Hundreds of healthy eating and active living specialists and policy leaders from across South Carolina gather at the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities to improve the lives and health of all residents. It’s the only statewide conference that unites healthy eating and active living specialists and decision makers from across the state. Through best practices and information exchange, we’re building South Carolina’s leaders in rural and urban areas to improve health outcomes by inspiring action.
The Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities provides networking opportunities with community partners and local decision-makers and promotes successful, evidence-based healthy eating, active living initiatives. We are driven by a desire to create communities where everyone has access to healthy, affordable foods and safe places to be active. This happens through initiatives and policies that create lasting changes where people live, learn, work, play, and pray.
Who attends the Leadership Summit?
Public Health Professionals
Healthcare Providers & Organizations
Education, After School and Childcare Programs
Fran Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd
Frances Dunn Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd is a health educator committed to building, sustaining and evaluating partnerships to promote health and social justice. She is President of Coalitions Work and a professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has founded and directed several coalitions and received research support from many agencies and foundations. She has published widely and her books, Coalitions and Partnerships in Community Health and Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalitions Fired Up for Change are best sellers for academics and practitioners. Fran is a past President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education. She earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Butterfoss is a nationally recognized expert on coalition building and organizational development, with more than 25 years of experience training and consulting with organizations, coalitions and communities across America.
Christina Cody, MEd, MS
Christina Cody is a science teacher and School Wellness Coordinator at Gaffney High School. She has been teaching science for fifteen years and advises a student-led group called fit2getherCCSD, which has been adopted as the school district’s wellness initiative. She was most recently selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, a national a leadership development opportunity for people working in every ﬁeld and profession who want to use their inﬂuence to advance health and equity. Christina is heavily involved in the Eat Smart Move More Cherokee County chapter.
Dr. Darryl Owings
Dr. Darryl Owings has served Spartanburg County School District Six as Superintendent since 2002. He began his career in education as a teacher and coach in 1987 at Spartanburg High School. Dr. Owings came to District Six in 1992 as Assistant Principal at Gable Middle School. He served as Principal at Gable Middle and Dorman High School and as Assistant to the Superintendent before being appointed Superintendent of Spartanburg County School District Six. He is celebrating 27th with District Six and 17 years as superintendent. Dr. Owings serves on the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) Board, the Clemson LIFE Advisory Board, the South Carolina ACT State Organization Council, the Mobile Meals Council, and the Spartanburg Methodist College Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2008. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at Newberry College and received Master of Education in Education Administration and Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Owings is a native of Spartanburg County. He is married to Nancy Price Owings; they have two sons, Will and Mark.