Ben received his Master of Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University, his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law School, and his Bachelor of History from Presbyterian College. He has been a staff member of the SC Coastal Council, the Director of the Natural Resources Division under Governor Dick Riley and a lawyer in a private practice. He has also been the South Carolina Manager and Director of Governmental Communications for Carolina Public Relations/Marketing, Inc. and an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at Brevard College, Furman University and University of South Carolina Honors College. Outdoor activities that he enjoys doing in his free time are fishing, birding, baseball and bicycling.
Director of Education
Cell: (803) 609-4778
Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. She started working at SCWF in 1997 as the Administrative Assistant. In 1998, she worked for USCB's Pritchards Island on a Loggerhead Sea Turtle Conservation Project. She then returned to SCWF upon graduation in 1999 and started full-time as the Director of Education. Sara now works part-time from home, and coordinates the Backyard, Schoolyard, and Community Habitat Programs, Wildlife And Industry Together (WAIT) Program, Midlands Master Naturalist class, Palmetto Pro Birder program, Women’s Outdoor Recreation Retreat, and other education programs and events. Some outdoor activities that she enjoys in her free time are gardening, hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, beach-combing, and playing outside with her family and dogs.
Director of Development
Harley received her Bachelor of Social Work from East Carolina University. While at ECU, she worked closely with the development office as a student intern. After graduation, Harley began a career in fundraising and development working with organizations such as the United Way, Event 360, the Breast Cancer 3-Day for a Cure project, and, most recently, the University of South Carolina as the Director of Development for the College of Education. At SCWF, Harley is responsible for developing and coordinating fund-raising efforts through cultivation and solicitation of individuals, businesses, industries, and foundations. Harley is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina. During her free time she enjoys playing outside with her family.
Wildlife Habitat Manager
Laura received her Master’s degree in Earth Resources Management from USC and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the College of Charleston. Laura has over 30 years of experience working with SCANA in the environmental field including training, compliance, permitting, assessment and remediation, as well as managing its avian protection program. In addition, she led community outreach, corporate environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. She is a long-standing board member of Keep the Midlands Beautiful and an avid supporter of SCWF. At SCWF, she assists in planning and coordinating all habitat programs. In her free time, Laura enjoys boating, fishing and swimming on the lake and tidal creeks of the low country with her family and four dogs.
Special Event Assistant
Kelly is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and a minor in Advertising/Public Relations at the University of South Carolina. Through her time as a Capstone Scholar and Chi Omega, she has fostered a love for volunteering, especially with children and animals. At SCWF, Kelly assists with special events such as the Annual Photo Contest and Wild Summer’s Nite Auction & Wild Game Feast. Growing up at the Jersey Shore, Kelly’s favorite outdoor activity is spending long days on the beach.
Fish & Wildlife Biologist, Special Projects Manager
Steve received his Bachelor and Masters of Biological Sciences/Marine Biology at Florida Institute of Technology. He is retired from a Federal Service career working and supervising for both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Ecological Services Division) working on wetlands, streams, rivers, fish passage and the Everglades Restoration; and the NOAA Coastal Services Center supporting coastal professionals. He is currently on the Board of Audubon SC and involved in National Audubon’s Marsh Migration (in light of sea level rise) Project. Favorite outdoor activities include diving, snorkeling, and downhill skiing.
Government Relations Manager
A Columbia, SC native, Trip attended Wofford College and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned a bachelors’ degree in political science. Trip worked as former U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings’ State Director for many years , did a stint as a development officer with University Libraries at USC and went on to serve as Vice President Biden’s National Political Director on the 2012 Obama-Biden re-election campaign. He is the principal in S.B. King & Associates, a Columbia, S.C.-based government relations and public affairs consulting firm. Trip is our point person on legislation at the SC Statehouse, and he assumes those duties as well for our conservation partner, Audubon South Carolina.
The friendly SCWF staff encourages contact with its donors. The SCWF may be small, but the staff work hard together and make a great team. They are very passionate about what they do and hope that same passion will rub off on all of SCWF’s supporters.
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