Our Team

RIA grant funding decisions are governed by a Board of Directors, including six members who represent distressed, less developed counties. The SC Secretary of Commerce serves as Chairman. The Board develops an annual grant program strategy that guides the grant programs and funding to be made available and the process for selecting qualified projects to receive grant assistance from the RIA. The Executive Director reports to the Board and oversees an eight-member team of professionals.

Board of Directors

Robert M. Hitt, III

Chairman, S.C. Department of Commerce

Michael A. Pitts

Vice-Chairman, State Representative

David E. Anderson

Anderson Brothers Bank

William Clyburn

State Representative

Michael Gambrell

State Senator

William Kellahan, Jr.

Kellahan & Associates

Jack W. Shuler

Palmetto Agribusiness Council

Chairman’s Message

Learn more about the agency's mission and activities from the Chairman of the SC Rural Infrastructure Authority's Board of Directors and Secretary of the SC Department of Commerce, Robert M. Hitt III.

Board Meetings

RIA schedules four meetings annually. The Board reviews qualified projects and makes funding decisions in the spring and fall in conjunction with each competitive application round. Public notices are given prior to each meeting.

Administration

The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority is committed to public stewardship and publishes annual reports regarding financial activities and funding approvals.

Staff

Bonnie Ammons

Executive Director

Pamela Gantt

Administrative Assistant

Grants

Jackie Calvi Mack

Senior Program Manager

Eric Melaro

Program Manager

Liz Rosinski

Senior Program Manager

Loans

James Absher

Senior Financial Analyst

Noel Hebert

Senior Financial Analyst

Holley Sparkman

Loan Administration

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