Meet Our Board

Jenna Johnson, Co-chair

A Clemson University graduate (B.A. Political Science), Jenna Johnson has worked with marketing firms, chambers of commerce, political camps, and nonprofit. Jenna joined the Charleston Southern University MarComm team as the Assistant Director of Integrated Marketing in 2017, where she oversees media relations, social media, email marketing and the website. Prior to that, Jenna worked at Origin SC for nearly six years, and was responsible for approximately $2 million in annual grant funding and the organization’s marketing strategy. In addition to her marketing and grants management duties, she supervised and mentored AmeriCorps VISTA members. In 2016, Jenna led the complete rebranding of the 128-year-old nonprofit – with a new name, logo, and brand messaging – in order to better connect with the community and clients.

While connecting with other young nonprofit professionals in the greater Charleston area, Jenna co-founded the first Young Nonprofit Professionals Network chapter in South Carolina in 2015. In the chapter’s first year, they gained 150 members! Jenna is passionate about community and political involvement, and is active in her city, neighborhood, and church. In October 2016, Jenna was chosen as one of the 20 To Know in North Charleston by the Post & Courier.

Jenna is also married to Josh, with two young kiddos, Julia and Jonas, and an 11-year-old fur baby, Brady.


Twitter: @jennadjohnson

 Adam White, Co-chair

Adam White was born and raised in Virginia, and attended Brevard College (NC) and Trident Technical College in Charleston where he studied hospitality management. A South Carolina resident for the past 15 years, Adam has nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. White is the former Executive Director for the nonprofit Chase After a Cure, and currently works as an operations manager at Icebox Bar service. In addition, Adam serves as a nonprofit advisor and volunteer for two Lowcountry organizations, With Purpose and Going Places. During his time at Chase After a Cure, Adam led efforts to incorporate the organization into an official nonprofit (in 2010) and raised over $1 million to support childhood cancer research and awareness.

Adam is also the co-founder and co-chair of YNPN Lowcountry, the first Young Nonprofit Professionals Network chapter in South Carolina.  The national network strives for professional development, networking and the sharing of resources among young nonprofit professionals and leaders. Adam is a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Management programs at both Francis Marion University and Winthrop University. Adam is also a member of the 2016 Leadership Dorchester class.


Gloria Roderick, Treasurer

Gloria Roderick currently serves at the Center for Women as the Director of Development. She has nearly 10 years of development experience working with nonprofits in the Charleston area including Trident United Way and the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.

Roderick’s experience focuses on creating predictive and prescriptive data analysis that inform calculated processes. She combines the science of data analytics and the art of relationship building to strategically increase philanthropic funding.   

Roderick is a 2011 alumna of the College of Charleston and recently returned to pursue a Master of Public Administration.  



Twitter: @GRoderick11


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Karl L. Brady, Jr., Membership Chair

Karl L. Brady, Jr., CFRE, CNP is currently the Director of Development of The Salvation Army in North Charleston, SC, where he oversees all of the fundraising operations for The Salvation Army’s Charleston service area. Previously, Karl served as the Major Gifts Officer at Trident United Way, where he managed a portfolio of over 300 leadership donors. Before moving to Charleston, Karl served as a District Executive, Senior District Executive, and District Director with the Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as a Coordinator of Planning and Strategy for The Hartford Financial Services Group.

Karl is a 2006 Teach For America - Atlanta alumni and was a 2009-2010 School Board Fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems. Karl was also a 2017 Public Leaders Fellow with Leadership for Educational Equity.  

From 2012-2014, Karl served on the City of Torrington, CT Board of Education, where he led the Board’s effort to establish full-day kindergarten and served as Chair of the School Improvement Committee.

Karl serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Lowcountry and the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - SC Lowcountry Chapter. He is the Day of Caring Chair for the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston and is the Chair of the Planning Committee of Bethel United Methodist Church in downtown Charleston.  Additionally, Karl serves on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission for the City of Charleston.

Karl holds a BA in History and Political Science from Wake Forest University and holds an MS in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Leadership from Northeastern University.  He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a Certified Nonprofit Professional.

Karl is a Paul Harris Fellow with The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, a member of the President’s Club of Wake Forest University, a James E. West Fellow with the Boy Scouts of America, a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and is an Eagle Scout.


C.T. Burton, Programs & Events Co-Chair


Sonia Donnelly, EDI Chair

After many years with Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline, Sonia is now the Associate Director of Programs with Palmetto Project. Sonia's main priority is managing a statewide network of enrollment assisters who help people sign up for marketplace health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Sonia graduated from the University of Manchester, England with a degree in Economics and Government, Limestone College with an MBA. Her passion and enthusiasm to help others is first and foremost in her work in the community!

Sonia is married to Gary, with a 9-year-old daughter, Lydia, 5-year-old son, Rhys, and 2 beagle puppies, Amber and Lilly.


 Joselyn Johnson, Programs & Events Co-Chair

Joselyn Johnson is a Charleston native with a passion for serving her community. She holds a BS in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. Johnson started her career in human services as an AmeriCorps member serving in Trident United Way's Financial Stability Project. Her service term opened the doors for various opportunities within Trident United Way that prepared her for her current role as the AmeriCorps Program Manager for the organization.

During her down time, Joselyn can be found serving with the Overcomers Outreach team at her local church where they host events to help support those in need.



Topher Larkin, Marketing Co-Chair


Upon graduation from Emerson College (BA Theatre Studies/Communications), Topher Larkin holds an extensive career being of a dynamic and highly organized individual with experience advancing agendas for both the nonprofit and private sectors in Boston, Los Angeles, Tampa, London, and Charleston. He has demonstrated expertise in facilitation, negotiation, media/public relations, social media, community relations, and project management.

Topher served as the Executive and Personal Assistant to the founder of Wikipedia, gaining the ability to work effectively across a wide range of cultures, languages, and managing logistics on a global scale.     

Upon landing in Charleston, Topher found his niche within the nonprofit scene, particularly focusing on social issues dealing with public health and LGBT rights. He currently serves as the Community Outreach and Prevention Specialist at the Ryan White Wellness Center Program of Roper St. Francis. Topher has served on the board of We Are Family (Board President), Charleston Area World AIDS Day Committee (Committee Chair), Charleston Pride (Events & Entertainment Chair), Charleston Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council, Sexual Health and Prevention Education SHAPE, and Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA).

In 2014, he was named one of Charlie Magazine’s “50 Most Progressive People of Charleston” and featured by the Charleston Hospitality Group’s “Toast of the Town” recipient in recognition of his community activism.


Twitter: @simplyLarkin


Lauren Whiteside Mann, Nominating Chair & Chapter Congress Representative

Lauren Whiteside MannLauren Whiteside Mann is originally from Lexington, South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Communications. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Giving at the College of Charleston. She serves on the following boards and committees: Association of Fundraising Professionals 2018 Board of Directors, Scholarship Chair; Junior League of Charleston 2018-2019 Management Team Assistant; Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN) Lowcountry Chapter Board of Directors, Nominating Chair & Chapter Congress Member; American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) District 1 Co-Lead.

Lauren lives with her husband and their three dogs in the beautiful city of Charleston, SC. She also has a small business, Southern Bloom Press, where she creates and sells pressed flower art, as well as teaches classes.

Instagram: @southernbloompress



April Richardson, Marketing Co-Chair

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