2018 Board of Directors
Nathalie Morgan, Chair
Attorney at Law
Director of Sales for UPS
Wilfredo Leon, Treasurer
Owner and Editor of Latino Newspaper
Ellen Stephenson, M.S.Ed., Incoming Chair
Ms. Morgan’s undergraduate studies were completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Spanish and International Studies, with a concentration in Latin America Anthropology. Ms. Morgan received Juris Doctor from the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.
While attending law school she concentrated in the area of International Law and received an International Law Certificate from the University Of Loyola School Of Law. Her interest in International Law and diversity are further complemented by her ability to speak French and Spanish fluently, her Belgium citizenship, experience abroad, and studying in Europe at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain and University of Vienna, Austria.
Ms. Morgan’s passion for culture, language and the law has allowed me to focus on Upstate’s expanding Hispanic immigrants.
The law firm, Nathalie M. Morgan, LLC, provides many legal services including, but is not limited to; Divorce, Child Custody, Paternity, International Child Abduction, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, Immigration, and Criminal Defense. With a large portion of her legal practice and time focused on the Hispanic population of the Upstate.
Ms. Morgan has been the head of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Development Committee, a member of Greenville Technical College’s Northwest Campus Advisory Board, a member of the Greenville County Human Relations Commissions Board, a member of the Hispanic Alliance legal committee, Upstate Global Professional Committee for the International Center, a member of several political task forces and other community and charity organizations. Ms. Morgan’s goal is to meet the needs of our growing diverse populations through education, communication, information, protection, care, and legal representation.
This same year, 1996, he started the first Spanish Newspaper in South Carolina and has been a community activist ever since. He has served the community as member and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Mauldin, member of the Commission for Minority Affairs’ Task Force on Issues Affecting Latinos in SC, Founder and President of the Hispanic Coalition, founder and member of the Hispanic Leadership Council, member of the Human Relation Commission of Greenville County, Founder and Chair of the Board of the Foothills Minority Supplier Development Council. Mr. Leon is married to Diana Leon and has four children and six grandchildren.
Ellen S. Stevenson is a Principal of Optimal Performance, a consulting organization focused on helping individuals & organizations consistently achieve their best. Utilizing an organization and leadership development focus, Optimal Performance crafts and implements a customized plan to address the unique needs of each client.
Ms. Stevenson’s background includes more than 30 years of experience in management and organizational development in a number of positions as an internal and external consultant. Ms. Stevenson’s clients include private, non-profit and public sector organizations. Ellen has designed and delivered customized training programs in a variety of topics throughout North America and Europe. Subjects include: Nonprofit Board Development, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations, Stress Management, Team Building and Development Skills, Facilitation Skills, and Train the Trainer.
Prior to starting Optimal Performance, Ms. Stevenson held management, training and organization development positions with JP Stevens/West Point Pepperel and New York State Division for Youth. Ms. Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Education focusing on the adult learner, from Marywood University. She has successfully combined her social science learning and business experience to better meet the business needs of today’s ever-changing world.
Ellen has served as a volunteer in leadership positions on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations throughout her career. In 2005, Ellen joined the management team at Rosewood House of Recovery to serve as their Resource Development Coordinator.
Today Ellen and her husband live in Greenville, South Carolina. They are actively involved in their community.
E. Richard Walton, Secretary
Megan Early Soppa
Smith Moore Leatherwood
Bon Secours St. Francis
Magaly Penn, Immediate Past Chair
Diversity Professional (retired)
A New York-native, he holds a BA from the City College of New York, and an MA from The Ohio State University. He’s been a reporter for 8 newspapers across the Upstate, including 16 years at The Greenville Newspapers. Currently, he is writing for several print and online publications. Richard has been a part-time journalism teacher at several colleges in Atlanta and South Carolina. He has 5 siblings and one adult daughter.
Megan Early-Soppa is an Associate with Smith Moore Leatherwood where she practices in the firm’s Transportation Industry Group and is a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and data breach team. Clients include commercial motor vehicle companies and motor carriers, to whom she provides regional and nationwide guidance on commercial litigation matters, including cargo/freight claims, collections/contract disputes, FMCSA and state regulatory compliance and permitting matters, and insurance coverage cases.
Megan is a Greenville native and received her law degree, cum laude, from the Southern University Law Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Wofford College.
Rob Torres is the Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Officer for Bon Secours St. Francis in Greenville, SC and Bon Secours St. Petersburg in Florida, a position he has held since December 2016. Rob has over 13 years of compliance management experience, and more than twenty-five years of healthcare operational experience, developing and implementing strategic and operational plans. In addition, Rob served in many different leadership roles throughout his 21 years of military service as a combat medic in the United States Army, serving in many different locations, such as the U.S Army Forces Korea, Republic of Korea, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Rob received his Bachelor of Science Business degree from Wayland Baptist University and his Master degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University.
