2017-2018 Foundation Board

Cordes Ford, IV '94 - Chair, Foundation Board

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.

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

Jim has served on the Foundation Board since 2013 and served as Vice Chair since 2016. In addition to serving on the Governance Committee, Jim was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and helped formulate key elements of the long range plan. Jim has an extensive background in marketing from his years with Philip Morris International in both Japan and in Switzerland where he retired in 2008 as SVP Marketing and Sales. Virginia and Jim have two sons, Tom graduated from Porter-Gaud in 2012 and went on to complete his degree at Berklee College of Music. Their older boy Patrick is pursuing a career in Opera and is getting his Masters in Music at Northwestern University. Jim's greatest passion and pleasure is coaching basketball and he is proud to be have been able to contribute as an Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at PG since 2009.

Hank Cheves '87 - Chair, Board of Trustees

Job Experience:
Mr. Cheves is the President and CEO of Anchor Sign, Inc. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina with offices nationwide, Anchor has been a leading provider of identity packages to many of the world's premier companies since 1991. Mr. Cheves is the managing partner of Xiphias Holdings, LLC a South Carolina corporation that develops and manages commercial real estate.

Education:
B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, 1991

Affiliations:
Hank and his wife Sandra support the following organizations personally and/or through Anchor Sign's "Giving Back" program: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston, Camp Happy Days Kids Kickin' Cancer, Rotary Club of Charleston Charity Duck Race, The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, Louie’s Kids and MUSC Children's Hospital. In addition to these charitable organizations, Hank serves on Wells Fargo’s Advisory Board.

Porter-Gaud Connection:
Hank grew up in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud from first through twelfth grade graduating in 1987. Currently he has three children attending Porter-Gaud, Middleton Cheves '20, Charles Cheves '21 and Langdon Cheves ’23.

Ryan Bluestein '91

Born and raised in Charleston, Ryan is a member of the Porter-Gaud class of 1991 having attending from the 1st grade through the 12th grade. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 1999. After graduating from law school, he worked for a large plaintiff’s law firm in Charleston and in 2003 left to start his private practice which is now known as Bluestein, Johnson & Burke, LLC. His law practice focuses on real estate, construction and business transactions and litigation. Ryan is married to Sharyn Epley Bluestein from Columbia, SC. They have two children, Abby (class of 2025) and Max (class of 2028).

Charles Darby, IV' 01

Charles is the Director of Development for Christophe Harbour. He attended Porter Gaud for twelve years and graduated in 2001. Charles is a member of the Porter Gaud Athletic Hall of Fame. After PG, he attended the University of Georgia, class of 2005. Charles lives in Charleston with his wife and two sons.

Dee Fortson

Dee is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in History (’90) and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill - The Kenan-Flagler School of Business (’96) and grew up in Charleston, SC attending Ashley Hall through 5th grade and graduating from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA. She has worked with the Department of Defense and Brand Management and Strategic Marketing roles with Nabisco/Kraft, Sara Lee, Nestle, The Coca-Cola Company and Starbucks Coffee Company based in the US, Germany, and the UK over 15 years.

In 2006, she left full time work but continued consulting with companies such as Wrigley/Mars, PepsiCo, and Starbucks as part of Collective Wisdom LLC and also devoted time to raising her family and being involved in the Chicago Community.

She was an active church member at Kenilworth Union Church serving as Chair of A Joyful Noise Preschool, Benefit Chair and Member of the Board of Trustees responsible for Membership. She was also active in leadership roles with the USO of IL – chairing the 1st Gala raising over $1MM in 2010, The Family Action Network (Parent Ed and Speaker Network for North Shore Parents) as Council Chair, and active at North Shore Country Day School in the Parents Association, Benefit Board Membership Chair and as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Dee and her husband, John, recently relocated to Mount Pleasant in 2016 and have two children at Porter-Gaud – Jack, Class of 2024 and Matt, Class of 2025.

