Sonya Wyatt, Board of Directors, Chair — Click here to email Sonya
Leigh Ann Garrett, Event and Program Manager
Leigh Ann’s position focuses on Special Events, Program Development and Public Relations/Social Marketing. She grew up in Fairhope, AL and came to SC to attend the College of Charleston in 1999. She began her career with the C4W as an intern through the Women’s & Gender Studies program in 2002 and the rest is history! She serves on the Board for Charleston American Marketing Association, FiA Charleston and is also an involved committee member of Jennie Moore Elem School PTA. Leigh Ann is happily married to Matt, and they have two daughters, Mollie (6) and Annie (2).
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843-763-7333, ext. 201
Tanya R. Simpson-White, Manager South Carolina Women’s Business Center
Tanya White is the Program Manager of the South Carolina Women’s Business Center. Ms. White is a graduate of Hampton University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. After working and residing in the Hampton Roads area for 10 years, she relocated with her two (2) daughters back to New Jersey to work for AT&T.
Over the years opportunities extended in to utilities-Dominion Power, sales & marketing with Verizon, and property management. Tanya achieved a Masters in Human Resource Management in October of 2014 from Strayer University. In July of 2013, Ms. White accepted a position with Greater Richmond GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship) as a General Business Consultant serving Richmond and surrounding areas, facilited by CCWA, Community College Workforce Alliance. The program successfully encouraged dislocated workers, under and unemployed residents with a passion for starting their own business. Successfully, the team empowered over 70 local business owners in Richmond and surrounding counties, to realize their dreams and contribute to a thriving economy. The program was sponsored by the Department of Labor for the past five years in Northern Virginia (NOVA), Tidewater and Richmond, Virginia.
843-763-7333, ext. 212
Ali Titus, Advocacy & Awareness Program Manager
Ali is originally from the Columbia, SC area and received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College followed by a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from College of Charleston, where she focused on nonprofit management and social justice. She began her nonprofit career in institutional advancement at Chicago Kent College of Law followed by The Citadel Foundation. Ali’s passion for social equity took her to work for the American Civil Liberties Union, where she was Director of Development. She joins Center for Women by way of Coastal Community Foundation of SC where she served as Program Officer and facilitated the granting of more than $1.5M annually to nonprofits across a nine county service area. While at Coastal Community Foundation, Ali also served as primary author on the organization’s Statement of Commitment to Equity and Inclusion and played a crucial role in shaping the Lowcountry Unity Fund, which was established after the Emanuel AME Massacre in an effort to address structural racism. Ali is proud to join Center for Women and brings with her an informed passion for nonprofit advocacy. She is excited to raise awareness and cultivate civic engagement around the four core tenets of Center for Women’s Status of Women in SC Report: Leadership, Health and Safety, Education and Economic Security. Additionally, Ali will be managing Lowcountry Women with Wings as well as Center for Women’s counseling and support programs.
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Phone: (843) 763-7333 Ext. 212
Rachel Bowman, Membership & Administrative Coordinator
Rachel Bowman is the Membership Coordinator. She grew up loving both the sand and the salt here in the Low Country, and is a recent graduate of USC-Beaufort. Strong, successful women have inspired her throughout her life, and after watching her grandmother work to succeed in a field traditionally dominated by men and watching her Mom make sacrifices as a single mother raising three children, she developed her own “can do” empowered attitude. Her goal is to expand the active members, highlight past accomplishments and share exciting upcoming events. She believes that the Charleston area is full of amazing women, each with their own story, who can benefit from connecting and expanding their tribe by becoming a part of the Center for Women.
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843.763.7333 Ext. 211
Leila Shebaro, Grants & Research Specialist
Leila is a native of Virginia, she recently attended university in Washington, DC, where she studied development economics and was drawn to approaches based on sustainable community empowerment. While there, she was active in various community organizing projects, including working in DC Public Schools and with recent immigrants. She is passionate about service, working with women, and getting to know her new home of Charleston. Note: Leila reads Arabic.
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843.763.7333 ext. 206
Kayleigh Remavich, Ready for Work Program Coodinator (AmeriCorp VISTA)
Kayleigh is originally from Cary, NC and moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston. She graduated in May of 2016 magna cum laude with a double major in Political Science and Spanish. Kayleigh is an AmeriCorps VISTA member focusing on the Ready for Work program. After volunteering with non-profits and community organizations, Kayleigh is excited to have the opportunity to work more closely with a non-profit and helping women in SC. Note: Kayleigh reads and speaks Spanish proficiently.
843.763.7333 ext. 206
Solange Swafford is credentialed as a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and an LISW Supervisor in Charleston, SC. She holds a Master of Clinical Social Work degree from Washington University in St Louis and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina. With over 15 years of experience working in hospitals, a children’s advocacy center and outpatient mental health settings, Solange has helped people overcome obstacles, achieve their goals and have happier, more fulfilling lives.
Angela Heissenbuttle, Accounting and Book-Keeping
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843-763-7333 ext 204
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