Kids Upstate Board of Directors

Kids Upstate has a strong Board of Directors dedicated to the effective and efficient operation of after school and summer youth development in school-based Clubs.

Board members serve voluntarily to uphold our shared values of serving kids, maintaining financial stability, NO BRICKS*, and accountability. Our board encourages us to serve at scale, sustain every Club we open, and collaborate to enrich our program opportunities for kids.

*As a founding value, NO BRICKS means we operate in existing community facilities—like schools—which enables us to focus every dollar on direct service to our Kids.



Kids Upstate


2023-2024 Spartanburg County

Board Members:

Spartanburg Board Members
Jim Smith
  • Chair
  • Contec, Inc.
Wanda Cheeks-Holmes
  • Vice Chair
  • City of Spartanburg, Parks & Recreation
Janis Turrentine
  • Secretary
  • Community Volunteer
Paul Bopp
  • Treasurer
  • BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
Alonzo Thompson
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • City of Spartanburg Police Department, Chief of Police
Joe Delaney, Sr.
  • Board Development Chair
  • Spartanburg High School, Former Principal
Scott Jones
  • Safety Committee Chair
  • Park National Bank
Paula Baker
  • Community and Church Volunteer
Hope Blackley
  • CEO, Hope Consulting, LLC
Kenny Blackwood
  • Spartanburg District 3 Superintendent, Retired
Stephanie Craine
  • Community Volunteer
Justin Fox
  • Family Medicine Resident  Physician & Club Alumni
Tanya Greenlee
  • Converse University
Brian Steinberg
  • Marsh McLennan Agency
Ellen Gramling - Emeritus




2022-2023 Cherokee County

Board Members:

Cherokee Board Members
Chuck Lewis
  • Cherokee County Board Chair, 2024
  • Hamrick’s, Retired CEO
Steve Bratton
  • Board of Public Works
Cameron Hamrick
  • Hamrick Mills, President
Kyle Hackel
  • Big “E", Owner              
Boone Peeler
  • Palladian Group 
Nicole Caldwell
  • Nestle, Plant Manager
Brian West
  • Vice Chair
  • Zaxby's, Owner 
Johnny Lester
  • Spartanburg Water Works

Kimberly Myers
  • Treasurer

  • First Piedmont Bank  

Rita Leith
  • Community Volunteer
Troy Gaffney 
  • Allstate Insurance, Owner

Dave Rilling
  • Community Volunteer

Marcus Bradley
  • County Recreation Department, Director



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