Board of Trustees
Dean Moss, Chair
Retired general manager of the Beaufort Jasper Water and Sewer Authority
Dean Moss has spent his entire professional career working with water and related natural resources. Since moving to Beaufort 30 years ago, he has been actively involved in water and land conservation efforts in Beaufort and Jasper counties. He enjoys boating, hiking and bike riding. He is involved now with the building of the Spanish Moss Trail and lives in Port Royal. He became involved in the Port Royal Sound Foundation because of long-standing interest and concern about the future of this unique body of water. The work of the Foundation is critical to preserving the Sound’s water quality and the marine ecosystems. This can be accomplished by educating communities around the Sound, the Foundation’s mission. His favorite part of the Port Royal Sound is the area north of the S.C. 170 bridge, particularly those very wooded areas on the Jasper County side. They are quiet, isolated and peaceful.
Ed Pappas, Vice-Chair
Retired corporate manager in marketing, product management and logistics
Ed Pappas has 30 years of corporate management experience, 10 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve and five years as a management consultant with the World Trade Institute. During retirement, he has been an active member of nonprofit boards involved primarily with environmental and community welfare issues. He serves as a volunteer with local, county and state organizations, giving back his time and talents to benefit the residents of South Carolina. The Foundation mirrors his environmental, historical, cultural and economic development interests. His favorite part of the Port Royal Sound is the expansive view from the Broad River bridge at sunset.
Dick Stewart, Treasurer
After an early career with Motorola, Dick Stewart founded several successful wireless companies. After retiring in 1998, he founded real estate investment and hospitality companies in the Beaufort area. The Port Royal Sound is a unique body of water that has attracted humans and sustained them for thousands of years. It is the nursery and home to many species of animals and plants which might not survive without a healthy Port Royal Sound. The quality of life for humans, plants and animals in this area and beyond depends upon a healthy Sound. The Foundation is an umbrella organization to support and lead in teaching people about this place, in assisting people in experiencing the Sound and uniting the diverse interests that impact it.
Angela Estes, Secretary
Retired chief executive officer of Robins’ Nest Inc., Glassboro, NJ
Angela Estes spent 30 years as the chief executive officer of a nonprofit agency in New Jersey that provides outpatient, home-based and residential services to vulnerable children and their families. When her husband helped start a financial advisory firm in the Lowcountry, she retired from full-time work but continues to work for the nonprofit as a part-time employee, working on special projects. When she moved to the Lowcountry, she quickly recognized that this area is very different. To learn about this new environment, she took the Master Naturalist course in 2010 and came to appreciate how unique and special the Port Royal Sound area is and the role it plays in maintaining the health of the ocean itself. She and her husband became excited about the potential of the Port Royal Sound Foundation to educate those of us who live here about the importance of protecting the Sound’s pristine waters and the steps needed to preserve the unique and significant ecosystem that makes our area special. Her favorite part of the Port Royal Sound is driving across the causeway onto Callawassie Island.
T. Michael Long, Immediate Past Chair
Co-founder/chair, Caswell Investments LLC
General manager, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
John C. Cheshire, III
Senior portfolio manager, Dividend Assets Capital LLC
Joan Crawford has been very fortunate to live in several different places, where she has been involved in some sort of community activity or board. After being at a Nature Center in Rhode Island for several years, she joined Sea Research Foundation. She traveled with research scientists to the Arctic and Amazon and twice to the Lowcountry for dolphin research in Port Royal Sound. She is involved in the Port Royal Sound Foundation because of the opportunities to educate young people and adults through exhibits and classes on the importance and uniqueness of the area they live in and why they need to protect it. Her favorite part of the Port Royal Sound is its beautiful marshes and waters, as well as its vastness.
Bill Evans has been involved in public education since 1969, as an elementary teacher, middle school and high school administrator, district office administrator, and most recently, as member of the Beaufort County School District Board. He served as chairman until resigning in 2015. He also has been involved with United Way, the Lady’s Island Business Professionals Association, AMIKids, the Rotary Club and now the Port Royal Sound Foundation. He believes education in in its many forms is the best investment our community and nation can make in our future. He became involved with the Foundation for two reasons: First, he loves this area and the beauty that we see every day as a result of the Sound and the estuaries that support it. Second, he believes we must guarantee, that future generations understand, respect and protect where we live. He sees a relationship between the schools and the Foundation as natural and essential. He enjoys the Sound’s wonderful oysters, shrimp and other seafood. His favorite part is the daily experience – especially at sunrise or sunset – of viewing the natural beauty and recognizing his good fortune in being able to live here.
David Harter has been a Hilton Head Island resident for more than 36 years and is the president of the Hilton Head Island Sportfishing Club and vice president/projects director for the Hilton Head Reef Foundation, which includes the “Friends of Waddell.” He has been chief investigator for three NOAA cooperative fisheries grants for research on cobia, red drum and dolphin fish. He is an advisory panel member for the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and a board member of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. He is an original member of the Beaufort County Clean Water Task Force.
Donald W. Hartrick, DVM
After 37 years of small animal work in Connecticut, Don Hartrick was attracted to the Lowcountry atmosphere and moved here in 2006. During his working years, he clocked a lot of volunteer time working for the Explorer Scouts, Girl Scouts, the state of Connecticut Health Department and youth sports. In 2014, he decided it was time once again to give back to the community. With his background and passion, he found the Port Royal Sound Foundation the perfect cause and is reminded of this every time he fishes our pristine river shorelines for his favorite species, the red fish. To assure this ecosystem remains as it is today, he knows we must educate adults and youth on how to conserve and protect the Port Royal Sound. The Maritime Center is a vehicle to this end. His favorite thing about the Port Royal Sound is the endless supply of sport fish it produces.
Dr. Chris Marsh
Executive Director, Spring Island Trust and LowCountry Institute
Chris Marsh has served as the executive director of the Spring Island Trust and the LowCountry Institute since 1998. The Spring Island Trust is responsible for the environmental stewardship of Spring Island’s 1,500 acres of nature preserves and its historic tabby ruins. It also is responsible for educating its residents about how to be good stewards of this unique place. In his role as executive director of the LowCountry Institute, he works with local policymakers about environmental issues and teaches a Master Naturalist program to local teachers. Before moving to the Lowcountry, he was a biology professor at Coastal Carolina University, where he taught ornithology, ecology and animal behavior. During his 14 years at Coastal Carolina University, he worked with the SC Department of Natural Resources on coastal shorebird populations and later served as a regional director of a statewide program to improve math and science education in South Carolina. He is passionate about protecting the Port Royal Sound because it is such a unique place. Unlike other coastal areas, it has the possibility of not being degraded by human development because no inland rivers empty upstream pollution into it. He is a strong supporter of the Foundation’s efforts. The future health of Port Royal Sound depends on every resident and community learning how to change his or her behavior so that the unintentional, collective impact of contaminated stormwater runoff from neighborhoods does not destroy the marine life that makes Port Royal Sound so special. His favorite part of Port Royal Sound is the series of islands that stretch down the center of it – Lemon Island, Widgeon Point, Big and Little Rose Island and Dawes Island.
President & CEO, Outside Hilton Head
Founder, CPG , Total Wealth Management
Born and raised in Beaufort, Carolina Planning Group founder Jack Worrell attended Beaufort Academy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Certified Financial Planner training at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in 2004, and holds insurance licenses in Life, Health, Property and Casualty. A family man who enjoys golf and fishing, Jack is married to Courtney Tucker Worrell, and has a son, Jack Carter Worrell III.