About Us


In our 24th year, the South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild, a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization was formed in 1993 to encourage networking, business development and support within the gay and lesbian community.

Encouraging business development and education, The Guild offers members a venue to share stories, swap leads and create opportunities with other people who value their professional success within the community.

Though The Guild's membership is comprised of corporate business owners, our foundation is our individual non-business owner members who come to The Guild looking for opportunities to network and socialize. The Guild strives to bring people together with educational events, monthly informational meetings, social outings and community outreach projects.

Past Presidents of The Guild include: Sheila Morris, Teresa Williams, Stann Gwynn, Lynne Moldenhauer, Dick Hubbard, Sam Givens, Jane Gilmer, Tracey Combs, Michael Haigler, Joey Bougknight, Laura Lindsey, Scott Johnson, Pat Patterson, Amanda Jones, Chuck Archie, Tom Brown, Tony Roof and Kevin Fain.

 

Board Members

Cynthia (CC) Kestner --President

Cynthia (CC) Kestner, a 1970’s flower child born to the Columbia area, also a Brook land Cayce High School “RiverRat” graduate. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina. She has over 26 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering, Stormwater Drainage design and construction/inspection fields. She presently works for Richland County Stormwater Department as an Associate Engineer/Capital Improvements Projects Program Manager. In her free time she likes to pretend she’s a worldly artist, but does loves to draw and paint when given time. Her reason for participating in the South Carolina Gay & Lesbian Business Guild is to help the movement forward in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community.



Tony Roof --Vice President

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1985, Tony Roof began his career at Roof Basket Works where he is now plant manager. He is also currently the Minister of Music at Pisgah Lutheran Church where his duties include that of an organist and choral / handbell director.

Tony is very active in the Columbia, SC community serving currently as President of the Lexington County Arts Association/Village Square Theatre; President of the Association of Lutheran Musicians of South Carolina., a position he has held since 1992; and Vice-President of the SC Gay and Lesbian Business Guild, where he has also served as President from 2008-2012 . For the American Guild of Organists, Tony has been the coordinator for the 2013 Region IV Convention of the American Guild of Organist, Dean of the Greater Columbia Chapter, and the District Convener for the state of South Carolina and Sub-Dean of the Greater Columbia Chapter, the two positions he currently holds.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys movies, playing the piano and organ, and creating new web designs.



Petie Bradley --Immediate Past President

Petra "Petie" Bradley, a 44 year resident of Columbia, started life as a military child and has lived in many places with diverse cultural backgrounds. She holds a bachelor degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina. Professionally, Petie has been a real estate agent since 2002. Prior to that, she served as a loan officer and multiple office branch manager with First Union National Bank. Having served as the Guild President from 2013 - 2017, Petie has enjoyed being a part of and watching the changes that are happening with the Guild. She and her wife, Sherry Maw, are also involved in many LGBT activities throughout the State.





Sherry Maw --Secretary

Sherry Maw is a Business Office Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She received her bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, and has worked at the University for nearly twenty years. Sherry is passionate about human rights, animal welfare, civil rights and social action. She has been a board member of The South Carolina Gay & Lesbian Business Guild since 2012, and has enjoyed being an LGBT activist with her wife, Petie Bradley. In her free time, Sherry enjoys social and professional networking events, theatrical and musical performances, Gamecock sports, technology and social media. Sherry resides in Columbia with Petie, along with their parrot, two cats and dog.



Jon Fields--Treasurer

Jon is originally from Spartanburg, SC but has called Lexington home for the past 9 years. He works in the banking industry. He has been involved on and off stage with Lexington County Arts Association/ Village Square Theatre where he recently served on the board. He also sings in the choir at Pisgah Lutheran Church. In his free time, Jon enjoys singing, acting, pulling for his Gamecocks, and playing with his two dogs, Harley and Dixie. He first got involved with The Guild and the Guild board via his partner of 10 years and former Guild President, the late Kevin Fain.



Matt Chisling-- Lifetime Board Member










Tina Anderson

Tina is originally from Chicago Illinois, but has called Lexington home since 1998. She works in the Information Technology field and does consulting and support management for a banking industry. She received her B.A. in Human Resources Administration from St. Leo College in Florida while serving in the United States Air Force. Tina retired from the military with 20 years of service in 2003 and participated in both Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM and ENDURING FREEDOM. In her free time, Tina enjoys puns, working out and staying healthy, traveling, taking pictures and enjoying her two dogs, Gabby and Oscar.



Thomas G. Brown

Born 1946 in Manhattan, KS; Education-Kansas State University: Current position: Broker in Charge/Owner, Asset Realty, Inc. Columbia, SC --1996-present
Past position- Deputy Chief of Staff-Logistics; Army Reserve Readiness Command, Fort Jackson, SC--1967-2006
Previous Board service: One Columbia; Trustus Theater; Columbia City Ballet; AIDS Benefit Foundation; Central Carolina Realtors Association; South Carolina Realtors Association




Joyce Coleman










Marla Wood

Marla Wood, a native of Greenville, SC, has enjoyed living in Columbia for the last 29-years. She attended College of Charleston and has worked, on and off since 1993, as an Account Executive for Apparel Magazine, a trade publication focused on the apparel manufacturing and retail industries.

In her spare time, Marla enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, experimenting in the kitchen, attending local theater, and taking long walks with Beau, her 10-year old golden retriever.

Marla is married to Robin Ridgell, her partner for 23 years. They live in St. Andrews and share their home with Beau and four insane cats.



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MISSION
  • The Mission of The Guild of South Carolina is . . .

    To be the gateway for the LGBT community and its supporters
    to develop friendships, business relationships, and alliances
    through social and professional programming.

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