Board of Trustees

Dr. Thomas C. Appleby '77

Thomas C. Appleby, M.D. was born in South Carolina and is a “Native Charlestonian.” The son of a General Surgeon, he followed his father’s career path as a physician. Dr. Appleby graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He went to Medical School at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then attended a General Surgery Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Ohio and received the Max Zinninger Award for Excellence in Surgery. While at the University of Cincinnati, he served as a Resident Representative in the Department of Surgery. Following his General Surgery Residency, he attended a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery. Additionally, he is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in Vascular Surgery and he is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Appleby is a Fellow in the American College of Surgery. He is also a member of the following organizations:

  • Cincinnati Graduate Surgical Society
  • American College of Phlebology
  • The H. William Scott, Jr. Society
  • Roper St. Francis Xavier Society and the Charleston County Medical Society.

Mrs. Wanda Boyd

Wanda Boyd is a native Charlestonian. She received her primary education from Charleston County Public schools and later earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.

Most of Mrs. Boyd’s career was spent as a Sales Executive. Mrs. Boyd is currently in the pharmaceutical arena as a Respiratory Sales Specialist for the past seven years.

Wanda believes that it’s important to give back by sharing the resources that we have at our disposal in order to educate and enrich the lives of others.

In order to do this one must be selfless in their thoughts and acts of kindness. Wanda has demonstrated this by serving on several committees and organizations to include but not limited to a volunteer for Dress for Success of Charleston County, former member of Jack and Jill of America and a member of Emanuel AME Church.

Wanda currently has two daughters who attend Porter-Gaud
(Summer '17 and Sydney '22)

Wanda has served on several Committees that include:
Annual Auction Committee
Girls Leadership Committee as an honored guest and volunteer
Ad Hoc Diversity Committee
Parent Ambassador Committee
African American Infinity Group

Dr. William Melvin Brown III '87

William Melvin Brown III is a native Charlestonian, Porter-Gaud alum ‘87, and a 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy. After years of service and two sea tours in the Navy, Dr. Brown returned to Charleston to teach Naval Science at The Citadel. While at the Citadel, he earned a Masters Degree in Education and Biology and then went on to graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2002. He returned to full active duty in the US Navy as a physician. During his 20 years of service, Dr. Brown received the Navy Commendation Medal six times, the Navy Achievement Medal twice, a Presidential Citation, and two Battle Efficiency ribbons.

Dr. Brown now holds staff privileges at Trident Medical Center and The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston as well as the Lexington Medical Center in Columbia. He is an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Owls Whist Club. He sits on the executive boards of the Star Gospel Mission and YESCarolina. He and his wife Deborah have two children, Gabriel and Lillian.

Mr. James T. H. Buxton '91

Jim Buxton is the principal attorney of Buxton Legal Group, LLC, a boutique corporate and tax law firm. His practice focuses in the areas of private equity, domestic and international corporate transactions, capital finance, contract negotiation and corporate governance. He deals regularly with corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, shareholder buy-outs and dispute resolution, executive employment agreements and, business purchase and sale agreements including business succession issues.
Jim returned to Charleston in 2007 after practicing for five years at two AmLaw 50 firms, Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia and Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Charleston native who graduated from Porter-Gaud School, Princeton University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Buxton is also a member of the State Bars of Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

He is a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where he has served in various capacities including the Global Habitat for Humanity mission team in La Ceiba, Honduras. Jim resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Courtney, and two children, Hugh and Julian.

Member, South Carolina State Bar
Member, Georgia State Bar
Member, Virginia State Bar
Board Member-Chairman, Star Gospel Mission
President, Porter-Gaud Alumni Association
Board Member, Smile for a Lifetime Foundation-Lowcountry Chapter
Past Co-Chair, Roper St. Francis Foundation Board of Fellows
Princeton Alumni Schools Committee, 1995-Present (Chair of Virginia Committee, 2006-2007)

University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2002 Princeton University, B.A., History, 1995
CALI Award, International Business Transactions, 2002
James L. Petigru Award for Most Outstanding Student Lawyer, 2002
Assoc. Editor-In-Chief, ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal, 2001-2002 S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division, Star of the Quarter, Spring 2008

Mr. Henry M. Cheves, Jr. '87, Chair

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.

