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Hopeful Horizons Announces 2020 Officers for Board of Directors

Hopeful Horizons is pleased to announce the officers for its 2020 Board of Directors.

  • Chairperson: Meredith Bannon, The Bannon Group

  • Chair-Elect: Sandy Berthelsen

  • Treasurer: Sandi Atkins

  • Secretary: Jennifer Moneagle

“Hopeful Horizons holds a special place in my heart,” said Meredith Bannon, Board Chairperson. “During my years prosecuting sex crimes against children, they provided ongoing support and counseling to my victims and witnesses. As a member of the community, a woman and mother to a small child, their outreach programs strengthen my pride and love of Beaufort County. The breadth of programs and lasting impact of Hopeful Horizons humbles and honors me to serve as a Board Member.”

Bannon is a managing partner at the Bannon Law Group, LLC in Bluffton SC. She 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. Bannon has served on Hopeful Horizons’ board since 2017 and was on Hope Haven’s board prior to the 2017 merger with CODA.

“I feel very fortunate to work with such a dedicated, talented and generous board of directors,” said Kristin Dubrowski, CEO of Hopeful Horizons. “These individuals are a driving force for ending abuse and changing lives in our community.”

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.

Sandy Berthelsen served for 30 years as an educator. For 20 years she worked in the Fairfax (Virginia) County Public Schools as a guidance counselor, a teacher in the gifted and talented program and finally as a principal. After retiring from the public school system, she was an adjunct professor at George Mason University supervising graduate student teachers.

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.

For more information on the mission and vision of Hopeful Horizons, visit

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