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Board of Trustees

Heathwood Hall is a South Carolina non-profit corporation that is governed by an independent board of trustees. In keeping with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) guidelines, our Board of Trustees is responsible for a number of critically important tasks: 

  1. Keeping the Mission of the School
  2. Developing and Reviewing Policy
  3. Planning Strategically (Why Do It)
  4. Planning Strategically (The Process)
  5. Ensuring Financial Sustainability
  6. Fund Raising for the School
  7. Selecting New Trustees
  8. Orienting New Trustees
  9. Developing the Board
  10. Serving as Community Ambassadors

Please click on the names below to read brief bios of our Trustees.

Simone Ansley

Simone Ansley was born in London, England and came to the United States at the age of 10.  She attended the University of Massachusetts where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse.  Simone practiced medical surgical nursing in Boston at Beth Israel Hospital where she met her husband, John Ansley.  John was completing his  residency in Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.  Currently Simone works as a clinical research nurse conducting clinical trials in the field of otolaryngology, allergy and nutrition.

Simone and John are the proud parents of Justin Ansley class of 2022. Justin is a member of the football and track teams. They reside in Orangeburg, SC and are members of the Highlander Club and the 1951 Society.  Simone and her family are members of SeaCoast Church and Unity Fellowship Community Church.

H. Freeman Belser '97

Freeman attended Heathwood from the age of four until his graduation in 1997. He then matriculated to Davidson College, earning a BA in History in 2001. While at Davidson, Freeman was a three-year starter linebacker on the football team, and a member of the winningest team in school history. He then returned to Columbia and attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. Upon his graduation from law school in 2004, he joined Belser and Belser, the family law firm.  Freeman and his father are now the fourth generation of Belsers to practice law together in Columbia.

Freeman is civically active and has served in leadership positions for the ETV Endowment of South Carolina, the Midlands Chapter of the National Football Foundation, the Young Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art, the Columbia Kiwanis Club, the Columbia Area Davidson College Alumni Association, and Trinity Cathedral.

Freeman and his wife Maryanne have three sons, Hill (class of 2027), Heyward (class of 2028) and John (class of 2032), and are active in the Heathwood community.

Peyton Bryant '06

Peyton is a Heathwood Alumnus from the Class of 2006.  After Heathwood, Peyton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minors in religion and entrepreneurship from Wake Forest University.  After graduation, he took additional courses in accounting and finance. Peyton is a Senior Broker for NAI Columbia's market-leadingBrokerage Group, specializing in office/medical office sales and leasing and investment sales.  Peyton has been recognized among the firms top producers each year since 2016.  In 2019, he was included in the firm's "Capital Club" for top production, to include the largest office transactions and most overall transactions.  He has been named one of Columbia's leading young professionals by Columbia Metropolitan Magazine and was currently named to the States newspapers "20 under 40" list of high achieving professionals in the Midlands.

Peyton's work experience and community involvement has enabled him to serve as a member of the Wake Forest University Alumni Council, Babcock Center Foundation: Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Heart Association: Heart Ball Executive Committee Member, Leadership of Columbia: Class of 2014, Central SC Alliance Committee of 100: Board of Directors and a member of the Heathwood Hall  Episcopal School Alumni Council. Peyton is also a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Peyton and his wife, Lyndey, an attorney for Adam & Reese Law Firm, are the proud new parents to their daughter, Ellery.

J. Michelle Childs

Judge Childs, mother of Highlander Juliana Angus (class of 2027), was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in August 2010.  She holds a B.S. in Management from the University of South Florida Honors College, a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Masters in Personnel and Employment Relations from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, and a Masters of Judicial Studies, Duke University, May 2016.

Prior to the federal court she served as an At-Large Circuit Court Judge, including having responsibilities as the Chief Administrative Judge for General Sessions and Business Court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Richland and Kershaw Counties.  Judge Childs also had the distinct honor of gubernatorial appointments as a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner (2002-06) and as the Deputy Director for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Labor (2000-02) overseeing programs for Wages and Child Labor, OSHA, OSHA Voluntary Programs, Elevators and Amusement Rides, Migrant Labor, and Labor-Management Mediation. Judge Childs was formerly a partner with the law firm of Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard, LLP, in Columbia, South Carolina, where she practiced in the areas of employment and labor law and general litigation.  Judge Childs is very active with various local, state and national bar organizations, and community organizations.

As a practicing lawyer and judge, she has lectured and served frequently on panels for topics regarding litigation and trial techniques, courtroom practices and procedures, discovery and expert witness issues, evidence, and various topics for new lawyers.

