Our Board

Board of Directors

Courtney Atkinson, JD, a partner and attorney at Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC, serves as Chair for the Jasmine Road Board of Directors. Courtney received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and her JD from the Washington & Lee University School of Law.

A native of Greenville, SC, she has practiced law in the community since 2003, and has served with various civic and non-profit organizations, including the City of Greenville’s Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, the Junior League of Greenville, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, the GHS Children’s Hospital Development Council and the Greenville County Bar Association .

Both her professional and volunteer life have led her to work with victims of trafficking, sexual assault and other abuses, and she feels passionately about working to serve the needs of women in our community.


Kim Silver, Assistant Dean for the School of Business and Computer Technology and longtime accounting instructor for the Accounting Program at Greenville Technical College, serves as Vice Chair on Jasmine Road’s board of directors.

Kim implemented and funded student memberships into the local IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) at Greenville Tech accounting students. She also incorporated a permanent student-facilitated VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site on campus and into the accounting curriculum which has been serving tax preparation in the community for nine years. Kim is passionate about transforming students’ lives and providing affordable education and a meaningful experience which aligns with the mission and vision of the College. She also serves on many college committees within Greenville Tech.

Prior to teaching Kim worked in the corporate world and owned her own tax practice and has worked in small business for more than 25 years. She is also a longtime resident of Simpsonville, SC, and has three children.


Leanne Jaskwhich, shareholder and Chief Financial Officer at NAI Earle Furman, serves as Jasmine Road’s Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Leanne has over 20 years of accounting experience and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Along with her Jasmine Road responsibilities, she currently gives her time and professional expertise as Board Treasurer for Pendleton Place and has previously served as Board Treasurer for A Child’s Haven and Hands On Greenville, as well as Finance VP for the Junior League of Greenville. A native of Greenville, Leanne earned a B.S. in Management from Clemson University and a master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of South Carolina.

Leanne is a sustaining member of the Greenville Junior League and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Frances Poe, who serves as a Change Management Consultant with North Highland, serves as Secretary on Jasmine Road’s board of directors. She recently earned her master's degree in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. She previously worked with Christ Church Episcopal as the Director of Faith in Action and Director of Young Adult Ministries. During her time with Christ Church she worked alongside volunteers and community leaders to launch Jasmine Road. She also worked in real estate development at Hughes Commercial Properties.

A native of Greenville, Frances is committed to helping create a community where everyone thrives. She served on the United Ministries Board of Directors for ten years and served as the Board President during their 50th Anniversary and Golden Opportunity Campaign. She also served on the Sterling Hope Center Board, the Diocesan of Upper South Carolina World Missions Committee, and the Center for Creative Arts Exhibition Committee and Development Committee.


Angela Brown serves as a member of Jasmine Road’s Board of Directors. Angela is an instructor at Greenville Technical College (GTC), where she teaches Supply Chain Management. At GTC, she serves on the Faculty Senate and the Supply Chain Management Advisory Board.

Before joining GTC, Angela spent 25 years in the corporate world. While working in corporate, she was encouraged by her graduate professor to become an adjunct instructor. After teaching part-time at Limestone University in the early 2000s, she discovered that the college campus was her passion; however, she did not transition to full-time teaching until many years later. Angela is passionate about helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in their careers. She gives back to the community by volunteering at Jumpstart Youth, an organization in Chester, SC, founded by her pastor.

Angela enjoys traveling with her husband, Michael, and their adult children and watching documentaries.


Angi Einstein is a community volunteer and member of the Jasmine Road Board of Directors. She worked extensively in the background during the process of renovating the building now occupied by Jasmine Kitchen and continues to champion the kitchen as a way for the community to support the mission of Jasmine Road (one cup of soup at a time) in addition to serving as a creative and learning outlet for the residents themselves.

A graduate of Georgia Southern University with a BS in marketing, Angi currently serves on two councils at Prisma Health - Greenville Memorial campus: the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) which connects a cross-section of community volunteers with key hospital personnel to focus on providing improved services to the community and the Patient Experience Executive Council which evaluates patient feedback and tracks measurable plans for improvement in patient experience where needed.

