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Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Staff
Mark Baker is President of Wood+Partners Inc., a regional land planning and landscape architecture firm with offices on Hilton Head Island, SC and Tallahassee, FL. In addition to being the firm’s President, Mark serves as Partner-in-Charge of numerous public and private sector projects throughout the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. His work covers a range of project types including large mixed-use residential communities, new commercial town centers, urban design and downtown revitalization master plans, resorts and hotels, colleges and universities, and large regional parks and recreation master plans. Wood + Partners’ projects have received numerous awards and Mark is frequently invited to speak at conferences on topics such as trends in real estate development, park and recreation master plans and urban design and revitalization planning. Mark received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia and is active in many professional associations including the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Recreation and Park Association, the SC, NC, GA and FL Recreation and Park Associations, American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute. He believes strongly in giving back to the community and has served on numerous committees and boards. Mark currently serves as a Trustee for the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Chairman of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Public Art Committee, member of the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Mayor’s Vision 2025 Task Force and the Disaster Relief Committee, former Chairman of the Greater Island Committee Recreation and Environment Subcommittee, member of the Greater Island Council’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, and is former Chairman of the SC Landscape Architect Advisory Committee. Mark and his wife Betsy have two children and live in Hilton Head Plantation.
Pat began his career as an accounting professional in Charleston, SC, before relocating to Hilton Head Island in 1977. He has more than 30 years of experience in taxation and auditing, and opened Carey & Company, PA in 1991. The firm started with two people on staff, but it has now expanded to be a twelve person operation with eight Certified Public Accountants, and a support staff of four. Pat is an ongoing investor in the Hilton Head Island community. In addition to being an officer on the Experience Green Board of Directors, Pat is the Treasurer for People for Parks, is a Board member and past Treasurer of the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club, past Board member and President of the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association, immediate past president of the Sea Island Chapter of CPA's, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Board member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He values attributes associated with sustainability such as transparency, accountability and stewardship of resources, and recognizes the opportunity to positively impact the community today and for tomorrow with sustainable practices. Pat stays physically active with biking, swimming and playing basketball. He and his wife Mary have two grown children and live in Hilton Head Plantation.
Originally from Lafayette, LA, Quin Andrus is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, currently waiting medical retirement. During his 11 years of enlistment, his career has included not only service duties, but also instruction and testing of students, as well as briefing unit commanders regarding use of support assets. In meeting the demands of working in evolving environments Quin has developed a dexterous critical thinking process that enables him to methodically handle complex problems, and effectively communicate to diverse audiences. Having completed multiple combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and determined to overcome significant post-deployment challenges, Quin took a holistic approach to recovery. He found his greatest strides in recovery through providing peer support and mentoring fellow service members on the rigors of post-traumatic stress and recovery. With a passion for helping others, and a desire to continue serving, Quin understands the value of sustainable practices to promote healthy natural and human communities that can ensure a preferred quality of life for today and future generations. He is a member of Team Hope For The Warriors and Team Semper Fi, extensions of Hope For The Warriors and Semper Fi Fund, which provide wounded, ill, or injured servicemen and women the opportunity to engage in a variety of athletic events while on their road to recovery. He enjoys writing, cycling, and is an avid golfer. Quin has two children and resides in Bluffton with his wife Shannon.
As a professional that is passionate about stewarding the environment in many ways, most of David Arnal’s career has centered on real estate investment and development, and architectural and master planning. After graduating from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture, in 1992, David lived in Belize, Central America for a year before joining the Charles E. Fraser Company. He was appointed the Head of Community Planning in 1994 and a Partner in 1995 by Charles E. Fraser, who was the principal developer of Hilton Head Island (circa 1957-1983). David’s projects have included the resort communities of WaterColor and SouthWood for the St. Joe Company; the Town of Celebration, Florida for the Disney Development Company; the 25,000 acre development plan for Ambergris Caye, Belize, C.A.; a 3 casino, 3,000 hotel room zoning and disposition / land preservation plan for Deer Island, Biloxi Mississippi and much more. He has authored articles on project site and property acquisition, real estate investment analysis, academic mixed-use retail communities, land use planning and zoning, and resort development. David has also been a beekeeper for more than 26 years, and is a member of the Beaufort-Jasper Beekeepers Association. He educates others through demonstration events with live bees and presentations about their critical importance for our ecosystem and agriculture. David understands the interdependency of systems for balance and sustainability of the natural and human communities, and always welcomes the opportunity to inspire others to engage in sustainable practices. He is deeply invested in community, and has or does participate in The Urban Land Institute, National Association of Realtors, American Society of Landscape Architects, Urban & Regional Information Systems Association, Family Connection of South Carolina, the Sea Pines Architectural Review Board and more. David has served as a volunteer for the US Forest Service Master Plan for the Snake River Canyon, The Nature Conservancy, and is a former director of the National Museum of Belize, C.A. He enjoys hunting, fishing, has two children, and lives with his wife Marie, on their bee farm on Hilton Head Island.
