testing the job readiness of at risk youth. The experience reinforced belief that early exposure to education is the key to long term success. As a DJJ volunteer she saw the reality of the school to prison pipeline.
She is a 2016 graduate of the United Way sponsored Greenville Dreams and continues to advocate for her community as she remains engaged in grassroots organizations. She strongly believes that education is the great equalizer and agrees wholeheartedly with the Frederick Douglass quote; "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Native of Irvington, New Jersey
Finance with a minor in accounting at NYU. Benedict College, Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Working on a MBA from University of South Carolina with a discipline in Financial Management with focus on International Business.
Cal Drummond was born and raised Irvington, New Jersey. In his younger years, he was a AllCounty and All- State Quarterback and baseball player while attending Irvington High School. He attended NYU in New York with a discipline in Finance. He furthered his education at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina with a discipline in Business Administration. Mr. Drummond was also a conference lending quarterback for the Benedict Tigers. Upon graduating, Mr. Drummond has worked for both national and international finance firms with the title of Director of Operations.
Upon joining the Quest Leadership Academy in 2016, Mr. Drummond serves the community by assisting with the GHS Minority Health Council. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. since 2006. He services on the Budget Oversight Committee for Shady Oak Baptist church where he is a tithing member. Some of his favorite past times are playing softball and baseball along with his enjoying time with family.
Current Board Chair
Native of Guyton, GA
BS: Chemistry/Physics - Savannah State University
Masters: Chemistry/Physics - Fisk University
Al's a former teacher and later a corporate executive with the DuPont Company, having retired in 2000. He now owns Strategic Tire Solutions, LLC, a Michelin Tire Dealer; serving the Southeastern Unites States. Al is married to Frances Gray, Owner of Solo West End, located in Downtown Greenville, SC.
With a strong belief that the quality of life can be greatly enhanced with a good education; he's all in.
Native of Clinton, SC
BA Education - SCSU
Work Experience – Retired Guidance Counselor, Asst. Principal, Principal of Greenville County Schools, Curriculum Specialist of SC Department of Education, Board Chair of Quest Leadership Academy.
Goal: To support the development of an effective governing board. Through a planned and systematic approach, I would create clear expectations for the board in order to solidify the role of the governing board.
Robert N. Jenkins Sr.
Judge Robert Nathaniel Jenkins, Sr. can be described as a lawyer, a community leader, a retired Family Court Judge, a teacher, a mentor and a qualified mediator ready to assist in resolving differences. A native of McClellanville, SC, he was the eleventh of thirteen children born to Shepherd and the Rev. Elouise "Nancy" Jenkins. Family and teachers taught him the value of hard work and the importance of obtaining a good education.
Jenkins, a four year veteran of the US Air Force, earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from the Citadel and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University Of SC School Of Law in 1975. His career as a lawyer documents dedication to serving the unmet legal needs of people across the state of SC. As Director and Chief Attorney for the Legal Services Agency of Western Carolina, he established the Libra Society enabling private lawyers to give free, pro bono, legal services to people who could not be assisted through legal aid offices.
In 1996 he was elected Judge of the Circuit Family Court of the 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat #5 by the SC General Assembly. He served 18 years and retired from active duty in 2014. Among his numerous honors and accolades are: 2013 selected by the SC Conference of Family Court Judges as recipient of its highest award, the Buchan, Brown & Jacobs Award, for Highest Integrity, Professionalism, Skill, Compassion, Sprit, Optimism and Courage, among his peers;
2014 recipient of the Public & Community Service Award; 2016 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence conferred by the Citadel Military College of SC.
Always actively involved in the community, he has served the following organizations: Zucker Foundation for Education, Greenville's Child, Inc., S.H.A.R.E., Inc., Save Our Sons, SC Families.
Current Board Vice Chair
Native of Queens, New York
Yolanda holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from City College of New York - CUNY, and a Master's in Public Administration from The Metropolitan College of New York.
Yolanda spent many years as a technology professional in the NYC metropolitan area working with Fortune 500 companies in investment banking and legal services.
After relocating to Greenville, SC in 2010 Yolanda continued her business career working in legal services and telecommunications. Yolanda advocacy for charter school began when her own children attended school in New York/New Jersey and here in Greenville County at Greenville Technical Charter High School.
She continues to her pursuit to give back to the community by supporting and participating as member of the Cancer Survivor Park Alliance, Ten Thousand Villages, and Dining For Women.
Gwendolyn (Gwen) H. Whitner
Current Board Secretary
Born and reared in Greenville South Carolina and attended St. Anthony Catholic School as well as public school in the Greenville County School District. Upon graduation, I earned a degree in Sociology from Xavier University in New Orleans, La and a Master of Education from Clemson University with a degree in Guidance and Counseling.
She is married to King Whitner and have three children, one a teacher, one an attorney and one a physician. Additionally, there are four grandchildren.
She is retired from the School District of Greenville County after thirty-six years with the Early Childhood Program as a Project Director and Social Worker.
It is my belief that each of us has a responsibility to make a positive difference in the lives of others, especially those who are the least among us. To that end, I am an active member at St. Anthony Catholic Church and chairperson of the Prison Ministry, a Missionary to Haiti, have received several community service awards, served on local Boards that promote the wellbeing of the citizens in Greenville County and beyond and hold membership in several organizations that are service oriented.