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Keynote Speakers

Charles C. Weathers

As the founder of The Weathers Group, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational behavior and development, Charles is a nationally recognized speaker, writer and consultant. He is known for his ability to help groups navigate difficult conversations and he captivates audiences with contagious energy, insight and humor.

Weathers is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a Forbes Coaches Council member, an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, a Riley Diversity Fellow (Furman University), a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and a member of the National Speakers Association.

In his mission to positively impact lives, Weathers has made headlines by lending his voice to innovative companies in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. Charles has logged more than 16,000 facilitation hours over the last 15 years developing solutions for clients ranging from grassroots community organizations to billion-dollar business enterprises. His work has touched the lives of leading executives at TD Bank, BASF Corporation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and countless foundations and organizations across the globe.

Charles enjoys volunteering with numerous organizations and is a proud board member of Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands of SC. A trusted advisor and coach, he and his family reside in Columbia, South Carolina. You can follow Charles on social media channels at @CharlesWeathers and learn more by visiting www.charlescweathers.com.

Shenandoah Chefalo

Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, a Core Essentials Graduate from Coach U, and a member of the Foster Leaders Movement. She is a sought after speaker on topics surrounding youth in foster care and the science and impact of trauma and resilience on various social issues; and a trainer/consultant that helps private, governmental and public organizations implement sustainable trauma-informed strategies that are focused on learning new skills as well as organizational culture changes and shifts. She has been featured as a consultant and trainer nationally and internationally.

After spending nearly 20 years as a Law Office Administrator, Shenandoah became unsettled by the ever-revolving door of people into the criminal justice system and set out to find a way to change it.

A survivor and alumni of the foster care system, Shenandoah Chefalo is also the co-founder of the #4600andCounting, a grass-roots movement to bring awareness and change to the missing youth of foster care. She is also a faculty member and trainer at The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities a new initiative by the Crossnore School and Children’s Home to help organizations translate the science of trauma and adversity.

In addition to her multi-award-winning book, Garbage Bag Suitcase, she also wrote an e-book entitled Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals and is also working on her next manuscript, Hiking for Stillness.


Breakout Speakers


State Agencies Panel

Debbie Blalock

Debbie Blalock

Debbie Blaylock is the Deputy Director of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. In her current role, she is responsible for statewide outpatient services provided by SCDMH, to include those provided by all 16 mental health centers.
Connie Munn

Connie Munn

As Director of the South Carolina Department on Aging (SCDOA), Mrs. Munn is responsible for the direct administration and programmatic supervision of the agency’s department heads, and she also interacts regularly with agencies and stakeholders to seek partnerships and develop solutions to meet the needs of South Carolina’s rapidly growing senior population.
Nena Staley

Nena Staley

Because of Ms. Staley’s success as Warden at Manning Correctional Institution, she was recently promoted to the Agency’s Assistant Deputy Director of Programs and Services and was given a new Division, which is developing Statewide Reentry programs.
Dustin Welch

Dustin Welch

Dustin Welch is a Program Coordinator II with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Dustin serves as the Outreach and Education coordinator for consumer and stakeholder engagement and communication to include training and training development.

Veterans Panel