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:
- Keeping the Mission of the School
- Developing and Reviewing Policy
- Planning Strategically (Why Do It)
- Planning Strategically (The Process)
- Ensuring Financial Sustainability
- Fund Raising for the School
- Selecting New Trustees
- Orienting New Trustees
- Developing the Board
- 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.
- Alison Barry
Allison Amick Barry grew up in the Midlands for all of her childhood. She received a Bachelor of Science in Political Economy and a Master of Arts in Economics from Clemson University. While at Clemson, she taught various economics classes. Upon graduation, Allison worked in project management and business development for the Commerce department before leaving to work in finance and operations for multiple family-owned businesses.
Allison and her husband reside in Lexington, SC and are the proud parents of Lukas (Class of 2032) and future Highlander Micah (Class of 2037).
- H Freeman Belser '97, Board Chair
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. Peyton is a Partner at NAI Columbia, specializing in office/medical office sales and leasing and investment sales. Peyton has been recognized among the firm's top producers each year since 2016. In 2019 and 2020, he was included in the firm's "Capital Club" for top production, to include the most overall transactions. He has been named one of Columbia's leading young professionals by Columbia Metropolitan Magazine and named to The State newspaper’s "20 under 40" list of high achieving professionals in the Midlands. Most recently, Peyton was named to Columbia Business Monthly’s list of the “Best and Brightest 35 and Under.”
Peyton's current community involvement includes serving as a member of the Wake Forest University Alumni Council, the Partnership Committee of the Columbia Chamber, the Partnership Committee of the United Way of the Midlands, and a member of the Board of Directors at the Midlands Housing Trust Fund. Peyton is also a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, where he actively serves with the Youth Ministry.
Peyton and his wife, Lyndey, an attorney at Adam & Reese Law Firm, have a one year old daughter, Ellery.
- Rion Cobb
Rion Cobb grew up moving around South Carolina, but ultimately finished high school in Columbia at Hammond School in 1996. He attended Wofford College, earning a B.A. in English in 2000. After Wofford, his graduate studies took him to Duke University, where he finished with a Master of Divinity degree. After Duke, he continued his education at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor. After interning as a vicar in Texas, and serving as a pastor in Virginia, he returned home to SC in 2007 to join his family’s business, Terminix Service, Inc. He is proudly part of the fourth generation of family members to work in the company, which is an independently owned and operated company, licensed to serve as part of the Terminix system by the Terminix International Company, L.P. He currently serves as the Vice President of Human Services, directly overseeing the Human Resources, Recruiting, Payroll, and Training/Technical departments.
Within the broader community, Rion serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Palmetto Project, the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Urban Entomology Charitable Alliance, and as an appointed member of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Review Committee. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alston Wilkes Society and as a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Pest Control Association.
Rion and his wife, Charlotte, have four children, William (class of 2033), Jackson (class of 2033), Lucianna (class of 2033), and Henry (class of 2036). They consider themselves blessed to be active in the Heathwood community.
- The Reverend 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 School at Yale. Caitlyn now serves at the Associate Rector at St. Martins-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church.
- Stephanie DeFreese
Stephanie DeFreese is the parent of Heathwood student Payton Laubacker '23.
- 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.
- Marshall James '85
Marshall James attended Heathwood Hall for 12 years and graduated in the Class of 1985. He attended Morehouse College and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature. After Morehouse, he moved to Kurobe, Japan and taught English to kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school students for three years. In 1993, Marshall returned to Heathwood and began teaching upper school humanities and other electives until 1999. After Heathwood, Marshall worked as Student Affairs Director at the South Carolina Honors College at USC until 2006. Marshall earned an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Marshall has also earned the J.D. and LL.M degrees from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has served as a law clerk for the Hon. J. Michelle Childs, U.S. District Judge and the Hon. Kaymani D. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge. Marshall is currently an attorney with the City of Columbia.
- 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.
