Helen Rosemond-Saunders of Seneca represents Oconee County. She was appointed in 1993 and represents Oconee County on a continuing basis. In 1997, she was elected to serve as vice chair of the Commission and later served as chair from 2007-2011.
A veteran educator, she taught home economics in the public schools of Seneca for 20 years before becoming a guidance counselor at Seneca High School in 1986. She became Director of Guidance at the school in 1991 and retired from public education in 2005. Ms. Rosemond-Saunders is a life member and Golden Soror of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the oldest black sorority in the nation and has served as Cluster VIII Coordinator of the South Atlantic Region. She also has served as president and vice president of the Epsilon Tau Omega Chapter in Greenville, SC, and as graduate advisor of the Lambda Theta Chapter at Clemson University.
She was elected in 2012 to serve as a member of the Diversity Committee of the Association of Community College Trustees and is past chair. She also serves as secretary for the S.C. Association of Technical College Commissioners; serves on the Oconee/Pickens Wachovia Board; is past recording secretary of the National Alumni Association of South Carolina State University; and is a past board member of the Oconee County United Way.
She was named the 2017 Commissioner of the Year by the S.C. Association of Technical College Commissioners and received the 2017 ACCT Trustee Leadership Award for the Southern Region.
She has a bachelor's degree in home economics from South Carolina State University, a master's degree in nutritional science from Clemson University, and 30-plus hours of certification in secondary school guidance from Clemson University. She is a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Westminster.