Board of Directors
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.
Mary Faas has a healthcare career that spans 30 years working as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in hospital emergency departments. She treated psychiatric emergencies as well as victims of abuse and sexual assault. She later developed a psychopharmacology clinic within the hospital. Mary has volunteered with local community groups and as a trustee for Wexford Foundation.
R. Christopher Kirk (Chris) is a retired CPA with careers in both the corporate world and self-employment. Chris has volunteered in many business-to-business services through the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce; assisting lower income members of our community with their business affairs; training youth in the local high schools; working with SCDNR on ecological studies; and being a juvenile court arbitrator for first time juvenile offenders, Chris is a SC certified Victim Service Provider.
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.
Karen Fowler Penchuk worked with mentally and physically challenged adults and children for many years before entering the medical underwriting insurance field. She ended her career as vice president of the health division of an Accident and Health Reinsurance Company in New York City. Since retiring, Karen has worked with The Thumbs Up program, the United Way of the Lowcountry's community investment panel, and the Spring Island Friends of Hopeful Horizons' committee.
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.
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.
Catherine Stewart has more than 40 years of marketing communications experience in both corporate and agency environments, in a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, consumer goods and nonprofits. Her career focused on strategy and program implementation in marketing, corporate communications and press and analyst relations. She was previously a CODA board member.