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Board of Trustees

Lisa Grove Lisa Grove, Director/CEO, is a Kansas City native and served as Deputy Director of  Contemporary Art Museum St Louis (CAM) from 2004-2011. She took over duties as Director of Telfair Museums in January, 2012.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
alice jepson Alice Jepson, Chair, A native of Richmond, VA, and alumna of Mary Washington College, Alice Jepson moved to Savannah in 1990. She has served on the boards of Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda-Union Society (Chairman), Savannah Health Mission and Hospice Savannah Inc. In 2006 she was a member of the Telfair’s search committee to find a director for the museum.
Robert Faircloth Robert Faircloth, Secretary, has lived in Savannah for the past 17 years. He is a retired international business executive. His career was primarily in manufacturing, starting in the oil and chemical paper industries in Canada. He is a 1956 graduate of the University of Manitoba (Canada) with a B.S. in Geology. In 1974 he joined BTR plc, a London based manufacturing firm with operations throughout the world. He spent several years in Europe, based in or near London and managed a very diverse range of companies on six continents. His specialization was acquisitions and company turnarounds. He retired from BTR in 1995 as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, settling in New Hampshire and Savannah. On retirement, he held several board positions, including BTR and joined National Grid plc as a Director in 1995. National Grid operates the electric and gas utility grids in England and Wales, and today is also one of the U.S.’s largest utilities, centered in the northeast. Since retirement, Mr. Faircloth has also done consulting work in Southern Africa and Europe.He has been actively involved as a trustee of the New London, NH Hospital, and played a key role in this hospital’s modernization and expansion in 2006-2009 as both a fundraiser and major donor. Mr. Faircloth joined the board of the Savannah Music Festival in 2007 and has been chairman for the past three years. He and he wife Jean have been active in supporting many community philanthropies in both New Hampshire in Savannah. The Faircloths have four children, eight grandchildren and interests include travel, golf, art and music.
T. Mills Fleming, Immediate Past Chair, is partner at Hunter Maclean and chairs Hunter Maclean’s Health Care Practice Group. Mr. Fleming is a past President of the Georgia Academy of Health Care Attorneys, and he is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.  He writes and speaks frequently on health care law issues and is the Co-Editor of the Georgia Hospital Association’s Hospital Law Manual, 5th ed. (2006).  He also wrote an article on the final HIPAA privacy rules for the American Bar Association’s American Law Institute and has presented on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act at the Georgia Academy of Health Care Attorneys’ annual meeting. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter on immigration topics, and he also advises employers regarding best practices in employment-related topics. Mills graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in 1986 and  a J.D. in 1989. He began his legal career at HunterMaclean, served for three years as General Counsel with a large hospital system, and then returned to HunterMaclean in 1995. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia and the State of Georgia.
Frank-Macgill Frank S. MacGill, Legal Counsel, is the Managing Partner of Hunter Maclean, practicing in the areas of Trusts and Estates, Taxation, Tax-Exempt Organizations, and Corporate Law. He received his B.S., with distinction, from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1991, and his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1994, where he was a member of the editorial board of the Georgia Law Review. Following law school, he attended New York University where he received his LL.M in Taxation in 1995. Frank has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America and was recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite” in 2009.   He is a member and former President of the Savannah Estate Planning Council and serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of the Coastal Empire.
Dr. William T. (Ted) Moore, Vice Chair, is retired from the University of South Carolina as Distinguished Professor Emeritus.  He earned a Ph.D. in finance and statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1982, joined the faculty at Indiana University in that year, and moved to the University of South Carolina in 1986. He held the Berlinbergendowed chair at USC and in 2004 he began serving in various posts in university administration. These positions included Associate Provost, Vice Provost, Vice President for Planning, Executive Vice President and Provost, and Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at USC, overseeing an annual budget of $1.1 billion.Dr. Moore is an expert in capital investment analysis and has published 75 scholarly articles, a book and a monograph on financial topics.  Working with Dr. S. Chen in the 1980s and 1990s he helped develop modern methods for accounting for uncertainty in assessing capital project values.  Working with other colleagues in the 1990s until present, he has focused on corporate financing policy involving option-embedded securities, and evaluation of capital investment projects to account for growth and timing options. Much of this work is contained in his book, Real Options & Option-Embedded  Securities, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2001.During his academic career, Moore received numerous awards for research and teaching, including the highest awards offered for teaching excellence and research accomplishments from the University of South Carolina. Prior to entering the academic world, he served on active duty in the U.S. Army in various positions as an infantry officer which included combat experience in Vietnam in 1968-69. Moore’s wife is Linda T. Moore,  an attorney who served as director of legal affairs at the USC School of Medicine.  They have recently moved to Savannah where both are active in civic and philanthropic activities.
