2012 Inspiring Women - Coastal Carolina University
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Sharon Clayton  |  Jeanne L. Fourrier  |  Patricia Harris  |  Darley Newman
Anne Worhsam Richardson  |  Velma "Von" Richardson  |  Inez Moore Tenenbaum

Sharon Clayton

Sharon Maria Clayton is President of Frugal Princess, Inc., her private foundation dedicated to assisting deserving individuals reach their full potential. Active in charitable activities for many years in her native Washington, D.C. area, Clayton transferred her passion for the homeless, children and women's issues to the Grand Strand in 2005. Responding to the pressing needs of the areas deserving young women, she created and ran for years the Frugal Princess Boutique, a popular for-profit clothing store. The boutique provided opportunities for guests to shop with dignity using gift cards for free clothing while shopping with their peers to enhance their self-esteem. The Frugal Princess donated 100 percent of its profit to charity, through her private foundation.

Clayton's desire to empower children and women in need extends across the globe. One of many examples, the Frugal Princess Boutique provided dresses and shoes to graduates who completed vocational training through the Mina Foundation during tumultuous times in Afghanistan.

After a safari introduction to Africa, her heart has led her back several times the past few years to support charitable organizations in Rwanda and Kenya. Providing education to children through Africa New Life in Rwanda and taking a personal interest in the rural village Kageyo, a resettlement village for Rwanda refugees returning after the genocide, bringing clean water to the community, a nurse in the local school to enforce good health practices, including, proper nutrition through the newly introduced keyhole gardens to the landlocked community where food is scarce and jobs are almost non-existent.

From rural poverty in Rwanda to urban poverty in Kenya, Clayton's passion continues as she walks through the slums of Nairobi greeting their residents and learning about the important movement SHOFCO has created through the Kibera School for girls, providing water, sanitation and health clinics to the slums, business training for women with HIV and gender-based violence programs. Her most recent commitment is to have a Safe House built in Mukuru kwa Njenga, Nairobi to provide a stable environment for critical service volunteers to do their job without personal harm and a place for the most vulnerable women and children to go who do not have stable home environments and receive the support and counseling they need and deserve.

Clayton serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, is a former board member of the Horry Georgetown Technical College Foundation, active supporter and volunteer for Eastern Carolina Homelessness Organization, member of First Presbyterian Church and member of the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership.

She is married to Michael Clayton and they have two sons.

Jeanne L. Fourrier

Dr. Jeanne L. Fourrier practices dentistry in Surfside Beach and Georgetown, S.C. She also serves as associate clinical professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and Louisiana State University School of Dentistry.

Traveling to Haiti once or twice a year since 1996, Dr. Fourrier has been active in mission work to third world countries. She helped build a medical clinic in the city of Novelle-citi on the Island of LaGonave Haiti in 2000. She founded a non-profit organization Christian Haitian American Partnership (CHAP) and currently serves as President. She has also worked with Rotary International to provide water to four villages and began immunization, nutritional and educational programs in Haiti. In 2005 she brought two Haitian children back to the United States to be educated with the goal of returning to their country to implement what they learned in the US. She brought their twin brothers to her home just after the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. Other volunteer work includes Street Reach Mission, a shelter for the homeless of Myrtle Beach, Shared Care and The Friendship House, organizations that help with the uninsured of Horry County.

Dr. Fourrier holds numerous degrees from LSU including a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a B.S. in dental hygiene. She also received anesthesia training from the LSU School of Medicine. She earned a master's degree in health sciences and a certificate of periodontics from the Medical University of South Carolina.

She has completed additional training including advanced surgical techniques, advanced implant surgery, advanced regenerative procedures, DOCS system of oral sedation, training and licensure with the Millenium ND Jag laser LANAP and training with various implant systems, “plastic surgery” for regenerating soft and hard tissue as well as training in surgical technique using Bone Morphogenetic Protein and using this advanced stem cell technique on a regular basis for regenerative procedures.

A frequent lecturer, Dr. Fourrier is a member of the Grand Strand Dental Society, S.C. Society of Periodontics, American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. She was a founding director of Sun Bank and has served on the Advisory Board for South Carolina Bank and Trust, the Board of Visitors for Edward College at Coastal Carolina University, the Missions Board for the Church of the Resurrection and is an active member Trinity Episcopal Church.

She is married to Dr. Jeff Eggart; they have three children and have been parents to four Haitian children.

Patricia Harris

Patricia "Pat" Harris is responsible for the development and implementation of diversity strategies throughout McDonald's Corporation including the 31,489 restaurants in 118 countries. She began her career with McDonald's over 30 years ago as an administrative assistant in the Corporate Legal department. Harris was quickly promoted to several positions within the Human Resources department leading to her current global leadership role.

