Class of 2012
Our Fellows Program saw its inception in 2012, with four members of the Spartanburg area community chosen to engage in river focused projects to benefit both people and environment. these fellows came from four different walks of life: local government, business, education, and non-profit. By selecting these individuals from diverse backgrounds, we hope to examine rivers and their role in a multifaceted way. Click the photos below to learn more about our fellows and their individual projects.
Alissa Ritzo Duncan
Alissa Ritzo Duncan is a city and regional planner and a professional organizer. After working for organizations in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, Alissa decided it was time to try her hand at her own business and started a professional organizing business and a planning business. In addition to the TLAR Fellows program, Alissa serves on the Spartanburg County First Steps Board, the EP Todd Montessori Advisory Committee, and she volunteers for various community projects. She has a BA in Anthropology from USC and a Masters in City and Regional Planning. Alissa enjoys good conversations, cooking, reading, exploring, paddling, learning, organizing, and spending time with her friends and her husband and son.
The main purpose of Alissa's project is to increase the engagement of the general public in Spartanburg County with local rivers in order to cultivate a sense of stewardship for river and water resources. Alissa produced a series of basic paddling instructional videos, between 3-8 minutes each and specific to Spartanburg, that will be posted to YouTube. Familiarizing people with the paddling process will hopefully help them to feel more comfortable and confident about putting a boat in the water themselves.×
Ned Barrett, hailing from Huntington West Virginia, is the Trails Coordinator for Partners for Active Living-- an organization dedicated to transforming Spartanburg into a vibrant, healthy, connected community. They seek to improve the walkability of our city, making it more inviting and accessible to both pedestrians and cyclists. One notable program of PAL is the B Cycle Program in which people can rent bicycles at a low cost to use either for recreation or as their main means of transportation. Education and infrastructure are key to decreasing obesity rates in our county, and also creating a better quality of life for everyone. In his free time, Ned is an active runner and enjoys spending time with his family.×
Peyton Howell is the Vice President of Project Development at Yeargin Potter Shackelford Construction.×
Renee Phillips is the literary coach for Spartanburg District 3 schools.×