Meet the Staff

JCC Senior Staff

Barry A. Abels, Executive Director

Barry holds a master’s degree in Adult Education, Human Resource Development & Leadership and has over 38 years of experience in management, training and organization leadership.  He brings a wealth of experience working as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation & Charles Schusterman JCC and the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council of Corpus Christi, Texas as well as working as a consultant with many other non-profit organizations and small businesses. He and his wife Jackie have two sons. His hobbies include golf, fencing, Civil War re-enactments, and being a good Jewish boy who loves his mother!

803-787-2023 ext. 207


Lindsay Agostini, Aquatics Director

Lindsay is a Michigan native and grew up as a distance swimmer. Lindsay established herself as one of South Carolina’s top female triathletes, is a two-time member of Team USA and is a four-time All-American triathlete. Lindsay and her husband, Jim, have three beautiful kids.

803-787-2023 ext. 306


Debbie Cohn, Marketing & Membership Director

Debbie is a 30-year veteran in the marketing, advertising, and fundraising sectors. She previously ran her own marketing and communications consulting firm in downtown Columbia. Debbie is a Florida native and graduate of Rollins College with a degree in English Literature and Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Birkbeck College in London, England where she lived for 28 years before returning to the USA. She and her husband Rick have five cherubic children, two gorgeous grandchildren, and two adorable golden retrievers.

803-787-2023 ext. 203

Adrienne Conner, Office Manager


Adrienne is the JCC office manager/bookkeeper. She is married to Ron and has four boys. Adrienne has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management, and brings several years of mortgage banking skills. In her spare time she enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.

803-787-2023 ext. 216



Debby Mullen, Business Manager

Debby has a degree in accounting & business from Raritan College in New Jersey, her hometown.

She enjoys working with the community and helping those around her. Debby is an original member of the team since moving to the new building eight years ago. She has two beautiful daughters, two fabulous grandchildren and a wonderful husband.

803-787-2023 ext. 202

Laurie Slack, Jewish Programs Director

Laurie is passionate about Jewish living and education and loves to find innovative and meaningful ways to incorporate Judaism into everyday life. Before finding her home in Jewish communal life, she studied visual art at Carnegie Mellon University. Laurie is married to a wonderful man and enjoys cooking, gardening, making crafts, and board games in her free time.

803-787-2023 ext. 201

Pam Taylor, Health & Fitness Director

Pam has been in the health and fitness industry over 20 years. She has a passion to help others lead a healthy life style. She focuses her energy on managing the JCC fitness professionals, fitness associates and group fitness instructors to improve the quality of life for our members. During the past 5 years she has obtained the following certifications:

  • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE (American Council on Exercise) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM (National Academy of  Sports Medicine) – Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Health Directions – Group Fitness Instructor
  • Rep Reebok – Strength training and cycling
  • Water Art – Group Water Instructor
  • American Red Cross – First Aid, CPR & AED

She also teaches several group fitness classes from strength training to cycling and loves the sense of “family and friends” that is created in these classes. She includes modifications for all levels of fitness. She enjoys running, martial arts and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

803-787-2023 ext. 209



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