SPOTLIGHTS ON IMPACT!
Jaquial Durham is one of the rising public intellectuals in the country. Since his youth in South Carolina, Durham has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is currently a graduate student at Howard University. Durham’s research explores the intersectionality of culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.
PASTOR STACEY D. MILLS
Humanitarian, Educator, Community Leader, & Orator are just some of the descriptive terms that comes to mind when one thinks of Pastor Mills.
Stacey D. Mills, a vehicle to community development, economic partnerships, and development, is the Senior Pastor at Mountain View Baptist Church in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina where he has served for the past 20 years. The third pastor in the 110-year history of Mountain View, Mills is a bridge-builder within his multigenerational and multiethnic congregation.
A transformational leader, Mills began USC Upstate in 2009 as Assistant Director of Student Life, accepting the responsibility for Multicultural Student Services, Leadership Programs, Non-Traditions Student Services, and Greek Life. Through his exceptional performance, Mills was named Executive Director of USC Upstate Greenville Campuses, strategically adapting academic programs to the needs of the area’s workforce.
With an earnest, unconventional approach, his service to Mountain View and USC Upstate has afforded opportunities to represent several community initiatives to include African American Leadership Greenville Council; The United Way of Greenville County; Vice Chairman of the Urban League of the Upstate Board of Directors, Program Committee Chairman; Boy Scouts of America – Blue Ridge Council Board of Directors; the Rotary Club of Greenville, Graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 40; and the Riley Institute at Furman’s South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative.
A leader in every sense of the word, Reverend Mills is married to the former Jacqueline Burton. Reverend and Lady Mills are the proud parents of Harrison, Kierston, and Zion.
If you're looking for a pastor that has the heart for others and the courage to lead, Pastor Mills is certainly notable of such honor!
MISTER Derrick Blanding is from the historic town of Pendleton, South Carolina. Born and raised in the Anderson County School District 4, Blanding has strived to live a faithful lifestyle in being a friend and servant leader in the community. Blanding has 10+ years of professional childcare experience. Blanding is also a member of the nationally acclaimed Call Me MISTER program, headquartered at Clemson University. Blanding is a 2012 graduate of Clemson University with a BA in Elementary Education. He is also working on a Master of Education at Anderson University. He most recently acquired a teaching position at GREEN Charter School in Greenville, SC and operates Courage Enrichment LLC which provides premium childcare services.
We celebrate and honor his commitment to making educational impact in his community as a young entrepreneur in Pendleton, SC.
MICHELLE A. W. GREEN
Mrs. Green, a former award-winning principal, has survived many challenges throughout her lifetime. After losing multiple family members in a short period of time, she wrote her first book Anything Can Happen and devotes her life to instilling hope into lives of all ages. Her message is simple: You Can Make It! Alongside her inspirational commitment, she serves as an educational consultant for schools. She remains a beacon of light in gloomy, dark days.