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

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.


Mr. J. Walker Coleman IV '82

Walker is a partner in the global law firm K&L Gates LLP. Walker was one of the founding partners of the Charleston office, the firm's 40th office world-wide and 24th office domestically. Walker currently serves on the firm's Management Committee and is the Charleston office Administrative Partner. Walker is a litigator who focuses his practice on representing local, national, and international companies in labor & employment disputes and in business disputes. He also has served on numerous local and regional Boards, and he has been very involved in St. Michael's Church and the local community. Walker has two children, Logan '15 and Walker '19.

Mrs. Anne Blakeney Kelley '94

Anne Blakeney Kelley is a native Charlestonian and 1994 graduate of Porter-Gaud. After twelve years at PG, Anne attended Wake Forest University, where she graduated cum laude and received a B.A. in Art History. She also received a second B.A. degree in Interior Design from AIU in Atlanta. Anne worked for Cooper Carry Architecture in Atlanta for 2 years, followed by 2 years at CFS Architecture in Augusta, GA. After returning to Charleston in 2003, she worked for ten years for Amelia Handegan Inc. in residential interior design. She now owns her own interior design business.

Anne and her husband Jed are active members of St. Michael's Church and have two children who currently attend PG - Elizabeth (’25) and Harriet (’28). Their son James looks forward to joining the class of 2031.

Mr. Paul Kohlheim

Work Experience:
Paul has specialized in management consulting and leading professional services organizations for more than 24 years. Most recently, Paul was Vice President, Healthcare at Huron Consulting Group. Prior to joining Huron, Paul was an owner and the President of Stockamp & Associates, a privately held professional services firm that was primarily focused in the healthcare industry. Prior to Stockamp, Paul was a partner in Accenture’s global Health Services Practice.

Bachelor, Business Administration and Finance - Oregon State University
Bachelor, Healthcare Administration – Oregon State University

Board Member - Crisis Ministries. Partner – Charleston Philanthropic Partners. Board Member Charleston Promise Neighborhood. Past Board Member – Boys & Girls Club of the Trident Area.

Porter-Gaud Connection:
Paul and his wife Louise have two daughters one of whom attends Porter-Gaud, Marion Kohlheim ’19.


Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr.

John M. McCardell Jr., president emeritus of Middlebury College, was elected by the Board of Trustees in January 2010 to be the university’s 16th Vice-Chancellor. His appointment was effective Jul. 1, 2010; the formal installation will take place on Founders’ Day, Oct. 12.

McCardell is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education. He possesses a record of achievement as a scholar of the American South, as the chief executive of one of America’s finest liberal arts colleges, and as a respected national figure in the public discussion about higher education and student life.

A Maryland native, lifelong Episcopalian, and 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee University, he did his graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and then at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in history in 1976. McCardell has received honorary degrees from Washington and Lee University and from St. Michael’s College.

McCardell joined the history faculty at Middlebury College in 1976 and served as Middlebury’s president from 1992 until he stepped down in 2004.

McCardell served as chairman of the Division III Presidents’ Council of the NCAA in 2003-04 and led a successful, comprehensive reform effort. In 2007 McCardell founded Choose Responsibility, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage the public in informed and dispassionate debate about the effects of legislation mandating a legal drinking age of 21.

McCardell is married to Bonnie Greenwald McCardell, an advocate for quality childcare and education as well as eldercare and retirement communities. Bonnie is a graduate of Connecticut College and has a master’s degree in early childhood from the University of South Carolina. They have two grown sons.

Mr. Ford P. Menefee '79, Treasurer

Ford is a Senior Vice President, Commercial Lender at The Bank of South Carolina, which serves the Tri-County area as an independent, community oriented commercial bank concentrating on individuals and small and medium sized businesses desiring a high level of personalized service.

Ford grew up on Wadmalaw Isl. and attended Porter-Gaud 1st-12th grade, graduating in 1979. After PG, Ford earned a B.S. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University with subsequent service as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy and various positions within the marine finance industry. Married to Deidre since 1996, they have one son, Ford Prioleau (Pri) Menefee, Jr (PG’17).


