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A Public & Private Partnership For The Good Of All.

A community-wide, collaborative labor of love.

The transformation of the Gaillard Auditorium into the new Gaillard Center brings together the time, work, skills, and resources of diverse teams of dedicated and committed people who believe this project is essential to our city.


Foundation Staff

Doerte McManus - Executive Director
Caroline Schultz - Campaign Gifts Officer
Caroline Moore - Campaign Gifts Officer
Aaron Jacobson - Campaign Manager
Meryl McCants - Campaign Associate

Board Members

The Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation manages the fundraising effort for the private donations to finance the new Gaillard Center. Its board consists of:

Martha Rivers Ingram - Chairwoman
Dr. Renee Dobbins Anderson - Vice Chairwoman
Charles S. Way, Jr. - Secretary Treasurer
Luther P. Cochrane - Director
Paul B. Galvani - Director

Capital Campaign Cabinet

Capital Campaign Chairs

Dr. Renee and Ivan V. (Andy) Anderson, Jr.
John and Billings Cay
Jill and John Chalsty

Capital Campaign

The Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet consists of ex-officio citizens who volunteer their time to help make the New Gaillard Center become a reality for our city through our fundraising efforts.

The Gaillard Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit.

Ivan V. (Andy) Anderson, Jr.
Dr. Renee Dobbins Anderson
P. George Benson
Billings Cay
John E. Cay, III
Jill S. Chalsty
John S. Chalsty
Luther P. Cochrane
Charles P. "Buddy" Darby, III
Christopher B. Fraser
Paul B. Galvani
Ozey Horton
Martha Rivers Ingram
Edward E. "Ted" Legasey
William G. "Bill" Medich
Charles W. Patrick Jr.
Rita Scott
Gregory Van Schaack
Charles S. Way, Jr.

The Charleston Gaillard Center Governance Board

  • Dr. Renee Dobbins Anderson

    Dr. Anderson's professional career in higher education spanned more than three decades. She holds master's and Ph.D. degrees from the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a certificate in educational management from Harvard University. Spending more than twenty years as associate dean for graduate education at UNC and thirteen years in institutional advancement and development there, her regional and national involvement in educational leadership included graduate education, higher education and institutional advancement consulting, fundraising and training. Concluding with the successful completion of UNC's 2.4 billion Carolina First Campaign, she retired in 2003 as associate dean of Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Current affiliations include vice chairman, Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation, chair, Campaign Cabinet and co-chair, Gaillard Campaign. She is a member of The University of North Carolina Press Advancement Council and UNC's Women's Leadership Council. She is a member of the College of Charleston's Foundation Board and Campaign Steering Committee, founding member of the Addlestone Library's Friends of the Library and member of the Board of Governors of the Business School, and board and executive member of the Charleston Horticultural Society.

  • Nella Gray Barkley

    President and Co-Founder of Crystal - Barkley Corporation, Ms. Barkley's company enjoys an international reputation of successfully teaching individuals and management how to make maximum satisfying use of their human resources. Deeply invested in Charleston's education and arts life, she holds a bachelor's degree from Sweet Briar College, studied in France, and completed an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She has spent decades supporting and furthering social and educational causes in the region, state and nation. Among the numerous leadership positions she has held, the Charleston community has benefited from her efforts as founding chair of Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, vice chair of the SC Committee of the Endowment for the Humanities, general manager of Spoleto Festival USA in 1975-76, founding chair of SC ETV's Endowment, SC Educational Communications, Inc., and South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Foundation. Currently, she serves on the Trident United Way Board for Charleston, Dorchester and Berkley counties, Board of Directors of The Charleston Education Network, officer of Palmetto Horizon Foundation, the College of Charleston's School of Business and the School of Languages, Culture and World Affairs. Ms. Barkley has received South Carolina's highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto.

