Education and Community



Mrs. Lisa B. Stokes

Lisa is a retired physical education/health teacher and coach. She has taught and coached for both Bamberg School Districts 1 and 2, on the elementary, middle and high school levels. Lisa began her teaching career in 1985 and was forced to retire in 2001 due to medical complications from Sjogren's Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Peripheral Neuropathy. Later, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that is no stranger to patients with Sjogren's Syndrome. When Lisa learned of her Sjogren's diagnosis, she decided to write her Master's Level Thesis on the disease: The Comparison of Individuals in the Primary and Secondary Stages of Sjogren's Syndrome. Her work was published. Because Lisa also has Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, standing and sitting for long periods of time are difficult. Additionally, Lisa has not let the early onset and symptoms of dementia discourage her from being the best that she can be. Although Lisa suffers with these debilitating illnesses among a few others, she refuses to be a patient everyday.

Along with her husband, Lisa has established the SEKOTS Foundation to fund college and post-secondary scholarships for Bamberg County graduating seniors. Lisa has earned two degrees from South Carolina State University: a Master of Science Degree in Individual and Family Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.

Lisa was the first African American female to coach a varsity sport and teach physical education at Bamberg-Ehrhardt (1992), and the first female to coach women’s basketball at Denmark Technical College (1988). In 1999, Lisa served as an assistant coach for the South Team in the North Carolina/South Carolina All-Star Basketball Classic. Although Lisa has retired, she still shows her commitment to the education of our youth by recently (2009-2010) serving as president of the School Improvement Council at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School.

In addition to serving in our local school districts, Lisa has also volunteered regionally and statewide. She has served on the South Carolina State Department Board of Education and subsidiary committees, was a former regional coordinator for the South Carolina Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports, and has served as the Secretary to the Lower Savannah Regional Education Center Advisory Board (RECAB).

With regard to community, Lisa is also very involved.

She was the first African-American executive director for the Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce (2005) and was elected the 2009 Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the year. Furthermore, she and her husband were selected as the South Carolina National Guard Family of the year for the work that they have done on the Company, Battalion and Brigade level. Lisa served as the president of the Company A/163d South Carolina National Guard Unit Family Readiness Group for almost 10 years. Lisa has also previously served as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer in Bamberg County and is a former member of the Bamberg County American Red Cross Board of Directors.

When Lisa was an undergraduate student at South Carolina State University, she served as president of the Health and Physical Education Club for three consecutive years. During her junior year, she was elected Corresponding Secretary to the S. C. State Student Government Association.

 In July 2013 she was unanimously voted to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors for South Carolina State University.  She served for a year until she resigned to serve for a year as acting executive director.

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