Tammie Mosley, Vice Chair, A native of Savannah, Tammie received her undergraduate degree at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia and her law degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She works as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Superior Court of Chatham County and works directly with Judge John E. Morse, Jr. After practicing at Georgia Legal Services in Savannah, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked there for seven years. While living in the area she worked for State Farm Insurance Company. In 2003, Tammie returned to Savannah and has since been an avid volunteer and enjoys spending time with her two dogs. Tammie serves as a current member on the Board of Senior Citizens Inc., and serves as Volunteer Chairperson for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She also serves as a member and former Co-Chair for the Savannah Technical College Community Council. In 2004 and 2005 she served as a member of the organizing committee for the Georgia Historical Society’s Georgia Days celebration. From 2005 – 2008 she served on the Board of our local Court Appointed Special Advocates program.
Tom Reilly, Vice Chair, Tom worked at Putnam Investments from 1982-2004 and was also the Head of European Business, London UK, 2000-2004. His extensive background includes Head and Chief Investment Officer of Value Equities, Boston MA 1986-2000, Portfolio Manager, George Putnam Fund, Boston MA 1984-1993, and CIGNA Insurance, Hartford CT 1981-1982. He was a Senior Equity Analyst at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield MA 1976-1981, a Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Allstate Insurance, Northbrook IL 1973-1976, a Venture Capital Analyst at First Chicago Corporation, Chicago IL 1968-1973 and an Investment Officer, Venture Capital Group. He graduated from the University of Chicago with an MBA in 1971 and attended Knox College where he obtained a BA in Economics in 1968. Additional activities and accomplishments include: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) 1977, US Army Reserves- 12th Special Forces Group 1968-1974, Trustee-Savannah Music Festival 2008-Present, Board of Directors- America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia 2011-Present and Knox College Board of Trustees 1997-2009.
CheriRoach Cheri Roach, Chair Elect grew up in Atlanta; she worked in North Carolina, Texas, New Jersey and Boston before moving to Savannah in 1993. She began her professional career with AT&T, and then proceeded to become the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of three publically traded corporations. She now works with her husband, Benjamin R. Roach (a prior Telfair Museum Trustee). Cheri also worked with the Parent and Child Development Services, Savannah Symphony and Savannah Music Festival Organizations.
Ken Sirlin, Treasurer, After graduating from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964, Ken went to work as a CPA in Cleveland, Ohio. He obtained an MBA in 1969 and then he and his wife Jacqueline moved to Madrid, Spain, then to Barcelona and next to Brussels, Belgium. In 1979 he and the family returned to North America with stays in Muncie, Indiana, San Francisco, California and Toronto, Canada.  In 1984 the family returned to Brussels and in 1999 after working for Levi Strauss & Co. for 19 years, Ken retired and he and Jacqueline moved to Savannah. Ken has served on several nonprofit boards and his interests include music, reading, art, film, fashion, tennis and bullfighting.
TRUSTEES
Emily Holderness Cay grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Pace Academy and then the Honors Program at the University of Georgia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art History. Upon graduation, Mrs. Cay worked in Atlanta in the development office at Shepherd Center, the nation’s largest non-profit catastrophic care hospital. At Shepherd Center, Mrs. Cay worked with major gifts and on the 25th Anniversary Campaign. She and her husband moved to Savannah in 2005. Mrs. Cay worked in the Membership Office at the Telfair Museum of Art before joining Savannah Country Day School as the Assistant Director of Development. She is now a full time mother to two children. Mrs. Cay is active in the Junior League of Savannah, Memorial Hospital with their young member group, the Next Generation, and her church, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church. She is also a member of Shepherd Center’s Advisory Board and chaired the Telfair Art Fair in 2008. She and her family live downtown, and along with the Telfair Museum of Art, the Cays are involved with Historic Savannah Foundation and the Savannah Music Festival.
