We have a team of passionate professionals who put in the time and effort to invest in their community by encouraging, equipping, and empowering some of our local entrepreneurs. Meet the faces behind the scenes and those who regularly represent our organization by facilitating some of our foundational classes.
Our facilitators are our regular volunteers who lead the Business Entrepreneur Academy class (a CO.STARTERS curriculum), and our coach accompanies said classes to give added professional guidance. Each one of our team members are some of the highest caliber people you'll ever meet. I present: the dream team.
Stephanie grew up in Greenville, SC and graduated from Southside High School with the Class of '88.
Stephanie's business is Mom's Kids Kab of the Upstate, LLC.
Together, Stephanie and her husband Jerry are paving the way daily for those previously incarcerated to make a better way of life for themselves through housing, job training, education & most importantly through the word of God.
Fun Fact: Three things on Stephanie's bucket list are: living abroad, learning how to sew, and flying a plane.
"I love pulling dreams out of people and watching their lives change as their dreams come to life."
- Stephanie Blassingame
Julie Maddox is from Greenville, SC and graduated from Greenville High School.
Julie's business is Sugar Beeze, LLC. Her product is Benji Bars® - Make it Better® - a honey and almond protein bar. She sells wholesale and retail and also donates to various outlets in her community.
Fun Fact: Both of her sons are Eagle Scouts.
Why are you investing in entrepreneurs through Nasha Lending? "I'm a proud recipient of their awesomeness!"
Angela Pride is from Alabama and has lived here in Greenville, SC for 17 years.
Angela's business is Coach with Pride, LLC, where she specializes in leadership training, workshops, and seminars. She's also an author, mentor, and speaker.
Fun Fact: Angela has a phobia of birds.
"I have a passion for seeing others grow. I love to give back." - Angela Pride
Elonda is from Pelzer, South Carolina and graduated from Woodmont High School.
Elonda has been a realtor since 1993. She and her husband, John, are the owners of Sherman Builders Inc and have been in the construction business since 1996.
Fun Fact: She has been driving since she was eight years old.
"I believe in the mission of Nasha Lending. Entrepreneurship breathes life into our communities! To be a part of this team is to be a part of the success of Greenville." - Elonda Sherman
David Hanna grew up in Belfast, Ireland. He and his family transferred to Greenville in 1995 from Brussels, Belgium to take up a position with a division of a Fortune 500 company that was based in the Upstate.
David has owned and run a management consulting company since 1997. His clients have ranged from California to New York in fields including food, not-for-profit, childcare, and ministry. David is currently following his passion for people as Director of Greenville Rescue Mission.
Fun Fact: David can play the keyboards for recreation and worship.
"I believe that small businesses are a key to building a thriving community." - David Hanna
Lauren is a local to Greenville, SC and graduated from Eastside High.
She has a heart for people and helping them flourish. She is determined, dedicated, and fearless. She started a gluten free baked goods business called Old Mill Bakery, along with helping run the Business Entrepreneur Academy.
"Being an entrepreneur is not always glamours. You have big highs and big lows, but you have to keep working. I love the little family created through each cohort of the Business Entrepreneur Academy." -Lauren Ploof
Sherry Taylor is the Operations Manager of Mill Community Ministries (our umbrella organization). She was born and raised in Greenville, then after living in Seatle and Atlanta, she returned to Greenville with her family.
Sherry's background is in TV, film, and radio production. Since moving back to Greenville in 1998, she has worked as a part of the Grace Church staff focusing on community involvement before joining Mill Community Ministries.
Nasha Lending was established through Grace Church, and while working at Grace, she helped build their relationship with Chancey Peake -- the first Nasha Entrepreneur.
"I love what Nasha is about and I believe it is a true benefit to individuals as well as the community as a whole." - Sherry Taylor
Sara Brunson is the AmeriCorps VISTA member for Nasha Lending and our umbrella organization, Mill Community Ministries.
Sara was born and raised in Greenville, and is from the first graduating class of Greer Middle College Charter High School.
Fun Fact: She has been on five of the seven continents.
"Entrepreneurs are some of the most inspiring people to be around! They are movers and shakers in the community, and I'm honored to play a small part in their journey." - Sara Brunson