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Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Ted. J Kleisner, Chairman, is a third generation hotelier from Chicago. He and his wife of 46 years, Karen, reside in Savannah. He is the retired Chairman, President and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company (HE&R), which employs 9,000 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 for Hilton Hotels Corporation, Princess Hotels in Bermuda, and the Boca Raton Resort and Club before serving as President and CEO of the Greenbrier Resort and Club Management Company (GRCMC). While providing strategic leadership, management oversight, and direction to all GRCMC properties, Ted also had 10 years of oversight responsibility for the top-secret federal government nuclear bomb shelter constructed beneath The Greenbrier. Ted  served 16 years as an independent member of the board of directors of First Energy Corp (NYSE: FE) and served on its Nuclear Committee, and chaired its Management Compensation Committee. He received his B.S. in business administration from the University of Denver where he served on the Executive Advisory Board of the University’s Daniels College of Business for 21 years. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of The Culinary Institute of America. Ted is a member of the Lector Ministry and an Extraordinary Minister at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, and in 1998 was elected to membership in 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., Chair-Elect, is a native of Savannah and President and CEO of Critz Auto Group, a third generation dealership group founded in 1938 representing Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Buick, GMC Truck and Sprinter Vans. Dale also served on Telfair’s Board from 2001-2004 and has served The United Way of the Coastal Empire in numerous roles, including Campaign Chair in 2008 and Board Chair in 2010. He has served as Chair of the Savannah Community Foundation and The Savannah Historic Board of Review. He also served on the boards of the Savannah Country Day School, Junior Achievement, and The Savannah Association for the Blind. He founded the Critz Tybee Run Fest, the proceeds of which are donated to local charities focused on education and healthy living. Since the race series began in 2009, over $500,000 has been donated to local charities. Dale graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and received his M.B.A. from the University of Texas. He graduated from Leadership Savannah in 1992. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children.

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.

Ted Moore
Dr. William T. (Ted) Moore, Treasurer, 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.

John J. “Jay” Neely, III, Esq., Legal Counsel, currently serves as Vice President, Law & Public Affairs for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. His law responsibilities include management of the Legal Department, its lawyers, and other personnel, and his Public Affairs responsibilities include management of State and Local Government Affairs and Community Relations. Before joining Gulfstream in 1999, Neely was an attorney in the Atlanta office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP. He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, Augusta. Neely received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Georgia School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in 1989 from Vanderbilt University. He has been married to Courtney Parks Neely since 1993, and they have two children—Laura and John. He and his family attend the Community Bible Church. Neely serves as Chairman of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Board of Directors and on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Savannah Area Chamber Board’s Executive Committee. He has served on the Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees, as the Leadership Georgia Chairman of Selections, and as President of the Leadership Savannah Board of Directors.

Cheryl Davenport Dozier
Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier, Vice Chair, 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.

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.

Swann Seiler
Swann Seiler, Vice Chair, 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.

Cheri Roach
Cheri Roach, Past 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.

Trustees

Kelly L. Bouchillon, Sr. is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in the Skidaway Island office of Savannah. Kelly joined Merrill Lynch in 1989 and in 2005 earned his Certified Financial Planner Designation. In past years, he has been a guest speaker at numerous Merrill Lynch functions and worked closely with new Financial Advisors within the firm. Kelly and his partner formed the Bouchillon & Ham Group within Merrill Lynch in 1994 to specialize in investment management, estate planning, and financial planning advisory services for retirees. He has been a charitable contributor to Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island, The Savannah Country Day School, The Savannah Philharmonic, St. Joseph’s Candler Foundation, and numerous other entities. An accomplished golfer, he has competed in countless local tournaments and championships for many years and also on the state level. His other hobbies include power boating and snow skiing with family and friends, and he has a passion for sailing, which he professes to do “not nearly enough nor nearly well enough”. Kelly and his wife, Melissa, have four children, he has coached in various sports, and they live on Skidaway Island in The Landings. Kelly has served as a committee member for both The Landings Club and The Landings Association. As a native Savannahian, Kelly graduated from The Savannah Country Day School and went on to study Economics and English at the University of Georgia. Kelly professes Telfair Museums to be a “Crown Jewel” in Savannah’s history, tourism, and cultural activities.

Malcolm L. Butler was born and raised in Savannah. He graduated from Savannah Country Day School in 1976 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1980. Upon graduation, he began working at The Fiduciary Group, taking time out to earn his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1985 with a focus on estate and trust law, as well as taxation. Malcolm is the President and CEO of The Fiduciary Group, having served as investment advisor for over 35 years and as administrator of hundreds of trusts and estates. In civic affairs, Malcolm has served as a Director of the Rotary Club of Savannah, YMCA, Isle of Hope Historical Association, and the Skidaway Health and Living Services, Inc., which operates The Marshes of Skidaway Island, a continuing care retirement community. He has served in a number of different executive positions for nonprofit organizations, including President for both The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia and Colonial Wars in the State of Georgia. He was a Trustee of Savannah Country Day School and served on the Executive Committee as Secretary. He has served as President and Board member of the Executives’ Association of Savannah.

