Rosemarie MacFarlane Craig is a Columbia, SC historic preservationist developer and a former nationally acclaimed high end furniture manufacturer. Rosemarie is the recipient of the Historic Columbia Foundation Leadership Award for being personally responsible for saving and reusing over 400,000 square feet of historic properties throughout the city.
Dr. Stephen Merlin
Stephen I Merlin MD is the sole owner of Substance Abuse Consultants, Inc. and the Medical Director of Starting Point of Florence, LLC and the Medical Director of Darlington, LLC. He has won many prestigious awards in his esteem career most notably the Teacher of the Year award presented by Residents, 2005-2006 and 2003-2004; Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, USC School of Medicine and the Hoff-Robinson Fellowship Award, Division of Substance Abuse Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Postgraduate, 1985.
Tom Brice Hall is a practicing real estate attorney, hobby farmer, film maker and musician living in Columbia, South Carolina, married to Julie Hall, former deputy solicitor for Chester County, with their three boys. Tom’s farm in Ridgeway, magnoliafarmlodge.com, has been converted into a thriving campus for a special needs school, thebarclayschool.org, as well as the kennels for his bird dogs that eat up the remaining spare time.
Trent Hartley has been the marketing director to some of the most prominent architects in the world. He has spent his life working in the glass industry and had brought Coastal Class distributors/Aldora Aluminum and Glass out of bankruptcy when he was their Marketing Manager from 2001-2008. He would go on to be part owner and the General Manager from 2008-2016 of that company. Currently he is an owner/investor in many projects most notably Palmetto Synergistic Research which produces essential oils made from the Cannabis Plant Sativa L that has been effective in improving many South Carolina residents’ quality of life.
Trenton H. Chambers operates a law office focused on representing criminal offense cases in Myrtle Beach. They deliver results oriented representation with a goal to provide the best defense for people charged with DUI, felony DUI, driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, traffic tickets, speeding tickets, and other misdemeanor crimes and felonies. Mr. Chambers previously worked as a prosecutor with the Horry County Solicitor’s office, where he handled DUI, criminal domestic violence, and juvenile crime cases and as a prosecutor for the City of Myrtle Beach where he prosecuted in the municipal court offenses such as traffic tickets, speeding tickets, DUI, and Criminal Domestic violence charges.
Janel Ralph is the Owner & CEO of Palmetto Synergistic Research LLC, a South Carolina based company that produces Palmetto Harmony a high CBD hemp oil grown compliant with section 7606 of the federal farm bill. Janel entered into the cannabis industry as a parent advocate after her research led her to the discovery that CBD sourced from the Cannabis Sativa L plant would potentially be of benefit to her child, Harmony, who suffers from a rare genetic condition called, Lissencephaly.
Judy Ghanem is currently acting as secretary of Compassionate South Carolina, with responsibility for marketing outreach efforts, communications programs and social media. She also works as a volunteer with Hugs for Horses therapeutic riding program in Georgetown and is a consultant in the hotel industry; critiquing and evaluating sales team professionals as well as offering recommendation and training to increase sales capture rates. Judy’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand awareness of medical cannabis and its benefits.
In the workplace, Cat serves as a Program Director at the Richard W. Riley Institute at Furman University where she has worked since 2005. She works primarily with a national afterschool policy fellowship, focused on improving policy in support of afterschool and summer learning across the country. Cat assists in developing the overall strategic direction for the Center for Education Policy and Leadership (CEPL) and assists with several of the Institute’s research projects. She regularly speaks with the Diversity Leadership Initiative on the topic of disability. She has a B.A. from Furman and an M.Ed from Clemson University.