Under her leadership, McDonald's has been widely recognized for it's commitment to inclusion and diversity. This recognition includes, Fortune Magazine’s “Top 50 Places for Minorities to Work”, Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 40 Companies for Diversity”, Latina Style Magazine’s “Best Companies for Latinas”, Asian Enterprise Magazine’s ”Top 25 Companies for Asians,” and the “Disability Diversity Award” by Worklife Matters magazine.

Harris is considered an expert in the field of diversity and holds several leadership positions in many national organizations. She is a founder and member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, founder and past chair of the MultiCultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, and past president of the board of directors for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization). She continues her work with non-profit organizations through the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees.

She has been featured in several national and local publications including Black Enterprise, Essence magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Today’s Chicago Woman and Diversity Woman magazine. She was named one of the “Top 10 Diversity Champions in the Country” by Working Mother magazine, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice, received the “Harold Washington Professional Achievement Award” from the Roosevelt University Alumni Association, and received the Eagle award from the International Franchise Association. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from South Carolina State University.

She documented her experience with McDonald’s in her book, None of us is as good as all of us: How McDonald’s prospers by embracing inclusion and diversity.

She received her bachelor's degree in public administration and personnel administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She lives in Chicago, and has one son and granddaughter.

Darley Newman

Darley Newman is a travel expert and the three time Emmy nominated host, writer, creator and producer of the Emmy-winning PBS lifestyle travel TV series Equitrekking, which takes viewers around the world with local people to discover historyDarley Newman is a travel expert and the three-time Emmy nominated host, writer, creator and producer of the Emmy-winning PBS lifestyle travel TV series Equitrekking, which takes viewers around the world with local people to discover history, culture and eco-friendly adventures. Equitrekking broadcasts on PBS across the United States and on international networks in over 65 countries.

With Equitrekking, she has led film crews on national and international shoots, interviewing a cross-section of people, from cowboys in the American West to a Jordanian princess, to bush healers in Belize. She’s explored spice markets in Istanbul and spas in Iceland, surfed in Ireland and hiked and ridden horses on working ranches and in U.S. national parks.
With her entrepreneurial spirit and persistence, she built her dream job, the Equitrekking TV show and brand, from the ground up. As the editor of Equitrekking.com, she manages a popular travel website and chronicles her adventures through her blog and a monthly enewsletter. Newman has grown Equitrekking.com from an informative companion website into a million dollar business. She’s the author of the award-winning book, Equitrekking Travel Adventures on Horseback.

Newman has been featured in the book, How’d You Score that Gig, a Guide to the Coolest Jobs, and has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, Martha Stewart Radio, National Geographic and Ralph Lauren magazine. She has worked at 48 Hours, CBS, the WB, The Talk Radio News Service and on PBS documentaries. As a correspondent for the Talk Radio News Service, she reported live news from the White House and Capitol Hill. She also hosts special segments on Starz! Networks Encore Channel and Ralph Lauren TV.

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, she was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards for hosting, writing and producing Equitrekking. She has twice received the North American Travel Journalist Award for Best Travel Broadcast and the Merit Award for Best Travel Book.

Anne Worsham Richardson

Anne Worsham Richardson hopes that her paintings may reveal to others in a small way, at least, “an appreciation and respect for all life, and our need to protect our natural resources.” Her wildlife paintingsAnne Worsham Richardson's wildlife paintings are in galleries and in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, South America, England, France, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Australia and Nigeria.

Exhibitions of her paintings have been shown in museums and galleries from South Carolina to California and Florida to Vermont. She has had three major exhibits in the California State Museum in Los Angeles and served as a lecturer in 20 California Cities. The Arts Club of Washington, D.C., hosted a solo exhibit of 50 of her paintings. Her show “Fifty Birds of America” was exhibited in the Castle of Glücksburg, West Germany. The Morton Arboretum near Chicago held an exhibit of her work during which she lectured on her “Adventures with Birds.”

She is a founder of the Charleston Artist Guild and has served as president. In 1972, with her husband John Peter Paszek, she opened Birds I View Gallery on Church Street. In addition, Richardson maintains a wildlife sanctuary and studio near Charleston, S.C. Many of the birds brought to the sanctuary are in various stages of disability, however, with her care often recover and return to the wild. In the meantime, the artist uses the birds as models for many of her paintings. To place the birds in natural habitats, she studies birds in the field with binoculars and telescope in many parts of the country. Federal and state governments have granted her permits for the scientific study of the birds at very close range while they recover in her sanctuary. It is her hope that by observing the birds while they are recuperating, she captures the beauty of life-like portrayal in her paintings before they are released back into the wild.

