AfroSouth Board

Who We Are

Ricky Taylor

Founder & CEO

Ricky Taylor is the founder/executive director of AfroSouth. Born in Hartsville, SC, Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors degree in Media Arts. In the last 30 years, he has produced documentaries ranging from Hootie and the Blowfish to Dizzy Gillespie. He is currently an executive producer at South Carolina’s PBS affiliate and independent filmmaker with Voice & Vision Media. As a former co-chair of the Let’s Share Arts Festival, Rick brings over 35 years of experience in media production and festival planning to AfroSouth.

Lauren Waring Douglas

President

Lauren Waring Douglas is a producer and native of Charleston, South Carolina. Her current projects include The History of Sol Legare Island, E is For: and "When Porgy Came Home", the untold story of Charleston’s famous opera, Porgy and Bess. Lauren seeks to give voice to the often silenced Gullah Geechee culture of South Carolina.

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    Reba Hough-Martin

    Secretary

    Reba Hough-Martin serves as deputy director with 27 years of non profit program management experience. She has held a variety of statewide positions in the South Carolina Community Action Partnerships association including the president. She is a Nationally Certified ROMA (Results-Oriented Management and Accountability) trainer as well as a Certified Community Action Professional.

    Yolonda Williams James

    Treasurer

    Yolonda is an Accounting Manager for the Major Assets and Liabilities Division with Santee Cooper, the largest utility company in South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She has volunteered on several local boards in the Charleston area, providing services of her accounting background.

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