Staff/ Board of Directors


Jennifer Curtis
Interim Chairperson

Jennifer Curtis
Jennifer Curtis is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. In this capacity, she is responsible for all legal activities and issues for the company in its execution of its Savannah River Site management and operations contract. Ms. Curtis has been advising corporate managers on a broad array of legal issues since 1980. She holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University.
Contact
Building 730-1B
Savannah River Site
Aiken, SC 29808
Phone 803-952-7281
Jennifer.curtis@srs.gov
SRNS Senior Vice President and General Counsel
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T. Ella Strother
Secretary

T. Ella Strother
T. Ella Strother is a retired educator from Wisconsin who moved to Aiken in December of 2003. She is contributor and editor of the first product of the Center, a book entitled A Pictorial History of African Americans in Aiken County. She has a BA in Speech and English from University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Journalism from University of Wisconsin. Previously, she taught English Composition, Journalism and Public Speaking at Madison Area Technical College for twenty-seven years and Public Speaking at Aiken Technical College for two years. She is active in the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and teaches Bible study and is a choir member at Second Baptist Church in Aiken.
Contact
214 Long Shadow Dr.
Aiken, SC 29803
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Phone 803-643-3996
strothert@gmail.com
Retired Professor
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Larry Ogletree
Chairperson of Finance Committee

Larry Ogletree
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Dr. Melencia Johnson
Public Relations Liaison

Dr. Melencia Johnson
Dr. Johnson graduated from Norfolk State University, a historically Black university, with a degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis in criminology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010. She also has a master’s degree in sociology and a graduate certificate in women’s studies, obtained from SIU Carbondale. Dr. Johnson’s research interests include women and girls’ participation in crime and feminist criminological pedagogy. Her personal interests include history, art, and culture of the African diaspora. She is an active member of the Aiken community, currently serving on the City of Aiken Arts Commission and the Board of Directors for Aiken Downtown Development Association.
Contact
The Center of African American History, Art, and Culture Board of Directors
Phone: 803-641-3237
melenciaj@usca.edu
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina Aiken

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William Bell
Board Member

Willie Bell
Willie Bell
Willie Bell earned a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC in 1975. Throughout his 23 year career at SRS, Willie has worked in multiple human resource capacities including staffing, HR operations and Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity. Willie has a diversity of experience while working in positions of increasing responsibility at SRS and other industries.
With regard to his current assignment, Willie has more than 30 years of proven management, leadership and technical expertise in EEO compliance, affirmative action planning and other areas of human resources.

As the EEO/Diversity Manager, Willie serves in an advisory capacity to site management to ensure that SRNS employment activities comply with anti-discrimination laws and equal employment opportunity is afforded to all qualified applicants and employees through implementation and execution of SRNS employment policies, procedures and practices.

Willie is also responsible for managing the site’s affirmative action program and providing strategic planning/program management of the diversity leadership initiative. Additional responsibilities include providing counsel to employees on potential discrimination/harassment concerns, investigating complaints of discrimination/harassment, interfacing with external agencies, and increasing employee awareness on EEO and diversity related topics.
Contact
668 Starbuck Drive
Aiken, South Carolina 29803
Home 803-648-9807
wwillbell@aol.com
Management, SRS

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Paul Bush
Board Member

Paul Bush
Paul H. Bush is an Aiken, SC native. He is the senior pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jackson, SC. He is a member of the Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church of New Ellenton, SC. Rev Bush is a graduate of Aiken High School. He has an MA in Christian Psychology and a BA in Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary; a Certificate in "The School of The Prophets" from Lahairoi Bible College in Augusta, GA; an Associate Degree in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus, Ga. and an Associate Degree in Human Services with Certificates in Criminal Justice & Alcohol and Drug Abuse from Aiken Technical College in Aiken, S.C. He is currently president of the Concerned Ministers Fellowship of Aiken, Aiken County Board member, NAACP Silver Life member. a member of South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, a member of the African American Ministers Leadership Council, and the 2019 President Chair Elect for the Aiken Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.
Contact
811 Valley View St.
Aiken, SC 29801
Phone 803-640-4568
paulbush@bellsouth.net
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Audrey Ogletree
Board Member

