Board of Directors


Chuck Archie
President of the Board

Born and raised in rural northwestern Tennessee, Chuck Archie currently resides in downtown Columbia and works as a realtor for Asset Realty. He earned a management degree before working for Kroger and, later, Harris Teeter, the latter of which brought him to South Carolina in 1988. He was married once and has two adult children, both of whom are married and residing in the Columbia area. Additionally, he is a proud “Papa Chuck” to three grandchildren. After leaving the grocery business in 1991, Chuck worked in the mortgage industry for over 20 years. 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 has served on the board of Transitions and has helped coordinate the newly organized Midlands Mens Chorus. Chuck is an avid Gamecock sports fan but also enjoys traveling, having been to 47 states and 23 countries. He loves the outdoors, Broadway, and spending time with friends and family. Contact Chuck via email at

Jack Turner
Vice President


Jack Turner grew up in Georgetown, SC with his three siblings. He is a School of Music graduate of the University of South Carolina and is retired from a career in Information Technology. Jack is excited to join the board and serve the Center he loves.


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.



Dayna Smith
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 at

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 the footsteps of his father and grandfather, 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 pursuing the ministry full-time. Pastor Bupp completed his undergraduate studies at Slippery Rock University while continuing to work full time at the steel mill. 

Eddie Thompson
Member at Large

A longtime volunteer and advocate for Harriet Hancock Center, Eddie Thompson and his partner have lived in Columbia since 2008. He has worked at all levels of government and has lived in 6 different states. Additionally, Eddie has hands-on experience working for a large nonprofit in Oregon. He loves the Center, its people, good food, and hugs.


Alvin McEwen
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 his writings have been mentioned by numerous sources. In addition, he is a past contributor to Pam’s House Blend and a present contributor to Justice For All, Daily Kos, the Huffington Post, LGBTQ Nation, and He is the 2007 recipient of the Harriet Daniels Hancock Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2010 recipient of the Order of the Pink Palmetto from the SC Pride Movement, and the 2009 recipient of the Audre Lorde/James Baldwin Civil Rights Activist Award from SC Black Pride. Alvin is a three-time nominee of the Ed Madden Media Advocacy Award from SC Pride.


Jessica Jarman-Hayes, M.Ed
Member at Large

Originally from Florida, Jessica Jarman-Hayes graduated with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014. Prior to moving to Columbia, she worked with LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults in Florida's largest domestic violence center. Currently, she is in private practice as an LGBTQIA+ therapist in Columbia. Jessica joined the Harriet Hancock Center as its Youth OUTLOUD Coordinator in 2016 and resigned in 2019 to step up as the YouthOUTLOAD board representative. For more information, you can contact Jessica at


Harriet Hancock
Founder, Board Emeritus

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 80’s. 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. Contact Harriet via email at