Mike Bennett is the Owner and CEO of i2recycle, a commercial recycled waste management and consulting company that provides service to the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, and Ridgeland areas. Under Mike’s leadership, i2recycle has successfully implemented cost effective solutions for businesses of all sizes to optimize their recycled waste output and minimize their environmental impact. In support of Mike’s passion and commitment to sustainable community development, i2recycle contributes to fundraising efforts for local nonprofit organizations including Experience Green and the Boys and Girls Club with collection campaigns for recyclables. Prior to creating i2recycle Mike served as General Manager of Signature Flight Support Savannah and Hilton Head Island. In this role he was responsible for overseeing general aviation operations, company business strategy and initiatives, and lead the development of Signature’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs. The CSR programs included facility energy and water management, solid /recycled waste management and monitoring, and “Good Neighbor” community involvement initiatives. Mike studied business at USCB and the University of Maryland, grew up in Las Vegas, and has been a resident of Hilton Head Island for more than fifteen years. He enjoys camping, fishing, and is an accomplished US Merchant Marine Master Captain. Mike and his wife Kim live in Hilton Head Plantation with their two children.
After graduating Cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Degree in Art, Music and Communication, David accepted a job offer and moved to Hilton Head Island in 1986. He worked in property management for a number of years before becoming a top producing Realtor with Charter One Realty. David has served our community in many ways, as a Rotarian, a Youth Group Leader, a member of the Greater Island Council, as an American Red Cross Volunteer, is a former member of the Governance and Management Committee of the Arts Center, was a founding Board Member and past School Board President for the St. Francis Catholic School, past Board Member of the Lowcountry Property Manager's Association, and currently volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors. David is also a multi-instrument musician and singer/songwriter, and released a self-titled CD in 2014. He performs for a variety of audiences at music venues, has contributed his talents to support the American Cancer Society Fundraisers and the Earth Day Celebration. He crafts songs about traditional topics such as relationships, love, friends, but also about faith, environmental stewardship and global social responsibility. David has written tribute songs in honor of the Native American Indians, has been a music minister for men's retreats, and a substitute music teacher for elementary school students. He is passionate about investing in our environment and community through good stewardship to benefit today and future generations. David enjoys family activities with his wife Beth and their three daughters, and resides in Port Royal Plantation.
With a passion for the small business sector, Harry is in the business of helping commercial endeavors succeed. As President of H.J. Corbett & Associates, Inc., a consulting and contract services firm founded in 1985, he provides companies with planning, performance metrics development, financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions, technology, sales and marketing, procurement, and employee training services. He has also served clients in interim C-level roles in finance (CFO), IT (CIO) and operations (VP Ops and COO). In his 40 year career span, Harry has directed startups, performed turnarounds of underperforming businesses and held C-level positions in large and small companies. His experience is gleaned from a variety of industries including technology, insurance, retail, consumer products and manufacturing to name a few.
In 2013, Harry joined with The Alternative Board to further realize his passion of helping small businesses grow and prosper. As a TAB Facilitator, Harry leads in regular peer coaching meetings and provides mentoring services to the TAB membership. He values the importance of nonprofit organizations to society, and is also the Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Barnabas (dba JobSeeker.pro), a volunteer run non-profit organization started in 2002 that provides training and mentoring at no charge to individuals in career transition, serving the Jacksonville, FL and Beaufort, SC areas. Harry is an Economics graduate of Cornell University, and has also studied in the MBA programs at Cornell University and Boston University. He resides in the Beaufort area with his wife Paula. They have two grown children, and in his spare time, Harry enjoys car shows, traveling and woodworking.
