Staff

Our dedicated staff is committed not only to the Foundation, but more importantly, to assisting the community as a whole. We work with donors, nonprofits and community partners to create a better quality of life for all Midlands citizens.

  • JoAnn M. Turnquist

    Meet JoAnn

    JoAnn M. Turnquist

    President & CEO

  • Meet Cherise

    Cherise Arrendale

    Strategic Initiatives & Communications Manager

  • Meet Cortney

    Cortney Bailey

    Foundation Associate

  • Erin E. Johnson

    Meet Erin

    Erin E. Johnson

    Vice President for Community Investment

  • James Mercado

    Meet James

    James Mercado, II

    Communications Associate

  • Kevin Patten

    Meet Kevin

    Kevin L. Patten

    Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Meet Kelly

    Kelly Rogers

    Senior Accounting Manager

  • Jamesha Shackerford

    Meet Jamesha

    Jamesha Shackerford

    Foundation Associate

  • Meet Heather

    Heather Sherwin

    Vice President for Advancement

Cherise Arrendale

Strategic Initiatives & Communications Manager

Cherise implements and monitors all marketing, communications and public relations efforts by the Foundation. She also develops strategies to build brand awareness, manages the Foundation’s online presence, and oversees Midlands Gives, the Foundation’s 24-hour annual giving day.

An Atlanta native, Cherise has a bachelor’s degree in music from Furman University and still continues to play the Euphonium in a local community band. She previously worked for the Peace Center for the Performing Arts and the SC Governor's School for Arts and Humanities. She enjoys running, reading and spending time with her husband and their fluffy Maine Coon cat.

Inquiry from the media? Seeking information about Midlands Gives? Contact Cherise.

(803) 254-5601 x317

cherise@yourfoundation.org

Cortney Bailey

Foundation Associate

Cortney manages the granting process for all donor advised funds and corporate competitive grants. She also supports all functions within the Foundation by ensuring that policies, procedures and best practices for the database are followed and producing timely reports using this data. In addition, Cortney provides administrative support for the President & CEO and the Board of Trustees.  

Cortney comes to the Foundation with seven years of prior nonprofit experience. She earned a bachlor's degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and enjoys spending her free time with her two wonderful daughters. Her hobbies include woodworking, pottery and relaxing at the beach.

Looking to recommend a grant from your donor advised fund? Or seeking information about competitive grants for Aflac, Sonoco, or Hootie & the Blowfish? Reach out to Cortney.

(803) 254-5601 x332

cortney@yourfoundation.org

Erin E. Johnson

Vice President for Community Investment

Erin leads the Foundation’s efforts to increase our impact in the Midlands. She oversees competitive grantmaking, scholarship programs, and program-related initiatives, such as Connected Communities. She also implements community engagement strategies that help connect community needs and opportunities with available resources.

Erin previously served as the Chief Community Investment Officer for South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.  She received a bachelor degree in Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Health from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

For information about the Foundation’s grantmaking or community engagement, contact Erin.

(803) 254-5601 x322

erin@yourfoundation.org

James Mercado, II

Communications Associate

James supports the Foundation through the execution of communication strategies. He works to advance the Foundation’s strategic objectives by creating and monitoring communication campaigns across the Foundation’s communication platforms.

A Northern Virginia native, James earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Radford University and has several years of marketing and nonprofit experience.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Haylee, and their two kids, Hayden and James III.

Questions about the Foundation’s social media or website? Or have a story you want to tell? Give James a call.

(803) 254-5601 x329

james@yourfoundation.org

Kevin L. Patten

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Kevin manages fund balances and investment information for donors, local organizations and agency endowments and directs all finance and accounting functions of the Foundation. He also oversees human resources and office administration for the Foundation.

Kevin earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. He is an avid sports fan and can frequently be found rooting for the Miami Hurricanes and spending time with his wife and four children.

Reach out to Kevin for more information about the Foundation’s investment policies, audit inquiries, securities, and other non-cash gifts.

(803) 254-5601 x325

kevin@yourfoundation.org

Kelly Rogers

Senior Accounting Manager

Kelly supports the Vice President for Finance & Administration in carrying out the financial responsibilities of the Foundation. She handles the day-to-day accounting functions of the Foundation and is responsible for the delivery of fund statements to our fundholders. Kelly also analyzes, evaluates and fine-tunes the Foundation’s processes and use of technology systems.

Kelly is an alumna of University of South Carolina and teaches spin classes part-time. She also volunteers with the Junior League of Columbia and serves as Vice Chair of the Healthy Kids Transition committee. She has three beautiful daughters who she enjoys riding bikes with in her spare time.

Contact Kelly for questions regarding invoices, payments, and quarterly fund statements.

(803) 254-5601 x330

kelly@yourfoundation.org

Jamesha Shackerford

Foundation Associate

Jamesha oversees the scholarship administrative process by working closely with scholarship fundholders and students. She also works with the Vice President for Community Investment to support the Connected Communities grant initiative and provides logistical support to the Community Impact Committee.

A South Carolina native, Jamesha earned a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Columbia College and minored in dance, an interest she still pursues. She enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends.

Contact Jamesha for information or help with scholarships, Connected Communities applications and reports or the Foundation’s due diligence process.

(803) 254-5601 x301

jamesha@yourfoundation.org

Heather Sherwin

Vice President for Advancement

Heather works with donors to set up charitable funds and collaborates with professional advisors and their clients to fulfill their philanthropic goals. She is responsible for promoting awareness and support for the Foundation among its varied constituencies. She leads the overall communication, public relations and donor relations strategy. Heather also serves as a resource for charitable planning in the Midlands community.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather held fundraising positions with Cleveland Museum of Art, Great Lakes Theater, American Red Cross, Hawken School and The Masters School. While living in Cleveland, Ohio, her hometown, Heather was the third generation to lead her family foundation, The Sherwick Fund, a fund of The Cleveland Foundation. In Columbia, Heather and her life partner, Buddy Register, are currently renovating an historic home in Elmwood.

Contact Heather about starting a fund at the Foundation or for information about planned giving.

(803) 254-5601 x331

heather@yourfoundation.org

JoAnn M. Turnquist

President & CEO

Named president and CEO in 2009, JoAnn works closely with her board of trustees and staff to develop and implement the vision and strategic direction of the Foundation.  She leads a team dedicated to helping individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations establish charitable funds to support causes they care about and make a difference in the Midlands and beyond. 

Before joining CCCF, JoAnn served as Vice President for Institutional Sales at The Clorox Company and JohnsonDiversey. She is a 2013 Riley Diversity Fellow and received the SC Chamber of Commerce’s 2104 Excellence in Community Diversity Award. JoAnn enjoys cycling, swimming and reading. She and her husband Ernie are avid golfers and amateur chefs. They share their home and hearts with three dogs and two cats.

Contact JoAnn to learn about the Foundation’s strategic vision or if you have an opportunity for collaboration in the community.

(803) 254-5601 x323

joann@yourfoundation.org