Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Announces Officers and New Directors

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced board of director officers for its 2017 fiscal year: John Weymouth, Chair; Jeri Farren, Vice Chair; Beth Mayo, Treasurer; and Denise Spencer, President/Secretary (non-voting staff liaison).

Additionally, three new directors have joined Community Foundation’s board of directors.

Toni Bailey, Bluffton, is a retired corporate vice president of community and education relations at The Boeing Company, where she worked for 25 years. Prior to Boeing she was employed at McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company as a division director of human resources. Earlier in her career she was employed as both an equal opportunity investigator and a counselor for the hearing impaired. Bailey has also served as an adjunct professor of nonprofit management at Washington University (St. Louis) and Webster University (Webster Grove, Mo.) She has served on numerous boards in Chicago, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. She currently serves as chair of the Hampton Hall Charitable Fund.

Cheryl Comes, Beaufort, is retired from Altria Client Services, a subsidiary of Altria Group, Inc., the parent company of Philip Morris USA, where she held positions in research and development, operations and corporate affairs. There, she built partnerships with national and local nonprofits and managed a $6 million corporate grants program. She also directed the development and implementation of the Philip Morris Employee Community Fund, which raised more than $2 million annually to support nonprofits. Comes’ board service includes the YMCA of Greater Richmond, CAPA of Beaufort County and Friends of Caroline Hospice. She is currently the chair of Beaufort YMCA.

Sandra Benson is the owner of Custom Audio Visual in Bluffton. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Northern Ohio University and holds active pharmacy licenses in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She worked as a pharmacist until 1996, when she moved to the Lowcountry. Her community service includes current board appointments to Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival and past board service to Volunteers in Medicine. Benson has also been involved with the Gullah Celebration, Mitchelville Project, Hilton Head Choral Society and Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 23019
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29925

Office Location
4 Northridge Drive, Suite A
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29926

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