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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 is a Clinical research RN. Her son Justin is a mmeber of the Heathwood Hall Class of 2022.

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.

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 Staff Ombudsman at Furman University.

Margaret C. Clarkson

Margaret Clarkson is Business Development Manager at LS3P Architecture and the mother of Heathwood student M Roney (2022).

Lucius Craig III

Lucius Craig III and his wife, Nedra, are parents of two students, Lucius Joshua (Class of 2020) and Arden Elise (Class of 2026).  Lucius and Nedra are natives of New Orleans, Louisiana. Lucius is a Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and has practiced for 11 years in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  He holds a BS in Biology from Xavier University in New Orleans, a Doctor of Medicine degree and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans.  He is currently the Medical Director of the South Carolina Orthopedic Institute in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  He supports the annual fund and is a member of the 1951 Society.

Lucius is a member of several organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the South Carolina Orthopedic Association, the South Carolina Spine Society, and the North American Spine Society.  He has also been Principal Investigator on multiple orthopedic research studies. He and his family are members of Cornerstone Church in Orangeburg.

Dewey Nelson Ervin

Dewey Nelson Ervin is an architect. His son Phillip is a member of the Heathwood Hall Class of 2026.

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 Golden is the owner of Express Employment Professionals and the father of Heathwood students Robert (2022) and Matthew (2025).

Alison W. Gonzales '91

Alison Woodward Gonzales, Heathwood class of 1991, is the parent of two current students, Charlotte (class of 2024) and Arthur (class of 2026), both of whom have been at Heathwood since nursery school. She is a graduate of Davidson College with a bachelor’s degree in English and has worked in the communications industry for 19 years as a marketing strategist and writer for advertising agencies and corporations, as a copy editor for business magazines, and as a long-format freelance writer. In Columbia, Alison was in account management at RIGGS Partners and most recently served as marketing director for GMK Associates, a planning, design and construction firm. Currently, she is handling marketing and operations for SmartScreens Digital Indoor Media, a digital advertising network she and her husband, Arthur, developed in 2013 and are growing throughout the Midlands.

In addition to being proactively and regularly involved with her children’s day-to-day class activities, Alison has served on the former marketing advisory committee and has served as chair of Heathwood Connections, a parent outreach program. Currently, she assists the Admissions Office with prospective parent tours and on and off campus events. In years past, Alison served on multiple alumni committees.

She and her family are part of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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 Centers. JoLee is the current President of the Heathwood Hall Highlander Club, the school’s athletic booster club and serves as an Ex Officio member of the Board of Trustees at Heathwood. Additionally, she has served as 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 bipartisan firm that represents a range of public policy issues, lobbying, media relations, and association management services for her clients’ advocacy interests.  Her expertise includes, but is not limited to, healthcare, criminal law, banking and finance as well as business and corporate 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

James Hartley is an Episcopal priest and father of heathwood students William (2028) and Robert (2031).

Dr. Stanley Juk

Dr. Stanley Juk is a cardiologist and grandfather of Heathwood students Walker (2022), Ellie (2023) and Anne Nelson (2028) Draffin. His children Steven (1989) and Katherine (1994) are Heathwood graduates.

Dr. McIver Leppard, '99

Dr. McIver Leppard is a plastic surgeon with Carolina Dermatology and Plastic Surgery and father of Heathwood students Cate (2029) and Cora (2032).

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 Nelson is Chief Financial Officer at UNUM Corporation-Colonial Life and father of Heathwood students Jay (2026) and Christian (2029).

Andrew F. Rowley, Jr.

Andrew Rowley is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. He and his wife Meredith have three children who attend Heathwood, James (class of 2029), Reagan (class of 2031), and Eamon (class of 2034).

John Peyre Scurry, Jr. '95

J.P. Scurry is a commercial real estate broker with Crosland Barnes Group. He and his wife Pence are parents to Thomas (class of 2026) and Mary Henley (class of 2028).

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. 

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 is currently the Deputy General Counsel and Director, Legal/Regulatory ofSCANA Corporation. She also serves as the company’s Regulatory Compliance Officer. 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.