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AARP South Carolina
1201 Main Street
Suite 1720
Columbia, SC 29201

Reach staff at this email: scaarp@aarp.org

1-866-389-5655 or 803-765-7381

 

AARP South Carolina Staff

Teresa Arnold
State Director

Twenty year veteran of working with the SC General Assembly, Masters in Social Work, USC, born in Georgia, lived in MS, AK, VA, but South Carolina is home, love yoga and wished I practiced more, married with three children, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. @TeresaArnold55
“If you don’t think ‘fun’ when you think AARP, you don’t know ‘AARP!’”

 

Nikki Hutchison
Associate State Director, Advocacy

Nikki Hutchison, after serving more than 15 years as principal/owner of governmental affairs firm Capstone Consulting, LLC, has accepted the position of Associate State Director for Advocacy with AARP South Carolina. Teresa Arnold, AARP South Carolina state director announced today that Hutchison will be responsible for advocacy and lobbying on behalf of AARP 620,000 members in South Carolina.
When asked about Hutchison’s appointment, Arnold enthusiastically shared, “We couldn’t be more excited Nikki’s decision to join the AARP South Carolina team. She is a creative thinker, proven capacity-builder and has a genuine concern for seniors in South Carolina. Her life-long commitment to social change combined with her vast non-profit management experience, in addition to her lobbying skills, has led her to this moment.” Arnold added, “Nikki Hutchison is a disrupter who has the courage to confront what is wrong with aging today. We are honored to have her lead us to new heights in service to our members in South Carolina.”
Nikki Hutchison holds a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree from The George Washington University.

“If you don’t think ‘advocacy’ when you think AARP, you don’t know ‘AARP!'”

 

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Pearl Hall-Blount
Senior Operations Associate

Currently attending Ashworth College, (Business Administrator and Event Planner). Reside in Columbia, SC, but was born and raised in Washington, DC. I’m a Redskin fan, event planner, gourmet cook, food blogger, and karaoke queen. Married with two children, one grandson. @PearlBlount52
“If you don’t think ‘travel’ when you think AARP, you don’t know ‘AARP!'”

 

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Patrick Cobb
Associate State Director, Communications

Appalachian State grad, mini MBA from Clemson University and working on a Master’s in Strategic Communications.  Married to Merry, a Clemson Tiger ’22 and Gamecock ’18 dad, South Carolina native,  runner, cyclist, & swimmer. I’ve done RAGBRAI, several half marathons, a few sprint tri’s, an almost half iron man, 2016 and 2017 Palmetto Relay from Columbia to Charleston and proud member of F3 Nation! Member of IABC (International Association of Business Communicators), 2017 Southern Region Vice Chair, 2015 South Carolina Chapter President Why slow down? @patrickcobb

“If you don’t think ‘fearless’ when you think AARP, you don’t know ‘AARP!'”

 

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Wallace Cunningham
Associate State Director, Multicultural Outreach

University of South Carolina graduate, South Carolina native.
Avid reader; biography, history and cultural arts. Enjoy art, jazz, walking and relaxing. @wbcunningham

“If you don’t think ‘outcomes and results’ when you think AARP, you don’t know ‘AARP!’”

 

 

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Associate State Director, Community Outreach

Native New Yorker with a degree in Business Management from SUNY Saratoga Springs. For fun I love cooking, reading, the beach, travel, animals, yoga and family.

“If you don’t think ‘limitless’ when you think AARP, you don’t know ‘AARP!’”

 

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Associate State Director, Advocacy

South Carolina native, University of South Carolina graduate and avid Gamecock fan. Enjoy traveling, reading, movies, dining out and college football. Two children: one in Washington, DC and one in Fort Stewart Georgia. @jolove56

“If you don’t think ‘what’s next’ when you think AARP, you don’t know ‘AARP!’”

 

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Lynn Martin
Program Associate

Attended Kent State and married with one son. Enjoy gardening, remodeling, politics and working with  volunteers.

“If you don’t think ‘Facebook and Twitter’ when you think AARP, you don’t know ‘AARP!’”

 

Volunteer Executive Council

Emma McGraw Myers, President
Columbia

Emma McGraw Myers

is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Advanced Care Management, LLC (ACM) which employs case managers statewide to conduct assessments, develop service plans and provide care coordination to the elderly and disabled on Medicaid.  ACM was founded in 2008 and is the second largest case management company in the state. She is also President & CEO of EM Consultants—a Midlands-based small business specializing in fundraising, training and capacity-building for corporate, faith-based and grassroots organizations. Myers is one of the longest serving Adjunct Professors at the USC College of Social Work marking 15 years of teaching graduate and undergraduate students advocacy, organizational development and public policy.

