Kathleen Baker Blackman, formerly of Warren, has received a grant writing certificate from Emory University, and achieved notable mention as having passed with no recommendations. Blackman's initial project received the highest grade in peer review, and her final proposal was chosen as a design for future classes. She is a 2010 graduate of the University of South Carolina Beaufort with a bachelor of science degree in human services. She is employed with Senior Services of Beaufort County as an aging program specialist; also holding certificates as an Arthritis Foundation exercise instructor and as a chronic disease self management specialist from Stanford University. She resides in Bluffton, S.C., with her daughter, Anne.