About

Board of Advisors

J. Drew Lanham, Ph.D.

CHAIR (2017 -2018)
ADVISORY BOARD (2006 - 2018)

J. Drew Lanham (B.A. Zoology 1988; M.S. Zoology 1990; PhD Forest Resources 1997) is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, South Carolina. In his twenty years as Clemson University faculty he’s worked to understand how forest management impacts wildlife and how human beings think about nature. Dr. Lanham holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. In his teaching, research, and outreach roles, Drew seeks to translate conservation science to make it relevant to others in ways that are evocative and understandable. As a black American he’s intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care. His “connecting the conservation dots” and “coloring the conservation conversation” messages have been delivered internationally. Drew strongly believes that conservation must be a blending of head and heart, rigorous science and evocative art. He is active on a number of conservation boards including the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Aldo Leopold Foundation, BirdNote, and the American Birding Association. He is an inaugural Fellow of the Audubon- Toyota Together Green initiative and is a member of the advisory board for the North American Association of Environmental Education. Drew is a Fellow of the Clemson University Institute for Parks and was named a 2016 Brandwein Fellow for his work in Environmental Education. Dr. Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter, and wild, wandering soul. His first solo work, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature was published in 2016.
 

Roy Belser

VICE-CHAIR (2017 - 2018)
ADVISORY BOARD (2003 - 2018)

Roy Belser grew up hunting and fishing in Clarendon County as well as on family property in Charleston County. A passion for the outdoors led him to pursue a degree in Wood Utilization with an emphasis on Forest Management from Clemson University, and even though the company name has changed several times, he has spent his entire working career with American Forest Management, Inc., where he has held position of Chairman since 2006. Roy enjoys working with and helping landowners. He helps landowners maximize their objectives on their properties while blending aesthetics, wildlife, and investment together. He also has a passion for conservation easements and has helped landowners protect numerous properties. He currently serves on the Forestry Association of South Carolina Board, as President of Summerton Lion’s Club, and as an Elder at New Covenant Presbyterian Church.
 

Sam Bennett

ADVISORY BOARD (2017 - 2018)

Sam Bennett is a native of South Carolina with a passion for natural resources. He explored the woods of the Upstate as a child, but fell in love with the lowcountry upon moving to the Charleston area in 1996. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Winthrop University and a Master's degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina. He joined Santee Cooper in August 2011 as manager of economic development and currently serves as Vice President of Administration. Prior to joining Santee Cooper, he served as City Administrator of North Augusta, City Manager of Clinton, and Assistant City Administrator of Goose Creek.

 

Chris Crolley

ADVISORY BOARD (2017 - 2018)

Chris Crolley started with the Charleston-based outfitter Coastal Expeditions in 1994 as the company's first employee. Now, almost 20 years later, he owns the outfit and maintains his passion for its mission of environmental education and stewardship. Coastal Expeditions reaches thousands of South Carolina residents and visitors each year, cultivating environmental awareness and appreciation for natural systems. Under Chris' leadership, Coastal Expeditions works hard to ensure that all residents have access to opportunities to enjoy nature. He partners with the conservation community through his advocacy efforts, philanthropy, and by directly collaborating on conservation projects. He has offered camp counselor positions to Audubon's summer interns for the last two years, guided trips for visiting Audubon speakers and sponsors, and works closely with other nonprofit groups like the Coastal Conservation League, Lowcountry Land Trust, Friends of Coastal South Carolina, and The Nature Conservancy to help facilitate their missions.
 

David Evans

ADVISORY BOARD (2013 - 2018)

Dave Evans is a native South Carolinian who was reared on a family farm in the Vance area of Orangeburg County. With hundreds of acres to explore and an inherent curiosity, he developed a love for everything natural. He graduated from the local high school and entered Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge to study Forestry. He graduated in 1973 and continued into LSU’s Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit to work toward a Master’s in Wildlife Management. His research assistantship, co-funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Audubon Society, consisted of a deer browse study and a systematic survey of American Woodcock in the Atchafalaya River Basin, comparing the three primary overstory types to determine the relative abundance of each species. After graduation, he accepted a position at Santee Cooper and worked 38 years in several environmental and land management functions. In addition to managing the family farm, he began a forestry consulting firm specializing in but not limited to assisting small-acreage landowners. Dave enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, playing golf, and helping other landowners.
 

