Board of Directors
Cameron G. Chandler
Cameron “Cammy” Chandler retired after 25 years of service with the Department of Justice (DOJ) as an Assistant United States Attorney and Associate Director of the National Advocacy Center, the DOJ’s legal training facility and continuing legal education provider for all DOJ attorneys. She oversaw the development of a core curriculum for newly hired prosecutors and new training on emerging areas of the law, providing more than 200 residential courses and distance learning events each fiscal year.
As a graduate of public school and daughter of a public school teacher, Ms. Chandler understands the importance of a strong and vibrant public school system. Moreover, as a former drug prosecutor, Ms. Chandler witnessed first-hand the hopelessness and vulnerability of young adults who lacked the education or skills for a productive future. Based upon her personal and professional experience, Ms. Chandler is committed to the mission of the Liberty STEAM Charter to provide a premier public school education opportunity to Sumter youths, who will be equipped to excel in college or their chosen career.
Mrs. Chandler was appointed in March 2022 to a one-year term expiring in March 2023.
Dexter Davis attended Sumter public schools and Clemson University. He was recognized as a football All American in 1988 by The Sporting News. In 1991, he left Clemson to enter the National Football League draft; he played professional football for six years before his career was cut short due to injury.
Mr. Davis studied Industrial Technology and Environmental Science, continued his education with executive education classes at The Citadel and University of Phoenix, and graduated from the J.E. Dunn Mentor-Protégé Program, the Kauffmann Foundation Fast-track Graduate Entrepreneurship Program and the Leighton Cubbage Mentor Entrepreneurship Program. Mr. Davis founded Eagle Universal Services in 2009 and provides environmental remediation, training, facilities maintenance, engineering, demolition and site services. He also has ownership in Tallo, a K-12 STEAM social media platform.
He is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the CHAMPION Foundation, which is designed to mentor and equip young men and women to accept leadership roles in the community.
Mr. Davis was appointed in March 2022 to a two-year term expiring in March 2024.
Rev. Dr. Marion Newton
Marion Newton received bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts and Divinity from the Morris College School of Religion and was honored in 1997 with an Honorary Doctorate in Recognition of Meritorious Christian Service and Inspiring Leadership. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church since 1982. He is a man of vision, an inspiring teacher and a revivalist. Under his leadership, the Jehovah family has created two facilities — the Child Development Center and the M.H. Newton Family Life Enrichment Center — to serve the community of South Sumter.
Pastor Newton serves on many local boards: Unity Sumter, Tri-County Needs Assessment, Sumter County Ministerial Alliance, Sumter County Literacy Council, City of Sumter Police Advisory and the United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties. He is Chairman of the Sumter Empowerment Zone, the Sumter Community Vision (Visioning in Progress) and the Habitat for Humanity boards, and is an Executive Board Member of Central Carolina Technical College. He recently was inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame. He brings to the SSCS Board of Directors a determination to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization for all stakeholders.
Rev. Dr. Newton was elected in March 2022 to a two-year term expiring in March 2024.
Kimberly Rauschenbach, a process improvement professional, has been actively brokering partnerships between Sumter’s business and education sectors for the past five years. After recognizing that many of Sumter’s technological companies are struggling to meet workforce needs, Mrs. Rauschenbach recently launched SCOPE, a volunteer-led education initiative that focuses on preparing students for local jobs that will be waiting for them when they are ready to enter the workforce.
Mrs. Rauschenbach is a veteran of the United States Air Force, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and certifications in Lean Green Belt, information management and change acceleration. She is employed by Thompson Construction Group as the Director of Talent Development.
Mrs. Rauschenbach was elected in March 2022 to a two-year term expiring in March 2024.
Greg A. Thompson
Greg Thompson is the founder of the Thompson Family of companies, a leader whose business acumen and commitment to community were the catalyst for the Liberty STEAM Charter initiative. He serves as President & CEO of Thompson Construction Group and Chairman of Thompson Industrial Services. With a dedication to quality, integrity and hard work, he led the company from its humble beginnings in 1986 with two employees to more than 2,500 employees today and made it the leading industrial cleaning company in the Southeast.
An advocate for community enhancement, Mr. Thompson is Chairman of the Sumter Economic Development Board, a founding member of the Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative and a former member of the Sumter School District Finance Committee. He is fully invested in his commitment to downtown Sumter and with his wife, Danielle, has revitalized Main Street with new restaurants, a Hyatt Place and Sumter’s first brewery. Improving community outcomes includes a focus on children. Thompson Construction is an active business partner for Crosswell Drive Elementary and teamed with Sumter School District to create the E3 Professional Development Conference and the State of the District Breakfast. His vision is to encourage collaboration among community leaders to create a school that serves the needs of Sumter’s families.
Mr. Thompson was appointed in March 2022 to a two-year term expiring in March 2024.
Dr. Rodney Thompson
Rodney Thompson, PhD., spent 25 years as a teacher, administrator and superintendent in South Carolina public schools. He holds degrees in education from Clemson University, The Citadel and the University of South Carolina. His doctorate dissertation focused on the contributing factors of graduation rates for rural school students. Before retiring, he was a faculty member in The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education. He co-wrote “Collective Impact: What Does it Mean for Educational Leaders?” for the School Superintendents Association’s Journal of Scholarship and Practice.
Many South Carolina students struggle to meet the expectations of college and career; Dr. Thompson looks forward to working with other leaders to formulate a world-class educational option for Sumter-area students. His experiences provide valuable insight on the obstacles our struggling students face, and he believes the unique opportunities offered by the Liberty STEAM Charter will be a valuable asset to both the students and the community.
Dr. Thompson was appointed in March 2022 to a one-year term expiring in March 2023.