Staff & People

Our Staff

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Anna Lewin

Chief Executive Officer

Anna Lewin

Chief Executive Officer
843-973-7285 ext. 404

As CEO, Anna works to ensure highly-productive day to day management of South Carolina Community Loan Fund. Anna oversees the management of the organization, leads strategic planning, prepares annual goals and actions, and monitors the budget and performance of the organization.

Anna joined SCCLF from the Lowcountry Food Bank where she was Vice President of Community Initiatives. In that role, Anna oversaw the food bank’s feeding programs, agency relations, nutrition education and community kitchen. In addition to food banking experience, Anna has a background in affordable housing development and rehab programs. She was executive director of Operation Home from 2008-2011.

Anna has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Charleston and received her master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. She currently serves on the boards of South Carolina Coalition for the Homeless, Eat Smart Move More SC, SC Food Policy Council, SC Community Capital Alliance, and Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board.

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Brendan Buttimer

Community Development Loan Officer- Upstate

Brendan Buttimer

Community Development Loan Officer- Upstate
864-208-7864

Brendan is responsible for the growth, management and soundness of SCCLF's loan portfolio in Upstate SC as well as business development program marketing.

Brendan received his master's degree in history for Armstrong Atlantic State University. He has over 10 years of management experience, including two years serving as the Executive Director of Hub City Farmers' Market, a successful and widely known nonprofit organization in Spartanburg. Brendan graduated the Spartanburg Healthy Organization Institute in 2014 and serves on the Upstate Food Policy Council.

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Chrissy Bjorge

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Chrissy Bjorge

Office Manager/Executive Assistant
843.628.7862

As SCCLF's Office Manager/Executive Assistant, Chrissy is responsible for managing a wide range of administrative tasks to support the executive team, and for ensuring the efficient and proper function of SCCLF's three offices.

Chrissy received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Chrissy is passionate about working with organizations that have a strong community focus. She has worked in Business Development at a fair-trade, organic coffee roaster and as an Executive Assistant at a sustainable bike share company. In her free time, Chrissy enjoys volunteering at the children’s hospital.

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Dawn Deck

Investments and Grants Manager

Dawn Deck

Investments and Grants Manager
864-278-8299

As the Investments and Grants Manager, Dawn works to develop and implement SCCLF’s capitalization strategy to grow their revolving loan fund, ensure the availability of adequate operating funding, and increase the organization’s capacity to finance community development projects across South Carolina. Dawn is a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing.

Dawn is very active in the Spartanburg community and she volunteers for several local non-profit organizations.  She is a member of the Chapman Cultural Center Board of Trustees; a student mentor at James F. Byrnes High school; and a member of the Talent Action Team for the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, Dawn is a newly elected Trustee of the Spartanburg District Five School Board.

Dawn has served as a past member of the Board of Directors at Middle Tyger Community Center; a past member of the Alumnae Association Board at Converse College; a 2016 graduate of Spartanburg County’s Citizens’ Academy; and a 2015 graduate of the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute through the Spartanburg County Foundation.

Dawn resides in Spartanburg with her husband and two sons.

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Holly Shinn

Communications Manager

Holly Shinn

Communications Manager
843-973-7285 ext. 413

Holly supports the organization’s day-to-day communications, marketing and PR activities to increase visibility of SCCLF, its mission and its work throughout South Carolina.

Holly received a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from College of Charleston. She has served as a volunteer, board member, staff member and contractor for nonprofits throughout the Charleston community for over a decade.

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James Chatfield

Chief Lending Officer

James Chatfield

Chief Lending Officer
803-403-5524

In his role as Chief Lending Officer, James develops, directs and implements the lending strategies and policies of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund (SCCLF).  Leveraging nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry, James forges partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups in order to foster community economic development in underserved communities across the SCCLF footprint.

When he is not traversing the state to meet with entrepreneurs & community leaders, James proudly serves as a member of the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MACH) Board of Directors and the Orangeburg Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisory Council.  In March 2019, James was appointed by the Columbia (SC) City Council to serve on the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.  In May 2019, James was named to the South Carolina Black Pages Top 20 Under 40 Class of 2019.

James holds an Associates of Arts Degree from Trident Technical College and two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Marketing and Management from Coastal Carolina University.  James has been a member of the SCCLF team since 2016.

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Joseph Dukes

Community Development Loan Officer- Coastal

Joseph Dukes

Community Development Loan Officer- Coastal
843-973-7285 ext. 406

As the Coastal Community Development Loan Officer, Joseph is responsible for the growth and management of SCCLF’s loan portfolio in Coastal SC as well as business development and program marketing.

Joseph comes to SCCLF with 12 years of experience working in diverse outreach and programmatic roles within the public sector. Most recently, Joseph worked as a Compliance Manager with the City of Columbia where he was responsible for the management and monitoring of 8 million dollars in federal funds, as well as a staff of five. Prior to that role, he spent several years working with woman and minority small business owners on certification, underwriting, and business development at the Governor’s Office. He also previously worked in the claims department for Colonial Life Insurance and BlueCross BlueShield of SC. Joseph holds a Master’s in Public Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law.

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Kelly Sharkey

Program Manager

Kelly Sharkey

Program Manager
854-222-3010

As Program Manager, Kelly oversees the development and implementation of SCCLF’s programs, emphasizing technical assistance, and assessment and knowledge sharing, across all four of SCCLF’s lending areas (affordable housing, healthy food, community facilities, and community business).

Kelly Sharkey began her career in non-profit work in New Orleans, LA, helping with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. There she gained experience in affordable housing where she assisted low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers achieve the ultimate dream of homeownership. As a licensed Real Estate Agent, she focused on affordable housing and provided homebuyer training to first-time homebuyers. She also oversaw all fundraising, volunteer recruitment and major events. Kelly recently completed a dual master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) from Tulane University. Prior to joining SCCLF, she was a case manager at a homeless shelter, working specifically with permanent supportive housing programs.