Judy Fairchild

ADVISORY BOARD (2017 - 2018)

Judy Fairchild graduated from Colgate University with a degree in English, and taught English and History to middle schoolers in Chapel Hill and the Washington DC area. She and her family are full-time Dewees Island residents, and are passionate about educating people about nature and conservation. She is a certified South Carolina Coastal Master Naturalist and serves the board of the Lowcountry Biodiversity Institute. On Dewees Island, she has served as the chair of the Environmental Resource Board and as a volunteer for the summer children’s nature camp, the turtle team, bird counts, the Archives Committee, the Communications Committee, and the Dewees Island Conservancy. She has written several publications geared to helping residents and tourists understand how to live gently on the land, as well as creating educational videos. With her husband Reggie, she has written the Dewees Island Blog for nearly ten years. Her current work as a Realtor on Dewees allows her to share nature with clients daily. She is a long-time volunteer with Audubon South Carolina's bird banding and Painted Bunting studies, and s looking forward to building more connections between the organization and like-minded coastal groups. She has enjoyed the process of making Dewees Island a bird-friendly/climate-resilient community, and is looking forward to helping expand that program as well.
 

Richard Familia

ADVISORY BOARD (2003 - 2018)

Rich Familia attended Clemson University, where he earned a BS degree in Zoology and an MS degree in Environmental Engineering. Following graduation, he worked as a District Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in SC, followed by work with Union Carbide, Laidlaw Environmental, and Giant Resource Recovery Company (GRR) and Giant Cement Holding Inc (GCHI), where he was President (GRR) and Vice President (GCHI) until his retirement in 2012. Active in various outdoor interests, Rich and his wife Suzan canoe, kayak, garden, and camp, and Rich is an avid fossil collector, spending his spare time “digging in the dirt” in pursuit of the next discovery. Rich has recently found an as-yet-undescribed dolphin that he has donated to the College of Charleston Natural History collection.
 

Steve Gilbert

ADVISORY BOARD (2008 - 2018)

Steve Gilbert is retired from a career spanning more than 32 years in Federal Service as a senior biologist, leader, and supervisor for two federal agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Ecological Services Branch and the NOAA Coastal Services Center (NOAA CSC). He currently consults as a Special Projects Manager for the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. Steve was the Program Manager for the Coastal Learning Services Section of the NOAA CSC in Charleston, SC. This section develops and delivers training for Coastal Zone Management agencies, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Sea Grants, Extension Services, coastal governments and non-profits, and other coastal professionals across the country and American territories. His work with the FWS encompassed work on the Everglades Restoration Project focusing on adaptive management and ecosystem modeling. Work in South Carolina focused on wetland, stream, river and hydropower issues, especially instream flow and fish passage. He helped develop and teach many courses for the FWS at the National Conservation Training Center. Post retirement, Steve was the primary author for a University of South Carolina “State of the Knowledge” report on the ecological effects of drought on coastal Carolina ecosystems. His favorite activities are diving near coral reefs (while they still exist) and downhill skiing.
 

Mark Hoyle, DMD

ADVISORY BOARD (2012 - 2018)

Mark Hoyle is a graduate of Clemson University and The Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. He practices general dentistry in Anderson, South Carolna. He is a past president of the Anderson Dental Society and served on the board of The Carolinas Nature Photographers Association. Presently he is a member of The Carolinas Nature Photographers Association and serves as a Region Coordinator and Region Treasurer. He is a published and award-winning wildlife and nature photographer. His other hobbies include hiking, skiing, fishing and travel. He lives in Townville, South Carolina with his wife Darlene.

 

Jessica Hardesty Norris, Ph.D.

ADVISORY BOARD (2017 - 2018)

Jessica Hardesty Norris joined Charleston Audubon in 2012 when she first moved to the area. Prior, she spent six years in D.C. as the Director of the American Bird Conservancy's Seabird Program, a program she grew from a part-time advocacy position into a vibrant international conservation effort that spanned 12 projects and six countries. A graduate of Humboldt State University, she spent several years doing biological field work in the U.S. before joining the Peace Corps in Ecuador. Her dissertation took her back to Latin America for research on altitudinal migration in Andean hummingbirds. Her present job is as a writer and ecologist for the Ecological Restoration firm Biohabitats, where she frequently works on projects involving natural resource management, urban parks and planning, and climate resilience. As president of Charleston Audubon, she has invested in broadening the demographic of Charleston Audubon's current membership and raising the organization’s profile in the region.
 

Harry E. Shealy, Jr., Ph.D.

ADVISORY BOARD (2017 - 2018)

Harry Shealy is a native of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in 1972 after which he received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Manitoba where he continued to work with seed development. He began his forty-plus years teaching and administrative career at the University of South Carolina Aiken campus where he primarily taught botany, conservation, and introductory biology courses. He is active in the his community having served on the vestry of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, as well as, the boards of the Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center, the Historic Aiken Foundation, the Aiken Land Conservancy, and the Hitchcock Woods Foundation to name a few. Statewide he works with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources dealing with natural areas of the state. He is also on the boards of The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Voters of South Carolina,  and is a past member of the South Carolina Conservation Bank. For pure fun he still loves plant taxonomy, Court Tennis, and helping the USC Libraries obtain material for their collections.
 

Hank W. Stallworth, Sr.

ADVISORY BOARD (2008 - 2018)

Hank Stallworth graduated from Clemson University and began his career in state government as a Law Clerk for the South Carolina Attorney General’s office. He next worked in the South Carolina Senate and from there he went for the next five years to the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he served as the principal staff person to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Hank then moved to the Executive Branch, working as Deputy Director of the South Carolna Water Resources Commission. This agency was merged with the Wildlife Department in 1994, becoming the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He then served as Governor Hodges' Director of Natural Resources Policy, overseeing the actions of DNR, DHEC, PRT, Agriculture and several smaller agencies. These were the same agencies he worked with during his time in the South Carolina House. He returned to work in the DNR and retired several years ago from his position as Chief of Staff there. He’s previously served on the board of The South Carolina Nature Conservancy and on the board and as president of the Congaree Land Trust. He and his wife, Ann Nolte, live on his family farm in Calhoun County, outside of St. Matthews, where they share their commitment to natural resources conservation, birds, Ann’s wonderful garden, and their community.
 

John Tynan

ADVISORY BOARD (2017 - 2018)

John is Executive Director of Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC). John came to CVSC in early 2016 to serve as Political Director. He was the chief political strategist for the organization, developing and implementing election activities to support endorsed candidates. He managed the CVSC Political Action Committee, including fundraising, candidate endorsements, and independent expenditure campaigns. Prior to joining CVSC, John oversaw the customer service, marketing, and government relations sections of Central Arkansas Water. He has also served as the Deputy Director of Upstate Forever and Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Greenville. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. He is also a 2010 Enviropreneur Fellow from the Property and Environment Research Center. John is married to Mary Virginia Tynan. They have two children, Jack (6) and Ida Frances (2), and a dog. They keep busy by swimming, hiking, and spending time in the mountains of South Carolina.
 

Donald F. Wuori, MD

ADVISORY BOARD (2008 - 2018)

Don Wuori, MD, was born and raised in New York City and attended the City College of New York and the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Many of his early days, especially weekends and summers, were spent in Finnish Communities in the New York and Rhode Island countryside where he learned that he loved to commune with nature. Don is a U.S. Army reserve retiree. After working for over 20 years as the Director of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, he retired to spend time with his family and to pursue his passions. While practicing at USC, he and his wife Joanne developed an interest in nature photography. Since then, Don has grown his photography interest into a well-developed hobby. Countless hours spent photographing flora and fauna at the Audubon Sanctuary revealed to Don the importance of Audubon and its mission. Don and Joanne spend their time with their children and grandchildren and photographing nature. They are deeply committed to the preservation of all things natural, and hope to help assure that many generations will also be able to enjoy the natural world around them.
 

Sharon Richardson

2015 - CURRENT
ADVISORY BOARD (2015 - 2018)

Executive Director - Audubon South Carolina Sharon Richardson joined Audubon South Carolina as Executive Director in September 2015. She moved back to South Carolina with her family including three daughters to lead Audubon into its next chapter, following in the legacy of her predecessor who served 41 years. Prior to joining Audubon, Sharon ran her own land conservation consulting company, working in the Atlantic Flyway. She worked with conservation organizations and Land Trusts in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Maine, West Virginia and South Carolina to raise money for land protection and provide conservation planning expertise. Over the last 22 years, she has helped protect more than 30,000 acres of land, (including 18,000 acres in SC), raised more than $8 million, and leveraged more than $50 million in land projects. She has worked in conservation in South Carolina for more than 22 years, having been Executive Director of Lowcountry Land Trust and Long Range Planner for Beaufort County. She has a Masters in Public Administration from University of Vermont and a BA in Psychology from Middlebury College.