As 2015 is beginning, six board members are transitioning off the Board and ending their time with the Foundation. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is fortunate to have had these individuals as a part of its journey over the years they served.
“In the history of the Foundation, we have never lost this many Board members in one single year,” Tom Keith, Foundation President, said. “These have been extraordinary Trustees and leaders. Of the six Board members, four were past Chairs. This group represents more than 50 years of service to the Sisters of Charity Ministry.”
The members leaving the board are Ruth (Dee Dee) Chewning, Susan Heath, Robert (Bob) Jewell, Yvonne Orr, Craig Waites, and Rhett Wolfe.
Chewning has served a full three terms, for a total of nine years, on the board and is a previous Board Chair. She has been a member of the Sisters of Charity ministries since she was Director of Healthy Learners in 1992. Prior to joining the Sisters of Charity ministries, Chewning was a graduate from Clemson University and spent years helping others as a registered nurse and school nurse.
Heath has served a full three terms on the board. She received her B.A. in English and history from Randoph-Macon Women’s College. She also attended Virginia Theological Seminary where she became an ordained deacon, then later became an ordained priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina.
Jewell has served a full three terms on the board. He attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Business Management and minored in Economics. He has a wealth of experience in business and is currently President & CEO of Brookgreen Gardens, a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
Orr has also served a full three terms on the board and is a previous Board Chair. She received her B.A. from South Carolina State University and her M.A. degree from the Citadel. She also did post graduate work with The College of Charleston. Orr spent years shaping minds in the Charleston County School District as a secondary school educator, staff administrator, and principal.
Waites has served for seven years and stepped down as the Foundation’s latest Board Chair to pursue other opportunities. He was a graduate from Washington and Lee University in 1992 and has been a part of many community and civic organizations. He holds a S.C. and N.C. Real Estate License and is currently Vice President/S.C. Director of Commercial Brokerage Group/Columbia.
Wolfe was a founding member of the board. He served a full three terms on the board and was a previous Board Chair. Wolfe was on his fourth term, for a total of 11 years, when he died tragically in the summer of 2014. He was a graduate from The Citadel with a degree in Business Administration and was a part of The Wolfe Company as a Realtor since 1975.
“The legacy of the Trustees will live on. The Foundation grew and accomplished so much during their tenure on the Board. All six will be sorely missed,” Keith said.