SylviaCoker Sylvia Coker is a native of Savannah and a graduate of Savannah Country Day School. She and her husband, Charles, lived in Hartsville, South Carolina for 17 years before moving to Bluffton four years ago. Sylvia is actively involved with the Davenport House Committee, the Trustees Garden Club, and the Bethesda Women’s Board. She serves on the Visitors Board of Savannah Country Day and is a grant-writing volunteer for the Beaufort/Jasper Volunteers in Medicine. Sylvia received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her graduate degree in secondary education from the University of Virginia. Recognizing the need for a strong educational alternative in the Hartsville area, she was a founding board member of Trinity Collegiate School and was Board Chair of Thomas Hart Academy. She also served on the Boards of the Hartsville Community Concert Association, the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, and the Merrie-Woode Foundation in Cashiers, NC. Sylvia and Charles have four daughters. Sylvia serves on the Flower Guild at The Church of the Cross in Bluffton.
Charles (Chip) B. Compton, Jr. graduated from Episcopal High School (Virginia) and The University of Georgia with a Business Degree in Management.  He has spent the last (32) years in the commercial insurance business as both an agency owner and broker.  He is currently Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Insurance Services.  Professionally, Chip has served on the board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, Chairman of the Young Agents of Georgia as well as the local chapter President in Savannah.  He has also chaired the agency advisory boards for Zurich and CNA Insurance Companies and Georgia Agency Partners.This will be Chip’s second time on the Telfair Board of Trustees where he served as Chairman in 1990 and 1991.  Chip currently sits on the boards of The Benevolent Society, St. John’s Church, Society of Colonial Wars, Oglethorpe Club and chairs The Visitors Board for Savannah Country Day School.  Past boards include BB&T Bank, Savannah Country Day School (Chairman), Coastal Georgia Soccer Association (Volunteer of the Year and coach).
TiffanyConsidine Tiffany Considine was born in Coral Gables, Florida. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Communication and is married to native Savannahian Dr. Jack Considine. While raising her two children, she has remained active in the community volunteering for various organizations. For the past several years, Tiffany has been involved with the Telfair and recently chaired the 2009 Telfair Ball and Bash.
DaleCritz Dale C. Critz, Jr. is a native of Savannah and has served as President of Critz, Inc. since 2007. He is the President and Treasurer of the Georgia/South Carolina GMC and Buick Ad Group, and is active in the community. Dale served on Telfair’s Board 2001-2004, and has served The United Way of the Coastal Empire in numerous roles, including Board Chair in 2010. As Chair of the Savannah Community Foundation, Dale established a permanent Investment Committee, and at the YMCA of the coastal Empire, he coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. He graduated from Leadership Savannah in 1992. Dale also is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association, Georgia Historical Society, Historic Savannah Foundation, International Game and Fish Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dale graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and received his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children.
Glen Darbyshire is a native of Moultrie, Georgia, and a resident of Savannah since 1991.  He is a graduate of Davidson College (BA in history, magna cum laude) and the University of Georgia School of Law (Castellow scholar).  He is a partner in the Inglesby Falligant law firm, specializing in commercial litigation, products liability and transportation law.  Before moving to Savannah, he served as a law clerk for Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Alabama, and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.  He has previously served as member of the boards of the Coastal Georgia Land Trust and Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.  He was also once a high school science teacher and headmaster at a harambee school in rural Western Kenya (where he could live and teach for a month on what he now pays to park his car).
Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier was named the 13th president of Savannah State University on May 9th, 2012, after serving one year as interim president and quickly instilling a culture of service, strength and unity across the Savannah State campus.  An experienced and highly regarded university-level professor, researcher, author and administrator known throughout the University System of Georgia for her intellect, charisma and leadership abilities, Dozier is firmly committed to advancing the legacy of academic excellence and community engagement set in place when SSU was founded in 1890.Prior to taking the helm at Savannah State, Dozier served as associate provost and chief diversity officer for the Office of Institutional Diversity at the University of Georgia.  In that role — to which she was appointed in 2006 after four years as assistant vice president of academic affairs at the Gwinnett University Center — Dozier led UGA’s efforts to evaluate existing programs and develop new initiatives to support diversity and equity. Dozier earned her bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh-Dickinson University, her Master of Social Work degree from the Atlanta University School of Social Work (now Clark-Atlanta University) and her Doctor of Social Work degree from Hunter College at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She is an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations — including the board of the United Way of the Coastal Empire, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Council of Presidents — and president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education.