  • John S. Chalsty

    John Chalsty, a native South African, came to the US in 1955 to study at Harvard Business School, after earning a BSc in chemistry and physics, a BSc (Hons) and a MSc in chemistry from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He received an MBA with high distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Chalsty's distinguished career included Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (now ExxonMobil) in the United States and Europe, followed by the investment banking firm Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette (DLJ) where he began as an oil analyst. He became president and CEO of DLJ in 1986, and concluded his leadership as its chairman from 1996 through 2000. He was senior advisor to Credit Suisse First Boston during 2001 and principal and chairman of Muirfield Capital Management LLC, an asset management firm, from 2002. In addition to leading investment firms, he was vice chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), past president of the New York Society of Security Analysts and director of the Financial Analysts Federation, director, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, director of Lincoln Center Theatre, board member of the New York Philharmonic, board member, American Ballet Theatre, and is trustee emeritus of Columbia University. Mr. Chalsty's Charleston affiliations include board membership of Spoleto Festival USA, advisory board member of the Hollings Cancer Center, and member of the Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation's campaign cabinet and co-chair of the campaign.

  • Luther P. Cochrane

    Mr. Cochrane retired in 2012 as Chairman and CEO of BE&K (now KBR) Building Group, Inc., a diversified commercial, hospitality, healthcare, industrial and institutional construction firm in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Mr. Cochrane has led in the construction industry for more than 20 years, beginning as chairman, president and CEO of McDevitt & Street Company in 1990 and becoming global CEO then chairman of Bovis and Bovis Lend Lease. Formerly, Mr. Cochrane was senior partner of Griffin, Cochrane and Marshall in Atlanta, Georgia, a law firm specializing in real estate and construction law, and was published extensively in the industry. He received the Golden Hammer Award "the lifetime accomplishment/leadership award in the industry. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Morehead fellow and honors graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Civic involvements included board of advisors, North Carolina Blumenthal for the Performing Arts, chairman of Charlotte's Convention Center, Coliseum and Auditorium Authority, chairman of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (tourism & major public buildings), chairman of Charlotte's Task Force on Cultural Facilities Funding, board and executive member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and Board of Regents, American Architectural Foundation among many others. Currently he serves on the foundation board of the Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation, is a member of its Campaign Cabinet, and serves as a member of the foundation board of Porter Gaud School in Charleston.

  • Christopher B. Fraser

    Chris Fraser, CCIM is President of Avison Young, one of Charleston's leading commercial real estate brokerage firms, as well as shareholder and executive vice president, Leasing and Development of WRS, Inc., a real estate development firm, and a co-owner of Southern Real Estate Management, all based in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Initially licensed as a broker in 1985, Mr. Fraser has had significant brokerage and development experience across multiple product types, as well as development of office buildings, hotels, restaurants and sports facilities including the Charleston Battery Soccer Stadium and the Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island. His community and professional involvements include Charleston County School District Board of Trustees as member and past chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Charleston Industry Roundtable member, board and executive committee member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the SC State Housing and Finance Authority, past president of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, former delegate to The White House Conference on Small Business, and past chairman of the board of directors of the Education Foundation. Mr. Fraser serves on the Campaign Cabinet of the Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation.

  • David Ginn

    President & C.E.O. of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Mr. Ginn grew up in the Atlanta area, and holds a degree in economics and international business from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also studied abroad at the London School of Economics. In his leadership role with the CRDA, Mr. Ginn works closely with the region's top business, academic and political leaders to shape and execute a comprehensive regional economic development strategy. The CRDA, organized as a public/private, not-for-profit corporation, is supported and led by the region's most influential business leaders, three county governments, largest municipalities, and top academic institutions. In addition to these important economic development partners, CRDA collaborates with other entities throughout the Charleston area to ensure a globally competitive, sustainable regional economy. Under Mr. Ginn's leadership, the CRDA promotes the region's business, academic and lifestyle strengths worldwide to attract the world's best companies, entrepreneurs and professional talent. Prior to joining the Alliance, Mr. Ginn was executive director of the Trident Economic Development Authority (TEDA), vice president of sales for the Savannah Economic Development Authority, and Industrial Marketing representative for the Atlanta Gas Light Company. Mr. Ginn was awarded the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CED) in 1997.

  • Jonathan Green

    Born in Gardens Corner, SC, Mr. Green attended the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He is Artist and President of Jonathan Green Studios, Inc. since 1985. The first individual of Gullah ancestry to train at a professional art school, he has created an acclaimed body of work that documents this rural culture, which emerged among West African slaves who lived on the Sea Islands or along the adjacent coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Green's work has been widely exhibited in the United States and has been placed in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Morris Museum in Augusta, Georgia; the Afro-American Museum of Philadelphia; the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida and the IFCC Cultural Center in Portland, Oregon. In 1996 Green received an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from the University of South Carolina. He has received numerous other awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the City of Beaufort, South Carolina, in 1993; the Clemente C. Pickney Award from the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1997; the Order of the Palmetto Award in 2002; and the Century of Achievement Award from the Museum of the Americas in 2003. Green also served as honorary chair of the School of the Art Institute Bare Walls in 2003. He is a member of Howard University's Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences; African American Research Library and Cultural Center National Advisory Council.