William Court is an Architect and co-founder of Court Atkins Architects, Inc. located in Bluffton SC. The firm integrates sustainability into the processes of its commercial and residential projects, considering site features, water and energy efficiency, material and resourcing components, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Court Atkins Architects is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary and has worked with select clients throughout the Lowcountry, as well as in Florida, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, and North Carolina, with work published in Coastal Living, Southern Living, Carolina House & Design, and more. William is a LEED AP (BD+C) accredited by the US Green Building Council and a member of the USGBC Georgia Chapter. He is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a registered Architect in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. William is a cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati and relocated to the Lowcountry in 1997 after working at firms in New York and Atlanta. In addition to becoming a member of Experience Green's board of directors, William serves on the Callawassie Island Architectural Review Committee, Bull Point Architectural Review Board, Bluffton United Methodist Church Council, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and Project Outreach Foundation board of directors. He resides on Callawassie Island with his wife Angela, and their two children; he enjoys cooking, golf and wine collecting.
As a golf course architect, Clyde Johnston’s passion and profession meld as one. His regional golf course design firm, for which he serves as President, focuses on stewarding and shaping the land to meet needs of both the natural and human communities. With more than 40 years’ experience in golf course design, development and construction of both new and renovated golf courses in public, resort and residential settings, Clyde’s Hilton Head Island, SC based operation has seen trends and times of growth, reductions and much uncertainty as the golf industry has and continues to change. His work prioritizes smart use of resources and innovative design to help facilities decrease environmental impact and reduce costs, while maintaining a high quality experience that golfers demand in this very competitive market. Clyde received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from NC State University and believes that to be on the leading edge, one must be bold to pursue leading edge practices and strategies. He is active in the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects Associations. Clyde is significantly invested in his community, as he has served on numerous committees and boards including Providence Presbyterian Church, the recently launched First Tee of the Lowcountry, as well as Experience Green’s board of directors and its Sustainability in Golf steering committee, the first initiative in the US to address sustainability as specifically applied to the golf industry. Clyde is a past president and two-time Board of Governors member for the American Society of Golf Course Architects and currently serving as Vice Chairman for the ASGCA Foundation. Clyde and his wife Suzanna have three children and live in Spanish Wells Plantation.
Boyd McCleary recently retired from the Director of Women’s Services at Hilton Head Hospital, but keeps a full schedule through engagement with the Board of Directors of Experience Green, as a member of the Hilton Head Bicycle Advisory Committee, and volunteering for The Deep Well Project doing home renovations. Prior to Hilton Head Hospital, he worked for St. Francis Medical Center as an Assistant Administrator, responsible for its transplant program, pharmacies and the Renal Institute of the Pacific. In his last five years in Hawaii he worked for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children as Director of Ambulatory Services, and was appointed as one of Hawaii's State Ethics Commissioners. Boyd undertook his initial nursing studies in Australia, and later completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, where he also worked for both the School of Public Health and the University of Michigan Medical Center for more than twelve years. Over the past 40 years, he has studied and worked in numerous countries including Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Egypt. While in Egypt he was employed with the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health under contract with USAID, as the onsite project manager working in health economic research and modeling. Since childhood, Boyd has had an abiding interest in the environment and ecology, and initially selected Hilton Head Island as his residence in part due to its heritage of environmental consciousness. Boyd and his wife Andrea have recently moved to the greater Bluffton area. He enjoys gardening, genealogy, swimming, water skiing and hiking and spending time with family.
Angela Kakabeeke is president of DALSEGO, an indie company providing training and education in genuine sustainable practices for businesses, organizations, and individuals. She is a writer, photo journalist and Earthkeeper. As a writer, Angela's company published a series of her co-authored children's books promoting sustainable practices. The themes are about each one's responsibility, as Earthkeepers, to take care of water, land, air, nature and mankind and profitability. She assists with special projects such as the Sustainability in Golf effort to help advance positive culture change through sustainable business and living practices. She received her Master's Degree in Sustainable Practices from Lipscomb University's Institute for Sustainable Practice in Nashville, TN. She is an ambassador for sustainable practices to include people, profitability, and care for the earth, and is passionate about integrated practices that impact the bottom line for prosperity, but also looks for ways for the good of the earth to be in harmony and align with the needs of businesses, organizations, and individuals.