She previously served as president of the Cancer Society of Greenville County board as well as Hope Ball chair, and has held various leadership positions with the Junior League of Greenville, Christ Church Episcopal School, and many other local organizations.

Angi and her husband, Howard, have two grown children and two dogs to keep them company in their empty nest.


Dr. Carson Felkel is the Lead Physician of the Behavioral Health Program Services for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, South Carolina and the Lead Physician of the Behavioral Health Team for Bon Secours Health System, Inc. Marriottsville, Maryland. In addition, Dr. Felkel serves as co-executive director of the Upstate Behavioral Health Provider Collaborative, bringing local health systems together to coordinate community-wide behavioral health issues.

A graduate of Wake Forest University and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, where he served as chief of both programs. Dr. Felkel is board certified in Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

A resident of Greenville, Dr. Felkel is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, South Carolina Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Mike Gatchell, a longtime fundraising and sales professional, is currently the Co-founder and CEO of Abundance Capital, a venture philanthropy platform utilizing donor-advised funds to make impact investments. From 2007 to 2018, he served as a senior executive and vice president for development at Furman University, where he also worked during the 1990’s in other fundraising capacities. Prior to his recent leadership roles at Furman, Mike spent five years as a senior account manager at Blackbaud in Charleston, where he was a consultant for numerous fundraising organizations across the country.

His career also included experience with DeMint Marketing and leadership of a small tech start-up in Greenville. Mike received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Furman University and an MBA from Clemson University. In addition to his service on the board at Jasmine Road, he also serves on the board for CommunityWorks and Soteria CDC.

Mike and his wife, Heather, live in Greenville and have two sons, Griffin and Eli.


Cynthia P. King, Ph.D., is a member of Jasmine Road’s Board of Directors. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Communication at Auburn University, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Since 2006 she has taught in the Department of Communication Studies at Furman University, where she is currently Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence. Prior to Furman Dr. King taught in the Public Communication Division of the School of Communication at American University. Dr. King teaches in the areas of strategic public discourse, public speaking, African American rhetoric, and media studies.

In 2015, she was awarded Furman’s prestigious Meritorious Teaching Award and appointed chair of the Department of Communication Studies. She also has led communication workshops for organizations that include the Hope Leadership Program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Albania American Council in Pristina Kosovo, the Academy for Educational Development (AED), and the McNair Scholars Programs at the University of Maryland and American University, The Women’s Leadership Initiative Furman University, and The Riley White Peterson Policy Fellowship Program, The Riley Institute Furman University.


Libba King serves as a member of Jasmine Road’s Board of Directors. Libba is an Associate in the Real Estate division at Pacolet Milliken, a family-owned investment company with strong multigenerational ties to the Upstate. In this role, she primarily assists with land development, affordable housing strategy and some bespoke asset management needs. Libba has spent the majority of her career working in affordable housing, most recently in acquisitions at a New York City-based Section 8 acquisition-redevelopment development company. Libba is passionate about furthering the deep community Jasmine Road offers its residents and has been inspired by the financially sustainable model of local enterprise Jasmine Road employs. She is grateful to be able to (hopefully) serve marginalized women working through addiction at Jasmine Road and always seeks to be an ever-positive force for good.

Libba graduated with a BA and MA in Economics / International Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is fortunate to serve as Sponsorship Chair of the South Carolina Women’s Affordable Housing Network, volunteer as an Investment Advisory Committee member at Abundance Capital and volunteer with the Greenville Homeless Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her younger brother and doing hot yoga with friends in Greenville.


Frances M. Patterson, CPA, serves as a member of the Jasmine Road Board of Directors. Frances has more than 35 years of public accounting experience, including 10 years with a Big Four accounting firm, and has a deep knowledge of federal and state taxation. Frances was a tax shareholder with Elliott Davis in Greenville, SC, retiring in 2021. She specialized in estate and wealth transfer planning and led the Personal Financial Services Practice while at Elliott Davis. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

Frances also has professional affiliations with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She has also served in many board and committee positions with organizations including Greenville Humane Society, Shannon Forest Christian School, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Piedmont Health Foundation, South Carolina International Dyslexia Association, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, and Greenville Community Foundation.


