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About the WIPL leadership team

Executive Director  Terri DeCenzo »
President  Bertha C. Fladger »
Vice President/President-Elect  Meredith B. Canady »
Secretary  Alicia E. Thompson »
Immediate Past President  Jennifer M. Shinaberger »
Public Relations Officer  Anne Trainer Monk »
Membership Committee Chair  Nora Mason »
Program Committee Chairs  Brandy Incorvia, Eileen Fleming-Patonay »
Scholarship Committee Chairs  Lynn H. Fox, Meredith Canady »
Conference and Celebration Committee Chair  Jennifer Simmons »
Director  Hatton Gravely »

Terri DeCenzo receives Order of the Silver CrescentTerri DeCenzo

WIPL Executive Director‌  |  |  843-349-2001

Terri DeCenzo serves as the executive director of Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University (WIPL). ‌She is married to Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzo. When he joined the university in 2002, she became passionately involved with the life of the university.

She has taken an active role in issues relating to student government, leadership, NCAA athletics, and Greek life, among others. She has been instrumental in bringing highly successful women leaders in business, politics and education to campus to speak and inspire women in the university community.  

Since she began her service as executive director of WIPL in 2007, the organization has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to Coastal Carolina students. She has led the fund-raising efforts toward attaining an endowed scholarship fund in excess of $100,000 and has secured scholarships for Coastal Carolina University students to attend the prestigious Washington Internship Institute and study Global Women's Leadership Development, among others. The annual Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women has become WIPL's signature event and has featured more than 275 world-class speakers and has honored 37 exceptional women whose lives have made a significant impact in South Carolina, the nation and beyond.

She actively participates on the board of directors for South Carolina Catholic Charities. She served on the American Red Cross board for six years and on the Foundation Board for Georgetown Hospital System for eight years, as well as on the Health Advisory Committee for AASCU, Horry County March of Dimes March for Babies (2010 and 2011 co-chair), and was an adviser to the Safe Families Initiative that has established a Family Justice Center in Georgetown County. She has served as chair for the Promise Committee for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Horry County and is an ambassador for Vision 2020 (a national convention for women in leadership). Additionally, she has worked with a youth ministry, Habitat for Humanity, the Cancer Coalition, as well as Freedom Readers, the PAW program, and Teach My People, an after-school reading program involving CCU students.

In February 2016 DeCenzo was presented with the Order of the Silver Crescent by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The award, one of the state’s highest honors, is given to individuals for significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism and lifelong influence within a region or community of the state. In a message accompanying the award, Haley commended DeCenzo for her leadership in establishing the conference and for her significant legacy of community service. “[You] have been a wonderful inspiration to others, and your contributions will have a lasting impact for our state for years to come.”

In April 2015 the Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach recognized her with its Gold Star Award for leadership and dedication to initiatives that "improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women and girls." The Zonta Club is an international organization that serves to empower women through service and advocacy; there are more than 1,100 local chapters in 64 nations.

DeCenzo was among nine area "influential and inspirational women" recognized by The Sun News in March 2016 in celebration of International Women’s Day.

A graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and Towson University, she spent most of her career practicing in critical care.

The DeCenzos have four children: Mark (wife Jen); Meredith (husband Ryan); Gabriella and Natalie; and a beautiful grandson, William Mason Evans.
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Image of Jennifer ShinabergerJennifer Shinaberger

Immediate Past President  |  |  843-349-2737

Jennifer Shinaberger is the director of the the Center for Teaching Excellence to Advance Learning, the faculty development center at Coastal Carolina University.‌ Prior to her appointment in 2016, she served as the assistant director of distance learning in the center working with faculty as an instructional coach and consultant to help them bring innovative and proven pedagogical practices to their classrooms and she assists faculty in the development of distance learning courses and the integration of technology into courses to improve the teaching and learning process. Shinaberger is also a teaching associate in the Spadoni College of Education where she teaches instructional technology. She has been in the field of education for 18 years and was a Spanish teacher prior to joining Coastal Carolina University in 1998.

Shinaberger has presented at regional and national conferences such as Lilly South Conference on College and University Teaching and Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education Conference. She has been a reviewer for conference session proposals and a manuscript reviewer for "To Improve the Academy," the annual publication of the POD Network in Higher Education.

Shinaberger is a charter member of Women in Philanthropy and Leadership and served as WIPL Secretary for many years until 2013 when she was elected vice president/president-elect.

She is married to Lee Shinaberger, a lecturer in the Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University.

