Board of Directors
President of the Board
Chuck currently lives in a historic home in downtown Columbia and is a Realtor for Asset Realty, serving the entire midlands area. He was born and raised in rural NW Tennessee, on the banks of the Mississippi River. He received a management degree and worked for Kroger and later Harris Teeter, which brought him to South Carolina in 1988. Chuck was married at one time and has two adult children, both married that live in the Columbia area. He is also a proud “Papa Chuck” to three grandchildren. After leaving the grocery business in 1991 Chuck worked in the mortgage industry for over 20 years and most recently is a Realtor with Asset Realty. Chuck has served as the President of the SC Gay and Lesbian Business Guild, on the board of the AIDS Benefit Foundation of SC, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association. More recently he serves on the board of Transitions and is helping coordinate the newly organized Midlands Mens Chorus. Chuck is an avid Gamecock sports fan but also enjoys travel where he’s been to 47 states and 23 countries. He loves the outdoors, broadway and spending time with friends and family. Contact Chuck via email at President@LGBTCenterSC.org.
Founder & Vice President
Harriet Hancock is an attorney practicing in the Columbia area. She is the proud mother of three, one of whom is a gay son who came out to her in the very early 80s. She started the Columbia Chapter of Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 1982. She is a co-founder of Palmetto Aids Life Support Services of South Carolina in 1985 and a co-founder of the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement (SCGLPM) in 1990. She was instrumental in acquiring the Harriet Hancock Center in 1994 and currently serves as vice president of the Harriet Hancock Center Foundation. Contact Harriet via email at Founder@LGBTCenterSC.org.
Sheryl Aud, originally from Oxnard California, is currently Finance Director at Mermec Group. She has a wealth of experience in corporate finance and working with non profits and is proud to support the mission of the Harriet Hancock Center and especially the Youth OUT Loud program. She studied Accountancy at Oregon Institute of Technology and Business and Accounting at the University of La Verne in California.
Melissa Neely, Esq.
Melissa Neely is a patent and trademark attorney located in Columbia. Prior to becoming an attorney Melissa worked as an engineer for over twenty years in the specialty chemical industry. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1984 and received her Juris Doctor in Law from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 2008. Melissa and her wife, Dr. Laura Hein have resided in Columbia since 2008.
Member at Large
Dayna Smith has lived in Columbia, SC since 1997 and is originally from Brevard, NC. Dayna attended Appalachian State University where she received a BS and then attended the University of South Carolina and received an IMA. Dayna currently works for a health insurance company, but in her spare time she performs as a spoken word artist/slam poet under the stage name Alley Cat. Dayna is actively involved at the Harriet Hancock Center in Columbia, SC. For more information, you can contact Dayna atTransSupport@HarrietHancockCenter.org.
Tim Bupp, Pastor
Member at Large
Pastor Tim Bupp was named pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church on August 14, 2013. Born in a small town in western Pennsylvania and raised by a single mother, Pastor Bupp graduated high school in 1975. Following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, he began working at the steel mill and became involved at a local Lutheran church, first with the youth group, then a confirmation teacher, a liturgical assistant, and a lay supply preacher prior to pursing the ministry full-time. Pastor Bupp completed his undergraduate studies at Slippery Rock University while continuing to work full time at the steel mill.
Member at Large
Tony Snell, a longtime human rights activist and community organizer, served as president of South Carolina Pride for several years and is a founding member of the Harriet Hancock Center Foundation. Over the years, Tony has served as an LGBTQ Community spokesperson in the South Carolina State House and public forums while organizing initiatives and demonstrations, including an infamous trip to Bob Jones University; Pride events in Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach; the historic inclusion of S.C. Pride in the Columbia St. Patrick’s Day Parade; state senate passage of a hate crime bill protecting sexual orientation; and the “It Gets Better” State House Vigil. In 1998, Tony was interviewed along with Harriet Hancock by the New York Times in a ground-breaking, front page story about LGBT political organizing in South Carolina. Demanding transgender inclusion, he was instrumental in the crafting and passage of the City of Columbia’s Human Rights Ordinances – the first of such groundbreaking protections in the state. Snell has also served as a founding member of both the Equality Federation (a national group of LGBT organizations) and the F.B.I. Community Engagement Council. He celebrates 25 years as emcee of S.C. Pride. Tony is happily married to Dr. W. Zhang.
Member at Large
Alvin McEwen is an African-American gay man who resides in Columbia, SC. McEwen’s blog, Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, and writings have been mentioned by numerous sources. In addition, he is also a past contributor to Pam’s House Blend,and a present contributor to Justice For All, Daily Kos, the Huffington Post, LGBTQ Nation, and Alternet.org. He is the 2007 recipient of the Harriet Daniels Hancock Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2010 recipient of the Order of the Pink Palmetto from the SC Pride Movement as well as the 2009 recipient of the Audre Lorde/James Baldwin Civil Rights Activist Award from SC Black Pride. In addition, he is a three-time nominee of the Ed Madden Media Advocacy Award from SC Pride.
Member at Large
Dot Fishburne graduated from Summerville High School and Rice Business College in Charleston. In 1971, she moved to Columbia. In the 90′s, she marched in Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach and Atlanta, but those days were different from today and thank goodness. She retired after 30 years with Bell South and now volunteers with the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, SC Pride events, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Harriet Hancock Center Foundation. She is very proud of where we are today and looks forward to many more years to help and be proud of our LGBT community.