Sally has actively worked to make our communities more sustainable in many ways prior to and after coming to Hilton Head Island in 1999, when she moved here with her late husband, Brig. Gen. Robert S. McGarry (Ret.). She received a degree in political science from Swarthmore College, and worked in Washington, D.C., for Sen. Warren Magnuson of her home state of Washington and then for a Washington State Congresswoman. She left Capital Hill to go with her first husband, who worked as a lawyer for the U.S. Agency for International Development to Kabul, Afghanistan in 1964 where he was posted for two years, and then to Recife, Brazil. Upon returning to D.C. in 1968 they found the city under a curfew, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1970 the family moved to Montgomery County, MD, where Sally served in leadership positions in her children’s PTA’s and the local homeowners’ association. In Montgomery County, Sally joined the League of Women Voters and became active in the Natural Resources Committee, which was then studying water issues and the Chesapeake Bay. The knowledge she gained from her environmental studies and the contacts she made as a League member were of value to her as a board member and President of The Citizens Program for the Chesapeake Bay and later when she was appointed a Commissioner of the bi-county Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. She also served as a Soil District Commissioner and was trained to become a Master Recycler. Sally has helped build three “Women Build” houses with Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity and has been active with the local group of League of Women Voters, previously chairing the Environment Committee and serving two terms as President. She currently serves on the League Board as State Issues Chair and observes at the Hilton Head Town Council and the Planning Commission. Sally has one son, two daughters, two step-children and eleven grandchildren. She resides in Hilton Head Plantation and enjoys tennis, crossword puzzles, and being a good environmental steward by picking up trash along the highways and byways.
Brooks is the Owner/Executive Chef for Healthy Culinary Concepts of the Lowcountry. He has always had a passion for cooking local, healthy food for children, and understands the importance of this element to support the optimal development of our future leaders. Brooks currently handles the planning, prep and delivery of affordable, balanced lunches for Hilton Head Christian Academy and St. Gregory Catholic School in Bluffton. He has vision for sustainability in the invaluable segment of nutrition and local agriculture that supports the important components of economic and sustainability for society for our local and global communities. Prior to establishing his own business in 2011, Brooks was Area Executive Chef/General Manager for Sodexo Campus Services for 8 years. Originally from Dallas, TX, he previously served as Chef for 12 years for Hyatt Hotels in the Dallas area. He attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI and has a CDM (Certified Dietary Manager) Certification and a Certification as a Culinary Foundations Trainer. Brooks is a member of the School Nutrition Association and the American Culinary Federation, lives in Hilton Head Plantation and has four children.
Having lived and worked on Hilton Head Island since 1972, Charles has promoted the community in many ways. As principal of the Charles Sampson Real Estate Group of Charter One Realty, he has been engaged in the residential real estate market and has been an authentic advocate for all the Lowcountry has to offer. He grew up in Aiken, SC and received a degree in History from Erskine College as well as a teaching certificate, and taught middle school in Bluffton when he first relocated to the area. Charles has been a professional REALTOR since 1985. He was named REALTOR of the Year in 1996 and 2004, was a Founding Partner in Charter One North Realty & Marketing, was a SC Association of REALTORS Dan Joyner Community Service Honoree in 2004, and received the Hilton Head Island Association of REALTORS President Achievement Award in 1996. He has invested in the community through service as a past Board Member of the Lowcountry Community Development Corp., Coastal Discovery Museum, and Beaufort County Consortium on Affordable Housing. Charles currently serves as a Board Member for the Hilton Head Symphony and is a Trustee for the Celebrity Golf Tournament. He has been a project coordinator for Habitat for Humanity and was the 2006 Recipient of the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award from the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. Charles has three married daughters and three granddaughters, enjoys boating, and working in his Certified SC farm plot. He resides in Hilton Head Plantation with his wife Frances.
Living on Hilton Head Island for the last 13 years, Justi has been employed with Marriott Vacation Club; first at the Grande Ocean Resort and most recently at the Barony Beach Club. In her current role as Director of Operations, she leads all department operations at the resort and is co-chair of the “We Care” charitable council for the community; including eight Marriott Vacation Club Island Wide Resorts. The “We Care” programs include local relations and volunteer efforts with The Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, Special Olympics, the Deep Well Project, Audubon International, Adopt-A-Beach, Experience Green, Habitat for Humanity and the Early Childhood Learning Center. Justi also contributes to Marriott Vacation Club’s Children’s Cup Golf Tournament Committee that raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network and local Children’s Charities. She is an operations liaison and committee member for the Marriott Vacations Worldwide corporate SERVE committee (Spirit to Serve Our Communities). Prior to moving to Hilton Head Island, Justi was owner/operator of two different restaurants where she participated in the local Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchant Programs. Raised in Michigan, Justi is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Art, initially working in Advertising and Graphic Design. She resides on the Island with her husband, Rodd Schmeichel, has shared in raising four children, and enjoys cooking, painting and home decorating projects.
