Board of Directors
The Hopeful Horizons Board of Directors is passionate about ending abuse and changing lives and, together with the CEO, they actively oversee and develop strategies to ensure the organization has the resources necessary to support this mission. Financial management, organizational communications, fundraising and strategic planning are their primary responsibilities in addition to serving as ambassadors within the community.
Board members are elected for an initial term of three years and required to attend bi-monthly meetings, which are held on the third Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm. Additionally, they are expected to serve on at least one standing committee and to actively participate in and contribute to fundraising events. The standing committees are Executive, Fundraising/PR, Governance and Finance/Investment.
As ambassadors, board members are expected to be familiar with the organization’s programs, services, strengths and areas of opportunity as well as current issues affecting our clients and our operations. They are encouraged and requested to attend program events and to contact local representatives when necessary in support of the organization’s needs.
Hopeful Horizons is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment. Hopeful Horizons believes that nonprofits are better able to do their work effectively and with authenticity when led by boards that are diverse, inclusive and equity focused.
Current Board Members
David Ames has a background in community planning and real estate development, plus 40 years of non-profit board experience where he participated in capital campaigns, branding and strategic planning. He is a former Hope Haven board member and chairman emeritus.
Sandra Atkins had a 40 year career in financial services, including owning a CPA practice for the first 25 years and then a women-owned wealth management firm that provided comprehensive financial planning and fee-only investment management services. She specialized in helping women navigate financial transitions such as the loss of a spouse, divorce or retirement. Sandra has served on several boards.
Meredith Bannon, Esq., is a managing partner at the Bannon Law Group, LLC in Bluffton SC. Meredith is a practicing lawyer handling real estate closings and litigation. She entered private practice after spending 7 years working as a prosecutor in Arizona and at the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's office in Bluffton, SC. She was previously a Hope Haven board member.
Teresa Brashears (Terri) was an elementary school teacher in New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina for 40 years and retired from Beaufort County School District in 2014 as a District Lead Mentor. From 2008 to the present, she and her husband are Area Developers in Augusta, GA and Boston, MA, as well as Franchise Owners in Bluffton, SC for Liberty Tax Service. She was previously a Hope Haven board member.
Kristin Dubrowski, CEO of Hopeful Horizons, has been working in the victim service field since 1999. Prior to her move to South Carolina in 2004, Ms. Dubrowski was the director of a domestic violence shelter in Denver, Colorado. She was hired by CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse) in 2004 and became the executive director in 2007. Upon the January 1, 2017 merger of CODA and Hope Haven into Hopeful Horizons, Ms. Dubrowski became the Chief Operations Officer. As of January 1, 2019, Ms. Dubrowski moved into Hopeful Horizons’ CEO position.
She has a B.A. in Women's Studies from Cornell College, a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and she is a South Carolina certified Victim Service Provider. Ms. Dubrowski taught Leadership and Professional Ethics for the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Human Services program from 2009 until 2012 and she currently serves on the Human Service Program Advisory Council. She is the past chair of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s board of directors and she also served on the board of the Lowcountry Homeless Coalition.
Michelle Elliott is an energetic and committed Realtor® serving the LowCountry. She previously spent 19 years working as an SVP in Compliance and Risk working with Office of Comptroller of Currency for Bank of America. In addition to her drive in assisting her clients, Michelle is very active in the community. Michelle was a Realtor Service award winner in 2018 and 2019. Michelle serves as Board Treasurer for her Shipyard neighborhood, Chairman of Professional Development for Hilton Head Association of Realtors, and the Director of Operations for Weichert Realtors® Hilton Head Office. She is also a member of the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s highly esteemed, Leadership 2019-2020 program.
Tom Faas works part time as a Tax Managing Director at BDO USA, LLP and supports engagement teams in the Southeast with respect to accounting for income tax matters. Previously, Tom worked as a Tax Director for fifteen years with PwC. Prior to that he worked at KPMG for 15 years (eight years as a tax partner). Tom received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Tom and his wife Margie relocated to Bluffton from the Boston area in 2018. They have two daughters. Margie had worked for years in Boston supporting victims of domestic violence, which included overseeing supervised visitations for non -custodial parents.