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.

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.

Meredith Repella Dulany grew up in Savannah. After graduating from the Savannah Country Day School, Meredith attended Southern Methodist University on a ballet scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and taught ballet in Augusta and Savannah for four years before leaving to study and perform in New York City. As injuries prevented further study, Meredith focused on coordinating and managing events for National Public Broadcasting, with whom she worked in Manhattan. In 2004, Meredith returned to Savannah to direct major events for the Savannah College of Art and Design, working in Savannah, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Lacoste, and Paris. She married her husband, Reed, and quickly became project manager for both the renovation of the “old Savannah Bank” into the couple’s first restaurant, local11ten, and the restoration of the couple’s historic home. Meredith is now a full-time volunteer serving as Secretary of The Women’s Board of Bethesda, where she also chaired the Academic Achievement Committee for seven years. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Next Generation for the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. Meredith works as a volunteer, Class Mom and Parent Liaison at the Savannah Country Day School and assists at the Savannah Classical Academy in the office and classroom. Meredith has been a board member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association since 2009 and has served as DNA’s Events Chair and Secretary. Meredith has volunteered for Telfair Museums’ Art Fair, Arty Party, and the annual Telfair Ball.

Brent Harlander was born in Minneapolis but has lived in Savannah since age 4. Brent is a graduate of Savannah Country Day School Class of 1997 and received a BBA from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Brent travels extensively for Gavilon LLC, the second largest distributor of specialty and bulk fertilizer, with more than 80 fertilizer terminals worldwide, and is one of the top three distributors in Mexico, Peru, and South Africa. Brent and his wife, Lindsay, are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and are the parents of Katherine, 8, Lydia, 6, and Charlie, 3.

DavidMHillenbrand
Dr. David M. Hillenbrand, 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.

Dr. M. Ann Levett, the current Deputy Superintendent, worked in the Savannah-Chatham Public Schools from 1976 to 1995 and returned to the Savannah area in fall 2013. During her tenure with the district, she served as Principal of Savannah High School and Assistant Principal at Beach High. After leaving the district, she went on to become Executive Director of the School Development Program at the Yale University School of Medicine Child Study Center. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Georgia; Education Specialist and Master’s degrees from Georgia Southern; and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Armstrong. She is a member of Butler Presbyterian Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, The Savannah (GA) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, Board of Directors for Greenbriar Children’s Center, Board of Community Advisors for Junior League of Savannah, Advisory Board for St. Joseph/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, Scholarship Chair of the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame, and several other community organizations. Levett was recognized recently for her contributions to the field of education by the Georgia Senate. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters.

Leslie B. Littlejohn has served on the Board of New Canaan Country School, the YMCA, and The Taft School, where she co-chaired its development committee and was a founding board member and Chair of Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Conn. Leslie is currently a board member of Horizons National Board since 2008 and co-chair of their development committee, and a recent member of the Horizons Savannah board. She previously worked as a fashion editor at Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar magazines.

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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.

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.

Susan Willetts is a retired partner of Goldman, Sachs, & Co., where she spent her career in the investment banking division. She and her husband, Alan Pritz, became part-time residents of the Savannah area in 2010. Prior to joining Goldman, Sachs, & Co., Ms. Willetts was treasurer of Microdot Inc. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and received her Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Ms. Willetts currently serves on the Board of Directors of Memorial Health, where she is vice chair; The Chicago Botanic Garden, where she is the former chair and a member of the executive committee; and the board of the Ford Plantation, where she is treasurer. She has previously served on the board of The Field Museum in Chicago; Cellular Dynamics International, a biotech company; and Yonkers Department Stores.

Honorary Trustees

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.

Alice A. Jepson – A native of Richmond, VA and an alumna of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, Alice and her husband, Robert S. Jepson, Jr. moved to Savannah in 1990. She has served on the Boards of Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Health Mission, Hospice Savannah, Savannah Book Festival, Bethesda Home for Boys (Chair 2000-2002) and Telfair Museums (Chair 2013-2015). She is one of the founders of the Charter Circle at Memorial University Medical Center. Alice is the recipient of an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from her alma mater and an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has received the Savannah Technical College Community Star Award, Savannah Children’s Choir “One Small Voice” Award and recognition from SCAD as one of the “Savannah Women of Vision.” She currently serves on the Foundation Board of the Savannah Classical Academy.

Robert S. 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 two 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

Maureen S. Brennan, President, Telfair Academy Guild, was born in North Carolina and grew up in Texas and New Jersey, before settling in Massachusetts after completing college. Maureen attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Maureen is a retired physical therapist, mother of two children and seven grandchildren, and is a member of the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church. Maureen has served on the UNC Physical Therapist Advisory Board, Wellesley Country Club Board of Governors, and the Landings Club Board of Governors. While living in Wellesley, MA, she served on various town committees. Maureen and her husband, John J. Brennan, live at the Landings.

