Ginny has a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Secondary Education and an Master of Science in Entomology. She has been a lab technician, classroom teacher and an environmental education resource teacher. She previously served on the SEWEE Association board of directors as Secretary. Ginny currently chairs the McClellanville Planning Commission. She is retired and enjoys cycling, gardening, fishing, doing cross stitch and various volunteer activities in her community.
“Having taught and shown young people how they are connected to and indeed require, a healthy environment, I am drawn to the mission of Friends of Coastal South Carolina… education of youth and support of the natural resource agencies working to protect those resources. We must do both to maintain our planet/home for now and into the future.”
Sarah is presently the Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina. She has worked there for over 15 years and is involved in marine, freshwater, and forest conservation across the state, with an emphasis on land protection, funding, and creating resilient landscapes. Her work involves private landowners, universities, public agencies, municipalities, and elected officials. Sarah brings to the board skills in building partnerships, management, non-profit fundraising, and lobbying. She is a liaison for Friends of Coastal South Carolina’s support of our federal partners, US Fish and Wildlife and US Forest Service. Her favorite activities involve outdoor experiences including kayaking, hiking, camping, birding, and gardening. Her passion for the natural world is centered on preserving our landscapes for work, play, and quality of life, to share it with others and pass along to the next generation. Sarah resides on James Island, and is intimately familiar with the coastal refuges, forest, and ecosystems that surround us.
“My service on the Friends of Coastal South Carolina board allows me to extend my professional contribution to conservation in the Lowcountry to a larger community, through our emphasis on outreach and education of our members and our youth. It’s a great platform to use my outside voice!”
Bill Jarrard, CPA, offers a breadth of public accounting and corporate financial experience, including experience with a Big Four accounting firm and working with Fortune 500 level corporations. As Treasurer of the board of Friends of Coastal South Carolina he offers expertise in the areas of nonprofit accounting and tax. He earned his Master of Professional Accountancy from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. He has also served on the finance committee for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and received the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award in recognition of individuals under the age of 40 who have made outstanding accomplishments in, and contributions to, the Charleston business community.
“As an avid boater and camper, I strongly believe in the preservation of our natural resources, and being involved in Friends of Coastal South Carolina affords me the opportunity to assist with this conservation so these resources can be enjoyed by future generations.”
Diane currently teaches Wildlife Biology at Wando High School. She has taught there for ten years and has been teaching high school for 14 years. She created the Wildlife Biology class thirteen years ago in the hopes of instilling in her students an awareness of, and appreciation for, the natural world that will last well into their adult years. Her background in education enables her to serve on the education committee as well as Secretary for Friends of Coastal South Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree from UGA in Wildlife Biology and a master’s from WVU in Environmental Studies. During the summer she works as a kayak guide for Nature Adventures Outfitters.
“I am excited and grateful to be a part of an organization that has such a significant role in environmental education in the Lowcountry.”
Chris is currently the owner/operator of Coastal Expeditions. He has been serving the mission of “environmental stewardship through immersion” at Coastal Expeditions since 1994. This mission also includes the Bulls Island Ferry service as Contractor for Visitors Services in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR). Chris has had the opportunity to work as a naturalist interpreter and Master Captain on the east coast of North America from Newfoundland to the Exumas for groups including Lindblad Tours, REI Adventures, and National Geographic. He is a kayak instructor specializing in surf zone navigation and rough water group rescues. Chris is an environmental program and itinerary writer with a focus on youth groups and multi-day primitive adventures; programs include:The Bulls Island Overnight Adventure, Island Quest Program, REI Capers Island Adventure, and Young Naturalist Kayak Adventure Camp. Chris is a South Carolina native and lives with his son Graham on the edge of Cape Romain NWR in Awendaw.
“I believe in Mother Nature as the master teacher. I believe in observation and curiosity. I believe in the collective unconscious. The more I learn the more I understand I need to know. I have given up on becoming an expert. I am content to remain a student. Oh yeah, I also believe in miracles.”
