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  • James Upchurch 
    President and CEO of Forward McDuffie

    Forward McDuffie is the umbrella organization for Economic Development in Thomson-McDuffie. 

    Email James at James.upchurch@thomson-mcduffie.gov

  • Kenya Calhoun
    President & CEO, Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce

    Before embarking on the dynamic role as the President and CEO of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, Kenya devoted over two decades in the healthcare arena serving as a medical laboratory scientist, research facilitator, technical coordinator and application specialist, adjunct professor and program director.  What began as a simple wish to learn more about her community, her desire to be more involved in the growth and success of McDuffie County intensified tremendously after completing the Leadership McDuffie program and serving five years on its board.  Kenya is dedicated to utilizing her unique background in strategic planning, leadership, advocacy, education and community engagement skills to confront the challenges of a growing community.

    Kenya is an alumnus of both Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina holding a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science respectively.  When she’s not leading the initiatives that bolster the economic success of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber members, you can find her dancing in a myriad of public places, working out or taking a much-needed Sunday afternoon nap.  She resides in Thomson with her favorite…and only daughter, Imani.  

    Email Kenya at kenya.calhoun@thomson-mcduffie.gov

  • Elizabeth Vance
    Executive Director of the Thomson-McDuffie County Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Elizabeth is a native of Columbus, Georgia and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design from the Atlanta College of Art. She spent 17 years working in Marketing and Graphic Design in the Metro Atlanta area before moving to Thomson in 2006.

    Email Elizabeth at evance@thomson-mcduffie.gov

  • Belinda Campbell
    Office Administrator of Forward McDuffie.

    Belinda is a native of North Carolina, but after moving to Thomson 40 years ago, considers Thomson her hometown. She retired after 22 years as a Human Resources and Legal Compliance Director in Healthcare, and joined the Chamber in April 2016.

    Email Belinda at belinda.campbell@thomson-mcduffie.gov

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