The governing board consists of 9 members, 4 appointed members and 5 elected members, at least 3 of which are non-parent/guardian residents of Georgetown County, as outlined in the South Carolina Charter Schools Act (SC Code of Laws Title 59, Chapter 40), as amended, and the CMCS Charter and Bylaws. CMCS seeks a diverse board with the skills needed to govern a public charter school. Per law, at least 50% must have experience in business or kindergarten-high school education. Board directors are responsible for the long term sustainability of the school.

CMCS Board of Directors meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m., at CMCS: 111 Old Plantation Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, unless otherwise noted. They are open to the public with the exception of Executive Session.

2024-2025 Board Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting

CMCS Board Meeting

Monday, May 20, 2024
6:00 PM


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Board Members

Rick Richardson

Board Chair

Rick Richardson

Rick was born in Conway, South Carolina and has lived in Pawleys Island for 22+ years. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Signature Performance, a healthcare administrative services firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. A member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, Rick is a certified Lay Minister and serves on various committees, including Missions, Church Council, Youth and Finance. He graduated Wofford College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Spanish and holds a Master of Business Administration from Winthrop University. Rick enjoys long walks, kayaking, and spending time with his wife, Holly and two daughters, Maggie and Hope (who attends CMCS).

Kate Kehoe

Vice Chair

Kate Kehoe

Kathryn resides in Pawleys Island with her only son, Henry, who is a student at CMCS. Feel free to call her “Kate”. She is the owner of Heirloom Properties LLC and owns/manages properties in both South Carolina and Illinois. Prior to moving to the Grand Strand in 2019 Kathryn was a contracted corporate trainer specializing in leadership and team building. She holds a certifications from Q4 Psychological Associates® and the Maxwell Leadership Foundation.

Kathryn earned her MBA from St. Ambrose University and a Bachelors in Marketing Communication From Columbia College Chicago. In her spare time you will find her at the beach, engaging in a DIY home improvement, or traveling to see family and friends.

Julie Dew


Tera Marshall


Tera Marshall

Tera Marshall was born in Philadelphia, PA (Go Eagles!). But her parents decided to relocate to her mother’s hometown of Pawleys Island when she was young. Tera attended Ms. Ruby’s School, Waccamaw Elementary and Georgetown High Schools. She attended Savannah State College to earn a BA in Print Journalism with a Minor in English and French. Tera went on to earn a BA in Communication and a MS in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Public Relations.

Tera is currently the Executive Director at Pawleys Island Child Development Center.

When Tera is not working, she’s traveling with her family. She loves reading and spending time at the beach with her husband, Harold and daughter Maggie (a student at CMCS). The family enjoys RV’ing with their 2 dogs, and bearded dragon.

Brooke Burkholder

Brooke Burkholder

Brooke Cherry Burkholder is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina. She completed her education in Georgetown County and graduated from Georgetown High School. Later, she pursued her higher education from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Theology, followed by a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling and School Counseling. Brooke is the owner and lead counselor at Thrive Family Counseling in Georgetown. She is a proud parent of two children studying at Coastal Montessori Charter School. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time on the beach.

Marshall Easterling

Marshall Easterling

Originally from Kingstree, SC, Marshall has been a Georgetown County resident for almost 25 years. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Construction Science and Management, is LEED certified, holds a general contractors license and owns and operates his own construction company. He is active at his church, Duncan United Methodist in Georgetown, and has served on the board of trustees. In his spare time he loves being in the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and is an ardent Clemson Tiger fan. His youngest daughter, Anne Marshall, attends CMCS and his oldest, Julia, is a former CMCS student.

Ricky Ferdon

Ricky Ferdon

Ricky is a lifelong resident of Georgetown County. He is a product of the Georgetown County School District, graduating from Winyah High School in 1973. He is a 1978 BA graduate of the University of South Carolina Coastal Carolina Campus.

Ricky was successful in business for some 40 years.

He is a NFHS Nationally Accredited and Certified Interscholastic Coach. Coach Ferdon has been a volunteer Assistant Coach at Waccamaw High School in 3-sports. Coach Ferdon also served as a substitute teacher for K-12 and special needs.

Ashley Nelson

Ashley Nelson

Ashley is a native of Pawleys Island. Currently Ashley is the Senior Director at the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation. She serves on The Village Group board, the School Improvement Council at Waccamaw High School and the HGTC Foundation Board. Ashley is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Phi Omega Chapter. She is a member of Leadership Grand Strand Class 40 and holds an MBA in Human Resources Management from Strayer University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Winthrop University.

Ashley is an active member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and the proud mother of one daughter, Aubree McKenna.

Anthony Setari