Gary Clark

Gary Clark is  currently serving as the Staff Ombudsman at Furman University.  He began his career with Furman in 1998 as the Director of the Paladin Club and Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs.  He served as the Athletic Director for the University for 11 years. In 2011 he became the  Vice President and Director of Athletics until 2015 when he served as Senior Associate in the Malone Center for Career Engagement.  Before Furman, Gary was the Headmaster of Spartanburg Day School.  It was at Spartanburg Day where Gary became friends with former Heathwood Headmaster Bob Shirley.

Gary received a B.A. from Furman, where he played basketball,  in 1974.  He went on to earn a Masters in Education and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

 

Margaret C. Clarkson

Margaret is a native of Columbia.  She attended Heathwood Hall in the mansion as a kindergartener and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences majoring in Media Arts.   Margaret began her career at WIS-TV4 as a commercial producer, then moved to Jacksonville to assume a role as senior producer at WJXT-TV4.  After three years, she then returned to Columbia and joined the ranks of Chernoff-Silver advertising agency.  After five years, Margaret moved to England and established her own marketing company, Clarkson Communications, representing a variety of clients for the next eight years.  In 1999, she married her husband, Peter Roney.  Over the course of the next 15 years, Margaret and her family lived in Boston, Washington D.C and Singpore. 

Margaret is focused on Business Development for the Columbia office of the architect firm LS3P.  LS3P has designed over 2000 schools across the southeast with eight offices across South and North Carolina.

Margaret and her family returned to Columbia in 2015.  She is the proud mother of daughter M who is a member of the class of 2022.

 

The Reverend Deacon Caitlyn Darnell

Caitlyn grew up on the High Plains of Colorado but came East to attend the College of William and Mary.  There, she earned a B.A. in religious studies, focusing on Hebrew scriptures and Christian ethics.  After graduation, she served two years in the Episcopal Service Corps in Winston-Salem, NC, where she worked with both the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and as a youth minister.  While in North Carolina, she also worked on a new diocesan project called a Movable Feast, a mobile young adult ministry based out of a food truck that she helped design and create.  She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Berkeley Divinity for The Episcopal Church. 

Dewey Nelson Ervin

Dewey graduated from Davidson College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  In 2007, he earned his Master of Architecture degree from Rice University.  He has practiced with architectural firms in Charleston, Florence and Columbia, South Carolina.  He has been the project architect of medical, judicial, government and academic projects.  He currently owns his own practice in Columbia.  Dewey has served  on the local chapter board of the American Institute of Architects as well as the South Carolina AIA Political Action Committee.  He has served on committees of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, including the test writing committee for the Architect Registration Exam.

Dewey and his wife, Heathwood Alum, Ann Harriott Fisher Ervin, M.D., are the parents of Phillip '27 and Eloise '28.  Dewey and Ann Harriott, both are members of the  Davidson College Class of 1999, are active in the Columbia Area Davidson College Alumni Association.  They are members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Jeanette Florence

Jeanette and her husband, John, are parents to three Heathwood students: John (class of 2026), Sam (class of 2028), and Charlie (class of 2032). Jeanette received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Presbyterian College and a Master of Human Resources from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. Prior to staying home with her children, Jeanette held leadership Organizational Development positions in the banking and manufacturing industries, focusing on leadership development, diversity, and succession planning.

Jeanette is very active in the Heathwood community. She has served for several years as Heathwood Classroom Parent and has been a grade-level representative for the Heathwood Parent Association, where she also co-chaired the Teacher Appreciation Committee. Jeanette has volunteered on numerous committees, including the Auction Committee and Heathwood Connections, and also has served as the grade level representative for the Annual Fund.

Jeanette and John are members of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Northan Golden

Northan graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.  He was  4-year letter winner for the Air Force Academy track team and was Captain and Most Outstanding Competitor of the 1986 team.  After graduating from the Academy, Northan served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Systems Analyst and Personnel Officer.  He is blessed to be a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

Since 2007, he has been the owner of Express Employment Professionals, a local staffing company responsible for providing employment to hundreds of associates in the Columbia Metropolitan area each year.  He is a member of the American Staffing Association, the Military Officers Association of America, and serves on the Midlands Technical College Business Advisory Council.

Northan and his wife, Audrey, are the proud parents of Robert '22 and Matthew '25 who have each attended Heathwood since kindergarten.  During this time, Northan has actively supported Heathwood, serving on the Highlander Booster Club Board, the Heathwood Hall Diversity Committee, and as a Track and Field volunteer.  Northan and Audrey have contributed to the Annual Fund at the 1951 Society level for years.  The Goldens attend Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Orangeburg.

