Joe and Vickie Chandler

Vickie and Joe Chandler are members of the GGC Foundation’s Double Helix Society recognizing their annual philanthropic contributions. Both are natives of South Carolina. Vickie was born born in Lancaster and Joe in the Greenwood-Ninety Six area. They met at Erskine College and married 40 years ago, and as Vickie shares, “We had similar upbringing which has helped us very much.”

They have 2 daughters, a grandson, a granddaughter and a grandson due in June. Joe has had success as a majority stockholder of a local construction business, and they both believe it is important to be involved in and give back to the community, as “This is our home so what benefits the Greenwood area benefits us and our employees.”

Vickie and Joe have been active members of Main Street United Methodist Church for over 35 years. Joe currently serves on the boards of Self Regional Healthcare, Wesley Commons, Hospice of the Piedmont and Greenwood County Community Foundation. Vickie has recently joined the GGC Foundation’s “Gene League” to help bring awareness of and raise funds for the Greenwood Genetic Center. The Gene League is responsible for planning the annual ‘Jammin’ for Genes Lawn Festival’ held at GGC each fall.

They said they have always known GGC was here but never fully appreciated it until a loved one was seen there 9 years ago. Vickie shared, “Our family received great service while being treated with dignity and respect through the experience. From the minute you walk in the clinic door you are treated like family. Friends in other areas are amazed when we tell of our experience at GGC. Nothing like it exists elsewhere.”

Vickie and Joe donate to the GGC Annual Fund because they believe it is one of Greenwood’s greatest assets and, as such, needs to be supported by the community. “The continued growth of GGC would definitely place Greenwood in a positive light.”

Justin Ryan

Justin Ryan, CPM, is a trustee on the GGC Foundation and chair of the Finance and Endowment Committee providing financial oversight, stewardship and investment strategy for the GGC Foundation. He is the managing partner, lead portfolio manager and founder of The Ryan Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Justin works with a limited number of families, endowments and corporations focusing on investment strategy, asset allocation, risk management and alternative investment selection. He has an impressive and longstanding career in wealth management and has a number of prestigious national awards for his professional contributions, to include being among the top 1% of advisors regarded at the distinguished firm of UBS. He is one of ten members on the Global Asset Management Advisory Council. Justin speaks and writes often on tactical portfolio strategies and asset allocation.
We are grateful for Justin’s passion to helping further discoveries and treatments connected to intellectual disabilities, birth defects and autism, and his outstanding leadership to our GGC Foundation Board of Trustees.


Louise Watkins

Louise Watkins joined the GGC Foundation Board of Trustees in the spring of 2014. She was born and raised in Lake Wales, Florida. Louise attended Erskine College and graduated with a BS in Home Economics. After graduating Louise married Bill Watkins. They have been married for 34 years. Bill is an attorney with the GMI Holding, Inc. Together they have raised 5 children; Brock (married to Cortney) who is an attorney living in Atlanta; Kennedy (married to Nathan) living in Columbia SC and working as a Spanish teacher, raising Louise’s three “adorable” grandsons; Emeline who lives and works in Greenwood; Kathleen who is graduating from Erskine College this spring; and, Hunt who is finishing his junior year at Wofford College.

Louise says she has “always been involved in a church, wherever we have lived” and is currently a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She is a charter member of “Morning Glory” garden club and after initiating its charter, has twice served as President. Her hobbies include sewing, playing bridge, and enjoying outdoor activities with her family. While raising her family, she also worked outside of the home. Louise has served as a teacher, and a tutoring coordinator. Louise is currently a Meeting Planner for Positive Management Leadership (PML), and travels domestically and internationally with her work.

When asked why she feels strongly about helping the Greenwood Genetic Center, Louise responded, “In the past I had an opportunity to need the support and help of genetic counseling. Dr. Steve Skinner and The Greenwood Genetic Center provided a very high level of service to me and gave me the resources to deal with my concerns. So when asked to serve on the GGC Foundation Board I was honored to be able to give back to this great organization.”

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