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.
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.
Selena is from Laurens, SC. She is single parent with 5 children. She is the owner of AE&E Services, LLC. Selena is an active volunteer with Circle USA, Children Ministry at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. She is a substitute teacher at Buncombe Street Child Development Center.
Goal: To assist in engaging the parents to help Quest Leadership Academy develop leadership skills for their children.
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.