Renee G. Harley Is a Manager at Delhaize Corporation and previously worked 10 years at Southeastern Groceries as a Co-Manager in Beaufort, SC. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc – Kappa Upsilon Sigma Chapter where she serves as the Financial Advisor. Renee has partnered with several charities in the Beaufort and Bluffton area including City Year, Columbia, SC, Boys and Girls Club, Radiance Women Care, United Way, St. Jude and the March of Dimes.
She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science and has her MBA in Human Resource Management from Strayer University. She is currently a Member on SHRM and National Honor Society. Renee is married to Shaun Harley and has three children, DeAndre, Simone and Shaun M. Harley. She was born in Hampton, SC, to Haiston and Bobbie Ann Priester and has two sibling Haiston Priester, Jr and Telley Priester.
Her daily motto: What is Delayed is not Denied. Trust the Process because it’s on God timing.
Sally McAlister retired to Spring Island, Okatie, SC in 2014. Sally was educated at Georgetown University where she developed an interest in research. She spent her career as a health scientist working on bleeding disorders for over 35 years – first as a nurse at University of Michigan Hospital, then an Executive Director of a not for profit health agency for hemophilia. While in MI, she was recruited to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta where she worked on rare blood disorders and AIDS for 15 years. She finished her career in biotechnology at Biogen, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA that developed new genetically produced blood products for hemophilia.
Sally was introduced to Hopeful Horizons through her role as co-chair of the “Spring Island Friends of HH”. She serves on the Spring Island Board of Directors, chairs its Art and House Committees, and volunteers at Heroes on Horseback in Bluffton, SC. She has been a horse owner all her life and was a 4th level dressage rider. She trail rides and enjoys long walks with her husband and mini Aussie- Doodle “Gracie”.
Jennifer Moneagle taught middle school language arts for three years before embarking on a 28-year career with Ford Motor Company as a sales and marketing executive. After moving to the Lowcountry in 2009 she joined Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) as the Marketing Director. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the Historic Beaufort Foundation and volunteers at Auldbrass and with the Friends of Hunting Island.
Andre Nougaret spent 35 years as public school educator, serving in many roles: special education teacher; director of special education; elementary school principal; executive director of HR; assistant superintendent; deputy superintendent; superintendent. He was previously a Hope Haven board member.
Marianne Rothnie worked in international education for 10 years and with a variety of organizations as a volunteer for 40 years. She was previously a Hope Haven board member and board emeritus.
James Rumer (Jim) is a retired Finance Executive with more than 37 years of finance and accounting experience with a Fortune 500 company. After having assignments around the globe, Jim recently located to the Lowcountry area from Eastern Pennsylvania where he was very active in his local United Way.
Angela Simmons serves as Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. She began in this role in December 2019 and is responsible for co-curricular and student success initiatives, programs, and support at the university. She has served on several boards, including the New River Valley Women’s Resource Center board in southwest Virginia. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and a master’s degree in counselor education with a concentration in student affairs, both from Mississippi State University. She has a doctor of education degree in higher education from Florida State University.
Mark Solow is a retired financial executive with broad experience in capital markets, investment banking, management and leadership, and a detailed knowledge of commercial and community banking.
Born and raised not far from the beaches of Southern California, Pamela Steele has been a fan of Hilton Head Island since the 1990s when she first began visiting here with her young family. After owning a vacation home on the island for many years, Pamela and her husband Brad, finally made it their permanent home in September of 2016 – 10 days before the arrival of
Hurricane Matthew. Not long after the trauma of Matthew faded from view, Pamela was diagnosed with breast cancer and began a new battle with the “unknown."
Pamela graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984. In one form or another, she has worked as an educator since 1987. Teaching math and tutoring middle and high schoolers has been her greatest delight. She always loves to be learning new things and is currently receiving an “education” in the world of special needs children as an assistant teacher
in HHI Elementary IB’s Autism program. Her pride and joy are her two adult children Megan (30) and Dutton (28) who live and work on HHI and in Atlanta.
Pamela’s perspective on the mission of Hopeful Horizon is personal as life in Los Angeles was not often easy. Growing up with a mother trapped in an abusive marriage, escaping the situation in her early teens, experiencing life on welfare and finally watching the endless pursuit of her mother’s education “rescue” them out of poverty and hopelessness, Hopeful Horizons is
a natural place for Pamela to serve her community. Her hope is that her story of faith and perseverance can inspire and encourage others to overcome and even thrive.