Craig Currey

Chief Executive Officer

Craig Currey

Craig brings 34 years of US Army service, retiring as Deputy Commander of Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC in 2008. His military background instilled strong leadership, resource management, and an understanding of trauma’s impacts. His military service also fostered discipline and structure, ensuring smooth, efficient operations at Transitions. Craig’s commitment to collaboration and teamwork, honed in the military, fosters effective relationships with staff, volunteers, community partners, and those we serve. His experience in Iraq combat operations developed quick thinking, adaptability, and resilience in high-pressure situations, enabling swift, effective responses to unexpected challenges.

Shanice Bligen, LMSW

Vice President of Programs

Shanice Bligen

Shanice’s journey to this leadership role was shaped by her previous experience as a caseworker at the Department of Social Services. There, she witnessed firsthand the systemic flaws that often delayed essential assistance to children and parents in need, inadvertently perpetuating cycles of trauma and abuse. This has shaped her commitment to providing timely support at Transitions, aiming to intervene and break these cycles. Her personal history, as the daughter of a young mother navigating resources, further strengthens her resolve. Shanice guides our social workers in creating programs that transform growth and second chances from mere possibilities into tangible realities.

Monica Haddock, LISW-CP

Vice President of Operations

Monica Haddock

Monica combines her social work and chemical engineering backgrounds to support case managers and ensure operational efficiency. Her engineering experience has honed her problem-solving and analytical skills, crucial for managing operational challenges. Her project management expertise ensures resource coordination and successful project completion. Monica’s sales and marketing experience has refined her advocacy and communication skills, vital for championing our community’s needs. As a mother of two children with special needs, Monica’s firsthand experience navigating complex systems has not only enhanced her empathy but also equipped her to assist others facing similar challenges.

Gavin Brown

Vice President of Advancement

Gavin Brown

Gavin brings nearly a decade of non-profit and community relations experience, with an emphasis on connecting businesses, stakeholders, and volunteers with opportunities to improve the lives of vulnerable and underserved citizens. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and proud resident of Blythewood, SC.

Board of Directors

Lynette Koon
Business Development Manager
Synovus Bank

Iris Griffin

VP, Power Generation
Dominion Energy

Valarie Aiken

Chief Executive Officer
Health Force, LLC

Kaleb Unverfehrt

VP, Enrollment Strategy, Unum Group
Colonial Life

Andy Folsom

VP, Companion Life Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

William McElveen

Adams and Reese, LLP

Christine Shelek

Director of Development University of South Carolina

Iris Griffin
VP, Power Generation
Dominion Energy
Vice Chair

Christopher J. Daniels

Nelson Mullins

Lisa James, DNP, RN

Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge

Warner Brown

Navy Veteran and Community Leader

Mark Hocutt

Senior VP and Senior Relationship Manager
Bank of America

Jennifer Moore

Vice President of Community Impact
United Way of the Midlands

Jaun Silvera

Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer AgFirst Farm Credit Bank

Rev. Dr. J. Ben Sloan

Parish Associate Eastminister Presbyterian Church

Carolyn Swinton, DNP
CEO & Founder
Reveille Executive Coaching & Consulting

R. Matthew Kennell

President and CEO
City Center Partnership, Inc.

Sidney Heyward Rex

Executive VP and CFO
W.B. Guimarin & Co, Inc.

Dr. Andre M. Rogers

Dean of Students and Campus Unity
Columbia International University

James Williams

Chief Executive Officer
Sullivan Management

Reginald Webber

Director and Executive Vice President
Optus Bank

Jessica M. Reese

Founder and CEO Pynk Butterfly

Neighborhood & government Representatives

Nick Annan, CPA
Elliot Davis, LLC.
Lexington Representative | Board Treasurer

Jean Denman
Downtown Neighborhood Coalition
Columbia Representative

Allison Terracio
Council Member
Richland County
Appointed Representative

Peter Brown
Council Member
City of Columbia
Appointed Representative