About Us

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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/Chief Executive Officer
kmills@scaquarium.org

Jack Higgins

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

Kevin Kampwerth

Director of Marketing and Creative
kkampwerth@scaquarium.org

Rachel Kalisperis

Director of Husbandry
rkalisperis@scaquarium.org

Mike Mistler

Director of Finance
mmistler@scaquarium.org

Brian Thill

Director of Education
bthill@scaquarium.org

Courtenay Speir

Director of Advancement
cspeir@scaquarium.org

Brian Brasher

Director of Capital Projects and Facilities
bbrasher@scaquarium.org

Paul Nunez

Director of Human Resources
pnunez@scaquarium.org

Albert George

Director of Conservation
ageorge@scaquarium.org

Board of Directors

Jonathan Zucker

Chair 
President, The InterTech Group, Inc.

John Danahy

Co-vice Chair 
Former President and COO
of The May Company

Dixon Woodward

Co-vice Chair 
Regional President, United Community Bank

J. Donald Higgins

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

Steve Gray

Vice-Treasurer 
Chief Financial Officer,
West Point Home

Catherine Smith

Secretary 
Trustee, Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

Jim Twining

Vice- Secretary 
Former CEO of Southern Tide, LLC.

Larry Colshan

Director of Site Services,
Boeing South Carolina

Bryson Geer

Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley &
Scarborough LLP

Frederick “Fritz” Gitter, MD

Managing Partner
Charleston Emergency Services

Jim Hansen

Regional President,
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Erika V. Harrison

Founder, Law Office of Erika V. Harrison

Bruce Hecker

Retired Director of Husbandry &
Facilities, South Carolina Aquarium

Mason Holland

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

Valerie Howell

Freelance Marketing

Reba Huge

Founder, The Harry and Reba
Huge Foundation

Brenda Lauderback

Retired, Nine West Group, LLC

Brian Marley

Former Chief Financial Officer, Belk, Inc.

Gary McLaurin

Chief Executive Officer
Allegiance Industries

Jay Millen

Managing Partner, Caldwell Partners

John “Jack” M. Mitchell

Regional Director, External and
Legislative Affairs, AT&T

John Neely

Retired, R.W. Pressprich

Thompson Penney

President and Chief Executive Officer,
LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.

David Rivers

Assistant Professor/Director of Public
Information and Community Outreach,
Medical University of South Carolina

Richard Roth

Global Benchmarking Center Leader
Deloitte

Alexandra Samra

Former Chairwoman,
Bronxville Centennial Committee

Missy Sauls

Community Volunteer

Bryan J. Sherbacow

President, Altair Fuels

Stephanie Smith-Phillips, M.D.

Dermatologist,
Mount Pleasant Dermatology

Scott Snider

Filmmaker
National Geographic

Pete Sniderman

Chief Operating Officer
Litton Entertainment

Peter Stonefield

President and CEO
APECS Aerospace Corporation

Emily Swanson

Community Volunteer

John Swink

Retired, Wells Fargo

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

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

OUR VISION

Leading the way to connect people with water, wildlife and wild places. Learn more.

OUR LEADERSHIP

The Leadership Team guides the future of the Aquarium. Learn more.

WATERSHED

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CONTACT US

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