I am the Vice President for Business Development at Blue Ridge Bank. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Foothills Area YMCA, Shade Tree Ministries, and the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association. I am a member of the Utica Restoration committee as well as the Main Street Walhalla Advisory Committee.
Denise McCormickImmediate Past Chair
I am the VP of Member Services & Marketing at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the School District of Oconee, and a Member of the OMH Foundation Board of Directors. I live in Westminster with my husband Rick, and I’m a member of Westminster Rotary Club and Westminster Baptist Church.
Joey SarkeesSecretary / Chair-Elect
I have worked at Technology Solutions, an IT company headquartered in Seneca, for six years. I live in the Clemson area with my husband and two children. I enjoy boating, running, mountain biking and watching any Clemson Tigers sport.
I am the Chief Financial Officer for the School District of Oconee County, where I’ve been employed for 19 years. I work with the district administration and board members to develop and implement the budget for the district. The finance department is responsible for the business transactions of the school district.
Kathie BlackBoard Member
I have been the owner and operator of Magic Shears Salon for 34 years in Walhalla. I am the previous owner of The Strutting Peacock, a women’s boutique In Walhalla, and held that role for 6 years. I am also a published writer and love creating. I am a native to Oconee County.
Annie CaggianoBoard Member
As the President of Oconee Economic Alliance, I am driven to strengthen Oconee’s economy and enhance its global competitiveness by promoting economic growth through business retention and expansion. I also focus on new business recruitment, developing industrial real estate, and supporting workforce development efforts.
Sam DicksonBoard Member
I am retired from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative after 40 years and served as the first Chairman for the Oconee County Chamber. I serve as a Board member for Blue Ridge Bank, Graces Closet, Oconee Economic Alliance and Oconee County C fund. I am also affiliated with many other groups throughout Oconee County.
Mark DoughertyBoard Member
I am the Dean of Student Development at Tri-County Technical College. I work to provide co-curricular initiatives to enrich a student’s curricular experience and provide individual support to students to mitigate barriers to their academic success. I live in Seneca with my wife, Amanda, and two sons, Glen and Madden.
Nathan FarrarBoard Member
I have been a Manager of Imaging Services at Oconee Memorial Hospital and a resident of Oconee County for over twenty years.
Stanley GibsonBoard Member
I am a graduate of Clemson University and taught high school Agriculture for 29 years; retiring from West-Oak High School. I am married to my wife Beth and we have 2 sons. I served 4 years as Chairman of the SC Foothills Heritage Fair and currently serve as Chairman for The FARM Center.
Julie GiffordBoard Member
I originate mortgages for both home purchases, refinances, and refinance cash/out. Our company is owned by Community First Bank, a local business. SeaTrust Mortgage has operations all over South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. We also do loans in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado. #LIFEISAVERB
RT HarrisBoard Member
I grew up in Oconee County. Over the last 15 years, I have lived and served in the Westminster area. Currently, I work at J. Davis Construction.
Mikayla KreuzbergerBoard Member
I am a native of Oconee County and employed by Duke Energy as a Senior Communications Consultant. My role includes managing external and internal communications for Oconee Nuclear Station and its World of Energy education center in Seneca, S.C. I am married to my husband, Vince and have two daughters.
Ken SloanBoard Member
I am the President & CEO of Visit Oconee SC where I lead Oconee’s marketing and tourism efforts. Before starting Visit Oconee, I owned and operated the Jocassee Outdoor Center which allowed me to pursue my passion for the outdoors, including hiking, boating, mountain biking, white water paddling, and fly fishing.
I am the majority owner of two Oconee County businesses, BREWS on the Alley and Xtreme Fitness 24/7, as well as small businesses in Pendleton and Anderson. Prior to moving to Oconee in 2011, I was CEO of Roche Carolina in Florence, SC.