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Carolina Youth Development Center Adds Two New Board Members

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Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) recently welcomed two new board members to the organization’s Board of Directors, Matt Stalnaker of Sherman Capital and Thomas Anderson, a returning board member, of Wells Fargo.

“We are excited to add these two stalwarts of our community to our growing CYDC board,” said CYDC CEO Beverly Hardin. “Both bring invaluable experience and expertise to our organization and we look forward to their involvement with our organization and guidance as we continue to work to improve the well-being of children and families in our community.”

Matthew Stalnaker has worked with the Sherman Capital Markets team for the past six years and currently serves on CYDC’s Finance Committee. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of South Carolina-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a 2012 Master of Accountancy, Tax. In addition, Matt is a licensed CPA in South Carolina.

Along with his valuable professional expertise, Matt is personally invested in CYDC’s work and mission to provide protection and healing for the Lowcountry’s most vulnerable children and families. Matt and his wife are trained foster parents and understand both the importance of CYDC’s work with this population as well as the complexities associated with serving children and families involved in this system or who are at risk of having their family disrupted.

Thomas J. Anderson, Jr. completed two 3-year terms on CYDC’s Board of Directors in October 2020. After rolling off the board for a year in accordance with CYDC’s bylaws, Thomas has been nominated to begin another term of leadership. A 23-year finance industry veteran, Thomas was recently promoted to South Carolina Market Executive at Wells Fargo. Thomas holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel. In addition to his accomplished career in banking and past service to CYDC, Thomas serves as an adjunct professor at The Citadel School of Business teaching courses on bank management, monetary policy, relationship management and negotiations. Thomas is also the Treasurer for the Emanuel Nine Memorial Foundation Board.

Thomas and his family are strong champions of CYDC’s work and advocates for child and family well-being in the Lowcountry. He has been instrumental in securing funding for CYDC from the Wells Fargo Foundation for several years.

“Our Board of Directors are truly some of the most dedicated community leaders from throughout the Low Country,” said Rita Daily, CYDC’s Board of Directors Chair. “In addition to being accomplished in their individual fields, each of our board members are using their resources and expertise to also improve the lives of children and families in our community. We are excited to be working with them as we move CYDC forward into another year of service.”

CYDC’s mission is to protect children, empower families and prepare youth for adulthood by providing a safe environment, educational support, and career readiness in collaboration with families and community partners. The organization provides services to more than 800 children and families and housing for up to 48 residents across two campuses in Charleston and Berkeley counties.

Current board members Rita Daily, Merrill Fei and Eric Watson were reappointed to serve their second term as board officers. The CYDC Executive Committee for 2021-2022 is listed below.

CYDC Executive Committee 2021-22:

 Rita Daily, Chair

Christine Grillo, Vice Chair

Peter Barton, Treasurer

Merrill Fei, Secretary

Susan Shuler, Immediate Past Chair

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