City Year Columbia board
Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places where all students can thrive.
After retiring from the LPGA tour, Chris Brady Wolfe began a career in the energy industry with roles in design engineering, operations and corporate planning. Recently she joined the Nephron Pharmaceuticals team as vice president of quality engineering.
Chris holds both an engineering and economics degree from Vanderbilt University. In addition to serving as board chair for City Year Columbia, Chris chairs the advisory board for The First Tee of Columbia, an institution that has grown to 350 participants, teaching children life skills through the game of golf. She serves as the state leader for Million Women Mentors South Carolina, which focuses on increasing mentorship of girls and young women interested in STEM. This year, Chris and her mother started a scholarship to be awarded to a young woman from South Carolina who plans to pursue a STEM degree. Chris was honored to be included in Columbia Business Monthly's Best & Brightest 35 and Under.
Chris lives in Columbia with her husband and their two “Wolfe cubs” and enjoys the opportunities that Columbia has to apply to her passion for education, golf and community service.
Iris Griffin is the vice president—financial management and integration for Southeast Energy Group. She is responsible for planning, directing and overseeing the finance functions for the organization’s operations in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, she has responsibility for the integration of the Southeast Energy Group into the Dominion Energy structure. Before their merger with Dominion Energy, Iris served as chief financial officer and treasurer for SCANA Corporation. During her time with SCANA, she also was vice president of finance and held leadership roles in audit services, privacy, corporate compliance, investor relations, and rate and regulatory affairs.
Prior to joining SCANA, Iris worked at Scott McElveen in Columbia, SC and Ernst & Young in Raleigh, NC. Iris serves the community on the Finance Committee for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Board for Central SC Habitat for Humanity. She also previously served in leadership roles on boards for Senior Resources and Columbia City Ballet. Iris earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina. She is also a certified public accountant in South Carolina.
Denise Jefferson is a seasoned health insurance professional, with more than 20 years at BlueCross BlueShield of SC. Prior to joining BlueCross BlueShield of SC, Denise served six years as a paratrooper in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division.
In her current role, Denise develops the strategy and oversees the management of BlueCross’ BLUE Retail Centers, which includes three brick and mortar stores and two mobile retail centers. She also is responsible for the sales and marketing efforts of the direct sales and telemarketing departments who support BlueCross’ Affordable Care Act, small business and Medicare products.
Denise holds three master’s degrees in business administration, healthcare management and information technology. Denise’s also has a bachelor's in business administration and sociology. Denise has worked as an adjunct professor at Strayer University, Sullivan University and Virginia College.
Dr. Emmanuel Lalande draws upon more than 13 years of experience as an administrator in higher education. He began his career in 2005 with Delaware State University, and over the next five years he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility. Ultimately serving as the director of student leadership and activities, Emmanuel handled a nearly $5 million budget while managing the school’s student center, Greek system and new student orientation program.
In 2010, Emmanuel accepted a position as the director of student activities at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where he spearheaded the renovation of the student center while leading student advising activities. He built upon this experience at his next position as the assistant dean of students at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. During his two years at Bethune-Cookman, Emmanuel led a series of initiatives to reform the student handbook, create a student activities board and renovate the student center.
Since that time, Emmanuel has held leadership positions in the administrations of Harris-Stowe State University in Missouri and Florida Memorial University. Currently, he serves as the vice president for enrollment management at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. In this role, he draws upon his lengthy experience to manage all aspects of admissions and student enrollment.