Activities of the James F. Byrnes Foundation are under the direction of a 12-member
Board of Directors made up entirely of Byrnes Scholars. The Directors are:
Michael Alls, 1989 Scholar, graduated from Clemson University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He currently manages a development team for a software company based in the Washington, DC area. His wife Deborah and their children Matthew and Rebecca have been very active in supporting the events of the Byrnes Scholars since their introduction to the Foundation. They live in Easley, SC.
Lois Hatfield Anderson, 1949 Scholar, received her James F. Byrnes Scholarship in 1950. Lois has served as a JFBF director since 1980, and has held the position of Chairman, as well as other officer roles. She is a native of Bishopville, SC, and attended Coker College. She graduated with a major in biology, and taught biology, chemistry, physics and French. Lois could be given the title of professional volunteer. She lives in Columbia, (actually Hopkins), and is active in garden club, music club, book club, Family Community Leaders Club, Woodmen of the World, and Garden City Chapel, where she serves as a trustee. She is active at her alma mater and is former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Coker. She teaches Sunday school and is very involved with many aspects of the church at Shandon Baptist Church. Lois loves to sing and enjoys telling stories of how her family sang on the front porch as she was growing up. Lois recorded tapes for the visually impaired for over twenty years. Lois takes care of many of the daily activities of a rental business which she and her daughter, Electa Anderson Small, own together. Prior to his death in 2002, Lois was married to Charles D. Anderson, Jr., for 48 years.
Earle Jenning "Jay" Hayes, 1982 Scholar, graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He currently works for Jarden Applied Materials as a Senior Process Engineer. He has been active with the Byrnes Foundation since receiving his scholarship and has served on the Scholars Board as well as leading game night for Super Weekends for the past several years. Jay also serves as a member of the Supervisory Committee of Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union and as a board member of the Lake Murray Titans Baseball Organization. Jay and his wife Tonya live in Irmo, SC, and are active in Riverland Hills Baptist church where both teach and where Jay serves in the Music Ministry. Jay and Tonya are the parents of two sons, Bryson and Garrett.
Kristine LaSalle Hobbs, 1989 scholar, graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Graduating in 1996 from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Social Work degree, she worked for the Governor’s Office Continuum of Care as a Quality Improvement Specialist from 1996-2001. When her first child was born in 2001, she came home to be a full-time mom, has worked part-time for Sistercare, Inc., the local domestic violence shelter. She currently works for South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She joined the James F. Byrnes Board of Directors in 2003. Kristine is married to Bill Hobbs, they live in Lexington, SC with their two sons, a dog and a cat.
Pamela Galloway McElveen, 1984 Scholar, graduated from Columbia College in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She has been active with the Byrnes Foundation since receiving her scholarship. She began her service on the Foundation Board in 2002 and has served as secretary. She currently serves as co-chairman. Pam and her family are active in Garden City Chapel, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and attend Surfside Presbyterian Church. She is currently employed by Horry County Schools as a substitute teacher. She and her husband, Dennis McElveen, live in Murrells Inlet with their two children.
Deaver "Dee" McCraw, is the president of McCraw Corporation, an information services and technology company and has served on the Byrnes Foundation board since 1988, most recently as Treasurer. He is a 1978 Scholar and he received the Jake Sally service award in 1992. He graduated from Furman University in 1982 with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Dee is married to Ruthie McCraw and they have 2 children.
Natalie Owens, 1986 Scholar, graduated from Winthrop College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. After many years working in the design industry, she returned to school for a change of career focus. Following a two year program at Greenville Technical College, she became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2002. In 2011, she completed graduate level work to earn a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She currently works as a Licensed Occupational Therapist in the Kershaw County School District. Natalie has served as a Director on the Byrnes Scholars Board numerous times and served as Scholars Board President during the planning of the 60th Anniversary Luncheon. She has been an active participant in Byrnes Foundation functions since receiving her scholarship. Natalie was honored to join the Foundation Board in 2012.
Daltrum H. "Dal" Poston currently serves as Managing Director of Issac Power Associates, providing strategic development and management consulting services to businesses in the electric utility marketplace. He previously served as vice president of Smart Grid and vice president of central operations for Duke Energy’s U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas organization. The Kingstree, S.C., native earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., and a master of business administration degree from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Poston is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina . He is a 1974 scholar and chairman of the Byrnes Foundation. He is a past member of the board of directors of the National Association of Energy Services Companies, past chairman of the Southeastern Electric Exchange Engineering and Operations committee, past member of Clemson University Electrical engineering board of advocates, and a past president of the Newton-Conover Rotary Club. Poston and his wife, the former Jane Courtney, have one son Jacob and daughter-in-law Amy.
Nancy Norton Poston, 1959 Scholar, graduated from Francis Marion University with a bachelor's degree in English and from the University of South Carolina with a Master's degree in Social Work. She has been active with the Byrnes Foundation since receiving her scholarship and has served in various offices on the Foundation Board since 1987. Nancy and her husband, Jerry, live in Columbia, SC, attend Mill Creek United Methodist Church and are active in the Gideon ministry. Since her recent retirement from her position of hospice social worker, she and Jerry enjoy spending more time with their five children and eight grandchildren.
Rory Priester, M.D., is a 1994 Byrnes Scholar who grew up in Hampton County, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and a Doctorate of Medicine from Brown Medical School (currently the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University). After completing post graduate training in internal medicine and cardiology, he joined a large national health care organization and is a practicing cardiologist. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
James Rhodes is a 1993 Byrnes Scholar, who grew up in Laurens, SC. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Analytical Finance and Accountancy. He has served on the Foundation Board since 2008 and currently serves as Treasurer. James is a Vice President with Wells Fargo & Company in Charlotte, NC, where he returned in 2007 following eight years in New York working on Wall Street. He enjoys being back in the Carolinas and spending time with family and friends.
William E. Rowe, M.D., is a retired General Surgeon living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a member of the first class of scholars awarded the James Byrnes scholarship in 1949. Currently he is with University Surgical Associates General Surgery Clinic for the Uninsured and the Tennessee Medicaid Program. He has held various committee assignments in hospitals for over 36 years and has served on many boards. He is married to Virginia and they have three children Evelyn Paige Rowe Royal Cruddas, William E. Rowe, Jr, and Christopher D. Rowe.
The application process for 2015 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. Application packets for 2016 will be available December 2015. Please check back then.
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