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Hopeful Horizons Announces New Board Members

Hopeful Horizons is pleased to announce new members of its Board of Directors:

  • Michelle Elliott, Realtor, Weichert Realtors

  • Tom Faas, CPA, BDO Seidman

  • Pamela Steele, Hilton Head Island Elementary School

  • Sally McAlister, Retired Health Scientist

2021 Board of Directors Officers:

Chairperson: Meredith Bannon, Esq., The Bannon Group

Chair-Elect: Jim Rumer

Treasurer: Sandi Atkins

Secretary: Jennifer Moneagle

“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.”

Michelle Elliott is an energetic and committed Realtor® serving the Low Country. 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 is a Tax Managing Director at BDO USA, LLP and supports engagement teams in the Southeast with respect to accounting for income tax matters. Tom has extensive experience with ASC 740 matters and most recently worked for PwC Boston as a Managing Tax Director. He worked as a subject matter expert in accounting for income taxes, as well as leading tax provision efforts for public and private clients. Prior to his fifteen years with PwC, Tom worked at KPMG out of the Boston office for 15 years (eight years as a tax partner). Tom is very knowledgeable in both federal and U.S international tax matters. He has previously served as an adjunct professor at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Tom lives in Bluffton with his wife Margie. They have two daughters; one who works and lives in Boston and the other is in law school in Virginia.

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.

Pamela Steele 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. She is married to Brad Steele, executive director of The Literacy Center.

Hopeful Horizons is a children's advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center that works to create safer communities by changing the culture of violence and offering a path to healing. The organization provides safety, hope and healing to survivors through evidence-based practices, outreach, prevention and education. Hopeful Horizons serves Beaufort, Allendale, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. For more information on the mission and vision of Hopeful Horizons, visit


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