Staff

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Geales Sands

Executive Director

Geales joined the Foundation in 2004 as its Executive Director and first employee. Previously, she worked in volunteer recruitment and placement as well as in development for nonprofits. She enjoys connecting people and organizations. She is a Riley Fellow and a Senior Fellow with the Waccamaw American Leadership Forum. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Louisiana State University.

Contact Geales for:
  • Public speaking
  • Overview of nonprofit organizations in Georgetown County
  • Information on Georgetown area nonprofits
  • General consultation for nonprofits
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Jamie Jayroe

Coordinator

Jamie joined the Foundation in 2012 after working as both a bookkeeper in the private sector and as a supervisor for an afterschool program (funded by the Bunnelle Foundation). Jamie provides technology support to the Foundation. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Coastal Carolina University.

Contact Jamie for:
  • Technology Assistance
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Ashley Nelson

Executive Assistant

Ashley joined the Foundation in 2014 after working in the telecommunications industry. Ashley provides administrative support to the Executive Director and manages office logistics for the Foundation. She holds an MBA in Human Resources Management from Strayer University and a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Winthrop University.

Contact Ashley for:
  • General information
  • Scheduling a meeting with a Staff member
  • Reserving a Bunnelle Meeting Space
  • Palmetto Giving Day
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Amanda Young

Program Associate

Amanda joined the Foundation in 2012 after working in social services for the State of South Carolina. As the Program Associate, Amanda provides primary support for the Foundation’s grants programs. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and minored in Social Work at the University of South Carolina.

Contact Amanda for:
  • General information about eligibility requirements
  • Status of requests
  • Questions about applications and/or site visits
  • Information on Georgetown area nonprofits
  • Advice on proposal ideas
  • General consultation for nonprofits

Board of Directors

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Robert E. Jewell

Board Chair

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Steve Ford

Director

Southeastern Wealth Consultants, LLC

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Carol Jayroe

Director

Peace Sotheby's International Realty

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Michelle Mapp

Director

South Carolina Community Loan Fund

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Larry Mercado

Director

Mercado Holdings, LLC