Tom Trout moved to Hilton Head Island in 1980 and has lived in the Bluffton area since 1982. He works for Palmetto Electric Cooperative in the marketing department as Key (commercial) Account Manager. Palmetto Electric is an electric distribution utility serving 65,000 consumers in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Counties. As Key Account Manager, Tom analyzes annual energy billing, conducts energy audits and assesses load control options and energy alternatives that customers may have available to them, works with finance, engineering and other departments to bring a team approach to solving customer concerns and problems.
Tom also works with his generation and transmission cooperative, Santee Cooper, to promote the Green Power Program. To date, Tom has signed 33 Hilton Head/Bluffton businesses on to the program, 22 of those being Green Power Partners that contribute 2% of their aggregate monthly statement to the research and development of renewable energy resources such as landfill gas, solar/wind energy, and educational projects such as Solar Schools. Tom’s primary focus in sustainability is through energy conservation. Tom is a North and South Carolina State Certified Energy Auditor and recently received a South Carolina Accredited Commercial Energy Manager certificate. He is a native of Schenectady, New York and graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz, with a BS degree in Physics. His second year of school was spent as an art major in Urbino, Italy through the University's Foreign Student Art Program. Tom served on the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity Board for eleven years and in several board positions with the Hilton Head Hospitality Association. He has recently assisted the local United Way and American Cancer Society with their fund raising efforts. Tom was a member of the Bluffton Rotary Club for five years before joining the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club in 2002, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow and sustaining member and chairs the Four-Way Test Committee. Tom lives in Bluffton, and has two grown children. He enjoys marble sculpting, golf, and relaxing with friends and family.
Teresa Wade is a "concept to completion" thinker and doer with a passion for helping organizations and individuals “leave the right impression” on the natural and business environment. From sustainability education and communications, to strategy and experiential marketing, Teresa’s vast background gives her a strong understanding of methods to garner buy in of initiatives and full realization of the social, economic, and ecological benefits of going green. She holds an MBA from Belmont University with a focus in marketing and negotiations, and a Certification of Graduate Studies in Sustainability from the Institute for Sustainable Practice at Lipscomb University. She is often invited to speak to groups on the topic of sustainability. Her professional portfolio includes work with profit and nonprofit organizations such as Gulfstream Aerospace, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, the Institute for Sustainable Practice at Lipscomb University, the Middle TN Chapter U.S. Green Building Council, BMG Music Publishing, and Charlie Daniels Music. Teresa is a Tennessee Rule 31 Business Mediator Candidate, Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee of the Hilton Head Island Greater Island Council, serves on the Branch Leadership Group of the Savannah Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council, and assisted with program development for the 2011 International Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism conference. As a professional songwriter and artist, she is currently working on a music project to educate children on environmental stewardship and how to go green. Teresa is originally from Stone Mountain, GA, lived in Nashville, TN for fifteen years while in the music industry, and has been in the Hilton Head Island community since 2010. Teresa is originally from Stone Mountain, GA, and enjoys golf, pilates, travel, and good times with friends.
With a passion for supporting leading edge endeavors, Ray has a history of building entrepreneurial organizations and contributing to them as an angel investor. Trained as an Industrial Engineer at MIT, he has a successful consulting career of designing, building, and implementing innovative ideas, process algorithms and integrated solutions in a wide range of industrial, manufacturing and information systems projects. He has had a secondary career in producing creative management and technical training programs for educational institutions, corporate training centers and management teams. He founded the Hilton Head Angel Partners in 2004 and merged it with the Ariel Southeast Angel Partners in 2006. Through his oversight of that group, the membership now includes more than 60 active angel investors with over $5 million invested in 22 companies. He co-founded the Lowcountry Business HUB to assist business development, economic gardening, and business incubation with associated training to improve and expand our local economy. He is currently helping create a Center for Service Leadership to promote customer satisfaction and economic growth of local service organizations, serves on the Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation, and as a business advisor to several startup companies. Ray’s interest in sustainability, systemic efficiencies and innovation led him to build an award winning, energy efficient home in New England, as well as his current residence in Windmill Harbour that incorporates advanced technologies to support comfort, energy efficiency, low maintenance, and environmental friendliness. Ray and his wife Sandra have three children, they belong to six RV clubs, and since 1967 they have traveled North America via RV, which he has also “greened” as much as possible.
