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Craig Stewart - Executive Director

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.


Lisa Ward, J.D. - Director of Capital and Planned Gifts

Lisa Ward is the Director of Capital and Planned Gifts at Porter-Gaud. She grew up in the Lowcountry and has worked in education fundraising for the last several years. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Public Affairs from Columbia College and a Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law. Before coming to Porter-Gaud, Lisa worked on Capitol Hill and as a civil litigation attorney in Mount Pleasant, SC. When she is not at Porter-Gaud, she loves spending time with her husband Heath and their sons Grady and Brody, volunteering in the community, and enjoying all our beautiful city has to offer. Lisa is deeply passionate about Porter-Gaud and the transformational experience the school affords every student.


Kathryn Sherrod - Director of Annual and Major Gifts

Kathryn Sherrod has been with the Porter-Gaud Foundation for 9 years and currently serves as the Director of Annual and Major Gifts. Her previous role, as Director of Alumni Relations, allowed her the opportunity to engage with our alumni all over the Country. Prior to coming to PG, Kathryn worked in the Development Office for MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund for 10 years. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a B. S. in Business Administration and earned her M. H. A. from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She and her husband, Will, have twin daughters who are in the Class of 2022 at Porter-Gaud School. She grew up in the Lowcountry and has a passion for education, running, and animals.


Hutson Dodds '06 - Director of Alumni Relations

Hutson Dodds '06 serves as the Director of Alumni Relations for the Porter-Gaud Foundation. He is a graduate of Porter-Gaud School and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. After PG, Hutson went on to play baseball at College of Charleston, earning his degree in communications in 2010. He earned his masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University. He returned to Porter-Gaud as a Chaplain and member of the Middle School faculty in 2011. He lives on James Island with his wife, Chandler, and his two children, Hutson and Georgiana.

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Traci Miller - Advancement Services Manager




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 four children currently enrolled at Porter-Gaud – Nathaniel, Class of 2021; Eliza, Class of 2022; Cecilia, Class of 2025; Simon, Class of 2028.

Denise Apple

Denise Apple is a professional creative and technical writer, including writing grant applications. Her family moved to Charleston in 2018 from Myrtle Beach where she has been active with several local boards, including serving as Chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Visitors at Coastal Carolina University. She is a graduate of N.C. State University and an avid tennis player. She and her husband Jim have three children at Porter-Gaud, Henry (Class of 2023), Charlie (Class of 2025) and Evie (Class of 2025).

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).

Courtney Cavatoni

Courtney is a former Managing Director of the JPMorgan Private Bank in Chicago, where she managed private banking relationships for ultra high-net-worth individuals and families in the Midwestern U.S. She was responsible for approximately 80 client relationships with total client assets of over $5.0 billion. She was named one of the “Top 100 Women Financial Advisers” in the United States by The Winner’s Circle and Barron’s Magazine, as well as one of the “Top 50 Financial Advisors” by Chicago Magazine. During her 14-year tenure with the firm, she also worked in Debt Capital Markets/Swaps Marketing and Investment Banking. Courtney received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (1993), where she graduated summa cum laude and was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She received her MBA from Harvard University (1999).

Courtney is active in a variety of community activities. She served two consecutive terms on the UNC College of Arts and Sciences Foundation Board, which supports the efforts of the largest and broadest college within UNC. She served as Past Chair, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Sullins Academy Board (an independent private school in Bristol, VA), where she also sat on the Advancement, Finance, Investment and Executive Committees. She served on the Board of Directors of the Eleanor Foundation and Lincoln Park Zoo Women’s Board in Chicago, as well as the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina. She participated in the selection process of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship by sitting on the Central Selection Committee and Asheville Regional Selection Committees and acting as an alumni reader. She has been a member of the Junior Leagues in New York, Chicago, Bristol TN/VA and Charleston, SC. She enjoys work-outs, violin, tennis, fishing, reading and traveling. She currently resides in Charleston, SC with her husband Philip and their two children, Charles (2021) and Sarah-Courtney (2022).


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.

Michael Handler

Michael Handler served as Head of the Portfolio Trading Desk in London for Cantor Fitzgerald in their London office for 14 years (16 years total with the firm) before moving to Charleston. He is a graduate of Boston University and an avid outdoorsman. He and his wife Tracey have two children at Porter-Gaud, Abby (Class of 2027) and Gabe (Class of 2029).

Richard Morse '99

Richard B. Morse, CCIM joined Palmetto Commercial Properties in 2004 and is continuing his family's legacy of successful real estate brokerage, development, and investment. He focuses on office and retail leasing, most notably representing the ownership of the Cigar Factory, Faber Plaza and GARCo Mill, but has experience in almost every facet of commercial real estate in the Lowcountry.

Additionally Morse is an active investor in retail, office, mixed-use and self-storage investment development projects throughout the Tri-County area. It is because of this wide range of experience that Morse has the ability to assist clients with any kind of investment or development project.Charleston Peninsula and are members of Grace Episcopal Church.


• Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)

• Commercial Investment Division, Member
• Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, Member
• Carolina Yacht Club, Member
• College of Charleston Cougar Club, Board MemberNotable Achievements• Represented Seller in $1.25 million investment sale of 511 King Street.
• Represented Seller in $3.5 million investment sale of 482-484 King Street.
• Represented self-storage development Buyer in $1.65 million land sale of 810 St. Andrews.
• Represents Developer of The Cigar Factory in the leasing of the 215,000 square foot building.
• Represents Developer of Faber Plaza in the leasing of the 125,000 square foot building.

Originally from Arkansas, Morse has lived in Charleston for most of his life. He graduated from Porter-Gaud School and holds a degree in Asian History from Washington and Lee University. Upon graduation he moved to Tokyo, Japan for a year where he worked for FedEx in their international relations division.

