Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Nella Gray Barkley, Chair
Crystal-Barkley Corporation    

Chris Verenes, Treasurer
Security Federal Bank                                                             

Susan Heath, Secretary
SC Bishops Public Education Initiative                                

Katelyn Brewer
President & CEO
Darkness to Light

Ken Childs

David Cote
Assistant Vice President
BlueCross BlueShield SC

Theodore DuBose
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA

Karla Hawkins
Deputy Superintendent
SC Department of Education

Audrey Lane
Chief of Access & Equity
SC Public Charter School District

Jon E. Pedersen
Dean, College of Education
University of South Carolina

Scott Price
Executive Director
SC School Boards Association

Jim Rex
Former South Carolina Superintendent of Education

Jim Stritzinger
Executive Director
Connect South Carolina

Patrick M. White
Supply Chain/Vice President


Erin Fox
SC Teacher of the Year, Cherokee County   

Burke Royster
Superintendent of the Year, Greenville County


Caroline Mauldin
Executive Director    

Caroline is a lifelong advocate for equity and social justice with over a decade of experience in public policy, communications, and social enterprise.

From 2009-2012, Caroline served as special assistant and speechwriter at the U.S. Department of State, where she led interagency work on financial inclusion and helped launch the Open Government Partnership. Previously, Caroline worked for leading social impact organizations including the Omidyar Network, Oxfam America, the Carter Center, and Accion International, where she helped launch the Center for Financial Inclusion.

Originally from South Carolina, Caroline holds a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Zuckerman Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership, and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. She is fluent in Spanish and a fellow with the Riley Institute as well as the Truman National Security Project. In Charleston, Caroline is a Reading Partners tutor at Burns Elementary and serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina, Loving America Street, and Charleston Legal Access.

Debbie Jones  
Assistant Director  

Debbie has always been very interested in the continued improvement of all aspects of public education in our state. Her three children having all attended public school fueled that desire even further. Debbie took the opportunity to volunteer at all levels of the public school system and was provided a firsthand view of public education. She is a “how can we improve” person and has a deep passion for education reform and excellence in education for our children.  She used her degree in Marketing from Meredith College to lead school fundraising efforts and to help promote the “good news stories”.  Debbie has served in various leadership roles within local and state parent organizations as well as volunteered at The School Foundation, one of the top local education foundations in the state. Debbie provides support to our Executive Director and is thrilled and motivated to have the opportunity to help improve our public education system in South Carolina.

Ian Shannon
Policy Fellow 
Ian holds a BS in Finance and Supply Chain Management from the University of South Carolina. He has interned for two Fortune 50 companies and held the position of Student Body Treasurer for the University of South Carolina. Ian found his passion for public education through his time as a student of James L. Mann High School in Greenville County as well as studying abroad in Chile. He is “excited to aid the process of improving South Carolina’s public education system.”

Louise Ray
Program Intern 
Louise holds a Masters in Education with a concentration in Literacy Education from the Citadel Graduate College and a BS in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston. She is a certified teacher “thrilled to be part of the SC Future Minds team and hopes to learn from this great experience!”

Future Minds is Hiring!

Digital Media Intern


South Carolina Future Minds, a statewide nonprofit supporting public education, seeks an enthusiastic, creative self-starter to lead our digital media work. We are an energetic team working to elevate the education profession and connect private sector resources to public schools in areas of greatest need around South Carolina.

The Digital Media internship is a great opportunity for a savvy college student majoring in communications, marketing, or education to acquire on-job-training with a dynamic, fun team committed to progress in our state.

“Tell me more!”

Join our small but mighty team helping to improve public education in South Carolina! We are hiring an intern with strong understanding of the digital media landscape, knowledge of best practices in social media, and demonstrated skills in strategic planning and creative marketing. Responsibilities include website management, creation and execution of social media campaigns (e.g. #teacherhero), and multimedia content development. Experience with WordPress and Square Space website backends required. Graphic Design skills a major plus. The intern will report to the organization’s Executive Director.


  • Maintain organization’s website (
  • Create content and post on blogs, forums, and social networks
  • Manage online outreach and promotion using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more
  • Website and social media optimization
  • Integrate offline programming with online presence and outreach

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Writing sample should be at least two paragraphs and can be drawn from past academic or professional work. Cover letter should include applicant’s interest in social impact work, particularly related to public education. Internship is unpaid; available for course credit.