Business Briefs - March 2, 2017
ECCO Board announces new executive director
East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) recently announced that long-time ECCO volunteer and former board member Stephanie McNulty Kelley has been named the organization’s new executive director.
According to a press release, Kelley brings more than 20 years of experience working in higher education, demonstrated success in organizational leadership, a strong portfolio of consulting projects, and a lifelong dedication to community service to the post. Kelley will join the staff on March 6, succeeding Jack Little who stepped down in late October after leading ECCO for almost 11 years.
“This is tremendous for ECCO,” said Giff Daughtridge, president of the board. “Stephanie is already knowledgeable and passionate about ECCO, and holds a master’s degree in counseling with decades of real world leadership and mentoring experience. She has already held important, responsible positions promoting ECCO’s mission and has a record of success. This is an exciting time for ECCO!” Kelley, a Pennsylvania native, joined ECCO as a volunteer after moving to Charleston in 2011. She was first involved with the women’s empowerment series at ECCO and worked with Getting Ahead program participants and graduates.
Kelley then served on the organization’s development committee and has since remained an active fundraising force and community advocate for ECCO. As Chair of ECCO’s annual Golf Ball fundraiser for the last three years, Stephanie has led more than 40 volunteers in the planning and execution of the Golf Tournament and Gala, increasing net revenue by more than 34 percent.
"I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead East Cooper Community Outreach and build on the strong foundation of caring and growth in services established by Jack Little,” said Kelley, who was selected as the ECCO Volunteer of the Year in 2016. “I am particularly looking forward to working with the talented staff and dedicated volunteers to ensure ECCO remains the most client-centered, compassionate organization in the Lowcountry...As my involvement with ECCO has grown, so has my respect for the work being done to support our neighbors in need. What greater privilege than to empower and be of service to those around us?"
For additional information on ECCO, visit www.ECCOcharleston.org.
STI Cares Foundation to sponsor JDRF One Walk
The Daniel Island-based Student Transportation Inc. Cares Foundation (STI Cares) is the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Charleston JDRF One Walk on Sunday, March 12, at Smythe Park on Daniel Island. STI Cares is the philanthropic arm of Student Transportation Inc. (STI), an industry leader in safety and North America’s largest independent provider of student transportation services.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Charleston JDRF One Walk for the third year in a row through our new philanthropic arm, STI Cares Foundation,” stated Daniel Island resident Doug Coupe, director of communications and investor relations for STI. “STI Cares was created to drive positive change in our communities through outreach and financial support. We have seen, firsthand, the passion and commitment of JDRF, the family walk teams, the local chapter and the volunteers in their pursuit of a singular cause - to create a world without Type 1 diabetes. We are honored to help advance that cause here in our own community of Charleston, the home of our Southeast Region office.”
JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF exists for the millions of children, adults and families affected by this disease. The organization’s strength lies in its exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to stop T1D by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new treatments, ensuring new therapies get to market and engaging the T1D community.
“We are doing our small part to help raise awareness, but more importantly, money for life-changing research for the millions affected by this disease,” added Coupe. “Hopefully, we can get a great turnout at this year’s event and walk to the finish turning Type 1 into Type None.” For information on the upcoming Charleston JDRF One Walk on Daniel Island, please contact Paige Kuehmeier at (843) 327-8007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.