 

 

JoLee Gudmundson '86

JoLee Becker Gudmundson is a 1986 graduate of Heathwood and has a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from Winthrop University. She is married to Gus Gudmundson (class of 1980). Both of her sons are lifers at Heathwood, Alex Knoll (class of 2010) and Gus, III (class of 2017). They are members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

JoLee is an active leader and volunteer in South Carolina and within the Columbia community. She serves on the Advisory Board of the South Carolina Small Business Development Center. She has previously served as Highlander Club President, a grade representative to the Heathwood Parent Association as well as on the Auction Committee. She is a Paul Harris Fellow to the Rotary Club of Five Points and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Columbia.

She is President of Gudmundson Consulting, a government relations firm that represents a wide range of public policy issues for her clients’ advocacy interests. Her expertise includes healthcare, criminal law, banking, and finance as well as business and nonprofit interests. She is a frequent speaker, providing continuing education lectures for her clients as well as to other nonprofit organizations.

 

The Reverend Canon James P. Hartley

The Reverend Jimmy Hartley currently serves as Canon for Christian Formation Congregational Vitality, and Mission Communities for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.  He earned a Bachelors degree in Religious studies from the University of South Carolina.  After college, he served at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in North Augusta. Later he served as youth minister for Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. While Jimmy's wife, Caroline graduated from dental school, they moved to Birmingham, Alabama so that Carolina could do her general dentistry residency.  While in Birmingham, Jimmy served at All Saint's Episcopal Church as a your ministry consultant.   Jimmy attended seminary in Alexandria, Virginia where he earned his Masters in Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary.  After seminary, he served as assistant to the rector at St. David's Episcopal Church, Columbia SC. 

Jimmy  spent many summers as a camper and staff member at Camp Gravatt. During his youth, he was involved in youth and young adult ministries.  Both Gravatt and the diocesan ministries were places and communities where he began to experience the loving nature of God.  

Jimmy and  Caroline have three children who attend Heathwood Hall,  William '28, Robert '31 and Sinclair '34.

Kenny Hastie Jr. '97

Calvin K. “Kenny” Hastie Jr.  graduated from Heathwood in 1997.  He then spent a year at Duke University before deciding to continue his education at Wofford College where he received his BA in Government in 2002.  While at Wofford, Kenny was a four-year varsity letterman in basketball as well as being selected team captain and most valuable player his senior year.  Following Wofford, Kenny attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and is now Legislative Counsel for the South Carolina Association for Justice.

Kenny  remains active with Wofford College athletics by being a former member of the Terrier Club Board of Directors, serving on the Alumni Council, and being a member of the Wofford College Hall of Fame Committee.

Kenny and his wife Celita Proffitt Hastie have two sons Calvin 5 and Foster 2.

Dr. Stanley Juk

Stan graduated from Winyah High School in Georgetown, SC in 1963.  He finished the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a chemistry major in 1967.  He then finished Duke Medical School with his MD degree in 1971.  After internship and residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, he returned to Duke for his cardiology fellowship in Durham, NC.  He completed this in 1975 and returned to Columbia SC to practice cardiology.  He currently works at Lexington Medical Center with LM HVC Cardiology and currently has an office practice only.

He is married to the former Miss Ann McDonald of Columbia.  Ann was also a member of Heathwood Hall School Board for two terms.  They have two adult children, Steven Juk (HHS 1989) and wife Mary; Katherine Draffin (HHS 1994) and husband Stephen Draffin (HHS 1991).  They also have four grandchildren: Walker Draffin (HHS 2022), Ellie Draffin (HHS 2023), Ann Nelson Draffin (HHS 2028) and Maggie Juk (HHS legacy 2038).

Ann and Stan are members of Shandon Methodist Church.

Dr. McIver Leppard, '99

McIver attended Heathwood from kindergarten until graduation in 1999. In high school, he had the honor of representing Heathwood and the Columbia community as an Olympic Torch Bearer.  He then attended Wofford College where he met his wife, Sunny.  After graduation, he spent 12 years at Medical University of  South Carolina completing medical school, General Surgery Residency and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery fellowship.  He is board-certified in Plastic Surgery and General Surgery.  After completion of his training, he moved back to Columbia and practices at Providence Hospitals where he is Chairman of the Department of Surgery.

McIver is serving on the Heathwood Alumni Council and MUSC Board of Visitors.