KayFord Kay Ford is a native of Savannah and serves as President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Savannah and as Managing Director of the Private Wealth Management Department. Kay entered her current role in 2007. A 35-year veteran of SunTrust, she has held numerous senior level positions within retail banking and private wealth management, including working as Senior Vice President of Private Wealth Management. She graduated from Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia in 1990 and 1997, respectively. Kay currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Memorial University Medical Center. She is a member of the Finance Committee for the Catholic Diocese and a member of the State Board of the Department of Early Child Care and Learning. Kay also has served on the Boards of Directors of the United Way, the Memorial Health Foundation, the Savannah Fund for Excellence in Education, and St. Mary’s Home.
Oleta Harden: Prior to moving to Savannah, Oleta served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the New Jersey Resources Corporation and its principal subsidiary, New Jersey Natural Gas Company for 22 years. From 1996-2005 she was also general counsel of all corporate entities. Oleta was an Assistant Deputy Public Defender for the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, and an attorney for Allstate Insurance Company in Cranford, NJ and the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC.  She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Monmouth University for more than ten years and a trustee of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group for more than seven years. She has been active in many committees and associations, including the American Society of Corporate Secretaries and Compliance Professionals, the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Monmouth County District Ethics Committee. Oleta holds a B.A. in Psychology (1970) and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance (1972) from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1979 from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.
Josh Keller: Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Josh Keller moved to Savannah in 2002 to pursue his career in the communications business where he serves as Director for a Verizon Wireless retailer and is responsible for 21 locations and 160 employees in Savannah with a territory of coastal Florida, Georgia & South Carolina. Josh graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Marketing. Mr. Keller has served on the boards of the Savannah Children’s Choir. Downtown Neighborhood Association and is also on the board of the Historic Savannah Foundation.
Linda_Fisk_Morris Linda Fisk Morris was raised in California and graduated from Stanford University in 1966 with an honors degree in Economics. She received a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California in 1971. Linda lived in Washington, DC for 30 years before moving to Savannah in 1997. In Washington, she was President of the board of the Hospital for Sick Children and President of the Washington Area Tennis and Education Foundation. The foundation conducted the Washington Event on the men’s professional tour, raising money for tennis and educational programs for inner city children. She was a summer staff intern for U.S. Senators John Tower and Thomas Kuchel of California in 1965-66, a Research Assistant for Smith Barney & Co. in New York City from 1967-1969 and worked for U.S. Rep. John Dow in 1972-1973 and Rep. Sam Farr from 1966 to 1997. Currently, Linda is an active member of the Savannah community and has worked for a number of non-profit and volunteer organizations.
TedKleisner Ted. J Kleisner is a third generation hotelier from Chicago. He and his wife of 42 years, Karen, reside in Savannah. He is the retired Chairman, President and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company(HE&R), which employs 9000 full-time and part-time employees. Ted also served as a nonexecutive and executive member of the HE&R Board of Directors. During his career, Ted worked with Hilton Hotels Corporation, the Southampton Princess in Bermuda, and the Boca Raton Resort and Club before serving as President and CEO of the Greenbrier Resort and Club Management Company. While providing strategic leadership, management oversight, and direction to all Greenbrier properties, Ted also had 10 years of oversight responsibility for the top-secret federal government nuclear bomb shelter constructed beneath The Greenbrier. Ted currently serves on First Energy’s Board of Directors, the board’s Nuclear Committee, and its Management Compensation Committee. He received his B.S. in business administration from the University of Denver and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the University’s Daniels College of Business. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of The Culinary Institute of America. Ted is a lector at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, and is a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. He and Karen have two children and five grandchildren.
David E. Paddison, CPCU serves as President of Seacrest Partners, Inc., a privately-held insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm based in Savannah, Georgia. A native of Savannah, Mr. Paddison has been active in the local insurance and business community for more than 29 years. As the head of Seacrest Partners, Mr. Paddison is committed to building an organization that is an asset to the community in terms of professionalism and civic support.Mr. Paddison began his career in the insurance industry in 1984 when he joined the commercial insurance division of Palmer & Cay, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia. During his 29 years in the insurance brokerage business, Mr. Paddison has provided risk management advice and property-casualty insurance brokerage services to clients in a wide range of industries and in every region of the United States. He has developed special expertise in risk management and insurance plan design for major contractors, national retailers and large property management firms.In 2006, Mr. Paddison and six former Palmer & Cay executives established a new insurance brokerage and benefits consulting firm, Seacrest Partners, Inc. Seacrest Partners now employs 42 insurance professionals in Savannah and Atlanta and their client list extends across the United States. Seacrest Partners’ staff includes industry specialists in healthcare, construction, financial institutions, education, retail, manufacturing and property management.Mr. Paddison earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. While attending Drew University, Mr. Paddison was an active member of the Cycling and Lacrosse teams and studied international economics in Brussels, Belgium and at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. A dedicated student of his profession, Mr. Paddison earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation in 1993. Other industry designations include Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB) and Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI).
