Board of Directors

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.”

Governing Board

Jennifer Boyle headshot

Jennifer Boyle

Jennifer grew up in Spartanburg, SC and attended The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee.  She graduated with a BS in math in 1992.  She fell in love with the lowcountry after doing an internship the summer before her junior year of college (and still works for the company today)!  Her husband, Stephen, has worked for Blackbaud since 1996.  Through his work he heard of USL and kept his eye on it until their boys were old enough to attend.  The boys both cherish their middle school years at USL and remain close to the friends (and teachers) they met, even though many go to different schools and some are even in different cities now.  Jennifer was excited to join the Board to be able to give back a little to a school that made such an impact in her family’s lives.


Amy Frain

Amy is  a proud native New Orleanian and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Master's  and undergraduate degrees, a B.A. in English with Secondary Education certification, from the University of Maryland where she also met her husband. She has been married to Bryan since 1993.  Her greatest accomplishment are her three children.  All three of her children graduated from USL. Kate was the first student ever! Amy has been involved with USL since it's beginning days. Amy is deeply devoted to University School and is grateful for the way USL helped shape her children into the curious, confident, warm, respectful young adults, citizens of the world, students, siblings, and friends they are today. 


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.

Russell Horres Bio

Russell Horres, Ph.D.

Russell Horres is a native of Charleston and resides in Mount Pleasant. In addition to a lengthy career in medical product development, Dr. Horres served for twenty-five years as an adjunct associate professor of cell biology at Duke University, where he was involved in cardiac research and teaching. He holds twelve U.S. patents and has forty-four publications in his field. He has been listed in American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders. Dr. Horres has been a volunteer researcher and interpretive guide for the National Park Service since 2001. In 2006, Dr. Horres helped found the African American Historical Alliance to commemorate and preserve our shared legacy. Dr. Horres has had a long standing interest in educating youth in the Charleston area. He is involved in helping students with career exploration.


Tanya Staubes

Tanya grew up in Columbia and attended Clemson University. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, she worked as a prosecutor for the City of Charleston before being appointed as an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the Town of Mt. Pleasant. She was also an adjunct instructor for the College of Charleston. She previously served three terms on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Charleston and is currently the Chair of the Girl Scouts East Cooper Service Unit 650. She lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband and youngest child; her two older children are in college.  

Darlene Rawls

Darlene grew up in Charleston, SC.  She graduated from Duke University in 1982 with a BS in Psychology and an AB in Chemistry.  She graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest University) with an MD in 1986.  She moved back to Charleston for her residency in Internal Medicine at MUSC.  She met her husband, Jimmy, during that time.  They have been married since 1993.  Their daughter, Maya, attended USL for 7th-8th grade.  Maya graduated from Academic Magnet High School and Furman University with an AB in Elementary Education.  She is now studying for her Master’s in Special Education at Furman University.   During our family’s time at USL, it was life changing to see how the students were engaged in learning, focused on becoming global citizens, and mentored their classmates.  Our family valued the culture and life long quest for learning that USL inspired.  USL lived up to having the World as their Classroom.  USL fostered the joy for learning, the need for questioning, and the purpose of engaging with the community near and far. Darlene lives on Folly Beach with Jimmy and their two rescued canine family members


Dede Warren

Originally from Savannah Ga, Dede has called Mt Pleasant home since 1991. She holds a BA degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her 25 year career in Real Estate has given her the opportunity to form meaningful relationships in the community. One of these is a 30 year relationship with Jason Kreutner . Her goal in serving on the Board is to support him and help get the word out in the community about USL. Dede has also served the community through Jr League, DAR and Seacoast Church.


Jimmy Rawls

Jimmy grew up in New Bern, NC and attended Wofford College. Upon graduation in 1987 he headed for Charleston where he attended MUSC Medical School. While there he fell in love with Darlene (to whom he is happily married) and the Lowcountry. Like many others, he stayed here after his education was finished and he now practices Anesthesiology in the Roper hospital system. He became enamored with USL’s unique culture and curriculum when his daughter Maya attended before going on to Academic Magnet Hight School and then Furman, where she earned a Master’s in Education. He says “The world would be a better place if there were more schools like USL. The focus on teaching students to truly be cognizant Citizens is fantastic and much needed in our increasingly narrow-minded culture. I would have been a better person if I had been educated at a USL kind of school. I want to do what I can to bring that to as many children as possible." Jimmy lives on Folly Beach with Darlene and loves to be in the ocean as much as he can.

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)

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

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

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