Lynda Leventis-Wells received a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Education in Guidance and Educational Psychology from the University of Mississippi. Mrs. Leventis-Wells has over thirty years of professional management experience in the educational, law enforcement, coaching and instructional fields. She has worked as the Director of Enrollment, Director of College in High School and Department Head of Criminal Justice at Greenville Technical College; Senior Criminal Investigator for the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office; Criminology Instructor for the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy; and Deputy Psychologist and Investigator for the Richland County Sheriff's Office. Mrs. Leventis-Wells also taught for the Saudi Arabian International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and maintains her teaching and law enforcement certifications.
Mrs. Leventis-Wells currently serves as Executive Director of the Carolinas Institute for Community Policing (CICP). Under Mrs. Leventis-Wells’ direction, CICP has provided training for over 60,000 law enforcement and community members on such diverse topics as Ethics and Integrity and Human Trafficking. Through partnerships with other community policing institutes and public safety agencies, CICP also provides training in Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits® for Law Enforcement, Diversity Centered Leadership for Law Enforcement, Nobility of Policing, and Policing at the Speed of Trust for all regions of the United States. Mrs. Leventis-Wells is a School Board Trustee for the Greenville County School District and holds the position of Vice Chair and has held the position of Secretary during her term on the Board, past president and current board member of the Crime Stoppers of Greenville, current board president of Greenville Family Partnership, chairman of the South Carolina Methamphetamine Action Group, past board member for Communities in Schools, member of the United Way Public Policy Committee, past vice-chairman for Greenville Technical College Charter High School Board, past board member of the League of Women Voters, past president and current member of the Daughters of Penelope/ St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, past commissioner for the State Athletic Board, an appointment made by the governor, and coach at Wade Hampton High School, JL Mann High School and Furman University.
Mrs. Leventis-Wells has received many awards in recognition of her outstanding leadership qualities and support for Law Enforcement and Educational communities. The prestigious Order of the Palmetto Award was conferred upon Mrs. Leventis-Wells by Governor Nikki Haley in August 2012. The Order of the Palmetto is considered the highest civilian honor in the State of South Carolina. Mrs. Leventis-Wells was inducted into the Wade Hampton High School Legion of Honor, Mrs. Leventis-Wells has also received the Greenville County Sheriff’s Award, DEA Award, American Policing Hall of Fame and Southeastern Crime Stoppers Citizen of the Year awards, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Greenville Technical College Teacher of the Year, Peach Blossom AAA High School Basketball Coach of the Year, J.L. Mann Lady Patriots Peach Blossom AAA Conference Champions, and Furman Women’s Basketball Southern Conference Champions.
Lynda and her husband, Alan, have a daughter, Katrina, who graduated from Coastal Carolina University, a son, Jonathan, graduate of the University of South Carolina, and two “grand dogs”, Duke and Auggie!
Lacey Cobb has been the CICP Program Coordinator since October 2004. She brought 5 years of experience in education, Federal grant processes, and school health to CICP. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson University and a Master of Education in Health and Physical Education from The Citadel. While attending The Citadel, she was a graduate assistant and taught activity courses to The Corps of Cadets.
Lacey worked as a Project Manager for Amanda Dew Manning & Associates, Inc. in Charleston, SC for 1.5 years where she managed a school health/nutrition education project funded by USDA Team Nutrition. Lacey worked as a Peer Review Coordinator for Educational Services, Inc. (ESI) in Washington, DC for 1.5 years where she primarily supported the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) discretionary grant review. While employed at ESI, Lacey also planned and supported national conferences for Federal clients. Lacey served on the Board of Directors for the Greenville Technical Charter High School from 2008-2011. She enjoys being a volunteer coach in the community and an active member of their church. She and her husband, Matt, live in Greenville with their young daughter and son.
Sharyn Gmerek has been with CICP since December 2003. She serves as Administrative/Training Coordinator. Sharyn is originally from Orangeburg, SC and graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.
Sharyn brings 17+ years of office and computer experience to CICP. Prior to her work here, she was a computer instructor with “Lifelong Learning”, a Greenville County School Adult Continuing Education Program.
Sharyn and her husband, Don, have a wonderful and growing family -- a son, Justin and his wife, Leah, a daughter Katelyn and her husband, Thomas and a daughter, Courtney who is in college. They also have 2 “grand dogs”, Wall-e and Rosko. Sharyn is a community volunteer and an active member of Brookwood Community Church and Choir.