MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Thirty-two business and community members were recently selected for Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXV. The 10-month program that begins with an orientation on Aug. 28 explores topics such as Grand Strand history, tourism and economic development, business, education, criminal justice, human services, government and the arts. Leadership Grand Strand is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

In its 35 years of service to the community, Leadership Grand Strand has tackled real community needs as part of each class’s graduation requirements. Each member is required to volunteer 100 hours toward community projects. For 2014-2015, 25 hours will be spent with the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 25 hours will be spent with the Youth Leadership Academy, 30 hours will be spent with personal projects, 15 hours will be spent helping with the Ann DeBock Leadership Award nominations and five hours will go toward a community clean-up event.

Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXV:

Tracy S. Bailey, Freedom Readers
Anthony Barnhart, Magnum Wines and Gifts
Margaret Bost, Burroughs and Chapin Company Inc.
Jessica Buttles, South State Bank
Matthew Elam Caldwell, The Beach House Golf and Racquet Club
Molly Dean Causey, First Citizens Bank
Charles E. Diez, City of North Myrtle Beach
Kelley Ellert, Kelley Ellert – Marketing Consultant
Bryant Evans, Dockside Realty
Kema Faulk, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Amy Flanigan, Full Steam Ahead Inc.
Charles Gibbons, Miller-Motte Technical College
Jon Greenlee, TD Bank
Jennifer Greenstein, Pfizer Inc.
Harold Hawley, Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Russell Mace III, The Mace Firm
Natasha McKinnon, City of Myrtle Beach
Andy Milovich, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Melissa A. Nordstrom, HTC
Wendy Parkman, Chick fil-A Seaboard Commons
Carla Pielmeier, Myrtle Beach Manor
Gwen Rumph, Media General/WBTW News 13
Julie Schroll, Beach Urgent Care
Robert S. Sunday, Coastal Carolina National Bank
Gregg A. Turbeville, Santee Cooper
Carole vanSickler, Retired/Community Activist for Carolina Forest
Tracy Lee Vreeland, United Way of Horry County
Mike Wallace, Springmaid Beach Resort
Alan Thomas Walsh, Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Joshua Williams, Visibility and Conversions
Patricia Wisniewski, Courtyard by Marriott – Barefoot Landing
Monica Wooten, Horry County Solicitor’s Office

For more information, visit or contact Diana Greene, LGS executive director, at or (843) 916-7222.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media are invited to attend Class XXXV’s first day of class on Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce boardroom. Photo and interview opportunities with both board and class members will be available.

About Leadership Grand Strand
The goal of Leadership Grand Strand, a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand. Over the years, Leadership Grand Strand has created a cadre of leaders who guide the direction of change throughout the Grand Strand.

About The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only several chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit