Mary Wallace Berry was born at the old Ridgeland Hospital on Green Street in Jasper County. She graduated from Clemson University, with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then furthered her studies at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Medical Library Science.
In 2015, Mary Wallace retired as the Director of Library Services, after 30 years with Presbyterian Hospital (now Novant Health) located in Charlotte, NC. In 2016, she moved to Sun City-Hilton Head to be closer to her family and to the Lowcountry life that she has so loved. Since her return to the area, Mary Wallace now organizes the local Wreaths Across America organization to honor the veterans buried in Jasper County cemeteries.
Mary Lou Brewton is a native of Beaufort, SC. She served as the Vice President of Beaufort County Historical Society, as well as the Vice President of the Beaufort History Museum.
Most recently, in 2019, she curated an exhibition about The Melody Makers, which was on view at the Morris Center. Her professional background is in marketing and business education. Currently, she resides near Savannah, GA.
Sheree Darien, Founder of Second Chance Community Outreach Business Empowerment Fund, is a noted author, speaker, financial consultant, and certified purpose development coach. Sheree matriculated at Liberty University earning a degree in Business Management and Psychology.
Under the umbrella of Second Chance Community Outreach, Inc., a registered 501c3 organization, Sheree birthed Second Chance Community Development Financial Institution (SCCDFI) to help small to mid-sized businesses access funding. Sheree currently leads the Walterboro team of REV Federal Credit Union (formerly Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union) where she will continue developing economic partnerships and opportunities within the lowcountry and beyond.
Lou Haley is the owner of Accurate Lithograhy located in Bluffton SC. Lou spent 22 years as an executive with US Foods, a national foodservice distributor, headquartered in Rosemont IL until 2007. In 2008, he started The Haley Group that provides consulting and representation to food producers to the national broad line foodservice corporate offices. Lou resides in Bluffton with his wife Beth.
Octavia Lewis is a retired school teacher and administrator. She regularly volunteers her time and talents at the Morris Center, writing articles for the quarterly publication. A lover of creativity, she enjoys sewing, making greeting cards, quilting and more. She owns “Peace Kreations by O,” and resides in Hardeeville SC with her husband Michael.
Deborah L Mack, PhD is Associate Director for Strategic
Partnerships at the National African American Museum of History and Culture,
Smithsonian Institution. From 2000 to 2012 her national and international
professional practice centered around museum and strategic planning, on
interpretive and exhibition development, and cultural and heritage tourism.
Mack served as Georgia Commissioner for the Gullah Geechee National Heritage
Commission, Department of the Interior, and as a Lowcountry project
advisor for the planned International African American Museum in Charleston SC,
Penn Center on St. Helena Island, SC, Historic Mitchelville Preservation
Foundation on Hilton Head Island, SC and the Owens-Thomas House and Ossabaw Island
Foundation in Savannah, GA.
Angela D. Middleton is a native of Charleston, SC, who has lived in Beaufort County, SC since 2012. Angela is the wife of Kendrick Middleton and the mother and stepmother of four adult children.
She is engaged in the community through her community outreach program “Teach one, reach a million! Educating the community to end human trafficking” and is a newly elected member of the Beaufort County Board of Education.
Suzanne Natoli is a longtime resident of
Beaufort County SC, graduating
from the University of South Carolina with a degree in public relations
with an emphasis on marketing. Suzanne works in the tourism industry on Hilton
Head Island and is the Business Development Manager for Sunset Rentals Hilton Head.
Suzanne enjoys spending time with her 8-year-old daughter,
Emelia, as well as traveling, going
to the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Trey Nelson, a native of St. Helena Island is an ever-present figure in the Lowcountry art, business, and media scene. Taking photos, filming, producing music, and publicizing content is his focus as the owner of SoutherNothings, LLC – a media company and Shots from the Island, LLC – a Photograph business.
He is a creative connector with the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Art of Community – Rural SC Initiative and also works closely with Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton and Hampton County Arts Councils.
Gillian Rowland has resided in Jasper County for over six years. Shortly after moving to the Lowcountry, she began to volunteer at the Morris Center while completing her Human Services degree at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.
Gillian is currently a Paralegal for the Beaufort County School District. She is also very active in many local recreational activities including softball and kickball with her husband Joshua.
Ian J. Welch is an artist, printmaker, educator and community arts advocate living and working in Hampton, SC. Welch received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with specializations in Printmaking and Drawing from Bowling Green State University in 2012 and his Master of Fine Arts degree with specializations in Printmaking and Fibers from Northern Illinois University in 2016. Welch has taught at several higher education institutions in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, and was previously the Gallery Curator/Studio Manager for Gathered Glassblowing Studio in Toledo OH.
Welch relocated to South Carolina in 2021 to work as Assistant Professor of Art and Curator of the Fine Art Building (FAB) Gallery at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg SC, but recently stepped away to become an arts advocate and elementary school art teacher in Hampton, SC. Welch also owns and operates Pegboard Press printmaking studio (formerly of Toledo, OH and currently Hampton SC), a small community-based studio dedicated to the advocacy of traditional print media through workshops and publication of artist editions.