Our Board

Samantha Snyder


After a two year hiatus, I am excited to serve on the Newberry County Young Professional Board once again. As an original founding member of the NYPs, I know how important it is to be involved in the community and how organizations like this can keep you active. I currently serve as the Associate Director of Admissions and US Operations of Franklin University Switzerland. Prior to working at Franklin I worked at my alma mater, Newberry College ‘10 as the Guest Experience Coordinator for the Office of Admission.

I am also a part of the Newberry County Leadership Class and serve as the chair for the Community Christmas Tree committee. I am so proud of where our county has been and where we are going! I live in downtown Newberry with my husband, Jay Snyder who is the Associate Head Baseball Coach at Newberry College, and our two pups Abel Grace and Atlas.


Jared Wicker


Growing up I always had big dreams for Newberry, a Starbucks and a gladiator arena being the two that really stick out in my mind. I find myself in the fortunate position, once again, of being on the Board of Directors for the Newberry County Young Professionals in hopes of making Newberry County a happier place (not just for gladiators). In the past, I served on the board as vice president and on the bylaws committee even though I have never needed an enhanced role to show my worth. I was born and raised in Prosperity and now live in one of the oldest houses in town. In 2012, I graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Biological Sciences. During the week, I am an Environmental Engineer at the Savannah River Site in Aiken South Carolina but most weekends you can still find me in Newberry doing anything from reminiscing about my days working at Half Full to heckling performers at the Opera House. Please contact me for any questions you may have about Newberry or investment opportunities for gladiator entertainment. 

Danielle Connelly


My name is Danielle Connelly I am a Staffing Assistant at Gallman Personnel Services in Newberry. I am married to Evan Connelly. I grew up all over the state but am originally from Newberry County. When I am not at work you can find me at Young Professionals, attending comic book conventions or volunteering and performing with the Newberry Community Players. Years ago a friend of mine left Newberry because she felt that she did not have a support system of similar-aged young professionals. This is why I love working with the Young Professionals because it has allowed me to make lasting relationships and to make Newberry County a better place for a young professionals


Sheridan Murray 


My name is Sheridan Murray, and I am the Executive Director of The Newberry Museum. I am originally from Asheville, NC, and attended Wofford College where I obtained a BS in Environmental Studies and a BA in Art History. I have lived in Newberry since August of 2019, and instantly felt like I had joined one big family upon arrival. In addition to serving on the NYP board, I also am part of the Newberry County First Steps board and serve as Treasurer for the Newberry Downtown Development Association. I am passionate about professional development and leadership cultivation, and am grateful for the way that NYP helps provide important connections - both professional and personal! 


Jessica Beam

Board Member

A native of Greenville, SC., I am a graduate of Newberry College ('12) where I obtained a BS in Early Childhood Education, Converse College ('16) M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, and Coker University ('19) M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology. I am currently the Curriculum Coordinator at Mid-Carolina Middle School. I fell in love with Newberry have made this a place where I live, work, and play. I am passionate about working with students within the community and supporting various community service projects. I am also a founding member and former president of the Newberry County Young Professionals and after taking leave to complete my Masters program, I am so excited to be back! 


Wayne Pratt, Jr.

Board Member

Hello everyone I’m Wayne Pratt Jr. life long Newberrian and Funeral Director at F.B. Pratt and Son Funeral Home. As one of the co-founders of the CHAMPIONS I have had the pleasure to work with great people and be involved in numerous community outreach programs and events. This is to include but not limited to the Annual Back to School Bash, Holiday  Dinners & Christmas Toy Drives, Cancer Gala, and most recently the MLK Day Parade and Brunch. This is my first year as a newly appointed board member of the NYP and a honored recipient of the Newberry Top 4 Under 40 Award 2020.

Sarah Sprott


My name is Sarah Sprott and I am a 3rd-grade teacher at Newberry Elementary School. I am originally from Lexington, SC and I have been teaching for 9 years. I relocated to Newberry once I started teaching here 4 years ago and NYP gave me the chance to connect with other professionals my age. I have a degree in Educational Leadership and I hope to continue to work with our community to help create success for Newberry county.

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