Young Professionals Auxiliary | Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina

Junior Achievement Young Professional Auxiliary (JA YPA)

YPAJA YPA is an extension of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, comprised of young community leaders who share the JA mission: "To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy." 

JA YPA encourages professional growth, provides community service opportunities and fosters advancement advocacy.


The JAGSC YPA is made up of diverse young professionals in the 34 county region that JAGSC serves. The purpose of the YPA is to build awareness of JA, volunteer with JA, and oversee the annual YPA bowl-a-thon event for JAGSC:

  • Spearhead planning the YPA Bowl-A-Thon with a May or June date.
  • Recruit others to participate on the JAGSC YPA.
  • Recruit other  young professionals to volunteer with JAGSC.
  • Help create awareness of JAGSC and its programs.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and for ways to improve JAGSC YPA and other JAGSC programs.

Expectations of YPA Member

The role of each board member is vital to the total success of the YPA group.  Active input and participation is key in obtaining board objectives and keeping to its mission. Members are expected to:

  • Commit to serving and actively participate in the work of the committee for the full term of appointment
  • Be prepared to lead and participate in discussions throughout the year
  • Review any relevant material prior to meetings in preparation for contributing and voicing opinions concerning board issues
  • Attend meetings and board sponsored events

Interested in serving on JA YPA? Contact Matt Morrison at (803) 252-1974 or

Current Members

Co-Chairs: Mary Cothonneau Eldridge, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. and Will Kennemur, Merrill Lynch

Randi Branham, Elliott Davis Decosimo

Margaret Clay, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine

Virginia Cochran, Chernoff Newman

B. Lindsay Crawford, IV, Crawford & von Keller, LLC

Colton Driver, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Ben Dudek, Fisher Phillips

Blake Dowd, Synovus Bank

Joshua Greene, S.C. Retirement System Investment Commission

Kara Bailey Hamilton, Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC

Amanda Harter, Hood Construction Company, Inc.

Luther H. Holmes, III, Arthur State Bank

Ashley Johnson, McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC

Cordes Kennedy, Murphy Grantland

Robin Kirby, Dominion Energy

Paul Joseph Krouse, Colonial Life

Staci Lovelace, SouthState Bank

Russ Purdy, Merrill Lynch

Kyle Ritter, Colonial Life

Elizabeth Turner, Colliers International

Stacey Singleton Whitfield, Grant Thorton LLP


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