Strategic Leadership

Kevin Mills

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jack Higgins

Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer

Courtenay B. Lewandowski

Chief Advancement Officer

Jason Oddo

Chief Financial Officer

Amie Yam-Babinchak

Chief Marketing Officer

Brian Brasher

Director of Capital Projects and Facilities

Barrett Christie

Director of Animal Care

Kevin Kampwerth

Director of Brand Strategy and Aquarium Experience

Lauren McDaniel

Director of Guest Services

Sara McDonald, PhD

Director of Conservation

Paul Nunez

Director of Team Development and Culture

Brian Thill

Director of Education

Jamie Torres, DVM

Director of Veterinary Care

Board of Directors

Jonathan M. Zucker

President, The InterTech Group, Inc.

Jessica Brewer

Co-Vice Chair
President & CEO, 3Together, Inc.

John A. Hill

Co-Vice Chair
Founder, First Reserve Corporation

J. Donald Higgins

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

Thomas Wright

Vice Treasurer
Former Vice-Chair, BMO Capital Markets

Deirdre Fortson

Former Consultant

Mason Holland

Member at Large
Chairman Emeritus, Benefitfocus.com, Inc.

Dan Battista

Executive Vice President and Southeast Regional Leader, Lowe

Rongrong Chen

Tenured Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, The University of Toledo,  OH

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

Director of Business Development, Clemson University Restoration Institute

Larry Colshan

Former Director of Site Services, Boeing South Carolina

Robert C. Crawford III

Founding Partner, Akers Ellis

John Danahy

Director Emeritus
Former President and COO, The May Company

Suzanne Dickerson

Director, SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance
South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

Anthony S. Dixon, Ed.D.

Principal, Philip Simmons High School

Steve Dudash

Director of Special Projects, Jamestown Properties

Steve Durkee

Fishery Management Specialist, NOAA National Marine Fishery Service

W. Andrew Gowder, Jr.

Austen & Gowder, LLC

Steve Gray

Chief Financial Officer, AstenJohnson

Dwayne Green

Attorney, The Law Offices of Dwayne Green

Heather L. Hodges

Director of Internal + External Relations, Historic New Orleans Collection

Lee Hurzeler

Director, Boeing South Carolina Site & Enterprise Program Management / Construction Management Office | Facilities & Asset Management

David Johnston

CEO, Hamilton Advisors, LLC

Daniel Kassis

VP Customer Relations and Renewables, Dominion Energy South Carolina

Satch Krantz

Former CEO, Riverbanks Zoo

Judge Daniel E. Martin, Jr.

South Carolina Judicial Branch

Tripp Meares

Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo

Tom S. Mullikin, Esq.

Attorney, Mullikin Law Firm

John Neely

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

William M. Patterson, Ph.D.

US Diplomat

Cara Richard

Community Volunteer

Jan Roosenburg

Former Vice President, Holland and Holland Ltd.

Dominique Simpson Milton

President and Chief Engagement Officer, Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC)

Scott Snider

Photographer/Filmmaker, National Geographic

Nina Sossamon-Pogue

Former Vice President, Benefitfocus

James H. Suddeth III

Attorney, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Emily Swanson

Community Volunteer

George P. Watt, Jr.

Senior Fellow, Association of Governing Boards
Former Executive Director, College of Charleston Foundation

Pam Wilson

Dedicated Conservationist

David Wood

Vice President, Water, AECOM

Pat Conroy*


James Ferguson*

Chairman Emeritus
Charleston, South Carolina

William A. Finn

Chairman, President and CEO,
AstenJohnson, Inc.

J. Donald Higgins

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


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


The Honorable Richard W. Riley

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

Catherine Smith

Director Emerita
Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

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

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