Public Education Partners (PEP), Greenville County’s only nonprofit focused solely on improving K-12 public education, recently welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors. They are: Faith Adedokun, Business Analyst for Sitel Corporation; Helen Dowbak, Assurance Senior Manager at Elliott Davis, LLC; Neil Grayson, Partner at Nelson Mullins; Sharda Jackson Smith, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate; and Sara Montero-Buria, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Hispanic Alliance.
Faith Adedokun is South Carolina native who received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College SC and her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina where she received her MBA in Business and Data Analytics in 2018. Currently a business analyst for Miami Based Sitel Corporation, Adedokun also served as Managing Director for The Iron Yard Greenville, and as the team lead and member of the Greenville Network for Southern Economic Mobility.
Helen Dowbak is an assurance senior manager at Elliott Davis, LLC with over 12 years of experience in public accounting. She provides assurance services to manufacturing, distribution, and other commercial companies, including U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned businesses and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registrants. She also leads the firm’s newly created shared services group.
Neil Grayson is returning to the PEP Board, where during his prior tenure he served as Board Chair. Neil is a Partner at Nelson Mullins, where he heads the firm’s financial institutions corporate and regulatory practice group, representing primarily financial institutions, fintech companies, and alternative financial services companies. He also serves on the Board of the Institute for Child Success and the SC Student Loan Corporation.
Sharda Jackson Smith is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate’s School of Education, Human Performance, and Health located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She has served as a K-12 teacher, clinical educator, and has worked with state department initiatives to advance the field for students and teachers. Currently, Jackson Smith’s research interests surround academic achievement and equitable funding.
Sara Montero-Buria is the Director of Marketing & Communications for the Hispanic Alliance, where she joined as the organization’s second staff-person in 2013. Sara has served Hispanic Alliance in many capacities, setting the ground work for its innovative community team model, and supporting and connecting its thriving network. Prior to this, Sara worked for eight years in the Language Services Department of the Greenville Health System, first serving as Medical Interpreter and then as Department Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Bob Jones University.