Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Dean Moss has spent his entire professional career working with water and related natural resources. Since moving to Beaufort 30 years ago, he has been actively involved in water and land conservation efforts in Beaufort and Jasper counties. He enjoys boating, hiking and bike riding. He is involved now with the building of the Spanish Moss Trail and lives in Port Royal. He became involved in the Port Royal Sound Foundation because of long-standing interest and concern about the future of this unique body of water. The work of the Foundation is critical to preserving the Sound’s water quality and the marine ecosystems. This can be accomplished by educating communities around the Sound, the Foundation’s mission. His favorite part of the Port Royal Sound is the area north of the S.C. 170 bridge, particularly those very wooded areas on the Jasper County side. They are quiet, isolated and peaceful.
Ed Pappas has 30 years of corporate management experience, 10 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve and five years as a management consultant with the World Trade Institute. During retirement, he has been an active member of nonprofit boards involved primarily with environmental and community welfare issues. He serves as a volunteer with local, county and state organizations, giving back his time and talents to benefit the residents of South Carolina. The Foundation mirrors his environmental, historical, cultural and economic development interests. His favorite part of the Port Royal Sound is the expansive view from the Broad River bridge at sunset.
After an early career with Motorola, Dick Stewart founded several successful wireless companies. After retiring in 1998, he founded real estate investment and hospitality companies in the Beaufort area. The Port Royal Sound is a unique body of water that has attracted humans and sustained them for thousands of years. It is the nursery and home to many species of animals and plants which might not survive without a healthy Port Royal Sound. The quality of life for humans, plants and animals in this area and beyond depends upon a healthy Sound. The Foundation is an umbrella organization to support and lead in teaching people about this place, in assisting people in experiencing the Sound and uniting the diverse interests that impact it.
President and Broker of The Donald Company Real Estate, LLC
Elvah founded The Donald Company 27 years ago. The majority of her personal practice is commercial real estate consulting and land development in the United States and Central America. Her distinguished career has included luxury housing developments, marina developments, shrimp farming and commercial office complexes. Much of her time in the last 10 years has been development work in the Stann Creek District of Belize Central America. The “WATER” brought her and her husband to the low country and particularly the Port Royal Sound area after Sanibel Island served as a second home. The Lowcountry is the “retirement” destination.
Dr. Kim Ritchie
After years of living away from her hometown of Walterboro, SC Dr. Kim Ritchie returned to the lowcountry as Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did postdoctoral studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Dr. Ritchie was Senior Scientist at MicroGenomics, Inc. (Carlsbad, CA) for four years, investigating novel sources of antibiotics for drug discovery before moving to Sarasota Florida as Senior Scientist and Manager of the Cora Reef Ecology and Microbiology Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. She has studied coral reef ecology and microbiology for over 28 years with a focus on coral and invertebrate diseases and the role that beneficial microbes play in coral reef health. Research interests include the influence of climate and oceanic pH changes on host-microbe dynamics in marine and coastal ecosystems and the role of beneficial bacteria in wound healing in sharks, skates and rays. Dr. Ritchie also has a deep interest in marine and coastal health and policy and looks forward to applying her expertise to the salt marsh ecosystems vital to Port Royal Sound.
Andrew Carmines grew up on Hilton Head Island attending school, exceling in sports and outdoor activities and working in the family restaurant. He attended the Ole Miss and graduated with a degree in Economics, and a minor in Hospitality Management. Andrew moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he completed his final college requirement, an internship at the Century Plaza and St. Regis hotels in Century City. Andrew worked with some top hospitality professionals and was offered a job in corporate sales for Starwood Hotels Worldwide. After being in LA for almost 5 years, he decided to move back to Hilton Head Island and help with the family business. In 2009, Andrew was promoted to the position of General Manager at Hudson’s.
