The Beaufort History Museum is run by a volunteer Board, which has custody, and provides control and direction to the museum and its collections. Board members serve three-year terms, and are (re)elected at each Annual Meeting.
Our Mission is "To preserve, promote, and interpret the experiences of our past that influence us now and in the future."
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Steve Guida, Board President
Steve was elected to the Museum’s Board of Directors in August 2015 and served as BHM’s Treasurer beginning in the fall of that year. In February 2020, Steve was elected to the position of Board President. He has been instrumental to the growth and success of BHM through his oversight of all aspects of the Museum’s financial and operational activities and his leadership of BHM’s Marketing and Communications Committee as its Co-chair. Steve is a retired medical device industry executive with a successful career in senior marketing and general management positions in various Fortune 500 and venture-backed companies. He was President and Co-founder of a medical technology company that developed and successfully commercialized an innovative retinal imaging technology. In addition to building successful companies, Steve participated in numerous successful equity and debt fundraising activities in public and private markets.
After retiring from the corporate world, Steve started his own consulting firm that specialized in providing business and strategic marketing planning to entrepreneurs and early stage medical device companies. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. His volunteer activities include: serving as Past President and a former Director of the Polawana Island Homeowner Association; and, serving as past Treasurer of the Friends of Fort Fremont.
Gary Hall, Board Treasurer
Gary hails from Richmond Virginia, and along with his wife Sharon, moved to Beaufort 3 years ago. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
During his 40 year career in finance, Gary assisted hundreds of clients with their mortgage financing needs and served the Richmond community on various community projects including Habitat for Humanity, non profit, bank, and realtor related events. Gary was recognized for his customer service and community service while in the industry. He served on the board of directors for both the Richmond and Virginia State Board of the Easter Seal Society.
Gary was elected to Board Treasurer in February 2020.
Thomas J. Kelley
Tom is a native of Philadelphia who retired to Dataw Island near Beaufort with his wife, Susan, in 2016. He was awarded a B.S. degree in Government from Georgetown University in 1973 and J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1976. Tom’s practice focused primarily on defense litigation, both in private practice and as a 25-year employee of The Travelers Insurance Company. He founded the Travelers Staff Counsel office covering northeastern Pennsylvania and served as Managing Attorney there for the last 15 years of his legal career. Tom has served as a docent at the Beaufort History Museum since February 2017 and is currently a member of its Exhibits Committee. He is also a member of the Dataw Historic Foundation and Friends of Hunting Island.
Jeff is an award-winning journalist, writer and communications specialist, with a career spanning 24 years with the Beaufort Gazette, The Island Packet and The State (Columbia). He currently is the communications director for the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office, which prosecutes criminal cases in a five-county area of the Lowcountry.
Carol’s interest in Beaufort’s history prompted her to join the Museum as a Docent in 2013. She was elected to BHM’s Board of Directors in January 2015 and as Board President in December 2015. Carol also serves on the Museum’s Marketing and Communications Committee and represents the Museum as a member of the City of Beaufort’s Cultural District Advisory Board.
In addition to her volunteer activities on behalf of BHM, she is a contributing writer for the local magazine, Beaufort Lifestyle. Before moving to Beaufort in 2011, Carol was a marketing and communications professional for more than 20 years and worked for Nationwide Financial Services in Columbus, Ohio, part of Nationwide Insurance Company. She graduated magna cum laude from Otterbein College with a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational communication; earned a masters in organizational communication from Ohio University; and attended Bowling Green State University for post-graduate studies in organizational development.
Carla recently retired from a career in public relations and marketing with an office in Boca Raton, Fla. Before establishing her own company in 1991, she was a vice president of a leading Fort Lauderdale public relations firm with which she was associated for eight years. A former news, sports and features writer, she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Michigan, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Marsh served on the board of the Boca Raton Historical Society and the South Florida’s “No Kid Hungry” Taste of the Nation fundraising event steering committee.
She also was co-founding chairwoman of Boca Bacchanal Winefest Weekend, the largest fundraiser of the Boca Raton Historical Society and one of the largest food and wine events in Florida. She currently serves on the board of directors of a top Charlotte, N.C., real estate development company. She and her husband, Alex, joined the Beaufort History Museum in 2014 and became part of the docent staff.
Kathryn Sommerville Mixon, Board Vice President
Kathy is a fifth-generation Beaufortonian. She says, “At an early age I learned to love, appreciate, value and protect the community my family (the Christensens) has been instrumental in building since the 1800s.” Kathy is multi-talented—she is an artist, educator, real estate broker, businesswoman, banker and civic leader. She earned a BA in Fine Arts, Studio with a minor in Education from the College of Charleston, South Carolina in 1979 and her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina in 1996.
Kathy serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Fort Fremont and is the Design Committee Chair for Beaufort County’s project to build an interpretive center at Fort Fremont’s site. She is also a Board Member of the Friends of Whitehall Park and is working with the steering committee planning landscaping for the causeway there. Kathy is a member of Beaufort History Museum’s Education Committee, as well as BHM’s Exhibits Committee, which is currently planning the second phase of the Museum’s main Exhibit Hall renovation. For enjoyment, she cooks, sews, and paints in oils (www.sommervillegallery.com). She is also a Master Gardner. Kathy has two adult sons—one lives in Beaufort and the other lives in Georgia and is married with two sons.
Kathryn was elected to Board Vice President in February 2020.
Bill Skipper, Board Secretary
Bill grew up in Jacksonville, Florida but has strong family roots in South Carolina (Horry County) that date back to when Carolina was an English colony. After a 20-plus-year successful career as a Naval Cryptologist, leading intelligence teams assigned to U.S. Navy tactical units (surface, subsurface, and air), serving on a Flag Staff Officer staff, and managing military and civilian personnel involved in strategic, shore-based intelligence missions, Bill returned to civilian life. As a civilian, he continued his support of Department of Defense intelligence programs. Over a period of 31 years, he built a successful track record developing and directing the development of multiple information systems products including acceptance testing, configuration management, interactive performance support tools, and computer-, Web-, and video-based training products for adult learners. Whether as a career military man or a civilian, Bill’s work experiences have been highly diversified and always characterized by his preference for a hands-on approach.
He has a passion for South Carolina history and has been pleasantly surprised to learn of the strong historical links between his native northeast Florida and Beaufort County. Bill enjoys researching his family’s genealogy, which is a project providing some interesting background on their migration from the mid-Atlantic into the Carolinas.
Bill has an MS in Systems Management (Information Systems) from the University of Southern California, a BA in Business Management from the University of Maryland, and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute West Coast (Russian). He has received multiple professional certifications including that of Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).
Bill was elected to Board Secretary in February 2020.
Mary L. LeGree