The Alliance Board

 

Sheila Ferguson

Sheila and her husband, Bill, began vacationing on Hilton Head in 1992 and bought their Sea Pines Heritage Woods home in 2000, moving here full-time in 2014. Sheila, a business performance expert, started her career in banking, developed software for the largest banks in the world, and went on to serve on a number of executive teams for various industries in technology, marketing, manufacturing, education, healthcare, and consumer packaged goods. Her expertise includes business strategy – particularly start-ups and turn-arounds – software development (from data warehousing solutions to iPhone apps), executive consulting and digital marketing.

Locally, Sheila has served on the board of the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island for the past four years. In her year as president, completed in May 2018, membership grew to 750 and the organization helped fund Family Promise, Special Olympics South Carolina, Children’s Relief Fund, The Children’s Center, and Volunteers In Medicine. Sheila’s first book, Journey Back to Me: Touring the Landscape of My Mind, was published in December 2017.

 

Don Gilbert

Don and his wife, Marcia, have owned a Heritage Villa since 1987, which they have rented out from time to time. They enjoy bike riding, swimming, tennis and the overall beauty of Sea Pines. Don has had two careers. The first began when he was hired as a pharmacist in Danville, Kentucky, by SuperX Drugs, which was a division of the Kroger Company. Displaying management ability, he worked his way up to becoming a regional vice president with responsibility for over two hundred stores in seven states. He continued in that position until he and a friend were offered the Jacksonville, Florida, market to develop for Papa John’s pizza stores. In less than two decades, they and another partner opened 23 Papa John’s before selling their company (which had zero debt) in 2010.

During both of Don’s careers, he served on numerous boards and committees within the communities where he lived. In 2005, he was elected to the Heritage Villas Board of Directors. A few months later, he became its treasurer, a position he still holds. He is also treasurer of the Alliance.

 

Mark James

Mark and his wife, Heather, fell in love with Sea Pines in the late 1970s when they first visited. In 2012 they purchased their home on Baynard Peninsula. An attorney, Mark has been engaged in the private practice of law for the last 30 years in Lancaster, PA. His specialties are estate planning, real estate and business law. He was the founding partner of his multi-partner law practice, and is currently of counsel with the law firm of Appel & Yost, LLP. A prolific writer, Mark has authored or co-authored ten books on various aspects of tax and estate planning.

He has served on the boards of two continuing-care retirement communities in Lancaster County and is currently on the board of the Lancaster County Community Foundation, which has an endowment of over $100 million. In 2015, he served on the CSA Revenue Task Force, and he has been president of the Baynard Peninsula HOA.

 

Dan Lieberman

Dr. Dan and his wife, Dr. Natalie, moved to Sea Pines in 2010 and are full-time residents of the Club Course neighborhood. He recently retired after co-founding and serving as president and CEO of CES Optical, a global optical retail and wholesale company based in Chicago. His leadership roles covered the categories of regional, professional, regulatory, retail operations, global sales, marketing and manufacturing. A member of the American and Illinois Optometric Associations, he was a founding member of United Eye Care Providers and served on its board for five years.

In addition, as a board member of I Care International, he led fund-raising efforts for eye care for underprivileged people all around the world, and as well took groups on numerous eye care missions throughout Mexico. He founded the “Adopt a School” program that provided free eye care and eye wear to those in need in schools in the Chicago area. Locally, he joined the board of Wish Upon a Horse, a foundation to provide therapeutic riding for special needs children and adults.

 

Sharon Lowe

Sharon and her husband purchased their Sea Pines home near the ocean in 2016, after vacationing on Hilton Head, including renting in Sea Pines, for over 25 years. They also live in Manhattan. Sharon, a certified public accountant, helped resolve the national savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s as assistant director of the Accounting and Financial Management Division of the U.S. General Accounting Office (now Government Accountability Office) and then as assistant inspector general for audit at the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC). She then took a career break to raise a family and do a lot of volunteer work.

Sharon is an overseer for the Museum of Science in Boston; treasurer of the board of directors of Victory Programs, a Boston-based non-profit that provides services for people who are homeless, have substance abuse issues, and/or suffer from HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, or mental illness; a service leader for the New England Aquarium, and a volunteer leader for the non-profit Boston Cares.

 

Dick Matthews

Dick and his wife, Martha, have been home-owning residents in the Club Course area for more than 21 years. He owns a cloud-based employee benefit administration and consulting firm that does business in five states.

Dick has been an ASPPPO Board member since January 1, 2017, elected as “the loyal opposition” to the previous establishment. He says, “My complete and total focus is on representation of residential/participating property owners.” He is also co-chair of the ASPPPO/CSA Land Use Management Committee, which was established this year to deal with residential properties in long-term disrepair after a task force that Matthews led documented the extent of the problem. Dick is secretary of the Alliance.

 

Bill McNeeley

Bill came to Sea Pines to work at the start of the 1970s, serving as the financial officer for Rivers Hills and Brandermill. Over his career he has worked as a financial officer or general manager of large country club communities in three Southern states, a financial analyst for Exxon, a Trammell Crown Residential development partner for apartments, condos and public housing, and development director for the non-profit Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership.

In 1976 his family purchased a newly built Fairway One unit, of which they have been the sole owner. Bill and his wife, Lynda, live in Atlanta.

 

Greg Morris

Greg and his wife, Karen, began vacationing in Sea Pines 15 years ago and bought a Harbour Town villa five years ago. Greg has served in senior executive capacities for nearly thirty years in the private sector as well as in state and federal government. Since 2009 he has been president and CEO of PACE Enterprises in Morgantown, West Virginia, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health services and jobs for adults with disabilities. Prior to joining PACE, Greg worked for the White House for seven years, the last two as deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, he has extensive experience in real estate development and construction. He also serves as CEO of the Mylan Park Foundation, which developed and manages a 350-acre recreational and educational campus in Morgantown.

Greg serves on multiple boards, including those of Operation Welcome Home (a transition program for veterans), the Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, and his Harbour Town regime. He is president of the Alliance.

 

Bob Rathke

Bob and his wife, Nancy, have owned two Racquet Club Villas and three homes in Sea Pines over the past 20-plus years, including their current one in Club Course. Bob started his career as an instrument and control engineer for the Rochester (N.Y.) Gas & Electric Corp. and participated in construction and operations of the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant. He implemented the company’s first engineering computing systems, which provided support for all the engineering and nuclear data processing for the company. After 23 years with RG&E he formed his own company and spent 25 years directing a team of eight people supporting Xerox corporate MRO systems.

Bob then joined Heritage Christian Homes (Services) Inc. as director of systems and technology, supporting residential living and rehabilitation for disabled persons. Locally, he performs volunteer IT management and support for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Low Country, The Children’s Center on HHI and several other charitable organizations. He was the technical lead of the team that launched the Sea Pines Living website.

 

Kerry de Vallette

Kerry and his wife, Jill, started coming to Sea Pines in 2003 and purchased their Baynard Cove/Heritage Woods home in 2008, using it for vacations and to rent. Kerry serves as principal and managing partner of the JKS Abbott Group, LLC, an Atlanta-based consulting firm serving the healthcare information technology and services market. Earlier he held chief sales and marketing positions in the Fortune 500 companies McKesson Corp. and Cerner Corp., as well as several successful start-up ventures.

An active civic volunteer, Kerry serves as vice chair of the Urban Redevelopment Agency for the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, and executive director (for more than a decade) on the Board of Directors of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, the largest HOA in Georgia.

 

Dan Westerbeck

Ex-Officio