About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We rely on the support of our paying guests, members, foundations and the generosity of our donors.

Senior Leadership

Kevin Mills

President and Chief Executive Officer
kmills@scaquarium.org

Jack Higgins

Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer
jhiggins@scaquarium.org

Juan-Pablo Mancia

Chief Financial Officer
jpmancia@scaquarium.org

Brian Brasher

Director of Capital Projects and Facilities
bbrasher@scaquarium.org

Albert George

Director of Conservation
ageorge@scaquarium.org

Rachel Kalisperis

Director of Husbandry
rkalisperis@scaquarium.org

Kevin Kampwerth

Director of Brand Strategy and Aquarium Experience
kkampwerth@scaquarium.org

Courtenay B. Lewandowski

Senior Director, Strategy and Advancement
clewandowski@scaquarium.org

Lauren McDaniel

Director of Guest Services
lmcdaniel@scaquarium.org

Karen Monahan

Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications
kmonahan@scaquarium.org

Paul Nunez

Director of Human Resources
pnunez@scaquarium.org

Brian Thill

Director of Education
bthill@scaquarium.org

Board of Directors

Jonathan Zucker

Chairman
President,
The InterTech Group, Inc.

Peter Sniderman

Co Vice-Chairman
Chief Operating Officer,
Litton Entertainment

Dixon Woodward

Co Vice-Chairman
Regional President,
United Community Bank

J. Donald Higgins

Treasurer 
Director Emeritus
Former Banker,
Harris Bank and Bank of Montreal

Steve Gray

Vice-Treasurer 
Chief Financial Officer,
AstenJohnson

Catherine Smith

Secretary 
Trustee,
Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

Jim Twining

Vice- Secretary 
Former CEO,
Southern Tide, LLC.

Larry Colshan

Director of Site Services,
Boeing South Carolina

Frederick “Fritz” Gitter, MD

Managing Partner,
Charleston Emergency Services

Dwayne Green

Attorney,
The Law offices of Dwayne Green

David Johnston

Attorney,
L.W. Cooper Law Office

Jim Hansen

Regional President,
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Mason Holland

Executive Chairman of the Board,
Benefitfocus.com, Inc.

Valerie Howell

Freelance Marketing

Brenda Lauderback

Former President,
U.S. Shoe Corp., Wholesale Division

Brian Marley

Former Chief Financial Officer,
Belk, Inc.

Gary McLaurin

Chief Executive Officer,
Allegiance Industries

Jay Millen

Managing Partner,
Caldwell Partners

John Neely

Former Associate Director and Managing Director,
R.W. Pressprich

John A. Hill

Founder,
First Reserve Cooperation

Clark Gillespy

SVP & Chief Economic Development Officer,
Duke Energy’s utility operations

Deidre Fortson

Former Consultant

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

Director of Business Development,
Clemson University Restoration Institute

Richard Roth

Global Benchmarking Center Leader,
Deloitte Global Benchmarking Center

Missy Sauls

Community Volunteer

Scott Snider

Photographer/Filmmaker,
National Geographic

Peter Stonefield

President and CEO,
APECS Aerospace Corporation

Emily Swanson

Community Volunteer

Peter Conway

Founding Partner,
Akers Eillis

Thomas Wright

Former Vice Chair,
BMO Capital Markets

W. Andrew Gowder, Jr.

Austen & Gowder, LLC

James H. Suddeth III

Attorney,
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Stephanie Yarbrough

Attorney,
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Pat Conroy*

Author

James Ferguson

Chairman Emeritus
Charleston, South Carolina

William A. Finn

Chairman, President and CEO,
AstenJohnson, Inc.

J. Donald Higgins

Treasurer 
Retired Banker, Harris Bank and
Bank of Montreal

John Danahy

Former President and COO
of The May Company

Bruce Hecker

Retired Director of Husbandry &
Facilities, South Carolina Aquarium

Sheila Hodges

South Carolina Aquarium Volunteer

Peatsy Hollings*

Charleston, South Carolina

Kate Jerome

Author

Robert R. Macdonald

Director Emeritus,
Museum of the City of New York

Layton McCurdy, M.D.

Distinguished University Professor and Dean,
Medical University of South Carolina

The Honorable Robert E. McNair*

Former Governor of South Carolina
Chairman of the Board, McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Mary Alice Monroe

Author

The Honorable Richard W. Riley

Former Secretary of Education,
United States of America Former Governor,
State of South Carolina

Victor Samra, Jr.*

Member Emeritus 
Retired Managing Director, Lehman Brothers

Ken Seeger

Chairman Emeritus
President, MWV Community Development
and Land Management Group

Hilton C. Smith, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus
President & CEO, East Bay Company Ltd.

Theodore S. Stern*

Retired President, College of Charleston

M. William Youngblood, Esq.

Chairman Emeritus
Partner, McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Jerry Zucker*

Chairman Emeritus
Chairman, President and CEO,
The InterTech Group, Inc.

* Deceased

Financials

CALENDAR & EVENTS

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DIRECTIONS & PARKING

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MEMBERSHIP

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