He received the prestigious CCIM designation in 2010 and in 2015 with his two partners purchased Palmetto Commercial Properties from the founders of the firm. Richard lives in the Lowcountry with his wife Jessica, daughter Annabel, and son Woody.

Chris Osborne '95

Chris Osborne ’95 is a partner and wealth advisor at Family Asset Management, an independent registered investment advisory firm in Charleston. He has many connections to Porter-Gaud: alumnus, PG Athletic Hall of Fame member, Current Parent, outgoing President of the PG Alumni Association and member of the PG Foundation Investment Committee. Chris is a graduate of The University of the South (Sewanee). He and his wife Libba have two sons at PG – Granger (Class of 2026) and Caldwell (Class of 2030).

Greer Polansky '88

Greer has deep experience in all aspects of planning, leading and advising comprehensive fundraising campaigns. She has developed expertise in every stage of philanthropy, from developing organizational structure to successfully completing multimillion dollar campaigns. Greer also specializes in helping organizations implement custom planned giving programs and campaigns.

As Director of Client Partnerships at the Angeletti Group, LLC, Greer is mindful of the changing environment of philanthropy as she helps organizations enhance charitable funding to increase their impact. She understands organizational finances and how best to use available resources to secure revenue for buildings, programs and endowments. Greer oversees a variety of client service projects including writing, high level strategy and developing and managing clients’ action plans. Her experience, focus, mentoring and strong initiative have helped her clients reach—and many times surpass—their organizational and professional goals.

Before joining the Angeletti Group, Greer served as a senior consultant with another leading national firm advising campaigns and helping diverse clients achieve fundraising success, including zoos, gardens, hospitals, children’s organizations, independent schools and universities. Due to her accomplishments, Greer earned the firm’s Consultant of the Year Award for her fundraising success and high client approval ratings.

Greer began her career in philanthropy at her alma mater, Porter-Gaud School, as director of alumni and public relations. She went on to serve successfully the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry as its founding director of development and the Coastal Community Foundation as donor services director. This executive experience gives her insight into the needs and challenges that charitable organizations face daily.

Greer received her undergraduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania. She is past president of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served on the board of the South Carolina Planned Giving Council for 7 years. In 2017, Greer began her third term on the Junior League of Charleston's Board of Directors. Greer has also been a speaker and panelist at national conferences on fundraising topics including capital campaigns and planned giving.

She is an avid tennis player and recently completed her 9th marathon in November at the New York City Marathon.

Betsy Saal

Betsy Saal is a native of Cincinnati, OH who moved to the Charleston area in 2007. She is a retired real estate developer who is now recognized as a community volunteer and philanthropist with her focus on education. She has served on several local boards, including Gibbes Museum of Art, Roper St. Francis Foundation, Trident United Way and Florence Crittenton Programs of SC. Her son and daughter-in-law, Dunne and Rogan Saal, are the parents of two PG students--Trey Saal (5th grader) and Emmet Saal (2nd grader)—and an O’Quinn student, Bay Saal.

Richard Star

Richard Star is currently a principal and co-founder of NEXgistics, LLC, a national third-party logistics provider. He has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and holds Masters degrees from both Duke University and New York University.  Richard currently serves as Chairman of the Regional Board for Reading Partners South Carolina, a non-profit focused on addressing literacy gaps in public schools across the state.  Richard is also a member of the advisory board for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  He also serves on the boards of a number of other corporate and non-profit entities.  Richard and his wife Shara have two daughters who are students at Porter-Gaud, Samantha (Class of 2027) and Jillian (Class of 2031).

Tom Trouche '82

Tom is President and CEO of ServisFirst Bank of South Carolina. He attended Porter-Gaud for twelve years and graduated in 1982. Tom and his wife, Ariel, live in Mount Pleasant. They have 3 sons: Thomas, Jack (PG class of 2019) and Sam (PG class of 2020).

Shannon Bickerstaff - ex officio, Porter-Gaud Parents Association

Shannan Hartley Bickerstaff is a native of Montgomery, Alabama where she graduated from Saint James School.  She then went on to attend Auburn University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Upon graduation, she moved to Columbus, Georgia and began here career as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Columbus Medical Center.  Shannan married Tyler Stanford Bickerstaff in December of 2000 and they welcomed their twins boys, William ’21 and Paul ’21, in 2002. She began staying home and concentrating on her growing family and the welcomed their third son, Hartley ’26, in 2007.     

The Bickerstaffs moved to Charleston in June of 2011.  Shannan has been involved in many facets of O’Quinn, Porter-Gaud and the Porter-Gaud Parents Association.  She has served in various capacities including room parent, Maintenance Appreciation Chair and Head Witch of the Halloween Carnival for 3 years.  She is currently the President of the Parents Association. 

Ford Menefee '79 - ex officio, Porter-Gaud Board of Trustees

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)

Ashley Thiem '98 - ex officio, Porter-Gaud Alumni Association

W. Ashley Thiem ’98 is a Private Client Advisor at the Private Bank at Bank of America in Charleston. Ashley has stayed involved in the Porter-Gaud community as a current parent, President of the PG Alumni Association, and member of the PG Foundation. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He and his wife Jennifer have two children at PG – Hunter (Class of 2027) and Caroline (Class of 2030).

George Walton- ex officio, Porter-Gaud Fathers Association

George Walton grew up in Annapolis MD, attending the Severn School, class of '91, then graduating from the College of Charleston in '95 with a B.S. in Economics.  He owns Walton Sign and Graphics.  George  and his wife Margaret have one child at Porter-Gaud, George '23.  George enjoys boating and fishing with his family and shooting sporting clays with his son.

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.