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Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Members in 2024

The Community Foundation welcomes five community leaders as they join our Board of Directors in 2024! We are excited to have their knowledge and expertise and are thankful for their commitment to our mission of inspiring giving by bridging philanthropy and purpose.

Amy Botkin

Amy Botkin is a Principal and Wealth Advisor in Bernstein’s Atlanta office. She advises high-net-worth families and institutions, as well as their respective trusts, estates, foundations, and endowments. In conjunction with the Wealth Planning and Analysis Group, Botkin works closely with her clients’ trusted tax and legal advisors on a wide range of wealth management matters, including tax and estate planning, concentrated stock positions, and the sale of privately held businesses. She began her career with Bernstein from 2007 to 2011 in the West Palm Beach office. After relocating to Atlanta and Greenville, she rejoined the firm in 2014. Prior to Bernstein, Botkin held senior management, business development, and operations positions at Fortune 100 companies for 20 years. In her senior management positions, she was a vice president responsible for managing the strategic planning and development of a team of over 800 individuals and $2 billion in sales. Botkin holds a BS from Clemson University.

Derek Lewis

Derek Lewis is the Executive Director of Greenville First Steps – a local organization that provides funding to improve early childhood outcomes throughout Greenville County. Since its inception in 1999, Greenville First Steps has invested $60 million in Greenville County to support increased access to parenting supports, high-quality and affordable childcare, and early literacy efforts. Derek recently served as an elected member of the Greenville County Schools Board of Trustees (2014-2022). Derek also serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the SC Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children, as well as the boards of the SC Children’s Theatre, Blue Ridge Association of Boy Scouts, Greater Good Greenville, and United Way Committee Impact Committee. Derek’s wife, Hedrick, is a 4K teacher in Greenville County Schools, and their son, William, is a middle schooler at Hughes Academy.

Tiffany Santagati

Tiffany Santagati is the Vice President of Operations at the Greenville Housing Fund, an organization dedicated to creating, maintaining, and advocating for affordable housing for all residents of Greenville County. Prior to her current role, she held various leadership positions in banking over nearly two decades. As a lifelong learner, Tiffany has earned degrees from the University of South Carolina and Webster University and is currently a doctoral student at Anderson University. She is actively involved in the community, volunteering with organizations such as the Children’s Trust of South Carolina, American Red Cross, Hispanic Alliance, Greenville Tech Foundation, Greenville Technical College School of Business and Computer Technology, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Bold Leadership Network, 864Pride, and United Way of Greenville OnTrack Program. Tiffany is committed to staying connected to the needs and challenges of the community through her volunteer work.

Jessica Satava

Jessica Satava is a passionate advocate for the power of symphonic music to activate and unite communities. In September 2022, she came to Greenville to serve as the Executive Director of the Greenville Symphony, now in its 76th year of service to South Carolina’s upstate through music. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, served in artistic and operations roles at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and in fundraising at Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library. Jessica is an alumna of the Peabody Institute, where she is honored now to serve on the Professional Studies faculty. She received a Certificate in Business Management Development from Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University and is an alumna of the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestra Management 2019.

David Thompson

David Thompson is an attorney at Thomas, Fisher & Edwards, P.A. (TF&E). Upon graduation from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, he practiced law briefly in Dallas, TX before moving to Greenville in 2018. Shortly thereafter, he began his practice with TF&E and obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from The University of Alabama School of Law. David’s legal practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business planning and advising, all with an emphasis in taxation. His long-term goals include growing his clientele and advancing TF&E’s practice, reach, and legal offerings in the Upstate and beyond. David is actively involved in community organizations, including serving on the Upstate Board for Junior Achievement of South Carolina and as a member of Buncombe Street Methodist Church. David and his wife, Paige, have one daughter, Blair, and three golden retrievers.

 

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