Experience Green Advisory Council
Dave came to Hilton Head Island in 1973 to work with Charles Fraser and the Sea Pines Company during the early development of the island. He has contributed significantly to local community development, helping to craft and support the unique legacy of the area. Dave has planned and developed projects for his own account and has consulted in both public and private sector community planning throughout the Southeast, Mexico and the Caribbean. The size, scale and complexity of the projects have varied from small, single use projects to major resort developments, as well as town, county and regional plans. Dave studied architecture at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an M. Arch. with emphasis in city and regional planning. He has served on local and state boards including the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Hilton Head and Leadership South Carolina. His additional support of nonprofit work includes chairing the $4.5 million capital campaign of The Children’s Center, and co-chairing the $6 million capital campaign of the Boys and Girls Club. Dave recently chaired the Mayor’s Task Force on the Island’s Future, as well as The Children’s Center while serving as chairman emeritus of Hope Haven of the Lowcountry and as a board member of South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Dave enjoys the outdoors and kayaking, and lives with his wife Nancy in Long Cove; they have two married daughters.
Dana founded the South Carolina Coastal Conservation in 1989, a nonprofit organization with programs that address energy and climate, land and communities, sustainable agriculture, legislature, and air, water. and public health. Since its launch, the organization has grown from a two member staff and an annual budget of $90,000 to 30 staff members, with offices in Beaufort, Charleston, Georgetown, and Columbia, supported by an annual budget of $3 million. The Conservation League works with citizens and government to develop policies that promote sustainable patterns of development for people and the environment. Dana graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College with a degree in mathematics. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After working in New York City in investment banking, Beach moved to Charleston where he served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Beach is the recipient of several awards including the Order of the Palmetto and Time Magazine for Kids “Hero for the Planet.” He is the author of the Pew Oceans Commission’s publication, Coastal Sprawl: The Impacts of Development on Aquatic Ecosystems in the United States. Dana has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Penn Center, Smart Growth America, Governor’s Water Law Commission, the Butler Conservation Fund and the Conservation Voters of SC. He was a founding board member of the American College of the Building Arts. Dana enjoys many hobbies, including kayaking, bluegrass music, running, and birding. He resides in Charleston, SC with his wife Virginia Christian, and they have two children.
With an extensive background as a senior level executive in various industries and cultural environments, Ernst is a respected, multinational entrepreneur. In his roles as EVP and GM for Italy, he expanded the range of production for Jacobs-Suchard AG (today part of Kraft Foods International) in that market. He is currently CEO of Overterra USA, a consultancy for European investors in US real estate. As a member of the National Association of Realtors he holds the special designation of CIPS, RSPS and is the only Realtor on Hilton Head Island with the GREEN NAR designation. Ernst received a BA (lic.oec.HSG) from the University of St. Gall, Switzerland in Business and Economics, a JD (lic.iur) from the University of Zurich and studied at Georgetown Law School. He is presently the chairman of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, chairman of Lowcountry Motors, and is founder and director of Coastal States Bank. He also serves as chair with Vintage International. Ernst has lived on Hilton Head Island for 22 years and believes that sustainability by example encourages culture change. He and his wife Christina built the first LEED-certified (Leading Energy and Environmental Design) home on Hilton Head Island; the building’s performance is measured in eight categories: site selection, water efficiency, materials & resources, energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, location & linkages, awareness & education, and innovation. He enjoys the outdoors, golf, and skiing; he and his wife Christina have three children and reside in Windmill Harbour.