Rosaleen Regan Roxburgh was born and raised in County Roscommon in the Republic of Ireland, Rosaleen moved to the United States in 1968 and lived in New York, Boston, and Atlanta. She returned to Europe in 1999 and divided her time between London, England and Cadaqués, Spain. She moved to Savannah in September 2005 and taught English as a volunteer to Hispanic emigrants at St. Mary’s mission for two years. She currently served on the board of the Live Oak Public Library. Education: Attended University College Dublin and graduated from University of London, Queen Mary College with a BA in Hispanic Studies. This program included two semesters at the University of Barcelona. Hispanic Studies is a combination of the study of history and literature of Peninsular Spain and Latin America. In her case, the course work was dedicated to the history of Spanish Art. Several intensive French language programs were completed at Institut de Francais, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. Three stays at the Institut amounted to five months total. Completed several courses in Management and Organization as well as Psychology at Northeastern University, Boston. These courses were employment related.
SwannSeiler Swann Seiler is a native of Savannah and serves as Manager of Corporate Support and Communications for Georgia Power’s Coastal Region. Swann began her career in New Jersey with Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation and worked in public relations for Lytton Industries. She joined Savannah Electric in 1982 and worked as Manager of Corporate Communications until its merger into Georgia Power in 2006. She graduated from Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia in 1984 and 1991, respectively. Active in numerous community and civic activities, Swann serves on the board of the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire and the board of Bethesda Academy. She is the chairman of the Savannah Sports Council and serves on the Georgia Humanities Council. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Women of Achievement, which honors extraordinary women in Georgia’s history. She is a past member of the Board of Curators for the Georgia Historical Society and is a member of the Rotary Club of Savannah A graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, Swann serves on its Grady Board of Trust. She served as the first woman president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association and currently is on the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee and on the University of Georgia’s Library Board of Visitors, as well as the University of Georgia Foundation.
Bill Skinner. As Vice President for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Bill serves in the capacity of Treasurer and Corporate Controller for this $5 billion market leader in business aviation. He is responsible for all treasury, tax, financial accounting and reporting processes. Additionally, Bill oversees audit compliance, and Sarbanes-Oxley functions of the Company. Prior to joining Gulfstream, he was employed by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international “Big 4” public accounting firm serving multi-national clients. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Georgia & Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and other professional organizations. Bill has formerly served in the capacity of Board Member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees of The Savannah Country Day School where he held the position of Executive Committee Member and Treasurer, the Board of the Chatham-Effingham-Liberty Library System, and Board of Trustees for the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church. He also currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Culverhouse School of Accountancy of the University of Alabama.Bill is married to Nancy Skinner and they have three children, Caroline and Cole, both of whom attend college and Mary Talbot who is am upper school student.Bill received his degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Accounting.
HugueninThomas Huguenin Thomas III is a native of Savannah. Hue is the retired Vice President of Corporate Relations for Owens and Minor. Based in Virginia, Owens and Minor, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that was named to Fortune magazine’s “2014 World’s Most Admired Companies” list in March. Hue and his wife, noted artist Fran Thomas, returned to Savannah in 2003 and served as the first co-chairs of Telfair Museums’ Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society, 2008-2013. Hue serves on the Board of the Rotary Club of Savannah (Downtown) and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Senior Citizens, Inc. He currently is a member of the Davenport House Endowment Committee after serving two terms as a Board member for the Historic Savannah Foundation. Hue received his B.S. in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech. He and Fran have two children and two grandchildren.