Ed owns Graham Law Firm, P.A., a safety advocacy and civil litigation firm. Educated at Furman and UVA, he has practiced law for 30+ years. Ed represents families of wrongful death victims and survivors of serious personal injury, when those in power cause harm by violating safety rules put in place to protect the community. He is best known for his success in medical malpractice actions, especially birth injury cases, and actions involving bad faith insurance practices. He represents clients throughout South Carolina and beyond. Ed‘s community activities have included safety initiatives, environmental causes, helping disabled children and the underprivileged. He loves the outdoors and is an avid scuba diver. He and wife Emily also enjoy kayaking, bird watching, cooking and travel. Thrilled to have moved to Awendaw recently, their every day includes encounters with nature. Ed brings the Board legal acumen, communication skills and passion for the natural wonders and majestic beauty of the South Carolina coast.
“Living in Awendaw, connected directly to Cape Romain, fulfills a lifelong dream. Blessed in so many ways, in both my chosen career and personal life, I feel a responsibility to do my part to help protect this paradise for future generations.”
Bob is presently the coordinator of recreation therapy at MUSC’s Institute of Psychiatry. He has worked there for over thirty years, and has been involved in the treatment of inpatients and outpatients with mental health and substance abuse problems. He has also been on the boards of several national and regional nonprofits associated with the field of recreation therapy. Through these professional experiences, Bob brings to the board skills in interpersonal relationships, verbal and written communication, board knowledge, and wellness. Additionally, his passions for natural and human history, sailing, and writing came together with the completion of two books related to Cape Romain, and an ongoing blog. He has done regular service work for Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, including participation in the loggerhead program, and therefore also brings knowledge of our federal partners, and relationships with staff and volunteers. Bob resides in Awendaw, and has a great love for the Lowcountry and a commitment to stewardship of its natural and cultural resources.
“I not only have the wonderful fortune to live in such an important area of the natural world on the Atlantic coast, but to also play a role in its conservation through Friends of Coastal South Carolina.”
Alys Campaigne is a founding principal at Engage Strategies, a policy and strategic consulting firm based in Mount Pleasant, SC. Alys holds degrees with honors from Wesleyan University and New York University. She has been actively engaged in federal and state policy debates on conservation, energy, environment, public health, and transportation for over two decades. Alys moved to the Lowcountry after spending a decade in Washington, DC helping create and lead the External Affairs department of the Center for American Progress, a nationally influential think tank, working as Legislative Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. House and Senate. She has also worked with the National Audubon Society and reviewed and recommended environmental grants at the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
At Engage Strategies, Alys leads assessments for prominent foundations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to guide major federal and state-level investments to achieve policy change in diverse fields such as environmental protection, juvenile justice, asset inequality and state procurement. She enjoys kayaking by her home on Shem Creek and serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem.
“Our public lands are some of our most vital national treasures. Public stewardship is essential and Friends of Coastal South Carolina is the first line of protection and education. I hope to help extend opportunities for people to deepen their connection to wildlife and experience first-hand the majesty of our spectacular, local wild places.”
George Geer is a native South Carolinian. He is a graduate of Kingstree High School, Wofford College, and University of South Carolina Law School. He served in the United States Army for two years. George was President of Andrews Bank and Trust Company until its merger with Citizens and Southern National Bank. He then practiced law with Hinds, Cowan, Strange and Geer in Georgetown, SC. George brings with him a wealth of experience in education and the nonprofit world. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Georgetown School District, Chairman of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, President of Georgetown County United Way, Chairman of Black River District of Boy Scouts of America, on the executive committee of AMI Kids and on the Georgetown County Development Commission. While serving on the Coastal Community Foundation Board George became impressed by the SEWEE Association and its programs. Later as a board member of the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation he became more informed about the work of the SEWEE Association and its expansion to serve Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. George is an avid cyclist and he and his wife Betsey enjoy living on the edge of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in McClellanville SC.
“The greatest risk to humanity today is our exploitation and abuse of earth and its fauna and flora. Exposing young people to the natural world and all its wonders; and developing in them an understanding of the necessity of conservation is essential to the survival of humanity.”