Russell H. Stall
Russell is a boomerang, one of those people who grew up in Greenville, left, and didn’t come back after 16 years because he didn’t think Greenville was cool or progressive enough. However, Greenville changed and became a place where Russell wanted his family to grow and transform.
As the founder of Greenville Forward, Russell is an active public speaker and motivator, telling the story of Greenville’s transformation from the “Textile Capital of the World” as a “milltown to a willtown” with a diversified economy built through collaborative relationships, community engagement, and creative partnerships. Since starting Greenville Forward, Russell has told this story to over 450 groups and 30,000 people.
Prior to founding Greenville Forward, Russell owned ResearchWorks, a strategic marketing research firm focusing on community development and customer satisfaction research. Some of his ResearchWorks clients included Kentucky Fried Chicken, Atlanta Paralympic Games 1996, Coca-Cola USA, Verizon Wireless, BBDO Worldwide, Iberia Airlines, VHA Georgia, ScanSource, Atlanta CVB, and Children’s Museum of Atlanta, He has also worked for Mercer Management Consulting/Temple, Barker & Sloane, Coca-Cola USA, and Ralph Lauren Home Furnishings.
Russell has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School, and a BA in psychology from Washington and Lee University.
Russell is currently President of the Rotary Club of Greenville, South Carolina’s largest and oldest Rotary Club, and has served on numerous boards including the Warehouse Theatre, St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Cancer Society of Greenville County, Project Host Soup Kitchen, Greenville University Center, Friends of the Greenville Zoo, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Covenant Community Drug Rehabilitation Program, and Junior League Advisory Council.
He has been the volunteer class facilitator for Leadership Greenville for ten years, was named at 2013’s Leadership Greenville Alumni of the Year, and has been named as one of Greenville’s Most Influential People by Greenville Business Magazine three times.
His sons Hampton and Harrison attend Davidson College and Vanderbilt University, respectively. He and his wife, Susan, currently serve as Chairs of the Davidson College Parents Council.
Russell is a South Carolina Master Gardener, managing a year-round 4,000 square foot garden and greenhouse, and maintains his active bee apiary, producing “The Buzz,” native wildflower urban honey.
Program Director and Gardening for Good Director
Reece Lyerly is the Program Director at Greenville Forward. He joined the Greenville Forward staff in 2011 as the inaugural Gardening for Good fellow, which introduced him to the great work being done by the organization and solidified his love for Greenville. Through programming, Reece works to further the mission of Greenville Forward by cultivating dialogue, inspiring leadership and tracking progress towards Vision 2025 goals.
Originally from Roswell, GA, Reece now considers himself a fellow Greenvillian due to his recent residency in the city after four years at Furman University. Reece graduated from Furman in May 2011 with a BA in Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Reece is a field leader for Society of St. Andrew Gleaning Network, where he leads teams to harvest overripe crops from farms in the Upstate to donate to local food banks. In his spare time, Reece enjoys reading, baking bread, hiking, biking on the Swamp Rabbit trail, listening to bluegrass music and most of all: community gardening!
Community Relations Director
Ana Parra is the Community Relations Director for Greenville Forward. Ana recently moved back to Greenville from Spartanburg, and is thrilled to once again be part of this dynamic community.
Before coming to Greenville Forward, Ana was the Executive director of Hub City Farmers’ Market in Spartanburg, a nonprofit that worked on improving access to healthy foods.
Her passion for nonprofit work grew during her time as a journalist with LINK Magazine, a publication of the Greenville News. After reporting on the community for various newspapers and magazines, Ana found herself more interested in working within the community to create change.
As Community Relations Director for Greenville Forward, Ana works on marketing Greenville Forward’s mission and work and creating opportunities for the organization’s sustainability. Ana is a graduate of USC where she got her BA in Journalism and Mass Communications.