New Board Members 2011

Four Community Leaders Join Board

The Community Foundation welcomed four new members to its Board in January.  The Board has twenty-eight volunteer leaders representing Greenville County who are chosen for their commitment to philanthropy and their knowledge of community issues.

·       Ben Clauss is First Vice President of Investments at Merrill Lynch and a partner in The Ray, Ellison & Clauss Group.  He became a CFA Charterholder in 2006, the same designation obtained by portfolio managers.  For the past seven years, Ben has served on the Grants Review Committee at the Community Foundation. Ben graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and he and his wife Amy have three children.

·       A. Todd Harward is President of Wealth Management at South Carolina Bank and Trust.  Prior to joining SCBT, Todd worked with Bank of America in South Carolina and Florida in private banking, commercial banking, investments and trust and is a Certified Financial Planner.  Todd is currently serving as Chairman of the YMCA of Greenville.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS degree in Finance and he and his wife Sara have two children.

·       Travis V. Olmert is an attorney with Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler, P. A.  He is a member of the Greenville County Bar and the South Carolina Bar and serves as a trustee of the Jean & Verne Smith Charitable Trust, John I. Smith Charities, and the Greater Greer Education Foundation.  His undergraduate degree is in Political Science from Presbyterian College and his J.D. degree is from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  Travis and his wife Jennifer live in Greer, have two children, and are expecting a third child in April.

·       Magaly Penn is a Diversity Consultant for BI-LO, LLC.  She has over fifteen years of experience in the field of diversity and has worked previously with Burger King Corporation, Advantica Restaurant Group (currently known as Denny’s), and Michelin North America.  In April 2010, Magaly was appointed as a South Carolina Consumer Affairs Commissioner.  She has served on the boards of the YWCA, Phillis Wheatley Association, Village Keepers and the Greenville Symphony.  Magaly and her husband live in Simpsonville and have three grown children.