  • Helen T. Hill

    Executive Director of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB). Helen, a 1985 graduate of Clemson University's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program, began at the CACVB in 1986 and was named Executive Director in 1989. When she began with the Bureau, there were approximately 1 million visitors a year. Today, there are more than 4 million visitors with an estimated economic impact of $2.8 billion. Known for her extensive knowledge of the tourism industry and the tenacity to make things happen, Ms. Hill has created and nurtured new market segments including golf marketing, culinary, heritage, destination weddings and the recruitment of major sporting events including the Family Circle Cup, Davis Cup, World Cup of Golf and Senior PGA Championship. Hill most recently served on the Committee for the 2012 PGA Championship. She has also served as the Chairman of South Carolina Association of Tourism Regions, Southeast Tourism Society and the Vice-Chairman of the Cruising America Coalition. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Wells Fargo Bank Advisory Board and the South Carolina Tourism Alliance. In 2004, Ms. Hill was the fourth person and the first woman to receive the Fred Brinkman Award for Outstanding Tourism Leadership in the State of South Carolina. In 2006, Hill received the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest honor for a private citizen.

  • Martha Rivers Ingram

    Chairman Emerita of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., one of America's largest privately held companies. Mrs. Ingram is a member of the Ingram Industries board and served as its Chairman from 1995 to 2008. Mrs. Ingram has been widely recognized as a leader in educational and civic organizations and the arts. She was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Vanderbilt University in Nashville from 1997 to 2011. She is now an emerita member of the board. She is a past chairman of the Nashville Symphony Association Board of Directors and was vice chairman of the campaign to develop Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the orchestra's spectacular home in downtown Nashville. She continues to serve on the Nashville Symphony board. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Mrs. Ingram is chairman emerita of the board of the Spoleto Festival USA. She also serves on the boards of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre and the Nashville Opera Association, and she is former chair of The KeyBoard for Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Nashville Ballet and a former member of the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She received a special award from the Kennedy Center in 2005 for lifetime accomplishments. In 2010, Mrs. Ingram was presented with the "Eli and Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts", a National Arts Award from the Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. In 1999, Mrs. Ingram received the prestigious "Mary Harriman Award" from the Association of Junior Leagues International. The Business Committee for the Arts Inc. bestowed its national "Leadership Award" on her in 1999. Mrs. Ingram received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Community for Education Foundation at the organization's 20th anniversary celebration in 2012. In 2001, she was named "Tennessean of the Year" by The Tennessean newspaper, in recognition of her philanthropy and leadership in the state's business and cultural life. She was the guiding force in the creation of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where she continues to serve as a board member, and she chaired the 1996 Tennessee Bicentennial Commission. A 1957 graduate of Vassar College, Mrs. Ingram served on Vassar's Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2005.

  • Dr. Harry Lesesne

    Dr. Lesesne currently serves as the Executive Director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving Charleston's parks and public spaces. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Senior Advisor to Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. In his professional career he has also served as an officer in the United States Army, as South Carolina Director for The Conservation Fund, Associate Director of the University of South Carolina Bicentennial Celebration, and Research Assistant Professor of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is the author or editor of two books, including A History of the University of South Carolina, 1940-2000. A graduate of Duke University, he earned a Master's Degree and Doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

