Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors facilitates opportunities to improve the lives of high school-age displaced students by providing a nurturing home environment.  They set expectations, monitor goals, and support organizational growth.  The Board of Directors volunteers their time and energy.  100% of all donations go directly to the operation of the house and the betterment of our students.

Kim Wilson, Chairperson

Mr. Kim Wilson retired from the Charleston County School District as Executive Director of Secondary Learning.  Prior to that Mr. Wilson served as the Principal for R. B. Stall High School in North Charleston, South Carolina.  Mr. Wilson graduated from Glenville State College, West Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a major in Physical Education and a minor in English.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation from Marshall University, a Master of Science degree in Physical Education from Marshall University, and a Specialist in Education with an emphasis on School Administration from the Citadel.  

Mr. Wilson has been married for 40 years to Betsy Wilson also a retired teacher.  They have two children Whitney who works in the human resource office as a recruiter for Charleston County School District, and Wesley an engineer with HITT Construction group.

Mr. Wilson was recognized as the 1989 South Carolina Counselor of the Year, 2002-03 South Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year, 2006 South Carolina Association of Student Councils Administrator of the Year, and the 2013-14 South Carolina Secondary Principal of The Year.

Mr. Wilson currently is a self-employed Educational Consultant and provides Capturing Kids Hearts training for educators across the United States.

Kathleen “Kathi” Love

Kathleen “Kathi” Love, Ph.D. moved to the Charleston area in 1989.  Her son, Matthew, serves in the United States Marine Corps. Matthew and Jessie have one son, Connor, who is the love of Kathi’s life. Kathi comes from a close-knit family with 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Kathi retired from the North Charleston Police Department in 2017 after 23 years of dedicated service. Kathi is honorable, loyal, and loves her community. Kathi received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology and her master’s degree in Criminal Justice, all from Charleston Southern University.  In 2018 she earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from North Central University.

Kathi currently is the Chair of the Criminal Justice and Sociology Departments at Charleston Southern University. She spent six years advocating for victims’ rights and seeking justice for rape survivors with People Against Rape (PAR).  . Kathi has received numerous awards and recognitions for her steadfast service and dedication to the safety and well-being of her communities she serves

Betsy Wilson
Secretary /Treasurer

Mrs. Betsy Wilson is a retired Educator from the Charleston County School district.  She taught Business Education, Teacher Cadet and Internship for 27 years.  Mrs. Wilson graduated from the College of Charleston.  She is a lifelong learner continuing her education by taking courses at the Citadel.

Mrs. Wilson served in may different capacities as an educator.  Some of those include:  Dean for School of Business and Information Systems, CERRA Trainer for Teacher Cadet, CERRA Cabinet Leader for Teacher Cadet, The Citadel Mentor for Educators, Coordinator of Graduation, Cheerleading Coach, Induction Leader for new teachers, and New Teacher Mentor.

Mrs. Wilson served as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for CCSD.

Tracy Burgess

Tracy Burgess is a Clinical Counselor at MUSC Institute of Psychiatry Children’s Day Treatment / STAR Program with 28 years  of experience in the field of youth and adolescents. Tracy believes that when children / families experience life stressors it’s not uncommon for their lives to unravel. She is very passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of children while promoting safety and the well being  of children and families. 

Tracy is a native of North Charleston, South Carolina. She is the wife of Chief Reggie Burgess and the mother of two. Tracy is graduate of Claflin University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Marlin C. Burwell

Marlin C. Burwell is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He has been married to Sylvia Burwell for over twenty years, they have two beautiful children together. He is also an Ordained Elder since 2004. After serving 4 years in the USMC, Veteran Marlin began his career at the Housing Authority in Feb. of 1998.  Marlin currently serves as a Certified Public Housing Manager of the Westside, where he is responsible for the supervision of an Assistant Manager, Clerical specialist, 12 Maintenance personnel and 443 Public Housing Apartments.

Rhonda Jerome

Rhonda Jerome was born and raised in North Charleston.  She is a proud graduate of R.B. Stall High School and attended Baptist College.

Rhonda was elected to North Charleston City Council In 2003 and was re-elected in 2019 to serve another 4-year term.

Rhonda believes in her constituents and the youth within.  She works very hard with the Recreation Department to ensure that all ages have the opportunity to participate in sports, classes, fitness, etc.

She is proud to live in a city where people can “live, work and play” and strives daily to make this a reality.

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor is the general manager of Charleston Auto Auction, an XLerate Group Auction.  Having been with the Charleston, South Carolina auction for 16 years, serving as GM since 2009, Laura’s commitment to the auto auction industry is an impressive array of service.  Her tenure with NAAA’s Southern Chapter began in 2010 and culminated with her current Board of Director’s seat, and her position as the 2020 NAAA President.  

Laura has served on numerous committees within IARA and NAAA and enjoys an active and successful career as a volunteer.  Laura’s participation and fundraising include work with Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Compassion International and the H.O.M.E. Project for Stall High School, near her auction.Laura is a Certified Auto Remarketer with IARA and currently sits on the IARA Certification committee.  Laura was nominated to the industry’s Women in Remarketing (2013); is a Warren Young recipient (2016); a founding member of the NAAA P.A.C.; and, was honored with the National Association of Professional Women Award (2012).

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