In January, the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce invited ICS Board Vice Chair, Dr. Desmond Kelly , to present to its inaugural SURGE cohort , a new leadership program designed to create high-impact change in Spartanburg. SURGE is made up of leaders selected by the chamber’s Executive Board. Dr. Kelly discussed the importance of early childhood and early child brain development.
A number of Greenville organizations have highlighted notable community members in honor of Black History Month , focusing not only on figures of the past but also the current black community members who are helping to build a better Greenville. ICS is honored to have members of our board who have been recognized in this way. The United Way of Greenville County highlighted Merl Code ’s long history of work on behalf of Greenville, calling him a “brilliant community leader.” And Ava Smith & Associates heralded Calvin Calhoun III’ s dedication to “create new synergies and business opportunities for all.”

In January, ICS welcomed Karen Cantu as our new Executive Assistant. Karen has many years of experience working in similar roles with Prisma Health (previously the Greenville Health System). Prior to his retirement, Karen served as the longtime executive assistant to ICS Board Member Dr. Bill Schmidt.  We are grateful to have Karen's expertise and eye for detail on our team!