Our Team

Shaping Charleston’s Future

By connecting underprivileged children to available resources, we’re creating a better community for everyone

At Charleston Promise Neighborhood, we know children have a better chance for a bright future when they have access to quality education, health care and community support. For many families and children in low-income neighborhoods, access to these resources is severely limited. Parents – despite wanting the best for their children – face greater challenges and inequity simply because of their zip code.

We believe in treating the whole child through education, health services and supporting families and the community. Since 2010, we’ve collaborated with four elementary schools in high-poverty Charleston neighborhoods.

Will you join us in transforming an entire generation? Working together, we can ensure our children continue to progress academically and are ready to contribute to our community’s workforce and economy.

Sherrie Snipes-Williams

Sherrie Snipes-Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Sherrie joined Charleston Promise Neighborhood in 2012 as CEO, and now has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management with local, grassroots and national membership organizations. Sherrie grew up in similar circumstances to that of families in the Promise Neighborhood. “I think I had the same things most kids in The Neck have: hardworking, caring parents; a strong church community; two or three teachers who encouraged me; discipline; and a dream to do more and be more,” she notes. It is Sherrie’s mission to make sure the children in our neighborhood are prepared with the tools that they need to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Even outside of work, she doesn’t slow down. Sherrie remains active with her church and sorority, serves as a reading coach, loves the game of tennis, and enjoys all adventures with her daughter and hubby. On the rare occasion that she has any, Sherrie enjoys spending her free time reading thrillers and romance novels.


Jill Hulsen

Jill Hulsen

VP, Operations and Programs

Jill has a degree in hospitality management and enjoyed a successful career in marketing and strategic planning in the for-profit sector before joining the nonprofit world. Having grown up in a home where education was highly prioritized, she is very passionate about every child, regardless of their socio-economic status, having equal access to opportunity and education. This is why she works every day to make sure the children in our neighborhood have all the tools necessary to flourish and prosper. The days of Jill performing trapeze stunts might be over, but you will still find her hitting a ball around on the golf course, curled up with a good book, or somewhere on the globe getting exposed to a new culture.


Vicky Ingalls

Vicky Ingalls

Director of Programs

Vicky has an MBA in information systems management from The George Washington University and enjoyed a successful 25-year career in management consulting before moving to Charleston and working in the non-profit sector. Driven by the belief that respect and fairness should be shown to all, it is Vicky’s hope that today’s children will be provided the same opportunity to learn and succeed, regardless of their start in life. Her inspiration is rooted in her own family’s story, having immigrated to the United States for a better life. Go over to Vicky’s house and you will be greeted by a happy hound dog, cat and her husband Chris. In her free time, you will also find her enjoying the cultural offerings of Charleston, reading, cooking, doing yoga or meditating.


Radia Heyward

Radia Heyward

Community Engagement Program Manager

Radia is a powerhouse of talents! Not only is she the community engagement program manager at Charleston Promise Neighborhood, but she is also a mother to three wonderfully bright children. Outside of the work she does with CPN, Radia also volunteers with a variety of organizations, has managed numerous political campaigns and serves as a juvenile arbitrator for the Ninth Circuit Solicitor. Radia is driven by a passion to help others selflessly and lives by the notion that you should “teach them how to fish so that they can fish forever.” Through her work she hopes to be a part of transforming a generation and bettering our community for years to come. Radia is inspired by the people that she meets and is motivated by every interaction and opportunity to work with scholars and their families within The Neck of Charleston.


Tami Barlow

Tami Barlow

Director of Operations

Tami attended a different school every year as she grew up the daughter of missionaries who frequently moved from community to community. Having been exposed to many places and cultures, Tami easily meets new people and includes them in the group. Tami graduated Summa Cum Laude from High Point University and prior to her work with Charleston Promise Neighborhood, she had a career as a medical practice administrator and chief operating officer in the healthcare industry. Tami has a natural inclination to help others and is always happy to pitch in and lend a hand. Outside of work, Tami has a love for animals; her favorite being her cat, Bella. In her free time, she enjoys watching Animal Planet shows such as “The Vet Life” and “Dr. Jeff: The Rocky Mountain Vet” (she highly recommends you watch them as well).


Karen Quadrio

Karen Quadrio

Director of Development and Marketing

Karen is a Jersey girl, born and raised. While her previous career in global toy sales helped to build a rewarding life for she and her family, Karen knows that helping the children of The Neck build successful lives will be her most meaningful work. Karen believes everyone deserves to be respected, to be given equitable opportunities, and to thrive. That is why she hopes to continue to shine a light on Charleston Promise Neighborhood, and make its mission known by Charleston residents and beyond. Outside of the office, you might find Karen playing a round of golf with her husband, Fred, tending her garden, or cooking comfort food for family and friends.


Megan Byron

Megan Byron

Marketing and Communications Manager

Megan is a Cum Laude graduate of The University of Massachusetts with a focus in marketing and psychology. While Megan switched degrees “a few times,” her overall goal was to end up in a career where she could serve others and have the opportunity to make even one person’s day and/or life a little brighter. Megan grew up in a community similar to that of the Promise Neighborhood and wholeheartedly believes that a child’s life can be changed when provided with a wholesome environment of love, kindness, acceptance and support. On the weekends, you can catch Megan binge watching Star Wars with her husband and two dogs, getting lost in a good book or sobbing at sentimental commercials (it doesn’t take much).


Ruthie Williams

Ruthie Williams

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

Ruthie is a native of Ridgeville, South Carolina. With a Ph.D. in public service leadership, Ruthie has enjoyed a career as a University Professor teaching community advocacy, human growth and development, and courses in multicultural studies. She has also spent a great deal of time working with delinquent youth and their families. It was Ruthie’s passion for helping others that led her to Charleston Promise Neighborhood. Ruthie believes every day is an opportunity to advocate for community change and build strategies to engage new community partnerships. Ruthie is a proud wife, mother and a grandmother. In her free time, you may catch her playing tunes on the piano and singing.


Ted Legasey

Board Chairman and Community Volunteer

Anita Zucker

Vice Chairwoman and CEO of The InterTech Group

Paul Kohlheim

Treasurer and Community Volunteer

Charles Patrick

Secretary and Attorney with RPWB LLC

Henry Darby

Charleston County Councilman

Clara Fuqua

Director of Workforce Development and Outreach for the Florence Crittenton Home

Carlisle Harrison Jr

Community Volunteer

Meredith Johnson

Vice President of Product Management for Blackbaud Inc.

Kevin Limehouse

Project Officer for Charleston County

Dr. Gerrita Postlewait

Superintendent of Charleston County School District

Shannon Praete

Grants Coordinator for the City of North Charleston

Mindy Sturm

Director of the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families for the City of Charleston

David White Jr.

Human Resources Specialist/Foster Care Manager for the S.C. Department of Social Services