Thank You to Our Retiring Board Members

This year, we say goodbye to seven of our board members as they finish their terms of service with Coastal Community Foundation. Through their varied roles, they have contributed immensely to the success of our organization, helping to advance philanthropy across our service area.
Read on to learn more about their work with CCF and in the community:
Jim Marks
Based out of Beaufort, Jim Marks has worked diligently to build visibility and awareness of Coastal Community Foundation in the Southern Lowcountry. A key player on Community Stewardship Committee, the Beaufort Listening Network and the Beaufort Fund, Jim quickly invested his time and resources in local nonprofit activity after retiring to Beaufort from the Chicago area, where he concluded 35 years of educational expertise acquired as previous president of the Elementary School Heads Association and the Independent School Association of Greater Chicago. Jim remains active in Beaufort Academy in the Southern Lowcountry.
Bill Medich
As immediate past Board Chair and Regional President of South State Bank, Bill Medich is the behind-the-scenes guy who remembers the little details for Coastal Community Foundation. As someone who greatly values people, a core tenet of good leadership, Bill brought the Foundation through some of its most challenging times. Under his leadership CCF grew greatly and affiliated with Waccamaw Community Foundation. Bill also serves as board member/past Chair of the Gibbes Museum of Art and the College of Charleston Foundation, and is current Board Chair of Spoleto Festival USA.
Scott Phillips
A fierce protector of donors’ legacies, Scott Philips has spent countless hours driving Foundation employees all over the Lowcountry for site visits. One of our civic leaders, he has served on our Community Stewardship Committee and is the king of a good thank you note. Having written more than one thousand since the start of his term as Board Member, Scott understands the value of making an impact, whether it be through his personal gifts to organizations through the Foundation or his service as a committee member. One of our favorite things about Scott – he buys us coffee on the way to a site visit and ice cream on the way home.
Lawton Smith
Originally from Walterboro, Lawton Smith has served on the Colleton Fund steering committee, the Technology Committee and has been instrumental in connecting Coastal Community Foundation to residents of Colleton County. Coming to CCF with his own set of diverse professional experiences, Lawton is now a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley and founded Outlier Apps, a company that creates innovative apps for iOS and Android Technologies. In addition to being part of CCF’s Board of Directors, he is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce.
Ray Smith
A Certified Public Accountant in Moncks Corner, Ray Smith was instrumental in setting up the Giving Back to Berkeley County Fund with Coastal Community Foundation. This fund awarded more than $65,000 to Berkeley County nonprofits in 2016. Having served as Chair of Open Grants Committee as well as Chair of Finance and Audit Committee, Smith brings a wicked sense of humor to the table at any committee meeting. He has been key in connecting the Foundation to donors and nonprofits in Berkeley County, and has influenced process improvements such as improving grant and scholarship applications at the Foundation.
Terry Stinson
Having chaired the most recent cycle of the Giving Back to Berkeley County Fund, Terry Stinson is a staunch advocate for equity in and out of the workplace as a Diversity Manager at Santee Cooper. In the past two years, she has assisted with writing Coastal Community Foundation’s updated diversity policy, been a reference for the writing of new job descriptions and recommended new ways to post career openings so that they are most accessible to Lowcountry residents. Outside of her work as a committee member, Terry’s son now attends the University of South Carolina and her family is based in Berkeley County.
Chris Volf
Another past Chair of the Giving Back to Berkeley County committee, Chris Volf has also served on both the Community Stewardship Committee and the Governance Committee with Coastal Community Foundation, writing job descriptions and volunteering to host events as needed. Always a friendly face, she founded Work Volf Consultants, LLC nearly 20 years ago in Charleston and has been a recognizable face in the business management world in Charleston and Berkeley County since then. In 2015, she began her term as a member of the Advisory Board for Thrive SC, a new nonprofit providing transitional housing for victims of domestic violence in the Lowcountry. Chris has given back through her service as a committee member and in the form starting her own fund with CCF.
Again, thank you to Jim, Bill, Scott, Lawton, Ray, Terry and Chris for all that you have contributed to our organization!

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