HONORARY TRUSTEES
Richard Eckberg served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Following the war, he began his UPS career as a driver in his home state of Illinois. He then began serving in sales, marketing and operations. For a decade he was responsible for the UPS operation in Chicago and was ultimately promoted to Vice President in charge of Public Affairs. Richard retired from the United Parcel Service in 1986 after an impressive 33 year term. Richard currently serves on the Savannah Board of Visitors; this board is a voluntary board comprised of leaders in business, industry, education, and art and design. The board plays an integral role in assisting the office of institutional advancement in fundraising and friendship-building for SCAD.
Robert Jepson is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Jepson Inc., a private investment company located in Savannah, Georgia. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Richmond. Jepson was formerly Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kuhlman Corporation (NYSE) from 1993 until its sale to Borg-Warner Automotive Inc. in 1999. Prior to that, Jepson founded and was Chairman and CEO of the Jepson Corporation from 1983 until its sale in 1989. During his tenure as CEO, Jepson built the corporation into a Fortune 500, NYSE-traded company. He currently serves as Chairman on SCAD’s Savannah Board of Visitors and is on the board of the Georgia Historical Society.
Carolyn Luck McElveen was married to the late John V. Luck, who served as President of the board from 1994 – 1997. She joined as a member of the Telfair in 1989 and served as a Trustee of the Telfair 2003-2009. She has been actively involved with the museum serving on the Membership Committee and Director’s Circle as well as previously holding the position of Co-Chair with Mimi Cay on a Texas Party for the museum in 1994. She started the Telfair Art Fair with Ann Hildebrand in 1995, served as chair of the 24th Telfair Ball, “Elegance of Design” in 2004 and was a major donor toward the Jepson Center for the Arts and the Telfair Art Fair. She received the Gertrude Hollowbush Award in 1999 and was a previous Leadership Chair for United Way in 2003.
Betty Melaver is Vice-President of Melaver, Inc. and a potter with the cooperative artist Gallery 209. She is Involved in numerous community-wide and Jewish organizations, including: President of League of Women Voters, President of Savannah Science Museum, Chairman of King Tisdell Cottage Foundation, President of the Jewish Educational Alliance. Current activities include serving as Vice-President and Executive Board Member of the National Jewish Community Center Association, board member and Co-Chair of a capital campaign for Savannah’s Second harvest Food Bank. She has a B.A. cum laude from Agnes Scott College (1954).
AnnMiller Ann Miller was born in Lowville, New York and attended the University of Rochester. She moved to Savannah with her husband Bill in 1967. Since then she has been an active community volunteer and has worked with organizations such as the Junior League of Savannah and the Historic Savannah Foundation. She was a member of the board for Memorial Health and is a former Chair of the Telfair board. Ann was also the Chair of the Telfair Ball Committee for 2 years.
FridaSinkler Frida Sinkler is a native Savannahian and attended Savannah Country Day School; however she graduated from Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland. She then attended Mount Vernon College. After moving to Charleston, Frida joined the Gibbes Art Gallery board and was President of their Women’s Council. Aside from her lengthy contributions and involvement with the Telfair, Frida is involved with other Savannah organizations. She is the past President of the Trustees Garden Club, a board member at the Wormsloe Plantation, a press advisory board member for the University of Georgia, and a past President (and currently involved) with the Wildlife Education Center at Georgia Southern.
Cathy Solomons attended Savannah Country Day School and the University of Georgia where she majored in art education. From 1978 to 1982, she was the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Savannah. Since that time, she has been a homemaker and community volunteer, focusing her efforts on education and the arts. Cathy has been involved with various organizations such as Savannah Junior League (past President – current sustaining member), Savannah Country Day School (past Co-Chairman, long range plan), Jewish Food Festival (past Co-Chair), Chatham County Jury Commissioner, and the Savannah Arts Commission (past board member, past Chairman). She has also been involved with the Savannah Symphony women’s guild (past board member), Washington University in St. Louis (past member, Executive Committee, Parents’ Council), Parent and Child Development Services (past board member) and the Savannah Science Museum (past board member). In 1985, she was the recipient of the Savannah Jaycees Young Person of the Year Award.
Helen Steward is a graduate of Savannah Country Day School and St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a previous member of the Junior League of Savannah (Area Council 1973 – 1975), and the Cultural Arts Commission of Savannah (1987 – 1994). Helen has served as a board member for Savannah Speech and Hearing Center (Vice-Chairman), Steward Palliative Care Endowment (2006-2009), Savannah Music Festival (2007-2010), and the Endowment Board of the Bethesda Union Society of Savannah. She was also actively involved with Hospice Savannah and served as a board member, President and chairman of the board. Currently, Helen is involved with First Families of South Carolina and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of Georgia. She is a member of Independent Presbyterian Church and an associate member of the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands, North Carolina.
