Board of Directors and Advisory Board
Board of Directors
Ray E. Gentry, Esq. – Chairman
Ray Gentry is an attorney who has been a United Cerebral Palsy volunteer for the past 25 years, serving in various leadership roles with the organization. He was instrumental in implementing the establishment of United Cerebral Palsy in South Carolina.
Whitney Cranford is a clinical psychology instructor at Coker University in Hartsville, SC. She has a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from South University and is a certified addiction counselor. She has never let Cerebral palsy stop her from living a Life Without Limits. She rides a handcycle, surfs, drives her own modified wheelchair van, and trains twice a week with a Mixed Martial Arts coach. She also has a YouTube channel where you can find videos of her activities and advice on navigating life with Cerebral palsy. Whitney joined our Board of Directors in November 2020.
Robert Gemmill, III
Robert Gemmill, III is a Federal Aviation Administration licensed Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor currently flying for a major U.S. airline operating domestic and international Airbus traffic. Robert’s sister lives in one of United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina’s community homes, and he and his wife began an outreach ministry at their church to build long-term relationships and foster community inclusion between his fellow church members and the individuals served through UCP of South Carolina. Robert became a member of the Board of Directors in November 2014.
Lynn McLendon recently retired after 36 years working for the State of South Carolina. She was the Children’s Ombudsman for 12 years under governors Carroll Campbell and David Beasley, advising the Governor’s Office and the South Carolina Legislature on children’s issues involving state agencies, private providers, and new initiatives. Following her time as the Children’s Ombudsman, she served 10 years as the Division Director for Constituent Services in the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Lynn joined the United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina Board of Directors in March 2020.
Stephen Park – Vice Chairman
Stephen Park is a regional private banking manager and has been involved with United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina for a number of years. His parents were instrumental in the formation of United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina, and his brother lives in one of our community homes. Stephen joined the United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina Board of Directors in November 2016.
John works in the wireless telecommunications industry. He is passionate about helping with United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina, as he thrives with Cerebral Palsy himself. He and his family currently reside in Charleston, SC. John joined the United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina Board of Directors in November 2018.
Ian Weschler is an Assistant Attorney General in the Securities Division of the Office of the Attorney General of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. A native of Birmingham, Michigan, he is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy with a BA in History. Ian received a Master’s degree in History from Clemson University, and obtained his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law. His current practice is focused on broker-dealer regulation. Ian joined the United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina Board of Directors in September 2018.
Ouida Spencer has been a UCP volunteer for over 25 years, and is an expert in dealing with housing issues related to people with developmental disabilities. She also serves on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia.
Steve Jackson is an engineer and contractor. He is the founder and president of Jacon Group, Inc., a design, building, and contracting company in West Columbia.
Bryan Jones is a sales executive and has been a United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia volunteer for the past seven years. He founded United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia’s Annual Culbreth Cup Charity Golf Tournament in honor of his late grandparents, Floy and Roy Culbreth, who helped lead UCP of Georgia in the 1960s. He has served on the UCP of Georgia Board of Directors for several years and became a member of the United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina Board of Directors in November 2014.