As an alumni of Phillis Wheatley Community Center and a business owner, Randy is uniquely qualified to be the executive director of the organization. Randy joined the Center in May 2019 and has been responsible for improvements to the Center’s facilities programming and services during his tenure. He added emergency food services to the Center during the COVID-19 pandemic and offered other programming in a virtual format so participants can stay healthy and engaged.
Randy is president of First Merchant Services LLC based in Greenville, a company that provides personalized processing solutions to businesses across North America, with products designed to process many types of payments including debit and credit cards, as well as check guarantee services, payment gateway services and others.
He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and lives in Greenville.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Kristi lives in the Upstate with her husband and two sons. An enthusiastic reader, her favorite spot in the Center is the recently re-established library.
Eugene Ashmore (“Mr. Zip”)
Zip came to the Center when he was a young man. He had 5 siblings and his mother was a single, working parent supporting the family. He says the Center gave him a place to come and engage in activities. To quote Zip: “ The Center first loved me, so now I love the Center by giving back.”
Performing Arts Director
In his role as Performing Arts Director, Brandon is carrying forward the legacy of the Dwight Woods Repertory Theatre for Youth and bringing it into the next generation.
A performer himself, Brandon has held various roles in the theatre world from stage manager to director to sound engineer to cast member. He has performed for national figures such as former Governors of S.C., President Obama, Stevie Wonder, and Reverend Jesse Jackson.
As the Center’s Program Coordinator, Brittany develops and oversees all programming at the Center.
Brittany has a background in mental health counseling and art therapy. She owns her own art business where individuals are given an outlet of expression and healing using visual arts. Brittany has a bachelor’s degree in art therapy, a master’s degree in human services counseling, and she is currently working towards her doctorate in counseling.
As Phillis Wheatley Community Center’s Client Advocate, Pam assists individuals and families in need with a range of services, including food, clothing, housing, job training, and mental health counseling.
Pam is a longtime volunteer in the community and has worked with nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years. She founded her own nonprofit Respect-Ya-Self CDC, Inc. in 2009 and established partnerships with Walmart, St. Matthews Community Church, Belk and other partners to provide a range of supplies and other donations to Title 1 schools.