Meet Your Elected Officials

Council Members of the City of Travelers Rest are residents who care deeply about the quality of life of our constituents, businesses, business owners, and visitors. Each council member brings a different life and career perspective to decision making for the City to give us a diversity of thought and representation. We proudly serve our community by listening, caring and making decisions that push us towards betterment and suitability as a city and a community.

 

Brandy Amidon, Mayor
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Brandy was elected to Mayor of Travelers Rest in January 2018. As the first female to be elected to that office, Brandy is the youngest Mayor in town’s history. She’s served on the City Council of Travelers Rest since 2010 and for the last two years, as Mayor Pro Tem. She’s a founding member of Let’s Keep TR Beautiful, a local group dedicated to positive promotion and beautification of Travelers Rest and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for SC Appalachian Council of Governments. She’s also served on the board for Travelers Rest Historical Society and the Greater Chamber of Commerce of Travelers Rest. Brandy is Co-President and CFO for Brains on Fire, Inc., a creative agency focused on branding, identity and community building. She’s been married for sixteen years to Steven Amidon and Mom to their five-year-old daughter, Annabelle Grace Amidon. Read the latest articles and excerpts from the Mayor’s desk here.

Rick Floyd, Mayor Pro Tempore
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Rick Floyd has been serving on Travelers Rest City Council since 2014. He currently serves as the Personnel Committee Chair. He retired from Law Enforcement in 2011, and currently works for the Greenville County School District, in Information/Network Security. He enjoys working in the public sector and serving residents and businesses in Travelers Rest. He is a graduate of the Basic and Advance Municipal Association of South Carolina, Municipal Elected Officials Institute and has lived in Travelers Rest with his family for over 20 years. He lives in Watson Crossing and enjoys being in the close proximity of Trailblazer Park, the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Downtown Travelers Rest. As a runner and biker, he spends lots of time on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and in the Downtown area of Travelers Rest.

Grant Bumgarner, Council Member
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Grant Bumgarner came to South Carolina in 1993 to be a funeral director. He continues in that profession at Mackey Mortuary in Greenville and Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. He started his tenure on Travelers Rest City Council in 2004 and is currently chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

Kelly Byers, Council Member
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Kelly Byers loves Travelers Rest and is honored to serve on City Council. Kelly is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive and is the Director of Individual Giving at the Peace Center, and previously worked in Community Engagement roles at Roper Mountain Science Center and The Family Effect. She currently serves as chair of the Public Safety Committee.

Meaningful community involvement is incredibly important to Kelly. She currently serves on the boards of Travelers Rest Farmers Market, Foothills Family Resources, Greenville First Steps, Euphoria, and is the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Piedmont Chapter. Additionally, Kelly served in previous volunteer leadership roles with United Way’s Jobs to Careers and Women in Science and Engineering; Greenville Chamber’s Greenville Young Professionals, Greenville Women @ Work, and Leadership Greenville Alumni; Serenity Village, Read Greenville, Gardening for Good, Momentum Bike Club, and Upstate South Carolina Association of Volunteer Administrators (President),

Kelly earned her Bachelor’s degree at Presbyterian College and her Master’s at the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 41, awarded Best and Brightest 35 under 35 in 2017, and the recipient of the AFP Piedmont Chapter’s Young Philanthropist Award in 2017. Kelly enjoys the outdoors, yoga, running, reading, writing, gardening, farmer’s markets, travel, and doing improv with Alchemy Comedy Theatre. Kelly and Tom live in Travelers Rest with their three goats, two dogs, one cat, and a handful of goldfish.

Shaniece Criss, Council Member
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Shaniece Criss loves serving Travelers Rest though her commitment to maintaining the town’s community connection and charming character. Often, you will see Councilmember Criss at town events with her friends and family, as well as, constantly communicating with residents in-person and on social media. She is committed to advocating for proactive, community-engaged development. She supports local businesses and attends the Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce meetings to stay informed. Public safety and public works are really important to her. Dr. Criss currently chairs the Public Works Committee.

Dr. Criss is a health science faculty member at Furman University and public health researcher. She is committed to community involvement and serves on the board for Prisma Health, Public Education Partners, Dining for Women, SC YMCA Youth in Government, and Reconcile Community Church. In the past, she served on the Greenville County Human Relations Commission and Travelers Rest Municipal Election Commission. Recently, she has been named a “ChangeMaker” by the Jefferson Awards Foundation and a Greenville County Schools Hall of Fame Inductee.

Councilmember Criss graduated from Southside High School and the Fine Arts Center. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from Oglethorpe University and a Master of Public Health from Emory University. In addition, Dr. Criss earned her Doctor of Science degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously, she held positions at ICF International, Centers for Disease Control, CNN, and the Peace Corps as the producer and host of a national television show for the Ministry of Health in Guyana, South America.

Lisa Lane, Council Member
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Lisa Lane has an accounting degree from Furman University and has worked as a corporate and non-profit accountant. Ms. Lane has lived in Travelers Rest for 17 years with her family. Her vision is to keep TR quaint while allowing opportunities for growth.

Sherry Marrah
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Sherry Marrah is grateful to serve on the Travelers Rest City Council. She has loved living in Travelers Rest and raising her family in this thriving community. Sherry attended Bob Jones University & Tidewater College with a background in Art & Communications. She is a keen observer, avid listener and critical thinker.
Councilmember Marrah is an active community volunteer and supports numerous nonprofit organizations, including Travelers Rest Artists Alliance, SWITCH (Non-Profit to end Human Trafficking) and organizing food drives for local food banks. She is readily prepared to serve all of Travelers Rest.

Wayne McCall, Council Member
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Wayne McCall has a 34 year career with the US Government and 16 years experience in Municipal Government. He held the Mayor’s seat in Travelers Rest for eight years and served as a council members for eight years. Wayne is the former President, of the Greenville County Mayor’s Association, former board member of the Association of SC Mayors and former board member Appalachian Council of Governments.

Brantly Vest, Council Member
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Brantly is proud to call Travelers Rest his hometown. He was elected to Travelers Rest City Council in January 2018. He currently serves as the Planning and Development Committee Chair and is also a member of the Public Safety, Ways and Means, and Personnel Committees. Brantly has worked with Duke Energy for over ten years, currently as a Business Energy Advisor. He is a graduate of Travelers Rest High School and Clemson University. Community involvement is very important to Brantly. He is a former member of the Travelers Rest Farmers Market Board of Directors and is currently an active member at Grace Church in Travelers Rest. Brantly has been married to his wife, Logan since 2014. They welcomed their daughter, Rollins, in March of 2019.

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