·SCBA Bankers School (Trustee)

·Old St. James, Goose Creek (Junior Warden)

·Huguenot Society of SC (President)

·St. Andrews Rotary Club (Scholarship Committee)

·Porter-Gaud Alumni Association (Past President)

·Porter-Gaud Fathers Association (Past Treasurer)

·Lowcountry Land Trust (Former Trustee)

Mr. Ovie Phillip Mughelli '98

Ovie Phillip Mughelli is a 1998 Porter-Gaud graduate. Ovie graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science. After graduating from Wake Forest, Ovie was drafted into the National Football League where he spent 9 years as a starting Pro Bowl fullback for the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens. In 2009 Ovie started the Ovie Mughelli Foundation to help engage children through sports and empower them to make a difference in the environment.

Ovie lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Masika, and three children, Olivia (7), Niesa (4) and Obasi (1). Ovie is a media sports correspondent working in television, radio and digital broadcasting for Fox Sports, Comcast Sports South, Raycom, CBS Sports Radio, 120 Sports and 680 The Fan. Ovie has also joined the team at Nerium International and has been working with them to improve people's skin and brain health.

Mr. James M. Stelling '68

Work Experience:
The GEL Group, Inc.- President & CEO 2001 to Present, CFO/COO 1995 - 2001 Ruscon Corporation - Various Executive Positions 1975 - 1995

BS Commerce University of Virginia 1972

Currently- Roper Hospital Board of Directors, Harbor National Bank Group: Chairman, Past- Water Missions International Board of Directors, Charleston Rotary Club Board of Directors, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Porter-Gaud Connection:
Jim Stelling grew up in Charleston, graduating from Porter-Gaud School in 1968. He is married to the former Kathleen Hubbard. Kathy and Jim have one daughter, Kathleen, who spent 12 years at Porter-Gaud, graduating in 1999.

Mrs. Jennifer H. Thiem

Jennifer H. Thiem graduated from the University of Georgia, magna cum laude, in 2002 with a B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance. She then entered law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2005. She is a partner with the K&L Gates Law Firm and a South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2013-2015.

Jennifer is a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. She is an active member of Elevate, several Chamber of Commerce groups and a graduate of Leadership Charleston. She is married to Porter-Gaud alum, Ashley Thiem ‘98. Their son Hunter is in the first grade at Porter-Gaud.

Mr. Jonathan P. Weitz '87

Jon is the President and CEO of Avocet Hospitality Group. Founded in 2006, Avocet owns and manages The Vendue, Charleston’s Art Hotel; the oceanfront Tides Hotel at Folly Beach; Avocet Properties which manages over 200 vacation rentals in Charleston; and St Barth Exclusives which manages 200 vacation homes on the Caribbean island of St. Barth.

Jon and his wife Lisa are very involved in the community supporting organizations such as MUSC Children’s Hospital, The American Lung Association, and The Gibbes Museum. Additionally, Jon has served on Clemson University’s Board of Visitors and is currently a member of The Clemson University Foundation Board.

Jon grew up in Charleston and graduated from Porter Gaud in 1987. After Porter Gaud, Jon earned a B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University and a J.D. from The University of South Carolina School of Law. Jon and Lisa have two children, Jessica (Class of 2016) and Jonathan (Class of 2019).

Dr. R. Preston Wendell '97

Preston spent his early childhood in West Virginia until his family moved to Charleston, SC in 1993, started at Porter-Gaud that fall, and graduated as the class salutatorian in 1997. Preston attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated summa cum laude in 2001 with a BS in biology. He returned to the state in the fall of 2001 to attend the Medical University of South Carolina. During his years at MUSC, he was selected into the Presidential Scholars Program and served as Co-Chair of the Medical Student Alumni Council. He graduated medical school in 2005, and completed his residency in emergency medicine and an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC in 2009.

