2016-2017 Foundation Board

Luther P. Cochrane, Chair

Luther is the current Chairman of Be&K and recently retired as CEO and President. Luther has served the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill as a board member and participated in the last two capital campaigns. He was previously CEO and Chairman of Bovis, a global real estate and construction firm which later was acquired by Lend Lease. Luther is a graduate of UNC and UNC Law School. Luther and Margaret have three children at PG, two sons, and one daughter.

Charles Darby, IV' 01

Cordes Ford, IV '94

Cordes is a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP. He is in his thirteenth year of practice, focusing on construction law and litigation. He began with Buist Moore Smythe McGee in 2003, which merged with Womble in 2011. The firm now has 550 lawyers in 15 offices across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as in Palo Alto, California.

Cordes holds a BA in History from Furman University (1998) and a Juris Doctorate from University of South Carolina School of Law (2003).

Cordes is the current President of the Country Club of Charleston.

He is a member of the Porter-Gaud Class of 1994 (attended from 2nd grade on) and is married to Emily Pittard Ford, Class of 1995.

Cordes is a member of the Porter-Gaud Athletic Hall of Fame for Golf and Past President of the Porter-Gaud Alumni Association.

He has three children currently enrolled at Porter-Gaud – Nathaniel, Class of 2021; Eliza Ann, Class of 2022; and Cecilia, Class of 2025.

Donna M. Friedman

Donna is a community volunteer with four children, three of whom attend PG. Donna is heavily involved with one other national charity, but is devoted to PG and eager to serve. Her husband Randy was the founder and CEO of Harvard Drug Group, a generic pharmaceutical maker of over the counter drugs. After 23 years, Randy retired and joined Friedman Capital, a family business he started with his sons.

Linda Porter

Boston College, 1988, B.A. in English

Linda moved from Boston to the Charleston area with her husband, Jeff, and son, Beau (P-G '23), in 2009. Since this time, she has been involved with numerous volunteer opportunities, first at the O’Quinn School of Mt. Pleasant and now with Porter-Gaud. She was a member of the inaugural PTO at O’Quinn School Mt. Pleasant (2009-2010 school year) and co-chair of the school’s Halloween Carnival. Linda was coordinator for the first grade auction package for the 2012 Parents Guild auction event, Chaps ‘n Chilies, as well as a volunteer at other school functions.

Linda served as the Director of Licensing & Special Events, Boston Athletic Association- The BAA is a non-profit organization with the mission of managing athletic events and promoting health through sports. Its main event is the annual Boston Marathon. Linda worked as liaison to Board of Directors, managed annual events on both small and large scale, directed and assisted with defining the Boston Marathon Charitable Program and worked with sponsors and registered licensees in regard to usage of the trademarks and logos owned by the BAA as well as design approval for product and apparel.

R. Keith Sauls

R. KEITH SAULS, CFA is a recognized leader in the Multi-Family Office and Alternative Investments segments of the investment management industry, with tenures at Bessemer Trust Company, NA and GenSpring Family Offices. Mr. Sauls began his 15+ year investments career as a VP of SunTrust Bank’s Trust Department in 1994 prior to advancing to Equity Portfolio Manager for City Capital Counseling, an Atlanta boutique money management firm with $950 million assets under management (AUM) that was purchased by BNY Mellon. While in pursuit of his MBA at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, Mr. Sauls worked with Liveoak Equity Partners, a $100 million Healthcare Technology Venture Fund. Following completion of his MBA, Keith progressed to Senior Vice President in Client Account Management at Bessemer Trust Company, then Senior Vice President and Wealth Strategist at GenSpring Family Offices, a SunTrust affiliate based in Palm Beach, FL. Mr. Sauls was most recently Managing Director of Crawford Investment Counsel heading up the firm’s Diversified Portfolio Group prior to moving his full time residence to Charleston, SC. Currently, Keith is working closely with three emerging payment processing technology companies based in Atlanta in which he has equity investments.

As Managing Director of the Crawford Investment Counsel Diversified Portfolio Group, Mr. Sauls served as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and was responsible for identifying and combining outside managers and strategies that compliment the firm’s $2.5 billion in proprietary AUM as well as aids clients in hedging risks that are unique to their family or portfolio. As Senior Vice President for GenSpring Family Offices (formerly AMA Global), Keith Sauls was part of the Atlanta Senior Leadership Team, which helped build firm strategy and attract clients from entrepreneurs to family offices with $25 million in liquid investment assets. He also assisted in expanding the firm’s Atlanta office from $1 billion to $3.5 billion organically in 4 years while the firm as a whole grew from $3 billion to over $12 billion.

Mr. Sauls commenced his formal education at the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a concentration in Capital Markets. He currently sits on the College’s Foundation Board and the Board of Governors of the College of Charleston Business School. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Charleston Alumni Association. Mr. Sauls and his wife Missy are the sponsors of the R. Keith and Melissa G. Sauls endowed undergraduate scholarship at the College of Charleston School of Business and Economics.

