THE COLUMBIA FILM SOCIETY WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Annually, the Columbia Film Society membership elects members to the Board of Directors. Board members serve for three-year terms and a maximum of three terms. The CFS election in the fall did not garner enough participation to validate the election. CFS reopened the election in May after updating the bylaws to allow for electronic participation and the membership voted the following board members into office.
Mark Cooper is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of South Carolina, where he also serves as Faculty Senate Chair. A scholar of media-making institutions, he is the author of books on women directors in early Hollywood and archival newsfilm. At USC, Mark has been interim director of Moving Image Research Collections and director of Film and Media Studies. He currently serves as treasurer for Women and Film History International. Mark moved to Columbia in 2007 and has been a strong Nick supporter ever since, participating in numerous community forums and serving on several programming advisory committees. This will be his first term on the CFS board.
Terrance Henderson is an international award-winning, locally-based performing artist, choreographer, director, writer, and teacher. He is the dance program coordinator for the Midlands Arts Conservatory, a company member and chair of the Equity Task Force at Trustus Theatre, and an Artist-in-Residence and Arts Integration Specialist at Logan Elementary School. Presently Terrance is facilitating conversations on equity, racial justice, and anti-racism in the arts community. He received the 2016 Steve G. Morrison Visionary Award, which honors someone who exhibits the best combination of vision and leadership applied to arts and history and the cultural foundation of the City. This will be his first term on the CFS Board.
Damon Jeter is Executive Consultant with Jet Corp Consulting Group, LLC. He has served on the Richland County Council, where he was Vice Chair, and on the Richland One School Board, where he had leadership roles on the Finance and Curriculum committees. Damon currently serves on the Board for the Columbia World Affairs Council and is a member of Synovus Bank Advisory Board. A native of Columbia, he was educated at Howard University and received a BS degree at the University of South Carolina. Damon is married to Dr. Ragin Monteith Jeter, and they have two children, Morgan and Myles. This will be his second term on the CFS board.
Recently retired from Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation where he held a key leadership role for 22 years, Hank Jibaja has a senior role with a startup tech company called Hank AI Inc. He also serves as a commissioner on the Richland-Lexington Airport Commission, representing Lexington County. Hank and his lovely wife Vimarie Jibaja live in Lexington, SC with their three young boys. He has been a long-time Nickelodeon supporter and an active Board member, currently serving as Vice-President of the CFS Board. This will be his second term on the CFS Board.
Scottie Smith is Senior Vice-President at Crosland Barnes, where she focuses on landlord and tenant services in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries in the Southeast. She earned a BA from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Scottie serves on the Historic Columbia Advisory Council, the First Citizens Advisory Board, and the ICSC Public and Private Partnership committee and is a volunteer for Junior Achievement of South Carolina. This will be her third term on the CFS board.