Robbin Phillips serves on the Jasmine Road Board of Directors. Her impressive career as one of the founders and President of Brains on Fire, a branding and design company, has kept her surrounded by brilliant artists, writers, creators, and dreamers. She is the co-author of two top selling business books, Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful Sustainable Word of Mouth Movements and The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing. In 2019, Robbin sold her shares in Brains on Fire and set out to create a remarkable Third Act. She is now channeling her creativity as a painter and writer. She is and will always be an advocate for positive change in the world, putting this into action by serving as a mentor with the South Carolina Minority Business Accelerator and a board member of Jasmine Road. You can find her writing about her life and passions on her website at robbinphillips.com.


Meg Scoopmire, JD, an attorney at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, serves on the Jasmine Road Board. Meg is a native of Greenville and a graduate of Furman University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Her law practice concentrates on business transactions, commercial real estate, and financial services. She has served with various civic and non-profit organizations, including the CREW Upstate, United Ministries, and the University of North Carolina School of Law, Center for Banking and Finance. In addition to her work with Jasmine Road she is a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels.


Courtney Thomas, CPA works as a recruiter in FGP’s Finance and Accounting division, is a member of Jasmine Road’s Board of Directors. Courtney received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from College of Charleston and then went on to study accounting at the University of South Carolina.

A native of Greenville, Courtney began her career working in Audit with Dixon Hughes Goodman in Greenville and progressed into roles in campus recruiting and experience hire recruiting, including 5 years with a national search firm while always remaining true to accounting and finance professionals. Courtney has always served and contributed back to the community. Throughout her professional career, Courtney has served on numerous non-profit boards including being the President of the Junior League of Greenville, Compass of Carolina and Happy Hooves.


Marsha Wallace is the founder of the acclaimed non-profit giving circle, Dining for Women, which she created to bring awareness to developing world challenges and solutions. The non-profit has been featured on NBC Nightly News “Making a Difference,” in People and leading women’s magazines, and newspapers and radio stations across the country.

In 2013 Marsha was named a People Magazine “Hero Among Us” and Hilary Clinton has called her organization a “partner in progress” and “a powerful example of how individual acts of giving, when aggregated, can make a deep and transformational impact.”

Marsha began her professional career as a nurse and brings her passion of championing human rights and the social justice of women and girls to the Jasmine Road Board of Directors.


Kathryn Norwood, community volunteer, is Chair Emeritus of Jasmine Road's board of directors. A native of Greenville, Kathryn is passionate about making a difference in her hometown and particularly enjoys the opportunity, through Jasmine Road, to build collaborative community partnerships, to bring transformative social impact using social enterprise, and most importantly to serve marginalized women in the Greenville community.

Kathryn earned a B.A. in English and Art History and a master’s degree in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. Kathryn’s community experience includes serving on the founding board of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and serving as a trustee on the board of Christ Church Episcopal School for 8 years that included chairing the Capital Campaign Committee to build a new Performing Arts Center. Kathryn has gained entrepreneurial experience from launching several small businesses, managing real estate investments and serving on the board of a family global manufacturing business for 20 years. Kathryn and her husband Ben have two adult children. She loves yoga, hiking, cooking healthy meals, and attending concerts.


Jasmine Road is South Carolina's first two-year residential program for adult women survivors of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. The organization joins more than 40 Thistle Farms sister communities around the country and serves to heal, empower, and employ local women survivors in our community.

Jasmine Road was recognized as a 2023 Angel by the South Carolina Secretary of State. The Secretary of State annually selects organizations that represent some of the most efficient and effective charities in South Carolina. Jasmine Road was one of twelve Angels selected this year.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 25452, Greenville, SC 29616
Jasmine Road: 864-546-5077
Jasmine Kitchen: 864-263-3374
Email: info@jasmineroad.org
Web: www.JasmineRoad.org   
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