McIver and Sunny have two daughters who attend Heathwood, Cate '29 and Cora '32.  Sunny is active in the Heathwood community serving on the auction committee and as teacher appreciation coordinator.

Kevin Martin

Kevin is a computer science graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and also attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University before starting a career in Chicago working on pinball and arcade games. In 1995, Kevin founded one of the first Web hosting companies in the world, pair Networks, Inc., where he continues today as owner and CEO.

Kevin also founded the Replay Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit private operating foundation dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of pinball; Replay operates the largest pinball tournaments in the world and maintains a collection of more than one thousand pinball and arcade machines, as well as hundreds of classic gaming systems.

Kevin and his wife Amanda both grew up in Anderson, where they were in the same first grade class. They reside in downtown Columbia with their two children Lilly (class of 2018) and Owen (2023) Hart. Amanda is a member of the Auction Executive Committee and volunteers with the Heathwood Parent Association. Kevin and Amanda are members of the 1951 Society, as well as Super Blue donors to the Highlander Club. The family enjoys worldwide travel, Clemson football, and hosting gatherings at their home for friends.

Blair B. Morris

Blair grew up in Spartanburg, SC, where she attended the public school system, and then received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Clemson. After graduating, Blair taught school for two years in the Charleston Public School System. She then married W.D. Morris (Heathwood Alumnus class of 1992) and moved to Columbia where she pursued another interest and worked for a kitchen and bath design firm for five years.  Upon having their first son, Blair has worked in the home.

Blair and W.D. have two boys, William (class of 2022) and Henry (class of 2026).  W.D., being a devoted alum, encouraged Blair to look at Heathwood Hall as a potential for their boys’ education. She visited and fell in love with all Heathwood had to offer their children. As a teacher, she appreciated the integrated and hands-on learning in the classroom, as well as the recognition for different learning styles. As a parent, she felt the sense of community amongst teachers and parents, saw opportunities for her sons to grow in academics, arts, leadership and athletics, and she wanted her boys to be encouraged in their faith.  Blair knew Heathwood Hall would be the best gift she could give her boys to equip them for success in life.  Since her first visit to campus, Blair has not wavered in her commitment to the school.

Blair and W.D. are active members of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. She has been involved in work with Edventure Children’s Museum, has served as a Heathwood Classroom Parent and a grade level rep for the Heathwood Lower School, and has co-chaired the Lower School Parent Association for the past three years. Blair has been involved with numerous admissions events, supports the SEED program and enjoyed being a part of the Heathwood Helping Hands team during the October flood. 

Josh Nelson

Josh is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Global Life Insurance, a Chubb Corporation.  Josh holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas in MN.  Josh has spent the last 20+ years in the Financial Service industry, holding a variety of Finance roles for Fortune 250 companies.  Josh's experiences span the U.S. and international markets, including 8 years as an expatriate in Tokyo Japan.

Josh and his wife, Heidi have two boys, Jay '26 and Christian '29. The Nelson's joined the Heathwood community in 2016 when the family relocated to Columbia.  Heidi has been active in the Heathwood community by serving as a room parent to her son's classroom as well as serving on the Auction Committee.  Josh serves as an assistant coach in the Palmetto Baseball league and the Nelson family are members of Shandon Baptist Church.

Andrew F. Rowley, Jr.

Drew Rowley works for Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor helping individuals and businesses manage and plan for their financial wealth.  Previously, he was a Vice President in their fixed income division trading municipal bonds.  Drew graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Economics and served as a Corporal in the Marine Corp infantry.

Drew and his wife, Meredith have three children who attend Heathwood, James'29, Reagan '31, and Eamon '34.  Drew oversees the Boys Lacrosse program at Heathwood and is the Varsity Lacrosse Coach.

Kirby D. Shealy III '89

Kirby and his wife Llewellyn have a daughter, Emma (class of 2018), and a son, David.  The Shealys are active members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Kirby, a Heathwood graduate, is a partner in the law firm of Adams and Reese. He has been involved in many community and professional organizations, including the South Carolina chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Kirby is a past-president of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, an organization of lawyers and judges whose mission is to promote the highest standards of civility, professionalism, and competency in the legal profession. He also serves on the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness, which is charged with determining the suitability of applicants to the South Carolina Bar.

Kirby currently serves on the boards of Growing Home Southeast and Thompson Child and Family Focus, two agencies that care for children with emotional and psychological issues. He also serves as the Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina and the Treasurer of the Trinity Foundation Commission. 