Travis Howell '95

Travis is the Portfolio Manager for Ground Swell Capital since 2011. Ground Swell Capital manages an investment fund utilizing quantitative, systematic trading strategies in the US and European equity markets. Ground Swell has an office in the Lowcountry and an office in London, England.

He previously served as Portfolio Manager at Tower Research Capital from 2009 - 2011 and prior to that worked at Automated Trading Desk in Mount Pleasant for ten years (including two years following the firm’s acquisition by Citi)

Mr. Howell attended Porter-Gaud for twelve years and graduated in 1995. He is a member of the Porter-Gaud Athletic Hall of Fame.

He graduated with a BA in Business Administration from the College of Charleston in 1999. Named an Academic All American (baseball) in 1999. Current member of the College of Charleston Baseball Wall of Fame.

Travis is married to Shayna Howell (Hampton, SC) and have two children: Jase Howell (3rd grader at Porter-Gaud) and Morgan Howell (1st grader at Porter-Gaud).

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.

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 attending University of Pennsylvania, and a daughter, (Kate) who is a sophomore.

Jennifer Sobich

Jennifer moved to the Charleston area from Washington, DC two years ago with her husband, Peter, and three daughters, Samantha, Sophia and Emmy. Professionally, Jennifer combines more than twenty years of experience in politics, government and media. She has held positions at the White House, U.S. Senate, CIA and, today, runs her own government consulting firm. Academically, Jennifer received a Master’s Degree in National Security from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. As a graduate student, she also studied Broadcast Journalism at Stanford University. A native of Bloomington, Indiana, she received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, studying Political Science and Psychology. Prior to joining the Porter-Gaud Foundation Board, Jennifer participated in leadership and fundraising roles at several DC-area private and public schools, and other non-profit organizations.

Jeff Tozzi

Jeff and his wife Jamie moved to Mount Pleasant in 2008 from Northern Virginia. They have 3 boys, Luca (PG Class of '23), Matteo (PG Class of '25) and Ethan (PG Class of '27). Luca, Matteo and Ethan are all graduates from the O'Quinn School in Mount Pleasant as well.

Jeff is currently is an executive in Microsoft’s Public Sector industry group, responsible for running a multi-billion organization that supports governments across the United States. Jeff has been at Microsoft since 1998 and prior to that has worked for Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies-Bell Labs and AT&T.

In addition to attending The Center for Executive Education at Babson College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Executive Education Program, Jeff has his Bachelor Degree from Seton Hall University as well as his Master of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Both active in the community, Jeff also sits on the Board of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, while Jamie is currently the Chair of the Board for Darkness to Light.

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 Cyclone Fund. She has two children. Jessica '16 (Tulane) and Jonathan (11th grade).

Chris Osborne '95 - ex officio, Porter-Gaud Alumni Association

Chris is a partner and wealth advisor at Family Asset Management, an independent registered investment advisory firm in Charleston, SC. He began his career in finance with Bank of America Securities in New York, NY before returning to Charleston in 2005 to work with Solaris Capital. He joined Family Asset Management in 2011 and became a partner of the firm in 2014.

Chris earned a BS from The University of the South (Sewanee) in 1999.

He graduated in Porter-Gaud in 1995 where he was member of the Twelve Year Society.

Chris is the current President of the Porter-Gaud Alumni Association and sits on the Foundation’s Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Porter-Gaud Hall of Fame for Football and Soccer.

He is married to Elizabeth (Libba) Osborne and they have 2 boys, Granger class of 2026 and Caldwell.

Leigh Kilborn - ex officio, Porter-Gaud Parents Guild

Leigh Kilborn, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from Woodward Academy and Randolph Macon Woman's College. Leigh received a Bachelors of Arts degrees in both Communications and Fine Arts - Dance. She has spent most of her adult life involved on both the professional and philanthropic side of education and the arts.

