The ACT-SO program centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; to serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among students of African-American descent. Meet the NAACP ACT-SO Columbia core volunteer team responsible for running the program throughout the year.

Taren Bernard


As a South Carolina native, Taren Bernard was born and raised in Sumter along with her younger brother by a mother determined to have her children succeed. From a young age, Taren has been a student of the arts having provided some of her many talents to a host of different choirs and musical groups. She has also been trained in several areas of dance including but not limited to Contemporary, Liturgical/Praise Dance, Hip hop, and Tap. This led to her tenure at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and as a member of the Gold Dusters Dance team.

Taren now resides in Columbia with her husband Jordan and two children- Jalen and Isys. Having to be a part of a big and close-knit family fostered the independence and fire she currently possesses to help others be the best that they can be. Currently, Taren is in the process of following her own dreams- starting a dance company for children in performing arts. She is also a lover of fine foods, movies, and great books.

Tia Adams

Core Team Volunteer

Tia Adams was born in Brooklyn, New York. Early years were spent in Queens, New York and then finished in various parts of South Carolina. After graduating high school at 16, she went on to attend the first historically black college, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where she became a member of the prestigious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. After college, she went on to work in the public schools system in New Jersey.

As a paraprofessional, she had the opportunity and privilege to provide assistance in the classroom at all grade levels. While employed at the high school level, she was given an adequate background in secondary education. She assisted in the Special Education Department in various subjects, gained beneficial knowledge and earned outstanding credentials.

As a graduate of Grand Canyon University, she received teacher certification in Elementary Education, in addition to certification in Special Education K-12. She is also a substitute teacher for the Richland 2 School District.

Tia Adams loves the classroom at all grade levels and the students that occupy its seats. She is the wife of Shaun Adams, ACT-SO Columbia Director, mother of two children, and a maltese poodle, Pixel (our family loves electronics). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music of most genres, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Trinita Webster

Core Team Volunteer

Born in Ft. Stewart, GA with roots in the Virgin Islands, Trinita Webster has been a resident of South Carolina for 23 years. She holds a vast amount of leadership experience in the sales/service industry and is currently a Customer Service Manager for a well known company in Blythewood. Trinita has four children, two boys and two girls, ranging in ages from 8 to 20.

Trinita has a Bachelors of Science degree and is currently working to finish her Masters in Project Management with Capella University. In her spare time she volunteers as a fundraiser coordinator for Pop Warner football, Administrative coordinator for AAU basketball, and a team mom for the organizations her children are involved in. Trinita also enjoys spending time with friends and family and embarking upon new adventures.

Trinita’s motto in life is Live, Laugh, Love. These three things are synonymous with one another and are the key to real happiness. We are only given one life to live so we must enjoy it while we are here and live it to the fullest.

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