Mr. Sauls subsequently holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and is highly active in the Atlanta/Southeastern Private Equity community as Managing Partner of Exeter, LLC and AppleGold Investment Company, family owned investment companies focused on southeastern-based Private Equity Investments with an emphasis on emerging payment processing technologies.

Keith Sauls is an active member of the Atlanta and Charleston communities where he serves an Elder and a Member of the Finance Committee at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, while also acting as a Board Member of the Bill Maness Outreach Center (BMOC). Keith Sauls is also a member of the Goizueta Partners Society, Institute for Private Investors (IPI), and Young Life African Expeditions Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of Charleston Waterkeeper.

Keith has two children at Porter-Gaud, son Garrison and daughter Lillie.

Laura Schaible

Laura retired from Sherman Financial Group LLC in 2008, where she had been a partner since the firm’s inception in 1998. Prior positions included Vice President and Whole Loan Trader at DLJ and Citibank. She worked in Mortgage Finance for Citibank, First Boston, and Bear, Stearns.

Larua holds a BA from Rutgers College, High Honors in Economics, double major in English (1985) and an MBA from the University of Chicago (1989).

Laura has been on the Board of Trustees for St. Simon-by-the-Sea, an historic, seasonal Episcopal church located in Mantoloking, NJ for four years.

Laura and her husband, Russ, have a son (Jack) who is currently a senior at Porter-Gaud, and a daughter, (Kate) who is a freshman.

James (Jim) A. Scully, Jr., Vice Chair

Jim is eager to serve on the Foundation Board and get more involved in the strategic direction of the School. Jim has an extensive background in marketing and public relations from his years with Philip Morris International in a global marketing role. He has two sons, one is a graduate of Davidson, and Tom '11 attends Berklee School of Music in Boston. He was heavily involved in the Fathers Association and continues to help out on the PG Holiday Classic Basketball tournament. Jim has also been an assistant Varsity Basketball coach at PG since 2009.

Martin O. Skelly

Born in Roanoke, Virginia and married to Kelly Vest Skelly, also from Roanoke (Roanoke College, 1988).
Graduated from Patrick Henry H.S. and then Harvard College with degree in Economics and State Teacher’s Certificate. Earned MBA in Finance from Virginia Tech (1995).
He has two children at Porter-Gaud--Angle, Class of 2013 and Ann Martin, Class of 2017.

Current Responsibilities
Senior Advisor to UFG Asset Management Group, a Moscow based asset manager specializing in private equity and illiquid assets
Facilitator for Alpha in the Workplace, a Charleston, SC program to encourage spiritual development
Coach/Parent to Charleston City Parks and Recreation's MicroSports program.
Board Member, Porter Gaud Fathers Association, promoting volunteerism among parents and community members through athletics and special events
Facilitator, Carolina’s Listening Club, promoting discussion about economic and financial developments within the proximate neighborhood gentleman
Board Member, Charleston Wine and Food Festival, promoting Charleston as a tourist destination
Board Member, WINGS for KIDS, helping children develop social skills for a positive attitude towards school

Doug A. Snyder, Treasurer

Doug is the owner of The Snyder Firm CPAs, a accounting and tax services firm serving South Carolina small businesses and nonprofits. He has been the featured speaker to several professional associations and nonprofit organizations and is an invited guest presenter for radio financial talk shows.

Doug has served on numerous boards and committees in varying roles, including CPA Ambassador for the Nonprofit Advisory Council (Board Member), SC Association of CPA Legislative Committee (Board Member), SC Association of CPA PAC (Chairman), Southern Association for Financial Empowerment (Board member), The Citadel Board of Visitors (Chairman), The Citadel Foundation (Board member), Leadership South Carolina (Class of 2000), Leadership Columbia (Class of 1998), Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary Club, and First (Scots) Presbyterian Church (Deacon).

Doug is a graduate of The Citadel, with a BS in Business Administration (Class of 1982).

He has fraternal twins, Elizabeth and Manning, who have attended Porter-Gaud since Kindergarten. He is married to Julianne Farnsworth.

Doug is an avid reader, providing non-fiction book reviews for periodicals. He has completed 6 marathons and is a member of award-winning tennis team

Lisa Weitz

Mrs. Weitz graduated from Clemson University with an undergraduate degree in Marketing. She worked in marketing for T Rowe Price, was a design consultant for Rackes, Credit Card Marketing Director for BB&T Bank and is currently the owner of Avocet Hospitality. Lisa has been affiliated with the Clemson University Marketing Board, Junior League of Charleston and is a former member of the MUSC Children’s Hospital Board.

Lisa is married to Jonathan Weitz, Porter-Gaud class of 1987, and has served on the parent advisory group for Porter-Gaud’s 1867 Society. She has two children. Jessica '16 (Tulane) and Jonathan (10th grade).

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