Board elects six to 2016 Chamber board

The board of directors of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce recently approved six new board members. They will begin their three-year terms in January 2016.


Fran Jones, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, nominating committee chair and incoming board chair, said, “As incoming chair, I am so pleased that these outstanding community leaders will be joining our Chamber board. With their diverse experience and backgrounds, these leaders will make our current board even stronger. Business leaders must have goals, aspirations and dreams. We have an exciting year ahead of us with a focus on making these goals, aspirations and dreams a reality for the future of the business community of Aiken.”


Following is a brief history and description of the new board members.


Rev. Paul Bush is a graduate of Aiken High School. He earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary.  In addition he holds a Certificate of Degree in "The School of The Prophets" from Lahairoi Bible College in Augusta, Georgia, an Associate’s Degree in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia, and an Associate’s Degree in Human Services; with Certificates of Degrees in Criminal Justice and Alcohol and Drug Abuse from Aiken Technical College. 


In April 2015 Rev. Bush was honored as “Man of the Year” for South Carolina at the 35th Annual Partnership, Collaboration, Courage and Leadership Achievement Award Gala.


Rev. Bush currently serves as the President of the Concern Ministers Fellowship of Aiken and on the Center for African American History, Art and Culture Board of Directors. He is a NAACP Silver Life member and a member of the African American Ministers Leadership Council. Rev. Bush also serves as an Ambassador for the Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

Rev. Bush is married to the former Ms. Michelle Page. They have four children and seven grandchildren.


Paul Dusenbury is President/CEO of VistaBank, a community bank headquartered in Aiken with additional offices in Columbia and Conway, South Carolina. After graduating from Clemson University with a B.S. in Financial Management, he has worked as both a bank regulator and a community banker over the previous 34 years.

Dusenbury is active in the community and within his profession. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Aiken Medical Center, Executive Board member and Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Aiken Rotary Club, and a life-long member of the United Methodist Church. Dusenbury is a member of the South Carolina Bankers Association (SCBA) and currently serves as the immediate past-chair of the SCBA Asset/Liability Management Committee and as a member of the SCBA Board of Directors.

This is Dusenbury’s second term on the Aiken Chamber Board of Directors.

As the fourth Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken, Dr. Sandra J. Jordan is the chief executive officer and principal representative for the University. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Jordan has served in a number of leadership positions at universities, including Department Chair, Dean, Vice Provost and Provost before becoming Chancellor.

Dr. Jordan received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Georgia. Dr. Jordan attended the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Institute for Higher Education; the 21st century Leadership Institute sponsored by ALIA and AASCU, and was a summer fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Higher Education Management. 

An active member of the community, Dr. Jordan serves on numerous local, state, and national boards and is active in developing future higher education leaders by mentoring cabinet level professionals through the American Academic Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Jordan and her husband Michael reside in Aiken. They have one son, Matthew, who is a doctoral candidate at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Michalske is Executive Vice President and Director, Savannah River National Laboratory, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS).


He has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of materials science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy science and national security systems. He has served as founding Director for the Department of Energy (DOE) Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Director for the DOE Combustion Research Facility, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and Director of Energy and Security Systems at Sandia National Laboratories.


Michalske earned his Ph.D. and Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University. He holds seven patents, has authored 90 journal publications, and has been a collaborator on several books.


This is Michalske’s second term on the Aiken Chamber’s Board of Directors. 


As chief executive officer of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Vance Reynolds is responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of the 244-bed hospital. Reynolds has over 20 years' experience in the health care industry. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Sherman, Texas, a 241-bed hospital with two campuses.


Other positions include CEO at River Region Health System in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Chester General Hospital in Cheraw, South Carolina; Chief Operating Officer at Byrd Regional Hospital in Leesville, Louisiana; and Chief Financial Officer at Riley Memorial Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi.


Reynolds earned a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at the University of North Texas. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.


Believing in servant leadership, Reynolds has made employee satisfaction a top priority, along with forming productive and trusting relationships with the physicians on the medical staff.


He has been married to his wife for over 24 years and has 6 children, ranging from 9 to 21.


As a former South Carolina resident, he feels it to be a privilege to be back in this great state.


A true Aikenite, Whitesell is proud to be raising her two children, Baxter (5) and Shyla (3), with her husband Jimi in her hometown.  Whitesell sold real estate for 13 years with Meybohm, Realtors ® before becoming their Communications Director in 2013.  A graduate of USCA with a degree in Theatre, Whitesell enjoys the vibrant art community in Aiken. She has been involved with the Heart Show, an original musical comedy written and directed by her father Jim Moore, for over 20 years.  The show has raised over 1.5 million for the American Heart Association.  She is a lifelong member of St. John’s United Methodist Church where she volunteers with the youth and children’s ministries. Whitesell has lived in Charleston, Boston, and the East Village in Manhattan but always comes home to Aiken.   Whitesell says she has finally learned ‘if you’re lucky enough to live in Aiken…you’re lucky enough’.

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