Anand PatelAnand Patel, President
Intellectual Property Attorney, Dority & Manning

Anand is from the big city of Latta, SC. He graduated from Clemson University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He also attended North Carolina State University where he was a PhD Candidate and obtained a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering before obtaining his Juris Doctor degree in 2012 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anand and his wife, Yasha, have been a part of the Greenville community since 2012. Currently, Anand is an intellectual property attorney at Dority & Manning in Greenville, SC where he primarily focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright related matters. In his spare time, Anand likes spending time with his family, traveling, golfing, and watching Clemson sports.

Katie Sanders
Katie Sanders, President Elect / Membership Co-Chair
Associate, Phillip Allen, Inc.

A Greenville native, Katie graduated from The University of Alabama in 2013 with a degree in Public Relations. After graduation, she worked as a Leadership Consultant for her sorority, where she traveled across the United State working with collegians. After her year of travel, Katie returned to Greenville to work as an Account Coordinator at Flourish, an integrated marketing firm founded in the Upstate. She assists with day-to-day account management and projects for many clients, including some nonprofit organizations.

Katie’s passion for Ronald McDonald House Charities stems from her experience in Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, who has partnered with RMHC for more than 35 years. She has volunteered with the Birmingham, Atlanta, Greenville and Loma Linda (CA) Houses, along with the RMHC Family Room in Tuscaloosa, AL. In her free time, Katie enjoys Pure Barre, training for half marathons and cheering on the Crimson Tide.

Bob White, Development Co-Chair
Vice President, Bank of Travelers Rest

My goal is to enhance and develop my community through outstanding financial services at every level. I believe that encouraging financial understanding and independence is key to the growth of individuals and families in Greenville. This is especially true of our young adults entering the work force with no prior credit or personal finance education. As a native of Greenville, I am passionate about seeing our community grow and thrive. I love being involved in that growth from both a business and community service perspective. I truly believe there is no better place to live.

sb2Samantha Bauer, RSS Liaison
Director of Communications and Events, RMHCC

After graduating from Clemson University, Samantha began her career in MiLB where she worked as the Special Events/Community Relations Manager for the Greenville Drive. There she was responsible for all Special Events at Fluor Field, oversaw all aspects of community partnerships, among many other responsibilities. “My love for the Ronald McDonald House began when I joined the Red Shoe Society 7 years ago,” she said of her current position as Communications and Events Manager for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “Now I am able to utilize my passion for events and communications to ultimately make a difference in the lives of others in our community.”

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Samantha spent most of her life in Summerville, S.C. She received her bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University with a minor in Business Administration.

Taylor Krulac, Membership Co-Chair
Mental Health Clinician, Uplift Counseling Services, LLC

Greenville is home to Taylor. Taylor is an alumna of Clemson University earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology. Additionally, Taylor holds a Masters of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Taylor is passionate about life, getting to know others, and giving back. With deep roots in Greenville, Taylor returned in 2015. Currently, she owns a private practice in Greenville serving adolescents and adults with mental health concerns, specializing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Additionally, Taylor is honored to be a participant in Class 44 of Leadership Greenville and serving as an advocate in the community for individuals with disabilities.
Taylor is thrilled to be involved with the Upstate’s Red Shoe Society. RMHC has personally touched Taylor’s life. Taylor stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, IL while undergoing medical care during 1995 and 1996. The opportunity to serve and give back to RSS and RMHC is a true full circle experience. Taylor states it is incredibly rewarding to serve and promote the mission of the RMHC.

In her personal time, Taylor may be spotted downtown Greenville taking in the scenic beauty, reading along main street or enjoying the many restaurants Greenville has to offer. Taylor considers herself a ‘foodie’ very much appreciating the conversation and people that the experience is shared with!