Audrey Ogletree
Audrey L. Ogletree and her husband Larry moved to Aiken, South Carolina in 1990. Mrs. Ogletree worked for Washington Savannah River Company in Training and Administrative Management positions and Public Affairs until retiring in 2006. Mrs. Ogletree earned a BA in Childhood Education from Fisk University and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Northern Colorado. Mrs. Ogletree's community involvement includes Friendship Baptist Church- Children's Church Team Leader, Deaconess Ministry, Women's Ministry and History Committee, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The University of South Carolina Aiken Inclusion Advisory Council and the Friendship Community Improvement Corporation Board of Directors.
Contact
137 Laurel Ridge Circle
Aiken, SC 29803
Phone 803-641-9795
Aogle47531@bellsouth.net
Retired Manager
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Mattie Tolliver
Board Member

Mattie Tolliver
Mattie B. Curry Tolliver is an Aiken, South Carolina native. She attended Aiken County public schools, including Martha Schofield High School, Aiken Technical College, and University of South Carolina-Aiken. She obtained her real estate broker's license in 1982, establishing the Tolliver Agency. Mrs. Tolliver also worked twenty-six years with Bellsouth Engineering, retiring in 1995. She is a member of Aiken's historic Pine Lawn Cemetery board of directors and serves as secretary of Aiken Charter Chapter of American Business Women. She has logged many volunteer hours with the Aiken County Visitors Center and the city of Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. She authored a self-published book titled Pictures, Poems and Memories, a book celebrating people, places and events of Aiken. She is an active member of Union Baptist Church, Aiken, serving as trustee chairperson, choir member and greeter.
Contact
507 Williamsburg St., NE
Aiken, SC 29801
Phone 803-648-2338
mtollve@bellsouth.net
Retired Bellsouth Engineering Department

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Eva Jackson
Board Member

Eva Jackson
Eva Jackson, a native of Aiken, is a graduate from University of South Carolina-Aiken with a Bachelor's in Sociology and concentration in Human Services. Mrs. Jackson has worked with children at Helping Hands, physically and mentally disabled adults with Tri-Development Center and is currently the Resident Service Coordinator at the Croft House in Aiken, South Carolina, serving both elderly and disabled residents since 2012 managed by NHE, Inc.
Through her professional circle, she has served on various committees with the Aiken Chamber of Commerce's Aiken young professionals, Aiken Community Service Network, and the Aiken Church of Christ Family Resources and Support Ministry. Mrs. Jackson is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the South Carolina Chapter of Service Coordinators and the American Association of Service Coordinators.
Contact
Contact
The Center of African American History, Art, and Culture
Resident Services Coordination, Tri-Development Center
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Seneca M. Johnson
Board Member

Seneca M. Johnson
Seneca N. Johnson is the Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Manager for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). She received her B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina-Columbia and her Greenbelt Six Sigma Certification from Villanova University.

Seneca started establishing her career fifteen years ago. She began her experience in manufacturing. She worked in various roles at Milliken and Shaw Industries Group, Inc., the- Aiken Facility. About four years ago, she transitioned to the nuclear industry. Her career path has allowed her to gain experience in Engineering, Quality Management, Supply Chain Management, Maintenance Management, and Lean Manufacturing.

As an employee at the Savannah River Nuclear Site, Seneca has taken on additional roles with various leadership organizations. She serves on the Aspiring Mid-Career Professionals (AMP) Organization Steering Committee and as a Toastmaster. She has volunteered her time in the role of Chair and Co-Chair for the SRS Toys for Tots Campaign. She has served on the SRS United Way Campaign in the lead role for the Technical Services Organization and for the Site Services Organization. She also served on the Savannah River Solutions Women In Nuclear (SRS-WIN) Steering Committee.

During her time in Aiken, Seneca has been an active member at the Friendship Baptist Church. She currently serves on the Black History Planning Committee for Friendship. She served on the Hospitality Committee, the Women’s Ministry, and as the Director of the John Phillips Choir for Friendship Baptist Church. She also served as a team member for the Aiken Intermediate School Focus Team Planning Project.

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Athena Freeman
Board Member


Athena grew up in Laurinburg, NC where she graduated from Scotland High School.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from South Carolina State University. Shortly after graduation, she became employed at Savannah River Site where she retired in 2005 after 25 years of service in Radiological Control Operations.

 

She obtained a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology and began working with Aiken Technical College in 2006 as an Adjunct Instructor, which led to full time employment in 2007 with the Training & Business Development Department (TBDD).  Athena’s current position is Operations Manager where her overall duties include management and execution of all TBDD training programs.  She is skilled in analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation and instruction of training programs.

 

She attends Friendship Baptist Church, Richland Avenue, Aiken, where she is a member of the Women’s Ministry, A.B. Miles Voices of Praise Choir and chair for the Black History Program. Athena is also a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Johnny W. Freeman and they have four children and one granddaughter.

 

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