Margo Farnsworth has a passion for strategic sustainable development and works as a consultant with organizations, businesses and individuals on various projects. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty for Lipscomb University’s Institute of Sustainability and serves as a Fellow and Board Member for the Biomimicry Institute’s Education Advisory Board. For more than two decades Margo has served the natural and human inhabitants of the Southeast through her work for the Cumberland River Compact as Executive Director, then Senior Fellow. While there, Margo brokered a bi-state water agreement between Tennessee and Kentucky, helped build seven watershed associations to work on nonpoint source pollution and enabled them to proceed with projects such as measuring the carbon sequestration value of buffer zones and measuring sedimentation for restoration. She has also worked as a Naturalist, Science Teacher from Middle School to University levels, Mammalogist, Park Ranger and water advisor during the Obama and Bush Administrations. With degrees in Science Education and Parks Administration her professional accomplishments include research in environmental education, qualitative mammal studies and service on numerous local and state environmental boards and committees. Recognition of her work has come from various disciplines including a State Resource Management Award of Excellence, the “Friend of Fisheries” award, State Environmental Educator of the Year and the Freeman Tilden Award for Outstanding Interpretation. Margo’s hobbies include canoeing/kayaking, mountain biking, trail running, and spinning (wool). She resides in Smithville, MO with her husband Jim, and they have one daughter.
Dodd has more than 29 years experience with environmental and sustainability issues, and is the Executive Director and Assistant Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Practice (ISP) at Lipscomb University. As the founding director, he leads the Southeastern United States’ first academic sustainability programs. The Institute educates individuals, companies, industries and communities on the role that sustainability plays in our world and in their work. It offers Undergraduate Majors and Minors in Sustainable Practice, and options for professionals who desire to only take a few classes.
While serving two former Tennessee governors of different parties, Dodd led efforts to implement a nationally recognized wetlands conservation plan; to create one of the nation’s first environmental justice plans; guided passage of five legislative proposals to manage competing water allocations and transfers, and designation of the first state scenic river in 25 years. Prior to his position at Lipscomb, Dodd served as Project Manager for the Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Director of Policy for Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and District Conservationist for USDA Soil Conservation Service. At URS Corporation, one of the nation’s largest engineering design firms, he provided sustainability consulting services to trade associations, the Department of Defense and development projects. He currently serves in two mayoral appointments for the City of Nashville in open space preservation and storm water management. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Environmental Council, Kilowatt Ours, USGBC Middle TN Chapter, and as a Natural Resources Consultant for Cumberland Region Tomorrow. Dodd specializes in green infrastructure for water management, climate change, the relationship between faith and sustainability, leading workshops and giving conference presentations. In 2012, Dodd was presented with the 2012 Sustainable TN Award by the Tennessee Environmental Council. He resides in Nashville, TN with his wife Susan and their two children.
David Harter was born in Minneapolis but became an Atlanta Southerner in 1962, and then made his way to Hilton Head Island in 1979 after a short time in Greenville, SC. He owns and operates Hilton Head, Beaufort and Glidden Paint stores, and is actively engaged in efforts to support our community, specifically in areas related to our Lowcountry waterways. As a leader in the area’s small business community, his Glidden operation has been named the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce “Small Business of the Year” and in 1992, Dave received the “Paul Harris Fellow” award by the Rotary Foundation. He studied civil engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Georgia State University. He is currently an instructor for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USCB on fisheries and environmental subjects, is a member of the Greater Island Council of Hilton Head Island, chair of the Beaufort County chapter of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and is chair of Big People for Little People agency providing in-school tutoring by teens. Dave also serves as a board member for the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, is president of the Hilton Head Island Sportfishing Club, and is vice-chair and projects director for the Hilton Head Reef Foundation, where he has been the chief investigator for three NOAA cooperative fisheries grants for research on cobia, red drum and dolphin fish. Dave was an original member of the Beaufort County Clean Water Task Force and helped co-author “A Blueprint for Clean Water-Strategies to Protect and Restore Beaufort County’s Waterways” which was recognized by the SC General Assembly with the 1996 Environmental Awareness Award. This document was used to help guide the Beaufort County LMO process and was the initiator of the Storm Water Utility. Dave was the past chairman for Friends of the Rivers, is on the board of trustees for the Port Royal Sound Foundation, and is the Dolphin/Wahoo advisory panel chairman for South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. He is also the South Carolina representative to NOAA Fisheries North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Plan Implementation Team. Dave is an authorized South Carolina game fish tagger, enjoys sportfishing, and lives with his wife Jeannie in Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head Island.
