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Meet Our Team

The Lancaster Promise Neighborhood team is dedicated to ensuring the success of children and parents in the school zone of Clinton Elementary School, A.R. Rucker Middle School, and Lancaster High School.

Lanisha Stover Blair

Interim Project Director

LaNisha Stover Blair is a Data Analyst for Lancaster Promise Neighborhood. She is a Senior Certified Prevention Specialist. She is a graduate of Winthrop University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Currently, she serves as the secretary for the South Carolina Association for Prevention Professionals and Advocates. For the past several years, she has also served as the co-chair of the Coalition for Healthy Youth. She has been in the field of substance misuse prevention for 16 years.

She is certified in Mental Health First Aid through the National Department of Mental Health. Through the Prevention Research Institute, she is also a certified Prime for Life Instructor for South Carolina. She previously worked as the Prevention Director with Counseling Services of Lancaster and as the Project Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Ayana Crawford

Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Ayana Crawford graduated with her Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Change from Columbia College and her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies from Winthrop University. She is also certified in DEI in the Workplace and has been very involved in community organizing around civics and peace initiatives. She is passionate about educating and advocating for others who feel as though their voices are not being heard and encourages them to be more politically involved. Her ultimate goal is to bring people together from all walks of life in order to make a more harmonious and inclusive society. For fun, she likes to volunteer in her community, try new restaurants, paint, skate, and watch movies on Netflix and videos on Tiktok!

Ebony Mitchell

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

A native of Lancaster, Ebony is a Lancaster High School Bruin Alumni. She is also a local business owner and published author of ‘’The Inspirational Alter-Ego Movement. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from South Carolina State University and studied marketing at Liberty University. In her spare time, Ebony enjoys traveling to the Caribbean, spending time with her family, eating fine cuisine, and journal writing. She is passionate about contributing to the successful growth of our community!

Sharon Novinger

Executive Director of Lancaster County Partners for Youth


 Sharon Frain Novinger has been the Executive Director of PFY since March 2007. During her leadership she has successfully implemented and administered $6 million in federal grants that have impacted all 4K classes in Lancaster County and Clinton Elementary School. She has also overseen the distribution of $1.3 million in scholarships for the Gear Up programs and PFY’s annual scholarships.

She has successfully led PFY’s involvement with a multitude of community collaborations positively impacting our county’s parents and youth; and, awarded teacher classroom grants, professional development grants, and community grants to dozens of recipients.

Her dedication to education has been a constant throughout her life starting with her father as a career military training specialist and her mother an early elementary teacher. Before PFY, she was a communications director at Savannah College of Art and Design as well as led the United Way of Lancaster County. She grew up in Martinez, Georgia, is an American Leadership Fellow, Lancaster Breakfast Rotary member, and is an alumnus of St. Andrews Presbyterian University.


Karen Ormand

Operations Manager

Karen Ormand, a native of Lancaster, SC, was raised by a single mom and grew up in the zone (just off Central Avenue) and attended Clinton Elementary, Barr Street Junior High School and Lancaster High.

From 2004-2023, Karen served as the Executive Assistant, Grants Administrator, and Lead Event Planner for the Arras Foundation. She successfully implemented numerous community events and served as the events planner for Give Local, as well as managing the Foundation’s grants database system.

In her spare time, Karen lends her time to various community causes, is an avid animal lover (she was on the founding board of Lancaster SPCA). She is a mom of two and the proud “Kay Kay” of three grandchildren.

She is excited and honored to be able to focus her time and talents to furthering the work of the community that raised her.

Advisory Board

Albert Blackmon
Chair of the Board
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Deborah Cureton
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Alston DeVenny
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Barry Faile
Jackie Harris

Dennis Marstall


Charlene McGriff


Randy Newman

Ashley Shannon

Pamela Stewart


Melissa Thornton


Julie Walters


Apostle Mamie Wilson


Transformation Partners

Walt Collins

Dr. Paul N. McKenzie

Jonathan Phipps


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