Bertha FladgerBertha C. Fladger

President  |  bcfladge@coastal  |  843-349-2863

Bertha Fladger is the program assistant in the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Coastal Carolina University. She has been with Coastal Carolina University since December 2004. She is an adviser to The Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors Gospel Choir (CIA) and Women of Color (WOC). Fladger serves as a member of the University’s Staff Advisory Committee as a presidential appointee. She is also the campus adviser of the Sigma Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc.

Fladger is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXVI and is an Honorary Member of The National Society of Leadership and Success.

She has been a member of WIPL since 2013 and has served as the WIPL student liaison since 2013.

Fladger received her undergraduate degree in business administration with a minor in management from Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. She received her master’s degree in human resources development from Webster University in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

She has two children, Daniel and Danielle.
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Meredith Canady imageMeredith B. Canady

 Vice President/President-Elect  |  |  843-349-6984

Meredith Canady serves as deputy compliance officer and equal employment opportunity (EEO) investigator at Coastal Carolina University. Prior to her appointment in 2015, she worked in the Office of University Counsel as an assistant to the chief compliance officer and associate counsel.

She has completed training as a Title IX coordinator through the National Association on College and University Attorneys (NACUA), as well as for the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, the Survivor Outreach and Support Act, and the Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency Act.

Canady has been a WIPL member since 2015. She also served as co-chair of the WIPL Scholarship Committee.

She earned her juris doctorate from Charleston School of Law in Charleston, S.C., in 2014, and is a member of the South Carolina Bar. A Coastal Carolina University alumna, she earned baccalaureate degrees in political science and in communication in 2006.
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Alicia E. Thompson

Secretary  |   |  843-444-1107

Alicia Thompson imageAlicia Thompson is a shareholder and has been a litigation attorney with the McNair firm in Myrtle Beach for more than a decade. She has legal expertise in the construction, hospitality and tourism, non-profit, and real estate industries. She is qualified to represent the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court of South Carolina.

Thompson has been involved with numerous professional and community organizations in the area and at the state level. She became a member of WIPL in 2017.

She is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law (2007) and Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in history in 2003. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she has called the Grand Strand her home since 2000. She and her husband Greg have three children: Trevor, Eleanor and Lillian.

Anne Monk photoAnne Trainer Monk

WIPL Public Relations Officer  |  |  843-349-2017

Anne Trainer Monk has been with Coastal Carolina University since 1990. For 16 years she led the university’s communication division as assistant vice president for marketing communications and director of public information. She has also served as special assistant to President DeCenzo and director of executive communication, associate vice president for government relations, and special assistant to the director of athletics. Currently, she is the digital content manager for the university.

She has been a WIPL member since 2008.

Prior to joining the university, she was a broadcast editor at the Associated Press while she was a graduate student in journalism at the University of South Carolina, and she was the managing editor of two community newspapers in South Carolina. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from USC Coastal Carolina College in 1984 and studied communications management as a graduate student at Syracuse University.
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Nora MasonNora Mason

WIPL Membership Chair  |   |  843-839-6604

Nora Mason is the marketing director and community relations manager for Costco Wholesale at the Myrtle Beach warehouse. Originally from northern Virginia, she moved to Myrtle Beach in 2004 with her husband Rob, owner/broker of Plantation Realty Group, along with their two children who currently attend Coastal Carolina University. She has worked for Costco Wholesale since 1988, holding various management positions within the company, and joined the Spadoni College of Education Board of Visitors in 2009 to offer her insight as a business leader. In addition, she has been a real estate sales executive since 2006 and currently works with Plantation Realty Group.

She joined the WIPL in 2013 and is the membership chair. Mason is also a board member and vice president of community relations for the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association; a member of the Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, and Conway chambers of commerce; Grand Strand Hospitality Sales Association; Coastal Networking Cooperative; Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors

2016 Speaker Brandy IncorviaBrandy Incorvia

WIPL Program Co-chair  |

Brandy Incorvia is the community relations education representative for Santee Cooper, South Carolina's largest power producer. She is responsible for the coordination, planning, implementation and evaluation of community relations education outreach initiatives.

Prior to joining Santee Cooper, she was director of operations for Ears of Experience, a personal Disney vacation planning company, and was an elementary and middle school teacher in South Carolina.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston.

Incorvia has been central to the Grand Strand Technology Council's Women in Technology Initiatives. She joined WIPL in 2015 and spoke at the 2016 Women's Leadership Conference.
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Eileen Fleming-PatonayEileen Fleming-Patonay

WIPL Program Co-chair  |

Eileen Fleming-Patonay is the regional workforce adviser for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, serving Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.