John Peyre Scurry, Jr. '95

J.P. Scurry is a retail broker specializing in advisory services and investment properties, focusing mostly on retail. He works on acquisitions, dispositions, sale leasebacks, tenant representation, buyer representation and landlord representation with Colliers International. He also leads a team that works with companies on multi-city location expansions across South Carolina, and the Southeast.

 JP is a Heathwood Alumni; graduating in 1995.  He attended Washington and Lee University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1999.  Before joining Colliers, JP attended University of South Carolina where he earned an International Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis on finance and real estate investment, as well as proficiency in Spanish. In 2017, JP was named a CoStar Power Broker in retail leasing transactions in Columbia. He has gained recognition as a Life Member of the Circle of Excellence by the Central Carolina REALTORS Association. 

JP serves on the South Carolina CCIM Board of Directors and is very involved in the South Carolina ULI Chapter.  He also serves on the Columbia Museum  of Art Finance and Building Grounds Committees.  JP is active on the Columbia Commercial Real Estate Market Forecast Committee.  He is an usher at Trinity Cathedral and a member of the United Way Young Leaders Society.  In 2006, he graduated for Leadership Columbia.

JP and his wife, Pence, are parents to  two Heathwood students; Thomas ‘26 and Mary Henley ’28.

Roy Shelley

Roy grew up in Columbia and Orangeburg.  He graduated from Wade Hampton Academy in 1985, where he played football on the 1984 team that won the State Championship.  He then attended Rice University ( where he played what is now "old school' lacrosse) and graduated in 1989 with degrees in Business Management and Psychology.  He worked for an oil company in Houston for two years while his future wife, Rebecca Monroy, finished her law degree at the University of Houston.  He then returned to South Carolina to attend law school. He graduated from the USC School of Law in 1994.

Roy began his legal career with the Richland County Public Defender Office, then went into private practice.  He is now a partner and the head of the litigation department at the Rogers Townsend law firm.  His current practice consists mainly of the defense of environmental litigation (property contamination and personal injury toxic exposures), trucking accidents, and other serious personal injury cases.  He also taught as an adjunct instructor in criminal law at USC for 14 years.

Roy serves on a number of legal and community boards, including the SC Bar Mock Trial Committee since 1996 and he is currently the Co-chair), SC Fact Forward(a reproductive health non-profit; current co-chair), the Columbia Running Club (current president), the Friends of Harbison State Forest, and others.  Roy is also currently president of the Highlander Club at Heathwood.

Roy and Rebecca's three children all attended Heathwood: Rachel '16, Riana '20, and Ryan '22.  Roy's hobbies include running(road and trail0, growing oak trees, and playing lacrosse on the Local Masters (i.e. old guys) team.

Catherine D. Taylor

Catherine and her husband Marshall have three sons, Marsh (class of 2019), Jack (class of 2021), and Cam (class of 2024). She graduated from Clemson University with a BA (English, with honors) in 1989 and then finished law school at the University of South Carolina in 1992. 

Catherine has served as a member of the Clemson University Board of Visitors and has served in leadership roles with the Riverbanks Zoo Foundation Board and the Board of the Palmetto Center for Women, a division of the YMCA. Catherine also volunteers her time at First Presbyterian church where she is a member.

Prior to 1997, Catherine worked in the private practice of law for three years and then with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina for two years. She began working for SCANA Corporation in 1997 and she currently the Deputy General Counsel for Dominion Energy-Southeast.  Catherine also enjoys membership and participation in various legal associations and industry associations.  

Childs Cantey Thrasher, Esq. '96

Childs Thrasher is an attorney and mother of Alexander (class of 2032) and Jimmy (class of 2034).

Margaret M. Willcox '92 (Board Chair)

After graduating from Heathwood, Margaret received her undergraduate degree from Davidson and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She and her husband Hugh have three boys who attend Heathwood, Hugh (class of 2022), Charles (class of 2024) and Jack (class of 2027). Since becoming a Heathwood parent seven years ago, she has been an active volunteer working with Admissions, Alumni, and the Annual Fund and is an involved member of the Heathwood Parent Association (HPA). 

Margaret also serves for Heathwood Connections, a program established to assist the Admissions office as an informed voice about the school in the community and with prospective families. Margaret conceptualized and chaired the Heathwood 101 mini-lecture series for parents. Margaret, with Hugh, serves as the Annual Fund grade representatives for both third grade and nursery school. Margaret has been involved with the Auction for the past several years and chaired acquisitions for the 2014 Annual Auction.