A local children’s shelter has announced a new slate of officers and board members for the 2014-15 term.

Marie Dieckmann, Allyson DeHart and Rodney McClure have been elected as officers for Palmetto Place, while new board members Trevor Knox, Billy McGee and Shawn Skillman also will lend their expertise to lead the organization.

Dieckmann will serve as president after several years as a board member. DeHart was elected treasurer and vice president, and McClure will serve as secretary.

Palmetto Place has served abused and neglected children and unaccompanied youth since 1977. The shelter offers medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring and recreational and social activities.

The new members already have a history of community involvement.

Knox, vice president of marketing and sales for Terminix, first became involved with Palmetto Place through the United Way Blueprint class and became a volunteer two years ago. He taught students in the Teen Life Skills Program about career opportunities at Terminix, interview skills and other professional behavior traits.

McGee, a native of Columbia, said he enjoys working with organizations helping children who face challenges in their lives. He previously has served on the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Board and its Camp Kemo program. As a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, McGee often provides bono legal services for first responders and homeless families.

Skillman, communications specialist with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, has advocated for Palmetto Place through planning for a spring employee campaign and other promotional projects.

“I understand that it’s a tough life for these kids and I appreciate the hard work that Palmetto Place is doing,” he said.

Information on speakers, volunteer and donation needs or on joining the Palmetto Place email/mailing list can be obtained by calling (803) 786-6819.

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