Originally from New Jersey, she earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bridgeport and her Global Career Development Facilitator credential from Coastal Carolina University. Her career began in retail management and transitioned to career development where she has worked with students in kindergarten through adult education for 20 years.

She became a member of WIPL in 2015. She serves on the boards for Horry County's Early College High School, Business Education Expectations, The Village Group, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Guidance and Career Development Policy Committee, Academy for Arts, Science and Technology Advisory Board, Grand Strand Robotics and STEM Support, Williamsburg and Georgetown County CATE Advisory Boards. In addition, she is a member of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, Grand Strand Technology Council, Women in Technology, Horry County Superintendent of Schools Business Cabinet, Omicron Tau Theta Honor Society, Forestbrook Middle School Improvement Council and supports all Waccamaw Region chambers of commerce. She is a member of the South Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education (SCACTE), National Career Development Association. She became a member of WIPL in 2015.

The South Carolina Career Guidance and Placement Association selected her as the Outstanding Career and Technical Educator in 2013 and the National Career Development Association (NCDA) recognized her as National Career Development Facilitator of the Year by in 2011.

She and her husband Bruce became South Carolina residents in 2003; they enjoy family time with their four children and two grandchildren, especially time spent on area beaches as well as attending CCU sporting events.

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Lynn Fox, WIPL Board of DirectorsLynn H. Fox

WIPL Scholarship Committee Co-chair  |  |  843-349-2158

Lynn Fox is the director of research in the Office for Philanthropy at Coastal Carolina University. Her areas of responsibility include developing a prospect research program in fundraising that aligns with the University's mission and goals and assignment on special campaign-related projects. Fox is a teaching associate in the Wall College of Business Administration for the first-year experience program. She has been in the field of higher education for 10 years and was an associate judge of probate in Horry County prior to joining Coastal Carolina University in 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Coastal Carolina University and a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University.

Fox serves as a board member and scholarship committee chair for the Sheriff’s Foundation of Horry County. She is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement. She is a 2006 alumnus of Leadership Conway and has served as an ambassador for the program.

She has been a WIPL member since 2008 and served as WIPL treasurer from 2011 to 2015 and liaison from the Office of Philanthropy from 2013 to 2014.

She is married to Tom Fox, who is the chief deputy for the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

Jennifer Simmons

Conference and Celebration Chair  |

Jennifer Simmons has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years and is currently a profit and performance enhancement engagement manager for John M. Floyd & Associates (JMFA). Her background includes experience in all aspects of credit union and association management, including roles in executive leadership, business development, member engagement and branch operations.

Prior to joining JMFA, Simmons was employed with the MD|DC Credit Union Association (MD|DC CUA) where she served as chief membership officer and stepped in as interim CEO while the association board explored a merger opportunity. Her professional background also includes management and operations experience with Signal Financial Federal Credit Union (formerly, Washington Telephone Federal Credit Union), National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union, Spectrum Federal Credit Union and Montgomery County Teachers Federal Credit Union. Simmons began her career as a teller and rose through the ranks to gain proficiency in strategic planning, compliance, board governance, product development, marketing and business development, training and education, and member outreach. This experience has given her a broad perspective of the needs, challenges and opportunities facing financial institutions today.

Simmons became a WIPL member in 2017.

Hatton Gravely imageHatton Gravely

WIPL Director  |  |  843-349-5033

‌Hatton Gravely was named director of WIPL in September 2016.

Gravely's responsibilities include establishing and managing the day-to-day operations of WIPL, expanding the annual membership base, and collaborating with the WIPL executive director, board of directors and committees to plan and execute the annual WIPL Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women.

"Hatton’s background is a perfect fit for Women in Philanthropy and Leadership," said Terri DeCenzo, executive director of WIPL. "Her hands-on experience with fundraising, event planning, advertising, marketing and social media will be a great benefit for our organization. I look forward to partnering with her as we expand the reach and impact of our annual WIPL Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women."

Prior to joining CCU, Gravely served the last three years as vice president of development and marketing at SPM Resorts Inc. in Myrtle Beach. She also worked for five years as the marketing manager at The Market Common and for two years as the events and promotions manager at The Brandon Agency. Her background also includes serving as senior project coordinator for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and staff assistant and systems administrator for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in Washington, D.C.

Gravely earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in English from Randolph-Macon College in 2001. She and her husband, Will, have two children, Thomas and Mary Chase.
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