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Board of Directors

Executive Committee
  • Executive Chair – Bill D'Andrea, Clemson Community Foundation 

  • Immediate Past Chair - Tookie Nemchak, Red Hot Homes at NorthGroup Real Estate

  • Treasurer of CCBOD - Amber Miller, Anmed Health


Board Members
  • Barbara Shehan, The Abernathy

  • David Kopelson, The ROAR

  • Dianne Bitzer, Retired City of Clemson

  • Gina McIntosh, McIntosh Insurance

  • Hunter Kome, Prisma Oconee/Easley Baptist Memorial Hospital

  • Kim Burden, Anmed Health

  • Michael Heater, Marriot Courtyard

  • Stephanie Hoffman, Bruce at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

  • Scott Drury, Drury Law

City / Town Representatives
  • Andy Blondeau, City of Clemson - City Administrator for Clemson

  • James Atkinson, Town of Six Mile - Mayor of Six Mile

  • Lynn Merchant, Town of Pendleton -  Town Council for Pendelton

  • Phillip Mishoe, Town of Central - Council Member of Central

Higher Education Representatives
  • Dj Laws, Clemson University

  • Emily Holley, Southern Wesleyan University

  • Julio Hernandez, Clemson University

  • Karen Potter, Tri County Technical College

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Julio Hernandez, Clemson University

Assistant to the President for Community Outreach & Engagement


Julio Hernandez serves as Assistant to the President for Community Outreach & Engagement at Clemson University. In his current role, Julio is responsible for developing, leading, and implementing an overall strategic community and engagement plan that aligns with the Clemson strategic priorities. As a liaison and representative of the Office of the President, Julio works in partnership with the Office of External Affairs to establish strong local government and community strategies for the President and the university.  

In his previous role, Julio served as the Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach, Julio was responsible for leading the strategic development and implementation of policies, programs, and initiatives that support and sustain a culturally diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment. Julio has over 25 years of work experience in higher education with a background in admissions, financial aid, marketing, public & community relations, student affairs, business operations and in diversity, equity and inclusion. 


Karen Potter, Tri-County Technical College

Senior Director of Strategic Communication & Engagement


Karen Potter joined Tri-County Technical College as senior director of strategic communication and engagement in 2020. In this role, she directs the College’s marketing, public relations, branding and communications efforts. 


Prior to working at Tri-County, she worked for BMW Manufacturing Company and Prisma Health (formerly Greenville Health System). She began her career at The Women’s Center in Wisconsin.  


Potter serves on the boards of the Greenville Literacy Association, Clemson Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.


She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in communications from Marist College in New York. She has her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America. She also is a graduate of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. 

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