He and his wife, Sarah, who he met at Wake Forest, moved to Mt. Pleasant in the summer of 2009, and he started work with Trident Emergency Physicians as the ultrasound director and a practicing emergency medicine physician. Since joining the practice in 2009, Preston helped lead the group through a successful merger with TEAMHealth emergency services and currently serves as the facility medical director for the Summerville Medical Center and Moncks Corner Medical Center emergency departments. In addition to his work at Trident, he has been involved in leadership roles with the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (SCCEP). He served two terms on the SCCEP board of directors and was chapter president for the 2013-14 term. He continues to serve in several advocacy roles for the college and was honored to accept the national ACEP award for 911 Advocacy Network member of the year and the award for SCCEP emergency physician of the year in 2014.

Not even a wild New Year’s Eve in charge of a busy ER could prepare him for the rewarding yet sometimes frightening roller coaster ride that is parenthood. He and Sarah welcomed their 3rd incredible son in Oct 2014, and Taylor, Elliott, and Dixon keep them constantly on their toes while serving as inspirations to work hard to provide them with the same amazing educational and life enriching opportunities they have been lucky to enjoy.

The Right Reverend Mark J. Lawrence

Father Lawrence was born in Bakersfield, California, on March 19, 1950. He was educated at California State University, Bakersfield (BA, 1976) and Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (M. Div. 1980). He has ministered at Church of the Holy Family, Fresno, California (1980), Saint Mark’s, Shafter, California (1981-1984), Saint Stephen’s, McKeesport, Pennsylvania (1984-1997), and Saint Paul’s, Bakersfield, California (1997-2007). Known for being a dedicated pastor-teacher, Mark also served, among many other capacities, as a member of the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, and the Board of Examining Chaplains, the latter of which he chaired. He also served as a deputy to the General Conventions of 2003 and 2006.

Mark has been married to Allison Kathleen Taylor since 1973. They have five children: Chadwick, married to Wendy; they have three children, Esther, Sarah, and Sydney; Adelia , married to Stephen Matson; they have three children, Natalie, Tobias and Macy; Emily, married to Jacob Jefferis; Joseph, married to Joette, and Chelsea.

The Reverend Haden McCormick

The Reverend J. Haden McCormick was reared in the seaside tourist town of Jacksonville Beach, Fla. It was there, at the age of 5 years, he was Baptized in St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church. He attended public schools and graduated from Princeton University in 1968, with a BA in Economics and a minor in Civil Engineering. He attended the Harvard Business School, graduating the Small Company Management Program in 1979. Upon graduation in 1968 he joined the family heavy construction business, B.B. McCormick & Sons, which specialized in clearing, earth moving, bridge, dam, golf course and utilities construction.

During the 1960s Haden and his family participated in the founding and building of Jacksonville Episcopal High School, in Florida. Haden was a member of the JEHS Board of Directors 1983-1987, St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School 1979-1983, Christian Television of Jacksonville 1981-84, Jacksonville Area Youth for Christ 1981-1984, St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation 1988-1992, Salvation Army 1988-1996.

Haden came to St. Philip’s Church, Charleston in December of 1996 as Assistant Rector. In June of 2000, he was installed as the 25th Rector of St. Philip’s Church and stepped down as Rector in May 2015. Haden’s third son, John, graduated Porter-Gaud in 2002, and is now an attorney in Charleston practicing family law. Stephen, Haden’s youngest son, is a graduate of Porter-Gaud, received his medical degree at MUSC, a Masters in Public Health at SUNY, and is now doing his residency in family medicine in Pittsburgh, PA.

Haden is a former president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of SC, has served on the Diocesan Council, the Congregational Development Committee and the Group Health Insurance Advisory Committee. He is now a priest in the Diocese of the Carolinas (ACNA) and serves at St. Andrews Mount Pleasant.

He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2003.


The Reverend John Zahl

John Zahl serves as an Associate Priest at Grace Episcopal Church. He's a Kenyon College graduate (B.A., Philosophy), received his M.Div. from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (UK), and was ordained to the priesthood in 2007. Before attending seminary, John worked as a Youth Minister, and as a counselor at New York City’s oldest homeless shelter. He and his wide, Deirdre, have a daughter, Daphne, born in March 2012. As well as being a regular contributor to Mockingbird Ministries (, he authored Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everyone, and occasionally moonlights as a DJ. He attended Porter-Gaud as Freshman in 1992, before his family moved to Switzerland.

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