Foundation Names New Board Members and Officers

Golden Isles News

At its annual meeting this month, the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation elected new Board members and Officers.  Stephen V. Kinney and Hillary Stringfellow will join the Foundation for new four-year terms, beginning in January 2017.


Stephen KinneyStephen V. Kinney is a partner in the law firm of Kinney & Kinney LLC in St. Marys. He earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2001 and his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1998. He has a broad field of practice, with particular focus on real estate, probate and commercial litigation. Kinney is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and has been admitted to Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals and all of the state’s U. S. District Courts. Kinney is a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church, the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation Board of Directors, the Ameris Bank Southeast Georgia Coastal Board of Directors, and the St. Marys Kiwanis Club. He serves as the treasurer for the Camden County Bar Association.

Stringfellow HillarysmHillary Smith Stringfellow is a partner in Gilbert Harrell Sumerford & Martin in Brunswick. Her practice includes all aspects of estate and trust planning for families and individuals of all backgrounds and resources, including tax planning for high net worth individuals, family businesses, and special needs individuals. Hillary also works in the firm’s corporate practice group assisting for-profit and nonprofit corporations with formation, transactions and governance, and she has focused her practice on all phases of tax-exempt organizations.

Stringfellow received her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Fiduciary Section of the Georgia Bar and the Brunswick Bar Association. Active in the community, Hillary served as the president of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. She is a current member of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, and a former member of the board of directors at CASA Glynn. She is also a current member of the ethics committee for the Southeast Georgia Health System, a member of the board for the Georgia FFA Foundation and a member of the Professional Advisors Council for the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

W. Bernard McCloud, with Sea Island Co., and Ellen Fleming, a retired educator, administrator and headmaster, were re-elected to four-year terms.The Foundation’s officers for the coming year are Arthur M. Lucas, Chair; Bonney S. Shuman, Vice-Chair/Secretary and William J. Stembler, Treasurer.  Claude H. Booker Jr., Jack Kilgore and Mary Root serve as At-Large members on the Executive committee.

The Foundation bids farewell to its last two Founding Board members — Jeff Barker and Rees Sumerford. Both have served their maximum number of consecutive terms. Barker and Sumerford have been tireless advocates for community philanthropy and the growing stature of the Foundation since its inception in 2005. They will both continue to be involved at the committee level.