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 a nine-member team of professionals.

Board of Directors

Harry M. Lightsey, III

Chairman, S.C. Department of Commerce

David E. Anderson

Anderson Brothers Bank

William Clyburn

State Representative

Michael Gambrell

State Senator

William Kellahan, Jr.

Kellahan & Associates

Jack W. Shuler

Retired, ArborOne & SC Department of Agriculture

Richard Yow

State Representative

Executive Director's Message

Learn more about the agency's mission and activities from the Executive Director of the SC Rural Infrastructure Authority, Bonnie Ammons.

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.


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


Bonnie Ammons

Executive Director


Liz Rosinski

Grants Program Director

Jackie Calvi Mack

Senior Program Manager and Special Projects Director

Wes Connell

Federal and State Compliance Manager

Nate Foutch

Program Manager

Taylor Gray

Program Manager

Abby Linden

Program Manager

Sophia Mazza

Grants Administrator

Mikita Patel

Program Manager

Cothea Scott

Program Manager

Jackie Taylor

Program Manager

Kendra Wilkerson

Program Policy & Development Manager

Loans/Agency Accounting

Noel Hebert

Finance Director/Assistant Loan Programs Director

Chris Rabon

Accounting Manager

Talyia Durant


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