Amanda Brett is a native of the Upstate. She has been a model and talent with the Millie Lewis
Agency for over 25 years where she was Model of the Year in 1996. She has always been active in her
community and also competed in the Miss South Carolina pageant. Amanda was an on air personality
for several local and regional radio stations for many years. After leaving the radio industry she was a
client liaison for Whitestone Recording Studios. She has worked independently with music festivals,
venues and musicians for several years helping to raise funds and form business ventures within the
music and entertainment industry. Not only does Amanda love live music, but she is also a fashion
enthusiast and was voted one of Greenville’s Top Ten Most Stylish People in 2012.
Now, Amanda is an
integral part of the South Carolina College All Star Bowl and the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame
both are in their second year, the game is scheduled to be held March 14, 2014. She is the mother of 2
active boys and married to Pete Brett. Amanda loves Jazzercise, going to concerts and dancing, which
makes competing this year even more fun!
Ann Bible is an entrepreneur, real estate developer, and marketing guru all rolled up into one blonde ball of
energy! After moving to Greenville in the early 1960's, Ann began a 10 year career in advertising, which
included radio broadcasting, sales and print media. During this time, she was featured in numerous
commercials and modeled for print photographers!
In the 70's, Ann entered the demanding world of real estate as a commercial real estate broker, managing
and overseeing the construction of over 750 apartment units. She became a financial consultant for HUD,
which ultimately led her to buying and restoring hotels on historical registers. One of her prize projects
included our own Poinsett Hotel which now anchors downtown Greenville!
Ann currently owns Josef and Stephen's Salon and Day Spa. When not working, she enjoys giving back to
the community by donating her time to numerous charities. She is currently on the advisory board for A
Child's Haven, Safe Harbor, Charter Schools, Beach Ball, Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House and
Governor's School for the Arts. She also participates in a multitude of fundraising campaigns. She is proud
to add Senior Action’s Dancing with the Carolina Star to this list!
Ann resides in Greenville, SC and is happily married to Judge Tom Batson.
When it comes to local involvement, Brantley Gentry has dipped his toes in just about
everything. And we mean that in the most literal sense.
Dividing his time between teaching children’s swim lessons at the YMCA, where he is known in
the aquatics world as the “swim whisperer”, to spending countless hours selecting the most
flawless outfits for ladies at the new Anthropologie downtown, Brantley’s enthusiasm for human
interaction is manifest. The fulfillment and gratification he derives from working with the
Greenville community is what keeps him going, day after day.
Originally from Anderson, South Carolina, Brantley attended Covenant College where he
studied psychology. After becoming a certified swim instructor at a camp in Cape Cod and after
initially taking a job with the YMCA in the D.C. area, Brantley knew that his heart truly
belonged to South Carolina, hence his return to beloved Greenville. Since his return, he has
helped direct and style the Grand Opening Fashion show for Pedal Chic in 2011 and the fashion
show, Fashion with a Passion, in 2013.
Keeping in accordance with his high school superlative of “Best Dressed,” Brantley has also
started personal styling around town, providing advice for closet consultations, personal
shopping, and special events styling. He also started his own business, Consider it Done by
Brantley in 2012, which offers a variety of accommodating services.
In his spare time, Brantley can be found delivering food for Meals on Wheels, perusing Main
Street festivals, or perfecting his infamous blonde swoop.
Cody Alcorn is the co-anchor of
on The Morning News weekdays from
5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Cody grew up in Sikeston, Mo., and went to school at The University of Tennessee at
Martin, where he graduated with a bachelor's of arts degree in communications.
Before moving to Greenville, Cody worked in Jackson, TN, where he was a co-
anchor of the morning news at WBBJ-TV.
In July 2006, Cody joined FOX Carolina as a reporter and anchor. About four years
later, Cody joined The Morning News team as an anchor. While Cody works the
early morning hours he's often seen around the newsroom throughout the day. He
works on stories you sometimes see on The Ten O'Clock News, including his new
series called "Inside The Investigation," which takes viewers inside open, unsolved
homicide cases across the Carolinas.
Cody has reported on some of the Upstate's biggest stories, including a shoot-out
between Greenville police and a carjacking suspect that put numerous area schools on
lockdown and an hours long manhunt. He reported from Columbia when musician
Travis Barker and DJ AM's airplane crashed during take off. He also reported live
from the scene of a 13-hour standoff at a Madison, GA, motel which stemmed from
an Amber Alert in South Carolina. Cody was also part of the FOX Carolina team that
reported live from Washington during President Barack Obama's inauguration.
Dr. Courtney Tollison is Assistant Professor of History at Furman University and Museum
Historian at the
Upcountry History Museum
in Greenville, SC. A native Greenvillian, Dr. Tollison
earned undergraduate degrees from Furman University and graduate degrees in History and
Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. She has authored books on the
Furman University and the history of Upcountry South Carolina during World War II
Her documentary, Threads of Victory: Upcountry SC During WWII, won a National Award of
Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. The accompanying exhibit,
“Weaving Our Survival: Upcountry Stories of WWII,” won the top exhibit award from the
Southeastern Museum Conference in 2010
Tollison is the inaugural recipient of the
Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of
the Year Award and received Furman University Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2009
2010, Greenville Business Magazine included her in its listing of the 50 Most Influential People in
Greenville. She has also been honored by the Association for Women in Communication and by
numerous academic and civic organizations and local media. She recently returned from western
Ukraine, where she lived and taught for the first half of
2010 as a Fulbright Scholar
. Tollison writes
monthly columns on local history for the Greenville Journal and for TOWN magazine. She is a
regular guest and guest host on SCETV Radio's "Your Day" program.