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Kendra Simmons

Data & Compliance Manager

Kendra Simmons

Data & Compliance Manager
843-973-7285 ext. 409

As Data and Compliance Manager, Kendra provides primary oversight of SCCLF's data reporting system and works to further develop SCCLF’s reporting capabilities in support of its growing internal and external needs.

Kendra previously spent three years serving with Blackbaud, the world’s leader in non-profit management solutions. While at Blackbaud, she assisted clients with streamlining fundraising and donor management processes via cloud technology. Kendra is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, SC where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Affairs, with a double minor in Communications and English. With a Master of Business Administration focusing on international relations from Webster University, Kendra is passionate about finding cross-cultural donor solutions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and—in typical Charleston form—lounging at the beach.

Kendra resides in Moncks Corner, SC with her husband, Lamar, two daughters—Jordan and Riley—and two Cocker Spaniels—Domino and Oreo.

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Leigh Ann Shelton

Chief Financial Officer

Leigh Ann Shelton

Chief Financial Officer
843-973-7285 ext. 408

Leigh Ann is responsible for all financial matters of SCCLF including formulating and implementing policies and plans to meet the organization’s short-and long-term financial objectives as well as assuring adherence to all required compliance, regulation, and financial reporting required of SCCLF’s programs.

Leigh Ann has more than 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, working in both the for profit and not for profit sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri State University and received her MBA from Pepperdine University.

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Majda Cisic

Staff Accountant

Majda Cisic

Staff Accountant
843.973.7285 ext. 416

As SCCLF's Staff Accountant, Majda supports the financial management and operations of the organization through the maintenance of loan accounting records, servicing of loans receivable, and by providing accounting support.

Majda graduated in May 2019 from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance. Previously, Majda worked for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank where she focused on lending to farmers in rural communities. While working in the Loan Accounting Department for AgFirst, she developed her accounting skills as well as an interest in nonprofit work and a desire to serve her community.

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Sedeyia Bellamy

Community Development Loan Officer- Midlands

Sedeyia Bellamy

Community Development Loan Officer- Midlands
854.222.3322

As the Midlands Community Development Loan Officer, Sedeyia is responsible for the growth and management of SCCLF’s loan portfolio in the Midlands SC as well as business development and program marketing.

Sedeyia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from South Carolina State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University.

Sedeyia has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry. Her passion for non-profits began in Charlotte, NC assisting individuals in achieving the dream of home ownership. As a certified HUD housing counselor, Sedeyia was an advocate for low to moderate income individuals and minorities who have not been able to gain access to affordable home ownership. By providing comprehensive counseling, individuals were able to overcome financial roadblocks and find affordable outcomes.

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Shelley Hough

Portfolio Manager

Shelley Hough

Portfolio Manager
843-973-7285 ext. 405

As Portfolio Manager, Shelley provides support to the financial management and operations of SCCLF through control of loan accounting records and reports. Her responsibilities include managing the servicing of the loan portfolio including loan policies and procedures compliance, overseeing loan closings, loan servicing in loan servicing software, loan document management, underwriting/closing loan modifications, site visits and loan monitoring, borrower correspondence, and loan portfolio reporting.

Shelley graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University and in 2005 graduated from Trident Technical College from the American Bar Association approved Paralegal Program. Shelley has over 12 years of experience in the legal field, serving for over five of those years as a commercial and/or residential real estate closer.

 

 

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Victoria Baker

Communications Director

Victoria Baker

Communications Director
843-973-7285 ext. 407

Victoria is responsible for setting and guiding South Carolina Community Loan Fund’s communications strategy. She leads SCCLF's day to day communications, marketing and PR activities to increase the visibility of the organization’s brand, mission, and work throughout South Carolina. She is also responsible for leading the planning, execution, and marketing of SCCLF’s major events.

Before joining SCCLF, Victoria served two terms as an AmeriCorps member, supporting the development and communications needs of nonprofit organizations. Victoria holds a Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the College of Charleston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from George Mason University.

Board Members

Board Chair

Wendy Zara

Retired Financial Advisor
Vice Chair

Thomas Anderson

South State Bank
Treasurer

Sedrick McCallum

Synovus Bank
Secretary

Andy Hewitt

The Paramount Group-SC
At-Large

Jennie Stephens

Center for Heirs' Property Preservation

Zach Bearden

Origin Development Partners, LLC

Jan Clark

Intertech SC

Quinetha Frasier

MyPledger.com

Jim Haley

Cityvolve, LLC

Ashley Heggie

Greystar

Robert Johnston

The InterTech Group, Inc.

Carolina Mascarin

Charleston Trident Urban League

Michael Mansson

Ziff Properties

Jacqueline McLeish

Sunrun Installations

Torrey Rush

Osmium Development Group

Elizabeth Smith

Lesetta, LLC

Debby Waid

Affordable Housing Advocate

Loan Committee

Housing Loan Committee

Thomas Anderson, South State Bank

Ashley Heggie, Greystar

Michael Mansson, Ziff Properties

Carolina Mascarin, Charleston Trident Urban League

Edward McKelvey, South State Bank

George Morrison, McNair Law Firm

Kelly Price, ICF International

Debby Waid, Affordable Housing Advocate

Commercial Loan Committee

Jennifer Arato, The Bank of South Carolina

Zach Bearden, Origin Development Partners, LLC

Henry Givens, TD Bank

Andy Hewitt, The Paramount Group-SC

Thomas Lauria, Small Business Development Center

Sedrick McCallum, Synovus Bank

Natalia Rosario, City of Spartanburg

Pamela Williams, Santee Cooper