Keri Olivetti, Esq.

Chair

Keri Olivetti received her B.S. from Oklahoma State University and her JD/MBA from the University of Tulsa. She is the Director of the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center of Event Management and Hospitality Training. The Center is collaboration between the Town of Hilton Head Island and USCB and its mission is “To provide specialized education and training that will enable Hilton Head Island to become known as an international destination for Event Management and Hospitality Training.” As director, Ms. Olivetti focuses on the Island Ambassador Program, volunteer management and event incubation. Ms. Olivetti has over 20 years of experience in event management in both the private sector and the non-profit sector. Ms. Olivetti is also an instructor at USCB teaching in the areas of Hospitality Law and Event Management. Prior to coming to USCB Ms. Olivetti practiced law for fifteen years focusing on the area of Family Law. In 1998, she co-founded Lowcountry Legal Volunteers – a non-profit corporation with utilized the expertise of retired attorneys in representing individuals who cannot afford legal representation. She is also active in serving on numerous governing bodies of local and regional non-profits and civic organizations including the Hilton Head Island Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, Beaufort County Young Lawyers, Junior Achievement, the Island Recreation Association, LowCountry Community Development Corporation, the Sandbox, St. Luke’s Preschool and St. Andrew by the Sea United Methodist Church.


John Boretti

Vice-Chair

John is the Beaufort Region President for South Carolina Bank and Trust and has lived and worked in Hilton Head for 15 years. He is married to Jennifer, a CPA, and they have two young children, Isabella and Jensen. John has been involved as a Lowcountry Legal Volunteers Board Member since 2009, serving as Treasurer for 3 years. In addition to the work with LLV, John enjoys being involved in the community through the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club as well, and he likes to get out for a round of golf on the weekend.


Karen Wilber-Wessel

Secretary

Karen, her husband, Lew, and their three daughters relocated to Hilton Head Island from Great Falls, VA, in 1993. In Virginia, Karen served as the board president of Pathway Homes, a non-profit organization that provides group housing for adults with serious mental illness and other co-occurring disabilities. Since her arrival to the Lowcountry, Karen has served on the boards of various organizations including, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, the League of Women Voters, the School Improvement Council, Zonta, and various parent/teacher organizations. Karen joined LLV's Board of Trustees in 2009. Karen just finished her term as our Board Chair and now serves as the Board Secretary. In her spare time, Karen enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and travel.


Holly Golden

Treasurer

Holly has lived in the Lowcountry since 1997. Holly is a CPA who received her undergraduate degree from Newberry College and her MBA from Winthrop University. In addition to serving as LLV's Treasurer, Holly is also the Treasurer of her property owners' Board of Directors and a business counselor with SCORE. Holly provides LLV with invaluable tax and accounting advice.


Matthew Creech, Esq.

Matthew Creech is a native of Walterboro, S.C. and graduated from Clemson University in 2001, he attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Matt received his law degree in 2004 and chose to return home to Colleton County, where he served for two years as law clerk for the Honorable Perry M. Buckner, III, a resident Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit.

Matt works in the Jasper County office of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick where he handles general litigation such as automobile accidents, premises liability, products liability, consumer protection, and worker’s compensation cases. He has also represents landowners in condemnation actions. Matt is married to League Boylston Creech, who also practices with the law firm.


Scott Caywood

Scott has more than 25 years of experience working with organizations in both brand building and fundraising campaign development. His experience includes work with national and regional foundations, academic medical centers as well as colleges and universities.

Before joining CCL Scott worked as an investment banker for Federated Investors. He is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio and lives in Moss Creek with his wife Anne and their son Luke.


Donna McIntosh, Esq.

Donna, a retired family law attorney from Manassas, Virginia, and her husband, Marc, a bridal show producer, moved to Hilton Head from Northern Virginia in 2010. Donna and Marc have two daughters, Kelsey and Shelby. Kelsey graduated from USC in 2011 with a degree in Sports Management. Shelby is a senior at USC, majoring in Elementary Education. Donna has always been active in her community. She is currently the vice president of the Board of Directors of her homeowners association and is also Social Chair of the Palmetto Hall Club. Donna stumbled upon Lowcountry Legal Volunteers hoping to use her training and experience to help those in the community who are unable to afford legal representation. Donna loves to cook, and enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with her family and her Japanese Chin, Tiki.


Tyler Melnick, Esq.

Tyler, a native of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, moved to Beaufort County in 2006. Tyler earned his bachelor's degree from the Citadel and later earned his J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law. Currently, Tyler practices law at Finger & Fraser, P.A., primarily in the areas of personal injury and criminal matters. In addition to his position on LLV's Board, Tyler is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the Hilton Head Island Bar Association, the 14th Circuit Representative of the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division, the Vice-President of the Hilton Head Citadel Alumni Association, and a member of the Harmony Lodge #22 AFM. Tyler enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, and wine making. Tyler and his wife, Kristin, have one son, Moss. A member of LLV's board since November 2013, Tyler supports LLV because he believes that private citizens, not the government, can better serve the community and make our area a better place to live.


Ryan Mikkelson, Esq.

Ryan moved to Bluffton with his parents in 1991. A 1997 graduate of Hilton Head High School, Ryan attended College of Charleston. After a year coaching basketball and teaching at Hilton Head High School, Ryan earned his J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, MS. Following law school, Ryan worked as an associate at a firm in Jackson handling Hurricane Katrina litigation. In late 2007, Ryan and his wife Tiffany moved to Bluffton, where, in 2008, Ryan became the Executive Director of Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, a job he held until 2012. In addition to serving on LLV's Board of Trustees, Ryan also serves on the Board of Directors for Family Promise of Beaufort County and the Boys and Girls Club. Ryan and Tiffany have four children, Walker, 7, twins, Mollie and Mason, 4, and Audrey, 4 months. Ryan continues to support Lowcountry Legal Volunteers because he has a passion for serving those who cannot afford to retain private counsel.


Kathie Miller

Kathie and her husband Gordon, a retired judge and Lowcountry Legal Volunteers volunteer attorney, moved to Hilton Head Island from Meadville, PA in 2010. Kathie, a nurse for 20 years, was active in her community in Pennsylvania serving on the Rails-to-Trails Garden Club, the Heritage Foundation, and the Episcopal Church Vestry, and was named Community Volunteer of the Year. Aside from her work on the LLV board, Kathie also volunteers weekly at Volunteers in Medicine. On the LLV board, Kathie is leading the effort to plan our WOW Women's Tea. Kathie and Gordon give their time to LLV because they both believe that it is important to give back to the community.


David Ruckno

David, born in Kingston, PA, attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied International Economics and World Politics. David has worked in the financial services industry since 1997 and he is currently a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch on Hilton Head Island. David and his wife, Kelly have three children, Emily, Alex, and Alyssa. David is president of the local Pitt alumni association, is actively involved with the Sea Pines Montessori School, and supports the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. David enjoys coaching his kids' soccer teams, playing golf, racquet ball, and tennis.


Jason Ward, Esq.

Jason Ward grew up in Augusta, Georgia. Mr. Ward’s practice consists primarily of civil litigation and real estate, with an emphasis in real estate, business, construction, and personal injury. Mr. Ward graduated from the University of Kentucky, B.A. – English, Departmental Honors in English, in 2000 and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in 2004. Mr. Ward was admitted to practice in South Carolina in 2004 and is a member of the South Carolina, Beaufort County, and Hilton Head Island Bar Associations. A former President of the Beaufort County Bar Association, Mr. Ward is married to Nicole R. Ward, and they reside in Bluffton with their two daughters, Payton and McKinley.

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