Panel 1 – A Closer Look at South Carolina’s Water Needs

  • Charles Wingard, vice president of field operations, Walter P. Rawl & Sons View Full Bio
    Charles Wingard

    Charles Wingard is the Vice President of Field Operations at Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc. which is located in Pelion SC. He has worked in his family’s business since graduating from Clemson University in 1987 where he earned a degree in Agricultural Economics. He is one of ten family members actively involved in day to day operations.

    His primary duties include the oversight of vegetable production on approx. 4000 acres of farmland in South Carolina, Florida, and Mississippi.

    He and his family are active in many groups that promote issues in the agricultural and produce industries such as United Fresh Produce Assoc., Farm Bureau, Harvest Hope Food Bank, South Carolina Dept. of Agric., FFA, Five-A-Day, etc. He and his wife – Jan have been married 20 years and have three children – Mary Grace, Caroline, & Clark.

  • Loni Rikard, owner/director of operations for Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC & Rocky Wells Trucking, Inc. View Full Bio
    Loni Rikard

    Loni Rikard is the owner of Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC, and co-owner of Rocky Wells Farm, located in Lexington County. She is also Director of Operations for Rocky Wells Trucking, Inc. Loni serves on the Lexington County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. She is the most recent chairperson of the Lexington County Farm-City Programs Committee, a volunteer position that she held for the last nine years. Loni is a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she is actively involved in the Young Adults Living Lutheran group and children’s ministries. She lives on the family farm with her husband, Marty, and their two children, Carly and Noah.

  • David Wilson, chief, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Water View Full Bio

    David Wilson has been with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for over 30 years managing various environmental programs. He has been head of the Department's water programs for the past 8 years and served as the interim Director of Legislative Affairs for Environmental Quality Control. During his tenure, he has represented the Department in numerous national and state level environmental initiatives including serving as the Governor's representative on the National Governors Association Federal Facilities Task Force. A recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency' s Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, he has a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a registered professional engineer.

Panel 2 – Balancing the Demands for Water with the Need to Grow and Raise Food

  • Loni Rikard, owner/director of operations for Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC & Rocky Wells Trucking, Inc. View Full Bio
    Loni Rikard

    Loni Rikard is the owner of Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC, and co-owner of Rocky Wells Farm, located in Lexington County. She is also Director of Operations for Rocky Wells Trucking, Inc. Loni serves on the Lexington County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. She is the most recent chairperson of the Lexington County Farm-City Programs Committee, a volunteer position that she held for the last nine years. Loni is a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she is actively involved in the Young Adults Living Lutheran group and children’s ministries. She lives on the family farm with her husband, Marty, and their two children, Carly and Noah.

  • David Baize, assistant chief, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Water View Full Bio
    David Baize

    David Baize has been with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for 27 years, where he has worked as a hydrogeologist in a variety of different program areas. Currently, he is an Assistant Bureau Chief in DHEC’s Bureau of Water. For the past 15 years, his work has focused on interstate water issues, water quantity availability and permitting, public drinking water supply protection, and salt-water intrusion in coastal areas of South Carolina. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a Master of Science degree from Western Kentucky University.

  • Ellie Bomstein, food and agriculture project manager at Coastal Conservation League View Full Bio
    Ellie Bomstein

    Ellie Bomstein is the Food and Agriculture Project Manager at Coastal Conservation League, where she works on advocacy for small and mid-sized farmers. Ellie studied Environmental Science at University of Michigan with a specialization in land use. She has a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University, where she completed a thesis on agriculture as economic development. After working for a local food distributor in her native Washington, DC, she moved to South Carolina in the Fall of 2014.  Ellie lives in downtown Charleston.

  • Jason Rodgers, vice president of operations, Titan Farms View Full Bio
    Jason Rodgers

    Jason Rodgers is the Vice President of Operations for Titan Farms. He oversees management of the farm and productivity of 54 employees for both the vegetable and peach teams. His duties include handling crop rotation, laying of plastic, land fumigation, irrigation, crop protection and fertilization, picking, and packing shed operations. Jason is highly involved in the community currently serving as the 2015 South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development for Saluda County through the Department of Commerce. Jason also works alongside Chalmers in serving as an advocate for Farm Bureau with agricultural issues that arise. Jason attended Clemson University where he graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Mechanization and Business with a minor in Business. He has been with Titan Farms since 1995.

  • Bill Stangler, Congaree Riverkeeper View Full Bio
    Bill Stangler

    For the last four years Bill has led Congaree Riverkeeper, a Columbia based non-profit organization that works to protect local rivers. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Geography. In his spare time Bill enjoys canoeing, kayaking, hiking and fishing across our beautiful state.

  • Charles Wingard, vice president of field operations, Walter P. Rawl & Sons View Full Bio
    <p>Charles Wingard is the Vice President of Field Operations at Walter P. Rawl &amp; Sons, Inc. which is located in Pelion SC. He has worked in his family&rsquo;s business since graduating from Clemson University in 1987 where he earned a degree in Agricu

    Charles Wingard is the Vice President of Field Operations at Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc. which is located in Pelion SC. He has worked in his family’s business since graduating from Clemson University in 1987 where he earned a degree in Agricultural Economics. He is one of ten family members actively involved in day to day operations.

    His primary duties include the oversight of vegetable production on approx. 4000 acres of farmland in South Carolina, Florida, and Mississippi.

    He and his family are active in many groups that promote issues in the agricultural and produce industries such as United Fresh Produce Assoc., Farm Bureau, Harvest Hope Food Bank, South Carolina Dept. of Agric., FFA, Five-A-Day, etc. He and his wife – Jan have been married 20 years and have three children – Mary Grace, Caroline, & Clark.