The Columbia native is a second-generation graduate of Richland School District One. She holds a Bachelors of Art Degree in Social Work and a Master Degree in Social Work Administration from Florida State University. Her professional career began in 1975 as a management trainee with United Way. Ms. Myers worked nearly 20 years in both the national and local offices of United Way in various capacities. She was the first African-American appointed as President and Chief Professional Officer of the United Way of Richland County (Mansfield, OH) and the first African-American CPO of the United Way of Aiken (SC) County—earning the reputation as a “trailblazer”.

She is married to Brigadier General (Ret) Ralph Bailey and they have four adult children. The Baileys are members of First Nazareth Baptist Church in Columbia, SC and active in several civic and community initiatives in Columbia and Forest Acres. Myers is a 46-year Silver Star member and Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She holds leadership positions on several local, state and national civic and community boards including AARP SC Executive Council, Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation, Columbia Council of Neighborhoods and the National Association of Black Social Workers. Ms. Myers is highly acclaimed for conducting engaging board governance training, productive strategic planning sessions and successful golf tournaments. She mentors and encourages others to strive to be their very best.

 

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Joe Bogacz
Hilton Head

Joe is retired from the Exxon/Mobile Corporation where he held senior management positions in Finance, Procurement, and Information Technology as well as leading corporate restructuring initiatives. He earned a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, and a Master’s Degree in Finance from American University, Washington, DC. Since Joe and his wife moved to Hilton Head twelve years ago, he has served in several volunteer positions within the community including Finance Chair and then Treasurer of the POA, Ride Director for the Chain Gang Bicycle Club of Hilton Head, Chapter Host of Reading Liberally Hilton Head, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Beaufort County Library system and a Legislative Volunteer with AARP SC.

 

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Dr. Annette Christy

Pickens

Dr. Annette Christy is a retired educator and lives in Pickens. Her career began as a Latin and Spanish teacher and became a middle school media specialist in the Upstate. She also worked for Nova Southeastern University, which is her Alma Mater, as a mentor to on-site and online doctoral students.

 

 

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Darrell Eickhoff
Conway

Darrell retired for the US Air Force after 28 years as a Medical Service Corps Officer serving as a Hospital Administrator/Health Service Administrator. After retiring from the Air Force, he was employed for eleven years as the CFO, and COO or Administrator at four medical institutions. Since retirement from the workforce, he has been active in numerous volunteer activities, including: AARP Myrtle Beach-Conway Chapter Board, Chair of Community Service Projects Committee, Legislative Advocate, and Presidential Campaign tracker; Legislative Appointee to Board of Directors, Coast RTA Transportation Authority for Horry and Georgetown, SC counties; Neighbor to Neighbor driver for those in need of transportation to medical appointments; and now AARP SC Executive Council member.

 

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Hank Povinelli
Fort Mill

Before retiring in 2012, Hank held senior Information Technology management positions, successfully directing multiple technology implementations for the Hospitality, e-Commerce, and Gaming and Entertainment Industry, in the US and Europe. Hank began his volunteer efforts with AARP in April of 2013 as a Community Action Volunteer-Congressional District Advocacy Organizer. He has been an active volunteer and policy advisor for the AARP California state office. He was appointed to the Volunteer Area Leader for LA County, where he created a partnership between volunteers and AARP staff to enhance and expand the volunteer experience. He relocated in 2015 to Fort Mill, SC, where he resides with his wife.

 

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Judy Scott
Columbia

Judy is a disabled veteran having served in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War as a Captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard, Nurse Corp. Judy is a dedicated volunteer working with Disaster Health Services Nurse with the American Red Cross for 15 years, Congaree National Park, AARP Take A Stand campaign, and volunteer Faith Community Nurse. She has worked as Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4262 as well as District 2, as a National Recruiter for the state of South Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars. She is a dedicated member of the Lexington County Democratic Party Executive Committee and a life member of Disabled American Veterans.

 

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Carolyn Thompson
Columbia

Carolyn B Thompson retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield after 35 years in management in 2010. Carolyn joined AARP that same year and began working. She served three years as secretary, serves on AARP Multi Culture team and is currently in her second year as President of chapter 753. Carolyn is also serving her first year as AARP Chapter Advisory team member for the South region serving as a liaison between the chapters and national.