Lancaster County

Good Samaritan

Scholarship Foundation

Board of Directors

Our Mission: The mission of the Lancaster County Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation is to provide scholarships and mentoring support to empower high school students who have demonstrated a history of serving others in making our community a better place to live.

The members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board are made up of Lancaster County educators, community leaders, business people and community volunteers. Our active board helps with candidate selection and fundraising for the foundation. We are proud to introduce our board to the community. Please view the brief description of experience and talents brought to the GSSF from this diverse group of talented volunteers. This section will be updated shortly… New Board members will be joining us soon!


Debra Gardner

President of LC-GSSF 2018-Present
  • Retired 2010 LCSD; AJHS: Teacher 34 years
  • 1998-Francis Marion University: Education, M.Ed. + 30 Hrs.
  • Veterans’ Day Co-ordinator: AJHS 17 years
  • Co-Chair: Kershaw Spring-A-Thon, 5 years
  • 2010-Business Owner: Event Planner, Wedding Planner
  • 1972-Winthrop University: Consumer Ed, Secondary Science, B.S.

Lisa Willis

Vice President
Vice President of LC-GSSF 2020-Present
  • 1994-National Board Certified Teacher
  • 1996- Masters of Arts, Early Childhood Ed. – USC
  • 1982- B.A.- Early Childhood Ed.
  • 1978- Lancaster High School graduate
  • Board Member- (past)-Lancaster County First Steps
  • Red Rose and New Era Book Club Member

Ashley Collins

Secretary of LC-GSSF 2020-Present

Ryan Jones, JD

Treasurer LC GSSF-2020-Present
  • 2017-Present: Associate Attorney- Folks & DeVenny, LLC
  • 2016- Law Clerk for Folks & DeVenny, LLC
  • 2015- SC House of Representatives, Page
  • USC Law School: J.D.
  • Coker College: History, B.A.


Julie Bowers, CFNP

Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S. Nursing
  • 2011-Present MUSC HEALTH-Primary Care-Richburg
  • Cabarrus Memorial Hospital
  • School of Nursing; Concord, NC
  • Wingate University, Wingate NC
  • Graceland University, Independence, MO

Patricia Higgins Clancy

President of Lancaster County Council of the Arts
  • 2011-Present: Retired Ballet Instructor
  • Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year”
  • Capital City Ballet Company in Sacramento, CA
  • Studied with Stuttgart Ballet
  • Danced with Mannheim Opera in Mannheim, Germany
  • USC:  B.A., History

Deborah Cureton, PhD

CEO & Dean, Emerita University of Wisconsin
  • Retired 2010
  • President: Board of Trustees, Lancaster County Library
  • President: Board of Commissioners, Housing Authority of Lancaster, SC
  • Vice-President: Educational Foundation of USC-Lancaster
  • 1996-2001 USC-L: Associate Dean of Campus; Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: Education, Ph.D.
  • University of South Carolina: Reading, M.Ed
  • University of South Carolina: Education, French B.A.

Babette Sabia

Zack Catoe

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Howe

Youth Development Coordinator, J. Marion Sims Foundation
  • 2017-2019: Fellow, J. Marion Sims Foundation
  • 2016- Intern, J. Marion Sims Foundation
  • Columbia College Graduate
  • President- Student Alumnae Ambassadors

Melvin Stroble

District 1- Lancaster County School District, Trustee
  • 2014- Present: Project Manager, Black & Veatch Corporation
  • USC: B.S.,Biology, Chemistry

Bobby Collins

Retired Business Owner & USC-L Instructor
  • Scout Troop 180 Committee
  • Treasurer: Catawba Valley Land Trust
  • 2003-2016: Economics Instructor, USC-L
  • University of SC: Economics, M.A.
  • Wofford College: Business and Economics, B.A.

Rev. Bryant D. Fersner

Director of LC Moriah Association, Retired.
  • 2014- 2019: Director of Missions for Moriah Assoc. of Lancaster County
  • Pastor First Baptist Church of Kershaw, SC 25 years
  • Southeastern Baptist Seminary: Master of Divinity with Languages and Christian Education
  • University of South Carolina: Accounting and Finance, B.S.

Lisa Hallman

Instructional Technology Specialist, LCSD
  • 2017-Current-Technology Instructor, LCSD
  • 2017-Chamber of Commerce -“LC Volunteer of the Year”
  • 2015-2016- Lancaster County District Teacher of the year
  • 2006-2016-Media Specialist Buford Middle School
  • Executive Director – Seth’s Hope
  • Board Member- Lindsay Pettus Greenway, LC Health & Wellness, LC Library
  • Committee Member- J Marion Sims Foundation Horizon Grants

Susan Jordan

CPA: Business Owner and Certified Public Accountant
  • 2019-Present: Owner, Susan Jordan PA, CPA, LLC
  • 2006-2018: CPA and Office Manager for Douglas Burnette PA LLC
  • Winthrop University: M.B.A.
  • Limestone College: B.S.

Regina Maxfield

Served as Secretary/ Treasurer of LC-GSSF 2018-2019
  • Retired Medical Practice Administrator
  • Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year-2000”
  • Horse ‘N’ Around: volunteer bookkeeper
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Lancaster Rotary Club
  • UNC-Chapel Hill

Jacque Wenger

Director of Development, SC Baptist Foundation
  • 2000- Present: Baptist Foundation of South Carolina

School Advisory Board

Abby Faulkenberry

LCGSSF Buford High School Advisor
  • 2017- (Present)-Special Education Teacher, Buford High School
  • 2015-2017- Special Education Teacher A.R. Rucker Middle School
  • 2015- Graduate of College of Charleston, B.S. Special Education, Recipient of SC Teaching Fellows Scholarship
  • Graduate of Andrew Jackson High School

Tal Horton

Indian Land High School, LCGSSF Advisor
  • 2018-Present- Assistant Principal, Indian Land High School
  • 2017- M.Ed Leadership, K-12
  • 2016-2018- AD, ILHS
  • 2015–2016- Assistant, AD, ILHS
  • 2010- PE -Health Teacher and Coach, ILHS
  • 2014-Celebrate Great Teaching- ILHS, Teacher of the Year
  • 2009-Bachelor of Science- Coastal Carolina

Steve Knight

LCGSSF-Andrew Jackson High School Advisor
  • 2001- Present-AJHS Teacher, Social Studies, AP US History
  • 2014- Celebrate Great Teaching: High School Teacher of the Year, LCSD
  • 2003-2008- Flint Ridge Baptist Church- Minister of Music
  • 1998-200- MA- Secondary Ed. , USC
  • 1993-1996- BA, Political Science, Economics; Intern for Lieutenant Governor
  • 1991-1993- Associate S, USC-Lancaster; Student Body President
  • 1991- Graduate of Andrew Jackson High, Kershaw, SC

Melina Oueini, PhD

NBCT: LCGSSF Lancaster High School Advisor