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Board Members

Board Members

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees representing a broad range of the Pee Dee’s interests, professions, and geography.

The ultimate responsibility for every aspect of the Foundation’s work rests with the Board of Trustees who are responsible for setting policies and priorities to carry out the Foundation’s mission.

Tom Ewart, Chair – Florence, SC

Tom is Chief Banking Officer and Florence Market President for First Reliance Bank.  He is active in the revitalization efforts of historic downtown Florence through his work with the Downtown Development Corporation.

 

 

Thomas Kennedy, Secretary — Florence, SC

Thomas works as a relationship manager with Signature Wealth Strategies. A native of Pamplico, he is a recent graduate of The Citadel, where he majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

 

 

Floyd L. Keels, Treasurer – Lake City, SC

Floyd retired in 2015 from Santee Electric where he served as their CEO for over 20 years.  He serves as a Trustee for Francis Marion University and is on the Board of Directors for the William Penn Harrison Scholarship Fund at ECCF, Lake City Community Development Office and other community charitable organizations. In 2015 he was awarded, South Carolina’s highest award, the Order of the Palmetto by then Governor Nikki Haley.

 

Julie Allen – Florence, SC

Julie is the president of Women in Philanthropy of the Pee Dee. Alongside Eastern Carolina Community Foundation Julie empowers almost 100 philanthropically minded women in the Pee Dee. Julie serves on additional community boards including Vintage Place HOA and Florence County Medical Society Alliance. Combining her love for distance running and triathlons, she also coaches local athletes as part of International Children’s Games

 

 

Holly Beaumier – Hartsville, SC

Holly is executive director of Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau which is the designated marketing agency for tourism promotion in the city and county of Florence, SC.  As she developed a love for kayaking, she coordinated the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Recreation Trail program, and she initiated the FORevR (Friends of Revolutionary Rivers) group which is currently focused on building platform campsites accessible only by boat. Holly speaks Mandarin Chinese and has a therapy dog, Dolce, that enjoys listening to kids read books in the library.

 

Lucy Dargan – Darlington, SC

Lucy retired from public school teaching after 30 years of service to Conway High School as an English and French teacher.  She is active in the Florence Chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Pee Dee Chapter for Colonial Dames of America and St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church.

 

Paul DeMarco — Marion, SC

Paul is a general internist for HopeHealth at FMU where he also serves as director for Rural Community Health. He has served on the Board for Marion County Habitat for Humanity since 1994 and is also a trustee for the Marion County Library System.

 

 

Mary Finklea — Florence, SC

Mary served 12 years as the pastor of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Florence. On a break from congregational ministry, she is enjoying volunteering in the Pee Dee. Her work in the community includes having served on the boards of Francis Marion University, Mercy Medicine and Lutheran Services Carolinas. She is the former president of Women in Philanthropy of the Pee Dee.

 

 Glenn Greene — Latta, SC

Glenn is vice president and business development officer for Dillon County at Anderson Brothers Bank. Glenn worked as a community banker in Latta for over 29 years.

 

 

Kyle Gunter – Florence, SC

Kyle is president of FBi Contstruction, Inc. with offices located in Florence and Conway.  As an ECCF fundholder he and FBi Construction combine their experience in construction and their commitment to the Pee Dee and Grand Strand by awarding scholarships to students pursuing degrees in construction related fields. As a devoted community member  he has served as board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee, House of Hope, HopeHealth and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

 

Ashley Brown Hogsette — Florence, SC

Ashley is an attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Florence where she specializes in taxation and estate planning.  She is a graduate of Clemson University, the Charleston School of Law and New York University School of Law.

 

 

Dan McNiel – Bennettsville, SC

Dan is the owner and editor of the Marlboro Herald-Advocate in Bennettsville, SC.

 

 

 

Mike Miller — Florence, SC

Mike is president of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. He is the former publisher of both the Winston-Salem Journal and the Florence Morning News. He served as a trustee for The Winston-Salem Foundation while living in North Carolina.

 

 

Conrad Seastrunk – Florence, SC

Conrad is the owner of Seastrunk Financial Management, LLC, a comprehensive, financial planning firm in Florence. He was awarded the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®  designation in 2001 and has been providing personal financial planning services for 30 years. Conrad has served as past president of the St. Luke Lutheran Church’s Endowment committee and served as that committee’s ex officio board member to Eastern Carolina Community Foundation for 2 years. He also has served as chairman on finance and stewardships committees at St. Luke Lutheran Church for many years as well as past President of the council.

Sarah Spruill — Cheraw, SC

Sarah is active in historic preservation in Cheraw having led her community’s efforts to revitalize the colonial era downtown.

 

 

Robert G. “Zip” Vassy, Jr. — Florence, SC

Zip is the treasurer and controller of Superior Machine Company in Florence. Active in church and Florence Rotary, Zip is originally from Lynchburg.