Board Members

Established in 2007, the Tyger River Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in South Carolina. Its 12-member, volunteer based board plays an important role in assuring the natural and historic resources of the Tyger River Basin are maintained for today and generations to come.

The Tyger River Foundation focuses on the preservation and restoration of historic properties as well as increasing outdoor nature-based physical activities for Spartanburg residents and area visitors. We work in concert with private and public entities from all areas of the community to achieve our vision for the greater good of the Upstate and beyond.

Meet Our Board Members

Julian Hankinson, President

A native of Spartanburg, Julian Hankinson graduated from Georgia Tech and is a Naval Aviation veteran and Eagle Scout. Early in his career, he designed industrial machinery and controls, then later managed corporate product development before founding his own industrial consulting and manufacturing sales representative company. Julian is the Private Sector Representative on the Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS) Policy Committee and a member of the Spartanburg Airport Advisory Board. Julian and his wife, Monty, still reside on his family's farm.

Scott Talley, Legal

Born and raised in Spartanburg County, Scott Talley is a graduate of Wofford College with a law degree from USC Law School. Scott was a member of the SC House of Representatives District 34 from 2001-2008. He currently is in private practice at Scott F. Talley, P.A. and on the board of Hatcher Garden and Spartanburg YMCA.

Patrick K. Prince, Secretary

Raised in the hills of southern Indiana, Patrick Prince is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Since 1990, Patrick has been employed with Milliken & Co. at locations in the US, Spain and Mexico.  He is married to wife Nancy and the father of three sons. Patrick is an avid outdoor enthusiast, active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Spartanburg chapter of ConQuest Club, and graduate of the Grass Roots Leadership Development Institute.

Monty Mullen, Treasurer

Born and raised in Spartanburg County, Monty Mullen is a graduate of the University of South Carolina - Spartanburg with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She has been employed for 34 years with a local engineering consulting firm, S&ME, Inc. Monty is a former board member of the Spartanburg Area Conservancy and presently serves the chairman of the Spartanburg PRIDE Task Force and chairman of the SPATS Enhancement Committee.

Shelley Blount

Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, Shelley Blount is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textiles. Shelley is a veteran of the US  Army (1967-1970). His business career includes 8 years with Milliken and Co. at Magnolia finishing Plant in Blacksburg, SC ; the ZIMA Corporation; and  Greenville Machinery Corporation. In 1985 Shelley co-founded Jocassee Designs, Inc. in Duncan, SC and since 2008 has also been a partner of Tucapau Partners, LLC. Shelley currently serves on the Upstate Workforce Board. He is a Past-President of the Greenville-Spartanburg Georgia Tech Club. He is a member of the Reidville Road United Methodist Church and is currently the Finance Committee Chair. He is also VP of the United Methodist Men, and sings in the Choir. Shelley and his wife Becky live in Twin Lakes in Moore, SC.

Jan Caldwell

Jan Caldwell has been a Spartanburg resident for more than 45 years. He attended the University of South Carolina - Spartanburg and has worked in the printing industry for 40 years. Jan owns Southeastern Printing and presently serves as on the boards of Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County Historical Association, and the First Citizens Bank of SC Advisory Board. Jan has also served as a board member for the Spartanburg Humane Society, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, and Printing Industries of the Carolinas.

Angela Viney

A native of West Virginia, Angela has lived in South Carolina longer than any other location and moved to Spartanburg in 2007.   She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the University of South Carolina.   Recently retired from full time employment, Angela has over 40 years of nonprofit management experience with the American Red Cross, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and Upstate Forever.   Angela also serves as a Spartanburg Commissioner of Public Works. She resides in historic Hampton Heights.

Tom Foster

A native of Spartanburg, Tom Foster is a graduate of Dorman High School and Spartanburg Methodist College. He has been employed by Williams Gas Pipeline for 31 years and a former Spartanburg County Council member and chairman of Livability Committee. Tom is a Lt Col in SC State Guard, an avid outdoorsman and a conservation activist. Tom's family has called Spartanburg home since the 1700's.

Dan Whitten

Dan Whitten is a naturalist living in the Spartanburg County since 1980.  He graduated from Auburn University with a BS degree in Wildlife Management.  He retired from Michelin North America after 30 years and began to renew his study of nature by taking the Upstate Master Naturalist Class in 2008 and the Catawba Master Naturalist Class in 2010, and the Lowcountry Master Naturalist class in 2016.  He became a SC state certified naturalist in 2014.  He serves on the boards of the SC Native Plant Society, Foothills Trail Conference since 2012, Friends of Jocassee, and the Tyger River Foundation.  Dan presently serves as the president of the Upstate Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society. He works part time as a pontoon boat guide and hiking guide with Jocassee Lake Tours and as a Pole Manager with Spartanburg Co. Election Commission.

Dan and Sherrie have 2 married daughters and 2 grandsons.

Robbie Allen

Born and raised in the small town of Joanna in Laurens County, Robbie Allen received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Winthrop College and a Master's Degree in Education from USC Upstate. She was employed for 25 years in the District Five Schools in Spartanburg County as a science teacher before retiring in 2012. Through years of teaching, Robbie developed a passion for nature, conservation and the great outdoors with an avid interest in kayaking and hiking. Robbie believes that having numerous areas available for active living is crucial to the health and well-being of any community and serving on the Tyger River Foundation Board gives her the opportunity to promote and preserve as many of these areas as possible in Spartanburg County.