Our Board of Directors and Leadership

Tom Hudson, President
Executive Director, SC School Improvement Council

Executive Director of the SC School Improvement Council since Fall 2014, Tom joined the SC-SIC staff in 2007 after a 25-year career in communications, public information, media/constituent relations, and news reporting in the public, private, and education sectors. He has gained specialized expertise with SICs and community-school engagement as a school district SIC contact, a local SIC vice-chair and member, and as a former member of SC-SIC’s State Board of Trustees.

Tom also serves as coordinator for the SC Education Policy Fellowship Program (SC-EPFP), a 10-month professional development program for established and emerging community leaders to help them work toward sound education policy and practice in South Carolina. SC-EPFP operates under the auspices of the national Education Policy Fellowship Program of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC. A Past President of SC/NSPRA, Tom has won awards and has presented numerous trainings and workshops at professional conferences on the local, state and national levels.

Jacquie Atkins, MS, LPC

Mental Health Counselor,
Anchors of Hope Counseling Center

Atkins began her clinical work in 2013 working with children within the foster system. During this time, she was honored to provide support and guidance to foster children, their birth parents, and their foster families. In walking alongside children and their biological and foster families, Atkins saw the deep impact that trauma has on families. At the same time, she got to witness firsthand how facilitating healthy attachments for children, teens, and adults could bring significant healing into individuals and family-systems.

In October of 2020, Atkins began pursuing advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Jacquie utilizes EFT and other evidence-based approaches to help families grow closer together and heal from trauma. In addition to appearing as an expert panelist during SEL4SC’s Screenagers events, Atkins currently serves on the organization’s Mental Health Advisory Board.

Sherry East
President, The South Carolina Education Association

Sherry was elected president of The South Carolina Education Association in 2018. She began her teaching career at South Aiken High School and later moved to Rock Hill where she taught at Rock Hill High School.

Sherry’s leadership roles have included association representative, York County Education Association (YCEA) Treasurer, secretary, vice-president, president, and member of The SCEA Executive Board. Sherry is a strong advocate for smaller class sizes, less testing, support for discipline issues and increased pay — especially for support staff.

Austin Rhodes, Vice President
President, Rhodes Branding

Raised by an educator and inspired by years working in the K-12 space, Austin and his brother decided to launch an agency with a simple goal: to lead schools to change the narrative about education to win the hearts and minds of those in their community.

Their shared upbringing gave them the values that inform their unique approach to business: work hard, stay humble, and appreciate what you have. Rhodes Companies engages with small to medium-sized businesses in the Southeast to foster growth, stability, and community impact. Their approach emphasizes genuine partnerships and tangible results, ensuring businesses not only thrive but also contribute positively to their communities.

Zelda Waymer
President & Chief Executive Officer, SC Afterschool Alliance

Zelda Waymer is one of the nation’s leading practitioners and advocates for expanded learning in after school and summer learning.

The overall goal of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) is to establish a statewide network of diverse stakeholders that will guide, support, and enable quality after-school services and policies for all children and youth.

Channing Proctor
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager, Founder and President Emeritus of the Charleston Miracle League

A graduate of the Citadel, Proctor has spent more than two decades as a top performer and peer leader in pharmaceutical sales and management, where he’s worked directly with physicians, related staff, and hospital administrators.

Proctor has also served the community as the Founder and President Emeritus of the Charleston Miracle League, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that gives kids and adults with special needs the opportunity to play sports at a million-dollar complex built specifically for them. Since its inception in 2003, the Charleston Miracle League has touched the lives of thousands in the Charleston area.

Jim Rex
Retired University President, Former SC Superintendent of Education

As SC Superintendent of Education, Jim championed reforms in accountability and pushed for advances in public school choice and innovation. In addition to replacing the unpopular Palmetto Achievement Test (PACT) with the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), he also worked with the General Assembly to reform the state’s system of annual school report cards, eliminate burdensome paperwork for teachers, change South Carolina’s student performance targets to bring them into alignment with other states, and create a mandate to review the state’s accountability system every five years.

Prior to his position as SC Superintendent of Education, Rex was an English teacher and football coach in Ohio, the dean of education at Winthrop University, the dean of education at Coastal Carolina University, president of Columbia College, vice president for development and alumni relations and vice president of university advancement at the University of South Carolina. He is also a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in South Carolina.


Wendy Methvin, Executive Director
Bill Colrus, Director of Communications
Al Estee