She serves on the board of the Humanities Council SC, and the South Carolina Civil War
Sesquicentennial Commission. Her current research interests include the history of Upcountry
South Carolina during the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina. Her
personal interests include ballet, musical theatre, travel literature, and traveling just about anywhere.
Erika Grace Powell
With a pedigree including a Furman University diploma; performances on the world's most exclusive stages; a
hot-selling iTunes EP;
and a contract with The New York Philharmonic;
at home and in
regardless of the stage.
With recent engagements on both coasts and throughout the south, Erika
continues to expand her growing followers wherever her feet and tweets touch ground.
Her work with
numerous charitable organizations as board member, spokesperson, keynote speaker, red carpet host, and
entertainment headliner has allowed her even more opportunities to use her gifts.
no small wonder that
Ford, Subaru, Lincoln, Porsche, Dodge, GMC,
Pedic, Lowe’s, Kohler, Hanes, LG
Mobile, Kohl’s, Nationwide, St. John,
begun to court her.
And, yes – she won Miss South Carolina. Twice.
To secure scholarships
Erika entered the Miss South Carolina pageant and was crowned Miss
South Carolina 2005.
She advanced to The Miss America Pageant, where she won the Bernie Wayne overall
talent award and placed in the Top –
Erika put on the stilettos once again
was crowned Miss South
was thrilled to place in the Top – 15 at The Miss USA Pageant.
one of only
two women in the state that have successfully “crossed over” and won both the Miss America and the Miss
Universe state titles in her lifetime.
Jamie DeMint is a founding member of DeMint Howe, P.A. a general practice law firm in downtown
Jamie and her husband Jamie Francis live in Greenville with their children
Connor, Mills, and Gypsy Dog.
Jamie was born and raised in Greenville. She
attended Greenville High School and the College of Charleston. After graduating
from Law School at the University of South Carolina she returned to her hometown
where she began her career as a trial lawyer. Jamie
was honored to be selected as
one of South Carolina's Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2012 and 2013.
Jamie loves Greenville and has remained an involved member of the community
She has been a Girl Scouts of America volunteer, a committee member of the
Greenville Symphony Orchestra Spotlight Series, and an involved member of the
young lawyers, women lawyers, American Bar Association, and the South Carolina
Association for Justice. Jamie enjoys playing golf, tennis, and the violin in her spare
Zach Sprunger has lived in Greenville, SC since his family moved into town in 2002. His parents
Doug and Gina Sprunger met in the city of Greenville and moved back to teach at Bob Jones University.
His sister and Brother in law, Chris and Katie Beckett, also call Greenville home along with their son
Connor. The unbreakable bond of family has played a major role in his life. Zach was adopted as a young
child by Doug and Gina while the couple lived in Indiana. The fact that Zach was so blessed with a loving
family is a huge reason why he gives up of his time to be involved with his church’s youth program and
worked every summer at a camp in northeast Georgia.
Almost everyone has given Zach a high five, a hug, or taken a picture with him without knowing
it was Zach. In college Zach was the energetic, fun loving, jolly green giant at fluor field! Along with
J-Dew, he helped to create an environment that was family friendly and an all out party every game as
Reedy Rip It the mascot for the Drive. He plans on taking the hip swinging lessons he learned from
busting moves on the diamond to breaking loose on the dance floor on September 28
sports entertainment did not end with the Drive. When the Greenville Road Warriors hockey team
moved to town in 2010 he took on another identity as Rowdy the Road Warrior. After teaching a
southern boy how to skate with a mascot outfit on, Greenville has fallen in love with the new hockey
team and has cheered them on to making the playoffs every season since 2010.
He is now employed with the Greenville Road Warriors hockey team and began his roll as Game
Operations Coordinator and Account Executive in December of 2012. If you attend a game this season at
the newly renovated arena, you will be entertained by Zach’s electric, fun loving personality and leave
feeling like you met a new friend.
Leslie Provence is a woman who wears many hats. She is the owner of Shops of Provence, an upscale
gift store specializing in fine china, crystal, silver and gifts with a full bridal registry, located on Augusta
Road. Leslie is known as the social matriarch of Greenville covering all of Greenville’s finest social events
for TALK magazine. She is also a realtor with Prudential C. Dan Joyner in their Augusta Road office.
Her extensive community involvements includes Past President of the Junior League of Greenville, Board
of Directors of the Greenville Little Theatre, Family Connection, Speech Hearing and Learning Center,
Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Meyer Center, Metropolitan
Arts Council, Children’s Hospital Development Board and many other organizations. In addition, she
holds a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Leslie is married and has two married children.
Tammy Phillips is a Greenville mom who sees her involvement with "Dancing with the Carolina Stars" as a
living example to her four children that "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." She has been an
active community volunteer since moving to Greenville from Alabama with her husband, Don, in 1991. Tammy
has held such positions as president of the Junior League and president of the PTSA at Greenville High and at
Hughes Academy. She is a board member of The Children's Museum of the Upstate and served as co-chair
for its 2013 Chocolate Soiree. Her favorite amusements are her children: Hank, Carson, Walker, and Peyton.
Tammy enjoys the beach, reading, alternative music, the NBA, cars, traveling (especially when a plane and a
passport are required), and touring her neighborhood on the bright orange townie she received for her recent