- Jay James, Board Member
Arnold Nemirow, Charleston, Acting Chair: Arnie is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Bowater Inc., a major pulp and paper manufacturer in North America and South Korea; retired in 2006, he has served on various non-profit boards and was Chair of The Nature Conservancy of SC from 2009-2012.
Cynthia Powell, Myrtle Beach, Secretary Treasurer: Cynthia is an entrepreneur and Chair of the Winyah Chapter of the South Carolina Sierra Club. She proactively gathered over 2,000 signatures in order to protest billboard construction on Highway 22 in Myrtle Beach. Cynthia received her B.A. in Education from USC and her Masters in education from Winthrop University.
Paul Agnew, Abbeville: Paul was a representative in the SC Statehouse for district 11 from 2004-2012, who was recognized by CVSC for his conservation efforts. He is also a founding member of the Upper Savannah Land Trust. He is currently working an attorney in Due West.
Marian Brailsford, Charleston: Marian has been actively involved in the conservation movement for more than 20 years. After serving as Executive Director of Edisto Island Open Land Trust from 2003-2011, Marian began consulting with Land Trusts in the Southeast, with a specialty of assisting them in the Accreditation process. She has a BA degree from the University of South Carolina, and spent a majority of her career in sales and marketing. In retirement she enjoys living on a wild and natural creek front on Edisto Island.
Wilkins Byrd, Aiken: Wilkins is an attorney. He also serves as Chairman of the Aiken Planning Commission and is on the Board of Directors of the Aiken Land Conservancy.
Sue Doran, Columbia: Sue is an advocate for environmental, human and animal health. She holds a B.S. degree in Dietetics and Institutional Management from the University of Georgia and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She earned an M.S. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Carolina. She is also a member of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
Susan Hilfer, Beaufort: Susan is a retired medical illustrator who worked for the USC School of Medicine prior to establishing her own practice specializing in medical-legal illustration. She has served on advisory panels for the federal South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, most recently, the Habitat & Environmental Protection AP.
Jay James, Darlington: Jay is an attorney in Darlington.
Millie Knowlton, Washington, DC: Millie has worked towards conservation efforts through work solar and other sustainable energy through Tesla and as a mayoral appointee to the DC Sustainable Energy Utility Advisory Board.
Foster McKissick, Greenville: Current Vice President at Fairway Ford Lincoln Subaru, Foster earned his degree in Business Management from Clemson University.
J. Chris Pracht, IV, Anderson: Chris has been a Professional Real Estate Auctioneer and Estate Specialist for over 30 years. He was elected the youngest member of the South Carolina House of Representatives at the age of 21 in 1976, where he served eight years. Chris has a BA degree in Government from Wofford College. He is also a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.
Michelle Shain, Greenville: Michelle has been a part of several nonprofit and educational institutions. She has worked as director of community relations at Furman University, served eight years on the Greenville City Council, among other community projects.
Harry Shealy, Ph.D, Aiken: President of the Aiken County Open Land Trust and Vice-Chair of the Hitchcock Foundation, Harry is a professor of Biology at University of South Carolina Aiken.
Cody Smith, Columbia,: An attorney with Pennington Law Firm, LCC, Cody’s primary focus is the representation of wireless communications carriers and related industries. Cody also focuses on environmental compliance and permitting issues. Over the years he has assisted many clients in navigating complex environmental matters.
Libby Smith, Charleston: A former Board member of the Coastal Conservation League, Libby is currently a businesswoman in the Charleston area.
Akin Watson, Irmo: Watson is a native of Saluda and is currently the President of AllCaregivers Inc. He is also on the board of SC Home Care and Hospice Association. Watson earned his B.S. in Mathematics & Computer Programming from UCLA and his MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.