RANTIN: Columbia cosmetologist to lead style team at MTV awards

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306August 9, 2013 

Keri Bailes

— Columbia stylist Keri Bailes has helped put glamour in many a glamour shot.

The cosmetologist at Ashley’s Alley Salon will be taking her talents to the small screen after being selected as the lead stylist for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Aug. 25.

Bailes, who graduated from the Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology in 2005, will be taking along nine assistant team members, one who is currently studying at the Garners Ferry Road campus.

This marks Bailes’ third time working at the Video Music Awards, but it will be her first time as the lead stylist.

“My staff and I are so very proud of Keri and all of her tremendous accomplishments,” said Kenneth Shuler, president and CEO of Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology. “I measure my success by my students’ success. We wish Keri the best with this endeavor and hope that her achievements can serve as a model for what our current students can attain in the real world.”

Foundation selects board officers

Central Carolina Community Foundation has elected new board officers for the coming year.

Judith M. Davis, executive vice president and chief legal officer at BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will serve as chair 2013-2014. Bruce W. Hughes, president of the Celerian Group, a division BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, is the new vice chairman. Ben Rex, chief executive officer of Cyberwoven LLC, is the new secretary/treasurer.

Newly elected board members include Cliff Bourke Jr., William H. Cason II, Sharon Reynolds Earle, Catherine H. Kennedy, Percy A. Mack, Dan Mann and Sue-Ann Gerald Shannon.

Central Carolina Community Foundation serves 11 Midlands counties by helping charitable individuals and businesses meet various community needs.

“The foundation has always taken great pride in our diverse and talented board of trustees,” said JoAnn Turnquist, foundation president and chief executive officer. “They contribute unique perspectives and abilities and a dedication and commitment to the Foundation that fosters success. Their gifts of time and resources allow our organization to achieve its mission.”

Housing trust fund taps new leader

The Midlands Housing Trust Fund recently named Brian Huskey as its executive director.

Huskey was at Urban Housing Solutions, the largest nonprofit affordable housing provider in the Nashville area. He has worked at a variety of agencies focused on affordable housing and homeless services, including the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency and Nashville’s Campus for Human Development.

“We are excited to bring Brian on as executive director of the trust fund,” said board chairman Mark Cox of Capital Bank. “We believe he will be a valuable asset to the Midlands nonprofit community and our organization.”

Midlands Housing Trust Fund works to create and preserve quality affordable housing in the Midlands, focusing on people who struggle to secure housing such as those with low-wage jobs, people with disabilities and other special needs. The United Way of the Midlands created the fund in 2010 to address a gap in quality affordable housing.

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