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Elisabeth_Biggerstaff Elisabeth Biggerstaff, 2015 Telfair Ball Chair, is a native of Charleston, SC. She graduated from Salem College then completed her Masters degree in Design at The University of Georgia. Since moving to Savannah in 1982 with her husband, Dan, and their two children, she has volunteered for a number of organizations. Some of these include The Savannah Symphony, The Savannah Ballet Theater, Savannah Swim Team, Savannah Country Day School, the initial SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) referendum, Chatham County Aquatic Center and Telfair Museums. She has chaired fundraisers for many of those groups. In addition, she has served as president of Telfair Academy Guild and worked on and chaired fundraisers for that group, as well as volunteering for The Art Fair and The Telfair Ball.
Carrie B. Egerton, William Jay President
Anne Gardner, Tag President
franceslowery-wilson Frances Lowery-Wilson, FAAA President, is a licensed Social Worker and former Mental Health Administrator and Clinician at Tidelands and Gateway Behavior Health Services. She was an Associate Professor of Social Work at Savannah State University. Ms. Wilson is a former Director of Jamaica Services Program, Inc. for older adults. She was appointed by the President of the United States to the U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Family Violence. Her diverse experience has been gained from community volunteer work and employment which included four years at Queens Hospital Center where she initiated a Parenting Program, nine years with the New York State Drug Abuse Control Commission as a Rehabilitation Counselor where she established a Treatment Unit for drug addicted teenagers, and two years for the NAACP Training Program as a Supervisor Vocational Counselor. Ms. Wilson is a former Board Member of NOVA, Rochdale Village Corporation, Inc., Victims of Crime Advocacy League as well as Women of Reform Judaism. Currently she serves on the Boards of Morning Star, Inc. and Hadassah of Savannah, GA. She is the founder and CEO of Fran’s House of Art which is a gallery without walls. She collects the works of different artists and has an affinity for African American Art. She obtained her B.A. from Fordham University and Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University.
PowerPoint Presentation Linda McWhorter, Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society Chair, graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Art History and went on to do her graduate work at Emory University in English.  She and her husband Tom moved to Savannah in 1972 where they raised their three children.   During that time Linda has served the community in various ways including the Junior League, Symphony Women’s Guild, Savannah Book Festival, City Lights Theater, Savannah Ballet and Savannah Ballet Theatre and The Learning Center.   Linda’s extensive work for at Telfair includes being president of the Friends of the Owens-Thomas, former President and current member of the Telfair Academy Guild.
LisaPinyan-225x300 copy Lisa Pinyan, Art Fair Chair, is a New York native and graduate of Marymount College at Fordham University in New York, Mrs. Pinyan moved to Savannah in 1995. She loves the city and wants to help guide a discussion about the future of Savannah’s children and art scene as we approach the city’s 300th anniversary in the coming decades. She has been described as a community devotee, and organizer who works to motivate people around her to make a positive difference in the community around them. She currently works for Felder and Associates, a local architecture and interior design firm. Mrs. Pinyan is involved in the Junior League of Savannah, of which she is a member and serves on the Thrift Sale Committee. She previously served as Development Chair and Sponsorship Development Chair for the Junior League and was a member of the Tails for Twigs committee for the Live Oak Public Libraries for the last two years.
DeeSutlive Dee Sutlive, FOT President – After spending twenty years in international fashion in New York and Europe as boutique merchandise manager for couture designers Andre Courreges, Emanual Ungaro, and Sonia Rykiel, Savannah native Dee Sutlive returned to Savannah where, under the direction of Telfair Museum Director Diane Lesko, she was responsible for launching the Owens-Thomas House Museum Shop, with the guidance of then curator, Olivia Alison. It was the first designated museum shop created under the Telfair umbrella.Dee, a graduate of Savannah’s Charles Ellis Elementary school, attended schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Neuchatel, Switzerland, and the University of Georgia in Athens. Recently retired from a thirteen year career at Gaucho, upscale women’s specialty shop on Broughton Street, where she acted as buyer, creative stylist, and manager, Dee looks forward to being further involved in activities with the Owen-Thomas House.