C. Denise Johnston
Community Development and Operations Administrator
Originally from the Atlanta, GA area, Denise graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Anthropology. Currently, Denise and her husband, Kirk, live at Andrew Jackson State Park. A former director of the Union County (SC) Arts Council, Denise has long appreciated the arts in their many forms. As a life long learner, she appreciates arts education and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the arts and actively participate in the creative process. Denise looks forward to playing a role in helping the LCCA accomplish its “arts for all” mission.
Denise and Kirk have grown twins, Joshua and Matthew. They have filled their empty nest with their rescue cats “Barn” and “Bit”.
After many years on the Board of Directors (and terms as Board Chair) of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, Debbie accepted the role of Executive Director in July, 2011. She is a certified Senior, Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and enjoyed a long career at Kanawha Insurance Company/KMG, rising in the ranks from an Accounting Administrator to the Vice President of Human Resources. In addition to her business expertise, Debbie's personal art form is music, and she shares that as Director of Music/Accompanist at Good Shepherd UMC, musical theater director/accompanist and well-known pianist in our area. She is a life-long learner and a student at the University of South Carolina. Debbie is married to Kevin and they have two grown sons and six (extremely smart and talented) grandchildren.
Projects & Programs Coordinator
An Indian Land native, Eric has been involved in the arts in the community for many years. He is a graduate of Mercer University and earned his master's degree at the University of South Carolina. Eric has held several professional roles over the years starting in a large regional ad agency in the creative department and working in staff development and education for a regional hospital system. He shares his love of music as the Director of Music at Osceola UMC in Indian Land. Eric has been fortunate to travel extensively for work and pleasure and brings his love for art and cultural experiences to his work at the LCCA.
"The arts offer us moments to come together as a community to engage with one another; the arts offer us moments to learn and explore new things, and the arts can even offer us moments of healing. I'm happy to play a small part in expanding the arts in our community, introducing our children to the arts, and supporting the work of artists in our community."