In 2013 Andrew started Shell Ring Oyster Company, an environmentally positive Mariculture operation, and Oyster Shellstock Shipper. Andrew has always been interested in the ocean, and feels most at home on the waters of Port Royal Sound. Andrew’s other community involvement includes the creation of the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, the major fundraising arm for the DMC Foundation, a two year stint with the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Sea Turtle Project, Board member of several organizations, and somewhat of an expert on fish and shellfish. Andrew enjoys Bow Hunting, Fishing, Tennis, Oystering, Surfing, Wingshooting, and spending time with his two girls and his wife. Not necessarily in that order.
Joan Crawford has been very fortunate to live in several different places, where she has been involved in some sort of community activity or board. After being at a Nature Center in Rhode Island for several years, she joined Sea Research Foundation. She traveled with research scientists to the Arctic and Amazon and twice to the Lowcountry for dolphin research in Port Royal Sound. She is involved in the Port Royal Sound Foundation because of the opportunities to educate young people and adults through exhibits and classes on the importance and uniqueness of the area they live in and why they need to protect it. Her favorite part of the Port Royal Sound is its beautiful marshes and waters, as well as its vastness.
Bill Evans has been involved in public education since 1969, as an elementary teacher, middle school and high school administrator, district office administrator, and most recently, as member of the Beaufort County School District Board. He served as chairman until resigning in 2015. He also has been involved with United Way, the Lady’s Island Business Professionals Association, AMIKids, the Rotary Club and now the Port Royal Sound Foundation. He believes education in in its many forms is the best investment our community and nation can make in our future. He became involved with the Foundation for two reasons: First, he loves this area and the beauty that we see every day as a result of the Sound and the estuaries that support it. Second, he believes we must guarantee, that future generations understand, respect and protect where we live. He sees a relationship between the schools and the Foundation as natural and essential. He enjoys the Sound’s wonderful oysters, shrimp and other seafood. His favorite part is the daily experience – especially at sunrise or sunset – of viewing the natural beauty and recognizing his good fortune in being able to live here.
David Harter has been a Hilton Head Island resident for more than 36 years and is the president of the Hilton Head Island Sportfishing Club and vice president/projects director for the Hilton Head Reef Foundation, which includes the “Friends of Waddell.” He has been chief investigator for three NOAA cooperative fisheries grants for research on cobia, red drum and dolphin fish. He is an advisory panel member for the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and a board member of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. He is an original member of the Beaufort County Clean Water Task Force.
Donald W. Hartrick, DVM
After 37 years of small animal work in Connecticut, Don Hartrick was attracted to the Lowcountry atmosphere and moved here in 2006. During his working years, he clocked a lot of volunteer time working for the Explorer Scouts, Girl Scouts, the state of Connecticut Health Department and youth sports. In 2014, he decided it was time once again to give back to the community. With his background and passion, he found the Port Royal Sound Foundation the perfect cause and is reminded of this every time he fishes our pristine river shorelines for his favorite species, the red fish. To assure this ecosystem remains as it is today, he knows we must educate adults and youth on how to conserve and protect the Port Royal Sound. The Maritime Center is a vehicle to this end. His favorite thing about the Port Royal Sound is the endless supply of sport fish it produces.
Mike Overton is the founder, owner, and CEO of Outside Brands. A graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in Resource Economics he has been a business owner in Beaufort County community since 1979.
Passionate about preserving the Lowcountry eco-system Mike is a founding board member of the Outside Foundation, a 501(3)c non-profit was founded in 2014 and is dedicated to teaching kids outside adventure skills. He served on boards of The HHI Chamber of Commerce, The Island Recreation Association, The Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head, The Low Country Recycling Association, Outdoor Industry Association, and The South Island Public Service District. My favorite part of the sound is in a word: Tides. Everything, our nature, our history, our culture, our literature is about the tides.
Born and raised in Beaufort, Carolina Planning Group founder Jack Worrell attended Beaufort Academy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Certified Financial Planner training at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in 2004, and holds insurance licenses in Life, Health, Property and Casualty. A family man who enjoys golf and fishing, Jack is married to Courtney Tucker Worrell, and has a son, Jack Carter Worrell III.
T. Michael Long
Co-founder/chair, Caswell Investments LLC
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