- Stephanie Kimbrough
Stephanie grew up in Columbia, SC, and graduated from Irmo High School in 1989. Her college adventure began in Clemson where she dabbled in several different majors before deciding on Public Health. After graduating from Clemson, she attended USC and received a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. During her graduate program, she interned in Cardiac Rehabilitation, and this experience sparked her interest in medicine. She spent two years working as an Exercise Physiologist in a local cardiology office, but then moved to Charleston to begin her studies in MUSC's Physician Assistant Program. After graduating in 2001, she worked as a Physician Assistant in Nephrology for 13 years. Her primary role was caring for patients with End Stage Renal Disease on dialysis in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Stephanie is married to ‘87 HHES alumnus, Ted Kimbrough, and with the birth of their second son, they decided it was time for her to begin a new chapter as a stay at home mom. When their two sons began in Heathwood's EC4 and EC3 programs in 2017, Stephanie wasn’t quite sure what to do with her new found free time, so she devoted most of her days to helping out at school. As a parent volunteer, she has worn many hats, including the EC/LS HPA co-chair for 2 years, homeroom parent for several of the boys’ classes, member of auction and homecoming committees, parent ambassador for new families, tour guide during open house, member of Heathwood Connections, founder (along with Molly Roddey) of the EC teacher's Lunch Bunch, and a dedicated participant in various campus beautification projects. Additionally, the Kimbroughs have been annual contributors to the Highlander Club and the 1951 Society. Stephanie enjoys gardening, flower arranging, reading, running, playing tennis and spending time at Pawleys Island. Stephanie and Ted, a gastroenterologist with Columbia Gastroenterology Associates, have 2 sons, Zach (class of ‘32) and Thompson (class of‘31). Big brothers Edward and Henry (HHES class of 2019) are also part of the Highlander family. If all goes as planned, when Zach graduates from HHES, it is believed that the Kimbroughs will have the honor of having had a student attend HHES for the most consecutive years (24!).
- 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.
- Alicia McFarland
Alicia McFarland is a pediatrician practicing at Sandhills Pediatrics in Columbia, SC. She grew up on the coast of North Carolina and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From there, she moved to Columbia, where she attended the University of South Carolina for medical school and residency.
Alicia is married to Steven McFarland, an attorney at Nelson Mullins. They have three daughters, Kaitlyn '25, Sarah '27, and Emily '29, who all attend Heathwood Hall. Alicia enjoys traveling, adventure sports such as skiing and SCUBA diving, and spending time with her family.
- W.D. Morris
W.D. grew up in Columbia, attending Heathwood from 4K until graduation (Class of 1992). He attended Clemson, earning a B.S. in Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Biology in 1996. After Clemson, W.D. started his career in insurance, where his focus is on construction surety bonds. He is currently a partner with Propel Insurance.
W.D. has been very active in the Coastal Conservation Association of SC for over 20 years and is the current state treasurer and serves on the national finance committee. He has been a member of the Highlander Club for several years and is the current treasurer.
W.D. and his wife, Blair, have two sons: William (Class of 2022) and Henry (Class of 2026), and they are members of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.
- Josh Nelson, Vice Chair
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 Nelsons 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.
- Beth Burke Richardson
Beth and her husband Matthew both practice law in Columbia, SC and have three children, Jed (class of ‘24), James (class of ‘26), and Raye Beth (class of ‘28). Beth’s undergraduate degree is from Duke University in Women’s Studies and she received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis Law School with honors.
While in law school, Beth served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review. She later worked for federal judges at the district and appellate level and as an associate attorney practicing employment law, business litigation, and appellate advocacy. Currently, Beth is a member at Robinson, Gray, Stepp & Laffitte, LLC focusing on commercial litigation and business dispute resolution and appellate law.
She is very active in the community, on the board of several organizations, and participates in various legal associations, including serving as President of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2020.
- Dale Heinitsh Roberts '90
Dale Heinitsh Roberts is a 1990 graduate of Heathwood Hall and the parent of Heathwood students Alexander '22 and Davies '24. She is a Realtor with Keller Williams Dalex Realty.
- Drew Rowley
Drew Rowley is the parent of Heathwood students Eamon '34, Reagan '31, and James '29.
- John Peyre Scurry '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 from Leadership Columbia.
JP and his wife, Pence, are parents to two Heathwood students; Thomas ‘26 and Mary Henley ’28.
- 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.
- 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 trail), growing oak trees, and playing lacrosse on the Local Masters (i.e. old guys) team.
- Childs Cantey Thrasher, Esq. '96
Childs Thrasher is an attorney and mother of Alexander (class of 2032) and Jimmy (class of 2034).
- Alana Williams
Alana Odom Williams is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the State Fiscal Accountability Authority. An attorney by trade, Alana is a former litigation partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. Alana currently serves as a Commissioner for the Riverbanks Parks Commission and is a member of the Columbia chapter of The Links Inc. and a member of the Columbia Junior League. She is also a member of Hope Interdenominational Church, where she leads a women's Bible study and has taught Sunday School. She has previously served on the boards of Hope In Christ Ministries and March of Dimes. Alana is married to Derrick L. Williams, Esq. and has two daughters, Deana Grace '28 and Regan.