Leigh began her career at NationsBank, in Charlotte, NC as a member of the Emerging Markets Debt proprietary trading desk with the Capital Markets subsidiary. She subsequently took over responsibility for managing Ranger Funding, an off-balance sheet commercial paper conduit that provided additional liquidity for the bank's large corporate relationships.

After moving to Vermont in 1996, she joined the administrative side of the New England Culinary Institute, a leading post-secondary occupational institution. Her first role at NECI was Head of Financial Aid and Registrar and Leigh rose to Director of Admissions by the end of her tenure. In her last role at NECI, Ms. Kilborn was responsible for the oversight of all of NECI's student admissions and financial aid procedures, processes and staff.

Ms. Kilborn left NECI to focus on her growing family and moved her efforts to philanthropic service, primarily devoted to the two areas she felt most passionate about - education and the arts. She was involved with a number of local organizations before moving to Charleston, SC in 2009.
Leigh continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for the nationally acclaimed Shelburne Museum. As a Trustee, she Chairs the collections and programming committee as well as sits on the investment and executive committees.

Leigh has been an active participant within the Porter Gaud community. She has taught lower school students as a substitute teacher; been a volunteer librarian; and been active within the Parents Guild for many years.

Leigh is currently serving her second year as the President of the Porter-Gaud Parents Guild.

Leigh is married to David Kilborn and has three children, Whipp, Hale and Caroline (Porter-Gaud classes of '17, '19 and '21).

Brook Bennett - ex officio, Porter-Gaud Fathers Association

John Seabrook “Brook” Bennett is a lifelong resident of Charleston. He and his family currently reside on James Island in Stiles Point Plantation. He is married to his wife, Rebecca, and has 2 daughters who attend Porter-Gaud. Jamie is 10 and is going into the 5th grade, and Seidel is 13 and going into the 8th grade. Brook attended Porter-Gaud as a student from 1981 to 1988 and later graduated from Clemson University in 1997 with a degree in Business Management with an Area of Concentration in Finance. Brook has worked at Merrill Lynch since 1998 and in currently a Senior Financial Advisor, First Vice President, and Certified Financial Planner. Brook has been active in the Porter-Gaud Fathers Association since his children started school here. He has been a Board Member with the Fathers Association for the past 6 years and has also served as the organization’s Secretary and Vice President. Brook is the current Fathers Association President for the 2017-2018 school year.

Mel Roberts - ex officio, Porter Military Academy Alumni Association

Bio coming soon!

Craig Stewart - Executive Director, Porter-Gaud Foundation

Prior to taking the helm of the Foundation, Craig served as Vice President at Bernstein Private Wealth Management in Washington, DC and before that as Associate Development Director at Episcopal High School (EHS) in Alexandria, VA. He is a graduate of EHS and has a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Mt. Pleasant and have three children, Ansley, Craig and Lee. He served on the boards of an Episcopal retirement community foundation, a military museum and education-focused nonprofit in the Washington area before moving to South Carolina. He loves college sports and reading--mostly novels.

DuBose Egleston '93 - Head of School

D. DuBose Egleston, Jr. is the 6th Head of School of Porter-Gaud. He attended O’Quinn and then Porter-Gaud for 12 years, graduating in 1993. DuBose studied Chemistry and Biology at Furman University and later completed a Master’s in Business at The Citadel and graduate credits as a Kingenstein Fellow at Columbia University.

DuBose joined the Faculty and Staff at Porter-Gaud as Director of Technology in 2000. In 2006, DuBose became Assistant Head for Finance and Operations. DuBose took over as Interim Head in 2009 and became the permanent Head of School later that school year.

DuBose serves on the Governing Board for the National Association of Episcopal Schools and is a member of the Southern Headmasters’ Association and the Country Day School Headmasters’ Association of the United States.

DuBose and Nancy have been married 17 years and have 3 children who attend Porter-Gaud. They enjoy travel and sailing and the blessing of living on campus.

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