210 Henry Place, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Mailing Address:  PO Box 1942, Spartanburg, SC 29304-1942
864-574-1253
SPARTANBURG
Leadership Team:  Our Leadership Team meets monthly and is made up of a wide variety of people from business, education, social services, and other professionals from the community. It is a diverse group sharing a strong common belief in the mission of our organization.

Joyce Harrison
     I am a recently retired elementary school media specialist with 35 years of service in local public schools.  I hold a BA degree in education, an MEd with an emphasis on reading, and a Master of Library Science degree. 
     From a very early age I was conscious of and sensitive to racial discrimination.  As an adult I have developed that same consciousness and sensitivity to age, gender, and sexual discrimination.  For the past fifteen years I have been focused on injustices directed at gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and the suffering that is the byproduct of hatred, ignorance, and discriminatory attitudes and laws. I founded PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Spartanburg to educate the public about LGBT issues, to offer support to LGBT people and their families and friends, and to advocate for equality.
     I am very active in my church, serving as chair of the Pastoral Care Associates, member of the choir and the Aesthetics Committee.
     I am the proud mother of two children and have one wonderful son-in-love and two grandchildren.

Alice K. Sutton
     Originally from California, I received my BS from University of California, Davis and my MPH from University of California, Berkeley.  I have worked as a clinical dietitian and public health nutritionist in North and South Carolina for over 20 years.   I taught nutrition at Winthrop University in Rock Hill for seven years and am now teaching nutrition classes at Converse College.  I speak on a variety of nutrition topics, including the heart-healthy diet, diabetic diet, Harvard School of Public Health nutrition recommendations, vegetarianism, veganism, the gluten-free diet, pregnancy, and others.
    I am active in my church, leading the social justice committee and helping keep up the flower gardens.   My husband and I love to visit our son and his family in Montana and our daughter and her wife in Washington, D.C.  
Joey Geier-Suarez
     I am originally from Tampa, FL but have called Spartanburg home for the past 11 years. I studied Non-Profit Administration at USC Upstate and graduated in 2008. I am a founding member and past president of Upstate Pride and am the managing partner of Little River Coffee Bar.  I serve on the board of directors for HUB-BUB, a local arts and culture non-profit.
     Joey has a well-deserved reputation as a “people person” and is well-respected for his leadership skills, his affability, and his promotion of positive events around Spartanburg.


David Geier-Suarez
     I'm a Teen Librarian and love everything to do with books, movies and college football.  A proud alumnus of the University of South Carolina, I have a B.A. in Public Relations and Speech Communication as well as a Master of Library and Information Science.  I have a giant, 18 pound cat named Solomon and a smaller Siamese mix named Leila.  I've lived in South Carolina for 10 years, and love the Upstate and all the fun activities available in Spartanburg.

Mary Underwood is a clinical social worker specializing in individual psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults.  She maintains a private practice in Spartanburg, SC.

Mary holds a BA degree in Psychology from Clemson University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.   She is also certified in addiction counseling, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and AIT (Advanced Integrative Therapy).
Mary has been in private individual and family practice for 14 years and  has sought skills and techniques that would enable her to help children, teens, and
adults in the most effective and profound ways.
Advisory Board: An advisory board is engaged yearly to provide expert advice on specific areas of concern.  The 2014 advisory board, Chamblee Loscuito, Heather Hubert, and Phillip Hudson, were engaged to advise our leadership team about safety and liability concerns for participants and leaders, and to provide knowledge of community resources.  Chamblee Loscuito is the director of Hope Center for Children in Spartanburg.  Heather Hubert served with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office specializing in domestic violence and sexual abuse of children.  Phillip Hudson served as the prevention coordinator with the Spartanburg Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission for over 25 years.  The advisory board was instrumental in developing homeless, abused, and suicidal youth protocols for TOUT.