Jason grew up in Massachusetts. He attended college at Worcester State University receiving a bachelor’s degree in communications. While attending college, he also served in the Army National Guard as an 11Bravo infantryman 1/181st receiving specialized training as a combat lifesaver. Jason is currently a Realtor with eXp Realty in Charleston. He and his wife Jennifer and their son moved to Charleston in 2017. Jason and his family enjoy the area’s beaches, golf, restaurants, and history.
Krista Barnes was born in rural Pennsylvania. She played collegiate soccer at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania before moving to Colorado where she briefly attended the University of Colorado. She graduated with a degree in Political Science with a minor in Business and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2001, she relocated to Mount Pleasant, SC where she met and married Greg Barnes, a former Clemson University football player. They are blessed to have three children, Dixon, Ainsley, and and Dorothy. She has worked as a realtor for Dunes Properties of Charleston since 2009. Her involvement in the community also includes volunteering as a reading tutor to illiterate adults in Wilmington, NC, supporting the Alzheimer’s Association, and volunteering for the Special Olympics.
Lowcountry native Shannon Brigham graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in English/professional communication and a minor in journalism. She has been an editor of multiple publications, including Lowcountry Parent magazine, and wrote a weekly column and lifestyle articles for The Post & Courier. Her volunteer work includes serving on the board of FamilyCorps, on the certification committee for Greater Women’s Business Council, and planning committee for the Toys for Tots Gala fundraiser for the town of Mount Pleasant. She’s also been active with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mt. Pleasant Therapeutic Recreation, Charleston County Schools and more. She is currently the executive administrative assistant at Cape Romain Contractors, Inc. Shannon and her son live in Mt. Pleasant.
Kevin Isaac grew up in Georgetown and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He has been an adult leader with the Boy Scouts since 1997. He has served as a Cubmaster, Troop Committee Chairman and is currently the Treasurer of Troop 59 on Sullivan’s Island. Kevin is also a director of the North Charleston Rotary Club and has been in the voice and data networking industry most of his career. Kevin enjoys being around water including swimming, water skiing and canoeing. He and his wife Marie live in Mount Pleasant and have two grown sons.
Lisa King grew up in the Lowcountry. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and furthered her studies with a master’s degree in computer resources and information management. Lisa is employed as a Senior Systems Analyst for Charleston Water Systems. Lisa was first appointed to the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission in 2004. She served as Vice Chair from 2005 to 2006, and served as Chair from 2008-2010. During her tenure, she also chaired the Finance Committee and the Planning and Development Committee. Lisa is actively involved with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves over 46 chapters in SC as the State Coordinator, and serves on a national committee of the international membership organization. She is also a chapter officer for The Charleston (SC) Chapter of the Links Inc. Lisa and her husband, John, have two children and one granddaughter.
Eva Ravenel is a native of Charleston. She grew up West of the Ashley and after graduating Ashley Hall School traveled for one year with “Up with People” before attending the University of South Carolina. She has been in the real estate business since 1980. She served on the board of the Outreach for the Mentally Ill and the Charleston Disability Board. She is currently a commissioner on the State Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Board. She is an elder at the French Huguenot Church. She lives downtown Charleston and is the widow of Dr. Rene Ravenel and has one child.
Frannie Reese is a native of Charleston. She attended Ashley Hall and went on to graduate from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in sociology and minor in physical education and health. She worked for the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau and then became a stay-at-home mom. Frannie has served on the Sullivan’s Island Parks Foundation Board, Ashley Hall Alumnae Board and The Charleston Day Parent Council Board. She was also a coach for Girls on the Run International. She loves the outdoors, but her true passion is teaching swimming. She began teaching neighborhood children in 1981, in her parents’ backyard pool and still teaches privately to children and adults out of her home. Frannie and her husband, Tim, live on Sullivan’s Island and have four children.
Dr. Louester A. S. Robinson (“Dr. Lou”) is an award-winning college and community leader who formerly served for over 26 years in higher education administration. Dr. Lou’s work and research in the field of child and youth studies produced many innovative training initiatives and courses in higher education and for the state of South Carolina. Her work in child and youth studies, historical and urban preservation, diversity, and inclusion also provided her many opportunities for local, statewide and national presentations. She is currently mentoring leaders through a Nonprofit organization founded by her in 2003. The Nonprofit, Coalition of Minority Leaders in Higher Education, Business, and Industry serves professionals statewide and nationally. Dr. Lou has received numerous recognition awards during her career. Most noteworthy, she received a Legacy Award for Education, the Grace Brooks Palmer Humanitarian Award, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, Distinguished Community Service Awards for Education and Partnership, and the Distinguished Alumni and Cougar Trailblazer Awards from the College of Charleston. She has served on numerous local, statewide and national boards. Dr. Lou is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Lou has an EdD in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change from Nova Southeastern University (Child and Youth Studies), a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Care Administration from Nova University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree In Fine Arts from the College of Charleston. Dr. Lou also holds leadership certificates from Harvard Graduate School of Education, the NCBI Leadership for Diversity Institute, National Trust for Historic Preservation (Diversity Scholar), and the National Institute for Leadership Development by the American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges.
Richard V. Waring, JD
Richard is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and a proud product of the Charleston County School system. He wishes to use his education and experience to make the state of South Carolina a stable and more progressive environment by encouraging growth and enforcing policy and regulation. His personal passion is to provide equitable outcomes through targeted and intentional economic development activities. Richard currently serves as the Student Services Chief of Staff and Interim Director of Admissions at Trident Technical College. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Webster University where he teaches courses in corporate strategy and law. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in English literature from Charleston Southern University, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in strategy from the New York Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law. In addition, Richard is a Six-Sigma black-belt and holds a professional certification in global logistics and transportation from the College of Charleston. Richard possesses practical experience and a collaborative style of leadership that has always been recognized and appreciated for the results that he produces with minimal resources.
John Warren is a native of Charleston. He received his undergraduate degree from Sewanee and his MBA from The University of South Carolina. He is a Financial Advisor with Baird in Charleston. Previously, he worked on and managed oil field supply vessels in Louisiana, Venezuela and West Africa. John is Treasurer of the French Huguenot Church and serves as the Chair of the board of trustees of The Cooper School, a local K-8 school. He lives on James Island with his wife and two children.
Lawrence “Kai” Yeh is originally from Maryland, and has lived in the Charleston area since 1992. He is a 1990 graduate from the United States Naval Academy and has a MBA from the University of South Carolina. Kai is the President and CEO of MedPro Systems an engineering and construction firm. Kai is an active member of Sea Coast Church, North Charleston Rotary Club, Society of American Military Engineers, USNA Alumni Chapter and Paradise Island Home Owners Association. Kai serves on the SunTrust Bank Advisory Board and the Trident Technical College Board of Trustees. He and his wife Jody live in Awendaw. They have two children, and enjoy travelling, boating, fishing, snow skiing, going to the beach, playing golf, coaching sports and watching football.