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Board of Trustees

Lisa Grove - Telfair Museums
Lisa Grove, is Director/CEO of Telfair Museums, located in Savannah’s beautiful Historic District. Since joining Telfair Museums in January 2012, Grove has led the museum to new heights. She has raised record amounts of funding, including the first National Endowment for the Arts grant in the museum’s history, and overseen consecutive years of operating surpluses. In addition, her scholarly exhibitions and publications, including Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain and Slavery and Freedom in Savannah have garnered multiple national, regional, and state awards. She recently collaborated with colleagues at other museums to organize the major traveling Monet and American Impressionism exhibition which opened at the Telfair in Fall 2015, marking the first time Monet paintings have been shown in Savannah. Prior to joining the Telfair, Grove served as Deputy Director at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM St. Louis). Before joining CAM St. Louis in 2004, Grove was a senior strategy consultant at The Monitor Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Grove also served as a traveling exhibitions project manager and educational workshop coordinator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1994, Grove was awarded a British Marshall scholarship for graduate study at the University of London. She received a MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art with a specialty in 19th Century European Art, and was awarded Distinction for her master’s thesis. She also received an MBA with Distinction in Strategic Management from the University of London’s Imperial College School of Management. Grove previously received a BA with Distinction and Honors in American Studies from Stanford University. Grove is a member of the Rotary Club of Savannah and is on the Advisory Board for Visit Savannah.  Grove grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. She is married and has three children.

Executive Committee

Cheri Roach
Cheri Roach, Chair, 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.

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.

Ken Sirlin
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.

Ted Kleisner - Telfair Museums
Ted. J Kleisner, Chair-Elect, 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.

Dale Critz
Dale C. Critz, Jr., Vice Chair, 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.

Ted Moore
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.

Tom Reilly
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.

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.

Alice Jepson
Alice Jepson, Immediate Past 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.

Trustees

Emily Cay
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.

Sylvia Coker
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.

Chip Compton
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).

Glen Darbyshire
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).

Cheryl Davenport Dozier
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.

Jan Hill Dorman
Jan Hill Dorman was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Mills College in 1968 and then served in the Peace Corps and VISTA. After several years with Bank of America she attended Stanford University, receiving her MBA in 1975. She and her husband, Lawrence Dorman, also MBA 1975, then moved to New York. Jan worked for International Paper Company, directing tax-exempt financing for several years before becoming managing partner of Institutional Energy Investors, a private equity firm investing in the oil and gas business. After moving to Connecticut, she continued consulting and teaching. In a move to Boston, she was the major gifts officer for UNICEF for several years. She has served on the board of the Florence Griswold Museum, in Old Lyme, CT, the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she chaired the Patrons Program, and the board of UNICEF. She and her husband moved to the Savannah area four years ago.

DavidMHillenbrand
David M. Hillenbrand, PhD is a retired museum and global business executive and an avid art collector. Dr. Hillenbrand served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh from 2005-2011 and again as Interim President and CEO from 2013-2014. In this role he oversaw four diverse museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. During Dr. Hillenbrand’s tenure, Carnegie Museums completed its Building the Future capital campaign with $161 million in pledged gifts—$11 million above its goal. Museum projects completed during his time include Dinosaurs in Their Time, Highmark SportsWorks®, roboworld™, and the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries of decorative arts. Another significant development, which Hillenbrand spearheaded, was the $23 million sale of three acres of land to Carnegie Mellon University that created a much-anticipated economic, cultural, and educational gateway between the museum and university campus. Before entering the museum field, Dr. Hillenbrand spent his professional career working for the global chemicals giant, Bayer AG. He served in a number of senior management positions during his 27-year career with the company, including serving as president of Bayer Canada. Dr. Hillenbrand continues to serve on several corporate boards. Dr. Hillenbrand was born in Germany and holds a Ph.D. in Germanics from the University of Washington. He has been a part-time resident of Savannah, Georgia, since 2005, and a full-time resident since January 1, 2016.

Josh Keller
Josh Keller – Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Josh 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. Josh 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.

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J. Wilson Morris lived in Washington, DC and southern Maryland as a young child before moving to Alabama during World War II. Chosen as Valedictorian for his graduating class at Sheffield High School in Alabama, Morris would go on to attend Princeton University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, graduating with honors with a major in History. As a US Navy Lieutenant, Morris was Operations Officer on the USS Cook operating off the coast of Vietnam. Morris’ ship received the Arleigh Burke Award for combat efficiency in the Pacific Fleet. In the spring of 1965, in an operation that would be crucial to the start of the Vietnam War, he served as Primary Control Officer for the landings of Marines at Chu Lai and Phu Bai. From 1965-1980 Morris served as a journalist, reporter and editor for newspapers in Florida, Texas, Washington, DC and Ohio, including seven years with The Washington Post. Starting in 1980 his career turned to the United States Federal Government where he served as a senior advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader; the Chairman of the House Budget Committee; and the Speaker of the U.S. House. Morris played a prominent role in negotiations to end Contra operations and achieve peace in Central America helping to end the Contra War. At the end of his illustrious career from 1990-1997, he served with the United States Agency for International Development, assisting on Latin American operations and completing work on a Master’s in Education, from Marymount University. Morris is past president of the Princeton Club of Savannah, a member of the Princeton Club of New York City, Co-director of the Savannah English Speaking Union Shakespeare contest, and a member of the Washington, DC, Chevy Chase Club and was on the Board of the Washington Tennis Foundation. Wilson is married to Linda Fisk Morris and they reside in Savannah, Georgia.

 Dave Neises
Dave Neises is President of The Commonwealth Company, an advisory firm specializing in real estate and finance for the hospitality industry. Previously, he held several executive positions with The Promus Companies (now a part of Hilton Hotels), culminating with Senior Director of Development for Homewood Suites by Hilton. Prior to that, he served in numerous capacities within the hotel and restaurant fields. He and his wife Sylvaine moved to Savannah six years ago from Atlanta. He sits on the board of the Savannah Music Festival and serves on its Executive Committee. He was previously Chairman of the Georgia Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate, and was Past President of the Georgia Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society. He has guest lectured at Cornell University and Georgia State University, and is a graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration.

David Paddison
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 Roxburg
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.

Swann Seiler
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
William E. Skinner, Jr. – 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.

Huguenin Thomas
Huguenin (Hue) 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 Eckburg
Richard Eckburg 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
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
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.

Ann Miller
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.

Frida Sinkler
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
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
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

Swann Seiler, 2017 Telfair Ball Chair
Gwendolyn Glover-Starks, President, Friends of African American Arts
Amanda Everard, President, Friends of Owens-Thomas House
Linda McWhorter, Chairman, Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society
Judith Crawford, President, Telfair Academy Guild (TAG)
L. Rachel Wilson, President, William Jay Society