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Doris Shellhorse

Program Manager

Doris Shellhorse is the Program Manager for The Innovate Fund. She is responsible for managing the New Markets Tax Credit fund that helps to revitalize South Carolina’s low-income communities She is in charge of overseeing and implementing The Innovate Fund’s strategic plan, including community engagement, pipeline development and marketing throughout South Carolina.  Prior to joining The Innovate Fund, Doris spent over 10 years in Sales & Marketing leadership roles in the manufacturing industry and received a BS in Packaging Science from Clemson University.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of South Carolina Community Capital Alliance, an organization which is focused on increasing capital resources for South Carolina’s most underserved and undercapitalized communities to support job creation opportunities.

doris@theinnovatefund.com | 864-271-2737
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Tammy Propst

Operating Officer

With 25 years of incentive and financing experience, Tammy C. Propst is Operating Officer of The Innovate Fund.  In addition to her role with The Innovate Fund, Tammy is also President of Tax Advantage Group, a specialized consulting firm that provides business incentive and tax credit financing advisory services to clients across the country .  She is part of the team that created Greenville New Markets Opportunity, (GNMO) LLC, the first allocated Community Development Entity (CDE) in South Carolina.  Ms. Propst holds a Master of International Business Studies (MIBS) Degree, from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of CommunityWorks Inc., a certified CDFI and she is an Advisory Board member of South State Bank and Self Help Ventures Fund, a certified CDE.

David Barnett

Chairman of The Innovate Fund Board

David Barnett currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for The Innovate Fund. David also serves as Board President for the Greenville Local Development Corporation.  In his every day role, he is President of the South Carolina Western Region of Carolina Alliance Bank. He oversees offices in Greenville, Easley, Powdersville, Anderson and the Bank’s Mortgage Division.  David has been instrumental in helping The Innovate Fund and the Greenville Local Development Corporation invest dollars into low income communities in the Upstate and throughout South Carolina.

Advisory Board

  • Carol Burdette – United Way of Anderson County, President
  • Deborah McKetty – Community Works Carolina, Executive Director
  • Ginny Stroud – Community Development Administrator, City of Greenville
  • Jackie Jones – Phoenix Center CDC, Data/Collections Manager
  • Russ Davis – Homes Urban, LLC, Chief Executive Officer
  • Princella Lee Bridges – Bridges from Augusta, Executive Director
  • Duncan Cheney – Metanoia CDC, Director of Physical Asset Development
  • Tammie Hoy Hawkins – Together Consulting, President

Operating Board

  • David Barnett, Board Chair – Carolina Alliance Bank, President SC Western Region
  • Tammy Propst, Operating Officer – Tax Advantage Group, President
  • Nancy Whitworth – City of Greenville, Deputy City Manager
  • Donna Millard – South Coast Commercial, LLC
  • Caroline Van Hook – Elliot Davis Decosimo, Shareholder
  • Charlie Mickel – RSI Holdings, President