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.”
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.