TaisTais Farinha, Volunteer Co-Chair
Special Education Teacher, Spartanburg School District 5

Tais is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While living there, she worked teaching and coordinating an English as a Second Language School while earning her Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese and English Languages and Literatures. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Greenville, SC as an exchange student working towards her Masters Degrees in Early Childhood and Special Educations.
Currently, Tais is a Special Education Teacher at Spartanburg School District 5; She also trains teachers on the Austism Spectrum Disorder disability.
Prior to that, she worked for Laurens County School District 56, where she was actively involved in the PTO board, School Improvement Council. and also served as the School Ambassador for induction teachers. Tais enjoys being active in the community and volunteering: She has taught ESOL at the Greenville Literacy Association; she was a Technology Instructor at the Rolling Greens Village/Retirement Home for seniors and a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of South Carolina. Tais is also the Local Childcare Consultant for Cultural Care Au Pairs in the Greenville/Upstate area. Her passion for helping children in the upstate, led her to join the Red Shoe Society 3 years ago.

Sam LoBoscoSam LoBosco, Membership Co-Chair
Staffing Manager, Robert Half

Sam LoBosco has called Greenville home for the past six years. A native of Westchester County, New York and Portland, Maine, Sam graduated from Cornell University in 2010 and moved to the Upstate to work for the Greenville Drive Baseball Team where he served as Director of Entertainment through the 2016 season. When Sam isn’t around baseball, he enjoys long walks on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and a cup of coffee at any one of his favorite cafes.

Jon Sutter, Finance Chair
Audit and Tax Manager, Pope, Smith, Brown & King, PA





Vanessa Vanessa Koechli, Social Co-Chair
Operations Manager, WorkSmart Staffing





leah graboLeah Grabo, Social Co-Chair
Sales Associate, Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty





Kevin Howard, Volunteer Co-Chair
Project Manager, City of Greenville

A native of Florida, Kevin is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and the University of Alabama with a Masters of Science in Geography, with a focus Urban and Regional Planning. After living in Georgia for several years, he moved to Greenville with his wife, Maggie, and their dog, Riley, in 2015. Kevin works for the City of Greenville’s Economic Development Department where he serves as a project manager.

Amanda Murray
Amanda Murray, Marketing Co-Chair
Social Community Manager, Erwin Penland

Amanda is a social-savvy professional with over eight years of experience in the marketing and social media industry.
Since graduating from the University of Miami’s School of Communications, Amanda has worked for many iconic brands like Ford Motor Company, Verizon Wireless and The UPS Store.

When she’s not exploring the social sphere and strategizing at ad agency Erwin Penland, you can find her voyaging the Carolinas, enjoying a nice glass of wine or playing with her new puppy, Colby – sometimes all three at once!

Bailey Boese, Marketing Co-Chair
Production Designer, Up & Up





Caroline Smith, Auction Chair
Manager, Greenville Nannies

After graduating from Winthrop University in 2014 Caroline returned to her hometown of Greenville and began working as a nanny full time for Greenville Nannies. She has spent the past two years not only working as a nanny but also as the manager of SC Nannies. Caroline loves working with children of all ages which is where her passion for the Ronald McDonald house comes from. She believes that setting a good example to the children in her care through voluntarism is the best way to influence them to help make Greenville greater. Since moving back to town four years ago she has dedicated her free time to volunteering at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and is an active member of the Junior League of Greenville.

Carlie Boese

Carlie Boese, Plane Pull Chair
Branch Manager, Robert Half

Carlie was born in Royal Oak, MI and grew up in Bloomfield Hills with her three siblings – Darby, Cameron and Bailey. Boese attended school at Indiana University, has a degree in Kinesiology, and is completely obsessed with the Hoosiers.

She has been in Greenville since June of 2010 when, after a short stint at UNC Pembroke, she accepted a position with USC Upstate in their athletic department as an Assistant Sports Information Director. Carlie has been published in Sports Illustrated and has attended over 500 athletic events in her short career as an SID.

Since November of 2010, Boese has been working with Robert Half, the world’s oldest and largest professional staffing firm. She currently serves as the Branch Manager at the Greenville location and describes it as her “dream job”.