Our board members

— Shaun Barnes

Shaun Barnes graduated from Clemson University and has worked for Comporium, where he is Vice President of Corporate Communications, since 2006.  Originally from Rock Hill, he has been a resident of York since 2013.  Shaun focuses his personal time on serving the community through his church, by volunteering with Comporium’s Pioneer Club, and by serving on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of York County, the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the York County Community Foundation, and the York County Free Clinic.

— Grier Sandifer

Grier Sandifer is a lifelong resident of York and a 1994 graduate of York Comprehensive High School.  He and his wife Crystal, have two daughters, Blakely and Caroline, who are students in the district. Grier serves as an Executive Vice President at Bank of York and is involved in other community and civic activities.  He and his family have been significantly impacted by the excellent teachers, coaches and staff of York School District 1 and he is excited about the opportunity to give back by serving on the Board of Directors for the foundation.

— Elizabeth Smith Owen

Elizabeth Smith Owen is a partner with Morton & Gettys. She primarily practices in the areas of family law and education law. Elizabeth lives in Rock Hill with her husband, Henry, and 2 daughters. She is a native of York and a 1998 graduate of York High School. She is passionate about public education and early literacy and is proud to serve as the Foundation’s first Board Chair.

— Maria Duncan

A life-long resident of York, Maria Duncan is an alum of the York One schools. Maria began a career in education in 1971 as a teacher in the York School District.  Throughout the next forty-four years, she enjoyed various employment opportunities working in education.  She retired in 2015 as Director of Human Resources.

Maria is married to David and has two children who also are alumni of YSD. While enjoying retirement, she keeps busy with various church activities and memberships in community and civic organizations. She finds it an honor to be on the York Education Foundation Board which she says provides opportunities to continue to support the educational endeavors of the district.

— Meg Ferguson

Meg Ferguson is a contract grow manager for Metrolina Greenhouses’ York facility. Metrolina Greenhouses, founded in 1972, is one of the largest greenhouse operations in the world. Meg has worked with Metrolina since 2013, and she has lived and served the York community for over 20 years. Meg is married to Jack and lives in York. She has two children that have proudly attended York Schools.

— Tom Faulkenberry

Tom Faulkenberry has been a resident of York School District One since 1984. He was District administrator in YSD One (1984-1996 and 2000-2005), Dean of School of Education and Graduate Studies at Converse College (retired 2010), Superintendent in Newberry County School District (1996-2000), and a Former teacher, counselor, coach, and school administrator. He is married to Nancy, have 2 children (Kelly and Brian), and 5 grandchildren (Anna Wallace, Libby, Thomas, Sam and Ollie.)

He believes in public education and has a sincere desire to help improve educational opportunities for students attending schools in York School District One. Faculty, staff, administrators, and board members work hard to provide quality learning environments and experiences, and the support made available through Foundation efforts can enhance their efforts and increase potential for improved student achievement.

— Nikki Carpenter

Nikki Carpenter is a resident of York SC and a YCHS Graduate (C/O 2000). Nikki owns a bookkeeping and tax business in the heart of Historic York for 5 years. She is excited and committed to serving on the YSD1 Education Foundation because there is a need to nurture and provide our youth with the necessary tools to become positive, self-sufficient citizens and role models in our community and YSD1 Education Foundation will be a great opportunity to help with that task.

— Amy Hagner

Amy Hagner Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations and have been in the district for 14 years.

— Kelly Coxe

Kelly Coxe is the Superintendent for York School District One. She has been an educator for 28 years.

— Becky Baker

Becky lives in Sharon, SC (Western York County) and is proud to be a product of York
School District 1. She got her Bachelor of Arts in English for the University of SC and
then went on to pursue her nursing degree at USC Upstate. After which, she received
her Master’s in Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Clemson University. Becky
opened Broad River Wellness, LLC in Sharon in March of 2022. She works there to be
health literacy to the community. She also teaches Pharmacology for the Nursing
Program at York Technical College. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her
husband and their two boys. Her children also attend York School District.

Porter Gable

— Porter Gable

Porter has been with York Electric Cooperative since 2008 and currently serves as the Vice President of Communications and Outreach. She grew up in Smyrna, SC, and she and her husband live in downtown York with their daughter, Ava Wallace. She earned a BA in Finance from Wofford College in 2008, the designation of Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) from NRECA in 2018, and her MBA from Queens University in 2021. Porter says, “Any day I am able to tell the co-op story in a creative way is a great day. I am proud to work for an organization that works to improve the quality of life for people in our communities and that puts exceptional service and kindness above all else. ”Outside of the co-op, Porter serves on the York County Regional Chamber Board, Palmetto Community Health Care Board, York Technical College Foundation Board, is a member of the York Rotary Club and serves as a commissioner for the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She and her family attend Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in York and enjoy spending time and serving in the York community.

— Amber Simpson

Amber Simpson is a lifelong resident of York and a YCHS Alumni c/o 2004. Amber resides in York with her husband Jermaine and together they have four children. She has previously served as a Board of Trustee for YSD1. She is a member of the parent advisory council and was recently inducted into the YCHS Hall of Fame for the 2002 YCHS Girls Basketball Team. Amber is actively involved with her church Langrum Branch Baptist Church and the youth department.

Amber believes in serving her community and is looking forward to helping the York One Foundation elevate in our district.