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Carmony Adler, Executive Director

Carmony Adler graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, followed by a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science. After graduating, Carmony moved to Columbia and has lived here for six years now. In 2019, she earned a Masters of Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins and became certified as a post-construction BMP inspector while working at SCDHEC in water quality. She has professional experience in conservation, water quality, science education, and nonprofit management.

 

Board of Directors

  • Scott Elliott, Esq. - President

    Scott Elliott has more than 40 years of experience practicing law in the state of South Carolina, where he has been licensed since 1977. He began his legal career as a prosecutor for the South Carolina Attorney General's Office before going into private practice in 1982. In 1996, he founded Elliott & Elliott, P.A. with his wife who has since retired.
    Second Term Expires: 2024

  • Gwen Geidel, Ph.D., JD - Vice President

    Gwen Geidel is a Research Professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of South Carolina and is the former Associate Dean of the School of the Environment and a former Director of the Environment and Sustainability Program at USC. She has lived in the watershed for many years and has served as president and secretary of the Quinine Hill Lake Association in the Gills Creek headwaters and currently serves on the GCWA Technical Committee. She has also served for many years as the CMCoG Environmental Planning Advisory Committee related to water and waste water issues. She has studied water quality issues during her entire career from both the scientific and legal perspective.
    First Term Expires 2022

  • Sally Huguley, Ph.D. - Secretary

    A retired Richland District Two teacher, Sally Huguley is a National Board certified educator, who has served on Richland Two’s strategic planning committee and on several statewide committees developing school testing and academic standards. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a Statehouse reporter, a research assistant for the S.C. House of Representatives, and as speechwriter for former Gov. Dick Riley. Sally has lived in the Gills Creek Watershed since 1980.
    Second Term Expires: 2024

  • Mark Robertson - Treasurer

    Mark recently retired as Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy, and is widely regarded as both a conservationist and expert in non-profit management. Background that will be particularly relevant to the Gills Creek Watershed Association includes experience in fundraising and non-profit finances, as well as in the use of an array of land protection devices. Mark lives on Carey Lake.
    First Full Term Expires: 2023

  • Bryant Davis

    Bryant Davis graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a degree in International Business and completed his MBA at the same institution. Currently, Bryant works with Richland County Government in the Department of Community and Government Services.
    Second Term Expires: 2024

  • Frank Fusco

    Frank Fusco is retired from the State of South Carolina, having served as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, Director of Research for the SC House Ways and Means Committee, Director of Research for the SC Joint Bond Review Committee, and various other positions including Principal Auditor with the SC Legislative Audit Council, and Federal Grant Auditor with the SC Governor’s Office. Prior to serving with the State of South Carolina he was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant from the US Army Signal Corps serving in 1971 and 1972. Frank presently serves as Treasurer of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He also serves on the State Board overseeing South Carolina’s Baldrige program, the SC Quality Forum, and has enjoyed serving as a state examiner for many years. His hobby is playing guitar and writing songs with his band “The Thunder Pigs.”
    First Term Expires: 2024

  • Gray Ladd - Education Committee Co-Chair

    Gray Ladd is a manager at Conquer Cancer, the philanthropic affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. His experience has included key operations, finance, and legal/regulatory compliance functions, with more than 15 years of project and program management in the health care and education sectors. He received a BS in Finance and Management from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, while also completing a Master of Public Administration and graduate course work in international relations. A Columbia native, Gray lives in the watershed with his wife, son, and daughter. He believes that Gills Creek is a valuable and unique resource for all in the Midlands.
    First Term Expires: 2024

  • Guillermo Espinosa

    Guillermo Espinosa is a Principal Environmental Planner for Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) and Development Director for Alianza Latina of the Midlands. Guillermo is a certified planner that utilizes his academic background in environmental science, spatial analysis, and cartography to support CMCOG's various planning activities and programs. Guillermo serves in various other boards promoting programs that address food insecurity and access to healthy food, particularly within the Hispanic community.
    First Term Expires: 2024

  • Janet Heuer, MPA

    Janet Heuer is a retired public administrator, having worked in grant administration, community relations, and organizational and staff development. She received her BA and MPA from USC. She is a past board president of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and the SC Hospital Association Society of Educators. She is a life-long volunteer, having focused on JDRF, Alzheimer’s Association, ALS, Columbia Action Council, and numerous other community initiatives. She has lived in the Gills Creek Watershed for most of her life and has a passion for all environmental concerns. She enjoys gardening and continually seeks ways to improve the community.
    First Term Expires 2022

  • Sam Agee

    Sam Agee has lived in the Gills Creek Watershed area for almost 40 years and is currently serving on the Board of the Lake Katharine Homeowners Association. He is a semi-retired hotel operator and developer and is currently the Treasurer of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. Sam has served two terms on the GCWA Board and has been a member of the Executive Committee as Secretary and chaired the Membership and Wine for Water subcommittees.
    First Term Expires: 2024

  • Tom Kohlsaat - Technical Committee Chair

    Tom Kohlsaat is retired from the SC Department of Natural Resources, where he established and managed the SC Heritage Trust land protection program and the Nongame and Endangered Species management program. He was instrumental in establishing the Congaree Land Trust and remains active in a number of local organizations.
    First Full Term Expires: 2022

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