Pictured 2018 Board and Staff:  The Foundation's Board of Directors is composed of community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to steward resources and address community needs.2018 Brd of Directors full size

Pictured L-R Front Row; Jack Kilgore, Janet Shirley, Mac Nease, Rene' Shelnutt, Hillary Stringfellow; Back Row: Bill Stembler, Ed Andrews, Art Lucas, Bonney Shuman, Ellen Post (staff), Stephen Kinney, Martin Miller, Mike Maloy, Mary Root, Jeff Barker, Bernard McCloud, Lloyd Newberry, Ellen Fleming, Paul White (staff).

2018 Officers

Art Lucas - Chairman
Bonney Shuman - Vice Chair/Secretary
Jeff Barker - Treasurer
Bill Stember - At-Large
Jack Kilgore - At-Large
Mary Root - At-Large

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Pictured L-R: Jack Kilgore (At Large), Bill Stembler (At Large), Mary Root (At Large), Bonney Shuman(Vice Chair/Secretary), Art Lucas(Chair), Jeff Barker (Treasurer)

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Arthur M. Lucas, Chair is President  of Lucas Properties, LLC.  Prior to that he founded and led The Lucas Group an Executive search firm with offices in 16 major cities and three overseas.  He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in International Relations and the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and also served as an officer in the US Army.

ed andewsEdward Andrews, Jr. is a retired Major, with the United States Air Force.  Following a military career that included assignments with the Headquarter Strategic Air Command, as Squadron Commander and Missile Combat Crew Commander, Ed got involved in auto sales management and operated the Kingsland Ford-Mercury dual dealership until 2007.   He received a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science and a Master's Degree in Management and Business Administration.

BarkerJeffJeff Barker - President and CEO of the St. Mary United Methodist Church Foundation since 2001. He received a BS in Pulp and Paper Science from N.C. State University and completed the E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration of Louisiana State University's Executive Education program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The College of Coastal Georgia Foundation, the Board of Ordained Ministry for the South Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC, the Coastal Bank of Georgia and is the current Chair of the Camden County Joint Development Authority. He also serves on the advisory board for the Camden Campus of Southeast Georgia Health Systems.  St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation is a Founding Member of the Foundation.

SandiChannellHeadshot2015smSandra Warwick Channell graduated from Brunswick High School and the University of Georgia with a degree in accounting. She has worked as an internal auditor for SunTrust Bank and for Chase Manhattan Bank, earning her CPA in 1984. She served as president of the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk and has served on the executive board of the Infant Welfare Society of Lake Forest, Illinois.  Sandi also served as a trustee of the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest.  Locally, Sandi is currently serving as Board Chair for the Frederica Academy Board of Trustees, and is a member of the St Simons Land Trust Board. Sandi also served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Hospice of the Golden Isles Foundation.

Ellen Fleming1Ellen EFleming holds a BA in history from George Washington University and pursued other higher education at the University of Virginia and Georgia State University. In her 42 years as an educator, administrator and headmaster she worked at The Westminister Schools in Atlanta, GA, The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA and Frederica Academy, St. Simons Island, GA.  Ellen retired in 2011 and is now an active community volunteer.

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Jack C. Kilgore is the retired president of the Consumer Brands Division and co-leader of the United States Canada region of Rich Products Corporation, the largest family-owned frozen food manufacturer in the United States based in Buffalo, N.Y. As a senior leader of one of the nation’s largest frozen food companies, Mr. Kilgore had more than 36 years of experience in the food industry. Jack Kilgore also places high value on community involvement currently serving on several nonprofit boards.

 Stephen KinneysmStephen 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.

Mike Mmike maloyaloy is Vice President of McGinty-Gordon & Associates.  He currently serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Coastal Georgia and on the project team of the United Way's Graduation Blueprint.  He led the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce as chairman in 2011-12.


bernard mccloudWilliam Bernard McCloud is a native of Brunswick, Georgia and has worked for the Sea Island Company since the late 1980s.  He also owns Victory Cleaning Service.




Martin J. Miller is a Fundholder, new Founder and an active philanthropist. He is the President of Coastal Home Care, a home-based health and support services provider, and a founder of Altrus, an assisted living corporation. Martin is a graduate of Valdosta State University and served in the U. S. Air Force. He and his wife, Laura Lynn, are active community leaders in McIntosh County.


Reg Murphy is a Founder, Fundholder and an active philanthropist. He is the former President/CEO of National Geographic, the former publisher of the Baltimore Sun as well as the San Francisco Examiner, and the former editor of the Atlanta Constitution. He currently serves on the boards of several corporations and as the volunteer Executive-in-Residence at the College of Coastal Georgia. Reg is a graduate of Mercer University. He and his wife, Diana, are active community leaders in Glynn County.

MacPhotosmLawton M. (Mac) Nease, III, PhD a native of Effingham County, is the President of Nease, Lagana, Eden & Culley, an Atlanta-based firm specializing in complex estate and business insurance. A Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), Nease has served in numerous leadership roles in the insurance industry, including national president of the Advanced Association for Life Underwriting, president of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Elected to its Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planning Councils, Nease is the Past Chair of the Georgia Tech Foundation and sits on numerous corporate and charitable boards. Nease is a graduate of Georgia Tech and earned masters and doctoral degrees from Georgia State University.

S. Lloydlloyd newberry Newberry, Jr. PhD is the former Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Science Education and Research Design at Armstrong Atlantic State University and currently the Senior Editor for "Sporting Classics" magazine.  Lloyd received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia.  He represents the youngest graduate to receive a doctorate from UGA.

Mary RootMary T. Root is the founder and president of Satilla Business Services, a staffing company specializing in administrative, technical and skilled trades personnel in Camden County. Her company has served public and private clients in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida since 1981.  Mary has been active in community support and volunteer work with various nonprofits during that time.

alfred sams board photoAlfred Sams, III is a Partner and Managing Director of Keaton and Sams Wealth Management of Raymond James. The team has offices in St. Simons, Savannah, and Macon. Alfred earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia. Alfred has also acquired his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. He currently also serves on the Board of Frederica Academy.

Rene shelnuttRene' C. Shelnutt, grew up in Alma, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Southern with a BBA in Accounting. She is a CPA, and a partner in the accounting firm of Schell & Hogan. Shelnutt is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has held several offices, including past President, of the local chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs. She also has served in a financial capacity on the boards of several volunteer organizations.

Janet Ajanet shirley. Shirley practices in the areas of estate planning and fiduciary law at Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford and Martin in Brunswick. She has assisted clients with a variety of complex estate planning and estate administration problems. Janet received her B.A. from New York University in 1967 and her J.D. from Boston University in 1978. Janet serves on multiple nonprofit boards.

bonneyshumanwebBonney S. Shuman is the retired CEO of Stratix Corporation, a privately held technology company she co-founded in 1983, specializing in inventory control and bar coding. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Finance.  The Shumans are Founding Members of the Foundation.


bill stembler William J. Stembler is Chairman/CEO and Founder of the Georgia Theatre Company.  He is a graduate of the University of Florida and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia Law School. The Stemblers are Founding Members of the Foundation.


Stringfellow HillaryHillary 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.

Mr. Frank DeLoach, Jr.*
Mr. Jack Dinos *
Mr. Bill Jones III
Ms. Jeanne Kaufmann
Mr. Dennie McCrary