  • Cathy Marino

    Cathy has devoted her entire career to education with a special focus on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has spent thirty-six years as an educator,teaching Pre-School, Elementary School ( K-5 ), Special Education and as a college professor. She was a Principal of an Elementary School with children from thirty-four countries, speaking fifty-four languages. She started the first Infant-Toddler child-care program in the State of New Jersey and eventually created programs for 2,3,4, and 5 year olds. While at Harvard, she studied with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton at The Neo-natal Child Development Center at Boston Children's Hospital. Much of Dr.Brazelton's work influenced that being done at The Harlem Children's Zone by Dr.Geoffrey Canada. Mrs. Marino holds a BA in Elementary Education from Russell Sage College, an MA degree in Learning Disabilities from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has completed her post-graduate coursework in Special Education at Harvard, Yale and Columbia Universities. She holds seven different teaching credentials, is a published author, served on the President's National Teachers Advisory Council in Washington, DC, received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Teachers in New Jersey, and served on the Dr. T. Berry Brazelton National Advisory Board. She also served as a panelist for education issues at many Renaissance Weekends with former Governor Richard Riley and President Bill Clinton. Supporting numerous causes in the Low Country, Mrs. Marino serves on the College of Charleston's School of Education Teacher-Leader Program and the School of the Arts Advisory Board. She is a board member of Wings, The Education Impact Council of Trident United Way, Charleston Promise Neighborhood, Engaging Creative Minds,Charleston Education Network, and is a reading tutor for Book Buddies. She also served on The Life Management Board, Florence Crittenton, The Child and FamilyDevelopment Center, Trident United Way and The Children's Museum of the LowCountry. Mrs. Marino is a co-founder of Gibbes, Etc. and The Children's Centerat Carolina Park.

  • William A. Moody, Jr

    Mr. Moody is a 1965 graduate of The Citadel and he has been a certified public accountant since 1970. Retired member of Dixon Hughes PLLC. Founder and CEO of Gamble Givens and Moody CPA LLC and Dixon Hughes Academy LLC. Mr. Moody spent the last 20 years of his professional career as the managing partner of Gamble Givens & Moody LLC. During his tenure the firm tripled its gross revenue to become one of the state's largest and most profitable firms. Since 2003 Moody has served as a senior business advisor with AMS Inc. a state wide business management and consulting firm. He has served as Accountants Global Network International North American Board Chair in 2000-2001 and International Board Chair from 2004-2006. He is a Past President of Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (1994-1995). Mr. Moody has held various Executive Committee positions for the Trident United Way since 2000.

  • Charles W. Patrick

    Attorney Charles Patrick is a founding member of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, a South Carolina law firm with a national practice. He graduated from Furman College magna cum laude and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and holds a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, serving as Executive Editor of the South Carolina Law Review. Mr. Patrick is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been recognized as an Attorney and community volunteer by the Petigru Inns of Court of the Charleston Law School. Included in the most recent editions of Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in America, he is a recipient of the University of South Carolina School of Law's Compleat Lawyer Award in 2007. Mr. Patrick was noted as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2011-12) and a Super Lawyer (2012). Active in local arts and community organizations in Charleston, he chairs the governing board of the Trident United Way (TUW), is a member of the Social Innovation Board of the TUW, Community Investment Committee and chairs the TUW Public Policy Council. He also serves on the boards of the Charleston Promise Neighborhood, Conservation Voters of SC, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Lung Association, and is a member of the Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation Campaign Cabinet. Co-founder of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group LLC, his seventeen-year old company has restored historic properties in Charleston from the American Theatre, the extraordinary event venues William Aiken House and Lowndes Grove Plantation, to the Upper King Street property housing the successful restaurant Fish.

  • Joseph P. Riley, Jr

    A 1964 graduate of The Citadel and a 1967 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mayor Riley is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America. President Barack Obama presented him with the 2009 National Medal of the Arts at the White House for cultivating Charleston's historic and cultural resources to enhance public spaces, and for revitalizing urban centers throughout our nation as founder of the Mayors' Institute on City Design. The American Architectural Foundation and the U. S. Conference of Mayors in February 2010 created The Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award for Leadership in City Design in his honor. He received the South Carolina Governor's Award in the Humanities in 2005 and the American Society of Landscape Architects' 2004 Olmsted Medal; Governing Magazine named him their Public Official of the Year in 2003 for "leveraging the power of urban design and civic space." The American Architectural Foundation honored him in February 2002 with the Keystone Award for exemplary leadership to those who use architecture to transform their communities; and he received the first U. S. Conference of Mayors President's Award in 2000 for outstanding leadership. In July 2000, he was honored as the first recipient of the Urban Land Institute J. C. Nichols Prize for Visionary Urban Development. He has received the Order of the Palmetto and given the 1982 Verner Award by the South Carolina Arts Commission for outstanding contributions to the arts. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He served as President of the U. S. Conference of Mayors 1986-87 and currently serves on the USCM's Executive Committee. Mayor Riley holds eight honorary degrees.