Nancy S. Boyd, Chair, Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from Washington University in St. Louis. She has sung opera, oratorio, and recitals as well as teaching, and has worked to put performing artists into schools through Young Audiences. Her love of art and antiques led her into the antiques business, which she pursued for more than 20 years prior to coming to Savannah in 2000. She has been a Telfair docent and an officer of the Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society since 2011.

Alva Compton, Co-Chair, 2018 Telfair Ball, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree at the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, where she graduated magna cum laude. She worked as Assistant Director of Marketing at Cotton States Insurance in Atlanta before moving to Savannah with her husband, Chip. Here, she worked as Public Relations Director for South College before becoming a full-time mother to her three sons. Since then, she has been an active community volunteer and served in various capacities for the Junior League, St. John’s Church, Savannah Country Day School (Country Fair Chairman), Bethesda, and the Telfair. She is a past board member of Savannah Speech and Hearing, the Fresh Air Home, and the Academic Selection Board to the military academies (under Rep. Jack Kingston). Currently, she is an active member of Trustees’ Garden Club and is completing a two-year term as Chairman of the Women’s Board of Bethesda.

Charles (Chip) B. Compton, Jr., Co-Chair, 2018 Telfair Ball, graduated from Episcopal High School in Virginia and the University of Georgia with a Business Degree in Management. He has spent the last 39 years in the commercial insurance business as both an agency owner and broker. He is currently COO at Seacrest Partners, Inc. Professionally, Chip has served on the board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and been 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. Chip has served twice on the Telfair Board of Trustees, as Chairman in 1990 and 1991 and currently on the Investment Committee for Telfair. He also sits on the board of The Benevolent Society. Past boards include BB&T Bank, Savannah Country Day School (Chairman), Coastal Georgia Soccer Association (Volunteer of the Year and coach), St. Johns Church, Society of Colonial Wars, and the Oglethorpe Club (President).

Amanda Everard, President, Friends of Owens-Thomas House, is President of Everard Auctions & Appraisals, located in Savannah, GA, that she and her husband established in 2003. She has more than 25 years of experience in the antique, fine art and collectibles field. Prior to starting Everard Auctions, she was Vice President of the English Furniture Department at Sotheby’s in New York, and she is an appraiser on the popular PBS series Antiques Roadshow.

Cyreia Sandlin, President, William Jay Society, is the co-anchor of THE News at Daybreak, Savannah’s No. 1 morning show on WTOC-TV. She is also the anchor of THE News on Bounce, the co-host of “Tailgatin’ with WTOC,” and she reports regularly for the evening newscasts on WTOC. Cyreia came to Savannah as an anchor and reporter in September of 2011. She spent three years anchoring WFXG Fox 54 News at 10 for WTOC’s sister station. Cyreia graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio-TV Journalism in 2011. In college, she spent five months living in Brussels, Belgium, where she studied journalism and art history. During that time, she traveled to museums around Europe and developed her passion and love for art. She spent a summer in New York City working as an International Radio & Television Society Fellow at NBC News before moving to Savannah. Cyreia is a board member of the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club, and she is also active in the Junior League of Savannah. She lives in the historic district and enjoys spending her free time exploring all the Hostess City has to offer.

Philip Starks, Chair, Friends of African American Arts, retired and moved to Savannah in 1999 after serving 25 years in the Dental Laboratory industry (Laboratory, Product Development, and Technical Sales) as a certified Master Dental Technologist. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Phil chose Savannah because of his passion for the arts and in order to pursue his love of painting and the fine arts. A self-taught artist/sculptor, he has participated in several one-man shows and exhibitions here in Savannah. He is currently a concierge in one of Savannah’s major hotels and has been a member of Telfair Museums and the Friends of African American Arts since 2006.

L. Rachel Wilson, Esq., Chair, Art Fair, is a native Savannahian and a local attorney. She graduated from Mercer University and Mercer Law School in Macon and returned to her beloved hometown to practice law. She loved the practice of law so much that she decided she would like to teach others how to do it and is now the Dean of Students and Career Development and a professor of wills, estates, and trusts at Savannah Law School. She also is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and an executive board member. Her local volunteer work is concentrated on working with the Junior League of Savannah and serving as the Immediate Past President of the William Jay Society, Telfair’s young professionals group.

 

Director/CEO

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 four 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 for seven years 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 where she provided strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies and non-profit organizations. 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. In 2016, Grove was selected to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute, a premier professional development residency program for museum leaders from around the world. She is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Alliance of Museums. Grove serves on the Boards of the Rotary Club of Savannah and Visit Savannah. Grove grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. She is married and has three children.