Magaly Penn is a retired Diversity Professional with over twenty years of experience in the field of workplace and supplier diversity.
Magaly was Senior Director of Diversity for BI-LO, LLC where she served as the Chief Diversity Strategist, reporting to the Executive VP of Human Resources. Before joining BI-LO, she was Director of Diversity for Burger King Corporation, responsible for leading, managing and implementing internal and external diversity initiatives in the areas of: Employment, Franchising, Procurement and Community Affairs. Penn also served as the Director of Minority Business Development for Advantica Restaurant Group (currently known as Denny’s). Penn has also served as Director SB/SDB Development for Michelin North America.
Throughout her career, she has served in a leadership capacity in numerous organizations such as Greenville Technical College Diversity Advisory Board, The Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (chair), Florida Regional Minority Business Council (board member) and as Chair of the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council.
In April 2010, Magaly Penn was appointed by the Legislature as a South Carolina Consumer Affairs Commissioner. Among her many awards, in 2011 Penn was honored by the YWCA as a Woman of Achievement and as a Woman Making History by The Greenville Cultural Exchange Center.
In her spare time she gives back to the community and serves on boards such as the YWCA, Phillis Wheatley, Village Keepers, The Greenville Symphony, Girl Scouts of SC Mountains to Midland and the Greenville Community Foundation. Magaly is also a member of Greenville Women Giving and Greenville Professional Women’s Forum.
Her hobbies include bridge club, book club, golf and she is a member of The Greenville Girl Friends, Inc.
Magaly and her husband live in Simsonville and have three grown children.
Susan Henriquez Cinquemani, originally from New York, has lived in the Upstate for more than 20 years. With a background in communications, marketing and management, Susan’s passion is working with nonprofit organizations through community service work, consulting, and connecting needs with resources.
Susan attended Cornell University as an undergraduate earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. While working at McCormick & Company in Baltimore, Maryland, she earned an M.B.A. in Marketing and Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Susan currently serves on the Advisory Board at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, where she has served as secretary and is the current vice-chair. Most recently Susan has worked in communications at St. Anthony School and is an Advisor for Five Hands Foundation Fund, a fund held at the Community Foundation. Susan is a member of Greenville Women Giving, where she continues to serve on the grants review committee as a grants team leader and vice-chair of the leadership development committee. Susan is a member of the Community Foundation of Greenville Board of Directors and an active member of the Public Relations committee.
In her spare time, Susan is a photographer, and has contributed to the South Carolina Heart Gallery and the Look Through My Eyes Photography exhibit with Family Connection of Upstate SC. Susan serves as an Alumni Admissions member with the Cornell Alumni Ambassador Network. She is also an advisor with a local university student organization and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with Fostering Great Ideas as a foster care mentor.
Susan and her husband, Michael, live in Simpsonville and are proud parents of two children, Emily and Anthony.
Finance Professional, Better Business Bureau
Author & Sales Consultant
Alecia Watt, PH.D
Director EOP, Greenville Technical College.
Alecia Watt, PH.D
Director EOP, Greenville Technical College.
Mr. Lathan has been involved in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years. His first experience in the non-profit world was serving as the first Project Manager of the United Way of Greenville County’s “Success by Six” early childhood initiative. From 2005 -2012 he served in various capacities with the Upstate Phillis Wheatley Association, including as Accountant, Interim CEO, and finally as Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer. Dennis lives in Greenville with his wife. They will celebrate their forty-eighth wedding anniversary in 2016 and are the proud parents of two grown children.
Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Clemson University, and an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School. He is the author of three books: Catalyst5, Rainmaker and Mindsets. Carlos and his wife Carla, live in Greenville, SC. They have two children, Evan and Christopher.
Dr. Watt has an extensive background in Career and Technical Education, Academic Advising, and Student Affairs. She has established a reputation as an innovative and passionate leader who demands excellence from herself as well as her staff and students. She received the 2007 Educator of the Year Award during her tenure as a high school teacher, the 2011 Academic Advising Award, and the 2011 Student Development and Retention Award from Georgia Perimeter College. As a result of her academic research and experience, she developed a student retention and graduation model, “DARE to Graduate”, which has shown positive results in the programs she has directed.
Dr. Watt earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Alabama State University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Clark Atlanta University. She is a spring 2015 graduate of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership class at Furman University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Kenneth Watt Sr. and has one daughter, Gabrielle Watt and two step children, Brianna Watt and Kenneth Watt Jr.