Channa Williams is Interim Chief Financial Officer for Charleston County School District. As a successful financial executive with more than 20 years of experience in corporate, non-profit and government sectors, Channa offers a wealth of knowledge, experience, and financial leadership in the areas of budget, finance, accounting, capital investment, treasury, risk and audit management.
After receiving her MBA in Accounting and International Finance, Channa led financial operations across various public, non-profit and private entities. Focusing on effective and efficient financial operations and business practices, Ms. Williams has managed the $85M financial operations for Baltimore City Community College. Channa has also managed the $250M financial operations for national charter network, Achievement First, serving as Vice President & Controller. In addition, she has managed the $1.3B budget for Baltimore City Public Schools as Director of Budget and Strategy & Performance Management. Her management portfolio also includes, directing Baltimore City’s $3B Water, Wastewater and Stormwater capital budgets – accounting for ~80% of the City’s total capital budget. Complementing her work in Baltimore City, she’s also developed automated database solutions and accounting practices for the Department of Homeland Security, focused on financial revenue recovery operations as a management partner at UPS and spearheaded various financial components for the SC&H Group.
Mercedes joined Charleston County School District as General Counsel in July 2021. Her legal experience spans from general civil litigation, family law, and criminal law to asbestos claims and education law. Prior to this role, she served as in-house counsel in higher education, most recently as Associate General Counsel for the United States Air Force Academy.
A native of Ridgeville, South Carolina, Mercedes received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston, her juris doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her master of laws degree in intercultural human rights from Saint Thomas University School of Law. Mercedes is licensed to practice law in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Mercedes is passionate about human rights and ensuring all children have access to equitable educational opportunities.
Terri H. Nichols is a longtime employee of the Charleston County School District who has dedicated most of her adult life to children, teaching, and learning. She began her career as a teacher at Morningside Elementary and also taught at Brentwood Middle School where she was named Teacher of the Year and a CCSD semi-finalist in 1987. Mrs. Nichols moved into administration and became Assistant Principal at Hunley Park before she was named Principal at Mary Ford Elementary in 1991. During her tenure at Mary Ford, the school was recognized by the National Title I department at their convention in Anaheim, California for demonstrating marked academic achievement in both reading and mathematics. Additionally, Mrs. Nichols was awarded the CCSD Principal of the Year Honor in 1996.
Mrs. Nichols continued as a principal moving to lead Belle Hall Elementary from 1999 through 2008. During this time, the school maintained its excellent rating awarded by the South Carolina Department of Education. Mrs. Nichols, a huge supporter of students with special needs, was recognized by the Downs Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry with the Education Award in 2005, and, in 2009, she was awarded the Friend of Reading Recovery for her support of Reading Recovery as an intervention for struggling first-grade readers.
In 2008, Mrs. Nichols became an Associate Superintendent for elementary schools supervising at first 17 elementary schools and ultimately having primary responsibility for the operation and supervision of all 45 elementary schools in CCSD.
The Citadel and the Anita Zucker School of Education honored Mrs. Nichols with the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2017 for her many years of service to the students, teachers, and parents of Charleston County.
Her current role is Interim Executive Associate Superintendent of Literacy and Certified Staff Development and is working with a variety of initiatives including literacy and leadership development.
A former English teacher, Master Teacher, Principal, Director, and Executive Director, Anita Huggins currently serves as the Interim Chief Transformation Officer for Charleston County School District (CCSD). An accomplished educator with nearly 25 years of experience in education, Ms. Huggins has led in various Charleston County School District (CCSD) schools and communities during her tenure. Prior to her current role, she served as Executive Director of Secondary Schools; for over 12 years, she trained hundreds of teachers and administrators from all of CCSD’s schools in how to effectively plan for instruction, deliver instruction, and develop conducive environments for learners as the Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness. In that role, Ms. Huggins was instrumental in developing districtwide systems for teacher development, support, and recognition.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Huggins has presented at numerous conferences, served as guest lecturer, facilitated and served on various panels, as well as co-authored journal articles to help grow and support aspiring, novice, and veteran educators. Ms. Huggins holds bachelor’s degrees in both English and Secondary Education along with a master’s degree in Secondary Administration.
William Briggman, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Charleston County School District (CCSD) is a University of South Carolina alum and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Research and Human Personnel Resources, a Master of Arts in Education and Administration as well as an Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling, all from UofSC. Mr. Briggman has provided dedicated service to CCSD for over twenty-two years and, as a result, was recognized by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators as the 2019 Personnel Administrator of the Year. He has played an active leadership role at the state level serving as the President of the SCASA Personnel Division as well as various leadership roles and on the SCASA Board of Directors.
Most recently he has been asked to serve as an advisor to SC-TEACHER, a state-wide initiative led by UofSC and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to innovate our current teacher and school leadership development system with the goal of creating a national model. In addition to serving as the leader of the CCSD Human Resources Division for twelve years, he served as the Director of HR Operations, Director of Teacher Recruitment, and the Executive Director of HR. He continues to be a leader in paving the way for equitable educator compensation and innovative educator recruitment in South Carolina.
Borowy has served as Deputy for Capital Programs since 2014 after more than 28 years as a Naval Officer. During Borowy’s time in service, he filled roles such as the Vice Commander for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the Chief of Staff for the First Naval Construction Division, and the Commanding Officer of NAVFAC Europe Africa Southwest Asia. He holds a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University, and a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech.