Volunteer Leadership

Governing Board

The Board is committed to helping University School of the Lowcountry to grow and flourish and be successful over the long term. As stated by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), “The board is the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.”

Lisa Hand, M.D.
Lisa first became involved with the University School of the Lowcountry as a parent of a student.  Her daughter Sarah graduated from USL in 2011, and both of her daughters have been mentors for the students.  When she is not focused on her role as mother, Lisa is a psychiatrist.  After serving as Director of MUSC’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division and the Director of the Child Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, Lisa began a private practice in Mount Pleasant.  She resides in Mount Pleasant with her husband, daughters and numerous pets.

Robert R. Donato, Esq.
Robert is a resident of Mt. Pleasant, SC and has been involved with the University School of the Lowcountry since its inception. He currently serves Legal Counsel for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. Prior to joining the MUSC FRD, he was a practicing attorney with over 25 years of experience. He has served as in-house counsel to a New York based venture capital firm and in private practice advising clients on issues involving public and private venture funding as well as mergers and acquisitions and is a certified mediator. He is also a contributor to the FastTrac entrepreneurial program curriculum developed by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City and a certified Administrator and Facilitator of the FastTrac entrepreneurial development program. Robert and his wife, Pamela, live in Mt. Pleasant.

Amy Frain
I am a proud native New Orleanian (Go Saints!) and a licensed clinical social worker, though I haven't practiced in almost 20 years. I received my MSW and undergraduate degree (a B.A. in English with Secondary Education certification) from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) where I also met my husband. I have been married to Bryan, a cardiologist at Roper, since 1993.  My greatest accomplishment? I am mom to three: Kate (21 and a senior at Princeton),  Lily (19 and a sophomore at USC), and Jack (16 and a junior at Wando). Kate was the original, founding student at USL -- the first to sign on the dotted line! Although my children have all graduated from University School, I remain in close touch with many of the parents and kids who are there. I am deeply devoted to University School and am ever grateful for the way USL and its faculty helped shape my children into the wonderful, curious, confident, warm, respectful young adults, citizens of the world, students, siblings, and friends they are today!  I look forward to continuing to support and be involved with USL in the future. Please let me know how I can help you!

Leigh B. Mills
Leigh has been involved with USL since its founding in February of 2007, and she is in her second tour of duty on the Board. She graduated in 2003 from Clemson University with a BS in Accounting and is currently working as the Controller at Thesys Technologies. In her childhood, she swam for the Snee Farm Swim Team for 12 years and then assisted Jason in coaching for an additional 4 years. Currently, Leigh resides in Mt. Pleasant with her husband and three sons.


James Rawls, M.D.
Jimmy embraced the USL community when his daughter, Maya, joined University School in 2009. Jimmy and his wife, Darlene, will affectionately be forever known as Mr. Dr. and Mrs. Dr. Rawls from their time as chaperones on overnight trips! Now a junior at Furman, Maya and the Rawls family continue to be enthusiastic supporters of USL.  An anesthesiologist with Anesthesia Associates of Charleston and CEO at BetterIV.com, Jimmy enjoys serving USL as a Board Member.

Roger Smith
Roger Smith is an attorney and educational consultant who recently retired after twenty-five years working in and for independent schools across the country as teacher, coach, college counselor, department head, academic adviser, and search consultant.  Among the schools where Roger worked are Hill School (PA), Choate Rosemary Hall (CT), Webb School of California, Menlo School (CA), The Ross School (NY), and Savannah Country Day School.  A native Charlestonian who spent his teenage years in Mount Pleasant, Roger graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University (BA), Middlebury College (MA), and the University of Texas (JD).  Roger divides his time between Sullivan's Island and Flat Rock, NC.  When not volunteering at USL,  Roger enjoys reading, hiking, bicycling, sailing, tennis, and traveling on land or sea.




As seen here at the USL table at Hibben's Harvest Festival, Board support and leadership are key.




Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors is an advisory (non-governing) body, and its members have all had direct experience with University School of the Lowcountry students and can speak first-hand about USL and its program. BOV members share the story of University School and help our students stay connected with developments, opportunities, careers, etc. in the world beyond our campus. The group is richly diverse, and USL benefits greatly from each member's unique insight and the group's collective wisdom.

Russell Horres, Ph.D. - Chair
Biomedical consultant and retired medical device company executive. Founding member Board of Visitors and planner for 5 LOTC activities. Volunteer service includes 20 years as Adjunct Associate Professor of Cell Biology at Duke University and 17 years with National Park Service.

Quinn Burke , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, College of Charleston

Heather Coll
Empowering Entrepreneurs at Ceterus, Talent Development at Charleston Digital Corridor, Former Counselor and Job Shadow Coordinator at USL

Sterling deVries
Director of Education, Charleston Gaillard Center

Dana Bowen Edwards
Special Education Teacher, Moultrie Middle School

Alicia Hinson
Deputy Director, Windwood Family Services

Janice Key, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Division Director of Adolescent Medicine, and the Boeing Center for Children's Wellness' Director of School and Community-based Programs at MUSC

David Leggett
Law Student - USC School of Law, Carolina Scholar, Graduate - South Carolina Honors College, USL Mentor

Talim Lessane
Director, Upward Bound and Pre-College Programs, College of Charleston

Megan Nordoff
Head of School, Montessori School of Mount Pleasant

Sheila Powell
Executive Director, St. James South Santee Senior & Community Center, Awendaw Town Council Member (since 2009)

Rebecca Sailor
Curator of Education, The Gibbes Museum of Art   

Stephen Schabel, Jr.
Director of Education, Center for Birds of Prey

Rev. Dr. William Swinton, Jr.
Pastor, Ebenezer AME Church

Dede Warren
Carolina One Real Estate, East Cooper Top Producers

Friends of University School

Friends of the School provide support and guidance to University School.

J. Scott Ballenger
Antitrust and Competition / Appellate Law
Latham & Watkins
Washington, D.C.

John L. Eady, M.D.
Chief of Orthopedics
Dorn VA Hospital
Columbia, SC

Ward J. Ghory, Ed.D.
Head of School, The Harley School
(former Head of School, University School of Milwaukee)
Rochester, NY

Nichole Green, Ph.D.
Research and Program Specialist
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, D.C.

Robert C. (Tres) Heffron III
Software Architect
Bainbridge Island, WA

Tom Horton
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Rachel Kronick Rothbart         
Assistant Director, Career Services, Gould School of Law
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Joseph Wiendl, CFA CPA
Laminar Advisors
Tampa Bay, FL