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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Board Members

Carol Lauvray, Board President

Carol has called Beaufort home since 2011, when she relocated from Ohio. Her passion for the coastal beauty and history of the Lowcountry drew her to settle here and to become a docent for Beaufort History Museum. She is also a member of the museum’s marketing and communications team. In addition to volunteering for BHM, she is a contributing writer for the local magazine, Beaufort Lifestyle

Before moving to Beaufort, 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. Carol graduated magna cum laude from Otterbein College with a bachelors 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.

Andrea Allen, Board Vice President

Andrea Allen, a Licensed Master Social Worker, provided clinical services to children, adolescents, and their families at Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center from 1978 until her retirement at the end of 2015. Beginning in 2006, Andrea served as the Center’s Assistant Director, developing and ensuring implementation of programs for children, adolescents, and adults throughout a five-county area.

Andrea earned her B.S. in History and M.S. in History degrees from Tennessee State University, as well as a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. During her career, she has served on numerous Boards of Directors for a variety of nonprofit and for profit organizations, including her current roles as Chairperson of the Beaufort County BB&T Board of Directors; as Recording Secretary for Citizens Against Violence Everywhere (CAVE); and on the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of Leadership Beaufort (1990), and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Delta Omega Chapter. Andrea also has served as Sunday School Superintendent for Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaufort, S.C. since 1996.

Mary Lou Brewton

Mary Lou is a former Board Member of the Beaufort History Museum, and currently serves on the boards of the Beaufort County Historical Society and the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society. She also is a member of the Beaufort County Mayors’ Heritage Tourism Advisory Board.

Lorrie Burleyknoles

Lorrie studied environmental geology and Russian linguistics but pursued careers in retail/restaurant management and small-business ownership so that she could follow her husband through a career requiring constant relocation. The Californian settled in Beaufort to raise her family. She volunteered as a child collecting entry donations to support the museum her father co-founded. 

She has devoted time to the U.S. Geological SurveyCalifornia Food ShareAmerican Truck Historical Society, the Marine Corps KW/KVN and Family Readiness programs, Naval Ombudsmen Program, School Improvement Council, and the Beaufort Symphony Youth Orchestra. Burleyknoles has been instrumental in the development of the museum’s docent program.

Steve Guida, Board Treasurer

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 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 planning and strategic marketing advice to entrepreneurs and leaders of emerging medical device companies. He is a past president and director of the Polawana Island Homeowner Association; and treasurer of the nonprofit organization Friends of Fort Fremont. Steve and his wife Sarah, natives of South Carolina, moved to St Helena Island in 2005 and pursue interests in local and South Carolina history, investments, community betterment, sports and fitness.

Stuart Heath, Board Secretary

Stuart is a retired educator who taught for 30 years in the Clemson, S.C. area schools. After retiring, she supervised student teachers for Clemson University. In addition, she helped to establish the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Alumnae and Collegiate Chapters at Clemson. Stuart also served on the boards, and as president, of the Clemson University Woman’s Club and the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, for which she raised funds. Stuart and her husband, Wayne, moved to Beaufort in 2012 and she is an active volunteer and fundraiser for a number of local nonprofit organizations here. 

A member of the Beaufort County Open Land Trust since the early 1990s, she is one of three volunteer coordinators for the Auldbrass 2015 Tour sponsored by the Open Land Trust. Stuart was chairman of the auction committee for the 2014Beaufort Memorial Hospital Valentine Ball. In addition, she is on Historic Beaufort Foundation’s development committee and assists with fundraising. Stuart is a Friend of Fort Fremont and an active member of the Christian Science Society in Beaufort.

Jeff Kidd

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.

Larry Koolkin

Larry is an entrepreneur who has helped to launch and manage companies based in the U.S., Europe and the Cloud. He is co-chairman of the building and exhibits committee of the Santa Elena Foundation in Beaufort, S.C. In this role, Larry is responsible for managing exhibition planning and development to tell the story of European colonization of North America and of Santa Elena, the first colonial capital in present-day United States. 

Larry is also the founder of, a Cloud-based tool for the museum, gallery, conservator, collector or fine arts service provider. He holds graduate degrees in both museum studies and applied computer science. His interest in these areas focus on the structure, organization, optimization and leverage of information and content. He is also a member of the Beaufort County Historic Preservation Review Board. Previously, Larry served as a member of the Volunteer Board of the Boston Museum of Science and assisted the director of Vermont’s Lake Champlain Maritime Museum with technology and publishing projects.

He holds a Masters degree in Applied Computer Science, and graduate degree in Museum Studies from Tufts University.

Carla Marsh

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. 

Harold L. “Mitch” Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell was born and raised on his family's farm in the Sheldon Township of Beaufort County, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Dale Elementary, Robert Smalls Junior and Senior High Schools, and South Carolina State University. Mitch is a retired military officer, retired airline pilot, member of the board of trustees at The Penn Center,  The Museum of Flight in Seattle Washington and chairman emeritus of its Astronaut Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program. He serves on the Beaufort County Planning Commission, and as a member on the Board of Advisors for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.

As a military officer, Major Gen (Retired) Mitchell was Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. In that role, he assisted the Inspector General in the performance of all responsibilities of the Office of the Inspector General and in the oversight of two field-operating agencies—the Air Force Inspection Agency (AFIA), and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).

General Mitchell’s military career spanned over 39 years of service, eight years active and 31 years as a Reservist. Captain Mitchell's civilian career as a professional airline pilot spanned over 34 years with two major air carriers.

Annmarie Reiley-Kay

Annemarie is the Director of Programs and Exhibits for the Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, SC.  She is an experienced museum professional with expertise in collections management, exhibition design, museum programs and museum management.

Geri Connors

Museum's Administrative Assistant.  

Ivette Burgess

Liaison to the City of Beaufort

Phil Cromer

Liaison to the Beaufort City Council

Our mission is to preserve, promote and interpret the experiences of our past that influence us now and in the future.

The Beaufort History Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

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