She is the first woman bird painter to be selected by National Wildlife Federation to receive the “Art Print of the Year” award for her watercolor  “California Quail with Golden Poppy,” which was published in National Wildlife Magazine in the 1970 fall issue. The National Wildlife Federation reproduced 18 of her paintings as Christmas cards.

In 1975, Richardson was invited to the White House by President Gerald R. Ford. In June 1982, “A Profile, Anne Worsham Richardson, Everyday A Celebration,” by South Carolina author Melanie Harris was entered in The Congressional Record.

She is an active member of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation. She is listed in the International Directory of Achievement, Who’s Who Among American Women, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who of the World.

Velma Richardson

Brigadier General Velma "Von" Richardson, USA Retired, is the IS&GS Business Development Principal responsible for setting and managing the strategic direction of the Gulf Coast-based small business/college and university outreach and .Velma Richardson is the IS&GS Business Development Principal responsible for setting and managing the strategic direction of the Gulf Coast-based small business/college and university outreach and development program as well as its execution. She identifies, establishes, coordinates and monitors challenges associated with implementing IS&GS innovation clusters at designated colleges and universities. Serving as a University Coordinator, she builds relationships with key colleges and universities for integration into the LM Internship Program and facilitates mentoring opportunities for university and small business partners. Prior to this position, she led the DoD Information Technology efforts in Lockheed Martin’s Washington Operations unit supporting Washington-based Department of Defense CIOs and other IT leaders in identifying priorities, increasing program visibility, taking new technology directions, and recommending innovative IT solutions as their missions evolved. She serves on the board of directors of The ROCKS, Inc. and on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland University College. Before joining Washington Operations, Richardson served as VP and DoD Customer Relations Executive (CRE) with Lockheed Martin Information Technology (LMIT).

Richardson received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve and entered active duty as a member of the Women's Army Corps. She commanded tactical and strategic communications organizations at all levels. Her general officer assignments include Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon; and Deputy Commanding General, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Dallas.

She retired from active duty in October 2003 after serving as Deputy Commanding General, Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). She received the 2006 ROCK of the Year award from the National Board of Directors of The ROCKS and is one of only nine African American women to have earned the rank of Brigadier General in the Active Army. In 2009, she received the Lifetime of Leadership award from the Washington, D.C., Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. and recently received the 2010 President’s Award for Leadership from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., of which she has been a member since 1971.

Richardson received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Livingstone College, a master's degree from Pepperdine University, and attended the Army War College. She is a recipient of the honorary degree Doctor of Laws from Livingstone College, the 2005 National Women of Color in Technology Distinguished Achiever in Leadership Award, and the 2005 Parren J. Mitchell Foundation Award for Excellence. She has been honored by the NAACP, BellSouth, and South Carolina Black Hall of Fame and was recognized by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities for outstanding service to the nation’s military. Richardson is a member of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Mission Readiness, and the Alfred Street Baptist Church.

Inez Moore Tenenbaum

Inez Moore Tenenbaum was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 9, 2009, to serve as the ninth Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ms. Tenenbaum was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 200Inez Moore Tenenbaum was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 9, 2009, to serve as the ninth Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Tenenbaum was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 2009, and sworn into office on June 23, 2009, for a term that expired in October 2013.

Tenenbaum was elected South Carolina's State Superintendent of Education in 1998 and completed her second term in 2007. Throughout her career, she has been an energetic and determined advocate for children and families and has extensive experience in administrative and regulatory matters. During her tenure student achievement in South Carolina improved at the fastest rate in the nation, with scores increasing on every state, national, and international tests administered. At the end of her term, the prestigious journal Education Week ranked South Carolina number one in the country for the quality of its academic standards, assessment, and accountability systems.

She previously practiced health, environmental, and public interest law with the firm Sinkler & Boyd, P.A. Before attending law school, Tenenbaum served as the director of research for the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives. She carried out the committee's responsibilities for all legislation relating to public health, the environment, child welfare, social services, adult and juvenile corrections, state military affairs, and local government.

Tenenbaum served as special counsel to the McNair Law Firm in the area of public school finance and has served on numerous task forces that provide oversight on children and family services in the state.
She received a Bachelor of Science in 1972 and a Master of Education in 1974, both from the University of Georgia, and her law degree in 1986 from the University of South Carolina. She is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and has been recognized by several state and community organizations for her civic work on behalf of children and families.

She is married to Samuel J. Tenenbaum.