  • Keith Waring

    Owner of Charlestowne Associates, a financial management firm that specialize in planning individual investment strategies that include the proper asset allocation of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The firm also provides investment services for corporations and small businesses through group retirement plans and fringe benefit advice for group medical and disability plans. He received a Bachelor's of Sciences degree in Banking and Finance from the University of South Carolina in 1977. He holds Series 7 and Series 24 Securities License, Registered Principal. Mr. Waring received the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award presented by the Trident Urban League for Excellence in Economic Development in 2002. He is a member of the Diocese of Charleston Finance Board, 2010 to present, Roper St. Francis Hospital Board Member: Chairman Finance Committee, 2005 to present and Chairman Investment Committee, 2005 to present. He was a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1996-2012 and Chamber's Past President (2002-2003), a member of the Health Sciences Foundation of Medical University of SC, Investment Committee, 2004-2009, on the SC-Business Partnership Foundation, Board of Advisors, 2001-2009, served on the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board, 2002-2003, was the Chairman of the Charleston NAACP Freedom Fund Celebration, 2003 and served the College of Charleston Foundation Board, 2004-2008. He also serves St. Patrick Catholic Church as its Finance Board Chairman, 2000-present and Chairman of the Church's Renovation Committee. Mr. Waring is a life time member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

  • Charles S. Way, Jr.

    Chairman of the Board of The Beach Company, a privately-held real estate development company founded in Charleston in 1945. A native of Orangeburg and graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Mr. Way has served Charleston, the Low Country and the State of South Carolina in countless leadership roles. He was past president and chairman of the board of Spoleto Festival USA, board member of the South Carolina Aquarium board, the South Carolina Tourism Council, former chairman of the Palmetto Business Forum, The Palmetto Institute, and chairman of the Coordinating Council for Economic Development, among many others. He served as the State's Secretary of Commerce, was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame, and has twice received the Order of the Palmetto - the highest award bestowed on an individual in South Carolina. He is on the board of trustees of his alma mater's Moore School of Business, and serves as secretary/treasurer of the Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation.

  • Anita Zucker

    A longtime advocate of education and renowned South Carolina philanthropist, Zucker currently serves as Chair and CEO of The InterTech Group, her family holding company.

    Zucker has been a leader in the Charleston area and South Carolina for numerous organizations. She served as chairperson of the Board of Governors of the School of Business at the College of Charleston; she also served on the Advisory Boards of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Jewish Studies and she served on the board of the Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Porter Gaud and Ashley Hall Schools. Zucker is past chair of the MUSC Foundation Board, Hollings Cancer Center Citizens Advisory Committee, member emeritus (first chair, 1993). Zucker currently serves on the President’s Initiatives Committee of the University of South Carolina.

    Zucker has served as president of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Education Foundation. Zucker also chaired the Drug-Free Workplace Program and participated in the School to Work Task Force. She is a past vice-president of Education and Leadership and formerly chaired the Business Education Council, and the Business Education Partnership Committee. She is a former member and past chairperson of the Trident Technical College Foundation Board and Executive Board. She was appointed to the Trident Technical College, Area Commission by Governor Mark Sanford in October 2007.

    Zucker earned a B.A. in education from the University of Florida and a Master’s of Education from the University of North Florida. She taught elementary school for over a decade.

Architecture and Design Team

The new Gaillard Center is a creative collaborative that brings together the best talent from an array of industries and disciplines.

David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc.
David M. Schwarz Architects is a Washington, D.C.-based firm established in 1976. Its design projects range from cultural to educational, commercial, institutional, sports-related, and residential across the United States.

Akustiks, LLC
Akustiks is a firm specializing in the acoustical design of performing arts facilities, including concert halls, opera houses, dance and drama theatres, recital halls, and multi-purpose centers.

Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc.
Fisher Dachs Associates, one of the world's leading theatre planning and design firms, has helped create hundreds of performing arts projects, from small academic theatres to major concert halls and opera houses throughout the world.

The City of Charleston
The Charleston Civic Design Center

"The new theater will be an inspiration to artists and audiences for years to come."

Nigel ReddenGeneral Director
Spoleto Festival USA