Susan is currently Senior Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management after starting her work with the company in 1972 in Pittsburgh, PA holding positions including Operations Manager, Corporate Training Liaison, and Internal Compliance Auditor. She relocated for the company to Boston, New York City, and in 1985 to Hilton Head Island. Susan is a member of Merrill Lynch’s Circle of Excellence, recognizing million dollar plus producers, and she has achieved the designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC). In 2008 and 2009 Susan was selected as one of Barron's Top 1000 Financial Advisors and was the only woman from South Carolina to receive the honor. She has been invited to participate in Barron's Winner's Circle Top Women Advisors Symposium each year since 2008, and is a Charter Member of the Hilton Head Council of Estate and Financial Planners. Susan understands the value of investment in her community and has served as past Trustee for the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Trustee of Hilton Head Preparatory School, Director on the Board of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. She has also volunteered for the United Way and as a tutor for the Lowcountry Literacy Association. Susan is a graduate of Leadership Hilton Head, and has been active in First Presbyterian Church as an Elder and as a Sunday School Junior High teacher. In 2000 Susan was named the Outstanding Woman of the Year, and actively assisted in the capital campaign to raise more than four million dollars for the Children’s Center on Hilton Head that provides daycare for many low income workers on the island. In 2002, Susan founded Women in Philanthropy, a women’s giving circle in Beaufort County, with membership that has grown to 200 women and an endowment of over $800,000. Her philanthropy turned global in 2009, with the formation of The Valentine Project, with the mission to serve the orphans in Tanzania by providing a safe, family-like environment to empower a new generation of Tanzanians. She enjoys fly fishing, sporting clays, golf, paddle boarding, and long distance cycling; these interests have taken her to all parts of the globe. Susan’s passions are travel and philanthropy, and she is grateful that she can combine the two. She currently resides in Palmetto Bluff in her LEED certified home.
All that know Leslie Richardson, know her passion for Hilton Head Island. She is considered by many as an “energizer” for the community. Leslie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980, and lived in Charlotte, NC for eight years where she was involved with the Junior League and the Arts. She moved to Hilton Head Island in 1989 when she married James N. (JR) Richardson, Jr. She has worked with Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting, and is always engaged in numerous volunteer activities that support our community. Leslie has contributed to many “special projects” associated with her husband’s companies, including the opening of the South Carolina Yacht Club in 1989. She works closely with the marketing staff of Coligny Plaza, and Real Estate Company, The Richardson Group. Leslie is enthusiastic about integrating sustainable practices in the business community, and in 2011, Coligny Shopping Center launched its recycling program, and diverted 48 tons of cardboard from the landfill in only six months with this practice. As a community contributor, Leslie serves on several boards, including the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Museum of Coastal Carolina, St. Luke’s Foundation and Member St. Luke’s Church, South Carolina Yacht Club as Co-Club Founder, Wish Upon a Horse at Lawton Stables, World President’s Organization Southern Region United States, Junior League Sustainers, POA for Calibogue Cay, and the Executive Board of the Hilton Head Island Boat Show at Windmill Harbour. Leslie was a founding member of Friends of the Children Board and Women in Philanthropy. She is also a member of the Greater Island Council, Colonial Dames, DAR, Pilgrim Society and Magna Charter Society and she volunteers as the Hilton Head Prep Varsity Cheer Coach. Leslie was awarded the “Volunteer of the Decade” from the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and has received an award from WPO Southern US for an Entrepreneur Youth Summit she organized with the University of Miami in April 2012. The event scored the highest rating of any Youth Event ever created by YPO/WPO International. Leslie and JR live in Sea Pines and have three children. Her biggest enjoyment is spending time with her family and friends and living on Hilton Head Island!
Allen Ward is President and Principal of Ward Edwards Engineering, a civil and environmental engineering consulting firm headquartered in Beaufort County, SC. The firm is a regional leader for many environmental initiatives in land development, having completed some of the area’s first LEED projects. Allen has been a resident of Beaufort County since 1992 and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from Clemson University. He enjoys contributing to the leadership of new initiatives and giving back to the community. Allen currently serves as chair of the Environment Forum of Liberty Fellowship, a transformational leadership program in South Carolina affiliated with the Aspen Institute. The Environment Forum is one of five focus areas where Liberty Fellows and other partners convene to generate real action on the Environment. A current initiative is aimed at making South Carolina a leader in residential energy conservation. Allen is also a founding director of Atlantic Community Bank, a current director of the board of Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation, chair of the Hilton Head Island Institute Task Force of the Greater Island Council, and is a former member of the May River Action Plan Committee. He enjoys travel, canoeing, running, and has a passion for historic preservation. He and his wife Kim, recently completed restoration of the 1830’s Fripp House in Bluffton where they reside with their two daughters.