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.
Mary Finklea, Chair — Florence, SC
Mary is a Lutheran pastor currently called as the Community and Congregation Engagement Coordinator for the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers. Her undergraduate degree in elementary education is from Winthrop University and she received a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She enjoys volunteering in the Pee Dee. Her work in the community includes having served on the boards of Francis Marion University, Lighthouse Ministries, Mercy Medicine and Lutheran Services Carolinas. She is the former president of Women in Philanthropy of the Pee Dee and is now the chair of the ECCF board of trustees.
Mike Miller, Vice Chair — 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. He is active with the American Heart Association, serves on the Duke Energy State Advisory Board and is a Rotarian. He attended Indiana University, graduated from the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Advanced Executive Program and enjoys playing golf. Mike serves as the vice-chair for ECCF.
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. Thomas is a member of the Florence Kiwanis Club and serves as the secretary of ECCF.
Floyd is a retired electric utilities executive with more than 40 years of responsible experience in operations, management and other leadership positions. He is an active community leader and ardent supporter of many community and charitable organizations.
Julie is the past president of Women in Philanthropy and continues to serve on the board, providing leadership for over a hundred philanthropically minded women in the Pee Dee. Combining her love for distance running and triathlons, she coaches local athletes as part of the Florence Track Club. She is also the assistant coach for the Trinity-Byrnes Cross Country team. Julie is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Paul DeMarco — Marion, SC
Paul is a general internist for HopeHealth, a professor at Francis Marion University, and also teaches at USC School of Medicine. He has served on the board for Marion County Habitat for Humanity, and is also a trustee for the Marion County Library System. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Paul also graduated from the USC School of Medicine. Paul has a long history of caring for the community and has been associated with ECCF since its inception.
Brian Fast – Florence, SC
Brian is a Market Executive with First Citizens Bank in Florence, SC. Brian holds an undergraduate degree from Wofford College and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Brian enjoys golf and is actively involved with First Presbyterian Church of Florence. Brian and his wife, Patricia, are the proud parents of three amazing kids and he can be found working on projects around the house.
Lane Gilpin – Darlington, SC
Lane is a native of South Carolina. She graduated from Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville and received her BS degree from The University of South Carolina. She and her husband moved to Darlington 15 years ago. She is active in many community activities and organizations, including the Florence Wine Festival and many committees at St. Matthew’s Church. She and her husband are the proud parents of three adult children.
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 33 years.
Kyle Gunter – Florence, SC
Kyle is the president of FBi Construction, Inc., with offices located in Florence and Conway. As an ECCF fund holder, 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 leader, he has served as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee, House of Hope, HopeHealth, and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.
Greg Hendrick – Florence, SC
Greg is an attorney with the Finklea Law Firm. Greg graduated from Francis Marion University and from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He attends Sardis Baptist Church. He is the father of two amazing children and is actively involved in the real estate community.
William Joe McMillan, Jr. – Florence, SC
Joey grew up in Florence and loves calling this community home. He graduated from Byrnes Academy and Presbyterian College. A local real estate broker, he is a member of First Presbyterian Church, and serves his community through his involvement with the Kiwanis Club. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Circle Park. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits. He has three wonderful children.
Dan is the owner and editor of the Marlboro Herald-Advocate in Bennettsville, 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 St. Luke Lutheran Church’s endowment committee and served as that committee’s ex officio board member to ECCF for two years. At St. Luke’s he has served as chair of both the finance and stewardship committees, as well as past president of the council. Conrad is the proud dad of two grown children.
Sarah Spruill — Cheraw, SC
Sarah Cain Spruill grew up in Darlington. She attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College and is an economics graduate of the University of South Carolina. She was the director of volunteers at The Historic Columbia Foundation until the Spruills returned to Cheraw, her husband’s hometown, in the early 70’s. For more than 20 years, she was the director of the Cheraw Visitors Bureau. She has served as president of the Confederation of South Carolina Historical Societies, on the board of the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation, the Old Exchange Commission, and presently serves as the immediate past president of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation. She is also on the board of the Chesterfield County Historic Preservation Commission, an advisor to the Old St. David’s Cemetery Association and Chairman of Historic Cheraw. She has loved old buildings since she can first remember. She was horrified when the old Darlington Court House and the Town Hall were torn down in her childhood. She is one of the founding members of the Palmetto Trust, now known as Preservation South Carolina. She is also a member of the Colonial Dames and an active member of the Episcopal Church in Cheraw.
Robert G. “Zip” Vassy, Jr. — Florence, SC
Zip is VP of Finance at Superior Machine Company in Florence. Zip is originally from Lynchburg, SC. Zip graduated from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church and Florence Rotary. He loves traveling and hunting; you can find him often working in the yard. Zip serves as chair of the Finance and Investment Committee for ECCF.
Elizabeth Kahn – Florence, SC
Elizabeth is the current president of Women in Philanthropy.