The Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 2022 Leadership Berkeley Graduating Class

(Berkeley County, SC) – On October 20, the Leadership Berkeley class of 2022 celebrated a successful year and completion of the program at a graduation luncheon at Wampee Conference Center. The 2022 Leadership Berkeley class kicked off their nine-month long program in February 2022. The program is designed to expose businesses and area leaders to the opportunities and challenges facing our community; promoting and fostering leadership creates a strong and diverse pool of community leaders who are committed to shaping Berkeley County’s future. Graduates emerge from the program with an unprecedented level of community awareness as well as insights that they can apply in the workforce.

Each month, the participants experience topics concerning our community, including economic development, education and workforce, healthcare and social issues, government, and law enforcement and judiciary. Dr. Constance J. Pritchard, Master Career Counselor and Trainer, stated “this is a dynamic class and with their diverse backgrounds this will be one group who will set out to make a change.”

The Leadership Berkeley Class of 2022 includes Sonya Altenbach, Home Telecom; Lauren Bailey, Southern First; Abhishek Bhansali, Nucor Steel Berkeley; Amy Chico, HLA, Inc.; David Cole, Nucor Steel Berkeley; Russell Cook, Nucor Steel Berkeley; Antuan L. Cromedy, Santee Cooper Credit Union; Gary Darby, Nucor Steel Berkeley; Matthew Edens, Home Telecom; Robert M. Edwards, Home Telecom; Robert Elliott, Trident Technical College; Mark DeFilippo, Nucor Steel Berkeley; Ellie Gilmore, Home Telecom; Lauren King, Home Telecom; Brian Lynch, Santee Cooper; Loretta Moore, Berkeley Electric Cooperative; Jennifer Myers, Dominion Energy; Rachel Simpson, Synovus Bank; Ray T. Williams, First National Bank. We are honored to add these graduates to the incredible roster of leaders who have come before them, and we are excited to see what their futures hold!

For more information on Leadership Berkeley, visit or contact Simone Thornton at 843.761.8238.


About Leadership Berkeley

Leadership Berkeley is an educational program offered through the Berkeley Chamber. The 10-month program provides emerging and existing leaders in the Greater Berkeley County area with an opportunity to enhance their civic knowledge and network. For over 25 years, Leadership Berkeley has helped participants better understand the local community, while building relationships with current and future leaders.


About Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the greater Berkeley County area. The Chamber seeks to accomplish this vision by advocating for initiatives that enable businesses to grow, thrive and remain relevant and forward-thinking in an ever-changing world. The chamber exists to create a positive impact on our community. The Berkeley Chamber strives to be the unifying force that brings together and leads those who work to improve the quality of life in the Berkeley County region through business growth.